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Mirror Pond Pale Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,875 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,875
Reviews: 862
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 122
Gots: 266 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Alc. by Vol.: 5.0%
IBUs: 40

170 calories per 12 oz serving

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2001)
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

leprakhan, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Brewed on" date clearly marked on label. Poured into a stange glass.

Orange body with a tint of amber under two fingers of nearly white head that laces amazingly and retains well.

The aroma has a juicy handful of citrus and tropical fruits with malty sweetness underneath. A little swirl brings up some subtle yeast notes and more hops.

The flavor is long and well crafted. It begins with a bitter snap followed with some fresh bold hops of the classic northwest variety. Before long some deep toasty malts wash all over the hops and bring (as the label for once accurately states) a deft balance. The aftertaste is a medley of hops and pale malts.

The mouthfeel is down the middle of the road, with neither more of less carbonation than usual. Medium bodied.

Conclusion: I would expect nothing less than a great pale ale from a brewery with as a good a track record as Deschutes. This is a great pale ale from an outstanding brewery.

allforbetterbeer, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +2.6%

ROGUE16, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Mtnbeerman, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

mhaugo, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of jzmaxson27
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to tony223366 for this beer!

Reviewed alongside a Fresh Hop Mirror Pond on 12/4/11 from a bottle dated best by 02/07/12.

Appearance: Pours a nice translucent orange with a pale white frothy cap of about 1 finger. The head quickly dissapates, leaving only a thing ring behind.

Nose: It smells juicy, but not overpowering. Orange notes dominate, maybe a little lemon zest, the faintest whiff of phenolic alcohol.

Taste: Much more bitter than expected from the nose. The aroma promised orange, but the flavor delivered grapefruit. There is a sharp tartness at the front of the tongue which I quite like, though as it spreads across the palate it morphs into a minerally flavor. This is largely one note however, and the malt characteristic is almost non existant here. For some reason, as I sip on it, the product TANG keeps popping in to my head.

Mouthfeel: Thin, but in a refreshing way and not too lacking from it. Carbonation is appropriate for the style.

Overall: This would be a good summertime drinker for most I think. The predominance of bitter grapefruit in the taste without much to offset it turns me off a bit, but overall it's not a bad beer. Not remarkable, but easy to drink and refreshing.

jzmaxson27, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

mrunseen, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of kytrios
5/5  rDev +28.2%

kytrios, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of ejw127
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

ejw127, Dec 03, 2011
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

caseyoharaa, Dec 03, 2011
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

brewtaltap, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

IllHaveAnother1, Dec 01, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

mhenson42, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

gtermi, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

fuzzcherry, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

DennisHanley, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Nerudamann
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a stein glass.

Look - amber in color, clear, with good carbonation and about two and a half fingers' worth of frothy off-khaki colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - very hoppy in its aroma, but I can't quite tell which kind(s) were used. Maybe Cascades mixed with something else.

Taste - also hoppy in the taste, but the bite of the bitterness is calmed a bit. Pretty mellow throughout the tasting, but the bitterness and a muskiness comes out in the finish.

Mouthfeel - pretty well balanced.

Overall - not terribly intriguing to taste, although not dull or boring either! Very good tasting.

Nerudamann, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

trisweb, Nov 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

pwoody11, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

jh1982, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

AApparel, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

GarrettB714, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

bstyle, Nov 25, 2011
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,875 ratings.