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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

3,170 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 3,170
Reviews: 893
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 137
Gots: 420 | FT: 6
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2001

Alc. by Vol.: 5.0%
IBUs: 40

170 calories per 12 oz serving
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Ratings: 3,170 | Reviews: 893
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4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Back round: I used think this beer was weak in comparison to SNPA and other PAs. I now really love this beer and appreciate that I can purchase it at almost every corner store in SF. Session beer most definitely so dont compare it to Russian River brews or other hop heavy beers.

A: Pretty amber orange hue.

S: Good not great

T: Smooth and not too sweet; malty. Tastes like an amber and pale ale had an offspring. Biscuit flavor as well. Yumm!

M: Very little carbonation. The Oregon water tastes very good.

O: A go to quality, tasty session brew. Not some amazing beer you tell your children about, but a great beer I tell my wife and friends about!

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3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into DFH shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a deep amber with a thick and fluffy off-white head that slowly faded into a fuzzy and thick film that left streaks and patches of fine lace down the glass.
S: Malty bread crust with sweet undertones of dry cracked grains. Hops are citrusy and light.
T: Caramel malt and bread crust take the front seat followed by clean citrus rind and lemon hops. Earthy spices, citrus juice and a lingering sweetness bring the up finish.
M: Medium body, full and fluffy carbonation, with a crisp but slightly viscous mouthfeel.
O: Could be a little bit hoppier but this is a fairly balance APA. Definitely easy to drink with any occasion.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of Jsteez
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this beer with a fresh date of 7/10/12. Poured it into a pint glass.

A-Deep dark golden orange. Hints of brown. Poured a nice bubbly tan head that dissipated to a white bubbly film on the surface and around the edges. Lacy sides. Light Cloudiness. Light to moderate carbonation.

S-Hops, hints of caramel, nutty, citrus undertones, and maybe some mint. Fresh smell.

T-Very similar to the nose. Hoppy and sweet. The aftertaste is like salty buttered popcorn with burnt nuts, and then leads into slight bitterness on the palate. It's delightful.

M-Wet going in, dry aftertaste. Carbonation is perfect and refreshing.

Overall-This brew would taste great with anything. It also is a great session beer. It's the type of pale ale you could have on a nice warm summer evening, just after a long hike or a nice run. Let it sit after pouring it into your glass to warm up a bit. The tastes "mature". I will buy this again. Cheers!

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear amber. Head is white, and drops to a tiny collar with a spotty, thin cap in short order. Some touches of lacing. Carbonation is lively.

Smell: Some pale malts. Some caramel malts add a touch of sweetness. Bready and a nice big punch of red apple. Coarse with notes of cracker and bread crust. Slight roasted malt edge. Hops are very mellow and hint at orange zest with a floral touch.

Taste: Dusting of grapefruit and citrus layered over a dry, cracker/bread crust. Some sweetness pulls through from the caramel malts. Biscuit dough lingers in the back. Floral hops take a front seat after a few sips. Nice roasted profile with a touch of toasted malt flavor for added depth. Very mellow. A touch earthy and only a touch sweet.

Mouthfeel: Clean. Lively moderate carbonation works over a a lower side of medium body. Incredibly drinkable. A touch of dryness on the back.

Overall: I had the pleasure of drinking a 12-pack of this on vacation. I wanted more. This is so drinkable it's silly. I crave this beer on a near constant basis. And by near I mean always. Drink this for breakfast, lunch, dinner, whenever. It's not earth-shattering, but it doesn't need to/want to be.

Shorthand: Drink this. I want to.

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3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Light amber with 1 finger of creamy looking head. Moderate carbonation with excellent clarity.

N: Lemongrass, tangerine and caramelized sugar.

T: The caramel malts are very forward in this beer. The hops bill is comprised of notes of lemongrass along with dollops of grapefruit, tangerine and pineapple.

M: Medium bodied, crisp, smooth, clean and refreshing.

O: A very underwhelming APA. It's balanced and easy drinking but I would prefer the hops to be a little more forward.

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2.25/5  rDev -42.3%

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4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Right up with Sierra Nevada as the classic American Pale. Mirror Pond has a bit more malt and yeast character. Biscuit and caramel are firm against the floral and citrus cascades. Bitterness is even and drying and keeps the drinkability high along with the well-calibrated carbonation. An anytime beer that's great alone or paired with just about any type of food.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden amber color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-malt and bread, slight herbal, but overall not an overwhelming nose

T-malt and bread with some herbal notes and some decent hop flavors in the finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp mouthfeel

O-a nice easy drinking pale ale

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 3,170 ratings.