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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

3,128 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 3,128
Reviews: 886
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 130
Gots: 396 | FT: 4
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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Photo of DocJitsu
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy copperish-golden color with an eggshell colored soapy head. Decent head retention with some glass lacing. Hints of lemon and a raisen or two in the bouquet. Perhaps a raisen bread pudding. Certainly nothing obtrusive for the olfactory to experience. Nice, mild flavor with lemon citrus being noted most easily. At first, I was a little disappointed with the mouthfeel. I wanted it to be a little more wet. But, after having given the beer a few pulls, I realize that the scrubbiness and just the faintest dustiness accentuate the flavor of the beer. There is more of a bitter feeling on the back of the tongue rather than a discernable flavor at the finish, if you will. I like it. I wish it was just a fudge cheaper though.

Photo of DrTrygga
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of IPABrewski
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of calmond72
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of DM1293
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its a hop into a nice sweet, slightly toasty malt. I don't get enough of the hop flavor aside from the initial quick bite. Its really hard to describe, its pretty simple stuff in my opinion, but I really like it.

If you're looking for hop, stick to the Inversion or Red Chair, but if you're looking for malt, this is worth a try.

Photo of GJonesy
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of DWarcher
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of dseiters
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Bowlus803
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of mtparty37
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at about fridge temp poured into a wine glass. best by 5/5/12.

pours out a bright golden orange color with some slight haze and slight sediment visible. a nice retentive white head with both big and tight bubbles, very nice lace as well.

biscuity, slightly buttery malt is mostly noticable. a light leafy, citric, herbal hop under the malt. smells pretty clean and simple.

a nice balance. buttery, biscuity malts are cut with a leafy citric, slightly herbal hop. some hop bitterness in the finish, but not really on par with some of my more favorite pale ales.

medium to light in body. very easy drinking, almost a bit refreshing.

i maybe expected a bit more from this great brewery, one of my favorites. but a good session beer non the less, i can definatly see the mass appeal. this is not something i would buy again, but id definatly put one back with ease if offered.

Photo of cisteve
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of keenanite21
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jamiesmithnc
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of Falcone
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of dac0152
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, light golden amber with a big, frothy white 3 finger head, great retention, leaving decent, sticky lace.

Smell - Aromas are quite faint. Nearly undetectable. Some citrus hops.

Taste - Excellent balance. Starts with a mildly bitter citrus hop which hangs in through to the finish, and is accompanied by some tartness. Hints of bready or caramel malt. Fruity esters. Crisp and clean.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Great carbonation lends to a nice, crisp bite with a semi-dry finish. Goes down smooth.

Overall - This is a beer I've grown to appreciate over time. As pale ales go, it's one of my faves.

Photo of muskiesman
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of jhawkjedi
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of harrymel
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 13JUN12

copper on amber with a finger of light tan foam. Spotty lace. Smells sweet with malts of the english engagement - simple malt with tones of toffee and wood. There smells some fruity, herbal hops which are understated and approachable. Flavor is slightly sweet and has low acidity and a nice flowery finish. Medium bodied and lower carb with a semi slick finish. Nice beer, really, really drinkable and although it's not my favorite PA, it's among the most frequently visited for me, surprised I took this long to sit down and just type this out.

Photo of Davekim_md
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of Jason
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown with a best by freshness date.

LOOK: Bubbly white lace, tarnished golden colour

SMELL: Cascade hops, fruity, citric rind, mint, nutty grain, mild malt sweetness.

TASTE: Smooth, medium body, semi crisp malt, bready, mild fruit, faint esters, hop bitterness, citric peel, oranges, kiss of pine, finish semi-dry

A great pale ale to be had here, any hop head would be pleased and if you love cascade hops this is your ale! A great snapshot of what an PNW Pale Ale.

Photo of joecalderoni
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A very nice copper color! Very nice head

S: a very subtle hop aroma with an amazing balance of malt!

T: a very nice and complex flavor varying between a malt and flavor hops

M: medium body

O: A very honest pale Ale! Certainly one of my favorites

Photo of gleemonger
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of DerwinWentworth
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 3,128 ratings.