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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

3,035 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 3,035
Reviews: 871
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 127
Gots: 323 | 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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Photo of debuscher22
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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

I really liked this beer. I found it at a nice little bar that sells craft brews in Richmond, BC (O'Hare's) and finally decided to try it after hearing so much about Deschutes in general and Mirror Pond in particular. I was not disappointed.

This is the sort of awesomeness I've come to expect from a major microbrewery in Oregon - a smoothe, easy-drinking beer with a bit of bite and minor hoppiness and minimal aftertaste. This one is insanely refreshing.

For all the non-hop-bombs (which I love) from Oregon, I would put this beer on a very level playing field with Widner Bros.' Drifter Pale Ale...that one has a bit more bite to it when it comes to hoppiness, and that's about it. Both are excellent and I would recommend to any person that likes the Pale Ale style.

Photo of beerhorn12
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of laymansbeerfan
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of Telestic
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of stampfler07
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of marshrat63
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of downhilldrift
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Light yellow-orange color, although it might have been the lighting at the bar. The color was translucent and not too much head off the pour. Had a good crisp taste, with faint hints of a grainy blend. The first sip was very flavorful, and the strong flavor lasted through the entirety of the drink. I strongly recommend.

Photo of kmckinnon87
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of jacobbocce72
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of MrJolly
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of BigD44
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of LukeD23
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfect color for a pale ale, nice orange. Almost no head retention.

Aroma is balanced with a good toasty note and slight hop character. I get some cool toffee notes with a touch of dried pineapple

Flavor is where this beer shines. Really balanced with a perfect malt and hop flavors. I love the cracker like malt backbone to this beer. It has a firm bitterness. Hop flavor is pretty low for a pale ale, but it is so so drinkable. Love it

Mouthfeel is medium with a pretty dry finish. Slight lingering green flavors but really nice

I really like this pale ale, you can drink pint after pint of this stuff

Photo of CruZnBrewZ
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Have had multiple times in a bottle. First time reviewing.

A: Pours 1/4 head a brilliant pale caramel color. Lightly carbonated. decent head retention

S: Nice Caramel malt smell with some light sweet hop smell. Well balanced aroma all around

T: I get a big citrus hop taste with great malt texture. A good tasting pale and very well balanced.

M: great malt texture with slight hop sweetness

O: A very decent APA. Love the malt texture and aroma. Will continue to drink

Photo of 1950carlen
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of darkmoon66
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of hopburster
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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

Pour a clear, copper color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of floral hops, hint of pine, sweet malt, hint of citrus hops, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, floral hops, slight citrus hops, hint of yeast, and slight citrus (pear?). Overall, good appearance, aroma, feel, and body.

Photo of OscarO67
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Yagman3000
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served into a Brooklyn goblet. Part of a tasting with fellow BA CosmicEvan.

Appears an apricot orange color in the glass. There's a little sudsy head in it. It looks like it might carry a little weight despite its timid abv.

Smells of apricots with tangerines coming through behind it. I think it puts forth a decent hop profile for a straight pale ale.

Tastes pretty crisp and clean. There's a tight citric tone to this beer. I almost pick up some cider-like apple tones.

It's mouthfeel doesn't jump out as a stronger attribute. It doesn't have much staying power. It has a bit of a dust on its way out as well.

An ok beer in my opinion but, as a lover of double IPAs, I feel like I'm jaded against less bold statements out of a beer.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

opened alongside a fresh hop mirror pond with yagman. best by 12/28/2011 (opened a fresh hop too best by 12/11/2011 - tomorrow). thanks ricoch3t/cfh64 and MADhombrewer!

a - classic orange into a brooklyn snifter. not much head...some scattered lacing on the glass. swirling the glass builds a frothy foamy head...almost like an ipa. a twin to the fresh hop, but upon closer inspection the fresh hop is darker and deeper with visible steady carbonation.

s - nice malt with a hint of sweaty hopping in the background. faint bitterness at the end of the nose. classic pale ale. the fresh hop was way more aggressive in the sweaty hop smell (duh) and sweetness, but they were both very nice.

t - very good classic pale ale with nice bittering at the end. this is subtle bittering at its finest. this is a great first step beer for bringing someone over to the ipa darkside. solid earthy malt with good hopping balance...more on the sweaty side, but very much in the backseat of the flavor. the fresh hop is obviously more hop forward and sweeter. i find that i enjoy it more than the mirror pond, but the mirror pond is more classic pale ale.

m - medium bodied. good carbonation...a bit of a macro shine in the maltiness backend. not as thick as the fresh hop, but probably easier to throw back several of. fresh hop was also more fizzy.

o - overall...great pale ale, wish this was a local. i continue to be impressed by deschutes. the fresh hop was an interesting take on the beer and another that i'd pick up regularly...but the mirror pond just seems so accessible that it would be the kind of beer that would just always be in the fridge. nice job on this one.

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 3,035 ratings.