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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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very good

2,604 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,604
Reviews: 842
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 109
Gots: 183 | 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

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Photo of portia99


3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade with SMason. Thanks!

Poured from a 12oz bottle with best by 5/12/09 date on the bottle (just in time on this one) into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Poured a slightly hazy gold orange with very thin, almost non-existent head despite pouring hard into the center of the glass. No lacing.

S - Slight phenolic, medicinal and alcoholic aroma hits me first. Light on hops. Don't get any of the cascade citrusy character I expected. Bottle at end of date range - maybe suffering the effects.

T - Taste pretty much follows the aroma. Slightly phenolic and add a metallic flavor into the mix. Not much hop flavor, just a firm bitterness on the back of the tongue. Not bad, but nothing special here.

M - Appropriate level of carbonation. Medium body. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

D - At 5.0% alcohol, nothing overpowering, but the flavor leaves a little to be desired. I'd kinda like to give this one another try with a fresher bottle - but for now I think I would move on to something else after one.

Overall, I'm kinda disappointed in the Mirror Pond. I have really fond memories of this beer from when my sister lived in Oregon and she would send some back to me. I'm gonna say that the bottle isn't as fresh as it could be and probably has something to do with my lower score here.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 00:11:43 | More by portia99
Photo of BeanBone


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A slightly hazy, pumpkin-colored body. On top, a finger and a half of off-white creamy head featuring excellent retention and lacing.

Aroma: Floral and citrusy Cascade hops over a solid caramel malt base. Classic American Pale Ale all the way.

Taste: A wave of Cascade hops in the front, a little more grapefruity then in the nose. Underneath, a sold caramel malt backbone keeps everything well balanced. Sure, I'd love to see more focus on the hops, but I suppose that's what IPAs are for. The aftertaste retains the balance, with equal doses of bitterness and sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It gets a little watery in the finish, limiting the aftertaste's strength a bit.

Drinkability: This is an easy drinking beer, just what you want from a Pale Ale.

Verdict: Mirror Pond is a great example of the American Pale Ale style. While not the most complex beer out there, this does make for a very solid session beer. I can't wait to see what these guys are cooking as far as IPAs and Double IPAs go.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 20:14:39 | More by BeanBone
Photo of champ103


4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy orange color. At first a large white head forms, but recedes in an instant. Some light sticky lace is left behind.
S: Citrus and grassy hops. Some bready and caramel malt for balance. Simple, but pleasant.
T: Light citrus, piney, and grassy hops that leaves a good hop presence. Though it is not overly bitter for bitters sake. Some grainy and caramel malt for a nice balance.
M/D: A medium body and crisp carbonation. It seems a bit watery though. Very easy to drink. An easy choice for a good session beer.

Simple, but very enjoyable. Something that is going to be in my fridge more often. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 23:36:24 | More by champ103
Photo of Birmingham


4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: A complex but moderate aroma of floral notes, spices and caramel.

Appearance: The beer is copper color and has a slight haze. The head is tall off white and persistent.

Flavor: Balanced towards the malts with mild bitterness and caramel notes.

Mouth Feel: The beer has medium light body with some cloying.

Overall Impression: Very easy to drink, the first one went down in minutes. I enjoyed this beer a lot, but I would expect more hop flavors and balance more towards the hops in American Pale Ale. That said it is still a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 00:35:22 | More by Birmingham
Photo of LPorter33


4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A better version of Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale. Extremely high drinkability and perfect amount of hops, does not overload it as a lot of these West Coast beers are apt to. I wish I could easily find this back on the East Coast as it's my favorite example of an APA.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 19:22:30 | More by LPorter33
Photo of beertunes


4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass at Cap Hansens bar in Bellingham, WA. Poured a beautiful, clear, light amber color with an inch of white head.

A solid, but not sweet, malt scent reaches the nose carrying the the subtle and solid floral hop aromas. The flavors follow the scent, as expected. An extremely well balanced beer, this does not fall into the trap of trying to be an IPA-Lite. Enjoyably smooth and tasty, this beer is a reliable companion for most situations.

Worth seeking out, this should be considered a solid go-to beer, suitable for quenching thirst after yard work or introducing someone to the world of craft beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2009 02:42:10 | More by beertunes
Photo of bbothen


3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a pale orange amber color with a bubbly 2 finger deep white topped head.

Smells grainy, sweet, caramel, hoppy, piney, tropical. Like a good pale should.

Light sweet maltiness, caramel, toasted grain, piney hoppiness, nicely balanced.

Light to medium bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth, lingering hoppiness.

Great sessionable pale. Doesn't knock your socks off. Awesome deal at $6.99 a sixer on sale.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 00:32:56 | More by bbothen
Photo of ThePortlander

New York

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown bottle with a very nice logo into a pint glass.

A: A dark gold with red-orange hues and a white head.

S: Very much a northwest APA: cascade hops shone through the mix with floral and citrus aromas.

T: A crisp taste opens as the beer slides in over the tongue, with a medium body. The hops are certainly present, and they carry with them a great citrus note that works well with the bitter finish. After the initial crispness, Mirror Pond smooths out, leaving a sweet and grainy taste on the tongue. A wonderful beer.

M: A medium body, with just the right carbonation.

D: A strong example of an APA. Some wonderfully brilliant cascade hops thouroghly dominate, producing a crisp beer. Well done. Recommended to any Pale Ale fan.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 02:55:17 | More by ThePortlander
Photo of Kromes


3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours and orange amber with an inch thick head. There was a bunch of sediment in the beer. It ahd an herbal floral hoppy smell. Sweet malt floaral flavors up front and a tingly mouthfeel due to the carbonation. There is a lingering bitterness from the hops, but all other flavors die out. Good flavor and drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 16:00:53 | More by Kromes
Photo of Yetiman420


3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Double Dog in Aspen CO.

Poured into a standard, non logo pint glass. A clear copper color with a thin white head with staying power. Fine bubble lacing left a mostly consistent film during consumption.

Aroma is a light sweetness with very faint hop aroma. Some off arom which I attribute to neglect of the tap lines (Aspen and quality beer are not a solid match).

Some malty bite on the finish with sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2009 03:46:39 | More by Yetiman420
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with tons of suspended sediment and active carbonation in the body. One-finger, fluffy, sticky, off-white head retains well and drags tons of web-like lacing.

Smell: Cracker-like malt, caramel, and lemony citrus. Sadly, I'm not getting much else.

Taste: Sturdy malt body with associated lemony hops, pine, astringent alcohol, and a good amount of bitterness. Nice balance for a pale ale, but not my favorite flavor.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, well-carbonated (a bit on the high side), medium-light in body, and pretty well balanced.

Drinkability: Not my favorite pale ale, but a very good example of the style. Well balanced and flavored, but just doesn't quite fit my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 01:00:02 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of hreb


3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cold 12oz bottle poured into large glass mug. Beer pours a deep orange amber with a big, off-white head. Foam is very aromatic of sweet, nutty malts.

First sip has a well balanced edge of cascadey hops and moderate carbonation. Malt flavor is big, the beer tastes more brown than it looks. Secondary flavors of nuts and a hint of toast.

Overall, a very respectable example of APA.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 02:38:52 | More by hreb
Photo of illidurit


3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Translucent tangerine color with a frothy off-white head. Pulpy, unripe grapefruit aroma with a little bit of caramel and a little pale malt. Flavor is pale malty with grapefruit drupelets and some light esters. Maybe even a hint of cantaloupe rind? Biscuity malt rather than the more typical (and tasty) caramel flavor in most pale ales. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an understated carbonation that makes for a smooth sip. High drinkability but low complexity and a little too weak in all areas.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 07:15:09 | More by illidurit
Photo of srandycarter


4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A murky copper not much head.

S honey like sweetness really nice

T nice solid malt clean taste bitter finish

M good med body nice balance full mouth experience

D. Probably my go to at peoria spring training. Really hard to do this on the BlackBerry ...

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2009 20:21:27 | More by srandycarter
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North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy golden amber in color with a small white head that retains well.
Smells like putting my nez inside a freshly sliced grapefruit. Me likey.
Same citrus/grapefruit in the flavor as in the aroma. The flavor is quite a bit more balanced. Lot's of toasty sweet malts. Kind of like a toasted sweet bread. Perfectly balanced, light on the palate, easy to drink. The perfect session beer. Deschutes may very well have the best regular offerings of any brewery in the nation.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 02:20:34 | More by wcudwight
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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- a nice darkish amber with a tad of of white head, some good lacing too
S- hops, malt, some faint pine notes
T- very balanced, a very pleasant balance of hops and malts, hops won a little which made me happy
M - pretty good carbonation , very easy to drink
D- I could drink this one all day .. and all of the night

relativly low abv

im jealous of people who can get this regularly....

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 07:12:53 | More by gdfan47
Photo of ckeegan04


4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly hazy dark orange color. Big, fluffy white head. About two fingers in thickness with excellent retention. Slowly settles to about one finger of head and leaves great lacing behind.

S - Well balanced aroma of toasted bready malts and citrusy/piney hops. The toasted aroma is rather sweet and the hops are a nice mix of fresh pine and grapefruit.

T - Sweet bready malts initially with biscuit notes as well. The hops come through mid-drink, priamrily pine tasting. Some fruitier notes as well. Very even balanced between the hoppy bitterness and sweetness from the bready and biscuity malt tastes.

M/D - Medium bodied with excellent carbonation levels. The beer finishes on the sweeter side and that taste lingers. Very easy drinking pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 17:12:42 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of argock


3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass tumbler. No freshness date. Single purchased from Skee Vue Liquors (Breckenridge, CO) for $1.49.

A: Beautiful caramel amber hue with 1-finger beige head with good retention and several shades of lace.

S: Delicious caramel melded with floral C-type hops

T: Unfortunately, the taste is a let-down after the aroma. Taste is subdues and a bit muted with none of the crisp floral hops that are there in the nose. The caramelly malt backbone is strong but isn't countered with enough hops.

M: Good if unremarkable mouthfeel with average carbonation but a slightly thin feel for an APA.

D: A decent brew but for an APA this one falls short of its early promise.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 01:38:20 | More by argock
Photo of Troyone


4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light amber color with a copper and apricot hue, minimal white head and some action.

Slight caramel nalt aroma with florals maybe a hint of pine.

Barley grain pale malt taste, slighty caramel, with a hint of butter, and is well blended with pine, grapefruit, and other floral flavored hops.

Light/medium bodied, resinous and slightly buttery, with lively soft carbonation.

A good well balanced hoppy pale with a slight bitterness/astringency with the finish, a definite session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 23:38:28 | More by Troyone
Photo of MisterClean


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

On tap at Sac Brew

A - Pours golden, with a 2 fingered off-white head. Dissipates moderately slow, leaving beautiful lacing. Role model.

S/T - Toffee, flower, and some bittering hops.

M - Full bodied, hop-dominated, really good though.

D - Great pale ale. The smell and taste could be a little better to leave me in complete awe.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2009 04:52:14 | More by MisterClean
Photo of goatgoat


3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear medium gold with brassy highlights. No head and no lace.
Aroma is caramel matls with a slightly citrus/spicy hops. A bit of orange even. Taste is very light malt and some overbearing bitterness. Slightly watery mouth with lots of soft carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 02:35:55 | More by goatgoat
Photo of olmatty


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a two finger white head with light lacing and poor retention, beer is an orange amber.

Smell- Very light scent of amber malts and a slight nose of hops

Taste- Lightly honey sweet malts, hops are apparrent yet subdued and a smoothly fading balace of hops and malt.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation and body and smooth mouthfeel

Drinkability- Very smooth drinking and versatile. A good middle of the road session brew. It's mine in this category.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 09:48:57 | More by olmatty
Photo of herbalist


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Mirror Pond has quickly become my go to beer since moving to the North West. It has a nice orangish-amber hue, slightly hazy with not much of a head. This particular one was poured from the bottle to a glass but I've noticed on tap it also does not have very much of a pronounced head to it.

The smell has a malty base to it with overtones of fresh hops. Some say it smells citrusy but I do not pick up on that as much as the sweetness of the hops.

The taste is light but compliments the tongue nicely. It is not nearly as bitter as some other pale ales. The fresh hop flavor shines through and its a real refreshing beer. The sweetness of the malt is also a plus in that it gives the beer good balance.. not too bitter, not too sweet. Its pretty awesome that pretty much every restraunt, gas station and bar up here (at least in the PDX and Olympia, WA area.. I have yet to spend much time in Seattle) has it available.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 02:15:29 | More by herbalist
Photo of TylerSpilker


3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 6-pack and served it in a glass. Date on the side of the bottle 4/21/09. Whoops, looks like Deschutes released one of their time-machine brews! Or is that an expiration date? Ha!

Appearance: I've had this beer out of the bottle before, but this is surely one that deserves the glass. It has a wonderful aroma and color. It has a beautiful hazy orangish-brown. I figured this to be a clear beer until I poured it the first time. The brown bottle hides it. The head pours a tan color, but seems kind of weak. It disappears leaving a small film on the surface which is ok. Nice lacing that slowly melts away as you drink it.

Smell: Ive always gotten a very malty aroma from this. "Toasty" is how I always describe it. In the glass however, there is a citrus note to it as well.

Taste: A little sharp. Im not sure why, the alcohol, carbonation or the hops, it has a sharpness to it that I can't put my finger on. Citrus notes on the front of the tongue after swirling in your mouth. Hoppy. I could see this passing for an IPA almost.

Mouthfeel: Average, has that sharp twang I spoke of in Taste.

Drinkability: session beer for sure. Sit down with a pitcher of this and discuss the worlds problems away. Surely gets more interesting as the night progresses. Good value for the beer you get.

I feel like it got more hoppy as I drank it. As it warmed a little bit, it released some more of it's flavor. If you like Cascade Hops, this one's for you.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 10:26:44 | More by TylerSpilker
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I''ve enjoyed this for some time now, and I'm here to tell you about Mirror Pond Pale Ale for Deschtes Brewery. If you're a fan of Cascade hops, you'll probably like this one. If they put a smidgen more hops into this one, it would probably pass for an IPA.

Pours a hazy orange in the glass with a chunky, light tan head that sticks to the sides of the glass and doesn't go quietly. Fresh grapefruit with some pine on the nose. The malt is pretty bready, crackerlike almost, and the hops is actually a little stronger than the malt. Nice level of carbonation and heft to the mouthfeel, and I could drink this one all day.

Mighty fine pale ale!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 03:31:37 | More by RunDWP
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,604 ratings.