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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

3,093 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,093
Reviews: 877
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 131
Gots: 358 | 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 BedetheVenerable
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz brown bomber, with nice label and clearly-stamped best by date; right on! Great to finally have Deschutes in Missouri!

Appearance: Poured into my Schlafly APA glass, this pours a bright orange-copper brew with low, steady carbonation and a nice, chunky ivory cap with good retention and nice lace.

Smell: Nice, bright citrus and pine aromas. A very mild malt backbone. This is fresh, bright, and quite nice...the aromas aren't anything new or particularly ground-breaking, but they're dead solid and quite pleasant.

Taste: Nice orangey citrus hop notes, with a strong, lightly toasty malt background. Medium, firm bitterness and a bit of minerality on the finish. Lots more malt than suggest by the aromas...nice balance of malt/hops/bitterness/hint of minerality. Drinkable? Oh yeah.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium

Overall: SOLID American Pale Ale. $2.99 for a bomber? Heck yes. This is a solid B+, something that for the price would be an easy call to pick up whenever you're in the mood for an APA. This makes a nice counterpoint to Schlafly's more earthy, dank Dry-Hopped APA.

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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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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of hooliganlife
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a faint clear copper with nearly 2 inches of big creamy frothy head. nice light retention and some lacing.

faint citrus hops, mostly sweet. caramel and sweet malt.

similar to the nose only more caramel and sweet malt with an underlying citrus hoppy backing.

nice slightly chewy body with a mild carbonation.

pretty solid pale, although subtle, drinks easy.

Photo of tjkinate
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another solid entry from one of my favorite breweries.

A: Easily the most impressive aspect of the beer. Large foamy white head forms atop this pale golden bodied brew exhibiting solid retention and lacing.

S: Bready malts were the most prominent scent. Pine and floral notes from the hops rebound and resonate nicely.

T: Less of a hop profile than I anticipated and was expecting. The taste just seemed to be fairly average for the style and nothing imparticular stood out to me.

M: Medium/light for the style, over carbonated IMO.

O: Not a bad beer by any means, but I have just had so many better offerings in the style.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bottle.

Finally Deschutes has made it to MO.

Pours a clean and clear copper color with some golden edges. There is a nice dense and frothy off-white head that forms with the pur that is about i inch tall. It recedes slowly and sticks to the glass really well.

Aroma of bready pale malts and carmel malts. Nice bready backbone with some mild sweetness. Then some toasty grain notes and some fresh floral slightly citrus hop notes.

Flavor starts off with tons of bready and biscuity malt. Very grainy and earthy. Fresh baked french baguette comes to mind. The back end is held up and balanced by some nice hop grass and some slightly fresh citrus notes. The beer is really fresh and delicious a nice solid APA. Well crafted flavors and perfectly balanced. This is a really easy drinking APA because of the perfect balance because of the sweetness form the malts and the nice grassy hops playing together perfectly. Very enjoyable beer. Nice crisp and clean and refreshing perfect for a warm summer evening or maybe by a nice lunch by the fire.

Great APA. Refreshing and true to style. Very nice brew from Deschutes.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of tony223366
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful clarity. Can see my fingers right through it! Nice copper/caramel color. Color looks almost fake though. 2+ fingers of white fluffy head. Good retention and lacing.

S: The malts are definitely present in a good way. I get a nice caramel, bready maltiness. Hops are also present, but not too strongly. Mostly citrus.

T: Man this is an easy drinking beer. Some rich toasted malts get me up front. Some caramel follows. Hops are on the finish in a nice citrusy way. Little bitterness lingers.

M: Medium body, good carbonation. Little to no astringency.

O: So yesterday I reviewed Dale's Pale and man are these two beers on opposite ends. Dale's is an IPA-lite and this is an EPA-extra. So balanced and tasty. If Dale's Pale is my go to party/bbq beer, Mirror Pond is my chill evening bbq/anytime beer. I can drink this to relax any night. Love Deschutes!

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a clear copper-orange color with two fingers of beige head. A trace of lacing.

Light aroma of tropical fruit and grass along with caramel malts.

The taste was more malty than hopppy. Caramel malts and biscuit with a light hint of fruit and medicinal notes into the finish.

Lighter bodied with a moderate carbonation.

The flavor felt a bit washed out. But overall, a pretty good APA from Deschutes.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 3,093 ratings.