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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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2,698 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,698
Reviews: 844
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 111
Gots: 221 | 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 happilysurly


3.43/5  rDev -12.1%

Finally in MN! And for $3 to boot...

Pours a clear amber with about a finger of head. Odd smell... smells metallic and a bit like a port-a-potty or a freshly cleaned bathroom. Tastes a lot like a lager to me. It has a woody bitter taste in the back of the mouth. Sweet in the beginning, even a bit fruity like fresh berries. Very crisp and light, the flavor does not linger very long. At about 150% of the cost of Summit EPA, I will stick with my Summit, though the price isn't bad.

04-05-2010 23:06:31 | More by happilysurly
Photo of gatornation


4.03/5  rDev +3.3%

pours a beautiful ruby color with a fresh 1 finger off white head with lots of clinging lace on side of the glass its almost perfect looking..the smell is crisp pine and crisp citrus and hops with a malt/caramel smell...the taste is very crisp its a piney citrus hit on the beer senses that follows with crisps hops/grapefruit it is balanced nicely with some caramel /malt and a bready taste ..the mouthfeel is full medium and nicely balanced this pale packs a whole lot of flavor at 5% and is oh so smooth and drinkable..my bomber went down fast..i also bought the black butte porter both @$2.99 what a buy

04-03-2010 02:33:09 | More by gatornation
Photo of cvaypai


3.58/5  rDev -8.2%

Received in trade from womencantsail. Thanks Andrew!

Appearance - Pours a very deep orange with hints of brown around the edges. Extremely translucent and poured with a bit less than 1 finger creamy white head.

Smell - Extremely citrusy, grapefruit and orange in the nose. A bit of pine and grassy hops on the end. The malt comes through it smells like caramel and candy.

Taste - The hops come through, fairly earthy and grassy and the pine is evident, not as fruity as the nose would suggest but it is there, in the form of fruits. The end is biscuit sweetness with yet a nice hop bit falling right after. It seems a bit watered down and the alcohol is evident. Very earthy throughout.

Mouthfeel - Very thin and seems almost watery, the tastes are very rounded and are not sharp at all. The carbonation seems to be lacking a little bit, seems flat. Very light and thin.

Drinkability - I could drink a few of these but not a 6 pack, something is just a bit off for my liking.

My first from Deschutes.

04-03-2010 00:37:02 | More by cvaypai
Photo of maximum12


3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

Picked up a bottle of this at a local shop, & it's everywhere in the Twin Cities right now. Deschutes just arrived this week, & happy to have them!

Pours a blushing shade of copper. Smell is typical pale ale, light malts, mild flowery hops.

Mirror Pond is a thoroughbred summer brew. Taste is all about the pale malts, with an afterglow of pine cone hop bitterness. Bready without slipping into toast or crumbs. One of the easiest drinking beers I can recall in recent memory.

Very good beer. Especially with the price point of $3/bomber around here, this might become a nice go-to beer, especially for those unexcited by beer geek chic. I can see myself having a few Mirror Ponds this summer as long as they keep coming in fresh from out West.

04-03-2010 00:01:57 | More by maximum12
Photo of Mistofminn


3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

Finally, Deschutes has made it to Minnesota. Bomber picked up for $2.99! Not a bad price, not bad at all.

Pours a darker amber color, almost reddish mahogany. Reminds me a lot of the way Furious looks (I had one just before this) but a little lighter and definitely clearer. A fluffy and bubbly eggshell white head sits on top with great retention and leaves tons of lacing.

The nose starts out fruity, with citrus and light floral characters, but it gives way to the biscuity malt character. A good swirl releases more fruity hop notes. Good balance in this one. Simple, yet refined.

The taste is similar to the nose, starting out with light hop characters, which give way to biscuity malts, finishing with a light bitterness. Smooth, almost like a lager. Subtler than I thought it would be, but still good.

Mouthfeel is extremely smooth, with little to no carbonation. Only the lightest lingering bitter aftertaste. Light to medium in body. Drinkability is probably this beers strongest point. A good humid summer afternoon beer, one I will be needing a lot of in the coming months!

Overall, not a bad Pale Ale. For $2.99, I will definitley be seeking out bombers of this again. It's a good alternative to the macro's that everyone else drinks, and not offensive enough to turn them away. I think this could be a good gateway beer.

Welcome to Minnesota, Deschutes!

04-02-2010 02:51:24 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of Bfarr


4/5  rDev +2.6%

For a mirror pond, this pours a cloudy pale orange-amber with a fine bubbled just off white head. A light hop aroma is faint. Creamy caramel malts starts things off with a light floral hop trying to tip the balance. An almost apple blossom crisp finish rounds things out.

A very refreshing yet complex pale ale suitable for a warm spring evening outside.

04-02-2010 00:33:02 | More by Bfarr
Photo of Buebie


4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

Poured from a fresh bomber into a pint glass. The pour produces a billowing 2 inch head of tan foam. Slow to recede, leaving veru sticky thick full coverage lace drapes. A solid cap of headd retention with great staying power. Color is a glowing amber, transparent filtered look. Minimal carbonation rise through the beer.

Aroma is hop forward with citric grapefruit and orange peels. As well as malt backing with a sweet caramel nose mixing with a bready biscuit aroma.

Taste is malty up front with hop bitters, opening midway with much more citric hops, grapefruit, orange peel and a touch of spice. Toffee in there too, sweet grain flavors. Hops bittering into the finish with a clean crisp feel.

This is a textbook pale ale, well balanced, great hop taste, fresh and easy to drink. This beer has huge drinkability.

Thank you Deschutes for coming to MN!

03-30-2010 19:15:04 | More by Buebie
Photo of Parrotbeak


4.43/5  rDev +13.6%

Light amber with a strong orange hue. Thin, white head that quickly fades, leaving bubbly patches, most of which remain around the perimeter. Thick lacing as it goes down.
Smell is nice, floral hops over solid malts. Pineapple, apricot, and some peach aromas come in as well.
Taste is thick, spicey malts, with some slightly piney hops accompanying. Fresh fruits, including pineapple, orange, and apricot come in over a good, bready/crackery malt backbone.
Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, with a slightly dry finish. Medium-light body.
Superb on drinkability. Extremely well-rounded and quite tasty.

03-30-2010 01:08:23 | More by Parrotbeak
Photo of ShadesOfGray


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

Got as an extra in a trade, thanks jh1982! Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Ommegang snifter. Pours a clear golden color, but as it fills the glass...becomes slightly hazy and ends up being closer to a pale shade of copper...with a slight hue of red/orange. About a finger size creamy with head that quickly dissapates and remains as a nice creamy surface of froth. Leaves a nice creamy...and full lacing around the glass.

Aroma is sweet. A slight fruit/grapefruit maybe. Malty aroma and smells like Belgian yaest. Not a strong aroma, but it is a pale ale afterall...so not expected to be pronounced.

Flavor is light, crisp...extremely drinkable. Heavy yeast flavor. There's a very slight 2nd wave of minimal hops, that dissapears faster than it hits. Having some issues picking out any perticular flavors. I would have to lean torwards a citrus...but that doesn't really help! Regardless, a solid pale ale.

03-29-2010 02:51:12 | More by ShadesOfGray
Photo of PintOHops


4.45/5  rDev +14.1%

Glass - Pint

A - Copper with a small 1-finger head, retention wasn't good either. Light Co2 can be seen, and it left some spots here & there. Lacking overall, and yes my glass was clean.

S - Soft floral hop, a bit of citrus with dominant malt aroma's, biscuit, honey, toast. A bit of pineapple in there as well, very mellow aroma.

T - Big malts, biscuit, toast, soft caramel flavors unfold to a nice hop finish. I got soft fruity pineapple & citrus flavors that cut the malty palate for a second, then a long/lingering biscuit/toast combo pronounces itself again. Nice hop bitterness as well, just enough to balance.

M - Medium bodied and very smooth, Co2 bite was very low lending little crispness. I wanted a bit more crispness here.

D - This was a more malt forward APA, but still very balanced with floral hop in the smell, and citrus notes in the flavor. Very very good, extremely drinkable, I could drink a 6-pack of this brew, and I think I'd buy this one again sometime. I recommend it. Cheers!

03-28-2010 22:07:09 | More by PintOHops
Photo of timholio


3.58/5  rDev -8.2%

Decent beer, kind of flat tasting. Maybe I prefer more carbonation. I had this in same session with Dogfishhead 60 min IPA and Ranger IPA both of which I preferred. I really like the Black Butte Porter from this brewer, that is a master piece.

I probably would not order this one again because there are so many others I prefer.

03-27-2010 20:37:13 | More by timholio
Photo of WYVYRN527


4.33/5  rDev +11%

A: Mirror Pond pours an orange-amber color with a creamy off-white head that settles to a thin film on the surface. Excellent sticky lacing and medium carbonation.

S: Up front, there are notes of biscuity malt and caramel. Hops lend some spicy, floral notes, along with a touch of citrus.

T: On the palate, this brew is hoppier than the smell makes it seem. Spicy hops burst on the taste buds with citrus and a hint of black pepper. Malt balances it out with flavors of caramel and toast.

M: Medium bodied, and has a silky mouthfeel, with a crisp, long lasting finish.

D: One of the most drinkable APA's I have had. Flavors are complex, but very tolerable for just about any palate. It's good to see these guys finally made it to Minnesota.

03-26-2010 06:17:30 | More by WYVYRN527
Photo of womencantsail


3.9/5  rDev 0%

A: The pour is a very nice looking burnt orange/amber color with a thin white foam which settles down to a thin ring.

S: The nose offers up some pleasant grapefruit and mild pine notes along with a strong aroma of bready malt.

T: The flavor has quite a bit of sweet, juicy citrus and fruit flavors from the hops with a mildly bitter finish. While the hops are at the forefront, there's still a solid malt component.

M: The body is perhaps a touch watery with a surprisingly low carbonation.

D: An easy to drink pale ale, but nothing outstanding compared to some of the other pale ales out there.

03-22-2010 06:47:25 | More by womencantsail
Photo of mjaseattle


4.45/5  rDev +14.1%

A - Amber, leaning red. An inch of fluffy cream-colored head on top which seems to have no intention of leaving until you're good and ready to drink it.

S - Piney hops highlight a bold, bready body.

T - Very good. Nothing too special, but as far as I'm concerned, a American pale ale shouldn't be too special, exactly. It distinguishes itself nicely from lesser ales without impinging upon the territory of the IPAs. It's built around a solid framework of malted barley, with just enough of citrusy cascade hops to be interesting, not overpowering. In other words, it doesn't sacrifice drinkability for flavor.

M - While the bitterness isn't overpowering, it does take the main stage. There's a noticeable tapdance across the tongue as it makes its way down.

D - For me, it's a very drinkable beer. There've been more than a handful of nights out with friends involving a string of Mirror Pond pints... It's well blended, but a little too tart to call it smooth. Depending on your taste, it could swing either way on the drinkability scale -- though it naturally feels smoother by the second glass ;)

Overall - It's a classic. Tastes great and goes down easy. This was one of the first beers that really opened my eyes when I moved to the Northwest, and it's still a solid staple of mine.

03-14-2010 04:46:03 | More by mjaseattle
Photo of cavedave

New York

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%

Thanks to sirdrinknp for this treat.

Pours the absolute quintessence of an American pale. Billowy pillow of lasting, off-white foam upon a brew as golden as Cortez' daydreams. Multiple swipes of a spatula would be needed to remove the gorgeous lace.

The pale malt really shines in a light aroma. It is backed by hints of citrus and enticing floral notes. Very light hints of pine appear. This bouquet is on the light side, but it is a first rate perfume. Nice.

The taste is medium strength, but again the pale malt shines. It is a real bright and sweet breadiness that ties the other, more subtle flavors together. The floral notes are the most prominent as the sip progresses, ending finally in a juicy finish of light citrus and pine. Rating for style in this category is not easy anymore, many hop bombs are labeled APA's. The hops are not the only prime mover here, a supporting cast for a malt bill that is delicious. Each aspect improves the others to make a subtle but complex and exceptional taste.

In the mouth this beer is medium bodied, perfectly resinous, very carb.'ed, and supports the finish and flavor profile excellently.

Drinkability is on the order of have the emergency room on speed dial if you have a few cases of these handy.

Impression: I would buy out my store of these, it is absolutely delicious, but sadly Deschutes doesn't ship here. This is a must drink.

03-06-2010 23:41:36 | More by cavedave
Photo of vdread


3.73/5  rDev -4.4%

Mirror Pond Pale Ale is a color between copper and orange, with a clingy head that leaves thick spots of lace on the glass.

smells of citrus and sweet caramel malt.

malt forward, but balanced, malts have a bready, doughy taste, slightly caramel, balanced by the floral and citrus hop notes. bitterness is low to medium for the style.

m good, creamy, very highly carbonated.

+ a great sessionable beer, and a well made APA. my only problem is with the aggressive carbonation.

03-04-2010 02:31:59 | More by vdread
Photo of xjapanhomebrewx


4.35/5  rDev +11.5%

Wonderful, classic example of the style, a dead ringer. Great looking golden brew kettle copper with an off-white head. Highly refreshing cascade hop aroma, nothing overpowering to dull your senses, just enough to remind you its American. Sweet caramel malts are enjoyed in harmony with the great hoppy flavor. Terrific pale ale and highly sessionable. More Please!

02-28-2010 22:15:54 | More by xjapanhomebrewx
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev 0%

Good pale ale, a good and pleasing choice on tap.

Presentation: 20 oz draft serving. Menu only notes "Ice Cold Premium Draft Beers" with Mirror Pond among a 6 tap selection, and separated from 2 macro taps, $1 cheaper under the heading "Domestic Draft Beers". Served in a large pint shaker glass.

A - Medium amber reddish pour with a good is short head (serving close to the rim), medium retention and good lacing alongside a thin surface memory.

S - Soft aromas of hops and malt, grapefruit and caramel. Floral hints.

T - Nicely balance malt base with a good, if subtle, hoppy profile. Grapefruit and citrus notes over a soft and sweet malt sense.

M - Medium to light body lingering on the weak side towards the finish. Likewise good carbonation that holds better on tap than on its bottled version.

D - Very quaffable, works very well as a session beer.

Notes: Very similar to the bottled version with a fresher quality and better mouthfeel as it holds the texture much better. Remains a good and reliable pale ale.

02-25-2010 00:17:17 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

Appearance: Found on tap in AZ. Pours a dark copper in color with a small soapy head and some lacework.

Smell: Piney hops, resin, a bit grassy as well.

Taste: Bitter hops upfront, when served cold the malt body does little to stand in the way. Generic citrus flavor hard to pinpoint exactly which fruits but pleasing nonetheless. As the beer approaches room temperature, alittle malt sweetness pokes through but the hops become more astringent.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a pleasing hop bite which lingers.

Drinkability: This beer is much closer to an IPA than a standard APA, which makes me wonder what Deschutes IPA and DIPA are like. Solid beer nonetheless.

02-20-2010 05:28:37 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of climax


3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

Mirror Pond poured a very vibrant orange with a large frothy long lasting head. It left a solid wall of lace on the way down.

Good balance in the nose. Citrus hops are matched well by the malt toastiness. There are notes of orange, lemon peel, some sweet caramel and crackers. It was a good fresh aroma with just a hint of alcohol.

Very good flavor as well. Balance was good with all the aforementioned flavors. Fresh fruit with a bitter resiny presence. The finish was long, dry, and hop-heavy.

The body was a little on the thin side of medium. The feel was very slick with lively carbonation. Dry after the slickness in the mouth, it was easy to take another sip.

02-14-2010 22:36:22 | More by climax
Photo of fattire513


4.6/5  rDev +17.9%

For a Pale Ale this one was pretty strong and I tasted quite a bit of hops. I'm not used to having a pale ale that tastes more like an IPA. Again I purchased this one at a Wal-Mart for only $6 and well worth it to. I figured this beer to be a lot more for the price. The drinkability was great being able to enjoy them for the night but not getting too carried away with myself. I could classify this as better than the Sierra Nevada pale ale, one of my favorite beers. Would love to get some more of this and the price is too good to pass up.

02-14-2010 00:59:19 | More by fattire513
Photo of SDHoffers


4.33/5  rDev +11%

This is one of the first pale ales that I tried and loved from the instant I caught that great hoppy aroma. I have since appreciated hoppier brews but I enjoyed this in the beginning because there was more to it than hop. The appearance is golden with a little lace left behind. The smell isn't too strong. I could probably drink multiple pints because it always leaves me wanting another. Mouth feel is good but not much linger on this one. I would suggest this to anyone looking for a classy pale ale.

02-12-2010 15:52:00 | More by SDHoffers
Photo of Longhorn22


2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Once again I will say, I am not a pale ale fan. I don't know what I don't like about them, but for some reason I don't like the flavors of them.

A - It is a nice amber color, has an average size head that lasts a medium amount of time. The color is very pretty

S - It has a slightly sweet smell, nothing special, but pretty good.

T - It is sort of sweet, but has a strong bite at the end. The bite is strong enough that my girlfriend told me that I was making faces. I am a bit of a wimp for alcohol flavor, and I felt like I could taste some of the alcohol.

M/D - This beer is a little bit watery. The beer made me flinch a bit, so I'd say not very good. I give all Deschutes beers some credits because the beers taste so natural and pure.

Bottom Line: I am a HUGE fan of Deschutes. I give them the benefit of the doubt whenever I am selecting beers, but this one just seems to have missed the mark. I prefer the Red Chair NWPA to Mirror Pond.

02-07-2010 07:16:25 | More by Longhorn22
Photo of lumikuuro

British Columbia (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%

Two 12oz bottles poured into 22oz glass and topped up.

Appearance: Slightly hazy orangey amber with frothy off white head receding to good ring and leaving reasonable lacing.

Aroma: Citrusy, slightly floral and woody hop.

Taste: Soft but obvious hop bitterness with citrus and pepper. Slightly woody. Understated but balancing malt. Some peach or apricot. A little honey sweetness as it warms. Quite crisp but slightly dry. Now, this all sounds pretty good, except somehow it all seems just a little watered down, which spoils the overall flavour.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, decent.

Drinkability: There are lots of good flavours here, but the slightly diluted feel spoils it. Pleasant enough, but I'm glad they were free. There are much more rewarding pale ales out there to enjoy.

02-04-2010 03:24:49 | More by lumikuuro
Photo of nmglick


3.3/5  rDev -15.4%

The head of this beer is light, white, bright (ok no more rhyming) and inviting. Simply looking at this beer makes me want to taste it. The beautiful golden brown color only made me want to indulge in this brew even more. It's like the beer knows it looks good.

With the first taste I sensed a dry, wheat flavor - one that brings thoughts of hiking in the forests of Oregon, although I've never been there. The brew lies easy in the mouth, yet leaves its mark (in a positive way).

Overall, this beer is dry, yet refreshing. The brew remains bubbly and full of flavor through to the end. I don't know what the Mirror Pond in Oregon looks like, but I believe I know what that sensation tastes like after having this brew.

01-25-2010 00:17:46 | More by nmglick
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,698 ratings.