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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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2,724 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,724
Reviews: 847
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 112
Gots: 225 | 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 ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%

12oz into Firestone Walker pint glass.

A- Nice fluffy snow-white head, 3 fingers and while it settles quickly what's left is a nice 1cm biscuit. Golden pale, nice coloration. Pretty good pour.

S- More hops than I remember. A bit piny and some orange rind. Floral notes as well.

T- Nice bitter and fruity hops and a bready malt backbone. Perfect balance. Flavor is a bit more than most Am. Pales, and that's good. Hops are prominent but don't cross the line- I think this one is way more accessible than SNPA, for example.

M- Great carbonation- kind of high but works with the beer. Great flavors and nothing out of place.

D- Fairly high. I like this beer and it'd be something I would buy frequently if it got shipped to the East Coast. Good stuff. One of the better Am. Pale Ales I can remember having.

05-14-2010 22:18:15 | More by ShogoKawada
Photo of wesclaypool


4.28/5  rDev +9.7%

a - Dark amber color a bit on the murky side with a thin layer of head that faded pretty quickly.

s - Faint smell of hops and citrus, but not super bold.

t - Very balanced flavor of hops and malt. Smooth with not much bitterness.

m - Medium body with a bit of carbonation feel.

d - Very easy to drink. All around very balanced and pleasant.

05-14-2010 04:09:04 | More by wesclaypool
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.38/5  rDev -13.3%

Poured into Bud American Ale glass

Pours 1 and 1/2 fingers of khaki colored head. Decent retention with some really nice lace left. Color is a clear golden copper.

Aroma: Lots of bready malts here. Some caramel malt flavors as well. Don't forget the pale malts of course. Grassy floral hops. Fairly sweet. Light citrus blend.

Taste: More malt forward than I was expecting. This beer is nowhere near the hop level that I was expecting from a west coast pale ale. Caramel and bready malt flavors up front with a large amount of pale malts. Small amount of hops present compared to what I was expecting.

Mouthfeel: Bland, smooth, a bit of crispness. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends slightly dry, relatively clean.

Overall, this beer just wasn't for me. I expected more hops. Way too much pale malt here. All of this combines for a beer that isn't too drinkable when a normal pale ale should be.

05-11-2010 01:44:58 | More by mothman
Photo of beerwolf77


3.05/5  rDev -21.8%

Thanks goes to Wasatch for this beer.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a lightly cloudy bright orange with just a touch of brown. About one finger of white head fades rather quick leaving a tiny lace ring.

The aroma has a nice hoppiness to it. Moderate citrus along with sweet malt backbone. Light hints of apples and oranges.

The flavor is lightly hopped along with a dry earthy tone. A touch medicinal. Very mild malt in the finish.

Medium to light body. Mild carbonation.

Overall this beer is lacking in the flavor area. The bottle is about six months old so maybe I can find this fresh and amend my review.

05-08-2010 03:47:37 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -7.7%

Dark sunset/amber in color with a thick head the sizzles down toe a skim then a crown in a couple minutes.

Fruity/floral aroma, hop-centered but gentle. Even a hint of steamed veggies, something more in line with various lager styles.

At first the flavor is balanced between floral, grassy and herbal hop characteristics, but a biting, bitter astringency brings it down a little. Not bitter as in hopageddon hopocalypse hopsanity or anything...just a very green, to-the-bone bitterness that makes it feel like this lacks adequate malt presence. The malt that is here reminds me of something English--mild and unassuming--and there's just a tinge of soapiness here too.

Carbonation is vibrant and tingly, with just a slight stickiness, feeling as a beer of this style probably should.

Easily the least impressive Deschutes beer I have yet had. It's a very basic pale ale, if overly bitter for the style. One of my favorite breweries in the universe proves they're mortal by brewing a merely "good" beer like Mirror Pond. I have lost no faith in them.

05-07-2010 21:39:16 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of grittybrews


4.03/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours a rich amber into a pint glass, almost the color of a sherry-cask scotch. Around a finger of quick-receding white head. Aroma isn't overpowering, a little floral mixed with citrus and pine.

Moderate carbonation and a light, creamy mouthfeel. Initial notes of soft, lemony hops that balance nicely with a strong biscuit and caramel malt backbone. Clean finish leaves only a traces of hop bitterness. Doesn't make as strong of an impression as some APA's, but very nicely done.

05-06-2010 05:58:53 | More by grittybrews
Photo of djbreezy


4.33/5  rDev +11%

Had on cask at the Portland pub. Reviewed from tasting notes.

appearance - pours amber with a smooth head, good lacing

smell - citrus, pine hops, malts

taste - hops, bready malts, the dry hopping done for this pub only cask version really showcases the ingredients on the mouth

mouthfeel - exceptionally smooth, light bodied, creamy, few will get this same mouthfeel out of the bottle, but if you are able to try on cask...this is exceptional

drinkability - the cask pour really puts the beer on a level playing field and lets it shine. amazing pale for something so readily accessible.

05-06-2010 03:07:55 | More by djbreezy
Photo of pmccallum86


3.53/5  rDev -9.5%

Pours a golden amber transparent color with a giant thick bubbly head. Nothing too special but a little above average.

Smell is of light malts with some light citrusy hops. None of the aroma is very strong, kind of light in aroma.

Taste is of light bitter hops and light bready malts. This is one of the light APA I have encountered. It's a good beer, just nothing extraordinary. I would like to see some more flavor in beer, kind of bland in terms of hops and malt.

Mouthfeel is light and delicious, medium carbonation.

Drinkability is great, this would be an awesome session pale ale.

05-02-2010 04:57:20 | More by pmccallum86
Photo of shadow1961


3.6/5  rDev -7.7%

Deschutes Brewery's stuff is finally available in Minnesota- for once some of it is even gettable outstate. Thank you Westside Liquors.

Mirror Pond pale ale pours a good two fingers of loose, rocky foam over a clear orange brew. Carbonation is brisk and steady, the nose is fruity marmalade, a bit of yeasty funk, and spicy, medicinal hops. The flavor is bready malts with notes of lemon and a little mild herbal hops off the back. Mouthfeel is light and round, smooth and slightly dry. That a bit surprising as I was expecting it to be a bit more assertive, West Coast brewing practices being what they are. Altogether a pleasant, decently crafted offering in a very very broad field of similar ales. If they are your local brewery, by all means support them- the fresh stuff deserves your loyalty.

05-02-2010 03:42:05 | More by shadow1961
Photo of herman77


3.3/5  rDev -15.4%


A: Ever so slightly haze, rich orange/copper color. Small cream colored head. Lots of sticky lacing everywhere.

S: Bread and a slightly sweet toffee malt. Some citrus hops

T: A little sweet and fruity barley up front. Some grain flavoring in the mix. The bitterness is a little odd in a bad way, can't quite figure out why, sour/skunky? Nice crisp, slight dry finish. Decent balance.

M/D: Medium body, smooth feeling over the tongue. Carbonation is a touch on the higher side. Okay drinkability.

04-30-2010 23:36:11 | More by herman77
Photo of NefariousR


4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured from a 12oz. glass bottle into a pint glass.

A - Rich orange-amber with a foamy off-white head. Quite hazy.

S - Citrus, piny hops, with a hint of malt sweetness pervading.

T - Malt leading into hop overtones, with just a bit of sharp nuttiness in the aftertaste.

M - Slight bit of stickiness with a pleasant carbonated texture.

D - Very nice, great for a spring afternoon. Full-flavored but not even slightly overbearing.

04-28-2010 19:16:03 | More by NefariousR
Photo of Tucquan


4/5  rDev +2.6%

Had this again on 2014-03-26 in Columbia, PA from a bottle. I still like it all these years later but would drop the taste and mouthfeel to 3.75 from the bottle.

Had this at the Deschutes brew pub in Portland, OR on 2009-03-03

A - Slightly hazy rusted gold with a modest white head

S - Grain, citrus, floral

T - On cask this time and WOW, it really tastes great. It's darker, thicker and overall richer in the malt and the hops than on normal draft. Some fruit and excellent bitter balance from the cascade hops.

M - Creamier on cask but there was still a surprising amount of carbonation. Impressive

D - All day long. Had to raise the ratings a bit from my previous review.

04-27-2010 16:06:53 | More by Tucquan
Photo of jera1350


3.83/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours into a nonic a copper color with a billowy off white head that is about two fingers thick. Fair amount of lace with good head retention.

Pretty good blend of floral hops with caramel malt. Hints of pine and apple.

Kind of like a hopped up lager. This leans towards the bitter hop side, but has a subtle malt sweetness. Kind of grainy with some toastiness, with floral and bitter hops. I'm really struggling to describe the unique taste of this one. The hops linger in the aftertaste.

The carbonation is right on, medium body, mostly smooth.

Nice drinkability, but two or three would be enough. A pretty unique APA. It's good and interesting. I would have it again and at the $2.99 price point for a bomber, a good deal.

04-26-2010 22:54:44 | More by jera1350
Photo of bondjedi


4.53/5  rDev +16.2%

I grabbed a 1/2 barrel (full keg) of this for $150.00. A tremendous bargain, as the retail value of this brew is about $30 a case.

The bottled version is tasty, though sluggish and heavy. From the tap, it becomes something closer to Nectar of the Gods. Held up to candlelight, the pint glass takes on a copper hue, the color of the grandest sunset you will ever see. The smell is the weakest point - at best I would call it unobjectionable.

The taste is honey sweet and rich. It overwhelms the front of the tongue with an ambrosia sensation, yet gives a knock-knock to the back of the tongue on its way home. This is some serious pop you're drinking, it wants to remind you.

Highly drinkable. I prepped myself for a binge with a couple glasses of water, and went to bed eight hours later for a good night's sleep. I recall walking to bed and locking the doors, and that's about it.

04-26-2010 16:47:18 | More by bondjedi
Photo of drabmuh


4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

Beer is brownish and hazy. Forms a thin head of small bubbles, white, that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Beer is sweet and has a hint of cascade-esque hops to it. Smell pretty good.

Beer is sweet and medium to light in body. There is some bitterness at the back and well balanced. Some carbonation on the palate, its pretty good. Its simple and tasty. I like it.

04-22-2010 02:41:35 | More by drabmuh
Photo of pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours and hazed orange amber with a 1 finger sticky cap...laces well....modestly carbonated.

Nose is standard for Pacific NW Pales; Grapefruity, woody, caramel malts... very pleasing.

Slick mouth feel, mellow amalgam of the grapefruit-wood-bittering-sweet malts of the Pac NW APA..nicely executed...mellow and non aggressive with full flavor and satisfying character. A standard for the style

04-22-2010 00:04:02 | More by pootz
Photo of CHSLBrew


3.48/5  rDev -10.8%

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Enjoyed on one of the early, warm spring days this year.

A-Quite clear amber brew, showing lots of bubbling. Head is bright, fluffy whitish and sustaining decently, eventually dying down to a generous bubble layer.

S-Herbal hoppiness lightly atop a nutty-toasty biscuit character. A hint of sweetish caramel, with just a bit of a flowery note.

T-A very smooth pale ale flavor. Hoppiness floats forward, earthy-herbal-citrus in character. Nutty, dry malt characters are subtle, mixing with some light fruity esters and floral hoppiness.

M-Moderate body, driven by the hoppiness and slick malty mouthfeel. Carbonation was medium level, maybe a bit lower than desired.

D-Refreshing and quite tasty, this one is perfect for warming weather that comes with spring in Minnesota.

04-20-2010 17:09:35 | More by CHSLBrew
Photo of Turbansurfer


3.9/5  rDev 0%

Honestly I haven't had a sip of this great APA since 1998; but it was always one of the old stand by's when i lived on the West Coast. The Pale ale that i cut my teeth on.

Crystal Clear; gold color. Crisp hops with a very smooth finish. In my estimation a lighter ale but flat out refreshing- just fun to sit and drink.

Not much better than sipping a Mirror Pond next to a mountain lake in Southern Oregon.

04-17-2010 17:39:02 | More by Turbansurfer
Photo of exonthebottle


4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

wow, this beer is great example of American Pale Ale in my opinion also thanks for finally distributing to Minnesota!
nice clear amber color, retains head and has nice lacing
floral hops and breadness nice aroma not overpowering but pleasant
flavor good malt and hops not complex but still good
carbonation is there but not overpowering or watered down
great drinkability enjoy

04-16-2010 19:20:22 | More by exonthebottle
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.66/5  rDev -6.2%

One of the ol' standby's. Pours a rich amber color, another dark pale oxymoron. Very clear and professional looking. Good aroma.

Taste, lately, has been a little maltier, woodier feel. Good hopping for a pale ale. The standard stuff, none of the new high alpha hops, this feels of Cascade and Chinook maybe. Never really found out what they use. But you know that classic C variety of hop feel v. the simcoes and amarillos of the world. This is old style pale ale from the West Coast.

Mouthfeel, because of the dissipation of the hop quality as you drink, I am a little disappointed. Drinkability is much better, its one of the best price/quality ratio's out there. Routinely find this for $6.99.

EDIT: This beer continues to go downhill, Deschutes either expanded too far or something, because we just don't get the same fresh awesome mirror pond as it used to be.

04-16-2010 03:30:21 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of hardy008


3.83/5  rDev -1.8%

Amber color with an off-white one finger head with nice retention. The smell is grapefruit from the cascade hops and some sweet malt. The aroma is not real strong.

The flavor is also not real strong, and matches the aroma. This is not a complex beer, but is still solid. Medium bodied, with decent carbonation. I could see this being a nice session beer.

04-16-2010 03:05:31 | More by hardy008
Photo of Mdog


3.58/5  rDev -8.2%

Appearance: Clear gold, good head and lacing.

Smell: Not a lot, light breadiness.

Taste: Nice balanced pale ale, bread flavors with a dry pithy citrus finish.

Drinkability: Light, easy drinking. Nice price at $2.99 per 22oz.

Deschutes is in Minnesota, so I picked up a few to try. Mirror Pond is first, a little less hop forward than I was expecting and not a lot going on with the aroma. A pretty solid beer, but I'll stay local with Summit for a regular pale ale.

04-11-2010 01:34:44 | More by Mdog
Photo of Bighuge


4.25/5  rDev +9%

Clear copper body. Thin and bubbly dirty white head. Lace is spotty and fairly abundant. Fresh lemon citrus hoppy aroma with a slight background of caramel malts. Quite the nice aroma. Fresh citrusy flavor too with a solid malt backbone. Again, I'd say more of a lemon citrus aspect than the expected grapefruit, but I'm not complaining. This is obviously fresh and very agreeable with my buds. Carbonation level is pretty high and this is quite quenching. Would lend itself very nicely to some spicy Thai or Vietnamese dishes.

04-10-2010 02:42:16 | More by Bighuge
Photo of NA1NSXR


3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

Appearance - Dark amber color with some carbonation in the appearance. Small head.

Smell - Aroma starts a hop introduction, ends fruity, floral, and sweet. The fruitiness is not really a hard edged citrus, its more of a soft edged smell. I think this one smells great.

Taste - Quite sweet with a good moderate hop bite at the end. One of the better balanced pale ales I've had.

Mouthfeel - Medium, not watery, the right level of carbonation.

Drinkability - This is a good APA overall with slightly more rounded edges. Its got a noticeable sweetness, lacks the cut of citrus, but retains good presence of both its malt and hop flavors. I think this is solid within the context of the style, though overall I prefer less hop in my beer.

04-09-2010 04:18:27 | More by NA1NSXR
Photo of jjanega08


4.33/5  rDev +11%

A= pours a nice deep amber color with a really nice two finger sticky head on it. Awesome lacing on the glass and some decent retention. Quite the nice looking PA.

S= All about balance here. Nice hop profile in here with s little bit of citrus smelling hops in it. Nothing overpowering at all. Really just the right amount of hops. The malts are nice and bready. Sweet sort of doughyness to it. Great balance.

T= The malts take the forfront in this one. Really sweet and bready. Nice sweetness to it! Tastes like a honey covered biscuit with a little bit of a hop bite to it. Excellent balance and just enough complexity to make it an interesting pale ale. Really enjoyable and I'm super excited for the brewery to come to MN.

M= Fits the style to point. Really no stand out point. Perfectly average all around making it pretty good for the style.

D= This beer is excellent. 2.99 a bomber in MN right now and drinking excellent. Just enough complexity to keep ya guessing and just enjoyable enough to sip on year round. Great brew and thank you for coming to MN!

04-07-2010 03:04:41 | More by jjanega08
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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