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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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3,128 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,128
Reviews: 886
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 130
Gots: 396 | FT: 4
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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 EwaldEichstaett
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber for 1.99, can't beat that!

A: golden, red and brown color. Poor head but good lacing.

S: Delicate caramel malt and a mild hop bitterness detected. Not much more to say.

T: This one is a bit milder than most Pale Ales, it has a bit more of a malt body and less hops. Not to say that it is not delicious, spicy earthen flavors are prominent.

M: medium/light body with decent carbonation. Goes down quite smooth

D: Quite high. The beer actually reminds me of an ESB. It's good, perhaps a beer to try and convert friends to craft with. I will admit that I'd get a bit bored with it.

Photo of eclaycamp
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Color is a brightish orange tinged to amber. I've got a little bit of a cloudy appearance, not sure if that's a typical characteristic of this beer or if it was maybe my choice of glass. Smallish head that collects tiny little pools of foam. Minimal lacing. Big aroma of biscuity malt. Hop aroma is also there, though not as pronounced as the malt. Mouthfeel is quite nice, with a level of bitterness that surprises you given the aroma is mostly that of malts. Adjusting to the level of bitterness the malt opens up, with caramel sweetness hitting all the right notes. Grapefruit and spice add hop character. This is quite a pleasant pale ale. I really like the mouthfeel, it's not watery, almost slick, and very enjoyable. My only complaint about the beer is that it's relatively standard for a pale ale, with nothing that really stands out. Still it's a solid, although unspectacular, example of the pale ale style.

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

A: Pours a clear orange/amber color with about a finger thickness of head.

S: Faint smells of bready malts and some floral cascade hops I think. The smell is not very strong.

T: Bready malts, caramel and floral cascade hops are the most prominent flavors for me.

M: Nice amount of carbonation. A very nice smooth mouthfeel.

D: A very good session beer. Enjoyable to the last drop.

Photo of JMad
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle to a pint glass...
Poured an amber color with a one finger head that left some good lacing.
Smells of sweet grapefruit and floral hops.
Taste is great with citrusy hops and a sweet bubblegum like character.
Medium bodied and very smooth.
This is one of my favorite pale ale's big on flavor.

Photo of rfgetz
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden straw color with touches of amber. Good cap of firm white bubbled, good retention and moderate sticky lacing. Scent is a great combination of Pacific hops, good pine and grapefruit balane. Taste brings the delicious hop profile from the scent but adds a nice touch of mango, good light crackery malt backbone. Lighter side of medium bodied, perfect carbonation level. A very nice APA with better hop qualities than some IPAs.

Photo of kdpark
4.72/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy copper, off-white head, nice lacing

S: Pleasant pine, floral aroma, sweet caramel malt

T: Light toast and caramel malt balanced perfectly with hops, fruity yeast character makes this special, wonderful malt character

M: Medium to thin, but with some malt character, smooth hopping

D: Very drinkable, excellent hop flavor and malt complex with the lighter mouthfeel makes this a highly drinkable and enjoyable beer. One of the best, if not the best, examples of an American Pale Ale.

Photo of Chaney
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this as an extra from OakedCanuck. Thanks dude!

A: Pours a beautiful, glistening dark amber color, with medium carbonation, and a slight foamy head that quickly withers away to nothing.

S: It almost smells like a wheat beer. Very pleasant floral profile.

T: The real star here is the filtered water used to make this brew. It tastes as if someone soaked fresh, ripe cherries in the water before production. It meshes beautifully with the hop profile. The finish is about as smooth and refreshing as an alcoholic beverage can possibly be: The Ahhhh factor is strong with this one!

M: Not watery in any way and there is a malty, slighty carbonated tingle and mild sizzle by the hops. Great!

D: I have a friend who I once heard put this on a pedestal by saying that Mirror Pond is one of the best pale ales on the market...I'm not going to argue.

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

Had this at Humperdinks while in Dallas on vacation.

The best by date was a week awway has I remebered. I could defeintly tell that most of the hops have faded. Still a well balanced pale ale with some decent hop flavors. Some citrus. but not much. still a well crafted beer.

Photo of dpnelson1978
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$3.99 / ea.

A: Big loose head over a hazy straw head. Very good retention, great lacing, and a thick rocky cover. Much better than I was expecting.

S: Sweet malty aroma with hints of honey and lemon. Things are looking really good so far.

T: Bready backbone front and center. Just enough hop character to balance the sweetness, and a clean refreshing finish. Very solid pale ale.

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Very smooth.

D: Good traditional pale ale with the drinkability one would expect. Great versatility.

O: I was expecting a solid flagship style beer, but I was pleasantly surprised. One of my favorite pale ales.

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

Clear amber color with two fingers of head that had great retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Plenty of citrus and floral hop aroma to start things out balanced with some caramel malt. This APA is surprisingly flavored balanced coming from a West Coast brewery. Citrus hops leads the way but is quickly balanced by the sweet, caramel malt. Bitterness is moderate and seems to just right for this beer but it does linger for a little too long in the aftertaste. The body is on the lighter side of medium but is more than enough to carry the hops. Good carbonation. One of the better values to come into our market in a long time. This is a regular in my fridge.

Photo of mpyle
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

App - Dark gold/pale amber in color. Very clear. Pours a good sized white head with good retention.

Aroma - Strong pine scent from the hops, very fresh and solventy.

Flav - minimal malt, then a wall of hops. Some pine flavor, and turns quite bitter. One dimensional for an APA - too singularly hoppy.

MF - Med body and carbonation. Not astringent, but the hops aren't exactly pleasant on the tongue.

D'ability - Lacks malt sweetness to offset the hops. A 5% ABV hop bomb.

Photo of hughesm4
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap in the Portland brewpub
a-Poured a very light color gold color with a light ring of head around the edge of the glass.
s-Smell is a little bland with a slight piney smell (this could be due to the fact that I am drinking this after an IPA).
t-A stronger hop taste than I was expecting up front with a very slight hint of malt.
m/d-Very light in the mouth, but it has a little bit of balls for a pale ale. There are a number of pales that I would drink before this, but it would make for a nice drink on a warm day.

Photo of steve8robin
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this on a trip to MN. 22oz bottle split between 2...

A: Burnt light brown orange with a half inch white head that fades slowly. Good.

S: Smells of some oaky wood with some raisin bready yeast. Some sweet maltiness in the middle with some bitter hope on the backend. Decent.

T: Watery hops upfront with some flowery elements in the middle blended with some earthy hops and sweet malts on the backend. Decent.

M: Light body with a light carbonation. Decent.

D: Goes down super easy. Very good.

All in all, this brew was not much special. I'm glad I got to try it, but I will not hunt it down again, for sure.

Photo of soupyman10
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid, highly drinkable APA that didn't quite live up to the Inversion IPA or the Hops in the Dark I tried, but still a solid effort from Deschutes. Pours how you'd expect, then a nice balanced mix of hops and malt. I could have done with a bit more fruitiness, or flavor in general, but it's a fairly subdued style. Highly sessionable.

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

Tried this on tap at a pool hall in Costa Mesa back in '06 when it was frist making its rounds in socal, and was unimpressed.
A buddy really enjoys this one, so he got me to give it another shot. Sure glad I did...

Awesome copper haze, a nice head and a balanced aroma all come with the pour. Taste is very rich and less refined than most pale ales. Its much more complex and thicker on the taste buds than say a SNPA. I like this beer, it drinks heavy but says it weighs in at 5.0%. It has an awesome taste that makes it stand out to me as a pale ale with alot of backbone. Cant go wrong with a 12er of this in the cooler, summer or winter!

Photo of DovaliHops
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color with a small white head. Scent is VERY fruity. Lots of citrus, mainly grapefruit. It has a bit of a funky scent to it as well. Taste is quite pleasant. Very well balanced and smooth. Initially, I get citrus (lemons, orange, grapefruit)...then I get a bit of tropical mango. Then it ends with a nice caramel malt flavor. Very nice. I see this beer everywhere, but I never buy it...I regret that. Mouthfeel is kinda thick for a pale ale...but I have NO complaints about that. Drinkability is very high. It seems like it's a bigger beer than it actually is (weighing in at only 5%).

Photo of gkunkle
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden, copper color with a 1/2" white head. Smells hoppy and piney. Citrusey hop taste with a little bit of bitterness, little bit of malt too. Mouthfeel is a little thicker thank I expected, but it was good. Overall, it was enjoyable, one of the better pale ales I have had.

Photo of tronester
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a thin creamy off-white head. Smells of freshly baked bread and a hint of pine. Taste is light toffee up front, followed by a citrusy orange peel middle, and a piny dry finish. A hint of soapyness in the finish as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, nice low carbonation. Very good drinkability, I would certainly get this again, an excellent example of an APA.

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

12oz bottle, a souvenir from a cross-border trip with my mom last week.

This beer pours a softly hazy, attractive medium orange-amber hue, with three fingers of foamy, puffy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some random stringy, chunky lace around the glass in its relatively slow wake.

It smells of caramel nougat and bready malt, a pleasant tropical fruitiness, a wee twinge of green yeast, and sort of bitter leafy, grassy hops. The taste is sweet, weirdly warming bready pale and caramel malt, a bit of buttered toast, and a decent punch of zingy blended pine and citrus hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite unilaterally soft, the body a decent medium weight, smooth, and even kind of creamy - very nice. It finishes off-dry, clean and biscuity, the hops chiming in again to cement that mouth-watering experience.

Yup, a pleasantly hoppy session ale, through and through - tasty, balanced, and increasingly drinkable, due in no small part to its lingering dryness - and look - my glass is now empty - quelle surprise!

Photo of Radome
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had it on tap from Aces & Ales in Las Vegas, NV.

A - Beer was clear but not brilliant. Pale copper color. Thin off white head.

S - Comes across as an average, unexceptional American Pale Ale. Earthy hops, not overly grapefruity or piney. No malt aroma, not much complexity.

T - Fairly mild malt initially, then fruity hop flavors dominate. Not much else, just a simple straightforward session pale ale.

M - Low to moderate carbonation. Light body. Bitterness is verging on harsh to me, but stays just this side of the line.

D - Better than the sum of its parts. A good, enjoyable session beer, but don't expect it to be real interesting in any one area.

Photo of LacquerHead
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this at B&J's Pizza off of Staples in CC TX.

It was served in a regular chilled pint glass.
Poured amber with a brown tint.
Good head retention that settled to a decent lacing - head clung to sides of the glass.

The aroma was similar to any other pale ale, only a little more piney.

The taste was good. It had all the components of a pale ale. There was a sharp piney taste, slightly bitter. It had a caramel malt flavor that came in to round off the hops. It was less subtle then a Sierra Nevada. Overall, this was good, however, something just was not clicking with me. It seemed like it was haphazardly put together. I thought the malt profile was solid, but the hops were just not working for me. It was a little on the thin side.

To me it was not that drinkable, but I would imagine others liking it. The carbonation was good and it had a dry after taste. I liked it better at colder temps.

I would recommend it. However, this beer was not to my liking. It's worth a try. I gave it a good rating on taste because the flavor was there, but the drinkability factor was not.

Photo of boomer31
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A rich gold with a thin white head

S - A muted citrus hop presence with a touch of malt. Not much in the nose

T - The fruity hops are again subdued but a light bitterness is a nice surprise in the after taste. The malt comes close to overwhelming the hops but a nice balance is achieved.

M - Low carbonation and think mouthfeel.

D - A definite session ale though there may be some better options available.

Photo of woosterbill
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best by 7/30/10 (my fault for not checking the label before I put it my mixed 6 this afternoon), into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear, well-carbonated medium amber body with two fingers of lusciously creamy off-white head. Excellent, rocky retention and plenty of lace. I can't imagine a better looking APA. Seriously.

S: Fairly light, delicate aromas of floral hops and toasty caramel malt. Still quite fresh smelling for a beer just past its expiration date, but indicative of a fairly simplistic beer at any age. Clearly confirms the label's promise of pure Cascade hops, but is this classic or clichéd? I'm not entirely sure.

T: Opens with hops, then shows off a far deeper and more varied malt profile than the aroma promised before going back to the hops for a cleanly bitter finish. The malts are among the best I've seen in an APA, with the usual sweet caramel well balanced with toasted pale malts and even what strikes me as biscuity pilsner malt. Very nice flavor.

M: Clean, fairly light body with lots of carbonation. Pleasant.

D: Great malt/hop balance combined with a fairly low ABV makes this quite drinkable.

Notes: Reminds me a lot of New Glarus Moon Man in its amazing malt complexity, but lacks that beer's dankness of hop aroma. Since Moon Man is my all time favorite APA, though, any comparison to it is high praise. I'd love to try Mirror Pond at peak freshness, as I bet a more assertive aroma would help its one relatively weak point.


Photo of joemcgrath27
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BA bud andrenaline for the haul on his trip to B.C.
A - poured a clear gold/bronze tint with nice off white head that retains well, slowly dissipating to islands with good lacing up the glass
S - pleasant floral and spicy hop aromas, light toasty malt hints, and subtle berry hints
T - the floral hops are featured nicely, mild spiciness, toasty malt comes through nicely, and I'm getting mild blueberry type flavour
M - slightly thin but smooth, the hops don't come through with enough dry and/or bitter for my liking, but I can see the appeal of this approach
D - easy drinking, thin but smooth, and light well balanced flavours make this a worthy beer, and the kind of pale ale that will appeal to many tastes

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

A - Pours a nice golden copper brown, thin layer of beige head, good retention, which settles into small islands leaving a nice amount of lacing.

S - The hops are mild, but nicely balanced with bready barley and some caramel and honey.

T - Hops are noticeable off the top, but it finishes with a nice bready malt. Sweet caramels also come through to balance it out.

M - Nice light, bubbly and smooth ale. It's bitter, but does not finish dry, making for a nicely balanced beer.

D - Very pleased with this offering. Nothing mind blowing, but was definitely a full flavoured ale with many admirable characteristics. I wish I had access to 6-ers of this in Alberta, as this would be a lovely sessionable beer.

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 3,128 ratings.