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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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3,092 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,092
Reviews: 877
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 131
Gots: 357 | 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 morebeergood
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sitting at the in-laws house in Seattle watching the World Cup with a Mirror Pond in hand. Poured into a goblet style glass. Dark amber color with a nice but small head. Moderate lacing on the glass. Smell is pine and a bit of grass and caramel. Taste is very nice, as it has an excellent hop profile but a great maltiness to it also. Mouthfeel is hoppy but leaves a spicy hop aftertaste in the mouth. Drinkability is higher than normal due to the well-built balance of this beer. Would love to see more Deschutes back in Mass.

Photo of Augustiner719
3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a mahogony reddish, brown color with an nice off white head that gives way to minimal but noticable lacing. Retention is poor, but this just barely hazy APA looks inviting. It has a very mild, almost muted hop aroma but it does carry some nice caramel sweetness on the aroma. Almost has a barleywine esque matly aroma but its very faint. Tastes on point with the style. Not over hopped, or over malted, balanced and crisp. Nothing jumping out at me and does have a slight bitter, unenjoyable aftertaste. Mouthfeel is spot on, small bubbles wake the tongue up but leaves a disjointed hollow alcohol aftertaste. Drinkability is very high. solid APA, too bad its not distributed by me.

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

Consumed 6/11 at The Yard House in Long Beach, CA
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours a deep clear, copper color with a two finger of rocky, khaki colored head. Head retrains nicely leaving clumped ringlets around the glass.

S: Nose is of big piney hops, grassy hops, and some caramel malts.

T: Taste is grassy hops in the forefront, a touch of hay that lingers ever so slightly. Middle is filled out with pale malts and hints of caramel malt flavoring. Finish is of citrus hops - the lemon really comes through and sits with you for a bit with an ever so light hint of pine.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, nice oily body with a touch sticky finish.

D: Goes down easily, nicely blended, mild kick. This is a damn fine APA to sit with for a long time.

Photo of stewart124
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Light copper color with a nice fluffy head. Visible carbonation. Great lacing left along the glass.

Plenty of floral aromas and an almost cotton candy note of sweetness. Slight amount of cascade in the nose.

Loads of malty sweetness and caramel goodness with just the right amount of cascade bitterness. This is a very balanced American Pale Ale. Some pear esters to couple with the delicious hops.

Finishes with a nice hop bitterness and a slight citrus lingers. Great mouthfeel overall and very drinkable. Beautifully done!

Photo of appenzeller
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on the porch by the river at Louie's in Ashland, Oregon with their fine burger. Life is good.

Pours a light amber, minimal head, hazy. Smells fresh and hoppy, Cascade hops. Taste starts with a clean and moderate bite of the hops, bitter, with underlying notes of caramel and lemon. The balance on this beer is excellent.

Big fan of Deschutes Brewery, have been from the start and their little brewery was brand spankin new. With Deschutes, it's almost as if their "terroir" shows in some of their brews. Mirror Pond is a pale ale I've loved for decades, it never gets old. Also, this is one that needs to be fresh for the full effect, I have bad visions of some esoteric brew from Oregon sitting on shelves for months in New Jersey or Georgia and then getting picked up by beer lovers. Makes my head hurt.

Photo of hoplover82
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours clear deep golden with hints of copper. With a fleeting small white head that leaves ok lacing.

S-Floral notes woft oh so nicely then fades to a pale and some toasty caramel blend in the nose.

T-The flavor is much of the same with a quite noticable bitterness. Maybe too much for a beer that not too big (i.e. 5%abv)

M-Has a full medium body with a dry nail polish-y astringent finish.

D-It is pretty drinkable but I will probably not buy any more. Than mouthfeel is pretty much a turn off. ...

Photo of alcstradamus
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes

Pours a light golden color with a half finger of head and a tad bit of lacing. The aroma is pretty light, made up mostly of bready malts and earthy hoppiness. The flavor is very crisp, but the hops are virtually non existent. This would be fine if the malt profile was a bit cleaner, but there is some mustiness that holds it back from really being an easy drinker. Bitter finish. Overall, a nice beer perhaps to have with a burger and fries but not something I would purchase again.

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

Pours a clear orange/amber color with a one finger head that has pretty good retention and leaves nice lacing.

Smells of raisiny hops, lemon and some caramel (with toffee as it warms up).

Tastes of lemon, floral hops balanced well by a bread and caramel malt back. A lingering finish of bitterness with caramel.

Medium body, smooth with lively soft carbonation which makes it really refreshing.

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

I had this for the first time while camping in the Mojave Desert and Death Valley--one of the best trips of my life--so there's a certain element of nostalgia attached to it for me. It's one of the couple of beers along with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Stone IPA I had on that fateful trip that started a lifelong love of c-hops, so I'm excited to try this again years later. I expect it'll somehow not seem quite as hoppy as it did back then. Here goes...

Pours a rich, amber, nice and clear with a healthy head of thin foam that retains nicely.

Definitely smells like cascade hops with hints of caramel and bread crusts.

The taste is a nice balance of lemony, citrus fruitiness, definitely lots of white grapefruit, with a light bready malt backbone and a light sugary sweetness lingering in the background.

Light bodied and light on the palate, maybe a little too much so if you're looking for full flavors that coat the tongue and bruise the palate, but perfect if you just want something that refreshes and finishes fairly quickly.

Overall a very decent pale ale built for sessioning. Really, as a fan of IPAs and DIPAs it's kind of hard for me to rave about a pale ale in quite the same way as I would something more in-your-face--much less engage in the same level of detailed tasting forensics--but make no mistake, this is a great beer from a great brewery.

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

I received this in a trade a little bit ago with alexgrahamlv -- thanks for the hook up! Review is from notes taken on 5/31/2010 and poured from the bottle to a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Body pours a robust orange and coppery color and starts with an even one finger off-white head that fades fairly slowly to a full and and firm cap; body is a little cloudy and shows strong carbonation bubbling throughout; nice washes and strands of lacing are left behind.

Smell: A nice array of bitter lemon peel-like hop bitterness with an even, cracked, dry and toasty graininess balancing it out; the nose is moderately strong, and I love the straightforward and simple nature of it -- you know exactly what you're getting with this one.

Taste: Really just like the smell -- very simple and straightforward balance of the bitter lemon peel-like hoppiness and the very firm backing of the dry, cracked and toasty graininess; it's really better than I remember from my days in the West and it's super refreshing; sometimes I really miss living in Oregon.

Mouthfeel: A nice, smooth and creamy body (despite the lively and potent carbonation) that is medium in weight; leaves a very firm coating and dry stickiness all over the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability: Excellent, excellent beer. I need more Deschutes in my life. Flavors are simple and great, it's a very refreshing beer and the 5% ABV makes it more than manageable. This is an all-day, all-summer beer.

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

I love this beer, incredible taste. Not a huge head on it, but I really love this beer. For an american pale ale, this beer is amazing. Incredibly refreshing, good color, good smell/taste. Good alcohol level, great body. Overall very very good, I have no improvements to make. You can find this at Whole Foods, which makes it even better.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint taken on the veranda of Hotel El Tovar, on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, beat that view if you can!

The beer was a healthy amber colour, very slight haze, but not enough to get excited about. On top sat a thin white head which hung around for a while.

The aroma was mostly hops, a variety maybe, but mostly hops.

The taste was mainly hops, the same variety as the smell, but again mostly hops. A dry bitterness with a hint or two of malt make this a very drinkable beer. They haven't tried to over hop this beer, it sits nicely below the IPA levels and although it leans towards being that style they've resisited to go that far, good.

Photo of regspeir
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle acquired in a trade with emmasdad
Poured a golden dark amber with carbonation evident. 2-finger head quickly settled to a coating which remained throughout. Nose is underwhelming citrus, floral and butterscotch. Mouthfeel was medium and was a little sticky. Taste was woody, sweetness of some citrus, particularly lemon and a mildly bitter finish. Although this was supposed to be a fresh bottle, nothing really stood out here for me. It almost tasted more like a lager. At 5% this should be quite sessionable but I will pass.

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

Thanks to Scoobydank
for this snack I really appreciated it. This brew was poured into a strait pint glass and it had a nice white head that left a great lace as I drank it. The body of the brew was a clear amber in color.

The brew was nice and hop forward with a light sweet malt backbone. Great aromas of pine and citrus fruits filled my nose. The flavor was very similar to the aromas this was a great pale balanced leaning slightly to the bitter. It was light and crisp in my mouth.

I really liked this brew and the bottle when way to fast for me I would gladly by more of this brew if I could.

Photo of udubdawg
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a bright orange color, quite clear, most of the off-white/light tan head fading fast but the remnants decide to stick around to the bottom third of the glass.

Aroma is full of spicy citrus, fresh and resiny, just a great Cascade aroma. There is a suggestion of caramel behind, as well as a general full pale malt aroma. Oh yeah...

Really really tasty beer. Definite doughy and toast notes, along with some caramel - I find myself saying that whereas the hops are American, the malt bill is very much more English. I dig it.
The bitterness seems at least up to the task of balancing the malt, if not more, but it is soft, rounded, not at all sharp. The lingering flavor in the finish is a pleasant bready taste, not really any bitterness.

Body is perhaps fuller than average for an American Pale Ale, but not out of line. Soft carb, not sticky, extremely drinkable; I'll have this any time I can get my hands on it.

Photo of dwilson01
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into my arrogant bastard pint glass, brimmed the glass nicely with 2 solid fingers of creamy off white pale yellow head. Nice lacing as it dissipates uneven like a puffy cloud. The color is a maple orange, chill haze is prominent and it has a consistent amount of carbonation rising.

The smell is nice, a refreshing orange and sweeter apricot are prominent, but a backbone of fresh garden herb and dry spice round it out.

The flavor strikes me as more tangerine in the citrus fruit category, lots of residual unfermented sugars give it a sweeter flavor and the hops are all aromatic with very little bittering qualities employed.

Good initial mouthfeel, the great flavor aids in this, finishes a tiny bit dry which isn't a bad thing with this brew, keeps the smooth refreshing quality that I initially pick up.

Quite drinkable, session pale for sure. I guess this one in my opinion basically compares to sn pale ale but with less of the roasted malt and bittering hop flavor profile. Possible more of a mellow wheat beer presence in the hops here which make it more preferable to girls?? Ill experiment on that and get back to you.

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

I poured this from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a slightly hazed gold color with a 3/4" loose white head that dropped to a skim pretty fast. Some spotty lace left behind...

S= Fruity ester smell w/ mild citrus and pine hops.

T= Much like the smell, with a light malty base under a delicate blend of cascade/west coast hops and fruity esters. Very fruity actually. Nicely balanced though.

MF= Medium body with a modest carbonation.

D= A very interesting and unique west coast pale ale. Quite different from SNPA, with the esters playing a much larger role. Easily sessionable.

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

Entire bomber poured into a weizen glass. Yep, that's right. Lovely golden orange color with about a half inch of white head that fell to a lasting cap, spotty sheets of lacing. Looks great! Good hoppy aroma here, but not overpowering in anyway, less grapefruit than I was suspecting, cut some citrus notes are there with a lightly malty component in the background. Good balance on this pale ale. Tastes more like an English style, but the American citrus-like hops do show up on the clean bitter finish. Malts are very mellow, not much sweetness, and pretty well balanced. Carbonation is just about perfect for this lighter bodied brew. Easy drinkin beer, light bitterness made this bomber go quickly. Great session brew.

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

Poured from a 22 oz. brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Picked up the 22 oz. bottle for three bucks at my local beer store...nice price.

Appearance: Pours a clear deep amber color with a nice white foamy head that left nice sticky lacing as it receded.

Smell: Citrus hops and pine notes with some sweet malts behind it for balance. Nice.

Taste: Very hoppy up front with that citrus-pine flavor of Cascade hops. Balanced well with sweet roasted malts underneath. Smooth finish with little bitterness and a bit of lingering sweetness.

Mouth Feel: Medium body with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink and very easy to session due to the lower ABV. A great balance of hops and malts, this is a solid entry in the very crowded America Pale Ale category. I will definitely drink this one again due to the low cost and great flavors.

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of wesclaypool
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mothman
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of grittybrews
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 3,092 ratings.