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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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3,169 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,169
Reviews: 893
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 137
Gots: 418 | FT: 6
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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Ratings: 3,169 | Reviews: 893
Photo of AleWatcher
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Edited 01.13.13 because Deschutes is now available in Chicagoland... So I'm editing my review hoping that THIS bottle is fresh and it will make a differemce in my opinion of this beer!

Bottle into tulip pint.
Vigorous pour yields two full fingers of head. Orangey copper hued body.
Smells and tastes lightly sweet, bright citrusy and floral hops, and a mild yet noticeable bitterness. Dry crisp finish has progressively more bitterness with each sip as we warm up.

The body is spot on for a pale ale-- firm carbonation, not watery, yet not full, and easy drinking.

Overall-- I gave this beer a 3.3 when I had in December of 2010... It is more enjoyable now. A 3.7 sounds about right. Not the best pale ale, but better than average.

---Original review from 12.05.2010---
Poured bomber into pint glass.

A coppery orange with off-white head. Mediocre retention and lacing.

Smells sweet... Floral hops. Tastes sweet, surprisingly malty. Big sweet finish. Not a lot of bitterness. Big floral and grassy hops.

Oily, cloying, and medium bodied. Feels undercarbonated.

Wow is this sweet. I'm very disappointed in this beer. I love Deschutes... I'm just going to endthis review and return to watching Star Wars with my 3 year old...

Photo of Estocker
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Smell: has a bigger floral aroma than most pale ales I've tried. I get a little bit of citrus, but it seems more lemony than usual.

Taste: taste is similar, a little bit of fruit comes in, perhaps some lemon maybe even raspberry? (maybe it's the floral aroma playing tricks on my pallet). This beer is very subtle, it is hard to detect most of the flavors in it. This is good and bad.

The mouthfee and flavor profilel is very light, this might be a good beer to convert BMC drinkers.

As far as drinkability goes, this is great. It is subtle and not invasive. The ABV is low enough to consider it sessionable by BA standards, which makes it perfect to drink a few of these without getting too buzzed.

Photo of gtn80
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Appearance is a hazy golden orange with a one finger off white head that dissipates to a ring of tiny bubbles quickly.

Aroma is a big dose of piney hops with a bit of citrus in the background. Some malt comes through in the back of the aroma, but hops dominate.

Taste is bitter throughtout. Hops dominate, not floral bitterness or citrus, but piney and resinous. Bit of bready malt peeks through the hop parade, but taste starts and ends bitter.

Mouthfeel is good, pretty high on the carbonation spectrum, full bodied.

Drinkability is great, perfect session beer, crisp and bitter enough that it never gets cloying.

Photo of verge
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from the bottle.

A - Slightly cloudy dark orange color. Nice, but nothing spectacular.

S - Mild hops. Some fruit and floral aroma. Not overpowering, but very pleasant.

T - Clearly an American Pale Ale. A mild hop flavor in the beginning. As you swallow, the Cascade hops start coming forward. The instant after you gulp it down, you taste the full amount of hops but then as soon as it starts, it's over as it gives way to an extremely pleasant flowery/fruity flavor that balances everything sufficiently. Malts are there, but under the surface. The mild hop play is interesting and not overpowering. Really nice.

M - Average. It feels like an American Pale. Nothing special here.

D - This is the best part of this beer. The flavor is really nice, but the aftertaste is extremely pleasant. At 5% ABV, these don't mess you up enough to warrant much caution. Unlike some stronger pale ales and most IPAs, you don't feel shocked by the flavor of it, and the dryness of the hops makes you want to keep drinking. This is absolutely a session beer. Buy a six-pack of it.

Overall, a very solid American Pale Ale. From Deschutes, it's expected to be good, and it delivers. Great balance.

Photo of thetomG
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice mostly clear amber color. Very sticky & streaky lacing left around after the head dissipates.

Aroma is somewhat mild, but very pleasant with some slightly earthy/floral notes. Flavor has more going on with the addition of some light fruitiness and a gentle malt presence. Delicate is a word that comes too mind as I sip on this one.

Carbonation/mouthfeel are right on - definitely the lighter side, but that is what I'd expect for the style.

Very very drinkable overall -- I'm glad I got to try this and would definitely drink more. Tasty!

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

Pours Lite amber with thin off white head.

Smells are clean and lite of earthy hops, sweet malts, some bread.

Taste is clean - Earthy and floral hops with mild malts and some bread background.

Clean lite body, medium zesty carbonation, some hop bite and dryness. No alcohol presence.

Overall a very nice brew that drinks easy beer after beer. Perfect for a warm summer day.

Photo of SamN
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy golden color with a lovely thick head, rocky surface and thick, complex lacing. Quite darkly colored for an APA. Smell is lovely; sweet floral hops, honey like maltiness, some crisp green apples for fruitiness. Less citrus, more sweetness from the abundant hops. Would like it a little fuller, please, though. Taste is wonderfully balanced between the singing, crisp fruity hops and the mellow, honey malts. A sweet beer with lots of fruit character, this is simply delicious. Finish is just bitter enough with a great fading sweetness. Feel is lightly medium-bodied, full enough to support the flavor profile but light enough to not fill you up after a few.

This beer deserves high marks in all areas, especially in terms of drinkability. Tasty, well constructed, highly drinkable and one of the top pale ales brewed in the US, without a doubt.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice amber color with a good white head and some pretty nice lacing. The nose is citrus and floral hops with some orange standing out. The flavor is nice and balances the hops with just a bit of malt, but certainly not too much. Good body with a nice bitterness. This drinks incredibly well and would certainly be a staple of mine if Deschutes were to ever make it out East.

Photo of billab914
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my new Mad Fox shaped pint glass. It poured a clear amber color with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer. It did leave some decent lacing on the glass as I drank it though.

The aroma has a moderate hoppiness some grapefruit, pine and lemon to it. It has a malty presence to it that helps provide some sweetness to balance it out some.

The taste also shows a pretty good hoppiness to it for an APA. Some grapefruit and pine bitterness with some lemon citrus. A malty sweetness comes through towards the finish with just a bit or caramel to it. The malty sweetness helps balance it out a lot, although it still leans some to the hoppy side.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a very nice APA. It had some very nice hoppiness to it for the style and also some decent maltiness to balance it out some. A very easy drinking and tasty beer for the style overall.

Photo of zhanson88
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pure, clear copper color with a bit under 2 fingers of white head. Retention is decent, and a bit of lacing remains.

Smell: Biscuity malts, a hint of citrus and a light amount of piney hops. Pretty standard, nothing special.

Taste: Similar to the smell. I can taste a bit of malt up front, and with some citrus in the middle and some hops on the back end. Nothing really stands out in this beer, but there's nothing bad either.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light and a bit watery, with decent carbonation. If you're looking for a beer that is sessionable and easy to drink, this would be a good choice. If you're looking for tons of flavor in your pale ale, you'd probably look elsewhere.

Photo of Strix
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bright orange, frothy head.

Very floral smell, mild grapefruit.

Toasted malt and cascade hops. This beer's strength is its balance. Hops are present but not forceful.

Light carbonation, medium consistency, a tad watery at the end but it works.

Nicely balanced and dangerously drinkable. One of my favorite pale ales. When I think of APA, I think of this beer.

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

Deep amber with not much carbonation.
Off white head.
Smell is that of hops and barley although somewhat faint.
Tastes like it looks and smells, somewhat hoppy with enough malt to strike a balance.
This is a very easy to drink pale ale and would be a fine choice for any occasion.

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

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass. thanks to morimech.

Pours a clear burnt orange with golden hues. A one finger high head bubbles up, eventually dissolving into a light film, leaving a few streaks and rings of lacing.

Some crispy malt, a bit of caramel, and toasted breadiness in the nose.

Elements of grain and some citrus hops swirl on the palate. Mid level malt backbone is very apparent with some light caramel and some breadiness. Ends crisp with some juicier hops and some citric sweetness.

Medium body, a little dry and chewy. Goes down easy but not exactly something you go crazy over. Definitely a decent session beer but there's better APA's out there.

Photo of katybee
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer struck me immediately as a high-quality, slightly more flavorful, but average lager...rather like a drily hoppy Budweiser. It didn't have some of the more distinguishable pungence of other hoppy microbrews-- the citrus punch of some or the highly herbal nosiness of others (like Hazed and Infused which has a huge nose!) However it was definitely drinkable for this very same reason, and easily combined with any meal. (Sometimes I find the odd flavors and textures can obscure foods' tastes, and to me this is annoying.) But this is a very good beer.

appearance: amber gold, deep good color,
with full but quickly dissipating foam head.

smell: lightly herbal, a dry floral lavender hoppiness, not overpowering, and not overly bitterly pungent "hoppy"; simply crisp.

Taste was clean and thinner like a lager, no cloudiness, crisp carbonation, but with dryness and light floral lavendar touch of cascade hops. None of the citrus or bitterness of centennial hops. But a slight light dry medicinal or perhaps malty aftertaste to distinguish this as a designer beer and not your average Bud!

Very drinkable, yet not highly distinguishable...might get lost in the masses of microbrews out there. Good sessions beer and good with food.

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

Aromas are fairly light, delicate notes of floral hops and toasty caramel malts. Beer smells simplistic which makes sense because it is a one hop, few malt brew.

The tastes 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. This is amazing, I can't stop drinking this. The malts are among the best I've seen in an Pale Ale, with the usual sweet caramel well balanced with toasted pale malts and even what strikes me as biscuity pilsner malt. Very nice clean flavor with a fairly light body and larger lots of carbonation.

Great malt/hop balance combined with a fairly low ABV makes this quite drinkable. This is the best Pale Ale I have every had, def not my favorite style but this is what a pale ale should be simple hops, simple malts, delicious. Sets the bar for APAs, period.

Photo of roddwolff
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a whiskey glass. Look: brown color with ruby shades, very thin foamy head (maybe because of the glass). Smell: Grass hops and nut malts. Taste: Wood hops with a waterfall of cookie and nut malts, with eart hops at the end. Mouthfeel: Woody, high bitterness, the body is soft for the style. Drinkability: I liked the combination of wood with biscuity malts, very good.

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.

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 3,169 ratings.