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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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3,035 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,035
Reviews: 871
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 127
Gots: 323 | 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 chickencoop
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love Sierra, had it specifically at my wedding only with the mighty Pilsner Urquell, but this beer, 10 years later is my new pale ale. The malt balance with the subtle hops works for me, is it my age, maybe, but I love this beer, it's better than the always picked up flagship Porter, this is one of the better beers they make.

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

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a very clear middle-golden with about one finger of white head. Excellent retention and some lacing. There's a lot going on in the nose; light malt scents and floral and citrus hops. Some grass-like smells, too, not unlike a fresh hop brew. The effect is sort of like tangerines and wildflowers.

Sweet malts are followed by a moderate citrus flavor and effervescent pine resins. Hints of caramel; the hop profile is as complicated in the flavor as it is in the nose, yet the overall effect is subtle and pleasing.

Crisp, clean mouthfeel. Refreshing. Drinkability is high; this beer is very sessionable. It is, in fact, the last of a six pack.

I'm a fan of Obsidian and Black Butte by the same brewery. This isn't the kick-in-the-face hop bomb some people want, but it's got a lot of character, is perfectly balanced, and it's clear a lot of thought and experimentation went into making this beer.

Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm hooked on Deschutes, and got this as an extra from bendretread. I'm excited to give it a try.

A: Nice fluffy 1 finger head that sticks around for a while. A crystal clear amber honey orange color reveals all the mini bubbles rising up from the bottom. Leaves a slight lacing on the sides of the glass as I drink the beer downwards.

N: Ooooh, a really nice hop aroma slaps me. A slight but distinct crystal malt aroma gives a nice background. On top of blasts with distinct cascade hops that have a really nice aroma. Floral citrus and slightly grassy and spicy hop aromas bite me. A nice fresh hop oil bite as well.

T: Mmmhmmm, again super distinct crystal malt flavor hits you nicely, then adds a really nice juicy hop flavor with some hints of citrus, spicy hop, and a bit of grassy bite. Very crisp and clear, distinct flavors, but delicious flavors. A nice bitter juicy bite and slight fresh hop oil earthy flavor.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation, a little bit of oil feel, and hop spice.

F: Finishes very clean and crisp. Touch of a bitter hop bite, but its not too much. Light and crisp, clears your palate very well with a nice bitter finish. Very nice tasting ale and very clean and crisp, nice crystal malt and good cascade hops. Another winner from Deschutes.

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

Appearance - cloudy amber color with a nice white head. Head disappeared pretty quickly. Decent lacing.

Smell - piney citrus, and hops.

Taste - Very similar to the smell, with a bready hint.

Mouthfeel - nice and crisp, good carbonation.

Drink - Super easy to drink.

Great APA, I have had a ton of this stuff. Mostly before I appreciated beer. Before it just seemed really bitter to me, but now that I have really gotten into beer I revisited it and I really enjoy it.

Photo of sml505
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange, hazy amber color. White head.

S - Cascade hops. Grapefruit, floral, pine, and caramel notes.

T - Notes of grapefruit, caramel sweetness with a crisp finish.

M/ D - Very good APA. Nice balance of grapefruit, pine hops and caramel hops. Crisp and tasty. Lt to med mouthfeel and nice carb. Good session brew.

Photo of natelocc787
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden amber color, big creamy, frothy light red head. Leaves moderate lace, nothing special. The nose is very nice and indicates an unbalanced beer-I mean this in a good way. nice red malt notes, almost like the nose on an Imperial red just more muted. piney, citrusy, not so much floral. Aroma matches the taste spot on. like an imperial red or amber/pale ale hybrid. Nice ripe ruby grapefruit, pine notes and bitter orange peel. I found this beer to be welcome-ly hoppy for a pale ale. Would put this next to New Dogtown and Sierra nevada as very tasty, hoppy, sessionable Pale Ales.

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

12 oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint.

A slightly hazy amber/orange body capped with a finger or so of white foam. This settles to a quarter inch that sticks around for 2/3 of the way, leaving some nice lacing.

This beer is ubiquitous in the NW, and for good reason. It's balanced enough to please a crowd, but has enough citrus punch to keep a hophead happy for a while. Starts off a with a bouquet of honey, light grains, soft citrus and floral notes. In the mouth, the honey flavor jumps out at first, but gives way to a moderate juicy citrus bitterness. Excellent balance between the citrus and a lightly crisp graininess. There are some mild earthy and yeasty flavors. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. The citrus and grain both linger for a moment in the finish.

Overall impression: If you're looking for a solid, sessionable APA, look no further.

Photo of Bekke
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What a pleasant experience to drink this beer - the first taste was quite appealing - good mouthfeel, great taste. Easy to keep drinking. Enjoyable by itself. . .but it goes well with poultry dishes, especially. Tried some of their other beers, too - very good, although not necessarily my preference of style This one's a winner, though.

Photo of waldoiverson
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into US Pint

A: slightly cloudy orange blossom orange, with a solid though slightly sudsy, white foam that left nice lacing, appears quite carbonated

S: a big nose that you can smell from a foot or more away, citrus hops with a fair amount of biscuit

T: a little minty with a blast of bitterness that backs off and you get the malt comes out to play, well balanced, on the whole it is more herbal than citrus

M: Smooth, not slick, with fairly light carbonation which is counter to the appearance

D: well balanced and not overly bitter, yum

Photo of Lothore
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep tangerine hue with a nice, 1 finger, frothy head.

S- Very grainy, slightly sweet with a nice bouquet of floral hops.

T- Very round and wheaty. Tasty and easy to drink but not a lot going on here.

M- Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D- Extremely drinkable but not very interesting. I could kick these back all night.

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

Has a light amber color/dark gold with a head that lasts a while.
Smells like the average pale ale, with a little bit of a sweet scent to it.
Taste is not overly bitter, and the smell of sweets is not present in the beer itself. A great example of the classic American pale ale.

This is on my list as something I would buy again, but not seek out.

Photo of kindestcut
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale pours a pretty golden orange with a vibrant white head.

The aroma is hoppy and noticeably malty. While the smell is not powerful it is nice nonetheless.

The flavor is citrusy with a pleasant sweetness. Light bodied and refreshing, the hoppy bitterness is slight but lingers after the swallow.

This is not a hop bomb by any means so some will probably call this a weak version of a pale ale. Personally, I think it is a fine example of the style...balanced, tasty and infinitely drinkable.

Photo of david18
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like the Deschutes Brewery a lot and had very high expectation for this beer but was a little disappointed in the end. Pale Ales are tough to be real standouts because if anything of the aspects dominate (hops, malt, etc), then it's something else. However i would recommend this beer just for its pedigre.


Had this beer again and would agree with the above. Not really a stand out. Color was a light copper with a light hop aroma. Flavor also had a light hops, nothing outstanding but not bad at all.

Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orange brown in color, minimal head, medium carbonation, clear

Smell: citrus hops and malt

Taste: a malty/wheaty start followed by citrus hops

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and carbonation with a sweet start and bitter finish

Drinkability: My least favorite from what I have tried from the brewery so far. This to me is just an above average APA. I would like to try it again, but could not see myself having anymore than two per sitting.

Photo of projectflam86
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bonsreeb85 hooked me up with this extra!

A- Pours a light copper color with a decent white foam head that leaves some scattered lace.

S- Nice citrus hop aroma with grapefruit being the most dominant.

T- Quick hoppy bitterness initially with orange and grapefruit flavors. A sweet caramel malt finish helps for balance.

M- Light/medium body with good carbonation.

D- Nice hoppy flavor that is easily sessionable.

Photo of seand
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a somewhat cloudy amber with a touch of red, with a finger or two of off white head. A little bit stays around on the surface, but doesn't leave too much lacing.

S: Sweet floral hops, with a touch of pine. Smells very nice.

T: Fairly balanced, malty sweetness and hops are both present, but neither is overbearing.

M: Medium carbonation, medium bodied.

D: Drinks very easily.

In a lot of ways this is a middle of the road pale ale, but quite well executed. Worth a try, and would be a great session beer.

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

Out of a 12 ounce bottle and into my nonic pint glass. Mirror Pond appears a hazed apricot color with about an inch of dense off white foam. The head leaves a noticeable lace in its wake. Aromas and flavors are of toasted biscuits, citrus such as lemon peel and white grapefruit, some pine, sweet caramel. Decent body with ample carbonation. A nice session APA.

Photo of blackie
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: standard pint, produces a full eggshell colored head atop a copper colored ale, retention and lacing are high

s: bready pale malt body with some rustic grain aromas, delicate cascade hop aromas suggest dried lemon peel and earthy pine bark in an English way, just a little peppery, pretty nice

m: carbonation around light-moderate in level but seems a little dead on the tongue - like half flat soda, lighter bodied but not quite thin

t: basically a "mirror" image of the aroma - standard pale malt with some husky grains, residual sugars are low - reducing complexity - but some light caramels come through, the hops give some pleasant citrus peel and bark tea flavors, adequate bitterness and pepper in the finish, while this beer is certainly balanced none of the flavor components make much of an impression, could perhaps be better billed as a bitter of sorts

d: pretty easy, but not something to which I'd keep going back (had I regular access to it in the first place)

sixer from the Liquor Depot, Rock Springs, WY...best by 10/29/09

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Not quite clear medium orange color. One finger of frothy head that falls quickly, but leaves a decent amount of lacing.

3.5 S: Grassy hops, mild citrus fruitiness, crystal malt. Not much going on, but pleasant nonetheless.

4.0 T: It tastes a hell of a lot better than it looks or smells, but still isn't that impressive. A bit grainy, caramel, mild bitterness, grassy hops, mild lemony citrus.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good carbonation, but could be creamier and smoother.

3.5 D: All around average or worse.

Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: slightly opaque, sligtly orange gold color with a two-finger foamy head. Quite pleasing.

Smell: plenty of earthy hop character in the nose, backed my a little bit of malt. Pretty appetizing, but a little one-dimensional.

Taste: malt is subdued and relatively sweet, but provides a nice backing for the hops, which continue to be earthy but add a slight metallic character. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice level of carbonation. Pretty good!

Drinkability: quite quaffable.

Photo of bwd110
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

In Portland on business, on tap at hotel bar. Sweet Jesus, I'm diggin Portland! Even the crappy hotels have a decent tap list!

A: A bright orange rust, nice fluffy white head, considerable amount of lacing.

S: I love Cascade hops, sure they are overused, but man they smell great - citrus grapefruit goodness. Fair amount of malt detected in the nose, nice sweet undertones.

T: Maybe top 5 APAs I've had. This is a damn fine brew. The hops and malt coexist almost perfectly. Good hop profile, strong malt balance. Little bit of bitter, little sweet in the finish. Tasty.

M: Medium in body, smooth and spot on for the style - no issues here, however flavor does leave the palate quickly.

D: Gone in a flash, 4 more please!

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

A - Poured a copper color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of lots of citrus hops on top of a caramel malt backbone

T - Follows the nose citrus hops that are balanced nicely by the caramel mat

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This was a very enjoyable pale that I could easily session for the night easy to drink with a good taste worth picking up sometime

Photo of Ezone024
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

friends of mine moved out to nor-cal, and immediately raved about this beer. so i got it in on trade. and it's delightful. poured out of the bottle into my NY giants pint glass. it had a thin and easy aromatic head. My initial response was wow, this tastes like i just poured a long trail into a sierra nevada. and it really is right in between the two. it looks great with a dark golden color with lots of carbonation throughout. the smell is light and clean. This beer is so clean and smooth you can shower in it if you want. Too bad this is my last one, i am always up for a trade for this so if you see this and you got it, let me know your style.

Photo of bcm119
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper with a thin lacing. Biscuit malt aroma with some esters and slight herbal hops.

Dusty malt up front with some subtle fruitiness; solid hop bitterness but not overwhelming hop flavors. Hops are subtle, but some green herbal flavors give it a nice fresh finish. Dry, balanced pale ale with a subtle PNW hop flare. A classic session beer or one to take on a hike or camping trip.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very large, expansive head. I poured pretty soft and still had to catch the top of it before it hit my computer. Biggish, just off white bubbles which are fading fast. The beer is a nice copper golden color and clear, with a little active carb. That head though....yeesh.

S: Hoppy, mostly west coast piney hops is what I get. Perhaps a little malt. The smell isn't too strong though.

T: Taste is similar to smell, though a little more malt and the hops have started to mellow. Similarly weak though. After have Black Butte I had high hopes for this one.

M: Smooth, one of the nicer facets of the beer. This is one thing I do like about West Coast PAs is the creamierness of them.

D: Doable, just very basic.

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 3,035 ratings.