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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,971 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,971
Reviews: 867
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 121
Gots: 295 | 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 Kromes
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours and orange amber with an inch thick head. There was a bunch of sediment in the beer. It ahd an herbal floral hoppy smell. Sweet malt floaral flavors up front and a tingly mouthfeel due to the carbonation. There is a lingering bitterness from the hops, but all other flavors die out. Good flavor and drinkability.

Kromes, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of Yetiman420
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Double Dog in Aspen CO.

Poured into a standard, non logo pint glass. A clear copper color with a thin white head with staying power. Fine bubble lacing left a mostly consistent film during consumption.

Aroma is a light sweetness with very faint hop aroma. Some off arom which I attribute to neglect of the tap lines (Aspen and quality beer are not a solid match).

Some malty bite on the finish with sweetness.

Yetiman420, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with tons of suspended sediment and active carbonation in the body. One-finger, fluffy, sticky, off-white head retains well and drags tons of web-like lacing.

Smell: Cracker-like malt, caramel, and lemony citrus. Sadly, I'm not getting much else.

Taste: Sturdy malt body with associated lemony hops, pine, astringent alcohol, and a good amount of bitterness. Nice balance for a pale ale, but not my favorite flavor.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, well-carbonated (a bit on the high side), medium-light in body, and pretty well balanced.

Drinkability: Not my favorite pale ale, but a very good example of the style. Well balanced and flavored, but just doesn't quite fit my tastes.

ThreeWiseMen, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of hreb
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cold 12oz bottle poured into large glass mug. Beer pours a deep orange amber with a big, off-white head. Foam is very aromatic of sweet, nutty malts.

First sip has a well balanced edge of cascadey hops and moderate carbonation. Malt flavor is big, the beer tastes more brown than it looks. Secondary flavors of nuts and a hint of toast.

Overall, a very respectable example of APA.

hreb, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of illidurit
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Translucent tangerine color with a frothy off-white head. Pulpy, unripe grapefruit aroma with a little bit of caramel and a little pale malt. Flavor is pale malty with grapefruit drupelets and some light esters. Maybe even a hint of cantaloupe rind? Biscuity malt rather than the more typical (and tasty) caramel flavor in most pale ales. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an understated carbonation that makes for a smooth sip. High drinkability but low complexity and a little too weak in all areas.

illidurit, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of srandycarter
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A murky copper not much head.

S honey like sweetness really nice

T nice solid malt clean taste bitter finish

M good med body nice balance full mouth experience

D. Probably my go to at peoria spring training. Really hard to do this on the BlackBerry ...

srandycarter, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of wcudwight
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy golden amber in color with a small white head that retains well.
Smells like putting my nez inside a freshly sliced grapefruit. Me likey.
Same citrus/grapefruit in the flavor as in the aroma. The flavor is quite a bit more balanced. Lot's of toasty sweet malts. Kind of like a toasted sweet bread. Perfectly balanced, light on the palate, easy to drink. The perfect session beer. Deschutes may very well have the best regular offerings of any brewery in the nation.

wcudwight, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of gdfan47
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- a nice darkish amber with a tad of of white head, some good lacing too
S- hops, malt, some faint pine notes
T- very balanced, a very pleasant balance of hops and malts, hops won a little which made me happy
M - pretty good carbonation , very easy to drink
D- I could drink this one all day .. and all of the night

relativly low abv

im jealous of people who can get this regularly....

gdfan47, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of ckeegan04
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly hazy dark orange color. Big, fluffy white head. About two fingers in thickness with excellent retention. Slowly settles to about one finger of head and leaves great lacing behind.

S - Well balanced aroma of toasted bready malts and citrusy/piney hops. The toasted aroma is rather sweet and the hops are a nice mix of fresh pine and grapefruit.

T - Sweet bready malts initially with biscuit notes as well. The hops come through mid-drink, priamrily pine tasting. Some fruitier notes as well. Very even balanced between the hoppy bitterness and sweetness from the bready and biscuity malt tastes.

M/D - Medium bodied with excellent carbonation levels. The beer finishes on the sweeter side and that taste lingers. Very easy drinking pale ale.

ckeegan04, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of argock
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass tumbler. No freshness date. Single purchased from Skee Vue Liquors (Breckenridge, CO) for $1.49.

A: Beautiful caramel amber hue with 1-finger beige head with good retention and several shades of lace.

S: Delicious caramel melded with floral C-type hops

T: Unfortunately, the taste is a let-down after the aroma. Taste is subdues and a bit muted with none of the crisp floral hops that are there in the nose. The caramelly malt backbone is strong but isn't countered with enough hops.

M: Good if unremarkable mouthfeel with average carbonation but a slightly thin feel for an APA.

D: A decent brew but for an APA this one falls short of its early promise.

argock, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of Troyone
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light amber color with a copper and apricot hue, minimal white head and some action.

Slight caramel nalt aroma with florals maybe a hint of pine.

Barley grain pale malt taste, slighty caramel, with a hint of butter, and is well blended with pine, grapefruit, and other floral flavored hops.

Light/medium bodied, resinous and slightly buttery, with lively soft carbonation.

A good well balanced hoppy pale with a slight bitterness/astringency with the finish, a definite session beer.

Troyone, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of MisterClean
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sac Brew

A - Pours golden, with a 2 fingered off-white head. Dissipates moderately slow, leaving beautiful lacing. Role model.

S/T - Toffee, flower, and some bittering hops.

M - Full bodied, hop-dominated, really good though.

D - Great pale ale. The smell and taste could be a little better to leave me in complete awe.

MisterClean, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of goatgoat
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear medium gold with brassy highlights. No head and no lace.
Aroma is caramel matls with a slightly citrus/spicy hops. A bit of orange even. Taste is very light malt and some overbearing bitterness. Slightly watery mouth with lots of soft carbonation.

goatgoat, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of olmatty
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a two finger white head with light lacing and poor retention, beer is an orange amber.

Smell- Very light scent of amber malts and a slight nose of hops

Taste- Lightly honey sweet malts, hops are apparrent yet subdued and a smoothly fading balace of hops and malt.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation and body and smooth mouthfeel

Drinkability- Very smooth drinking and versatile. A good middle of the road session brew. It's mine in this category.

olmatty, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of herbalist
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Mirror Pond has quickly become my go to beer since moving to the North West. It has a nice orangish-amber hue, slightly hazy with not much of a head. This particular one was poured from the bottle to a glass but I've noticed on tap it also does not have very much of a pronounced head to it.

The smell has a malty base to it with overtones of fresh hops. Some say it smells citrusy but I do not pick up on that as much as the sweetness of the hops.

The taste is light but compliments the tongue nicely. It is not nearly as bitter as some other pale ales. The fresh hop flavor shines through and its a real refreshing beer. The sweetness of the malt is also a plus in that it gives the beer good balance.. not too bitter, not too sweet. Its pretty awesome that pretty much every restraunt, gas station and bar up here (at least in the PDX and Olympia, WA area.. I have yet to spend much time in Seattle) has it available.

herbalist, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of TylerSpilker
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 6-pack and served it in a glass. Date on the side of the bottle 4/21/09. Whoops, looks like Deschutes released one of their time-machine brews! Or is that an expiration date? Ha!

Appearance: I've had this beer out of the bottle before, but this is surely one that deserves the glass. It has a wonderful aroma and color. It has a beautiful hazy orangish-brown. I figured this to be a clear beer until I poured it the first time. The brown bottle hides it. The head pours a tan color, but seems kind of weak. It disappears leaving a small film on the surface which is ok. Nice lacing that slowly melts away as you drink it.

Smell: Ive always gotten a very malty aroma from this. "Toasty" is how I always describe it. In the glass however, there is a citrus note to it as well.

Taste: A little sharp. Im not sure why, the alcohol, carbonation or the hops, it has a sharpness to it that I can't put my finger on. Citrus notes on the front of the tongue after swirling in your mouth. Hoppy. I could see this passing for an IPA almost.

Mouthfeel: Average, has that sharp twang I spoke of in Taste.

Drinkability: session beer for sure. Sit down with a pitcher of this and discuss the worlds problems away. Surely gets more interesting as the night progresses. Good value for the beer you get.

I feel like it got more hoppy as I drank it. As it warmed a little bit, it released some more of it's flavor. If you like Cascade Hops, this one's for you.

TylerSpilker, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of RunDWP
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I''ve enjoyed this for some time now, and I'm here to tell you about Mirror Pond Pale Ale for Deschtes Brewery. If you're a fan of Cascade hops, you'll probably like this one. If they put a smidgen more hops into this one, it would probably pass for an IPA.

Pours a hazy orange in the glass with a chunky, light tan head that sticks to the sides of the glass and doesn't go quietly. Fresh grapefruit with some pine on the nose. The malt is pretty bready, crackerlike almost, and the hops is actually a little stronger than the malt. Nice level of carbonation and heft to the mouthfeel, and I could drink this one all day.

Mighty fine pale ale!

RunDWP, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A good APA.

While it gets pretty high reviews on this site I would say it was good but not great. Appearance was good but perhaps a little to dark in terms of an APA. Smell was quite disappointing and there wasn't enough hops in the nose like a great APA. Taste was great with a good balance between hops and malt.

Would have loved some more hops in the smell, would have made this beer excellent if it had some more aroma hops in there.

SeattleBeerBlog, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 2/8/2009 (bottle):

Pours an amber orange colored body, with a rocky off-white head, somewhat lasting, with decent lacing. Dusty hoppy, somewhat grapefruity aroma. Some malty sweetness too, but mostly hops. Muted aroma. Light flavor, sweet, some hops. Somewhat sweet aftertaste, malty. Nice carbonation. Hoppy grapefruity taste. Very tasty, a nice hoppy session ale. Some fruitiness.

jujubeast6000, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy light honey color with a rapidly dissipating 1 finger cream colored head. Good lacing and a nice collar.

Oh man, does this smell nice. Freshly cut hay, grapefruit, mowed grass, honey, lime peel and clover...it does not get much better. A bit of a subdued nose is the only knock against it.

An amazingly drinkable Pale. Bitterness is there and does have a bite, but it is not tongue-scraping or unpleasant in any way. More of a grassy hop flavor rather than extreme bitterness. Malts are there only to provide a short burst of sweet grainy balance. This would be a dangerous beer to have on tap as the beer is not sipped, it's gulped. One hell of a beer that everyone needs to try.

twiggamortis420, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of theghost3
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange/copper with a golden-toned beige head. Significant lacing. Smell is strong of floral hops. The taste is even stronger of bitter, citrusy hops. However, there is a malty sweetness underlying the initial bitterness of the hops. Mouthfeel is crisp, not too acidic. This is a fine example of an APA -- lots of bitter hops with a good offset of sweetness.

theghost3, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of Douglas14
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, typical light amber-orange color with an ok head that doesn't leave too much lace (I somewhat suspect it's really the glass though). The nose is wonderfully and intensely floral. Lots of cascade. The taste is a nice balance of sweet and bitter. Love the hops and nice light maltiness of this beer. For a pale ale, it's a phenomenal beer.

Douglas14, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of josiahschlender
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the regulars I drink that I've never gotten around to writing a review. Living in Oregon gives plentiful, affordable access to this excellent brewery.

Nice clear copper color in my pint glass. Moderate head has some of the orange golden tint to it, but doesn't leave much lacing.

Appealing fruity citrus hops and discernible malts on the nose. Strongest aromas are grapefruit and whole grain honey toast... smells like a good breakfast. Intensity isn't off the charts, but balance is great. It seems many beers from this style I've had recently are more one-dimensional.

Flavors are balanced too. Malts are toasty and slightly sweet, with mildly bitter, citrus hops abundant. Feel is juicy and medium with a slightly dry finish. Could have had just a bit more oomph, but it isn't watery.

One of the Northwest classics. If you're wondering with a US Northwest American Pale Ale tastes like, try this. It easily rises above most other options in the supermarkets, yet sets you back less than a sixer of piss Euro lager. In my opinion, not quite as tasty as Sierra Nevada's pale, but an outstanding beer on all accounts.

josiahschlender, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of Brewsmith
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Yardhouse in Long Beach. Aroma has some citrus/pine hops in there...cascade. Color is a golden amber with a small off-white head. Flavor is a wonderful balance between malt and hops, biscuity, toasty, a little caramel without being sweet, while still being hop forward. light to medium bodied with a dry finish. A very nice example of an APA.

Brewsmith, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of joecast
4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

clear light copper color. head is thin layer of white foam. low carbonation with average retention.

nice full hop arooma with sweet malt filling in the gaps. good floral character (more so than citrus).

taste is really well balanced. juicy hop flavor washes across the palate. plenty of malt as well without being too sweet or taking away too much attention from the hops. good enough bitterness to make you notice, but not too much that you struggle to drink it, and the finish lingers for a while.

had this on tap a couple of times and loved it. the bottle might not be quite as nice (best before date is March) but still a very good apa.

joecast, Jan 23, 2009
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,971 ratings.