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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

2,863 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,863
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 120
Gots: 260 | 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 OStrungT
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a slightly cloudy, golden yellow color, with a thin off white head. The head fades quickly, leaving no lace.

This beer has a subtle caramel like malty aroma. It has a slight floral hop aroma also. I think the aroma is lacking. It is boring. I have had many pale ales that were more aggressive and complex in the aroma area, and that is what I want in an APA.

This beer tastes exactly like it smelled. As with the aroma, I want more taste in my beer.

This beer is refreshing. It goes down smooth, leaving a very slight caramel aftertaste. Carbonation is good for the style.

This beer would probably make an excelent session beer. Low alcohol, and non aggressive flavor.

Overall: I didnt expect much, so I wasnt let down. I just moved to a beer wasteland, but I can find this everywhere. I assume I will have this on hand a lot since there is not much else. Give me a few years, and I assume I will grow to love it.

OStrungT, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of Hollenbeck2
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an all time classic pale ale, next to maybe only the sierra nevada, but this pale is stronger and can stand alone as an adventure a little more, deschutes does a good job of keeping their beer developing, where some of the other large micros start to remain the same, stagnant in their creations, deschutes pale mirror tastes a little different every time.

Hollenbeck2, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of SargeC
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy, amber-gold beer with a frothy, golden white head.

Smell: Decent hop aroma with sweet malt accents.

Taste: Light citrus flavor with minimal malt character.

Mouthfeel: Light body. The finish on this brew leaves me hanging.

Drinkablity: Decent brew, a bit tamer than I expected.

SargeC, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of mattster
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened 12 oz bottle with BB date of 03/04/08.

Developed 1" head, subsided rather quickly. Lacy haze across top of glass. Color is nice Amber brew with haze.

Smell is just what I like in a Pale Ale: Nice a nice hoppy smell, with citrus tones. A little pineapple, a little bit of Oregon Forest.

Taste is even better than the smell. A citrus fruit, but not overly fruity with good hoppy bitterness, but not crazy bitter. Good finish with light aftertaste.

This beer was my first introduction to Deschutes over a year ago; I had it on tap then, but it has always tasted as it did that day. I'm a great Deschutes fan, and this one is classic.

mattster, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from Solomon420, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malt.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with flavors of caramel and citrus sweetness and good amount of grassy hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice beer to drink several of over the course of an evening.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer on New Years Eve in a big 20 ounce glass at The Arizona Room, a restaurant located inside the Grand Canyon National Park. On to the beer:

When it arrived at the table, the beer had little head on top and a hazy amber/tawny body. There are two things you need to know about this beer: caramel and piney citrus. The first half is a wave of malt, and the second half closes out on a pleasant hop note. It leaves a bready and sweet aftertaste on the palate. A little heavy for a pale ale, but it cleaned my palate of the extreme spiciness from the dinner I had.

DoubleJ, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour light amber with a decent head that quickly disappears leaving just a little lace. Moderate bready malt with slightly perfumey hops smell and a hint of sourness. The sourness isn't exactly unpleasant, but it doesn't really add positively either. The flavor is good with a nicely balanced malt base and moderate hop bitterness, leading into an acidic and bitter finish that is relatively long lived. The aftertaste also picks up a hint of sourness as it warms up. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with nice dry texture, lively carbonation, and a slightly astringent finish. Overall this is a nice, clean pale ale that goes well with a variety of foods, especially grilled meats. It isn't too overhwelming, and the flavors are generally good but not overly complex.

barleywinefiend, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold/orange with some head that leaves a good bit of lacing. Nose is hoppy and sweet. Taste is heavy with hops with a firm citric/sweet edge to it. Almost like a cross between a lemon and an orange. Feel is what you'd expect - has a little carbonation to it, and it feels good on the tongue. Extremely drinkable.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of pheggeseth
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: slightly cloudy amber in color, rocky white 1 inch head with decent lacing

S: buttery caramel, resiny hops, great floral aroma

T: citrusy hops with a caramel malt back, more lively than the smell

M: slightly watery, but good

D: its understated, but its great flavor adds to its drinkability

pheggeseth, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As far as I am concerned this is the staple of deschuttes brewery. Black butte is good stuff but this is quite possibly the most floral Pale on the american market. This beer pours like a normal pale, light amber in color with decent head. The nose smells like a florists shop. Fresh grass and flowers come out in the strong cascade hop flavor. Very smooth and not bitter at all. A very unique pale. great brew.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.45... poured into by red wine glass... listening to the "RIS Beer Party Mix" on the iPod... U2 and Keith Richards "Paint it Black".

Good head... nice lacing that lasts the entire glass... chill hazed dark orange..

Citrus and floral hops decidedly win the fight with toasted and caramel malts... Yeasty fruitiness.

Everything about Mirror Pond says, "Drink Me!" Very balanced... pale/victory/crystal malt sweetness blends perfectly into the bitterness... then more fruitiness... and finishes with an expected finish of floral and citrus hops.... malts evaporate to a dry lingering hoppy finish.

This brew is a staple in my home.... You can get in nearly anywhere for good reason. Non offensive to nearly everyone and any "good" beer drinker this could easily qualify as a session and frequently does for me. Deschutes is a world class brewing company.. and gets a significant portion of my beer budget.

JohnGalt1, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of goschool
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The pour is a deep-golden orange. Its fluffy white head faded, but settled as a small layer.

Smell: The nose has discernible citrus and floral hops in front of soft bready malts. Hops definitely are the major player in the aroma, but they don't pack as much of a punch as I hope for in pale ales.

Taste: As the nose would indicate, a respectable dose of Cascade hops, leads the way. In addition to the standard issue citrus flavors, there are zesty tangerine notes. Aside from the zesty hops flavors, pale malts bring a wee bit of bread to the background.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is on the light edge of medium-bodied and a bit aqueous with soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Mirror Pond is a well made beer by a great brewery, but I'm never going to fall in love with a hop-forward pale ale that isn't very hoppy.

goschool, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of cswhitehorse
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mirror Pond is a classic American Pale. It pours a nice amber color with a nice foam head that leaves some nice lacing. The smell is fruity. The taste is malty up front in a biscuit sort of a way. Then it is fruity and finishes with a dryness on tongue like a dry white wine. I highly recommend this to anyone.

cswhitehorse, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of tpd975
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another in a wonderful shipment from younger35.

A: Pours a nice golden yellow color with a fluffy white cap for a head. There was some lacing left near the top as the head built but as the head died so went the lacing.

S: Cascade hops are present in the nose. Nice light citrus flavor with earthy floral undertones.

T: Nice little APA. If you want a hop punch this is not the one for you. It has a nice gentle hop approach with the cascades noted right up front. There is a gentle biscuit quality as the beer finishes dry.

M: Nice, Light and smooth.

D: A real easy drinker.

Overall: I like my beers a little more aggressive when it comes to hops, but this one was still nice. There is a nice gentle mix of malt and hops which would make it a perfect gateway beer.

tpd975, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of cjhofelt
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pillowy, tan head on top of an orangish copper colored beer. Sticky lace.

Nice hoppy smell.

Very good tasting. Nice hoppy flavor without being overly bitter. Some malt in there right before a dry finish.

Mouthfeel's about average for a pale ale. Not a hot weather thirst quencher. Pairs up well with just about any meal. I like this beer a lot.

cjhofelt, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of gwood
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice burnt orange with tight carbonation immediately hanging on the sides of my pint glass. Slightly off white head has decent retention. A very floral nose gives way to citrus and slips off with some malt notes, a very clean and crisp smelling brew.

Clean crisp citrus hops followed by good malt backing for the style that really adds to a wonderful mouthfeel on this beer. Good carbonation, overall a highly drinkable west coast pale.

gwood, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from the Deschutes Brewery, one of my faves,

A: Pours a slightly cloudy orange, with a nice, thick, off-white head, with very good retention, and a fair bit of lacing left on the glass.

S: Cascade hops predominately, very piney, with some bready, biscuity malts.

T: A good mix of malt and hops, well-balanced, but still, just a standard pale, pine predominately, some grapefruit, but not as good as Sierra Nevada in my opinion, my standard for this style.

M: A little lighter than usual for American pales, a little bit of resin, light to medium-bodied.

D: A good beer, not great, drinkable, but I've had better pales, though not a bad beer for any means, certainly a good try for those hop fans on the West Coast.

Halcyondays, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer poured a nice reddish-amber color with good head formation of tiny bubbles that hung around for awhile, and then gradually dissipated to a scummy coating. Aroma is definitely discernible, but is fairly mild with some hop fruitiness. Flavor is balanced, with some nice maltiness accompanied by some very pleasant hop fruitiness. Mouthfeel is a quite light and pleasant.

This beer is highly drinkable...it'll scratch your hop itch, but light enough to have a few. Definitely recommended.

BeerBelcher, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good white bubbling, not thick and creamy but serviceable. Golden-orange color with a little haze.

Cascade hops: floral and yeasty, with some citric backing.

A little breadier than the nose, esters and soft malt up front, a little pungency to the citric hops. slightly sweet overall, nice and fruity, with a floral ester yeast touch.

Smooth mouthfeel, easy drinking pale ale, body is medium and decent, with good crispness.

Cascade hops at their finest.

BretSikkink, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Nice hazy orange color with a substantial white head. This looks unfiltered. Smell is some slight hops but not to an IPA level. The taste also has some citrus hoppiness but nowhere near IPA levels. Nice malt background makes this an excellent pale ale. Deschutes is really doing great things with their beers. The drinkability on this beer is pretty awesome.

ArrogantB, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of blewisg
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is well balanced. The perfect pale ale for any occasion. Pours a light amber. White head that leaves good subtle traces. The session drinker would be happy to have several. The aroma is good, but nothing to write home about. The taste does deliver for a well rounded pale ale.

blewisg, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of jakon
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle with a best before date of 11-13-7

Pours a hazy golden orange with an adequate white head that drops off steadily leaving tracks of sticky lacing. The aroma is excellent. Bright floral hops with a touch of yeast and caramel malt. The taste is about all you can expect from an APA. Great balance between the hop bitterness and malt sweetness with just the right amount of prickly carbonation. This is a delicate brew that needs to be consumed as fresh as possible in order to enjoy it for what it really is.

jakon, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of Overlord
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had a chance to try this yesterday.

Poured a clear golden color with a big white head.

Tastes of barley, hops (more than you would expect) and some citrus flavors. Surprisingly strong tasting for a pale ale.

At the time I reviewed this, it was the best pale ale I had tried. Since then, it's been supplanted by quite a few others, most notably 3Floyd's Alpha King.

Overlord, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at lunch after a 10 mile beach hike at Cannon Beach, Oregon

appearance: clear amber body, moderate beige froth with sticky lacing - fairly standard for the style

smell: nice pungent hop presence on the nose, noticeably pacific northwest and an appropriate post-hike brew

taste: lightly toasted malts and grain, green resinous hops that proves to be quite refreshing - solid example of a pretty basic style

mouthfeel: light, crisp and refreshing

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of Floydster
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pint from Naja's Place in Redondo Beach

Pour was a bright golden yellow with a fairly thick white head

Smell was full of yeast and barely

Tasted nice for an APA, not too light, nice smooth finish

Could drink several of these, especially in the summer time when it was tasted

Floydster, Sep 15, 2007
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,863 ratings.