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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

2,808 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,808
Reviews: 857
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 117
Gots: 244 | 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 jyeast101
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper in color with a slight white head. Slight smells of hops and flowery notes. The first taste has a slight bite of hops, but not a strong flavor. The second taste is sweet and tart. I guess the word for this brew is slight. A decent and drinkable beer that may be the start of introducing a macro drinker to the world of micros. Personally I would probably migrate to the other offering from Deschutes, the Black Butte Porter, a winter FC favorite...

jyeast101, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of several 12 ounce bottles consumed at my parents' house over Christmas, 2006 in Carson City, NV. Price and beerspy location unknown (probably the local grocery store).

Served in a clear water glass. Pours a bright, slightly hazy orange-gold with a nice 2-finger head that slowly drops to a thin cover.

The initial aroma is bright floral and grassy hops. After some time, a light, somehat thin malt balance joins in. The flavor follows through with the hop dominance the main note. As it warms, a hint of sour orange joins the chorus. Astringent acidity on the finish. Seems a little watery, but nicely drinkable (perhaps because of the wateryness- goes down easily).

A well made, easy drinker.

Dukeofearl, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of rpheld
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle went from Oregon to Colorado to Minnesota to North Dakota before I finally got it.

A- cloudy pale copper, bubbly up to a delicate almost non-existant head.
S- Crisp and fruity with tangerine/pineapple/peach scents.
T- Floral bright citrus up front, sweet malty background with a slight caramel hint.
M- Crisp and bubbly, a light hop bite
D- Pretty drinkable, would be good fresh

rpheld, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of TheLiterati
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First sampled on tap in Portland, OR, now in a 12 oz bottle from my local BevMo store. Nice amber color with a healthy finger high off white head.

Healthy hops aroma with citrus and floral notes, along with a bit of malty sweetness, all of which translates to the taste.

Can’t say enough about the hoppiness – for an APA, this one packs a nice little punch. Finish is not as dry as an IPA, but all in all a nice composition, and definitely drinkable.

TheLiterati, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of thepitch
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

So I have never had anything from the Deschutes brewery and picked up a six pack of this brew from the Duck Blind Wine Shop on Montana in Santa Monica Blvd.

The appearance is a nice light amber gold color with a thick white head that laced nicely around the glass.

The aroma is a fine example of balanced hop flower smell and and caramel undertones.

The taste of the beer is exceptionally well balanced and interesting, yet not delicious or inviting. The hops and malt come together with a long lasting rose tasting bouquet and crisp malt finish.

The mouthfeel is good with probably the finest attribute of this beer. Overall somewhat drinkable but not my favorite pale ale.

thepitch, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of flexabull
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright gold, with a slight fleating head. I noticed low carbonation.

This beer has a very pine like hop aroma. Slightly sweet, with some citrus notes.

Taste follows right along with the aromas. Hops are the main players here. Mostly cirtrus and pine hoppy flavors dominate. Mouthfeel is pretty good, but nothing special.

This is an excellent session worthy APA. Maybe a notch below Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but it's close... and at times I do prefer this one.

flexabull, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of Lenny2884
4.88/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of the best American Pale Ales on the market. If you see this in your local liquor store, pick it up. If you are a fan of American Pale Ales, you need to get your hands on this. Unfortunately Deschuttes is so small that they do not distribute much beyond Oregon, California, and Washington.

Lenny2884, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of isaac
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A good looking orange/golden beer with a 2 fingered head that settles into bubbles and thin lacing.

S - Hops. Classic Pacific NW citrusy smell with hints of grapefruit and something spicy... the alcohol? cooking herbs?

T - Starts off very sweet with the malts and slowly transitions, dancing back on the tongue to a thicker, breadier malt flavor, and then to a more bitter, hops finish. This doesn't have a massive amount of flavor (the kind of hops bite that kicks your ass and keeps on running), but it's all there.

M - Medium bodied with a fair amount of crispness from the carbonation. Not too watery, not too syrupy.

D - Mmm. It's so nice, I think I'll have another.

isaac, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of brewcrew76
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kmpitz2 for this one.

A - Pours a cloudy golden orange with a 2 finger white that dissipates to a nice white skim of foam floating on top.

S - The aroma is rather faint. Citrus hops with a moderate bready caramel. I get just a touch of honey also. The aroma would be fantastic if it were just a little bolder.

T - Juicy citrus hops & orange slices with a bready caramel sweetness. It has some bitterness to nicely balance the sweet caramel. This one is delicious. Each sip leaves me craving another. Nice orange aftertaste lingers on the tongue.

M - Light to medium and very creamy with a light carbonation. The mouthfeel really helps accentuate the taste.

D - I could drink this one all night. Great example of an APA without making me feel like I am drinking a mini IPA like so many other pales resemble.

brewcrew76, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always meant to try this one, and saw it on tap last night.
Good pour, amber-hazy body, good clumping head. Some lacing and stickiness.
Smell had some malt notes, but mostly citrus (tangerine?) and hops
This brew seems to be on the border of IPA and PA. Hops, good balance with the malt. Some citrus and caramel flavors as well.
Nice bite to it. Crisp and refreshing.

Mebuzzard, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of jeffjfindley
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: A cloudy pumpin orange color with a respectable head. Fade to lace...

Smell: Really fresh & clean. Almost like orange sorbet, with a healthy dose of hops.

Taste: Malty citrus toffee with a perfect dose of hoppy freshness. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and malty with a dry finish that'll make you pucker a bit.

Drinkability: A true brew for all seasons. She provides the refreshment one would require while mowing something or BBQing something delicious, yet at the same time substantive enough for the colder months. It would be a tall order to find a better session beer.

jeffjfindley, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of bodybyadam
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Took me a while to finally drink one but I'm glad I did. Served in pint, this was enjoyable.

A: A golden unfiltered color with a 1/2" head that rested atop for a bit.
S: An almost nutty malt aroma, which through me off for a Pale ale.
T: At first taste a sweet cold flavor of mild malt, then comes a hoppy blend that tingles the palette with a growing hop flavor.

M: Smooth mouthfeel with a hoppy finish.

D: This is a good "relaxing beer". Yes, buy this in your local market beer case.

Elbows Up,
Adam

bodybyadam, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of laintringulis
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pub glass.

pours a hazy amber/orange color with moderate off white head that thins quickly. Little lacing.

Strong piney smell with a floral earthiness. Very light toasty malt smell.

Slightly off balance, but not bad. Nicely hopped between pine and floral hops. light citrus taste during the initial and mid taste, finishes with a strong citrus dry finish. I cannot distinguish the citrus flavors. The malt seems to get loss.

Light bodied. A bit too thin on the moutfeel for my preferences, but it is not watery. I would have liked a little bit of oiliness in the mouthfeel.

Easy to drink. Easily sessionable. Good solid beer, not great.

laintringulis, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of nohead02
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The label talks about a generous helping of cascade hops but I think this beer lacks a bit. Not much of an aroma upon pouring and there seems to be a very subtle sweetness that distracts from what hoppiness there is. Kicks up a frothy head that makes you think there might be something to this beer but in the end it doesn't deliver.

nohead02, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of BeerRun13
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a mostly clear golden color. Small white head fades to a ring and leaves a minimal amount of lace.
Nice citrussy-floral hop aroma.
Has a lighly malty backbone. Good balance with cascade hops both in flavor and in a light bittering. Very refreshing.
Light to medium bodied. Smooth, but with a nice carbonated traction to help dispurse the flavor. The finish leaves a nice flavor throughout the palate.
Very drinkable. I was very happy to see this one at Vons Pavillions. I will definately revisit this one again and again.

BeerRun13, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of therica
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having had this on-tap, I bought a 6-pack of the bottles. I was not disappointed.

Appearance-- pours a darker amber than would be expected from a pale ale-- and much like the on-tap version. Huge fluffy foamy luscious head that stayed for a while and then heavily pooled and laced nicely.

Smell-- nice hoppy bouquet with a sense of the bitters as well. Very sniffable.

Taste-- lovely blend of floral hops and bitters with some slightly earthy malt. Right up there in my opinion.

Mouthfeel-- if you like a nice hops-bitters feel that is pleasant but not gut-wrenching, this is one beer to grab-- in bottle or on tap.

Drinkability-- any time you want some good flavor and a hops-bitters balanced taste. I wish I'd had more when it was on-tap. I wish I'd bought more than just a 6-pack!

Oddly, I'm rating this bottled version higher than the on-tap! I think it's because the on-tap head had faded before it was served, and the mouthfeel was just a bit flat as well-- probably due to the location's stock or equipment (Matt's, Redmond WA).

therica, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Mirror Pond Pale Ale pours into my glass a nice cloudy amber orange with a half inch of bubbly white head on top. Aromas of lightly bready caramel malts mix in with floral, somewhat citrusy hops. The hops come out on top with a nice solid balance overall. Nice APA.

First sip brings smooth, biscuity, caramelly maltiness upfront that's followed by a nice blast of really floral, herbal hops that have a bit of a ctirusy twang as well. Goes down easily with a mellow bitterness. Overall, a solid, tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good steady carbonation. Smooth and easy going like a good pale ale should be. I could easily see myself grabbing a sixer of this for a get together. Easily drinkable and overall a solid pale ale with plenty of hop character. I hope to have a chance to try more brews from Deschutes, thanks to kmpitz2 for this one.

orbitalr0x, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of beeritron
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers out there right now. I poured this beer into a pint glass and let it warm up from fridge temp. It has a color that is between golden and copper, with a nice head that lasts throughout the glass. There is a gentle sweetness through the sip that finishes with a citrusy bitterness on the back of the tongue. I prefer a smell that has a little more grapefruit attached to it, however. I enjoy how the beer rolls around in the mouth with just the right amount of carbonation.

beeritron, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of MiScusi
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint served up on tap at the Yardhouse in Pasadena.

Appearance was a translucent light burnt orange-blonde, with just the slightest bit of red wanting to come through. Thin white one finger head capped the top and remained for a little bit. Swirling was able to regenerate a temporary replacement. Very nice lacing was left towards the top, but not so much down the last 3/4 of the glass.

Initial aroma was of strong citrusy hops, which, interestingly went away very much as I started working through the pint. Towards the very end as it warmed up caramel creeped through.

The taste was a nice blend of biscuity malt and citrus hops. Not too complex, at least not on my palate. Bitterness wasn't overpowering, maybe middle of the road for a pale ale, and hop flavor was also medium as well. Carbonation was moderately high and added a zing to the tongue.

The drinkability of this is quite good. It's a pretty good pale ale, so you will be satisfied, although you may get bored of this one later on, and want something a little more interesting.

MiScusi, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of MLegendre
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I conducted my own little blind taste test with all three of Deschutes Pale Ales. Here is the result for Mirror Pond...

A: Dark gold with a fairly big fluffy head that is leaving lots of lacing as it melts.

S: Just how I like a Pale Ale to smell, good presense of both Hops and malt. The sweet malt is more noticable than the hops.

T: There is a good strong malt presense, followed by bitter, but not horribly strong hops. The finish and aftertaste are both bitter, the aftertaste lingering for awhile after you've swallowed.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and a good amount of carbonation

D: A good example of a Pale Ale. Not the best I've ever had, but one I would get again.

MLegendre, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served in a Imperial Pub glass. This beer came to me thanks to loren01.

Appearance: The beer had a very pleasing apricot coloration. The head was a one finger biege colored. The head had good retention. The beer left thick lacing behind on the glass.

Smell: The beer delivers a major juicy citrus smell. The beer also gives up a pleasing pine resin. The beer has a very good sweet malty caramel base.

Taste: The beer delivers a good citrus juice and zest flavor. The malty caramel sweetness mellows the hops. The hops give you a goodbye kiss of pine in the after taste.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is very crisp and clean tasting. The flavors are well represented but do not blow me away. The beer is well balanced. This beer is very easy to drink and I could envision sessioning this pale ale.

nlmartin, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of eballard
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured an amber copper color with a light head that settled into a medium lacing. The beer had a sweet malted hops smell that was not too over powering. The taste was a nice blend of malts and hops with a fairly clean finish. The beer feels smooth and crisp with a light carbonation. Over all a nicely drinkable beer. It has a summery quality that makes it a great beer for a warm afternoon bar-b-que.

eballard, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of scottoale
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer of this last week for $4.99 and enjoyed it enough to get another yesterday. From a 12fl.oz. brown bottle with a Best By : 4/26/06 and some code1346L, pours a pristene amber ale with a 1/2 inch of frothy beige head. The head settles a bit, but the carbonation feeds it to stay aloft at 1/4 inch. Some nice tight lace is left behind, a good looking brew overall.

A nice malt nose that's not too sweet, with some of the Cascade hops coming through a bit on the grassy side, especially as it warms. The smell leads you to believe it's got a fine balance, the taste backs that up 100%.

A nice bisquity malt intro with a mild sweetness that becomes consumed with the hops giving a gem of a citrus flavor, mainly of orange and grapefruit. It's got a good bittering bite to the finish that pans out clean and very refreshing. This is a very good example of an APA that certainly rivels the likes of SN Pale Ale, which is one of my favs in this style.

A super easy drinker that helps beat this Summer's heat, with it's good body, mouthfeel and not too much alcohol...a great session ale.

Cheer's to Deschutes for a fine Pale Ale!

scottoale, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce brown glass bottle which has hop-embossed shoulders and a milk chocolate colored crown cap with the Deschutes logo in white. Cream colored neck and main label with the artwork as shown in the BA avatar. Best By 08/15/06. Listed on the label at 5.0% (not the 5.5% I note listed on BA).

Appearance: Lightly hazed marmalade amber golden orange torso sealed with a beige colored ¼” thick tight creamy head. Everlasting crown cap rolls down neatly with the volume and last until the final drop. Curtain lacing with a Bruges texture. Damn good looks I have to say.

Nose: Soft grapefruits and aged tangerines meld into a citrus hop middle with a gentle fruity floral back end. Attractive refreshing profile.

Taste: Biscuit malt background is pummeled by citric hops, floral fruits and a sweet mango thread throughout. The conditioning supports the flavors perfectly and the overall balance is well poised. Bitterness in the finish rasps with a Cascade hop citric element.

Mouthfeel: Does what it needs to, no more, no less. Crisp clean and very quaffable, the Mouthfeel is right where it should be, fulfilling but not overbearing.

Drinkability: I snaffled a whole six-pack and already I have just finished my second bottle and I’m cracking my third - this turns out to be quite the sessionable Pale Ale. Nothing outstanding, but this is very refreshing and a great partner for the night.

Overall: Somehow my late night trip to Vons to pick up some Light bulbs had me pondering the limited beer range for something new and this one just leapt out at me. The six-pack was a little more money than the other regular boring selection, but I think it a creditable purchase and one that I did not regret….maybe I’ll crack a fourth bottle.

TheLongBeachBum, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of unklesyd
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cascade hops are great.

The interesting thing about... well, anything... is that it can induce a wide variety of the same response at either end of its extreme. For example: riotous laughter and ecstatic dancing can be the result of either wonderful, or absolutely horrible music. Gasps at the dinner table? Terrible cuisine, or the best of the chef's.

Mirror Pond is an example of Cascade hops in their laughing, dancing, gasping phase... because they are in beautiful balance. Not blowing you away, not making you wonder, 'what is this? pinapple?'. Although this beer can blow you away in its balance of Maris Otter (rough, rich bread, slightly grainy mouthfeel) backbone streaked by some light-medium crystal (right before it hints at roastiness) and the terrific Cascade bitterness and flavor (yes, citrusy, but actually, remember that pinapple that I hinted at?).

A winner in any season.

unklesyd, Aug 03, 2006
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,808 ratings.