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Mirror Pond Pale Ale - Deschutes Brewery

Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale

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very good

2,275 Ratings

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Ratings: 2275
Reviews: 821
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%

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 beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Burnt orange with a glass consuming display of effervesce. A healthy, foamy, cushy, 2 finger light tan head has good resistance even after 4-5 minutes of wait with hardly a budge given. Carbonation remains as strong as ever. Thick stratified ring lacing is beef on the glass, providing a very good coverage rate while the crown has a lasting coverage.

S: On the nose is fresh tangerines and oranges, dry barley stalks lurk in the background with some dry lemon grind. The strength is a bit reserved is its only drawback.

T: Creamy bread, slight citrus with a bit of spicy and sweet tangerine toast. Decent freshness of citrus-orange, grapefruit and orchard like hopping with a slight tropical fruitiness sneaking in.

M: fairly crisp, creamy textured, toasty warm grapefruit with a light medium bodied.

O: Overall fairly easy to consume, fresh, with a gentle hop dryness in the middle. six pack worthy.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 22:40:54 | More by beerthulhu
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4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into standard bar pint glass. Reviewing from notes.

A: Pours a light orange-gold color with a two finger frothy head that lingers around for a few minutes, eventually fades down to an acceptable frothy cap. Leaves a nice bit of sticky looking lace down the glass.

S: Very vivid hop and grapefruit aroma. Hints of pine underneath with a slight touch of malt sweetness. I'm usually not overly keen on the scent of APAs, but this one is just so darn refreshing and uplifting. Can Yankee please give me this in candle form?

T: Grapefruit and citrus zest (kind of like an orange zest?) upfront, with a pleasant wave of hop bitterness that's by no means rough on the palette. A light touch of malt sweetness in the finish rounds this one off well.

M: Smooth with a medium body. Slightly more carbonated than I would have liked, but it's not enough to become a distraction. I forgot all about it after the second or third sip. This one tends to feel a little watery towards the end of the glass, but overall it feels solid and drinks easy.

O: A great brew that's quintessential for any fans of the style and newcomers alike. Balanced and refreshing flavors with a smooth drinkability make this one extremely sessionable, especially on warm summer days/nights.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 18:08:08 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Sonewhat clear caramel color. Off white head slowly recedes leaving a film and massive sheets of lacing.

Aroma: Sugary biscuits lead into caramel then muted hops.

Taste: Well balanced with malt sweetness leading the way. Caramel, biscuits, floral notes, and faint citrus hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and easy to drink.

Overall: A really solid APA. Glad I bought it.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 18:14:20 | More by JuicesFlowing
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3.19/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

BBD 7/26/13. Poured from the bottle to a "Sam Adams Boston Lager Pint Glass"

A - nice med tan color w/ a foamy head that stayed to the finish

S - soft, mild yeast aroma

T - like a cream ale or a Boddington's. I taste no bitterness or hops. Nothing wrong with that, just not what I expected.

M - full, smooth, creamy, lingering, very low carb

O - The more I drink it, the more I like it. Maybe it tastes this way because it is so close to the BBD or maybe the friend who gave it to me let it get hot or something. A fine pub ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 06:18:52 | More by HopeEngineer
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Alberta (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper color body with a one finger bubbly and frothy white head. Looks nice.

Aroma smells of citrus zest, lemon, grass, slight bready notes, and some pine. Smells great.

Grassy, lemon flavor backed by decent bitterness on the tongue. Bready, piney, and earthy. Leaves a dry bready and piney aftertaste. A little bit overwhelming for the bitterness over the malty side.

Medium body, nice carbonation, feels just right.

Nice pale ale from Deschutes.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 19:34:01 | More by Scrylol
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3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice amber tinted gold with a one finger head, medium lacing.
S - Nice fresh bread malt, some citrus zest and juice, and an underlying pine.
T - Crisp refreshing flavor, mild malt and some decently juicy hops.
M - Decent feel, a mild chew to it, but still pretty crisp.
O - This is the best thing I had from Deschutes yet, very solid and well rounded, lots of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 23:49:39 | More by Omnium
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4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Copper color accented with red and gold highlights. The head on the beer is dense and stable with a moderate retention.

Really wonderful balance on the nose with bright citrus and soft pine needles, balanced by a wonderful earthy quality. Rich, slightly sweet malt, bread dough and a gentle herbaceous note come together wonderfully.

The hops hold their own against the malt without over powering things. Warm brown bread and light spice play on the tongue. The flavor lingers with the pine and light resin notes coming in on the finish.

Medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel. The hops help to push the finish nicely.

Really well balanced and a wonderful example for the American style. The hops are used with great care, both showing just a little bit of flash while maintaining a wonderful balance in the beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 02:53:48 | More by Libationguy
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3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle dated best by 09/05/13

A: Pours a clear deep golden color with one finger of fizzy straw-colored head that dissipates to a spotty film with moderate lacing.

S: Sweet malt and earthy hops predominate. Moderately wheaty/oaty aroma, but overall a crisp and clean smell.

T: A little bite from the hops, but very little persisting bitterness. Lots of bready malt, almost tastes like oats/wheat. Tons of it. Some earthy hop character, but the primary flavor here is the malt. A very clean beer -- it's nothing that it doesn't advertise. A little bit of persisting flavor from the strong malt character.

M: Reasonable level of carbonation and a medium malt body gives this beer a lot of drinkability. Very little in this brew beyond the strong malt flavors (which aren't really my thing, but which are fine) to keep one from tearing right through these things.

O: A good pale ale. I feel like the bready malt is a little strong in flavor and impedes drinkability, but imparts flavor beyond the hops and slows the drinker down a bit.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 06:27:57 | More by jdhowe
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4.89/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale has a very thick, fluffy, egg shell-colored head, some good lacing left behind, lots of bubble streams, and a mostly clear, orange appearance. The aroma is of a bold, sweet, bready, barley malt and strong citrus. Taste is of those things and is similarly bold. The bitterness is robust, but not at all harsh. Mouthfeel is light to medium and a bit soft, and Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale finishes dry, refreshing, sweet, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is a most excellent beer. Check it out!


Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 19:55:08 | More by RonaldTheriot
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Off white, egg shell colored head. each sip could be seen by the lacing on the edge of the glass. A mild, hazy, carot orange color in the standard pint glass.

S: Bready, doughy malt vibe with a subtle piney hop nose.

T: Toasty, bread crust, malt flavor when sipped at sub 40F temperatures, mild pine and earth bitterness adding to a nice balance of hop and malt flavors. As it warms up the hop presence is more apparent and the flavors realy emerge. A subtle dankness comes out and adds complexity but overall no less drinkable.

M: Moderate carbonation and body, crisp and refreshing.

O: A very balanced and flavorful APA. There are alot of overly hoppy APAs that make kill your pallet after one pint, but this isn't one of them. Great for an afternoon BBQ!

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 19:47:15 | More by guityler83
Photo of C3likesbeer


4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had straight out of the bottle.

Appearance: Pale golden amber slight haze

Smell: Slightly spicy with some fruit and slight wheat.

Taste: Hops are there but not overbearing. Slight citrus and even a touch of maltiness. Carbonated but not too bubbly. Very smooth refreshing with nice mouthfeel.

Overall: Good refreshing pale ale for a sunny day.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 18:07:10 | More by C3likesbeer
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3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Attractive, tanned orange colour. Just a little cloudy. One finger white head which sticks around and laces nicely.

S - Bright floral, citrusy hops

T - Mild, very drinkable. Quite crisp, predominantly malty taste - sweet and a little toasty, with a nice small but sharp hit of citrus hops. Aftertaste is dry, a little cardboardy and lager like, with a little pleasant bitterness.

M - Refreshing and light bodied, feels a little lacking in carbonation.

O - A solid, drinkable and refreshing maltier pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 05:08:53 | More by dc87
Photo of spoony


3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz bottle (best by July 11, 2013) into a tulip.

A-This is a good-looking beer. The brew is nearly clear and copper/orange hued with a decent display of visible carbonation. The head is fantastic, dense, long-lasting, light-khaki colored foam that leaves a fair bit of lacing on the glass.

S-The smell is a pleasantly strong mixture of sharp, lemony-citrus hops and fruity, pale malt flavors that pair well with the toast and light caramel notes. I'm impressed by the strength of the aroma for a 5% ABV brew.

T-The taste is more mild and the hops fade a little bit on the tongue, leaving the fruity, sweet, pale malt flavors more in the spotlight. Flavors are still citrus-forward, and there is a still a little bit of dank oily hops, but the taste is simpler and less impressive than the smell.

M-The feel is soft, with fine carbonation. The brew is medium to light in body and drinkable. Pretty average.

O-I remember disliking this beer the last time I had it (maybe four years ago), so I was pleasantly surprised by how good-looking it is and how nice it smells. The taste, while something of a let-down compared to looks and smell, is not bad, but it loses some of the hoppy sharpness that makes the smell so appealing. All-in-all, this is a good but not great example of an APA.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 00:15:24 | More by spoony
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3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into nonic.

A - Clear amber with a large creamy white head.

S - Sweet bready malt, light citrus, hint of floral grassy hops.

T - Toasted malt, orange zest, grapefruit, and caramel. Finishes with a hint of bitterness and a pleasant juicy citrus flavor. Earthy pine and grainy malts linger.

M - Smooth, crisp, medium bodied. High carbonation, somewhat dry finish.

O - A well balanced, but hoppy pale ale. This would make a great session beer in the spring or summer. Very flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 01:55:48 | More by mooseo
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4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great session beer. One of the finer Pale ales out there. I think it gets over looked because it is so easy to get, but with great tradition is great beer. I don't think they have to change a thing. Great citrus notes. Wonderful aroma. And you can actually have a couple of them without being completely loaded. That seems to be a problem with a lot of these beers these days. Nothing better on a sunny after noon

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2013 18:46:49 | More by vinny21bal
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4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

(had this at the PDX airport at a pub whose name escapes me, but they had the most ridiculously large Bavarian pretzel I'd ever taken in)

Orange-amber in color, filtered clean and bright, with a wispy/feathery off-white head - nice, snotty lace sticking around.... Mostly a floral-soapy hop aroma, toasty pale malt just sneaking in underneath, to balance.... The floral-soapy thing certainly comes across in the taste, refreshing, matched against some pleasant lime/grapefruit hop flavors - supporting malts show a bit more here, but never really give the esters and hops much of a fuss - bright/lightly tart bitterness, bit of an English esb/pale flavor quality.... Smooth, quite clean light-medium body, maybe a little round-maltier than drier than desirable in the finish - but having a little fat is no crime... A really solid APA - the invigorating hop/ester combo is showcase here - definite warm-weather treat

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2013 18:16:53 | More by Bouleboubier
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3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a schooner glass. The freshness date is nearly one year ago (June 2012)- the beer was bought at a discount ($2.24 on clearance). The bottle is just barely cellar cool- stored on my back porch for a day or two. The beer has a beautiful, crystal clear pale copper color. The head is nothing much in terms of volume, but is attractive enough, with a patch of foam in the center that looks like one of those small islands used as airfields in the Pacific.

Taking into account the age of the beer, a floral hop aroma is still quite evident in the aroma, with just enough bitterness on the tongue to balance out the malt. A fruity taste is very apparent, and evocative of grapefruit, rhubarb, and perhaps tart, bitter berry- rather like cherry seeds.

I remember drinking this earlier in the year, from the same store (and thus probably past its due date), I thought it to be one of the finest American style, west coast pale ales around (i.e. HOPPY pale ales). Even though the bottle was old, I still found it to be complex enough and easy-drinking enough to be enjoyable, and well worth the 2 1/4 clams I forked over for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 04:15:52 | More by archyquaffer
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just smooth. All smooth. Light and cool Sunday at my homeboy's down at the beach; and while staring at the ocean blissfully glisten, it reminds Raul of Mirror Pond. Easy on all levels - not Paris Hilton easy - but perfectly easy in its grace and subtlety.

Like a Rita Hayworth hair flip, Raul enjoys this.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 00:21:16 | More by RaulMondesi
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4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a rich amber color, tan head which dissipated rapidly. Smell reminded me of lightly toasted bagels, very earthy. Taste was much the same, earthy, whole-grain oats, cracker-like. Sweetness is present, yet faint, but well balanced with the mild bitterness. Finishes dry and very pleasing. Did I mention it is very earthy. I had another, and another, and...Deschutes flagship beer sets the standard for Northwest Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 07:05:53 | More by khensley
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4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For a pale ale, this beer ventures into a realm of comfort and warmth most don't explore. I'm relatively new to the style, but I find this particular pale ale to be rather interesting due to it's complex profile. The hops are noticeable, but they seem to take on an equal playing field with the malts and caramel flavors this beer offers, which is a delightful spin on the pale ale. In one word: rustic. This beer should not be overlooked.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 03:01:31 | More by Either_Aether
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4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass, bottle dated best by 5/3/2013

Appearance: Pale golden, light brown, light bronze, slight haze (I am assuming their is some dry-hopping here), Large, two finger head with excellent retention. Sticks along the side of the glass throughout the entire time.

Smell: Interesting up front spice smell, orange zest, apricot, a hint of biscuit/bread

Taste: Very smooth, medium carbonation, slight bitterness, complex malt/roast taste, mixed with just the right amount of hops. Also taste a bit of spice of sorts.

Overall: Excellent American Pale Ale, very refreshing. The smell may throw you off into thinking this is a hop monster, but it's really not. Whereas there is some bitterness in the mouthfeel, it seems to be more on the smell. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 21:04:20 | More by jmccullough108
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3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Really quite attractive dark amber brew in the glass. A modest fine-grained foam with pleasant carbonation. Slight aroma of beery caramel.

This is all more subtle than a lot of Pale Ales. It tastes more like the English style with the pronounced mineral flavor and the moderate bitterness. Fairly malty with a light, sudsy mouthfeel. A touch of roasted sweet malt on the lips. Faint bitter aftertaste.

Quite drinkable and low-key. From the 12 oz bottle at AJ's Fine Foods in Chandler.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 05:16:05 | More by mactrail
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4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Clear orange with a rocky white head and superb lacing. Gorgeous beer.

S: Citrusy grapefruit hops, classic cascade, nice toasty, cracker malt and moderate fruity esters.

T/M: Nice citrusy bitterness upfront, moves into a robust toasted bread malt flavor and a medium bodied mouthfeel. The finish is semi-dry and fairly slick, with lingering malt and grassy, grapefruit hops.

Overall, a classic Northwest Pale Ale. Everything about it screams Cascadia, the hop and malt balance, the fruity yeast, and the full mouthfeel. As an added bonus, it is a touchstone that homebrewers and brewers alike can use for tasting the intricacies of the Cascade hop. I overlook this one to much.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 18:45:17 | More by Siriusfisherman
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4.51/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great pale ale - nice all around. Pours a bit darker than your average pale ale - brown to orange in color with a nice foamy head. Head is retained well and nice spotted lacing on the glass. Based on aroma alone you would think this is a darker beer - earthy malt. Flavor is nicely balanced with a bit of body yet still light and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 21:46:24 | More by Oakenator
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4.81/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured this 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It poured a hazy amber color, produced a creamy white head, featured excellent retention and excellent lacing. The aroma contained malted grain, citric lemons and herbal hops. Medium bodied, there was a nice foundation of malted grain, apples, yeasty esters orange and lemon citrus and piney hops. This is a very nicely hopped APA, If you enjoy micro brewed APA's...this is one of the best!

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 19:57:54 | More by GossageBrewery
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,275 ratings.