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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

2,610 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,610
Reviews: 842
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 109
Gots: 185 | 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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Dello

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

07-18-2014 15:31:23 | More by Dello
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DrMindbender

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -23.1%

07-18-2014 13:26:51 | More by DrMindbender
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Woodman70

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

07-18-2014 02:22:19 | More by Woodman70
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Mikus

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle (from a mixed six pack) into my tulip glass. No date on bottle. Is it normally on the six pack container? Anyways, 1 finger of a pure white head (no retention, though), over a nice reddish copper body. Not much aroma on the nose, however a slight citrus hit on the end. Tasted some citrus, however, and also some of that nice piney astringency. Very crisp taste, and nice balance of bitter Consistent light carbonation and an overall light bodied brew. Good mouthfeel (for an APA style). Nice expected balance from Deschutes... would have liked a bottle date (if only to know if this was super fresh, or if I needed to do some more hunting. Overall a good choice for a lighter pale ale style (as I am a huge fan of big IPAs).

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2014 22:06:39 | More by Mikus
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RyanByorick

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

07-17-2014 21:41:14 | More by RyanByorick
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MattSharpless

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

07-17-2014 11:55:31 | More by MattSharpless
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RobinLee

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +2.6%

07-17-2014 02:16:26 | More by RobinLee
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Walkerjgt

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

07-16-2014 12:26:38 | More by Walkerjgt
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Tyler_m

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9%

07-16-2014 05:06:17 | More by Tyler_m
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Alpar

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

07-16-2014 03:10:14 | More by Alpar
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teamwiggum

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

07-16-2014 03:09:48 | More by teamwiggum
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jeffaroo95

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%

07-16-2014 02:31:31 | More by jeffaroo95
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mrosenfeld32

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

07-15-2014 23:23:54 | More by mrosenfeld32
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.29/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The absolute, unrelenting eradication of my back inventory continues. I just want to return to The CANQuest (TM), but the bottles glare at me for ignoring them. This one came from The Friendly Greek's Bottle Shop.

From the bottle: "If you could only listen to one album forever, what would it be?"; "At least there's Mirror Pond when it comes to Pale Ales."; "Crafted for Explorers Everywhere Since 1988"; "

I was anxious to get started, so I got a nice, heavy-handed pour going. The by-now predictable outcome was a pseudo-cascade, followed by the production of three fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with great retention. Color was a deep-amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled primarily of grapefruit, but underlain by a light mintiness. Mouthfeel was medium, kind of soft on the tongue. The taste was mellow, kind of tea-like, with a light citrusy tartness. Finish was likewise mellow and unobtrusive. If I could only have one APA forever, it would NOT be this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2014 19:41:42 | More by woodychandler
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jwerner23

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

07-15-2014 19:32:57 | More by jwerner23
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Col_Custard

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%

07-15-2014 17:42:08 | More by Col_Custard
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ASirahSyrah

Texas

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

To be honest, this is a pretty good beer. For me, this is a porch sipper. It'll do well for bbqs, firesides, and boating trips. It's better than anything you'll get from the big name brands and it's just as smooth, add in the fact that it has better ingredients and was perfected by people who seem to have mastered their trade and you've got a better beer to hang out with than the competition "porch sippers." The flavor is a little lacking, so I wouldn't consider it something i would celebrate with or look for on an extensive menu, but it's a good six pack to have in the fridge for the end of the day when you're not looking so much for flavor, but for refreshment and a reprieve (the ABV'll get ya there). All-in-all, good beer, my friends. Deschutes gave us another gift with this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2014 17:39:49 | More by ASirahSyrah
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core42

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +9%

07-15-2014 15:23:46 | More by core42
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BeerRunner

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +9%

07-15-2014 03:48:29 | More by BeerRunner
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slayernation

Wisconsin

1.5/5  rDev -61.5%

07-15-2014 00:35:12 | More by slayernation
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mirth23

Texas

4.64/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pretty golden amber color. Good head retention.

S: One of the best smelling beers there is. Zesty citrus kick with malty undertones. I could spend a while just sniffing this beer.

T: Deep flavor that demands repeated sips. Starts with hints of tangerine and spruce and wanders into orange cordials and ends with some lingering vaguely dark hoppy notes. Nice fizz. There's a bit more hops and malt than most pale ales, but the balance is so perfect that neither feels overwhelming.

M: Really quite pleasant, a touch of crispness. A tiny bit sticky on the back end.

This might fall slightly outside of typical pale ales because of the big flavor, but it's a fantastic beer. Definitely a worthwhile go-to.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2014 20:58:11 | More by mirth23
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Oakhtar

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

07-14-2014 19:50:09 | More by Oakhtar
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atlbravsrno1

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

07-14-2014 19:00:09 | More by atlbravsrno1
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Kuaff

Alaska

4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

About cellar temperature, in a pint glass.

It pours a moderately hazy, glowing, golden orange with about two fingers of a poofy white head. A pretty beer.

No overwhelming aroma here, but what's there is pretty nice. Hints of lemon or orange zest, honey, and a bit of bready malt.

Delightful flavors of citrus, honey, and lightly piney hops are initially in control, with a crisp, dry, malty aftertaste of biscuits and bread taking over in the finish. Some dank hops loiter around as well. Very well done.

The feel is kind of medium-bodied. More substantial than one would expect from a "light" style.

Few standard 5% strength beers pack this much flavor. Well-balanced, too.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2014 05:09:27 | More by Kuaff
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Jburnsm

Illinois

3/5  rDev -23.1%

07-14-2014 02:29:42 | More by Jburnsm
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,610 ratings.