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Mirror Pond Pale Ale - Deschutes Brewery

Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,279 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2279
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

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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy copper toned amber with a small, off-white head that quickly fades out. Plenty of small streams of CO2 quickly rise to the top. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of candied oranges, flowers, light grass, sugary grapefruit, and cream.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas. Flavors of citrus and honey standing out amongst the mix.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lingers of floral, hoppy, & citrus. Mildly bitter, with a thin, dry finish.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2007 20:34:33 | More by weeare138
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy bright orange with a big fomay off white head. A real nice slow fade with good retention. A very nice layer of lace and just a super hazy overall look.

S - Smell was crisp, clean and not overly biting or strong. Lightly linger and waffed through the air. Nice hint of subtle hoppiness and a blend of sugary tones. Not bad, could be stronger.

M & T - First impresssion was very smooth, but then it kinda fell flat on the tongue, with a dull feel. The finish was nice and hoppy and had some lingering to it, and the overall flavor had a nice balance to it with the malt profile.

D - Overall this is a very nice session beer. I will chalk up the dull flat feeling to a bad bottle for now. This is more then likely awesome on tap and would love to try it in that regard.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2007 23:42:20 | More by mikesgroove
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This, along with Deschutes' Black Butte Porter, was one of my first craft brews. It definitely brought me into the world of better beer and I've been craving another one for a long time. I needed to try it again since I'm heading back home on the East Coast and Deschutes only distributes on the West Coast.
A - Such a vibrant, haze, dark orange color w/ a fluffy, soft white head.
S - Wow, hops and fruit explode in your nose with the first whiff. Some bready, caramel scents come through as well. Very inviting...
T - Just as I remember it. Very balanced and full of flavor. The hops and bread-like malts are the prevailing flavors, but ripe, summer fruits show in the finish.
M/D - The hops are subtle enough to where this is very enjoyable and not overly dry or hoppy. The carbonation is very smooth as well. I love the balance of hops, fruit, and malt, and every sip reminds me of why this is one of my favorite Pale Ales. Some PA's can get tiring after a pint or two, but this one keeps you intrigued. I wish Deschutes would distribute back East, but I understand why they stay on the West Coast right now.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 20:53:52 | More by Gatch
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jbsteiny

Hawaii

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a mug of this for $1.75 at Magoo's in Honolulu -- that's cheaper than a 12 oz. bottle of Deschutes would be in NY. Looks good -- a hazy amber with decent lacing on the glass. I find the nose a little lacking -- Jason said that it was solid Cascades, which is one of the reasons I ordered it, and they're certainly present, but I don't think they're that up-front. In fact, I think they're on par with the bready malts, which isn't a bad thing, but it's not what I'm looking for with this style. All in all, well-balanced.

It tastes good -- the citrus-pine northwest hops match that pale bready malt -- but not the West Coast hophead bonanaza I was expecting. Decent body with a crisp finish makes it go down easy, and I could see having another one on a thirsty afternoon. And then another one. As it is, I've tried nine beers today and I'm ready for bed.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2007 07:00:23 | More by jbsteiny
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supercolter

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good beer, definately better than expected. For the style the appearance was a bit weak. It looked more like fizzy pop (a pet peeve of mine) than beer. But all in all, pretty solid, could have used a bit more hops, and the mouthfeel was a bit too watery.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2007 05:35:34 | More by supercolter
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle with a simple yet inviting label, into a dimpled lager mug.
Best by 2/27/07 indicated.
A - Golden amber color that is slightly cloudy with white head. The beer resembles clover honey.

S - The smell of citrusy sweet hops and gentle whiffs of malt with lightly lactic and nutty aromas.

M - Resinous, sugary, medium body with minimal but ample carbonation.

T - Tart citric hops allow a nice bitter quality at the intial tastes. Nutty caramel malts are tasted and a clean sweetness follows with nice lightly toasted tones in the finish.

D - A very good tasting, hop accented pale with a subtle effervescence. Nice lingering sweetness in the finish while tinges of grapefruit accent this easy drinking american pale.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 12:54:08 | More by Slatetank
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kdoc8

Oregon

3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I acquired this bottle from The Bier Stein, Eugene, OR. It poured out a dark golden amber color with a thin, bubbly head that disappears fairly quickly. It has a clouded appearance and some lacing, but not much. It smells of floral hops, but it doesn't have a strong aroma overall. It's a little disappointing in the taste because not much of the smell-complexity comes through and it's mainly a taste of bitter hops-aftertaste that dominates it.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2007 17:10:35 | More by kdoc8
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The ale has a pale (relatively) amber orange color that has some sparse red notes. The head measured one-finger in size and has left some light lacing.

S: I pick up some citrusy hop notes, slightly grassy and sweet, mixed in with some biscuit malts.

T: The beer shoots for the best of both worlds. It kicks off with an impressive hop profile, grassy and grapefruity, providing a strong flavor kick to start the ale. The hops follow immediately, having a strong caramel flavor. I do notice that the malt flavor finishes fairly thin, trailing off to allow the hops to re-emerge at the end.

M: The mouthfeel is hoppy and tangy, citrusy with a moderate malt body.

D: I'd gladly drink down a few of these. This is a nice sessioning APA, strong on hops without ramping up the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 02:54:49 | More by akorsak
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to AlohaC for this bottle.

Poured a bright copper with a bit of haze. Thin, white head left some light and spotty lacing.

The smell was a blend of citrus and floral with a honey bun scent in the background. The aroma was light, but pretty good for a pale ale.

The flavor was very refreshing. Nicely balanced between the the fruity citrus hops and sweet malt. Nice bittering finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery. Very active carbonation. Lightly dry, bitter aftertaste. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 21:53:12 | More by Imstillthegman
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rgrace99

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aggressive pour froma 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Nice orange color with a finger's width white head. Decent lacing. Aroma was a mild citrus. Taste was mildly bitter finishing sweet. Very accesible and enjoyable pale that went down very easily, I had no problem having a second.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2007 21:58:25 | More by rgrace99
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ccrida

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Shared a pitcher of this, severed in mason jars...poured a burnt golden with a tall white head.
The aroma was bright cascade hops and a bit of sweet malt.
The taste was nice, a clean, refreshing pale ale, mainly floral cascade, a bit fruity and bready malt, with a crisp, clean finish.
The mouthfeel was average, medium light body, some carbonation.
This is a highly drinkable pale ale. It had a fairly robust taste of cascade hops and just sweet enough to taste the way I prefer my pale ales, it was refreshing and easy drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2007 18:09:45 | More by ccrida
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mithrascruor

California

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber-orange color. 1/2-in. white head turns into a thin film, but manages to lace the glass nicely for a while.

Smell: The smell of hops is definitely present. A bit of citrus, and also a bit of peach.

Taste: A nice crisp taste of fruits and hops. The fruits seem to come first (orange and peach, mostly) followed by the hop taste. Aftertaste is a light hop bitterness. Not particularly complex, but the bitter and sweeter flavors are nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium-bodied feel with a slightly tingly sensation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, alcohol- and taste-wise.

A very enjoyable and accessable pale ale; this has elements that would appeal to both those who love hops, and those who aren't quite as keen on them. A nice balance of flavors and a beer that I'll most likely get again.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2007 04:05:14 | More by mithrascruor
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nase

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

gracias, cwier. 12 oz. best by 2/20/07 (nice!)

This seems like a close relative of the Dead Guy and Riptide Red Ale that I recently tried. Would love to see if they're all using the same hops because the flavor is on-spot with all of them and they do seem similar. Can't really describe it except to say that there's a balanced citrus component to match the malt. The weakest aspect of this beer to me is the mouthfeel or maybe the finish. There's no oomph. I'd like to see this beer be just a little bit "bigger" in alcohol, malt, and hops. That would probably earn a rating well over 4. Deserving of the high marks that it has received.

Appearance: 4.0
Smell: 4.0
Taste: 4.0
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Drinkability: 4.5

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 03:54:26 | More by nase
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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this beauty at the Liquor Collection in Honolulu, HI. Nice selection for an island city.

Orange-amber body with a whipped-cream finger of head.

Nose is sweet malty citrus. Balanced and juicy, very nice.

Flavor is tangy sweet with a balanced hop presence on the finish. A tasty and well crafted APA. Great on a hot day, like we have today in sunny Honolulu!

Mouthfeel is medium with light, but creamy, carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. Plenty of flavor, but it still goes down very well, leaving me wanting another.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 00:13:24 | More by ghostwalker
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jyeast101

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2007 21:14:44 | More by jyeast101
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Dukeofearl

California

3.83/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2007 21:32:59 | More by Dukeofearl
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rpheld

North Dakota

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2007 03:04:01 | More by rpheld
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TheLiterati

California

3.83/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2006 00:13:22 | More by TheLiterati
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thepitch

California

3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2006 05:44:32 | More by thepitch
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flexabull

California

3.95/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 06:17:17 | More by flexabull
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Lenny2884

New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2006 19:11:49 | More by Lenny2884
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isaac

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2006 07:21:26 | More by isaac
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2006 02:31:17 | More by brewcrew76
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2006 20:29:00 | More by Mebuzzard
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jeffjfindley

California

4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 05:19:46 | More by jeffjfindley
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,279 ratings.