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Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Alc. by Vol.: 5.0%
IBUs: 40

170 calories per 12 oz serving

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2001

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Photo of dnichols
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a mug.

A: Cloudy amber-hued honey color with a nearly pure white head. Mild carbonation; almost looks flat from a distance. Moderate lacing. A three finger head with average retention and sheeting lace that lasted well into the experience.

Smell: Floral and fruity hops gave it a very crisp, fresh inviting smell that lingered and greeted my nose each time I brought my glass to my face..

T: Limited malt flavor but a crisp taste trough out and a sharp bitter finish (not sour). There is a very nicely developed balance between the crisp, fruity hops that provide perfect bitterness and the floral hops that coated my tongue and left it in a happy place.

M: Very thin and light, but the carbonation keeps it smooth. Medium-bodied and crisp.

D: Nice hoppiness without being overpowering and a light body make this a wonderful summertime beer that you can drink like water.

Comment: Excellent hop flavor and mild carbonation make this an enjoyable beer for a lingering hot summer day.

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Photo of walshclimb
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | 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.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Likely one of the best APA's I have had in ages, perhaps ever. Thanks to my mother-in-law for bringing this back as part of a nice beer haul she picked up for me on a recent visit home to San Francisco. Poured a pale orange with a great looking head and thick, sticky lacing. Smell was candy sweet hops with some pine resin and sweet toasted malts. If this beer is only one thing, it's balanced. In smell and taste. Plenty of hops in the taste, be well off-set by the sweet malts. I wouldn't mind having a case or so of this down stairs. Fantastic!

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Photo of dbalsock
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a beautiful light amber/copper color with an abundant white head. The retention was a little poor, but it provided nice lacing and looked great to start.

Smell: A mild blend of floral hops and lighter malts. I would have liked to smell a more noticeable hop presence.

Taste: The hops come out a little more in the taste and provide some depth to the one dimensional malt profile. A little metallic on the aftertaste, but the floral hops do a good job of making it pretty yummy.

Mouthfeel: Nicely bitter, not overwhelming, but definitely not underwhelming. This is how ever apa should feel: light bodied malt, followed by brief but strong hop bite.

Drinkability: This is easily drinkable, and very sessionable. I like it more after it warms close to room temperature, and that is how I would go through a six pack without realizing it.

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Photo of younger35
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my brand new Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a copperish pinkish orange with a small fluffy head that disappears quickly leave a tiny collar. Little or no lacing.
Smell- Very delicate floral nose. Kind of like a spring day when the lilacs are in full bloom. Doughy, semi sweet malts come through after the initial burst of fresh flowers.
Taste- Nice semi citrus hoppyness that reminds me of diluted orange juice. Sweet caramel malts adds nice balance but still finishes semi bitter.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with more carbonation than what the appearance led me to believe.
Drinkability- This is a really tasty beer that can easily be drank in great quantities. There are other beers out there that I would rather drink on a daily basis but still a quality beer.

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Photo of acrawf6
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a light orange amber with a fluffy white head.

Smell. A nice balance of hops and malts. Caramel and a little pineyness .

Taste. More great balance. The hop flavor overall does dominate, but the malts are quite present. Crisp with a light caramel sweetness and a small citrus hoppiness. Aftertaste seems to get sweet for me.

Mouthfeel. Body is at a good and medium level, crisp but still fills up my mouth well. Carbonation is at a proper level.

Overall, a great beer, and a fantastic sessional beer. I really wish I could normally get this as it’s relatively lower alc level (bottle says 5%), but high flavor content would make a great one to have all night.

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Photo of franksnbeans
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange with 2 fingers of head that slowly dies down. Nice lace. Smells of strong hops and citrus with mild rind and malt. Tastes wonderful of hops citrus and a nice balance of malt. Feel light and crisp in the mouth with great carbonation. Another sessionable beer which I have done myself in with tonight. Delightful and recommended.

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Photo of nosbocaj
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured darkish amber/copper color with a foamy white head.
S: Pleasant combination of fruit, floral hops, and sweet malt.
T: Spicy and Sweet with a medium hoppy aftertaste.
M: Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Aftertaste is not at all offensive.
D: Goes down very easy. Overall a very good APA. The "go-to" beer for me and a number of my friends.

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Photo of gubbt
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy orange, with a small off white head.

Smells of biscuits, caramel, and fruity hops.

Hmm, this is a nice pale ale. The fruity hops up front blend with the caramel malts and then transition into a very tasty orange-like, citrusy, refreshing finish.

Mouthfeel is medium and a bit creamy.

At 5.0% and ample complexity for the style, the drinkability is out the roof. This one replaced SNPA as my go to pale ale/session beer. Great pale ale.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz brown bottle crimped cap. Best by 9/26/07. Ordered from Liquid Solutions.

Hazy,meduim amber/copper color. 1" slightly off white head,dissapated a bit quick into a constiant thin creany layer. Not much if any carbination or lacing.

Clean,very floral one of the most floral aromas i've smell,just like fresh picked flowers. A hint of citrus with some sweet malts in the background.

Clean taste,grassy and flowery taste,astrigent,bisquity with a nice balance. Finishes with a dry,tart,slightly fruityness. Expected a bit more after the nice aroma.

Light mouthfeeel,very dry with grainy textures. Easy to drink,could drink a few,a bit boring to drink all night. Overall somewhat of a let down. The aroma was the best part makes this beer worth a try.

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Photo of gmcfarre
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into traditional pint glass
An easy drinking favorite of mine, so let's finally review it...

A - Pours a nice shade somewhere between ruby, orange and brown that is fairly opaque. Head is smallish but nice, and quickly fades to a thin layer. Lacing is moderate.

S - Light floral hops and a good touch of sweetness. Perhaps a touch of grapefruit as well, with just hints of spice.

T - Soft and light on the palate with a great blend of malt sweetness and body with a bit of hoppy fruitiness and a slightly bitter aftertaste. A bit of caramel malt flavor is detectable.

M - Smooth with a medium body and an every-so-slightly drying aftertaste. Not cloying or offensive in any way.

D - Effortlessly drinkable, this beer exhibits a great marriage of hops and malt without overwhelming the palate. I think its a bit better on tap, but out of the bottle it is still a go-to beer when you just want something drinkable.

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Photo of Night
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy copper with orange and gold tones. Medium to large foamy, creamy, head; good lacing. Aroma is sweet dough, coconut, a touch of butter, and faint citrus tones. Juicy, medium-bodied mouthfeel. Flavor is mellow and well-balanced with lighter bread and sourdough malts, distant butter, caramel, suds, and bitter (though restrained) pine and floral hops. Aftertaste is clean and lightly soapy.

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Photo of DrJay
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received from fartingdog as part of BC2. Thanks Dave!
An off-white head capped this hazy amber beer. Head retention was pretty good and there was some chunky lacing. The aroma was mostly fruity, floral hops, but there was a bit of hop spiciness and mild malt present as well. Moderate bitterness with malt sweetness held fairly low. Up front, hops were orange and tangerine, towards the end more grapefruit. Lightish bodied with carbonation that started out crisp and lively, but mellowed to smooth out the texture at the end of the glass. Quite a nice pale ale that makes for enjoyable summer drinking.

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Photo of tigerdoc
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper golden color with tight head of tiny bubbles that dissapates relatively quickly. Carbonation is low to medium. Aroma is carmel and malty sweet with citrus hop charater, in line with cascade hops. Flavor is initially malty sweet with a small citrus hop flavor in the finish. I would prefer more hop flavor in the beer especially for a west coast pale. Body is pretty medium not to heavy not to light. Overall a pretty average pale, nothing really that special that makes it stick out.

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Photo of weeare138
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of Gatch
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of jbsteiny
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of supercolter
3.92/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.14/5  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.

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Photo of kdoc8
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of rgrace99
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 960 ratings.