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

897 Reviews
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Reviews: 897
Hads: 3,291
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 151
Gots: 504 | FT: 4
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2001

Alc. by Vol.: 5.0%
IBUs: 40

170 calories per 12 oz serving
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Reviews: 897 | Hads: 3,291
Photo of guitarmage
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a frosty bright orange with red hues - very inviting and delicious looking. Ample fluffy head and sticks and reduces to a sticky white lacing that leaves rings around the glass.

Smell: Great, I smell strong citrus, fruity and estery scents. It smells complex and and intense but still inviting.

Taste: Very floral, but not perfumy, crisp and smooth. Light orange peel, pine, hops are smooth, herbal and citrus. Complex but well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy, very smooth. Perfect level of carbonation for an APA, present but not sharp nor lacking. This actually may be one of it's defining characteristics.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, it's so tempting to drink as a session brew but at 5.50% it has caught up with me rather fast in the past, actually. It also is so flavorful that it has a tendency to saturate my taste buds and become bothersome after too many! One of the best beers to have one or three with a good meal or just on it's on. (990 characters)

Photo of tonistruth
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ pizza port carlsbad

A- slightly hazy, dark straw in color, with a white 1" head, lace also.

S- citrus, sweet grainy scent, faint alcohol scent as well

T- mild sour grainy flavor throughout with light touches of citrus here and there

M- smooth yet dry at the same time

D- this feels like a good anytime beer. no doubt a good pale ale, i'll be enjoying this again in the future (399 characters)

Photo of rowew
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle. Deschutes has a nice packaging - reserved but attractive. Plenty of information on the bottle, brewery description, beer style, best by, ABV.

Appearance: Pours an orange color with just a bit of haze. Thin head, but nice retention and lacing.

Smell: Lots of citrusy hops, and a bit of malt sweetness. Very appetizing.

Taste: Starts off with some biscuit malt flavors, then the hops come in to balance things out with some citrus and a bit of pine. The finish is slightly sweet.

Overall impression: Very drinkable and balanced. Yet another quality offering from Deschutes. (620 characters)

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden bordering on brown with a medium white-ish head. The foam falls apart soon enough leaving only a bit of lacing on the inside of the glass.

The nose is best described as "yummy" and "inviting" - not exactly objective descriptions but there's a nice balance between a complex of malt notes (toast, caramel), yeast (fruit, flowers) and hops (pine, herb, citrus) It all adds up to something yummy and inviting.

The flavor follows right along with the nose with a surprisingly fruity flavor echoing a British Pale Ale, plenty of sweetness in a golden caramel flavor, a nice lightly toasted grain flavor and a clear but restrained hop presence.

Mouthfeel is dead on. This is a light-bodied brew with just a hint of tongue coating sweetness but a crisp finish of light hop bitterness and enough carbonation to keep the drink lively.

Whenever I'm drinking a Pale Ale (especially a "West Coast" PA) it's hard not to compare it to the gold standard - SNPA. Not only does Mirror Pond compare to Sierra Nevada very favorably but in some ways like the malt note it may even be superior. The hopping may be a bit lighter than SNPA but this is a first rate example of the style. (1,196 characters)

Photo of mcallister
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A friend brought me a bottle of this from Oregon. Thanks Josh. This pale ale pours a very clean amber hue, with very good carbonation. An ever so minute white head, with no apparent lacing.

Smells of freshly sliced grapefuit and the evervescent cascade hop. Nice flowery aromas live underneath.

Very easy drinker. Hops aren't as out front as I prefer and not nearly as much as the aroma would lead you to believe. However this beer is very well balanced, clean, sharp, and refreshing. (490 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling at BevMo...poured into a plastic cup. :-(
Pretty light amber gold with a nice head that melted to sweet lacing.
Sweet smell of malts and a little citrus.
Surprisingly full mouthfeel with lots of carbination....almost creamy feel.
Tastes of pale malts with a tiny hop bite on the finish.
Very nice, light and sessionable.
***
Bought a single and re-sampled 5/30/06
Everything I saw in the tiny sample at BevMo I found in the full glass and more.
Wonderfully balanced, light, sessionable summer beer (515 characters)

Photo of Crosling
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Orange. Subtle hop aroma of grapefruits, tang and oranges. Very approachable, juicy, fruity and well balanced hop profile in the mouth with notes of grapefruit, orange and other citrus fruits. The meek malt presence serves its purpose and balances well. Very creamy and quite good. (286 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light copper, mild carbonation, streaky lacing. Has distinct light fruity aroma, citrusy hops. Pretty light in the nose overall.

This is one Zippy, Spritzy brew that produces on several levels. Hops? Hell yeah, and far from over the top, perfectly placed. Similar to the Sierra Nevada offering although the main difference would be in the fruity citrus that deschutes pulls together. Aroma is faint but the taste packs a punch that you will not soon forget.

Notes: As it warmed breadiness comes through with some balls. This is one easy drinker and kept my interest throughout. Worthy effort. (598 characters)

Photo of mghotbi
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. A (very slightly cloudy) amber - copper color with thin head and little lacing.

Smell is predominantly hoppy, but with a slight biscuit note. Not quite as floral as SNPA, but quite pleasant. Smooth mouthfeel with good body, not watery at all.

Taste is wonderfully balanced. Hops are prominent, but do not overwhelm the sweetness of the malt. Citrus notes arise near the finish, but end abruptly, leaving no acidic aftertaste.

Another excellent and very drinkable beer from the folks at Deschutes Brewery. I can see this becoming a regular session brew for me. (605 characters)

Photo of loren01
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from bottle into standard pint glass a light amber color with very small white head, that dissipated quickly. Beer was very bubbly throughout the glass.
S: Smell is hoppy, not overly fragrant however.
T: Nice bitter hop taste, really not too well balanced however the I did like the hoppiness.
M: Beer goes down very well good mouthfeel, little bitterness at the end.
D: Overall not a bad pale ale. I have had mirror pond many times before and I remember it smelling and tasting much better than this bottle, perhaps I'll have to get another sometime and compare my rating. (589 characters)

Photo of SethB2
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy-ish clear medium amber color with a decent head.Nice lacing for an APA. Smell is of melons and berries. Malt dominates with a little hop. Taste is nice with much of the same characeristics as the smell. Very clean with a lot of flavor. Not as hoppy as most APAs, but that doesn't distract from the flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for my liking, but not bad overall. Drinkablity is great. Not offensive at all and could easily go down one after another. (510 characters)

Photo of murrayswine
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved in UTBIF from Wolfsdenbrew

Pours a orange/gold with a slight fog.
Litle to no head appears on a straight pour. Minimal lacing, but I'm not worried yet.
The smell is all tart fruity hops with a little hint of yeast.
The taste is lighter than I expected, but I'm a hop addict so I am slightly biased. It finishes refreshing and extremely drinkable. could be the easiest session pale ale I have ever had. Not strong on the hops, but delightfully balanced. (467 characters)

Photo of descartes
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 33 cl bottle.

Appearance: Amber colored with thin white head.
Smell: Very hoppy smell, hints of wheat and citrus.
Taste: Crisp lemony front, sweet middle with a decent amount of hops.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium bodied.

Overall: When I first started drinking beer I tried a couple of Pale Ales and decided to avoid the style because the hops were too bitter. Mirror Pond avoids the over the tops hops for a more balanced approach which I liked a lot. Next time I am buying beer I might not avoid pale ales. (528 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
2.68/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler. It has a hazy appearance and light amber color. The head was thin, white and did not and lace the glass much at all.

The beer smells hoppy. It is not particularly fragrant in the glass.

The taste is a little bitter, with a decided hop flavor and bitter citrus like grapefruit. The after taste lingers and is also bitter.

It has a nice mouth feel, and tasting is when you have the best opportunity to smell the beer.

I liked this beer, but I think it’s a little bitter for my taste. I wouldn’t want to drink much of it, but it’s a nice occasional change of pace. (619 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber to orange with a slight haze. Thick white head holds up well, but only slight lacing

The nose has malt up front and then piney hops (cascade I assume)

Taste: Hops bitterness (grapefriut then resin) on the tounge and throat snd some malt sweetness on the edges, very crisp finish

MF: Smooth, weel blanced and excellent carbonation

Easy drinking PA that goes down great. Not as good as the draft version and the one time was luck enough have this on cask, wow! But this works if you are looking for a PA that won't blow your lips off and still excite the hophead inside you. (596 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle obtained via trade with waldowin. Many Thanks! Mirror Pond pours a chill hazed, honey amber body with a petite, offwhite head. Delicate lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is enticing. Citrusy esters, a floral note of orange blossom, honey and caramel notes, and some toastiness.

Mouthfeel is light medium in body, crisply carbonated, with a spicy hops bite.

Taste has lots of juicy, citrusy hops, pink grapefruit and tangerine bittersweetness. Bready sweet malt adds a caramel edge. The Cascades hops are up to the challenge, and all the elements come together very well, for an excellent balance.

Very well executed and highly enjoyable. One of the better APA's I've tried.This would be a regular staple in my fridge if it were available locally. (772 characters)

Photo of Toddv29424
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pleasant Amer. Pale Ale. Smell is faint, but has hints of bubble gum and light citrus. Taste is unexpected, with a very strong grapefruit-like note coming all the way through. Body is substantial until about two-thirds of the way through it, then it effervesces into very little. Finish is sweet, with a light malt left on the tongue for a few seconds. This leaves a pleasant mouth feel which warrants another sip! (419 characters)

Photo of Gaisgeil
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go to Waldowin and Newbie BIF '05 for the sample!

Pours a slightly hazy amber in color with gold highlights around the edges of my nonic pint with a thin white head with a good bit of retention, left a good amount of lacing. Nose is very herbal and floral, much more hoppy than one might expect. Taste is hoppy enough to be a weaker IPA, but as it stands it's a strong APA. Quite good with a strong malt foundation. Body and mouthfeel is medium but drinkability is way up there, lots of flavor but easily sessionable. Highly recommended!

Slàinte! (560 characters)

Photo of xoqx
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance – A slightly cloudy light amber pour produces a 2 finger crisp white head with average retention and sheeting lace.

Smell – Very floral and fruity hops burst forth in the nose here. It has a very crisp, fresh inviting smell that I enjoy every time I lift the glass to my mouth.

Taste – Outstanding. I feel this beer is magnificently balanced. There is a very nicely developed medium malt body tastes seamlessly integrated with the bold, fruity hops that provide perfect bitterness.

Mouthfeel – medium-bodied and crisp with a generous mouthfeel.

Drinkability – For my money, this is the most drinkable American Pale Ale I’ve tasted. I am continually amazed by its balance and how frequently I’m in the mood for this very beer. (755 characters)

Photo of pjwilson
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I get this quite alot because it is very common around here and usually a good price. This is my fallback ale when they have nothing else i like at the store. It's a pretty solid alternative to SNPA

Appearance: rich coper color and head that chills for a while. nice. on the darker end for a pale ale
smell: floral as the bottle says. a hint of the malts. pleasant
taste: nice balanced taste. the beer leans on the sweet side which limits it's sessionability. There is a nice bang of bitterness but nothing too strong. quite mellow. some good hop flavor mixed with malts...who doesn't love it..
mouthfeel: even the beer tastes full there is a watery mouthfeel which i don't care for. but this only adds to the drinkability. The first of these beers is gone in under 5 minutes.
I wouldn't go out of your way for it. like i said it's a solid fallback (858 characters)

Photo of Backer2004
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man, do I love this Pale Ale. As excited as I was to see that this one would be a part of the tasting clinic I was volunteering with at the World Beer Festival, I was more excited to see two or three bottles left over afterwards. After the final tasting was done, I got to enjoy this one with some great people I just met. Real balance of malts and hops, nothing to bitter, almost perfect in my book. Too bad I cannot find this one close by . . . yet. (451 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the privelage of sampling this beer many times yesterday at the WBF,poured a slightly hazy deep orange with a clingy white head on top.To be expected this Oregon produced pale ale's aromas are hop dominated wich is a good thing fruity citrus with underlying pine very fresh smelling.This goes down very easily and would be a staple of mine if I could get it here,flavors are pretty nicely balanced there is a firm dry maltiness up front finishing with the big dose of cascades in the finish citrus and pine linger nicely.Deschutes makes some damn fine brews I wish I could get them more locally instead offline. (615 characters)

Photo of ChrisA
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a nice light copper color with a fat two inch head. The floral scents were impressive. Not as hoppy as I would have liked it up front, but extremely drinklable. loral hints throughout and extremely smooth. A tremendous choice for a session beer. Could probably drink a six pack with ease. (298 characters)

Photo of ReebShorts
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color. Nice frothy off-white head, that just camps on top. nicw whoosh of carbonation bubbles on the pour as well.

Smell of citrus fruits, pine, and NW hops.

Good Flavor, maybe a bit out of balance for me. I'd have liked a bit more bite to it. This does go down smoothly, and has a nice creamy mouthfeel, but I would have liked a stronger finish is all. Other than that, it's a good beer that i'd drink again (and again).

I'm looking forward to trying more selections from Deschutes. (515 characters)

Photo of Bcant
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice hazy orange-red with a white head that falls fast. Looks good but it does not smell like much. In fact, the piney boquet is light that it takes some doing to detect. But things pick up when it comes to the third sense - taste, which is well balanced, allowing the nutty malt flavors to come out without being sweet. The touch is also nice; it feels good in the mouth. It is slightly parching but only enough to make you want to drink another. (449 characters)

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 897 ratings.