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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

2,706 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,706
Reviews: 844
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 112
Gots: 222 | 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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sasdragon

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

10-26-2013 22:59:05 | More by sasdragon
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FlyingBull

California

4.61/5  rDev +18.2%

I picked up a 12 pack of this beer at the Riteaid on sale. Great deal - went back for more and they were out.

This was poured from a 12oz brown bottle marked with a best by freshness date on it. The beer poured a clear gold/dk gold color and a 1/2 bubbly white head and good lacing. The aroma was unmistakable cascade hops right up front, followed by a fruity and citrus smell. There was also a nice PA nutty grain aroma with a mild sweet malt.

Oh did this taste delicious. It was very smooth, with a medium body. There was nice crisp malt, a bready flavor, followed by mild fruit, some faint esters, and a nice balanced hop bitterness. There was a touch of citrus and pine, with a nice semi-dry finish.

I think this was a wonderful example of a west coast style pale ale. Some would even mistake it as an IPA I think. I thought it was one of the best APAs I've had in a long time. The last time I had it was on tap at Triple Crown in SD on Adams Street. I don't remember it being this good. :-)

10-25-2013 23:43:00 | More by FlyingBull
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

10-25-2013 03:35:46 | More by TimoP
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petermethot

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9%

10-24-2013 16:00:52 | More by petermethot
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arnold931

Iowa

4/5  rDev +2.6%

10-23-2013 02:36:18 | More by arnold931
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FrankHammer

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

10-21-2013 15:16:51 | More by FrankHammer
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crlipnickas81

Kansas

4/5  rDev +2.6%

10-21-2013 07:22:49 | More by crlipnickas81
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capnamerica

Arkansas

4.25/5  rDev +9%

10-20-2013 23:22:20 | More by capnamerica
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DillanWeems

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%

10-20-2013 05:24:06 | More by DillanWeems
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vfalstad

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

10-19-2013 02:34:34 | More by vfalstad
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Stwinchy

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

10-18-2013 17:35:27 | More by Stwinchy
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kpowledge

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

10-17-2013 18:55:20 | More by kpowledge
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mpalestino

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

10-17-2013 12:39:34 | More by mpalestino
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jngrizzaffi

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +9%

10-16-2013 01:37:46 | More by jngrizzaffi
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rlb49

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +9%

10-15-2013 21:58:33 | More by rlb49
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MITCHELLMPLS

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

10-15-2013 13:33:48 | More by MITCHELLMPLS
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Anvilfarm

Missouri

3/5  rDev -23.1%

10-15-2013 13:14:58 | More by Anvilfarm
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amandajclark

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

10-15-2013 01:33:42 | More by amandajclark
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%

12 oz. bottle, with best by date 11/07/2013 printed on the label. Deschutes makes some tasty beers so I'm looking forward to this one.

Poured into a Lagunitas mason jar.

A - Pours a bright honeyed orange colored body with about a finger of cream colored head. Lots of fine light sediment twirling in the glass and nice streaks of lacing.

S - Smell isn't very powerful but it is aromatic. Flowers, fresh lemongrass, strawberries, bready caramel malt, some dish soapiness.

T - Taste follows the nose: bready caramel malt, lemongrass, and the usual Deschutes tropical fruits & florals.

M - Feel is sticky, fruity, & mildly bitter. A clean finish.

Overall, a nice flavorful pale ale, one that fits in well with the rest of Deschutes' beers. Easy drinking and sessionable at 5.00% abv. A slighty above average offering, if anything.

Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale ---3.5/5

10-14-2013 22:11:08 | More by mfnmbvp
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DMB

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.6%

10-14-2013 20:32:20 | More by DMB
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vermilcj

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.6%

10-14-2013 04:48:56 | More by vermilcj
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NYR_Rob

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

10-13-2013 08:41:36 | More by NYR_Rob
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aswaller

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.6%

10-12-2013 20:35:19 | More by aswaller
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%

On draft at a Tacoma Raineirs game. Deep copper pour with a creamy head. Citrus and malt aroma. Flavor follows with citrus hops and a strong malt backbone. A nice bit of grapefruit or mango here to go along with the caramelly malts. Finish is not as clean as I had hoped. Not bad and easy drinking brew that went well with baseball.

10-12-2013 19:16:35 | More by BMMillsy
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zduerr

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9%

10-11-2013 04:09:18 | More by zduerr
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,706 ratings.