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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

937 Reviews
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Reviews: 937
Hads: 3,493
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 21.94%
Wants: 163
Gots: 644 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

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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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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Photo of mithrascruor
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of nase
4.09/5  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

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of johnyeast
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
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...

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of rpheld
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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

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Photo of TheLiterati
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of thepitch
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of flexabull
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Lenny2884
4.87/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

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Photo of isaac
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.35/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of jeffjfindley
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of bodybyadam
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Took me a while to finally drink one but I'm glad I did. Served in pint, this was enjoyable.

A: A golden unfiltered color with a 1/2" head that rested atop for a bit.
S: An almost nutty malt aroma, which through me off for a Pale ale.
T: At first taste a sweet cold flavor of mild malt, then comes a hoppy blend that tingles the palette with a growing hop flavor.

M: Smooth mouthfeel with a hoppy finish.

D: This is a good "relaxing beer". Yes, buy this in your local market beer case.

Elbows Up,
Adam

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Photo of laintringulis
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pub glass.

pours a hazy amber/orange color with moderate off white head that thins quickly. Little lacing.

Strong piney smell with a floral earthiness. Very light toasty malt smell.

Slightly off balance, but not bad. Nicely hopped between pine and floral hops. light citrus taste during the initial and mid taste, finishes with a strong citrus dry finish. I cannot distinguish the citrus flavors. The malt seems to get loss.

Light bodied. A bit too thin on the moutfeel for my preferences, but it is not watery. I would have liked a little bit of oiliness in the mouthfeel.

Easy to drink. Easily sessionable. Good solid beer, not great.

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Photo of nohead02
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The label talks about a generous helping of cascade hops but I think this beer lacks a bit. Not much of an aroma upon pouring and there seems to be a very subtle sweetness that distracts from what hoppiness there is. Kicks up a frothy head that makes you think there might be something to this beer but in the end it doesn't deliver.

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Photo of BeerRun13
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a mostly clear golden color. Small white head fades to a ring and leaves a minimal amount of lace.
Nice citrussy-floral hop aroma.
Has a lighly malty backbone. Good balance with cascade hops both in flavor and in a light bittering. Very refreshing.
Light to medium bodied. Smooth, but with a nice carbonated traction to help dispurse the flavor. The finish leaves a nice flavor throughout the palate.
Very drinkable. I was very happy to see this one at Vons Pavillions. I will definately revisit this one again and again.

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

After having had this on-tap, I bought a 6-pack of the bottles. I was not disappointed.

Appearance-- pours a darker amber than would be expected from a pale ale-- and much like the on-tap version. Huge fluffy foamy luscious head that stayed for a while and then heavily pooled and laced nicely.

Smell-- nice hoppy bouquet with a sense of the bitters as well. Very sniffable.

Taste-- lovely blend of floral hops and bitters with some slightly earthy malt. Right up there in my opinion.

Mouthfeel-- if you like a nice hops-bitters feel that is pleasant but not gut-wrenching, this is one beer to grab-- in bottle or on tap.

Drinkability-- any time you want some good flavor and a hops-bitters balanced taste. I wish I'd had more when it was on-tap. I wish I'd bought more than just a 6-pack!

Oddly, I'm rating this bottled version higher than the on-tap! I think it's because the on-tap head had faded before it was served, and the mouthfeel was just a bit flat as well-- probably due to the location's stock or equipment (Matt's, Redmond WA).

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Mirror Pond Pale Ale pours into my glass a nice cloudy amber orange with a half inch of bubbly white head on top. Aromas of lightly bready caramel malts mix in with floral, somewhat citrusy hops. The hops come out on top with a nice solid balance overall. Nice APA.

First sip brings smooth, biscuity, caramelly maltiness upfront that's followed by a nice blast of really floral, herbal hops that have a bit of a ctirusy twang as well. Goes down easily with a mellow bitterness. Overall, a solid, tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good steady carbonation. Smooth and easy going like a good pale ale should be. I could easily see myself grabbing a sixer of this for a get together. Easily drinkable and overall a solid pale ale with plenty of hop character. I hope to have a chance to try more brews from Deschutes, thanks to kmpitz2 for this one.

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Photo of beeritron
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers out there right now. I poured this beer into a pint glass and let it warm up from fridge temp. It has a color that is between golden and copper, with a nice head that lasts throughout the glass. There is a gentle sweetness through the sip that finishes with a citrusy bitterness on the back of the tongue. I prefer a smell that has a little more grapefruit attached to it, however. I enjoy how the beer rolls around in the mouth with just the right amount of carbonation.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint served up on tap at the Yardhouse in Pasadena.

Appearance was a translucent light burnt orange-blonde, with just the slightest bit of red wanting to come through. Thin white one finger head capped the top and remained for a little bit. Swirling was able to regenerate a temporary replacement. Very nice lacing was left towards the top, but not so much down the last 3/4 of the glass.

Initial aroma was of strong citrusy hops, which, interestingly went away very much as I started working through the pint. Towards the very end as it warmed up caramel creeped through.

The taste was a nice blend of biscuity malt and citrus hops. Not too complex, at least not on my palate. Bitterness wasn't overpowering, maybe middle of the road for a pale ale, and hop flavor was also medium as well. Carbonation was moderately high and added a zing to the tongue.

The drinkability of this is quite good. It's a pretty good pale ale, so you will be satisfied, although you may get bored of this one later on, and want something a little more interesting.

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Photo of MLegendre
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I conducted my own little blind taste test with all three of Deschutes Pale Ales. Here is the result for Mirror Pond...

A: Dark gold with a fairly big fluffy head that is leaving lots of lacing as it melts.

S: Just how I like a Pale Ale to smell, good presense of both Hops and malt. The sweet malt is more noticable than the hops.

T: There is a good strong malt presense, followed by bitter, but not horribly strong hops. The finish and aftertaste are both bitter, the aftertaste lingering for awhile after you've swallowed.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and a good amount of carbonation

D: A good example of a Pale Ale. Not the best I've ever had, but one I would get again.

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 937 ratings.