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Mirror Pond Pale Ale - Deschutes Brewery

Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale

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very good

2,289 Ratings

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Ratings: 2289
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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Photo of jimmah120


3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap, from notes

Orange-red with a frothy 1f head. Smell is smooth grains and malt; hint of earthy hops. Taste is smooth grain malt biscuit white bread. The hops are floral and earthy and very much in the background. Feel is excellent, crispy, smooth, well carbonated. No astringency or cloying.

Well balanced, easy to drink. Would be a fantastic introduction into craft brews, but it's not up to par with some of the better pales I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2012 11:14:44 | More by jimmah120
Photo of OStrungT


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a slightly cloudy, golden yellow color, with a thin off white head. The head fades quickly, leaving no lace.

This beer has a subtle caramel like malty aroma. It has a slight floral hop aroma also. I think the aroma is lacking. It is boring. I have had many pale ales that were more aggressive and complex in the aroma area, and that is what I want in an APA.

This beer tastes exactly like it smelled. As with the aroma, I want more taste in my beer.

This beer is refreshing. It goes down smooth, leaving a very slight caramel aftertaste. Carbonation is good for the style.

This beer would probably make an excelent session beer. Low alcohol, and non aggressive flavor.

Overall: I didnt expect much, so I wasnt let down. I just moved to a beer wasteland, but I can find this everywhere. I assume I will have this on hand a lot since there is not much else. Give me a few years, and I assume I will grow to love it.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 06:01:55 | More by OStrungT
Photo of rgrholmes168


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

The beer had a nice two finger head that when it left the rim of the glass, there was a really nice bit of lacing on the sides of the glass. The color was a light amber, not as coppery as some of the other APA's that I have drank. One item that stuck out was the amount of yeast that poured into this beer. There was so much floating yeast, I wondered how the taste would be.

I got a slighty higher amount of bitterness from this beer than I have other APA's. The malt did come through as clearly as a Stone Pale Ale. I feel that the beer is more on the bitter side than it should be. Overall, the taste is good, but nothing special.

It is of a medium body and fairly light on the palate.

This is a decent beer, but I do think that there are other APA's that are better.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 01:46:18 | More by rgrholmes168
Photo of argock


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass tumbler. No freshness date. Single purchased from Skee Vue Liquors (Breckenridge, CO) for $1.49.

A: Beautiful caramel amber hue with 1-finger beige head with good retention and several shades of lace.

S: Delicious caramel melded with floral C-type hops

T: Unfortunately, the taste is a let-down after the aroma. Taste is subdues and a bit muted with none of the crisp floral hops that are there in the nose. The caramelly malt backbone is strong but isn't countered with enough hops.

M: Good if unremarkable mouthfeel with average carbonation but a slightly thin feel for an APA.

D: A decent brew but for an APA this one falls short of its early promise.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 01:38:20 | More by argock
Photo of illidurit


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Translucent tangerine color with a frothy off-white head. Pulpy, unripe grapefruit aroma with a little bit of caramel and a little pale malt. Flavor is pale malty with grapefruit drupelets and some light esters. Maybe even a hint of cantaloupe rind? Biscuity malt rather than the more typical (and tasty) caramel flavor in most pale ales. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an understated carbonation that makes for a smooth sip. High drinkability but low complexity and a little too weak in all areas.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 07:15:09 | More by illidurit
Photo of portia99


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade with SMason. Thanks!

Poured from a 12oz bottle with best by 5/12/09 date on the bottle (just in time on this one) into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Poured a slightly hazy gold orange with very thin, almost non-existent head despite pouring hard into the center of the glass. No lacing.

S - Slight phenolic, medicinal and alcoholic aroma hits me first. Light on hops. Don't get any of the cascade citrusy character I expected. Bottle at end of date range - maybe suffering the effects.

T - Taste pretty much follows the aroma. Slightly phenolic and add a metallic flavor into the mix. Not much hop flavor, just a firm bitterness on the back of the tongue. Not bad, but nothing special here.

M - Appropriate level of carbonation. Medium body. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

D - At 5.0% alcohol, nothing overpowering, but the flavor leaves a little to be desired. I'd kinda like to give this one another try with a fresher bottle - but for now I think I would move on to something else after one.

Overall, I'm kinda disappointed in the Mirror Pond. I have really fond memories of this beer from when my sister lived in Oregon and she would send some back to me. I'm gonna say that the bottle isn't as fresh as it could be and probably has something to do with my lower score here.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 00:11:43 | More by portia99
Photo of froghop


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear amber with a white head, and great lacing.

smell of caramel, malt, a few hops, a roastiness, and a touch of citrus.

taste is lightly bitter, caramel, earth, malt, and some hops, ends dry yet refreshing.

overall an above average beer and a very good pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 15:35:02 | More by froghop
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint taken on the veranda of Hotel El Tovar, on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, beat that view if you can!

The beer was a healthy amber colour, very slight haze, but not enough to get excited about. On top sat a thin white head which hung around for a while.

The aroma was mostly hops, a variety maybe, but mostly hops.

The taste was mainly hops, the same variety as the smell, but again mostly hops. A dry bitterness with a hint or two of malt make this a very drinkable beer. They haven't tried to over hop this beer, it sits nicely below the IPA levels and although it leans towards being that style they've resisited to go that far, good.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2010 20:49:20 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of zhanson88


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pure, clear copper color with a bit under 2 fingers of white head. Retention is decent, and a bit of lacing remains.

Smell: Biscuity malts, a hint of citrus and a light amount of piney hops. Pretty standard, nothing special.

Taste: Similar to the smell. I can taste a bit of malt up front, and with some citrus in the middle and some hops on the back end. Nothing really stands out in this beer, but there's nothing bad either.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light and a bit watery, with decent carbonation. If you're looking for a beer that is sessionable and easy to drink, this would be a good choice. If you're looking for tons of flavor in your pale ale, you'd probably look elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 22:25:43 | More by zhanson88
Photo of Tballz420


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mirror Pond Pale ale is a rusty orange colored brew, sporting a medium-sized white bubbly head. The scent is a light, citrus hop scent with a sweet caramel follow through. The taste starts off with a light caramelized malt flavor, but the hops dominate the taste. Apricots, orange peel, fairly floral, pretty fruity overall. Medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 03:16:11 | More by Tballz420
Photo of JamesMN


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very hazy orange hue with a thin off-white head. Nice lacing.

Aroma: Earthy/citrusy hops and caramel malt.

Taste: A pretty sweet palate with a balanced amount of malt flavor and hop bitterness. A tad watery but not bad considering the low 5% ABV. Not getting much of the biscuit malt character that I've come to expect in APAs but there are good citrus and pine flavors from the hops. Slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Between thin and medium bodied. Average drinkability. Lots of effervescence.

Final Thoughts: A good representation of the style but nothing amazing. Someone new to craft beer would likely enjoy this one. Would I drink it again? No, but Deschutes has a whole line up of other great offerings.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 03:00:37 | More by JamesMN
Photo of TWStandley


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my over-sized HF wine glass.

Appeared a orange/gold/amber color with a one finger white head.

Smelled of some light hops - citrus and pine, as well as some sort of metallic scent.

Taste was decent. Light hops backed by even lighter malts. This is an easy drinking beer so the taste isn't anything crazy, but it is a solid APA.

Mouth-feel was appropriate for the style - light and crisp without being watery.

A solid session beer but nothing to write home about. Probably my least favorite from Deschutes to this point, and at a 3.5, that clearly shows that Deschutes is world-class.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 03:27:40 | More by TWStandley
Photo of peabody


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a very cloudy amber to yellow liquid with 1/2 finger of slightly off-white suds. Lacing on the glass.
Aroma is a little weak but I get the malt and the slight hop aroma. No alcohol in the nose.
The flavor is very mellow and quite quaffable. You could drink a ton of this stuff. Would be a great lawnmower beer. Slightly hoppy but the malts are the star.
Mouthfeel is very clean and the aftertaste of slightly charred malts make this one a keeper.
Overall this is a really great everyday drinking beer. They are hard to come by so I am glad Deschutes came to Cape Girardeau.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 00:49:33 | More by peabody
Photo of SerialHiker


3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a transparent, light amber/brown color…some whitish head formed, but didn’t last long...now it’s just a thin layer barely covering the entire surface…looks watey…(3.25/5)

Smell: Amber malts, sweet candy caramel, pale malts, cascade hops…not overly aromatic, but smells more like an amber/red to me than a traditional pale ale…I do like the sweet caramel smell, it’s somewhat unique and helping rate this a bit higher than I would otherwise…(3.5/5)

Taste: Cascade hops for sure, a very distinct earthy quality that makes me think of Sierra Nevada…definitely a NW APA though, has that genre defining amber/red taste that malts from that area have…it’s good, but not outstanding…there is a touch of light lemon in the way after taste…(3.5/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, light on the carbonation…watery…earthy hops bitterness in the after taste…(3.5/5)

Overall: As of this review, this is brand new to Chicago and all over the Binny’s Beverage stores in the area…I’ve tried this and the porter (haven’t “reviewed” it yet) and I have to say the hype is a bit more than the beer can stand up to…it’s good, and maybe it’s just me, but I’m not feeling this new style of NW APA’s…ambers and reds are flavors of beer that I typically avoid and this one is not a far cry from that…it’s good and has good flavor, is drinkable and with only 5.0% ABV it’s a sessionable brew…Deschutes rates really high so like I said, maybe it’s just me, so even though I put this one in the average range, it’s probably worth the gamble on your end…(3.5.5)

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 01:50:45 | More by SerialHiker
Photo of laintringulis


3.48/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2006 10:34:11 | More by laintringulis
Photo of Halcyondays


3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from the Deschutes Brewery, one of my faves,

A: Pours a slightly cloudy orange, with a nice, thick, off-white head, with very good retention, and a fair bit of lacing left on the glass.

S: Cascade hops predominately, very piney, with some bready, biscuity malts.

T: A good mix of malt and hops, well-balanced, but still, just a standard pale, pine predominately, some grapefruit, but not as good as Sierra Nevada in my opinion, my standard for this style.

M: A little lighter than usual for American pales, a little bit of resin, light to medium-bodied.

D: A good beer, not great, drinkable, but I've had better pales, though not a bad beer for any means, certainly a good try for those hop fans on the West Coast.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 02:03:19 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of RickS95


3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours orange with almost no head, and little lacing to follow. Bitter hops in the nose that stays til the finish and well after its gone. Minutes after finishing the glass, I could still taste bitter in my mouth.

A man's beer. Not for the timid, despite only being 5.0% alcohol as listed on the label.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 19:42:42 | More by RickS95
Photo of CHSLBrew


3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Enjoyed on one of the early, warm spring days this year.

A-Quite clear amber brew, showing lots of bubbling. Head is bright, fluffy whitish and sustaining decently, eventually dying down to a generous bubble layer.

S-Herbal hoppiness lightly atop a nutty-toasty biscuit character. A hint of sweetish caramel, with just a bit of a flowery note.

T-A very smooth pale ale flavor. Hoppiness floats forward, earthy-herbal-citrus in character. Nutty, dry malt characters are subtle, mixing with some light fruity esters and floral hoppiness.

M-Moderate body, driven by the hoppiness and slick malty mouthfeel. Carbonation was medium level, maybe a bit lower than desired.

D-Refreshing and quite tasty, this one is perfect for warming weather that comes with spring in Minnesota.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 17:09:35 | More by CHSLBrew
Photo of hoplover82


3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours clear deep golden with hints of copper. With a fleeting small white head that leaves ok lacing.

S-Floral notes woft oh so nicely then fades to a pale and some toasty caramel blend in the nose.

T-The flavor is much of the same with a quite noticable bitterness. Maybe too much for a beer that not too big (i.e. 5%abv)

M-Has a full medium body with a dry nail polish-y astringent finish.

D-It is pretty drinkable but I will probably not buy any more. Than mouthfeel is pretty much a turn off. ...

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 22:58:48 | More by hoplover82
Photo of Alacy


3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- nice amber color, 1 inch of white head, decent lacing

S- floral and a hint of citrus, hint of malt

T- some caramel malts with some floral hop bitterness

M- medium body good carbonation

O- very nice drinkable beer, not one of my favorites but an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 04:29:16 | More by Alacy
Photo of mjbrewboy


3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried on tap in downtown Portland at a very busy pub. For a pale ale it looked darker than I thought it would, looked almost amber. A very nice citrus aroma but the malt backbone of this beer seems to be too much as the beer had some sweetness that I wouldn't expect. Very little head retention with some large surface bubbles during the first few sips. Gonna have to give this another try someday to see if I just had a bad pint.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2005 03:46:38 | More by mjbrewboy
Photo of ADZA


3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale copper hue which leaves a two finger head and sporadic clingy lacing,the smell is caramel/toffee malts,citrus hops,lychee and passionfruit,the mouthfeel is light bodied and has tastes of doughy bread,citrus hops,passionfruit,lychee,lemon zest and finished with a fruit salad dry semi bitterness and overall its alright and sessionable but probably would not buy again cheers.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 11:21:17 | More by ADZA
Photo of greybeardloon

Rhode Island

3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before December 5, 2012

A: Thick, creamy head with excellent retention and thick, chunky lacing.

S: Floral hops, not much else.

T: Floral and fruity hops, sweet, thin malt base, some light hop bitterness kicking in at the end. Lacks the toasty, bready malt you get from good East Coast pale ales.

M: Quite nice, and not too carbonated.

O: This is a nicely hopped beer, although, as is common in West Coast pale ales, the malt is weak and too sweet. Nevertheless, it's a solid pale ale for the style, and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 02:22:21 | More by greybeardloon
Photo of loren01


3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2006 07:30:30 | More by loren01
Photo of barefootbrewer


3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer poured a hazy burnt orange color with very little head.

S: The aroma was malty with some hop presence.

T: Initial bitter taste, but has a definite grain finish.

M: The mouthfeel is thin and on the verge of watery.

D: While this is not a hard beer to drink, I feel it is lacking overall.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 16:21:00 | More by barefootbrewer
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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