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
THE BROS
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Reviews: 897
Hads: 3,291
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 152
Gots: 503 | 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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Photo of Suds
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold in color. Slim head. Respectable clarity. The aroma is clean..some fresh hops, balanced with lightly toasted malt. Semi-sweet. Drinkable. (152 characters)

Photo of HoppyBastard
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date 1-21-15.

APPEARANCE: pours a mostly clear light amber color, there are fine particles suspended, two-finger head that dissipated slowly until a thin mostly unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, medium carbonation, a good amount of lacing on the glass.

SMELL: the nose is subtle and understated, sweet, flowery, citrus, bread.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet and bready, then a mild citrus hop profile, this is a nicely balanced beer.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is my first beer from this Deschutes Brewery and it is one of the better pale ales I've had, it was really well balance with a sweet malt and the hops were very much to my liking, the 5% ABV means you can enjoy more than one, the hops are pleasant but not overpowering, I would definitely buy this again, looking forward to more from this brewer. (935 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of citrusy hops and caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the caramel malts flavors seem a bit stronger. The hops contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite easy to drink and has a good balance between the malts and hops.

Serving type: bottle (648 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Utter classic of a pale ale, both for its longevity and contribution to craft brewing, as well as for its very classic take on the style. This is a pale ale unafraid of malt. And its malt has character, aromatic, bready, satisfying. The hops are there, a touch floral, a touch tea-like and earthy, but they're secondary to the malt for me and all the better for it. Cheers to Deschutes for an enduring contribution to American brewing. (435 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear amber color with a 2 finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are moderate. Has a citrus, maybe apple, aroma with slight piney hoppiness. Bready malt with a mild bitter hop. Nice bitter aftertaste. Very good beer. Very drinkable session beer. (270 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Other notes:
From a growler. TAste and smell might slightly compromised because the same keg had been on tap for a while. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

The beer pours an off-color white bubbly white head that dissipates quickly but still leaves a small film on the top. The beer leaves a lot of lacing. The beer itself is a clear dark copper color that looks very nice with the carbonation bubbles heading towards the surface.

The beer smell is very low key with strong malt notes and citrus hop notes. The hop notes are very bitter and the malts are a caramel sweet. The two different notes mix together to bring out a very nice smell resembling that of an English Bitter with a stronger hop profile.

The beer taste is bitter with some sweetness to dull it. The hop bitterness is citrus with a bit of lemon rind to it. The malt sweetness is a little bit caramel with some bready notes as well.

The mouthfeel is fairly light bodied and very smooth. The carbonation is biting and makes it a bit more refreshing. That being said, the beer dries the mouth and leaves a very refreshing feel.

Overall, a very good and unique pale ale. I would definitely recommend this one and am glad that Deschutes is distributing in my area. (1,230 characters)

Photo of mikebcpa
1.5/5  rDev -61.8%

There was a lot of hype when this came to Wisconsin. Not sure if we got a bad batch, but the beer was terrible. Almost zero hop presence and a very thin mouth feel. (166 characters)

Photo of moysauce
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

A tad bit disappointed. Thought it was a very solid Pale. Like, as pale ale as a pale ale could be. Don't get me wrong. I would definitely drink again, would definitely buy. Just didn't find it to be spectacular. Definitely a hop heads APA. Not a standout by any means, in my book, though. Again. Let me reiterate. A very good and solid beer, but not great or exceptional. Drink it if you get the opportunity, but don't expect the world. (437 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

This brew pours a copper/brown color with a lot of sediment and good carbonation. Medium lacing. The head is off white and dissipates quickly but some remains as a collar until the end.

The smell is filled with pine, orange, floral and melon. There is also a malty, bready backbone.

The taste follows the nose with pine orange and melon, mostly pine and orange. The malty backbone makes itself felt mostly as a bready taste. Clean smooth finish.

Overall this is a solid Pale Ale. Definitely worth trying. (508 characters)

Photo of mwilbur
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass. Best by 10/24/14.
A: Pours a clear orange-yellow hue with moderate carbonation producing a 1/4 off white head that fairly quickly settles down to a thin skim. Nice for style. (4.25)
S: Light caramel malt and a faint hint of hops. (3.5)
T: Light caramel malt, honey, spicy grain, and a faint hint of hops. (3.75)
M: Smooth and slightly oily feel. Mildly sweet. (3.5)
D: A decent brew...perhaps better when younger (I drank this about a week past the best by date). (3.5) (521 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a cloudy brownish orange color with a red tint. Nice foamy and bubbly off white head with nice cling during each drink.

S - citrus hops, malts, lemon grass, piney.

T - Bitter up front - orange peel, piney and balances out nicely with a malt presence. Finishes semi dry and bitter. Smooth and lightly creamy mouth feel.

O - Solid APA that is definitely worth a shot. This a full flavored brew that is session worth and won't knock you one your ass. (468 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Love this brewer. But in this category prefer Dales Pale Ale.

a: 3.5 flattish, white head, a bit of lace, tarnished gold body.

s: 3.75 Cascade hopes, with fruit, nutty grain, malt sweetness.

t: follows smell, very smooth, nice bready, semi dry class APA. 3.75

f: as good as any, smooth, long finish, great with food, in this case, brats. 3.75

o: OK - as good as NW pale ale gets. 3.75 (392 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

Appearance (4.25): Clear light copper color with a two finger off white head. Dark for the style

Smell (4.25): fruity and piney hops with a light bready malt undertone

Taste (4): Piney , light citrus hops and bready malt

Mouthfeel (4): Medium body, bitterness, and carbonation; Crisp and easy drinking

Overall (4.05): This was good if a bit bready/yeasty for a pale ale, yet added a nice touch. The hop presence is pretty spot on for the style, but i couldve used a little more. These are minor flaws. It is a clean, solid pale ale, and sometimes thats all i need. (570 characters)

Photo of Leeshka410
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Amber-ish in color with a caramel yet fruity aroma. No bitter after-taste but hoppy enough to satisfy the hops fan and mild enough to pacify the "I hate hoppy beer" drinker. Nice in-between brew. (195 characters)

Photo of 6string
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Beyond all other styles of beer, ambers are my preferred favorite. For some reason, the Mirror Pond really hits the mark right on the head for me. There's notes of hop bite, caramel, oak, and flavors of red meat and sausages. I can't explain why, but after drinking German weizens, Belgian doubles and triples, or roasty porters, this beer knocks it out of the park. No harsh after bite or lingering tastes. Crisp, but even on the tongue. I'll be stocking my fridge with this one for quite awhile. (503 characters)

Photo of dcscientist
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Mirror Pond put Deschutes on the map, and it's still their biggest hit. As with a lot of APAs, I find them a wee bit too hoppy for my liking, but that doesn't mean I won't enjoy it. I buy this from time to time, so I'm still a fan, but I don't think it's quite as unbelievable as everyone else does. (301 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light golden color with a minimal head. Hoppy lemon aroma with some earthy tones. Taste is an earthy lemon citrus taste. Pretty easy to drink. Not too complex. (159 characters)

Photo of WAbeerfiend
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Hops: Cascade.
Malt: Pale, NW Pale, Crystal, Carapils.

40 IBU.

Best by date: 02.18.14.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 01.24.14.

A: Red/orange. 1/2 finger head.

S: Pine, citrus. Not as strong smelling as new school APAs.

T: Pine, biscuit, caramel.

M: Crisp.

O: This is easy to drink and perfectly balanced. It's a classic APA. (347 characters)

Photo of fedt
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer pours a nice golden-amber color, with light head, nice carbonation

S: Smells of citrus aromatics, caramel, hops, warm malts

T: Crisp taste, light pine, grass. Not too bitter. Hints of citrus. Very well-balanced.

M: Nice body, refreshing, not very creamy or thick. Not too much alcohol.

O: A terrific pale ale. I could drink this any time, any place. (370 characters)

Photo of Scrapss
4/5  rDev +1.8%

A: poured into a nonic, it has a great two finger white head with great lacing and retention. Crystal clear deep golden color with medium carbonation and activity.

S: floral mild hops with very light malt, probably carapils and very very light malt to stay out of the delicate hops' way. Pleasant.

T: faint lemon and grassiness with floral highlights, lavender hand soap, udder cream, bitter papaya.

M: Silky, velvety smooth on initial then smooth, impossibly clean and dry finish.

O: I see why this gets high marks. It embodies many things that are good about gentle APA styles. Unobtrusive malt and yeast, delicate hop bill and much skill in the application of the hopping schedule has produced a very fine APA. (728 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a thick one finger off-white head with medium retention.
Fruity aroma with lots of red fruits. Notes of strawberries, honey and peaches.
Flavor of guaraná-papaya, tea bags, malt sweetness and spices. Finishing with pine taking to a very dry aftertaste.
This is a couple of months to best by date, still considering that it felt to me as an APA on the malty side. Mild fruity APA.
Ap.3,25 Ar.3,75 Sab.3,75 Sens.3,5 Cj.3,5 (438 characters)

Photo of JWU
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

12oz. bottle poured into a tumbler glass

A- a nice orange amber with some chill haze. A nice finger of eggshell/light khaki head, and fantastic lacing

S- A lovely multi-faceted hop profile of citrus, pine, and floral components balanced with a nice biscuity malt.

T- Follows the smell perfectly. You can identify it as a Deschutes beer from the yeast they use. Balance is the name of the game here.

M- Medium, with amble carbonation. Dries just a touch on the back, but not IPA levels of dryness.

O- is there a finer APA around? I think not. (554 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%

Serving style : 12 oz bottle poured for appearance and tasting

Appearance (4.5) : A fantastic, fluffy 3-fingered head with a caramel-peach body. Crown retention is great. Leaves sticky web lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell (4) : Cascade hops are at the forefront, followed by some lemon zest, cut grass, and a wee bit of winter pine. Some spicy citrus notes also begin to surface as the head diminishes.

Taste (4) : I thought I'd hate it but it's not bad. I'm extremely sensitive to bitter and this one is not necessarily LESS bitter, but more drinkable perhaps because of where the bitter is in the body next to the other flavors.

Wheat, yeast, and cut grass is at the forefront, with the bitter hops coming in a bit sharp and then numbing down right away. The lemon rind is there, and also what's like licking an orange peel. Coriander. Out of the bottle it's fresher, crisper, better for some reason. I think next time I'll just drink it straight out of the bottle. The bitters diminish by the time you reach the finish (that rhymed), and the last taste is the first taste - wheat and yeast.

Mouthfeel (4) : Creamy, smooth, fluffy. Nice to drink. Finishes crisp.

Overall (4.04) : As indifferent as I am to Pale Ales, this one wasn't bad at all. In fact it was pretty good. The hops were there but they weren't overdone. They were flavorful but subdued enough to taste the other flavors (wheat, lemon/orange peel, coriander). If one is looking for a good pale ale, look no further. I probably wouldn't buy a six pack because of my sensitivity to bitter beers, but I can rate this one on its own merit - it's good. (1,631 characters)

Photo of bwood06
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

A - Clear orangish amber in color with a 2 finger frothy head. Head is orangish khaki in color. Head dissipates slowly. Carbonation is easy to see. 4/5

S - Grapefruit, citrus, apricot, oranges. Grassy and pine. Caramel sweetness. 4/5

T - Caramel, citrus, and a finish of pine/resin. Earthy with a bit of biscuit. Lingering bitterness. 3.75/5

M - Moderate to high carbonation. Very dry, especially the back end. 4/5

O - Very nice complexity to the aroma. Aroma is also well balanced. Definitely a hop forward pale ale. Bitterness overshadows sweetness. I prefer the Inversion IPA to this but this reflects the mainstream IPA style more truly. 4/5 (666 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nearly clear medium copper with just a thin white head that fades away to a bit of wispy lacing on top of the beer. Nothing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma of peach and cherries with maybe a touch of grape. It is definitely fruity but not necessarily tropical. Some hints of caramel as well.

The flavor carries the same fruitiness found in the aroma with subtle hints of strawberry, peach, and cherry. There is a strong grain note in the base that I have noticed with other Deschutes Brews. It provides a nice contrast to the hops although borders on being too much. Bitterness is light leading to a palate cleansing finish.

Overall, not a bad APA although I feel like it is rated a little higher than it should be. The graininess is just a little too much but I wouldn't hesitate to pick this up again. (848 characters)

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