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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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3,132 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,132
Reviews: 887
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 132
Gots: 395 | FT: 4
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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 brewdub17
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy copper/orange with a nice beige head that leaves wonderful lacing.

Smell: Sharp, dry and crisp are all going to be expected in the taste. Caramel and almost small amounts of honey are noted as well.

Taste: Very crisp and dry for the style. Combines pretty well with those caramel notes from the smell. Sweet and malty in the middle with the crispness noted in the beginning and end. Hops are delicate but add to the blend a small spicy role.

Mouthfeel: All around pretty dry and relatively puckering from the combination of dry causing malts and the spiced hops. Side pallets and front of tongue are getting most of the flavor and effervescence.

Overall: I've always liked this beer and it is a solid reference point as well as ambassador of a similar style. Maybe not exactly what I would expect from an "APA" I would see it more along the lines of an English style.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of bready malt and some subdued herbal and citrus zest hops. Taste is of sweet malt, subdued herbal/floral hops, and some slight grape juice flavors. Minor hop bitterness quickly fades from the palate. This beer has good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good pale ale with a nice balance of malt and hops. Very easy to drink and with the 5% ABV I could drink these all night long.

Photo of notsoprobeer
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden straw with a white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing. Aroma of citrus hops and toasted malts. Flavors of citrus hops and cereal-like malt are well balanced. Medium bodied with enough effervescence to leave a fizzy sensation on the tongue. Nice citrus bitterness in the finish. This is a balanced beer that leans toward the hoppy side.

Photo of ADZA
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Oh how I dig Mirror Pond.. it has been too long coming. Best by October 26th 2011, off we go!

A nice simple white three finger head with some decent retention, sits on a simple copper red glowing and clear body. Hints of brown amber as well in the appearance. Head falls at a slow pace.

Nose is sweet mix of sweet citrus hop, and sweet malts. I love this nose, it feels so balanced and not cloying or sticky sweet either.

Taste is light bodied malt, with a sense of small fruit in the mid palate. Finishes with an aftertaste of just bakery fresh bread. Hop profile is subtle, and not overpowering or demanding attention. It just enhances everything else going on. Texture is just light enough but not too watery. Solid, perhaps doesn't even need to be better.

Overall this might be one of my favorite Pale Ales ever made, and why I love Deschutes so much.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out gold with plenty of carbonation, but not much head. Lacing is decent.

Very floral in the smell, pale malts make up most of the background. Slight mineral scent as well.

Floral hops and white bread lead off the taste. Minerals, earth, light toffee and lemon rind make up the rest. Very light in the mouth. Maybe just a touch too wimpy on the body.

Solid APA, but not in my top five. Great for warm weather.

Photo of hodby
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

App- Medium amber, pale buff medium thick head.

Smell- Balanced nose of malt-to-hops, having much impact of citrus and floral notes. Caramel.

Taste- Good intensity on entry, but wow the complexity and intensity comes on strongly at mid-palate and on the finish. Terrific balance for a pale ale in that the sweetness of the malts are not entirely overwhelmed by the strong hops. Yes !

Mouth- Medium-bodied. Low carbonation. Seems maybe 6% abv.

Drink- I'd come back to this any time, if it were available in SoCal on tap. Treads a line not heavily traveled by the Pale Ale specialists these days, that is, one of adequately balanced with malts without syrupy sweetness. Heads in the direction of a more elegant version of Sierra Nevada PA, with better malting and more attractive for multiple glasses at a time.

Photo of Humulus85
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 10th review. I'm really liking this whole Beer Advocate thing...

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my trusty nonic, it produced a nice off-white, two-finger head. Moderate retention with decent lacing. Great sunburst orange color; It's a very nice looking beer.

Nothing special here. Some fruity hops and a bit of malt; not too complex.

Very well balanced. Pronounced fruity hops with some nice peachy notes upfront, followed by sweet, bready malt. I like it.

Medium bodied for the style, with an appropriately dry finish, and nice carbonation.

Overall this is a good brew. Drinkable, yet complex; exactly what a good APA should be. I loved the fruity hops. It's too bad this isn't more common up here in Minnesota, I would take this over Sierra Nevada any day.

Photo of megahurts4
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale

Appearance: reddish amber, small head, and some lacing.

Smell: fruits, hops, and grain.

Taste: nice malts, hops, and a faint grain.

Mouthfeel: medium.

This is a good pale. It has plenty of flavor and is easily drank.

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber body, very transparent with a light head that dissipates. Bright and lively, though monochrome and filtered. The ale is very bready. Grassy citrus smell from the hops. Strong floral rose smell. The oils are very dominant.

The body is slightly chewy. It isn't too bitter, just the slightest hint of tingle from the hops. Cascades aren't my favorite but it does the job Taste of caramel and apple peel. Lots of vegetable aftertaste

The body is medium, the balance leans to the malt side.

Match this one with a slice of pizza or hamburger. The quintessence of a northwestern brewpub beer. I'd never turn one down, I'd even buy it again but it isn't my favorite pale ale.

Photo of Soonami
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to MNbeerhunter for sending me A bomber of Mirror Pond in the N00b 5 BIF. This beer is a bright amber with a nice tuft of foam that leaves a little lacing. The beer smells like candied oranges and graham crackers. The beer tastes wonderful, with great citrus zip. The malts are chewy and a little dough like a good pizza crust. There are nice herbal and citrus hops percolating through this beer. Wonderful. I think this is one of the best examples of an APA I've ever had.

Photo of Alacy
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of FosterJM
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

749th Review on BA
Draft to pint
Room temp glass

Woodranch Chino hills

App-  A somewhat see through light brown with amber mixed in.  A lot darker than I remember.  A maybe 1/2 in head what there with a sliding cap down the drink.  A few scattered lines of cling

Smell-  A malt driven Apa with nice darker candy sweet notes.  A trace in my opinion of soft hop florals with a mere trace of bitter.

Taste-  For only 5% this is a lot bigger and firmer in flavors that I remember as well.  Taste comes from large malt additions with more thick caramel and toffee but softly balanced and added.  Taste has a nice bitter quality but a little bigger for an APA

Mouth-  Medium bodied and Medium Carbonated.  Retains mostly a full malt flavor, a little caramel chewy and slight bitter

Drink-  Overall one of the better APAs on the malty side.  Ill come back to this one when its available.

Photo of ericj551
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mirror Pond pours an ever so hazy orange hued gold with a nice slightly offwhite head that doesn't linger. The aroma is malty with some nice biscuity bready notes, and a pleasant herbal hoppiness. The flavor is malty upfront, with a sudden sharp citrusy hop flavor. More bready malt and some nice caramel and toffee pop up in the finish. The moderate bitterness is sharpened by the carbonation in the finish, with just a bit of lingering resin.

Photo of BilbosNuts
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light, clear amber color with a 1/8 inch white head that retains a small puck throughout drinking. It looks very lively with a high amount of carbonation. Lacing is left scattered.

S: Initially, toasted malts come through leaving a caramel scent. There is a moderate amount of citrus fruitiness. Hops are also present giving it a floral aroma.

T: Again, caramel from the malts is very pronounced. The moderate amount of hops gives a floral taste and leaves a slight bitterness towards the finish.

M: It has a very smooth and creamy feel. It's carbonation is on the higher side, but it isn't overpowering. The bitterness creates a crisp, palate-cleansing finish.

O: It is a very good APA and one that I will definitely have to enjoy again some time. No complaints. Deschutes never disappoints.

Photo of Tballz420
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of draheim
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in an American pint glass at Bick's Broadview Grill. Review from memory (less than 30 minutes ago).

Color is a slightly hazy copper with a beautiful 1-finger head, good carbonation.

Aroma is floral and herbal hops.

Taste is floral, bitter hops with a nice pale malt balance. This beer straddles the line between a pale ale and an IPA. Used to drink this often and it's been way too long.

Overall this is a good example of a Northwest-style pale ale, generous with the hops and always refreshing.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Pint Glass...

Appearance-Pretty clear light amber with a two finger off white head. Some nice lace.

Smell-Flowers and Pine. Big malts, bready, biscuity malts.

Taste-Very malt forward, light bitterness in the side of the tongue. Not too much flavor besides the malts. Pretty one demensional.

Mouthfeel-Easy to drink. Light bodied with pretty high carbonation.

Overall-Reasonable and easy drinking pale ale, as for flavor, pretty average.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought a growler full from the craft beer outlet, and I,m forever glad that I did.

A nice looking beer with a beautiful contrast between the beer and it's foamy head.
The beer pours a rich burnt amber color and is very clear. Well carbonated. The foamy cap is a tanish white thats dense and mouse like. Good lacing in the foamy head's wake.

Very aromatic. Hops have a slight upper hand here with plenty of citrus hop pop followed by another dose of floral. Malts are decidedly sweet with a good caramel backbone. It mingles nicely in the bouquet of hops.

Now the taste. A well balanced beer with a malt bill that's sweet and complex. The hops are not overbearing here and are inline perfectly.
There is a rich hop flavors of citrus and grapefruit and a lesser flavor more atuned to floral. Maltty biscuit finishes up the tasting.

Mouthfeel is medium with a clean finish.

A super tasting, very drinkable beer here with plenty of things going on.
This particular beer I had today was also very fresh.
The people up in Portland have a good thing here, I hope they realize that.

On the other hand the aroma and flavor dropped off quite a bit by the bottom of the growler.

Photo of avaldivia
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz into a pint glass.

A: Clear copper cor with good head and lacing.

S: Pine. Some really nice floral notes. Good caramel malts.

T: Citrus and pine. Very nice. Good caramel malts.

M: Nice and crisp. Medium bodied.

O: Excellent pale ale. Good summertime, and really, good anytime beer.

Photo of biegaman
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mirror Pond is indeed clear enough to see your reflect in (although jagged golden highlights might distort it a bit). This clear-bodied, coppered brew does conjure scenic thoughts, loosely sharing its colour with the red-rock mountains of the American south-west. Its head does too - not the mountains, however, but the flat, arid, dessert aspect of it.

Deschutes has used enough hops that above the sticky-sweet scent of toasted malt is an almost minty bouquet with a discernibly 'green' aura and fragrant lemon zest. It's clear from both scent and appearance that a sufficient amount of grain was used, but that zest and the outdoorsy must of tree serum easily wins the bid for the nose's attention.

I don't know that Deschutes makes any beer without character, but for a pale ale this has a surprisingly high level of toasted maltiness as well as (lightly) pungent hop character. It's like a leafy green salad with lots of chopped mint, some savory herbs thrown in, lemon zest and slices of citrus fruit. Maltiness is there, but I pay it no attention.

While there is certainly more bitterness than in any mass-produced ale you'll find, it is relatively easy and soft, primed with candied lemon zest and then spray painted over with a nectarous pine serum. Also, the malts have a natural, caramelly sweetness that plays right into those elements. The combined aftertaste is more than pleasant, it's desirable.

While this has a tremendous amount of character, it's nothing too strong so as to be niche; it's more likely to turn the average beer drinker onto better beer than it is to turn them away from it - which is exactly what Deschutes does. That fact, coupled with other reliable flagship brands like this, makes that brewery truly deserving of all the praise that comes its way.

Photo of doughanson78
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. My first review of an American Pale Ale.

A: Perfect copper color with a slight haze. One finger off white, rocky head. OK retention, and decent lacing.

S: Some orange. Floral hops. Light citrus. Sweet caramel.

T: Sweet malty caramel throughout with a nice light floral hop taste and bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Very creamy. Light to med. carbonation.

O: What can I say? Deschutes just doesn't disappoint. A very refreshing beer.

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another beer my girlfriend brought back from Oregon two weeks ago. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle intp my Gulden Draak tulip. Best by date of 08/12/11 on the side of the bottle.

a - Pours a hazy dark orange color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Light spotty lacing on the glass and an inch of head stays throughout drinking it.

s - Smells of light citrus hops, fruity malts, some bready malts, and earthy and musty notes. Nice, but I was expecting some more hops in the nose.

t - Tastes of bready malts, citrsu hops, fruity malts, light toasted and caramel malts, and light mustiness. Again, it is good, but more malty than hoppy. Very very light bitter bite from the hops.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy, and just a touch too much carbonation. A little less carbonation and this one would be even easier to drink.

o - Overall a good beer, but their Red Chair NWPA blows this one away. The Red Chair had a lot more hops, whereas this one had a lot of malts and a twinge of mustiness to it. If I saw both on the shelf, I'd suggest going with Red Chair, though this is worth a shot once.

Photo of vkv822
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.
Best By: 09/10/11

Pours a orange hued golden with visible rising carbonation and a thin white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

The aroma and taste are of citric and piney hops, with a breaded malt backing. The taste has a bit more malt than is picked up in the nose.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with fairly active carbonation.

Easy drinking enjoyable pale ale, not the best out there but tasty none the less.

Photo of ForkAndSpoonOp
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade with JayAre46. Bottle poured gently into my trusty shaker pint. Haters gonna hate. I'd love to enjoy this one on the back porch, but the weather feels like standing in the middle of a cheesesteak right now.

Pours a nice deep amber with one finger of white head. Recedes quickly, but it leaves a real purdy lacing. Leaves the kind of film you see the faces of religious leaders in.

Smell hits with honey, graham crackers, peaches and golden raisins. Some grassy hops are not overpowering, but definitely present.

First sip is very hop-forward, grassy without being crazy bitter. Just nice. Caramel, toffee, vanilla, and maybe a little grapefruit in there toward the end. Very nicely balanced. I could do this all day.

Surprisingly creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is spot-on for me. I really just can't find anything negative about this beer. It's not setting the world on fire, but it's a very solid brew from Deschutes. I can't wait until they have the capacity to come to Pennsylvania full-time

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 3,132 ratings.