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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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2,866 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,866
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 120
Gots: 261 | 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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Photo of bwd110
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

In Portland on business, on tap at hotel bar. Sweet Jesus, I'm diggin Portland! Even the crappy hotels have a decent tap list!

A: A bright orange rust, nice fluffy white head, considerable amount of lacing.

S: I love Cascade hops, sure they are overused, but man they smell great - citrus grapefruit goodness. Fair amount of malt detected in the nose, nice sweet undertones.

T: Maybe top 5 APAs I've had. This is a damn fine brew. The hops and malt coexist almost perfectly. Good hop profile, strong malt balance. Little bit of bitter, little sweet in the finish. Tasty.

M: Medium in body, smooth and spot on for the style - no issues here, however flavor does leave the palate quickly.

D: Gone in a flash, 4 more please!

bwd110, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of lots of citrus hops on top of a caramel malt backbone

T - Follows the nose citrus hops that are balanced nicely by the caramel mat

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This was a very enjoyable pale that I could easily session for the night easy to drink with a good taste worth picking up sometime

armock, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of Ezone024
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

friends of mine moved out to nor-cal, and immediately raved about this beer. so i got it in on trade. and it's delightful. poured out of the bottle into my NY giants pint glass. it had a thin and easy aromatic head. My initial response was wow, this tastes like i just poured a long trail into a sierra nevada. and it really is right in between the two. it looks great with a dark golden color with lots of carbonation throughout. the smell is light and clean. This beer is so clean and smooth you can shower in it if you want. Too bad this is my last one, i am always up for a trade for this so if you see this and you got it, let me know your style.

Ezone024, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of bcm119
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper with a thin lacing. Biscuit malt aroma with some esters and slight herbal hops.

Dusty malt up front with some subtle fruitiness; solid hop bitterness but not overwhelming hop flavors. Hops are subtle, but some green herbal flavors give it a nice fresh finish. Dry, balanced pale ale with a subtle PNW hop flare. A classic session beer or one to take on a hike or camping trip.

bcm119, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of mdwalsh
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very large, expansive head. I poured pretty soft and still had to catch the top of it before it hit my computer. Biggish, just off white bubbles which are fading fast. The beer is a nice copper golden color and clear, with a little active carb. That head though....yeesh.

S: Hoppy, mostly west coast piney hops is what I get. Perhaps a little malt. The smell isn't too strong though.

T: Taste is similar to smell, though a little more malt and the hops have started to mellow. Similarly weak though. After have Black Butte I had high hopes for this one.

M: Smooth, one of the nicer facets of the beer. This is one thing I do like about West Coast PAs is the creamierness of them.

D: Doable, just very basic.

mdwalsh, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of taxguyjase
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have heard a lot about this Deschutes Brewery - sounds like my last name (Deshayes), which I found out means trash in French. Screw you Frenchie. Anyway, I saw this was on tap and figured I better try it and see what the fuss was about.

The general appearance of the beer was pretty appropriate given that it was a pale ale and was pretty nicely golden. The head was light and dissipated quickly. I didn't get a lot of aroma from the beer, which was sad, as I like the scents that pale ales and IPAs have. Fortunately, the beer made up for the lack of smell with some great flavor - hops, bitterness, a bit of floral citrus. At the same time, the beer was very smooth, so nothing that would drastically piss off anyone. A good overall beer that I would definitely have again.

Appearance - 3.5/5.0 - A golden color with light head
Smell - 3.0/5.0 - Really light, which I was surprised with given it was a pale ale
Taste -4.0/5.0 - A really strong potent hop flavor with appropriate bitterness. Smooth at the same time.
Feel - 4.0/5.0 - Smooth and bitter at the same time and felt good in the mouth. No overkill.
Drinkability - 4.5/5.0 - A good solid beer that I would definitely get again.

taxguyjase, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of Aenema
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear, brownish orange. White head with splotchy lacing.
Smell - Hops and slight caramel malts.
Taste - Bitter hops, slightly sweet malty backbone with some bready flavors.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation drifting slightly to the high end.
Drinkability - Solid beer that is quite drinkable.
Overall - Good beer, not outstanding but worth trying. Definitely a good option when the selection is limited.

Aenema, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of webbcreative
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark yellow orange color, with 3 finger white head. A= Cascade hops, citrusy, fruity, piney. T= Big cascade flavor, very citrusy, and fruity. Nice Malt balance in there though, even though this obviously favors the hop side of things. M= thin body

Overall this is a good Pale Ale, especially if you like cascade hops, or if you really like hops in general.

webbcreative, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of confer
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- The beer pours a brown/gold with a just off white head.

S- There is a light pine aroma that is refreshing.

T- Hops are at a very level in this beer. There is a malty start to the taste and then the hops come into the flavor.

M- Nice amount of carbonation.

D- This pale ale goes down very easy and also has a great aftertaste. I would definitely buy again.

confer, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of Boofshavik
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Dancing Bear pub in Waco.

Pours a hazy opaque orange with a thick 2-3 fingers of beige head. The head thins out but sticks around a while and laces fairly heavily.

The aroma is somewhat weak, some bready and yeasty characters present in the swirl.

It's sweet, but balanced. There's an very pleasant forward citrusy hop character. Finishes a little dry.

Nicely carbonated and refreshing in the mouth on this roasting summer day. Right on style.

Highly quaffable. We don't get many Descutes products down here and this could certainly be a hot day go-to.

Boofshavik, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of PEBKAC
3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The scent of hot asphalt coming through the AC really works my appetite.

Pint glass pour. Toasted, chill-hazed orange caramel color. Chunky off-white head. Sticky resins turn the glass ugly.

Smell kind of like what you'd think dry-hopped Tang would be like. Just a touch bready in the back.

Citrusly bitter upfront, nearly tart(& quite refreshing). A touch steel-y though. Midway through a sourdough sort of malt fills it up, dragging along whatever lingered. Aftertaste is almost salty.

Feel isn't my favorite. It's a touch gritty. The alcohol, though low, paired up with the hop oils, becomes solvent-like.

BB: 09/30/09

PEBKAC, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a thick, rocky head that slowly collapses to a thin cap. Smells of light, earthy hops, some grassiness, and a touch of malt. The hops are a little more prevalant in the taste, but the beer is a little grainy. Citrusy hops, grain, some sweet malt, more body than the smell would suggest. In fact, perhaps just a tad too thick from the graininess and malt, but not too sweet, thankfully. Pleasant enough that I wouldn't be upset if this was the only thing on-tap somewhere worth drinking.

Georgiabeer, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Clear, light amber colored body with a puffy, off-white head showing signs of hop resin. Great lacing and retention

S- Clean, simple Cascade hops and Caramel malts.

T- Candy sweetness and a citric bitterness. Bread-like malty characteristic and a clean yeast profile.

M- Moderate carbonation and body.

D- An above-average, middle-of-the-road brew suitable for a wide range of occasions.

EnojysAnyBeer, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of Dspohn
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A. Nice golden color with a smaller white head that leaves a touch of lacing and some retention.

S. Smells of citrus/grapfruit/orange and hops mostly.

T. Taste is pretty balanced between the nice bitter hops and a medium/light malt presence. A quite good lower abv pale ale.

M. Smooth with good carbonation

D. A very balanced drinkable pale ale that I finished quite quickly. This 6 pack wont last long at all I assume.

Dspohn, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of velosuds
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Best by date 10/14/09. Grabbed this from the fridge at my favorite B&B in Bend, OR called Cricketwood.

A-Pours amber-orange with one finger, off-white head with average retention and scant lacing. Although darker than most pale ales I have had, the appearance is very pleasing.

S-Grapefruity, citrus Cascade hops. Gotta love 'em since I have spent most my years surrounded by them, both the hops and the mountains.

T-Well balanced. Cascade hops with nice delicate toasted malt. Slightly bitter after taste.

M-Not quite as smooth as I like in an APA. Tad too much carbonation. I would probably enjoy this better after working up a sweat. I like this brewery's seasonal Twilight Ale, also an APA, much better.

D-A good, but not great APA. Improves as it warms.

This is probably my least favorite ale in Deschutes' very fine year round lineup. A good beer and very affordable in Salem, OR.

velosuds, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of birdypowder
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mirror Pond...what a solid brew. Store some in the Deschutes River and then pull out slowly and hand to a friend. Smiles will ensue.

Cascade dry hop, floral, citrus, slight banana and light caramel. Appetizing.

Big frothy creamy off-white head with tight bubbles. Copper colored with some slight chill haze. Intense beading, good lacing.

Medium bodied, with some slight caramel up front that segues into a firm but not overpowering bitterness. Well balanced. You will want another after finishing the first.

Tending towards the dry side with some slight lingering bitterness.

birdypowder, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of Offa
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, this is a good, solid APA, light but somewhat characterful with good balance.

It is slightly reddish gold/amber with a medium pale tan head steadily shrinking to lasting ring and wisps, with a little bit of lace.

The aroma is light toasty grain, citrus, leaves, hay and dust.

The taste is similar, with lightly toasty grain with a faint caramelized bready hint, slightly burnt grapefruit and orange peel, some green leaves, light sweetness and balancing light bitterness with grapefruit, orange, leaf. It's good and drinkable, although its character is a bit too tied to grapefruity-citrusy hops, which makes it seem a little one-dimensional to that style and reduces the score for me, making it seem more mundane as well

Offa, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of sleazo
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Pours a medium golden brown with a minimal off white head with little retention or lace.

S_Nice blend of caramel malts and floral hops with a bit of fruity yeast. none of the aromas dominates over the other leaving this well balanced.

T_A bit of caramel malty sweetness up front followed by a good bit of fruity yeast in the middle. The follow through packs a decent hop punch that I wasn't expecting from the aroma. A nice pine hop kick lingers in the mouth.

M_Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Works well with the flavour.

D_A well done pale ale that I would drink often if readily available.

sleazo, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of DeathbySexyBT
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep copper with a head and lacing that creates a picturesque brew.

S: Cascade hops and herbs.

T: Fruity esthers are preceded by a sweet bready grain flavor. Slightly dry, but the citrus flavors make this a down right refreshing Pale Ale.

M: Dry and sugary aftertase. Goes down smooth and easy though.

D: Easy to drink, but solid and interesting enough to go back for more.

DeathbySexyBT, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of berley31
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with an average-sized, off-white head. Hazy-bodied, and a nice, dark-orange color. Aroma was mostly of hops, with some very fetching citrus as well. Medium-bodied on the palate, creamy texture, and average carbonation. Very nice flavor that ends moderately bitter and stays with you for a while. Overall, another excellent APA that I experienced in the same time frame as some other great examples of the style.

berley31, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of nomomentwasted
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the Cheesecake Factory at Washington Square Mall in Portland tonight. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Coppery and thin white head with decent lacing. Standard Pale Ale affair here, which is a lovely looking and decently carbonated ale.

Smell: Mild, but small citrus and piny hops come through with the slightly wheaty malt as well.

Taste: Crisp and light with malt and sweetness up front with the hops coming a bit later, but never come on all that strongly. The best way to describe this would be well-balanced and unassuming, and perhaps unoffensive as well. My girlfriend, and non-beer drinker, enjoyed it enough as well, which says something for the hops being mild enough. Nothing too complex or interesting here, just balanced and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Dry and light, with a slightly oily finish and coating, but certainly not too powerful or carbonated. Went well to wash down my appetizers.

Drinkability: Easy-going and hardly made a dent, even after the second one. Drinks easy and tastes solid, definitely a solid and enjoyable sessioning beer.

nomomentwasted, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of Damian
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fluid ounce bottle at Adam's Mountain Cafe, Manitou Springs, CO
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a slightly hazed, golden-amber color with a two-finger, off-white, bubbly, creamy, sea foam head that left streaks of lacing along the glass. Over time, the head faded to a thick, lasting cap of froth.

The aroma was rather mild. Herbal, earthy hops were noticeable. A slight grassiness came through as well.

The taste was definitely more punchy than the aroma. The herbal, earthy hops dominated here as well, but there was also a decent caramel malt presence and an interesting citrus flavor to round things out. Semi-spicy in the center. The finish was piney and slightly bitter. Overall, very well balanced.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation.

Drinkability was decent. This is a crisp and refreshing yet non-obtrusive brew that could accompany a variety of cuisine. It paired well with my smoked salmon fettuccine in a dill cream sauce.

This is what I consider to be a mediocre and pedestrian pale ale. I expect better things from Deschutes, especially with hop-centric beers.

Damian, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of benclimbs
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

beautiful looking pale ale, poured into a pint glass, blonde copper with minimal head and lacing and nice carbonation.

Smell is just average - light nutty malts

Taste is good, some ripe berries, rooumded sweet malts and clean bitter hops.

Very drinkable, solid session beer with enough character to make it worthy

benclimbs, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an extra from my recent trade with Wasatch. Thanks John, I always love Deschutes brews when I can get my hands on them.

A vigorous pour produces more head than my glass can handle, so I must wait a bit to dump the whole bottle in. Mirror pond has a copper colored body with two fingers of off-white head. The head is thick and creamy, boasting great retention and lacing.

The aroma is a good one for an APA also. A huge floral bouquet from the hops comes through, with just a small edge of bitter hop aroma. A little bit of sweet malt is underneath that, but a great hop scent makes up most of the nose.

The taste is dominated by bittering cascade hops. However, this bitterness is by no means over powering; it is rather mello. The floral accents of the hops carry over to the taste. These hops are accompanied out by a caramel malt backbone that balances out the flavor, but is subdued enough that it still allows the hops to shine as the premiere flavor of the beer.

The mouthfeel has just the smallest suggestion of oily hops, and is a little light bodied with moderate carbonation.

A pretty drinkable brew overall. A well made APA.

Hojaminbag, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of Adamdc
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: slightly cloudy amber/copper pour with a half inch bright white head that settiles quickly to about a quarter inch with very good lacing

S: very malty with slight hops and a bit citrusy. I like the aroma.

T: follows the aroma to a 'T' with slight bitterness when going down

M: seems just right. Not too thick and not too thin. Perfect for a Pale Ale

D: Very drinkable----definitely it's strength. Almost too drinkable!

A very solid, sessionable Pale Ale from a great brewer. Didn't knock my socks off but didn't disappoint either. I've got to seek this out again!

Adamdc, Jun 23, 2009
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,866 ratings.