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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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2,679 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,679
Reviews: 844
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 109
Gots: 215 | 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 franksnbeans


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours a golden orange with 2 fingers of head that slowly dies down. Nice lace. Smells of strong hops and citrus with mild rind and malt. Tastes wonderful of hops citrus and a nice balance of malt. Feel light and crisp in the mouth with great carbonation. Another sessionable beer which I have done myself in with tonight. Delightful and recommended.

08-16-2007 09:48:15 | More by franksnbeans
Photo of nosbocaj


4.22/5  rDev +8.2%

A: Poured darkish amber/copper color with a foamy white head.
S: Pleasant combination of fruit, floral hops, and sweet malt.
T: Spicy and Sweet with a medium hoppy aftertaste.
M: Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Aftertaste is not at all offensive.
D: Goes down very easy. Overall a very good APA. The "go-to" beer for me and a number of my friends.

08-13-2007 20:27:14 | More by nosbocaj
Photo of gubbt


4.4/5  rDev +12.8%

Hazy orange, with a small off white head.

Smells of biscuits, caramel, and fruity hops.

Hmm, this is a nice pale ale. The fruity hops up front blend with the caramel malts and then transition into a very tasty orange-like, citrusy, refreshing finish.

Mouthfeel is medium and a bit creamy.

At 5.0% and ample complexity for the style, the drinkability is out the roof. This one replaced SNPA as my go to pale ale/session beer. Great pale ale.

08-02-2007 04:18:06 | More by gubbt
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -13.3%

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz brown bottle crimped cap. Best by 9/26/07. Ordered from Liquid Solutions.

Hazy,meduim amber/copper color. 1" slightly off white head,dissapated a bit quick into a constiant thin creany layer. Not much if any carbination or lacing.

Clean,very floral one of the most floral aromas i've smell,just like fresh picked flowers. A hint of citrus with some sweet malts in the background.

Clean taste,grassy and flowery taste,astrigent,bisquity with a nice balance. Finishes with a dry,tart,slightly fruityness. Expected a bit more after the nice aroma.

Light mouthfeeel,very dry with grainy textures. Easy to drink,could drink a few,a bit boring to drink all night. Overall somewhat of a let down. The aroma was the best part makes this beer worth a try.

08-02-2007 03:31:39 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of gmcfarre


3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

12 oz bottle poured into traditional pint glass
An easy drinking favorite of mine, so let's finally review it...

A - Pours a nice shade somewhere between ruby, orange and brown that is fairly opaque. Head is smallish but nice, and quickly fades to a thin layer. Lacing is moderate.

S - Light floral hops and a good touch of sweetness. Perhaps a touch of grapefruit as well, with just hints of spice.

T - Soft and light on the palate with a great blend of malt sweetness and body with a bit of hoppy fruitiness and a slightly bitter aftertaste. A bit of caramel malt flavor is detectable.

M - Smooth with a medium body and an every-so-slightly drying aftertaste. Not cloying or offensive in any way.

D - Effortlessly drinkable, this beer exhibits a great marriage of hops and malt without overwhelming the palate. I think its a bit better on tap, but out of the bottle it is still a go-to beer when you just want something drinkable.

07-18-2007 21:43:28 | More by gmcfarre
Photo of Night


3.83/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours a cloudy copper with orange and gold tones. Medium to large foamy, creamy, head; good lacing. Aroma is sweet dough, coconut, a touch of butter, and faint citrus tones. Juicy, medium-bodied mouthfeel. Flavor is mellow and well-balanced with lighter bread and sourdough malts, distant butter, caramel, suds, and bitter (though restrained) pine and floral hops. Aftertaste is clean and lightly soapy.

07-12-2007 03:02:43 | More by Night
Photo of DrJay


3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

Received from fartingdog as part of BC2. Thanks Dave!
An off-white head capped this hazy amber beer. Head retention was pretty good and there was some chunky lacing. The aroma was mostly fruity, floral hops, but there was a bit of hop spiciness and mild malt present as well. Moderate bitterness with malt sweetness held fairly low. Up front, hops were orange and tangerine, towards the end more grapefruit. Lightish bodied with carbonation that started out crisp and lively, but mellowed to smooth out the texture at the end of the glass. Quite a nice pale ale that makes for enjoyable summer drinking.

07-01-2007 14:38:41 | More by DrJay
Photo of tigerdoc

South Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -14.1%

Pours a light copper golden color with tight head of tiny bubbles that dissapates relatively quickly. Carbonation is low to medium. Aroma is carmel and malty sweet with citrus hop charater, in line with cascade hops. Flavor is initially malty sweet with a small citrus hop flavor in the finish. I would prefer more hop flavor in the beer especially for a west coast pale. Body is pretty medium not to heavy not to light. Overall a pretty average pale, nothing really that special that makes it stick out.

06-26-2007 23:37:37 | More by tigerdoc
Photo of weeare138


3.23/5  rDev -17.2%

Appears a hazy copper toned amber with a small, off-white head that quickly fades out. Plenty of small streams of CO2 quickly rise to the top. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of candied oranges, flowers, light grass, sugary grapefruit, and cream.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas. Flavors of citrus and honey standing out amongst the mix.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lingers of floral, hoppy, & citrus. Mildly bitter, with a thin, dry finish.

05-18-2007 20:34:33 | More by weeare138
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%

A - Poured a hazy bright orange with a big fomay off white head. A real nice slow fade with good retention. A very nice layer of lace and just a super hazy overall look.

S - Smell was crisp, clean and not overly biting or strong. Lightly linger and waffed through the air. Nice hint of subtle hoppiness and a blend of sugary tones. Not bad, could be stronger.

M & T - First impresssion was very smooth, but then it kinda fell flat on the tongue, with a dull feel. The finish was nice and hoppy and had some lingering to it, and the overall flavor had a nice balance to it with the malt profile.

D - Overall this is a very nice session beer. I will chalk up the dull flat feeling to a bad bottle for now. This is more then likely awesome on tap and would love to try it in that regard.

05-08-2007 23:42:20 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Gatch


4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

This, along with Deschutes' Black Butte Porter, was one of my first craft brews. It definitely brought me into the world of better beer and I've been craving another one for a long time. I needed to try it again since I'm heading back home on the East Coast and Deschutes only distributes on the West Coast.
A - Such a vibrant, haze, dark orange color w/ a fluffy, soft white head.
S - Wow, hops and fruit explode in your nose with the first whiff. Some bready, caramel scents come through as well. Very inviting...
T - Just as I remember it. Very balanced and full of flavor. The hops and bread-like malts are the prevailing flavors, but ripe, summer fruits show in the finish.
M/D - The hops are subtle enough to where this is very enjoyable and not overly dry or hoppy. The carbonation is very smooth as well. I love the balance of hops, fruit, and malt, and every sip reminds me of why this is one of my favorite Pale Ales. Some PA's can get tiring after a pint or two, but this one keeps you intrigued. I wish Deschutes would distribute back East, but I understand why they stay on the West Coast right now.

05-04-2007 20:53:52 | More by Gatch
Photo of jbsteiny


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

Got a mug of this for $1.75 at Magoo's in Honolulu -- that's cheaper than a 12 oz. bottle of Deschutes would be in NY. Looks good -- a hazy amber with decent lacing on the glass. I find the nose a little lacking -- Jason said that it was solid Cascades, which is one of the reasons I ordered it, and they're certainly present, but I don't think they're that up-front. In fact, I think they're on par with the bready malts, which isn't a bad thing, but it's not what I'm looking for with this style. All in all, well-balanced.

It tastes good -- the citrus-pine northwest hops match that pale bready malt -- but not the West Coast hophead bonanaza I was expecting. Decent body with a crisp finish makes it go down easy, and I could see having another one on a thirsty afternoon. And then another one. As it is, I've tried nine beers today and I'm ready for bed.

04-29-2007 07:00:23 | More by jbsteiny
Photo of supercolter


3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

A good beer, definately better than expected. For the style the appearance was a bit weak. It looked more like fizzy pop (a pet peeve of mine) than beer. But all in all, pretty solid, could have used a bit more hops, and the mouthfeel was a bit too watery.

04-27-2007 05:35:34 | More by supercolter
Photo of Slatetank


4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle with a simple yet inviting label, into a dimpled lager mug.
Best by 2/27/07 indicated.
A - Golden amber color that is slightly cloudy with white head. The beer resembles clover honey.

S - The smell of citrusy sweet hops and gentle whiffs of malt with lightly lactic and nutty aromas.

M - Resinous, sugary, medium body with minimal but ample carbonation.

T - Tart citric hops allow a nice bitter quality at the intial tastes. Nutty caramel malts are tasted and a clean sweetness follows with nice lightly toasted tones in the finish.

D - A very good tasting, hop accented pale with a subtle effervescence. Nice lingering sweetness in the finish while tinges of grapefruit accent this easy drinking american pale.

04-15-2007 12:54:08 | More by Slatetank
Photo of kdoc8


3.38/5  rDev -13.3%

I acquired this bottle from The Bier Stein, Eugene, OR. It poured out a dark golden amber color with a thin, bubbly head that disappears fairly quickly. It has a clouded appearance and some lacing, but not much. It smells of floral hops, but it doesn't have a strong aroma overall. It's a little disappointing in the taste because not much of the smell-complexity comes through and it's mainly a taste of bitter hops-aftertaste that dominates it.

03-15-2007 17:10:35 | More by kdoc8
Photo of akorsak


3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The ale has a pale (relatively) amber orange color that has some sparse red notes. The head measured one-finger in size and has left some light lacing.

S: I pick up some citrusy hop notes, slightly grassy and sweet, mixed in with some biscuit malts.

T: The beer shoots for the best of both worlds. It kicks off with an impressive hop profile, grassy and grapefruity, providing a strong flavor kick to start the ale. The hops follow immediately, having a strong caramel flavor. I do notice that the malt flavor finishes fairly thin, trailing off to allow the hops to re-emerge at the end.

M: The mouthfeel is hoppy and tangy, citrusy with a moderate malt body.

D: I'd gladly drink down a few of these. This is a nice sessioning APA, strong on hops without ramping up the alcohol.

03-10-2007 02:54:49 | More by akorsak
Photo of Imstillthegman


4.03/5  rDev +3.3%

Thanks to AlohaC for this bottle.

Poured a bright copper with a bit of haze. Thin, white head left some light and spotty lacing.

The smell was a blend of citrus and floral with a honey bun scent in the background. The aroma was light, but pretty good for a pale ale.

The flavor was very refreshing. Nicely balanced between the the fruity citrus hops and sweet malt. Nice bittering finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery. Very active carbonation. Lightly dry, bitter aftertaste. Very drinkable.

03-04-2007 21:53:12 | More by Imstillthegman
Photo of rgrace99


4/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

03-02-2007 21:58:25 | More by rgrace99
Photo of ccrida


4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

02-26-2007 18:09:45 | More by ccrida
Photo of mithrascruor


4.33/5  rDev +11%

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.

01-31-2007 04:05:14 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of nase


4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

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

01-27-2007 03:54:26 | More by nase
Photo of ghostwalker


4.15/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

01-13-2007 00:13:24 | More by ghostwalker
Photo of jyeast101


3.6/5  rDev -7.7%

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...

01-10-2007 21:14:44 | More by jyeast101
Photo of Dukeofearl


3.83/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

01-06-2007 21:32:59 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of rpheld

North Dakota

3.9/5  rDev 0%

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

01-06-2007 03:04:01 | More by rpheld
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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