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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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very good

3,169 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,169
Reviews: 893
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 137
Gots: 418 | FT: 6
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mirror Pond pours a pretty golden-amber with a one-finger, snow-white head into a pint glass. The body is see-through and looks to contain medium carbonation within. Lacing left on the glass is frothy and clingy.

First smell reveals light citrus notes of orange and lemon, with a nice caramel and biscuit malt influence. The aroma is very fresh and speaks of a well-struck balance between hop and malt. There are some faint smells of melon also mixed in.

Mirror Pond tastes very much how it smells, with delightfully light hoppy notes of orange, lemon, and melon, with just a slight pine flavor, as well. The malt flavors of caramel and biscuit blend very nicely with the hop flavors and produce a well-blended, tasty pale ale. The finish is just dry enough, certainly not bitter, though.

The mouthfeel is wonderful. About medium bodied for a pale ale, the carbonation is nicely effervescent and harmonizes perfectly with the subtly bitter hop bite. A dry finish caps it all off.

This is a really well crafted pale ale. Extremely sessionable and tasty, without being over the top at all. Another Deschutes brew that has impressed me greatly.

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2.39/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On-tap somewhere in Fashion Island at Newport Beach. First tango with Deschutes. Served in a pint glass on November 4th, 2011.

A - Deep golden/amber coloring with a light cream-colored head. Fluffy, though average, lacing and retention.

S - Eh, a bit muted. Light citrus notes and pine.

T - Better but not by much. Initial hop bite shifts into grapefruit tartness. Middle notes include slight malt presence and fruit sweetness. Bitter finish with (oddly) some alcohol warming in the back of the throat.

M - Medium body, not too smooth, quite carbonated, almost excessively so.

D - Finding more eloquent descriptions for a relatively bland pale ale is pretty difficult. A disappointment. Oh well.

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HEB in Round Rock had sixers on sale for 7.49...I'd never tried this one, so a nabbed a sixer.

Good looking pale ale. Light orange/amber...strong pour leaving a significant head...didn't last too long, but a thin white ring remained. Pretty decent lacing too.

Mmmm, smells nice. Citrusy hops dominate...grapefruit, orange, fresh flowers. Smells like a good IPA rather than an APA...impressive.

Clean, crisp, refreshing. Citrus hop bite, a bit of malt backbone, a little bitter on the backend. Good APA...certainly up there with SNPA.

Glad to have finally tried it. Will certainly have it again.

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 3,169 ratings.