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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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3,093 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,093
Reviews: 877
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 131
Gots: 358 | 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 Dope
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy amber pour with a good sized fluffy white head. Good lacing. Solid.

S: Lots of bread up front. Some mild citrus and flowers are hiding in the back but most of the aroma is the bready malt. As the beer warms the hops stand out a little more, but are still well balanced with the bread aroma.

T: Light lemons and orange which fades away to strong bready malt flavor. Surprisingly low in bitterness. Very clean aftertaste.

M: Pretty light, the heavy malt flavor on the backend makes it seem heavier than it is I think.

O: Nice, light and tasty and very drinkable. This is a very mild APA and IMO is more suited to the style. I have had some very hoppy APAs that while delicious, are almost indistinguishable from IPAs. This turns the hops down a little and makes it into a nice balanced APA. All around good, but nothing outstanding in my opinion.

Photo of StaveHooks
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A murky amber orange color with a yellow tinted head. Tight bubbles and good retention.

S - Yeasty baked bread, caramel/toffee, some acidic fruit.

T - Bisctuity, lemon/orange citrus, sweet pale malt, tart fruit, hops resin creeps in close to the finish and sits on the back of the palate all the way through to the aftertaste.

M - Light side of medium at first but grows fuller towards the swallow.

A good overall APA. Excellent finish with good flavors. Hops provided flavor but didn't kick up bitterness until the last second.

Photo of augustgarage
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Not quite clear Princeton orange body with a perpetual finger of delicate ivory cream forming the head. Pasty even lacing adheres doggedly to the sides of the glass.

Fresh gala apples, a touch of ginger, roses, and mountain air in the nose. So inviting.

Malty palate entry, bready with hints of wheat and alfalfa. Vague licorice root and rye could be in there as well. Moderate bitterness picks up mid-palate suggesting pinecones and river stones which carry on into the finish. Very well balanced.

Medium-light bodied, well carbonated, dark yet crisp.

A great NW APA, even better paired with food (e.g. a high quality burger). Readily overlooked by their porters and stouts, but Deschutes knows how to brew a wide variety of styles with distinction and craftsmanship.

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

A- Pours a clear, golden/orange with a finger of creamy white head.

S- Floral hops, citrus, some grainy malts.

T- Grainy, sweet malts, citrus, hops are big through the middle and last into the finish with a bitter, wet hop flavor.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth and creamy with a slightly dry finish.

O- A very tasty brew, goes great with food, a great session choice.

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

12oz bottle poured into shaker pint.

A: Clear amber-golden color with a finger of frothy off-white head.

S: Light caramel sweetness and slightly bitter floral hops. Nice balance, neither overpowering nor too weak.

T: Hop bitterness is a bit more pronounced here, though it's a shift of balance that makes prolonged drinking of this easier. Biscuity and a bit metallic, with a lingering bitter finish.

M: Smooth and creamy, moderate carbonation.

O: Very drinkable for prolonged sessions with this one. Not that I'm rating it any higher because of this, but the low cost will have me returning to this one soon.

Photo of kagent777
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Utah state system, with a best by (give a bottled on date please) of 6-29-11. May not be the freshest.

Appearance: Slightly hazy copper colored beer with a head that settled quickly to a film of bubbles in my goblet with a little lacing.

Smell: Mineral metallic floral hop aroma with a biscuit malt backbone.

Taste: Solid extension of the smell. Caramel, biscuit malts play nicely with floral and citrus hops. The metallic note does not appear in the taste.

Mouthfeel: The flavor coat the mouth without overwhelming the senses. The body and carbonation are middling.

Overall: This is a very good APA. Obviously not as intense as an IPA, maybe a good introduction to craft beer for the unwashed.

Photo of molegar76
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams beer glass.

Nice head after poured into Sam Adams beer glass, but almost disappears. Little head left which leaves nice lacing.

Nice appearance, hazy medium auburn, smell light floral/ citrus hoppiness. Hopps not overpowering but present.

TASTE: WOW. Really smooth. Taste of hopps but not overpowering like some pale ales. VERY refreshing. While browsing through my ligour aisle at albertsons and taking way too long to pick from my usuals, my impatient 8 year old said, "Dad, pick something new!" This was the one and no regrets. Good stuff maynard!

Photo of acelin
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured Into a sniffer at the worst seafood place in Portland, Oregon, Dan and Louis oyster bar. Never go there.

Poured a nice amber color with an average head and average lacing.

Nose was slightly hoppy, reminded me of most pale ales. Faint hints of apple? It was nice.

Taste was pretty good, would have been better had the beer been fresher. The initial flavor is fruity, delicious with strong hop notes. Middle was malty, pale, and very crisp. The finish was again hoppy, with faint fruity malt flavors. By far the easiest drinking pale ale I've ever had.

Mouthfeel was good, going to their Portland pub tonight to have a proper glass.

Overall excellent.

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

Appearance. Pours an almost clear amber-gold with over a finger of frothy white head that fades pretty quick and leaves some bands of white lace.

Smell. Lots of toasty light malt and some grassy hops.

Taste. Good toasty, light grains and caramel malt. Citrus fruits - lemons, oranges, grapefruits and lime. Nice

Mouthfeel. Medium-light in body with lower than medium, smooth carbonation.

Overall. Great tasting pale ale. Wish it had a little more carbonation, but that's a pretty minor complaint.

Photo of jethrodium
3.16/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours dark golden amber with a small white head that leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is light floral hops as well as some sugar cookie. Not terribly complex, but enjoyable. Taste is very similar to the nose. Some sugar cookies as well as some floral hops. Clean finish with a light bitterness. Light body. Medium carbonation.

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

6 pack of 12 oz bottles. This is a standard of many craft brews in the NW.

A: A nice copper color with a low amount of head, head retention, carbonation and a fairly significant amount of lacing.

S: Nice smell of biscuits. A touch of sweetness as well as an unitimidating hop aroma.

T: A fairly malty flavor that isn't sweet backed up with a smooth hop finish. The hop flavor has a small amount of floral characteristics. Bready flavor is definitely present.

M: Certainly a good body. Nothing too heavy or too light.

O: A good interpretion of an American style pale ale.

Photo of ehammond1
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Bright, burnt dark orange and amber. Off-white head. Decent lacing.

Minimal aroma and not overly hoppy. Some grapefruit hop aroma, but not a particularly aromatic beer.

Bready, caramel malts with some piny and grapefruit notes. Very simple.

Medium to thick in the mouth. Easy to drink.

A very balanced, simple American pale ale. A great beer to enjoy with food.

Photo of cavemanlawyer
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap today at Horse Brass from the cask tap.

Big thick off-white head. Aroma of malt mostly, with just a hint of hops.

Opaque amber hues in color. Lower carbonation than usual due to the cask-style service.

Really enjoyed trying this on cask, although I prefer the Bitter. This had an almost buttery smooth mouthfeel, extremely light and silky.

Drinkability is very high, partly due to the lower alcohol (5%) and also to the mellowness added by the cask-style service.

Nothing really stood out and made me say"wow" but it was a very pleasant experience.

Photo of mattalive
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tall beer glass. Great orange hue with a nice beige foamy head. Nice smell with a small sweet taste...little alcoholy for a 5.0. Mouthful was watery and a bit disappointing considering the color and head. Overall not a bad beer, just wouldn't go out of my way to find it again.... oh well.

Photo of Azurescens
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with best by date 5/16/11 poured into Maudite stemmed glass, reviewed on 4/27/11

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange hue with big fluffy off white head and decent retention that leaves nice rings of lacing around the glass.

S: The first aroma I pick up is some citrus from the hops shortly followed by sweet bread-like pale and caramel malts. Really nice and not overpowering hop presence, near perfect for a pale ale.

T: Hop bitterness and sweet bready malts up front. The hop bitterness fades leaving the citrus hops to blend really well with the sweet malts. Great balance, not overly sweet or bitter.

M: Smooth medium body with tingling carbonation up front.

O: Classic northwest pale ale, great balance between citrus hops and sweet malts. One of my go-to pale ales.

Photo of tbern007
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright orange/amber. Large white head that is gone fast. Some lacing; light to medium.
S - like cascade hops, grapefruit/citrus.
T - This beer has only Cascade hops and so this is a good one to be able to distinguish these hops in other brews. I really like hops and wish that the hoppiness was stronger but this is a good beer nonetheless. Malt and hops are balanced.
M & D - a bit watery. Finely carbonated - refreshing. Very drinkable.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy orangish golden color with quite a few bubbles rising lazily to the top as if this beer was really big. The bubbles don't stick once they make it to the top, so there is just a small ring of foam where the beer meets the glass. There is some pretty solid lave left on the glass after drinking the beer.

Aroma: The American hops are showcased in this beer as you would expect, but there is also a solid toasty and somewhat sweet caramel background that is also very well done. The aroma is clean and inviting.

Taste: The flavor is a nice blend of hops and malt to interplay on the palate for what seems like forever. There is a lot of flavor here for a 5%ABV beer. The hops are ultimately the dominating force from the initial part of the sip to the finish. In the finish, it seems like they are playing on the water a bit to come across a bit harsh in the aftertaste. Perhaps it is just attenuation, but there is some dryness that you get late after the sip that I am not really fond of.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty good beer. The aroma especially is nice and is a bit like a potpourri with a sweet malty edge to it that I enjoyed. Otherwise, the flavor is also good and well blended, I just think that there is something going on with the water to make the hops have that edge. Regardless, I have a 6-pack of this beer and I am not going to let it go to waste, I assure you.

Photo of cyrock1
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pale Amber with hints of orange and a one inch fluffy/creamy white head.

Smell: Nice medium malt aroma with light hops in the background.

Taste: Hop attack from the start to the finish, not astringent but assertive with mild malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation starts light but builds to a creshendo with the hop profile.

Overall: Very solid pale ale, love this stuff.

Photo of cleolicious
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange color with a small white foam head. Bursting scent of fruits and malts. Tastes exactly how it smells with a slight edge of hops. A bit carbonated. has a smooth but brisk mouthfeel. A pleasure to drink. No alcohol taste. Would be great with pasta and cream flavored sauces or fish. Just a damn good beer.

Photo of farrago
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two fingers of straight ahead, basic off-white to tan foam, loosely constructed and infused throughout with larger bubbles, simmers down evenly, you get a sheeting effect on the glass sides at first that just keeps gliding rather than break into stickier streaks. Somewhat cloudy reddish orange hued liquid, consistent throughout with hardly any color loss at the rims, a few strands of bubbles here and there. Settles into your nostrils snugly and confidently, no great fanfare just multigrain bread, biscuit, tea leaf, green grass and pressed flowers, lowkey milk chocolate to toffee accents, a brush of apple, peach, pear fruit and then a splash of orange peel, fits together nicely as a whole with no one element dominating. Medium-bodied, similar user-friendly and balanced, knit-together presentation, little bit of pepper and maybe ginger spice or soy, then wet green hops and earth. The more you sip the more the bread, biscuit asserts itself, more dough than raw grains. It's smooth enough already that it does not need the malts to do too much work in this department, hence the chocolate, vanilla and peanut brittle mostly under the radar. Nothing unusual about the carbonation, brings some fluff as much as churn. Mixed white fruits, moderately surprising you don't get more citrus but nothing unsettling. Maybe a tick more bitter at the end than needed, otherwise delivers a compact, clear message of a brew which can be consumed in good amounts.

Photo of zdk9
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a rich cloudy orange with a finger of solid foam. Some pretty strong rings of lacing as I drain the glass.

S- My nose is a bit clogged today but I do get honey, white wheat bread, pine sap, clementines.

T- Taste is hoppier than the aroma, though it almost seems faded from the first bottle of the sixer I had. Could that be after only a few weeks? Some honey and bread, piny. My burps give a berry flavor- strawberries especially.

M- Really nice bitter/ sweet balance. Goes down pretty easy. This aspect of the beer is really nice.

O- I remember the hops being fresher, brighter, and most of all stronger in this beer, so maybe this isn't the most fair review, but then again maybe since I didn't stop to think enough to write a review before it was all in my head. But even faded it's still a tasty beer, and an easy drinker.

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

A&S - Nice slightly cloudy golden brown, half-inch soapy head, with a dried fruit smell.

T&M - Very light and smooth crisp taste with some huge hop and dried fruit flavor.

O - A good light beer. One of the best in its class.

As a fan of Black Butte I was eager to try this one. I brought it home read reviews and realized it was a light beer. I expected a heavier pale ale taste and was slightly disappointed. Aside from its super light taste its not half bad, at first I was turned off but got the hang of it and started to welcome the flavor. One thing that was unappealing was the light body. The dried peach and bitter hops scream heavy body. Overall pick this one up its not too bad and not bad for you. Looking forward to trying more Deschutes brews. Stay thirsty my friends.

Photo of rawfish
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours copper gold with a noticable chill haze, turbid pour nets a two finger parchment paper head, very porous bubbles as it subsides.

Nose is pleasant, nothing too strong but a good mixture, bready with grains, honey, cannabis and a little mint. Hop profile is citrus but toned and earthy. Some faint fruity esters on the back.

Dry and grainy almost has a bit of wheat twang odd for a pale ale. Bread malt taste offset with citrus and lightly herbal hoppiness. Not overly bitter, drinks like an amber, very balanced. A little soapy feel on the aftertaste. Rather simple in its approach but delivered well.

Medium body and carbonation. Full on the drink but finishes dry and with soap residue without much bitterness.

I was looking for a snappy pale ale for this gloomy weather instead mirror pond is more of a sessionable amber, very balanced but doesn't deliver quite the refreshment or enough bitterness. A drinkable brew, but I don't like getting fooled.

Photo of Fluke828
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Cervoise Glass

A:-> dark amber, half finger white head, nice sticky lacing.

S:-> grassy, malty. slightly hard to place.

T:-> Breadyness, slight grassy bitterness, smooth though.

M:-> Medium to light in the mouth but in a good way.

O:-> Crisp, nice, would enjoy with a meal next time...a very solid pale.

Photo of sj660
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Fantastic deep golden color leaving a thin coronet of foam that laces the glass exquisitely. Visually perfect.

Slightly powdery yet creamy mouthfeel with a full body. This ale purports to be more well balanced with hop bitterness than other APAs especially from the Pacific Northwest, but this claim only goes to show just how overhopped American craft brews have become. Yet the bitterness is pleasing and mild enough that the virtues of the Cascade hops can be detected. I get a slightly nutty taste off of it as well.

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 3,093 ratings.