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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

3,031 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 3,031
Reviews: 871
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 126
Gots: 319 | 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 tmcelvain
2.85/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

L: gold; slight copper with a medium head.
S: Malty, with a faint yeasty smell.
T: Good balance between malts and hops, but I am overwhelmed by a sour yeastiness. Bad tap line, or have I just lost my taste for Pale Ales? Don't think so as I have recently had others that I had no problem with.
M: Just fine - refreshing with a mild carbonation.
D: Low because of my taste, but it seems like a well put together beer.

Photo of brewerburgundy
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle, Sam Adams perfect pint, best by 3/8/11.

Darker orange amber beer with a standard pale ale colored head. The lacing is consistently adhered to the glass in dots.

Big biscuit malt aroma with a healthy complement of floral and citric hops. There is a little caramel sweetness and the hops are sweetly resinous.

The flavors largely follow suit and the bitterness is good but not harsh. Light citrus, big floral, and lots of biscuit.

Soft on the palate, but not at all flat. Just right for a Pale Ale, though it feels a bit English.

My first one went down exceedingly quickly. I bet brand new fresh Mirror Pond is bomb and a rival to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I'm glad I know what I was passing up all those times that I chose something else.

Photo of zeff80
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a small, white head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - Ah, Cascade hops! Floral and piney! There are underlying notes of sweet caramel and toffee.

T - It tasted of piney, grassyhops with a sharp bite of bitterness. There is a burnt toast caramel maltiness, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A dry-finishing, medium bodied ale.

D - This is great. Looking forward to trying more Deschutes beers.

Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a regular dinner glass at high altitude (above 5,000 feet).

A - Light, translucent amber with a light, two-finger head.

S - I can really only smell the hops.

T - Not too bitter -- even less than expected for a pale ale. I think it has a nice, balanced hoppy taste.

M - Pretty dry as you might expect from a pale ale, but not so much that it takes away from the experience overall.

D - I could drink this all night, especially during the summer.

Photo of ronniebruner
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an overly hopped beer, which to me is sometimes a good thing. This beer is hoppy, with a grassy, earthy mouthfeel, a golden yellow color with just the right amount of head and carbonation, and is pretty smooth if served very chilled. This beer loses its flavor the warmer it gets. It is very refreshing, and is obviously made by people who know what they're doing. Deschutes usually tends to put out a great product, and this is no exception.

Photo of fsimcox
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a golden amber with little to no foam with little lacing. Seemed flat from the beginning.

Smell is faint hops and a hint of citrus and pine with earth over tones. Overall weak!

Taste is hops, lemon and citrus with a lemony finish. A smooth not bitter lemony after taste.

Mouth feel is smooth with some carbonation. But a little disappointing!

Overall a good IPA but not as good as SN.

Photo of burnerfinger
4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22 oz bomber into my new belgium goblet:

A: oragneish amber color - nice finger and a half of head that gets bit rocky as it settles - nice lacing. disticnt LACK of clarity here -might be good

S: hops comes thru before I am trying to smell this one, really as soon as I open the bottle.
Bringing my nose to the goblet - I get the sweet maltiness, now stronger than the hops. I suspect this is good stuff

T: OK here goes: and....YES! this is pretty good indeed. not as overstated as say a stone brewery product, but nice hoppiness that hangs around for more than a bit, along with a solid malt backbone. Given the low price this is in competition to be a new favorite.

M: nice healty ABV bite / along with the stong carbonation works well

D: near perfect. I suggest you drink this to excess.

Photo of birddogg66
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz nonick pint

A- Mirror Pond poured out a good reddish, but more toward a copper hue. Topped with a 1" cream color head containing small bubbles, and produced some great lacing.

S- A nice amount of citrus hops starts off on the nose followed by a light roasted caramel malt.

T- A really nice balance between the citrusy flavors of the hop, and the biscuity, caramel flavors of the roasted malt. As the beer warms a bit more of the bitterness comes out, but the light roasted malt is still present.

M- A medium bodied, well balanced pale ale.

D- As with most pale ales, this is a nice medium bodied beer with great flavor. I would put this right up there with most great American Pales. I had been enjoying so many IPAs recently, that when I started tasting Pales again, I forgot how great this style is. Never again.

Photo of Andrew644
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- light amber with a nice white head.

S- slightly fruity with little other smell.

T- small malt flavor with a woody/fruity hop flavor. Very clean but could use a little stronger flavor.

M- just the right amount of carbonation, it feels really good in the mouth.

D- very drinkable especially if its hot outside.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from depechemode1983, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a deep golden copper color with a tightly bubbled white head that falls quickly. Smells of apricot and grapefruit with a bready toasty malt backbone. Taste is toasty malt with grapefruity hops. Its been so long since I've had a pale ale I keep expecting the lupulin to remove some enamel from my teeth but it never does. Medium body and carbonation. Nice sessionable pale ale. Not something I have been drinking lately, but really
nicely done.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured golden orange with yellow highlights that had a very thin head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass. Moslty sweet with malts with citrus character and subtle hop notes that a very faint. The taste was also big on the malts which makes the more sweet and really no hops to really speak of but had citrus accents. The brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, malty,citrusy, and crisp finish. It drank really good and could easily be a session beer.

Photo of Jemonster
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber with foamy yellow head that quickly fades away. Sticky lacing and large bubble carbonation.

S: Grains and hops. Some light stone fruits, peach maybe, and some cedar/wood.

T: Grains and medium hop bitterness. Starts off with an IPA-like flavor and ends bland. Bitterness fades quickly.

M: Thin with bubbly carbonation. Typical for the style.

D: This is a beer that people are usually glad to see you show up at a party with, since it's a little better than the terrible stuff that is the most common. Easy to drink casually, but nothing there for people looking for something interesting.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Edited 01.13.13 because Deschutes is now available in Chicagoland... So I'm editing my review hoping that THIS bottle is fresh and it will make a differemce in my opinion of this beer!

Bottle into tulip pint.
Vigorous pour yields two full fingers of head. Orangey copper hued body.
Smells and tastes lightly sweet, bright citrusy and floral hops, and a mild yet noticeable bitterness. Dry crisp finish has progressively more bitterness with each sip as we warm up.

The body is spot on for a pale ale-- firm carbonation, not watery, yet not full, and easy drinking.

Overall-- I gave this beer a 3.3 when I had in December of 2010... It is more enjoyable now. A 3.7 sounds about right. Not the best pale ale, but better than average.

---Original review from 12.05.2010---
Poured bomber into pint glass.

A coppery orange with off-white head. Mediocre retention and lacing.

Smells sweet... Floral hops. Tastes sweet, surprisingly malty. Big sweet finish. Not a lot of bitterness. Big floral and grassy hops.

Oily, cloying, and medium bodied. Feels undercarbonated.

Wow is this sweet. I'm very disappointed in this beer. I love Deschutes... I'm just going to endthis review and return to watching Star Wars with my 3 year old...

Photo of Estocker
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Smell: has a bigger floral aroma than most pale ales I've tried. I get a little bit of citrus, but it seems more lemony than usual.

Taste: taste is similar, a little bit of fruit comes in, perhaps some lemon maybe even raspberry? (maybe it's the floral aroma playing tricks on my pallet). This beer is very subtle, it is hard to detect most of the flavors in it. This is good and bad.

The mouthfee and flavor profilel is very light, this might be a good beer to convert BMC drinkers.

As far as drinkability goes, this is great. It is subtle and not invasive. The ABV is low enough to consider it sessionable by BA standards, which makes it perfect to drink a few of these without getting too buzzed.

Photo of gtn80
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Appearance is a hazy golden orange with a one finger off white head that dissipates to a ring of tiny bubbles quickly.

Aroma is a big dose of piney hops with a bit of citrus in the background. Some malt comes through in the back of the aroma, but hops dominate.

Taste is bitter throughtout. Hops dominate, not floral bitterness or citrus, but piney and resinous. Bit of bready malt peeks through the hop parade, but taste starts and ends bitter.

Mouthfeel is good, pretty high on the carbonation spectrum, full bodied.

Drinkability is great, perfect session beer, crisp and bitter enough that it never gets cloying.

Photo of verge
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from the bottle.

A - Slightly cloudy dark orange color. Nice, but nothing spectacular.

S - Mild hops. Some fruit and floral aroma. Not overpowering, but very pleasant.

T - Clearly an American Pale Ale. A mild hop flavor in the beginning. As you swallow, the Cascade hops start coming forward. The instant after you gulp it down, you taste the full amount of hops but then as soon as it starts, it's over as it gives way to an extremely pleasant flowery/fruity flavor that balances everything sufficiently. Malts are there, but under the surface. The mild hop play is interesting and not overpowering. Really nice.

M - Average. It feels like an American Pale. Nothing special here.

D - This is the best part of this beer. The flavor is really nice, but the aftertaste is extremely pleasant. At 5% ABV, these don't mess you up enough to warrant much caution. Unlike some stronger pale ales and most IPAs, you don't feel shocked by the flavor of it, and the dryness of the hops makes you want to keep drinking. This is absolutely a session beer. Buy a six-pack of it.

Overall, a very solid American Pale Ale. From Deschutes, it's expected to be good, and it delivers. Great balance.

Photo of thetomG
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice mostly clear amber color. Very sticky & streaky lacing left around after the head dissipates.

Aroma is somewhat mild, but very pleasant with some slightly earthy/floral notes. Flavor has more going on with the addition of some light fruitiness and a gentle malt presence. Delicate is a word that comes too mind as I sip on this one.

Carbonation/mouthfeel are right on - definitely the lighter side, but that is what I'd expect for the style.

Very very drinkable overall -- I'm glad I got to try this and would definitely drink more. Tasty!

Photo of fourplayed
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours Lite amber with thin off white head.

Smells are clean and lite of earthy hops, sweet malts, some bread.

Taste is clean - Earthy and floral hops with mild malts and some bread background.

Clean lite body, medium zesty carbonation, some hop bite and dryness. No alcohol presence.

Overall a very nice brew that drinks easy beer after beer. Perfect for a warm summer day.

Photo of SamN
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy golden color with a lovely thick head, rocky surface and thick, complex lacing. Quite darkly colored for an APA. Smell is lovely; sweet floral hops, honey like maltiness, some crisp green apples for fruitiness. Less citrus, more sweetness from the abundant hops. Would like it a little fuller, please, though. Taste is wonderfully balanced between the singing, crisp fruity hops and the mellow, honey malts. A sweet beer with lots of fruit character, this is simply delicious. Finish is just bitter enough with a great fading sweetness. Feel is lightly medium-bodied, full enough to support the flavor profile but light enough to not fill you up after a few.

This beer deserves high marks in all areas, especially in terms of drinkability. Tasty, well constructed, highly drinkable and one of the top pale ales brewed in the US, without a doubt.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice amber color with a good white head and some pretty nice lacing. The nose is citrus and floral hops with some orange standing out. The flavor is nice and balances the hops with just a bit of malt, but certainly not too much. Good body with a nice bitterness. This drinks incredibly well and would certainly be a staple of mine if Deschutes were to ever make it out East.

Photo of billab914
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my new Mad Fox shaped pint glass. It poured a clear amber color with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer. It did leave some decent lacing on the glass as I drank it though.

The aroma has a moderate hoppiness some grapefruit, pine and lemon to it. It has a malty presence to it that helps provide some sweetness to balance it out some.

The taste also shows a pretty good hoppiness to it for an APA. Some grapefruit and pine bitterness with some lemon citrus. A malty sweetness comes through towards the finish with just a bit or caramel to it. The malty sweetness helps balance it out a lot, although it still leans some to the hoppy side.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a very nice APA. It had some very nice hoppiness to it for the style and also some decent maltiness to balance it out some. A very easy drinking and tasty beer for the style overall.

Photo of zhanson88
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pure, clear copper color with a bit under 2 fingers of white head. Retention is decent, and a bit of lacing remains.

Smell: Biscuity malts, a hint of citrus and a light amount of piney hops. Pretty standard, nothing special.

Taste: Similar to the smell. I can taste a bit of malt up front, and with some citrus in the middle and some hops on the back end. Nothing really stands out in this beer, but there's nothing bad either.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light and a bit watery, with decent carbonation. If you're looking for a beer that is sessionable and easy to drink, this would be a good choice. If you're looking for tons of flavor in your pale ale, you'd probably look elsewhere.

Photo of Strix
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bright orange, frothy head.

Very floral smell, mild grapefruit.

Toasted malt and cascade hops. This beer's strength is its balance. Hops are present but not forceful.

Light carbonation, medium consistency, a tad watery at the end but it works.

Nicely balanced and dangerously drinkable. One of my favorite pale ales. When I think of APA, I think of this beer.

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

Deep amber with not much carbonation.
Off white head.
Smell is that of hops and barley although somewhat faint.
Tastes like it looks and smells, somewhat hoppy with enough malt to strike a balance.
This is a very easy to drink pale ale and would be a fine choice for any occasion.

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

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass. thanks to morimech.

Pours a clear burnt orange with golden hues. A one finger high head bubbles up, eventually dissolving into a light film, leaving a few streaks and rings of lacing.

Some crispy malt, a bit of caramel, and toasted breadiness in the nose.

Elements of grain and some citrus hops swirl on the palate. Mid level malt backbone is very apparent with some light caramel and some breadiness. Ends crisp with some juicier hops and some citric sweetness.

Medium body, a little dry and chewy. Goes down easy but not exactly something you go crazy over. Definitely a decent session beer but there's better APA's out there.

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 3,031 ratings.