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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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3,096 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,096
Reviews: 877
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 131
Gots: 363 | FT: 4
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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Photo of nataku00
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic glass. Clear golden orange with three fingers of off white head. Head receded to about a finger, leaving a little lacing. Plenty of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is fairly weak, mostly light biscuit malt, a bit of citrus peel and slightly herbal hops.

Taste is on the sweeter side upfront, biscuit malts, finishing with citrus and herbal hops. Not too much of an aftertaste on this one.

Light bodied and very well carbonated. Refreshing and sessionable, great with a meal or to quench thirst.

Photo of bizzlebrew
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours up to a nice 1-2 finger head with a nice burnt orange/copper color.

The smell is very slight, but the little aroma there is comes from the hops.

The beer has a fizzy type of mouth feel that leads to a nice, not to bitter aftertaste.

This is a very drinkable IPA and well worth the money.

Photo of bfields4
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat dark golden. Light off white frothy head.

Pine and citrus. Not much malt presence.

Citrus hops are well pronounced in the flavor. Orange and lemony. Good flavors not very complex, but done well. A bit of the sweet malt presence sneaks up on you.

Good level of carbonation. Easy drinker. Really solid brew. Deschutes does a phenomenal job with all their lineup.

Photo of robwestcott
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to ivanwho and the Noob BIF round 2 for this one.

poured cold and aggressively from the bottle a honey gold to a sun king shaped pint glass with a wisp of a short lasting white head.

aroma floral hops, citrus and sweet malts in the wayback.

subtle earthy hops up front with a hint of ripe peaches and a bitter aftertaste toward the roof of the mouth. caramel malts provide a decent balance to the bitter hops.

subtle bitter, light bodied, high carbonation, slick.

drinkable - yep, but not a favorite.

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

Appearance is good, nice one and a half finger head that disappears within two minutes. Nice lacing throughout the glass. Great amber/golden color. Smell is hoppy, citrus and floral notes are picked up on the nose, but very vague. In the taste the hops are neutralized to some extent by the sweet maltyness, I also start to pick up a taste of fruit, I think I get grapefruit. I can't quite tell which taste is most present, it really just blends nicely all together. The three tastes make for a really nice beer. The drinkability isn't bad, I don't want to drink a hundred, but it is very drinkable and easy to go down.

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

Deshutes Mirror Pond, 12oz bottle, mug

Pours a slightly hazy dirty straw color. 1 finger fluffy off white head that sticks around with a few swirls of the mug.

Smell: spicy earthy aromatic hops, a little citrus.

Taste is mostly hops, some slightly subdued bite and bitterness. I pull out a little grapefruit buts it's mostly an earthy hop. Not overhopped or overbitter but definite hop prescence.

Feels creamy and carbonated.

Refreshing enough and I've had this as a session beer in the past.

Photo of bmwats
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Pure amber hue. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles pretty quickly leaving a substantial beer ring and a little blanket of foam on the surface. Plenty of lacing remains as you drink.

S: Floral malt, with a slight sweet smell of honey and pine nuts.

T: Pale pungent malt. Very woody and heady. Light hop tone with just a touch of sweetness.

M: Light body, refreshing quality. The hop note lingers throughout the experience. Sharp, dry finish.

D: Great sipper.

Atmosphere is pretty good here. Appearance is nothing too exciting, but has a nice amber hue, foamy head, and lots of lacing. Nose is not complex, but a nice floral malt. Flavor, similarly, not complex; but done well. Pungent malt with woody and slightly sweet hope notes. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Photo of busternuggz
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Clear coppery-orange color with a 1/4" off-white bubbly head that recedes to a frothy layer. Leaves some spotty lacing.
Big, juicy, hoppy smells of tangerine, passion fruit, a little honey, some pine sap.
Bold but well balanced taste, if not particularly nuanced. There's some grapefruit, grass, and pine on the finish. Pleasant bitterness, nice clean aftertaste. Finishes pretty dry.
Light bodied and clean texture, a little too thin.
Pretty drinkable, a little big for a pale ale but I could still down a few.
I like the boldness but would appreciate more complexity. Still, a tasty beer.

Photo of nrbw23
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice slightly hazy burnt orange with a ok sized white head. Head is gone in a flash and leaves some spotty lacing here and there.

S- Quite a bit of malts jumping out at me and then finally I'm getting the hops. A good balance malts and hops. The bottle says cascade and I believe it.

T- A very good balancing act going on here betweent he malts and hops. A bit of citrus comes out toward the end and a bit of pepper.

M- Medium in body and a good amount of carbonation.

D- I found this one to be really easy to drink. I like what's going on here.

Photo of spree92
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange-cooper pour with a egg shell head, that didn't last long. great lacing as I consume.
I'm picking up in floral and citrus. Hops linger in the mouth for a couple minutes and slowly fade into a nice, mellow finish.
Maybe a bit to carbonated, still, easy drinking and a good starter to convert your freinds to craft/micro-brews.

Photo of LazyL
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just like this beer, that simple. It is darn good and caught me by surprise. It shouldnt have though as anything from Deschutes is good. The colour is nice and the nose is good but the taste is fantastic. It has just enough hops to really stand out but not enough to overpower it. Turns out I love the citrusy flavours of Cascade hops.

If you are looking for a nice hoppy ale that goes down real easy, this is a beer for you, and if you havent tried a Deschutes beer, you are missing out. Perfect beer for a sunny afternoon, while you sit in the snow on the top of your local mountain.

Photo of GBB
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Mirror mirror on the...er, pond. Pours a light orange color with a shade of amber/coppery color. Limited foam even with a helpful pour. Not much on retention as well.

The smell is limited overall but most noticeable is the grainy malty aroma. Some hints of caramel and toffee but very light. Some underlining hop notes, mostly a zesty citrus and grassy note. Some underlining almost sour note but could be from the malt.

The taste is similar to the nose. A malty grainy flavor up front but then balanced with a slight caramel and toffee notes. Some lingering flavors into the finish. The hops come out a bit more than the nose. More of a citrus and piney note with a hint of grass. There is a dry finish, and a light biscuit like taste in the finish. Some hints of yeast but mostly clean.

The body is limited and I think its more because of the dry finish. This does help bring the hops out more in the taste though. CO2 is good. Overall a good APA.

Photo of leedorham
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a lighter orange with a thin white head. Very clear.

S - Hops, but not citrusy as I've seen others state. Definitely floral with some pine.

T - Good balance in this offering. There is a definite malt backbone and the hop flavor is floral much like the aroma.

M - A bit thin, makes the carbonation feel harsh.

D - Very drinkable, this is a nice pale for a casual setting or with a meal.

Photo of diomz88
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S: Citrusy and malty in smell.
A: Amber in color, hazy, one finger whittish head that recedes right away.
T: citrusy and malty in taste. Bitterness is light.
M: light bodied, light to med carbonation. dry,
D: Well balanced, a drinkable beer.Like it.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At Aces & Ales, Las Vegas.

Amber color (I think, it's dark in here) with a thin white head. Few lacey splashes left by a collared retention. Aroma is fresh cascade, fruity toasted malt and beautiful hop resin like pine pitch. Taste is beautifully toasted malt with bubble gum and hop spice. A little dry cracker in back.

I love Deschutes.

Photo of tmcelvain
2.91/5  rDev -25.4%
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
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
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
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
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
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
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
3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
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
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
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
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
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
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 3,096 ratings.