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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

2,810 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,810
Reviews: 857
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 117
Gots: 245 | 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 Bookseeb
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance has a golden brown hue to it with minimal head. Smell is a slightly sweet malt and light bread. Taste has a nice balance of malt and hops with light grapefruit. Mouthfeel is a slick medium with a light carbonation spike that goes down easy. Nothing fancy just a good easy drinking ale.

Bookseeb, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of Trappissed
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. poured into trusty glass goblet.
Copper color, with nice citrus smell and a touch of metallic potpourri. Pretty thin head with very little lacing. Taste is very good, like a pale ale should be. Refreshing with just the right kick of hops. A little bitter, but definitely acceptable. Drinkability is high and there is not much else to say that others haven't already. Top-notch stuff.

Trappissed, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of HalfFull
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange copper color with an airy fleeting head, which dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Decent on the nose and offering some clean malts balanced with some floral hops. Taste has a light bitter malt finish to add to a slightly hoppy start. Mouthfeel is slightly more viscous than initially expected, assumably due to the malt structure. This, and a nicely balanced carbonation level gives the beer a decent feel and solid drinkability.

A decent APA whose nose reminds me of lesser things, though I'm not sure why. Something in the nose deters, I just can't pinpoint it... Apparently further research is in order....

Note: Beer labeled as 5.0% ABV with an 11/19/2008 freshness date.

HalfFull, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of jake87
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

L. Orange amber with a finger thick white head
S. Sweet floral hops follwed by honey and malts
T. Citrus sweetness followed by a mild hop bitterness and a slight maltiness
F. Light carbonation with a syrupy smoothness

Yet another good beer from Deschutes. Something that would go good with dessert or maybe even Chinese

jake87, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of tendermorsel
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a DFH Pint glass.

Typical pale ale coloring and head. Brownish golden color. Nearly transparent when held up to the light.

Fair amount of floral hops on the nose. Very light and well balanced. Just the right kiss of hops.

Another very drinkable beer by Deschutes. Great session beer.

tendermorsel, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to russpowell and bitterbill for this!

Pours slightly hazed amber with a white foamy head that thins and lasts, leaving some lacing.

The smell is of citrus and caramel. Mild, but nice.

The taste brings it up a notch or two ... Mild sweetness with citrus that lends a mild bitterness that makes a nice balance. Grapefruity and bittersweet with a touch of mildish sharpness in the finish.

Texture is oily-ish with a medium body.

A well-balanced, fine example of an American Pale Ale!

jwc215, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of thethrone
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy amber color with a moderate white head that doesn't retain very long.

S - Nice NW hoppy aroma; citrus and floral notes

T - Caramel malts are well balanced by the hop presence. Very enjoyable.

M - Fairly crisp and smooth, with a nice light hoppy finish.

D - A great APA, makes a great session beer.

thethrone, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a nice bright gold with good carbonation. The head is tall, white and leaves little lace.

The smell is ok mild malt and earthy hops.

The taste is good, sweet light malt with a mild hopy finish, not very strong but a really nice mild nuttiness that I like a lot.

The mouthfeel is good medium body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is also quite nice for a low key brew. Prosit, MK

MuenchenerKindl, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of shirfan
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale copper, average foam.

Aroma of biscuity malt, hints of leafy hops.

Taste: this is an incredibly "average" pale, but in a good way. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with light biscuity malts not quite balanced by some leafy hops. Hints of caramel.

If this were listed as an English Pale, I'd give it at least another half point on taste. Not quite hoppy enough for the Yankee version. However, it is a thoroughly enjoyable if unremarkable beer, something I could easily order a few pints of in a night if it were available here.

Tasty yet simple.

shirfan, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Traditionally one of the better pales i can find here, figured since its commonly a session beer that i might as well review it.

A: poured a rich light copper color with a giant off white head, at least an inch and a half, which slowly receded, but maintained throughout. excellent, thick lacing.

S: hoppy, caramelly, sweet, but clean as well. one of the better smelling pales. i love the way this beer smells!

T: nicely balanced between a sweet malty and clean hop finish. the hops are clean and piney, really a nice pale. very well balanced.

M: relatively thin, nice clean finish, crisp, not very carbonated, excellent beer.

D: this is probably my favorite session pale ale. i love to drink this beer, and multiple ones. great beer.

pokesbeerdude, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of elniko
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass from bottle. I think Deschutes has some of the most beautiful label art as a side note.

A: Golden amber coloring, finger of head that quickly dissipated. Lacing apparent in the glass. Good looking brew.

S: I can definitely smell the cascade hops. Good smelling brew.

T & M: Not as hoppy as some other pale ales I've head recently which isn't necessarily a bad thing. I would say mouthfeel is just a tad watery, I would like a little more body.

D: Definitely drinkable, not my favorite APA but one I would definitely not mind having again.

elniko, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of allengarvin
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle, poured into an appropriately sized mug glass. This is a nice amber colored beer, with a small head. The nose is very faint, just a very light touch of malt and a distant hint of hops. Hop flavor comes across well, though, with a medium bitterness. Malt is light but balanced, with a touch of fruitiness at the finish.

Though there's nothing really special about this beer, it is eminently drinkable. A very good session beer.

allengarvin, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of TexIndy
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best by date into a pint glass. It was a somewhat hazy orange color with some carbonation. A little lacing. It had a small head that quickly dissipated into a thin collar with a little foam in middle. The aroma was Cascade hops, grapefruit and some malt in the back. Standard APA aroma. The taste was nice and crisp with a good hop bite. After drinking a bunch of hop bombs lately it was refreshing to get a nice hop bite that didn't shred the tongue. Overall, it's a solid beer that delivers great taste without tricking it up. At 5.5% it could be a session beer or just a nice couple beer change-up. Goes down smooth in the 104 heat in Texas.

TexIndy, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of cjgator3
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by 08/28/08 clearly etched on the side of the label. Pours a very attractive looking amber color with a nice off-white head that has very good retention and very sticky leaving a good amount of lacing around the glass. The aroma is sweet malt and floral citrusy hops. The taste has a pretty solid malt backbone, but the hops are clearly the focus in this one. This is a very tasty and refreshing brew. The mouthfeel is thin-medium bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel and a good amount of carbonation. Overall, Mirror Pond Pale Ale is another excellent beer from an outstanding brewery. Recommended.

cjgator3, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer poured a hazy burnt orange color with very little head.

S: The aroma was malty with some hop presence.

T: Initial bitter taste, but has a definite grain finish.

M: The mouthfeel is thin and on the verge of watery.

D: While this is not a hard beer to drink, I feel it is lacking overall.

barefootbrewer, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of MinorThreat
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle purchased at Little Raven Vineyards. Peter, as always, thanks for being the man.

A-Hazy orange/copper with a really nice sticky head. Tiny bubbles that stick for some real nice lacing

S-I am not getting too much. A small amount of citrusy hops maybe some Northwestern Cascade?

T-Oh yeah, malty bready not overly sweet and some bang on hops. First shot of hops balances with the malt nicely followed by some bitterness (grapefruit?) and then the exhale is loaded with aroma hops. This is the best American Pale Ale I have ever had.

M-Soft, pillowy but enough gas to cleans nicely

D-This is really, really good beer. For a session type beer that comes in 6pks this gets it done. I am looking at the lacing on my glass and noticed that every drink left a ring and every ring got bigger. I could drink a ton of this one and enjoy every sip.

MinorThreat, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of charlzm
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed at 14 Below, Santa Monica, CA.

Clear golden hued beer with a thin skin of white foam.

Subtle hop aroma of citrus and a light maltiness.

Flavor is subtle, with light crystal malt balancing out some Pacific Northwest hoppiness (barely perceptible pine and grapefruit). Finish is barely bitter and fairly clean.

I think I liked this one better from the bottle.

charlzm, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of rye726
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this a little nicer than Deschutes other pale ale. It has an amber color and a good tan head. The nose has a solid bouquet of hops backed by soem rich malts. The taste is a nice blend of sweet malts and bitter hops. Fairly light body has good carbonation. Another session from Deschutes.

rye726, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of Seanibus
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent, highly drinkable example of the style.

Pours a hazy copper with a lively but slow-developing head, which collapses quickly to exquisite lacing. The aroma is grainy with a slight hint of floral hops. The flavor is delicate, at once floral and piney with a highly satisfying, slow-developing bitter bite on the back end. The mouthfeel is robust, perhaps slightly buttery, with a clear snap of carbonation. That late developing bitterness lingers, giving the beer an aftertaste that is hard to beat.

This may not be the most adventurous example of an American Pale Ale, but it is among the best.

Seanibus, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of Goliath
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed amber color with an inch of slightly yellowed head. Decent retention and a bit of lacing.

Pretty ncie aroma, good hop profile. A nice floral hoppiness with a touch of malt.

Decent taste. A nice floral hop, but well balanced with some pale malt as well. Slightly bitter, and quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with an ample carbonation tingle.

Drinkability is high. Good flavors, low alcohol, easy to consume. A great session.

Goliath, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of wspscott
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in pint glass

A: light copper color with thin white head, leaves quite a bit of lace
S: floral hops with a honey sweetness
T: floral, sharp hop flavor, maybe a touch of honey malt, definitely a bit of light caramel malts
M: crisp, medium level of carbonation
D: highly drinkable example of APA. Nice balance, not as "obvious" as some pale ales. Great beer, definitely worth trying. I wish I could get this in KY.

wspscott, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of tmitch75
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy with bright orange color. Vigorous pour provides thick rocky head that drops to 1/8" and holds strong. Lots of lace.

Sweet bready malt smell with a good floral aroma.

Caramelly sweet malt flavor with piney and citric hop flavor. Good balance.

Smooth medium body, as it should be. Quite good.

A good smooth pale ale. Good balance and a solid example of the style.

Tasted on 5/1/08, but labeled as best by 2/19/08... Ooops!

tmitch75, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of lightindarkness
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to DHGranstrand for sending me all my Deschutes.

Pours a nice glowing ambery orange, with soft head and decent lace.

Nose has pronounced grain, nice citrus note, coarse bread and good floral background.

Taste is so classic for an American Pale. Good light maltiness in the middle, with a little dry grain flavor towards the finish and a hop flavored ending with light bitterness. Super balanced.

Feel is clean and smooth, with a decent carbonation tingle.

There's nothing overly stand-outish about this brew, except for how solidly it's put together. Everything is done in great balance and I feel like I could drink a lot of this stuff if I had a lot more. Overall just a really nicely done beer.

lightindarkness, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice 1 1/2 finger head with good retention that lasts for a good while. Nice clear orange color.

Smell is faint but I smell citrusy and piny hops.

Nicely balanced beer. Nice sweet pale and caramel malts upfront with an assertive citrusy/piney hop bitterness.

Nice crisp and smooth mouthfeel.

I don't have a lot to say about this beer. Kind of reviewing in a hurry, but it's a nicely balanced beer that I could drink all day long.

jasonjlewis, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Malty nose with applefruit.

Amber color, good clarity, moderate head.

Stiff bitterness and lots of hop. Clean & crisp flavor profile. Minimal malt flavor beneath the hops. Again, lots of bitterness - pleasant and tasty. A little fruit.

Balance is way off to the hop bitterness side. That's atypical of the APAs I've tried. Nice change of pace.

MrHungryMonkey, May 30, 2008
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,810 ratings.