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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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3,128 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,128
Reviews: 886
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 130
Gots: 396 | 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 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.

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

Appears lush tan-orange with ample frothy white head that laces spottily.

Nose is of apricots, oranges and fairly sugary malt. Has a great biscuity aroma too which adds a lot to the scent. You can get a plant-like hop scent too, just a little bit.

Taste follows, with fruit and sugary malt all over the place, but with lots of balance from some bready malt in the middle, followed by a tingling balanced bitterness that keeps the whole beer under control. Really good contrast between sweet, fruity, resiny, and bitter. Nice grainy malt body to go with the bready, biscuity tastes mentioned before. Bubblegum comes through as the beer approaches room temperature, so it takes a while to get every taste in this one. Always a good thing when a beer is full of surprises in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and slick, with just a bit of stickiness on the tailend, while drinkability is exceptional both in sensation and abv - bitterness cleans the palate a bit while the 5% abv definitely makes this sessionable. Deschutes puts out a fantastic year-round sixer lineup, of which black butte and obsidian are probably my favorites, but this guy is well worth the money as well.

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

Thanks to a generous BA trader for this wonderful brew!

A - A nice deep orange with a finger of light caramel head that leaves a ring of foam around the rim of the glass. Very nice looking beer overall.

S - Fresh and hoppy without going over the top. It smells like it's well rounded, the malts barely come through, but they're there.

T - Much like it smells. Smooth, well balanced with the tartness of the hops and the evenness of the malts. A bit of fruitiness shines through that really completes the picture. A great beer for sure

M - Creamy and smooth, I can totally see myself drinking this relaxing on a pond!

D - Impeccable, frankly. This beer is well balanced, smells good, tastes good, and has low alcohol. Very well done.

Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass in high altitude Denver, CO around Christmas. Reviewed from notes.

A: 2-2.5 finger head, which is thin but retains well. Murky copper colour.

Sm: Fresh barley. Hoppy. Smells like a pale ale; lots of bittering hops are present.

T: Fresh open, well built body without too much bitterness.

Mf: Crisp finish. Smack-your-lips chewy. Very wet.

Dr: Admittedly, pale ale is my second least favourite style. That said, it's a very light, moderate, enjoyable summer's day brew and gets me excited to try Deschutes' other offerings (If I can only get me hands on that damned Abyss). It takes a lot fr me to rate it as high as I am, but that's what beeradvocate is about - discovering and enjoying new beers.

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

From a 22oz. bottle. Pours with good body. Golden pale appearance with slight haze. Not exceptionally amber.
Ample head that dissipates at a regular pace. Decent residual foam and lace but not a lot.

S - earthy, floral hops. Sweet malt notes. Full nose. I am surprised, because it is Deschutes, that there is so little citrus.

T - rich malt with rounded hop taste. Very good for a pale ale. Moderate bitter and well balanced.

M & D - very drinkable and great mouthfeel. Round and unastringent. This would bena good choice for you staple commercial drinkin' beer. I definitely will come back
To this one now and again.

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

A nice darker amber beer with a good white froth that settles down after a few minutes. A nice aroma that hints of hops and grapefruit. Smooth drinking and a nice mix of hops and malts. Perhaps a little more hoppy than some pale ales, but if you like a little hops, this is a great fallback beer that can be had cheap. One of my favorite pale ales.

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

A: Pours an amber brown in color with a ton of white, frothy head. Head retention is fair, eventually settling to a pile of cream. Lots of lacing on the glass as you drink. Almost the quintessential Pale Ale in appearance. Could use slightly better head retention, but we're splitting hairs here.

S: Very balanced on the nose. Lots of floral, hop notes in there, but also plenty of roasted, caramel malts. I'm also picking up some fruit... maybe pear and apricot.

T: A very pleasantly balanced and tasty brew. Plenty of roasted, biscuit, butter and caramel up front with a definite floral, pine-hop and citrus backbone. The hops definitely come through more to the middle and end, lingering on the tongue in a sticky, bitter twang long after the swallow. Cascade hops at their finest!

M: Exceptional mouthfeel for the style. Pretty light in body with a good amount of carbonation, this beer packs a bit of chewiness and a slight syrupy quality that laces the tongue. Superb.

D: Highly drinkable and sessionable and also quite refreshing. Deschutes Brewery continues to impress with this exquisitely crafted, balanced and complex American pale ale. Perhaps not the definitive beer in the category, it is certainly no lightweight and should serve as a fine example of the style for beer enthusiasts.

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

Appearance - Clean white one-finger head. Clear light amber body with a hint of ruby.

Smell - Grapefruit and body odor. Thanks to my wife for ruining it by mentioning the BO. Now I can't avoid thinking it.

Taste - Bitter. Grapefruit and grass clippings. Tastes like mowing the lawn when you have Spring allergies, if there was a way to describe that. Pollen. Citrus peel. Not a pale ale fan, so I'm begrudgingly grading within the style.

Mouthfeel - Okay. Nothing special, but nothing that detracts from the character.

Drinkability - Interesting. Glad I tried it. Will not go out of my way to pick up another one.

Photo of LVBen
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: low malt (faint biscuit), strong fruity esters (apricot), low hop aroma.

taste: light malt, light bitterness, apricot, biscuit, low-medium sweetness, medium bitterness

mouthfeel: carbonic bite, slight viscosity

color: dark amber

clarity: very hazy, lots of sediment, floating chunks of white stuff (yeast?)

off-white head with good retention.

I thoroughly enjoy this beer from the tap, but it seems to be missing some of the best parts out of the bottle.

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

This review is based off of 12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Deep copper in color with creamy white head. Moderate size head with above average retention and lacing.

S- Smells of mangoes, pine, and citrus.

T- Front palate is of peaches, moving to grapefruit and finishing with pineapple. Very fruity hop character.

M- Effervescent; substantial mouthfeel for the style.

D- Very drinkable and well-rounded APA.

Verdict: This is an old stand-by for me, as it is a darn good pale ale and widely available in my part of the country. Definitely worth trying if you haven't already.

Photo of Airyk12
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a rich, hazy amber color, with a foamy head, good retention and lacing.
Definite Cascadian hops in the nose, with citrus accents and a hint of malt.
Again, noticeable Cascadian hops, with notes of citrus and a little sweet. Notes of grain and malt in the finish.
Smooth, but with noticeable bite.
Easy to drink, decent alcohol content. Good session, especially for fans of the American Pale Ale.

Photo of pyrrha
4.66/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Slightly light golden to copper in hue color with slight opaque haze (possibly due to dry hopping). Very inviting color -- it just looks good. Head is slightly off white with silky appearance, about 1 to 2 fingers when pored. Head whittles down to a fine lace that stays until the last sip that is typical when using crystal malts.

Aroma is fresh, something to be expected of a Cascade American Pale Pale. Aroma is slightly less crisp than would be expected from dry dry hoping with cascade hops.

Taste is very similar to smell but more pronounced. Fresh citrus taste from dry hoping to green tea bittering flavor range characteristics of Cascade hops used throughout the brewing cycle. Good balance with only the use of one hop variety and right malt balance.

Mouthfeel is very satisfying, well-balanced with hop bittering. Finishes off slightly watery on the pallet with a pleasing lingering of the cascade hops flavoring and aroma.

This is a beer that could be enjoyed by anyone willing to try a American Pale Ale. To those that already enjoy and seek out APA's, this label should be a very pleasant experience

Photo of 321jeff
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into my Troegs pint glass. Best by date of 8/19/10, received in a trade in early December 2010 and consumed in February 2011.... great, thanks for that.

Pours a gorgeous amber caramel color with lots of suspended carbonation and a finger of just off-white head. The head fades to a solid layer and leaves some decent lacing. So far, so good.

The aroma is actually holding up well. A solid blast of grapefruit and orange teams up with some sweet caramel to create quite the sweet smelling concoction.

The aroma may have held up, but the taste doesn't seem to have made it. Some caramel sweetness and bits of citrus but it's all kind of muddled by a faint taste of tea in the background. Kind of a mess at this point.

The mouthfeel is a bit off as well, almost grainy but at the same time thin and watery with an especially weak finish. I'm sure this is a good beer fresh and I wish I had noticed how far past the best by date it was when I received it. Lesson learned: drink your pale ales fresh.

Photo of budgood1
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a hazy cooper and bronze colour with a half inch thick off-white head with great retention. nice lace. flowery, perfumy, citrus tinged hoppy aroma with a nice toffee and caramel malt base. taste pretty much follows up on what the nose had to offer...a bite of lemony hop bitterness gives way to some solid base maltiness...all nicely balanced and approachable. nothing overly flavourful but solid nonetheless. the body of this pale ale has some girth to it, a bit more than usual for the style which therefore leads to a mouthfeel that is rich and slippery with a quick snap of bitterness for good measure. drinkability is nice...it seems to drink "bigger" than your run of the mill pale ale.

my first deschutes offering and i'm impressed. nicely balanced and would be a perfect compliment to some spicy food or hot wings.

Photo of soju6
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a copper color with a good head that fades slowly to nice lacing.

S: Has a clean aroma of herbs and fresh grain with a touch of citrus. Very inviting.

T: Starts with a mild fruit flavor then some bitterness with a bit of sweetness mixed in. Quite dry finish.

F: Medium body,clean crisp and refreshing. Very well balanced.

D: Great drinker. A excellant example of the style.

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

Pours a nice, hearty amber-orange with a lingering half- to one-finger head that provides some lacing through the first half of drinking. A subtle scent of hops and some floral tones, but mainly malt with spice. The taste is a sweet (possibly caramel) maltiness with good hops that provide an almost-IPA bitterness. Moderately light carbonation and relatively smooth.

FourthBeer potential: HIGH. Not bad at all. As an IPA fan, I find this to be a good balance of some bitterness in a slightly more subtle and sweeter package.

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 3,128 ratings.