Mirror Pond Pale Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale

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3,044 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,044
Reviews: 872
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 127
Gots: 330 | FT: 3
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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:
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 morimech
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber color with two fingers of head that had great retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Plenty of citrus and floral hop aroma to start things out balanced with some caramel malt. This APA is surprisingly flavored balanced coming from a West Coast brewery. Citrus hops leads the way but is quickly balanced by the sweet, caramel malt. Bitterness is moderate and seems to just right for this beer but it does linger for a little too long in the aftertaste. The body is on the lighter side of medium but is more than enough to carry the hops. Good carbonation. One of the better values to come into our market in a long time. This is a regular in my fridge.

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

App - Dark gold/pale amber in color. Very clear. Pours a good sized white head with good retention.

Aroma - Strong pine scent from the hops, very fresh and solventy.

Flav - minimal malt, then a wall of hops. Some pine flavor, and turns quite bitter. One dimensional for an APA - too singularly hoppy.

MF - Med body and carbonation. Not astringent, but the hops aren't exactly pleasant on the tongue.

D'ability - Lacks malt sweetness to offset the hops. A 5% ABV hop bomb.

Photo of hughesm4
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap in the Portland brewpub
a-Poured a very light color gold color with a light ring of head around the edge of the glass.
s-Smell is a little bland with a slight piney smell (this could be due to the fact that I am drinking this after an IPA).
t-A stronger hop taste than I was expecting up front with a very slight hint of malt.
m/d-Very light in the mouth, but it has a little bit of balls for a pale ale. There are a number of pales that I would drink before this, but it would make for a nice drink on a warm day.

Photo of steve8robin
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this on a trip to MN. 22oz bottle split between 2...

A: Burnt light brown orange with a half inch white head that fades slowly. Good.

S: Smells of some oaky wood with some raisin bready yeast. Some sweet maltiness in the middle with some bitter hope on the backend. Decent.

T: Watery hops upfront with some flowery elements in the middle blended with some earthy hops and sweet malts on the backend. Decent.

M: Light body with a light carbonation. Decent.

D: Goes down super easy. Very good.

All in all, this brew was not much special. I'm glad I got to try it, but I will not hunt it down again, for sure.

Photo of soupyman10
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid, highly drinkable APA that didn't quite live up to the Inversion IPA or the Hops in the Dark I tried, but still a solid effort from Deschutes. Pours how you'd expect, then a nice balanced mix of hops and malt. I could have done with a bit more fruitiness, or flavor in general, but it's a fairly subdued style. Highly sessionable.

Photo of ironlung
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this on tap at a pool hall in Costa Mesa back in '06 when it was frist making its rounds in socal, and was unimpressed.
A buddy really enjoys this one, so he got me to give it another shot. Sure glad I did...

Awesome copper haze, a nice head and a balanced aroma all come with the pour. Taste is very rich and less refined than most pale ales. Its much more complex and thicker on the taste buds than say a SNPA. I like this beer, it drinks heavy but says it weighs in at 5.0%. It has an awesome taste that makes it stand out to me as a pale ale with alot of backbone. Cant go wrong with a 12er of this in the cooler, summer or winter!

Photo of DovaliHops
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color with a small white head. Scent is VERY fruity. Lots of citrus, mainly grapefruit. It has a bit of a funky scent to it as well. Taste is quite pleasant. Very well balanced and smooth. Initially, I get citrus (lemons, orange, grapefruit)...then I get a bit of tropical mango. Then it ends with a nice caramel malt flavor. Very nice. I see this beer everywhere, but I never buy it...I regret that. Mouthfeel is kinda thick for a pale ale...but I have NO complaints about that. Drinkability is very high. It seems like it's a bigger beer than it actually is (weighing in at only 5%).

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

Poured a golden, copper color with a 1/2" white head. Smells hoppy and piney. Citrusey hop taste with a little bit of bitterness, little bit of malt too. Mouthfeel is a little thicker thank I expected, but it was good. Overall, it was enjoyable, one of the better pale ales I have had.

Photo of tronester
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a thin creamy off-white head. Smells of freshly baked bread and a hint of pine. Taste is light toffee up front, followed by a citrusy orange peel middle, and a piny dry finish. A hint of soapyness in the finish as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, nice low carbonation. Very good drinkability, I would certainly get this again, an excellent example of an APA.

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

12oz bottle, a souvenir from a cross-border trip with my mom last week.

This beer pours a softly hazy, attractive medium orange-amber hue, with three fingers of foamy, puffy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some random stringy, chunky lace around the glass in its relatively slow wake.

It smells of caramel nougat and bready malt, a pleasant tropical fruitiness, a wee twinge of green yeast, and sort of bitter leafy, grassy hops. The taste is sweet, weirdly warming bready pale and caramel malt, a bit of buttered toast, and a decent punch of zingy blended pine and citrus hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite unilaterally soft, the body a decent medium weight, smooth, and even kind of creamy - very nice. It finishes off-dry, clean and biscuity, the hops chiming in again to cement that mouth-watering experience.

Yup, a pleasantly hoppy session ale, through and through - tasty, balanced, and increasingly drinkable, due in no small part to its lingering dryness - and look - my glass is now empty - quelle surprise!

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

Had it on tap from Aces & Ales in Las Vegas, NV.

A - Beer was clear but not brilliant. Pale copper color. Thin off white head.

S - Comes across as an average, unexceptional American Pale Ale. Earthy hops, not overly grapefruity or piney. No malt aroma, not much complexity.

T - Fairly mild malt initially, then fruity hop flavors dominate. Not much else, just a simple straightforward session pale ale.

M - Low to moderate carbonation. Light body. Bitterness is verging on harsh to me, but stays just this side of the line.

D - Better than the sum of its parts. A good, enjoyable session beer, but don't expect it to be real interesting in any one area.

Photo of LacquerHead
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this at B&J's Pizza off of Staples in CC TX.

It was served in a regular chilled pint glass.
Poured amber with a brown tint.
Good head retention that settled to a decent lacing - head clung to sides of the glass.

The aroma was similar to any other pale ale, only a little more piney.

The taste was good. It had all the components of a pale ale. There was a sharp piney taste, slightly bitter. It had a caramel malt flavor that came in to round off the hops. It was less subtle then a Sierra Nevada. Overall, this was good, however, something just was not clicking with me. It seemed like it was haphazardly put together. I thought the malt profile was solid, but the hops were just not working for me. It was a little on the thin side.

To me it was not that drinkable, but I would imagine others liking it. The carbonation was good and it had a dry after taste. I liked it better at colder temps.

I would recommend it. However, this beer was not to my liking. It's worth a try. I gave it a good rating on taste because the flavor was there, but the drinkability factor was not.

Photo of boomer31
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A rich gold with a thin white head

S - A muted citrus hop presence with a touch of malt. Not much in the nose

T - The fruity hops are again subdued but a light bitterness is a nice surprise in the after taste. The malt comes close to overwhelming the hops but a nice balance is achieved.

M - Low carbonation and think mouthfeel.

D - A definite session ale though there may be some better options available.

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

12 oz bottle, best by 7/30/10 (my fault for not checking the label before I put it my mixed 6 this afternoon), into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear, well-carbonated medium amber body with two fingers of lusciously creamy off-white head. Excellent, rocky retention and plenty of lace. I can't imagine a better looking APA. Seriously.

S: Fairly light, delicate aromas of floral hops and toasty caramel malt. Still quite fresh smelling for a beer just past its expiration date, but indicative of a fairly simplistic beer at any age. Clearly confirms the label's promise of pure Cascade hops, but is this classic or clichéd? I'm not entirely sure.

T: Opens with hops, then shows off a far deeper and more varied malt profile than the aroma promised before going back to the hops for a cleanly bitter finish. The malts are among the best I've seen in an APA, with the usual sweet caramel well balanced with toasted pale malts and even what strikes me as biscuity pilsner malt. Very nice flavor.

M: Clean, fairly light body with lots of carbonation. Pleasant.

D: Great malt/hop balance combined with a fairly low ABV makes this quite drinkable.

Notes: Reminds me a lot of New Glarus Moon Man in its amazing malt complexity, but lacks that beer's dankness of hop aroma. Since Moon Man is my all time favorite APA, though, any comparison to it is high praise. I'd love to try Mirror Pond at peak freshness, as I bet a more assertive aroma would help its one relatively weak point.


Photo of joemcgrath27
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BA bud andrenaline for the haul on his trip to B.C.
A - poured a clear gold/bronze tint with nice off white head that retains well, slowly dissipating to islands with good lacing up the glass
S - pleasant floral and spicy hop aromas, light toasty malt hints, and subtle berry hints
T - the floral hops are featured nicely, mild spiciness, toasty malt comes through nicely, and I'm getting mild blueberry type flavour
M - slightly thin but smooth, the hops don't come through with enough dry and/or bitter for my liking, but I can see the appeal of this approach
D - easy drinking, thin but smooth, and light well balanced flavours make this a worthy beer, and the kind of pale ale that will appeal to many tastes

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

A - Pours a nice golden copper brown, thin layer of beige head, good retention, which settles into small islands leaving a nice amount of lacing.

S - The hops are mild, but nicely balanced with bready barley and some caramel and honey.

T - Hops are noticeable off the top, but it finishes with a nice bready malt. Sweet caramels also come through to balance it out.

M - Nice light, bubbly and smooth ale. It's bitter, but does not finish dry, making for a nicely balanced beer.

D - Very pleased with this offering. Nothing mind blowing, but was definitely a full flavoured ale with many admirable characteristics. I wish I had access to 6-ers of this in Alberta, as this would be a lovely sessionable beer.

Photo of Wisconsinality
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint.

A- Pours a nice burnt orange with a pillowy one finger worth of head. The head recedes quickly but leaves ok lacing.

S- The hops are a little muted but it could be because of the large amount of malt I pick up. Good sweet malt. Maybe just a little sweetness in there as well.

T- A big dose of hops and malt with neither one winning out. A little bit of lemon and some grassy notes as well. Just a touch of pepper.

M- Medium bodied but a lot fuller than your normal pale ale. Good carbonation that bites the tongue.

D- After about two of these, the malt becomes a little to sweet for me. A good interesting take on the pale ale.

Photo of sonata2008
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Finger width of creamy, ivory-colored foam. Orange copper color. Clear with good carbonation. A bit of lacing.

S: Hops, clean pine, orange citrus.

T: Sequence of flavors. Caramel malt, orange sweetness, bitter tang finish. Not particularly hoppy.

M: Light and effervescent.

D: A great lawn mowing beer. Actually great for any time you want a very refreshing beer.

Photo of crossovert
3.08/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle, best before 08/12/10.

This one actually gushed on me when i popped the cap, but it was a really slow gush and it never overflowed. It pours a nice, if standard, golden orange with a creamy white head. As it quickly recedes there is some lacing.

There is a definite grapefruit scent in this one, some bready, almost buttery malt and a bit of herbal character.

The taste is smooth, with a hint of hops and butter, bready malts, it is rather average though, a bit too buttery for my taste.

This brewery produces some liquid gold, unfortunately not this.

Photo of ncfranklin
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into a tulip at Pizza Port Carlsbad.

A : Dark burnt orange, no head beyond a small froth ring. Slightly translucent, some carbonation bubbles floating to the top.

S : A mix of malty richness and hop. The smell is quite balanced with no dominant quality.

T : Matches the smell with a good balance between malt and floral hop. A funny lingering aftertaste, almost yeasty but somewhat bitter.

M : Very thin bodied, bit watery.

D : Easy going down, but the lack of distinctive character gives this one a thumbs down.

Photo of daledeee
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a bright orange brown with a nice white head and lace.

Nose is citrus and floral.

Taste is hops with citrus. I didn't notice a whole lot of malt but it is there.

Mouth feel is a little watery but not astringent

This is a very drinkable beer and good for a session.

Photo of hoppyhampy
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass. This bottle says best by 8/26/10. Yellowish-orange in color with a solid inch of head that slowly dissipates and leaves a good amount of lacing. Fresh hops on the nose combine with a distinctly sweet malt to provide a great aroma. I get pineapple and citrus notes. The taste is well rounded. The hops and malt strike a nice balance so that you seem to taste both equally. Bitter, fresh hops dance on your tongue and the malt provides just enough sweetness to make this one very refreshing and easy to drink. Carbonation might be a little on the light side for me but not by much. The finish leaves you with only a slight hop resin and a little bit of malty sweetness but is overall pretty clean for a beer with this much flavor.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Part of my ongoing effort to support Deschutes through their QC issues (which have been mitigated by excellent customer service, in my opinion). I've had this many times but never bothered to review it. Here goes.

A: Pours a murky orange body with a pinky finger of off-white head. For a pale ale I expected something fluffier and longer-lasting. The cap quickly vanishes into a thin collar and leaves only the slightest dribbles of lace at the beginning, then nothing more.

S: Toasted malt, caramel, and grapefruit pith. Very balanced, with the malt having an equal billing to the hops.

T: I'd peg this on the hoppier side, but not by much. The bitterness is well-masked; it's really the grapefruit and apricot flavor that stands out. I had this right after some coffee, and the contrast accentuated the citrus greatly, making the beer seem almost sour in contrast (it's not, though). Malt is prominent in biscuit and caramel varieties.

M: Light-medium bodied. Carbonation is a bit low for the style; I guess I was expecting something fizzier and crisper. But it works well to bring out the flavors.

D: A refreshing and tasty brew for something that's low in ABV. Good for a lunch break in the sun (cover the beer, of course!). I prefer this to Inversion.

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in Minneapolis. 22oz for $2.99.

A: very good, light brown-red color
S: now this is a good pale ale nose and true-to-type of an English pale ale, nice balance of malt and hops, not over the top with hops like most APAs
T: I had this on tap at Falling Rock in Denver and was very impressed and honestly didn't expect it to be as good as it is in bottle, great balance between malt and hops, not overly hoppy like most APAs but allows the malt to come through, well done
M: very nice
D: excellent drinkability, reminded me a lot of Copper Dragon from Skipton

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

First of my Deschutes beers that have made their way to MN.
Mmmm, nice aroma. Good mix of hops and malt. Fresh slightly citrus hops and a crisp malt backing. Nicely done.
Smallish head, but it leaves lacing even as it settles. Clear orange/brown amber.
Holds all the aspects I'd expect for style. Fresh hop flavor, small bite of bitterness, quick malt sweetness up front, followed by a burst of fruit flavor and hints of toastiness. Bitterness grows as warms, but is not beyond the pale.
Ample carbonation leads to filling and fullness as drink and as it settles in, which cuts down on drinkability somewhat (filling). Moderate feel. Seems to lighten up some as get to second glass of bomber.
Pretty complex for style with a light enough body and lower alcohol to boost desire for another. Fortunately this is a bomber, so I get to finish this one off on a hot July evening.
Nicely done. Good solid drinker.

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 3,044 ratings.