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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

2,787 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,787
Reviews: 855
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 116
Gots: 240 | 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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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

Kolyaya, Sep 14, 2014
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3.72/5  rDev -4.6%

samdelira, Sep 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Hellpop65, Sep 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Basoos1, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%

Serving style : 12 oz bottle poured for appearance and tasting

Appearance (4.5) : A fantastic, fluffy 3-fingered head with a caramel-peach body. Crown retention is great. Leaves sticky web lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell (4) : Cascade hops are at the forefront, followed by some lemon zest, cut grass, and a wee bit of winter pine. Some spicy citrus notes also begin to surface as the head diminishes.

Taste (4) : I thought I'd hate it but it's not bad. I'm extremely sensitive to bitter and this one is not necessarily LESS bitter, but more drinkable perhaps because of where the bitter is in the body next to the other flavors.

Wheat, yeast, and cut grass is at the forefront, with the bitter hops coming in a bit sharp and then numbing down right away. The lemon rind is there, and also what's like licking an orange peel. Coriander. Out of the bottle it's fresher, crisper, better for some reason. I think next time I'll just drink it straight out of the bottle. The bitters diminish by the time you reach the finish (that rhymed), and the last taste is the first taste - wheat and yeast.

Mouthfeel (4) : Creamy, smooth, fluffy. Nice to drink. Finishes crisp.

Overall (4.04) : As indifferent as I am to Pale Ales, this one wasn't bad at all. In fact it was pretty good. The hops were there but they weren't overdone. They were flavorful but subdued enough to taste the other flavors (wheat, lemon/orange peel, coriander). If one is looking for a good pale ale, look no further. I probably wouldn't buy a six pack because of my sensitivity to bitter beers, but I can rate this one on its own merit - it's good.

The-Adjunct-Hippie, Sep 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

CSeavey64, Sep 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Swane, Sep 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

MSandahl23, Sep 12, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev +11.8%

mnewsom, Sep 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

MidwestBA, Sep 10, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

KevChiTown, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of bwood06
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

A - Clear orangish amber in color with a 2 finger frothy head. Head is orangish khaki in color. Head dissipates slowly. Carbonation is easy to see. 4/5

S - Grapefruit, citrus, apricot, oranges. Grassy and pine. Caramel sweetness. 4/5

T - Caramel, citrus, and a finish of pine/resin. Earthy with a bit of biscuit. Lingering bitterness. 3.75/5

M - Moderate to high carbonation. Very dry, especially the back end. 4/5

O - Very nice complexity to the aroma. Aroma is also well balanced. Definitely a hop forward pale ale. Bitterness overshadows sweetness. I prefer the Inversion IPA to this but this reflects the mainstream IPA style more truly. 4/5

bwood06, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of rangerred
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nearly clear medium copper with just a thin white head that fades away to a bit of wispy lacing on top of the beer. Nothing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma of peach and cherries with maybe a touch of grape. It is definitely fruity but not necessarily tropical. Some hints of caramel as well.

The flavor carries the same fruitiness found in the aroma with subtle hints of strawberry, peach, and cherry. There is a strong grain note in the base that I have noticed with other Deschutes Brews. It provides a nice contrast to the hops although borders on being too much. Bitterness is light leading to a palate cleansing finish.

Overall, not a bad APA although I feel like it is rated a little higher than it should be. The graininess is just a little too much but I wouldn't hesitate to pick this up again.

rangerred, Sep 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Brob245, Sep 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

mtbdonn, Sep 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

kellyct, Sep 07, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -42.3%

clfrost, Sep 06, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +12.8%

stu412, Sep 06, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev 0%

Jmccarthy555, Sep 06, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -12.8%

FrankHashimoto, Sep 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

BryanCorrell, Sep 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

camarocrazy67, Sep 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Renegawam, Sep 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

glf60, Sep 04, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

MattXT, Sep 04, 2014
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,787 ratings.