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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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915 Reviews

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Reviews: 915
Hads: 3,375
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 21.68%
Wants: 153
Gots: 562 | 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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Reviews: 915 | Hads: 3,375
Photo of microbrewlover
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

This brew pours a copper/brown color with a lot of sediment and good carbonation. Medium lacing. The head is off white and dissipates quickly but some remains as a collar until the end.

The smell is filled with pine, orange, floral and melon. There is also a malty, bready backbone.

The taste follows the nose with pine orange and melon, mostly pine and orange. The malty backbone makes itself felt mostly as a bready taste. Clean smooth finish.

Overall this is a solid Pale Ale. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass. Best by 10/24/14.
A: Pours a clear orange-yellow hue with moderate carbonation producing a 1/4 off white head that fairly quickly settles down to a thin skim. Nice for style. (4.25)
S: Light caramel malt and a faint hint of hops. (3.5)
T: Light caramel malt, honey, spicy grain, and a faint hint of hops. (3.75)
M: Smooth and slightly oily feel. Mildly sweet. (3.5)
D: A decent brew...perhaps better when younger (I drank this about a week past the best by date). (3.5)

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a cloudy brownish orange color with a red tint. Nice foamy and bubbly off white head with nice cling during each drink.

S - citrus hops, malts, lemon grass, piney.

T - Bitter up front - orange peel, piney and balances out nicely with a malt presence. Finishes semi dry and bitter. Smooth and lightly creamy mouth feel.

O - Solid APA that is definitely worth a shot. This a full flavored brew that is session worth and won't knock you one your ass.

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Photo of Act25
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Love this brewer. But in this category prefer Dales Pale Ale.

a: 3.5 flattish, white head, a bit of lace, tarnished gold body.

s: 3.75 Cascade hopes, with fruit, nutty grain, malt sweetness.

t: follows smell, very smooth, nice bready, semi dry class APA. 3.75

f: as good as any, smooth, long finish, great with food, in this case, brats. 3.75

o: OK - as good as NW pale ale gets. 3.75

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Photo of Bone53
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

Appearance (4.25): Clear light copper color with a two finger off white head. Dark for the style

Smell (4.25): fruity and piney hops with a light bready malt undertone

Taste (4): Piney , light citrus hops and bready malt

Mouthfeel (4): Medium body, bitterness, and carbonation; Crisp and easy drinking

Overall (4.05): This was good if a bit bready/yeasty for a pale ale, yet added a nice touch. The hop presence is pretty spot on for the style, but i couldve used a little more. These are minor flaws. It is a clean, solid pale ale, and sometimes thats all i need.

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Photo of Leeshka410
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Amber-ish in color with a caramel yet fruity aroma. No bitter after-taste but hoppy enough to satisfy the hops fan and mild enough to pacify the "I hate hoppy beer" drinker. Nice in-between brew.

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Photo of 6string
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Beyond all other styles of beer, ambers are my preferred favorite. For some reason, the Mirror Pond really hits the mark right on the head for me. There's notes of hop bite, caramel, oak, and flavors of red meat and sausages. I can't explain why, but after drinking German weizens, Belgian doubles and triples, or roasty porters, this beer knocks it out of the park. No harsh after bite or lingering tastes. Crisp, but even on the tongue. I'll be stocking my fridge with this one for quite awhile.

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Photo of dcscientist
4/5  rDev +2%

Mirror Pond put Deschutes on the map, and it's still their biggest hit. As with a lot of APAs, I find them a wee bit too hoppy for my liking, but that doesn't mean I won't enjoy it. I buy this from time to time, so I'm still a fan, but I don't think it's quite as unbelievable as everyone else does.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light golden color with a minimal head. Hoppy lemon aroma with some earthy tones. Taste is an earthy lemon citrus taste. Pretty easy to drink. Not too complex.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Hops: Cascade.
Malt: Pale, NW Pale, Crystal, Carapils.

40 IBU.

Best by date: 02.18.14.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 01.24.14.

A: Red/orange. 1/2 finger head.

S: Pine, citrus. Not as strong smelling as new school APAs.

T: Pine, biscuit, caramel.

M: Crisp.

O: This is easy to drink and perfectly balanced. It's a classic APA.

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Photo of fedt
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer pours a nice golden-amber color, with light head, nice carbonation

S: Smells of citrus aromatics, caramel, hops, warm malts

T: Crisp taste, light pine, grass. Not too bitter. Hints of citrus. Very well-balanced.

M: Nice body, refreshing, not very creamy or thick. Not too much alcohol.

O: A terrific pale ale. I could drink this any time, any place.

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Photo of Scrapss
4/5  rDev +2%

A: poured into a nonic, it has a great two finger white head with great lacing and retention. Crystal clear deep golden color with medium carbonation and activity.

S: floral mild hops with very light malt, probably carapils and very very light malt to stay out of the delicate hops' way. Pleasant.

T: faint lemon and grassiness with floral highlights, lavender hand soap, udder cream, bitter papaya.

M: Silky, velvety smooth on initial then smooth, impossibly clean and dry finish.

O: I see why this gets high marks. It embodies many things that are good about gentle APA styles. Unobtrusive malt and yeast, delicate hop bill and much skill in the application of the hopping schedule has produced a very fine APA.

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Photo of FLima
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a thick one finger off-white head with medium retention.
Fruity aroma with lots of red fruits. Notes of strawberries, honey and peaches.
Flavor of guaraná-papaya, tea bags, malt sweetness and spices. Finishing with pine taking to a very dry aftertaste.
This is a couple of months to best by date, still considering that it felt to me as an APA on the malty side. Mild fruity APA.
Ap.3,25 Ar.3,75 Sab.3,75 Sens.3,5 Cj.3,5

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Photo of JWU
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

12oz. bottle poured into a tumbler glass

A- a nice orange amber with some chill haze. A nice finger of eggshell/light khaki head, and fantastic lacing

S- A lovely multi-faceted hop profile of citrus, pine, and floral components balanced with a nice biscuity malt.

T- Follows the smell perfectly. You can identify it as a Deschutes beer from the yeast they use. Balance is the name of the game here.

M- Medium, with amble carbonation. Dries just a touch on the back, but not IPA levels of dryness.

O- is there a finer APA around? I think not.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

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Photo of bwood06
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

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

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Photo of rangerred
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark copper with a 3-finger foamy head. Fades to 1 finger. Slight chill haze. Excellent lacing & retention. Visible carbonation.

Aroma: Piney/resiny. Touch of fruit. Something tart & tropical; kiwi?

Taste: Malty arrival. Sweet, but not cloying. Astringent toward the end of mid-palate, with candy-like fruity quality, then solid hop bitterness and astringency, but not a powerful hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Rich, malty arrival then very astringent.

Overall: This is totally unlike Burning River, much sweeter, and then this astringency. Really balanced; definitely would buy again, but I could see this being too sweet after a couple.

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Photo of BrewQuest
5/5  rDev +27.6%

I agree with the Bros, this is a world-class beer. Fresh, crisp and hoppy and one of my new summer favs. First had it on tap and was pleased to have as equally good experience with bottled.

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Photo of OhioRay
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Appearance - Pours a beautiful deep amber. Decent clarity. A finger and a half of head. Awesome lacing.

Smell - Good hop aroma balanced by a sweet maltiness.

Taste - Good bitterness and citrus hop notes up front. Quickly gives way to the maltiness that was in the nose.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Excellent APA. One of my favorites. Well balanced beer.

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Photo of LikesLocalBrews
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy bright orange. The head lingers only briefly, falling to a minimal collar of lace. Soft maltiness with notes of grapefruit and mild pine. The flavor is evenly balanced with Pale malt and Cascade hops playing equally important roles. An easy drinking APA. (5% ABV)

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Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, BB dated Oct. 2014, purchased and consumed near Bend, Oregon.

Poured with a semi-durable, frothy head over a deep amber body; excellent clarity; OK retention; Very good lacing.

Aroma: fruity with hints of spicy hops.

Flavor: Fruity/juicy hops with balancing caramel and medium malts. Herbal/grapefruit aftertaste is mildly bitter.

Feel: medium body and carbonation.

O: a fruity an slightly mild APA.

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Photo of Mikus
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle (from a mixed six pack) into my tulip glass. No date on bottle. Is it normally on the six pack container? Anyways, 1 finger of a pure white head (no retention, though), over a nice reddish copper body. Not much aroma on the nose, however a slight citrus hit on the end. Tasted some citrus, however, and also some of that nice piney astringency. Very crisp taste, and nice balance of bitter Consistent light carbonation and an overall light bodied brew. Good mouthfeel (for an APA style). Nice expected balance from Deschutes... would have liked a bottle date (if only to know if this was super fresh, or if I needed to do some more hunting. Overall a good choice for a lighter pale ale style (as I am a huge fan of big IPAs).

**UPDATE** Found a very fresh bottle from the inlaws when I came home from work. Best by date of 11/13/14. Still a very nice brew, but not noticeably hoppier, juicier, etc than my previous review. Still a good, solid APA.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The absolute, unrelenting eradication of my back inventory continues. I just want to return to The CANQuest (TM), but the bottles glare at me for ignoring them. This one came from The Friendly Greek's Bottle Shop.

From the bottle: "If you could only listen to one album forever, what would it be?"; "At least there's Mirror Pond when it comes to Pale Ales."; "Crafted for Explorers Everywhere Since 1988"; "

I was anxious to get started, so I got a nice, heavy-handed pour going. The by-now predictable outcome was a pseudo-cascade, followed by the production of three fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with great retention. Color was a deep-amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled primarily of grapefruit, but underlain by a light mintiness. Mouthfeel was medium, kind of soft on the tongue. The taste was mellow, kind of tea-like, with a light citrusy tartness. Finish was likewise mellow and unobtrusive. If I could only have one APA forever, it would NOT be this one.

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Photo of ASirahSyrah
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

To be honest, this is a pretty good beer. For me, this is a porch sipper. It'll do well for bbqs, firesides, and boating trips. It's better than anything you'll get from the big name brands and it's just as smooth, add in the fact that it has better ingredients and was perfected by people who seem to have mastered their trade and you've got a better beer to hang out with than the competition "porch sippers." The flavor is a little lacking, so I wouldn't consider it something i would celebrate with or look for on an extensive menu, but it's a good six pack to have in the fridge for the end of the day when you're not looking so much for flavor, but for refreshment and a reprieve (the ABV'll get ya there). All-in-all, good beer, my friends. Deschutes gave us another gift with this one.

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 915 ratings.