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

3,270 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,270
Reviews: 916
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 145
Gots: 487 | FT: 4
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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 xpimptastikx
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light clear copper with off white head, no lacing with this beer. Smells fresh and piney. Tastes slightly of citrus, but smooth with a light creaminess. Not a lot of hops, more of an aftertaste. I would probably opt for another pale ale over this one.

Photo of beersheppard
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden, with a white retreating head.

Smell: Malts, honey, brown sugar.

Taste: Malts, honey, brown sugar. Its listed as an APA, but its style reminds me more of British PA with malts up front and hops on the finish. If you are looking for a super hoppy west-coast style this one isn't for you.

Mouthfeel: good tingle, crisp, and refreshing.

Drinkability: Nice tasting PA, would get again, nothing too crazy, very drinkable.

Photo of funkyspunk87
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mirror Pond Pale Ale
Deschutes Brewery, Inc.
Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
ABV: 5.50 %

Presentation: Off the tap at the Santa Barbara beer Festival

Pretty solid Pale Ale. Not the best, not the worst. Subtle flavors that go well together and a nice, smooth finish. Probably would opt for Sierra Nevada or Firestone over this one.

Photo of RickS95
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours orange with almost no head, and little lacing to follow. Bitter hops in the nose that stays til the finish and well after its gone. Minutes after finishing the glass, I could still taste bitter in my mouth.

A man's beer. Not for the timid, despite only being 5.0% alcohol as listed on the label.

Photo of Magpie14
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: golden color, looks like a standard pale. Lacing was the best part as it left ring after ring in my glass. A picture in itself!

S: up front the hops most notable with a hint of honey sweet

T: very laid back pale ale..in some regards a bit thin. Has floral hops and grapefruit. Some malts are present that help round things out.

M: smooth and well balanced with slight sharp hop finish

D: good all night drinker, middle of the road.

Photo of Foxtrot
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark amber orange color in pint glass with a small tan head.

S - Lots of hops and citrus flavors in the nose.

T - As was expected, lots of citrus flavors with nice bitterness that was not too overpowering.

M - Slightly bitter but smooth with some decent carbonation.

D - I've had many pale ale's, but this one impressed me quite a bit. Very drinkable, a good session beer.

Photo of Beefeater57
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy, burnt orange in color with golden edges. Sudsy head with little retention.

S: A nice clean smell. Good hop aroma that has some smells of floral and pine.

T: Some malt sweetness up front that is slighty tangy. Hops come in fast, have a good flavor to them...sit on the back sides of the tongue. The flavor is good, just can't pin point what it is. Definitely a hop flavor, but hints of citrus weave in and out. Has a pretzel-like aftertaste.

M: Carbonation definitely makes it fizz on the tongue. Body is good, has a small oily feel due to the hops.

D: Easy to drink, refreshing, tastes like it would go great with pretzels or chips and dip. The hop flavor is really nice, and I would definitely drink this beer again.

Photo of Bookseeb
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of Trappissed
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of HalfFull
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of jake87
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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

Photo of tendermorsel
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

Photo of thethrone
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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

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.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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.

Photo of allengarvin
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of MinorThreat
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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.

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.

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 3,270 ratings.