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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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925 Reviews

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Reviews: 925
Hads: 3,428
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 21.94%
Wants: 158
Gots: 598 | 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: 925 | Hads: 3,428
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of elniko
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of TexIndy
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

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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.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of MinorThreat
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of charlzm
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of rye726
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent, highly drinkable example of the style.

Pours a hazy copper with a lively but slow-developing head, which collapses quickly to exquisite lacing. The aroma is grainy with a slight hint of floral hops. The flavor is delicate, at once floral and piney with a highly satisfying, slow-developing bitter bite on the back end. The mouthfeel is robust, perhaps slightly buttery, with a clear snap of carbonation. That late developing bitterness lingers, giving the beer an aftertaste that is hard to beat.

This may not be the most adventurous example of an American Pale Ale, but it is among the best.

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Photo of Goliath
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed amber color with an inch of slightly yellowed head. Decent retention and a bit of lacing.

Pretty ncie aroma, good hop profile. A nice floral hoppiness with a touch of malt.

Decent taste. A nice floral hop, but well balanced with some pale malt as well. Slightly bitter, and quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with an ample carbonation tingle.

Drinkability is high. Good flavors, low alcohol, easy to consume. A great session.

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Photo of wspscott
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in pint glass

A: light copper color with thin white head, leaves quite a bit of lace
S: floral hops with a honey sweetness
T: floral, sharp hop flavor, maybe a touch of honey malt, definitely a bit of light caramel malts
M: crisp, medium level of carbonation
D: highly drinkable example of APA. Nice balance, not as "obvious" as some pale ales. Great beer, definitely worth trying. I wish I could get this in KY.

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Photo of tmitch75
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy with bright orange color. Vigorous pour provides thick rocky head that drops to 1/8" and holds strong. Lots of lace.

Sweet bready malt smell with a good floral aroma.

Caramelly sweet malt flavor with piney and citric hop flavor. Good balance.

Smooth medium body, as it should be. Quite good.

A good smooth pale ale. Good balance and a solid example of the style.

Tasted on 5/1/08, but labeled as best by 2/19/08... Ooops!

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Photo of lightindarkness
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to DHGranstrand for sending me all my Deschutes.

Pours a nice glowing ambery orange, with soft head and decent lace.

Nose has pronounced grain, nice citrus note, coarse bread and good floral background.

Taste is so classic for an American Pale. Good light maltiness in the middle, with a little dry grain flavor towards the finish and a hop flavored ending with light bitterness. Super balanced.

Feel is clean and smooth, with a decent carbonation tingle.

There's nothing overly stand-outish about this brew, except for how solidly it's put together. Everything is done in great balance and I feel like I could drink a lot of this stuff if I had a lot more. Overall just a really nicely done beer.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice 1 1/2 finger head with good retention that lasts for a good while. Nice clear orange color.

Smell is faint but I smell citrusy and piny hops.

Nicely balanced beer. Nice sweet pale and caramel malts upfront with an assertive citrusy/piney hop bitterness.

Nice crisp and smooth mouthfeel.

I don't have a lot to say about this beer. Kind of reviewing in a hurry, but it's a nicely balanced beer that I could drink all day long.

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

Malty nose with applefruit.

Amber color, good clarity, moderate head.

Stiff bitterness and lots of hop. Clean & crisp flavor profile. Minimal malt flavor beneath the hops. Again, lots of bitterness - pleasant and tasty. A little fruit.

Balance is way off to the hop bitterness side. That's atypical of the APAs I've tried. Nice change of pace.

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Photo of gpogo
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden color with off-white head leaving light lacing.

A- Grapefruity citrus hop aroma

T- Fruity grapefruit citrus flavor. Nicely bittered malt flavor.

M- Medium-light body with moderate carbonation

D- A great APA. Any APA lover would love this, goes great with a meal(or without one).

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Photo of bunnyhustle
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good solid 4 to me...pours golden orange with 2 finger, fluffy white head. Good retention and lacing. Smell is of some hops and a bit of caramel almost, some sweetness at least. Taste is good, a great example for this style. A nice kiss of hops, nothing too overwhelming with a good malt backbone. It does have a different hop profile than its more famous cousin SNPA, but I really couldnt tell you what kind of hops it is. A nice light feel to it, carbonation is moderate. An easy drinker, good taste and good example of an APA.

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Photo of tayner
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz brown bottle with best by date clearly marked on label, this one 6-3-08

Poured a hazy burnt orange color with a large foamy white head that was slow to subside and left a thick, fluffy ring and lots of floating skim, and ridiculous lacing for the whole beer.

Smell was cascade hops all the way, a mix of floral and citrus hops. You could also smell some sweetness in the background.

Taste was a sweet, slightly bready, malt backbone that hits right up front quickly followed by a mouthful of Cascade hops. Light yet a citrus and floral hop bite mid palate dried up my palate upon swallowing making me immediately want another drink.

This one is well carbonated and is light in the mouthfeel without feeling watery at all. Just what a pale ale should be.

The drinkability on this one is off the charts. It is a perfect summer ale for the hot arizona summers, and it is a staple in my fridge for the summer. It is also a nice one as a transition beer for friends who come over who say they dont like craft beer... mild but yet bold flavors in this one can change peoples mind about what they should expect out of beer. Not an IIPA but that is why I love it.. a true summer thirst quencher, and at only 5.5% it is easily sessionalble around a bbq in the hot summer sun!

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Photo of joe1510
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Best by: 5/21/08

Received in a recent trade with russpowell, thanks for the big ol' boxes Russ! Mirror Pond Pale is a polished copper bordering on orange with a good deal of fine particulate suspended throughout. A finger and a half worth of cotton white head formed on the pour but quickly dropped to a skim coat with not much more of a ring. The head leaves some patchy lacing but nothing out of the ordinary.

There's a good deal of toasted grains right off the bat, I even get some dry but muted nuttiness. The hop additions bring about a decent amount of orange oils with a little grassiness and earthiness in the background. Very balanced pale ale, unfortunately I'd enjoy a little more hoppiness.

The flavor rolls right along with the aroma. Toasted grains with a slight drizzling of caramel frame the orange oil hoppiness with grassiness here and there throughout. Mirror Pond is a very balanced pale ale, just not really my style. A good pale none the less.

There's good body on this beer. Medium bodied with a smooth somewhat creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation is soft and pleasant.

Mirror Pond is easy to put down. Something you don't really have to think about but that's enjoyable to put away.

Deschutes brews some quality beer. This isn't one of my favorites from them but it is a solid pale ale. This is a very well balanced pale ale.

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Photo of iconoklaztor
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark golden color. Mirror Pond didn't produce much of a head but it did have a strange sweet smell. A little weird this beer is a little thin and not very hoppy. Probably a old batch. I received this in a trade and wonder how old it is. probably good fresh.

Overall, this beer could be good fresh. its a little sweet and has very little hoppy notes. I'd try it again just to confirm or debunk what I wonder about this beer.

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Photo of scaaven
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad offering from Deschutes. Poured an amber color out of a 12 oz bottle with 1/2 finger of head. No lacing I can see in the glass.

Smell isn't strong, but it's hoppy with maybe some banana-like complexity. Tastes like a well rounded pale ale. Good amount of hops with some malt & fruit (banana?) if I'm not mistaken.

Carbonation seems perfectly matched with the other characteristics of the beer.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mirror Pond on the wall, If I had a case, I'd drink you all.

Pours a lightish golden color, a little paler than the average pale ale.

Has kinda a macro cut grass smell.

Taste is great. Refreshing, sweet, bitter, coats the tongue.

Finishes dry.

This is the Michael Rappaport of beers, good, but underappreciated. Tastes better than a B+

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Photo of gford217
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of ArrogantB poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours bright hazy amber with a very thin bubbly head that dissipated almost immediately leaving absolutely no head or lacing.

S: Smell of light, sweet malts with some citrus and floral hops.

T: Tastes of subtle citrus hops, orange and some pine resin, with a sweet caramel malt flavor. Fairly crisp, sweet finish with little bitterness present at all.

M: Mouthfeel is fairly light but smooth.

D: This one certainly isn't the most complex or daring APA, but I have to admit that I wouldn't mind throwing a few of these back on this warm spring night. Very sessionable.

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Photo of aquaderek
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass from the bottle. It is golden orange in color and has a creamy off white head which dissapates to a sticky lace. The nose is citusy hops with hidden malt notes. The taste is refreshing hop forward and has a nice bitter bite on the finish. Good mouthfeel for the style, and again if more widely available would drink it as a session beer more often.

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 925 ratings.