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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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very good

2,765 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,765
Reviews: 852
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 116
Gots: 237 | 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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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%

Poured from a bottle into a Bell's tulip. Nice clear, bright, orange-amber color with two fingers of fluffy off-white head. Good retention. Nice lacing. The nose is hop-forward with citrusy notes of lemon and grapefruit, along with fresh linen (?!).

Light-medium body with a nice, round flavor. Very clean-tasting. Almost lager-like. Pleasant, buiscuity maltness up front balanced with a fruity, hoppy character. Not bitter at all (I expected more hoppiness). I get flavors of toast, honey, tea, and lemon. Really refreshing and easy to drink. Light flavor doesn't linger too long.

If this beer came out today (instead of years ago), I wonder just how well it would be accepted. I definitely like it, but I think the crowds who gravitate towards, big, bruising, citrusy beers would shun this one and consider it a bit dated. I would recommend this one to those new to craft beers. If you've been drinking craft for a while and are just getting around to this one, you may be a little disappointed. It's a good beer, but there are many Pale Ales out there today that surpass this one. I wouldn't seek it out, but I'd grab it if you happen to come across it and haven't tried it yet.

deadonhisfeet, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of gueuzegossage
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

gueuzegossage, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Kurmaraja, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of fellowrs
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

fellowrs, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of Skillz
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Skillz, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of ricecracker420
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

ricecracker420, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of schoolboy
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%

This is Deschutes number three for me. All three have been quality brews although none of them were extraordinary, just well made.

This one looks like a pale should - slightly dark, clear. It has little head or lace. The aroma is faint but OK. The taste is crisp and clean. Nice and dry - not a hint of yeast or malt - all light hops taste. The finish is clean as well.

Overall, this is a very competent, well made pale.

schoolboy, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of Artjsantos
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Artjsantos, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of appetiteforparis
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

appetiteforparis, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of target88
4/5  rDev +2.6%

target88, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of Stinger80OH
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Stinger80OH, Jan 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

DOCRW, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of Scepter
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Scepter, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of patpbr
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

A - Copper and amber colored pour with a small head.
S - Balance of malt and hop on the nose.
T - Citrus, grapefruit and fruit, some pine and carmel malt.
M - Medium body and carbonation with a clean finish.
O - Pretty good pale ale its worth a try.

patpbr, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of BB1313
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Best by 4/18/14. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden orange with nice clarity; fluffy white head that slowly fades leaving great lacing and retention. The aromas are pretty faint. Lots of bread, malts, and grains. Lots of caramel. Not much of a fruity hop presence. The flavors aren't exactly exciting, but they're clean and refreshing. Tons of caramel. Very bready. Lots of grainy and earthy characteristics going on. The hop flavor and hop bitterness feels non-existent. Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. It's obviously and easy drinking beer.

This isn't really an exciting pale ale. It personally reminds me more of an Irish red ale. This is ultimately boring and forgettable. This is my first experience with Deschutes so I guess this isn't the best first impression, but it's all good because there are more goodies from them for me to try out.

BB1313, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of Bill235
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Bill235, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of jmsedgwick
4.25/5  rDev +9%

jmsedgwick, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of BenHesk12
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%

Pours a typical coppery amber that you have a little trouble seeing through. Little to no head without noticeable effervescence. There is no strongly detectable aroma. Taste is lightly bitter all the way through with a light malt and hop character. The beer has a great mouthfeel that will outperform other mediocre pale ales on tap at the local bar, but overall is a forgettable beer. The nice thing is that they sell this bar on tap many many places in the west coast and when presented with your typical sportsbar lineup, ie bud light, blue moon, sierra nevada, I will usually be happy with a Mirror Pond.

Best by date on bottle was only 2-3 months away so I will consider re-reviewing at a later date with a fresher sample.

BenHesk12, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of kvgomps
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

kvgomps, Jan 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

RevCraig, Jan 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

casapy, Jan 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

oceanside, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of a0lbudman
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%

A-Slightly hazy with a light amber color with an off white head that held on and leave a light lacing
S-has a malt and hop balance with a citrus background
T-hops am\nd hop balance in the beginning that quickly goes to a pine hops aftertaste with a grapefruit taste that leaves with a dry crisp finish
M-medium body with good carbonation
O-this was a beer with a twist. The smell makes you believe it is a pale ale at the first sip, but the after that I would have thought this was an IPA

a0lbudman, Jan 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

ColForbinBC, Jan 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Lehighace06, Jan 19, 2014
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,765 ratings.