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

3,049 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 3,049
Reviews: 873
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 127
Gots: 333 | 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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4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Why oh why did I wait this long to buy a 5 gallon of Mirror Pond for the home kegerator?

Just a super balanced and flavorful pale ale.

Appearance is a nice bright honey orange. Great carb.

Smell is grassy with those Cascade hops and biscuity. It is one of those beers that just smells balanced (which I think is a rare thing.)

Taste is a tinge of hops on the front of the tongue and then the malt comes in with a biscuity finish. Then you get a nice dry finish that makes you want to come back.

Mouthfeel is creamy with this being on draft. Right where it should be with a pale ale.

Overall just a great example of the style. It does get knocked for not being too hop forward in this day and age, but keeping in mind this recipe is from 1988, Deschutes was ahead of their time.

Fill glass, drink beer, rinse glass and repeat.

Cheers!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a very lightly hazy golden copper in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation and some honey + golden orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy light tan head that slowly reduces to thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of toasted and caramel malts with just a hint of sweetness followed by slightly stronger aromas of citrus/grapefruit and herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of toasted and caramel malts with just a hint of honey-like sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger flavors of citrus/grapefruit and herbal hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which fades almost immediately.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and clean.

O: Very enjoyable and extremely easy to drink, I would even go as far as to say that this is sessionable. Very nice balance between the malts and hops with both being allowed to showcase their aromas/flavors.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours out a coppery amber color with a sudsy white bubble top. Lacing is good. Lots and lots of light passes through.

Pine and citrus hops and a fresh earthy character. Orange-y with notes of grapefruit and lemon pith. Malts lean toward European, but the hops are American made. Good grain balance with very mild toastiness.

Crispy and bright, with lots of carbonation up-front, featuring minty citrus hops, tailing pine, and sturdy pale malt balancing out the backend. Almost spicy in the middle leading questions as to what the grain composition really is, because it almost has a gentle rye note. Absolutely solid pale.

Luscious mouthfeel with that good hop burn waiting for you in the finish. Complements the carbonation nicely, which wavers in and out, but shows signs of being really bushy-tailed.

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 3,049 ratings.