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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

2,875 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,875
Reviews: 862
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 121
Gots: 266 | 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 Brenden
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is in the darker range for the style at a brownish sort of red-orange. The head, close to white, doesn't rise very high and, though bubbly, sustains itself as a heavy foam that's rocky despite being thin in areas. The lace is solid, mostly patching and dense considering.
The nose is pungent, with strong aromatics of pine and citrus layered with not-quite-tropical fruit sweetness along with the rind and pulp of the citrus, fresh and juicy but noticeably hoppy. This is a deeper aroma than I get from most pale ales, with malts adding caramel and a sort of lightly toasted breads note just enough to balance.
The malts come out a bit more in the flavor, and it detracts just a touch from the overall hop profile. It's still nicely hopped, though, even as some sugary undertones and roasted grains come out in the finish.
In a medium body with plenty of support without going too strong or heavy, there's a nice, creamy quality on the palate with a consistent crsipness supporting.

Brenden, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of Josbor11
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Josbor11, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of aarongbrown
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

aarongbrown, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

TheBeerAlmanac, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of Retroman40
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours out a pale yellow with strong lasting head.

S - A strong hop aroma with citrus dominating.

T - A great balance of sweet malt and citrus hops. Malt start and a rich hop finish.

M - Tangy and rich with good carbonation.

O - I was excited that Deschutes started distribution in KY and wasn't disappointed. This is an outstanding Pale Ale.

Retroman40, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of heizerbjj
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

heizerbjj, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of jkroese
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

jkroese, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of Justinbshelton
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Justinbshelton, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of Copernicus
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Copernicus, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of richj1970
4/5  rDev +2.6%

richj1970, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of Abrian
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Abrian, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of Eanders909
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Eanders909, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of TeeRex
4/5  rDev +2.6%

TeeRex, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of Auslander
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Auslander, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of QuakeAttack
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

QuakeAttack, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of MtOrion
4/5  rDev +2.6%

MtOrion, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of TBarJr
4/5  rDev +2.6%

TBarJr, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of KYGunner
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Called a Pale Ale for a reason this has a clean pale amber color and a bright white head of frothy foam.

Cracker, nuts and biscuity malt hit the nose with light floral hops and even some lemongrass.

Malty, crackery, biscuity and nutty this reflects a Pale Ale very well.

The feel is slick and easy with a tang of astringency but this is light enough to be a multiple beer drinker.

This may be my favorite from Deschutes thus far as it reflects the style well but has its own original take.

KYGunner, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of prototypic
4/5  rDev +2.6%

prototypic, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of jonaspb
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

jonaspb, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Mirror Pond Pale Ale pours a hazy dark copper color with a small lacing head. There is a nice mellow floral aroma. The taste has a noticeable hoppy flavor; mild, but finishes with a rich biscuit flavor. Good feel, good flavors, and very drinkable. Overall its a nice pale ale, strong biscuit flavors make sit rather unique.

vette2006c5r, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of Al_Garrison
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Al_Garrison, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of Cory_Brown
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like this one. Reviewing out of the bottle but it was better on tap.
A- dark bronze color, kind of murky. Creamy white head
S- rather light, pleasant, but not overwhelming. Malty with light fruit notes and light hoppiness.
T- malt forward with a little hop bitterness to balance things. Very well balanced and great drinkability. Good APA and very true to the style.
M- A creamy layer coats the mouth. This is really smooth. So easy to drink. Carbonation is medium and nice.
O- Another solid offering from Deschutes. I'm bout to have my 3rd bottle of the night. Definitely a session beer.

Cory_Brown, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of rapayn01
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

rapayn01, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of HollyHops
4/5  rDev +2.6%

HollyHops, Feb 05, 2014
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,875 ratings.