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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

3,085 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 3,085
Reviews: 875
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 129
Gots: 356 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep amber, with solid head of fine white foam. Lace is good, though not showy nor spectacular.

Nose is subtle. I get toasty malts up front, with a mild hoppy citrus note.

Taste echoes this maltiness. More toasty malts and a tangy citrus-pine hop character near the finish. A great and balanced session brew, and simply an exemplary, classic pale ale.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: This beer pours a dark golden color and is topped with 1” of off white head that leaves to a thin layer.
Smell: The aroma of this beer is grass and pine hops with maybe a bit of grapefruit in the background.
Taste: The flavor of this Oregon beer is a delicious blend of malt and hops that make for a rather tasty brew.
Mouthfeel: This is a medium bodied pale ale that allows the flavors to cling to palate nicely.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 3,085 ratings.