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

898 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 898
Hads: 3,298
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 152
Gots: 509 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always meant to try this one, and saw it on tap last night.
Good pour, amber-hazy body, good clumping head. Some lacing and stickiness.
Smell had some malt notes, but mostly citrus (tangerine?) and hops
This brew seems to be on the border of IPA and PA. Hops, good balance with the malt. Some citrus and caramel flavors as well.
Nice bite to it. Crisp and refreshing. (371 characters)

Photo of jeffjfindley
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: A cloudy pumpin orange color with a respectable head. Fade to lace...

Smell: Really fresh & clean. Almost like orange sorbet, with a healthy dose of hops.

Taste: Malty citrus toffee with a perfect dose of hoppy freshness. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and malty with a dry finish that'll make you pucker a bit.

Drinkability: A true brew for all seasons. She provides the refreshment one would require while mowing something or BBQing something delicious, yet at the same time substantive enough for the colder months. It would be a tall order to find a better session beer. (595 characters)

Photo of bodybyadam
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Took me a while to finally drink one but I'm glad I did. Served in pint, this was enjoyable.

A: A golden unfiltered color with a 1/2" head that rested atop for a bit.
S: An almost nutty malt aroma, which through me off for a Pale ale.
T: At first taste a sweet cold flavor of mild malt, then comes a hoppy blend that tingles the palette with a growing hop flavor.

M: Smooth mouthfeel with a hoppy finish.

D: This is a good "relaxing beer". Yes, buy this in your local market beer case.

Elbows Up,
Adam (516 characters)

Photo of laintringulis
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pub glass.

pours a hazy amber/orange color with moderate off white head that thins quickly. Little lacing.

Strong piney smell with a floral earthiness. Very light toasty malt smell.

Slightly off balance, but not bad. Nicely hopped between pine and floral hops. light citrus taste during the initial and mid taste, finishes with a strong citrus dry finish. I cannot distinguish the citrus flavors. The malt seems to get loss.

Light bodied. A bit too thin on the moutfeel for my preferences, but it is not watery. I would have liked a little bit of oiliness in the mouthfeel.

Easy to drink. Easily sessionable. Good solid beer, not great. (664 characters)

Photo of nohead02
3.16/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The label talks about a generous helping of cascade hops but I think this beer lacks a bit. Not much of an aroma upon pouring and there seems to be a very subtle sweetness that distracts from what hoppiness there is. Kicks up a frothy head that makes you think there might be something to this beer but in the end it doesn't deliver. (333 characters)

Photo of BeerRun13
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a mostly clear golden color. Small white head fades to a ring and leaves a minimal amount of lace.
Nice citrussy-floral hop aroma.
Has a lighly malty backbone. Good balance with cascade hops both in flavor and in a light bittering. Very refreshing.
Light to medium bodied. Smooth, but with a nice carbonated traction to help dispurse the flavor. The finish leaves a nice flavor throughout the palate.
Very drinkable. I was very happy to see this one at Vons Pavillions. I will definately revisit this one again and again. (531 characters)

Photo of therica
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having had this on-tap, I bought a 6-pack of the bottles. I was not disappointed.

Appearance-- pours a darker amber than would be expected from a pale ale-- and much like the on-tap version. Huge fluffy foamy luscious head that stayed for a while and then heavily pooled and laced nicely.

Smell-- nice hoppy bouquet with a sense of the bitters as well. Very sniffable.

Taste-- lovely blend of floral hops and bitters with some slightly earthy malt. Right up there in my opinion.

Mouthfeel-- if you like a nice hops-bitters feel that is pleasant but not gut-wrenching, this is one beer to grab-- in bottle or on tap.

Drinkability-- any time you want some good flavor and a hops-bitters balanced taste. I wish I'd had more when it was on-tap. I wish I'd bought more than just a 6-pack!

Oddly, I'm rating this bottled version higher than the on-tap! I think it's because the on-tap head had faded before it was served, and the mouthfeel was just a bit flat as well-- probably due to the location's stock or equipment (Matt's, Redmond WA). (1,059 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Mirror Pond Pale Ale pours into my glass a nice cloudy amber orange with a half inch of bubbly white head on top. Aromas of lightly bready caramel malts mix in with floral, somewhat citrusy hops. The hops come out on top with a nice solid balance overall. Nice APA.

First sip brings smooth, biscuity, caramelly maltiness upfront that's followed by a nice blast of really floral, herbal hops that have a bit of a ctirusy twang as well. Goes down easily with a mellow bitterness. Overall, a solid, tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good steady carbonation. Smooth and easy going like a good pale ale should be. I could easily see myself grabbing a sixer of this for a get together. Easily drinkable and overall a solid pale ale with plenty of hop character. I hope to have a chance to try more brews from Deschutes, thanks to kmpitz2 for this one. (865 characters)

Photo of beeritron
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers out there right now. I poured this beer into a pint glass and let it warm up from fridge temp. It has a color that is between golden and copper, with a nice head that lasts throughout the glass. There is a gentle sweetness through the sip that finishes with a citrusy bitterness on the back of the tongue. I prefer a smell that has a little more grapefruit attached to it, however. I enjoy how the beer rolls around in the mouth with just the right amount of carbonation. (504 characters)

Photo of MiScusi
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint served up on tap at the Yardhouse in Pasadena.

Appearance was a translucent light burnt orange-blonde, with just the slightest bit of red wanting to come through. Thin white one finger head capped the top and remained for a little bit. Swirling was able to regenerate a temporary replacement. Very nice lacing was left towards the top, but not so much down the last 3/4 of the glass.

Initial aroma was of strong citrusy hops, which, interestingly went away very much as I started working through the pint. Towards the very end as it warmed up caramel creeped through.

The taste was a nice blend of biscuity malt and citrus hops. Not too complex, at least not on my palate. Bitterness wasn't overpowering, maybe middle of the road for a pale ale, and hop flavor was also medium as well. Carbonation was moderately high and added a zing to the tongue.

The drinkability of this is quite good. It's a pretty good pale ale, so you will be satisfied, although you may get bored of this one later on, and want something a little more interesting. (1,056 characters)

Photo of MLegendre
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I conducted my own little blind taste test with all three of Deschutes Pale Ales. Here is the result for Mirror Pond...

A: Dark gold with a fairly big fluffy head that is leaving lots of lacing as it melts.

S: Just how I like a Pale Ale to smell, good presense of both Hops and malt. The sweet malt is more noticable than the hops.

T: There is a good strong malt presense, followed by bitter, but not horribly strong hops. The finish and aftertaste are both bitter, the aftertaste lingering for awhile after you've swallowed.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and a good amount of carbonation

D: A good example of a Pale Ale. Not the best I've ever had, but one I would get again. (688 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served in a Imperial Pub glass. This beer came to me thanks to loren01.

Appearance: The beer had a very pleasing apricot coloration. The head was a one finger biege colored. The head had good retention. The beer left thick lacing behind on the glass.

Smell: The beer delivers a major juicy citrus smell. The beer also gives up a pleasing pine resin. The beer has a very good sweet malty caramel base.

Taste: The beer delivers a good citrus juice and zest flavor. The malty caramel sweetness mellows the hops. The hops give you a goodbye kiss of pine in the after taste.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is very crisp and clean tasting. The flavors are well represented but do not blow me away. The beer is well balanced. This beer is very easy to drink and I could envision sessioning this pale ale. (826 characters)

Photo of eballard
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured an amber copper color with a light head that settled into a medium lacing. The beer had a sweet malted hops smell that was not too over powering. The taste was a nice blend of malts and hops with a fairly clean finish. The beer feels smooth and crisp with a light carbonation. Over all a nicely drinkable beer. It has a summery quality that makes it a great beer for a warm afternoon bar-b-que. (410 characters)

Photo of scottoale
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer of this last week for $4.99 and enjoyed it enough to get another yesterday. From a 12fl.oz. brown bottle with a Best By : 4/26/06 and some code1346L, pours a pristene amber ale with a 1/2 inch of frothy beige head. The head settles a bit, but the carbonation feeds it to stay aloft at 1/4 inch. Some nice tight lace is left behind, a good looking brew overall.

A nice malt nose that's not too sweet, with some of the Cascade hops coming through a bit on the grassy side, especially as it warms. The smell leads you to believe it's got a fine balance, the taste backs that up 100%.

A nice bisquity malt intro with a mild sweetness that becomes consumed with the hops giving a gem of a citrus flavor, mainly of orange and grapefruit. It's got a good bittering bite to the finish that pans out clean and very refreshing. This is a very good example of an APA that certainly rivels the likes of SN Pale Ale, which is one of my favs in this style.

A super easy drinker that helps beat this Summer's heat, with it's good body, mouthfeel and not too much alcohol...a great session ale.

Cheer's to Deschutes for a fine Pale Ale! (1,147 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce brown glass bottle which has hop-embossed shoulders and a milk chocolate colored crown cap with the Deschutes logo in white. Cream colored neck and main label with the artwork as shown in the BA avatar. Best By 08/15/06. Listed on the label at 5.0% (not the 5.5% I note listed on BA).

Appearance: Lightly hazed marmalade amber golden orange torso sealed with a beige colored ¼” thick tight creamy head. Everlasting crown cap rolls down neatly with the volume and last until the final drop. Curtain lacing with a Bruges texture. Damn good looks I have to say.

Nose: Soft grapefruits and aged tangerines meld into a citrus hop middle with a gentle fruity floral back end. Attractive refreshing profile.

Taste: Biscuit malt background is pummeled by citric hops, floral fruits and a sweet mango thread throughout. The conditioning supports the flavors perfectly and the overall balance is well poised. Bitterness in the finish rasps with a Cascade hop citric element.

Mouthfeel: Does what it needs to, no more, no less. Crisp clean and very quaffable, the Mouthfeel is right where it should be, fulfilling but not overbearing.

Drinkability: I snaffled a whole six-pack and already I have just finished my second bottle and I’m cracking my third - this turns out to be quite the sessionable Pale Ale. Nothing outstanding, but this is very refreshing and a great partner for the night.

Overall: Somehow my late night trip to Vons to pick up some Light bulbs had me pondering the limited beer range for something new and this one just leapt out at me. The six-pack was a little more money than the other regular boring selection, but I think it a creditable purchase and one that I did not regret….maybe I’ll crack a fourth bottle. (1,771 characters)

Photo of unklesyd
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cascade hops are great.

The interesting thing about... well, anything... is that it can induce a wide variety of the same response at either end of its extreme. For example: riotous laughter and ecstatic dancing can be the result of either wonderful, or absolutely horrible music. Gasps at the dinner table? Terrible cuisine, or the best of the chef's.

Mirror Pond is an example of Cascade hops in their laughing, dancing, gasping phase... because they are in beautiful balance. Not blowing you away, not making you wonder, 'what is this? pinapple?'. Although this beer can blow you away in its balance of Maris Otter (rough, rich bread, slightly grainy mouthfeel) backbone streaked by some light-medium crystal (right before it hints at roastiness) and the terrific Cascade bitterness and flavor (yes, citrusy, but actually, remember that pinapple that I hinted at?).

A winner in any season. (902 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle a clear reddish gold with a large head of foam that settles down to about a 1" layer and hangs around for the entire session.

The smell is hoppy and grassy but in a delicate sort of way.

The taste is intially quite hoppy with a bit of grapefruit and grass but the malt moves in quickly giving it a nice balance and a fairly sweetish finish. Over all, this is one of the smoothest and easy to drink APAs I've had. (442 characters)

Photo of variousartists
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark goldish color, good clarity, nice consistency, and decent head.

Smell: Cascade hops hit you first. Slight sweetness, can't put my finger on it but smells almost like butterscotch.

Taste: You gotta love those Cascade hops, nothing better in my mind. Extremely hoppy for an APA. Best tasting APA I've ever had.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a nice "zing".

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Finishes with a nice bite.

A lot of people, including myself on occasion, knock APA's, but this one is addictively good. (543 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange copper color with a 1" head that lingers a bit before falling. Mild lacing develops. Plenty of carbonation bubbles slowly rising to the surface.

Smell: light caramel sweetness and a bit of floral hops.

Taste: straightfoward pale ale here. Caramel, orange slices, and floral hop bitterness is satisfying for the tastebuds. Some mild fruitiness comes through at the end.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start but leaning towards a smoother finish. Medium bodied. Very short aftertaste here.

Drinkability: This was a staple on-tap selection at most restaurants we frequented and I can see why. Pleasant and enjoyable in a simple way. Nice and worth having several of. (687 characters)

Photo of jsimon816
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed Mirror Pond Pale at Brick Oven Pizza in Crested Butte, CO. After a long day of hiking we found this establishment while walking down the main street in town. On a hot summer day this pale ale had all the attributes I needed to wash down the thin crust pizza I was eating. The beer has an outstanding pleasant aroma with a crisp not overwhelming taste. Its slight dry mouthfeel was complimented with a suttle hop flavor. The Deschutes Brewery puts out some great products, I only wish the Pale Ale draught was available in more locations in Colorado. (557 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap pour (1/2 pint glass) at the Mountain Room of Deschutes Brewery in Bend, OR. (free samples given prior to the brewery tour!)

A: Clear, light amber, lingering white head with lacing with some carbonation bubbles.

S: I didn't smell as much of the hops as I'd expected. Slight floral and piney hop aroma, some malt.

T: Good balance. Initial citrusy hop flavor with some bready malt present. Slightly sweet finish.

M: Carbonation was moderate. Seemed a little bit thin. Light body. Lingering hop bitterness.

D: A crisp, enjoyable beer; quite drinkable - especially on a hot summer day. (603 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours an orange-hued testaceous color with a light, but incomplete, film of head over top. The brew is slightly cloudy with just a few stray bubbles making their way to the surface. Taking a smell, I get moderate caramel sweetness, with even a touch of honey. This is backed by sweet orange and lighter grapefruit citrusy hop, even a light kick of peppery hop as well. I like how the sweetness of the malt is a little subdued and lets the juicy-smelling hops shine through. This one has good balance. The first sip brings caramel and grapefruity sweet hop. This moves to a more full caramel after swallowing, with a very nice moderate hoppy bitter that clings on the finish, but not harsh and offensive. The aftertaste is very orangey citrusy to me as well, leaving a nice dichotomy between the bitterness and the sweetness playing on my tongue. Mouthfeel is moderate with a light-moderate carbonation. It is not light, but definately nowhere near being a heavy beer, and I think it hits the mouthfeel very well for the flavors. I think this is a very solid example of an APA. The hop and malt flavors and aroma are in synch with each other, and its something I could make a nice session out of, so this one is a keeper in my book. (1,245 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light orange, with head of foam that evaporates slowly. Significant lace left in glass. C-hop grapefuit aroma and malt. Soft on the palate, but an aftertaste of tongue tingle from carbonation. Medium grapefruit and orange flavours, with bitter and a tad metallic finish never mind it. Refreshing though drying. Give me another, this hot summer night. (350 characters)

Photo of DESTRO
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

forget all the details. all you need to know is this is THE pale ale of our time. its a lovely deep sunset, its smells like fresh citrus hops and it tastes even better. hops are the big picture with a delicious malt backdrop. a slight mineral aftertaste lingers along with your thoughts of how resfreshing and crisp that beer you just drank was. such a solid offering, i love this. (381 characters)

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden copper with a fantastic off-white head, lingering for the duration of the glass, with pretty decent lacing at top. Aroma is nicely hopped, obvious citric fruits, not a 'wow' but leading to... A really good tasting beer. Up front... it falls short toward the end, which was pretty disappointing after the first mouthful. Actually, I'm finding the larger the sip, the better/longer the aftertaste. Duh. Anywho, good hop attack up front, malts playing nice in the background, giving way to esters and citric bite thats not really a bite, but a hold, that lets go and eases into a finishing hop oil that isn't too outward, but still nice. A medium body full of carbonation up front and smoothing out nicely at end. Overall, quite a fine beer, one I'll be glad to take home. (784 characters)

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 898 ratings.