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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

2,773 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,773
Reviews: 853
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 116
Gots: 238 | 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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

beaverapproved, Dec 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

berlinabb, Dec 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

WVUbrew, Dec 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

artemh, Dec 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

dylntbrown, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of Redneckwine
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from cold 12oz bottle into chalice.

Appearance - 1.5 finger offwhite head hangs around for a minute, then recedes into thin, streaky foam cap. Brew is medium amber and a bit hazy

Smell - Smell is very balanced between biscuity caramel sweet malts and a hit of floral, citrus hops. Though in general, the aroma is fairly subdued.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Much like the nose, there is a deft malt/hop balance. First comes orangy, grapefruit , herbal hops, then come bready, biscuity malts, and trails off with mild orange-peel hop bitterneast. Medium body, carbonation is tingly and lively but not at all harsh. Smooth, very easy to drink.

Overall - Still being somewhat of a hop newbie, I was impressed by the balance of this APA. It is hop forward but the malts balance perfectly, and the bitterness only mildly lingers and dries the tongue, kind of like biting on a little chunk of orange peel. Very drinkable. As a BA just getting into the craft beer scene, I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys hop character but can't quite take the high IBUs yet.

Redneckwine, Dec 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

trytoketchup, Dec 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

majorbase2, Dec 07, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Azpittil57, Dec 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Mycatfinneas, Dec 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Eighty, Dec 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

PhotoMattT, Dec 05, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I managed to find a tap with Deschutes beer at the airport on my way out and gave their popular Mirror Pond Ale my first ever try. This was a fantastic easy-drinking pale ale. I don't gravitate to hops but this beer had the perfect blend of hops and malt. This reminds me of some good honey-blondes with a pleasant hop add-in. I really liked this one a lot and it went down rather quickly.

If this beer was a Christmas gift, it is the gift you never knew you wanted but now you can't imagine being without.

JSuperman, Dec 05, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light bronze to brown in color. I get a good inch of foam resting on top with good lacing and great clarity. I smell light malt and Pacific Northwest piney hops. The hops and malt are well balanced. I get piney hop aftertaste followed by delicate malt backbone. This is a very smooth, session beer packed with flavor.

Franziskaner, Dec 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

AZYescas, Dec 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Elprico, Dec 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

dgherm, Nov 29, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger creamy white head, godly lacing covers the glass as the brew rapidly diminishes in volume.

S - Smells good. Some hop, some malt

T - Wow. The balance. I mean, it's perfect. There is distinct hop, malt, nuttiness with nothing too out front. It's not an ass-kicker like Stone brews but somehow the toned down simplicity of it is beautiful. Every sip is a pleasant experience. Not overly dry, not overly sweet.

M - Feels right for the flavor. I'm not the best at determining this aspect but it seems balanced like the rest of the beer. Not thick, not thin. Both slick and sticky. Carbonation is on point.

Glad I randomly bought this in a mix and match six pack at my local store. This is my new favorite chill out beer. When I don't want to assault my tastebuds I will sip on this for sure.

HighGravityMan, Nov 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

freshflesh, Nov 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

topdown, Nov 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

beergil, Nov 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

p-wagz, Nov 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

skubas86, Nov 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

TxZemer, Nov 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

XmnwildX12, Nov 24, 2013
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,773 ratings.