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Mirror Pond Pale Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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88
very good

906 Reviews
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Reviews: 906
Hads: 3,336
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 153
Gots: 533 | 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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Reviews: 906 | Hads: 3,336
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)

Photo of
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber with 1/2 inch head. Little detectable aroma. Taste was well balanced with malt & hops. Mouthfeel was very smooth, felt like it could have used a little more carbonation. A very easy drinking and enjoyable beer which was better than the sum of it's parts. (265 characters)

Photo of guitarmage
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a frosty bright orange with red hues - very inviting and delicious looking. Ample fluffy head and sticks and reduces to a sticky white lacing that leaves rings around the glass.

Smell: Great, I smell strong citrus, fruity and estery scents. It smells complex and and intense but still inviting.

Taste: Very floral, but not perfumy, crisp and smooth. Light orange peel, pine, hops are smooth, herbal and citrus. Complex but well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy, very smooth. Perfect level of carbonation for an APA, present but not sharp nor lacking. This actually may be one of it's defining characteristics.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, it's so tempting to drink as a session brew but at 5.50% it has caught up with me rather fast in the past, actually. It also is so flavorful that it has a tendency to saturate my taste buds and become bothersome after too many! One of the best beers to have one or three with a good meal or just on it's on. (990 characters)

Photo of tonistruth
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ pizza port carlsbad

A- slightly hazy, dark straw in color, with a white 1" head, lace also.

S- citrus, sweet grainy scent, faint alcohol scent as well

T- mild sour grainy flavor throughout with light touches of citrus here and there

M- smooth yet dry at the same time

D- this feels like a good anytime beer. no doubt a good pale ale, i'll be enjoying this again in the future (399 characters)

Photo of rowew
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle. Deschutes has a nice packaging - reserved but attractive. Plenty of information on the bottle, brewery description, beer style, best by, ABV.

Appearance: Pours an orange color with just a bit of haze. Thin head, but nice retention and lacing.

Smell: Lots of citrusy hops, and a bit of malt sweetness. Very appetizing.

Taste: Starts off with some biscuit malt flavors, then the hops come in to balance things out with some citrus and a bit of pine. The finish is slightly sweet.

Overall impression: Very drinkable and balanced. Yet another quality offering from Deschutes. (620 characters)

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden bordering on brown with a medium white-ish head. The foam falls apart soon enough leaving only a bit of lacing on the inside of the glass.

The nose is best described as "yummy" and "inviting" - not exactly objective descriptions but there's a nice balance between a complex of malt notes (toast, caramel), yeast (fruit, flowers) and hops (pine, herb, citrus) It all adds up to something yummy and inviting.

The flavor follows right along with the nose with a surprisingly fruity flavor echoing a British Pale Ale, plenty of sweetness in a golden caramel flavor, a nice lightly toasted grain flavor and a clear but restrained hop presence.

Mouthfeel is dead on. This is a light-bodied brew with just a hint of tongue coating sweetness but a crisp finish of light hop bitterness and enough carbonation to keep the drink lively.

Whenever I'm drinking a Pale Ale (especially a "West Coast" PA) it's hard not to compare it to the gold standard - SNPA. Not only does Mirror Pond compare to Sierra Nevada very favorably but in some ways like the malt note it may even be superior. The hopping may be a bit lighter than SNPA but this is a first rate example of the style. (1,196 characters)

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

A friend brought me a bottle of this from Oregon. Thanks Josh. This pale ale pours a very clean amber hue, with very good carbonation. An ever so minute white head, with no apparent lacing.

Smells of freshly sliced grapefuit and the evervescent cascade hop. Nice flowery aromas live underneath.

Very easy drinker. Hops aren't as out front as I prefer and not nearly as much as the aroma would lead you to believe. However this beer is very well balanced, clean, sharp, and refreshing. (490 characters)

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

Sampling at BevMo...poured into a plastic cup. :-(
Pretty light amber gold with a nice head that melted to sweet lacing.
Sweet smell of malts and a little citrus.
Surprisingly full mouthfeel with lots of carbination....almost creamy feel.
Tastes of pale malts with a tiny hop bite on the finish.
Very nice, light and sessionable.
***
Bought a single and re-sampled 5/30/06
Everything I saw in the tiny sample at BevMo I found in the full glass and more.
Wonderfully balanced, light, sessionable summer beer (515 characters)

Photo of Crosling
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Orange. Subtle hop aroma of grapefruits, tang and oranges. Very approachable, juicy, fruity and well balanced hop profile in the mouth with notes of grapefruit, orange and other citrus fruits. The meek malt presence serves its purpose and balances well. Very creamy and quite good. (286 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light copper, mild carbonation, streaky lacing. Has distinct light fruity aroma, citrusy hops. Pretty light in the nose overall.

This is one Zippy, Spritzy brew that produces on several levels. Hops? Hell yeah, and far from over the top, perfectly placed. Similar to the Sierra Nevada offering although the main difference would be in the fruity citrus that deschutes pulls together. Aroma is faint but the taste packs a punch that you will not soon forget.

Notes: As it warmed breadiness comes through with some balls. This is one easy drinker and kept my interest throughout. Worthy effort. (598 characters)

Photo of mghotbi
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. A (very slightly cloudy) amber - copper color with thin head and little lacing.

Smell is predominantly hoppy, but with a slight biscuit note. Not quite as floral as SNPA, but quite pleasant. Smooth mouthfeel with good body, not watery at all.

Taste is wonderfully balanced. Hops are prominent, but do not overwhelm the sweetness of the malt. Citrus notes arise near the finish, but end abruptly, leaving no acidic aftertaste.

Another excellent and very drinkable beer from the folks at Deschutes Brewery. I can see this becoming a regular session brew for me. (605 characters)

Photo of loren01
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from bottle into standard pint glass a light amber color with very small white head, that dissipated quickly. Beer was very bubbly throughout the glass.
S: Smell is hoppy, not overly fragrant however.
T: Nice bitter hop taste, really not too well balanced however the I did like the hoppiness.
M: Beer goes down very well good mouthfeel, little bitterness at the end.
D: Overall not a bad pale ale. I have had mirror pond many times before and I remember it smelling and tasting much better than this bottle, perhaps I'll have to get another sometime and compare my rating. (589 characters)

Photo of SethB2
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy-ish clear medium amber color with a decent head.Nice lacing for an APA. Smell is of melons and berries. Malt dominates with a little hop. Taste is nice with much of the same characeristics as the smell. Very clean with a lot of flavor. Not as hoppy as most APAs, but that doesn't distract from the flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for my liking, but not bad overall. Drinkablity is great. Not offensive at all and could easily go down one after another. (510 characters)

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

Recieved in UTBIF from Wolfsdenbrew

Pours a orange/gold with a slight fog.
Litle to no head appears on a straight pour. Minimal lacing, but I'm not worried yet.
The smell is all tart fruity hops with a little hint of yeast.
The taste is lighter than I expected, but I'm a hop addict so I am slightly biased. It finishes refreshing and extremely drinkable. could be the easiest session pale ale I have ever had. Not strong on the hops, but delightfully balanced. (467 characters)

Photo of descartes
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 33 cl bottle.

Appearance: Amber colored with thin white head.
Smell: Very hoppy smell, hints of wheat and citrus.
Taste: Crisp lemony front, sweet middle with a decent amount of hops.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium bodied.

Overall: When I first started drinking beer I tried a couple of Pale Ales and decided to avoid the style because the hops were too bitter. Mirror Pond avoids the over the tops hops for a more balanced approach which I liked a lot. Next time I am buying beer I might not avoid pale ales. (528 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
2.68/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler. It has a hazy appearance and light amber color. The head was thin, white and did not and lace the glass much at all.

The beer smells hoppy. It is not particularly fragrant in the glass.

The taste is a little bitter, with a decided hop flavor and bitter citrus like grapefruit. The after taste lingers and is also bitter.

It has a nice mouth feel, and tasting is when you have the best opportunity to smell the beer.

I liked this beer, but I think it’s a little bitter for my taste. I wouldn’t want to drink much of it, but it’s a nice occasional change of pace. (619 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber to orange with a slight haze. Thick white head holds up well, but only slight lacing

The nose has malt up front and then piney hops (cascade I assume)

Taste: Hops bitterness (grapefriut then resin) on the tounge and throat snd some malt sweetness on the edges, very crisp finish

MF: Smooth, weel blanced and excellent carbonation

Easy drinking PA that goes down great. Not as good as the draft version and the one time was luck enough have this on cask, wow! But this works if you are looking for a PA that won't blow your lips off and still excite the hophead inside you. (596 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle obtained via trade with waldowin. Many Thanks! Mirror Pond pours a chill hazed, honey amber body with a petite, offwhite head. Delicate lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is enticing. Citrusy esters, a floral note of orange blossom, honey and caramel notes, and some toastiness.

Mouthfeel is light medium in body, crisply carbonated, with a spicy hops bite.

Taste has lots of juicy, citrusy hops, pink grapefruit and tangerine bittersweetness. Bready sweet malt adds a caramel edge. The Cascades hops are up to the challenge, and all the elements come together very well, for an excellent balance.

Very well executed and highly enjoyable. One of the better APA's I've tried.This would be a regular staple in my fridge if it were available locally. (772 characters)

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 906 ratings.