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

3,262 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 3,262
Reviews: 914
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 145
Gots: 482 | 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 MiScusi
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of MLegendre
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of nlmartin
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of eballard
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of scottoale
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of unklesyd
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.86/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of variousartists
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of Gavage
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of jsimon816
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of DESTRO
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of guitarmage
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of tonistruth
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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

Photo of rowew
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of mcallister
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
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

Photo of Crosling
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of DogFood11
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 3,262 ratings.