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Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Alc. by Vol.: 5.0%
IBUs: 40

170 calories per 12 oz serving

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2001

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Reviews: 969 | Ratings: 3,604
Photo of BretSikkink
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good white bubbling, not thick and creamy but serviceable. Golden-orange color with a little haze.

Cascade hops: floral and yeasty, with some citric backing.

A little breadier than the nose, esters and soft malt up front, a little pungency to the citric hops. slightly sweet overall, nice and fruity, with a floral ester yeast touch.

Smooth mouthfeel, easy drinking pale ale, body is medium and decent, with good crispness.

Cascade hops at their finest.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Nice hazy orange color with a substantial white head. This looks unfiltered. Smell is some slight hops but not to an IPA level. The taste also has some citrus hoppiness but nowhere near IPA levels. Nice malt background makes this an excellent pale ale. Deschutes is really doing great things with their beers. The drinkability on this beer is pretty awesome.

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Photo of blewisg
4.66/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is well balanced. The perfect pale ale for any occasion. Pours a light amber. White head that leaves good subtle traces. The session drinker would be happy to have several. The aroma is good, but nothing to write home about. The taste does deliver for a well rounded pale ale.

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Photo of jakon
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle with a best before date of 11-13-7

Pours a hazy golden orange with an adequate white head that drops off steadily leaving tracks of sticky lacing. The aroma is excellent. Bright floral hops with a touch of yeast and caramel malt. The taste is about all you can expect from an APA. Great balance between the hop bitterness and malt sweetness with just the right amount of prickly carbonation. This is a delicate brew that needs to be consumed as fresh as possible in order to enjoy it for what it really is.

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Photo of Overlord
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had a chance to try this yesterday.

Poured a clear golden color with a big white head.

Tastes of barley, hops (more than you would expect) and some citrus flavors. Surprisingly strong tasting for a pale ale.

At the time I reviewed this, it was the best pale ale I had tried. Since then, it's been supplanted by quite a few others, most notably 3Floyd's Alpha King.

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at lunch after a 10 mile beach hike at Cannon Beach, Oregon

appearance: clear amber body, moderate beige froth with sticky lacing - fairly standard for the style

smell: nice pungent hop presence on the nose, noticeably pacific northwest and an appropriate post-hike brew

taste: lightly toasted malts and grain, green resinous hops that proves to be quite refreshing - solid example of a pretty basic style

mouthfeel: light, crisp and refreshing

drinkability: good

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Photo of Floydster
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pint from Naja's Place in Redondo Beach

Pour was a bright golden yellow with a fairly thick white head

Smell was full of yeast and barely

Tasted nice for an APA, not too light, nice smooth finish

Could drink several of these, especially in the summer time when it was tasted

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Photo of OKCNittany
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

back to the Boise/Yellowstone vacation notes:

12 oz bottle

A: Clear amber body with small head that fell to a sticky cloud.

S: Hoppy floral aroma w/ some citrus too. Nothing special, but nice.

T: Decent, standard APA - fruity/citric hops w/ good malt balance. Again, nothing special, but nice.

M: Medium body & carbonation. Finished with a lightly - but pleasantly - bitter aftertaste.

D: Goes down easy - would make a solid session beer - and very refreshing after a day of listening to your sister and 1-1/2 year old nephew scream at each other.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to franksnbeans for this beer I have een looking to try for a very long time.

Poured a typical murky orange, red, brown color that I associate with the Pacific Northwest. Thick, frothy head that just clings in rings to the edges of the glass. Nose is pungent moss with subtle hops that just wrap themselves around my nose hairs.

Most of the country would probably call this an English IPA, but it is definitely a Pacific NW pale ale. The front tones are hops, all wet and pungent. Really just stick to the tongue, cheeks and teeth. Malts balance it all out nicely with a sugary background. Medium to full body with the typical heavy water feel of NW beers. Just a great all around pale ale.

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Photo of dnichols
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a mug.

A: Cloudy amber-hued honey color with a nearly pure white head. Mild carbonation; almost looks flat from a distance. Moderate lacing. A three finger head with average retention and sheeting lace that lasted well into the experience.

Smell: Floral and fruity hops gave it a very crisp, fresh inviting smell that lingered and greeted my nose each time I brought my glass to my face..

T: Limited malt flavor but a crisp taste trough out and a sharp bitter finish (not sour). There is a very nicely developed balance between the crisp, fruity hops that provide perfect bitterness and the floral hops that coated my tongue and left it in a happy place.

M: Very thin and light, but the carbonation keeps it smooth. Medium-bodied and crisp.

D: Nice hoppiness without being overpowering and a light body make this a wonderful summertime beer that you can drink like water.

Comment: Excellent hop flavor and mild carbonation make this an enjoyable beer for a lingering hot summer day.

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Photo of walshclimb
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour light amber with a decent head that quickly disappears leaving just a little lace. Moderate bready malt with slightly perfumey hops smell and a hint of sourness. The sourness isn't exactly unpleasant, but it doesn't really add positively either. The flavor is good with a nicely balanced malt base and moderate hop bitterness, leading into an acidic and bitter finish that is relatively long lived. The aftertaste also picks up a hint of sourness as it warms up. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with nice dry texture, lively carbonation, and a slightly astringent finish. Overall this is a nice, clean pale ale that goes well with a variety of foods, especially grilled meats. It isn't too overhwelming, and the flavors are generally good but not overly complex.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Likely one of the best APA's I have had in ages, perhaps ever. Thanks to my mother-in-law for bringing this back as part of a nice beer haul she picked up for me on a recent visit home to San Francisco. Poured a pale orange with a great looking head and thick, sticky lacing. Smell was candy sweet hops with some pine resin and sweet toasted malts. If this beer is only one thing, it's balanced. In smell and taste. Plenty of hops in the taste, be well off-set by the sweet malts. I wouldn't mind having a case or so of this down stairs. Fantastic!

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Photo of dbalsock
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a beautiful light amber/copper color with an abundant white head. The retention was a little poor, but it provided nice lacing and looked great to start.

Smell: A mild blend of floral hops and lighter malts. I would have liked to smell a more noticeable hop presence.

Taste: The hops come out a little more in the taste and provide some depth to the one dimensional malt profile. A little metallic on the aftertaste, but the floral hops do a good job of making it pretty yummy.

Mouthfeel: Nicely bitter, not overwhelming, but definitely not underwhelming. This is how ever apa should feel: light bodied malt, followed by brief but strong hop bite.

Drinkability: This is easily drinkable, and very sessionable. I like it more after it warms close to room temperature, and that is how I would go through a six pack without realizing it.

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Photo of younger35
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my brand new Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a copperish pinkish orange with a small fluffy head that disappears quickly leave a tiny collar. Little or no lacing.
Smell- Very delicate floral nose. Kind of like a spring day when the lilacs are in full bloom. Doughy, semi sweet malts come through after the initial burst of fresh flowers.
Taste- Nice semi citrus hoppyness that reminds me of diluted orange juice. Sweet caramel malts adds nice balance but still finishes semi bitter.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with more carbonation than what the appearance led me to believe.
Drinkability- This is a really tasty beer that can easily be drank in great quantities. There are other beers out there that I would rather drink on a daily basis but still a quality beer.

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Photo of acrawf6
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a light orange amber with a fluffy white head.

Smell. A nice balance of hops and malts. Caramel and a little pineyness .

Taste. More great balance. The hop flavor overall does dominate, but the malts are quite present. Crisp with a light caramel sweetness and a small citrus hoppiness. Aftertaste seems to get sweet for me.

Mouthfeel. Body is at a good and medium level, crisp but still fills up my mouth well. Carbonation is at a proper level.

Overall, a great beer, and a fantastic sessional beer. I really wish I could normally get this as it’s relatively lower alc level (bottle says 5%), but high flavor content would make a great one to have all night.

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Photo of franksnbeans
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange with 2 fingers of head that slowly dies down. Nice lace. Smells of strong hops and citrus with mild rind and malt. Tastes wonderful of hops citrus and a nice balance of malt. Feel light and crisp in the mouth with great carbonation. Another sessionable beer which I have done myself in with tonight. Delightful and recommended.

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Photo of nosbocaj
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured darkish amber/copper color with a foamy white head.
S: Pleasant combination of fruit, floral hops, and sweet malt.
T: Spicy and Sweet with a medium hoppy aftertaste.
M: Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Aftertaste is not at all offensive.
D: Goes down very easy. Overall a very good APA. The "go-to" beer for me and a number of my friends.

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Photo of gubbt
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy orange, with a small off white head.

Smells of biscuits, caramel, and fruity hops.

Hmm, this is a nice pale ale. The fruity hops up front blend with the caramel malts and then transition into a very tasty orange-like, citrusy, refreshing finish.

Mouthfeel is medium and a bit creamy.

At 5.0% and ample complexity for the style, the drinkability is out the roof. This one replaced SNPA as my go to pale ale/session beer. Great pale ale.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz brown bottle crimped cap. Best by 9/26/07. Ordered from Liquid Solutions.

Hazy,meduim amber/copper color. 1" slightly off white head,dissapated a bit quick into a constiant thin creany layer. Not much if any carbination or lacing.

Clean,very floral one of the most floral aromas i've smell,just like fresh picked flowers. A hint of citrus with some sweet malts in the background.

Clean taste,grassy and flowery taste,astrigent,bisquity with a nice balance. Finishes with a dry,tart,slightly fruityness. Expected a bit more after the nice aroma.

Light mouthfeeel,very dry with grainy textures. Easy to drink,could drink a few,a bit boring to drink all night. Overall somewhat of a let down. The aroma was the best part makes this beer worth a try.

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Photo of gmcfarre
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into traditional pint glass
An easy drinking favorite of mine, so let's finally review it...

A - Pours a nice shade somewhere between ruby, orange and brown that is fairly opaque. Head is smallish but nice, and quickly fades to a thin layer. Lacing is moderate.

S - Light floral hops and a good touch of sweetness. Perhaps a touch of grapefruit as well, with just hints of spice.

T - Soft and light on the palate with a great blend of malt sweetness and body with a bit of hoppy fruitiness and a slightly bitter aftertaste. A bit of caramel malt flavor is detectable.

M - Smooth with a medium body and an every-so-slightly drying aftertaste. Not cloying or offensive in any way.

D - Effortlessly drinkable, this beer exhibits a great marriage of hops and malt without overwhelming the palate. I think its a bit better on tap, but out of the bottle it is still a go-to beer when you just want something drinkable.

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Photo of Night
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy copper with orange and gold tones. Medium to large foamy, creamy, head; good lacing. Aroma is sweet dough, coconut, a touch of butter, and faint citrus tones. Juicy, medium-bodied mouthfeel. Flavor is mellow and well-balanced with lighter bread and sourdough malts, distant butter, caramel, suds, and bitter (though restrained) pine and floral hops. Aftertaste is clean and lightly soapy.

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Photo of DrJay
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received from fartingdog as part of BC2. Thanks Dave!
An off-white head capped this hazy amber beer. Head retention was pretty good and there was some chunky lacing. The aroma was mostly fruity, floral hops, but there was a bit of hop spiciness and mild malt present as well. Moderate bitterness with malt sweetness held fairly low. Up front, hops were orange and tangerine, towards the end more grapefruit. Lightish bodied with carbonation that started out crisp and lively, but mellowed to smooth out the texture at the end of the glass. Quite a nice pale ale that makes for enjoyable summer drinking.

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Photo of tigerdoc
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper golden color with tight head of tiny bubbles that dissapates relatively quickly. Carbonation is low to medium. Aroma is carmel and malty sweet with citrus hop charater, in line with cascade hops. Flavor is initially malty sweet with a small citrus hop flavor in the finish. I would prefer more hop flavor in the beer especially for a west coast pale. Body is pretty medium not to heavy not to light. Overall a pretty average pale, nothing really that special that makes it stick out.

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Photo of weeare138
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy copper toned amber with a small, off-white head that quickly fades out. Plenty of small streams of CO2 quickly rise to the top. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of candied oranges, flowers, light grass, sugary grapefruit, and cream.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas. Flavors of citrus and honey standing out amongst the mix.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lingers of floral, hoppy, & citrus. Mildly bitter, with a thin, dry finish.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy bright orange with a big fomay off white head. A real nice slow fade with good retention. A very nice layer of lace and just a super hazy overall look.

S - Smell was crisp, clean and not overly biting or strong. Lightly linger and waffed through the air. Nice hint of subtle hoppiness and a blend of sugary tones. Not bad, could be stronger.

M & T - First impresssion was very smooth, but then it kinda fell flat on the tongue, with a dull feel. The finish was nice and hoppy and had some lingering to it, and the overall flavor had a nice balance to it with the malt profile.

D - Overall this is a very nice session beer. I will chalk up the dull flat feeling to a bad bottle for now. This is more then likely awesome on tap and would love to try it in that regard.

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 969 ratings.