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Mirror Pond Pale Ale - Deschutes Brewery

Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale

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very good

2,293 Ratings

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Ratings: 2293
Reviews: 822
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%

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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Photo of ncfranklin


3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into a tulip at Pizza Port Carlsbad.

A : Dark burnt orange, no head beyond a small froth ring. Slightly translucent, some carbonation bubbles floating to the top.

S : A mix of malty richness and hop. The smell is quite balanced with no dominant quality.

T : Matches the smell with a good balance between malt and floral hop. A funny lingering aftertaste, almost yeasty but somewhat bitter.

M : Very thin bodied, bit watery.

D : Easy going down, but the lack of distinctive character gives this one a thumbs down.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 22:28:28 | More by ncfranklin
Photo of TheBigBoy


3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap in SF - Really clean tasting, slightly fruity pale ale. Not overpowering at all. Just pure spring water with wholesome beer goodness. Hopefully this is as good in a bottle and hopefully it will make its way to this side of the Mississippi soon.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2011 03:40:16 | More by TheBigBoy
Photo of BenHesk12


3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a typical coppery amber that you have a little trouble seeing through. Little to no head without noticeable effervescence. There is no strongly detectable aroma. Taste is lightly bitter all the way through with a light malt and hop character. The beer has a great mouthfeel that will outperform other mediocre pale ales on tap at the local bar, but overall is a forgettable beer. The nice thing is that they sell this bar on tap many many places in the west coast and when presented with your typical sportsbar lineup, ie bud light, blue moon, sierra nevada, I will usually be happy with a Mirror Pond.

Best by date on bottle was only 2-3 months away so I will consider re-reviewing at a later date with a fresher sample.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 03:54:33 | More by BenHesk12
Photo of misterscooter


3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Unfortunately, the bartender poured this with no head to speak of so I wasn't able to get much smell out of it at all. Just a light beer smell. It was a cloudy copper color and looked good despite the lack of head.

It was a dry beer, with a lemony flavor to it. This beer didn't do it for me. I've liked other offerings from Deschutes but not this one. It could be the pour or something because I seem to recall liking it from the bottle. I must try this one again to make sure I'm giving it a fair shake.

I did notice the higher alcohol content in this one, though, as it kicked in on me soon into my second beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2005 03:23:24 | More by misterscooter
Photo of thepitch


3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

So I have never had anything from the Deschutes brewery and picked up a six pack of this brew from the Duck Blind Wine Shop on Montana in Santa Monica Blvd.

The appearance is a nice light amber gold color with a thick white head that laced nicely around the glass.

The aroma is a fine example of balanced hop flower smell and and caramel undertones.

The taste of the beer is exceptionally well balanced and interesting, yet not delicious or inviting. The hops and malt come together with a long lasting rose tasting bouquet and crisp malt finish.

The mouthfeel is good with probably the finest attribute of this beer. Overall somewhat drinkable but not my favorite pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2006 05:44:32 | More by thepitch
Photo of tigerdoc

South Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 23:37:37 | More by tigerdoc
Photo of putnam


3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mint bubble gum and cream aromas rise up reluctantly from the orange/brown liquid. Grapefruit, alcohol and crushed seeds appear in the flavor. A leaner malt profile here, barely able to support the bitter, grapefruit-skin hop notes. Perhaps not the result of an obsession with quality, but the thing does drink. A little more roast, some funkier yeast, and you have Bell's. For fans of the craft Pale scene, maybe a clever little brew. For me, I can live without it.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2003 03:37:06 | More by putnam
Photo of kdoc8


3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I acquired this bottle from The Bier Stein, Eugene, OR. It poured out a dark golden amber color with a thin, bubbly head that disappears fairly quickly. It has a clouded appearance and some lacing, but not much. It smells of floral hops, but it doesn't have a strong aroma overall. It's a little disappointing in the taste because not much of the smell-complexity comes through and it's mainly a taste of bitter hops-aftertaste that dominates it.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2007 17:10:35 | More by kdoc8
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2007 03:31:39 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of goatgoat


3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear medium gold with brassy highlights. No head and no lace.
Aroma is caramel matls with a slightly citrus/spicy hops. A bit of orange even. Taste is very light malt and some overbearing bitterness. Slightly watery mouth with lots of soft carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 02:35:55 | More by goatgoat
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into Bud American Ale glass

Pours 1 and 1/2 fingers of khaki colored head. Decent retention with some really nice lace left. Color is a clear golden copper.

Aroma: Lots of bready malts here. Some caramel malt flavors as well. Don't forget the pale malts of course. Grassy floral hops. Fairly sweet. Light citrus blend.

Taste: More malt forward than I was expecting. This beer is nowhere near the hop level that I was expecting from a west coast pale ale. Caramel and bready malt flavors up front with a large amount of pale malts. Small amount of hops present compared to what I was expecting.

Mouthfeel: Bland, smooth, a bit of crispness. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends slightly dry, relatively clean.

Overall, this beer just wasn't for me. I expected more hops. Way too much pale malt here. All of this combines for a beer that isn't too drinkable when a normal pale ale should be.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 01:44:58 | More by mothman
Photo of regspeir


3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle acquired in a trade with emmasdad
Poured a golden dark amber with carbonation evident. 2-finger head quickly settled to a coating which remained throughout. Nose is underwhelming citrus, floral and butterscotch. Mouthfeel was medium and was a little sticky. Taste was woody, sweetness of some citrus, particularly lemon and a mildly bitter finish. Although this was supposed to be a fresh bottle, nothing really stood out here for me. It almost tasted more like a lager. At 5% this should be quite sessionable but I will pass.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 19:10:59 | More by regspeir
Photo of Hunter


3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little darker in appearance than I'd expect a Pale to be. Think mahogany. Clear with a head of dense white foam.

Aroma is muted. Soapy undertones support light hops and barely-there malt.

Taste suits the aroma. Light malt made crisp by the hops, but neither dominates or distinguishes. Clean, slightly fruity aftertaste, tongue left pleasantly scoured afterwards.

A good summer quaffer.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2005 20:15:09 | More by Hunter
Photo of BDJake


3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- amber colored with a finger of white head that retains nicely and leaves decent lacing

S- floral hops up front with some hints of the barley

T- decent hop taste expected in a northwest pale ale, with a good malt flavor to balance it out- and a mild citrus to add to the flavor

M- fairly light with medium carbonation

D- pretty decent, a good sessionable brew that left me feeling alright after finishing the entire sixer but nothing special- i'd still go with SNPA if given a choice

This was the first sixer from Deschutes that I bought from a supermarket where some fool didn't try to be slick and mix it with a bottle or two of Obsidian or Black Butte, but somehow that phenomenon is actually quite pleasing whenever people try to pull that. I've had bottles of this beer in sixers when trying to purchase Black Butte where it provided a nice change of pace but alone it doesn't really do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 06:20:57 | More by BDJake
Photo of mpyle


3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

App - Dark gold/pale amber in color. Very clear. Pours a good sized white head with good retention.

Aroma - Strong pine scent from the hops, very fresh and solventy.

Flav - minimal malt, then a wall of hops. Some pine flavor, and turns quite bitter. One dimensional for an APA - too singularly hoppy.

MF - Med body and carbonation. Not astringent, but the hops aren't exactly pleasant on the tongue.

D'ability - Lacks malt sweetness to offset the hops. A 5% ABV hop bomb.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 00:49:43 | More by mpyle
Photo of ZenAgnostic


3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Clean white one-finger head. Clear light amber body with a hint of ruby.

Smell - Grapefruit and body odor. Thanks to my wife for ruining it by mentioning the BO. Now I can't avoid thinking it.

Taste - Bitter. Grapefruit and grass clippings. Tastes like mowing the lawn when you have Spring allergies, if there was a way to describe that. Pollen. Citrus peel. Not a pale ale fan, so I'm begrudgingly grading within the style.

Mouthfeel - Okay. Nothing special, but nothing that detracts from the character.

Drinkability - Interesting. Glad I tried it. Will not go out of my way to pick up another one.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-28-2011 00:45:14 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of mattalive


3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tall beer glass. Great orange hue with a nice beige foamy head. Nice smell with a small sweet taste...little alcoholy for a 5.0. Mouthful was watery and a bit disappointing considering the color and head. Overall not a bad beer, just wouldn't go out of my way to find it again.... oh well.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 03:57:53 | More by mattalive
Photo of loren01


3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2006 07:30:30 | More by loren01
Photo of barefootbrewer


3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer poured a hazy burnt orange color with very little head.

S: The aroma was malty with some hop presence.

T: Initial bitter taste, but has a definite grain finish.

M: The mouthfeel is thin and on the verge of watery.

D: While this is not a hard beer to drink, I feel it is lacking overall.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 16:21:00 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of funkyspunk87


3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mirror Pond Pale Ale
Deschutes Brewery, Inc.
Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
ABV: 5.50 %

Presentation: Off the tap at the Santa Barbara beer Festival

Pretty solid Pale Ale. Not the best, not the worst. Subtle flavors that go well together and a nice, smooth finish. Probably would opt for Sierra Nevada or Firestone over this one.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2008 23:10:00 | More by funkyspunk87
Photo of happilysurly


3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally in MN! And for $3 to boot...

Pours a clear amber with about a finger of head. Odd smell... smells metallic and a bit like a port-a-potty or a freshly cleaned bathroom. Tastes a lot like a lager to me. It has a woody bitter taste in the back of the mouth. Sweet in the beginning, even a bit fruity like fresh berries. Very crisp and light, the flavor does not linger very long. At about 150% of the cost of Summit EPA, I will stick with my Summit, though the price isn't bad.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 23:06:31 | More by happilysurly
Photo of Augustiner719

New York

3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a mahogony reddish, brown color with an nice off white head that gives way to minimal but noticable lacing. Retention is poor, but this just barely hazy APA looks inviting. It has a very mild, almost muted hop aroma but it does carry some nice caramel sweetness on the aroma. Almost has a barleywine esque matly aroma but its very faint. Tastes on point with the style. Not over hopped, or over malted, balanced and crisp. Nothing jumping out at me and does have a slight bitter, unenjoyable aftertaste. Mouthfeel is spot on, small bubbles wake the tongue up but leaves a disjointed hollow alcohol aftertaste. Drinkability is very high. solid APA, too bad its not distributed by me.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 00:04:42 | More by Augustiner719
Photo of cavemanlawyer


3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap today at Horse Brass from the cask tap.

Big thick off-white head. Aroma of malt mostly, with just a hint of hops.

Opaque amber hues in color. Lower carbonation than usual due to the cask-style service.

Really enjoyed trying this on cask, although I prefer the Bitter. This had an almost buttery smooth mouthfeel, extremely light and silky.

Drinkability is very high, partly due to the lower alcohol (5%) and also to the mellowness added by the cask-style service.

Nothing really stood out and made me say"wow" but it was a very pleasant experience.

Serving type: cask

05-12-2011 20:09:43 | More by cavemanlawyer
Photo of mjbrewboy


3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried on tap in downtown Portland at a very busy pub. For a pale ale it looked darker than I thought it would, looked almost amber. A very nice citrus aroma but the malt backbone of this beer seems to be too much as the beer had some sweetness that I wouldn't expect. Very little head retention with some large surface bubbles during the first few sips. Gonna have to give this another try someday to see if I just had a bad pint.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2005 03:46:38 | More by mjbrewboy
Photo of ADZA


3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale copper hue which leaves a two finger head and sporadic clingy lacing,the smell is caramel/toffee malts,citrus hops,lychee and passionfruit,the mouthfeel is light bodied and has tastes of doughy bread,citrus hops,passionfruit,lychee,lemon zest and finished with a fruit salad dry semi bitterness and overall its alright and sessionable but probably would not buy again cheers.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 11:21:17 | More by ADZA
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,293 ratings.