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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

2,967 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,967
Reviews: 867
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 121
Gots: 293 | 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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Photo of steve8robin
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this on a trip to MN. 22oz bottle split between 2...

A: Burnt light brown orange with a half inch white head that fades slowly. Good.

S: Smells of some oaky wood with some raisin bready yeast. Some sweet maltiness in the middle with some bitter hope on the backend. Decent.

T: Watery hops upfront with some flowery elements in the middle blended with some earthy hops and sweet malts on the backend. Decent.

M: Light body with a light carbonation. Decent.

D: Goes down super easy. Very good.

All in all, this brew was not much special. I'm glad I got to try it, but I will not hunt it down again, for sure.

steve8robin, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of Toddv29424
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pleasant Amer. Pale Ale. Smell is faint, but has hints of bubble gum and light citrus. Taste is unexpected, with a very strong grapefruit-like note coming all the way through. Body is substantial until about two-thirds of the way through it, then it effervesces into very little. Finish is sweet, with a light malt left on the tongue for a few seconds. This leaves a pleasant mouth feel which warrants another sip!

Toddv29424, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of MLegendre
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

MLegendre, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of boomer31
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A rich gold with a thin white head

S - A muted citrus hop presence with a touch of malt. Not much in the nose

T - The fruity hops are again subdued but a light bitterness is a nice surprise in the after taste. The malt comes close to overwhelming the hops but a nice balance is achieved.

M - Low carbonation and think mouthfeel.

D - A definite session ale though there may be some better options available.

boomer31, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Mirror Pond Pale Ale pours a hazy dark copper color with a small lacing head. There is a nice mellow floral aroma. The taste has a noticeable hoppy flavor; mild, but finishes with a rich biscuit flavor. Good feel, good flavors, and very drinkable. Overall its a nice pale ale, strong biscuit flavors make sit rather unique.

vette2006c5r, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of StaveHooks
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A murky amber orange color with a yellow tinted head. Tight bubbles and good retention.

S - Yeasty baked bread, caramel/toffee, some acidic fruit.

T - Bisctuity, lemon/orange citrus, sweet pale malt, tart fruit, hops resin creeps in close to the finish and sits on the back of the palate all the way through to the aftertaste.

M - Light side of medium at first but grows fuller towards the swallow.

A good overall APA. Excellent finish with good flavors. Hops provided flavor but didn't kick up bitterness until the last second.

StaveHooks, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint.
Best By 4/15/14

A - Deep golden in color, the hazed beer almost has an amber hue to it. The tall head of off white foam slowly descends to a clumpy pile below the thick lace it leaves on the beer clean pint.

S - Gentle waves of citrus hops lap the shores of the nostrils with a breeze of grainy malt and hints of caramel close behind but even though it's within the date range, it smells somewhat old.

T - Fresher flavor explores the depths of the hops, wading from shallow citrus and slightly fruity notes to deeper earthy complexities, which works well with the subdued caramel sweetness and toasted bread crust finish.

M - More crisp and refreshing than the aroma lets on, Mirror Pond is as smooth as glass with a very nice level of hop bitterness along the finish.

O - The bottle might be encroaching on the final days of it's "best by" date but it's still got a little life in it. Deschutes' Mirror Pond is a smooth and easy drinking pale ale with hoppy notes but at the lower end of the spectrum, making it a nice-to-pair belly up to the bar beer.

BeerFMAndy, Apr 01, 2014
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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,967 ratings.