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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

937 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 937
Hads: 3,492
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 21.94%
Wants: 162
Gots: 642 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

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: 937 | Hads: 3,492
Photo of zeff80
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a small, white head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - Ah, Cascade hops! Floral and piney! There are underlying notes of sweet caramel and toffee.

T - It tasted of piney, grassyhops with a sharp bite of bitterness. There is a burnt toast caramel maltiness, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A dry-finishing, medium bodied ale.

D - This is great. Looking forward to trying more Deschutes beers.

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Photo of Murrhey
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass in high elevation. Reviewed live.

A- Poured a thick, four finger white head. Small bubbles, thick and foamy with long retention. Orange color, semi-cloudy.

S- Amarillo hops maybe? Light hops and the light malt body typical of a pale ale. Very nice smell.

T- Hoppy, but extremely accessible. Floral and just top-notch.

M- Smooth, creamy and extraordinarily well balanced.

O- This beer hits every metric to make a great beer in my book. Complex enough to be interesting, simple enough to be immensely drinkable.

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Photo of seand
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a somewhat cloudy amber with a touch of red, with a finger or two of off white head. A little bit stays around on the surface, but doesn't leave too much lacing.

S: Sweet floral hops, with a touch of pine. Smells very nice.

T: Fairly balanced, malty sweetness and hops are both present, but neither is overbearing.

M: Medium carbonation, medium bodied.

D: Drinks very easily.

In a lot of ways this is a middle of the road pale ale, but quite well executed. Worth a try, and would be a great session beer.

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

12oz bottle, Sam Adams perfect pint, best by 3/8/11.

Darker orange amber beer with a standard pale ale colored head. The lacing is consistently adhered to the glass in dots.

Big biscuit malt aroma with a healthy complement of floral and citric hops. There is a little caramel sweetness and the hops are sweetly resinous.

The flavors largely follow suit and the bitterness is good but not harsh. Light citrus, big floral, and lots of biscuit.

Soft on the palate, but not at all flat. Just right for a Pale Ale, though it feels a bit English.

My first one went down exceedingly quickly. I bet brand new fresh Mirror Pond is bomb and a rival to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I'm glad I know what I was passing up all those times that I chose something else.

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Photo of theghost3
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange/copper with a golden-toned beige head. Significant lacing. Smell is strong of floral hops. The taste is even stronger of bitter, citrusy hops. However, there is a malty sweetness underlying the initial bitterness of the hops. Mouthfeel is crisp, not too acidic. This is a fine example of an APA -- lots of bitter hops with a good offset of sweetness.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presented in a 12oz brown bottle. No best before or freshness date noted. Poured into a standard pint glass. Mirror Pond had a slightly hazy light copper color topped by a whitish head that faded down to a small cap and miniscule lace.
The nose had a crisp floral citrus aroma nicely counterbalanced by the toasted malts. The taste had a well integrated merging of sweet grainy malts and the acidic tang of grapefruits and lemon rind. Neither malts nor hops attempt to one-up the other; rather, they blend together smoothly for a well balanced flavor. The feel was medium-light and crisp.
Mirror Pond Pale Ale is a highly drinkable brew that's perfect for enjoyment while camped out in front of the TV watching football (college or pro). Another great beer by Deschutes, one of the most underrated breweries in the U.S.

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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 lightindarkness
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to DHGranstrand for sending me all my Deschutes.

Pours a nice glowing ambery orange, with soft head and decent lace.

Nose has pronounced grain, nice citrus note, coarse bread and good floral background.

Taste is so classic for an American Pale. Good light maltiness in the middle, with a little dry grain flavor towards the finish and a hop flavored ending with light bitterness. Super balanced.

Feel is clean and smooth, with a decent carbonation tingle.

There's nothing overly stand-outish about this brew, except for how solidly it's put together. Everything is done in great balance and I feel like I could drink a lot of this stuff if I had a lot more. Overall just a really nicely done beer.

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Photo of bbb099
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Common pale ale look. Clear, light copper color. Light tan colored head with nice lacing.

S - Pretty strong aroma of piny and floral hops.

T - Great flavor of herbal hops that comes through first. The malt then oozes in and counter the hops pretty well with its caramel sweetness. Goes down in a refreshing sweet and bitter combination leaving traces of hops that makes you crave more.

M - Medium high carbonation. Medium bodied.

D - Smooth and just the right amount of malt.

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

Consumed 6/11 at The Yard House in Long Beach, CA
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours a deep clear, copper color with a two finger of rocky, khaki colored head. Head retrains nicely leaving clumped ringlets around the glass.

S: Nose is of big piney hops, grassy hops, and some caramel malts.

T: Taste is grassy hops in the forefront, a touch of hay that lingers ever so slightly. Middle is filled out with pale malts and hints of caramel malt flavoring. Finish is of citrus hops - the lemon really comes through and sits with you for a bit with an ever so light hint of pine.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, nice oily body with a touch sticky finish.

D: Goes down easily, nicely blended, mild kick. This is a damn fine APA to sit with for a long time.

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

After having had this on-tap, I bought a 6-pack of the bottles. I was not disappointed.

Appearance-- pours a darker amber than would be expected from a pale ale-- and much like the on-tap version. Huge fluffy foamy luscious head that stayed for a while and then heavily pooled and laced nicely.

Smell-- nice hoppy bouquet with a sense of the bitters as well. Very sniffable.

Taste-- lovely blend of floral hops and bitters with some slightly earthy malt. Right up there in my opinion.

Mouthfeel-- if you like a nice hops-bitters feel that is pleasant but not gut-wrenching, this is one beer to grab-- in bottle or on tap.

Drinkability-- any time you want some good flavor and a hops-bitters balanced taste. I wish I'd had more when it was on-tap. I wish I'd bought more than just a 6-pack!

Oddly, I'm rating this bottled version higher than the on-tap! I think it's because the on-tap head had faded before it was served, and the mouthfeel was just a bit flat as well-- probably due to the location's stock or equipment (Matt's, Redmond WA).

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

A - Pours a copper apple with two fingers of off white head.

S - Smells wonderful! Very hoppy & fruity!

T - Cascade hops smack you in the pallet and linger all the way through as the fruity/floral tastes blend and end with a golden sweetness.

M - Not too bitter, but definitely some good hops here. Lacing layers the glass nicely as my tasty libation sinks lower and lower.

D - Easy to drink with a good amount of hops here.

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Photo of Brian700
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice dark golden color. It has a white head that leaves a pretty good amount of lacing. It has a nice hoppy, floral, aroma. Slightly citrusy. Taste is of malt and a small amount of citrus. Mild hop bitterness on back of tongue. Good mouthfeel. Perfect amount of carbonation. My friend sent me a few of these from out west. I wish this was sold around here in MI. This would definately be in my fridge on a regular basis. I guess I don't need to recommend it to anybody on the west coast. I'm sure your probably drinking one right now. Try it if you've never had.

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

Purchased in Minneapolis. 22oz for $2.99.

A: very good, light brown-red color
S: now this is a good pale ale nose and true-to-type of an English pale ale, nice balance of malt and hops, not over the top with hops like most APAs
T: I had this on tap at Falling Rock in Denver and was very impressed and honestly didn't expect it to be as good as it is in bottle, great balance between malt and hops, not overly hoppy like most APAs but allows the malt to come through, well done
M: very nice
D: excellent drinkability, reminded me a lot of Copper Dragon from Skipton

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Photo of bump8628
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Right up with Sierra Nevada as the classic American Pale. Mirror Pond has a bit more malt and yeast character. Biscuit and caramel are firm against the floral and citrus cascades. Bitterness is even and drying and keeps the drinkability high along with the well-calibrated carbonation. An anytime beer that's great alone or paired with just about any type of food.

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

Poured into pint glass from the bottle. It is golden orange in color and has a creamy off white head which dissapates to a sticky lace. The nose is citusy hops with hidden malt notes. The taste is refreshing hop forward and has a nice bitter bite on the finish. Good mouthfeel for the style, and again if more widely available would drink it as a session beer more often.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kmpitz2 for this one.

A - Pours a cloudy golden orange with a 2 finger white that dissipates to a nice white skim of foam floating on top.

S - The aroma is rather faint. Citrus hops with a moderate bready caramel. I get just a touch of honey also. The aroma would be fantastic if it were just a little bolder.

T - Juicy citrus hops & orange slices with a bready caramel sweetness. It has some bitterness to nicely balance the sweet caramel. This one is delicious. Each sip leaves me craving another. Nice orange aftertaste lingers on the tongue.

M - Light to medium and very creamy with a light carbonation. The mouthfeel really helps accentuate the taste.

D - I could drink this one all night. Great example of an APA without making me feel like I am drinking a mini IPA like so many other pales resemble.

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

A- The beer pours a brown/gold with a just off white head.

S- There is a light pine aroma that is refreshing.

T- Hops are at a very level in this beer. There is a malty start to the taste and then the hops come into the flavor.

M- Nice amount of carbonation.

D- This pale ale goes down very easy and also has a great aftertaste. I would definitely buy again.

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

A: Deep copper with a head and lacing that creates a picturesque brew.

S: Cascade hops and herbs.

T: Fruity esthers are preceded by a sweet bready grain flavor. Slightly dry, but the citrus flavors make this a down right refreshing Pale Ale.

M: Dry and sugary aftertase. Goes down smooth and easy though.

D: Easy to drink, but solid and interesting enough to go back for more.

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

Had on tap at the yard house in san diego

A - Deep golden amber with thin head with nice sheets of lacing left behind.

S - Nice citrus tropical notes with some floral piney hops. Nice bold notes.

T - Has some nice tropical noted with some grapefruit flavors. There is some nice malts to add body in the middle and some nice floral aromatic hops. Had nice bitterness at the end.

M - Medium body, nice carbonation, well balanced with a nice bitterness and resin feeling left behind.

D - Thought this was a good beer, nothing over powering but was a good beer that I will search out again. Another good one from Deschutes,

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Photo of MisterClean
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sac Brew

A - Pours golden, with a 2 fingered off-white head. Dissipates moderately slow, leaving beautiful lacing. Role model.

S/T - Toffee, flower, and some bittering hops.

M - Full bodied, hop-dominated, really good though.

D - Great pale ale. The smell and taste could be a little better to leave me in complete awe.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful citrusy pine aroma coming off this one. It smells just right, not too subtle, not too potent.

Clear orange in color with a very light tan head. Lacing is generous and sticks in clumps to the side of the glass, and the head never really goes away completely. Some visible carbonation bubbles are probably the reason for the persistance of this head.

Very interesting in the taste and mouthfeel. This drinks like an IPA. In a blind taste, I would even guess its an IPA. Right up front there is a punch of bitterness followed by a wonderful caramel covered pine flavor and finishes with freshly squeezed orange juice. Smooth to drink, with low carbonation and a light body. Just wonderful overall.

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Photo of exonthebottle
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow, this beer is great example of American Pale Ale in my opinion also thanks for finally distributing to Minnesota!
appearance
nice clear amber color, retains head and has nice lacing
smell
floral hops and breadness nice aroma not overpowering but pleasant
taste
flavor good malt and hops not complex but still good
mouthfeel
carbonation is there but not overpowering or watered down
great drinkability enjoy

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a clear rusty orange color. A solid fingers worth of white head which fades to a thin film leaving spotty lacing on the glass.

S - nose is soft and nuanced. plentiful citrus hop character comes through as well as leafy and slightly herbaceous notes. Cake batter sweetness with possibly a touch of vanilla. Quite intriguing.

T - surprisingly dry on the palate with maybe just a hint of sweetness. fresh doughy bread upfront with hints of crispy crust. Center is round and full of citric bitterness and notes of lemon pith. Finish is quick and crisp.

M - medium nearing full body. Creamy texture helped by the high quantity of frothy carbonation.

O - an excellent pale ale. I am every happy I was finally able to try this ale and see what a fantastic example of the style it truly is.

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Photo of mattster
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened 12 oz bottle with BB date of 03/04/08.

Developed 1" head, subsided rather quickly. Lacy haze across top of glass. Color is nice Amber brew with haze.

Smell is just what I like in a Pale Ale: Nice a nice hoppy smell, with citrus tones. A little pineapple, a little bit of Oregon Forest.

Taste is even better than the smell. A citrus fruit, but not overly fruity with good hoppy bitterness, but not crazy bitter. Good finish with light aftertaste.

This beer was my first introduction to Deschutes over a year ago; I had it on tap then, but it has always tasted as it did that day. I'm a great Deschutes fan, and this one is classic.

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 937 ratings.