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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

2,875 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,875
Reviews: 862
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 123
Gots: 266 | 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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Ratings: 2,875 | Reviews: 862 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of JefferyYoung
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

JefferyYoung, Feb 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

drdiesel9483, Feb 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

beerme626, Feb 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Beermasterjarrett, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of JoeLacy
4.25/5  rDev +9%

JoeLacy, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of Asics
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Asics, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of Recless7
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Recless7, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of hbchrisg
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

hbchrisg, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of CaryBrew92
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

CaryBrew92, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of saburky
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

saburky, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of blameo
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

blameo, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of SD-Alefan
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The is a beautiful beer, a rich copper/amber color. It porurs with a nice amount of foam that compacts to a nice 2-finger head that leaves behind some generous lacing.

The smell hits me faintly at first but grows as I drink the beer. I get a very nice fruitiness, pineapple and mango and maybe even a hint of peach or apricot. Perhaps the slightest hint of a yeasty bread as well.

The taste is just excellent. First off is the hops, all nice and juicy and fruity. Pineapple mainly, maybe a hint of orange and peach. Then come the sweetness of the malts. There's some toffee, maybe a bit of honey as well. It finishes with a pleasant, lingering bitter note.

The mouthfeel is slightly creamy, lightly bubbly and very pleasant. I don not detect the alcohol at all.

Overall, this may be my favorite pale ale and one of my favorite beers. Just a great balance and so easy to drink. Superb.

SD-Alefan, Feb 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Micros32, Feb 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

KFrank729, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of GreenEggsHam1
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

GreenEggsHam1, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of tylerstravis
4/5  rDev +2.6%

tylerstravis, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper amber slightly chill hazed with a bright white head forming thick and fine speckled lace left evenly as it dwindles down. Aroma complements malts and hops so well, slight sweet breadiness, herbal, pine, and citric notes complement the soft baked bread qualities. Pungent hops reach out to the nares as it warms, really nice American pale ale that's been around since 1988, wow!!! Flavor is amply hopped but round, malts mild sugar coated hops, fresh baked bread, biscuit quality, a hint of chalky yeast packet...herbal rolling hops, citric notes, pine earthy dankness is mild yet expressive in the hop components of this beer. I grabbed a sixer without hesitation when I saw this one at one of my local stops. Mouthfeel is packed with crisp flowing carbonation carries light hop resins across the palate, not much going on but the feel is very natural no forced over carbonation on the palate perfectly balanced well engineered pale ale with character all day. Overall this is the bread and butter of this great brewery out of Bend Oregon someone started making this at home in the 80's and had a eureka moment.

WVbeergeek, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of ctwybeerguy
4/5  rDev +2.6%

ctwybeerguy, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of wvsabbath
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light golden tan/brown, nice 1/2 foamy head and tons of sticky lacing.

Smell - Pale ale malts, bready, citric hops, yeasty sugars, a little lemon note at the finish.

Taste - Much like the smell, pale malts with a nice citric, lemon flavored hop bite makes up the flavor. A biscuity, bittered flavor mixed in with some light yeasty sugars. Grapefruit and a little pine also adds some flavor.

Mouthfeel - Smooth pale malts coat the tongue with bready/biscuit flavor. Palate gets some hops, sugars and a little more malts. Aftertaste is smooth, malty with some lemon and orange peel.

Overall - A nice, smooth and flavorful pale ale. Very easy to drink, has enough hops to give it nice fruity flavors. No alcohol is noticeable, just balanced well and easy to enjoy.

wvsabbath, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of Brenden
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is in the darker range for the style at a brownish sort of red-orange. The head, close to white, doesn't rise very high and, though bubbly, sustains itself as a heavy foam that's rocky despite being thin in areas. The lace is solid, mostly patching and dense considering.
The nose is pungent, with strong aromatics of pine and citrus layered with not-quite-tropical fruit sweetness along with the rind and pulp of the citrus, fresh and juicy but noticeably hoppy. This is a deeper aroma than I get from most pale ales, with malts adding caramel and a sort of lightly toasted breads note just enough to balance.
The malts come out a bit more in the flavor, and it detracts just a touch from the overall hop profile. It's still nicely hopped, though, even as some sugary undertones and roasted grains come out in the finish.
In a medium body with plenty of support without going too strong or heavy, there's a nice, creamy quality on the palate with a consistent crsipness supporting.

Brenden, Feb 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Josbor11, Feb 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

aarongbrown, Feb 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

TheBeerAlmanac, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of Retroman40
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours out a pale yellow with strong lasting head.

S - A strong hop aroma with citrus dominating.

T - A great balance of sweet malt and citrus hops. Malt start and a rich hop finish.

M - Tangy and rich with good carbonation.

O - I was excited that Deschutes started distribution in KY and wasn't disappointed. This is an outstanding Pale Ale.

Retroman40, Feb 12, 2014
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,875 ratings.