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Mirror Pond Pale Ale - Deschutes Brewery

Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale

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very good

2,271 Ratings

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Ratings: 2271
Reviews: 821
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 BB1313


2.65/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Best by 4/18/14. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden orange with nice clarity; fluffy white head that slowly fades leaving great lacing and retention. The aromas are pretty faint. Lots of bread, malts, and grains. Lots of caramel. Not much of a fruity hop presence. The flavors aren't exactly exciting, but they're clean and refreshing. Tons of caramel. Very bready. Lots of grainy and earthy characteristics going on. The hop flavor and hop bitterness feels non-existent. Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. It's obviously and easy drinking beer.

This isn't really an exciting pale ale. It personally reminds me more of an Irish red ale. This is ultimately boring and forgettable. This is my first experience with Deschutes so I guess this isn't the best first impression, but it's all good because there are more goodies from them for me to try out.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 01:02:10 | More by BB1313
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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
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4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Slightly hazy with a light amber color with an off white head that held on and leave a light lacing
S-has a malt and hop balance with a citrus background
T-hops am\nd hop balance in the beginning that quickly goes to a pine hops aftertaste with a grapefruit taste that leaves with a dry crisp finish
M-medium body with good carbonation
O-this was a beer with a twist. The smell makes you believe it is a pale ale at the first sip, but the after that I would have thought this was an IPA

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 00:30:15 | More by a0lbudman
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3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pour is beautiful slight orange hue. Small white head, very solid lacing.
Low aroma. Toasted malts and a hint of caramel and bread. Earthy and piney hops.

Taste begins watery, transitioning into a mellow malty mash up. Sweet caramel, toasted wheat bread, a hint of dark dried berry. Hops come in the second half, slightly citrusy, mostly earthy. The hops are mellow and the beer finishes earthy and dragging with the smallest hop bitterness.

Incredibly drinkable, light in body with a lingering hop bitterness.

A very good pale ale. Great balance, not overly aggressive or assertive. Excellent

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2014 21:12:28 | More by Thads324
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New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle into pint glass. This is my favorite pale ale. Every other ale pales in comparison. Ha! This beer has a wonderfully balanced flavor and mouthfeel, and the low ABV allows one to drown the stomach in a short period of time if one is not careful.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 18:18:11 | More by Johnny_Muir
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Green Flash Imperial Pint glass. Lovely light copper color. Nice inch head or so. Smell is floral, fresh, piney hops. Pine really stands out to me. Taste is refreshing and mildly hoppy. Wonderful American Pale Ale. Had the pleasure to go to the brewery in Bend and it's even better there. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 06:01:36 | More by kwc017
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4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from cold 12oz bottle into chalice.

Appearance - 1.5 finger offwhite head hangs around for a minute, then recedes into thin, streaky foam cap. Brew is medium amber and a bit hazy

Smell - Smell is very balanced between biscuity caramel sweet malts and a hit of floral, citrus hops. Though in general, the aroma is fairly subdued.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Much like the nose, there is a deft malt/hop balance. First comes orangy, grapefruit , herbal hops, then come bready, biscuity malts, and trails off with mild orange-peel hop bitterneast. Medium body, carbonation is tingly and lively but not at all harsh. Smooth, very easy to drink.

Overall - Still being somewhat of a hop newbie, I was impressed by the balance of this APA. It is hop forward but the malts balance perfectly, and the bitterness only mildly lingers and dries the tongue, kind of like biting on a little chunk of orange peel. Very drinkable. As a BA just getting into the craft beer scene, I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys hop character but can't quite take the high IBUs yet.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 03:57:04 | More by Redneckwine
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4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I managed to find a tap with Deschutes beer at the airport on my way out and gave their popular Mirror Pond Ale my first ever try. This was a fantastic easy-drinking pale ale. I don't gravitate to hops but this beer had the perfect blend of hops and malt. This reminds me of some good honey-blondes with a pleasant hop add-in. I really liked this one a lot and it went down rather quickly.

If this beer was a Christmas gift, it is the gift you never knew you wanted but now you can't imagine being without.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2013 02:01:18 | More by JSuperman
Photo of Franziskaner


3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light bronze to brown in color. I get a good inch of foam resting on top with good lacing and great clarity. I smell light malt and Pacific Northwest piney hops. The hops and malt are well balanced. I get piney hop aftertaste followed by delicate malt backbone. This is a very smooth, session beer packed with flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2013 22:49:51 | More by Franziskaner
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4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger creamy white head, godly lacing covers the glass as the brew rapidly diminishes in volume.

S - Smells good. Some hop, some malt

T - Wow. The balance. I mean, it's perfect. There is distinct hop, malt, nuttiness with nothing too out front. It's not an ass-kicker like Stone brews but somehow the toned down simplicity of it is beautiful. Every sip is a pleasant experience. Not overly dry, not overly sweet.

M - Feels right for the flavor. I'm not the best at determining this aspect but it seems balanced like the rest of the beer. Not thick, not thin. Both slick and sticky. Carbonation is on point.

Glad I randomly bought this in a mix and match six pack at my local store. This is my new favorite chill out beer. When I don't want to assault my tastebuds I will sip on this for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 05:52:49 | More by HighGravityMan
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Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky orange amber hue with considerable off-white head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is classic APA, citrus, gooseberries/black currants, tangy caramel malts and a little toasted grain. Palate follows the nose, with some brown bread, gummy candy sweetness and toasted grain propping up orange marmalade, green grass, mint, and chamomile floral notes along with a little pine resin. A bit chewy but skewed towards crisp and dry. Finish is like a high-quality semisweet citrus soda, clean, crisp and smooth. A little pine and fresh earth accumulate on the palate along with another bitter flavor that I am having some trouble placing ... Its a bit seltzer-like or chalky/medicinal in character. Well-balanced between tangy rich malts and classic American west coast aroma hops. Very true to style, not tropical and dank like many American IPAs but certainly has citrus twang and ample 4-MMP character (the chemical compound that gives American hops a "black currant" character). Find this brew as fresh as possible to get more of the bright top note flavors. Great session beer and something I will bring to a gathering of the beer proletariat to introduce them to the world beyond shitty macro-lagers.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 19:38:44 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of JohnnyJam


4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle with the freshness date 2/18/14 clearly printed on the label into a pint glass and I get 2 finger of white head.

A: Pours a clear golden color with 2 fingers of head that dissipate at a moderately slow rate. There is more than just a covering on the top of my glass that last to the end. A fair amount of lacing covers most of my glass.

S: I smell pine, lemon grass, and some malts.

T: Citrus, pine resin and a hop bitterness is balanced with slightly sweet malts.

M: More than medium bodied and medium carbonated. This goes down good.

O: I think this is a very nice pale ale. I like it and would have it more often if the code dates were fresher. Sometimes I find this beer on the shelf past the freshness date. This is an extremely drinkable beer that I can enjoy without affecting me too much because of a high alcohol content. I recommend it and I am going to have another.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 03:39:31 | More by JohnnyJam
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3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Decent beer but lacking overall flavor. Bright orange color looks inviting and the aroma is very hoppy, but the overall flavor falls short. I was hoping for a little more maltiness out of a pale ale. I think it most certainly fits the style of a pale ale just not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 23:06:37 | More by Powerturn11
Photo of FlyingBull


4.61/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 12 pack of this beer at the Riteaid on sale. Great deal - went back for more and they were out.

This was poured from a 12oz brown bottle marked with a best by freshness date on it. The beer poured a clear gold/dk gold color and a 1/2 bubbly white head and good lacing. The aroma was unmistakable cascade hops right up front, followed by a fruity and citrus smell. There was also a nice PA nutty grain aroma with a mild sweet malt.

Oh did this taste delicious. It was very smooth, with a medium body. There was nice crisp malt, a bready flavor, followed by mild fruit, some faint esters, and a nice balanced hop bitterness. There was a touch of citrus and pine, with a nice semi-dry finish.

I think this was a wonderful example of a west coast style pale ale. Some would even mistake it as an IPA I think. I thought it was one of the best APAs I've had in a long time. The last time I had it was on tap at Triple Crown in SD on Adams Street. I don't remember it being this good. :-)

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 23:43:00 | More by FlyingBull
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by date 12/19/2013

Into a pint glass:

A: golden orange colored body with a one and a half finger white foamy head, ringy foamy lacing graces the sides of the glass, spider webs a bit

S: floral yet bready, some caramel comes through

T: pretty the same as the smell, bready yet somewhat floral aftertaste, no finish

M: light to medium, somewhat sessionable, carbonation is pretty smooth for the style and is pretty good to me

O: a nice flavorful and satisfying APA that has a good drinkability worthy to consume with its respected food, I'd have this one again

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 00:17:01 | More by BeerKangaroo
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3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with best by date 11/07/2013 printed on the label. Deschutes makes some tasty beers so I'm looking forward to this one.

Poured into a Lagunitas mason jar.

A - Pours a bright honeyed orange colored body with about a finger of cream colored head. Lots of fine light sediment twirling in the glass and nice streaks of lacing.

S - Smell isn't very powerful but it is aromatic. Flowers, fresh lemongrass, strawberries, bready caramel malt, some dish soapiness.

T - Taste follows the nose: bready caramel malt, lemongrass, and the usual Deschutes tropical fruits & florals.

M - Feel is sticky, fruity, & mildly bitter. A clean finish.

Overall, a nice flavorful pale ale, one that fits in well with the rest of Deschutes' beers. Easy drinking and sessionable at 5.00% abv. A slighty above average offering, if anything.

Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 22:11:08 | More by mfnmbvp
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3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at a Tacoma Raineirs game. Deep copper pour with a creamy head. Citrus and malt aroma. Flavor follows with citrus hops and a strong malt backbone. A nice bit of grapefruit or mango here to go along with the caramelly malts. Finish is not as clean as I had hoped. Not bad and easy drinking brew that went well with baseball.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2013 19:16:35 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of TheMarkE


3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Orange bronze shade with good head and lots of carbonation.

Smell: Malt and citrus.

Taste: Earthy hops, pine, citrus, caramel, and toasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, slight bitter aftertaste.

The Verdict: Very good. Everything a pale ale should be, with a good balance between malts and hops, sweet and bitter. Maybe not quite as good as Sierra Nevada or SweetWater, but it's not very far behind at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 20:03:00 | More by TheMarkE
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2.78/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

We conducted a blind taste test between this beer and 4 other popular American Pale Ales: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Deschutes Mirror Pond Ale, Stone Pale Ale, Firestone Double Barrel Ale, and Boulder Hazed & Infused.

Check it out: http://youtu.be/DHis2L_OBdg

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 23:12:20 | More by brewbattles
Photo of Epoch91


4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The look is a nice clear dark amber/bronze color. A nice bubbly/off-white head.

Nothing off-putting about the smell whatsoever. Earthy/ Citrus notes.

Tasted slightly bitter. Citrus. Bready almost. Nothing overwhelming.

The mouthfeel was perfect for me. Smooth and drinkable throughout. Very refreshing.

Overall one of the best craft beers I've had the pleasure of drinking in my young beer career lol .

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 01:59:49 | More by Epoch91
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4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a 12 oz bottle with a fresh-by date which is getting close to the present date. Didn't matter though - it was enjoyed. Not an overwhelming smell - little hoppy and malt smell. The taste was of course full of the cascade hops, but a pleasant carbonation along with a mild fruity background. I did find a bit of an odd after-taste. However I countered that by not waiting long between tastes. A very nice pale ale which is nice in the summer as refreshing with enough hop flavor - Deschutes is a reliable brewery in my mind.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 21:48:18 | More by BradMacMullin
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3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip glass with an inch head that left some decent lacing after settling down. Color is a brownish-orange.

Aroma - not too powerful - but hops and citrus

Taste - Not too much going on here either. Slight hop and malt flavors. Somewhat unpleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - medium carb / body

Overall - An okay Pale Ale. honestly I'm not that impressed with the beers I've had from Deschutes

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 21:39:14 | More by maxcoinage
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3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Mirror Pond was a light beer all around. The aroma, appearance, flavor were all light. The aroma was crisp with some fruity and floral hits to it. The appearance was an orangey and gold. The flavor was also a fruity/flowery combo. The beer overall was an excellent version of an APA.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2013 18:18:12 | More by mikefuski17
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The “BEST BY” date printed on the label is “11/08/13.”

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is golden amber. Two fingers of dense, buttery, eggshell-colored head settled slowly and unevenly in places.

Smell: It offers a nice malty base with a tinge of enticing citrus. Caramel and lightly toasted malts, earthy hops, orange peel, tangerine, and grapefruit.

Taste: The hops and bitterness are upfront at first, which I like. It also has a slightly coarse mouthfeel. Earthy hops, pine resin, lemon, orange peel, tangerine, and grapefruit. As the beer continues to warm, the caramel and toasted malts emerge and begin to balance the hops.

Drinkability: This is tasty and very drinkable. There are better pale ales out there, but this is definitely a pale ale and not an IPA wannabe.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 02:59:44 | More by TheQuietMan22
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3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head that has some retention. The head is an off white with hints of yellow while the body is mostly clear, medium amber/honey which glows orange when held up to the light. A good amount of lacing has been left behind so far.

Nose- Somewhat subtle but not entirely without complexity. Citrus (especially grapefruit), biscuit, grass, and floral notes. Lots of orange notes as well.

Taste- Citrus (orange and grapefruit) are the initial flavors I get followed by a slight pine and woody bitterness. Some resin on the finish as well. Has sort of a dry finish which interacts well with the bitterness. Some spiciness and a bit of a floral character. Not bad but it's a little boring. I would definitely take a Red Chair or a Sierra Nevada over this. Some biscuit and grain but the citrus is the dominant aspect with a round and easygoing bitterness coming in second.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with fair amount of carbonation. May be a little too much but it works with the citrus and spice well.

Drinkability- Fairly easygoing. No alcohol and very sessionable. Standard price for a six pack in Oregon.

Overall- An above average beer that's worth a try but Deschutes does make better products.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 00:23:43 | More by artoolemomo
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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