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Mirror Pond Pale Ale - Deschutes Brewery

Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale

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very good

2,292 Ratings

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Ratings: 2292
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 IntriqKen


4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling at BevMo...poured into a plastic cup. :-(
Pretty light amber gold with a nice head that melted to sweet lacing.
Sweet smell of malts and a little citrus.
Surprisingly full mouthfeel with lots of carbination....almost creamy feel.
Tastes of pale malts with a tiny hop bite on the finish.
Very nice, light and sessionable.
Bought a single and re-sampled 5/30/06
Everything I saw in the tiny sample at BevMo I found in the full glass and more.
Wonderfully balanced, light, sessionable summer beer

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2006 03:35:23 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of Crosling


3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Orange. Subtle hop aroma of grapefruits, tang and oranges. Very approachable, juicy, fruity and well balanced hop profile in the mouth with notes of grapefruit, orange and other citrus fruits. The meek malt presence serves its purpose and balances well. Very creamy and quite good.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 07:39:46 | More by Crosling
Photo of DogFood11


3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light copper, mild carbonation, streaky lacing. Has distinct light fruity aroma, citrusy hops. Pretty light in the nose overall.

This is one Zippy, Spritzy brew that produces on several levels. Hops? Hell yeah, and far from over the top, perfectly placed. Similar to the Sierra Nevada offering although the main difference would be in the fruity citrus that deschutes pulls together. Aroma is faint but the taste packs a punch that you will not soon forget.

Notes: As it warmed breadiness comes through with some balls. This is one easy drinker and kept my interest throughout. Worthy effort.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 03:21:22 | More by DogFood11
Photo of mghotbi


4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. A (very slightly cloudy) amber - copper color with thin head and little lacing.

Smell is predominantly hoppy, but with a slight biscuit note. Not quite as floral as SNPA, but quite pleasant. Smooth mouthfeel with good body, not watery at all.

Taste is wonderfully balanced. Hops are prominent, but do not overwhelm the sweetness of the malt. Citrus notes arise near the finish, but end abruptly, leaving no acidic aftertaste.

Another excellent and very drinkable beer from the folks at Deschutes Brewery. I can see this becoming a regular session brew for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2006 03:59:42 | More by mghotbi
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 SethB2


4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy-ish clear medium amber color with a decent head.Nice lacing for an APA. Smell is of melons and berries. Malt dominates with a little hop. Taste is nice with much of the same characeristics as the smell. Very clean with a lot of flavor. Not as hoppy as most APAs, but that doesn't distract from the flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for my liking, but not bad overall. Drinkablity is great. Not offensive at all and could easily go down one after another.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2006 04:34:33 | More by SethB2
Photo of murrayswine


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved in UTBIF from Wolfsdenbrew

Pours a orange/gold with a slight fog.
Litle to no head appears on a straight pour. Minimal lacing, but I'm not worried yet.
The smell is all tart fruity hops with a little hint of yeast.
The taste is lighter than I expected, but I'm a hop addict so I am slightly biased. It finishes refreshing and extremely drinkable. could be the easiest session pale ale I have ever had. Not strong on the hops, but delightfully balanced.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 06:43:31 | More by murrayswine
Photo of descartes


4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 33 cl bottle.

Appearance: Amber colored with thin white head.
Smell: Very hoppy smell, hints of wheat and citrus.
Taste: Crisp lemony front, sweet middle with a decent amount of hops.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium bodied.

Overall: When I first started drinking beer I tried a couple of Pale Ales and decided to avoid the style because the hops were too bitter. Mirror Pond avoids the over the tops hops for a more balanced approach which I liked a lot. Next time I am buying beer I might not avoid pale ales.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2006 15:34:14 | More by descartes
Photo of RJLarse


2.68/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler. It has a hazy appearance and light amber color. The head was thin, white and did not and lace the glass much at all.

The beer smells hoppy. It is not particularly fragrant in the glass.

The taste is a little bitter, with a decided hop flavor and bitter citrus like grapefruit. The after taste lingers and is also bitter.

It has a nice mouth feel, and tasting is when you have the best opportunity to smell the beer.

I liked this beer, but I think it’s a little bitter for my taste. I wouldn’t want to drink much of it, but it’s a nice occasional change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 06:28:52 | More by RJLarse
Photo of russpowell


4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber to orange with a slight haze. Thick white head holds up well, but only slight lacing

The nose has malt up front and then piney hops (cascade I assume)

Taste: Hops bitterness (grapefriut then resin) on the tounge and throat snd some malt sweetness on the edges, very crisp finish

MF: Smooth, weel blanced and excellent carbonation

Easy drinking PA that goes down great. Not as good as the draft version and the one time was luck enough have this on cask, wow! But this works if you are looking for a PA that won't blow your lips off and still excite the hophead inside you.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2005 00:45:59 | More by russpowell
Photo of merlin48


4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle obtained via trade with waldowin. Many Thanks! Mirror Pond pours a chill hazed, honey amber body with a petite, offwhite head. Delicate lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is enticing. Citrusy esters, a floral note of orange blossom, honey and caramel notes, and some toastiness.

Mouthfeel is light medium in body, crisply carbonated, with a spicy hops bite.

Taste has lots of juicy, citrusy hops, pink grapefruit and tangerine bittersweetness. Bready sweet malt adds a caramel edge. The Cascades hops are up to the challenge, and all the elements come together very well, for an excellent balance.

Very well executed and highly enjoyable. One of the better APA's I've tried.This would be a regular staple in my fridge if it were available locally.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2005 17:47:12 | More by merlin48
Photo of Toddv29424

District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2005 01:04:17 | More by Toddv29424
Photo of Gaisgeil


4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go to Waldowin and Newbie BIF '05 for the sample!

Pours a slightly hazy amber in color with gold highlights around the edges of my nonic pint with a thin white head with a good bit of retention, left a good amount of lacing. Nose is very herbal and floral, much more hoppy than one might expect. Taste is hoppy enough to be a weaker IPA, but as it stands it's a strong APA. Quite good with a strong malt foundation. Body and mouthfeel is medium but drinkability is way up there, lots of flavor but easily sessionable. Highly recommended!


Serving type: bottle

11-14-2005 18:18:23 | More by Gaisgeil
Photo of xoqx


4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance – A slightly cloudy light amber pour produces a 2 finger crisp white head with average retention and sheeting lace.

Smell – Very floral and fruity hops burst forth in the nose here. It has a very crisp, fresh inviting smell that I enjoy every time I lift the glass to my mouth.

Taste – Outstanding. I feel this beer is magnificently balanced. There is a very nicely developed medium malt body tastes seamlessly integrated with the bold, fruity hops that provide perfect bitterness.

Mouthfeel – medium-bodied and crisp with a generous mouthfeel.

Drinkability – For my money, this is the most drinkable American Pale Ale I’ve tasted. I am continually amazed by its balance and how frequently I’m in the mood for this very beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2005 04:56:32 | More by xoqx
Photo of pjwilson


3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I get this quite alot because it is very common around here and usually a good price. This is my fallback ale when they have nothing else i like at the store. It's a pretty solid alternative to SNPA

Appearance: rich coper color and head that chills for a while. nice. on the darker end for a pale ale
smell: floral as the bottle says. a hint of the malts. pleasant
taste: nice balanced taste. the beer leans on the sweet side which limits it's sessionability. There is a nice bang of bitterness but nothing too strong. quite mellow. some good hop flavor mixed with malts...who doesn't love it..
mouthfeel: even the beer tastes full there is a watery mouthfeel which i don't care for. but this only adds to the drinkability. The first of these beers is gone in under 5 minutes.
I wouldn't go out of your way for it. like i said it's a solid fallback

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2005 23:00:05 | More by pjwilson
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man, do I love this Pale Ale. As excited as I was to see that this one would be a part of the tasting clinic I was volunteering with at the World Beer Festival, I was more excited to see two or three bottles left over afterwards. After the final tasting was done, I got to enjoy this one with some great people I just met. Real balance of malts and hops, nothing to bitter, almost perfect in my book. Too bad I cannot find this one close by . . . yet.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2005 00:12:52 | More by Backer2004
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the privelage of sampling this beer many times yesterday at the WBF,poured a slightly hazy deep orange with a clingy white head on top.To be expected this Oregon produced pale ale's aromas are hop dominated wich is a good thing fruity citrus with underlying pine very fresh smelling.This goes down very easily and would be a staple of mine if I could get it here,flavors are pretty nicely balanced there is a firm dry maltiness up front finishing with the big dose of cascades in the finish citrus and pine linger nicely.Deschutes makes some damn fine brews I wish I could get them more locally instead offline.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2005 12:41:33 | More by oberon
Photo of ChrisA


4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a nice light copper color with a fat two inch head. The floral scents were impressive. Not as hoppy as I would have liked it up front, but extremely drinklable. loral hints throughout and extremely smooth. A tremendous choice for a session beer. Could probably drink a six pack with ease.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2005 01:13:17 | More by ChrisA
Photo of ReebShorts


4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color. Nice frothy off-white head, that just camps on top. nicw whoosh of carbonation bubbles on the pour as well.

Smell of citrus fruits, pine, and NW hops.

Good Flavor, maybe a bit out of balance for me. I'd have liked a bit more bite to it. This does go down smoothly, and has a nice creamy mouthfeel, but I would have liked a stronger finish is all. Other than that, it's a good beer that i'd drink again (and again).

I'm looking forward to trying more selections from Deschutes.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2005 21:00:59 | More by ReebShorts
Photo of Bcant


3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice hazy orange-red with a white head that falls fast. Looks good but it does not smell like much. In fact, the piney boquet is light that it takes some doing to detect. But things pick up when it comes to the third sense - taste, which is well balanced, allowing the nutty malt flavors to come out without being sweet. The touch is also nice; it feels good in the mouth. It is slightly parching but only enough to make you want to drink another.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2005 03:16:49 | More by Bcant
Photo of macpapi


3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really like this beer's appearance in my regular pint glass. It pours an amber-orange color, with a pale, white head, a bit lacking in thickness. Bubbles are visible slowly rising throughout the glass. It has a nice crisp and hoppy aroma. Floral scents help to give its hop smell a very well balanced appeal. The taste at first is a bit disappointing and thin. But as the beer warms, its citrus flavors become more apparent. In addition the presence of a hoppy kick at the end, added to a slight bitter bite, help to complete its flavor. In the mouth, this beer has a lot of carbonation. It is not very full, but its flavor does linger for quite a time on the palate. Overall, this is a good Pale Ale. It is not overdone at all and, hence, very drinkable. Balance is the key to its success. I would say that on those occasions when a moderately-hopped up and tasty pale is desired M.P.P.A. would hit the spot.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2005 00:06:10 | More by macpapi
Photo of Zorro


4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy amber colored ale.

Smell is fruity and hoppy with lots of esters smelling like a BPA. A bit of sweetness and a bit of malt and toasted wheat and pecans in the scent.

Taste is malty and fruity with a woody hop finish at the start. Mild acidity comes out after a bit and pecans and vanilla and oak flavors dominate. This brew never seems to get bitter, only a dry woody finish that is quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel is good.

This brew could pretty much be the reference for perfect drinkability; tasty and mild without beating any of your senses into submission. I could drink this everyday and be very happy for the rest of my life. I give this brew the highest possible recommendation!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2005 21:21:40 | More by Zorro
Photo of palliko


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy golden with some white lace and some lacing. Aroma contains floral hops and banana esters along with nicely balanced hops and malt. Initial taste is of sweet crackers and malt, citrusy/fruity bitter hops and somewhat dry. Finish has a dry even feel that goes well with food.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2005 12:47:14 | More by palliko
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Darker than some and better balanced than many, this is a classic PNW pale ale that really hits the spot. Reasonable hop nose is followed by a real nice balanced body that is drinkable to the core. I think that this is the closest the PNW comes to SNPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2005 02:20:28 | More by canucklehead
Photo of Wasatch


4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revisted: 31 May 09.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, very nice two-finger foamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is mostly malty, with some hops, very slight citrus, and caramel. The taste is malty, some hop notes, nice touch of citrus, and caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, it's been almost four years, since I've had this brew, I really rated it higher at that time, so today I will rate it accordingly. Still a tasty brew. I could not find a bottling date as before.

Dated 09/02/05. Poured a slight hazy golden color with some nice lacing. Has a very nice taste not bitter at all compared to other Pale Ale's I've had in the past. Very nice body on the light side. Very light compared to other Pale Ale's, very drinkable. I could get use to drinking alot of these (for me 3-4). I really like the taste. A very socialble brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2005 23:13:07 | More by Wasatch
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,292 ratings.