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Mirror Pond Pale Ale - Deschutes Brewery

Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,295 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2295
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

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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

to me this is about as good as an american pale ale gets. quite similar to the odell 5 barrel in a lot of ways. smells more malty than most, almost british style in that regard, but also has a touch of sweetness in the smell and in the flavor too. flavor has a nice fruity hop profile, but nothing aggressive, just a nice balanced easy drinking session pale ale. works will with tailgate style food, and is a nice beer for that purpose. i must say, this brewery has done nothing but impress me, i will always buy their stuff because its so unique and high quality. this is their staple beer for good reason.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 19:59:42 | More by StonedTrippin
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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

Pour light amber with a decent head that quickly disappears leaving just a little lace. Moderate bready malt with slightly perfumey hops smell and a hint of sourness. The sourness isn't exactly unpleasant, but it doesn't really add positively either. The flavor is good with a nicely balanced malt base and moderate hop bitterness, leading into an acidic and bitter finish that is relatively long lived. The aftertaste also picks up a hint of sourness as it warms up. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with nice dry texture, lively carbonation, and a slightly astringent finish. Overall this is a nice, clean pale ale that goes well with a variety of foods, especially grilled meats. It isn't too overhwelming, and the flavors are generally good but not overly complex.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 16:20:43 | More by barleywinefiend
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mdfb79

New York

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another beer my girlfriend brought back from Oregon two weeks ago. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle intp my Gulden Draak tulip. Best by date of 08/12/11 on the side of the bottle.

a - Pours a hazy dark orange color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Light spotty lacing on the glass and an inch of head stays throughout drinking it.

s - Smells of light citrus hops, fruity malts, some bready malts, and earthy and musty notes. Nice, but I was expecting some more hops in the nose.

t - Tastes of bready malts, citrsu hops, fruity malts, light toasted and caramel malts, and light mustiness. Again, it is good, but more malty than hoppy. Very very light bitter bite from the hops.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy, and just a touch too much carbonation. A little less carbonation and this one would be even easier to drink.

o - Overall a good beer, but their Red Chair NWPA blows this one away. The Red Chair had a lot more hops, whereas this one had a lot of malts and a twinge of mustiness to it. If I saw both on the shelf, I'd suggest going with Red Chair, though this is worth a shot once.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 22:39:09 | More by mdfb79
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kojevergas

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass in high altitude Denver, CO around Christmas. Reviewed from notes.

A: 2-2.5 finger head, which is thin but retains well. Murky copper colour.

Sm: Fresh barley. Hoppy. Smells like a pale ale; lots of bittering hops are present.

T: Fresh open, well built body without too much bitterness.

Mf: Crisp finish. Smack-your-lips chewy. Very wet.

Dr: Admittedly, pale ale is my second least favourite style. That said, it's a very light, moderate, enjoyable summer's day brew and gets me excited to try Deschutes' other offerings (If I can only get me hands on that damned Abyss). It takes a lot fr me to rate it as high as I am, but that's what beeradvocate is about - discovering and enjoying new beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 23:00:54 | More by kojevergas
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The ale has a pale (relatively) amber orange color that has some sparse red notes. The head measured one-finger in size and has left some light lacing.

S: I pick up some citrusy hop notes, slightly grassy and sweet, mixed in with some biscuit malts.

T: The beer shoots for the best of both worlds. It kicks off with an impressive hop profile, grassy and grapefruity, providing a strong flavor kick to start the ale. The hops follow immediately, having a strong caramel flavor. I do notice that the malt flavor finishes fairly thin, trailing off to allow the hops to re-emerge at the end.

M: The mouthfeel is hoppy and tangy, citrusy with a moderate malt body.

D: I'd gladly drink down a few of these. This is a nice sessioning APA, strong on hops without ramping up the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 02:54:49 | More by akorsak
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Deschutes, Portland, OR

Poured a slightly hazed apricot color with a small white head that receded to a ringlet. Good dose of citrus and pine hops in the nose, with a hint of bready yeast. As good beers in the style should be, a good balance of sweet and bready malts with citrus and piney hops, mild fruit tones. Light-medium body, and easily drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2012 07:12:51 | More by Rifugium
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Piney almost grapefruit hop nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Favor is mild grapefruit hops with hints of sweetness. 12oz bottle - gift from Portland, OR.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 23:19:31 | More by jdhilt
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Jason

Massachusetts

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

12oz brown with a best by freshness date.

LOOK: Bubbly white lace, tarnished golden colour

SMELL: Cascade hops, fruity, citric rind, mint, nutty grain, mild malt sweetness.

TASTE: Smooth, medium body, semi crisp malt, bready, mild fruit, faint esters, hop bitterness, citric peel, oranges, kiss of pine, finish semi-dry

A great pale ale to be had here, any hop head would be pleased and if you love cascade hops this is your ale! A great snapshot of what an PNW Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 01:06:04 | More by Jason
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Zorro

California

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
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Wasatch

Utah

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
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at London Grill.

Pours a slightly cloudy pale golden orange color with golden apricot edges and a frothy two finger soapy white head.  Very good retention only slowly fading into a lasting cap/ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.  

Floral hop aroma with lots of earthy pine as well as some faint citrus.  Pale malt backbone with hints of light fruit and straw.  Subtle alcohol.  

Medium bodied but a bit fuller than expected with a somewhat creamy texture.  Subtle floral hop presence up front with faint dryness.  Only slightly bitter with kind of a weaker hop presence than anticipated.  Sweetness underneath with pale malt, grass, straw, apple and pear.  Slight dry finish.  Very easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2011 06:51:52 | More by corby112
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DoubleJ

California

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer on New Years Eve in a big 20 ounce glass at The Arizona Room, a restaurant located inside the Grand Canyon National Park. On to the beer:

When it arrived at the table, the beer had little head on top and a hazy amber/tawny body. There are two things you need to know about this beer: caramel and piney citrus. The first half is a wave of malt, and the second half closes out on a pleasant hop note. It leaves a bready and sweet aftertaste on the palate. A little heavy for a pale ale, but it cleaned my palate of the extreme spiciness from the dinner I had.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2008 02:38:28 | More by DoubleJ
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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

On tap @ the Deschutes Brewery & Public House (Portland, OR) on 9/5/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep hazed copper, with a finger of off-white head. This retains with a smooth foamy richness, with a roughly ½ finger flare-up that rings the sides of the glass with thick swathes of lace. The aroma smells fresh and leafy in the nose, with some bright smelling citrus character sitting underneath. Sweet bready grains add a touch of thickness underneath. The more I sniff at this, the more of a fresh and flowery (even herbal) character emerges from this. It’s nice.

The taste is fresh citrus flavor with a moderately (and slightly spicy) bitter bite. That is well balanced by a backbone of sweet bready graininess. While flavorful, the overall profile has a certain amount of thickness to it that taking away from this a bit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a firm, mouth-filling, creaminess to the carbonation. This definitely still has some smoothness to it in spots though, which helps this go down.

You know, I really liked the character of this for a Pale Ale, having a well balanced and accessible hop profile but the overall thickness of it (which seemed totally unrelated to the body) did hold the drinkability of this back some. I’m guessing that it’s the English-style yeast strain that Deschutes uses, which has never really been a problem for me until this beer. I think that a 16 oz pint of this was just a little too much for me of this beer during this sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2011 14:33:39 | More by Kegatron
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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

Mirror Pond is indeed clear enough to see your reflect in (although jagged golden highlights might distort it a bit). This clear-bodied, coppered brew does conjure scenic thoughts, loosely sharing its colour with the red-rock mountains of the American south-west. Its head does too - not the mountains, however, but the flat, arid, dessert aspect of it.

Deschutes has used enough hops that above the sticky-sweet scent of toasted malt is an almost minty bouquet with a discernibly 'green' aura and fragrant lemon zest. It's clear from both scent and appearance that a sufficient amount of grain was used, but that zest and the outdoorsy must of tree serum easily wins the bid for the nose's attention.

I don't know that Deschutes makes any beer without character, but for a pale ale this has a surprisingly high level of toasted maltiness as well as (lightly) pungent hop character. It's like a leafy green salad with lots of chopped mint, some savory herbs thrown in, lemon zest and slices of citrus fruit. Maltiness is there, but I pay it no attention.

While there is certainly more bitterness than in any mass-produced ale you'll find, it is relatively easy and soft, primed with candied lemon zest and then spray painted over with a nectarous pine serum. Also, the malts have a natural, caramelly sweetness that plays right into those elements. The combined aftertaste is more than pleasant, it's desirable.

While this has a tremendous amount of character, it's nothing too strong so as to be niche; it's more likely to turn the average beer drinker onto better beer than it is to turn them away from it - which is exactly what Deschutes does. That fact, coupled with other reliable flagship brands like this, makes that brewery truly deserving of all the praise that comes its way.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 23:10:15 | More by biegaman
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy copper toned amber with a small, off-white head that quickly fades out. Plenty of small streams of CO2 quickly rise to the top. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of candied oranges, flowers, light grass, sugary grapefruit, and cream.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas. Flavors of citrus and honey standing out amongst the mix.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lingers of floral, hoppy, & citrus. Mildly bitter, with a thin, dry finish.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2007 20:34:33 | More by weeare138
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

One of the ol' standby's. Pours a rich amber color, another dark pale oxymoron. Very clear and professional looking. Good aroma.

Taste, lately, has been a little maltier, woodier feel. Good hopping for a pale ale. The standard stuff, none of the new high alpha hops, this feels of Cascade and Chinook maybe. Never really found out what they use. But you know that classic C variety of hop feel v. the simcoes and amarillos of the world. This is old style pale ale from the West Coast.

Mouthfeel, because of the dissipation of the hop quality as you drink, I am a little disappointed. Drinkability is much better, its one of the best price/quality ratio's out there. Routinely find this for $6.99.

EDIT: This beer continues to go downhill, Deschutes either expanded too far or something, because we just don't get the same fresh awesome mirror pond as it used to be.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 03:30:21 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Burnt orange with a glass consuming display of effervesce. A healthy, foamy, cushy, 2 finger light tan head has good resistance even after 4-5 minutes of wait with hardly a budge given. Carbonation remains as strong as ever. Thick stratified ring lacing is beef on the glass, providing a very good coverage rate while the crown has a lasting coverage.

S: On the nose is fresh tangerines and oranges, dry barley stalks lurk in the background with some dry lemon grind. The strength is a bit reserved is its only drawback.

T: Creamy bread, slight citrus with a bit of spicy and sweet tangerine toast. Decent freshness of citrus-orange, grapefruit and orchard like hopping with a slight tropical fruitiness sneaking in.

M: fairly crisp, creamy textured, toasty warm grapefruit with a light medium bodied.

O: Overall fairly easy to consume, fresh, with a gentle hop dryness in the middle. six pack worthy.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 22:40:54 | More by beerthulhu
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper body. Thin and bubbly dirty white head. Lace is spotty and fairly abundant. Fresh lemon citrus hoppy aroma with a slight background of caramel malts. Quite the nice aroma. Fresh citrusy flavor too with a solid malt backbone. Again, I'd say more of a lemon citrus aspect than the expected grapefruit, but I'm not complaining. This is obviously fresh and very agreeable with my buds. Carbonation level is pretty high and this is quite quenching. Would lend itself very nicely to some spicy Thai or Vietnamese dishes.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 02:42:16 | More by Bighuge
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Found on tap in AZ. Pours a dark copper in color with a small soapy head and some lacework.

Smell: Piney hops, resin, a bit grassy as well.

Taste: Bitter hops upfront, when served cold the malt body does little to stand in the way. Generic citrus flavor hard to pinpoint exactly which fruits but pleasing nonetheless. As the beer approaches room temperature, alittle malt sweetness pokes through but the hops become more astringent.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a pleasing hop bite which lingers.

Drinkability: This beer is much closer to an IPA than a standard APA, which makes me wonder what Deschutes IPA and DIPA are like. Solid beer nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2010 05:28:37 | More by Stinkypuss
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received from fartingdog as part of BC2. Thanks Dave!
An off-white head capped this hazy amber beer. Head retention was pretty good and there was some chunky lacing. The aroma was mostly fruity, floral hops, but there was a bit of hop spiciness and mild malt present as well. Moderate bitterness with malt sweetness held fairly low. Up front, hops were orange and tangerine, towards the end more grapefruit. Lightish bodied with carbonation that started out crisp and lively, but mellowed to smooth out the texture at the end of the glass. Quite a nice pale ale that makes for enjoyable summer drinking.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 14:38:41 | More by DrJay
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glid02

Georgia

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

On-tap at The Vig in Phoenix, AZ.

Pours a clear and light copper color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of pale malts with hints of bread along with floral and slightly grassy hops. As the beer warms citrus hops waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderately dry pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined shortly by citrus and slightly earthy hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hops turn more herbal, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was a solid beer for the style but it's nothing special. Worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2011 19:52:26 | More by glid02
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is golden to copper with a white head that leaves ample lacing on the pint glass. The aroma offers some bready malts, biscuits, light caramels, a touch of hops. Easy drinking and well balanced. Malty finish with a hint of bitterness. More of an English style brew than the hop forward American offerings. Tasty. This one disappears quickly.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 02:03:41 | More by Huhzubendah
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle with a simple yet inviting label, into a dimpled lager mug.
Best by 2/27/07 indicated.
A - Golden amber color that is slightly cloudy with white head. The beer resembles clover honey.

S - The smell of citrusy sweet hops and gentle whiffs of malt with lightly lactic and nutty aromas.

M - Resinous, sugary, medium body with minimal but ample carbonation.

T - Tart citric hops allow a nice bitter quality at the intial tastes. Nutty caramel malts are tasted and a clean sweetness follows with nice lightly toasted tones in the finish.

D - A very good tasting, hop accented pale with a subtle effervescence. Nice lingering sweetness in the finish while tinges of grapefruit accent this easy drinking american pale.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 12:54:08 | More by Slatetank
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Gusler

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ Papago
A translucent amber on the pour with a modest and creamy head that is light tan in color, the left over lace forms a fine concealing sheet upon the glass. Nose is rich in malt, crisp and clean, maybe even a tad lemon like sweet start with a moderate feel to the palate. Finish benignly acidic, the hops pleasant and welcoming in their spiciness, dry and long lasting aftertaste, a damn good session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2003 03:09:03 | More by Gusler
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

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

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.45... poured into by red wine glass... listening to the "RIS Beer Party Mix" on the iPod... U2 and Keith Richards "Paint it Black".

Good head... nice lacing that lasts the entire glass... chill hazed dark orange..

Citrus and floral hops decidedly win the fight with toasted and caramel malts... Yeasty fruitiness.

Everything about Mirror Pond says, "Drink Me!" Very balanced... pale/victory/crystal malt sweetness blends perfectly into the bitterness... then more fruitiness... and finishes with an expected finish of floral and citrus hops.... malts evaporate to a dry lingering hoppy finish.

This brew is a staple in my home.... You can get in nearly anywhere for good reason. Non offensive to nearly everyone and any "good" beer drinker this could easily qualify as a session and frequently does for me. Deschutes is a world class brewing company.. and gets a significant portion of my beer budget.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2007 08:31:13 | More by JohnGalt1
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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