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

3,261 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 3,261
Reviews: 914
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 145
Gots: 477 | FT: 4
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:
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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Photo of TrevorGW
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Crystal clear golden color on the slightly darker side. Nice big soapy head.

Soft bready malts and creamy hops on the nose.

Taste is full of grassy hops, de-intensified up at the finish by the sweet caramel hints. Well-balanced version of the West Coast Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel is creamy, benefiting from a light carbonated.

Drinkability could not be better. Perfect ale for any time of day, any time of the year. I am very impressed with this Pale Ale and will seek it out again.

Photo of johnyeast
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper in color with a slight white head. Slight smells of hops and flowery notes. The first taste has a slight bite of hops, but not a strong flavor. The second taste is sweet and tart. I guess the word for this brew is slight. A decent and drinkable beer that may be the start of introducing a macro drinker to the world of micros. Personally I would probably migrate to the other offering from Deschutes, the Black Butte Porter, a winter FC favorite...

Photo of Brewsmith
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Yardhouse in Long Beach. Aroma has some citrus/pine hops in there...cascade. Color is a golden amber with a small off-white head. Flavor is a wonderful balance between malt and hops, biscuity, toasty, a little caramel without being sweet, while still being hop forward. light to medium bodied with a dry finish. A very nice example of an APA.

Photo of Hollenbeck2
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an all time classic pale ale, next to maybe only the sierra nevada, but this pale is stronger and can stand alone as an adventure a little more, deschutes does a good job of keeping their beer developing, where some of the other large micros start to remain the same, stagnant in their creations, deschutes pale mirror tastes a little different every time.

Photo of birdypowder
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mirror Pond...what a solid brew. Store some in the Deschutes River and then pull out slowly and hand to a friend. Smiles will ensue.

Aroma:
Cascade dry hop, floral, citrus, slight banana and light caramel. Appetizing.

Appearance:
Big frothy creamy off-white head with tight bubbles. Copper colored with some slight chill haze. Intense beading, good lacing.

Taste:
Medium bodied, with some slight caramel up front that segues into a firm but not overpowering bitterness. Well balanced. You will want another after finishing the first.

Finish:
Tending towards the dry side with some slight lingering bitterness.

Photo of NatetheGreat
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: beautiful: orange, like a sunset really. Huge slight off-white head.

S: clean aroma, strong citrusy hops, but not very complex.

T: more balanced than aroma, with some soft sweetness from malts and still strong bittering hops create a clean palate and offer strong, refreshing taste.

M/D: smooth brew that offers a strong hop bite while still being highly drinkable. This could be a great session ale.

Photo of Beefeater57
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy, burnt orange in color with golden edges. Sudsy head with little retention.

S: A nice clean smell. Good hop aroma that has some smells of floral and pine.

T: Some malt sweetness up front that is slighty tangy. Hops come in fast, have a good flavor to them...sit on the back sides of the tongue. The flavor is good, just can't pin point what it is. Definitely a hop flavor, but hints of citrus weave in and out. Has a pretzel-like aftertaste.

M: Carbonation definitely makes it fizz on the tongue. Body is good, has a small oily feel due to the hops.

D: Easy to drink, refreshing, tastes like it would go great with pretzels or chips and dip. The hop flavor is really nice, and I would definitely drink this beer again.

Photo of DeathbySexyBT
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of Adamdc
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: slightly cloudy amber/copper pour with a half inch bright white head that settiles quickly to about a quarter inch with very good lacing

S: very malty with slight hops and a bit citrusy. I like the aroma.

T: follows the aroma to a 'T' with slight bitterness when going down

M: seems just right. Not too thick and not too thin. Perfect for a Pale Ale

D: Very drinkable----definitely it's strength. Almost too drinkable!

A very solid, sessionable Pale Ale from a great brewer. Didn't knock my socks off but didn't disappoint either. I've got to seek this out again!

Photo of codfeast
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle to pint.

A: a golden amber color, 1/4 head, lots of bubles raising from the bottom. lots of sticky laceing.

S: malts and hops with a little lemon, and floral notes.

T: Sweet malt balanced out with the hops, a bitter but no to bitter finish.

M: medium carbination, smooth and creamy a pretty big mouthfeel.

O: A really well balanced pale ale, not as hoppy as Red Chair or SNPA. Real refreshing and easy drinking, and at $11.99 for 12 who are you to pass it up?

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Photo of mageek52
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good pale ale. Pretty close to Sierra Nevada Pale.

Photo of verge
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from the bottle.

A - Slightly cloudy dark orange color. Nice, but nothing spectacular.

S - Mild hops. Some fruit and floral aroma. Not overpowering, but very pleasant.

T - Clearly an American Pale Ale. A mild hop flavor in the beginning. As you swallow, the Cascade hops start coming forward. The instant after you gulp it down, you taste the full amount of hops but then as soon as it starts, it's over as it gives way to an extremely pleasant flowery/fruity flavor that balances everything sufficiently. Malts are there, but under the surface. The mild hop play is interesting and not overpowering. Really nice.

M - Average. It feels like an American Pale. Nothing special here.

D - This is the best part of this beer. The flavor is really nice, but the aftertaste is extremely pleasant. At 5% ABV, these don't mess you up enough to warrant much caution. Unlike some stronger pale ales and most IPAs, you don't feel shocked by the flavor of it, and the dryness of the hops makes you want to keep drinking. This is absolutely a session beer. Buy a six-pack of it.

Overall, a very solid American Pale Ale. From Deschutes, it's expected to be good, and it delivers. Great balance.

Photo of timtwoface
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked this beer. I found it at a nice little bar that sells craft brews in Richmond, BC (O'Hare's) and finally decided to try it after hearing so much about Deschutes in general and Mirror Pond in particular. I was not disappointed.

This is the sort of awesomeness I've come to expect from a major microbrewery in Oregon - a smoothe, easy-drinking beer with a bit of bite and minor hoppiness and minimal aftertaste. This one is insanely refreshing.

For all the non-hop-bombs (which I love) from Oregon, I would put this beer on a very level playing field with Widner Bros.' Drifter Pale Ale...that one has a bit more bite to it when it comes to hoppiness, and that's about it. Both are excellent and I would recommend to any person that likes the Pale Ale style.

Photo of pheggeseth
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: slightly cloudy amber in color, rocky white 1 inch head with decent lacing

S: buttery caramel, resiny hops, great floral aroma

T: citrusy hops with a caramel malt back, more lively than the smell

M: slightly watery, but good

D: its understated, but its great flavor adds to its drinkability

Photo of BenHesk12
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of brewdub17
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy copper/orange with a nice beige head that leaves wonderful lacing.

Smell: Sharp, dry and crisp are all going to be expected in the taste. Caramel and almost small amounts of honey are noted as well.

Taste: Very crisp and dry for the style. Combines pretty well with those caramel notes from the smell. Sweet and malty in the middle with the crispness noted in the beginning and end. Hops are delicate but add to the blend a small spicy role.

Mouthfeel: All around pretty dry and relatively puckering from the combination of dry causing malts and the spiced hops. Side pallets and front of tongue are getting most of the flavor and effervescence.

Overall: I've always liked this beer and it is a solid reference point as well as ambassador of a similar style. Maybe not exactly what I would expect from an "APA" I would see it more along the lines of an English style.

Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A good APA.

While it gets pretty high reviews on this site I would say it was good but not great. Appearance was good but perhaps a little to dark in terms of an APA. Smell was quite disappointing and there wasn't enough hops in the nose like a great APA. Taste was great with a good balance between hops and malt.

Would have loved some more hops in the smell, would have made this beer excellent if it had some more aroma hops in there.

Photo of mdunman
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy amber that pours a thick head than disappeared quickly but had plenty of linger

S: Hops, malt, spices and a bit of lemon

T: Great balance of hops and malt to provide a very enjoyable flavor

M: Medium body with a bit of carbonation makes for a good feel.

Overall this was an enjoyable pale ale. Had a great balance of flavor and is just a bit more hops away from hitting IPA level.

Photo of JohnnyJam
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of tmcelvain
2.91/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

L: gold; slight copper with a medium head.
S: Malty, with a faint yeasty smell.
T: Good balance between malts and hops, but I am overwhelmed by a sour yeastiness. Bad tap line, or have I just lost my taste for Pale Ales? Don't think so as I have recently had others that I had no problem with.
M: Just fine - refreshing with a mild carbonation.
D: Low because of my taste, but it seems like a well put together beer.

Photo of hoppyhampy
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass. This bottle says best by 8/26/10. Yellowish-orange in color with a solid inch of head that slowly dissipates and leaves a good amount of lacing. Fresh hops on the nose combine with a distinctly sweet malt to provide a great aroma. I get pineapple and citrus notes. The taste is well rounded. The hops and malt strike a nice balance so that you seem to taste both equally. Bitter, fresh hops dance on your tongue and the malt provides just enough sweetness to make this one very refreshing and easy to drink. Carbonation might be a little on the light side for me but not by much. The finish leaves you with only a slight hop resin and a little bit of malty sweetness but is overall pretty clean for a beer with this much flavor.

Photo of UncleFrank
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a friend bring some back from a west coast road trip. Boy is that a good friend! Lets see why.
The color is a bright clear oragne hue with a thin white head.
The aroma is bursting with citrus and sweet malts. Fruit and a touch of caramel are present.
The taste has citrusy hops from start to finish. The body is thin to medium but has enough taste that its complex and good. A slight bready flavor is there also in the finish.
I really liked this beer and hope to score more of it somehow here on the east coast. I've been told its better on tap and on the west where its fresh.

Photo of gtn80
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Appearance is a hazy golden orange with a one finger off white head that dissipates to a ring of tiny bubbles quickly.

Aroma is a big dose of piney hops with a bit of citrus in the background. Some malt comes through in the back of the aroma, but hops dominate.

Taste is bitter throughtout. Hops dominate, not floral bitterness or citrus, but piney and resinous. Bit of bready malt peeks through the hop parade, but taste starts and ends bitter.

Mouthfeel is good, pretty high on the carbonation spectrum, full bodied.

Drinkability is great, perfect session beer, crisp and bitter enough that it never gets cloying.

Photo of NefariousR
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

A - Rich orange-amber with a foamy off-white head. Quite hazy.

S - Citrus, piny hops, with a hint of malt sweetness pervading.

T - Malt leading into hop overtones, with just a bit of sharp nuttiness in the aftertaste.

M - Slight bit of stickiness with a pleasant carbonated texture.

D - Very nice, great for a spring afternoon. Full-flavored but not even slightly overbearing.

Photo of ThePortlander
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown bottle with a very nice logo into a pint glass.

A: A dark gold with red-orange hues and a white head.

S: Very much a northwest APA: cascade hops shone through the mix with floral and citrus aromas.

T: A crisp taste opens as the beer slides in over the tongue, with a medium body. The hops are certainly present, and they carry with them a great citrus note that works well with the bitter finish. After the initial crispness, Mirror Pond smooths out, leaving a sweet and grainy taste on the tongue. A wonderful beer.

M: A medium body, with just the right carbonation.

D: A strong example of an APA. Some wonderfully brilliant cascade hops thouroghly dominate, producing a crisp beer. Well done. Recommended to any Pale Ale fan.

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 3,261 ratings.