Mirror Pond Pale Ale
Deschutes Brewery

Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #483
ABV:
5%
Score:
88
Ranked #13,124
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 11.25%
Reviews:
1,052
Ratings:
3,948
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Deschutes Brewery
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
88
Very Good
Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale
Notes: Alc. by Vol.: 5.0%
IBUs: 40

170 calories per 12 oz serving
Reviews: 1,052 | Ratings: 3,948 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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AleManDan from California

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Great, hoppy pale ale that hits all the right marks and is very well made. I’d drink it anytime, but I wouldn’t choose it over less malty pale ales, like a hip hazy pale ale. Sounds cheesy, but it’s true. I want super dry hopped goodness these days. With that said, I’d drink this anytime and if it were the only beer available at a restaurant or bar I’d be totally ok with that.

Sep 06, 2020
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Limazulu from Idaho

3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Copper, slight haze, minimal head
S-Almost indistinguishable, slight floral notes and some bready malt notes
T-Neutral citrus, some floral and grassy undertones, and the malts more prominent on the palate than the nose. Modest sweetness, little to no bitterness.
M-Light body, minimal carbonation, but good smooth feel and clean finish (the best part of the brew, makes it refreshing)
O-Classic pale ale

Jun 26, 2020
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dunkel_weizen from Oregon

3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2 month old bottle into a glass beer mug. Huge white soapy head, three fingers, with good retention and lacing. The color is a clear golden burnt orange, and the nose is classic APA clean hop florals. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp and dry. The taste is hoppy and citrusy up front, smoothing out into some nice malt base. Nothing super remarkable.

This is a classic straightforward and reliable APA from Deschutes.

Jun 06, 2020
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip. I can't believe I've never had one of these. No idea why.

Pours slightly hazed and light amber with moderate head, decent retention and spectacular lacing.

Well balanced caramel malt and earthy/grassy hop on the nose.

The brew hits the tip of the tongue with solid caramel malts, but they aren't overly sweet. Both fruity and earthy hops balance it well, but not aggressively so. Classic APA. Malts, but not too much. Hops, but with restraint. Flavor, but not in your face.

The brew could maybe use some more carbonation. It isn't heavy, but it is at least medium-bodied.

It is rare that a brew tastes and smells this good, but comes off this odd in the appearance and feel department. If it had one or two shades brighter color and just a bit more effervescence, this would be the paragon of the style. Still, even though it doesn't look or feel quite like an APA, the flavor is top notch.

Jun 06, 2020
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Harrison8 from Missouri

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

Pours a foggy burnt orange with a finger of off-white foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is citrus, herbal, floral and resiny hops with biscuity and bready malts beyond. Hops lead the charge, netting out a 60/40 balance between hops and malts. Flavor profile is herbal, floral, resiny citrusy and tropical fruity, with that order descending in order of presence. Biscuity and bready malts add base and balance. It has a light rindy, bright taste. Mouth feel features a soft crispness with a moderate, medium thickness. Overall, crisp and refreshing with just enough presence to delineate it as a substantial beer.

Bottle. Reviewed from notes.

Feb 07, 2020
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Martin194 from Iowa

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

Look: Pale amber with a light tan head.

Smell: Hops, some yeast, light scent of raisins and apricots.

Taste: bread, herbs, pine, cool and refreshing.

Feel: "Spicy" in the mouth, leaves a cool, dry mouthfeel.

Nov 02, 2019
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A caramel colored brew with a only a hint of hops and malt. Taste is good. Nice blend of hops and malt. Smooth and creamy a very good regular beer. Overall a mainstream quality beer. On draft at Ron’s Corner Tavern.

Oct 03, 2019
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Mrbob558 from New York

3.29/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Perhaps my serving, given to me in a glass in the club lounge of a hotel, was not fresh . I liked this beer a lot less than other people. The taste was a bit off, almost like it was stale. The color was fine. I am not a big fan of pale ales though most of the ones I have had I liked more than this one

Sep 17, 2019
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IkelovesDeb from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tulip glass from a can. One of the best pales out there. It’s not trying to be an IPA and that’s good! If you want great hop taste balanced with solid malt backbone, find this wonderful brew.

Apr 06, 2019
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours light amber with a white head. Head retention is good.

Smell: It has aromas of citrus and pine. There are low levels of stone fruit, apricot, in the background. There are low levels of grainy sweetness.

Taste: There is a bready backbone with pine and stone fruit with a low level of cherry sweetness to it.

Feel: It has a medium body with moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth finish.

Overall, the aroma is mostly dominated by the hops, but the bread and fruit esters are more balanced in the taste.

Mar 23, 2019
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a solid amber with a light tan head that lasts a while. In the nose, it is a bit of malt and a touch of hops. In the mouth, lightly bitter and malty. A nice Pale Ale.

Feb 09, 2019
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JohnCal from California

2.34/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I had high hopes, but the smell and the taste just were not there. I tried hard to discern the taste, and with effort I could, but it wasn't worth the effort. There are way better Pale Ales out there, for me.

Dec 28, 2018
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can best by 1-10-19
3/4" off-white head on an orange-amber pale ale. Very good retention at a fluffy 1/4". Thick lace.
Sweet oranges - orange blossoms = Cascade. Some caramel. Honey.
Oranges, some pine. Floral / orange blossom late in the finish. Malt driven pale ale, sweet honeyed, caramel flavors.
Full bodied, medium to higher carbonation giving the mouthfeel a creamy effect due to a thick, creamy head. Can conditioning adds to the overall full "FEEL" of this beer as well. Short finish.
Great pale ale, true old school PA flavors.

Dec 02, 2018
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewpub. Can’t believe I haven’t had this before. Looks and smells like an old school pale ale. Tasty and the finish is extraordinary. Finishes clean and malty and dry and crisp.

Oct 13, 2018
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puck1225 from Texas

3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice beer - had forgotten how good.

Pours a beautiful deep golden yellow color with a great head and lacing. Bready somwhat citrusy smell and taste. A bit of lemon with a slightly piney bitter finish. Very satisfying!

Sep 03, 2018
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leaddog from Canada

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a light copper with two fingers of off-white head.

Smell - bready malts, caramel, earthy and leafy hops, and earthy yeast.

Taste - Bready malts and caramel followed by a punch from the earthy and leafy hops. The earthy yeast finishes the brew off.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes a tad sticky with the malts and hops lingering.

Overall - A sessionable and APA from Deschutes. The malts and hops are spot on and are nicely balanced.

Sep 02, 2018
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Salmonboyo from Colorado

3.26/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Definitely the kind of beer you could sit back and sip all day and night, it's not bad, although I don't know it's super my style, the first sip I had I absolutely hated, although as I drank more it definitely became more palatable. To me it has a very light floral flavor, I don't totally know what I would pair it with, I think it's more of a standalone beer as it it very floral with a lingering bitterness. Worth trying although I don't know that I personally would buy it again. TLDR - not bad but not necessarily for me, light, floral, and bitter.

Aug 06, 2018
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TooManyGlasses from Canada

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly cloudy orange amber with one finger white head. Aroma is caramel with a a bit of spicy floral notes. Taste is spicy citrus, hoppy caramel malt, and pine. The mouthfeel makes the beer - full and lingering hoppy bitterness but with a level of creaminess - very drinkable. Great easy drinking hoppy pale.

Jul 05, 2018
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SB2017 from Iowa

3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice color on this one, but just sort of thin and bubbly looking. Smells slightly metallic and like dry leaves, lending great complexity but not necessarily a pleasant experience. At first taste I get funk, rotting leaves, a bit more of that metallic taste from before, and a tiny hint of malt. Not much wheat flavor to this beer. The aftertaste rocks though.

Jun 12, 2018
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Burrocreek from Arizona

3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If you like cascade hops (Centennial is my personal fave), this is for you. Lower ABV and nice, resinous flavors you might find in a Bell’s Two Hearted or similar. My new low-impact go-to, now in cans!

Jun 10, 2018
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jadpsu from Georgia

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

Saw this beer in the store in Tumwater WA., on the same day we visited Tumwater Falls along the Deschutes Riveradjacent to the old Olympia Brewery.
Figured it might be local to this area or have been a spin off from the old Brewery.
Not so. It is from Portland.
Pours a faint amber with a slightly off white head that showed some pretty good retention.
AROMA: Some sharp, tart hops, slight grapefruit.
Taste: Cascade hop characteristics noted. The bitter and tart hops are met with some sweet bread malts.
Feels more like an IPA than a Pale Ale.
Good beer.

Jun 08, 2018
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PigeonEater from Washington

1.47/5  rDev -62.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

There was this one time that my room was a bit smelly. It was the middle of summer. I grab the air freshener and start spraying the room. This aerosol freshner is an off brand that was spoused to be lilac scented. As I'm spraying the room the fan rotates and blows this stuff in my face. It clicked because it tasted almost exactly the same is this beer. If you like an over powering floral taste this is the beer for you. I'll pass.

May 31, 2018
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Anayalator from Texas

2.68/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Love descutes. One of my favorites breweries but this is by far one of the worst craft beers I’ve ever had.
Malts and hops are imabalanced. Alcohol taste with no hints of anything special. No aroma. Expected so much more. Good carbonation and lacing. Can’t even describe this beer.

May 20, 2018
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Meh3 from California

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bright copper/amber colored beer pours out into a stange glass with a 1/2” white head that receding rapidly to a thinly cover the surface while leaving a persistent pattern of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aromas include caramel malt,complimented by melon and pine from the hops. Nicely balanced.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied punctuated by moderate carbonation. The middle begins emphasizes caramel sweetness balanced by melon and citrys. Finish is short and bit dry.

The clear bright copper/amber colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” off white head that recedes slowly but visibly to a thin cover over most of the surface while leaving a persistent pattern of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates a couple of arches and lots of small patches and legs of lacing.

The aromas include a noticeable, well rounded caramel malt background complimented by some almost fruity aromas that include pine needles and citric grapefruit from the hops

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the pine needles and grapefruit from the hops as well as a noticeable caramel sweetness from the malt backbone. The malt and its sweetness are in a very nice balance with the bitterness in that neither conceals the other and each keeps the other from becoming unpleasant.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit prickly from the moderate carbonation. The fairly long finish begins as the caramel sweetness briefly allows the pine and grapefruit to become more prominent as they are all slowly fading. Both the malt sweetness and the fruity, citric and piney bitterness from the hops are present throughout the finish to the clean, crisp semi-dry lingering ending.

In Sum: Very drinkable beer with a very well balanced interplay between the not overly complicated hops and the malt. I'll add this APA my guest offerings of APAs.

May 17, 2018
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The clear bright copper/amber colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” off white head that recedes slowly but visibly to a thin cover over most of the surface while leaving a persistent pattern of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates a couple of arches and lots of small patches and legs of lacing.

The aromas include a noticeable, well rounded caramel malt background complimented by some almost fruity aromas that include pine needles and citric grapefruit from the hops

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the pine needles and grapefruit from the hops as well as a noticeable caramel sweetness from the malt backbone. The malt and its sweetness are in a very nice balance with the bitterness in that neither conceals the other and each keeps the other from becoming unpleasant.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit prickly from the moderate carbonation. The fairly long finish begins as the caramel sweetness briefly allows the pine and grapefruit to become more prominent as they are all slowly fading. Both the malt sweetness and the fruity, citric and piney bitterness from the hops are present throughout the finish to the clean, crisp semi-dry lingering ending.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer with a very well balanced interplay between the hops and the malt. I definitely expect to be having more of this one since it is a very enjoyable APA and I could see adding it to my regular rotation of APAs.

Apr 22, 2018
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