Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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3.9/5
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3,876 Ratings
Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Alc. by Vol.: 5.0%
IBUs: 40

170 calories per 12 oz serving

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,522
Reviews:
1,034
Ratings:
3,876
pDev:
11.28%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
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Ratings: 3,876 |  Reviews: 1,034
Photo of Salmonboyo
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of Adodgio
3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of jripley97
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eldoctorador
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of skalten
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of robotic_being
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of viking77
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dafla67
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of riptosrage
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TooManyGlasses
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Westerner
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Nvrmind16
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very smooth ale, with a lot of IBU. Its distinctive but hard to put a finger on what its heaviest flavor note is. Easy to drink.

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Photo of matodowd
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SB2017
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of Burrocreek
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

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Photo of jadpsu
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of PigeonEater
1.47/5  rDev -62.3%
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.

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Photo of Chilmer
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Anayalator
2.68/5  rDev -31.3%
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.

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Photo of Meh3
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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

Photo of Blogjackets
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of _Adam_
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Matuhg
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of davillanx
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 3,876 ratings