Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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3.9/5
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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:
#8,138
Reviews:
1,032
Ratings:
3,864
pDev:
11.28%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
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Ratings: 3,864 |  Reviews: 1,032
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

Photo of stella77artois
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dhannes
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drtth
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BennyProfane
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of Lagerquestrian
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Madbum101214
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ahazabinadi
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of hopguy28
3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Boilerup
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Supergenou
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 3,864 ratings