Mirror Pond Pale Ale
Deschutes Brewery

Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale
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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #517
Ranked #14,840
3.91 | pDev: 11.25%
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Very Good
Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale
Notes: Alc. by Vol.: 5.0%
IBUs: 40

170 calories per 12 oz serving
Reviews: 1,061 | Ratings: 3,968 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not usually keen on pale ales, I'm sort of more of a pilsener guy (although back when I was young I brewed ales). What surprised me about this one was twofold: a really nicely balanced beer, with neither the hops or malt taking charge, and the alcohol content. I don't care for really alcoholic beers at my age (68).

Jun 17, 2021
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

can dated 3/18; today is 5/31

pours a fairly clear amber gold body with a burnt-off-white fluffy foam froth head that has moderately low retention, peaking at a finger-and-a-half and leaving occasional patches of thin sudsy lacing behind as it settles to a super thin murked cap with a thin but defined halo

aroma is caramel malt, slight pine and orange, lemon, and grass

taste follows that up, pretty straightforwardly. orange marmalade and caramel malt take center stage

mouthfeel is higher carbonation and medium-light body that runs crisp, slightly watery, and grainy, with a crisp dry finish and a lemon-laced caramel malt aftertaste

a far from boring session worthy pale ale that aligns itself with more traditional pale's of the english variety at times, while bringing in solid pine resin notes to boot. solid digs

Jun 01, 2021
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Iamaskier from Idaho

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

Apple cider in color. Not much of a head. Smells mild, citrus hops, hints of lemon. Malty upfront and on the body, surprisingly. The hops come out at the end. It finishes dry.
This is balanced very well— the malt and hops are blended together so well it’s a little hard to tell what’s what, and I think that’s a good thing for this beer. It’s mild, it’s subtle, it’s an easy drinking pale ale. What else could you ask for?

Apr 26, 2021
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snaotheus from Washington

4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can served in a tulip. Dated 02-10-21. It was left in my AirBnB fridge, so I'm pretty stoked by the relatively reasonable date.

Pours a surprisingly dark amber with a medium sized head. It's not hazy, but it's not clear. There are definitely some little flakes of sediment floating around and there and settling into the bottom of the glass. Smell is nice, clear piny grassy hoppy notes and a definite malty/grain sweetness.

Taste is pretty much what a pale ale ought to be. Moderate grainy sweetness, a tiny bit of a tea like characteristic, maybe the slightest nuttiness or toffee to spice things up a little bit, medium but building pine bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a very dry finish. Overall, this is a classic pale ale.

Mar 31, 2021
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barneyrubble from Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- Dozens of oatmeal colored random chunks sinking in a dusty amber colored beer. Short lived 2F cream light khaki foam head fades to almost nothing with minor lace. Transparency is about 50%

N-Almost nothing when cold and about the same as it warms, just a bi of caramel malt, at least no off notes.

T- Interesting oat biscuit malt hits first, then a smooth light sweetness that leads up to a lightly bitter finish. This malty sweetness is nicely balanced with a tangy hop note that keep you coming back for some more.

M- Smooth and slick with light carbonation and a finish that keeps it lightly dry with a touch of sticky thickness.

O- I had this first almost a year ago when I kept a tasting spreadsheet. I thought it was too bitter at that time, but my palate has become more experienced. This is pretty tasty at this point in my journey.

Mar 30, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

2.81/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355 ml bottle, from Fakta, Denmark. BB date 30.05.2014. ABV is 5%. Amber colour, slightly hazy with some floaties. Moderate off-white head. Aroma of caramelized stale orange marmalade, basement and dust, a whiff of solvent. Soft mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. The flavour is mild with a slight fruitiness, the finish is drier and "dusty" with very moderate hops. Has apparently not had any benefit from cellaring, might rerate if I find a fresh bottle.

Mar 20, 2021
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TheBricenator from Oregon

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Nearly clear medium-dark orange with a generous off-white head that forms a pillow up top and slowly recedes, leaving good lacing behind
Aroma: Lemon/lime, tangerine, warm bready malt, rose-led floral notes, lightly toasted cereal grains, and light berry notes
Taste: A slew of citrus fruits and flowers rush onto the palate and hold before bready malt notes come and join in the fold. Citrus and floral hops retake center stage and lead to a hoppy finish
Mouthfeel: Full, medium-high carbonation, very clean throughout, and slightly soft on the finish with no detectable dryness
Overall: Tasty stuff here as it should be. A Pacific Northwest cult classic and continues to be unwavering in its presentation – citrus and floral hops, good bready malt presence, clean, and ridiculously quaffable. I hadn’t had a sixer as a stand-alone in some time and it was a much-welcomed reminder of just how well-made and good this beer is and has always been. Recommended

Mar 01, 2021
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

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

Poured into a grip shaped goblet: color is copper, transparent, head is light tan with very fine bubbles and presents 2 fingers thick, heads laces well.

Smell is light caramel malt, toast, then crisp hops with earth, grass and light herbal notes.

Taste is similar with toasted and light caramel malt, hops with earth, grass, and light herbs.

Mouthfeel is low/moderate carbonation, moderate sweetness, well balanced bitterness with drying.

Overall an excellent pale ale, maybe a little light on the aroma and flavor but what is there is classic flavor and drinkability.

Jan 23, 2021
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Let's take a 12 ounce bottle of Mirror Pond, pour it into a clear pint glass and reflect on the results. First, it's a beautiful bright copper color, with good carbonation leaving a nice off-white head and lacing. It's smell is a little perfumish. There's a nice malt start to the taste and a good hop presentation at the finish. Overall a very nice beer experience.

Nov 27, 2020
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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 (AB)

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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