Mirror Pond Pale Ale
Deschutes Brewery

Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale
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Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #544
Ranked #15,819
3.9 | pDev: 11.28%
May 09, 2022
Sep 04, 2001
Very Good
Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale
Notes: Alc. by Vol.: 5.0%
IBUs: 40

170 calories per 12 oz serving
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3.37 by alexvhrk from Wisconsin on May 09, 2022
4.1 by bv51 from Washington on Apr 29, 2022
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3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

Pours a foggy orange with an eggshell head that fades to cap and leaves some spotty lacing. Snot locker gets some caramel and some floral hops. Medium bodied, nicely carbonated. A really nice Pale ale, well balanced.

Mar 29, 2022
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4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by musicsherlock from New York

At the brewery form a pint glass

Dec 10, 2021
4.01 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 20, 2021
3.45 by AmatuerSurgeon from Missouri on Oct 09, 2021
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3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by NickSMpls from Washington

Amber pour, light haze and modest head. Good nose of floral and hops. Taste is well-tempered bitterness and a good finish with malt added in. Deschutes landed smack-dab in the center of the american Pale Ale wheelhouse with this one. Been around around a long time and well-deserved.

Aug 23, 2021
3.87 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio on Aug 21, 2021
4.25 by soarinsteven from Illinois on Jul 20, 2021
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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by 1961 from Wisconsin

Well balanced and lower alcohol volume. Great Summer Drinking Beer. Thank you Deschutes for making a True Pale Ale.

Jul 10, 2021
3.77 by Danzifer from Ohio on Jun 20, 2021
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4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by The_Toner

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
4 by KT3418 from Colorado on Jun 14, 2021
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3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by imnodoctorbut from Texas

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
4.04 by Napoli101 from Texas on May 28, 2021
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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Iamaskier from Idaho

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
1 by jeschaefer from Texas on Apr 18, 2021
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4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by snaotheus from Washington

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.

Another 12oz can, this one dated 2022-01-19, so substantially older than the last one. Starting to show off a little bit of the "old hay" characteristic I associate with old hops, but not too much. Generally, consistent with my previous notes.

Mar 31, 2021
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3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by barneyrubble from Colorado

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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2.81/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Sigmund from Norway

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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3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by TheBricenator from Oregon

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
3.93 by SViterileroux74 from Texas on Feb 19, 2021
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4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

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
4.24 by HighwayChile from Kansas on Jan 16, 2021
4.02 by Connybumbum from Colorado on Jan 09, 2021
3.71 by CaptMcEwan from Pennsylvania on Dec 23, 2020
4.29 by BoodahMoogle from Arkansas on Dec 08, 2020
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4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

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
3.85 by Teion from Canada (AB) on Nov 04, 2020
3.89 by Happyyb from New Hampshire on Nov 03, 2020
4 by a_silva_016 from Arizona on Oct 17, 2020
3.46 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Sep 11, 2020
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by AleManDan from California

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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3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by SushiSakeBeer from Oregon


Sep 06, 2020
3.91 by btbcolo from Colorado on Aug 10, 2020
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3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Limazulu from Idaho

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
3.5 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 17, 2020
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3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by dunkel_weizen from Oregon

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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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

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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