Mirror Pond Pale Ale
Deschutes Brewery

Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale
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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #425
ABV:
5%
Score:
88
Ranked #11,298
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 11.25%
Reviews:
1,044
Ratings:
3,928
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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
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Reviews: 1,044 | Ratings: 3,928
Photo of IkelovesDeb
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.

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Photo of hman43
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.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
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.

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Photo of JohnCal
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.

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Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
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.

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Photo of puck1225
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!

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Photo of leaddog
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.

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Photo of Salmonboyo
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.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
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.

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Photo of SB2017
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.

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Photo of Burrocreek
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!

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Photo of jadpsu
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.

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Photo of PigeonEater
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.

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Photo of Anayalator
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.

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Photo of Meh3
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.

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Photo of drtth
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth creamy fruit aroma. Surprising for Cascade, but it reminds me of Deschutes’ fresh hopped beers that IMO come off soapy. This is quiet pleasant. Lighter bodied than Dale’s and I get an English ale ester vibe. I’d love to try this on cask.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

**
02/04/2018

Bottle to pilsner glass; while cooking for super bowl. Go Eagles.

LOOK: dark yellow, small off white head. Good color for a pale ale.
AROMA: biscuit, cereal, hints of floral and citrus notes.
TASTE: sweet malted grains, light hops. light sour lemon/grapefruit like aftertaste.
FEEL: full bodied for a pale ale. Carbonation gives it some real zing.

Very good version of a classic pale ale. Enjoying more as I get into it.

**

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Photo of pjloury
4.88/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer of all time. Has a fresh somewhat fruity taste. Similar to Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale but with better balance and flavor. Maintains a crisp floral flavor from top to bottom.

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Photo of GeorgianBayPackr
3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I had higher expectations for this beer. It seemed to lack complexity for my palate. True, it is a single-hop variety, but I did not find it to be an inviting beer. It was a bit dry and grassy. Reminds me of a conventional, mass produced beer somewhere between a lager and a pilsner style, lacking any real distinction. Sorry.

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Photo of beergoot
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear orange body; thick, sculpted head. Light scents of light malt grains and subtle esters. The taste follows along with the aroma, a bit fruitier, plus some fine hop bitterness. Medium-heavy body; relatively slick on the tongue.

An old standby from Deschute's brewery. I haven't tried one in a long, long time, but this one is still a decent little brew. The hop presence isn't as intense as some other representations of this style, but the beer is well-balanced and quite drinkable.

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Photo of teromous
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the left side of the front label: "BEST BY: 12/27/17 1349 11"

Appearance: The beer has a golden brown body that is slightly hazy. It has a short off-white creamy textured head with moderate retention and lacing.

Aroma: There is a light herbal and flowery aroma.

Taste: There is a light touch of caramel flavor with a bread-like taste that follows. It has a light herbal hop flavor that has a bit of tea and mint character.

Mouthfeel: It is a very clean tasting beer that is refreshing. It has a medium-light body with a crisp wet finish touched by just a bit of hop bitterness.

Overall: It is a nice and enjoyable American Pale Ale that would fit in nicely at a cookout. I wish it were available in cans because it would be perfect for the beach or camping. I would drink it again and I would recommend grabbing a six-pack of it.

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Photo of ThorSon
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it in a pint glass at a restaurant belly up at the bar. Good overall beer, good with burgers and a bit different than the IPA stuff. Its a good pale ale with a 5.0 alcohol content so you can drink a couple. A good go-to beer at the restaurant, have had other Deschutes brews and this is less fruity and hoppy than some of the other IPA offerings. Nice gold tone and it must be the cascade hops that give it a distinct flavor.

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Photo of Natertottt
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Just fair warning; I had this getting over a cold. Might not be the most accurate rating.
Poured into pub glass, golden with a frothy white head, with a lace that made a work of art down the glass.
Citrus peel smell with a little pine.
Taste of the Cascade hops is prominent. Balanced nicely with the malt.
Great beer for hop lovers. Definitely a go to pale ale.

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 3928 ratings