Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale
BA SCORE
74.9%
Liked This Beer
3.9 w/ 3,791 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:
#5,258
Reviews:
1,015
Ratings:
3,791
Liked:
2,838
Avg:
3.9/5
pDev:
11.28%
Alströms:
4.3
 
 
Wants:
194
Gots:
836
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 3,791 |  Reviews: 1,015
Photo of Natertottt
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
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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Photo of NSEbeeradventure
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ipeters1017
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Enjoy by 10/24" on the bottle, maybe not the freshest? Notes from 9/14.

Pours a clear bronze with a finger of head that dissipated quickly. Smell is pretty straightforward--slightly floral hops and slightly caramel malt character. Taste is lightly hoppy with a quick wash of malt sweetness, leaving a lingering bitterness. Well balanced, but everything is quite mellow. Feel is light-medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Super easy-drinking. Overall a nice pale ale but lacking oomph. I'd love to have a fresher one.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A fine beer to say the least. Pours a bright copper. Thick, foamy white head. Some lacing remains at the top of the glass. Aroma is floral hops with a banana like yeast. Taste is very similar, with a bit of citrus. Feel is medium bodied, light medium carbonation. Overall, lots of flavor for the style - especially if you're a fan of cascade hops.

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

A solidly good pale ale, especially for being 5%

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Photo of Nosquatch
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kazmodaeus
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden, decent head with odd lacing.

L: Has a nice color, a soapy head that dissipates reasonably quickly and laces with big windows

S: Smells exactly like what it is. Mild malt, moderate Cascade hop aroma, nothing else

T: Just clean. It is a simple pale, clean monotone malt and single hop. Very drinkable.

F: A bit watery, clears the pallette quick and completely.

O: Good session pale.

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

Photo of superwho24
4.9/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

As good as it gets. Pairs well with Rocky Mountain Oysters

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes Brewery "Mirror Pond Pale Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY: 11/22/17..." and sampled on 08/30/17
$2 @ Weis, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: I've recently been chatting with friends about the use of caramel malt in beers, or rather, the excessive use of caramel malts in beers, and how quite often too much just ruins it. This is a great example of not doing that. There's just enough caramel malt that it's clear, and it gives it a fuller flavor without going overboard. It's not flabby, or excessively caramelish, and it doesn't hinder or drown out any of the other flavors (like the beautifully delicate Cascade hops in play here). Another thing I discussed was that I'm quite open to the use of caramel malts across the board. Mirror Pond is, in my opinion, a blend of both English and American styles. It's got floral and citrusy Cascade hops (American), but it's also got the caramelish maltiness of an English pale ale - and because they've balanced the malt and the hops properly it works remarkably well. A very firm bitterness balances it (it's labeled as 40 IBUs), and it finishes mainly dry with a swirl of hops and then some residual caramelish malt lingering. It doesn't have the fuller caramel malt content of an American amber ale, nor does it rely on just the golden, biscuity malt base that most American pale ales deliver - it's somewhere in between. And that's OK because when you balance a beer this perfectly it becomes incredibly drinkable and remarkably satisfying at the same time. It's so simple really, with just one variety of hop in play, but when you put it together right it becomes more than the sum of its parts. Really well done, and if you've had it before and didn't think much you should really give it another look.

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Photo of jak
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

12 ounce bottle poured to wine glass
Sight: Light amber, hazy, medium light tan foam
Smell: malty aroma, not hoppy
Taste: Slightly bitter
Feel: good follow through/finish and long bitter aftertaste
Overall: very good, ok too repeat, but not to look for

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Photo of justinm4bama
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of digboy
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours orange amber. Aroma is subtle and sweet of floral lemon notes. Very nice. Taste is malt forward but light as expected from an APA. Thw hops do not come through enough IMO but therw is a subtle lemon flavor with a li gwring sweetness behind it.

Feel is unsticky and crisp.

Overall a nice west coast ale but i was hoping for more hops. What is there is well done.

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Photo of cwkash
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sohearn
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Davidpaul37mn
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of SirFolmarv
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle in Oregon. – A very nice pale ale. Very refreshing and crisp. Lightly citrusy and hoppy. Also has a light floraly sweet note. Minimally bitter. Has a light, quickly dissipating head but retains a layer over the handsome semi murky orange-amber body. Nothing too special on the nose. A standard flat hoppy note. A great choice for the summer time and outdoor recreation. Even better by the pond.

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Photo of NodakEric
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Better on tap than in the bottle.

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Photo of ICTguy21
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wilfonzo
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sethcroisant
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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