Mirror Pond Pale Ale
Deschutes Brewery

Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale
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Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
American Pale Ale
Ranked #498
Ranked #15,941
3.9 | pDev: 11.28%
Yesterday at 02:02 AM
Sep 04, 2001
Alc. by Vol.: 5.0%
IBUs: 40

170 calories per 12 oz serving
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Rated: 4.49 by KeithGreatNorth from Canada (BC)

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Rated by DoctorRobert1969 from California

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Very solid APA with a nice but not overpowering hops taste.
Oct 24, 2023
Rated: 3.98 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois

Sep 23, 2023
Rated: 3.72 by not2quick from Missouri

Aug 11, 2023
Rated: 4.12 by USAF-Mike from California

Jul 31, 2023
Rated: 4 by jroof1 from Massachusetts

Jul 27, 2023
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Reviewed by draheim from Washington

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Re-reviewing this one as it’s been a dozen years since I last reviewed it.

12oz can (5/16/2023) into a tulip. Pours a clear amber color with a huge billowing almost Duvel-like eggshell head with lots of sticky lace.

Aroma is hoppy and grassy, floral. Piney Northwest hops, fragrant sweet malt.

Taste is a blend of bready caramel malt and floral hops; light bitterness. Clean water. Nicely balanced. Very old school.

Mouthfeel is soft, medium bodied, crisp, drinkable. Something about it is vaguely reminiscent of beers brewed with Belgian yeast.

Overall a tasty, classic approach to the APA, one of my first go-to beers from the ‘90s. It’s somehow comforting to know that beers like this are still being made.

Previous review (8/19/2011) preserved for posterity:

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
On tap in an American pint glass at Bick's Broadview Grill. Review from memory (less than 30 minutes ago).

Color is a slightly hazy copper with a beautiful 1-finger head, good carbonation.

Aroma is floral and herbal hops.

Taste is floral, bitter hops with a nice pale malt balance. This beer straddles the line between a pale ale and an IPA. Used to drink this often and it's been way too long.

Overall this is a good example of a Northwest-style pale ale, generous with the hops and always refreshing.
Jul 21, 2023
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz can. Date stamp on can bottom is 'PKG ON 04/20/23'. Very legible stamp.
Nearly clear, deep gold colored body. One finger of white head, which settles back to a thin cap and ring. Leaves behind strings and spots of lacing.
Aroma of toasted malt, with hops expressing the flavors of citrus and grass.
Taste has a solid malt base. Citrus flavors of orange and lemon. Slightly spicy. Grass. Floral.
Medium mouth feel, which is substantial. Some tongue sting. Very good carbonation.
A totally good experience all around.
Jul 18, 2023
Rated: 4 by scottyshades from Florida

Jul 02, 2023
Rated: 3.89 by Nicknyc from New York

Jun 19, 2023
Rated: 3.93 by adosen01 from Minnesota

Jun 16, 2023
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Rated by whitemankeenan from South Carolina

5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Smooth, flavorful, thick feel, perfect pale ale. Clean tasting. Yum.
Apr 11, 2023
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Rated by ivanbrew

5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Let’s try this one out of a bottle definitely great flavor Piney crisp and light I love his beer cheers
Mar 15, 2023
Rated: 4.23 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois

Mar 11, 2023
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Rated by jbolger from Connecticut

3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A nice easy drinking Pale Ale but prefer Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
Feb 26, 2023
Rated: 3.97 by TrueMetalJake from Oregon

Feb 23, 2023
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Reviewed by lagrluvr

4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On tap in the marvelous Bryson City Outdoors taproom. A deep orange amber with nice creme head, good aromas of hop and malt, and very nice tasting brew with a clean hop balance. Very nice! Maybe better than Sierra?! Pale ale excellence.
Feb 06, 2023
Rated: 3.94 by Beergod420 from Michigan

Feb 04, 2023
Rated: 3.75 by njbusa from New Jersey

Jun 28, 2022
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