Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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3,761 Ratings
Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

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

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Photo of KYGunner
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Called a Pale Ale for a reason this has a clean pale amber color and a bright white head of frothy foam.

Cracker, nuts and biscuity malt hit the nose with light floral hops and even some lemongrass.

Malty, crackery, biscuity and nutty this reflects a Pale Ale very well.

The feel is slick and easy with a tang of astringency but this is light enough to be a multiple beer drinker.

This may be my favorite from Deschutes thus far as it reflects the style well but has its own original take.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a clear honey amber with half a finger of beige head that leaves dripping snow melt lace as it recedes.

Smells of bright muddled citrus peel, sappy pine, baking biscuits and freshly cut flowers.

Tastes of lightly honeyed biscuit, orange and grapefruit flesh, pine resin and more floral leafy hops.

Feels gentle and frothy. Medium-light bodied with softly fizzy carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Recommended. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of wedge
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BEST BY: 12/21/16

Orange amber under a lovely creamy layer that leaves spotty rings of lacing behind. Flowery-citrus-like Cascade hops, toast, and mild caramel malt combine in a classic old-school APA aroma. Delightfully balanced flavor...floral hops, tea leaves, citrus peel, biscuits, toasty malt sweetness. Medium bodied and smooth. Pleasant, easy-drinking.

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Photo of Gator_Chomp
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of YetiMaas
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jeremy7
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Deschutes, Portland, OR

Poured a slightly hazed apricot color with a small white head that receded to a ringlet. Good dose of citrus and pine hops in the nose, with a hint of bready yeast. As good beers in the style should be, a good balance of sweet and bready malts with citrus and piney hops, mild fruit tones. Light-medium body, and easily drinkable.

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Photo of scaaven
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad offering from Deschutes. Poured an amber color out of a 12 oz bottle with 1/2 finger of head. No lacing I can see in the glass.

Smell isn't strong, but it's hoppy with maybe some banana-like complexity. Tastes like a well rounded pale ale. Good amount of hops with some malt & fruit (banana?) if I'm not mistaken.

Carbonation seems perfectly matched with the other characteristics of the beer.

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Photo of sj660
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Fantastic deep golden color leaving a thin coronet of foam that laces the glass exquisitely. Visually perfect.

Slightly powdery yet creamy mouthfeel with a full body. This ale purports to be more well balanced with hop bitterness than other APAs especially from the Pacific Northwest, but this claim only goes to show just how overhopped American craft brews have become. Yet the bitterness is pleasing and mild enough that the virtues of the Cascade hops can be detected. I get a slightly nutty taste off of it as well.

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Photo of NickRivers
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A&S - Nice slightly cloudy golden brown, half-inch soapy head, with a dried fruit smell.

T&M - Very light and smooth crisp taste with some huge hop and dried fruit flavor.

O - A good light beer. One of the best in its class.

As a fan of Black Butte I was eager to try this one. I brought it home read reviews and realized it was a light beer. I expected a heavier pale ale taste and was slightly disappointed. Aside from its super light taste its not half bad, at first I was turned off but got the hang of it and started to welcome the flavor. One thing that was unappealing was the light body. The dried peach and bitter hops scream heavy body. Overall pick this one up its not too bad and not bad for you. Looking forward to trying more Deschutes brews. Stay thirsty my friends.

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Photo of Redrover
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap in Federal Way, WA.

The beer was a nice copper with a decent white head and very nice lacing.

The nose on this beer is mainly from the hops. Nice pine & floral notes. There is virtually no other aroma, but that’s ok.

The taste is right on for a pale ale. The hops are clearly in the forefront, but they are modulated by some malty sweetness. I’m not sure of the hop type they use, but the beer had a slightly piney taste with hints of underlying fruit. The beer seemed well balanced with just enough malt to balance.

Easy drinking beer with a very soft feel in the mouth.

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Photo of draheim
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a thick, rocky head that slowly collapses to a thin cap. Smells of light, earthy hops, some grassiness, and a touch of malt. The hops are a little more prevalant in the taste, but the beer is a little grainy. Citrusy hops, grain, some sweet malt, more body than the smell would suggest. In fact, perhaps just a tad too thick from the graininess and malt, but not too sweet, thankfully. Pleasant enough that I wouldn't be upset if this was the only thing on-tap somewhere worth drinking.

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Photo of Aqualad
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chewy6935
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shuffledaddy
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This review is based off of 12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Deep copper in color with creamy white head. Moderate size head with above average retention and lacing.

S- Smells of mangoes, pine, and citrus.

T- Front palate is of peaches, moving to grapefruit and finishing with pineapple. Very fruity hop character.

M- Effervescent; substantial mouthfeel for the style.

D- Very drinkable and well-rounded APA.

Verdict: This is an old stand-by for me, as it is a darn good pale ale and widely available in my part of the country. Definitely worth trying if you haven't already.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap pour (1/2 pint glass) at the Mountain Room of Deschutes Brewery in Bend, OR. (free samples given prior to the brewery tour!)

A: Clear, light amber, lingering white head with lacing with some carbonation bubbles.

S: I didn't smell as much of the hops as I'd expected. Slight floral and piney hop aroma, some malt.

T: Good balance. Initial citrusy hop flavor with some bready malt present. Slightly sweet finish.

M: Carbonation was moderate. Seemed a little bit thin. Light body. Lingering hop bitterness.

D: A crisp, enjoyable beer; quite drinkable - especially on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Doodler
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinking a 12 oz bottle - poured into an Odell Pilsner glass

A - A nice orange amber with an inch of cloudy white head. Small amount of lacing.

S - Citrus and caramel. Some hops waif through, with a touch of spice.

T - Nicely balanced, with a lightly flavorful punch of hops and malts.

M - Medium carbonation. Not too sweet. Just the tight amount of flavor for a pale ale.

D - A nice, easy drinking brew.

A tasty pale ale, well balanced. Worth a try for the price. Dechutes does it right with most beers. Recommended.

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Photo of taxguyjase
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have heard a lot about this Deschutes Brewery - sounds like my last name (Deshayes), which I found out means trash in French. Screw you Frenchie. Anyway, I saw this was on tap and figured I better try it and see what the fuss was about.

The general appearance of the beer was pretty appropriate given that it was a pale ale and was pretty nicely golden. The head was light and dissipated quickly. I didn't get a lot of aroma from the beer, which was sad, as I like the scents that pale ales and IPAs have. Fortunately, the beer made up for the lack of smell with some great flavor - hops, bitterness, a bit of floral citrus. At the same time, the beer was very smooth, so nothing that would drastically piss off anyone. A good overall beer that I would definitely have again.

Appearance - 3.5/5.0 - A golden color with light head
Smell - 3.0/5.0 - Really light, which I was surprised with given it was a pale ale
Taste -4.0/5.0 - A really strong potent hop flavor with appropriate bitterness. Smooth at the same time.
Feel - 4.0/5.0 - Smooth and bitter at the same time and felt good in the mouth. No overkill.
Drinkability - 4.5/5.0 - A good solid beer that I would definitely get again.

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Photo of budgood1
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a hazy cooper and bronze colour with a half inch thick off-white head with great retention. nice lace. flowery, perfumy, citrus tinged hoppy aroma with a nice toffee and caramel malt base. taste pretty much follows up on what the nose had to offer...a bite of lemony hop bitterness gives way to some solid base maltiness...all nicely balanced and approachable. nothing overly flavourful but solid nonetheless. the body of this pale ale has some girth to it, a bit more than usual for the style which therefore leads to a mouthfeel that is rich and slippery with a quick snap of bitterness for good measure. drinkability is nice...it seems to drink "bigger" than your run of the mill pale ale.

my first deschutes offering and i'm impressed. nicely balanced and would be a perfect compliment to some spicy food or hot wings.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a 12 ounce bottle and into my nonic pint glass. Mirror Pond appears a hazed apricot color with about an inch of dense off white foam. The head leaves a noticeable lace in its wake. Aromas and flavors are of toasted biscuits, citrus such as lemon peel and white grapefruit, some pine, sweet caramel. Decent body with ample carbonation. A nice session APA.

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Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant deep copper with a frothy cream head that lingers.

Fresh cut grass, resin, grapefruit, tangerine, and light bready malt form the aroma. Pine and herbal hops dominate, but citrus sharpness accents well.

Flavor reveals more muted citrus underpinnings, with sweet, toasted bread at the backbone, carrying into a slightly bitter, modestly resinous finish. Grapefruit, orange, and fruit cocktail add complexity. Hops and malt are both well represented, but hops take the win. The flavor does seem a little flat.

Body and carbonation are moderate.

Very well balanced pale ale, with good flavoring and bittering variety. The hop flavor lacks a bit in comparison to the aroma.

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Photo of electrodes
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dnichols
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a mug.

A: Cloudy amber-hued honey color with a nearly pure white head. Mild carbonation; almost looks flat from a distance. Moderate lacing. A three finger head with average retention and sheeting lace that lasted well into the experience.

Smell: Floral and fruity hops gave it a very crisp, fresh inviting smell that lingered and greeted my nose each time I brought my glass to my face..

T: Limited malt flavor but a crisp taste trough out and a sharp bitter finish (not sour). There is a very nicely developed balance between the crisp, fruity hops that provide perfect bitterness and the floral hops that coated my tongue and left it in a happy place.

M: Very thin and light, but the carbonation keeps it smooth. Medium-bodied and crisp.

D: Nice hoppiness without being overpowering and a light body make this a wonderful summertime beer that you can drink like water.

Comment: Excellent hop flavor and mild carbonation make this an enjoyable beer for a lingering hot summer day.

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Photo of Scrylol
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper color body with a one finger bubbly and frothy white head. Looks nice.

Aroma smells of citrus zest, lemon, grass, slight bready notes, and some pine. Smells great.

Grassy, lemon flavor backed by decent bitterness on the tongue. Bready, piney, and earthy. Leaves a dry bready and piney aftertaste. A little bit overwhelming for the bitterness over the malty side.

Medium body, nice carbonation, feels just right.

Nice pale ale from Deschutes.

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
3.92 out of 5 based on 3,761 ratings.
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