Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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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 KeefD
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Entire bomber poured into a weizen glass. Yep, that's right. Lovely golden orange color with about a half inch of white head that fell to a lasting cap, spotty sheets of lacing. Looks great! Good hoppy aroma here, but not overpowering in anyway, less grapefruit than I was suspecting, cut some citrus notes are there with a lightly malty component in the background. Good balance on this pale ale. Tastes more like an English style, but the American citrus-like hops do show up on the clean bitter finish. Malts are very mellow, not much sweetness, and pretty well balanced. Carbonation is just about perfect for this lighter bodied brew. Easy drinkin beer, light bitterness made this bomber go quickly. Great session brew.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

We crack a pair, pouring into our Great Lakes pint glasses. The beer glows a golden amber coloring. It puts forth a solid one finger head of creamy, ghostly foam the color of pancake batter. It clings in wet, spotted sheets to the glasses, leaving lacing as such in its wake. The mildest chill haze is noted, but no sediment accompanies this. Carbonation appears to be robust. The aroma shows a serious side to the brew, with soured pale and wheaty malts going against grassy and resinously piney hops. Between the two is a simple blend of sap, wet metallics yeastiness, orange zest, sweeter orange juiciness, soft buttery diacetyls, toasty rye breadiness, vinyl plastic bite, coin, and flashes of lemon-lime soda sugariness. The taste to follow gives a brightly piney, soapy, and citric hop core cutting through crisp pale maltiness, raw barley and crystal malt bolster, glassy metallics, bittered nectarine fruitiness, under ripe strawberries, dried leafiness, curiously warming spiced bready sweetness of pumpkin, sand, walnutty bitterness, and cooling lactic creaminess. The body is distinctly medium, and the carbonation is rather active on the palate. Each sip gives nice slurp and smack, but with lesser cream and froth rolling behind it. Finishing pop is crisp, adding welcomed robustness to the finish. The mouth is otherwise left cooled, prickled, and neither really dried or oiled. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks back with ease.

Overall, we are finally getting around to reviewing this west coast stable of beerdom. We were first able to sample this about two years ago, on a road trip out to Colorado to visit some friends. Having never seen Deschutes before that moment, this became an obvious first choice when we hit that first brew stop. We happily and rapidly sipped that first six-pack at altitude, but neglected to take any notes worthy of rating. Fast forward to now, and we stumble across a second helping at a Meijer in Sandusky, Ohio, while visiting Cedar Point a month or so back. Here we are, with the meaningful rating baton in hand. This here is your quintessential no-nonsense pale ale. The nose comes across freshly and seriously, with no unnecessary inclusions or deviations. The flavoring is describable in much the same way, but is a bit more to the sweeter and more biscuity side of life. Fill in the gaps with straight quality, and that is really what you’re left with.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

(had this at the PDX airport at a pub whose name escapes me, but they had the most ridiculously large Bavarian pretzel I'd ever taken in)

Orange-amber in color, filtered clean and bright, with a wispy/feathery off-white head - nice, snotty lace sticking around.... Mostly a floral-soapy hop aroma, toasty pale malt just sneaking in underneath, to balance.... The floral-soapy thing certainly comes across in the taste, refreshing, matched against some pleasant lime/grapefruit hop flavors - supporting malts show a bit more here, but never really give the esters and hops much of a fuss - bright/lightly tart bitterness, bit of an English esb/pale flavor quality.... Smooth, quite clean light-medium body, maybe a little round-maltier than drier than desirable in the finish - but having a little fat is no crime... A really solid APA - the invigorating hop/ester combo is showcase here - definite warm-weather treat

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Photo of Buebie
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh bomber into a pint glass. The pour produces a billowing 2 inch head of tan foam. Slow to recede, leaving veru sticky thick full coverage lace drapes. A solid cap of headd retention with great staying power. Color is a glowing amber, transparent filtered look. Minimal carbonation rise through the beer.

Aroma is hop forward with citric grapefruit and orange peels. As well as malt backing with a sweet caramel nose mixing with a bready biscuit aroma.

Taste is malty up front with hop bitters, opening midway with much more citric hops, grapefruit, orange peel and a touch of spice. Toffee in there too, sweet grain flavors. Hops bittering into the finish with a clean crisp feel.

This is a textbook pale ale, well balanced, great hop taste, fresh and easy to drink. This beer has huge drinkability.

Thank you Deschutes for coming to MN!

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Photo of joepais
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Scoobydank
for this snack I really appreciated it. This brew was poured into a strait pint glass and it had a nice white head that left a great lace as I drank it. The body of the brew was a clear amber in color.

The brew was nice and hop forward with a light sweet malt backbone. Great aromas of pine and citrus fruits filled my nose. The flavor was very similar to the aromas this was a great pale balanced leaning slightly to the bitter. It was light and crisp in my mouth.

I really liked this brew and the bottle when way to fast for me I would gladly by more of this brew if I could.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an extra from my recent trade with Wasatch. Thanks John, I always love Deschutes brews when I can get my hands on them.

A vigorous pour produces more head than my glass can handle, so I must wait a bit to dump the whole bottle in. Mirror pond has a copper colored body with two fingers of off-white head. The head is thick and creamy, boasting great retention and lacing.

The aroma is a good one for an APA also. A huge floral bouquet from the hops comes through, with just a small edge of bitter hop aroma. A little bit of sweet malt is underneath that, but a great hop scent makes up most of the nose.

The taste is dominated by bittering cascade hops. However, this bitterness is by no means over powering; it is rather mello. The floral accents of the hops carry over to the taste. These hops are accompanied out by a caramel malt backbone that balances out the flavor, but is subdued enough that it still allows the hops to shine as the premiere flavor of the beer.

The mouthfeel has just the smallest suggestion of oily hops, and is a little light bodied with moderate carbonation.

A pretty drinkable brew overall. A well made APA.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date 1-21-15.

APPEARANCE: pours a mostly clear light amber color, there are fine particles suspended, two-finger head that dissipated slowly until a thin mostly unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, medium carbonation, a good amount of lacing on the glass.

SMELL: the nose is subtle and understated, sweet, flowery, citrus, bread.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet and bready, then a mild citrus hop profile, this is a nicely balanced beer.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is my first beer from Deschutes Brewery and it is one of the better pale ales I've had, it was really well balance with a sweet malt and the hops were very much to my liking, the 5% ABV means you can enjoy more than one, the hops are pleasant but not overpowering, I would definitely buy this again, looking forward to more from this brewer.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly hazy dark orange color. Big, fluffy white head. About two fingers in thickness with excellent retention. Slowly settles to about one finger of head and leaves great lacing behind.

S - Well balanced aroma of toasted bready malts and citrusy/piney hops. The toasted aroma is rather sweet and the hops are a nice mix of fresh pine and grapefruit.

T - Sweet bready malts initially with biscuit notes as well. The hops come through mid-drink, priamrily pine tasting. Some fruitier notes as well. Very even balanced between the hoppy bitterness and sweetness from the bready and biscuity malt tastes.

M/D - Medium bodied with excellent carbonation levels. The beer finishes on the sweeter side and that taste lingers. Very easy drinking pale ale.

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sitting here on a Friday night, watching old Ben Harper, Pearl Jam and others from Austin, as well as old Beastie Boys videos (we lost a good one today) thinking that it's pretty good night for a beer.

Hazy golden-orange with lots of small particles of suspended sediment below and a small amount of white head above.

Though both seem fairly muted to the nose, with the floral hops in balance with sweet malts.

Exceptionally well balanced - can clearly profile both the malts and hops, with them each taking precedence from one drink to the next. The hops are of light citrus and an oddly faint hint of banana. The malts, bready.

Crisp and clean on the tongue, with lingering bitterness.

Outstandingly good interpretation of a pale ale. After drinking lots of IPAs, stouts and other heavy beers, this is compartively light, refreshing and easy.

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Photo of mklmcgrew
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

L: Pours a clear deep amber color with a 2-finger head and a nice lacing. Very pretty to look at.

S: A light nose, with some citrus and caramel tones.

T/F: Very smooth and drinkable, with a nice balance of hops, citrus, and a significant malt presence at the end. Good carbonation and a dry finish.

O: One of my favorite large volume produced Pale Ales.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

While I had previously mentioned that Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is not an everytime beer, I think Mirror Pond is. Deschutes has done a great job with this one. It's reddish body isn't typical for an APA and it's got a heavy dose of malts and a little fruitiness that work in tandem with that initial hop push to find a great balance. Even my friends that don't typically go for hops or pale ales can get into this one.

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Photo of kindestcut
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale pours a pretty golden orange with a vibrant white head.

The aroma is hoppy and noticeably malty. While the smell is not powerful it is nice nonetheless.

The flavor is citrusy with a pleasant sweetness. Light bodied and refreshing, the hoppy bitterness is slight but lingers after the swallow.

This is not a hop bomb by any means so some will probably call this a weak version of a pale ale. Personally, I think it is a fine example of the style...balanced, tasty and infinitely drinkable.

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Photo of PatronWizard
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a sixer from a local liquor store. Hey, Deschutes, must be good.

Nice translucent copper. Thick frothy head. Very nice initial impression.

I get a nice subtle caramel smell. Faint hops. Taste is same. Nice. Not a big kick in the ass, but a highly drinkable, smooth, tasty, refreshing pale ale.

Overall: good for any occasion

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Photo of mynie
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smells very mellow. Maybe it's because the only beers I've had from Deschutes have been of the Big n' Bad variety, but I was unconsciously expecting this one's aroma to have a bit more oomph. As is, you got a nice, medium-hopped APA, with light nodes of grapefruit and pine against a surprisingly heavy, thick malt.

Tastewise, the malt is still heavy and thick, but not a bad or syrupy way. Things start off bready, then get piney, then there's a very nice finish of doughy yeast, citrus, and caramel. The yeast *really* brings everything together, and the chewy backend keeps things plenty interesting throughout the duration of the bomber.

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Photo of deebo
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle with a BB date of 6/25/13 poured into a pint glass. A couple fingers of off-white large bubbled head tops a burnt orange, hazy brew. Nice lacing-beautiful beer. Aromas of cascade hops (grapefruit, flowery and spicy) with a nice grainly, bready barley aroma in the background. Taste is balanced between an upfront Cascade taste with plenty of bready, clean malt with a crisp slightly bitter finish. A very smooth mouthfeel, a well balanced APA, hoppy but restrained with plenty of malt goodness. Medium bodied and carbonated. Overall, a flavorful easy to drink APA, balance is more towards the malt than the hops compared to many APAs I come across now. Well crafted brew.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale

Appearance: reddish amber, small head, and some lacing.

Smell: fruits, hops, and grain.

Taste: nice malts, hops, and a faint grain.

Mouthfeel: medium.

This is a good pale. It has plenty of flavor and is easily drank.

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Photo of roddwolff
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a whiskey glass. Look: brown color with ruby shades, very thin foamy head (maybe because of the glass). Smell: Grass hops and nut malts. Taste: Wood hops with a waterfall of cookie and nut malts, with eart hops at the end. Mouthfeel: Woody, high bitterness, the body is soft for the style. Drinkability: I liked the combination of wood with biscuity malts, very good.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into standard bar pint glass. Reviewing from notes.

A: Pours a light orange-gold color with a two finger frothy head that lingers around for a few minutes, eventually fades down to an acceptable frothy cap. Leaves a nice bit of sticky looking lace down the glass.

S: Very vivid hop and grapefruit aroma. Hints of pine underneath with a slight touch of malt sweetness. I'm usually not overly keen on the scent of APAs, but this one is just so darn refreshing and uplifting. Can Yankee please give me this in candle form?

T: Grapefruit and citrus zest (kind of like an orange zest?) upfront, with a pleasant wave of hop bitterness that's by no means rough on the palette. A light touch of malt sweetness in the finish rounds this one off well.

M: Smooth with a medium body. Slightly more carbonated than I would have liked, but it's not enough to become a distraction. I forgot all about it after the second or third sip. This one tends to feel a little watery towards the end of the glass, but overall it feels solid and drinks easy.

O: A great brew that's quintessential for any fans of the style and newcomers alike. Balanced and refreshing flavors with a smooth drinkability make this one extremely sessionable, especially on warm summer days/nights.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle with a simple yet inviting label, into a dimpled lager mug.
Best by 2/27/07 indicated.
A - Golden amber color that is slightly cloudy with white head. The beer resembles clover honey.

S - The smell of citrusy sweet hops and gentle whiffs of malt with lightly lactic and nutty aromas.

M - Resinous, sugary, medium body with minimal but ample carbonation.

T - Tart citric hops allow a nice bitter quality at the intial tastes. Nutty caramel malts are tasted and a clean sweetness follows with nice lightly toasted tones in the finish.

D - A very good tasting, hop accented pale with a subtle effervescence. Nice lingering sweetness in the finish while tinges of grapefruit accent this easy drinking american pale.

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Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber to orange with a slight haze. Thick white head holds up well, but only slight lacing

The nose has malt up front and then piney hops (cascade I assume)

Taste: Hops bitterness (grapefriut then resin) on the tounge and throat snd some malt sweetness on the edges, very crisp finish

MF: Smooth, weel blanced and excellent carbonation

Easy drinking PA that goes down great. Not as good as the draft version and the one time was luck enough have this on cask, wow! But this works if you are looking for a PA that won't blow your lips off and still excite the hophead inside you.

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Photo of Brewsmith
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Yardhouse in Long Beach. Aroma has some citrus/pine hops in there...cascade. Color is a golden amber with a small off-white head. Flavor is a wonderful balance between malt and hops, biscuity, toasty, a little caramel without being sweet, while still being hop forward. light to medium bodied with a dry finish. A very nice example of an APA.

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Photo of D11
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from bottle into tulip

A- a hazy light copper color with a small white head that dissipates quickly.

S- hops with citrus. smells nice

T- floral hops with citrus(orange). theres also a tinge of grapefruit on the end of the drink but well done. has a slight tang/sour note to it near the end also.

M- really good mouthfeel. some might say its a tad on the watery side but i thought it was quite refreshing. crisp.

O- i really enjoyed this beer and have gone back to buy more. its balanced well, tastes great and goes down good. burps taste yummy too. this is definately one to try, and one of my personal favorites now.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's on June 16th, this is reviewed from lost notes found.

Poured into a pint glass, the body is a light coppery hue, as a coarse and sticky 1 finger head leaves gobbed-up rings of lace as I sip. The body is clear and crisp. Nice looking...

The aroma is floral and citrusy hop notes against a caramel malt background. There is also a touch of bitterness here, though the caramel does a good job to balance it. The flavor is similar, with far more floral hop character. The bitterness and caramel backbone temper each other to provide a delightful balance where the floral hops pop and shine against the other beer characteristics.

This is a great pale ale, as it is easy to drink, perfectly carbonated, well balanced, and very aromatic. Good all around, this is a very solid APA.

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Photo of Riff
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into tumbler glass. Pours a dark amber with a white head about a finger thick. Smells of malts with a hint of citrus hops. Tastes of bready malt with a hint of hops, fades into a a sweet caramel flavor. Medium body, mild carbonation. Overall a pleasant pale ale.

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Photo of birddogg66
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz nonick pint

A- Mirror Pond poured out a good reddish, but more toward a copper hue. Topped with a 1" cream color head containing small bubbles, and produced some great lacing.

S- A nice amount of citrus hops starts off on the nose followed by a light roasted caramel malt.

T- A really nice balance between the citrusy flavors of the hop, and the biscuity, caramel flavors of the roasted malt. As the beer warms a bit more of the bitterness comes out, but the light roasted malt is still present.

M- A medium bodied, well balanced pale ale.

D- As with most pale ales, this is a nice medium bodied beer with great flavor. I would put this right up there with most great American Pales. I had been enjoying so many IPAs recently, that when I started tasting Pales again, I forgot how great this style is. Never again.

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
3.92 out of 5 based on 3,736 ratings.
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