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Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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3.9/5
Very Good
3,819 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:
#6,925
Reviews:
1,019
Ratings:
3,819
pDev:
11.28%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
Wants:
195
Gots:
847
Trade:
3
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,819 |  Reviews: 1,019
Photo of OldRickSputin
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Skrumpy
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 oz bottle into standard pint glass. This beer, just like Sierra Nevada pale ale, is an old friend. Not my all time favorite, but one that seems to show up at many places, and is often the best at the time. It's copper color and malty aroma are nice. The flavor is slightly sweet, light caramel, honey, and a bit of citrus are there in the background. The mouthfeel is crisp and there is a bitterness in the aftertaste from some mild hops. A decent beer, buy it if it's on sale & take to a BBQ.

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Photo of cshields
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – The body here was solid brown in color with a decent head from a very careful pour by the bartender.

Smell – The citrus and soft pine hops gave way to a stiff malt balance. The toasted malts were unsweetened and, I thought, a bit heavy-handed.

Taste – The hops from the nose find their way into the taste, but it’s the malt flavor that dominates. It is a rather darkish malt not unlike raw molasses. I would have liked to have seen a bit more balance to this one.

Mouthfeel – This one is medium-bodied, lightly carbonated, and has just a bit of a dry finish at the very end.

Drinkability – This went down well enough.

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Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orange brown in color, minimal head, medium carbonation, clear

Smell: citrus hops and malt

Taste: a malty/wheaty start followed by citrus hops

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and carbonation with a sweet start and bitter finish

Drinkability: My least favorite from what I have tried from the brewery so far. This to me is just an above average APA. I would like to try it again, but could not see myself having anymore than two per sitting.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: golden color, looks like a standard pale. Lacing was the best part as it left ring after ring in my glass. A picture in itself!

S: up front the hops most notable with a hint of honey sweet

T: very laid back pale ale..in some regards a bit thin. Has floral hops and grapefruit. Some malts are present that help round things out.

M: smooth and well balanced with slight sharp hop finish

D: good all night drinker, middle of the road.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a clear copper-orange color with two fingers of beige head. A trace of lacing.

Light aroma of tropical fruit and grass along with caramel malts.

The taste was more malty than hopppy. Caramel malts and biscuit with a light hint of fruit and medicinal notes into the finish.

Lighter bodied with a moderate carbonation.

The flavor felt a bit washed out. But overall, a pretty good APA from Deschutes.

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Photo of vkv822
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.
Best By: 09/10/11

Pours a orange hued golden with visible rising carbonation and a thin white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

The aroma and taste are of citric and piney hops, with a breaded malt backing. The taste has a bit more malt than is picked up in the nose.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with fairly active carbonation.

Easy drinking enjoyable pale ale, not the best out there but tasty none the less.

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Photo of charlzm
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed at 14 Below, Santa Monica, CA.

Clear golden hued beer with a thin skin of white foam.

Subtle hop aroma of citrus and a light maltiness.

Flavor is subtle, with light crystal malt balancing out some Pacific Northwest hoppiness (barely perceptible pine and grapefruit). Finish is barely bitter and fairly clean.

I think I liked this one better from the bottle.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ejlaca
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DocJitsu
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy copperish-golden color with an eggshell colored soapy head. Decent head retention with some glass lacing. Hints of lemon and a raisen or two in the bouquet. Perhaps a raisen bread pudding. Certainly nothing obtrusive for the olfactory to experience. Nice, mild flavor with lemon citrus being noted most easily. At first, I was a little disappointed with the mouthfeel. I wanted it to be a little more wet. But, after having given the beer a few pulls, I realize that the scrubbiness and just the faintest dustiness accentuate the flavor of the beer. There is more of a bitter feeling on the back of the tongue rather than a discernable flavor at the finish, if you will. I like it. I wish it was just a fudge cheaper though.

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Photo of goschool
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The pour is a deep-golden orange. Its fluffy white head faded, but settled as a small layer.

Smell: The nose has discernible citrus and floral hops in front of soft bready malts. Hops definitely are the major player in the aroma, but they don't pack as much of a punch as I hope for in pale ales.

Taste: As the nose would indicate, a respectable dose of Cascade hops, leads the way. In addition to the standard issue citrus flavors, there are zesty tangerine notes. Aside from the zesty hops flavors, pale malts bring a wee bit of bread to the background.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is on the light edge of medium-bodied and a bit aqueous with soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Mirror Pond is a well made beer by a great brewery, but I'm never going to fall in love with a hop-forward pale ale that isn't very hoppy.

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Photo of Floydster
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pint from Naja's Place in Redondo Beach

Pour was a bright golden yellow with a fairly thick white head

Smell was full of yeast and barely

Tasted nice for an APA, not too light, nice smooth finish

Could drink several of these, especially in the summer time when it was tasted

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Photo of highfidelity
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured with a thick two-finger head and left long lacing well after the pour and first few drinks.

I wanted less of a fruity aroma and taste to the beer and more hops to come through. A good-tasting beer, just not what I was hoping for exactly.

Overall good, but not great.

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Photo of nitz14
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oline73
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Beer pours a clear amber color with a finger of fluffy off white head that fades to a layer on top of the pour and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Mild malt with some piney/herbal hop notes. This is a very mild smelling beer.

Taste: Better than the smell. Malty up front. Mildly sweet with some nutty and fruity notes. Just a bit bready. The hops show up in the back half of the sip with some pine and citrus peel notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very fluffy carbonation and a finish that has just a touch of bitterness.

Overall: This is a very nice pale ale. I tend to like mine with malt that is a bit lighter, but I enjoyed this one anyway.

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Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A good APA.

While it gets pretty high reviews on this site I would say it was good but not great. Appearance was good but perhaps a little to dark in terms of an APA. Smell was quite disappointing and there wasn't enough hops in the nose like a great APA. Taste was great with a good balance between hops and malt.

Would have loved some more hops in the smell, would have made this beer excellent if it had some more aroma hops in there.

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Photo of baklo
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Damian
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fluid ounce bottle at Adam's Mountain Cafe, Manitou Springs, CO
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a slightly hazed, golden-amber color with a two-finger, off-white, bubbly, creamy, sea foam head that left streaks of lacing along the glass. Over time, the head faded to a thick, lasting cap of froth.

The aroma was rather mild. Herbal, earthy hops were noticeable. A slight grassiness came through as well.

The taste was definitely more punchy than the aroma. The herbal, earthy hops dominated here as well, but there was also a decent caramel malt presence and an interesting citrus flavor to round things out. Semi-spicy in the center. The finish was piney and slightly bitter. Overall, very well balanced.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation.

Drinkability was decent. This is a crisp and refreshing yet non-obtrusive brew that could accompany a variety of cuisine. It paired well with my smoked salmon fettuccine in a dill cream sauce.

This is what I consider to be a mediocre and pedestrian pale ale. I expect better things from Deschutes, especially with hop-centric beers.

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Photo of corywalston
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 10Crumra
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of redbarnbikes
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass in high altitude Denver, CO around Christmas. Reviewed from notes.

A: 2-2.5 finger head, which is thin but retains well. Murky copper colour.

Sm: Fresh barley. Hoppy. Smells like a pale ale; lots of bittering hops are present.

T: Fresh open, well built body without too much bitterness.

Mf: Crisp finish. Smack-your-lips chewy. Very wet.

Dr: Admittedly, pale ale is my second least favourite style. That said, it's a very light, moderate, enjoyable summer's day brew and gets me excited to try Deschutes' other offerings (If I can only get me hands on that damned Abyss). It takes a lot fr me to rate it as high as I am, but that's what beeradvocate is about - discovering and enjoying new beers.

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 3,819 ratings
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