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Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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88
very good
977 Reviews
Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

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
Reviews:
977
Ratings:
3,629
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
21.68%
 
 
Wants:
177
Gots:
747
For Trade:
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Reviews: 977 | Ratings: 3,629
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 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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Photo of evanforbeer
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a beautiful amber-orange with fluffy sudsy white head. BB date 11/06/13 on the bottle
Smell- musty tropical fruit, floral notes, bread, spice
Taste- smooth hoppy profile with citrus and some tropical fruit, and subtle floral. An interesting note of faint blueberry sweetness is somewhere in there. Savory toasted grainy malt with a dash of pepper and hop spice. Citrus and spicy hop resin linger on the palate
Feel- lightly carbonated, light-medium bodied. Drink a million of em

Hoppy, fruity, floral, spicy, malty. A wonderfully balanced and complex pale ale, great to enjoy in any season. Love me some Deschutes. Cheers

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Photo of y2jrock60
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Clear dark orange/light red. The head is thin and only leaves a slight lacing.

S- Caramel notes along with pine and grass. I'm almost positive there are Nugget hops in this beer.

T- Very similar to Hopback Amber, maybe a little less sweet. Mild caramel upfront followed by a piney bitterness. The finish is slightly grainy.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O- A solid pale ale, reminds me of a cleaner Hopback Amber.

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot color with a modest head that leaves a dancing pattern of lace

Smell: Fruity aromatics of grapefruit and apricot with a caramel undertone

Taste: Caramel malt and then a brief apricot introduction before a pink grapefruit blast arrives; bitter hoppy flavors dominate after the swallow with some residual sweetness on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very nicely balanced example of a west coast-inspired pale ale

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Photo of dwilson01
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into my arrogant bastard pint glass, brimmed the glass nicely with 2 solid fingers of creamy off white pale yellow head. Nice lacing as it dissipates uneven like a puffy cloud. The color is a maple orange, chill haze is prominent and it has a consistent amount of carbonation rising.

The smell is nice, a refreshing orange and sweeter apricot are prominent, but a backbone of fresh garden herb and dry spice round it out.

The flavor strikes me as more tangerine in the citrus fruit category, lots of residual unfermented sugars give it a sweeter flavor and the hops are all aromatic with very little bittering qualities employed.

Good initial mouthfeel, the great flavor aids in this, finishes a tiny bit dry which isn't a bad thing with this brew, keeps the smooth refreshing quality that I initially pick up.

Quite drinkable, session pale for sure. I guess this one in my opinion basically compares to sn pale ale but with less of the roasted malt and bittering hop flavor profile. Possible more of a mellow wheat beer presence in the hops here which make it more preferable to girls?? Ill experiment on that and get back to you.

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

Why oh why did I wait this long to buy a 5 gallon of Mirror Pond for the home kegerator?

Just a super balanced and flavorful pale ale.

Appearance is a nice bright honey orange. Great carb.

Smell is grassy with those Cascade hops and biscuity. It is one of those beers that just smells balanced (which I think is a rare thing.)

Taste is a tinge of hops on the front of the tongue and then the malt comes in with a biscuity finish. Then you get a nice dry finish that makes you want to come back.

Mouthfeel is creamy with this being on draft. Right where it should be with a pale ale.

Overall just a great example of the style. It does get knocked for not being too hop forward in this day and age, but keeping in mind this recipe is from 1988, Deschutes was ahead of their time.

Fill glass, drink beer, rinse glass and repeat.

Cheers!

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

Had this nice little brew while in Portland recently. Pretty average in appearance and smell as this may have been on tap too long. However the taste was extremely good, something I am starting to expect from Deschutes Brewery. Had a good mouthfeel to it, good play between the malts and hops. This is another extrely drinkable beer from this brewery, makes me want to abandon the desert as I do not think this is available in Arizona!

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

Poured into a pint glass. Light yellow-orange color, although it might have been the lighting at the bar. The color was translucent and not too much head off the pour. Had a good crisp taste, with faint hints of a grainy blend. The first sip was very flavorful, and the strong flavor lasted through the entirety of the drink. I strongly recommend.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had poured on tap at the tipsy pig in SF. Pours a hazy amber with a 2 finger fluffy head and good retention and lacing. Adds just enough bitterness to balance out the malt. Strong APA that pairs well with salty foods

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Photo of merlin48
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle obtained via trade with waldowin. Many Thanks! Mirror Pond pours a chill hazed, honey amber body with a petite, offwhite head. Delicate lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is enticing. Citrusy esters, a floral note of orange blossom, honey and caramel notes, and some toastiness.

Mouthfeel is light medium in body, crisply carbonated, with a spicy hops bite.

Taste has lots of juicy, citrusy hops, pink grapefruit and tangerine bittersweetness. Bready sweet malt adds a caramel edge. The Cascades hops are up to the challenge, and all the elements come together very well, for an excellent balance.

Very well executed and highly enjoyable. One of the better APA's I've tried.This would be a regular staple in my fridge if it were available locally.

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Photo of descartes
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 33 cl bottle.

Appearance: Amber colored with thin white head.
Smell: Very hoppy smell, hints of wheat and citrus.
Taste: Crisp lemony front, sweet middle with a decent amount of hops.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium bodied.

Overall: When I first started drinking beer I tried a couple of Pale Ales and decided to avoid the style because the hops were too bitter. Mirror Pond avoids the over the tops hops for a more balanced approach which I liked a lot. Next time I am buying beer I might not avoid pale ales.

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-brown color with a modest white head. Nice floral Cascade hop aroma along with some pale and caramel malt. Smells like a sweeter pale. Cascades really shine through in the flavor, with distinctive apricot characters and a little grapefruit. Pleasing bitterness, and a caramel sweetness that emerges with warmth. Mouth is chewy and sticky for a pale, which enhances the bitterness. Definitely more resiny than your typical APA. Moderately carbonated - just about right for my preferences.

Mirror Pond was one of my favorite pale ales early on and while the competition's gotten pretty stiff, I still very much enjoy this beer.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this beauty at the Liquor Collection in Honolulu, HI. Nice selection for an island city.

Orange-amber body with a whipped-cream finger of head.

Nose is sweet malty citrus. Balanced and juicy, very nice.

Flavor is tangy sweet with a balanced hop presence on the finish. A tasty and well crafted APA. Great on a hot day, like we have today in sunny Honolulu!

Mouthfeel is medium with light, but creamy, carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. Plenty of flavor, but it still goes down very well, leaving me wanting another.

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Photo of gpogo
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden color with off-white head leaving light lacing.

A- Grapefruity citrus hop aroma

T- Fruity grapefruit citrus flavor. Nicely bittered malt flavor.

M- Medium-light body with moderate carbonation

D- A great APA. Any APA lover would love this, goes great with a meal(or without one).

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Photo of IllNate
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy copper. Good amount of off-white head, decent retention.

S - Citrus and floral hops. Sweet malt background. Nice example of a pale ale.

T - Citrus hops with a balancing caramel malt. Malty and hoppy, just the way a pale should be.

M - Medium body, smooth with a bittering that begs for another sip.

O - Fine example of pale ale. In fact BJCP list this as a good example of an american pale ale.

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Photo of ccrida
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Shared a pitcher of this, severed in mason jars...poured a burnt golden with a tall white head.
The aroma was bright cascade hops and a bit of sweet malt.
The taste was nice, a clean, refreshing pale ale, mainly floral cascade, a bit fruity and bready malt, with a crisp, clean finish.
The mouthfeel was average, medium light body, some carbonation.
This is a highly drinkable pale ale. It had a fairly robust taste of cascade hops and just sweet enough to taste the way I prefer my pale ales, it was refreshing and easy drinking.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color with a small white head. Scent is VERY fruity. Lots of citrus, mainly grapefruit. It has a bit of a funky scent to it as well. Taste is quite pleasant. Very well balanced and smooth. Initially, I get citrus (lemons, orange, grapefruit)...then I get a bit of tropical mango. Then it ends with a nice caramel malt flavor. Very nice. I see this beer everywhere, but I never buy it...I regret that. Mouthfeel is kinda thick for a pale ale...but I have NO complaints about that. Drinkability is very high. It seems like it's a bigger beer than it actually is (weighing in at only 5%).

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Photo of joecalderoni
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A very nice copper color! Very nice head

S: a very subtle hop aroma with an amazing balance of malt!

T: a very nice and complex flavor varying between a malt and flavor hops

M: medium body

O: A very honest pale Ale! Certainly one of my favorites

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Photo of Rutager
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours an almost clear amber-gold with over a finger of frothy white head that fades pretty quick and leaves some bands of white lace.

Smell. Lots of toasty light malt and some grassy hops.

Taste. Good toasty, light grains and caramel malt. Citrus fruits - lemons, oranges, grapefruits and lime. Nice

Mouthfeel. Medium-light in body with lower than medium, smooth carbonation.

Overall. Great tasting pale ale. Wish it had a little more carbonation, but that's a pretty minor complaint.

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 977 ratings.
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