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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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Reviews: 994 | Ratings: 3,687
Photo of BWED
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a willibecher.

A- Dark copper. Dense tan head, 1/2" retention.

S- Tropical, pineapple, maybe mango. Faint pine, sweet biscuit.

T- Rather mild. A little toasty, pine hop comes out more. Slight citrus.

M- Really light. Very little carbonation. Hops linger in finish.

O- Looked and smelled promising. Taste is mild, feel is too light.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2/6...pours a high clarity copper orange and a thin skinned white foam layer. Breads, toffee, caramel in the nose. Very pleasant. Bold malty taste, layers of flavor and then the sweetness turns to an assertive hop. Put together extremely well. Excellent.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange-amber body, good streams of carbonation, big yellow-tinted soapy head. Tropical hops and toasted malt in equal proportions on the nose; piercing grapefruit, mango, pineapple, and orange zest with literal toast behind it. It's very, very good, but weak- I'm sniffing like a madman because it's elusive but also worth the effort. The flavor, sadly, drops off the face of the earth- bland malt bill with underpowered hops trying to revive it. The delicious tropical notes are still there, with the new addition of peach, but it just isn't enough to overcome the soggy bread malt. The bitterness lends a crisp edge, and the medium body and happy carbonation make this one refreshing drinker.
I didn't think such a wonderful nose would be hidden in an everyday bottle, but there it was: juicy, tropical, tasty fruitiness for my nose to have a field day with. Sadly, the rest of the experience matched my expectations as an average brew.

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Photo of Mexwald
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked a Mirror Pond Pale Ale up in a mix-a-six as an afterthought and I was very satisfied with my choice. I tend to underrate Deschutes beers in that I typically don't "seek" them out. Between the amber color and the full, piney flavor, this beer delivers with every drink of it. Perfect ABV for a Pale at an even 5%, this one has quickly become my favorite Pale Ale beside's Dale's Pale by Oskar Blues.

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Photo of smcolw
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Amber color and nearly devoid of haze. Small had that leaves a couple of minutes spots on the glass.

Superior semisweet caramel malted barley smell. Light hop spice.

The flavor matches the smell. Simply one of the best British styled pale ales I've had in a long time. Starts with the rich caramel notes. There's enough hop to provide a bite but not bitterness. Good lasting aftertaste. The carbonation is high for the English style but appropriate for an American ale.

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Photo of 1ale_man
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Spiegelau tulip.
Looks orange copper with bits floating around.
Smells mostly like malt with a slight citrus tang.
Taste follows smell but I can taste some citrus.
Feel is great. Great carbonation and smooth on the tongue.
Overall this was beer was great. This beer was way too old but was still tasteful. Will buy again and maybe get a fresher one and revisit the ratings.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with a beautiful, yet small, head.

Smells of herbs, pine and citra. There's definteley a lot of herbs and flower in this.

Mouthfeel is light, with limited to little carbonation. Taste is similar to smell, with a lot of fall spices, pine, and hops.

This is okay, yet hardly revolutionary.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, bright copper, bubbly, lots of smaller suspending chunks. Head is uniform and fluffy, retains well — forming a mound all the way to the bottom — and is a creamy shade of tan. Hop aromas of pine, resin, and spice, malt aromas of crackers and light caramel sweetness. Welcoming, but not particularly enticing. Mild tartness, distinctive, but not too strong or bitter, hops from the onset. Get stronger as it lingers and finishes. Piney yet floral, a little dank or spicy, quite metallic as it lingers, and rindy, almost soapy toward the end. Impressive peppercorn notes for a mere Pale. Medium-bodied, effervescent but not prickly carbonation. Semi-watery, nearly lager-like, very refreshing and drinkable. Excellent representation of the style with a measure of Deschutes' characteristic West-Coast influence, and a few other unique flares besides.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Perfectly clear copper color with narrow head, little retention. Smells bright and citrus with floral notes. Tastes piney and ever present bitterness that sticks around after the fruity flavors exit. Exceptionally smooth, but reminds me of an IPA more than what I think of as a (Sierra Nevada) Pale Ale.

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Photo of Viperonetwoone
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

got two of these bottles from a deschutes variety pack. Definitely didn't expect something so different. It's gorgeous and clear gold on the pour with a one and a half finger head that dissipates rather quickly to leave a ring. Glass lacing definitely present. I pick up pine resin and something mildly fruity in a strange way from the aroma. The flavor is odd, considering the style.

Mildly west coast in flavor with some kind of subtle fruit presence. It's lagery in a way that's unexpected. What an IPL should be like. nice medium body the perfect amount of carbonation. damn good beer. get yourself some.

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Photo of gopens44
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Let's celebrate the fact that Deschutes made a pale with complex taste without selling out to trend. While the nose has a straight up bitter hop presence, the taste has piney upfront, it falls into a lager like dark fruit malt thing before balance is restored in the sweet, bitter and rich finish.

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Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deschutes Brewery 'Mirror Pond Pale Ale' @ 5.0% , served from a 6pack of 341 ml bottles purchased for $16
A-pour is a light gold from the bottle to a clear gold in the glass with a medium size off-white head leaving a fine spotty lace along the pint
S-like the fine print on the label says complex , multi layered
T-wow , what a PNW Pale ale should taste like
MF-ok/lots of carbonation , big medium body
Ov-good beer & pale ale
prost LampertLand

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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 Gunsup_785
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is my favorite pale ale, and I'm not sure why. Lots of fruit and floral notes like you'd expect from a pale ale. Orange peel, some grapefruit. Really drinkable. I'd recommend it. Cheers

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Photo of GrumD
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden hue with some clear lacing. Not too fizzy and has a decent head. Lovely fruity aroma leads to a decent malt hit. The mouthfeel is quite full with gentle carbonation. Love the nicely subtle hop hit, with fruit to the fore. So well balanced.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of the old school beers. Pours a dark copper color, this isn't one of those west coast super dry pale ales that came onto the scene about two decades after this was kickin around. Aroma is c hops.

Taste, its a bitter and hearty beer that keeps the abv down. A little darker and heavier than your average pale ale. Was heavily hopped for the 90s, but these days, this one is just another pale ale in terms of its old school c hop bill.

Classic beer, good springtime thang.

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Photo of mchegash
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Nice caramel-orange color, with a finger of light tan head. Average amount of carbonation visible rising up the beer.

S: Nice classic citrus, floral, and pine hops (in that order of prominence). Smells slightly sweet and from the aroma seems like it will have good malt taste.

T: Orange citrus, sweet floral-citrus, some resin and pine elements. A nice caramel-esque malt flavor. Pretty good overall.

F: Medium-full body, slightly sweet, moderate carbonation. Slight bitterness. Overall a good feel.

O: A solid Pale Ale offering.

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Photo of stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really well done pale ale, lightly hopped with a nice piney snap. Great lacing, malty aroma. Amber color with rocky head. Good meal accompaniment. not much difference between this and the twilight.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is caramel.
The taste is caramel and malty with a balance of lemon bitterness.
The texture is crisp with soft edges.
It's nice.

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Photo of chubenzino
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Given the high ratings I was a bit disappointed by this one. It struck me as weak compared to most better pale ales I've had and the taste featured way too much citrus for my liking.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ok, this is a great brewer. But this is a middling offering. Pretty vanilla. This would be a good choice for when your at a bar with your lady friend and she wants to try a craft beer. Not a problem for me personally as my lady is awesome and enjoys the delicacy of fine craft beer.

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Photo of Hahnin
4.88/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is my favorite non stout out there. It is awesome on nitro, gorgeous in the bottle, and a classic on tap. Gorgeous, balanced lovely beer. I think it is ugly and tinny in a glass, so I keep it in the bottle or drink it in a dark bar. Who cares how it looks? It is a 5 star beer!

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Photo of headlessparrot
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's no Fresh Squeezed, but then it's not trying to be. It's a very crisp, refreshing pale ale that still wants to smack you with some hops. Definitely a slightly higher IBU than I expected, this one is malty, sweet, bready, crackery, and then loaded up with a nice amount of pine and citrus and herbal flavours. All things being equal, I reach for Deschutes' IPA offerings, but this is--in its style--a really stunningly good beer.

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Photo of Ryans_Goosling
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tastes like a delicious autumn leaf. Many bubbles, yes. Spilled in places I don't want to talk about.
What is it like to be floating down a creek? A creek of this beer. That brings it together.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy orange ruby. Great color.

Hops from a few feet away. Sweet orange citrus, breadiness, apricot. Essentially sweet hops and sweet fruits.

Taste milder than smell. Dried and tasteless hops with a light fruit zing.

Dry and airy.

Simple and refreshing.

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
3.92 out of 5 based on 3,687 ratings.
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