Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale
BA SCORE
74.9%
Liked This Beer
3.9 w/ 3,792 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:
#6,467
Reviews:
1,015
Ratings:
3,792
Liked:
2,839
Avg:
3.9/5
pDev:
11.28%
Alströms:
4.3
 
 
Wants:
194
Gots:
837
Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,792 |  Reviews: 1,015
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes Brewery "Mirror Pond Pale Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY: 11/22/17..." and sampled on 08/30/17
$2 @ Weis, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: I've recently been chatting with friends about the use of caramel malt in beers, or rather, the excessive use of caramel malts in beers, and how quite often too much just ruins it. This is a great example of not doing that. There's just enough caramel malt that it's clear, and it gives it a fuller flavor without going overboard. It's not flabby, or excessively caramelish, and it doesn't hinder or drown out any of the other flavors (like the beautifully delicate Cascade hops in play here). Another thing I discussed was that I'm quite open to the use of caramel malts across the board. Mirror Pond is, in my opinion, a blend of both English and American styles. It's got floral and citrusy Cascade hops (American), but it's also got the caramelish maltiness of an English pale ale - and because they've balanced the malt and the hops properly it works remarkably well. A very firm bitterness balances it (it's labeled as 40 IBUs), and it finishes mainly dry with a swirl of hops and then some residual caramelish malt lingering. It doesn't have the fuller caramel malt content of an American amber ale, nor does it rely on just the golden, biscuity malt base that most American pale ales deliver - it's somewhere in between. And that's OK because when you balance a beer this perfectly it becomes incredibly drinkable and remarkably satisfying at the same time. It's so simple really, with just one variety of hop in play, but when you put it together right it becomes more than the sum of its parts. Really well done, and if you've had it before and didn't think much you should really give it another look.

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Photo of jak
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gandres
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured to wine glass
Sight: Light amber, hazy, medium light tan foam
Smell: malty aroma, not hoppy
Taste: Slightly bitter
Feel: good follow through/finish and long bitter aftertaste
Overall: very good, ok too repeat, but not to look for

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Photo of justinm4bama
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of digboy
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours orange amber. Aroma is subtle and sweet of floral lemon notes. Very nice. Taste is malt forward but light as expected from an APA. Thw hops do not come through enough IMO but therw is a subtle lemon flavor with a li gwring sweetness behind it.

Feel is unsticky and crisp.

Overall a nice west coast ale but i was hoping for more hops. What is there is well done.

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Photo of cwkash
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sohearn
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Davidpaul37mn
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattSn
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SirFolmarv
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle in Oregon. – A very nice pale ale. Very refreshing and crisp. Lightly citrusy and hoppy. Also has a light floraly sweet note. Minimally bitter. Has a light, quickly dissipating head but retains a layer over the handsome semi murky orange-amber body. Nothing too special on the nose. A standard flat hoppy note. A great choice for the summer time and outdoor recreation. Even better by the pond.

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Photo of NodakEric
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Better on tap than in the bottle.

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Photo of ICTguy21
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wilfonzo
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kkenagy
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sethcroisant
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of csmrx7
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zkoehn
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of adam36
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nace4
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tjmiller718
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of davidward
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An excellent pale ale. Subtle biscuit, caramel flavors and so refreshing. What a pale ale should be.

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Photo of Jason_cs
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of billservo
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HipCzech
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted at the Portland Public House, served in a 4 oz sample glass. Clear, amber gold with bright white foam. Bready malt and lightly fruity esters shore up a solid ale base with citrus, pine and earthy hops adding just enough bitter punch. Medium body and good carbonation. Far from a modern hop bomb, the balance and restraint shine in this classic Northwest pale ale.

Follow up (19-Aug-17): Tried again from a bottle ("best by: 10/04/17"), poured into a 7 oz Libbey Gibraltar glass. Clear amber gold with a frothy, soap sud head of near white foam and patchy lace. Ester aromas, pine needles and lemon zest on the nose. Nicely balanced grains, slight caramel, lemon peel, pine and earthy, floral, bitter hop finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Flavorful but smooth, easy to drink a few.

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 74.9% out of 100 with 3,792 ratings
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