Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

very good
3,737 Ratings
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 Beaver13
2.74/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy copper gold with a big fluffy white head that retains well and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is sweet biscuity caramel malt with a little apple.

The flavor is sweet biscuity caramel malt with a little earthy fruit and a light bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK malty pale.

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

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice one-finger off-white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some citrus. The taste is very nice hoppy, citrusy. Medium body, ABV hidden very well. Overall, a very tasty brew. Classic.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an Upland Brewing pint glass.

A: Moderately hazy deep gold, with average visible carbonation and a finger of white head with poor retention.

S: Biscuit malts with a mild grainy character. Light grapefruit and grassy hops. Not particularly exciting.

T: Follows the nose. Citrus and grapefruit rind, grassy, plus a touch of resin. The biscuit malts are more prominent than expected in an APA. Lightly bitter in the hang.

M: Medium body, with average carbonation sensation and low alcohol presence.

O: I'm pretty disappointed – at best, this is an average, and quite possibly below average, modern American Pale Ale. Nothing offensive, but I won't be actively seeking it out again. It seems to be one of those beers that, while not terrible, I'd almost guarantee that you've got several better options sitting on the shelf around you...wherever you live.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an almost copper body with minimal head and lace ring down glass. The aroma had some caramel malt in there but mostly a dirty, piney hop aroma. Smooth, dry hop taste that has balance to eat thanks to malty goodness and is real easy to drink.

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Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've been drinking this since I moved to Oregon in '04. This is one of the best pale ales out there. Even though I'm a huge hop head, especially DIPA's, this is still a refreshing beer. This is one of those beers you always have stocked in the fridge along with your specialty ales. Smell is nothing special, but the taste is all around great in a pale. As with all Deschutes beers, another outstanding offering.

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Billowy head over orangey body. Lotta lacing.

Flavor is light bright hops and buttermilk biscuits over a medium carbonated body.

Good and recomended.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very clear, orange to amber beer. The foamy off white head leaves spotty lacing behind and a thin film of head stays for a long time as it is fed by the nucleation point of the glass. The aroma is malt forward and bready with faint citrus and pine in the background. The taste is malty and bready with some grapefruit and pine bitterness.

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Photo of avalon07
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright amber color and a clear texture. There was a half inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Pretty good lacing.

S: A decent enough of aroma of hops, citrus, pine, and some malt.

T: Tasted of a bit of pine, a decent amount of citrus elements (grapefruit, lemon), light malt notes, a decent amount of hops, a light metallic quality, and a light bready quality. A decent enough flavor that isn't quite as complex as it should be. However, it's light and easy to like.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth, somewhat bitter finish. Light-bodied.

O: This beer is solid enough, but doesn't really stand out. That being said, it's worth a shot.

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Photo of Alan_Bats
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L- a little bit light but nice and clear
S- not that fragrant but nice hop and malt notes
T- starts with a nice citrus-heavy hop presence. Hops last a while then turns to sweetness from the crystal malt. The malty finish is great with very slight roasted character.
O- what I look for in a pale ale. Deschutes has hit the balance that is so hard to hit between hop and malt. Awesome beer.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very smooth crisp and malty. A great APA by deschutes. Definitely one of the best APAs I've had and that's saying something since I'm not usually a huge fan of APAs.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a clear honey amber with half a finger of beige head that leaves dripping snow melt lace as it recedes.

Smells of bright muddled citrus peel, sappy pine, baking biscuits and freshly cut flowers.

Tastes of lightly honeyed biscuit, orange and grapefruit flesh, pine resin and more floral leafy hops.

Feels gentle and frothy. Medium-light bodied with softly fizzy carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Recommended. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of 88caprice
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall: Very nice APA. Deschutes is currently 2 for 2. :)

L: A golden amber. Almost honey like. Hazy and bubbly. Thin creamy head with lots of lacing.
S: Fresh smell. Grapefruit and pine. Floral and citrusy. Honey and grains.
T: Fruity, citrusy, and piney up front, then a total switch to a bready malt finish.
M: Medium body, somewhat smooth, not to carbonated. Clean finish.

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Photo of horshamguy
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A--Clear amber/orange. Mild head that dissipated to nothing quickly and left no lacing.

S--Hoppy smell with traces of fruitiness.

T--Hops are dominant, but well balanced by some bready maltiness. Sweetness and tartness are nicely balanced.

F--Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Feels like something that would be a good summer night drink out on the back deck.

O--Very good stuff. Deschutes is a quality brewer and this falls in line with their work. I wish I had picked up more than one in my mixed 12 pack.

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Photo of jmd1978
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice Amber color with little white head. Nose very fruity with apples, pear, hints of lemon, sweet malt. Taste very balanced with the fruity notes, little citrus and toffee, with a little floral on back end. Clean finish. Deschutes once again does not disappoint with this one. Nice strong beer can drink all day. Light and refreshing.

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Photo of wedge
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BEST BY: 12/21/16

Orange amber under a lovely creamy layer that leaves spotty rings of lacing behind. Flowery-citrus-like Cascade hops, toast, and mild caramel malt combine in a classic old-school APA aroma. Delightfully balanced flavor...floral hops, tea leaves, citrus peel, biscuits, toasty malt sweetness. Medium bodied and smooth. Pleasant, easy-drinking.

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Photo of dar482
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber to medium Amber.
Crystal malts and bready and sweetness riding on berry notes, pine and grass dominate, bittering finish. Medium sweetness lingering on.

A balanced pale existing on its malts and a bit less of the hops helping it out.

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

wow i am amazed it was very challanging to write my first review on beer advocate and very complicated. i dont really want to even review the beer anymore, but i will do a quick one since its my first review. Over all i would give it a 82/100

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Photo of Ale_Lover
4.59/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good pale ale with excellent hop aroma and taste. Smooth, medium body, semi crisp malt, bready, mild fruit, faint esters, hop bitterness, citric peel, oranges, kiss of pine, finish semi-dry. Also a very refreshing beer on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Wicked Weed snifter. Label says Best By: 11/11/16.

A- Pours a slightly reddish medium amber color with a 1/4 inch head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and some faint wisps of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves tiny clots behind.

S- Bready malt aroma with some faint hop character. Also some pear and apple notes.

T- Fairly typical pale ale without a whole lot of hop flavor or bitterness. On the dryer side with the malt coming through only as much as needed to keep balance.

M- Usual pale ale feel with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Not sure why this has a score as high as it does when it's not all that impressive even for an old-school pale ale. Sure it's not the freshest but, even after a few months, a pale ale where the hops aren't the primary showcase shouldn't be this limp. Quite average.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a cold six pack while on Oahu. Best by 10/17 but sure tastes muted. Golden brown, amber pour with a puffy head. Aroma of floral hops and crystal malt. Taste is slightly floral, touch of citrus - orange and melon - and a bit of pine with a slightly sweet caramel malt base. Very balanced. Solid beer that's easy to drink.

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Photo of BcharaK
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colorful sticker on the bottle is an eye-catcher, and i was caught. But i don't mind being caught by pale ales. This one had a nice floral taste, which reminded a lebanese beer, 961. As i drank it directly from the bottle - making out with it, if you want - i couldn't observe the robe of my date, neither fully sniff it's perfume, yet it's taste was satisfying, the flowerly taste wasn't exxagerated, just enough to stimulate your imagination to recreate a colorful garden in your mind. The aftertaste was mild, convenient. In all, in this case, the good looks did come with good caracter.

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Photo of Spike
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 12oz bottle close to its 'best by' date.

L: Hazy, dark amber colour that is copper when held to the light. Lots of micro bubbles. The two-finger, off-white head lasts and lasts, leaving sheets of lacing.

S: Burnt orange, pine needles, brown bread.

T: Citrus, pine, light caramel. Peach sponge cake.

F: Bitter up-front with a mellow finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Mild hop burn. Some stickiness.

O: A really enjoyable west coast pale ale. Beautiful to look at. Dry hop flavours are bold but don't overwhelm the sweet malt base. The 5% ABV is exceptional in such a smooth, flavourful, hop-forward brew.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A bullseye of a pale ale. Deschutes hits the mark. Great balance, not too sweet, not too bitter. Malty with a touch of citrus. Just right for summer. Well definitely revisit.

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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 devo1980
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very very nice pale ale. I had one of these sitting next to the pool and thought "An absolutely excellent summertime brew!" This beer is expertly crafted and pleasant to drink. Nothing unusual about it, simply a well crafted beer.

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