Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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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
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989
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3,661
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
21.94%
 
 
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Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice amber color with a good white head and some pretty nice lacing. The nose is citrus and floral hops with some orange standing out. The flavor is nice and balances the hops with just a bit of malt, but certainly not too much. Good body with a nice bitterness. This drinks incredibly well and would certainly be a staple of mine if Deschutes were to ever make it out East.

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Photo of oline73
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
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 oberon
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the privelage of sampling this beer many times yesterday at the WBF,poured a slightly hazy deep orange with a clingy white head on top.To be expected this Oregon produced pale ale's aromas are hop dominated wich is a good thing fruity citrus with underlying pine very fresh smelling.This goes down very easily and would be a staple of mine if I could get it here,flavors are pretty nicely balanced there is a firm dry maltiness up front finishing with the big dose of cascades in the finish citrus and pine linger nicely.Deschutes makes some damn fine brews I wish I could get them more locally instead offline.

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Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm hooked on Deschutes, and got this as an extra from bendretread. I'm excited to give it a try.

A: Nice fluffy 1 finger head that sticks around for a while. A crystal clear amber honey orange color reveals all the mini bubbles rising up from the bottom. Leaves a slight lacing on the sides of the glass as I drink the beer downwards.

N: Ooooh, a really nice hop aroma slaps me. A slight but distinct crystal malt aroma gives a nice background. On top of blasts with distinct cascade hops that have a really nice aroma. Floral citrus and slightly grassy and spicy hop aromas bite me. A nice fresh hop oil bite as well.

T: Mmmhmmm, again super distinct crystal malt flavor hits you nicely, then adds a really nice juicy hop flavor with some hints of citrus, spicy hop, and a bit of grassy bite. Very crisp and clear, distinct flavors, but delicious flavors. A nice bitter juicy bite and slight fresh hop oil earthy flavor.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation, a little bit of oil feel, and hop spice.

F: Finishes very clean and crisp. Touch of a bitter hop bite, but its not too much. Light and crisp, clears your palate very well with a nice bitter finish. Very nice tasting ale and very clean and crisp, nice crystal malt and good cascade hops. Another winner from Deschutes.

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

On tap @ the Deschutes Brewery & Public House (Portland, OR) on 9/5/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep hazed copper, with a finger of off-white head. This retains with a smooth foamy richness, with a roughly ½ finger flare-up that rings the sides of the glass with thick swathes of lace. The aroma smells fresh and leafy in the nose, with some bright smelling citrus character sitting underneath. Sweet bready grains add a touch of thickness underneath. The more I sniff at this, the more of a fresh and flowery (even herbal) character emerges from this. It’s nice.

The taste is fresh citrus flavor with a moderately (and slightly spicy) bitter bite. That is well balanced by a backbone of sweet bready graininess. While flavorful, the overall profile has a certain amount of thickness to it that taking away from this a bit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a firm, mouth-filling, creaminess to the carbonation. This definitely still has some smoothness to it in spots though, which helps this go down.

You know, I really liked the character of this for a Pale Ale, having a well balanced and accessible hop profile but the overall thickness of it (which seemed totally unrelated to the body) did hold the drinkability of this back some. I’m guessing that it’s the English-style yeast strain that Deschutes uses, which has never really been a problem for me until this beer. I think that a 16 oz pint of this was just a little too much for me of this beer during this sitting.

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Photo of mactrail
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Really quite attractive dark amber brew in the glass. A modest fine-grained foam with pleasant carbonation. Slight aroma of beery caramel.

This is all more subtle than a lot of Pale Ales. It tastes more like the English style with the pronounced mineral flavor and the moderate bitterness. Fairly malty with a light, sudsy mouthfeel. A touch of roasted sweet malt on the lips. Faint bitter aftertaste.

Quite drinkable and low-key. From the 12 oz bottle at AJ's Fine Foods in Chandler.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright rustic orange, pumpkin to be exact. The largish head is ecru in color, is moderately dense and is beginning to pit on top. It hangs around for a bit, eventually falling to a short disk with a ragged collar of lace. If anyone wants to know what pure, unadulterated Cascade hops smell like, have them take a whiff of Mirror Pond. Even though Cascade tend to be overused, I still love their bright, grapefruity citrusiness.

The flavor profile is pretty evenly balanced with gently toasted malt and Cascade hops playing equally important roles. That's too bad really, since this would have been the perfect beer to let those hops go a little crazy and show what they're capable of. Of course as a self-avowed hophead, I could hardly be expected to feel otherwise.

The understated sweetness from the malt and the gentle bitterness from the hops makes this beer as easy drinking as any APA that you're likely to run across. The body is medium for the style, but has a disturbing habit of fading into a slight wateriness at the finish which prevents the agreeable flavor from lingering as long as it might.

Men's Journal recently stated that Mirror Pond Pale Ale is America's Best Beer. Hardly, but it is a fine, drinkable example of the American Pale Ale style. Most everyone should enjoy this fine ale from one of the Pacific Northwest's best breweries. I know that I do.

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Photo of superspak
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by 9/5/2012. Pours hazy golden orange color with a very nice 2 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of orange, grapefruit, pine, herbal, floral, caramel, pineapple, biscuit, and light toast. Pretty nice and pleasant aromas with good balance; but they are a bit muted. Taste of orange, grapefruit, biscuit, pine, caramel, toast, nuttiness, floral, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, biscuit, caramel, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Great hop flavor balance with malts; and a very nice robust amount of flavor for a 5% beer. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish as expected. Overall this is an excellent pale ale. Great amount of flavor; with nice hop and malt balance. Extremely drinkable and smooth. My glass was gone a bit too fast. Really enjoyed this.

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Photo of mothman
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into Bud American Ale glass

Pours 1 and 1/2 fingers of khaki colored head. Decent retention with some really nice lace left. Color is a clear golden copper.

Aroma: Lots of bready malts here. Some caramel malt flavors as well. Don't forget the pale malts of course. Grassy floral hops. Fairly sweet. Light citrus blend.

Taste: More malt forward than I was expecting. This beer is nowhere near the hop level that I was expecting from a west coast pale ale. Caramel and bready malt flavors up front with a large amount of pale malts. Small amount of hops present compared to what I was expecting.

Mouthfeel: Bland, smooth, a bit of crispness. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends slightly dry, relatively clean.

Overall, this beer just wasn't for me. I expected more hops. Way too much pale malt here. All of this combines for a beer that isn't too drinkable when a normal pale ale should be.

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Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, BB dated Oct. 2014, purchased and consumed near Bend, Oregon.

Poured with a semi-durable, frothy head over a deep amber body; excellent clarity; OK retention; Very good lacing.

Aroma: fruity with hints of spicy hops.

Flavor: Fruity/juicy hops with balancing caramel and medium malts. Herbal/grapefruit aftertaste is mildly bitter.

Feel: medium body and carbonation.

O: a fruity an slightly mild APA.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from Solomon420, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malt.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with flavors of caramel and citrus sweetness and good amount of grassy hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice beer to drink several of over the course of an evening.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy bright orange with a big fomay off white head. A real nice slow fade with good retention. A very nice layer of lace and just a super hazy overall look.

S - Smell was crisp, clean and not overly biting or strong. Lightly linger and waffed through the air. Nice hint of subtle hoppiness and a blend of sugary tones. Not bad, could be stronger.

M & T - First impresssion was very smooth, but then it kinda fell flat on the tongue, with a dull feel. The finish was nice and hoppy and had some lingering to it, and the overall flavor had a nice balance to it with the malt profile.

D - Overall this is a very nice session beer. I will chalk up the dull flat feeling to a bad bottle for now. This is more then likely awesome on tap and would love to try it in that regard.

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

First had: on tap at Deschutes, Portland, OR

Poured a slightly hazed apricot color with a small white head that receded to a ringlet. Good dose of citrus and pine hops in the nose, with a hint of bready yeast. As good beers in the style should be, a good balance of sweet and bready malts with citrus and piney hops, mild fruit tones. Light-medium body, and easily drinkable.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a very nice looking burnt orange/amber color with a thin white foam which settles down to a thin ring.

S: The nose offers up some pleasant grapefruit and mild pine notes along with a strong aroma of bready malt.

T: The flavor has quite a bit of sweet, juicy citrus and fruit flavors from the hops with a mildly bitter finish. While the hops are at the forefront, there's still a solid malt component.

M: The body is perhaps a touch watery with a surprisingly low carbonation.

D: An easy to drink pale ale, but nothing outstanding compared to some of the other pale ales out there.

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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 Jason
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown with a best by freshness date.

LOOK: Bubbly white lace, tarnished golden colour

SMELL: Cascade hops, fruity, citric rind, mint, nutty grain, mild malt sweetness.

TASTE: Smooth, medium body, semi crisp malt, bready, mild fruit, faint esters, hop bitterness, citric peel, oranges, kiss of pine, finish semi-dry

A great pale ale to be had here, any hop head would be pleased and if you love cascade hops this is your ale! A great snapshot of what an PNW Pale Ale.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

To answer the label's question: CCR's Chronicle. Cheating? Maybe. Regardless, this stuff pours a clear brass-amber topped by a finger of off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises light grass, flowers, and light toffee. Almost nothing makes it all the way to my 'strils, but I do get the general idea of some of it (I assume). The taste brings in more of the same, amped up to proper volumes, and with some additional mild orange zest. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a solid pale ale, indeed. 'Nuff said.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a very lightly hazy golden copper in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation and some honey + golden orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy light tan head that slowly reduces to thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of toasted and caramel malts with just a hint of sweetness followed by slightly stronger aromas of citrus/grapefruit and herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of toasted and caramel malts with just a hint of honey-like sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger flavors of citrus/grapefruit and herbal hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which fades almost immediately.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and clean.

O: Very enjoyable and extremely easy to drink, I would even go as far as to say that this is sessionable. Very nice balance between the malts and hops with both being allowed to showcase their aromas/flavors.

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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 billab914
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my new Mad Fox shaped pint glass. It poured a clear amber color with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer. It did leave some decent lacing on the glass as I drank it though.

The aroma has a moderate hoppiness some grapefruit, pine and lemon to it. It has a malty presence to it that helps provide some sweetness to balance it out some.

The taste also shows a pretty good hoppiness to it for an APA. Some grapefruit and pine bitterness with some lemon citrus. A malty sweetness comes through towards the finish with just a bit or caramel to it. The malty sweetness helps balance it out a lot, although it still leans some to the hoppy side.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a very nice APA. It had some very nice hoppiness to it for the style and also some decent maltiness to balance it out some. A very easy drinking and tasty beer for the style overall.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another beer my girlfriend brought back from Oregon two weeks ago. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle intp my Gulden Draak tulip. Best by date of 08/12/11 on the side of the bottle.

a - Pours a hazy dark orange color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Light spotty lacing on the glass and an inch of head stays throughout drinking it.

s - Smells of light citrus hops, fruity malts, some bready malts, and earthy and musty notes. Nice, but I was expecting some more hops in the nose.

t - Tastes of bready malts, citrsu hops, fruity malts, light toasted and caramel malts, and light mustiness. Again, it is good, but more malty than hoppy. Very very light bitter bite from the hops.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy, and just a touch too much carbonation. A little less carbonation and this one would be even easier to drink.

o - Overall a good beer, but their Red Chair NWPA blows this one away. The Red Chair had a lot more hops, whereas this one had a lot of malts and a twinge of mustiness to it. If I saw both on the shelf, I'd suggest going with Red Chair, though this is worth a shot once.

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

Deep copper amber slightly chill hazed with a bright white head forming thick and fine speckled lace left evenly as it dwindles down. Aroma complements malts and hops so well, slight sweet breadiness, herbal, pine, and citric notes complement the soft baked bread qualities. Pungent hops reach out to the nares as it warms, really nice American pale ale that's been around since 1988, wow!!! Flavor is amply hopped but round, malts mild sugar coated hops, fresh baked bread, biscuit quality, a hint of chalky yeast packet...herbal rolling hops, citric notes, pine earthy dankness is mild yet expressive in the hop components of this beer. I grabbed a sixer without hesitation when I saw this one at one of my local stops. Mouthfeel is packed with crisp flowing carbonation carries light hop resins across the palate, not much going on but the feel is very natural no forced over carbonation on the palate perfectly balanced well engineered pale ale with character all day. Overall this is the bread and butter of this great brewery out of Bend Oregon someone started making this at home in the 80's and had a eureka moment.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold/orange with some head that leaves a good bit of lacing. Nose is hoppy and sweet. Taste is heavy with hops with a firm citric/sweet edge to it. Almost like a cross between a lemon and an orange. Feel is what you'd expect - has a little carbonation to it, and it feels good on the tongue. Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is golden to copper with a white head that leaves ample lacing on the pint glass. The aroma offers some bready malts, biscuits, light caramels, a touch of hops. Easy drinking and well balanced. Malty finish with a hint of bitterness. More of an English style brew than the hop forward American offerings. Tasty. This one disappears quickly.

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
3.92 out of 5 based on 3,661 ratings.
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