Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale
BA SCORE
3.9/5
3,798 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:
#6,595
Reviews:
1,016
Ratings:
3,798
pDev:
11.28%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
Wants:
194
Gots:
839
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 3,798 |  Reviews: 1,016
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of zeff80
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a small, white head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - Ah, Cascade hops! Floral and piney! There are underlying notes of sweet caramel and toffee.

T - It tasted of piney, grassyhops with a sharp bite of bitterness. There is a burnt toast caramel maltiness, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A dry-finishing, medium bodied ale.

D - This is great. Looking forward to trying more Deschutes beers.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a bright copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of medium citrus hops with a good caramel malt base. Taste is also a good mix between some caramel malt with some lightly citrus and bitter hops. Very refreshing with good carbonation. Very well done for the style.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first Mirror Pond in quite a while, couldn't resist a fresh 12 pack at $12.99. ABV listed as 5.0%.

Appearance: Golden-amber, brilliantly clear with a soapy, sticky off-white head. Retention is great.

Smell: 50/50 between hops and malt. Hops are citrusy, bright and fresh, supported by a dry, biscuity malt foundation. Solid and appetizing.

Taste & mouthfeel: Juicy citrus hop flavor up front, bringing to mind grapefruit and lemon peel; signature cascade flavor. Malt balances but doesn't add much in the way of complexity beyond a light toasty sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium-light, crisp and ultimately drying. Bitterness is just about perfect for the style, and the finish is toasty and clean.

Drinkability: Remarkably easy to drink without tasting dumbed-down or simple; in short, a great session beer.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of superspak
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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 Boone757
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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

Photo of mothman
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
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 DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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 chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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 olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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 jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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 oberon
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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 Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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 dcmchew
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mactrail
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
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 ygtbsm94
2/5  rDev -48.7%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with off-white head. Aroma is on the malty side with some bread crust notes and a touch of caramel. Taste is really balanced. Starts with citrus fruits and continues with caramel malts, overall quite floral. A light bitterness on the finish, lingering in the aftertaste too. Medium to light body, smooth feeling but also well carbonated. Overall it's a nice pale ale but not very aromatic.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 3,798 ratings
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