Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

very good
3,745 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 RedwoodGeorge
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden bordering on brown with a medium white-ish head. The foam falls apart soon enough leaving only a bit of lacing on the inside of the glass.

The nose is best described as "yummy" and "inviting" - not exactly objective descriptions but there's a nice balance between a complex of malt notes (toast, caramel), yeast (fruit, flowers) and hops (pine, herb, citrus) It all adds up to something yummy and inviting.

The flavor follows right along with the nose with a surprisingly fruity flavor echoing a British Pale Ale, plenty of sweetness in a golden caramel flavor, a nice lightly toasted grain flavor and a clear but restrained hop presence.

Mouthfeel is dead on. This is a light-bodied brew with just a hint of tongue coating sweetness but a crisp finish of light hop bitterness and enough carbonation to keep the drink lively.

Whenever I'm drinking a Pale Ale (especially a "West Coast" PA) it's hard not to compare it to the gold standard - SNPA. Not only does Mirror Pond compare to Sierra Nevada very favorably but in some ways like the malt note it may even be superior. The hopping may be a bit lighter than SNPA but this is a first rate example of the style.

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Photo of tmitch75
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy with bright orange color. Vigorous pour provides thick rocky head that drops to 1/8" and holds strong. Lots of lace.

Sweet bready malt smell with a good floral aroma.

Caramelly sweet malt flavor with piney and citric hop flavor. Good balance.

Smooth medium body, as it should be. Quite good.

A good smooth pale ale. Good balance and a solid example of the style.

Tasted on 5/1/08, but labeled as best by 2/19/08... Ooops!

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Photo of lvoutlawjlh
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of AllHailBeercules
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of natelocc787
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden amber color, big creamy, frothy light red head. Leaves moderate lace, nothing special. The nose is very nice and indicates an unbalanced beer-I mean this in a good way. nice red malt notes, almost like the nose on an Imperial red just more muted. piney, citrusy, not so much floral. Aroma matches the taste spot on. like an imperial red or amber/pale ale hybrid. Nice ripe ruby grapefruit, pine notes and bitter orange peel. I found this beer to be welcome-ly hoppy for a pale ale. Would put this next to New Dogtown and Sierra nevada as very tasty, hoppy, sessionable Pale Ales.

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Photo of kagent777
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Utah state system, with a best by (give a bottled on date please) of 6-29-11. May not be the freshest.

Appearance: Slightly hazy copper colored beer with a head that settled quickly to a film of bubbles in my goblet with a little lacing.

Smell: Mineral metallic floral hop aroma with a biscuit malt backbone.

Taste: Solid extension of the smell. Caramel, biscuit malts play nicely with floral and citrus hops. The metallic note does not appear in the taste.

Mouthfeel: The flavor coat the mouth without overwhelming the senses. The body and carbonation are middling.

Overall: This is a very good APA. Obviously not as intense as an IPA, maybe a good introduction to craft beer for the unwashed.

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Photo of ManMoosePig
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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 olmatty
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a two finger white head with light lacing and poor retention, beer is an orange amber.

Smell- Very light scent of amber malts and a slight nose of hops

Taste- Lightly honey sweet malts, hops are apparrent yet subdued and a smoothly fading balace of hops and malt.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation and body and smooth mouthfeel

Drinkability- Very smooth drinking and versatile. A good middle of the road session brew. It's mine in this category.

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Photo of beefandbean22
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Kuaff
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

About cellar temperature, in a pint glass.

It pours a moderately hazy, glowing, golden orange with about two fingers of a poofy white head. A pretty beer.

No overwhelming aroma here, but what's there is pretty nice. Hints of lemon or orange zest, honey, and a bit of bready malt.

Delightful flavors of citrus, honey, and lightly piney hops are initially in control, with a crisp, dry, malty aftertaste of biscuits and bread taking over in the finish. Some dank hops loiter around as well. Very well done.

The feel is kind of medium-bodied. More substantial than one would expect from a "light" style.

Few standard 5% strength beers pack this much flavor. Well-balanced, too.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$3.99 / ea.

A: Big loose head over a hazy straw head. Very good retention, great lacing, and a thick rocky cover. Much better than I was expecting.

S: Sweet malty aroma with hints of honey and lemon. Things are looking really good so far.

T: Bready backbone front and center. Just enough hop character to balance the sweetness, and a clean refreshing finish. Very solid pale ale.

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Very smooth.

D: Good traditional pale ale with the drinkability one would expect. Great versatility.

O: I was expecting a solid flagship style beer, but I was pleasantly surprised. One of my favorite pale ales.

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Photo of Dwtucker90
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of ViragS
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of allentownpaguy
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of piclee
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jgreenward
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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

I really like this beer's appearance in my regular pint glass. It pours an amber-orange color, with a pale, white head, a bit lacking in thickness. Bubbles are visible slowly rising throughout the glass. It has a nice crisp and hoppy aroma. Floral scents help to give its hop smell a very well balanced appeal. The taste at first is a bit disappointing and thin. But as the beer warms, its citrus flavors become more apparent. In addition the presence of a hoppy kick at the end, added to a slight bitter bite, help to complete its flavor. In the mouth, this beer has a lot of carbonation. It is not very full, but its flavor does linger for quite a time on the palate. Overall, this is a good Pale Ale. It is not overdone at all and, hence, very drinkable. Balance is the key to its success. I would say that on those occasions when a moderately-hopped up and tasty pale is desired M.P.P.A. would hit the spot.

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Photo of JasonSiedman
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Roland45s
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

Photo of EvoJoe
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of MgoJohnStamos
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of maniaczak
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of WallstreetB
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
3.92 out of 5 based on 3,745 ratings.
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