Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale
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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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Ratings: 3,860 |  Reviews: 1,028
Photo of jamesmk48
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good transitional beer for the hop curious.

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Photo of Psg5062
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.29/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a rich deep gold almost amber ale with a thick slightly tan head that subsided slowly. The aroma is of fresh floral hops with distinct fruity esters mixed in. The taste is bittersweet on the initial taste with a clean cascade hop flavor supported by a sweet carmel malt but the initial impression is on hop flavor not bitterness. The absence of high alpha hop roughness gives credibility to the pale aleness of Mirror Pond as the hops are deliciously there but not to the point of being an IPA. The mouthfeel as with other Deschutes brews is great when concerning the carbnonation and carbonic bite but in terms of body i belive this is lacking but not of making this beer poor. Very drinkable but i like the black butte or quial springs for a session beer instead of htis one as the hops could become less distinct after the first pint.

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Photo of veinless
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears lush tan-orange with ample frothy white head that laces spottily.

Nose is of apricots, oranges and fairly sugary malt. Has a great biscuity aroma too which adds a lot to the scent. You can get a plant-like hop scent too, just a little bit.

Taste follows, with fruit and sugary malt all over the place, but with lots of balance from some bready malt in the middle, followed by a tingling balanced bitterness that keeps the whole beer under control. Really good contrast between sweet, fruity, resiny, and bitter. Nice grainy malt body to go with the bready, biscuity tastes mentioned before. Bubblegum comes through as the beer approaches room temperature, so it takes a while to get every taste in this one. Always a good thing when a beer is full of surprises in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and slick, with just a bit of stickiness on the tailend, while drinkability is exceptional both in sensation and abv - bitterness cleans the palate a bit while the 5% abv definitely makes this sessionable. Deschutes puts out a fantastic year-round sixer lineup, of which black butte and obsidian are probably my favorites, but this guy is well worth the money as well.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

While I had previously mentioned that Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is not an everytime beer, I think Mirror Pond is. Deschutes has done a great job with this one. It's reddish body isn't typical for an APA and it's got a heavy dose of malts and a little fruitiness that work in tandem with that initial hop push to find a great balance. Even my friends that don't typically go for hops or pale ales can get into this one.

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Photo of blackcloud
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ZepHead80
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jtnord
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Superbohl4
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WetCoaster
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very nice golden honey color with excellent clarity. Pure white head makes an appearance, but apparently has another party to go to. Extremely fine and mild carbonation; almost looks flat from a distance. Very little lacing.

Smell: Massive blast of piney, citrusy hops. Not much else, but that's fine with me.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Not surprising, spicy hops hit the palette hard. And that's about that, folks. No real malt balance to speak of, and an astingent bitterness to finish. The mouthfeel is very thin and light, but the carbonation keeps it smooth.

Drinkability: Nice hoppiness and super light body make this a session star; you can drink them like water.

It's simple, poorly balanced and quite thin, but the excellent hop flavor and mild carbonation redeem it nicely. Works for me.

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Photo of cfitterer
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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 netshark
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of creez
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Sailracer
1.5/5  rDev -61.5%

Photo of rph97
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of curmudgeon236
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of franksnbeans
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange with 2 fingers of head that slowly dies down. Nice lace. Smells of strong hops and citrus with mild rind and malt. Tastes wonderful of hops citrus and a nice balance of malt. Feel light and crisp in the mouth with great carbonation. Another sessionable beer which I have done myself in with tonight. Delightful and recommended.

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

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Fairly Hazy Orange/Amber Color. Head pours in around 1 finger width head with some good lacing along the sides. Fairly abundant amount of carbonation going on inside.

Smell - Floral Hops, Yeasts, Citrus and Barley. Fairly sweet smelling Pale Ale and quite enjoyable.

Taste - Floral Hops, Resin, Citrus Notes and Yeast/Biscuits

Mouthfeel - Light and fairly crisp, thanks to the moderate carbonation

Overall - This is a Pale Ale which is fairly simple in it's flavor but it's very good. I've had this on tap before and it's one of the few beers that I can trust will deliver in terms of taste.

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

Photo of detrockcitey
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MDM
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of NeubTube
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of winomark
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle notched with a "best before end of month" marked August.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful copper with a substantial off-white head.

Aroma: Good hop citrus balanced with sweet malt. Slight hint of wheat?

Taste: Good rich maltiness help balance a good dose of hops.

Mouthfeel: Coating, but with a dry finish. Lingering bitterness is quite pleasant.

Drinkability: My first real love of west coast beers. Thanks to Dave for making me try this one. Well done, but wish I had a fresher bottle.

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Photo of sclitch
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 3,860 ratings