Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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88
very good
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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
Reviews:
1,000
Ratings:
3,719
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
Wants:
184
Gots:
802
For Trade:
3
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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Teku glass from a 12 oz bottle. Look is amber, diminishing head and decent lacing. Smell is complex citrus and pine notes. Taste leans more toward hop bitterness than malt sweetness. Feel is light and crisp.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium bronze amber with a half finger white head with good retetntion and light lacing. Mild aroma of grainy malt and citrus hops, slightly floral. Flavor is biscuit malt with a light wheat grainiess, grassy, citrus and lightly piney hops. Finishes with a nice lingering biscuity grassy hop bitterness. Medium bodied with good mouth feel for a pale ale. There's a reason this has been a classic, favorite pale ale in the Northwest for so long. Although hops are now more bold and herbal, this ale is well balanced and has an agreeable old fashioned grassy, citrus hop bill that still tastes great. Refreshing and well made.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always meant to try this one, and saw it on tap last night.
Good pour, amber-hazy body, good clumping head. Some lacing and stickiness.
Smell had some malt notes, but mostly citrus (tangerine?) and hops
This brew seems to be on the border of IPA and PA. Hops, good balance with the malt. Some citrus and caramel flavors as well.
Nice bite to it. Crisp and refreshing.

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

Revisted: 31 May 09.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, very nice two-finger foamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is mostly malty, with some hops, very slight citrus, and caramel. The taste is malty, some hop notes, nice touch of citrus, and caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, it's been almost four years, since I've had this brew, I really rated it higher at that time, so today I will rate it accordingly. Still a tasty brew. I could not find a bottling date as before.

Dated 09/02/05

Poured a slight hazy golden color with some nice lacing. Has a very nice taste not bitter at all compared to other Pale Ale's I've had in the past. Very nice body on the light side. Very light compared to other Pale Ale's, very drinkable. I could get use to drinking alot of these (for me 3-4). I really like the taste. A very socialble brew.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer on New Years Eve in a big 20 ounce glass at The Arizona Room, a restaurant located inside the Grand Canyon National Park. On to the beer:

When it arrived at the table, the beer had little head on top and a hazy amber/tawny body. There are two things you need to know about this beer: caramel and piney citrus. The first half is a wave of malt, and the second half closes out on a pleasant hop note. It leaves a bready and sweet aftertaste on the palate. A little heavy for a pale ale, but it cleaned my palate of the extreme spiciness from the dinner I had.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of floral hops, malts, light citrus. Taste is balanced malts and hops, some herbal notes, light bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth ad overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Found on tap in AZ. Pours a dark copper in color with a small soapy head and some lacework.

Smell: Piney hops, resin, a bit grassy as well.

Taste: Bitter hops upfront, when served cold the malt body does little to stand in the way. Generic citrus flavor hard to pinpoint exactly which fruits but pleasing nonetheless. As the beer approaches room temperature, alittle malt sweetness pokes through but the hops become more astringent.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a pleasing hop bite which lingers.

Drinkability: This beer is much closer to an IPA than a standard APA, which makes me wonder what Deschutes IPA and DIPA are like. Solid beer nonetheless.

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Photo of biegaman
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mirror Pond is indeed clear enough to see your reflect in (although jagged golden highlights might distort it a bit). This clear-bodied, coppered brew does conjure scenic thoughts, loosely sharing its colour with the red-rock mountains of the American south-west. Its head does too - not the mountains, however, but the flat, arid, dessert aspect of it.

Deschutes has used enough hops that above the sticky-sweet scent of toasted malt is an almost minty bouquet with a discernibly 'green' aura and fragrant lemon zest. It's clear from both scent and appearance that a sufficient amount of grain was used, but that zest and the outdoorsy must of tree serum easily wins the bid for the nose's attention.

I don't know that Deschutes makes any beer without character, but for a pale ale this has a surprisingly high level of toasted maltiness as well as (lightly) pungent hop character. It's like a leafy green salad with lots of chopped mint, some savory herbs thrown in, lemon zest and slices of citrus fruit. Maltiness is there, but I pay it no attention.

While there is certainly more bitterness than in any mass-produced ale you'll find, it is relatively easy and soft, primed with candied lemon zest and then spray painted over with a nectarous pine serum. Also, the malts have a natural, caramelly sweetness that plays right into those elements. The combined aftertaste is more than pleasant, it's desirable.

While this has a tremendous amount of character, it's nothing too strong so as to be niche; it's more likely to turn the average beer drinker onto better beer than it is to turn them away from it - which is exactly what Deschutes does. That fact, coupled with other reliable flagship brands like this, makes that brewery truly deserving of all the praise that comes its way.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a wonderful copper color, quite clear as well. Pours with a cream colored head. The aroma has hints of lychee and grapefruit, definitely an American hop signature here. Quite malty tasting with a nice hop flavor that hits the tongue up front. This beer finishes with a slight bitterness. It seemed to be missing the American hop punch that the aroma promised, other than this quite an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: slightly opaque, sligtly orange gold color with a two-finger foamy head. Quite pleasing.

Smell: plenty of earthy hop character in the nose, backed my a little bit of malt. Pretty appetizing, but a little one-dimensional.

Taste: malt is subdued and relatively sweet, but provides a nice backing for the hops, which continue to be earthy but add a slight metallic character. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice level of carbonation. Pretty good!

Drinkability: quite quaffable.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.45... poured into by red wine glass... listening to the "RIS Beer Party Mix" on the iPod... U2 and Keith Richards "Paint it Black".

Good head... nice lacing that lasts the entire glass... chill hazed dark orange..

Citrus and floral hops decidedly win the fight with toasted and caramel malts... Yeasty fruitiness.

Everything about Mirror Pond says, "Drink Me!" Very balanced... pale/victory/crystal malt sweetness blends perfectly into the bitterness... then more fruitiness... and finishes with an expected finish of floral and citrus hops.... malts evaporate to a dry lingering hoppy finish.

This brew is a staple in my home.... You can get in nearly anywhere for good reason. Non offensive to nearly everyone and any "good" beer drinker this could easily qualify as a session and frequently does for me. Deschutes is a world class brewing company.. and gets a significant portion of my beer budget.

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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 Zorro
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy amber colored ale.

Smell is fruity and hoppy with lots of esters smelling like a BPA. A bit of sweetness and a bit of malt and toasted wheat and pecans in the scent.

Taste is malty and fruity with a woody hop finish at the start. Mild acidity comes out after a bit and pecans and vanilla and oak flavors dominate. This brew never seems to get bitter, only a dry woody finish that is quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel is good.

This brew could pretty much be the reference for perfect drinkability; tasty and mild without beating any of your senses into submission. I could drink this everyday and be very happy for the rest of my life. I give this brew the highest possible recommendation!

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from the Deschutes Brewery, one of my faves,

A: Pours a slightly cloudy orange, with a nice, thick, off-white head, with very good retention, and a fair bit of lacing left on the glass.

S: Cascade hops predominately, very piney, with some bready, biscuity malts.

T: A good mix of malt and hops, well-balanced, but still, just a standard pale, pine predominately, some grapefruit, but not as good as Sierra Nevada in my opinion, my standard for this style.

M: A little lighter than usual for American pales, a little bit of resin, light to medium-bodied.

D: A good beer, not great, drinkable, but I've had better pales, though not a bad beer for any means, certainly a good try for those hop fans on the West Coast.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint taken on the veranda of Hotel El Tovar, on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, beat that view if you can!

The beer was a healthy amber colour, very slight haze, but not enough to get excited about. On top sat a thin white head which hung around for a while.

The aroma was mostly hops, a variety maybe, but mostly hops.

The taste was mainly hops, the same variety as the smell, but again mostly hops. A dry bitterness with a hint or two of malt make this a very drinkable beer. They haven't tried to over hop this beer, it sits nicely below the IPA levels and although it leans towards being that style they've resisited to go that far, good.

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

Pours amber with a thick, rocky head that slowly collapses to a thin cap. Smells of light, earthy hops, some grassiness, and a touch of malt. The hops are a little more prevalant in the taste, but the beer is a little grainy. Citrusy hops, grain, some sweet malt, more body than the smell would suggest. In fact, perhaps just a tad too thick from the graininess and malt, but not too sweet, thankfully. Pleasant enough that I wouldn't be upset if this was the only thing on-tap somewhere worth drinking.

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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 weeare138
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy copper toned amber with a small, off-white head that quickly fades out. Plenty of small streams of CO2 quickly rise to the top. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of candied oranges, flowers, light grass, sugary grapefruit, and cream.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas. Flavors of citrus and honey standing out amongst the mix.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lingers of floral, hoppy, & citrus. Mildly bitter, with a thin, dry finish.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Piney almost grapefruit hop nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Favor is mild grapefruit hops with hints of sweetness. 12oz bottle - gift from Portland, OR.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by 08/28/08 clearly etched on the side of the label. Pours a very attractive looking amber color with a nice off-white head that has very good retention and very sticky leaving a good amount of lacing around the glass. The aroma is sweet malt and floral citrusy hops. The taste has a pretty solid malt backbone, but the hops are clearly the focus in this one. This is a very tasty and refreshing brew. The mouthfeel is thin-medium bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel and a good amount of carbonation. Overall, Mirror Pond Pale Ale is another excellent beer from an outstanding brewery. Recommended.

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Photo of corby112
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at London Grill.

Pours a slightly cloudy pale golden orange color with golden apricot edges and a frothy two finger soapy white head.  Very good retention only slowly fading into a lasting cap/ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.  

Floral hop aroma with lots of earthy pine as well as some faint citrus.  Pale malt backbone with hints of light fruit and straw.  Subtle alcohol.  

Medium bodied but a bit fuller than expected with a somewhat creamy texture.  Subtle floral hop presence up front with faint dryness.  Only slightly bitter with kind of a weaker hop presence than anticipated.  Sweetness underneath with pale malt, grass, straw, apple and pear.  Slight dry finish.  Very easy to drink.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Burnt orange with a glass consuming display of effervesce. A healthy, foamy, cushy, 2 finger light tan head has good resistance even after 4-5 minutes of wait with hardly a budge given. Carbonation remains as strong as ever. Thick stratified ring lacing is beef on the glass, providing a very good coverage rate while the crown has a lasting coverage.

S: On the nose is fresh tangerines and oranges, dry barley stalks lurk in the background with some dry lemon grind. The strength is a bit reserved is its only drawback.

T: Creamy bread, slight citrus with a bit of spicy and sweet tangerine toast. Decent freshness of citrus-orange, grapefruit and orchard like hopping with a slight tropical fruitiness sneaking in.

M: fairly crisp, creamy textured, toasty warm grapefruit with a light medium bodied.

O: Overall fairly easy to consume, fresh, with a gentle hop dryness in the middle. six pack worthy.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle a clear reddish gold with a large head of foam that settles down to about a 1" layer and hangs around for the entire session.

The smell is hoppy and grassy but in a delicate sort of way.

The taste is intially quite hoppy with a bit of grapefruit and grass but the malt moves in quickly giving it a nice balance and a fairly sweetish finish. Over all, this is one of the smoothest and easy to drink APAs I've had.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
2.48/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/20/11
*From notes

-- Bottle purchased on 9/20 at Connecticut Ave. Wine & Liquor --

A: Decent amber in color. A generous pour yields a one finger head that fades quickly. Zero lacing.

S: Stale. Really stale. The hops here smell like they've been covered in moth balls and tossed in the attic to be forgotten. Egh.

T: Diacytal all over this thing. Buttery weirdness, weak malt and decrepit hops make for an unpleasant drinking experience.

M: Though it may not taste and smell like a winner, it sure feels like one. Nice carbonation and texture here.

O: This bottle of Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale is most certainly past it's prime. At least that's what I'm telling myself, as a brewery like Deschutes wouldn't knowingly produce something this dissapointing.

Or would they?

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Photo of spinrsx
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Whole Foods Las Vegas NV for 1.99$

Appearance - Slightly hazy amber colour with a large size fizzy and frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, floral notes, malts, and caramel. There is also a touch of grapefruit juice and zest. It ends with a malty lightly hopped aftertaste.

Overall - Nothing groundbreaking, just a very solid and drinkable APA. I can see how this beer will appeal to just about any beer drinker. It might be a little too sweet to have more than a few of them though.

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
3.92 out of 5 based on 3,719 ratings.
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