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Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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88
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994 Reviews
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:
994
Ratings:
3,688
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
21.94%
 
 
Wants:
184
Gots:
783
For Trade:
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Photo of BeerNutz324
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bomber poured into a pint glass

Ap- a light ammber color. Almost perfectly see through but a wee bit hazy. 1/2 inch white foamy head leaves pretty good lacing on the glass as the beer is drink, drank, drunk.

Ar- Biscuity malts and grapefruit and other fruity/floral notes up front. Not a whole lot of pine or hop scent for a pale ale.

T- well balanced beer. More malt flavor than I am used to for most pale ales. That being said there is not much flavor from the hops either. this beer is not very "pale"

M- light/medium bodied on the tongue. well carbonated.

O- this beer was good and refreshing. I usually like a little more hoppiness in my pale ales but this beer is balanced well so it makes for an easy drinker.

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Photo of ASirahSyrah
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

To be honest, this is a pretty good beer. For me, this is a porch sipper. It'll do well for bbqs, firesides, and boating trips. It's better than anything you'll get from the big name brands and it's just as smooth, add in the fact that it has better ingredients and was perfected by people who seem to have mastered their trade and you've got a better beer to hang out with than the competition "porch sippers." The flavor is a little lacking, so I wouldn't consider it something i would celebrate with or look for on an extensive menu, but it's a good six pack to have in the fridge for the end of the day when you're not looking so much for flavor, but for refreshment and a reprieve (the ABV'll get ya there). All-in-all, good beer, my friends. Deschutes gave us another gift with this one.

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Photo of MNAle
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

1 inch slightly tan head. Amber color, slightly hazy, obvious carbonation in the first bottle, light to little carbonation in the second. Odd. Head recedes slowly leaving an uneven surface and sticky lacing. Somewhat weak aroma, with slight fruit or citrus. Malty initial taste, sweet middle, with only a very mild hop bitterness in the middle. The bitterness (such as there is) asserts itself more in the aftertaste, but this beer is not bitter at all, really. The malt backbone is substantial, but well balanced between malt and hops (considering both aroma and bittering), but malt dominates the taste itself (i.e. little bitterness). Mouth feel is moderate, typical for the style. Overall, a well done traditional American Pale Ale, but clearly not in the recent trend of hopped up "APAs" that are more like IPAs.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into standard bar pint glass. Reviewing from notes.

A: Pours a light orange-gold color with a two finger frothy head that lingers around for a few minutes, eventually fades down to an acceptable frothy cap. Leaves a nice bit of sticky looking lace down the glass.

S: Very vivid hop and grapefruit aroma. Hints of pine underneath with a slight touch of malt sweetness. I'm usually not overly keen on the scent of APAs, but this one is just so darn refreshing and uplifting. Can Yankee please give me this in candle form?

T: Grapefruit and citrus zest (kind of like an orange zest?) upfront, with a pleasant wave of hop bitterness that's by no means rough on the palette. A light touch of malt sweetness in the finish rounds this one off well.

M: Smooth with a medium body. Slightly more carbonated than I would have liked, but it's not enough to become a distraction. I forgot all about it after the second or third sip. This one tends to feel a little watery towards the end of the glass, but overall it feels solid and drinks easy.

O: A great brew that's quintessential for any fans of the style and newcomers alike. Balanced and refreshing flavors with a smooth drinkability make this one extremely sessionable, especially on warm summer days/nights.

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Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at Snow Summit up in Big Bear as well.

The first thing I noted is that this is a bit darker than a lot of pale's. Certainly darker than Sierra Nevada, which I guess is my comparison point for pale ales. More orange than amber. Nice crisp smell with citrus hops. The taste was basically the same as the smell, with clean malt and plenty of C hops. Plenty carbonated, but easy to drink. This is probably my new favorite West Coast APA.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional pale ale. Pouring with a light copper color and gorgeous clarity, It's bright, bold and balanced with a citrusy hop character that stands way out front in the nose and leads the way towards a clean and malty taste that reminds me of toasted bread. The mouthfeel Is medium without being watery or oily and i would call the carbonation level perfect.It's not overly complex and I would argue its a bit too hoppy to be marketed as a straight laced pale ale, but its highly enjoyable and a great beer to serve to friends who are curious and beginning to dabble in craft beer. Mirror Pond will be the one to convert them!

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

I''ve enjoyed this for some time now, and I'm here to tell you about Mirror Pond Pale Ale for Deschtes Brewery. If you're a fan of Cascade hops, you'll probably like this one. If they put a smidgen more hops into this one, it would probably pass for an IPA.

Pours a hazy orange in the glass with a chunky, light tan head that sticks to the sides of the glass and doesn't go quietly. Fresh grapefruit with some pine on the nose. The malt is pretty bready, crackerlike almost, and the hops is actually a little stronger than the malt. Nice level of carbonation and heft to the mouthfeel, and I could drink this one all day.

Mighty fine pale ale!

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Photo of TheLiterati
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First sampled on tap in Portland, OR, now in a 12 oz bottle from my local BevMo store. Nice amber color with a healthy finger high off white head.

Healthy hops aroma with citrus and floral notes, along with a bit of malty sweetness, all of which translates to the taste.

Can’t say enough about the hoppiness – for an APA, this one packs a nice little punch. Finish is not as dry as an IPA, but all in all a nice composition, and definitely drinkable.

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

Had this on-tap at the Cheesecake Factory at Washington Square Mall in Portland tonight. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Coppery and thin white head with decent lacing. Standard Pale Ale affair here, which is a lovely looking and decently carbonated ale.

Smell: Mild, but small citrus and piny hops come through with the slightly wheaty malt as well.

Taste: Crisp and light with malt and sweetness up front with the hops coming a bit later, but never come on all that strongly. The best way to describe this would be well-balanced and unassuming, and perhaps unoffensive as well. My girlfriend, and non-beer drinker, enjoyed it enough as well, which says something for the hops being mild enough. Nothing too complex or interesting here, just balanced and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Dry and light, with a slightly oily finish and coating, but certainly not too powerful or carbonated. Went well to wash down my appetizers.

Drinkability: Easy-going and hardly made a dent, even after the second one. Drinks easy and tastes solid, definitely a solid and enjoyable sessioning beer.

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Photo of y2jrock60
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Clear dark orange/light red. The head is thin and only leaves a slight lacing.

S- Caramel notes along with pine and grass. I'm almost positive there are Nugget hops in this beer.

T- Very similar to Hopback Amber, maybe a little less sweet. Mild caramel upfront followed by a piney bitterness. The finish is slightly grainy.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O- A solid pale ale, reminds me of a cleaner Hopback Amber.

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

Pours a clear orange/amber color with a one finger head that has pretty good retention and leaves nice lacing.

Smells of raisiny hops, lemon and some caramel (with toffee as it warms up).

Tastes of lemon, floral hops balanced well by a bread and caramel malt back. A lingering finish of bitterness with caramel.

Medium body, smooth with lively soft carbonation which makes it really refreshing.

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Photo of exonthebottle
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow, this beer is great example of American Pale Ale in my opinion also thanks for finally distributing to Minnesota!
appearance
nice clear amber color, retains head and has nice lacing
smell
floral hops and breadness nice aroma not overpowering but pleasant
taste
flavor good malt and hops not complex but still good
mouthfeel
carbonation is there but not overpowering or watered down
great drinkability enjoy

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

Appearance: Pours a frosty bright orange with red hues - very inviting and delicious looking. Ample fluffy head and sticks and reduces to a sticky white lacing that leaves rings around the glass.

Smell: Great, I smell strong citrus, fruity and estery scents. It smells complex and and intense but still inviting.

Taste: Very floral, but not perfumy, crisp and smooth. Light orange peel, pine, hops are smooth, herbal and citrus. Complex but well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy, very smooth. Perfect level of carbonation for an APA, present but not sharp nor lacking. This actually may be one of it's defining characteristics.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, it's so tempting to drink as a session brew but at 5.50% it has caught up with me rather fast in the past, actually. It also is so flavorful that it has a tendency to saturate my taste buds and become bothersome after too many! One of the best beers to have one or three with a good meal or just on it's on.

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Photo of bondjedi
4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I grabbed a 1/2 barrel (full keg) of this for $150.00. A tremendous bargain, as the retail value of this brew is about $30 a case.

The bottled version is tasty, though sluggish and heavy. From the tap, it becomes something closer to Nectar of the Gods. Held up to candlelight, the pint glass takes on a copper hue, the color of the grandest sunset you will ever see. The smell is the weakest point - at best I would call it unobjectionable.

The taste is honey sweet and rich. It overwhelms the front of the tongue with an ambrosia sensation, yet gives a knock-knock to the back of the tongue on its way home. This is some serious pop you're drinking, it wants to remind you.

Highly drinkable. I prepped myself for a binge with a couple glasses of water, and went to bed eight hours later for a good night's sleep. I recall walking to bed and locking the doors, and that's about it.

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a glass mug. Nice copper colour with an off white head. Pleasant slightly floral aroma. Not overly hoppy taste. Very smooth. A nice example of an American pale ale. Prost!

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

Pours a cloudy orange color. Nice frothy off-white head, that just camps on top. nicw whoosh of carbonation bubbles on the pour as well.

Smell of citrus fruits, pine, and NW hops.

Good Flavor, maybe a bit out of balance for me. I'd have liked a bit more bite to it. This does go down smoothly, and has a nice creamy mouthfeel, but I would have liked a stronger finish is all. Other than that, it's a good beer that i'd drink again (and again).

I'm looking forward to trying more selections from Deschutes.

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Photo of xhcadamx
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - light orange with a nice pillow upon pillow head. The best lacing I have ever seen on a beer.

S - Grapefruit, C - Hops, and some toasty malt

T - Just like it smells which is a good thing! An unexpected sweetness from the malt. Nice bitter aftertaste a little dry at the end.

M - Decent mouthfeel, I would like to see less body on this one - it would help with drinkability

D - Had a couple of these tonight and would like a couple more

An excellent APA and I like seeing this one around.

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Photo of aquaderek
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass from the bottle. It is golden orange in color and has a creamy off white head which dissapates to a sticky lace. The nose is citusy hops with hidden malt notes. The taste is refreshing hop forward and has a nice bitter bite on the finish. Good mouthfeel for the style, and again if more widely available would drink it as a session beer more often.

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Photo of pianoguy
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle best by (11/18/2015)

Pours a somewhat opaque copper body with a fluffy white head. Some retention , good lacing

At first pour a slight citrus aroma comes through. This settles down to a slightly sweet bread malt that dominates after the initial pour...

Taste has the bread out front. It's a little earthy. followed by a slightly dry pine crispness

Medium feel

Overall; An oldie but a goody... More malt forward then a lot of today's pale ales. Hard to believe that this was "edgy" 20 years ago.... But it has stood the test of time. A nice malt forward APA

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Photo of MrNuggets
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mirror Pond:

Prime example
this use of fine hop.
Splendid sample
with white foam on top.

Delighting the snout
seducing my taste;
piney throughout
divoid of haste.

Golden reflection
on this hillside pool.
Brilliant complexion
soothing: not cruel.

Leave me for dead;
that feeling prevades.
Please place my head
atop the Cascades.

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Photo of sinistersteve
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden, somewhat cloudy amber color. Head leaves something to be desired though. No head also means no artistic lace on the glass. The only good part of that is that it'll be easier to clean the glass if I forget to rinse it out. Good flavor that is both malty and hoppy, but not too extreme either way. Good beer, in my opinon, but I think the cheesy hop embossing job on the bottle needs to go.

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Photo of xare
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a golden appearance with a nice white head. Looks like every other pale ale out there, but somewhat above average. Nothing else really sets it apart as far as looks went.

Smell was nice - piney and that's about all I could get but that isn't a bad thing. Rather pleasant and above average.

Taste was very clean and had a piney hopped finish. Really can't ask for more from an APA except for something distinctive to set it apart from the rest of them. Well executed though.

Mouthfeel was crisp and clear. No aftertaste.

Drinkability was excellent. If it wasn't so hard to acquire, I'd definitely drink a lot more of this brew.

Either that or make more trips down to the Grand Canyon as I had this on tap at the El Tovar Cocktail Room. It's well worth drinking, especially if you can find it and enjoy a simple but well-done APA.

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Photo of katybee
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer struck me immediately as a high-quality, slightly more flavorful, but average lager...rather like a drily hoppy Budweiser. It didn't have some of the more distinguishable pungence of other hoppy microbrews-- the citrus punch of some or the highly herbal nosiness of others (like Hazed and Infused which has a huge nose!) However it was definitely drinkable for this very same reason, and easily combined with any meal. (Sometimes I find the odd flavors and textures can obscure foods' tastes, and to me this is annoying.) But this is a very good beer.

appearance: amber gold, deep good color,
with full but quickly dissipating foam head.

smell: lightly herbal, a dry floral lavender hoppiness, not overpowering, and not overly bitterly pungent "hoppy"; simply crisp.

Taste was clean and thinner like a lager, no cloudiness, crisp carbonation, but with dryness and light floral lavendar touch of cascade hops. None of the citrus or bitterness of centennial hops. But a slight light dry medicinal or perhaps malty aftertaste to distinguish this as a designer beer and not your average Bud!

Very drinkable, yet not highly distinguishable...might get lost in the masses of microbrews out there. Good sessions beer and good with food.

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

Overall a pretty solid American pale ale and would be a quality session beer. Amber in color, decent white head that stuck around for a while, Piney Northwest hop flavor dominated the smell, light malty flavor on the taste with a little fruitness that is excentuated by the dominant hops but it's not near the hop level of an IPA or Sierra Nevada, a touch of biscuit flavor as well. Finishes fairly clean without any bad aftertaste. Nothing to write home about but better than your average fair. Although I bet this one goes down fast and gets rated higher on a hot summer day.

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

Appearance: Pours a orange amber shade.

Overall: This beer has the distinct taste of hops with a deft balance of different flavors. The multi-layered taste of caramel and molasses and balance of malts and hops make a unmistakably good unique beer. Well crafted and very enjoyable.

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
3.92 out of 5 based on 3,688 ratings.
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