Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale
3,798 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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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a world class beer, indeed. It pours beautifully, with a lovely lingering head that dissipates into a foam archipelago. There is a distinct chill haze to the amber/orange body. Mirror Pond leaves distinct tendrils of foam lacing as it moves down the glass. The flavour is wonderful - biscuit, malt, and hoppy. There are definite grapefruit notes that do a great job of quenching your thirst! I first enjoyed this beer on tap during a scorching hot Idaho day. Today, it helped cut through the heat of a spicy Italian pasta dish. Mirror Pond is equally suitable in either situation and I imagine it rise to any occasion.

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3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

back to the Boise/Yellowstone vacation notes:

12 oz bottle

A: Clear amber body with small head that fell to a sticky cloud.

S: Hoppy floral aroma w/ some citrus too. Nothing special, but nice.

T: Decent, standard APA - fruity/citric hops w/ good malt balance. Again, nothing special, but nice.

M: Medium body & carbonation. Finished with a lightly - but pleasantly - bitter aftertaste.

D: Goes down easy - would make a solid session beer - and very refreshing after a day of listening to your sister and 1-1/2 year old nephew scream at each other.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a very cloudy amber to yellow liquid with 1/2 finger of slightly off-white suds. Lacing on the glass.
Aroma is a little weak but I get the malt and the slight hop aroma. No alcohol in the nose.
The flavor is very mellow and quite quaffable. You could drink a ton of this stuff. Would be a great lawnmower beer. Slightly hoppy but the malts are the star.
Mouthfeel is very clean and the aftertaste of slightly charred malts make this one a keeper.
Overall this is a really great everyday drinking beer. They are hard to come by so I am glad Deschutes came to Cape Girardeau.

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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served in a Imperial Pub glass. This beer came to me thanks to loren01.

Appearance: The beer had a very pleasing apricot coloration. The head was a one finger biege colored. The head had good retention. The beer left thick lacing behind on the glass.

Smell: The beer delivers a major juicy citrus smell. The beer also gives up a pleasing pine resin. The beer has a very good sweet malty caramel base.

Taste: The beer delivers a good citrus juice and zest flavor. The malty caramel sweetness mellows the hops. The hops give you a goodbye kiss of pine in the after taste.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is very crisp and clean tasting. The flavors are well represented but do not blow me away. The beer is well balanced. This beer is very easy to drink and I could envision sessioning this pale ale.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.29/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Edited 01.13.13 because Deschutes is now available in Chicagoland... So I'm editing my review hoping that THIS bottle is fresh and it will make a differemce in my opinion of this beer!

Bottle into tulip pint.
Vigorous pour yields two full fingers of head. Orangey copper hued body.
Smells and tastes lightly sweet, bright citrusy and floral hops, and a mild yet noticeable bitterness. Dry crisp finish has progressively more bitterness with each sip as we warm up.

The body is spot on for a pale ale-- firm carbonation, not watery, yet not full, and easy drinking.

Overall-- I gave this beer a 3.3 when I had in December of 2010... It is more enjoyable now. A 3.7 sounds about right. Not the best pale ale, but better than average.

---Original review from 12.05.2010---
Poured bomber into pint glass.

A coppery orange with off-white head. Mediocre retention and lacing.

Smells sweet... Floral hops. Tastes sweet, surprisingly malty. Big sweet finish. Not a lot of bitterness. Big floral and grassy hops.

Oily, cloying, and medium bodied. Feels undercarbonated.

Wow is this sweet. I'm very disappointed in this beer. I love Deschutes... I'm just going to endthis review and return to watching Star Wars with my 3 year old...

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3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear medium Amber with a nice cap of off white head. It leaves a speckling of lacing.mthe aroma is very mild, but pleasant with light caramel sweetness and citrus hops. The taste is much the same. The body is lighter without being watery.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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

A: Pours a copper color with a good head that fades slowly to nice lacing.

S: Has a clean aroma of herbs and fresh grain with a touch of citrus. Very inviting.

T: Starts with a mild fruit flavor then some bitterness with a bit of sweetness mixed in. Quite dry finish.

F: Medium body,clean crisp and refreshing. Very well balanced.

D: Great drinker. A excellant example of the style.

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4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich amber into a pint glass, almost the color of a sherry-cask scotch. Around a finger of quick-receding white head. Aroma isn't overpowering, a little floral mixed with citrus and pine.

Moderate carbonation and a light, creamy mouthfeel. Initial notes of soft, lemony hops that balance nicely with a strong biscuit and caramel malt backbone. Clean finish leaves only a traces of hop bitterness. Doesn't make as strong of an impression as some APA's, but very nicely done.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 3,798 ratings
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