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Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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3.9/5
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3,818 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#6,929
Reviews:
1,019
Ratings:
3,818
pDev:
11.28%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Mirror Pond Pale Ale pours into my glass a nice cloudy amber orange with a half inch of bubbly white head on top. Aromas of lightly bready caramel malts mix in with floral, somewhat citrusy hops. The hops come out on top with a nice solid balance overall. Nice APA.

First sip brings smooth, biscuity, caramelly maltiness upfront that's followed by a nice blast of really floral, herbal hops that have a bit of a ctirusy twang as well. Goes down easily with a mellow bitterness. Overall, a solid, tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good steady carbonation. Smooth and easy going like a good pale ale should be. I could easily see myself grabbing a sixer of this for a get together. Easily drinkable and overall a solid pale ale with plenty of hop character. I hope to have a chance to try more brews from Deschutes, thanks to kmpitz2 for this one.

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Photo of Chris-1911
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robebo44
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CCutch
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of budgood1
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a hazy cooper and bronze colour with a half inch thick off-white head with great retention. nice lace. flowery, perfumy, citrus tinged hoppy aroma with a nice toffee and caramel malt base. taste pretty much follows up on what the nose had to offer...a bite of lemony hop bitterness gives way to some solid base maltiness...all nicely balanced and approachable. nothing overly flavourful but solid nonetheless. the body of this pale ale has some girth to it, a bit more than usual for the style which therefore leads to a mouthfeel that is rich and slippery with a quick snap of bitterness for good measure. drinkability is nice...it seems to drink "bigger" than your run of the mill pale ale.

my first deschutes offering and i'm impressed. nicely balanced and would be a perfect compliment to some spicy food or hot wings.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of garuda
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden copper, white head that has good retention and good lacing down the glass.

S - Sweet, bready malt up front, subsiding to pine hops with a touch of citrus.

T - Very nice taste with pine hops up front, a bready malt middle, then finishes with some more bitter pine hops with a touch of citrus, and some caramel malt sweetness.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, nice crisp finish.

O - I'd definitely get it again, a very good, nicely balanced pale ale.

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Photo of peabody
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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Photo of bmwats
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Pure amber hue. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles pretty quickly leaving a substantial beer ring and a little blanket of foam on the surface. Plenty of lacing remains as you drink.

S: Floral malt, with a slight sweet smell of honey and pine nuts.

T: Pale pungent malt. Very woody and heady. Light hop tone with just a touch of sweetness.

M: Light body, refreshing quality. The hop note lingers throughout the experience. Sharp, dry finish.

D: Great sipper.

Atmosphere is pretty good here. Appearance is nothing too exciting, but has a nice amber hue, foamy head, and lots of lacing. Nose is not complex, but a nice floral malt. Flavor, similarly, not complex; but done well. Pungent malt with woody and slightly sweet hope notes. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of meanmutt
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of OKCNittany
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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Photo of RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of nlmartin
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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Photo of BabaBeer
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MaximumYuks
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Czequershuus
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Braz
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of PhatAtUT
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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

Photo of moarmare
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of AleWatcher
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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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 3,818 ratings
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