Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

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:
985
Ratings:
3,647
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
21.68%
 
 
Wants:
177
Gots:
760
For Trade:
3
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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 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 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 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 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 Ezone024
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

friends of mine moved out to nor-cal, and immediately raved about this beer. so i got it in on trade. and it's delightful. poured out of the bottle into my NY giants pint glass. it had a thin and easy aromatic head. My initial response was wow, this tastes like i just poured a long trail into a sierra nevada. and it really is right in between the two. it looks great with a dark golden color with lots of carbonation throughout. the smell is light and clean. This beer is so clean and smooth you can shower in it if you want. Too bad this is my last one, i am always up for a trade for this so if you see this and you got it, let me know your style.

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Photo of RobertDBrase
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper/amber color with a foamy bone colored head. Lots of nice streaming bubbles visible.

Strong scent of piney hops with a nice bready background. The smells actually counter balance one another.

The taste is up front pine bitterness with a strong malt backbone about mid tongue. The taste is not that bitter because the balance is really quite nicely done.

The mouth feel is actually light with a bit of a wet finish.

Overall I find this to be a very well crafted pale ale that has a great taste balance between the bitterness of the hops and some nice sweet malts. This brewery also gets it done right by putting this into a 12 pack and putting a decent price on it.

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Photo of misterscooter
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Unfortunately, the bartender poured this with no head to speak of so I wasn't able to get much smell out of it at all. Just a light beer smell. It was a cloudy copper color and looked good despite the lack of head.

It was a dry beer, with a lemony flavor to it. This beer didn't do it for me. I've liked other offerings from Deschutes but not this one. It could be the pour or something because I seem to recall liking it from the bottle. I must try this one again to make sure I'm giving it a fair shake.

I did notice the higher alcohol content in this one, though, as it kicked in on me soon into my second beer.

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Photo of unklesyd
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cascade hops are great.

The interesting thing about... well, anything... is that it can induce a wide variety of the same response at either end of its extreme. For example: riotous laughter and ecstatic dancing can be the result of either wonderful, or absolutely horrible music. Gasps at the dinner table? Terrible cuisine, or the best of the chef's.

Mirror Pond is an example of Cascade hops in their laughing, dancing, gasping phase... because they are in beautiful balance. Not blowing you away, not making you wonder, 'what is this? pinapple?'. Although this beer can blow you away in its balance of Maris Otter (rough, rich bread, slightly grainy mouthfeel) backbone streaked by some light-medium crystal (right before it hints at roastiness) and the terrific Cascade bitterness and flavor (yes, citrusy, but actually, remember that pinapple that I hinted at?).

A winner in any season.

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Photo of troutmask96
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow - I used to drink Mirror Pond all those years and haven't yet reviewed it. So here goes.

Mirror Pond was one of my first entries into the craft brew arena way back when my palette began to demand more than Bud Light. Now that I've experienced hundreds of the finest brews on the planet, I can't help but be a bit disappointed when I come back to it. The taste and complexity are nothing special, and when I can get a twelver of, say, Celebration for the same price, you know which way I'm going.

I recently picked up some Mirror Pond for a special occasion party in which many of the guests had unrefined beer palettes, and it was like seeing an old friend again after many years apart...

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

Served in a pub glass.

pours a hazy amber/orange color with moderate off white head that thins quickly. Little lacing.

Strong piney smell with a floral earthiness. Very light toasty malt smell.

Slightly off balance, but not bad. Nicely hopped between pine and floral hops. light citrus taste during the initial and mid taste, finishes with a strong citrus dry finish. I cannot distinguish the citrus flavors. The malt seems to get loss.

Light bodied. A bit too thin on the moutfeel for my preferences, but it is not watery. I would have liked a little bit of oiliness in the mouthfeel.

Easy to drink. Easily sessionable. Good solid beer, not great.

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

Poured a beautiful amber-orange with fluffy sudsy white head. BB date 11/06/13 on the bottle
Smell- musty tropical fruit, floral notes, bread, spice
Taste- smooth hoppy profile with citrus and some tropical fruit, and subtle floral. An interesting note of faint blueberry sweetness is somewhere in there. Savory toasted grainy malt with a dash of pepper and hop spice. Citrus and spicy hop resin linger on the palate
Feel- lightly carbonated, light-medium bodied. Drink a million of em

Hoppy, fruity, floral, spicy, malty. A wonderfully balanced and complex pale ale, great to enjoy in any season. Love me some Deschutes. Cheers

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Photo of jakon
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle with a best before date of 11-13-7

Pours a hazy golden orange with an adequate white head that drops off steadily leaving tracks of sticky lacing. The aroma is excellent. Bright floral hops with a touch of yeast and caramel malt. The taste is about all you can expect from an APA. Great balance between the hop bitterness and malt sweetness with just the right amount of prickly carbonation. This is a delicate brew that needs to be consumed as fresh as possible in order to enjoy it for what it really is.

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

Received in trade from womencantsail. Thanks Andrew!

Appearance - Pours a very deep orange with hints of brown around the edges. Extremely translucent and poured with a bit less than 1 finger creamy white head.

Smell - Extremely citrusy, grapefruit and orange in the nose. A bit of pine and grassy hops on the end. The malt comes through it smells like caramel and candy.

Taste - The hops come through, fairly earthy and grassy and the pine is evident, not as fruity as the nose would suggest but it is there, in the form of fruits. The end is biscuit sweetness with yet a nice hop bit falling right after. It seems a bit watered down and the alcohol is evident. Very earthy throughout.

Mouthfeel - Very thin and seems almost watery, the tastes are very rounded and are not sharp at all. The carbonation seems to be lacking a little bit, seems flat. Very light and thin.

Drinkability - I could drink a few of these but not a 6 pack, something is just a bit off for my liking.

My first from Deschutes.

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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 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 Kubishark
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Deschutes' Portland location. This might now be my favorite APA. It's just so well balanced and delicious. A copper, orange color that's slightly hazy. Smells like bready malts with moderate hops and citrus, all about equal in strength. Tastes so remarkably equal as well, not a single factor overpowering another, with some bitterness but not too much. Has a near perfect feel, very crisp and medium bodied. Deschutes is certainly a new favorite of mine.

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Photo of mountsnow1010
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from gawnphishin. Thanks! Freshness date: 3/08/11
A - Very nice, white fluffy head that dissipates to nothing on top of a light amber. Not much lacing.
S - Super floral smell. Rose petals, anyone? Hints of pear and similar fruit as well.
T - Light fruit that dances across the palate followed by a slight punch of bitterness. Grainy bready finish. Somewhat sweet aftertaste with a bit of bread again .
MF - Fairly sharp carbonation, I would tone it down just slightly. Still, very refreshing though.
D - Very easy to drink. Expected, given the ABV.

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Photo of LazyL
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just like this beer, that simple. It is darn good and caught me by surprise. It shouldnt have though as anything from Deschutes is good. The colour is nice and the nose is good but the taste is fantastic. It has just enough hops to really stand out but not enough to overpower it. Turns out I love the citrusy flavours of Cascade hops.

If you are looking for a nice hoppy ale that goes down real easy, this is a beer for you, and if you havent tried a Deschutes beer, you are missing out. Perfect beer for a sunny afternoon, while you sit in the snow on the top of your local mountain.

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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
88 out of 100 based on 985 ratings.
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