Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

very good
3,754 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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Ratings: 3,754 |  Reviews: 1,005
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of drdiesel9483
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good pale ale that has a step up from normal.

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Photo of JVan
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of DaveMiller
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Giggy
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of jroberts8811
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of grittybrews
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Photo of JoelClark
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of robwestcott
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to ivanwho and the Noob BIF round 2 for this one.

poured cold and aggressively from the bottle a honey gold to a sun king shaped pint glass with a wisp of a short lasting white head.

aroma floral hops, citrus and sweet malts in the wayback.

subtle earthy hops up front with a hint of ripe peaches and a bitter aftertaste toward the roof of the mouth. caramel malts provide a decent balance to the bitter hops.

subtle bitter, light bodied, high carbonation, slick.

drinkable - yep, but not a favorite.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear orange, with a white head, extensive lacing.

S - Floral, pine and lemon, floral and honeyed malt notes.

T - Bright pine resin and lemon paired closely with bready, sweet malts.

M - Brisk and clean. Very fine.

O - A good, solid beer with a nice balance. I'll drink this again.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kmpitz2 for this one.

A - Pours a cloudy golden orange with a 2 finger white that dissipates to a nice white skim of foam floating on top.

S - The aroma is rather faint. Citrus hops with a moderate bready caramel. I get just a touch of honey also. The aroma would be fantastic if it were just a little bolder.

T - Juicy citrus hops & orange slices with a bready caramel sweetness. It has some bitterness to nicely balance the sweet caramel. This one is delicious. Each sip leaves me craving another. Nice orange aftertaste lingers on the tongue.

M - Light to medium and very creamy with a light carbonation. The mouthfeel really helps accentuate the taste.

D - I could drink this one all night. Great example of an APA without making me feel like I am drinking a mini IPA like so many other pales resemble.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.12/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As pales go, this is a very good beer. Pours clear amber with a medium white head. Malty with some hops and a nice citrus back. Consistent throughout. Clean taste. Better than a Sierra, but about the same in every category as a Firehouse with less hops.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Not quite clear Princeton orange body with a perpetual finger of delicate ivory cream forming the head. Pasty even lacing adheres doggedly to the sides of the glass.

Fresh gala apples, a touch of ginger, roses, and mountain air in the nose. So inviting.

Malty palate entry, bready with hints of wheat and alfalfa. Vague licorice root and rye could be in there as well. Moderate bitterness picks up mid-palate suggesting pinecones and river stones which carry on into the finish. Very well balanced.

Medium-light bodied, well carbonated, dark yet crisp.

A great NW APA, even better paired with food (e.g. a high quality burger). Readily overlooked by their porters and stouts, but Deschutes knows how to brew a wide variety of styles with distinction and craftsmanship.

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Photo of cadaugherty
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

On tap in an American pint glass at Bick's Broadview Grill. Review from memory (less than 30 minutes ago).

Color is a slightly hazy copper with a beautiful 1-finger head, good carbonation.

Aroma is floral and herbal hops.

Taste is floral, bitter hops with a nice pale malt balance. This beer straddles the line between a pale ale and an IPA. Used to drink this often and it's been way too long.

Overall this is a good example of a Northwest-style pale ale, generous with the hops and always refreshing.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

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

Sampling at BevMo...poured into a plastic cup. :-(
Pretty light amber gold with a nice head that melted to sweet lacing.
Sweet smell of malts and a little citrus.
Surprisingly full mouthfeel with lots of carbination....almost creamy feel.
Tastes of pale malts with a tiny hop bite on the finish.
Very nice, light and sessionable.
Bought a single and re-sampled 5/30/06
Everything I saw in the tiny sample at BevMo I found in the full glass and more.
Wonderfully balanced, light, sessionable summer beer

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
3.92 out of 5 based on 3,754 ratings.
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