Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale

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

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Photo of Bierwolf
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy dark amber that clears as it sits. One finger creamy off white foam that leaves a light lacing as it goes. There are some bubbles rising up.

Aroma: Light piney hops, grassy, some fruitiness in the background.

Taste: Mild hops giving a slight bitterness, piney citrus. Semi-dry finish.

Mouth feel: Medium light bodied with a smooth finish.

Overall: My personal opinion: A nice APA but nothing to get all excited about. If I am out at a restaurant or pub I would want to know about other offerings rather than just say "Give me a Mirror Pond".

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L- Pours a hazy reddish orange with a thin foamy white head. Good lacing.
S- smells a malty, slightly citrus hop that is not overbearing.
T- Bitter hop with slight citrus. Malt is more present in this APA than most. The bitter sticks around. Nice balance around
F- As smooth as any APA Ive had. Bitter, yet crisp clean finish.
O- Great overall APA, in which the balance and mouthfeel is its best quality.

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

Reviewed after many years of enjoying, from a single (from a mixed pack) into an imperial pint
A: dark goldish amber, 2 finger tight head
S: cacade hops (grass, pine, citrus) balancing caramel and bready malts that might just barely win out.
t and m: great layers that follow the nose but are more compelling; little more fruit than in the nose; finishes medium dry; nice body for a pale.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best by 2/18/14 poured into a pint glass
A: Light orange color, slightly hazy with a 1/2-finger head
S: Clean - light malt, light hops, a whiff of florals and just a hint sweet
T: So clean/pure. Floral, a hint earthy, with a malt backbone and a bit of hop bitterness for a fresh bite
M: Light-bodied and crisp
O: I would like this better if the aromas/flavors were a bit bolder. That being said, everything is so pure with not a flaw to be found even if on the light side this is not to be missed

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Photo of silverevo9
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No resinous pine smell from this IPA, but a very enjoyable clean tasting IPA. There are some nice earthy smells as if sniffing a fresh cut oak barrel. Lots to enjoy for the nose. Only 5% alcohol which is a nice twist for an IPA. Could absorb many of these and maintain as if drinking pilsners. Lacing is quite good, with dark patchy colors on the glass. Bitterness is slight on aftertaste...lets you know the hops are there. Overall a great IPA for sessions and enjoyment...

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Photo of Bunman3
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Photo of TheBrewo
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

We crack a pair, pouring into our Great Lakes pint glasses. The beer glows a golden amber coloring. It puts forth a solid one finger head of creamy, ghostly foam the color of pancake batter. It clings in wet, spotted sheets to the glasses, leaving lacing as such in its wake. The mildest chill haze is noted, but no sediment accompanies this. Carbonation appears to be robust. The aroma shows a serious side to the brew, with soured pale and wheaty malts going against grassy and resinously piney hops. Between the two is a simple blend of sap, wet metallics yeastiness, orange zest, sweeter orange juiciness, soft buttery diacetyls, toasty rye breadiness, vinyl plastic bite, coin, and flashes of lemon-lime soda sugariness. The taste to follow gives a brightly piney, soapy, and citric hop core cutting through crisp pale maltiness, raw barley and crystal malt bolster, glassy metallics, bittered nectarine fruitiness, under ripe strawberries, dried leafiness, curiously warming spiced bready sweetness of pumpkin, sand, walnutty bitterness, and cooling lactic creaminess. The body is distinctly medium, and the carbonation is rather active on the palate. Each sip gives nice slurp and smack, but with lesser cream and froth rolling behind it. Finishing pop is crisp, adding welcomed robustness to the finish. The mouth is otherwise left cooled, prickled, and neither really dried or oiled. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks back with ease.

Overall, we are finally getting around to reviewing this west coast stable of beerdom. We were first able to sample this about two years ago, on a road trip out to Colorado to visit some friends. Having never seen Deschutes before that moment, this became an obvious first choice when we hit that first brew stop. We happily and rapidly sipped that first six-pack at altitude, but neglected to take any notes worthy of rating. Fast forward to now, and we stumble across a second helping at a Meijer in Sandusky, Ohio, while visiting Cedar Point a month or so back. Here we are, with the meaningful rating baton in hand. This here is your quintessential no-nonsense pale ale. The nose comes across freshly and seriously, with no unnecessary inclusions or deviations. The flavoring is describable in much the same way, but is a bit more to the sweeter and more biscuity side of life. Fill in the gaps with straight quality, and that is really what you’re left with.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at place not sure of rotation:
Beer pours an medium orange, clear with visible carbonation feeding small bubbles head. The head lasts and becomes foamy, lacing the glass well. Initial nose on a cold beer is mostly void, a light grain is about all. As the beer warms, a little citrus and pine come through.

Definitely need to get the beer away from ice-chest temps for the flavors to come out. Opening is sort of crisp, clean. A little fruit comes in, apricot, apple, little ruby grapefruit - but these meld with the opening more than taking over. The pine of the Cascade comes through in the middle, again melding more than overpowering. Feel is not quite medium, noticeable carbonation.

A nice balanced beer. I expected a bit more, and perhaps the beer was just old enough to be muted, because it didn't taste stale at all.

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Photo of Suds
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold in color. Slim head. Respectable clarity. The aroma is clean..some fresh hops, balanced with lightly toasted malt. Semi-sweet. Drinkable.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date 1-21-15.

APPEARANCE: pours a mostly clear light amber color, there are fine particles suspended, two-finger head that dissipated slowly until a thin mostly unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, medium carbonation, a good amount of lacing on the glass.

SMELL: the nose is subtle and understated, sweet, flowery, citrus, bread.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet and bready, then a mild citrus hop profile, this is a nicely balanced beer.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is my first beer from Deschutes Brewery and it is one of the better pale ales I've had, it was really well balance with a sweet malt and the hops were very much to my liking, the 5% ABV means you can enjoy more than one, the hops are pleasant but not overpowering, I would definitely buy this again, looking forward to more from this brewer.

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of citrusy hops and caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the caramel malts flavors seem a bit stronger. The hops contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite easy to drink and has a good balance between the malts and hops.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of breadwinner
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Utter classic of a pale ale, both for its longevity and contribution to craft brewing, as well as for its very classic take on the style. This is a pale ale unafraid of malt. And its malt has character, aromatic, bready, satisfying. The hops are there, a touch floral, a touch tea-like and earthy, but they're secondary to the malt for me and all the better for it. Cheers to Deschutes for an enduring contribution to American brewing.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear amber color with a 2 finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are moderate. Has a citrus, maybe apple, aroma with slight piney hoppiness. Bready malt with a mild bitter hop. Nice bitter aftertaste. Very good beer. Very drinkable session beer.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Other notes:
From a growler. TAste and smell might slightly compromised because the same keg had been on tap for a while. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

The beer pours an off-color white bubbly white head that dissipates quickly but still leaves a small film on the top. The beer leaves a lot of lacing. The beer itself is a clear dark copper color that looks very nice with the carbonation bubbles heading towards the surface.

The beer smell is very low key with strong malt notes and citrus hop notes. The hop notes are very bitter and the malts are a caramel sweet. The two different notes mix together to bring out a very nice smell resembling that of an English Bitter with a stronger hop profile.

The beer taste is bitter with some sweetness to dull it. The hop bitterness is citrus with a bit of lemon rind to it. The malt sweetness is a little bit caramel with some bready notes as well.

The mouthfeel is fairly light bodied and very smooth. The carbonation is biting and makes it a bit more refreshing. That being said, the beer dries the mouth and leaves a very refreshing feel.

Overall, a very good and unique pale ale. I would definitely recommend this one and am glad that Deschutes is distributing in my area.

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Photo of mikebcpa
1.5/5  rDev -61.7%

There was a lot of hype when this came to Wisconsin. Not sure if we got a bad batch, but the beer was terrible. Almost zero hop presence and a very thin mouth feel.

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Photo of moysauce
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

A tad bit disappointed. Thought it was a very solid Pale. Like, as pale ale as a pale ale could be. Don't get me wrong. I would definitely drink again, would definitely buy. Just didn't find it to be spectacular. Definitely a hop heads APA. Not a standout by any means, in my book, though. Again. Let me reiterate. A very good and solid beer, but not great or exceptional. Drink it if you get the opportunity, but don't expect the world.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

This brew pours a copper/brown color with a lot of sediment and good carbonation. Medium lacing. The head is off white and dissipates quickly but some remains as a collar until the end.

The smell is filled with pine, orange, floral and melon. There is also a malty, bready backbone.

The taste follows the nose with pine orange and melon, mostly pine and orange. The malty backbone makes itself felt mostly as a bready taste. Clean smooth finish.

Overall this is a solid Pale Ale. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass. Best by 10/24/14.
A: Pours a clear orange-yellow hue with moderate carbonation producing a 1/4 off white head that fairly quickly settles down to a thin skim. Nice for style. (4.25)
S: Light caramel malt and a faint hint of hops. (3.5)
T: Light caramel malt, honey, spicy grain, and a faint hint of hops. (3.75)
M: Smooth and slightly oily feel. Mildly sweet. (3.5)
D: A decent brew...perhaps better when younger (I drank this about a week past the best by date). (3.5)

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a cloudy brownish orange color with a red tint. Nice foamy and bubbly off white head with nice cling during each drink.

S - citrus hops, malts, lemon grass, piney.

T - Bitter up front - orange peel, piney and balances out nicely with a malt presence. Finishes semi dry and bitter. Smooth and lightly creamy mouth feel.

O - Solid APA that is definitely worth a shot. This a full flavored brew that is session worth and won't knock you one your ass.

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Photo of Act25
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Love this brewer. But in this category prefer Dales Pale Ale.

a: 3.5 flattish, white head, a bit of lace, tarnished gold body.

s: 3.75 Cascade hopes, with fruit, nutty grain, malt sweetness.

t: follows smell, very smooth, nice bready, semi dry class APA. 3.75

f: as good as any, smooth, long finish, great with food, in this case, brats. 3.75

o: OK - as good as NW pale ale gets. 3.75

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Photo of Bone53
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

Appearance (4.25): Clear light copper color with a two finger off white head. Dark for the style

Smell (4.25): fruity and piney hops with a light bready malt undertone

Taste (4): Piney , light citrus hops and bready malt

Mouthfeel (4): Medium body, bitterness, and carbonation; Crisp and easy drinking

Overall (4.05): This was good if a bit bready/yeasty for a pale ale, yet added a nice touch. The hop presence is pretty spot on for the style, but i couldve used a little more. These are minor flaws. It is a clean, solid pale ale, and sometimes thats all i need.

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Photo of Leeshka410
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Amber-ish in color with a caramel yet fruity aroma. No bitter after-taste but hoppy enough to satisfy the hops fan and mild enough to pacify the "I hate hoppy beer" drinker. Nice in-between brew.

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Photo of 6string
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Beyond all other styles of beer, ambers are my preferred favorite. For some reason, the Mirror Pond really hits the mark right on the head for me. There's notes of hop bite, caramel, oak, and flavors of red meat and sausages. I can't explain why, but after drinking German weizens, Belgian doubles and triples, or roasty porters, this beer knocks it out of the park. No harsh after bite or lingering tastes. Crisp, but even on the tongue. I'll be stocking my fridge with this one for quite awhile.

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Photo of dcscientist
4/5  rDev +2%

Mirror Pond put Deschutes on the map, and it's still their biggest hit. As with a lot of APAs, I find them a wee bit too hoppy for my liking, but that doesn't mean I won't enjoy it. I buy this from time to time, so I'm still a fan, but I don't think it's quite as unbelievable as everyone else does.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light golden color with a minimal head. Hoppy lemon aroma with some earthy tones. Taste is an earthy lemon citrus taste. Pretty easy to drink. Not too complex.

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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