Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

BA SCORE
88
very good
3,745 Ratings
Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale
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
Ratings:
3,745
Reviews:
1,003
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
Wants:
187
Gots:
812
For Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,745 |  Reviews: 1,003
Photo of Roybert
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BcharaK
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colorful sticker on the bottle is an eye-catcher, and i was caught. But i don't mind being caught by pale ales. This one had a nice floral taste, which reminded a lebanese beer, 961. As i drank it directly from the bottle - making out with it, if you want - i couldn't observe the robe of my date, neither fully sniff it's perfume, yet it's taste was satisfying, the flowerly taste wasn't exxagerated, just enough to stimulate your imagination to recreate a colorful garden in your mind. The aftertaste was mild, convenient. In all, in this case, the good looks did come with good caracter.

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Photo of Spike
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 12oz bottle close to its 'best by' date.

L: Hazy, dark amber colour that is copper when held to the light. Lots of micro bubbles. The two-finger, off-white head lasts and lasts, leaving sheets of lacing.

S: Burnt orange, pine needles, brown bread.

T: Citrus, pine, light caramel. Peach sponge cake.

F: Bitter up-front with a mellow finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Mild hop burn. Some stickiness.

O: A really enjoyable west coast pale ale. Beautiful to look at. Dry hop flavours are bold but don't overwhelm the sweet malt base. The 5% ABV is exceptional in such a smooth, flavourful, hop-forward brew.

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Photo of BlueSpader
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NastyNorseman
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A bullseye of a pale ale. Deschutes hits the mark. Great balance, not too sweet, not too bitter. Malty with a touch of citrus. Just right for summer. Well definitely revisit.

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Photo of stadmo1
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Poured from bottle into tumbler glass. Pours a dark amber with a white head about a finger thick. Smells of malts with a hint of citrus hops. Tastes of bready malt with a hint of hops, fades into a a sweet caramel flavor. Medium body, mild carbonation. Overall a pleasant pale ale.

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Photo of stormybecool
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Frank69
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of devo1980
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very very nice pale ale. I had one of these sitting next to the pool and thought "An absolutely excellent summertime brew!" This beer is expertly crafted and pleasant to drink. Nothing unusual about it, simply a well crafted beer.

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Photo of robebo44
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of olideacon
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of gr8fulbeerhead
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GrumpyGas
4.59/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle ((best by 07/24/16) you mean it could be better? Whoa!) Poured into a pint glass shows a hazy amber floating a light white cap head and leaving a minimal lacing.
Aroma is fresh bread malt with slight hop citrus. I want this smell in my laundry detergent!
Taste adds caramel and hints of pine and bitter hops.
Feel leans heavy.
More please.

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Photo of Nimbus_
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark amber in color, nearly brown. Cloudy, but clear enough to see bubbles rushing upward. A thin, foamy, white head. Just a small amount of lacing left on the pint glass.

Smell: Not very strong at all. I get some caramel notes and a bit of citrus. While not very strong, the smell is pleasant.

Taste: This APA tastes really wonderful. Sweet, citrusy hops, and bready malt at the start. The taste turns to a caramel aftertaste that is quite pleasant. Not bitter at all, but not overly sweet. This beer is fabulously balanced.

Feel: Crisp and refreshing. Medium amount of carbonation. Overall, pretty light and very sessionable.

Overall: I really loved this beer. Deschutes has not disappointed me so far. This is a light, refreshing beer with a great taste that isn't too simple or overly complex. I haven't tasted many beers that are as finely balanced as this one here. I highly recommend getting one of these if you can!

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

Photo of AtaxicGait
3.27/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GinDC
4.81/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Idrankthat
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zach_960
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopstout
3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of elNopalero
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This hit all the right notes. Crisp, clean, clear. It pours a gentle amber with a light hop aroma. Malt and hops are balanced making this An easy drinker. Surprised it took me this long to review it.

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Photo of J_T_Arlington
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks a nice opaque amber.

Smells a nice hoppy, estery, citrus.

Tastes good. Nothing great. A citrus fruit taste followed by esters. Slight melon.

Feels crisp, light.

Overall, pretty good. A little neutral, but that's to be expected from APAs.

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Photo of J-Walker
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
3.92 out of 5 based on 3,745 ratings.
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