Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale
3,798 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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3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another impressive buy from my Ohio buying spree. So glad to have finally gotten to try some of Deschutes' offerings. This apa pours a beautiful reddish brown hue with very little off white head. It does retain a nice film and a very nice lacing. The nose is quite deep and malty but with a pleasant hoppy bitter bite and a little roastiness. The mouthfeel is very light and smooth. Almost a bit too light. I'd love a little more coating and chew to this beer. Maybe if it was unfiltered, this may be perfect. The flavor is very balanced. Malty sweetness, hoppy bitterness, and an almost funky belgian yeast flavor all play together beautifully. This is an excellent apa and just makes more excited to taste the other two Deschutes offerings I bought last week.

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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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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The is a beautiful beer, a rich copper/amber color. It porurs with a nice amount of foam that compacts to a nice 2-finger head that leaves behind some generous lacing.

The smell hits me faintly at first but grows as I drink the beer. I get a very nice fruitiness, pineapple and mango and maybe even a hint of peach or apricot. Perhaps the slightest hint of a yeasty bread as well.

The taste is just excellent. First off is the hops, all nice and juicy and fruity. Pineapple mainly, maybe a hint of orange and peach. Then come the sweetness of the malts. There's some toffee, maybe a bit of honey as well. It finishes with a pleasant, lingering bitter note.

The mouthfeel is slightly creamy, lightly bubbly and very pleasant. I don not detect the alcohol at all.

Overall, this may be my favorite pale ale and one of my favorite beers. Just a great balance and so easy to drink. Superb.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper amber slightly chill hazed with a bright white head forming thick and fine speckled lace left evenly as it dwindles down. Aroma complements malts and hops so well, slight sweet breadiness, herbal, pine, and citric notes complement the soft baked bread qualities. Pungent hops reach out to the nares as it warms, really nice American pale ale that's been around since 1988, wow!!! Flavor is amply hopped but round, malts mild sugar coated hops, fresh baked bread, biscuit quality, a hint of chalky yeast packet...herbal rolling hops, citric notes, pine earthy dankness is mild yet expressive in the hop components of this beer. I grabbed a sixer without hesitation when I saw this one at one of my local stops. Mouthfeel is packed with crisp flowing carbonation carries light hop resins across the palate, not much going on but the feel is very natural no forced over carbonation on the palate perfectly balanced well engineered pale ale with character all day. Overall this is the bread and butter of this great brewery out of Bend Oregon someone started making this at home in the 80's and had a eureka moment.

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 3,798 ratings
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