Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

BA SCORE
88
very good
3,754 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:
3,754
Reviews:
1,005
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
Wants:
188
Gots:
817
For Trade:
3
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Photo of Redneckwine
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from cold 12oz bottle into chalice.

Appearance - 1.5 finger offwhite head hangs around for a minute, then recedes into thin, streaky foam cap. Brew is medium amber and a bit hazy

Smell - Smell is very balanced between biscuity caramel sweet malts and a hit of floral, citrus hops. Though in general, the aroma is fairly subdued.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Much like the nose, there is a deft malt/hop balance. First comes orangy, grapefruit , herbal hops, then come bready, biscuity malts, and trails off with mild orange-peel hop bitterneast. Medium body, carbonation is tingly and lively but not at all harsh. Smooth, very easy to drink.

Overall - Still being somewhat of a hop newbie, I was impressed by the balance of this APA. It is hop forward but the malts balance perfectly, and the bitterness only mildly lingers and dries the tongue, kind of like biting on a little chunk of orange peel. Very drinkable. As a BA just getting into the craft beer scene, I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys hop character but can't quite take the high IBUs yet.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I managed to find a tap with Deschutes beer at the airport on my way out and gave their popular Mirror Pond Ale my first ever try. This was a fantastic easy-drinking pale ale. I don't gravitate to hops but this beer had the perfect blend of hops and malt. This reminds me of some good honey-blondes with a pleasant hop add-in. I really liked this one a lot and it went down rather quickly.

If this beer was a Christmas gift, it is the gift you never knew you wanted but now you can't imagine being without.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light bronze to brown in color. I get a good inch of foam resting on top with good lacing and great clarity. I smell light malt and Pacific Northwest piney hops. The hops and malt are well balanced. I get piney hop aftertaste followed by delicate malt backbone. This is a very smooth, session beer packed with flavor.

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