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
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Ratings: 3,745 |  Reviews: 1,003
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of vinny21bal
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great session beer. One of the finer Pale ales out there. I think it gets over looked because it is so easy to get, but with great tradition is great beer. I don't think they have to change a thing. Great citrus notes. Wonderful aroma. And you can actually have a couple of them without being completely loaded. That seems to be a problem with a lot of these beers these days. Nothing better on a sunny after noon

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

(had this at the PDX airport at a pub whose name escapes me, but they had the most ridiculously large Bavarian pretzel I'd ever taken in)

Orange-amber in color, filtered clean and bright, with a wispy/feathery off-white head - nice, snotty lace sticking around.... Mostly a floral-soapy hop aroma, toasty pale malt just sneaking in underneath, to balance.... The floral-soapy thing certainly comes across in the taste, refreshing, matched against some pleasant lime/grapefruit hop flavors - supporting malts show a bit more here, but never really give the esters and hops much of a fuss - bright/lightly tart bitterness, bit of an English esb/pale flavor quality.... Smooth, quite clean light-medium body, maybe a little round-maltier than drier than desirable in the finish - but having a little fat is no crime... A really solid APA - the invigorating hop/ester combo is showcase here - definite warm-weather treat

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of archyquaffer
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a schooner glass. The freshness date is nearly one year ago (June 2012)- the beer was bought at a discount ($2.24 on clearance). The bottle is just barely cellar cool- stored on my back porch for a day or two. The beer has a beautiful, crystal clear pale copper color. The head is nothing much in terms of volume, but is attractive enough, with a patch of foam in the center that looks like one of those small islands used as airfields in the Pacific.

Taking into account the age of the beer, a floral hop aroma is still quite evident in the aroma, with just enough bitterness on the tongue to balance out the malt. A fruity taste is very apparent, and evocative of grapefruit, rhubarb, and perhaps tart, bitter berry- rather like cherry seeds.

I remember drinking this earlier in the year, from the same store (and thus probably past its due date), I thought it to be one of the finest American style, west coast pale ales around (i.e. HOPPY pale ales). Even though the bottle was old, I still found it to be complex enough and easy-drinking enough to be enjoyable, and well worth the 2 1/4 clams I forked over for the bottle.

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

Just smooth. All smooth. Light and cool Sunday at my homeboy's down at the beach; and while staring at the ocean blissfully glisten, it reminds Raul of Mirror Pond. Easy on all levels - not Paris Hilton easy - but perfectly easy in its grace and subtlety.

Like a Rita Hayworth hair flip, Raul enjoys this.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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