Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

very good
1,002 Reviews
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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Reviews: 1,002 | Ratings: 3,735
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 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 gjdee33
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Best pale ale I've ever had. Sierra Nevada's good, but I found this more perfectly balanced and refreshing. Wish I could find it here in the Southeast.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of floral hops, malts, light citrus. Taste is balanced malts and hops, some herbal notes, light bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth ad overall is a decent beer.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

L: Pours a clear deep amber color with a 2-finger head and a nice lacing. Very pretty to look at.

S: A light nose, with some citrus and caramel tones.

T/F: Very smooth and drinkable, with a nice balance of hops, citrus, and a significant malt presence at the end. Good carbonation and a dry finish.

O: One of my favorite large volume produced Pale Ales.

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Photo of BillBabbitt
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A very nice pale ale. Smells like a brewery with a lot of rich malt notes, and enough hoppy bitterness to satisfy my hop head. It's been awhile since I found a pale ale that delivered what I'm looking for. This one does.

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Photo of Kubishark
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Deschutes' Portland location. This might now be my favorite APA. It's just so well balanced and delicious. A copper, orange color that's slightly hazy. Smells like bready malts with moderate hops and citrus, all about equal in strength. Tastes so remarkably equal as well, not a single factor overpowering another, with some bitterness but not too much. Has a near perfect feel, very crisp and medium bodied. Deschutes is certainly a new favorite of mine.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.01/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: [4.75] The beer is a nice golden color with lots of red hues. It has a fat finger of dense white head. The head is creamy and looks nice atop the beer. The head also leaves some subtle lacing. The bottle lists the ABV (5.0%) and the IBU (40) and the best by date (08/09/2016).

S: [3.00] Weak nose. I only get wisps of caramel and some herbaciousness. Nothing definitive.

T: [3.00] The flavor kind of follows the nose. It is subtle. Mild toffee and caramel. Not much in the hop range at all.

M: [2.50] Light body. High carbonation makes it feel lighter. It lacks density on the tongue - so it is not watery but almost "Frothy".

O: [2.75] Visually this beer hits on almost all cylinders (I like a born on date vs a best by) other than the date code it looks fantastic. The nose and the flavor things start to fall apart. They are just really subdued. Nothing pops or comes to the forefront. Even worse the beer is almost foamy and this cases a lot of mouthfeel issues. I don't like this enough to rebuy.

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

From the 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. This nice APA pours a clear golden amber with a moderate head of white foam that settles to a thick ring, light pooling layer, and light lacing. Nose of sweet honey malts and zesty hops. Flavors follow but exceed the nose by balance and volume with honey malts on the fore, light biscuit notes, and a blast of herbal hops that is refreshing without being overly bitter with a touch of apple on the aftertaste. Excellent mouth feel, moderately carbonated, crisp and lively. An excellent example of a pale done right.


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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

When I think of a classic American Pale Ale, only 2 come to mind. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, and this. Best pale? No, but it hits all targets for a classic to it's style right on the head. Cheers!

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Photo of Bulabeers
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: reddish orange with a white head that turns into a white film on the top and leaves lots of lacing as you drink
S: Faint cascade hops
T: nice balance between the malt and hops. not very complex. you get the pale malt and then you get the hops.
F: easy drinking. medium carbonation, refreshing
O: decent pale ale

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pale ale pours a bold copper color with a fairly small frothy tan head. It’s definitely darker than the average pale ale and really it looks more like a red ale. The smell is of caramel malts and a little fruitiness. It has a hint of orange and some good bready caramel malts, but really they’re a little more subdued than I would have thought from the smell. It has a bitter finish from some pretty good hops. It actually does taste more like a hoppy, light red ale than a pale ale to me. It’s not bad, but it’s pretty boring and I think that the hops could stand to be toned down a little. It’s rated well, but this isn’t my favorite offering from Deschutes.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice dark maple syrup colored pour with a light head. The aroma is light floral with some bready notes in the background. The taste is lighter than some Pale Ales, but it seems more a traditional version of the style. IMHO, "hop inflation" tends to run rampart, especially along the west coast. Moderate ABV puts this into the 'sessionable' range. A nice offering,

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 oz bottle into standard pint glass. This beer, just like Sierra Nevada pale ale, is an old friend. Not my all time favorite, but one that seems to show up at many places, and is often the best at the time. It's copper color and malty aroma are nice. The flavor is slightly sweet, light caramel, honey, and a bit of citrus are there in the background. The mouthfeel is crisp and there is a bitterness in the aftertaste from some mild hops. A decent beer, buy it if it's on sale & take to a BBQ.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2016-04-16. 355 ml bottle. Bottled on 2016-01-26.

A: Clear amber. Poured 2 fingers high of head, medium retention.
S: Toasted malty. Pineapple and honey.
T: Taiwanese winter melon tea. Medium malty. Somewhat toasty. Moderate pineapple fruity. Dry. Low bitterness.
M: Light bodied. Moderate carbonation.
O: Not as hoppy as I expected. However the malty, fruity, and hoppy characters balanced quite well, making it so delicious.

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Photo of HenryPorter7777
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored APA with nice layering, but ultimately just a decent offering; doesn't quite deliver which is surprising for a Deschutes. Hops give way to malts, yeast, and slightly bitter finish. Again, a decent, clean Spring/Summer choice; nothing special.
5.0% ABV

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a glass mug. Nice copper colour with an off white head. Pleasant slightly floral aroma. Not overly hoppy taste. Very smooth. A nice example of an American pale ale. Prost!

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Photo of colts9016
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A solid example of APA, although not as hoppy as SNPA, it is very balanced with hops and malt. Best word is refined. A nice amber color with orange hues. The head is one finger and had fair retention.

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Photo of olelion
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Clear and copper. Nice thick two finger head.
S: Hoppy grapefruit aroma with bready malt character
T: Nice and balanced. Malts provide a pleasant bread flavor at first that is followed by lively citrusy grapefruit hop flavor and bitterness. I could've used a little more hop flavor though.
F: Medium bodied with fairly high carbonation.
O: Overall a good beer, but nothing too special, probably won't buy again. Good beer for a nice Spring afternoon.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into a teku glass.

The showcase is clear copper color but not that crystal clear with 2 finger of off-white foamy head. The head has decent retention to withstand before dissipating and leaving lots of lacing along the way down as well as thin frothy film atop. Some fizzy carbonation can also be seen.

The aromas present with zesty citrus, fruity, sweet caramel, bread, floral and woody notes. They are all nicely balance.

Generous malts are a platform of the flavor sensation with a bready, sweet and caramelize notes. Then citrus zest from cascade hop takes over together with some pine and moderate bitterness. The end is all flavors nicely blending and leaving a pleasant aftertaste with some bite and spice of hop.

Medium body, velvety smooth mouthfeel with some lively carbonation to carry well both of its body and palate, finish is dry. Light and refreshing, this beer is no doubt a sessionable brew to go in every occasion.

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Photo of trygelski1
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass:

Look: Pours a nice copper color with about an inch of head and plenty of lacing present.

Smell: Some piney hops and hints of caramel and bread malts.

Taste: Very malty pale ale here. Notes of caramel and bread with some hints of piney hops coming thru. Wish this beer was a tad more hoppy and citrusy.

Feel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Solid pale ale from the crew at Deschutes. A step below Sierra Nevada's in my opinion. Glad I grabbed a variety pack and this brew was in there to try. I would revisit this one at some point.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Copper gold color with a nice white head and lacing all around the glass.

S: Nutty and grainy with a nice dose of floral hops.

T: Nutty and grainy with floral hops and a light hop bitterness.

F: Lighter body with medium carbonation.

O: A nice drinking pale ale.

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Photo of AleMan66
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I poured this from a bottle into a clear teardrop glass. It pours a hazy copper with a one finger white head. To me, it's the perfect pale ale--not too hoppy or citrusy; it's very well balanced. This might be a perfect five but I never know how to rate on smell and look.

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
3.92 out of 5 based on 3,735 ratings.
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