Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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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

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 1,044 | Ratings: 3,917
Photo of ipeters1017
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Enjoy by 10/24" on the bottle, maybe not the freshest? Notes from 9/14.

Pours a clear bronze with a finger of head that dissipated quickly. Smell is pretty straightforward--slightly floral hops and slightly caramel malt character. Taste is lightly hoppy with a quick wash of malt sweetness, leaving a lingering bitterness. Well balanced, but everything is quite mellow. Feel is light-medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Super easy-drinking. Overall a nice pale ale but lacking oomph. I'd love to have a fresher one.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A fine beer to say the least. Pours a bright copper. Thick, foamy white head. Some lacing remains at the top of the glass. Aroma is floral hops with a banana like yeast. Taste is very similar, with a bit of citrus. Feel is medium bodied, light medium carbonation. Overall, lots of flavor for the style - especially if you're a fan of cascade hops.

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Photo of Kazmodaeus
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden, decent head with odd lacing.

L: Has a nice color, a soapy head that dissipates reasonably quickly and laces with big windows

S: Smells exactly like what it is. Mild malt, moderate Cascade hop aroma, nothing else

T: Just clean. It is a simple pale, clean monotone malt and single hop. Very drinkable.

F: A bit watery, clears the pallette quick and completely.

O: Good session pale.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes Brewery "Mirror Pond Pale Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY: 11/22/17..." and sampled on 08/30/17
$2 @ Weis, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: I've recently been chatting with friends about the use of caramel malt in beers, or rather, the excessive use of caramel malts in beers, and how quite often too much just ruins it. This is a great example of not doing that. There's just enough caramel malt that it's clear, and it gives it a fuller flavor without going overboard. It's not flabby, or excessively caramelish, and it doesn't hinder or drown out any of the other flavors (like the beautifully delicate Cascade hops in play here). Another thing I discussed was that I'm quite open to the use of caramel malts across the board. Mirror Pond is, in my opinion, a blend of both English and American styles. It's got floral and citrusy Cascade hops (American), but it's also got the caramelish maltiness of an English pale ale - and because they've balanced the malt and the hops properly it works remarkably well. A very firm bitterness balances it (it's labeled as 40 IBUs), and it finishes mainly dry with a swirl of hops and then some residual caramelish malt lingering. It doesn't have the fuller caramel malt content of an American amber ale, nor does it rely on just the golden, biscuity malt base that most American pale ales deliver - it's somewhere in between. And that's OK because when you balance a beer this perfectly it becomes incredibly drinkable and remarkably satisfying at the same time. It's so simple really, with just one variety of hop in play, but when you put it together right it becomes more than the sum of its parts. Really well done, and if you've had it before and didn't think much you should really give it another look.

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Photo of gandres
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured to wine glass
Sight: Light amber, hazy, medium light tan foam
Smell: malty aroma, not hoppy
Taste: Slightly bitter
Feel: good follow through/finish and long bitter aftertaste
Overall: very good, ok too repeat, but not to look for

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Photo of digboy
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours orange amber. Aroma is subtle and sweet of floral lemon notes. Very nice. Taste is malt forward but light as expected from an APA. Thw hops do not come through enough IMO but therw is a subtle lemon flavor with a li gwring sweetness behind it.

Feel is unsticky and crisp.

Overall a nice west coast ale but i was hoping for more hops. What is there is well done.

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Photo of SirFolmarv
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle in Oregon. ā€“ A very nice pale ale. Very refreshing and crisp. Lightly citrusy and hoppy. Also has a light floraly sweet note. Minimally bitter. Has a light, quickly dissipating head but retains a layer over the handsome semi murky orange-amber body. Nothing too special on the nose. A standard flat hoppy note. A great choice for the summer time and outdoor recreation. Even better by the pond.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted at the Portland Public House, served in a 4 oz sample glass. Clear, amber gold with bright white foam. Bready malt and lightly fruity esters shore up a solid ale base with citrus, pine and earthy hops adding just enough bitter punch. Medium body and good carbonation. Far from a modern hop bomb, the balance and restraint shine in this classic Northwest pale ale.

Follow up (19-Aug-17): Tried again from a bottle ("best by: 10/04/17"), poured into a 7 oz Libbey Gibraltar glass. Clear amber gold with a frothy, soap sud head of near white foam and patchy lace. Ester aromas, pine needles and lemon zest on the nose. Nicely balanced grains, slight caramel, lemon peel, pine and earthy, floral, bitter hop finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Flavorful but smooth, easy to drink a few.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce bottle copped from Pub 365 in Las Vegas. Pours a ruddy copper hue with minimal frothing. Mellow aroma replete with hints of hops and citrus. Sweet taste.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance has a golden orange colored body with a one and a half finger white foamy head, ringy foamy lacing graces the sides of the glass, spider webs a bit. The smell is floral yet bready, some caramel comes through. The taste is pretty the same as the smell, bready yet somewhat floral aftertaste, and has no finish. The palate is about light to medium, somewhat sessionable. Carbonation is pretty smooth for the style and is pretty good to me. Overall, it is a nice flavorful and satisfying APA that has a good drinkability worthy to consume with its respected food. Iā€™d have this one again.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

20 oz pub glass.
Hazy - Orange. Smells fruity, floral, and fresh. Tastes fruity, a bit grainy and of caramel. Very, very smooth, with little bitterness from the hop(s). A top-notch beer throughout, and one of my favorites in this style. The PA beers I've had are so far apart in the hop spectrum, it's a delight tasting them all.

I wish this was sold in Delaware, I'd be a regular buyer.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, the head is two fingers thick, with webbed lacing, and a deep golden body.

Smells like slightly sweet full-bodied grains with milder citrus hops.

I taste clean, bright, and grassy malts with the hops adding a big juicy kiss of flavor.

Medium-light mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll choose to give Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery a 4.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.74/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy copper gold with a big fluffy white head that retains well and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is sweet biscuity caramel malt with a little apple.

The flavor is sweet biscuity caramel malt with a little earthy fruit and a light bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK malty pale.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice one-finger off-white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some citrus. The taste is very nice hoppy, citrusy. Medium body, ABV hidden very well. Overall, a very tasty brew. Classic.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an Upland Brewing pint glass.

A: Moderately hazy deep gold, with average visible carbonation and a finger of white head with poor retention.

S: Biscuit malts with a mild grainy character. Light grapefruit and grassy hops. Not particularly exciting.

T: Follows the nose. Citrus and grapefruit rind, grassy, plus a touch of resin. The biscuit malts are more prominent than expected in an APA. Lightly bitter in the hang.

M: Medium body, with average carbonation sensation and low alcohol presence.

O: I'm pretty disappointed ā€“ at best, this is an average, and quite possibly below average, modern American Pale Ale. Nothing offensive, but I won't be actively seeking it out again. It seems to be one of those beers that, while not terrible, I'd almost guarantee that you've got several better options sitting on the shelf around you...wherever you live.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an almost copper body with minimal head and lace ring down glass. The aroma had some caramel malt in there but mostly a dirty, piney hop aroma. Smooth, dry hop taste that has balance to eat thanks to malty goodness and is real easy to drink.

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Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've been drinking this since I moved to Oregon in '04. This is one of the best pale ales out there. Even though I'm a huge hop head, especially DIPA's, this is still a refreshing beer. This is one of those beers you always have stocked in the fridge along with your specialty ales. Smell is nothing special, but the taste is all around great in a pale. As with all Deschutes beers, another outstanding offering.

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Photo of Impetuous
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Billowy head over orangey body. Lotta lacing.

Flavor is light bright hops and buttermilk biscuits over a medium carbonated body.

Good and recomended.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very clear, orange to amber beer. The foamy off white head leaves spotty lacing behind and a thin film of head stays for a long time as it is fed by the nucleation point of the glass. The aroma is malt forward and bready with faint citrus and pine in the background. The taste is malty and bready with some grapefruit and pine bitterness.

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Photo of avalon07
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright amber color and a clear texture. There was a half inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Pretty good lacing.

S: A decent enough of aroma of hops, citrus, pine, and some malt.

T: Tasted of a bit of pine, a decent amount of citrus elements (grapefruit, lemon), light malt notes, a decent amount of hops, a light metallic quality, and a light bready quality. A decent enough flavor that isn't quite as complex as it should be. However, it's light and easy to like.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth, somewhat bitter finish. Light-bodied.

O: This beer is solid enough, but doesn't really stand out. That being said, it's worth a shot.

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Photo of Alan_Bats
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L- a little bit light but nice and clear
S- not that fragrant but nice hop and malt notes
T- starts with a nice citrus-heavy hop presence. Hops last a while then turns to sweetness from the crystal malt. The malty finish is great with very slight roasted character.
O- what I look for in a pale ale. Deschutes has hit the balance that is so hard to hit between hop and malt. Awesome beer.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very smooth crisp and malty. A great APA by deschutes. Definitely one of the best APAs I've had and that's saying something since I'm not usually a huge fan of APAs.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a clear honey amber with half a finger of beige head that leaves dripping snow melt lace as it recedes.

Smells of bright muddled citrus peel, sappy pine, baking biscuits and freshly cut flowers.

Tastes of lightly honeyed biscuit, orange and grapefruit flesh, pine resin and more floral leafy hops.

Feels gentle and frothy. Medium-light bodied with softly fizzy carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Recommended. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of 88caprice
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall: Very nice APA. Deschutes is currently 2 for 2. :)

L: A golden amber. Almost honey like. Hazy and bubbly. Thin creamy head with lots of lacing.
S: Fresh smell. Grapefruit and pine. Floral and citrusy. Honey and grains.
T: Fruity, citrusy, and piney up front, then a total switch to a bready malt finish.
M: Medium body, somewhat smooth, not too carbonated. Clean finish.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A--Clear amber/orange. Mild head that dissipated to nothing quickly and left no lacing.

S--Hoppy smell with traces of fruitiness.

T--Hops are dominant, but well balanced by some bready maltiness. Sweetness and tartness are nicely balanced.

F--Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Feels like something that would be a good summer night drink out on the back deck.

O--Very good stuff. Deschutes is a quality brewer and this falls in line with their work. I wish I had picked up more than one in my mixed 12 pack.

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 3,917 ratings