Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

very good
3,778 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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4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.
Best by 10/02/12.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Huge five finger off white creamy head with very good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A lively aroma that has a good balance of hops and malts. Citrus hops with hints of oranges, grapefruit, and lemon. Also some grassy and herbal hops. Hops are balanced by a good presence of sweet and bready malts. Good hints of grains, biscuit, crackers, and yeast. Pretty solid.

Taste: Has everything you would expect from a pale ale. A solid hop and malt presence that is well balanced. A mix of earthy, herbal, and citrus hops with some notes of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, and grass. Solid malt taste with good notes of grains, biscuit, and cracker. Fairly yeasty. Well balanced and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, crisp, and very smooth. Finishes somewhat dry.

Overall: A very good taken on a American Pale ale. On of the top ones out there for the style. Nice hop bite that is well balanced by bready malts.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of superspak
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by 9/5/2012. Pours hazy golden orange color with a very nice 2 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of orange, grapefruit, pine, herbal, floral, caramel, pineapple, biscuit, and light toast. Pretty nice and pleasant aromas with good balance; but they are a bit muted. Taste of orange, grapefruit, biscuit, pine, caramel, toast, nuttiness, floral, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, biscuit, caramel, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Great hop flavor balance with malts; and a very nice robust amount of flavor for a 5% beer. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish as expected. Overall this is an excellent pale ale. Great amount of flavor; with nice hop and malt balance. Extremely drinkable and smooth. My glass was gone a bit too fast. Really enjoyed this.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, Best by date of 9/11/12 on the bottle.

copper colored, bright white head that fades quickly. sharp grainy malt aroma. some earthy hops are in there as well.

taste is well balanced. biscuity malt, slightly citrusy hops. thin to medium body, higher carbonation.

overall - average, easy drinking pale ale.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of ZachStone625
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man, if there was ever an approachable, drink anytime you please beer, this has got to be it.

Normally, I'm a malty beer kind of guy. Double IPA's and beyond are shunned in favor of a fistful of lawn weeds with a shot of vodka, but this - THIS beer is a pale ale that has a hop, fruit and citrus character that balances the malt and bready flavors with an aplomb I can only describe as fun, and ridiculously refreshing.

This is the mild, drinkable, balanced yet flavorful beer to have after working on a car or mowing the lawn. Or with any kind of dinner. Just enough bread, malt, and toast and just enough bitter, malt and citrus to make this a mild yet full charactered beer. I enjoyed this one immensely and have it frequently as a sixpack in my fridge.

Regardless of your preference, it is definitely worth a taste.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a shaker glass at Track Town Pizza

A- Poured a reddish-amber color, pretty hazy, small frothy head that left no lace

S- Bog aroma of sweet grapefruit, pineapple, tropical notes, and big sweet caramel maltiness. Big fruity and sweet aroma

T- Lots of caramel sweetness, sweet grapefruit, tropical notes, breadiness, and leaves some nice lingering bitterness

M- Smooth, medium body, finishes dry, very drinkable

O- This is what you want a pale ale to be, very balanced malt and hop character. Lots of flavorful malt and fruity hops. I could see myself getting some six packs of this.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
3.92 out of 5 based on 3,778 ratings.
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