Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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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: 989 | Ratings: 3,661
Photo of 1ale_man
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Spiegelau tulip.
Looks orange copper with bits floating around.
Smells mostly like malt with a slight citrus tang.
Taste follows smell but I can taste some citrus.
Feel is great. Great carbonation and smooth on the tongue.
Overall this was beer was great. This beer was way too old but was still tasteful. Will buy again and maybe get a fresher one and revisit the ratings.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with a beautiful, yet small, head.

Smells of herbs, pine and citra. There's definteley a lot of herbs and flower in this.

Mouthfeel is light, with limited to little carbonation. Taste is similar to smell, with a lot of fall spices, pine, and hops.

This is okay, yet hardly revolutionary.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, bright copper, bubbly, lots of smaller suspending chunks. Head is uniform and fluffy, retains well — forming a mound all the way to the bottom — and is a creamy shade of tan. Hop aromas of pine, resin, and spice, malt aromas of crackers and light caramel sweetness. Welcoming, but not particularly enticing. Mild tartness, distinctive, but not too strong or bitter, hops from the onset. Get stronger as it lingers and finishes. Piney yet floral, a little dank or spicy, quite metallic as it lingers, and rindy, almost soapy toward the end. Impressive peppercorn notes for a mere Pale. Medium-bodied, effervescent but not prickly carbonation. Semi-watery, nearly lager-like, very refreshing and drinkable. Excellent representation of the style with a measure of Deschutes' characteristic West-Coast influence, and a few other unique flares besides.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Perfectly clear copper color with narrow head, little retention. Smells bright and citrus with floral notes. Tastes piney and ever present bitterness that sticks around after the fruity flavors exit. Exceptionally smooth, but reminds me of an IPA more than what I think of as a (Sierra Nevada) Pale Ale.

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Photo of Viperonetwoone
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

got two of these bottles from a deschutes variety pack. Definitely didn't expect something so different. It's gorgeous and clear gold on the pour with a one and a half finger head that dissipates rather quickly to leave a ring. Glass lacing definitely present. I pick up pine resin and something mildly fruity in a strange way from the aroma. The flavor is odd, considering the style.

Mildly west coast in flavor with some kind of subtle fruit presence. It's lagery in a way that's unexpected. What an IPL should be like. nice medium body the perfect amount of carbonation. damn good beer. get yourself some.

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Photo of gopens44
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Let's celebrate the fact that Deschutes made a pale with complex taste without selling out to trend. While the nose has a straight up bitter hop presence, the taste has piney upfront, it falls into a lager like dark fruit malt thing before balance is restored in the sweet, bitter and rich finish.

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

Deschutes Brewery 'Mirror Pond Pale Ale' @ 5.0% , served from a 6pack of 341 ml bottles purchased for $16
A-pour is a light gold from the bottle to a clear gold in the glass with a medium size off-white head leaving a fine spotty lace along the pint
S-like the fine print on the label says complex , multi layered
T-wow , what a PNW Pale ale should taste like
MF-ok/lots of carbonation , big medium body
Ov-good beer & pale ale
prost LampertLand

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had poured on tap at the tipsy pig in SF. Pours a hazy amber with a 2 finger fluffy head and good retention and lacing. Adds just enough bitterness to balance out the malt. Strong APA that pairs well with salty foods

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Photo of Gunsup_785
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is my favorite pale ale, and I'm not sure why. Lots of fruit and floral notes like you'd expect from a pale ale. Orange peel, some grapefruit. Really drinkable. I'd recommend it. Cheers

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Photo of GrumD
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden hue with some clear lacing. Not too fizzy and has a decent head. Lovely fruity aroma leads to a decent malt hit. The mouthfeel is quite full with gentle carbonation. Love the nicely subtle hop hit, with fruit to the fore. So well balanced.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of the old school beers. Pours a dark copper color, this isn't one of those west coast super dry pale ales that came onto the scene about two decades after this was kickin around. Aroma is c hops.

Taste, its a bitter and hearty beer that keeps the abv down. A little darker and heavier than your average pale ale. Was heavily hopped for the 90s, but these days, this one is just another pale ale in terms of its old school c hop bill.

Classic beer, good springtime thang.

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Photo of mchegash
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Nice caramel-orange color, with a finger of light tan head. Average amount of carbonation visible rising up the beer.

S: Nice classic citrus, floral, and pine hops (in that order of prominence). Smells slightly sweet and from the aroma seems like it will have good malt taste.

T: Orange citrus, sweet floral-citrus, some resin and pine elements. A nice caramel-esque malt flavor. Pretty good overall.

F: Medium-full body, slightly sweet, moderate carbonation. Slight bitterness. Overall a good feel.

O: A solid Pale Ale offering.

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Photo of stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really well done pale ale, lightly hopped with a nice piney snap. Great lacing, malty aroma. Amber color with rocky head. Good meal accompaniment. not much difference between this and the twilight.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is caramel.
The taste is caramel and malty with a balance of lemon bitterness.
The texture is crisp with soft edges.
It's nice.

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Photo of chubenzino
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Given the high ratings I was a bit disappointed by this one. It struck me as weak compared to most better pale ales I've had and the taste featured way too much citrus for my liking.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ok, this is a great brewer. But this is a middling offering. Pretty vanilla. This would be a good choice for when your at a bar with your lady friend and she wants to try a craft beer. Not a problem for me personally as my lady is awesome and enjoys the delicacy of fine craft beer.

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Photo of Hahnin
4.88/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is my favorite non stout out there. It is awesome on nitro, gorgeous in the bottle, and a classic on tap. Gorgeous, balanced lovely beer. I think it is ugly and tinny in a glass, so I keep it in the bottle or drink it in a dark bar. Who cares how it looks? It is a 5 star beer!

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

It's no Fresh Squeezed, but then it's not trying to be. It's a very crisp, refreshing pale ale that still wants to smack you with some hops. Definitely a slightly higher IBU than I expected, this one is malty, sweet, bready, crackery, and then loaded up with a nice amount of pine and citrus and herbal flavours. All things being equal, I reach for Deschutes' IPA offerings, but this is--in its style--a really stunningly good beer.

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Photo of Ryans_Goosling
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tastes like a delicious autumn leaf. Many bubbles, yes. Spilled in places I don't want to talk about.
What is it like to be floating down a creek? A creek of this beer. That brings it together.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy orange ruby. Great color.

Hops from a few feet away. Sweet orange citrus, breadiness, apricot. Essentially sweet hops and sweet fruits.

Taste milder than smell. Dried and tasteless hops with a light fruit zing.

Dry and airy.

Simple and refreshing.

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Photo of ThisTeamSucks
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had two ways: from the bottle and in a pint glass.

Look: Nice head while it lasted. Kind of a dark orange in color.

Smell: Some citrus and floral notes from the cascade hops.

Taste: In a bottle the citrus characters seem to come through a bit more, whereas in a glass there's a bitterness that comes through. I seem to get some caramel, bready malt in the back. It gets a bit better as it warms.

Feel: It's definitely a session beer. I find it to be kind of light actually, despite the flavor profile the hops are imparting.

Overall: I've never had a legitimate pale ale before, but I heard this or Sierra Nevada ade great gateways into the style. I wasn't steered wrong. It's quite good.

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Photo of DaneBramage
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A smooth IPA but not hoppy or citrusy enough for my tastes. Would be very drinkable on a warm summer day after mowing the lawn, just doesn't present enough flavor or balance for me to drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep golden orange amber with a frothy khaki head that settles to a firm layer and laces well.

S: Toasty bready malt, earthy, floral, caramel malt sweetness, almost fruity, and some light citrus.

T: Floral, earthy, bready slightly toasty malt, a little caramel sweetness, slight herbal spice character, and light citrus, lemon, maybe a bit of grapefruit.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation

O: Really not what I was expecting. Malt jumps out way more than the hops. For all the cascade they throw in there I was hoping for a little more bright crisp grapefruit. Not a bad beer, but not what I'm looking for in a pale ale. My bottle was reasonably fresh, but I'll keep my eyes open for a chance to retry this one.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale a couple days ago for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. I've only had the chance to try one beer from this brewery, but now that they are in Michigan I thought I should try more of their beers, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice design to it and it's just slightly eye catching. It poured an amber orange color that took on more of an amber hue when held to the light with almost two fingers worth of fluffy off white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and it left just a slight bit of patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, but I wouldn't mind a little more lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up impart a light floral. light piney and herbal hop aromas with herbal hops sticking out the most. Up next comes a little bit of doughy yeast that leads into the malts which impart more of biscuit malt and sweet malt like aroma. The aroma is nice, it's pretty standard for a Pale Ale.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart the same hoppy aspects with the herbal hops still sticking out the most. Up next comes just a little bit of doughy yeast and it leads into the malts which impart the same biscuit malt aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time there's more of a caramel like aspect to it along with a little more sweetness. On the finish there's a lighter amount of medium bitterness with a herbal hop aftertaste. This is a nice tasting Pale Ale, it's very standard for the style and it's has a old school Pale Ale taste to it.

M- Smooth, just enough crispness, on the slightly lighter side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and nice, but very standard example of the style, it reminds me of what a lot of the Pale Ales tastes like over 7 years ago, not bad, but it's not to interesting either. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple, but anymore than that and I would start to get bored with it. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and mouthfeel, they were both good and very true to style. What I like the least about this beer is that it was a little too standard for the style, nothing stuck out about and it just wasn't that memorable. I don't think I would buy this beer again, there's many other Pale Ales that I like a lot more than this one. If you really like Pale Ales especially the old school ones then it's worth a try, but I can't say I highly recommend it. All in all this beer wasn't bad, but I do think it was a little out dated and it just didn't have anything about it that really made me want to come back for more. So far it's my least favorite beer from this brewery and it's pretty average for the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use a little updating.

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

12 oz bottle best by (11/18/2015)

Pours a somewhat opaque copper body with a fluffy white head. Some retention , good lacing

At first pour a slight citrus aroma comes through. This settles down to a slightly sweet bread malt that dominates after the initial pour...

Taste has the bread out front. It's a little earthy. followed by a slightly dry pine crispness

Medium feel

Overall; An oldie but a goody... More malt forward then a lot of today's pale ales. Hard to believe that this was "edgy" 20 years ago.... But it has stood the test of time. A nice malt forward APA

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
3.92 out of 5 based on 3,661 ratings.
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