Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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88
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985 Reviews
Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

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
Reviews:
985
Ratings:
3,647
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
21.68%
 
 
Wants:
177
Gots:
760
For Trade:
3
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Reviews: 985 | Ratings: 3,647
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.77/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yeah, this is a nice APA. Bright, golden body with a fluffy white head. It diminishes in fairly short order, but just above it, wafting out of the glass, is a fresh citrusy yet sorta grassy hop nose. Nicely balanced taste profile. A bit of malt that's wonderfully offet by some tingling on the tongue from the hops. Not a ton of bittering hops; just a well-balanced brew. Mouthfeel is medium, just where I think an APA should be. Drinkability; kick butt. I consider SNPA to be a the benchmark of APAs, and damn tough to beat. But I'd rather have Mirror Pond.

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Photo of ajuarez
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a six pack of this at the grocery store. Poured into a stemless wine glass. Slightly murky orange and copper hue with a nice little cream head. Fresh hop aroma reminds me of dandelions covered with honey. Alcohol is evident on the nose after 20 minutes of warming. Taste is sunny with solid caramel base. Hints of lemon or grapefruit. Enough carbonation to perk the buds without that over-tingling sensation. At 5% abv, I could drink this brew all night long. I think I will.

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Photo of GarrisWH
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy, orangish-golden color with about a one finger head that recedes fairly quickly, leaving a very slight bit of lacing

S - Floral, tropical fruit aromas with a bit of crisp hop and some sweet malt tones as well.

T - Fairly watered down flavor. Some of the tropical fruit flavors come through with a slight bitterness, but really fairly bland overall. A bit of the sweet malt taste on the finish, but really nothing to write home about flavorwise.

M - Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.

D - Definitely not a horrible brew, its not offensive by any means, it just doesn't really have much complexity or intensity to it. Refreshing and wouldn't have trouble putting a few down, really not a standout though, in my opinion.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy deep gold with a decent-sized bubbly off-white head on top. Retention is fair leaving some decent lacing. This smells really good for an APA. Big pineapple scent pulling through. This mixes well with a heavy sweet malty presence. Very nice.

The mouth on this is weak and wet. Too watery for my liking. Knocks drinkability down a notch. Flavor is a little muted as well. It's not offensive at all, just slightly absent. Some malts and a slight bitter finish. This beer is not bold in any way, and I think it needs to be in the flavor. This could be tweaked a little. Not bad, but I've had much better.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A neighbor dropped this one off the other day. I haven't had it in a while, but drinking it reminded me of how it is simply one of the best in its style.

A: Two thick fingers of beige, creamy head over an amber ale. Beautiful retention and some sticky lacing.
S: Sweet malty goodness with a firm hop backbone. Grapefruit is discernible, and is a bit of orange zest. Some spices on the nose. Really powerful hop aromas.
T/M: A very balanced brew right off the bat. Citrus hops, a dark fruit and bready backbone to balance. Very smooth with medium carbonation. Residuals leave mild bitterness behind. Some notes of metallic, which I often find in APAs. Citrus comes out even more with warmth, and that's a darn fine characteristic.
D: Balanced. Smooth. Refreshing. Definitely one of the best APAs and session brews available. Just another day for Deschutes!

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Photo of jdg204
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another offering from my Pacific Northwest vacation, picked this one up at a nice little ocean front lodge in Olympic National Park. Along with Alaskan Amber, this seems to be the other commonly available micro in the Pacific NW so I was excited to try it.

A: Cloudy apricot color with a modest head that leaves a dancing pattern of lace.

S: Very fruity aromatics of grapefruit and apricot, with a bit of caramel to finish.

T: Strong but brief fruity introduction before a bitter hoppy flavors dominate after the swallow with some residual sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Flavor was very robust.

M: Medium body but the rawness of the flavor made this a slow sipper.

D: Not for the faint of heart, a pretty wild Pale Ale offering. Not a bad choice at all considering how many places that I found it available, a rock solid go-to Micro that's easy to find. My first Deschutes and they've definitely got me interested in trying more.

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Photo of portia99
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade with SMason. Thanks!

Poured from a 12oz bottle with best by 5/12/09 date on the bottle (just in time on this one) into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Poured a slightly hazy gold orange with very thin, almost non-existent head despite pouring hard into the center of the glass. No lacing.

S - Slight phenolic, medicinal and alcoholic aroma hits me first. Light on hops. Don't get any of the cascade citrusy character I expected. Bottle at end of date range - maybe suffering the effects.

T - Taste pretty much follows the aroma. Slightly phenolic and add a metallic flavor into the mix. Not much hop flavor, just a firm bitterness on the back of the tongue. Not bad, but nothing special here.

M - Appropriate level of carbonation. Medium body. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

D - At 5.0% alcohol, nothing overpowering, but the flavor leaves a little to be desired. I'd kinda like to give this one another try with a fresher bottle - but for now I think I would move on to something else after one.

Overall, I'm kinda disappointed in the Mirror Pond. I have really fond memories of this beer from when my sister lived in Oregon and she would send some back to me. I'm gonna say that the bottle isn't as fresh as it could be and probably has something to do with my lower score here.

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Photo of BeanBone
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A slightly hazy, pumpkin-colored body. On top, a finger and a half of off-white creamy head featuring excellent retention and lacing.

Aroma: Floral and citrusy Cascade hops over a solid caramel malt base. Classic American Pale Ale all the way.

Taste: A wave of Cascade hops in the front, a little more grapefruity then in the nose. Underneath, a sold caramel malt backbone keeps everything well balanced. Sure, I'd love to see more focus on the hops, but I suppose that's what IPAs are for. The aftertaste retains the balance, with equal doses of bitterness and sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It gets a little watery in the finish, limiting the aftertaste's strength a bit.

Drinkability: This is an easy drinking beer, just what you want from a Pale Ale.

Verdict: Mirror Pond is a great example of the American Pale Ale style. While not the most complex beer out there, this does make for a very solid session beer. I can't wait to see what these guys are cooking as far as IPAs and Double IPAs go.

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Photo of champ103
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy orange color. At first a large white head forms, but recedes in an instant. Some light sticky lace is left behind.
S: Citrus and grassy hops. Some bready and caramel malt for balance. Simple, but pleasant.
T: Light citrus, piney, and grassy hops that leaves a good hop presence. Though it is not overly bitter for bitters sake. Some grainy and caramel malt for a nice balance.
M/D: A medium body and crisp carbonation. It seems a bit watery though. Very easy to drink. An easy choice for a good session beer.

Simple, but very enjoyable. Something that is going to be in my fridge more often. Recommended.

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Photo of Birmingham
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: A complex but moderate aroma of floral notes, spices and caramel.

Appearance: The beer is copper color and has a slight haze. The head is tall off white and persistent.

Flavor: Balanced towards the malts with mild bitterness and caramel notes.

Mouth Feel: The beer has medium light body with some cloying.

Overall Impression: Very easy to drink, the first one went down in minutes. I enjoyed this beer a lot, but I would expect more hop flavors and balance more towards the hops in American Pale Ale. That said it is still a great beer.

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Photo of LPorter33
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A better version of Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale. Extremely high drinkability and perfect amount of hops, does not overload it as a lot of these West Coast beers are apt to. I wish I could easily find this back on the East Coast as it's my favorite example of an APA.

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Photo of beertunes
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass at Cap Hansens bar in Bellingham, WA. Poured a beautiful, clear, light amber color with an inch of white head.

A solid, but not sweet, malt scent reaches the nose carrying the the subtle and solid floral hop aromas. The flavors follow the scent, as expected. An extremely well balanced beer, this does not fall into the trap of trying to be an IPA-Lite. Enjoyably smooth and tasty, this beer is a reliable companion for most situations.

Worth seeking out, this should be considered a solid go-to beer, suitable for quenching thirst after yard work or introducing someone to the world of craft beer.

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Photo of bbothen
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a pale orange amber color with a bubbly 2 finger deep white topped head.

Smells grainy, sweet, caramel, hoppy, piney, tropical. Like a good pale should.

Light sweet maltiness, caramel, toasted grain, piney hoppiness, nicely balanced.

Light to medium bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth, lingering hoppiness.

Great sessionable pale. Doesn't knock your socks off. Awesome deal at $6.99 a sixer on sale.

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Photo of ThePortlander
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown bottle with a very nice logo into a pint glass.

A: A dark gold with red-orange hues and a white head.

S: Very much a northwest APA: cascade hops shone through the mix with floral and citrus aromas.

T: A crisp taste opens as the beer slides in over the tongue, with a medium body. The hops are certainly present, and they carry with them a great citrus note that works well with the bitter finish. After the initial crispness, Mirror Pond smooths out, leaving a sweet and grainy taste on the tongue. A wonderful beer.

M: A medium body, with just the right carbonation.

D: A strong example of an APA. Some wonderfully brilliant cascade hops thouroghly dominate, producing a crisp beer. Well done. Recommended to any Pale Ale fan.

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Photo of Kromes
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours and orange amber with an inch thick head. There was a bunch of sediment in the beer. It ahd an herbal floral hoppy smell. Sweet malt floaral flavors up front and a tingly mouthfeel due to the carbonation. There is a lingering bitterness from the hops, but all other flavors die out. Good flavor and drinkability.

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Photo of Yetiman420
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Double Dog in Aspen CO.

Poured into a standard, non logo pint glass. A clear copper color with a thin white head with staying power. Fine bubble lacing left a mostly consistent film during consumption.

Aroma is a light sweetness with very faint hop aroma. Some off arom which I attribute to neglect of the tap lines (Aspen and quality beer are not a solid match).

Some malty bite on the finish with sweetness.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with tons of suspended sediment and active carbonation in the body. One-finger, fluffy, sticky, off-white head retains well and drags tons of web-like lacing.

Smell: Cracker-like malt, caramel, and lemony citrus. Sadly, I'm not getting much else.

Taste: Sturdy malt body with associated lemony hops, pine, astringent alcohol, and a good amount of bitterness. Nice balance for a pale ale, but not my favorite flavor.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, well-carbonated (a bit on the high side), medium-light in body, and pretty well balanced.

Drinkability: Not my favorite pale ale, but a very good example of the style. Well balanced and flavored, but just doesn't quite fit my tastes.

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Photo of hreb
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cold 12oz bottle poured into large glass mug. Beer pours a deep orange amber with a big, off-white head. Foam is very aromatic of sweet, nutty malts.

First sip has a well balanced edge of cascadey hops and moderate carbonation. Malt flavor is big, the beer tastes more brown than it looks. Secondary flavors of nuts and a hint of toast.

Overall, a very respectable example of APA.

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

Translucent tangerine color with a frothy off-white head. Pulpy, unripe grapefruit aroma with a little bit of caramel and a little pale malt. Flavor is pale malty with grapefruit drupelets and some light esters. Maybe even a hint of cantaloupe rind? Biscuity malt rather than the more typical (and tasty) caramel flavor in most pale ales. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an understated carbonation that makes for a smooth sip. High drinkability but low complexity and a little too weak in all areas.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A murky copper not much head.

S honey like sweetness really nice

T nice solid malt clean taste bitter finish

M good med body nice balance full mouth experience

D. Probably my go to at peoria spring training. Really hard to do this on the BlackBerry ...

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Photo of wcudwight
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy golden amber in color with a small white head that retains well.
Smells like putting my nez inside a freshly sliced grapefruit. Me likey.
Same citrus/grapefruit in the flavor as in the aroma. The flavor is quite a bit more balanced. Lot's of toasty sweet malts. Kind of like a toasted sweet bread. Perfectly balanced, light on the palate, easy to drink. The perfect session beer. Deschutes may very well have the best regular offerings of any brewery in the nation.

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Photo of gdfan47
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- a nice darkish amber with a tad of of white head, some good lacing too
S- hops, malt, some faint pine notes
T- very balanced, a very pleasant balance of hops and malts, hops won a little which made me happy
M - pretty good carbonation , very easy to drink
D- I could drink this one all day .. and all of the night

relativly low abv

im jealous of people who can get this regularly....

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly hazy dark orange color. Big, fluffy white head. About two fingers in thickness with excellent retention. Slowly settles to about one finger of head and leaves great lacing behind.

S - Well balanced aroma of toasted bready malts and citrusy/piney hops. The toasted aroma is rather sweet and the hops are a nice mix of fresh pine and grapefruit.

T - Sweet bready malts initially with biscuit notes as well. The hops come through mid-drink, priamrily pine tasting. Some fruitier notes as well. Very even balanced between the hoppy bitterness and sweetness from the bready and biscuity malt tastes.

M/D - Medium bodied with excellent carbonation levels. The beer finishes on the sweeter side and that taste lingers. Very easy drinking pale ale.

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Photo of argock
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass tumbler. No freshness date. Single purchased from Skee Vue Liquors (Breckenridge, CO) for $1.49.

A: Beautiful caramel amber hue with 1-finger beige head with good retention and several shades of lace.

S: Delicious caramel melded with floral C-type hops

T: Unfortunately, the taste is a let-down after the aroma. Taste is subdues and a bit muted with none of the crisp floral hops that are there in the nose. The caramelly malt backbone is strong but isn't countered with enough hops.

M: Good if unremarkable mouthfeel with average carbonation but a slightly thin feel for an APA.

D: A decent brew but for an APA this one falls short of its early promise.

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Photo of Troyone
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light amber color with a copper and apricot hue, minimal white head and some action.

Slight caramel nalt aroma with florals maybe a hint of pine.

Barley grain pale malt taste, slighty caramel, with a hint of butter, and is well blended with pine, grapefruit, and other floral flavored hops.

Light/medium bodied, resinous and slightly buttery, with lively soft carbonation.

A good well balanced hoppy pale with a slight bitterness/astringency with the finish, a definite session beer.

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 985 ratings.
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