Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale
BA SCORE
74.9%
Liked This Beer
3.9 w/ 3,792 ratings
Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

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
Ranking:
#6,473
Reviews:
1,015
Ratings:
3,792
Liked:
2,839
Avg:
3.9/5
pDev:
11.28%
Alströms:
4.3
 
 
Wants:
194
Gots:
837
Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,792 |  Reviews: 1,015
Photo of philaduffia
5/5  rDev +28.2%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of randalem
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of Americanevents
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best pale ale I have ever had. Try with splash of lime. Heaven.

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Photo of Kyfarmer
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of trisweb
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of dwaz
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of youknowmeimken
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of MrNuggets
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mirror Pond:

Prime example
this use of fine hop.
Splendid sample
with white foam on top.

Delighting the snout
seducing my taste;
piney throughout
divoid of haste.

Golden reflection
on this hillside pool.
Brilliant complexion
soothing: not cruel.

Leave me for dead;
that feeling prevades.
Please place my head
atop the Cascades.

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Photo of superwho24
4.9/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

As good as it gets. Pairs well with Rocky Mountain Oysters

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.89/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale has a very thick, fluffy, egg shell-colored head, some good lacing left behind, lots of bubble streams, and a mostly clear, orange appearance. The aroma is of a bold, sweet, bready, barley malt and strong citrus. Taste is of those things and is similarly bold. The bitterness is robust, but not at all harsh. Mouthfeel is light to medium and a bit soft, and Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale finishes dry, refreshing, sweet, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is a most excellent beer. Check it out!

RJT

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Photo of ernestosabato
4.89/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Superb beer that hits your palate smoothly, only to awaken with just the perfect blend of bite and hop. It is simply an ideal pale ale, whose flavor satisfies while not overwhelming, whose crispness bids farewell to any lingering, lazy drabness. Beautiful.

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Photo of Ghford
4.89/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Nice amber color. Smooth taste. If you need an IPA break this is a great tasting ale. Leaves a nice lace too.

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Photo of Hahnin
4.88/5  rDev +25.1%
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 millsn1
4.87/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This might not be as carefully crafted and have as many ingredients as other, higher rated beers, but I have not yet found a better drinking beer. It's smooth, full of taste but not too strong with a nice balance of hops and malt that really respects the Pale Ale moniker. Also goes for a great price in the Northwest, which really rubs in the fact that I now live on the east coast because this stuff also destroys anything from the Boston or Brooklyn breweries.

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Photo of Lenny2884
4.87/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of the best American Pale Ales on the market. If you see this in your local liquor store, pick it up. If you are a fan of American Pale Ales, you need to get your hands on this. Unfortunately Deschuttes is so small that they do not distribute much beyond Oregon, California, and Washington.

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Photo of Alcondigas
4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GinDC
4.81/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MrBiscuit
4.8/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of tbliggins
4.8/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of GossageBrewery
4.79/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured this 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It poured a hazy amber color, produced a creamy white head, featured excellent retention and excellent lacing. The aroma contained malted grain, citric lemons and herbal hops. Medium bodied, there was a nice foundation of malted grain, apples, yeasty esters orange and lemon citrus and piney hops. This is a very nicely hopped APA, If you enjoy micro brewed APA's...this is one of the best!

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Photo of mccorjf54
4.79/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DaveFL1976
4.77/5  rDev +22.3%
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 Soonami
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to MNbeerhunter for sending me A bomber of Mirror Pond in the N00b 5 BIF. This beer is a bright amber with a nice tuft of foam that leaves a little lacing. The beer smells like candied oranges and graham crackers. The beer tastes wonderful, with great citrus zip. The malts are chewy and a little dough like a good pizza crust. There are nice herbal and citrus hops percolating through this beer. Wonderful. I think this is one of the best examples of an APA I've ever had.

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Photo of eliz108
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 74.9% out of 100 with 3,792 ratings
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