Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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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:
989
Ratings:
3,661
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
21.94%
 
 
Wants:
179
Gots:
767
For Trade:
3
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Photo of microbrewlover
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

This brew pours a copper/brown color with a lot of sediment and good carbonation. Medium lacing. The head is off white and dissipates quickly but some remains as a collar until the end.

The smell is filled with pine, orange, floral and melon. There is also a malty, bready backbone.

The taste follows the nose with pine orange and melon, mostly pine and orange. The malty backbone makes itself felt mostly as a bready taste. Clean smooth finish.

Overall this is a solid Pale Ale. Definitely worth trying.

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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 benclimbs
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

beautiful looking pale ale, poured into a pint glass, blonde copper with minimal head and lacing and nice carbonation.

Smell is just average - light nutty malts

Taste is good, some ripe berries, rooumded sweet malts and clean bitter hops.

Very drinkable, solid session beer with enough character to make it worthy

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint.
Best By 4/15/14

A - Deep golden in color, the hazed beer almost has an amber hue to it. The tall head of off white foam slowly descends to a clumpy pile below the thick lace it leaves on the beer clean pint.

S - Gentle waves of citrus hops lap the shores of the nostrils with a breeze of grainy malt and hints of caramel close behind but even though it's within the date range, it smells somewhat old.

T - Fresher flavor explores the depths of the hops, wading from shallow citrus and slightly fruity notes to deeper earthy complexities, which works well with the subdued caramel sweetness and toasted bread crust finish.

M - More crisp and refreshing than the aroma lets on, Mirror Pond is as smooth as glass with a very nice level of hop bitterness along the finish.

O - The bottle might be encroaching on the final days of it's "best by" date but it's still got a little life in it. Deschutes' Mirror Pond is a smooth and easy drinking pale ale with hoppy notes but at the lower end of the spectrum, making it a nice-to-pair belly up to the bar beer.

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Photo of dbalsock
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a beautiful light amber/copper color with an abundant white head. The retention was a little poor, but it provided nice lacing and looked great to start.

Smell: A mild blend of floral hops and lighter malts. I would have liked to smell a more noticeable hop presence.

Taste: The hops come out a little more in the taste and provide some depth to the one dimensional malt profile. A little metallic on the aftertaste, but the floral hops do a good job of making it pretty yummy.

Mouthfeel: Nicely bitter, not overwhelming, but definitely not underwhelming. This is how ever apa should feel: light bodied malt, followed by brief but strong hop bite.

Drinkability: This is easily drinkable, and very sessionable. I like it more after it warms close to room temperature, and that is how I would go through a six pack without realizing it.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light copper, mild carbonation, streaky lacing. Has distinct light fruity aroma, citrusy hops. Pretty light in the nose overall.

This is one Zippy, Spritzy brew that produces on several levels. Hops? Hell yeah, and far from over the top, perfectly placed. Similar to the Sierra Nevada offering although the main difference would be in the fruity citrus that deschutes pulls together. Aroma is faint but the taste packs a punch that you will not soon forget.

Notes: As it warmed breadiness comes through with some balls. This is one easy drinker and kept my interest throughout. Worthy effort.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this on a trip to MN. 22oz bottle split between 2...

A: Burnt light brown orange with a half inch white head that fades slowly. Good.

S: Smells of some oaky wood with some raisin bready yeast. Some sweet maltiness in the middle with some bitter hope on the backend. Decent.

T: Watery hops upfront with some flowery elements in the middle blended with some earthy hops and sweet malts on the backend. Decent.

M: Light body with a light carbonation. Decent.

D: Goes down super easy. Very good.

All in all, this brew was not much special. I'm glad I got to try it, but I will not hunt it down again, for sure.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to ivanwho and the Noob BIF round 2 for this one.

poured cold and aggressively from the bottle a honey gold to a sun king shaped pint glass with a wisp of a short lasting white head.

aroma floral hops, citrus and sweet malts in the wayback.

subtle earthy hops up front with a hint of ripe peaches and a bitter aftertaste toward the roof of the mouth. caramel malts provide a decent balance to the bitter hops.

subtle bitter, light bodied, high carbonation, slick.

drinkable - yep, but not a favorite.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on Friday 13th May, 2005 and the bottle sampled was a little past its "best by" date. Nonetheless, appearence was typical pale ale colour with slight haze. Not great head retention, probably the result of being a little past its date.
Smell was a nice, slightly floral and hoppy bouquet with some caramel.
Taste was good even pale ale with a nice syrupy mouthfeel, and a nice tang to the aftertaste.
Another nice offering from Deschute's.

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Photo of mactrail
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Really quite attractive dark amber brew in the glass. A modest fine-grained foam with pleasant carbonation. Slight aroma of beery caramel.

This is all more subtle than a lot of Pale Ales. It tastes more like the English style with the pronounced mineral flavor and the moderate bitterness. Fairly malty with a light, sudsy mouthfeel. A touch of roasted sweet malt on the lips. Faint bitter aftertaste.

Quite drinkable and low-key. From the 12 oz bottle at AJ's Fine Foods in Chandler.

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Photo of busternuggz
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Clear coppery-orange color with a 1/4" off-white bubbly head that recedes to a frothy layer. Leaves some spotty lacing.
Big, juicy, hoppy smells of tangerine, passion fruit, a little honey, some pine sap.
Bold but well balanced taste, if not particularly nuanced. There's some grapefruit, grass, and pine on the finish. Pleasant bitterness, nice clean aftertaste. Finishes pretty dry.
Light bodied and clean texture, a little too thin.
Pretty drinkable, a little big for a pale ale but I could still down a few.
I like the boldness but would appreciate more complexity. Still, a tasty beer.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice dark maple syrup colored pour with a light head. The aroma is light floral with some bready notes in the background. The taste is lighter than some Pale Ales, but it seems more a traditional version of the style. IMHO, "hop inflation" tends to run rampart, especially along the west coast. Moderate ABV puts this into the 'sessionable' range. A nice offering,

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Mirror Pond Pale Ale pours a hazy dark copper color with a small lacing head. There is a nice mellow floral aroma. The taste has a noticeable hoppy flavor; mild, but finishes with a rich biscuit flavor. Good feel, good flavors, and very drinkable. Overall its a nice pale ale, strong biscuit flavors make sit rather unique.

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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 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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Photo of hughesm4
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap in the Portland brewpub
a-Poured a very light color gold color with a light ring of head around the edge of the glass.
s-Smell is a little bland with a slight piney smell (this could be due to the fact that I am drinking this after an IPA).
t-A stronger hop taste than I was expecting up front with a very slight hint of malt.
m/d-Very light in the mouth, but it has a little bit of balls for a pale ale. There are a number of pales that I would drink before this, but it would make for a nice drink on a warm day.

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

Poured from a 22 oz. brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Picked up the 22 oz. bottle for three bucks at my local beer store...nice price.

Appearance: Pours a clear deep amber color with a nice white foamy head that left nice sticky lacing as it receded.

Smell: Citrus hops and pine notes with some sweet malts behind it for balance. Nice.

Taste: Very hoppy up front with that citrus-pine flavor of Cascade hops. Balanced well with sweet roasted malts underneath. Smooth finish with little bitterness and a bit of lingering sweetness.

Mouth Feel: Medium body with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink and very easy to session due to the lower ABV. A great balance of hops and malts, this is a solid entry in the very crowded America Pale Ale category. I will definitely drink this one again due to the low cost and great flavors.

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Photo of californiakulak
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle of this beer into my Anchor Steam pint glass. I was searching for a good pale ale for my kegerator and this was one of the possibilities.

A. This beer is a light copper like color. It had a ever so slightly off white head, about an inch, that vanished rather quickly. Good lacing.

S. Good nose. Floral hoppiness. Some malt undertones as well.

T. Good, but a slight let down. THe taste was a little weaker than the aroma. But it was a good hoppy taste. Some sweetness form the malt. Pleasant enough I suppose.

M. Kind of thin. It was, however, crisp and refreshing.

D. This is a pretty good session beer. Kind of boring but easy to drink.

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

On tap @ the Deschutes Brewery & Public House (Portland, OR) on 9/5/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep hazed copper, with a finger of off-white head. This retains with a smooth foamy richness, with a roughly ½ finger flare-up that rings the sides of the glass with thick swathes of lace. The aroma smells fresh and leafy in the nose, with some bright smelling citrus character sitting underneath. Sweet bready grains add a touch of thickness underneath. The more I sniff at this, the more of a fresh and flowery (even herbal) character emerges from this. It’s nice.

The taste is fresh citrus flavor with a moderately (and slightly spicy) bitter bite. That is well balanced by a backbone of sweet bready graininess. While flavorful, the overall profile has a certain amount of thickness to it that taking away from this a bit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a firm, mouth-filling, creaminess to the carbonation. This definitely still has some smoothness to it in spots though, which helps this go down.

You know, I really liked the character of this for a Pale Ale, having a well balanced and accessible hop profile but the overall thickness of it (which seemed totally unrelated to the body) did hold the drinkability of this back some. I’m guessing that it’s the English-style yeast strain that Deschutes uses, which has never really been a problem for me until this beer. I think that a 16 oz pint of this was just a little too much for me of this beer during this sitting.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy bright orange with a big fomay off white head. A real nice slow fade with good retention. A very nice layer of lace and just a super hazy overall look.

S - Smell was crisp, clean and not overly biting or strong. Lightly linger and waffed through the air. Nice hint of subtle hoppiness and a blend of sugary tones. Not bad, could be stronger.

M & T - First impresssion was very smooth, but then it kinda fell flat on the tongue, with a dull feel. The finish was nice and hoppy and had some lingering to it, and the overall flavor had a nice balance to it with the malt profile.

D - Overall this is a very nice session beer. I will chalk up the dull flat feeling to a bad bottle for now. This is more then likely awesome on tap and would love to try it in that regard.

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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 mwilbur
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass. Best by 10/24/14.
A: Pours a clear orange-yellow hue with moderate carbonation producing a 1/4 off white head that fairly quickly settles down to a thin skim. Nice for style. (4.25)
S: Light caramel malt and a faint hint of hops. (3.5)
T: Light caramel malt, honey, spicy grain, and a faint hint of hops. (3.75)
M: Smooth and slightly oily feel. Mildly sweet. (3.5)
D: A decent brew...perhaps better when younger (I drank this about a week past the best by date). (3.5)

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Photo of beerceller99
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle pours a amber hued liquid with a decent head that quickly fades to a sheen. Has a very slight sweet caramel smell with a whiff of hops. Has a medium body, with a taste of caramel sweetness followed by smidgin of floral hop bitterness to finish. A very easy drinking, smooth beer - maybe too smooth.

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

on tap at Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Portland

Dark amber with white film.
Dark toast, orange rind, and pine on the nose.
Caramel and peach sweetness with lots of candy, then resin and tangelo hops end.
Mango finish and dry linger.
Medium, chewy, round.

Candy sweet - very entry level. No IBU bite, and cloys a bit. Slight sandpaper bitterness as it warms, but just not what I’m looking for in an APA.

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Photo of Toddv29424
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pleasant Amer. Pale Ale. Smell is faint, but has hints of bubble gum and light citrus. Taste is unexpected, with a very strong grapefruit-like note coming all the way through. Body is substantial until about two-thirds of the way through it, then it effervesces into very little. Finish is sweet, with a light malt left on the tongue for a few seconds. This leaves a pleasant mouth feel which warrants another sip!

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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