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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Photo of TWStandley
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my over-sized HF wine glass.

Appeared a orange/gold/amber color with a one finger white head.

Smelled of some light hops - citrus and pine, as well as some sort of metallic scent.

Taste was decent. Light hops backed by even lighter malts. This is an easy drinking beer so the taste isn't anything crazy, but it is a solid APA.

Mouth-feel was appropriate for the style - light and crisp without being watery.

A solid session beer but nothing to write home about. Probably my least favorite from Deschutes to this point, and at a 3.5, that clearly shows that Deschutes is world-class.

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Photo of blackcloud
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Aaron_Ramson
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional pale ale. Pouring with a light copper color and gorgeous clarity, It's bright, bold and balanced with a citrusy hop character that stands way out front in the nose and leads the way towards a clean and malty taste that reminds me of toasted bread. The mouthfeel Is medium without being watery or oily and i would call the carbonation level perfect.It's not overly complex and I would argue its a bit too hoppy to be marketed as a straight laced pale ale, but its highly enjoyable and a great beer to serve to friends who are curious and beginning to dabble in craft beer. Mirror Pond will be the one to convert them!

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Teleweizen2
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a clear rusty orange color. A solid fingers worth of white head which fades to a thin film leaving spotty lacing on the glass.

S - nose is soft and nuanced. plentiful citrus hop character comes through as well as leafy and slightly herbaceous notes. Cake batter sweetness with possibly a touch of vanilla. Quite intriguing.

T - surprisingly dry on the palate with maybe just a hint of sweetness. fresh doughy bread upfront with hints of crispy crust. Center is round and full of citric bitterness and notes of lemon pith. Finish is quick and crisp.

M - medium nearing full body. Creamy texture helped by the high quantity of frothy carbonation.

O - an excellent pale ale. I am every happy I was finally able to try this ale and see what a fantastic example of the style it truly is.

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Photo of Blind
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of matjack85
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer and brewery are new to the Chicago market. Got this bottle from a friend who works for the distributor. 12oz brown bottle with a best before date of 3/26/13.

The beer poured a crystal clear golden/orange color that left a 1½-finger creamy white head on top. Retention was good and the beer left lots of whispy patches of lacing on the glass.

Flowery and citrusy hop aroma with a touch of malt underneath.

Deliciously hoppy. Big grapefruit and orange peel flavor with plenty of bitterness for a pale ale. A mild caramel sweetness is used for balance.

Medium bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is moderate.

This is a really good tasting pale ale. Can't wait to try other offerings from this brewery.

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of chanokokoro
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Deschutes Brewery branded pint glass

Pours a golden amber with orange hues. Fluffy one and half finger head, light thin, wispy lacing, above average retention. Light citrus, lightly sweet, some grain notes and fresh green tea. Mild tropical fruit, hints of grapefruit rind, bready, but light malt. Finishes refreshing, crisp and dry.

Extremely well-balanced and incredibly easy-drinking.

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 3,825 ratings
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