Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

very good
3,777 Ratings
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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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of barnzy78
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 9/18/12...nice. Purchased 9/29/2012. Oh well, I'm sure it's fine. Just happy to get some!
Tall, rocky ivory head tops an amber colored ale. Great retention and just stellar lacing all.the.way.down.the.glass! Aromas and tastes are very similar with notes of bready malt, caramel, toffee, earthy citrus tones, somewhat fruity. Mouth-feel is creamy, smooth, medium, excellently balanced. Overall, one of the best APA's I've ever had, regardless of the best by date....it was fine.

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Photo of gregm957
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Bethie
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of greybeardloon
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before December 5, 2012

A: Thick, creamy head with excellent retention and thick, chunky lacing.

S: Floral hops, not much else.

T: Floral and fruity hops, sweet, thin malt base, some light hop bitterness kicking in at the end. Lacks the toasty, bready malt you get from good East Coast pale ales.

M: Quite nice, and not too carbonated.

O: This is a nicely hopped beer, although, as is common in West Coast pale ales, the malt is weak and too sweet. Nevertheless, it's a solid pale ale for the style, and quite drinkable.

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of Johnhaley1989
4/5  rDev +2%

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

Review from 7/18/12, on tap in Burlingame, CA: pours clear gold color with a creamy 1 finger beige head that faded very slowly and left great foamy lacing that left rings as it went down.

Smells of sweet malt, grains, biscuit, caramel, light floral hops, pine cone, herbs and earthy notes; a nice mild pale ale that's sweet and malty overall with sweet hoppy accents.

Tastes of sweet malt, grains, biscuit, caramel, floral hops, lemon zest, light citrus hops, herbs, pine cone/pine hops and earthy notes; nice light crisp ale flavor that is clean and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is smooth with light carbonation, a medium body and malty finish that's on the clean side.

Overall tasty and easy to drink, this was a smooth pale ale that flowed down like water.

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Photo of johnhcarr
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. I mean I really love this pale ale. My first time was a magical one, the liquid gold hit spots on my tongue that a young man only dreams of.

Nicely balanced malt accentuated just so with cascade hops. Time and time again this is a winner and in my fridge.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of tlazaroff
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful citrusy pine aroma coming off this one. It smells just right, not too subtle, not too potent.

Clear orange in color with a very light tan head. Lacing is generous and sticks in clumps to the side of the glass, and the head never really goes away completely. Some visible carbonation bubbles are probably the reason for the persistance of this head.

Very interesting in the taste and mouthfeel. This drinks like an IPA. In a blind taste, I would even guess its an IPA. Right up front there is a punch of bitterness followed by a wonderful caramel covered pine flavor and finishes with freshly squeezed orange juice. Smooth to drink, with low carbonation and a light body. Just wonderful overall.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of T100Mark
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 16 ounce glass.

Appearance-Copper colored. Slightly opaque. Fine white head. Mondo stickage on the inside of the glass.

Smell - Mild.

Taste-Creamy. Sweet. Orange zest. Nice hops (not overpowering). Very smooth (for an IPA).

Mouth-Again, creamy. Pleasant.

Overall-Very chugable. A great IPA for beginners. I can't imagine someone not liking this beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap, from notes

Orange-red with a frothy 1f head. Smell is smooth grains and malt; hint of earthy hops. Taste is smooth grain malt biscuit white bread. The hops are floral and earthy and very much in the background. Feel is excellent, crispy, smooth, well carbonated. No astringency or cloying.

Well balanced, easy to drink. Would be a fantastic introduction into craft brews, but it's not up to par with some of the better pales I've had.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
3.92 out of 5 based on 3,777 ratings.
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