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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Reviews: 1,001 | Ratings: 3,726
Photo of TylerSpilker
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 6-pack and served it in a glass. Date on the side of the bottle 4/21/09. Whoops, looks like Deschutes released one of their time-machine brews! Or is that an expiration date? Ha!

Appearance: I've had this beer out of the bottle before, but this is surely one that deserves the glass. It has a wonderful aroma and color. It has a beautiful hazy orangish-brown. I figured this to be a clear beer until I poured it the first time. The brown bottle hides it. The head pours a tan color, but seems kind of weak. It disappears leaving a small film on the surface which is ok. Nice lacing that slowly melts away as you drink it.

Smell: Ive always gotten a very malty aroma from this. "Toasty" is how I always describe it. In the glass however, there is a citrus note to it as well.

Taste: A little sharp. Im not sure why, the alcohol, carbonation or the hops, it has a sharpness to it that I can't put my finger on. Citrus notes on the front of the tongue after swirling in your mouth. Hoppy. I could see this passing for an IPA almost.

Mouthfeel: Average, has that sharp twang I spoke of in Taste.

Drinkability: session beer for sure. Sit down with a pitcher of this and discuss the worlds problems away. Surely gets more interesting as the night progresses. Good value for the beer you get.

I feel like it got more hoppy as I drank it. As it warmed a little bit, it released some more of it's flavor. If you like Cascade Hops, this one's for you.

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

I''ve enjoyed this for some time now, and I'm here to tell you about Mirror Pond Pale Ale for Deschtes Brewery. If you're a fan of Cascade hops, you'll probably like this one. If they put a smidgen more hops into this one, it would probably pass for an IPA.

Pours a hazy orange in the glass with a chunky, light tan head that sticks to the sides of the glass and doesn't go quietly. Fresh grapefruit with some pine on the nose. The malt is pretty bready, crackerlike almost, and the hops is actually a little stronger than the malt. Nice level of carbonation and heft to the mouthfeel, and I could drink this one all day.

Mighty fine pale ale!

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Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A good APA.

While it gets pretty high reviews on this site I would say it was good but not great. Appearance was good but perhaps a little to dark in terms of an APA. Smell was quite disappointing and there wasn't enough hops in the nose like a great APA. Taste was great with a good balance between hops and malt.

Would have loved some more hops in the smell, would have made this beer excellent if it had some more aroma hops in there.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 2/8/2009 (bottle):

Pours an amber orange colored body, with a rocky off-white head, somewhat lasting, with decent lacing. Dusty hoppy, somewhat grapefruity aroma. Some malty sweetness too, but mostly hops. Muted aroma. Light flavor, sweet, some hops. Somewhat sweet aftertaste, malty. Nice carbonation. Hoppy grapefruity taste. Very tasty, a nice hoppy session ale. Some fruitiness.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy light honey color with a rapidly dissipating 1 finger cream colored head. Good lacing and a nice collar.

Oh man, does this smell nice. Freshly cut hay, grapefruit, mowed grass, honey, lime peel and clover...it does not get much better. A bit of a subdued nose is the only knock against it.

An amazingly drinkable Pale. Bitterness is there and does have a bite, but it is not tongue-scraping or unpleasant in any way. More of a grassy hop flavor rather than extreme bitterness. Malts are there only to provide a short burst of sweet grainy balance. This would be a dangerous beer to have on tap as the beer is not sipped, it's gulped. One hell of a beer that everyone needs to try.

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Photo of theghost3
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange/copper with a golden-toned beige head. Significant lacing. Smell is strong of floral hops. The taste is even stronger of bitter, citrusy hops. However, there is a malty sweetness underlying the initial bitterness of the hops. Mouthfeel is crisp, not too acidic. This is a fine example of an APA -- lots of bitter hops with a good offset of sweetness.

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Photo of Douglas14
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, typical light amber-orange color with an ok head that doesn't leave too much lace (I somewhat suspect it's really the glass though). The nose is wonderfully and intensely floral. Lots of cascade. The taste is a nice balance of sweet and bitter. Love the hops and nice light maltiness of this beer. For a pale ale, it's a phenomenal beer.

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

One of the regulars I drink that I've never gotten around to writing a review. Living in Oregon gives plentiful, affordable access to this excellent brewery.

Nice clear copper color in my pint glass. Moderate head has some of the orange golden tint to it, but doesn't leave much lacing.

Appealing fruity citrus hops and discernible malts on the nose. Strongest aromas are grapefruit and whole grain honey toast... smells like a good breakfast. Intensity isn't off the charts, but balance is great. It seems many beers from this style I've had recently are more one-dimensional.

Flavors are balanced too. Malts are toasty and slightly sweet, with mildly bitter, citrus hops abundant. Feel is juicy and medium with a slightly dry finish. Could have had just a bit more oomph, but it isn't watery.

One of the Northwest classics. If you're wondering with a US Northwest American Pale Ale tastes like, try this. It easily rises above most other options in the supermarkets, yet sets you back less than a sixer of piss Euro lager. In my opinion, not quite as tasty as Sierra Nevada's pale, but an outstanding beer on all accounts.

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Photo of Brewsmith
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Yardhouse in Long Beach. Aroma has some citrus/pine hops in there...cascade. Color is a golden amber with a small off-white head. Flavor is a wonderful balance between malt and hops, biscuity, toasty, a little caramel without being sweet, while still being hop forward. light to medium bodied with a dry finish. A very nice example of an APA.

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Photo of joecast
4.64/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

clear light copper color. head is thin layer of white foam. low carbonation with average retention.

nice full hop arooma with sweet malt filling in the gaps. good floral character (more so than citrus).

taste is really well balanced. juicy hop flavor washes across the palate. plenty of malt as well without being too sweet or taking away too much attention from the hops. good enough bitterness to make you notice, but not too much that you struggle to drink it, and the finish lingers for a while.

had this on tap a couple of times and loved it. the bottle might not be quite as nice (best before date is March) but still a very good apa.

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Photo of jdklks
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Amber golden with a fizzy white head.

S- Citrus fruits mixed with apple cider.

T- Again, citrus fruits and hops that combine to create an orange-ish hop flavor that is outstanding and resounding on the palate.

M- fairly light and very smooth

D- no problem drinking this one all night and often.

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

From 12 ounce bottle.

One of the Northwest's premier session beers. While it may not capture the attention that Deschutes big beer offerings like the Abyss, this may be one of the best entry points for the macro-beer head to delve into craft beers. Two finger head, nice lacing from pale orange body. Not overly hoppy, but damn you could certainly quaff a few of these on a hot summer day. Pairs with most any food. Not an overly bold statement from one of the country's biggest and best craft brewers, but certainly one of their best. Worth seeking out if you can find on cask.

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Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first Mirror Pond in quite a while, couldn't resist a fresh 12 pack at $12.99. ABV listed as 5.0%.

Appearance: Golden-amber, brilliantly clear with a soapy, sticky off-white head. Retention is great.

Smell: 50/50 between hops and malt. Hops are citrusy, bright and fresh, supported by a dry, biscuity malt foundation. Solid and appetizing.

Taste & mouthfeel: Juicy citrus hop flavor up front, bringing to mind grapefruit and lemon peel; signature cascade flavor. Malt balances but doesn't add much in the way of complexity beyond a light toasty sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium-light, crisp and ultimately drying. Bitterness is just about perfect for the style, and the finish is toasty and clean.

Drinkability: Remarkably easy to drink without tasting dumbed-down or simple; in short, a great session beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a bright copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of medium citrus hops with a good caramel malt base. Taste is also a good mix between some caramel malt with some lightly citrus and bitter hops. Very refreshing with good carbonation. Very well done for the style.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a freshness date into a pilsner glass.

A - Poured orange with low carbonation and a nice fluffy head. Left great lacing all the way down the glass.

S - Smelled like citrus flowers.

TM&D - Citrusy and earthy with a nice malt backbone to balance it. Very refreshing and drinkable beer. Nice hops after taste and exhale through the nose. It was a real pleasure to savor this one. Make me think of a summer day (not in Arizona, but someplace pleasure in the summer).

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

I got this brew from whoneeds8, Thanks Maston!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clouded burnt orange color with an off-white head that left good lacing.

S - floral and earthy aroma.

T - floral/citrus bitterness upfront with solid maltiness backing it up for a nice balanced taste.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - easy drinking brew.

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. I love pale ales and I love this beer.

I am reviewing from a six pack that I just found in my fridge, pretty excited. Just a twelve ounce bottle with some mountains on it, or more precisely Mirror Pond.

The appearance is beautiful for a pale ale, darker than most. Came to a two finger head, with an off white head.

The taste of this beer is really great, a real mild brew. It comes really mellow and stays to give you that great Deschutes hop flavor that doesnt knock you out, its just there for a good time. I have a six pack of these for some reason and I will for sure dust them all off tonight. What a great beer because not only are they tasting great, they have great drinkability.

I always will buy this beer when looking for a good pale ale. Deschutes is the shit.

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Photo of NatetheGreat
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: beautiful: orange, like a sunset really. Huge slight off-white head.

S: clean aroma, strong citrusy hops, but not very complex.

T: more balanced than aroma, with some soft sweetness from malts and still strong bittering hops create a clean palate and offer strong, refreshing taste.

M/D: smooth brew that offers a strong hop bite while still being highly drinkable. This could be a great session ale.

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Photo of dalion037
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was rather impressed to find this on tap at the Chargers/Colts playoff game at Qualcomm and since I never had one I tried it.

I was impressed with color and smell from the start. It poured a very nice deep reddish brown with a silky, lacy head. You could smell the hops from about 6-8 inches from the nose. I thougt it was an IPA from the smell. The taste was a fruity, floraly hop taste with a malty back.

It's a great everyday beer.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a moderately cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of sweet malt and floral hops. Flavor of bready malts, floral hops, light fruits. Spritzy mouthfeel, perhaps a bit too carbonated, but easy drinking. Sweet finish. A quality pale ale.
7/4/7/4/15 (3.7/5)

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

One I haven't had in a while but I'm sure I came back to it.

Pours a golden copper color with thick white head and slightly hazy appearance.

Aroma is all fresh hops and really pleasant.

Flavor is a great hop-heavy balance between sweet roasted malts and citrus/pine hops. Great overall.

Mouthfeel is good but maybe a bit over carbonated for my tastes.

Drinkability is very good and a deal at a buck a bottle.

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Photo of Docer
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

6-pack bottles, poured into a tumbler glass.

Bottles I purchased were 2 months past the 'best buy' date... which left a few chunks upon the bottom of the small pale ocean. I guess no one in my area has a good taste in beers.. so I get the dusty 6-pack. Although it is a tasty number I have had many times before.

Golden color.. what a pale should be. Slight white foamy head.. leaves a nice amount of lacing in the glass.

Smells very floral to me.. maybe some extra bottle conditioning helped there. Some bitter and sour scents.

Tastes smooth and floral.. nice fresh water taste with some pine-like notes.

Almost a good thirst quencher with a good ale bite. Floral and pine cascade hops never disappoint.

Good carbonation and goes down well. Would buy again.. but only ever so often as I do now.

A good standard for a fresh Oregon Pale.

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Photo of TrevorGW
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Crystal clear golden color on the slightly darker side. Nice big soapy head.

Soft bready malts and creamy hops on the nose.

Taste is full of grassy hops, de-intensified up at the finish by the sweet caramel hints. Well-balanced version of the West Coast Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel is creamy, benefiting from a light carbonated.

Drinkability could not be better. Perfect ale for any time of day, any time of the year. I am very impressed with this Pale Ale and will seek it out again.

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Photo of rgrholmes168
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

The beer had a nice two finger head that when it left the rim of the glass, there was a really nice bit of lacing on the sides of the glass. The color was a light amber, not as coppery as some of the other APA's that I have drank. One item that stuck out was the amount of yeast that poured into this beer. There was so much floating yeast, I wondered how the taste would be.

I got a slighty higher amount of bitterness from this beer than I have other APA's. The malt did come through as clearly as a Stone Pale Ale. I feel that the beer is more on the bitter side than it should be. Overall, the taste is good, but nothing special.

It is of a medium body and fairly light on the palate.

This is a decent beer, but I do think that there are other APA's that are better.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to flexabull for this brew won in a bet in the BA Fantasy Football League. Cheers.

Pours amber with a thin head. Slight pine hops scent. Taste is of light piney hops also. Mouthfeel is smooth & this is very drinkable. A nice example of the style & a solid brew.


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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
3.92 out of 5 based on 3,726 ratings.
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