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Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good
977 Reviews
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:
977
Ratings:
3,628
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
21.68%
 
 
Wants:
177
Gots:
746
For Trade:
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Reviews: 977 | Ratings: 3,628
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.

Cheers.

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Photo of tbeck
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber in color, clear with a thin brown/white head. Aroma is nice, slight maltiness with a blend of pine. Taste is predominately hops (very piney) with some malt and an aftertastee of cereal grains. The aftertaste is not overpowering, but a pleasant mix not bitter from the hops. Good texture but on the thin side, light body. Excellent flavor, very well balanced. Great session beer.

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Photo of xare
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a golden appearance with a nice white head. Looks like every other pale ale out there, but somewhat above average. Nothing else really sets it apart as far as looks went.

Smell was nice - piney and that's about all I could get but that isn't a bad thing. Rather pleasant and above average.

Taste was very clean and had a piney hopped finish. Really can't ask for more from an APA except for something distinctive to set it apart from the rest of them. Well executed though.

Mouthfeel was crisp and clear. No aftertaste.

Drinkability was excellent. If it wasn't so hard to acquire, I'd definitely drink a lot more of this brew.

Either that or make more trips down to the Grand Canyon as I had this on tap at the El Tovar Cocktail Room. It's well worth drinking, especially if you can find it and enjoy a simple but well-done APA.

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Photo of xhcadamx
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - light orange with a nice pillow upon pillow head. The best lacing I have ever seen on a beer.

S - Grapefruit, C - Hops, and some toasty malt

T - Just like it smells which is a good thing! An unexpected sweetness from the malt. Nice bitter aftertaste a little dry at the end.

M - Decent mouthfeel, I would like to see less body on this one - it would help with drinkability

D - Had a couple of these tonight and would like a couple more

An excellent APA and I like seeing this one around.

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

poured from a 12oz into a pint. Light golden orange with impeccable clarity and an occasional bubble. A frothy two-finger white head fades fairly quickly leaving a beautiful ring of spongy lace, and a bit of lacing down the glass as well.

aroma is sweet, surprisingly so. Sugar cookies and bready malt. a bit of floral hops come through along with some interesting apple and melon fruitiness. A bit musky, but more of a fruity musk.

Taste is malty up front and well-balanced throughout. Floral, pine, and citrus hops intermingle with the malt cookie base, creating some interesting and balanced flavors. Citrus hops carry it out, leaving a bitter and slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel is solid, with subtle yet crisp carbonation that dances across the tongue. refreshing. On the lighter side of medium, but not bad for a pale.

Delicious, and one of the better pales I've had recently. I'm not a fan of pales, but this one definitely stands out as a winner among the category, with some solid flavors and just enough character to keep it interesting. If pales is your thing, this is a must try. And definitely worth trying a bottle or two regardless.

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

I'd had this beer about a year ago and wasn't thrilled with it, but today I bought another 6 pack and decided to give it another try.

This one poured a good looking medium caramel color with a creamy one finger head which deposited minimal lacing.

Now here's where this beer was much improved over the first time I tried it. Before, it had that unpleasant "wet cardboard" smell, but this time it was MUCH better. No wet cardboard, but a nice mix of sweet maltiness along with a hint of piney hops. Now let's try the taste...

Even better than the smell. There's caramel malts, balanced perfectly with the piney hops. Just a touch of a bitter finish, but not overly so. Very nice, very refreshing. I'm impressed.

Mouthfeel was good. Medium to thick body with a good smoothness. I'd have preferred just a touch more carbonation, but for a beer of this type it's pretty much "normal".

This is an easy beer to sit down and session. No sign of alcohol to be found in the taste, smooth going down, readily available and cheap. A nice offering from the good folks from Oregon.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.12/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As pales go, this is a very good beer. Pours clear amber with a medium white head. Malty with some hops and a nice citrus back. Consistent throughout. Clean taste. Better than a Sierra, but about the same in every category as a Firehouse with less hops.

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Photo of PatronWizard
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a sixer from a local liquor store. Hey, Deschutes, must be good.

Nice translucent copper. Thick frothy head. Very nice initial impression.

I get a nice subtle caramel smell. Faint hops. Taste is same. Nice. Not a big kick in the ass, but a highly drinkable, smooth, tasty, refreshing pale ale.

Overall: good for any occasion

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

A: Deep light copper color. Poured a 3 finger billowy off-white head; fair retention. Even, thick lacing.

S: Hoppy, s;ightly sweet caramel malt

T: Sweet malty and a clean piney hop finish. Very nicely balanced.

M: Light body, kina thin. Clean and crips but not too carbonated.

D: Very drinkable. Solid pale ale.

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

Pours amber with a large off-white head. Plentiful amount of lacings.
Aroma is floral hops and some caramel.
Taste is sweet malts with a good amount of citrus hops for balance. Caramel, fair amount of grapefruit, pineapple, orange, medium bitter finish. One of my favorite go-to Pale Ales, hard to fault in any way. Lucky to live in Oregon where this fine brew can be found almost anywhere! Abv on label of 5.0% makes this a very fine session beer.

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

A - Pours a copper apple with two fingers of off white head.

S - Smells wonderful! Very hoppy & fruity!

T - Cascade hops smack you in the pallet and linger all the way through as the fruity/floral tastes blend and end with a golden sweetness.

M - Not too bitter, but definitely some good hops here. Lacing layers the glass nicely as my tasty libation sinks lower and lower.

D - Easy to drink with a good amount of hops here.

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

pours a nice amber with a 1/4 inch and and a lot of carbonation. leaves behind a little lace, but not a ton. smells slightly of honey and hops. tastes of floral hops and slight yeast. leaves a sweet bready taste in your mouth. an alright pale, but not the best thing i've ever had.

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Photo of Jyubei
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Orange/amber body under a tan 1 in head.

S. Sweet malt and hops with honey and orange notes.

T. Sweet citrus and honey with hops and a hint of lemon in the aftertaste.

M. Smooth with a citrus bite.

D. Very nice. Liked it better than most brews with citrus flavors I've tried.

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Photo of everetends
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle thanks to the great Wetpaperbag who sent this sucker to me. Poured into a nonic pint.

A: Pours a honey colored yellowish brown that has a bit of haze to it. Got a good finger of head with this beer but it didn't have too much retention, receeding quickly. Not much carbonation action going on in here. This beer looks good but it just seems a bit boring in appearance. Ah well.

S: Aroma is of some pretty nice sweet hops character. Nice caramel hints and sweetness from the malt. It even has a touch of a sweet cider presence to it. It is a very subtle aroma, but pleasing. Nice and simple. Very nice.

T: Really nice malt character here first and foremost. Sweetness and a touch of caramel going on here. Hops are there but are really subdued and not bitter at all. Nice sweet and floral hops instead of in your face hops. A really nice balance going here in the basic ingredients. There are also some fruit flavors in there as well in the form of light cherries and apple flavors. Very nice.

M: This brew is on the light side of medium in body, I am not fully convince it is medium in body. This is not a bad thing for this beer though. A bit thin but carbonation is crisp, making this beer a thirst quencher. Easy to drink and finishes pretty clean. Very nice.

D: This is a really tasty beer. It is simple and it works for this beer. Its smells and tastes are very accessible and in no way overwhelming. This is an easily sessionable brew that has some flavor to it. This beer is easy to put down and does the job. Very nice indeed.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- This is a hazy amber colored beer with no head. I'm guessing its going to be more on the hoppy side of things. At least thats what it looks like from here.

S- Sweet hop smell is all I could smell. Nothing more, and that was after putting my nose almost in the beer and drinking it with my nose.

T- This is a different tasting pale ale. Its nice and clean. There is a great fruityness mixed in with the hop taste. Its almost like a cherry taste that is there, its very unique. The taste is definitely making up for the lack of smell.

M- Feels good in the mouth, not too thick or thin.

D- Easy to drink. I like it, might become a session beer.

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Photo of 0110x011
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a light copper with a two finger head that fades fast. Nose is citrus and herbal hops, with light caramel and breadyness. More malt on the palate than hops, with a crisp finish and light bitterness. Very drinkable, makes a nice SNPA alternative.

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Photo of xpimptastikx
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light clear copper with off white head, no lacing with this beer. Smells fresh and piney. Tastes slightly of citrus, but smooth with a light creaminess. Not a lot of hops, more of an aftertaste. I would probably opt for another pale ale over this one.

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Photo of beersheppard
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden, with a white retreating head.

Smell: Malts, honey, brown sugar.

Taste: Malts, honey, brown sugar. Its listed as an APA, but its style reminds me more of British PA with malts up front and hops on the finish. If you are looking for a super hoppy west-coast style this one isn't for you.

Mouthfeel: good tingle, crisp, and refreshing.

Drinkability: Nice tasting PA, would get again, nothing too crazy, very drinkable.

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Photo of funkyspunk87
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mirror Pond Pale Ale
Deschutes Brewery, Inc.
Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
ABV: 5.50 %

Presentation: Off the tap at the Santa Barbara beer Festival

Pretty solid Pale Ale. Not the best, not the worst. Subtle flavors that go well together and a nice, smooth finish. Probably would opt for Sierra Nevada or Firestone over this one.

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Photo of RickS95
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours orange with almost no head, and little lacing to follow. Bitter hops in the nose that stays til the finish and well after its gone. Minutes after finishing the glass, I could still taste bitter in my mouth.

A man's beer. Not for the timid, despite only being 5.0% alcohol as listed on the label.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: golden color, looks like a standard pale. Lacing was the best part as it left ring after ring in my glass. A picture in itself!

S: up front the hops most notable with a hint of honey sweet

T: very laid back pale ale..in some regards a bit thin. Has floral hops and grapefruit. Some malts are present that help round things out.

M: smooth and well balanced with slight sharp hop finish

D: good all night drinker, middle of the road.

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

A - Pours a dark amber orange color in pint glass with a small tan head.

S - Lots of hops and citrus flavors in the nose.

T - As was expected, lots of citrus flavors with nice bitterness that was not too overpowering.

M - Slightly bitter but smooth with some decent carbonation.

D - I've had many pale ale's, but this one impressed me quite a bit. Very drinkable, a good session beer.

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Photo of Beefeater57
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy, burnt orange in color with golden edges. Sudsy head with little retention.

S: A nice clean smell. Good hop aroma that has some smells of floral and pine.

T: Some malt sweetness up front that is slighty tangy. Hops come in fast, have a good flavor to them...sit on the back sides of the tongue. The flavor is good, just can't pin point what it is. Definitely a hop flavor, but hints of citrus weave in and out. Has a pretzel-like aftertaste.

M: Carbonation definitely makes it fizz on the tongue. Body is good, has a small oily feel due to the hops.

D: Easy to drink, refreshing, tastes like it would go great with pretzels or chips and dip. The hop flavor is really nice, and I would definitely drink this beer again.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance has a golden brown hue to it with minimal head. Smell is a slightly sweet malt and light bread. Taste has a nice balance of malt and hops with light grapefruit. Mouthfeel is a slick medium with a light carbonation spike that goes down easy. Nothing fancy just a good easy drinking ale.

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Photo of Trappissed
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. poured into trusty glass goblet.
Copper color, with nice citrus smell and a touch of metallic potpourri. Pretty thin head with very little lacing. Taste is very good, like a pale ale should be. Refreshing with just the right kick of hops. A little bitter, but definitely acceptable. Drinkability is high and there is not much else to say that others haven't already. Top-notch stuff.

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 977 ratings.
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