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 RyanK252
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep golden orange amber with a frothy khaki head that settles to a firm layer and laces well.

S: Toasty bready malt, earthy, floral, caramel malt sweetness, almost fruity, and some light citrus.

T: Floral, earthy, bready slightly toasty malt, a little caramel sweetness, slight herbal spice character, and light citrus, lemon, maybe a bit of grapefruit.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation

O: Really not what I was expecting. Malt jumps out way more than the hops. For all the cascade they throw in there I was hoping for a little more bright crisp grapefruit. Not a bad beer, but not what I'm looking for in a pale ale. My bottle was reasonably fresh, but I'll keep my eyes open for a chance to retry this one.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale a couple days ago for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. I've only had the chance to try one beer from this brewery, but now that they are in Michigan I thought I should try more of their beers, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice design to it and it's just slightly eye catching. It poured an amber orange color that took on more of an amber hue when held to the light with almost two fingers worth of fluffy off white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and it left just a slight bit of patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, but I wouldn't mind a little more lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up impart a light floral. light piney and herbal hop aromas with herbal hops sticking out the most. Up next comes a little bit of doughy yeast that leads into the malts which impart more of biscuit malt and sweet malt like aroma. The aroma is nice, it's pretty standard for a Pale Ale.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart the same hoppy aspects with the herbal hops still sticking out the most. Up next comes just a little bit of doughy yeast and it leads into the malts which impart the same biscuit malt aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time there's more of a caramel like aspect to it along with a little more sweetness. On the finish there's a lighter amount of medium bitterness with a herbal hop aftertaste. This is a nice tasting Pale Ale, it's very standard for the style and it's has a old school Pale Ale taste to it.

M- Smooth, just enough crispness, on the slightly lighter side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and nice, but very standard example of the style, it reminds me of what a lot of the Pale Ales tastes like over 7 years ago, not bad, but it's not to interesting either. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple, but anymore than that and I would start to get bored with it. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and mouthfeel, they were both good and very true to style. What I like the least about this beer is that it was a little too standard for the style, nothing stuck out about and it just wasn't that memorable. I don't think I would buy this beer again, there's many other Pale Ales that I like a lot more than this one. If you really like Pale Ales especially the old school ones then it's worth a try, but I can't say I highly recommend it. All in all this beer wasn't bad, but I do think it was a little out dated and it just didn't have anything about it that really made me want to come back for more. So far it's my least favorite beer from this brewery and it's pretty average for the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use a little updating.

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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 IronLover
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep orange in color with a heavy haze. Poured with a short, bright white foam that quickly reduced to a thick cap. Nice lacings and good head retention. Medium light citrus orange and herbal minty aromas with medium malt aromas overtop. Medium bodied with smooth, creamy, rich medium carbonation. Mellow, medium citrus orange hop flavors up front with a solid malty backbone. Tangy herbal hop flavors through the middle followed by medium hop bitterness. Finished fairly cleanly and semi-dryly with a very light bitter aftertaste. No esters or booziness. Aroma leaned to malty side while the flavors were very nicely balanced between the malt and hops. Compared to many hop forward APAs the flavors and aromas are little on the subdued side. This is a great introductory pale ale for the novice looking to expand their palate. Smooth, refreshing and very drinkable.

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

Poured into a pint glass. Clear orange color, medium mouthfeel, fair amount of carbonation, lightly bitter with slight aftertaste, overall a great tasting easy drinking beer.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The flavor is dominated by malt with just a touch of citrus. The citrus is more on the nose, but peeks through in the flavor ever so slightly. There is a mild pine flavor on the back end, which unfortunately keeps this one from being a refreshing and quaffable option. Medium mouth feel with a slight chew to it. Moderate carbonation.

This one was not for me.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a big billowy white head. The head fades rather fast, leaving a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of a bready aroma mixed with a little bit of a caramel sweetness. Along with these smells comes some lighter notes of a light harvest fruit and a little bit of a grassy and earthy smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather bready and very lightly caramel sweetened flavor mixed with a moderate showing of an earthy hop (for a pale at least). As the taste moves forward the caramel fades, giving even more show to the bready malt, while at the same time some flavors of grain and more earth come to the tongue. With a little bit of a grassy taste coming at the very end, one is left with a somewhat drier and rather decently earthy pale ale taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. For the mix of the drier bready flavors and the moderately earthy hop tastes, the feel is rather nice as it’s moderateness accentuates these flavors all while not making it too heavy on the palate.

Overall- A decent pale ale overall. A little bit more earthy in nature with a decent showing of a bready taste. Not too sweet for a pale, but rather robust in flavor and somewhat slower sipping for a brew of only 5 %.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fantastic pale ale, with just the right level of hops for its style. Not as potent as an IPA, which makes it more drinkable, and a refreshing aftertaste.

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

Appearance: Pours a orange amber shade.

Overall: This beer has the distinct taste of hops with a deft balance of different flavors. The multi-layered taste of caramel and molasses and balance of malts and hops make a unmistakably good unique beer. Well crafted and very enjoyable.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best By: 9/10/15
Smells a lot like caramel/molasses. But the taste is well balanced between malt and hops. Nothing too interesting going on with this beer but it is still a well made pale ale.

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Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, Best by dating on the label ( 9/19/15) yeah fresh beer

Pours lightly hazed, shimmering orangy amber. Moderate lite khaki cap, leaves a very fine bubble film, thin collar and minor slippery bits and strands of lacing.

Whole whear and lite hops on the nose.

Pleasantly smooth, tasty and balanced PA . More whole wheat, more soft and smooth citrusy hops. Well crafted and quite enjoyable. More quality brew from Deschutes Brewery....go get some

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Teku glass from a 12 oz bottle. Look is amber, diminishing head and decent lacing. Smell is complex citrus and pine notes. Taste leans more toward hop bitterness than malt sweetness. Feel is light and crisp.

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Photo of Chris72
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love Deschutes period. This is a good lighter offering. Great for a hot summer day with frisbees n dogs. Smooth all around. It's a good introduction to micros. Been a while since I've had it, so my details are a bit slim at the moment. I'll get back to it with a more current update.

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

A nice example of a west coast pale ale. Pretty golden color, balanced hop profile and taste, not the best pale ale but surely competitive and would never turn one away if offered by a friend.

A = 4 - as you would expect for a pale ale
T = nice and balanced, some hops there and enough malt backbone to not be watery and bitter
S = some citrus and malt with sublet pine on a deep inhale
M = not water, not heavy, a nice feel decent carbonation
) = 4

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Photo of MNAle
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

1 inch slightly tan head. Amber color, slightly hazy, obvious carbonation in the first bottle, light to little carbonation in the second. Odd. Head recedes slowly leaving an uneven surface and sticky lacing. Somewhat weak aroma, with slight fruit or citrus. Malty initial taste, sweet middle, with only a very mild hop bitterness in the middle. The bitterness (such as there is) asserts itself more in the aftertaste, but this beer is not bitter at all, really. The malt backbone is substantial, but well balanced between malt and hops (considering both aroma and bittering), but malt dominates the taste itself (i.e. little bitterness). Mouth feel is moderate, typical for the style. Overall, a well done traditional American Pale Ale, but clearly not in the recent trend of hopped up "APAs" that are more like IPAs.

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Photo of EMV
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

L: Pours a deep semi-opaque amber. Nice white head falls rapidly.

S: Citrus and pine. Fruity and malty.

T/F: Citrus hops and a solid malt backbone. Fruity and piney... medium mouthfeel and both smooth and drinkable.

O: A damned fine IPA, and Deschutes again does the Pacific Northwest proud. Very sessionable, and a classic IPA.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium bronze amber with a half finger white head with good retetntion and light lacing. Mild aroma of grainy malt and citrus hops, slightly floral. Flavor is biscuit malt with a light wheat grainiess, grassy, citrus and lightly piney hops. Finishes with a nice lingering biscuity grassy hop bitterness. Medium bodied with good mouth feel for a pale ale. There's a reason this has been a classic, favorite pale ale in the Northwest for so long. Although hops are now more bold and herbal, this ale is well balanced and has an agreeable old fashioned grassy, citrus hop bill that still tastes great. Refreshing and well made.

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Photo of Lord_Boobzit
3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 4.75

Look: I gave it a 5 but that's only because it doesn't go to 6. It's definitely a six pack
Smell: yes
Taste: good, I like it.
Mouthfeel: wet. Especially initially after I sip and before I swallow.
Overall: nope. Just regular pants. But probably later I'll switch to no pants.

Characteristics: definitely earthly but possibly via an extraterrestrial or extradimentional origin. Beer-like but also, in some ways pretty similar to other watery liquids. It only came with a carrier and a receipt, no notes to speak of, but sometimes it's the notes you don't play.

Ready to drink now.

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

$12 Howler fill.

Appearance: Sexy. Pours an orange-yellow color with an off-white, creamy head. There's a nice amount of lacing on the glass. Excellent looking pale ale.

Smell: Subtle, pretty simple, but nice. A citrus rind bitter-ish smell underlies a sweet malt aroma and the spicy hops.

Taste/feel: Follows the smell quite well -- almost identically -- but with a fantastic true-to-the-style bready flavor at the end. Slight citrus oil/rind bitterness vibe, a tiny bit of spiciness, and a tasty malt finish. Very subtle bitterness makes this a very easy drinking beer. The feel is pretty full surprisingly, as there's a slight creaminess to it. A little carbonation moves things along nicely.

People saying this is an average pale ale clearly haven't had many pale ales... this one's exceptional. There are sips where I feel like I can taste a very faint Fresh Squeezed sort of flavor, but much more toned down. Really nice to have a true pale ale -- not an IPA disguised as one.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear orange, with a white head, extensive lacing.

S - Floral, pine and lemon, floral and honeyed malt notes.

T - Bright pine resin and lemon paired closely with bready, sweet malts.

M - Brisk and clean. Very fine.

O - A good, solid beer with a nice balance. I'll drink this again.

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Photo of delta490
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear medium Amber with a nice cap of off white head. It leaves a speckling of lacing.mthe aroma is very mild, but pleasant with light caramel sweetness and citrus hops. The taste is much the same. The body is lighter without being watery.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

L: Hazy amber with thick white head. Decent retention and solid lacing.

S: Notes of grain, lemony citrus and pine.

T: Slight citrus sweetness, toasted grain, grassy pine like hops at the finish.

F: Light bodied, crisp and smooth, lightly carbonated.

O: One of the most solid APA's out there in my opinion. At 5% it's a great every/all day kind of beer.

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Photo of p3rspxv
4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Good look. Very drinkable. Impressive balance. A good flavor profile of sweet, grainy, hoppy, and a hint of malt. I feel like it struggles to rise above because it's so agreeable. Maybe a hint onthe sweet and bright side. Beer snobs be damned, this is tasty and accessible.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Hazy amber-gold with yeast sediment and lots of fluffy white head and lacing
Smell: Light citrus and floral
Taste: Light overall with very mildly sweet maltiness dominated by graprefuit-lemon type bitter citrusy hops.
Feel: Light body and average smooth mouthfeel

Overall: Very light, refreshing, and sessionable, good for warm weather. Personally I prefer the Deschutes Red Chair, which has a fuller flavor but is admittedly closer to an IPA. Conceptually the Mirror Pond is similar to the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

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Photo of dabone
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap. Dark Amber in color with a decent head. Very hoppy and aromatic smell. Taste is good blend of hops and cereal grains. Finish is a little strong with cereal grains. Good texture, overall very good.

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
3.92 out of 5 based on 3,672 ratings.
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