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 stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really well done pale ale, lightly hopped with a nice piney snap. Great lacing, malty aroma. Amber color with rocky head. Good meal accompaniment. not much difference between this and the twilight.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is caramel.
The taste is caramel and malty with a balance of lemon bitterness.
The texture is crisp with soft edges.
It's nice.

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

Given the high ratings I was a bit disappointed by this one. It struck me as weak compared to most better pale ales I've had and the taste featured way too much citrus for my liking.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ok, this is a great brewer. But this is a middling offering. Pretty vanilla. This would be a good choice for when your at a bar with your lady friend and she wants to try a craft beer. Not a problem for me personally as my lady is awesome and enjoys the delicacy of fine craft beer.

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Photo of Hahnin
4.88/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is my favorite non stout out there. It is awesome on nitro, gorgeous in the bottle, and a classic on tap. Gorgeous, balanced lovely beer. I think it is ugly and tinny in a glass, so I keep it in the bottle or drink it in a dark bar. Who cares how it looks? It is a 5 star beer!

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

It's no Fresh Squeezed, but then it's not trying to be. It's a very crisp, refreshing pale ale that still wants to smack you with some hops. Definitely a slightly higher IBU than I expected, this one is malty, sweet, bready, crackery, and then loaded up with a nice amount of pine and citrus and herbal flavours. All things being equal, I reach for Deschutes' IPA offerings, but this is--in its style--a really stunningly good beer.

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Photo of Ryans_Goosling
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tastes like a delicious autumn leaf. Many bubbles, yes. Spilled in places I don't want to talk about.
What is it like to be floating down a creek? A creek of this beer. That brings it together.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy orange ruby. Great color.

Hops from a few feet away. Sweet orange citrus, breadiness, apricot. Essentially sweet hops and sweet fruits.

Taste milder than smell. Dried and tasteless hops with a light fruit zing.

Dry and airy.

Simple and refreshing.

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Photo of ThisTeamSucks
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had two ways: from the bottle and in a pint glass.

Look: Nice head while it lasted. Kind of a dark orange in color.

Smell: Some citrus and floral notes from the cascade hops.

Taste: In a bottle the citrus characters seem to come through a bit more, whereas in a glass there's a bitterness that comes through. I seem to get some caramel, bready malt in the back. It gets a bit better as it warms.

Feel: It's definitely a session beer. I find it to be kind of light actually, despite the flavor profile the hops are imparting.

Overall: I've never had a legitimate pale ale before, but I heard this or Sierra Nevada ade great gateways into the style. I wasn't steered wrong. It's quite good.

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Photo of DaneBramage
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A smooth IPA but not hoppy or citrusy enough for my tastes. Would be very drinkable on a warm summer day after mowing the lawn, just doesn't present enough flavor or balance for me to drink on a regular basis.

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