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Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

very good
977 Reviews
Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale

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

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Reviews: 977 | Ratings: 3,629
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.45... poured into by red wine glass... listening to the "RIS Beer Party Mix" on the iPod... U2 and Keith Richards "Paint it Black".

Good head... nice lacing that lasts the entire glass... chill hazed dark orange..

Citrus and floral hops decidedly win the fight with toasted and caramel malts... Yeasty fruitiness.

Everything about Mirror Pond says, "Drink Me!" Very balanced... pale/victory/crystal malt sweetness blends perfectly into the bitterness... then more fruitiness... and finishes with an expected finish of floral and citrus hops.... malts evaporate to a dry lingering hoppy finish.

This brew is a staple in my home.... You can get in nearly anywhere for good reason. Non offensive to nearly everyone and any "good" beer drinker this could easily qualify as a session and frequently does for me. Deschutes is a world class brewing company.. and gets a significant portion of my beer budget.

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

Appearance: The pour is a deep-golden orange. Its fluffy white head faded, but settled as a small layer.

Smell: The nose has discernible citrus and floral hops in front of soft bready malts. Hops definitely are the major player in the aroma, but they don't pack as much of a punch as I hope for in pale ales.

Taste: As the nose would indicate, a respectable dose of Cascade hops, leads the way. In addition to the standard issue citrus flavors, there are zesty tangerine notes. Aside from the zesty hops flavors, pale malts bring a wee bit of bread to the background.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is on the light edge of medium-bodied and a bit aqueous with soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Mirror Pond is a well made beer by a great brewery, but I'm never going to fall in love with a hop-forward pale ale that isn't very hoppy.

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

Mirror Pond is a classic American Pale. It pours a nice amber color with a nice foam head that leaves some nice lacing. The smell is fruity. The taste is malty up front in a biscuit sort of a way. Then it is fruity and finishes with a dryness on tongue like a dry white wine. I highly recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of tpd975
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another in a wonderful shipment from younger35.

A: Pours a nice golden yellow color with a fluffy white cap for a head. There was some lacing left near the top as the head built but as the head died so went the lacing.

S: Cascade hops are present in the nose. Nice light citrus flavor with earthy floral undertones.

T: Nice little APA. If you want a hop punch this is not the one for you. It has a nice gentle hop approach with the cascades noted right up front. There is a gentle biscuit quality as the beer finishes dry.

M: Nice, Light and smooth.

D: A real easy drinker.

Overall: I like my beers a little more aggressive when it comes to hops, but this one was still nice. There is a nice gentle mix of malt and hops which would make it a perfect gateway beer.

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Photo of cjhofelt
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pillowy, tan head on top of an orangish copper colored beer. Sticky lace.

Nice hoppy smell.

Very good tasting. Nice hoppy flavor without being overly bitter. Some malt in there right before a dry finish.

Mouthfeel's about average for a pale ale. Not a hot weather thirst quencher. Pairs up well with just about any meal. I like this beer a lot.

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Photo of gwood
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice burnt orange with tight carbonation immediately hanging on the sides of my pint glass. Slightly off white head has decent retention. A very floral nose gives way to citrus and slips off with some malt notes, a very clean and crisp smelling brew.

Clean crisp citrus hops followed by good malt backing for the style that really adds to a wonderful mouthfeel on this beer. Good carbonation, overall a highly drinkable west coast pale.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from the Deschutes Brewery, one of my faves,

A: Pours a slightly cloudy orange, with a nice, thick, off-white head, with very good retention, and a fair bit of lacing left on the glass.

S: Cascade hops predominately, very piney, with some bready, biscuity malts.

T: A good mix of malt and hops, well-balanced, but still, just a standard pale, pine predominately, some grapefruit, but not as good as Sierra Nevada in my opinion, my standard for this style.

M: A little lighter than usual for American pales, a little bit of resin, light to medium-bodied.

D: A good beer, not great, drinkable, but I've had better pales, though not a bad beer for any means, certainly a good try for those hop fans on the West Coast.

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

This beer poured a nice reddish-amber color with good head formation of tiny bubbles that hung around for awhile, and then gradually dissipated to a scummy coating. Aroma is definitely discernible, but is fairly mild with some hop fruitiness. Flavor is balanced, with some nice maltiness accompanied by some very pleasant hop fruitiness. Mouthfeel is a quite light and pleasant.

This beer is highly drinkable...it'll scratch your hop itch, but light enough to have a few. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good white bubbling, not thick and creamy but serviceable. Golden-orange color with a little haze.

Cascade hops: floral and yeasty, with some citric backing.

A little breadier than the nose, esters and soft malt up front, a little pungency to the citric hops. slightly sweet overall, nice and fruity, with a floral ester yeast touch.

Smooth mouthfeel, easy drinking pale ale, body is medium and decent, with good crispness.

Cascade hops at their finest.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Nice hazy orange color with a substantial white head. This looks unfiltered. Smell is some slight hops but not to an IPA level. The taste also has some citrus hoppiness but nowhere near IPA levels. Nice malt background makes this an excellent pale ale. Deschutes is really doing great things with their beers. The drinkability on this beer is pretty awesome.

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Photo of blewisg
4.66/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is well balanced. The perfect pale ale for any occasion. Pours a light amber. White head that leaves good subtle traces. The session drinker would be happy to have several. The aroma is good, but nothing to write home about. The taste does deliver for a well rounded pale ale.

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Photo of jakon
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle with a best before date of 11-13-7

Pours a hazy golden orange with an adequate white head that drops off steadily leaving tracks of sticky lacing. The aroma is excellent. Bright floral hops with a touch of yeast and caramel malt. The taste is about all you can expect from an APA. Great balance between the hop bitterness and malt sweetness with just the right amount of prickly carbonation. This is a delicate brew that needs to be consumed as fresh as possible in order to enjoy it for what it really is.

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Photo of Overlord
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had a chance to try this yesterday.

Poured a clear golden color with a big white head.

Tastes of barley, hops (more than you would expect) and some citrus flavors. Surprisingly strong tasting for a pale ale.

At the time I reviewed this, it was the best pale ale I had tried. Since then, it's been supplanted by quite a few others, most notably 3Floyd's Alpha King.

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

on tap at lunch after a 10 mile beach hike at Cannon Beach, Oregon

appearance: clear amber body, moderate beige froth with sticky lacing - fairly standard for the style

smell: nice pungent hop presence on the nose, noticeably pacific northwest and an appropriate post-hike brew

taste: lightly toasted malts and grain, green resinous hops that proves to be quite refreshing - solid example of a pretty basic style

mouthfeel: light, crisp and refreshing

drinkability: good

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Photo of Floydster
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pint from Naja's Place in Redondo Beach

Pour was a bright golden yellow with a fairly thick white head

Smell was full of yeast and barely

Tasted nice for an APA, not too light, nice smooth finish

Could drink several of these, especially in the summer time when it was tasted

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Photo of OKCNittany
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

back to the Boise/Yellowstone vacation notes:

12 oz bottle

A: Clear amber body with small head that fell to a sticky cloud.

S: Hoppy floral aroma w/ some citrus too. Nothing special, but nice.

T: Decent, standard APA - fruity/citric hops w/ good malt balance. Again, nothing special, but nice.

M: Medium body & carbonation. Finished with a lightly - but pleasantly - bitter aftertaste.

D: Goes down easy - would make a solid session beer - and very refreshing after a day of listening to your sister and 1-1/2 year old nephew scream at each other.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to franksnbeans for this beer I have een looking to try for a very long time.

Poured a typical murky orange, red, brown color that I associate with the Pacific Northwest. Thick, frothy head that just clings in rings to the edges of the glass. Nose is pungent moss with subtle hops that just wrap themselves around my nose hairs.

Most of the country would probably call this an English IPA, but it is definitely a Pacific NW pale ale. The front tones are hops, all wet and pungent. Really just stick to the tongue, cheeks and teeth. Malts balance it all out nicely with a sugary background. Medium to full body with the typical heavy water feel of NW beers. Just a great all around pale ale.

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Photo of dnichols
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a mug.

A: Cloudy amber-hued honey color with a nearly pure white head. Mild carbonation; almost looks flat from a distance. Moderate lacing. A three finger head with average retention and sheeting lace that lasted well into the experience.

Smell: Floral and fruity hops gave it a very crisp, fresh inviting smell that lingered and greeted my nose each time I brought my glass to my face..

T: Limited malt flavor but a crisp taste trough out and a sharp bitter finish (not sour). There is a very nicely developed balance between the crisp, fruity hops that provide perfect bitterness and the floral hops that coated my tongue and left it in a happy place.

M: Very thin and light, but the carbonation keeps it smooth. Medium-bodied and crisp.

D: Nice hoppiness without being overpowering and a light body make this a wonderful summertime beer that you can drink like water.

Comment: Excellent hop flavor and mild carbonation make this an enjoyable beer for a lingering hot summer day.

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

Pour light amber with a decent head that quickly disappears leaving just a little lace. Moderate bready malt with slightly perfumey hops smell and a hint of sourness. The sourness isn't exactly unpleasant, but it doesn't really add positively either. The flavor is good with a nicely balanced malt base and moderate hop bitterness, leading into an acidic and bitter finish that is relatively long lived. The aftertaste also picks up a hint of sourness as it warms up. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with nice dry texture, lively carbonation, and a slightly astringent finish. Overall this is a nice, clean pale ale that goes well with a variety of foods, especially grilled meats. It isn't too overhwelming, and the flavors are generally good but not overly complex.

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

Likely one of the best APA's I have had in ages, perhaps ever. Thanks to my mother-in-law for bringing this back as part of a nice beer haul she picked up for me on a recent visit home to San Francisco. Poured a pale orange with a great looking head and thick, sticky lacing. Smell was candy sweet hops with some pine resin and sweet toasted malts. If this beer is only one thing, it's balanced. In smell and taste. Plenty of hops in the taste, be well off-set by the sweet malts. I wouldn't mind having a case or so of this down stairs. Fantastic!

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Photo of dbalsock
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a beautiful light amber/copper color with an abundant white head. The retention was a little poor, but it provided nice lacing and looked great to start.

Smell: A mild blend of floral hops and lighter malts. I would have liked to smell a more noticeable hop presence.

Taste: The hops come out a little more in the taste and provide some depth to the one dimensional malt profile. A little metallic on the aftertaste, but the floral hops do a good job of making it pretty yummy.

Mouthfeel: Nicely bitter, not overwhelming, but definitely not underwhelming. This is how ever apa should feel: light bodied malt, followed by brief but strong hop bite.

Drinkability: This is easily drinkable, and very sessionable. I like it more after it warms close to room temperature, and that is how I would go through a six pack without realizing it.

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Photo of younger35
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my brand new Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a copperish pinkish orange with a small fluffy head that disappears quickly leave a tiny collar. Little or no lacing.
Smell- Very delicate floral nose. Kind of like a spring day when the lilacs are in full bloom. Doughy, semi sweet malts come through after the initial burst of fresh flowers.
Taste- Nice semi citrus hoppyness that reminds me of diluted orange juice. Sweet caramel malts adds nice balance but still finishes semi bitter.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with more carbonation than what the appearance led me to believe.
Drinkability- This is a really tasty beer that can easily be drank in great quantities. There are other beers out there that I would rather drink on a daily basis but still a quality beer.

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Photo of acrawf6
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a light orange amber with a fluffy white head.

Smell. A nice balance of hops and malts. Caramel and a little pineyness .

Taste. More great balance. The hop flavor overall does dominate, but the malts are quite present. Crisp with a light caramel sweetness and a small citrus hoppiness. Aftertaste seems to get sweet for me.

Mouthfeel. Body is at a good and medium level, crisp but still fills up my mouth well. Carbonation is at a proper level.

Overall, a great beer, and a fantastic sessional beer. I really wish I could normally get this as it’s relatively lower alc level (bottle says 5%), but high flavor content would make a great one to have all night.

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

Pours a golden orange with 2 fingers of head that slowly dies down. Nice lace. Smells of strong hops and citrus with mild rind and malt. Tastes wonderful of hops citrus and a nice balance of malt. Feel light and crisp in the mouth with great carbonation. Another sessionable beer which I have done myself in with tonight. Delightful and recommended.

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

A: Poured darkish amber/copper color with a foamy white head.
S: Pleasant combination of fruit, floral hops, and sweet malt.
T: Spicy and Sweet with a medium hoppy aftertaste.
M: Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Aftertaste is not at all offensive.
D: Goes down very easy. Overall a very good APA. The "go-to" beer for me and a number of my friends.

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