Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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1,002 Reviews
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: 1,002 | Ratings: 3,735
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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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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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
3.92 out of 5 based on 3,735 ratings.
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