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Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good
994 Reviews
Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

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:
994
Ratings:
3,687
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
21.94%
 
 
Wants:
184
Gots:
782
For Trade:
3
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Reviews: 994 | Ratings: 3,687
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.

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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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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