Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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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: 985 | Ratings: 3,647
Photo of colts9016
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A solid example of APA, although not as hoppy as SNPA, it is very balanced with hops and malt. Best word is refined. A nice amber color with orange hues. The head is one finger and had fair retention.

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Photo of olelion
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Clear and copper. Nice thick two finger head.
S: Hoppy grapefruit aroma with bready malt character
T: Nice and balanced. Malts provide a pleasant bread flavor at first that is followed by lively citrusy grapefruit hop flavor and bitterness. I could've used a little more hop flavor though.
F: Medium bodied with fairly high carbonation.
O: Overall a good beer, but nothing too special, probably won't buy again. Good beer for a nice Spring afternoon.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

The showcase is clear copper color but not that crystal clear with 1 finger of off-white foamy head. The head has decent retention to withstand before dissipating and leaving some lacing along the way down as well as thin frothy film atop. Some fizzy carbonation can also be seen.

The aromas present with zesty citrus, fruity, sweet caramel, floral and woody notes. They are all nicely balance.

Generous malts are a platform of the flavor sensation with a bready, sweet and caramelize notes. Then citrus zest from cascade hop takes over together with moderate bitterness. The end is all flavors nicely blending and leaving a pleasant aftertaste with some bite and spice of hop.

Medium body, velvety smooth mouthfeel with some lively carbonation to carry well both of its body and palate, finish is dry. Light and refreshing, this beer is no doubt a sessionable brew to go in every occasion.

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Photo of trygelski1
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass:

Look: Pours a nice copper color with about an inch of head and plenty of lacing present.

Smell: Some piney hops and hints of caramel and bread malts.

Taste: Very malty pale ale here. Notes of caramel and bread with some hints of piney hops coming thru. Wish this beer was a tad more hoppy and citrusy.

Feel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Solid pale ale from the crew at Deschutes. A step below Sierra Nevada's in my opinion. Glad I grabbed a variety pack and this brew was in there to try. I would revisit this one at some point.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Copper gold color with a nice white head and lacing all around the glass.

S: Nutty and grainy with a nice dose of floral hops.

T: Nutty and grainy with floral hops and a light hop bitterness.

F: Lighter body with medium carbonation.

O: A nice drinking pale ale.

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Photo of AleMan66
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I poured this from a bottle into a clear teardrop glass. It pours a hazy copper with a one finger white head. To me, it's the perfect pale ale--not too hoppy or citrusy; it's very well balanced. This might be a perfect five but I never know how to rate on smell and look.

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Photo of jaypaul522
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a very balanced, refreshing pale ale. The hops give it a nice aroma, but the taste is full and smooth and balanced. The feel is medium. Overall, a very pleasing beer.

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

Bottle poured into glass

Copper with an off white , foamy one finger head

Aroma of bread malts with pine hops

Taste of good strong malt base with a pine hop notes

Light to medium mouthfeel

good beer

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Photo of RobertDBrase
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper/amber color with a foamy bone colored head. Lots of nice streaming bubbles visible.

Strong scent of piney hops with a nice bready background. The smells actually counter balance one another.

The taste is up front pine bitterness with a strong malt backbone about mid tongue. The taste is not that bitter because the balance is really quite nicely done.

The mouth feel is actually light with a bit of a wet finish.

Overall I find this to be a very well crafted pale ale that has a great taste balance between the bitterness of the hops and some nice sweet malts. This brewery also gets it done right by putting this into a 12 pack and putting a decent price on it.

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

From bottle, pours a clear Amber colour with floating yeast sediment, it had a small white head that disapates to a thin layer. Aroma caramel, malt, pineapple, hops. Taste malt, lemon, slight citrus flavour.

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Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
3.27/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Maybe this is a tough review after having Deschutes Fresh Squeezed, but the Mirror Pond was really run-of-the-mill for me. Taste was lacking and seemed to leave a film in my mouth. Much better pales out there worth your money.

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

I really liked this Pale Ale. It's not my most favorite (Sierra Nevada Copperhead), but again I like it better than my local Tallgrass and I'm so surprised by that. Its really a great Pale Ale with a nice finish.

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Photo of kitch
3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.75

A 12 fl oz bottle with a best by date of 12th May 2016. Poured into a Moonzen teku glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear copper colour with a two finger off white head that dissipated quickly but left nice sticky lacing.

Aroma: Sweet caramel and bready malts with some pineapple, apple, grapefruit and pine.

Taste: Mainly pine with light biscuit malt and light caramel. Citrus is there but fairly restrained. Finish is lightly bitter and spicy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with mid to high prickly carbonation.

Overall: This was just ok for me. Everything was just quite light and the flavours felt lacking.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a matching pint glass
Best before 3/30/16

A- pours a clear amber color with a three-finger creamy white head that has great retention and leaves a thick layer of lacing behind as it settles

S- caramel & biscuit malt, with highlights of citrus and floral hop aromas

T- strong biscuit & caramel malt base gives way to some underlying floral and citrus hops, with notes of orange peel and tangerine. More biscuit malt on the linger

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel that turn light and creamy into a crisp finish

O- well balanced and easy drinking, exactly what I look for in a pale ale

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Photo of drewsif22
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Nice amber color. Very little head on pour. Gentle lacing that subsides quickly.

S - Mild citrus. Slight caramel malt.

T - Very mild. Bready malt. Slight citrus from hops.

F - Medium bodied. Smooth finish.

O - A good pale ale, overall. Unfortunately, nothing really stands out...It's all very mild, but at the same time, very pleasant, and an easy-drinker.

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Photo of MACrist
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE: Slightly hazy (chilled) dark amber/burnt orange. One finger of Creamy off white head. Lingers a bit. Small bubbles rising, medium carbonation. Nice bit of thick lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Jasmine/flowers, sweet malt, orange, citrus rind. All VERY mild.
TASTE: Sweet maltiness to the beer, very mild citrus notes, just enough bitterness to balance it a bit, which is almost no bitterness.
FEEL: Medium full carbonation. Dry all the way through with a medium body.
OVERALL: My sample came from a mix six pack. 2 days before the expiration date. It is very mild overall, certainly not off or bad, just kind of blah, in a way. If I run across a single fresher, will update.

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Photo of BWED
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a willibecher.

A- Dark copper. Dense tan head, 1/2" retention.

S- Tropical, pineapple, maybe mango. Faint pine, sweet biscuit.

T- Rather mild. A little toasty, pine hop comes out more. Slight citrus.

M- Really light. Very little carbonation. Hops linger in finish.

O- Looked and smelled promising. Taste is mild, feel is too light.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2/6...pours a high clarity copper orange and a thin skinned white foam layer. Breads, toffee, caramel in the nose. Very pleasant. Bold malty taste, layers of flavor and then the sweetness turns to an assertive hop. Put together extremely well. Excellent.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange-amber body, good streams of carbonation, big yellow-tinted soapy head. Tropical hops and toasted malt in equal proportions on the nose; piercing grapefruit, mango, pineapple, and orange zest with literal toast behind it. It's very, very good, but weak- I'm sniffing like a madman because it's elusive but also worth the effort. The flavor, sadly, drops off the face of the earth- bland malt bill with underpowered hops trying to revive it. The delicious tropical notes are still there, with the new addition of peach, but it just isn't enough to overcome the soggy bread malt. The bitterness lends a crisp edge, and the medium body and happy carbonation make this one refreshing drinker.
I didn't think such a wonderful nose would be hidden in an everyday bottle, but there it was: juicy, tropical, tasty fruitiness for my nose to have a field day with. Sadly, the rest of the experience matched my expectations as an average brew.

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Photo of Mexwald
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked a Mirror Pond Pale Ale up in a mix-a-six as an afterthought and I was very satisfied with my choice. I tend to underrate Deschutes beers in that I typically don't "seek" them out. Between the amber color and the full, piney flavor, this beer delivers with every drink of it. Perfect ABV for a Pale at an even 5%, this one has quickly become my favorite Pale Ale beside's Dale's Pale by Oskar Blues.

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Photo of smcolw
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Amber color and nearly devoid of haze. Small had that leaves a couple of minutes spots on the glass.

Superior semisweet caramel malted barley smell. Light hop spice.

The flavor matches the smell. Simply one of the best British styled pale ales I've had in a long time. Starts with the rich caramel notes. There's enough hop to provide a bite but not bitterness. Good lasting aftertaste. The carbonation is high for the English style but appropriate for an American ale.

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Photo of 1ale_man
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Spiegelau tulip.
Looks orange copper with bits floating around.
Smells mostly like malt with a slight citrus tang.
Taste follows smell but I can taste some citrus.
Feel is great. Great carbonation and smooth on the tongue.
Overall this was beer was great. This beer was way too old but was still tasteful. Will buy again and maybe get a fresher one and revisit the ratings.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with a beautiful, yet small, head.

Smells of herbs, pine and citra. There's definteley a lot of herbs and flower in this.

Mouthfeel is light, with limited to little carbonation. Taste is similar to smell, with a lot of fall spices, pine, and hops.

This is okay, yet hardly revolutionary.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, bright copper, bubbly, lots of smaller suspending chunks. Head is uniform and fluffy, retains well — forming a mound all the way to the bottom — and is a creamy shade of tan. Hop aromas of pine, resin, and spice, malt aromas of crackers and light caramel sweetness. Welcoming, but not particularly enticing. Mild tartness, distinctive, but not too strong or bitter, hops from the onset. Get stronger as it lingers and finishes. Piney yet floral, a little dank or spicy, quite metallic as it lingers, and rindy, almost soapy toward the end. Impressive peppercorn notes for a mere Pale. Medium-bodied, effervescent but not prickly carbonation. Semi-watery, nearly lager-like, very refreshing and drinkable. Excellent representation of the style with a measure of Deschutes' characteristic West-Coast influence, and a few other unique flares besides.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Perfectly clear copper color with narrow head, little retention. Smells bright and citrus with floral notes. Tastes piney and ever present bitterness that sticks around after the fruity flavors exit. Exceptionally smooth, but reminds me of an IPA more than what I think of as a (Sierra Nevada) Pale Ale.

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 985 ratings.
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