Mirror Pond is an award-winning pale ale from the Deschutes Brewery. This distinctive Northwest brew has a 5.0% ABV, 40 IBUs and 170 calories per 12 oz. serving.
A classic American pale ale, Mirror Pond Pale ale uses generous quantities of Cascade hops, offering a lush floral aroma with a balanced malt body.
The beer pours a copper/burnt-orange color with a cascading foamy head. Carbonation rushes to the top to join the massive layer of cream-colored head. Wicked amounts of lacing hang onto the glass long after the brew is gone.
This is your standard Pacific Northwest brew. It smells like pine and grapefruit. But what you wouldn’t expect is the mild notes of baking chocolate. Needless to say, I was anxious to try this beer!
Mirror Pond is a pale ale that dances on the edges of IPA territory. A lesser brewery would probably consider it an IPA, but not the hopheads at Deschutes. Pine is the most prominent flavor in the taste, but it’s not the only one. The malts are quite present and help keep the beer from being “too hoppy”. Thankfully, the baking chocolate doesn’t appear in the taste, because I don’t think it would have melded very well with the flavor of Mirror Pond. As the beer warms up citrus notes move toward the forefront and make the beer taste like a hoppy wheat beer.
Mouthfeel is light, but has the “bite” that is a trademark of most American pale ales. There is a slight stickiness (from the excess hops), but only very little drying. The low ABV helps to keep the burn away.
Mirror Pond Pale Ale is a fantastic version of the American Pale Ale. Full of hoppy goodness, with citrus and pine notes dancing around for added effect. A great beer to enjoy with pizza or while sitting out on the back porch.
Overall: 8 out of 10
As an AMERICAN PALE ALE: 8.5 out of 10