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Fresh Hop Mirror Pond - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

300 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 300
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 31
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ccrida on 10-24-2008

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Ratings: 300 | Reviews: 141
Reviews by beeragent:
Photo of beeragent
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle.

A - Pours a medium gold, forming a creamy 1 inch head. Thick lacing on the glass.

S - Strong aroma of floral hops.

T - The hops, floral with a hint of spicyness, coat the palate before falling a bit flat in the finish. Not as citrusy as expected from a pale and lacking the sharpness in the finish.

M - Very light, watery, mouthfeel and not as heavy as expected. Very smooth and clean, more like a lager mouthfeel.

O - Overall, a different taste to the typical pale ale flavor profile. Very floral instead of citrusy. Mouthfeel could be a bit heavier, but still enjoyable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from tap into Nonic Imperial Pint. Best by 12/11/11.

Appearance: Clear amber-orange with foamy white head and some nice lacing.

Smell: Some sweet citrus and grapefruit, grainy toasted malts and a touch of spiciness. Smells like regular Mirror Pond, but a little stronger.

Taste: Bright citrus, semi-sweet grainy malts, with some spicy bitterness at the end, and a hint of sourness. Fresh taste.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium-light body, nice dry finish.

Drinkability: Very good, but really hardly any different than standard Mirror Pond, which is only an average Pale Ale for me. I actually copied over most of notes from Mirror Pond, since it is pretty much the same. However, it is a little more aromatic, a little fresher and a little drier, and that makes all the difference.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery amber color, carbonation forms a 1" head, decent lacing for the hopping. Dry and fresh hop aromas aren't massive or pungent, but they're there.

Good typical Deschutes cascade hoppiness in this one. Reminds me of the good ol days of mirror pond before the palate got whacked with the last few years massive hop additions. Either way, this version stands out again as hoppy, without the old wood flavor that tends to be all too prevalent with the regular version of this beer as well as inversion ipa.

A little more piney in the mouthfeel than the regular version too. Plenty of bitterness, but at least its accompanied by a hoppy mouthfeel and not simply one dimensional bitterness. An overall good experience, and a decent, but not great price $5/22oz. considering the regular version is on sale 1/2 the time for $7/6pack.

Photo of mudbug
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the dated best by bottle 12/11/11 into a standard pint glass results in a very appealing bright copper body with good clarity topped by a nice head that is somewhat short lived some lacing is there, but not much.
Aroma is pure Cascade hop flowers, wet grass and a tint of citrus, not overpowering, but straight forward.
Taste here is all about the balance, this is a American Pale Ale with crazy good hops, maltyness (sweetness) is so well balanced by the bitterness that I'm sure I'll need several doses of this to understand it's goodness. Overall a very well done beer that I'm not sure IPA lovers will get, smooth, balanced, tasty beyond the norm. Just right.

Photo of GilGarp
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber served cold into an imperial pint glass.

Fresh Hop is a golden amber color with good clarity. Head retention is fair but a little lacing is left behind.

Aroma is hoppy but not overly so. In fact I don't see a huge difference from what I remember from the regular Mirror Pond. Good NW hop character.

Flavor is really nice with fresh, almost juicy, hops. Good caramel malt backbone provides good sweetness. Hops are citrusy and piney.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied and nicely carbonated. Good balance for a pale ale.

Overall a really good pale ale. I guess I would like to have it side-by-side with the year-round Mirror to really see the differences.

Photo of distantmantra
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Latona Pub. Seattle, WA. Notes from December 2010.

A: Light golden in color with a small head of white foam.

S: Fragrant aroma of hops and pine and a sweet malt kick.

T: Very flowery with strong pine flavor and a hint of malt.

M: Very easy going, light body. Nice carbonation.

O: Absolutely fantastic beer that is extremely well balanced. My favorite fresh hop so far.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. brown bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber in color with a one-finger off-white foamy head that receded quickly but left some nice sticky lacing.

Smell: That unique grassy and hemp-like fresh hop aroma, a little pine and citrus in the blend. A nice caramel malt sweetness faintly beneath the hops.

Taste: That clean and crisp fresh hop flavor, with that unique hemp-like nature of wet hops. The initial blast of the wet hops flavor gives way to a good balance of slightly sweet roasted malts. This is just like the normal Mirror Pond Pale Ale we all know and love, but with the twist of funky fresh wet hops added to the flavor. So it's a winner for me.

Mouth Feel: Light to medium body with good crisp carbonation. Clean and refreshing on the palette.

Overall: I like fresh-hopped beers, and I like Mirror Pond Pale Ale as a good session beer..so what's not to love here? A good session beer gets just a little bit better by the use of fresh wet hops. Good stuff!

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's about damn time I drink a Deschutes beer. I can't wait to drink my Black Butte XXI that's over a year old. I've not reviewed a beer in awhile so going back to what I like most, pale ales, is what I should do.

This is one of those beers that looks very "clean" to me. There are barely any bubbles rising to the top of the golden-amber beer. The head doesn't grow too thick but it looks good, about a finger and a half in height and creamy. Some good retention.

Oh boy does this smell good. Fruity, grainy, and deliciously hoppy. There's a lovely barley, grainy aroma that is as strong as the floral hoppiness. Mango citrus is in there as well as a bit of pine. Actually, the more I smell this the more fruity it is. This smells great.

This is a well-balanced pale ale. All of the flavors are there. It's hoppy, but not too much, has a significant malted barley flavor, mango citrus, and pine notes. I will say that while the taste is well-balanced, it doesn't have as robust of a taste I prefer, with the hops being more pronounced. So, while I don't prefer the overall taste, in it not being "enough", it is well-balanced and all the good flavors are there.

This is one of those beers that you can down a million of them. It's lighter on the body and extremely drinkable. It has a very clean feel. It's a tad syrupy from the sweetness.

This is a well-balanced and very drinkable pale ale but for my preference the flavors aren't strong enough for me. Good, insanely drinkable, but not great.

Photo of dirtylou
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, ballard mkt

appearance: cool label - served in tyranena nonic pint, bright orange-copper body, filmy white head with light retention

smell: fresh citrus, cut grass, light bready notes

taste: The wet/fresh hop idea is cool and all but the results always seem to be somewhat disappointing - The deschutes version comes off a bit sweet and doughy. The hopping really gets lost here - no defining citrus flavor.

mouthfeel: oily medium body

overall: just ok

Photo of dbossman
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light copper with a steady one-inch head; lacing is nice

S: Pine, weed, and grass from the hops with some subtle citrus as well as quite a lot of bready biscuity notes as well

T: More citrus hop flavors than aromas indicated with some pine and grassy bitterness as well; the bready malts follow just as promised by the nose

F: Fairly creamy medium body with enough sticky texture to make this work pretty well

O: Nice hoppy pale ale that could use a bit more bite but finishes pretty nicely

Photo of scootpolute
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint, 6 FL OZ. bottle into tulip glass.

A - Deep tawny color, light haze with a quite a bit of bubbly lace.

S - Spicy herbal and lightly pungent hop aroma, fruity and oily.

T - Medium crispness, hoppy palate with a big handful of malt. Big punch of oily hop pungent flavor, mild fruitiness and a malt sweetness that sneaks in towards the finish.

M - Good carbination, A bit of warmth in the end from the alcohol.

O - A tasty and balanced Pale, great with 5-Guys Burger & Fries!!

Photo of vincicle
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: a golden look, typical pale ale with a slightly darker copper hue.
Smell: Not as hoppy or floral as I would have expected. However, a slightly citrus crisp with light piney-ness
Taste: As I would have expected and remembered, I got to taste this fresh at the publik house in Portland last year, the taste of this beer is what makes it worth drinking. A wonderfully balanced hopiness that has almost no bitterness with strong, archetypal Cascade flavor. The smooth mouthfeel is a rarity among true pale ales, yet the fresh hop is so drinkable that you have to exercise restraint to not drink it too fast. This beer makes you realize why Cascade hops have become synonymous with quality American beers. A wonderful beer to celebrate the hop harvest.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - slightly hazy bronze, solid off white head left a lot of sticky lacing
S - hoppy aromas of sweet citrus, light pine and perfume, light biscuity malt, light spicy, but generally sweet juicy smells
T - a complex hop flavour mix, i get sweet mellow citrus, spicy, earthy, and some light florals along with a biscuity malt compliment, very very tasty
M - light to medium body, medium carbonation, smooth and juicy with a light spicy and bitter finish
O - i could drink this all day, plain and simple

Photo of morimech
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear amber color with two fingers of head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

The hops do not really fill the nose, but the customary citrus hints are detected. The base malt also adds some graininess.

Really enjoying the flavor. Has that fresh hop flavor without letting the IBUs getting out of control. Hop flavor is full of citrus and herbal/grass. Tastes green. Without the bitterness creating havoc on the palate, more malt and other subtle flavors can come through.

Perfectly carbonated, lighter ale. For a 5% ABV ale I am satisfied with the heft.

This is the way I prefer my wet hop/harvest ales. It taste like fresh hops. This and Brau Brothers Hundred Yard Dash are my favorites.

Photo of GRG1313
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a nice white head that fades quickly.

Nose is full, assertive and rich esters. Cooked pears and apricot. Pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium thin but still nicely carbonated and fresh and inviting.

Flavors are light citrus and pine and not terribly assertive yet very pleasant and inviting. Very drinkable and appealing with a nice lightly bitter finish. This is not a big bold flavorful beer. Rather, this is, in my opinion, the very definition of a really good session beer, a beer for all purposes.

Finish is nicely bitter, a bit oaky and long lasting.

Photo of emerge077
3.29/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bomber in to a stemless wine glass. Plenty of lacing, drippy and intricate all around. A steady second pour generates a fingers width of creamy white foam. Retention is strong, lasting for the duration of the glass. Saturated orange color, fully bright with high clarity.

Smells like any given pale ale, nothing hoppy, let alone "fresh hopped". Light fruity yeast, biscuity malt.

Flavor follows suit, very malt driven and not especially hoppy. Noble hops don't lend much to the mix, little to no bitterness. Fruity sweet yeast and malt elements and little else. Clean and drinkable, just a let down in the advertised "Fresh Hop" department.

Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a nice amber-orange with just the slightest haze. Half a finger of frothy white head that leaves a little lacing

Smell. Malty grains, citrus fruits, and some grassy hops.

Taste. Toasted grains and a little caramel followed by fairly big grassy hops. Some bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel. Near medium in body with medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Nice hoppy pale.

Photo of Docer
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Roscoes in PDX during their fresh hop ale summit..

- Light golden pale... clear, well carbonated... fluffy white head...

- Huge floral and piney hops screaming out of a light golden biscuit and slightly bready sweet malt... very hop forward,

- What a damn good beer... I can see this stuff constantly dripping from the leaves of trees in heaven. Big floral and pine hops riding smoothly with the light pale malts. Very nice.

- Light bodied, slightly sticky with hops, and bubbly.

- Overall my favorite fresh hop beer I have ever had. Certainly a winner. Very hoppy... yet balanced... don't know how that is accomplished!

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9/26/2011 from the bottle:

Appearance: (4.5)
- Big fluffy fingers of white foamy head. Settled slowly and left thick creamy lacing all over the glass. Light shiny new copper penny color, clear, and lightly bubbling.

Smell: (4.0)
- Wonderful NW hop aromas. Very pine-like, grassy, and floral. All my favorite hop characteristics. Light spice, and perhaps even a little subtle fruit in the background. Light caramel malt, and bready quality. This beer just smells super solid, and good.

Taste: (4.5)
- My my.. what a crisp fantastically fresh and hoppy beer. Wonderfully light and very balanced flavors. Grassy herbal and pine hops with a light spice and floral character. Bready biscuity light caramel malt, and just simple. What a crisp and delightful eye opening beer. Beyond solid, and sets the standard for a pale ale.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Light bodied pale ale, slightly drying from the 40 IBU's, and certainly perfectly carbonated. Very easy to drink, and just the right light cloying touch.

Overall: (4.5)
- Overall almost the perfect beer. Though I can see that this could potentially turn out different each year depending on the hops, and which were used. I must say though that this years is certainly up there at the top, and is something I hope to find many more of soon. A super good NW pale ale with just the right hoppy flare.

Photo of Spikester
3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a bomber with a best by date of 12/11/2011. Pretty old for a fresh hop beer. Pours clear caramel color with one finger of light tan head. Head has become a ring by the half way mark. Very dense fine bubble lacing. Very light fruity hop and slight pine aroma. Taste is mildly hop fruity with a light sweetness to the malts. Well balanced. Mouthfeel was average lacking the carbonation I expected. Medium dry finish, slightly bitter. I was quite let down by this version of Mirror Pond but I should have realized it was old when I bought it. For a six month old fresh hop P.A. it was more like an English Pale Ale. I will try to buy one next fall when it is first released and revise my review accordingly.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden orange with a tight, white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of citrus and grassy hops.

Tastes of a big wave of hops with not much malt. Hops have citrus, grass, and some pine. Malts try to make their way through, but I really have to search for them. What is there has biscuit notes and a bit of caramel sweetness. Ends in a kind of bland, hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a beer I would not recommend. It really is lacking in malt character and gives an incomplete flavor profile. It looks good, smells pretty good, and feels good, but it does not taste good.

Photo of UTCengOwl
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bomber of this out at Central Market while looking for some of the new Sam Adams releases. I didn't find exactly what I wanted, but this is a perfectly fine substitute. Served in a Jester King stemmed glass.

The beer pours a very nice light amber. It somewhat reminds me of the amber chunks from Jurassic Park. There's also a nice, creamy head on top. Not a perfect head, but the body is strangely enticing. Maybe it's my new JK glassware? I'll for now give credit to the beer.

I'm not usually a huge fan of Cascade hops, but this beer seems to blend them in really well. The nose is less fragrant than I would have expected. I could smell the hops it in the cap quite well and I could smell the pour from a few feet away, but the surface of the beer just wasn't that strong. Maybe I need to have this in a tulip. Still, what comes forth is a sweet hop profile. The sweetness seems directly tied with the slightly bitter hops and then finish with a crisp bite. The flavor of the beer is right along the same lines. Mmmmm... hops and sweetness. Not too bitter, not over the top with Cascade. A wonderful blend of sweet, fresh hops with a light-medium body that serves the hoppiness well. Verrry drinkable. Maybe slightly undercarbonated, but that's really the only complaint. This is a very refreshing option and I'm glad I picked it up.

Photo of TexIndy
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Best by date of 12/11/11 on front label. It was a very slightly hazed orange amber color with a few random carb bubbles. It had a two finger head that settled into a good collar and moderate covering foam cap. Good sheeting with good amount sticking.

The aroma was very weak. Piney, grassy hops on top of a caramel malt base. What was there was good but you really had to sniff to get it. The taste, thankfully, was more pronounced and matched the aroma. Caramel malt starts the show with a slow hop build with grassy leading the way over the pine and slight citrus. It's an APA so don't expect a large hop presence. Fits well into the style. Mouthfeel was light and a tad watery. Slightly watery aftertaste as well.

Overall, a good APA that has some good malt/hop balance in the flavor but the aroma was very weak. Tasted good but after I finished it I wanted something hoppier. Winter seasonal and avail here in TX. Rotation - good but I more into the IPA and 2xIPAs these days so probably a bottle a season is enough for me. [O;O]

Photo of smakawhat
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this in the Portland, Oregon location on tap. It is mentioned on the menu as a staff favorite.

Vintage 2010

Color and appearance: dark yellowish/brown, brewery describes it as tawny I would say its much lighter than a tawny port.

Smell: exceptional, unique, big fruit nose of apple and hops

Taste: nutty, squash, somewhat sweet, hop lingering balance in aftertaste

Mouthfeel: crisp like a white wine almost

Highly drinkable!

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 picked up last night at the COOP ... Poured into my Corsendonk goblet... great lite tan head.. the brew is lite amber/dark golden... surprisingly clear.

The nose is awesome... knock you out grassy/fresh citrus ... lite pale malt pulls everything together for a great fresh hopped brew.

Flavor mirrors the nose with an earthy hoppiness from mid palate to the finish.... hops in the end seem quite floral.. citrus blossoms.. yummy.. Malt profile comes out in the middle and helps carry the hops... lite toasty malt seems a bit nutty...

Grassy from front to back.. one of the most drinkable brews I've had in a long time.

Body seems a touch high for a 5% brew... but I am not complaining.. I dig this brew... and will buy them until they are off the shelves.

4/4.5/4.5/4/4

Photo of 2378GCGTG
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a stemless red wine glass at 41 degrees. A bit cold, so it was allowed to warm in hand.

Appearance: Golden brown, like a perfectly baked biscuit

Smell: Caramel, light fruits, peanuts, and a light citrus hop bouquet as the beer warms to temperature

Taste: Light wheat and malt followed by caramel and hops, clean but slightly one dimensional in my opinion

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp, clean and very drinkable... definitely a session beer.

Overall: A drinkable clean beer. I would have it again, a bit too cold right now, but in the middle of a hot Texas summer, it would be a welcome respite.

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Fresh Hop Mirror Pond from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 300 ratings.