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Fresh Hop Mirror Pond - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

288 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 26
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ccrida on 10-24-2008)
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California

5/5  rDev +27.6%

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TheStashRide

Texas

5/5  rDev +27.6%

10-08-2012 01:57:45 | More by TheStashRide
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BrianTheBrewer30

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +27.6%

11-14-2011 07:02:29 | More by BrianTheBrewer30
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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California

5/5  rDev +27.6%

11-20-2011 00:44:43 | More by Nightrain87
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seanwhite

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +27.6%

11-14-2011 16:46:31 | More by seanwhite
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marieow

California

5/5  rDev +27.6%

12-08-2011 06:23:31 | More by marieow
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DennisHanley

New York

5/5  rDev +27.6%

11-28-2011 02:31:09 | More by DennisHanley
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lakersfan16

Alaska

5/5  rDev +27.6%

11-18-2011 23:30:42 | More by lakersfan16
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Bigmatty42


5/5  rDev +27.6%

10-29-2012 05:22:54 | More by Bigmatty42
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tbeq00

California

5/5  rDev +27.6%

12-08-2011 22:05:24 | More by tbeq00
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BrocAriums


5/5  rDev +27.6%

03-18-2012 01:48:33 | More by BrocAriums
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Humulus85

Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +23.2%

A "fresh hop" version of one of my favorite Pales...how could I not buy it? Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Darkness snifter for effect.

Dense, 1" off-white head. Decent retention never quite settles and some damn epic lacing. It's a slightly hazy orangey honey color. Very nice looking brew.

I love this smell. Super fruity and a bit piney. All hops. Best smelling Pale I've ever smelt.

Wow, this is a hopped up version of Mirror Pond. If the story on the bottle is true and this is what fresh heirloom Cascade hops taste like...well keep it coming Deschutes! Fruity, spicey, piney; it hits all the notes. Super clean and crisp. Nice.

Mouthfeel is still lighter than a good IPA, but there are more hop oils involved here. Well carbonated and super drinkable.

Overall, I really liked this brew and I don't fully understand why people are not as impressed with it as I was. One must remember to try and compare this to the original Mirror Pond and other Pale Ales. This is no Surly Wet, and it's not trying to be; it's still a Pale and it's one of the best I've ever had. Cheers!

10-30-2011 16:56:52 | More by Humulus85
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Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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coryscanes

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

10-03-2012 03:25:22 | More by coryscanes
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.53/5  rDev +15.6%

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!

10-11-2010 22:18:37 | More by smakawhat
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Mnewcomer1219

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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distantmantra

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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.

07-11-2011 19:27:14 | More by distantmantra
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brokentee

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

12-26-2011 23:51:56 | More by brokentee
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morimech

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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.

10-25-2011 21:50:17 | More by morimech
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Cramerican

North Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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Indiana

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Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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Fresh Hop Mirror Pond from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.