Fresh Hop Mirror Pond - Deschutes Brewery
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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
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.
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
10-11-2010 22:18:37 | More by smakawhat
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
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
Fresh Hop Mirror Pond from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.