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Fresh Hop Mirror Pond - Deschutes Brewery

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Fresh Hop Mirror PondFresh Hop Mirror Pond

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299 Ratings

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Ratings: 299
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 31
Gots: 16 | 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:
Beer added by: ccrida on 10-24-2008

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Ratings: 299 | Reviews: 140
Photo of sharpski
2/5  rDev -48.8%

Photo of Cisco619
2.17/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22oz bottle poured into Weyerbacher Tulip. Bottle reads "Best by 12/11/11

A: Clear golden honey that paints my palm in an amber hue, with a 1 1/2 finger of soapy white head that clings to the glass as the beer arches downward when the glass is tilted. Dissipates to a bubbly film that lingers in the center of the brew.

S: Not much to speak of. A hint of citrus and a malt sweetness that reminds of marzen style beers.

T: Malty/bready with a hint of hop bitterness. Where's all the fresh hops?

M: Thin with a bit of hop oil tackiness that clings to the front of the tongue.

O: For a beer that boldly proclaims fresh hop in the title, it is decidely lacking in hop presence in all aspects of the brew.

Photo of Chuck_IPA_Mathus
2.25/5  rDev -42.5%

Photo of chugalug06
2.39/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Very little white foamy head. Brew is clear orange with some red.

S - Some nice citrus. Not nearly as hop aggressive as I would've hoped.

T - Mildly bland, nothing special. Very plain hop. Nothing strong.

M - Perfect carbonation. Weird bitterness. Light and airy.

O - Not impressed. I wanted more from Deschutes. This brew is dead, not too much going on. For a Fresh Hop brew it should be overly aggressive....it's not.

Photo of vkv822
2.44/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22oz bottle into tulip pint.
Best By: 12/11/11

Pours a clear orange with a frothy light tan head that dissipates to leave a thing craggy head and great spotty lacing.

The aroma is of citric and resiny hops, with a bready malt backing.

There are light floral and citric hops, followed quickly by a fairly large amount of bready malts. I was expecting quite a bit more hop presence in a fresh hop beer. . .

The mouthfeel has a nice full body, with active carbonation.

A decent beer, though I would never have thought it to be a fresh hop beer. There was very little hop presence in the taste, even for a regular pale ale.

Photo of DoctorB2B
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of harrymel
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Best by: 11DEC11

A: pours s golden amber ale with a little over a finger of tan-white foam head which slowly falls to a quilt of the same. Excellent clarity and cobweb lacing.

S: Smells like cascade hops: spicy, citric, resin. Some sweet and tea like malts.

T: Sweet. This beer is sweet. Not much hop presence in this one for me. Latter hints of bitterness and some floral tones. Overall, not happy with this one. A bit tannic.

M: A bit thin, and lower carb than I had anticipated. Dry finish.

O: This is a miss for me. Too sweet, too tannic and dry.

Photo of FightingEntropy
2.95/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper ale with a stark white head that leave a nice lace. Grass and grapefruit nose with a light malty base. Taste lack the hop, oddly--some bitterness--but muddled badly with a sourdough taste with watery mouthfeel. Sweet ending, but too off center to have more than one. I was surprised because I've often liked the Mirror Pond Pale Ale, but adding fresh hop just didn't pull together for me tonight.

Photo of jmarsh123
2.96/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a orange almost amber color with a less than finger head. Good sticky lacing down the glass.

Smell is slightly citrus/floral with a larger than usual malt biscuity sweetness.

Starts off with a little citrus kick. Rounds into a bit of malt sweetness ending with really kind of blah. Not much bitterness or flavor to this.

Mouthfeel is thin and carbonation levels are average.

I love Deschutes, but not the best fresh hop I've had. Very much lacking in flavor and body.

Photo of uawildcat
2.99/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2011 fresh hop mirror pond. 22 oz bomber.

Poured with a nice fluffy white head that stayed around awhile.

Smells kind of bread with citrusy hops underneath. Doesn't smell like a normal pale ale.

Taste is lackluster with some flaws. It is spicey and tastes kind of watery. Hop character is not impressive. It tastes kind of soapy and metallic with a slightly prickly mouthfeel to make it even worse.

Overall, I was not impressed.

Photo of seanthornton152
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of dumptruck81
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of leprakhan
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of enelson
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of doucmehu
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of hopburster
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of mothman
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a beige head. Color is a clear amber bronze.

Aroma: Some bready pale malts. Buttery. Some pine hops and a little bit of grapefruit. Not much here.

Taste: Grapefruit and pinesol. Sticky and hop resiny. A decent amount of malts.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and sticky.

Overall, not a bad fresh hop, but nothing spectacular. A little better than the regular version. Too malty. Fairly average.

Photo of azdback
3.16/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Clear, bright, yellow orange color. Not real full of carbonation bubbles. The ones that are there are large and lead to a small two finger, bright white, creamy head. Lace is sticking nicely.

Smell is bright as well. There are also some biscuit and I'm not getting much else. I'm not that impressed.

Taste is kind of like sour orange juice. I don't get many fresh hop characteristics but do get some earthy tastes.

Mouth is smooth with decent carbonation. Body is light and the finish is average and a bit dry.

Overall I must say I am disappointed in this one. The best by date is 12/11/11 so it's at the end of it's life. Maybe I'll try this again next year when it is a bit fresher.

Photo of TenHornsProud
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light orange to dark yellow color with a huge, thick white head that linger.

Smells of grapefruit and toasted malt with some other lighter fruit, almost grape, flavors coming through. Good aroma but not amazing.

Taste is up front grapefruit mixed with some slight pine and earthy character that fades into a slightly bitter middle and ends on a soft, smooth note. Not much lingers on the palate.

Light body and medium carbonation work well enough for the style.

Light, fruity (grapefruit, grapes, maybe pear) and only slightly bitter. Not much else to say.

Photo of brotherloco
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz Bomber. Best By: 12/11/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a mostly clear medium-dark gold with a frothy off-white head. Lots of cascading bubbles. Medium lacing in the glass.

Aroma of light piney, citrusy hops. Orange citrus sticks out the most, bready malt sits right behind that.

Flavor is a bit waxy and dull. Doesn't really live up to the aroma. A tang of campfire smoke, pretty odd. It's hard to believe that this is a fresh hop ale. Tastes like a regular pale ale.

Medium bodied and medium-high carbonation. Drinkable, but the waxy character bogs things down a bit.

Photo of loren01
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a big mason jar of this beer from NW Liquid Gold in Vancouver along with a mason jar of the Ninkasi Fresh Hop beer to compare the two.
A: Pours a nice orange color, not too much head on this one but it is poured from a growler thats been unopened in my fridge for a day so I'm sure its lots some carbonation
S: Piney, some citrus as well as bready malt
T: Much the same as the smell, light bready malt sweetness up front with a citrusy aftertaste
M: Light to medium bodied, drinks really easy
O: Pretty good fresh hop beer, I find it a lot like regular Mirror Pond, not much different at all really. I think I like the Ninkasi fresh hop better.

Photo of Kelp
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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 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 Gobzilla
3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured an orange brown in color with yellow highlights and a thin head leaving a little frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of sweetness from the malts upfront on the nose with slight hop, and citrus notes.

T: mostly sweetness from the malts hit the palate alongside slight piney hoppy character and citrus accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a mild hoppy, piney, citrusy, and vey slight bitter bite finish.

D: this beer was very drinkable and very light on the bitter punch for a pale ale; just decent.

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Fresh Hop Mirror Pond from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.