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Fresh Hop Mirror Pond - Deschutes Brewery

Fresh Hop Mirror PondFresh Hop Mirror Pond

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281 Ratings

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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%

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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Photo of marikoangel


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured into a pint at Amsterdam in SF, this beer pours a clear amber orange with a fine stream of carbonation running up the glass and small white head and some sporadic lacing.

A: the nose is quite light. It smells like wet fresh hops, some sweet bready malts, a nice floral smell. I just love the smell of fresh hops! They are just amazing!

T: The flavors are nice and easygoing, light hops, a little bitter, citrus rind. The hops make a brief appearance in the middle, then fade out into some caramel malts. There is a nice breadiness the lingers into the finish.

M&O: The mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little smooth and oily with a lower carbonation. Overall it is a very refreshing and easygoing beer. Very drinkable, making it a great session beer for any weather.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2012 23:25:37 | More by marikoangel
Photo of Phelps


4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at Papago inside a shaker pint. According to the brewers, the Cascade hops so ubiquitous in American IPAs are much milder than the original strain developed at Oregon State University. This beer’s been fresh-hopped with a strain said to be more like the original.

The color of honey, almost perfectly clear. Half a finger of wispy, off-white head pops away to become a thin top layer. Tiny strands of lace.

Right away, I can tell this is more tropical than the average Mirror Pond. Grass, pineapple, a hint of orange and burnt sugar all mingle together in a sweet and smooth embrace.

The flavor delivers heavy peach notes I also don't get in the regular brew, along with tangerine peel and a gentle touch of dank character. Something almost musty comes out eventually, which quickly gives way to mildly toasted biscuits and honey. It’s all in perfect balance, with surprising hop complexity.

Medium, pinching carbonation breaks the brew into just a bit of fizz. Body is a touch under medium. Clean finish with lingering fruity peach notes. Snappy.

Although I like the regular Mirror Pond, I REALLY like this. The fresh hops add a fragile peach sweetness that really works, and turns this into one of the easiest-drinking pales out there.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2011 19:25:29 | More by Phelps
Photo of Gatch


4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ.

A - Typical PA appearance...golden-orange in color with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly.

S - Hops! Of the citrus variety.

T - Hops! Citrus, cedar, pine, chewy malt. Pleasantly bitter & oh so fresh!

M - Clean, crisp, fresh. Slight carbonation. I wish I could drink this every day that it is available. Fresh-tasting, slightly bitter hop oils cling to your mouth and linger...

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2011 07:55:52 | More by Gatch
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2011 23:49:00 | More by mothman
Photo of cbutova


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

On-tap at SF Toronado on 10/24. Reviewed from notes.

A- Dark amber with a small white head in a pint glass. Fuzzy ring and a big cloud on top of the beer. Lace hits the glass in a fine, spotty pattern.

S- Hop forward with a floral, citrus feel. Good fruit presence, apple and red fruits. Not all that strong. Some nutty and caramel malts.

T- Fruity and hoppy. Good apple, light fruit and citrus notes. Floral and pine hops also with bread and toast to back it up. Slight caramel hints.

MF- Creamy moderately thick body with a solid carbonation level. Slightly bitter on the palate.

Good hoppy pale ale with a good pine and fruit forward feel.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2011 05:10:05 | More by cbutova
Photo of FightingEntropy


2.9/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2011 03:17:17 | More by FightingEntropy
Photo of jbakajust1


4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured @ Bier Stein into nonic pint

A - Pours a clear deep copper with tons of carbonation, nice tight 1 finger biege head that fades slow to a thick persistent cap that leaves tons of lace in the glass

S - Very fruity at first snort, peaches and mangoes, some fresh cut grass, light sweet toffee and biscuits. Hops fade quick in the nose.

T - Toasted biscuits jump out first sip with a distinct nuttiness. Followed with pine and resins, more peaches, oranges, light grassiness.

A - Bitterness is firm and lingers, smooth med body, dry finish, active but soft carbonation.

O - Very nice. I love Mirror Pond, and though it doesn't have the classic grapefruit punch, it was still good. Hops fade a little to quick in the nose. Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2011 21:19:02 | More by jbakajust1
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2011 19:27:14 | More by distantmantra
Photo of Docer


4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2010 01:22:57 | More by Docer
Photo of smakawhat


4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2010 22:18:37 | More by smakawhat
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Well it's orange-tan, pretty cloudy, with a so-so head and lace. Looks aren't this one's strong point, but it does get better.

Aroma and taste were quite nice. A bit on the pungent side, fruity and a little piney, with a solid maltiness and a tinge of floral and fruity notes.

Tastes like a bigger beer than it is, almost like one of those kinda malt-bomb IPAs, but still drinking like a pale ale, and not heavy on the alcohol as far as how you feel after drinking it. This one is a bit strange in that it actually seems like it has more alcohol than it does. Not a detractor, just interesting.

Overall it's a tasty one. I expect nothing less from Deschutes.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 16:21:24 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of Efay


4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes took Chicago by storm this past month, and I was lucky to go to numerous tasting sessions that had all their brews out. I feel that I was trying too many brews at once to give it a full review, so now I got a sixer and see how this pale ale is on my palate.

A- Bright, transparent, sort of a blood orange type of hue. Lots of head retention that is nice and frothy. Lots of lacing is left behind.

S- Such a wonderful tangerine smell, with copious amount of honey that make this smell so sweet. Lastly you smell a light malt smell that goes great with the honey. You can barely smell any hops here, as some pine barely makes it through.

T- Initial light bitter, piney hops, that turns right into a sweet malt flavor that dominates my palate. I love malty beers so I may be biased. Tastes of honey biscuit, tangerine, and light grapefruit just come together to make a very solid beer.

S- Light body and light carbonation makes this beer go down fast.

O- I know hops are the craze nowadays, but this is my go to APA. This beer goes back to the basics with light amounts of hops and a nice sweet taste that goes down great.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 03:46:30 | More by Efay
Photo of dfillius


4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Bottle says best by 12/11/11, I drank on 1/5/11.
A: Moderate to gentle pour yields 1/2 finger of off-white head with good retention. Hazy orange-gold liquid is pretty. I would like tighter and more copious head.
S: Caramel, lemon-lime, maris otter malt? Slight apple from yeast esters.
T: Not too old, no off flavors here. Bright and toasty. Flavors of good whole wheat bread, some herbal hop. Nice subdued and perfectly balanced bitterness is in the ESB territory. Not true to style maybe, but I enjoy it.
M: Lightly bitter. Very well balanced. Full yet not heavy.
D: Highly drinkable. ideal for an every day beer. Full flavored, easy drinking. Interesting and not overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 00:38:41 | More by dfillius
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can get a lot of fresh hop tones on this. I get some oil and a lot of leafy green character as well. Tastes like it is right off the vine. It's a nice fresh hopped ale, though it seems to fall off a bit quicker than I would hope for. A pretty good fresh-hopped ale, though I think my having other more distinct versions of the "style" have spoiled me.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 19:30:49 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

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

Appearance: pours an orange yellowish color with a one finger head that lasts.

Smell: earthy hops are most dominate here.

Taste: caramel, golden apples, earthy hop bitterness, and a mild fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout.

Overall: this was a mild flavored beer but had a nice hop presence.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 02:24:36 | More by Gavage
Photo of Spikester


3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 07:40:26 | More by Spikester
Photo of DocJitsu


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

I had this beer at the SLO Xtreme Beerfest. It pours a clear golden with an off-white foamy head. Good head retention. It has a faint citrus bouquet. This is how I think an APA is supposed to be. It is smooth, lightly crisp, citrusy, mild, and balanced grain/hop combination.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 16:40:17 | More by DocJitsu
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +12%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 02:07:36 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes...

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange colour with a copper hue, two fingers of soapy head with solid retention and sticky lacing. A visually appealing pale ale.

S - Sweet citrus hops, soapy, resiny, oily hops and a touch of toffee on the finish.

T - The citrus hops dominate, hint of pepper, soapy lemon and lime, and the toffee notes linger on the finish. Flavourful pale ale with a solid dose of hops.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness on the finish.

O - A tasty pale ale, loads of hops for the style, and a pleasant surprise. A fresh pint of this would be tough to beat. Highly recommended, especially if its in its prime.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 02:15:16 | More by andrenaline
Photo of Drinkerofales


3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear light amber orange with a huge fluffy off white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell is citurs hops with a hint of malt.

Taste is mellow with the hops and malt. Not overpowering, also a hint of vegetal ending for me.

Texture is good, very easy to drink and very light.

Overall, I wish it had more on the flavor, or at least as much as it's delicious smell. Nice, wouldn't turn one down, but won't buy one again.


Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 03:13:07 | More by Drinkerofales
Photo of hopfacebrew


4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes on 11/20/2011. 22oz bomber with best by date: 12/11/11.

Poured to a pint glass the beer appears an orange amber color with a nice 1 finger khaki colored hear. Good retention and some lacing. The aroma, while not overpowering, is a nice mix of citrus and piney hops. Hints of toasted barely, though mostly fresh hop character. Nice. Similarly the flavor starts off with a nice blend of the citrus and pine hops together with a medium bitterness. The hops really dominate, which is good. Tastes like what I would expect a fresh Mirror Pond would taste like at the brewery: lots of hop character. There is a residual sweetness with a lingering citrus flavor. Medium bodied and adequately carbonated. Overall, I really enjoy this beer. I would happily purchase a bottle next season.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 14:19:41 | More by hopfacebrew
Photo of BucannonXC5


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass. Color was honey amber. Maybe 1 ½ inches of head. Bubbly cloudy tan lacing on the top. Bubbly and uneven film on the sides.

If I didn’t think this was a pale ale, that changed with the first smell. But also smelled some citrus notes, mainly apricot and lemon. Also honey and caramel in there.

Taste was similar to the nose, but not as much hops as the sniff. Bitter on the tongue after.

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long smooth finish.

A pretty good pale ale overall. The hops make it that much better. Smooth and balanced throughout.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 08:39:27 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of Reidrover


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz from Roths Vista Market in S.Salem. $4.99
Hazy dark golden coloured ale, larget frothy,bubbly off white head.
Fine grapefruit type hoppy aromas..malty biscuit in the back.
Graprefruit..bitterness,malty backbone in the taste semi dry finish.
Ok mouthfeel..not boring in the least.
Overall a good beer but i fear i got it too late.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 04:01:43 | More by Reidrover
Photo of Cinderbike


3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden yellow, completely clear, with a nice thick white head and great lacing.

S - Citrus, pine, lightly toasted bread, faint caramel sweetness, apricots, and more pine. Earthy, grassy notes are present from the wet hopping.

T - Citrus, apricot, freshly mowed grass, white bread. Lingering sweetness helps balance the hops.

M - Has some body, quite balanced. Medium-high carbonation.

O - An interesting take on Mirror Pond. I enjoyed this thoroughly.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 03:18:19 | More by Cinderbike
Photo of beagle75


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

Poured from a bomber into a goblet.

A: Clear, light amber color with less than one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass and fine bubbles rise at the center of the column.

S: Mixed slightly cooked fruit, hops that are earthy and floral, and a fine thread of toffee are all evident in the nose.

T: Begins dry, with weak bready malt and earthy tea-like hop aromatics. Carbonic acidity is moderate into the middle where berry-like yeast esters settle comfortably on the palate. The finish possesses more earthy hop flavors with restrained bitterness and a thread of lingering husky crystal.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly acidic and refreshing, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Nuanced and pleasant like its namesake, this wet-hopped ale is a pleasure to drink despite its rather pedestrian attributes. Malt's limited footprint suggests overattenuation while hop qualities faithfully adhere to a more English character, despite the prominent role played by cones of the Cascade cultivar. It reminds of a recent batch of Galena-hopped, homebrewed pale ale that was almost universally admired.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 20:05:03 | More by beagle75
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Fresh Hop Mirror Pond from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.