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Fresh Hop Mirror Pond - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

287 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 287
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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Best by 12/11/11.

Pours a clear honey orange with a 2 inch puffy orange-white head that settles to a small island of foam. A latticework of lace forms on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of all about the hops: spicy, earthy, herbal, floral, and some citrus. Taste is very much the same with a nice malt backbone to even things out. There is really no bitterness with this beer after each sip but there is an herbal quality that lingers on the palate. This beer has a low level of carbonation with a smooth and almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good fresh hop pale ale that has a nice hop aroma and flavor but the mouthfeel is lacking in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 03:34:13 | More by UCLABrewN84
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +2%

12-02-2011 22:08:43 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

11-15-2011 03:18:51 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +2%

11-13-2013 03:08:38 | More by jaydoc
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GRG1313

California

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 19:56:01 | More by GRG1313
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emerge077

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 02:25:38 | More by emerge077
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev +2%

11-14-2011 19:50:23 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev +2%

08-15-2013 22:06:58 | More by largadeer
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +13%
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
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2%

11-17-2011 00:49:01 | More by Jason
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another fresh hop! NICE! this one pours a light amber with perfect clarity, like a high grade maple syrup in appearance. big rising cream colored head that only dissipates a tiny bit as it sits. not much smell to speak of surprisingly, no big fresh hop nose, just an understated pale ale scent is all. tastes a little tart, with the hop feature in the back. there is a strong malt presence as well, providing a sturdy structure for the hops to lean on. nice long finish where the fresh hop vibes come through. the body is squarly medium, with less carbonation than that regular mirror pond, low abv lends to its drinkability. a splendid fall session!

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 00:46:12 | More by StonedTrippin
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Halcyondays

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours amber with a creamy frothy white head as a lot of wet hop beers tend to have. Good retention, limited lace.

S: Classic Cascade. Pine trees, resiny, wood notes. Foresty.

T: Sweet caramel malt balanced well with grassiness and pine from the hops. Interesting cotton candy play in the finish. It's a pale ale, the hops are not going over the top. Everything is in balance. Bit too much carbonic acid in the end though.

M: Medium-bodied, very light carbonation and frothy. A cask like feel which can be fun and it works in beers like this.

O: Not the striking beauty that Hop Trip is, but I like the wet hop flavour and it makes for a better beer than the regular Mirror Pond which is a Western classic, but can be bland at times.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 03:00:48 | More by Halcyondays
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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
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GClarkage

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

07-06-2014 23:53:08 | More by GClarkage
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Los Altos, CA. Hopefully, the "fresh" still translates.

Pours a extremely clear copper amber colour, with a full and thick head of very, very pale yellow—ok, it's almost white, but with a slight tinge to it. Lacing is thick and sheeting, forming in solid, unbroken planes down the inside of the glass. Light and bright otherwise. Looks good.

Nose is smooth and rather sweet, both with a subtle caramel malt character, and the tropical hop aroma, which gives it notes of banana and guava. It's far sweeter and smoother than I expected, with certainly no crisp, sharp hop characters. Not bad though.

Taste is similarly subdued, but well integrated. Smooth round malt characters give a crisp, if somewhat insubstantial base. This is layered with the ever-present, but never-robust hop notes, that suggest freshness while contributing little to the flavour. Feel is very smooth, with a light sparkle of carbonation—again, this somewhat matches the hop characters.

It's a good beer that ends up being just a little too tame. It's very smooth and drinkable, and has some genuinely pleasant characters to it. But by the end, I feel like "yep... what's next?"

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 01:13:11 | More by lacqueredmouse
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a light golden orange with good carbonation and a small white cap

S: Fresh citrus; grapefruit, orange zest and tropical fruits

T: Either a Pale or Crystal malt. Multi layer Citrus, random hints at pine, some caramel

M: Lighter to Medium bodied.

O: Good

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 03:08:41 | More by barleywinefiend
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%

08-06-2013 15:00:49 | More by InspectorBob
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3/5  rDev -23.5%
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
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +2%

01-17-2012 04:31:28 | More by rab53
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper pour topped with a combo of loose and tight bubbles for the head. Looks quite nice.

Hoppy aroma up front with a burst of citrus and orange. Then some light pine. Faint caramel malt comes in. It becomes sweet after that. Cascades maintain vigil and offer a bit of green to the mix.

Flavor isn't as pronounced as the aroma hints. Sweetness is subtle. Caramel is soft. The flavor of the hops are soft. Cascade is nice and bright, but soft, which fits the APA style. Citrus blends in to a green pine and back to a mild orange. Malt is consistent and never wavers.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 02:56:28 | More by Mebuzzard
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.53/5  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!

Serving type: on-tap

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

Nevada

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 21:33:47 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

04-15-2013 06:05:40 | More by Kelp
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.33/5  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

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 03:13:05 | More by JohnGalt1
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afsdan

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

04-16-2014 19:12:57 | More by afsdan
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Fresh Hop Mirror Pond from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.