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Fresh Hop Mirror Pond - Deschutes Brewery

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Reviews: 139
Hads: 302
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 18.44%
Wants: 31
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: ccrida on 10-24-2008

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
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!

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Photo of emerge077
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of mothman
3/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
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!

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Bottle shared with Carlos.

A: Luminous dark orange with an inch of white foam. Lacing is scattered.

S: Orange blends with peach and tangerine. Nice citrus profile. Malt rounds things out with its bready redolence. Floral notes are pronounced and there's some pine, lots of pine.

T: This is very malty, with notes of bread and biscuit. Orange flesh suffuses my palate. There's a light bitterness. Malt dominates here, giving the impression of an English style Pale Ale.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Good stuff. It's Mirror Pond but slightly more aromatic. Carlos says it tastes like homebrew.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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?"

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
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

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
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.


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Photo of Gobzilla
3.31/5  rDev -14%
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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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22oz bottle today, poured into my Deschutes Pint glass.

A - Pours a golden, clear orange with a large tan head. The head is composed of fine bubbles. Super long lasting retention and lots of lacing left on the glass.

S - Pine, citrus, floral tones, more subtle than I was expecting.

T - Pine, grass, citrus, floral, backed with some sweet malts.

D - Average to high carbonation, a touch heavy.

O - Super smooth and drinkable. Not as hop heavy as I was expecting.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light orange color with a nice inch of fluffy white head that leaves nice soapy lacing as it recedes.

Aromas begin with straight Cascade hops, citrus, grapefruit and a little pine all mixed in there. As it warms you get a little of the light sweet bready and pale maltiness.

The tastes begin with the sweet bready malts once again, but soon you are greeted with the citrus and grapefruit hops. The hop flavors linger ever so slightly on the palate after you sip. A nice balance of pale malts and hops here. So much flavor for such a session able beer; this takes great talent and Deschutes definitely knows how to make a great, full flavored pale ale.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is nice and dry and quite crisp with a nice hop bitterness that lingers into the finish.

Overall this isn't a mind blowing dry hopped pale ale, but it's really freakin' good. Deschtutes took one of the best pale ales on the planet and kicked it up a notch to offer annice twist for the fall season. For the low price and superb quality, I have to recommend this. I would buy a case if I lived in Oregon, but this one bottle will have to do for this year.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, ballard mkt

appearance: cool label - served in tyranena nonic pint, bright orange-copper body, filmy white head with light retention

smell: fresh citrus, cut grass, light bready notes

taste: The wet/fresh hop idea is cool and all but the results always seem to be somewhat disappointing - The deschutes version comes off a bit sweet and doughy. The hopping really gets lost here - no defining citrus flavor.

mouthfeel: oily medium body

overall: just ok

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Photo of ccrida
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Regular Mirror Pond made with fresh Cascade hops.
On tap at the PDX pub served in an imperial pint glass, Fresh Hop Mirror Pond is copper with an off-white head that leaves light, scattered lace.

Smell is incredible, bright and pungent, resiny, sweet citrusy cascades, yummy!

Taste is a bit of a letdown after the incredible smell, still hoppy, but not as pungent, much rounder, with a hefty dose of toasted malt. Still, a HUGE improvement over regular Mirror Pond for sure!

Mouthfeel is smooth, thinned by the cask, medium bodied.

Drinkability is good, much better then regular Mirror Pond, but if the taste kept up with the smell, it would have been great. Of the three Deschutes fresh hop ales I've had this year, I'd rank this second, behind Goshie's and ahead of Harvest Moon.

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Photo of drpimento
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Masterful brewing; just not a huge fan anymore of Cascade. Proly not many others who could make this taste as good. Poured with a lovely. foamy, frothy, fluffy, large, off white head that lasts all the way down and lots of lace. Color is a pleasing clear honey amber. Aroma is malt, cascade, cereal, fresh all grain bread dough. Flavor's about the same with the sweet grains, bold hops and a little carbonic tang framing the picture. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor and as much as I'm no longer a fan of Cascade, it leaves pleasant memories. I'll have another gotdamit.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle $5.49. Bright orange color, good head and lace. Smells like fresh hops, juicy, resinous, reminds me of Hop Trip. The taste is much like mirror pond, citrus, malts, but the fresh hop influence is undeniable. Well done Deschutes, looking forward to a sixer of Hop Trip.

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Photo of cbutova
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thank you to two cool traders who hit this want within a week of each other for me! brad (cfh64) and ricoch3t, you are both awesome! best by 12/11/11 (phew, made it by a week).

a - opened the bottle and filled my E snifter. brew poured a crisp yellow that settled in the glass as an ipa orange red with a finger plus that dissolved slowly with thick chunky lacing that hung on the side of the glass. pale ale my ass...

s - deliscious. fresh hops (duh). good sweaty citric blast more sweet than bitter. not as piny as an ipa, but definitely hop forward for a pale ale. good malt presence (i find this to be a staple on deschutes beers - kind of like a vanilla/caramel thing). pale ale in the vein of daisy cutter.

t - solid pale ale. not as hop forward as the nose suggests. the trademark vanilla/caramel deschutes malt flavoring is there...and pretty much 50/50 with the fresh hop. kind of has an american barleywine taste to it.

m - medium bodied. noticeable carbonation. cooling.

o - deschutes beers have a real flavor to them...this one is no exception...it tastes like deschutes (maybe it is the water?).

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Photo of gtermi
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice a nice see through golden yellow with a very thin head.

The smell is faint, but has some malt and some hops.

The taste is decent, but nothing to ride home about. I am picking up malt, slight hops and a little bit of weird bubble gum taste.

The mouthfeel is pretty carbonated with a bit of crispness, not the smoothest beer, but it very enjoy able.

Overall I was pretty let down by this beer. I was expecting more of a hoppy mirror bond, but it seemed a little blander.

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Fresh Hop Mirror Pond from Deschutes Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.