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Fresh Hop Mirror Pond - Deschutes Brewery

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292 Ratings

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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 26
Gots: 17 | 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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Photo of BeardedRiker
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's about damn time I drink a Deschutes beer. I can't wait to drink my Black Butte XXI that's over a year old. I've not reviewed a beer in awhile so going back to what I like most, pale ales, is what I should do.

This is one of those beers that looks very "clean" to me. There are barely any bubbles rising to the top of the golden-amber beer. The head doesn't grow too thick but it looks good, about a finger and a half in height and creamy. Some good retention.

Oh boy does this smell good. Fruity, grainy, and deliciously hoppy. There's a lovely barley, grainy aroma that is as strong as the floral hoppiness. Mango citrus is in there as well as a bit of pine. Actually, the more I smell this the more fruity it is. This smells great.

This is a well-balanced pale ale. All of the flavors are there. It's hoppy, but not too much, has a significant malted barley flavor, mango citrus, and pine notes. I will say that while the taste is well-balanced, it doesn't have as robust of a taste I prefer, with the hops being more pronounced. So, while I don't prefer the overall taste, in it not being "enough", it is well-balanced and all the good flavors are there.

This is one of those beers that you can down a million of them. It's lighter on the body and extremely drinkable. It has a very clean feel. It's a tad syrupy from the sweetness.

This is a well-balanced and very drinkable pale ale but for my preference the flavors aren't strong enough for me. Good, insanely drinkable, but not great.

BeardedRiker, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass, best before date of 12/11/11. This pours a orange / golden color with a nice foamy long lasting off white head. The smells are of pine hops and caramel. The feel is medium and sticky. The taste is far less hoppy than I expected, the main taste is some sweet malts with a little oily hoppiness on the way down.

DavidST, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of snaotheus
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a large mug

Pour with a medium coarse beige head, lots of lacing, little visible active carbonation. Smell is powerful, nice and fresh, lots of hops. Very floral, a little honeysuckle.

Taste is sweet, not dominated by the hops (have to remember, this is an APA, not a DIPA). Some oily bitterness seeps in on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nice, dry and light. Overall, this beer is not awesome, but it's pretty good.

snaotheus, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of Humulus85
4.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Humulus85, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of BarrytheBear
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber summarily pounded after a long mellow walk through Peninsula State Park. Bottle dated best by 12/11/11/

Pours a hazed medium orange with a rollicking, nearly inch thick egg white head. Looks like the pissed off shores of some rocky beach. Once it drops, there still remains a consistent cover and each sip yields a massive webbing that trotches the glass.

Smell is original Hubba Bubba. I happen to like that smell, but wtf? Hello, hops?

Tastes of pink bubblegum, light malty sweetness, and just the lightest whisper of soft fruits. It's so damn gummy.

Carbonation prickles and the body is ample.

It has crushability, but where are all those fresh hops? Again, is there such a loss with the fresh hopped beers?

BarrytheBear, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of tjkinate
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another good brew from one of my favorite breweries.

A: A single fingered frothy head formed atop this copper orange brew from a hard pour into a standard pint glass. The head also displayed decent retention a some lacing in its wake.

S: Fairly abundant amount of sweet caramelized malts that do allow some pine and citrus scented notes to poke through.

T: Like the smell, very subtle hop profile, could pound this one with no problem. Unfortunately, that is the problem. Too subtle IMO, but the flavors present are tasty.

M: Medium/light brew, wet in nature, smooth as silk.

O: I liked it, just didn't love it. Would pass on buying again for myself, perhaps for a party full of people new to craft brews.

tjkinate, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of cbutova
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

cbutova, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of arizcards
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at Total Wine last weekend for $5.49. Best by 12/11/11.

Beer poured a copper color with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is an ample amount of fresh northwest hops.

Taste is well balanced, a nice bready malt backbone balanced by fresh grapefruit hops.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied but not overly smooth, moderately carbonated, somewhat refreshing.

Overall this is a solid APA. It was nice to catch a wiff of those fresh hops upon cracking the bottle. Nice spin on a solid session beer old favorite!

arizcards, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of bfields4
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large tight white head. Good residual lace. Filtered gold to amber hued body. Good looking beer.

aroma is very resiny, grassy and maybe a bit of citrus. Nice bready caramel malt as well.

Taste is suprisingly tame compared to the aroma. Biscuity malt. Light hop bitterness that mostly just is present on the tongue and not so much a flavor. A light citrus touch does start to come through afer a while.

Nice pale ale was a little underwhelmed. Was hoping for something more along the hop trip line. Easy drinker though.

bfields4, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of vkv822
2.4/5  rDev -38.8%
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.

vkv822, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of gtermi
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

gtermi, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of morimech
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

morimech, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of zhanson88
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very clear, bright copper color with 1.5" of white head. Carbonation is high. Retention is very good, and lacing is quite nice. Excelling looking brew.

Smell: Caramel malts detected, citrus, orange rind. Hops come across as mostly floral and lesser pine.

Taste: Caramel malt backbone up front, citrus, orange and grapefruit rind following. Hops are floral, mostly.

Mouthfeel: Body is between light and medium with a high amount of fine carbonation. Extremely smooth. Overall, this is a decent fresh hop pale ale. Would like the hops to be more assertive. This year's Hop Trip is phenomenal; this beer is not on that level. Still though, pretty tasty.

zhanson88, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of chugalug06
2.35/5  rDev -40.1%
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.

chugalug06, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of jmarsh123
2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

jmarsh123, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of mudbug
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the dated best by bottle 12/11/11 into a standard pint glass results in a very appealing bright copper body with good clarity topped by a nice head that is somewhat short lived some lacing is there, but not much.
Aroma is pure Cascade hop flowers, wet grass and a tint of citrus, not overpowering, but straight forward.
Taste here is all about the balance, this is a American Pale Ale with crazy good hops, maltyness (sweetness) is so well balanced by the bitterness that I'm sure I'll need several doses of this to understand it's goodness. Overall a very well done beer that I'm not sure IPA lovers will get, smooth, balanced, tasty beyond the norm. Just right.

mudbug, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of OlieIPA
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A beautiful copper hued body that supports a frothy white head.

S: Decent hop aroma punch that displays a few varieties of pine-like aromas.

T: The malt body is similar to what you would find a solid amber ale (biscuity and sweet at times, but overall...mellow) with a slight hop bitter punch.

M: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. The finish is slightly dry, but nothing that is noticeable unless finely investigated.

O: Wasn't entirely impressed, but a well put together and balanced APA. Would definitely have again!

OlieIPA, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

claspada, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of Mebuzzard
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.

Mebuzzard, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of 2xHops
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was good except for lack of head. It dissipated fairly quickly. I could smell the fresh hops coming alive in the snifter glass I had poured the beer in.

The taste was somewhat different than I thought it would be. It was more sweeter while staying fairly hoppy to me. Am my tongue playing tricks on me? The hops definitely do taste "fresh."

The mouthfeel feels "wet" and doesn't feel dry at all. The beer seems a bit "watery," but maybe that's the effect of using fresh hops? I don't know.

I thought it was very drinkable, and it was very easygoing on my palate! 5% ABV almost make it to be a session beer for me.

2xHops, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of ChopperSmith
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. brown bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber in color with a one-finger off-white foamy head that receded quickly but left some nice sticky lacing.

Smell: That unique grassy and hemp-like fresh hop aroma, a little pine and citrus in the blend. A nice caramel malt sweetness faintly beneath the hops.

Taste: That clean and crisp fresh hop flavor, with that unique hemp-like nature of wet hops. The initial blast of the wet hops flavor gives way to a good balance of slightly sweet roasted malts. This is just like the normal Mirror Pond Pale Ale we all know and love, but with the twist of funky fresh wet hops added to the flavor. So it's a winner for me.

Mouth Feel: Light to medium body with good crisp carbonation. Clean and refreshing on the palette.

Overall: I like fresh-hopped beers, and I like Mirror Pond Pale Ale as a good session beer..so what's not to love here? A good session beer gets just a little bit better by the use of fresh wet hops. Good stuff!

ChopperSmith, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of WYVYRN527
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into my trusty Deschutes stem.

A: Dark amber hue with a finger's worth of eggshell colored head that settles slowly to a thin film on the surface. Lacing is sticky, coating the glass walls and drying there. Carbonation is very subtle.

S: Some caramel and toasty aromas linger in the front, but are dominated by oily, citrus hop aromas. Some pine and grapefruit, along with a floral undertone.

T: Clean to say the least. Very floral up front with hints of cedar, grapefruit, and earthiness. Malt makes is presence known with some sweet caramel nuances, but are still overpowered by the oily, resinous hop flavors. Finish is very crisp, slightly bitter, and extremely clean.

Notes: This beer is moderate to medium in body, and has a very soft mouthfeel. I would have preferred a little more to it, but nonetheless, this is a damn tasty beer. I still prefer the Hop Trip, but this is a unique take on their flagship beer. Well done!

WYVYRN527, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of beeragent
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle.

A - Pours a medium gold, forming a creamy 1 inch head. Thick lacing on the glass.

S - Strong aroma of floral hops.

T - The hops, floral with a hint of spicyness, coat the palate before falling a bit flat in the finish. Not as citrusy as expected from a pale and lacking the sharpness in the finish.

M - Very light, watery, mouthfeel and not as heavy as expected. Very smooth and clean, more like a lager mouthfeel.

O - Overall, a different taste to the typical pale ale flavor profile. Very floral instead of citrusy. Mouthfeel could be a bit heavier, but still enjoyable.

beeragent, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy copper with a half inch head of white. A partial skim coat and a few fingers of lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics feature green, dankish hops and light malt. Hints of cracked garlic and cannibus. Resinous and a bit catty, not screamingly pungent though.

Medium bodied with a crisp, slightly chaulky mouthfeel.

Grapefruit, pine, and kind-bud lead off the palate with malt to balance and a fair amount of bitterness.

Finishes fairly quick with a hint of bitterness, dank hops, and plump malt.

Tasty pale ale. The hopping rate is just enough to showcase the wet hops, but they will probably fade very quickly as the beer ages.

brewandbbq, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of BrewerB
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my local Whole Foods since I enjoy trying just about anything Deschutes makes available in my area.

Pours mildly foggy orange-copper with a two-finger, off-white foam that is somewhat rocky. The head collapsed down slowly but is persisting atop the beer.

A classic American Pale Ale nose with prominent grapefruit and a mild grassy background note. Malty sweetness also present and accounted for.

Slight toasted malty sweetness forms support for the grapefruit juicy hop kicks. Medium, semi-dry finish leaves a light lingering bitterness. Malt backbone and hop flavors playing together well.

Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated.

Rarely, if ever, does Deschutes put out a beer that's anything less that good to great and this is no exception. A testament to balanced, harmonious flavors with both the sweeter malt backbone and the grapefruity/herbal hops spending equal time in the spotlight. Highly drinkable and a fine example of the style.

BrewerB, Oct 18, 2011
Fresh Hop Mirror Pond from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.