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Fresh Hop Mirror Pond - Deschutes Brewery

Fresh Hop Mirror PondFresh Hop Mirror Pond

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BA SCORE
88
very good

282 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 282
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%


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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jzmaxson27

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tony223366 for this GREAT extra in our trade!

Reviewed on 12/4/2011 from a bottle dated best by 12/11/11 and side by side with a bottle of regular Mirror Pond.

Appearance: Pours a nice translucent orange with a pale white frothy cap of about 1 finger. The head quickly dissipates, leaving only a thin ring behind, and little to no lacing.

Nose: I expected this to be like Mirror Pond, just more so, but it's not. I still get a faint whiff of phenolic alcohol, but those rich juicy notes of citrus are not as evident here. I do catch a little cracker, and maybe a tiny bit of citrus, but the nose is disappointingly neutral.

Taste: This is so different in taste from regular Mirror Pond that I had to double check the bottles to make sure I didn't grab the wrong beer out of the fridge. Smooth and citrusy, the flavors are perfectly balanced across the breadth of the tongue. Juicy citrus is overwhelming, but the fresh hops are also imparting notes of tobacco and pine which melds quite well with the orange and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: There is more creaminess here than in the traditional mirror pond. I would ordinarily attribute it a malty characteristic, but trying it along side the regular mirror pond means I have to draw the conclusion that the difference stems from the fresh hops.

Overall: I like this significantly better than the regular mirror pond. Juicy, malty, this is a really nice pale ale. Would be happy to drink this every harvest season!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 05:53:48 | More by jzmaxson27
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cosmicevan

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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?).

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 01:33:06 | More by cosmicevan
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Overlord

California

3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orange with a large off-white/light tan head.

Smell is pine-sol with pine resin, a splash of bitter grapefruit (not much citrus here), and surprisingly forward floral notes.

I'm not getting the hop profile of this beer at all. The pine and floral were overbearing the nose with no balancing notes. The taste is muted, with a surprisingly strong pine resin burn, a lot of bitterness with no real complexity behind it, and a light biscuity aftertaste.

Good bubbly mouthfeel, but not a particularly good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 22:11:35 | More by Overlord
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TenHornsProud

Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 00:19:02 | More by TenHornsProud
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dbossman

Nebraska

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light copper with a steady one-inch head; lacing is nice

S: Pine, weed, and grass from the hops with some subtle citrus as well as quite a lot of bready biscuity notes as well

T: More citrus hop flavors than aromas indicated with some pine and grassy bitterness as well; the bready malts follow just as promised by the nose

F: Fairly creamy medium body with enough sticky texture to make this work pretty well

O: Nice hoppy pale ale that could use a bit more bite but finishes pretty nicely

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 21:53:50 | More by dbossman
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ngeunit1

California

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an almost clear copper-amber color with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades away at a normal pace leaving behind some light lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of some piney and earthy hops, some sweet biscuit and caramel malts, and just a light touch of citrus.

T - Starts off with some light piney hops with a touch of earthiness and some bitterness. There is some sweet malt in the background. Through the middle, more rich biscuit malt comes through with some more pine hops and bitterness. The finish is a mix of pine hops, bitterness, sweet malts, and some earthy flavors that linger.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels very smooth with a nice crisp and refreshing finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice malt and hop balance and the fresh hop adds a very nice kick to the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 04:25:24 | More by ngeunit1
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azdback

Arizona

3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 03:54:23 | More by azdback
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jeffjeff1

California

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife picked this up for me the other day.

Appearance- copper color, thin head

Smell- piney hops, malt

Taste- piney hops, malt, smooth finish

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, smooth

Drinkability- Very good, I really enjoyed it. I would love to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 01:04:56 | More by jeffjeff1
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Beautiful orange body with a 1/2 inch off white head and really good retention that leaves behind some spotty lacing

Smell: Fresh piney and floral hops that are just lovely

Taste: Very similar to the nose. Very bright crisp and clean piney hops upfront and the back end carries a light floral hops presence backed up nicely by a smooth malt finish

Mouthfeel: Thin body and medium carbonation

Overall: A great example of the style I really enjoyed this beer and highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 20:11:02 | More by DarthKostrizer
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willjschmidt

California

3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Sierra Nevada hop tulip glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orangish color with a thin white head.

S: Slight citrus aroma from the hops.

T: A decent pale ale. Some slightly citrusy and floral hops spread out over a pale malt base. Well balanced. Very drinkable.

M: Medium body, average carbonation.

O: I think wet hops shine through in an IPA better, this one really didn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 05:25:56 | More by willjschmidt
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm assuming a fresh hop ale poured from a bomber.
Rather light aroma for style and brewery, but reasonable fresh quality, with a little hop oil and a small english style malt base.
Kinda' cloudy with a pinkish golden amber. Head is off-white and initially bigger but it settles out to a smallish level.
Flavor is kinda' light overall and balanced out for style and fresh hop. Bitterness is subdued and hop flavor is as well, with a vegetative quality and mild flavors from the lupulin. An odd little tartness. Carbonated a little full.
Overall, it's really kinda' a boring drink. Nothing really wrong, but it leaves me unenthusiastic

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 02:43:29 | More by garymuchow
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riored4v

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a pint glass. Lightly hazy, copper colored body. 1.5 finger, rocky, white head. Left good lacing in the glass.

Aroma was bit underwhelming. Some light grassy hop aroma. Subtle fruitiness with a mild malt sweetness.

Taste was definitely better than aroma. Still, not a real strong presence of "fresh hop" though. Some subtle grassy hop flavor with a mild grapefruit flavor. Light hints of other fruit with a mild caramel flavor. Some biscuit flavor present as well. Very light. citrusy, bitterness in the finish. Light malt sweetness. Still a good pale ale.

Mouthfeel was medium body with medium carb. Fairly dry finish.

Overall it was a good beer although really seemed to lack the fresh hop punch. Good blend of flavors and a very sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 02:12:54 | More by riored4v
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Gobzilla

California

3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 19:30:52 | More by Gobzilla
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greenmonstah

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle best by 12/11/11

A - Caramel-orange with a finger of light yellow-tan head.

S - I can smell it the moment I open the bottle. Cascade citrus and pine emanate. Sweet citrus with little bitternes

T - Strong flavor of hop juice! Like if you squeezed the citrus flavors out of a fistful of wet Cascade hops. The flavor is more alive than in the standard Mirror Pond. Pineapple and caramel sweetness, with only a mellow bitterness.

M - Medium in body, very watery throughout. Never dries out like I wish it would, but I've noticed that in some other fresh hop ales.

O - Overall a great take on a classic pale ale. Very similar (I tasted them side-by-side, but with that "hop juice" and mellowed bitterness that often comes with fresh hop ales. As easy to drink as ever, and very straight-forward, the differences come through largely in the body and reduced bittering. Hop Trip is a better beer in every way -- and I think I even prefer the standard Mirror Pond -- but this is still quite good.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 22:05:41 | More by greenmonstah
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scootpolute

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint, 6 FL OZ. bottle into tulip glass.

A - Deep tawny color, light haze with a quite a bit of bubbly lace.

S - Spicy herbal and lightly pungent hop aroma, fruity and oily.

T - Medium crispness, hoppy palate with a big handful of malt. Big punch of oily hop pungent flavor, mild fruitiness and a malt sweetness that sneaks in towards the finish.

M - Good carbination, A bit of warmth in the end from the alcohol.

O - A tasty and balanced Pale, great with 5-Guys Burger & Fries!!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 21:41:30 | More by scootpolute
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vande

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - beautiful, dark goldish-amber-copper color that starts with a layer of white fluffy head that quickly disappears

S - sweet hoppy resin, piney-citrus notes...fresh and reminding of warmer weather

T - YUMMY! a nice, well balanced hoppy beer that isn't overpowered by the hop smack across the face... sweet resiny hoppy goodness... kinda reminds me of two hearted..a bit..

M - nice, easy, smooth drinking...leaves a bit of a sweet after taste

O - a great beer! worth trading for, searching for, buying and trying!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 04:17:18 | More by vande
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whatthehull

California

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tulip

Tasted nov. 12th 2011 (from notes)

A - very nice semi-translucent copper/brown, barely any white as snow head and minimal lacing

S - Wow, the smell is incredible, resin, fresh citrus fruits, fresh flowers, crisp water, fresh malt, the grapefruit is beautiful and a slightly sweet smelling yeast

T - very fresh! Nice refreshing crisp water, very nice hops, citrus, grapefruit, nice malts, weed, pineapple, slightly toasty, flowers, earth and wood

M - medium minus body, well balanced, even complexity, low acidity and medium finish

D - best part about this beer is its simplicity. this is a beer for any craft lover. Just well put together, refreshing and just plain well done

Final thought - if you like hops, fresh tasting beers, deschutes and only paying $5 a pop, get this ale!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 06:29:22 | More by whatthehull
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HosP

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from Scottfrie. Thanks for the brew!

A- Pours amber in color with some haziness to it. White fluffy head with a small amount of lacing.

S- Lots of citrus hop aroma up front. Some bits of piney hops in the middle. Sweet caramel malts in the background.

T- Nice hop flavors in this drink. Pine comes through the most, followed by hints of citrus to it. Caramel malts hold up the hops and provide a nice backbone. Just some mild bitterness.

M- Almost medium body. Low carbonation. Very crisp, fresh feel.

O- Very solid beer. Gives good amounts of hops, but not overly bitter. A nice blend throughout. Very easy to drink anytime. Thanks for the beer Scott!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 02:45:42 | More by HosP
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle says best by 11 December 2011. I know this isn't as fresh as could be, but at least it's been refrigerated the whole time.

Pours a medium orange amber, quite clear, with a few bubbles rising up. One finger of off-white head fades fast, leaves some okay lacing. Pretty good, not amazing.

Smell: boom, juicy fresh hops. I like it. Really nice sweet citrus, some pine, but not punch-you-in-the-nose like an IPA. Malt base is there for support, as it should be.

Taste is quite good. Grapefruit and pine hops come through loud and clear, but nicely muted. Malts, again, are there, but just to lend the hops a hand. Light bitterness and a bit of astringency in the finish.

Medium-light body, smooth, and drying. Carbonation that wasn't visible comes through really well in the mouth. Tingly, but right where it should be - not too little, not too much.

I'm impressed. This is a very good beer, and I think it showcases the fresh hops better than many others. It's crisp and clean, with really nice moderate hop presence. Biggest complaint is that, once poured, it fades fast, especially the smell. The bottom of the glass was nowhere near as good as the top, even though I drank it fairly quickly.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 03:55:09 | More by zeledonia
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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
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ebrauser

Utah

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light amber hued and very clear. The big, bubbly, off-white head breaks down quickly but leaves good lacing along with islands of foam floating on top of the liquid.

Aroma: Grassy and lemony with bits of astringency and pear

Flavor: Much more vinous that the classic Mirror Pond. Bold strength up front blends into a lasting wood flavor in the finish. Touches of pineapple and pear poke through the cidery texture.

MF: Light bodied and delicious with lasting, lingering flavors and a very clean drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 02:23:12 | More by ebrauser
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TexIndy

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Best by date of 12/11/11 on front label. It was a very slightly hazed orange amber color with a few random carb bubbles. It had a two finger head that settled into a good collar and moderate covering foam cap. Good sheeting with good amount sticking.

The aroma was very weak. Piney, grassy hops on top of a caramel malt base. What was there was good but you really had to sniff to get it. The taste, thankfully, was more pronounced and matched the aroma. Caramel malt starts the show with a slow hop build with grassy leading the way over the pine and slight citrus. It's an APA so don't expect a large hop presence. Fits well into the style. Mouthfeel was light and a tad watery. Slightly watery aftertaste as well.

Overall, a good APA that has some good malt/hop balance in the flavor but the aroma was very weak. Tasted good but after I finished it I wanted something hoppier. Winter seasonal and avail here in TX. Rotation - good but I more into the IPA and 2xIPAs these days so probably a bottle a season is enough for me. [O;O]

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 01:43:57 | More by TexIndy
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StoneBrewFanatic

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours translucent amber into my perfect pint glass with about two fingers of head that maintains good retentions and has sticky lacing.

S - Hop aroma is far more faint then I imagined it would be, citrus hop. more orange then grapefruit, caramel malts stand up to the hops and there is a touch of spice.

T - Again, just wanted more from the fresh hops. They stand out, but not as expected. Hops are fresh and citrus-like, orange with kind of a sweet grapefruit finish, a little bit of piny bitterness lingers on the palate, sweet caramel malts balance this one out and I am still getting some spice, perhaps from the yeast.

M - Super smooth and creamy, hop oils coat the palate, very well balanced.

O - This one is growing on me the more I drink it, it's very balanced and the hops are fresh and oily and great. Worth trying for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 21:33:03 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
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UTCengOwl

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bomber of this out at Central Market while looking for some of the new Sam Adams releases. I didn't find exactly what I wanted, but this is a perfectly fine substitute. Served in a Jester King stemmed glass.

The beer pours a very nice light amber. It somewhat reminds me of the amber chunks from Jurassic Park. There's also a nice, creamy head on top. Not a perfect head, but the body is strangely enticing. Maybe it's my new JK glassware? I'll for now give credit to the beer.

I'm not usually a huge fan of Cascade hops, but this beer seems to blend them in really well. The nose is less fragrant than I would have expected. I could smell the hops it in the cap quite well and I could smell the pour from a few feet away, but the surface of the beer just wasn't that strong. Maybe I need to have this in a tulip. Still, what comes forth is a sweet hop profile. The sweetness seems directly tied with the slightly bitter hops and then finish with a crisp bite. The flavor of the beer is right along the same lines. Mmmmm... hops and sweetness. Not too bitter, not over the top with Cascade. A wonderful blend of sweet, fresh hops with a light-medium body that serves the hoppiness well. Verrry drinkable. Maybe slightly undercarbonated, but that's really the only complaint. This is a very refreshing option and I'm glad I picked it up.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 04:12:47 | More by UTCengOwl
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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
Fresh Hop Mirror Pond from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.