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Fresh Hop Mirror Pond - Deschutes Brewery

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299 Ratings

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Ratings: 299
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 29
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ccrida on 10-24-2008)
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Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of 2xHops
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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!

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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!

Photo of beeragent
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of BrewerB
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of inlimbo77
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottle. Best by date: 12/11/11. Poured into an Alchemist pint, thanks to caguiar!

A: Nice clear orange amber color. Lots of carbonation. 1/4 white head. Dissapates quickly. Not a lot of lacing.

S: I get some pine and some fruity notes. Definitely a nice malt bill. Smells like a fresh pale ale.

T: It's very refreshing beer. Low ABV and solid. Mild hop presence on the tip of the tongue. You get some fruits in the mid mouth. Apples? Strange. Finish is very clean.

M: Light to medium

O: I gotta go with a solid B+ for this one. It's a very nice, refreshing pale ale. Another perfect late summer/early fall beer.

Photo of GRG1313
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of brotherloco
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz Bomber. Best By: 12/11/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a mostly clear medium-dark gold with a frothy off-white head. Lots of cascading bubbles. Medium lacing in the glass.

Aroma of light piney, citrusy hops. Orange citrus sticks out the most, bready malt sits right behind that.

Flavor is a bit waxy and dull. Doesn't really live up to the aroma. A tang of campfire smoke, pretty odd. It's hard to believe that this is a fresh hop ale. Tastes like a regular pale ale.

Medium bodied and medium-high carbonation. Drinkable, but the waxy character bogs things down a bit.

Photo of hardy008
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber with a 2 finger white foamy head with good retention and rings of lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, pine, and biscuit malt.

The taste has grapefruit, pine, biscuit malt and caramel malt. Not overly sweet or bitter, nicely balanced, with a biscuit malt aftertaste.

Nice creamy smooth feeling, with average carbonation and medium bodied. This is a well made beer, which proves that you don't have to have high abv to have a good flavor.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
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!

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

Pours a bright and semi dark gold color, clear, and with a nice white head.

Aromas are of light citrus, hard candies, grapefruit, oranges, and some pine. Smells similar to normal Mirror Pond, but fresher, and slightly more floral.

Taste is soft and doughy up front, lightly creamy, with some mild caramel sweetness. Finish is crisp and dry, with some pine needles, hard candies, resin and grapefruit hoppiness. This beer certainly has good flavor, but the fresh hop flavors are a bit muted.

Mouthfeel is nice and full with crisp carbonation. The feels thicker than the normal version.

Overall a tasty pale ale that is really drinkable. But as mentioned before, the hop flavors could be pumped up a bit to really showcase those fresh hops.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
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?"

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Arbitrator for the bottle.

Appearance: Clear amber with a strong orange push. Head is off-white, clumpy, and fluffy. Quickly dwindles to a thin cap on the beer. Serious lacing to be had. Moderate carbonation pulls from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Juicy citrus and a big helping of biscuit malt. Some sweet caramel malts come through as well. Floral and citrus hop aromas play over the top. Deliciously fresh and delicate. Little bit of resin and bread crust. Nice level of balance.

Taste: Grapefruit and orange flesh. Touch of something akin to mango. Malts take a bigger step forward than they did on the nose. Nice sweetness coupled with an almost straight bitterness. Pith and bread crust abound. Hops lean toward floral as the beer warms. The fresh hop nature is assertive. It loses a little balance in the long run.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body with a bit more carbonation than I was expecting. Smooth. Clean and clear sip.

Overall: Clean and smooth, but lacking some overall depth and balance. All said and done, it's worth drinking, but definitely loses something over the standard version.

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.

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

Poured this one from a bomber into a standard pint glass

A - Pours a very clear golden orange color, with a foamy 2 finger tan colored head. Nice ring, and thick, clingy lacing as the head slowly dissipates.

S - Big grapefruit, and floral notes. It definately does smell fresh, and has a certain crisp note I can't put my finger on. Almost like fresh cut fruit...?

T/M - Taste matches the smell perfectly. Crisp apple-ish, grapefruit front with some nice malts on the back end. Very smooth, perfect carbonation. Medium mouthfeel.

O - This is a very good, very drinkable APA. The flavors are very well balanced. As I look at my glass now, I can still see little bubbles from the side of my glass. Almost like champagne. Another great beer from a great brewery.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of gatornation
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from 22 oz bomber BB 12/11/11..it was hop trip last year fir deschutes fresh hop offering

A- pours a clear copper color with a beige head and fresh collar a bit of lacing cotes the glass

S- was light of floral hops,with a faint citrus and grass smell.malts and bread notes were a bit stonger

T- very light on hops and bigger on malts with a sweet and caramel aftertaste

M- medium carbonation and drinkable

O- a weak fresh hop PA..hops just did not make thier presence in this one it was alot of sweet caramel malt..this one fell short for me on taste

Photo of Cisco619
2.15/5  rDev -45%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22oz bottle poured into Weyerbacher Tulip. Bottle reads "Best by 12/11/11

A: Clear golden honey that paints my palm in an amber hue, with a 1 1/2 finger of soapy white head that clings to the glass as the beer arches downward when the glass is tilted. Dissipates to a bubbly film that lingers in the center of the brew.

S: Not much to speak of. A hint of citrus and a malt sweetness that reminds of marzen style beers.

T: Malty/bready with a hint of hop bitterness. Where's all the fresh hops?

M: Thin with a bit of hop oil tackiness that clings to the front of the tongue.

O: For a beer that boldly proclaims fresh hop in the title, it is decidely lacking in hop presence in all aspects of the brew.

Photo of jera1350
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light coppery color with a one finger head of soft sandy foam. Some generous lacing to follow.

The smell is mostly of grassy hops, but some citrus can be picked out as well. Some caramel malt sweetness lies in the background. I just can't give it a higher score because the overall nose is a bit light.

For a fresh hop beer, this has underwhelming flavor. The hopping is slightly above average overall no matter the style or type of beer. A decent amount of bitterness, but not approaching IPA hopping by any means. Pine and grass notes from the hops, but again, subtle. Solid malt backbone. It's been a while since I have had a regular Mirror Pond, but from what I remember, this doesn't stray too far from the original.

Crisp and smooth feeling, light to medium body.

Just can't recommend this one. If you want a fresh hop beer, this isn't going to get it done. It's a tasty and highly drinkable beer, but this isn't enough of a difference from the regular Mirror Pond and it costs more. Save your money.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After LOVING this beer the last couple years from the tap (one of THE highlights of the all-too-short hop harvest season), Deschutes finally wised up and bottled this magical elixir. Here's a 22 oz. bottle, dated 'Best By: 12/11/11' - poured to a standard pint glass.

A: Amber with a golden glow, very clear complexion and surprisingly little carbonation. First pour earns a lofty dollop of ivory foam, nearly two fingers high and very sturdy. Good lacing, sticky and patchy, with an ever-present lumpy layer of splotchy head that never quite goes away.

S: Where's the aroma? Disappointingly light scent, a misting of piney hops, without any backing. What I get here is sweeter malt and a hint of orange peel. What I recall from the draft pours I've enjoyed in the past is MUCH more pronounced.

T: Hmmmm. Green and spicy hops are present, grass and hay subtleties mix with bready and slightly fruity malts. Lots of 'biscuit' (with a hint of 'buttery-ness'). drier in the finish, grains show more roast. The 'fresh hop' character is subtle on its own, but is pronounced when compared to 'regular' Mirror Pond.

M: Smooth, fairly creamy. Medium body at best. Carbonation is gentle, a crisper and cleaner finish.

O: Still very likeable, if not the *wow* beer I've had from the tap. Love that this is now distributed more widely via bottles, but hate that it seems to be a shadow of its true FRESH HOP self. Not to say I won't buy it again (because I will) and definitely enjoy the 5% drinkability, but this (unfortunately) strays from the high standard it set for itself of the past several autumns.

Photo of emerge077
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Photo of DaveHS
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours clear ambern with about an inch of fluffy, off white head.

S-Pleasant, light earthy hop aroma, bready maltiness. Something vegetal, like brocoli water.

T/M-Surprisingly malt forward for a fresh hop beer. First thing that comes across is biscuity malt, followed by muted Cascade hops. I expected more of a dominant hop flavor, considering how this is advertised. Very pleasant, but not much of a fresh hop IPA. Well balanced, very drinkable pale ale, just like the regular mirror pond.

Fresh Hop Mirror Pond from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.