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Fresh Hop Mirror Pond - Deschutes Brewery

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Fresh Hop Mirror PondFresh Hop Mirror Pond

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299 Ratings

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Ratings: 299
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 31
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:
Beer added by: ccrida on 10-24-2008

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Photo of GilGarp
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber served cold into an imperial pint glass.

Fresh Hop is a golden amber color with good clarity. Head retention is fair but a little lacing is left behind.

Aroma is hoppy but not overly so. In fact I don't see a huge difference from what I remember from the regular Mirror Pond. Good NW hop character.

Flavor is really nice with fresh, almost juicy, hops. Good caramel malt backbone provides good sweetness. Hops are citrusy and piney.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied and nicely carbonated. Good balance for a pale ale.

Overall a really good pale ale. I guess I would like to have it side-by-side with the year-round Mirror to really see the differences.

Photo of Philousa
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark golden, honey color in appearance with a thin head that yields decent lacing. The nose is lemon citurs with big pine aroma, some oakie notes, and I detect some sweetish malt in there somewhere as well. Light malt flavor followed by orange zest. Bitter, piney flavor, and bitterness lingers. It's all about the hops! Feels smooth, goes down easy. Could be syrupy, but feels silky due to the carbonation.

Very nice experiment. I bought it and drank it the next day to ensure freshness, and I was not disappointed. I always get a soapy mouthfeel from very hoppy beers, but the oils from the fresh hops came through easily without being too bitter or harsh on the tongue. This is super earthy too. Lots of grass and leafy goodness. Perfect brew to enjoy after a hike or grilling brats at the campsite. With the pricepoint being what it is, I hope they brew this again. Now if only they can make the hop cones mature faster so I can get one for camping season!

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

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Best by 12/11/11.

A: Pours a burnt amber color with a huge, dense and fluffy light tan head that took a very long time to settle into a fuzzy film leaving a ton of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Grassy notes of very leafy green fresh smelling hops. I get a touch of mint and sweet caramel as well.
T: Big fresh biscuit malt taste mixed with clean and very leafy, grassy, hops. The finish is citrusy and doughy. This isn’t a powerfully hoppy beer, it’s a pale ale after all, but it is very fresh, clean and delicious tasting. Very balanced between biscuit dough and leafy hops.
M: Medium body with a fairly viscous and chewy mouthfeel. The carbonation is smooth and everything works very well to create an easy to drink and refreshing beer.
O: I can’t remember exactly how the original mirror pond tastes but this is one fresh and delicious tasting pale ale that I would gladly drink on a regular basis. I’m loving the balance between the malt and hops where not only are the hops super fresh tasting but the malt is light and not overly sweet or caramely. I could drink this all day.

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from tap into Nonic Imperial Pint. Best by 12/11/11.

Appearance: Clear amber-orange with foamy white head and some nice lacing.

Smell: Some sweet citrus and grapefruit, grainy toasted malts and a touch of spiciness. Smells like regular Mirror Pond, but a little stronger.

Taste: Bright citrus, semi-sweet grainy malts, with some spicy bitterness at the end, and a hint of sourness. Fresh taste.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium-light body, nice dry finish.

Drinkability: Very good, but really hardly any different than standard Mirror Pond, which is only an average Pale Ale for me. I actually copied over most of notes from Mirror Pond, since it is pretty much the same. However, it is a little more aromatic, a little fresher and a little drier, and that makes all the difference.

Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of loren01
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a big mason jar of this beer from NW Liquid Gold in Vancouver along with a mason jar of the Ninkasi Fresh Hop beer to compare the two.
A: Pours a nice orange color, not too much head on this one but it is poured from a growler thats been unopened in my fridge for a day so I'm sure its lots some carbonation
S: Piney, some citrus as well as bready malt
T: Much the same as the smell, light bready malt sweetness up front with a citrusy aftertaste
M: Light to medium bodied, drinks really easy
O: Pretty good fresh hop beer, I find it a lot like regular Mirror Pond, not much different at all really. I think I like the Ninkasi fresh hop better.

Photo of dirtylou
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
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

Photo of harrymel
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Best by: 11DEC11

A: pours s golden amber ale with a little over a finger of tan-white foam head which slowly falls to a quilt of the same. Excellent clarity and cobweb lacing.

S: Smells like cascade hops: spicy, citric, resin. Some sweet and tea like malts.

T: Sweet. This beer is sweet. Not much hop presence in this one for me. Latter hints of bitterness and some floral tones. Overall, not happy with this one. A bit tannic.

M: A bit thin, and lower carb than I had anticipated. Dry finish.

O: This is a miss for me. Too sweet, too tannic and dry.

Photo of litheum94
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 12/11/11.

Bright amber body with a slow forming head. Oranges tinged and frothy, it settles to a faint cover, leaving rings on the side of the glass. Hop oils evident on the surface.

Great big whiffs of pine and citrus. Some spice as well. Pine resin mixes with the biscuit malts, giving a woody smell. Tropical fruit sweetness as well.

Oily and slick mouthfeel, with a juicy citrus bite. Pine bitterness backed by a grainy maltiness. Nice pine resin flavors on the finish build a bitter but balanced flavor. Flavors are not as in your face as the aromas...

...which I was a little disappointed by. The nose is amazing and just about everything I want from a wet hop ale, and the flavors don't quite follow through. This is a great beer, don't get me wrong. I just wanted a more bold hop flavor from a fresh hop ale.

Photo of Kshock
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light bronze color; nice bright beer with little retention, but has nice lacing.

S- Pine, some citrus, but mostly earthy hop presence. Not too impressed on the nose.

T- Malt sweetness, dry hop bitterness comes into play. Balanced, but there is some residual flavor.

M- Light body, almost too light. boarder line watery.

O- Not bad, but needs a little tightening around the edges.

Photo of jbakajust1
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured @ Bier Stein into nonic pint

A - Pours a clear deep copper with tons of carbonation, nice tight 1 finger biege head that fades slow to a thick persistent cap that leaves tons of lace in the glass

S - Very fruity at first snort, peaches and mangoes, some fresh cut grass, light sweet toffee and biscuits. Hops fade quick in the nose.

T - Toasted biscuits jump out first sip with a distinct nuttiness. Followed with pine and resins, more peaches, oranges, light grassiness.

A - Bitterness is firm and lingers, smooth med body, dry finish, active but soft carbonation.

O - Very nice. I love Mirror Pond, and though it doesn't have the classic grapefruit punch, it was still good. Hops fade a little to quick in the nose. Very drinkable.

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

Best by 12/11/11. Tulip glass.

Pours a clear dark copper/golden color, a finger and a half of white foam, decent retention and nice lacing. Smells like inhaling a freshly cut orange, tangerine, slight spice, a hint of pine, and biscuity malt. Taste is a very clean spicy/bready flavor with some orange, but not a whole lot beyond that. Not as much hoppy flavor as I was expecting. Mouthfeel is great/subtle, with some nice crispness, lightly carbed and light body. Overall, this tastes pretty fresh and clean, but the flavor is not as hoppy as I would like for a pale ale.

Photo of grittybrews
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a thick orange-amber into a tulip with two fingers of light eggshell head. Juicy, floral aroma with hints of grapefruit and lots of pine.

Moderate carbonation and a slick but full mouthfeel. Grapefruit and tangerine up front with gentle biscuit and a long pine finish that's strong but not overly bitter.

Great aroma and finish with a light malt backbone that keeps this one really easy-drinking. I think I prefer the Deschutes Hop Trip over this one, but not by much -- really nice.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
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

Photo of draheim
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (best by 12/11/11) poured into a tulip. Gorgeous orange/amber color with a 2-finger off-white frothy head.

Aroma is piney, resiny, citrusy. From the aroma I'd peg this for an IPA.

Taste is bready malt followed by a sharp hoppy bite. Nice crisp clean finish. This is a really refreshing, supremely drinkable beer. Wish it came in 6-packs.

Photo of doughanson78
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: A nice golden orange. Super clear. One finger tight white head with amazing retention and beautiful lacing.

S: Fresh citrus hops. Grapefruit, pineapple, and orange peels. Some light earthy notes. Light caramel sweetness.

T: A slight caramel/toffee sweetness on the tip of the tongue. An earthy hop flavor, with a tad of citrus coming through. Slight resiny notes. Very earthy finish with a touch of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. High carbonation. Crisp. Pretty dry.

O: Another winner from Deschutes. Not their best by far, but a bit better than the regular Mirror Pond, which is still good. Very refreshing.

Photo of Shmeal
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber, with a little bit of head that leaves wonderful lacing. Darker than the normal mirror pond i think

Aroma: Pine, citrus, and apricot. Not much malt smell

Taste: Low on hop bitterness, high on hop flavor, with pine, orange peel, and some floral hop notes coming through. I can also taste some sweet malts as well, but I have to look for it to find it.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, medium carbonation. Very smooth

Drinkability: Super drinkable, you really don't realize how quickly the bomber goes till it's gone.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.32/5  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.


Photo of distantmantra
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Latona Pub. Seattle, WA. Notes from December 2010.

A: Light golden in color with a small head of white foam.

S: Fragrant aroma of hops and pine and a sweet malt kick.

T: Very flowery with strong pine flavor and a hint of malt.

M: Very easy going, light body. Nice carbonation.

O: Absolutely fantastic beer that is extremely well balanced. My favorite fresh hop so far.

Photo of Docer
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Roscoes in PDX during their fresh hop ale summit..

- Light golden pale... clear, well carbonated... fluffy white head...

- Huge floral and piney hops screaming out of a light golden biscuit and slightly bready sweet malt... very hop forward,

- What a damn good beer... I can see this stuff constantly dripping from the leaves of trees in heaven. Big floral and pine hops riding smoothly with the light pale malts. Very nice.

- Light bodied, slightly sticky with hops, and bubbly.

- Overall my favorite fresh hop beer I have ever had. Certainly a winner. Very hoppy... yet balanced... don't know how that is accomplished!

9/26/2011 from the bottle:

Appearance: (4.5)
- Big fluffy fingers of white foamy head. Settled slowly and left thick creamy lacing all over the glass. Light shiny new copper penny color, clear, and lightly bubbling.

Smell: (4.0)
- Wonderful NW hop aromas. Very pine-like, grassy, and floral. All my favorite hop characteristics. Light spice, and perhaps even a little subtle fruit in the background. Light caramel malt, and bready quality. This beer just smells super solid, and good.

Taste: (4.5)
- My my.. what a crisp fantastically fresh and hoppy beer. Wonderfully light and very balanced flavors. Grassy herbal and pine hops with a light spice and floral character. Bready biscuity light caramel malt, and just simple. What a crisp and delightful eye opening beer. Beyond solid, and sets the standard for a pale ale.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Light bodied pale ale, slightly drying from the 40 IBU's, and certainly perfectly carbonated. Very easy to drink, and just the right light cloying touch.

Overall: (4.5)
- Overall almost the perfect beer. Though I can see that this could potentially turn out different each year depending on the hops, and which were used. I must say though that this years is certainly up there at the top, and is something I hope to find many more of soon. A super good NW pale ale with just the right hoppy flare.

Photo of smakawhat
4.52/5  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!

Photo of ccrida
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Fresh Hop Mirror Pond from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.