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Fresh Hop Mirror Pond - Deschutes Brewery

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288 Ratings

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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 26
Gots: 15 | 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 jbakajust1
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

jbakajust1, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of pmarlowe
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

pmarlowe, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of grittybrews
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

grittybrews, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

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

barleywinefiend, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of draheim
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

draheim, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of doughanson78
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

doughanson78, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of Shmeal
4.47/5  rDev +14%

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.

Shmeal, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

HuskyinPDX, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%

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.


JohnGalt1, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of distantmantra
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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.

distantmantra, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of Docer
4.35/5  rDev +11%

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.

Docer, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of smakawhat
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%

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!

smakawhat, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of ccrida
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

ccrida, Oct 24, 2008
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Fresh Hop Mirror Pond from Deschutes Brewery
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