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Fresh Hop Mirror Pond - Deschutes Brewery

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287 Ratings

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Ratings: 287
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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4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can get a lot of fresh hop tones on this. I get some oil and a lot of leafy green character as well. Tastes like it is right off the vine. It's a nice fresh hopped ale, though it seems to fall off a bit quicker than I would hope for. A pretty good fresh-hopped ale, though I think my having other more distinct versions of the "style" have spoiled me.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 19:30:49 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

07-31-2012 08:06:07 | More by DeschutesFan
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4/5  rDev +2%

07-30-2012 18:09:43 | More by Shasty
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New York

4/5  rDev +2%

07-11-2012 21:01:32 | More by KingStephenR
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

07-04-2012 01:41:18 | More by BeerHunter76
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

07-01-2012 05:13:18 | More by RicoFalcon
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

06-22-2012 16:03:44 | More by WhiskeeTango
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New Jersey

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

Appearance: pours an orange yellowish color with a one finger head that lasts.

Smell: earthy hops are most dominate here.

Taste: caramel, golden apples, earthy hop bitterness, and a mild fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout.

Overall: this was a mild flavored beer but had a nice hop presence.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 02:24:36 | More by Gavage
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

05-30-2012 05:44:06 | More by Mister_Joshy
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

05-28-2012 17:53:32 | More by dumptruck81
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

05-25-2012 15:11:01 | More by Hopmodium
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

05-10-2012 04:43:56 | More by Mnewcomer1219
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4/5  rDev +2%

04-07-2012 02:21:07 | More by cisteve
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3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a bomber with a best by date of 12/11/2011. Pretty old for a fresh hop beer. Pours clear caramel color with one finger of light tan head. Head has become a ring by the half way mark. Very dense fine bubble lacing. Very light fruity hop and slight pine aroma. Taste is mildly hop fruity with a light sweetness to the malts. Well balanced. Mouthfeel was average lacking the carbonation I expected. Medium dry finish, slightly bitter. I was quite let down by this version of Mirror Pond but I should have realized it was old when I bought it. For a six month old fresh hop P.A. it was more like an English Pale Ale. I will try to buy one next fall when it is first released and revise my review accordingly.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 07:40:26 | More by Spikester
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4/5  rDev +2%

03-19-2012 18:20:44 | More by taylorplaysmusic
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

03-18-2012 01:48:33 | More by BrocAriums
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

03-11-2012 22:31:28 | More by juliusseizure
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer at the SLO Xtreme Beerfest. It pours a clear golden with an off-white foamy head. Good head retention. It has a faint citrus bouquet. This is how I think an APA is supposed to be. It is smooth, lightly crisp, citrusy, mild, and balanced grain/hop combination.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 16:40:17 | More by DocJitsu
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Alberta (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - slightly hazy bronze, solid off white head left a lot of sticky lacing
S - hoppy aromas of sweet citrus, light pine and perfume, light biscuity malt, light spicy, but generally sweet juicy smells
T - a complex hop flavour mix, i get sweet mellow citrus, spicy, earthy, and some light florals along with a biscuity malt compliment, very very tasty
M - light to medium body, medium carbonation, smooth and juicy with a light spicy and bitter finish
O - i could drink this all day, plain and simple

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 02:07:36 | More by joemcgrath27
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

03-06-2012 17:52:03 | More by Bondaddyjr
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Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes...

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange colour with a copper hue, two fingers of soapy head with solid retention and sticky lacing. A visually appealing pale ale.

S - Sweet citrus hops, soapy, resiny, oily hops and a touch of toffee on the finish.

T - The citrus hops dominate, hint of pepper, soapy lemon and lime, and the toffee notes linger on the finish. Flavourful pale ale with a solid dose of hops.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness on the finish.

O - A tasty pale ale, loads of hops for the style, and a pleasant surprise. A fresh pint of this would be tough to beat. Highly recommended, especially if its in its prime.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 02:15:16 | More by andrenaline
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

02-21-2012 08:19:02 | More by shelby415
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2/5  rDev -49%

02-15-2012 21:13:05 | More by sharpski
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North Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

02-15-2012 01:05:22 | More by Cramerican
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3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear light amber orange with a huge fluffy off white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell is citurs hops with a hint of malt.

Taste is mellow with the hops and malt. Not overpowering, also a hint of vegetal ending for me.

Texture is good, very easy to drink and very light.

Overall, I wish it had more on the flavor, or at least as much as it's delicious smell. Nice, wouldn't turn one down, but won't buy one again.


Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 03:13:07 | More by Drinkerofales
Fresh Hop Mirror Pond from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.