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Fresh Hop Mirror Pond - Deschutes Brewery

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very good

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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4/5  rDev +2%

Rathakem, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

DeschutesFan, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of Shasty
4/5  rDev +2%

Shasty, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of KingStephenR
4/5  rDev +2%

KingStephenR, Jul 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

BeerHunter76, Jul 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

RicoFalcon, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of WhiskeeTango
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

WhiskeeTango, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of Gavage
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.

Gavage, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of Mister_Joshy
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Mister_Joshy, May 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

dumptruck81, May 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Hopmodium, May 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Mnewcomer1219, May 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

cisteve, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of Spikester
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.

Spikester, Mar 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

BrocAriums, Mar 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

juliusseizure, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of DocJitsu
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.

DocJitsu, Mar 11, 2012
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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

joemcgrath27, Mar 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Bondaddyjr, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of andrenaline
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.

andrenaline, Mar 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

shelby415, Feb 21, 2012
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2/5  rDev -49%

sharpski, Feb 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Cramerican, Feb 15, 2012
Fresh Hop Mirror Pond from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.