Fresh Hop Mirror Pond | Deschutes Brewery

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Fresh Hop Mirror PondFresh Hop Mirror Pond

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of Cisco619
2.17/5  rDev -43.6%
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.

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Photo of chugalug06
2.39/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Very little white foamy head. Brew is clear orange with some red.

S - Some nice citrus. Not nearly as hop aggressive as I would've hoped.

T - Mildly bland, nothing special. Very plain hop. Nothing strong.

M - Perfect carbonation. Weird bitterness. Light and airy.

O - Not impressed. I wanted more from Deschutes. This brew is dead, not too much going on. For a Fresh Hop brew it should be overly's not.

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Photo of vkv822
2.44/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22oz bottle into tulip pint.
Best By: 12/11/11

Pours a clear orange with a frothy light tan head that dissipates to leave a thing craggy head and great spotty lacing.

The aroma is of citric and resiny hops, with a bready malt backing.

There are light floral and citric hops, followed quickly by a fairly large amount of bready malts. I was expecting quite a bit more hop presence in a fresh hop beer. . .

The mouthfeel has a nice full body, with active carbonation.

A decent beer, though I would never have thought it to be a fresh hop beer. There was very little hop presence in the taste, even for a regular pale ale.

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Photo of harrymel
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.96/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a orange almost amber color with a less than finger head. Good sticky lacing down the glass.

Smell is slightly citrus/floral with a larger than usual malt biscuity sweetness.

Starts off with a little citrus kick. Rounds into a bit of malt sweetness ending with really kind of blah. Not much bitterness or flavor to this.

Mouthfeel is thin and carbonation levels are average.

I love Deschutes, but not the best fresh hop I've had. Very much lacking in flavor and body.

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Photo of uawildcat
2.99/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2011 fresh hop mirror pond. 22 oz bomber.

Poured with a nice fluffy white head that stayed around awhile.

Smells kind of bread with citrusy hops underneath. Doesn't smell like a normal pale ale.

Taste is lackluster with some flaws. It is spicey and tastes kind of watery. Hop character is not impressive. It tastes kind of soapy and metallic with a slightly prickly mouthfeel to make it even worse.

Overall, I was not impressed.

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Photo of mothman
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a beige head. Color is a clear amber bronze.

Aroma: Some bready pale malts. Buttery. Some pine hops and a little bit of grapefruit. Not much here.

Taste: Grapefruit and pinesol. Sticky and hop resiny. A decent amount of malts.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and sticky.

Overall, not a bad fresh hop, but nothing spectacular. A little better than the regular version. Too malty. Fairly average.

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Photo of azdback
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Clear, bright, yellow orange color. Not real full of carbonation bubbles. The ones that are there are large and lead to a small two finger, bright white, creamy head. Lace is sticking nicely.

Smell is bright as well. There are also some biscuit and I'm not getting much else. I'm not that impressed.

Taste is kind of like sour orange juice. I don't get many fresh hop characteristics but do get some earthy tastes.

Mouth is smooth with decent carbonation. Body is light and the finish is average and a bit dry.

Overall I must say I am disappointed in this one. The best by date is 12/11/11 so it's at the end of it's life. Maybe I'll try this again next year when it is a bit fresher.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light orange to dark yellow color with a huge, thick white head that linger.

Smells of grapefruit and toasted malt with some other lighter fruit, almost grape, flavors coming through. Good aroma but not amazing.

Taste is up front grapefruit mixed with some slight pine and earthy character that fades into a slightly bitter middle and ends on a soft, smooth note. Not much lingers on the palate.

Light body and medium carbonation work well enough for the style.

Light, fruity (grapefruit, grapes, maybe pear) and only slightly bitter. Not much else to say.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of loren01
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden orange with a tight, white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of citrus and grassy hops.

Tastes of a big wave of hops with not much malt. Hops have citrus, grass, and some pine. Malts try to make their way through, but I really have to search for them. What is there has biscuit notes and a bit of caramel sweetness. Ends in a kind of bland, hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a beer I would not recommend. It really is lacking in malt character and gives an incomplete flavor profile. It looks good, smells pretty good, and feels good, but it does not taste good.

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Photo of emerge077
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured an orange brown in color with yellow highlights and a thin head leaving a little frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of sweetness from the malts upfront on the nose with slight hop, and citrus notes.

T: mostly sweetness from the malts hit the palate alongside slight piney hoppy character and citrus accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a mild hoppy, piney, citrusy, and vey slight bitter bite finish.

D: this beer was very drinkable and very light on the bitter punch for a pale ale; just decent.

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Photo of gatornation
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from 22 oz bomber BB 12/11/ 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

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Photo of pigc
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light hazy orangish yellow color with two finger head.

S - Bready malts, slight citrus hop but fairly muted.

T - Starts with some grainy malts followed up by a slightly bitter hop presence and finishing fairly dry.

M - Light to medium with average carbonation. Mouth drying effect at the end.

O - Slightly above average for the style. This beer seems to be balanced fairly well yet doesn't stand out in any way. Glad I got a chance to try this "very limited beer" as the label says but won't seek out again.

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Photo of Spikester
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of willjschmidt
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Sierra Nevada hop tulip glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orangish color with a thin white head.

S: Slight citrus aroma from the hops.

T: A decent pale ale. Some slightly citrusy and floral hops spread out over a pale malt base. Well balanced. Very drinkable.

M: Medium body, average carbonation.

O: I think wet hops shine through in an IPA better, this one really didn't do it for me.

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Photo of Overlord
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orange with a large off-white/light tan head.

Smell is pine-sol with pine resin, a splash of bitter grapefruit (not much citrus here), and surprisingly forward floral notes.

I'm not getting the hop profile of this beer at all. The pine and floral were overbearing the nose with no balancing notes. The taste is muted, with a surprisingly strong pine resin burn, a lot of bitterness with no real complexity behind it, and a light biscuity aftertaste.

Good bubbly mouthfeel, but not a particularly good beer.

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange color, slightly hazy with a moderate creamy head that leaves curtains of lacing.

Orange marmalade and biscuit on the nose. Nice aroma that precedes a restrained taste. Somewhat one dimensional with a moderate, aggressive bitterness and little malt character.

Light mouthfeel, a bit watery. Overall drinkable but not outstanding in any way.

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Photo of OlieIPA
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A beautiful copper hued body that supports a frothy white head.

S: Decent hop aroma punch that displays a few varieties of pine-like aromas.

T: The malt body is similar to what you would find a solid amber ale (biscuity and sweet at times, but overall...mellow) with a slight hop bitter punch.

M: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. The finish is slightly dry, but nothing that is noticeable unless finely investigated.

O: Wasn't entirely impressed, but a well put together and balanced APA. Would definitely have again!

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber summarily pounded after a long mellow walk through Peninsula State Park. Bottle dated best by 12/11/11/

Pours a hazed medium orange with a rollicking, nearly inch thick egg white head. Looks like the pissed off shores of some rocky beach. Once it drops, there still remains a consistent cover and each sip yields a massive webbing that trotches the glass.

Smell is original Hubba Bubba. I happen to like that smell, but wtf? Hello, hops?

Tastes of pink bubblegum, light malty sweetness, and just the lightest whisper of soft fruits. It's so damn gummy.

Carbonation prickles and the body is ample.

It has crushability, but where are all those fresh hops? Again, is there such a loss with the fresh hopped beers?

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Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz from Roths Vista Market in S.Salem. $4.99
Hazy dark golden coloured ale, larget frothy,bubbly off white head.
Fine grapefruit type hoppy aromas..malty biscuit in the back.
Graprefruit..bitterness,malty backbone in the taste semi dry finish.
Ok mouthfeel..not boring in the least.
Overall a good beer but i fear i got it too late.

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Photo of bfields4
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large tight white head. Good residual lace. Filtered gold to amber hued body. Good looking beer.

aroma is very resiny, grassy and maybe a bit of citrus. Nice bready caramel malt as well.

Taste is suprisingly tame compared to the aroma. Biscuity malt. Light hop bitterness that mostly just is present on the tongue and not so much a flavor. A light citrus touch does start to come through afer a while.

Nice pale ale was a little underwhelmed. Was hoping for something more along the hop trip line. Easy drinker though.

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Fresh Hop Mirror Pond from Deschutes Brewery
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