Fresh Hop Mirror Pond | Deschutes Brewery

Fresh Hop Mirror PondFresh Hop Mirror Pond
314 Ratings
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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Added by ccrida on 10-24-2008

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Photo of cavedave
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to pjones for yet another fine beer.

An almost clear dark gold with a thin cap of off white lather, some clinging lace.

Smell is light citrus, spicy hop, a bit of tart yeast, some floral notes for sure.

More tart in the taste. Says that this is all heirloom Cascade from Univ. of Ore. stock on label, hard to believe, it has so much spice to it, really less pure bitter in it, less pine and citrus, more like an English hop if anything, minus that slow motion "burn" at the end of the sip. Some neutral sweet frames it all nicely. Really hits me as a very fresh hoppy English Pale or Mild, quite a delicious one.

Mouthfeel is very low carb., med. viscosity, with an above average finish. Easy drinking and excellent for style, like all of Deschutes beers.

Mirror pond is a fine but not stellar pale, this version is a fine but not stellar fresh hop.

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Photo of MrTopher
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Golden amber color, maybe close to a soft caramel. Small off white head develops and leaves close to no lacing on the sides of the glass.

S – Sweet malt notes and then you just get a zap of hops, they are citrus hops and are refreshing.

T – Sweet malts come out early and then the hop character comes slowly into the party. They are citrus hops grapefruit and a little pine/grass.

M – Good amount of carbonation, a little on the thinner side, but works for the style.

O – Good stuff, like this much more than the regular Mirror Pond pale ale. Its just a good refreshing beer.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright bronze with a hefty eggshell white head. Retention is good.
S: Hops on the lighter side, floral and citrus characters along with a good dose of sweet caramel malt.
T: Opens with delicate floral hop flavors and a very brief and thin bitterness. The bready, cracker malt base of this beer really stands out with just a slight touch of caramel showing. Both hop flavors and bitterness are very subdued – not really what you look for in a fresh hop ale.
M: Lighter body with low carbonation. Dry and despite the limited carbonation, it maintains fairly crisp feel.

As a longtime Deschutes fan, this wasn’t quite what I was hoping for. The heirloom hops supposed to be the feature of the beer seemed under-done . A quality beer, but I’ll take a Mirror Pond over this any day.

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Photo of argock
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear glass tumbler. No freshness date. Purchased at Zain's Liquors (San Francisco, CA) for $6.99.

A: Burnt amber with 1-finger of off-white head with good retention and crusty lacing.

S: Slightly more grassy hop aroma that regular Mirror Pond (consumed right prior to this beer) but same pine resin and grapefruit aromas and caramel maltiness

T: The fresh hoppiness is pretty tame unfortunately and misses the mark for me for a fresh hop beer -- the aroma is pretty solid but the hops come off more tea-like and bland than bright.

M: Medium-bodied with relatively light-handed carbonation and a moderately dry finish.

O: Disappointing especially for the price -- stick with regular Mirror Pond.

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Photo of pigc
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
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 HardTarget
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by 12/11/11 sampled on 11/9/11.

Appearance: Light haze in the amber gold glass. Holds a half finger off white head that laces nicely.

Smell: Citric hop, grapefruit, orange, lime, all on a lightly sweet base of malt.

Taste: Hops are there but don't demand attention, the beer is pretty well balanced. Again, the hops are first among equals, with a little sweet bready malt base and a light yeast character playing their roles. The hops are indeed fresh and mostly citric, maybe a little pine in the background.

Mouthfeel: Frothy, medium high carbonation and lighter body don't quite go fizzy but risk it. Texture is watery in a good way, quenching and satisfying.

Overall: A great American Pale Ale. Shows the hop flavor with getting bitter, quaffable body, enough backbone to support the beer, no flaws, just a well executed beer. Deschutes is becoming one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of vobr0002
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- fairly clear with a golden color.

S- I'm not getting a very powerful smell at all. Not much there. Little bit of malt, small citrus smell.

T- not much to this beer for flavor, you do get some bitterness upfront and a bit of citrus flavor. Still just not too much to this beer. Good mellow flavor.

M- higher carbonation, little slick feeling on my tongue.

O- its a good drinking beer but nothing great. I feel like I paid too much for this beer. I was expecting something more after the other fresh hop ales I have had. Just a little plain overall.

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Photo of TVolt1
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: golden clear color to it with a fair amount of head.

S: smells of strong citrus hops. Small amount of banana smell to it with a stronger citrus fruit smell to it. The aftersmell, i get a small amount of maltyness to it.

T: I am not a huge fan of this taste. Initially I get a banana/orange taste follow by a bitter funky taste. Moderate malty flavor as well. It doesn't have the bite or crispness I like in an apa but more malty style.

M: mouthfeel is fine. medium to light thickenss and good carbonation.

O: overall, not a beer I love. Look and smell were good but the taste followed up didn't do it justice.

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Photo of mothman
3/5  rDev -23.3%
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 AmericanGothic
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Peace Tree pint.

A: Pours a clear, golden orange color with one finger of off-white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Mellow peach, a tiny bit of pine and earth.

T: Leads with light fruit and a little rose, turns a bit sweet in the middle, then ends a bit of leather. Light, lingering sweetness and bitterness on the aftertaste. Flavors are subtle and good.

M: Light body and the carbonation is fluffy.

O: I really liked this. Very nice take on the style and easy drinking. First beer from Deschutes, and looking forward to tasting more from them.

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

Appearance: pale orange-brown, slight haze, big layer of off-white/light tan spongey foam, great head retention

Aroma: beautiful floral/fruity/citrusy hop scent with an underbelly of toasty, nutty malt

Flavor: medium malt profile with hints of hazelnut and toasted biscuits; hop flavor is herbal and mild with an ultra-smooth bitterness kicking in during the dryish finish

Mouthfeel: medium body, gentle carbonation, soft texture

Other comments: I really like Mirror Pond Ale in general. It's a great fall-back if you're in a bar or restaurant that has a limited beer selection. They usually have MPPA (at least in OR). The fresh hop version is sublime, though.

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Photo of drpimento
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Masterful brewing; just not a huge fan anymore of Cascade. Proly not many others who could make this taste as good. Poured with a lovely. foamy, frothy, fluffy, large, off white head that lasts all the way down and lots of lace. Color is a pleasing clear honey amber. Aroma is malt, cascade, cereal, fresh all grain bread dough. Flavor's about the same with the sweet grains, bold hops and a little carbonic tang framing the picture. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor and as much as I'm no longer a fan of Cascade, it leaves pleasant memories. I'll have another gotdamit.

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Photo of kmatlack
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into my SN goblet. Best by 12/11/11.

A- Aggressive pour yields a one finger off white head that bubbles up and fizzles away quickly. Small clouds of bubbles sit atop an extremely attractive orange, clear, pale ale. Small rings of lacing on the glass as it drinks.

S- As the name would suggest, this beer is FRESH. Smells so amazingly fresh, it brings me back to when i visited a friend up in Bend last winter. Piney hop and citrus aromas really bring me back. Lots of bready malt aromas, fresh biscuits, more fresh hops. Awesome.

T- Tastes just as fresh as it smells. Like the nose, fresh bread, hops, citrus, grassy, very good.

M- Thin, easy drinking, and moderate cabonation.

O- One of the best pale ales out there, especially at 5% abv. You could easily session this beer. Tastes alot better than regular mirror pond, which is already awesome. This beer really brings me back to being in Bend. I miss being up there...

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Photo of Seanibus
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mirror Pond is such a lovely beer to start with that it is very hard to discern any improvement in this version, despite the lofty language about a heritage Cascade vine on the label. But it's still mighty good.

Pours a clear amber with a lovely sticky white head and streamers of carbonation. the aroma is a little malty, with a slight fresh hoppiness on the end. The flavor is typical mirror pond - light crystal malt, clean, fruity edge and a nice hop perfume on the finish. The mouthfeel is light and slick, with a faintly piny bitterness on the end. This, like it's regular parent beer, is an excellent pale ale. The only knock is the higher expectations - and higher price - that a limited release implies isn't borne out by the result.

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Photo of bierbrauer
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Marked best by: 12/11/11, 1323 N. Brought back from a recent trip to New Mexico.

A: Amber, with slight cloudiness. Off-white foam, with some lacing.

S: Citrus, with some pine and caramel.

T: Fresh and fruity, some caramel and very moderate hop bitterness.

M: Light carbonation and light-to-medium body. Crisp, refreshing finish.

O: This is a nicely balanced, fresh hop pale ale that I wish was available in WI.

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

Appearance. Pours a nice amber-orange with just the slightest haze. Half a finger of frothy white head that leaves a little lacing

Smell. Malty grains, citrus fruits, and some grassy hops.

Taste. Toasted grains and a little caramel followed by fairly big grassy hops. Some bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel. Near medium in body with medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Nice hoppy pale.

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

Gorgeous pour with slightly hazy pale orange, creamy white head oin top. Nose has a candied pine & citrus quality. Bitter on the palate , moreso than I recall with standard mirror pond. Silky smooth body. Very drinkable. Also dry and sprucey in palate. Finishes dry & hoppy.

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Photo of vincicle
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: a golden look, typical pale ale with a slightly darker copper hue.
Smell: Not as hoppy or floral as I would have expected. However, a slightly citrus crisp with light piney-ness
Taste: As I would have expected and remembered, I got to taste this fresh at the publik house in Portland last year, the taste of this beer is what makes it worth drinking. A wonderfully balanced hopiness that has almost no bitterness with strong, archetypal Cascade flavor. The smooth mouthfeel is a rarity among true pale ales, yet the fresh hop is so drinkable that you have to exercise restraint to not drink it too fast. This beer makes you realize why Cascade hops have become synonymous with quality American beers. A wonderful beer to celebrate the hop harvest.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received via trade

A-Clear orange with a fluffy two finger head that leaves behind some lacing.

S-Yumm. Full of hop character, citrus and earthy notes.

T-Earthy hops, decent bitterness for an APA. Rather sweet.

O-I don't know what it is about fresh hop beers but they are the best. This is another fine example, glad I was able to acquire it.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love the original mirror pond, not as much as I love Red Chair, but it's still awesome. Let's see how a "fresh hop" version of the beer tastes. It pours a very nice and full one finger head into my standard pint glass. The head is maybe MAYBE just a hair off white. The head is a little fluffy, bit it has already faded away to the point where I can't see any other real characteristics. The lacing looks excellent so far, we'll see how it holds up the whole way through. The body is basically the perfect color for a pale ale, orange, with some hints of yellow and maybe even red. The visibility ok, you can see the shapes of things on the other side of the glass, but you can't make out much more than that. The bubbles seem extremely low, which makes me worry about the carbonation, it's always nice to have a carbonation bite. The head is basically gone now, but it has left some bubbles on the top of the body at least. Overall a pretty damn good looking beer, we'll see how the lacing goes, but it looks good so far. I don;t know if it's because it's the first hoppy beer I have had in a while or because Deschutes doesn't skimp out on the hops, but man this beer smells hoppy! In a good way of course, but still. It borderline smells like an IPA, but at the same time it still has that distinct northwest pale ale smell, a distinct hop smell. There is a little bit of malt underneath the hops the help the balance, but for the most the smell is dominated by the hops. Citrus is also pretty present. Overall a really awesome smell, maybe this is generous, because it isn't very complex, but I am really enjoying the smell of this beer, so 4.5! Hmm, very interesting taste, not what I expected at all. First off, the hops are for sure there, no doubt, but not as much as I want, and for sure not as much as I was detecting on the smell. Secondly, the beer is slightly watery, in the middle. It goes hops, water, then malts, in order of flavors. It's not ridiculous, but it's for sure noticeable. Finally, I get a sweetness, it's not overly sweet at all, and frankly it kinda tastes nice, but it's very unexpected in the style, and I need more hops and other flavors to balance it out before I can consider it a really really "good" beer. I don't know where the sweetness is coming from because this beer isn't super boozy or malty. Overall...I dunno, a good taste for sure, but a little watery and not enough hops. I thought for sure this beer would be at least a 4, if not a 4.5, but's a 3.5 for taste. The more and more I drink it, the more shocked I am by the taste...any who. The mouthfeel is, eh not bad. It's a little bit watery in some parts but for the most part it's full and big enough, and the carbonation is spot on. I want to give it a 4 for mouthfeel, but something about the beer makes me feel like it's carbonated water in my mouth. I can't really bring myself to give it a 4, so 3.5. The drinkability is obviously very high, it's light, low in alcohol, and tasty enough. Overall on this beer...I am more than disappointed, the appearance and smell were both awesome and the flavor really fell short for me. Not a bad beer, one I wouldn't mind having again, but there are plenty of better alternatives, including the original mirror pond.

The appearance turned out to be pretty awesome. The lacing followed me all the way down the glass. The only bad things was that the head didn't last long, but I'm ok with a solid 4.5 if that was the only problem. It had great lacing and a good body and head otherwise, just not a long lasting head.

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Photo of uawildcat
2.99/5  rDev -23.5%
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 Klym
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a surly nonic.

A: A nice pale wheat gold body with a surprisingly large white head. It has a very filled out look for a pale ale and already has my respect.

S: Smell is faint. Spicy herbal hops with some grainy notes in the background.

T: The hop presence isn't overwhelming but doesn't disappoint at all. Herbal hops give way to a still-spicy wheat/grain backbone that does all of the work a good pale ale should.

M: Mouthfeel is a little watery at points. On the initial point of the sip it feels great with plenty of carbonation, but I feel by the time I swallow it's closer to a cold glass of water.

O: Ah, I really like deschutes. They never blow me away, but they never let me down. I always know I'm in for a well-executed, interesting beer with tons of good qualities and few bad. Cheers!

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
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 BeardedRiker
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's about damn time I drink a Deschutes beer. I can't wait to drink my Black Butte XXI that's over a year old. I've not reviewed a beer in awhile so going back to what I like most, pale ales, is what I should do.

This is one of those beers that looks very "clean" to me. There are barely any bubbles rising to the top of the golden-amber beer. The head doesn't grow too thick but it looks good, about a finger and a half in height and creamy. Some good retention.

Oh boy does this smell good. Fruity, grainy, and deliciously hoppy. There's a lovely barley, grainy aroma that is as strong as the floral hoppiness. Mango citrus is in there as well as a bit of pine. Actually, the more I smell this the more fruity it is. This smells great.

This is a well-balanced pale ale. All of the flavors are there. It's hoppy, but not too much, has a significant malted barley flavor, mango citrus, and pine notes. I will say that while the taste is well-balanced, it doesn't have as robust of a taste I prefer, with the hops being more pronounced. So, while I don't prefer the overall taste, in it not being "enough", it is well-balanced and all the good flavors are there.

This is one of those beers that you can down a million of them. It's lighter on the body and extremely drinkable. It has a very clean feel. It's a tad syrupy from the sweetness.

This is a well-balanced and very drinkable pale ale but for my preference the flavors aren't strong enough for me. Good, insanely drinkable, but not great.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass, best before date of 12/11/11. This pours a orange / golden color with a nice foamy long lasting off white head. The smells are of pine hops and caramel. The feel is medium and sticky. The taste is far less hoppy than I expected, the main taste is some sweet malts with a little oily hoppiness on the way down.

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Fresh Hop Mirror Pond from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 314 ratings
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