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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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Added by ccrida on 10-24-2008

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Reviews: 141 | Ratings: 310
Photo of kbnooshay
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought online. Poured a mostly clear amber orange color with a short lived tan head. Lacing looks kinda sticky and clumpy. Smells like fresh fruity hops with a sweet malty element. The bottle i got isn't quite as fresh as i had hopped but this is still pretty tasty. Im not picking up a lot of bittering hops. Malt is biscuity and nutty with a nice caramel sweetness. Light moderate feel that is sticky and prickly from the carbonation. A tasty brew.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted side by side with ordinary old, annual mirror pond.

Nice creamy tan head. Hazy unfiltered non carbonated body.

Aromas of salt water taffy. Not as sugary sweet as regular mirror pond but still has big fruit flavors. Strawberry and peach. A major green tea leaf flavor.

It has a nice sharp acidic bitterness. It is basically the same recipe as Mirror Pond but it wonderfully displays Deschutes ability to pull amazing flavors out of fresh hops. The hop bitterness is short resiny and sticky. The malt flavors are doughy as always in mirror pond. But it's even bigger and fresher bread flavor. I also taste maple syrup. Nice green tea finish.

The mouth is full and creamy. It's not as sessionable as mirror pond because the hop flavors are so powerful. I am very pleased with this beer.

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Photo of jzmaxson27
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tony223366 for this GREAT extra in our trade!

Reviewed on 12/4/2011 from a bottle dated best by 12/11/11 and side by side with a bottle of regular Mirror Pond.

Appearance: Pours a nice translucent orange with a pale white frothy cap of about 1 finger. The head quickly dissipates, leaving only a thin ring behind, and little to no lacing.

Nose: I expected this to be like Mirror Pond, just more so, but it's not. I still get a faint whiff of phenolic alcohol, but those rich juicy notes of citrus are not as evident here. I do catch a little cracker, and maybe a tiny bit of citrus, but the nose is disappointingly neutral.

Taste: This is so different in taste from regular Mirror Pond that I had to double check the bottles to make sure I didn't grab the wrong beer out of the fridge. Smooth and citrusy, the flavors are perfectly balanced across the breadth of the tongue. Juicy citrus is overwhelming, but the fresh hops are also imparting notes of tobacco and pine which melds quite well with the orange and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: There is more creaminess here than in the traditional mirror pond. I would ordinarily attribute it a malty characteristic, but trying it along side the regular mirror pond means I have to draw the conclusion that the difference stems from the fresh hops.

Overall: I like this significantly better than the regular mirror pond. Juicy, malty, this is a really nice pale ale. Would be happy to drink this every harvest season!

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thank you to two cool traders who hit this want within a week of each other for me! brad (cfh64) and ricoch3t, you are both awesome! best by 12/11/11 (phew, made it by a week).

a - opened the bottle and filled my E snifter. brew poured a crisp yellow that settled in the glass as an ipa orange red with a finger plus that dissolved slowly with thick chunky lacing that hung on the side of the glass. pale ale my ass...

s - deliscious. fresh hops (duh). good sweaty citric blast more sweet than bitter. not as piny as an ipa, but definitely hop forward for a pale ale. good malt presence (i find this to be a staple on deschutes beers - kind of like a vanilla/caramel thing). pale ale in the vein of daisy cutter.

t - solid pale ale. not as hop forward as the nose suggests. the trademark vanilla/caramel deschutes malt flavoring is there...and pretty much 50/50 with the fresh hop. kind of has an american barleywine taste to it.

m - medium bodied. noticeable carbonation. cooling.

o - deschutes beers have a real flavor to them...this one is no tastes like deschutes (maybe it is the water?).

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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 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 dbossman
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light copper with a steady one-inch head; lacing is nice

S: Pine, weed, and grass from the hops with some subtle citrus as well as quite a lot of bready biscuity notes as well

T: More citrus hop flavors than aromas indicated with some pine and grassy bitterness as well; the bready malts follow just as promised by the nose

F: Fairly creamy medium body with enough sticky texture to make this work pretty well

O: Nice hoppy pale ale that could use a bit more bite but finishes pretty nicely

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an almost clear copper-amber color with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades away at a normal pace leaving behind some light lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of some piney and earthy hops, some sweet biscuit and caramel malts, and just a light touch of citrus.

T - Starts off with some light piney hops with a touch of earthiness and some bitterness. There is some sweet malt in the background. Through the middle, more rich biscuit malt comes through with some more pine hops and bitterness. The finish is a mix of pine hops, bitterness, sweet malts, and some earthy flavors that linger.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels very smooth with a nice crisp and refreshing finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice malt and hop balance and the fresh hop adds a very nice kick to the flavor.

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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 jeffjeff1
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife picked this up for me the other day.

Appearance- copper color, thin head

Smell- piney hops, malt

Taste- piney hops, malt, smooth finish

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, smooth

Drinkability- Very good, I really enjoyed it. I would love to have it again.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Beautiful orange body with a 1/2 inch off white head and really good retention that leaves behind some spotty lacing

Smell: Fresh piney and floral hops that are just lovely

Taste: Very similar to the nose. Very bright crisp and clean piney hops upfront and the back end carries a light floral hops presence backed up nicely by a smooth malt finish

Mouthfeel: Thin body and medium carbonation

Overall: A great example of the style I really enjoyed this beer and highly recommend it.

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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 garymuchow
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm assuming a fresh hop ale poured from a bomber.
Rather light aroma for style and brewery, but reasonable fresh quality, with a little hop oil and a small english style malt base.
Kinda' cloudy with a pinkish golden amber. Head is off-white and initially bigger but it settles out to a smallish level.
Flavor is kinda' light overall and balanced out for style and fresh hop. Bitterness is subdued and hop flavor is as well, with a vegetative quality and mild flavors from the lupulin. An odd little tartness. Carbonated a little full.
Overall, it's really kinda' a boring drink. Nothing really wrong, but it leaves me unenthusiastic

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Photo of riored4v
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a pint glass. Lightly hazy, copper colored body. 1.5 finger, rocky, white head. Left good lacing in the glass.

Aroma was bit underwhelming. Some light grassy hop aroma. Subtle fruitiness with a mild malt sweetness.

Taste was definitely better than aroma. Still, not a real strong presence of "fresh hop" though. Some subtle grassy hop flavor with a mild grapefruit flavor. Light hints of other fruit with a mild caramel flavor. Some biscuit flavor present as well. Very light. citrusy, bitterness in the finish. Light malt sweetness. Still a good pale ale.

Mouthfeel was medium body with medium carb. Fairly dry finish.

Overall it was a good beer although really seemed to lack the fresh hop punch. Good blend of flavors and a very sessionable beer.

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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 greenmonstah
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle best by 12/11/11

A - Caramel-orange with a finger of light yellow-tan head.

S - I can smell it the moment I open the bottle. Cascade citrus and pine emanate. Sweet citrus with little bitternes

T - Strong flavor of hop juice! Like if you squeezed the citrus flavors out of a fistful of wet Cascade hops. The flavor is more alive than in the standard Mirror Pond. Pineapple and caramel sweetness, with only a mellow bitterness.

M - Medium in body, very watery throughout. Never dries out like I wish it would, but I've noticed that in some other fresh hop ales.

O - Overall a great take on a classic pale ale. Very similar (I tasted them side-by-side, but with that "hop juice" and mellowed bitterness that often comes with fresh hop ales. As easy to drink as ever, and very straight-forward, the differences come through largely in the body and reduced bittering. Hop Trip is a better beer in every way -- and I think I even prefer the standard Mirror Pond -- but this is still quite good.

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Photo of scootpolute
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint, 6 FL OZ. bottle into tulip glass.

A - Deep tawny color, light haze with a quite a bit of bubbly lace.

S - Spicy herbal and lightly pungent hop aroma, fruity and oily.

T - Medium crispness, hoppy palate with a big handful of malt. Big punch of oily hop pungent flavor, mild fruitiness and a malt sweetness that sneaks in towards the finish.

M - Good carbination, A bit of warmth in the end from the alcohol.

O - A tasty and balanced Pale, great with 5-Guys Burger & Fries!!

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Photo of vande
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - beautiful, dark goldish-amber-copper color that starts with a layer of white fluffy head that quickly disappears

S - sweet hoppy resin, piney-citrus notes...fresh and reminding of warmer weather

T - YUMMY! a nice, well balanced hoppy beer that isn't overpowered by the hop smack across the face... sweet resiny hoppy goodness... kinda reminds me of two hearted..a bit..

M - nice, easy, smooth drinking...leaves a bit of a sweet after taste

O - a great beer! worth trading for, searching for, buying and trying!

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Photo of whatthehull
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Tasted nov. 12th 2011 (from notes)

A - very nice semi-translucent copper/brown, barely any white as snow head and minimal lacing

S - Wow, the smell is incredible, resin, fresh citrus fruits, fresh flowers, crisp water, fresh malt, the grapefruit is beautiful and a slightly sweet smelling yeast

T - very fresh! Nice refreshing crisp water, very nice hops, citrus, grapefruit, nice malts, weed, pineapple, slightly toasty, flowers, earth and wood

M - medium minus body, well balanced, even complexity, low acidity and medium finish

D - best part about this beer is its simplicity. this is a beer for any craft lover. Just well put together, refreshing and just plain well done

Final thought - if you like hops, fresh tasting beers, deschutes and only paying $5 a pop, get this ale!

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

22oz bomber from Scottfrie. Thanks for the brew!

A- Pours amber in color with some haziness to it. White fluffy head with a small amount of lacing.

S- Lots of citrus hop aroma up front. Some bits of piney hops in the middle. Sweet caramel malts in the background.

T- Nice hop flavors in this drink. Pine comes through the most, followed by hints of citrus to it. Caramel malts hold up the hops and provide a nice backbone. Just some mild bitterness.

M- Almost medium body. Low carbonation. Very crisp, fresh feel.

O- Very solid beer. Gives good amounts of hops, but not overly bitter. A nice blend throughout. Very easy to drink anytime. Thanks for the beer Scott!

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Photo of zeledonia
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle says best by 11 December 2011. I know this isn't as fresh as could be, but at least it's been refrigerated the whole time.

Pours a medium orange amber, quite clear, with a few bubbles rising up. One finger of off-white head fades fast, leaves some okay lacing. Pretty good, not amazing.

Smell: boom, juicy fresh hops. I like it. Really nice sweet citrus, some pine, but not punch-you-in-the-nose like an IPA. Malt base is there for support, as it should be.

Taste is quite good. Grapefruit and pine hops come through loud and clear, but nicely muted. Malts, again, are there, but just to lend the hops a hand. Light bitterness and a bit of astringency in the finish.

Medium-light body, smooth, and drying. Carbonation that wasn't visible comes through really well in the mouth. Tingly, but right where it should be - not too little, not too much.

I'm impressed. This is a very good beer, and I think it showcases the fresh hops better than many others. It's crisp and clean, with really nice moderate hop presence. Biggest complaint is that, once poured, it fades fast, especially the smell. The bottom of the glass was nowhere near as good as the top, even though I drank it fairly quickly.

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Photo of Gatch
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ.

A - Typical PA appearance...golden-orange in color with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly.

S - Hops! Of the citrus variety.

T - Hops! Citrus, cedar, pine, chewy malt. Pleasantly bitter & oh so fresh!

M - Clean, crisp, fresh. Slight carbonation. I wish I could drink this every day that it is available. Fresh-tasting, slightly bitter hop oils cling to your mouth and linger...

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Photo of ebrauser
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light amber hued and very clear. The big, bubbly, off-white head breaks down quickly but leaves good lacing along with islands of foam floating on top of the liquid.

Aroma: Grassy and lemony with bits of astringency and pear

Flavor: Much more vinous that the classic Mirror Pond. Bold strength up front blends into a lasting wood flavor in the finish. Touches of pineapple and pear poke through the cidery texture.

MF: Light bodied and delicious with lasting, lingering flavors and a very clean drink.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Best by date of 12/11/11 on front label. It was a very slightly hazed orange amber color with a few random carb bubbles. It had a two finger head that settled into a good collar and moderate covering foam cap. Good sheeting with good amount sticking.

The aroma was very weak. Piney, grassy hops on top of a caramel malt base. What was there was good but you really had to sniff to get it. The taste, thankfully, was more pronounced and matched the aroma. Caramel malt starts the show with a slow hop build with grassy leading the way over the pine and slight citrus. It's an APA so don't expect a large hop presence. Fits well into the style. Mouthfeel was light and a tad watery. Slightly watery aftertaste as well.

Overall, a good APA that has some good malt/hop balance in the flavor but the aroma was very weak. Tasted good but after I finished it I wanted something hoppier. Winter seasonal and avail here in TX. Rotation - good but I more into the IPA and 2xIPAs these days so probably a bottle a season is enough for me. [O;O]

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

A - Pours translucent amber into my perfect pint glass with about two fingers of head that maintains good retentions and has sticky lacing.

S - Hop aroma is far more faint then I imagined it would be, citrus hop. more orange then grapefruit, caramel malts stand up to the hops and there is a touch of spice.

T - Again, just wanted more from the fresh hops. They stand out, but not as expected. Hops are fresh and citrus-like, orange with kind of a sweet grapefruit finish, a little bit of piny bitterness lingers on the palate, sweet caramel malts balance this one out and I am still getting some spice, perhaps from the yeast.

M - Super smooth and creamy, hop oils coat the palate, very well balanced.

O - This one is growing on me the more I drink it, it's very balanced and the hops are fresh and oily and great. Worth trying for sure.

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Fresh Hop Mirror Pond from Deschutes Brewery
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