Fresh Hop Mirror Pond from Deschutes Brewery

Mirror Pond next to it's first-time-bottled fresh hop counterpart. Oh yeah, Otto wants your attention too.  And a treat.

In Fresh Hop Mirror Pond, light herbal and grassy notes come through from the fresh hops. These new hop additions also seem to cut down on the usual sweetness of Mirror Pond, leaving the body feeling a bit lighter, though there are no changes to the malt bill.  While dry-hopping with fresh hops won't increase the bitterness, I expect the fresher floral and citrus flavors of the hops are taking the focus off of the malts a bit.  Do yourself a favor and grab one of each to do your own comparison. Delicious, and on shelves very soon!

From the Deschutes Brewery: This noble, fresh hop version of our classic American pale ale arose from a single plot of heirloom Cascade hops. Revived by our brewers from the original rootstock developed at Oregon State University, grown by Goshie Farms in Oregon, this very limited release is just for you.

“We are in the craft beer industry and we care about quality, which is why we asked the hop farmer to keep a field idle for two years – we actually paid them to not grow anything,” said Sidor. “This gave us a ‘pure’ field to start with, using cuttings from the original Cascade hop plant and we grew them up for more than two years.”