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RATINGS: 1532   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
This is base camp, where any craft brew exploration begins. A distinct hop nose and hop-forward flavor make Mirror Pond the quintessential Pale Ale. It is aromatically complex, multi-layered, and unmistakably “right.”

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - JUN 22, 2008
Pours orange with a thick white head. Good hop and malt aroma. Weak body. Flavor is hops with a bit of a strange golden raisin flavor. Doesn’t quite work. Drinkable, but nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 19, 2008
Single 12 oz bottle from World Market. Pours hazy amber with a moderate off-white head that leaves spotty lacing. Aroma of fruity and toasty malts with floral and earthy hops evident as well. Flavor of toasty and slightly caramelly malts, more of the floral hops, a little fruitiness of the not quite ripe variety and a hint of bitterness and spice in the aftertaste. Medium body and tingly carbonation. Pleasant and enjoyable but not memorable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LinusStick (3234) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2008
A nice and refreshing pale ale. Aroma was earthy hops with a hint of citrus. Pour was a hazy light brown with a one finger off white head. Taste was so so. Mostly light malt and earthy hops but the flavor is overpowered by the strong carbonation. A slightly hoppy and bitter aftertaste that isn’t offensive, yet isn’t exciting either. Nice beer, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quake1028 (636) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2008
Bottle courtesy poonpillager. I’ll miss that guy. Rusty colored beer, very clear, topped by a small but firm dirty white head. Decent lacing but not much retention. Nose of citrus candy, grapefruit hops, dishwater, caramel malts and some perfume notes. Flavor is very similar, dropping the dishwater but carrying everything else over. Medium bodied, high carbonation. Finish is abrupt, caramel malts and hops. Good beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JUN 18, 2008
Must have been a bad bottle (I hope). I couldn’t drink it. Very metallic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tangentrider (144) - Alabama, USA - JUN 12, 2008
Dark amber beer with an off-white disappearing head; malty-citrus aroma; heavy hop flavor with a nice malt floor; finishes with hop bitterness and very slight malt sweetness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HoppyGuy (111) - Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2008
Bottle. Pours a light copper color with a thin light tan head. Aroma is a bit floral and citrus with a decidedly malty presence. Nice malty flavor that has a good balance with hops. Good citrus overtone. A very good pale ale, even though I prefer more hops in mine. If you’d like to try a pale ale without the in-your-face hops taste, try this one! I’d like to pair this brew with a good burger with all the trimmings on a warm summer day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2008
Bottle courtesy poonpillager. Pours a clear pale copper with a one finger off-white head that fades to a ring leaving some lacing. Aroma of citrus and floral hops with sweet malt and light caramel. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a mild to moderate amount of bitterness. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vulcanmeister (251) - La Grande, Oregon, USA - MAY 31, 2008
Pours dark amber from the bottle with a rich creamy head that stands up vigorously. Bouquet is floral and piny. Bitterness come through with carmel, nuts, and grapefruit. Mouth feel lacks a bit, but nice echo of bitterness and floral presence. One of my favorite ipas!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 30, 2008
On tap. The pour was a dark gold / light copper color. A one-finger tall white that produced good lacing. The aroma was subdued, but malt and light citrus came out. Faint hints of floral with pine not really being a player in this one. The flavor was nice malt cut with tart citrus and some dry floral hoppiness. Unremarkable, but inoffensive mouthfeel. Decent.

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