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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5269) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2007
Sampled with friends after picking out a few winning beers during ABA’s annual beer swap in Portland, Oregon. Pours a semi-hazy orangish-amber brew with a spritzy white head that slowly dissolves to a white ring. Aroma of multi-grain malt, caramel, a touch of banana and roasted nuts. Taste is highly carbonated, medium bodied, with a light banana nut bread with a touch of citrus. Finish is light, some thin carbonation on the tongue with a faint bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerandBlues2 (10073) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 15, 2007
Bottle. Pours sparkling orange with a spare fizzy off-white head, mostly diminishing, spare lacing. Aroma is average malt (bread, cereal), heavy hops (flowers, grapefruit), light yeast (dough) with notes of pear. Medium bodied, thin texture, soft carbonation and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ambrose (141) - East Aurora, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2007
A crisptacular brew with just the right amount of hops. It gave me gas. The good kind.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5626) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2007
Fresh piney aroma. Pours hazy golden orange with a small beige head. Mostly bitter hops, rather strong for an APA. The bitterness arrives as quickly as it leaves. It is accompanied by some mild biscuity malt. The mouthfeel is somewhat dry and resiny, and some residual sugars are left as well. Pretty drinkable stuff. Definitley a session ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tejas (882) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2007
Tons of good fresh hoppy aroma. Cloudy orangish color. Good dry hoppy palate. Has a spicy fresh hoppy flavor to it. It’s not Fresh Hop but it’s still really good. Another good solid beer from Deschutes. Sierra Nevada should take a lesson from them on how to brew a PA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
roder60 (1285) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2007
Had at some fish place in san fransisco. Pours a deep clear amber color with a small amount of offwhite head. Aroma hoppy and earthy of pine needles. Pretty standard apa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2696) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 19, 2007
12oz bottle, best by 07/03/07, thanks to (alohaC) Christian. Pours a hazy medium orange with one finger beige head, fading to a thin film after a couple mins. Aroma of moderate citrusy hops with a little bit of pine, and some caramel malts. Flavor is again pretty citrusy with a nice caramel backbone. Low bitterness (3 out of 10). Moderate soft carbonation with a light to medium body. When I compare this to Alpha King, my highest rated APA, this doesn’t come close. But as a standard APA, this is solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 17, 2007
Brown amber with fizzy white head. Faint malty aroma. Sweet malty slightly nutty taste with a bready finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (5089) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2007
Bottle via jake65 - thanks, Jake! Cascade aroma with a lot of caramel and light yeasty notes, some toffee very faintly underneath the dust. Pours a gentle hazy orange with a soapy, rocky beige head. Lightly bitter and lightly sweet with tons of caramel and biscuit. Funky hop taste. Great hop-malt balance. Medium body, hoppy and slightly dry aftertaste. Mild, well-made, pleasant, lightly woody and extremely drinkable. Excellent session!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robforbes (2074) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JUN 14, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2009 old rating: 7/4/8/4/17 - 4.0 pours a clear amber with a white head, and great lacing. smell of caramel, malt, a few hops, a roastiness, and a touch of citrus. taste is lightly bitter, caramel, earth, malt, and some hops, ends dry yet refreshing.

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