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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.”


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 29, 2007
WBF-Raleigh. Clear amber body with a medium creamy white head. Sweet caramel aroma with some light citrus hops. Dry caramel and citrus hops flavor.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 26, 2007
12 Oz Bottle. Moderately spicy orange peel and candied ginger aroma. Quite restrained. Planty. Hazed deep flaming coal orange, with burnished edges and a rim of dirty white. Flavor is a somewhat soapy orange zest and lemon. Mild subterreanean spice covers up a mild-mannered malt bill. An almost artificial citrus presentation in the middle of the palate. Sugar profile restricted to nips of brown sugar and the early stages of Maillaird. Palate fields only a light draw of hop bitterness, seemingly lower than I anticipated. Reads almost like an English stlyle, but otherwise a mediocre pale ale.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 24, 2007
This is my favorite American Pale Ale, period. When I die, I want this poured on me grave...preferably NOT strained through me mate’s kidneys!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - APR 10, 2007
Not a bad example of an APA but not a great one. I could drink this one at a session but had hopped for more as I really like th eBlack Butte

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 3, 2007
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Pours a clear, amber golden with an off-white head leaving laces. Aroma of malt and a vaguely citric touch. Medium body with fairly sweet malt and a very subdued bitterness. Very smooth mouthfeel. An accessible APA with more focus on malt rather than hops. 230307

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - MAR 21, 2007
Draught at Red Robin. Amber with small white head and some lacing. Smell of hops, fresh grass and spice. Taste of malt, balanced with hops. Lekker finish that has a hoppish slurp.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Wegro (331) - Fresno, California, USA - MAR 18, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2010 very creamy. pours a clear orange with a medium head. aroma smells like....beer. sort of dusty. pretty pale malty for an APA, makes it taste sort of english. doesn’t have that lingering hop bitterness i was hoping for. tangerine-y. pretty tame. very sessionable and smooth thin bodied etc. bitterness is pretty low even considering the style. kinda seems like it was brewed for frat guys. somehow i liked it less as it warmed up. almost has an off flavor towards the end. i was expecting more for some reason. just a little too tame for my liking. i’d say fat tire has a bolder flavor, and that’s not exactly a bold one. their hop trip was pretty nice though. too bad this one can’t keep up with drifter SNPA pale 31 etc

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2011 Pours a hazy, bronze color with a fairly small, white, pillowy head; decent longevity and lacing which is quite abundant. Nose is pleasant and simple; hops are floral and slightly grassy with malts of buttery, cookie. Flavor is just as expected with similar flavors as the nose; malts are light in character with light cookie and still the buttery notes. Hops are dominant but never overpowering giving a moderate bitterness with flavors of floral and light citrus zest. Palate is medium, lively, and crisp. Finishes quickly and refreshing while being mostly bitter with some notes of herbal filtering in. Simple, solid, and suitable for the spring or early fall months; nothing to make it great but no complaints either. They put out a fresh hop version of this in the fall of 2011 and the beer is very similar. The floral notes are fresher, there is a slight spice appearance, and the finish seems to be more balanced. Maybe an additional point for overall but still the same balanced beer with pleasant hop prominence.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
A nice beer. Has a decent aroma with a scent of hops. Appearance is dark brown with a limited head. Mouthfeel is smooth but with a little bitterness. Flavor is great with a malty taste. Worth a try.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 28, 2007
To get a feel for how amazing this beer is, you might need to be at a party or gathering where domestic is the only offering. Then, and only then will you be able to appreciate the bounty that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. This is one of the ultimate session beers. Drinkable year round. Taste it again for the first time!


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