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RATINGS: 1518   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 17, 2008
UPDATED: APR 18, 2008 Bottle. Amber body, good off-white head, fruity nose. Fruity hops, some sweetness, a bit grainy when it warms, but a pretty nice pale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aquilo (599) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 17, 2008
Aroma is interesting. Malty and herbal. Color is cloudy amber with a thin head. Tastes of eucalyptus and hops. It is smooth and wet, which is nice, but overall, I was unimpressed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 14, 2008
Refreshing honey and molasses aroma, with a powerful honey flavor with 60-40 malt-hop balance. Nice bitterness on the finish. Excellent ale, although maybe slightly thicker on the tongue than I would have liked.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RunDWP (203) - San Jose, California, USA - APR 12, 2008
Bottled. Excellent pale ale. Poured a slightly cloudy orange with a light tan head. With a stuffed up nose, I could still detect a slightly floral aroma. Bitter hops taste, with good citrus and slight floral notes. Slightly bitter finish, but otherwise, goes down smooth, with a low level of carbonation. Typically excellent Deschutes effort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thooper41 (556) - BELGIUM - APR 8, 2008
12oz bottle: pours and orange amber in color with minimal white head, aroma malty with hints of caramel and citrus hops. is pretty full flavored for a APA mostly malty with hints of citrus hops and caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Carl99Fan (187) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2008
Slightly better than typical pale ale. Definite Cascade flavor. Grassy, lemony palate. Lots of flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kcmole (28) - USA - APR 5, 2008
Not as hoppy as expected, very drinkable session beer. I’ve had both the bottled version and the cask-conditioned and the latter was an absolute treat. The Cascade hops come through beautifully, but do not overpower the slightly caramelly maltiness. Beginning to think this is becoming my old standby beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pootzboy (1689) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2008 Bottled: Pours and hazed orange amber with a 1 finger sticky cap...laces well....modestly carbonated. Nose is standard for Pacific NW Pales; Grapefruity, woody, caramel malts. Nice slick mouth feel, mellow amalgam of the grapefruit-wood-bittering-sweet malts of the Pac NW APA..nicely executed...mellow and non aggressive with full flavor and satisfying character. A standard for the style

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MinetoKuroda (12) - Nihombashi Chuo-ku, JAPAN - MAR 27, 2008
On tap. I feel calm and quiet like I stand at mirror pond that I’ve never seen. Taste Kocha (English Tea) or fresh white wine with roast barrel nuance finish. also feel good water. No bad stress going through mouth. I think beer was slightly tired but still keep good condition. I wish I drink it there in Oregon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - MAR 24, 2008
Bready and bisquity with lots of honey sweetness and a citric hop taste in the finish. Fruity aftertaste... lots of flavor for a pale ale.

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