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RATINGS: 1534   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vulcanmeister (262) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
topherh (1924) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Poured a light amber. Aroma of sweet malts and hops. Flavor is milder than I expected. More malty and fruity than hoppy. Still a very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dalekliz (912) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 17, 2008
On tap at Port Carlsbad. Hazy amber with a nice creamy, white head that lingers. Hoppy aroma, a bit sweet, with hints of fruits. Lighter, hoppy taste. Light lingering bitterness. Very refreshing and tasty.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
marcus (9236) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 17, 2008
This golden amber ale poured wiith a nice beige head. There is a nice malt base with gentle hopping Tastes something like an English bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2716) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 14, 2008
On tap. Pours an amber color with a creamy white head that quickly dissappears. Nose is fruity and hoppy and floral. Taste is refreshing, smootha and a somewhat malty. A very drinkable pale ale that goes down easy and mild. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
elihapa (1547) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAY 13, 2008
sampled on Maui, from bottle. Cascade hop scent and flavor. This is a nice session brew with medium sweetness and a mildly bitter hop finish, similar to Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale. Could have used a little bolder flavor in the finish, but would have again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mar (5260) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2008
draught at ft. worth flying saucer. nice amber pour with a creamy white froth top. smooth malts and slight hops on the nose. awesome mouthfeel that’s well balanced between the malts and hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhops (433) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2008
draught at Ft Worth Flying Saucer. Really please with this beer. Nice balance of malt and hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Special thanks to Gerald at the Fort Worth Central Market for hooking me up with a sample bottle of this! Pours an orange-amber color with a fluffy white head, slowly dissipating. Aroma is a little faint at first, but comes up a bit as it warms. Definitely floral and toasty, with a bit of orange juice. Big toasty flavor, a good amount of caramel, biscuits, just a wee bit of citrus and it finishes with a bitter toast nutty taste. Bitter aftertaste lingers a while and for once I don’t mind it. Pretty full bodied though ultimately still easily drinkable. Creamy texture. I enjoy this a lot, I love it when pale ales lean to the earthy side of things. Hope the Deschutes distribution to Texas follows through!

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