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RATINGS: 1522   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 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 21, 2008
2008 Bottle - The quintesential NW Pale, citrus and alkaloid scented, bread malt on the front end, bitter hop at the end, pure fun in the middle. This is always my goto when I’m standing in the market and just can’t make up my mind, but always better on draught...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2008
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy orange-gold body with a large frothy white head and spider-web lacing. Aroma is mostly citrusy with some sweet fruits in the form of pineapple, peach and apricot. There is also some mild toffeeish sweet maltiness lingering in the background. Flavour leaves a bit to be desired- there is quite a bit of fruitiness. Peaches and pineapple are up front with some biscuit maltiness. Tastes a bit stale on the hop front but it’s otherwise quite drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (5388) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours an orangey/amber with an average size off whte head. Original aroma is lots of citrus but then settles down to a more malty caramel toffee. Medium bodied with average carbonation and a very light bit of bitterness on the swallow. Hoppy flavor of bitter citrus and biscuit. This is a good session beer but unfortunatley I only have one so it will be a quick session.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 19, 2008
Ok, I’m missing something here. This is a pleasant enough brew, but it’s rather boring, no? How’d it rack up an 83 percentile rating? Tastes biscuity with the lightest bit of honey and a grassy finish. Went well with the pasta I had for dinner, but nothing I’ll go looking for in the future.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2008
Has a sweet fruity nose with some subtle resiny hops. Burnt orange with slight haze and medium pillowy head. Biscuity sweetness, with a solid bitter hop balance. Highly carbonated, felt just a touch thin, nice smooth finish. Excellent session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6478) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2008
draft, golden amber IPA with a light grapefruit flavor and mild citrus notes, good typical ale

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