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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 20, 2006
Cold 12oz bottle: Pours a cloudy medium orange color with a minimal amount of white bubbles around the edges of the glass. Aroma and taste are of floral hops and sweet malt with notes of caramel and citrus. Moderate carbonation. Moderately bittersweet ending with light sour notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IdahoJizake (10) - Nampa, Idaho, USA - OCT 18, 2006
Medium to dark copper with a yellowish, frothly head that hangs around for quite a while. Wonderfully hoppy and floral for a pale ale. Thick, well carbonated mouth-feel with a zippy, tangy taste. Very well balanced. Light syrupy aftertaste that lingers in the back of the throat for a long time. This is my favorite pale ale and has a permanent spot in my fridge.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gws57 (1274) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2006
Got this one bottled from my father-in-law out west. Very nice APA. Detectable cascade hops in the rosy nose and throughout, characteristicly bitter. Very nice finish. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bitterpeanut (15) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 12, 2006
Great hop aroma and bitterness. A bit a diacetyl in the good way. One of my favorite Amerian Ple Ales out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3320) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 7, 2006
6 pack purchased from Nugget in Davis, CA. $4.99, hell of a deal. Plenty of piney, grapefruity PNW hoppiness present in the nose. A bit floral. Nice, hoppy aroma. Virtually transparent honey-colored body, with a large, frothy off-white head that leaves attractive lacing. Needs to be just a bit darker. Juicy, slightly hempy, slightly piney hoppiness to start. Toasted, cereal, biscuity maltiness is present in the middle. Finishes with a juicy, non-overbearing hoppiness. Lightly pine-like and a bit of floral flavoring is also present. This is a really nice, flavorful APA. A great session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - OCT 5, 2006
12 oz bottle purchased at VONS Grocery. ($6.99 six pack). Pretty standard color for a APA, with a small head. This stuff smells very fresh and tasty. Taste is hoppy, yet very smooth. Overall, very good. This is something I can drink all day and still keep my wits about me. It’s been kind of nice taking a break from the IIPA’s lately. For awhile there, I was waking up in my bed with all my clothes on way too often.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2006
12 oz. bottle courtesy of Ross. Clear gold, medium white head and good durability. Grainy aroma with floral and citrus hints/. Medium body, perhaps a little thin, very lightly carbonated. Light malty sweetnes with a nice balance of citrus peel bitterness. Understated in most respects, although I don’t say that in a disparaging way. It’s just a more subtle APA than many. Drinakble, thirst quenching, and pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MIBRomeo (2559) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2006
straw color thick off white head well laced. Citrus hop aroma (cascades) some grass and a light maltiness. Avg palate. Flavor is simple light dry grass notes some flower pedlas and a very small malt. Perfect session APA, very light and easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (20742) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2006
Bottle at Stockholm Beerfestival. Clear golden coloured with a white head. Aroma of malts, caramel, hops and pine needles. Flavour of malts, caramel, hops and pine needles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2006
bottle. dark yellow color. large creamy head. nice hoppy aroma. hops are soft. perhaps a little too thin.

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