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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
184601 (206) - Mexicali, MEXICO - MAY 2, 2008
Pours an abundant beige head, with a deep yet clear yellow/amber color, fantastic aroma very floral, and different hops there for sure,the flavor is quite good reminds me a lot of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, which is great. This one have a somewhat apple presence to me, very light bodied, yet with good ABV content, easy drinkability very nice with some red Enchiladas for dinner. Cheers!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 29, 2008
Pours bright hazy amber with a very thin bubbly head that dissipated almost immediately leaving absolutely no head or lacing. Smell of light, sweet malts with some citrus and floral hops. Tastes of subtle citrus hops, orange and some pine resin, with a sweet caramel malt flavor. Fairly crisp, sweet finish with little bitterness present at all. Mouthfeel is fairly light but smooth. This one certainly isn’t the most complex or daring APA, but I have to admit that I wouldn’t mind throwing a few of these back on this warm spring night. Very sessionable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - APR 27, 2008
Aroma is fruity, floral and sweet. Appearance is hazy copper gold with a well maintained white head. Flavor is tangy, sour and harshly bitter. Mouthfeel is medium/low bodied with a moderate carb texture. Overall, not easy drinking, too harsh and never lives up to the aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2008
Deep copper pour with a medium foamy off-white head. Citrus and hop aroma, with a touch of malt. Slightly sweet fruity flavor, with a bit of a hop bite on the finish. A nice pale ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RedSox2004 (1685) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - APR 21, 2008
Apricot color, slightly cloudy with a small head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing. Citrusy hops are evident in the aroma, with a sense of pine. Hops also are strong in the taste, but balanced with sweet malts, almost like bread. Medium bodied, very crisp, light carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
kidmartinek (4688) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2008
Copper pour, practically no head, a little bubbling. Decent lacing. Malty yet hoppy aroma. Very bitter flavor with some doughy sweetness. Bitter medium-heavy mouthfeel. Bitter finish. A heavy, harder to drink pale overall.

   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 (627) - 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.

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