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RATINGS: 1501   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 15/20
highibus (770) - Vail, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Decent amber to copper color. Small head with hangs on nicely. Some lacing after 15 minutes still seen. Slight estery aroma with a sweet banana as well. Flavor is malt balanced with a slight hoppiness. Nothing over taking the other. Medium body with a lingering malt finish. Good pale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Nice pale ale. Pours amber with a thin head. Has a nice hoppy smell and flavor of hops and a little pine. Goes down smooth and was well balanced. Reminds me a little of the Three Floyds Pride and Joy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrStitch (138) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2008
Bottle. Pours a nice amber with a good head and leaves a thin lacing around your glass. The aroma was that of hops, hops, hops, and a little pine, The taste was very nice strong hoppy flavor with a little malt. Its beers like this that make me miss Oregon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leninthedesert (116) - Nevada, USA - JAN 28, 2008
Two words - flowery hops. Thats the largest character element of this beer. It links the aroma to the flavor to the developing palate to the finish. Not bad at all, but...Perfume baby!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 25, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2008 Bottle. Pours a hazy amber color with a creamy white head and a citrus nose. Mild malt flavor with a bit of hoppy goodness. Smooth and drinkable. Decent beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
spikester (604) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 24, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2008 Pours reddish amber with a generous head. Fair amount of lacing. Good hoppy aroma with slight citrus and pine needle scents. Clean crisp taste with just enough bitter hop flavor. Kind of an IPA light. Very well balanced. Overall another fine brew from Deschutes. Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2008
Thanks to msubulldog25 for the bottle. Slightly hazy amber/orange with a medium head. Aroma of earthy-spicy hops with a touch of citrus. Hard candy and caramel malt. Good but not outstanding.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Draft: Amber colored pour with thin head. Citrusy, slight caramel aroma with a bitter, hoppy finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
cblado (298) - Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2008
On tap at the Vita Cafe in Portland. Had a very subdued character, at first I thought my order had been switched to a lager. Aroma was slight, but present citrus. Significant hop flavor, as one would expect from an APA. Somehow this was earthier though. Body was light-medium, finish was more abrupt than I prefer. In all I’d try it again, but I wasn’t particularly impressed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ZiggyG (131) - Gladstone, Oregon, USA - JAN 11, 2008
Bottle. Pours amber with a nice white head that leaves a thin layer of lace all across the beer. Nice hop smell very much on the citrus side. Taste is bitter pine and earth hops with more sweetness than usual in a pale, some caramel type sugar notes. Mouthfeel is light to medium with medium carbonation. Seems very appropriate to the overall beer. This is a nice pale, and another great offering from deschutes.

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