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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8404) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2006
Light orange, with head of foam that evaporates slowly. Significant lace left in glass. C-hop grapefuit aroma and malt. Soft on the palate, but an aftertaste of tongue tingle from carbonation. Medium grapefruit and orange flavours, with bitter and a tad metallic finish

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 2, 2006
01-Jul-06 (12 oz bottle: BevMo in La Jolla, CA) Man, I must have been in some kind of bad mood that day two years ago when I last drank this beer. This is a fruity, mildly sweet, and gently bitter and hoppy pale ale with a light malt base and a lingering hop bitterness. Hardly any hops in the nose, it’s mostly just fruity, lightly sweet and a bit grainy. Light to medium body with pretty easy carbonation too. Light golden in color with a fair amount of haze. The half-inch or so of creamy, off-white head shows solid retention, and man oh man, the dense blanket of lace on the glass is simply magnificent. All in all, this beer’s nothing extraordinary, but it’s quite pleasant and easy to drink.

03-Jul-04 (12 oz bottle: Safeway in Petaluma, CA) The nose isn’t terribly inviting, smelling of cheap, floral, slightly sweet aromas; The cheap tasting flavor is only marginally better, being mildly malty and fairly sugary, with a slight corn flavor and a floral, moderately bitter hops, but again not being all that enjoyable; The finish is almost entirely just kind of sweet; Copper in color, slightly hazy; Sizeable, light tan head on the pour gradually settles to a thin layer and leaves a decent amount of crocheted lacing; Below average for a pale ale in everything except its appearance. (4, 4, 5, 3, 10 = 2.6)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 26, 2006
On tap at the Island Sports & Spirits, Coronado CA. Butterscotch amber in color with almost no head. Thin and white if I had to call it. Malty and berry-like flavors dominate. Fairly high level of gypsum. Rather mild body. Decent amount of hops. OK, but not great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 26, 2006
As pales go, this is a very good beer. Malty with some hops and a nice citrus back. Better than a Sierra, but about the same in every category as a Firehouse with less hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (9530) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2006
On tap @ Falling Rock poured a clear amber with a small lasting white head. Aromas of sweet malt, carmel and orange. Palate was light bodied and smooth. Flavors of light carmel and a hint of orange with a smooth bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2006
Bottle courtesy of IndianaRed. Dark copper/amberish with huge off white head. Plenty of lacing. Aroma and flavor just standard apa, but very well balanced. Caramel/toffee offset by pine hop presence. Very clean mouthfeel, from the almost unibroue like carbonation, doesn’t really detract though. Very sessionable overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 18, 2006
Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a light head. Light carbonation. Nice citrus hop aroma. Has some nice hop flavoring with some malt sweetness to back it it up. Smooth medium body beer. A good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4264) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 14, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2007 A decent pale ale, although nothing special. hopy citrus flavor with notes of caramel. I almost thought it was a little weak compared to other APA’s out there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheLeadDog (101) - Kent, Washington, USA - JUN 13, 2006
Another winner from Deschutes Brewery! Great malt and hop flavors come thru in this pale ale. Nice deep amber color with medium head. Good full bodied taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2006
Bottle. Pours burnt orange, small and diminishing off white head. Very minimal lacing. Aromas of ctirus hops and some caramel. Small grapefruit hop taste and a slight bit of banana as it warms. Medium body, finishes bitter.

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