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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 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 (2561) - 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 (21072) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2006
12 oz bottle from Kenb just because he wanted to send me some beer- after AIC screwed me over. Pours a nice slight hazy medium gold and a frothy white head. Aroma is citrusy lemon with some light grapfruit and light malt. Nice sticky hop flavor with some more light toasted malts. Finish is nice and crisp with a dry bitterness in the end. Really nice well made APA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 13, 2006
Tasted 13/09/2006. 12oz bottle from BrewNZ. Almost bright, copper, with a brief and airy white head. Big caramel malt aroma jumps out at first, then becomes very subdued beneath the low-key orange, spruce and mineral yeast notes. Good malt presence up front, quite sweet, with toffee and fruity hops in the middle. Then there’s a big bitterness on exit and a huge lingering grapefruit hop flavour. Huge... becomes a little medicinal unfortunately. Medium weight, light-medium carbonation. Certainly one for the hopheads. Good one, maybe a little tired.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2006
This was far more hoppy than I expected from an American pale, more like a west coast IPA. Great pine and citrus hops with a long bitter finish. Cloudy unfiltered amber to orange with a small head. Sweet malts, hops, and a long hop finish. Better than I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (9228) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2006
Bottle... NTB Ernesto Festo ’06... Hazy golden ale with orange highlights and a small, fizzy, white head. The aroma is very "West Coast"... floral and fruity with plenty of grapefruit and pine. Sturdy malt and sturdy hops result in a well-balanced flavor. Medium-bodied and silky with lively carbonation. Mid-length, evenly bitter finish. A shout goes out to kenb for providing this bottle!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2006
Bottled. Dark golden in colour with a rather large head. Wellbalanced and round. Malty and hoppy with a nice dryness. Hints of fruits and spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ohnoitskristin (62) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - SEP 3, 2006
12 oz bottle. Very sweet, aromatic smell that runs over into the taste. Lots of activity and hops is the overlaying flavor. Medium body with a crisp finish on the palate. Overall a nice beer to kick-back and enjoy.

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