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RATINGS: 1532   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
asedzie (786) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 19, 2008
Pours copper with medium dense beige head. Aroma is floral and citrus hops. Flavor is grainy, mild herbal bitterness, fruitiness, mild pear, tart flavor. Mild lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is moderately full, but just slightly watery.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcnally (114) - Burbank, California, USA - FEB 18, 2008
kind of a mixed bag kind of beer. definitely need to let this one warm a bit before enjoying. initially, very light aroma with mild hop flavor that comes into better focus as it warms. light aftertaste of citrus/spice. just ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Sampled at RRBF 08. Beer is clear, light caramel brown. Head is small, white, frothy/creamy, mostly and quickly diminishing but mostly lasting.<P>The aroma is malty with light notes of toastedg rain, caramel biscuit; Hoppy with moderate notes of honeysuckle floral, light note of dried apricot; Yeasty with a trace of dough; Trace miscellaneous trace note of green apple, moderate note of honey mead.<P>The flavor is moderately sweet, moderately/heavily bitter, lightly acidic with a long, lingering, heavily bitter, lightly/moderately sweet finish. Blooming honeysuckle retro-nasals.<P>The body is medium, the texture is watery and the carbonation is fizzy.<P>Pleasingly aromatic, nice personality, well balanced, engaging. I think I could use this as a lever to get my friends peeled off of Fat Tire.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Draft @ Owl Club in Rosevile, CA. Pours orange with a bright white ring. Nose is light and oddly I get rye bread in the nose. Taste is sweet malty and there the rye comes back again, weird that the rye is there but it makes it more interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaggedice (4) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 16, 2008 does not count
Bottle. Orange color with nice off white head that stays put. The head did not drop like other suggested. Grapefruit flavor. It could be a lot better if it wasn’t so light.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
junon (430) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - FEB 13, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2009 Not terribly aromatic. I like this beer as it is really easy to drink. Not blown away by this but I would have no problem drinking it given the chance. Also really does have that lingering hoppy taste. Deschutes is a solid brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Orangey gold, nice light tan head, good lacing. Nose is juicy citrus & grapefruit, some tealike cattiness. Behind the hops lies some smooth caramel. Flavor is not as hoppy as the nose suggests - lemon & citrus, tea, malt is well balanced. Bitter finish, again, citrus & tea.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 9, 2008
Thanks to bitbucket for the trade...bottle best by 8/21/07. Pours a translucent golden amber with a larger foamy/bubbly off white head that left some lacing. Aroma of cereal grains, floral notes, mixed citrus some pine and a touch of some caramel malt. Flavor of pine, grapefruit, tropical fruits, cereal grains, some caramel malt and a lingering hop bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
doubelknv3 (1083) - Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2008
Copper-orange with thin white head. Mild floral and citrus aroma notes. Citrus and mild biscuit flavour notes. Fairly balanced with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4864) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Draft at Chinook Winds Casino Resort, Lincoln City, OR. Small tan head that mostly diminished, fair amount of lacing, minimal carbonation, transparent, and an orange hue. Malt, hoppy, citrus, and pine nose. Flavor was malty, some caramel, hoppy, citrus, and pine. Smooth mouthfeel and medium body. Very quaffable, enjoyable, not over-the-top hops and nicely done. Worthy of a try.

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