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RATINGS: 1518   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 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 (605) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmEricanbrew (6608) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 9, 2008
12 oz. bottle pours a amber hued liquid with a decent head that quickly fades to a sheen. Has a very slight sweet caramel smell with a whiff of hops. Has a medium body, with a taste of caramel sweetness followed by smidgin of floral hop bitterness to finish. A very easy drinking, smooth beer - maybe too smooth. 2004

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 3, 2008
Nice grapefruit aroma. A bit light in the flavor department, though. Enough hops, but I would like just a touch more malt sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JAN 1, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2011 22oz bottle; Fresh Hop Version (why are these not separated?): Amber with a very slight haze and a medium white head with good retention. Grapefruit and earthy, leafy, herbal hops on the aroma. This definitely has that fresh, grassy, almost astringent feel to it in the mouth. Some grapefruit, but a lot more resiny, earthy flavor than normal. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Very typical flavors of a fresh hop pale, and I really don’t think wet-hopping is the best way to show off an heirloom variety like this. It’s hard to tell how different it is because the fresh flavors are inherently different to begin with. Original rating: 12oz bottle. Lightly hazy, orange-amber. Aroma of sweet caramel, subtle hops, some pine, and some pineapple. Citrus flavors that are lightly bitter, pretty dry on the whole. Subtle and balanced profile. Light and clean palate. Very sessionable and balanced, but ordinary. (7,4,6,3,13)

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