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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Canadianlush (169) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 11, 2007
I’ve had this one so often I can’t believe I haven’t rated it yet. Pours a cloudy copper color with a nice white head. Strong aroma of flowers and hops. Flavor is, complete, bitter and hoppy. Finish is full and hearty with a very nice hoppy aftertaste. Pound for pound one of the best IPAs out there. Deschutes has yet to let me down.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CapFlu (5074) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 6, 2007
(Draught) Sampled at a Sushi restaurant on Pioneer Square called Tig Asian Tapas Bar in Seattle on October 17, 2007. Pours a foamy white head with a cloudy orange body. Nose of oranged and vegetables. Flavour is mild and subdued with a lemon finish. Uneventful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blueturk (82) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 5, 2007
A reliable pale ale with good hopping, and body. Nice fruity notes. This beer is always on tap around portland and cases of it found everywhere. A solid pale ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Pours amber with a decent sized head. Nice citrus hops aroma. Good flavor, nice maltiness with a solid hop bite. Very nice pale ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2007
This beer poured a nice reddish-amber color with good head formation of tiny bubbles that hung around for awhile, and then gradually dissipated to a scummy coating. Aroma is definitely discernible, but is fairly mild with some hop fruitiness. Flavor is balanced, with some nice maltiness accompanied by some very pleasant hop fruitiness. Mouthfeel is a quite light and pleasant. This beer is highly drinkable...it’ll scratch your hop itch, but light enough to have a few. Definitely recommended.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
exadore (92) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Beautiful copper color, with a moderate head from the bottle. Great hop taste for a pale ale, with no off aftertaste. No overpowering hoppy aroma, but very sweet taste intially, followed by a slight bitterness. No lingering flavor. A personal favorite, especially after a long day at work or in the fall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldbrew (99) - USA - OCT 18, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2008 From tap in bar glass. A fine smoothness for a pale ale. Dense hop presence throughout but not overwhelming. The bite plays nicely with the malt. Satisfying finish without the offensive macho aggressiveness often found in other PAs. Clearly an above average pale ale here. Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tunneler (131) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2007
Context may have help this one - first tried it after a long hike in Glacier Np. Regardless, a great well-balanced pale with enough complexity to keep me interested.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2007
This was a pretty good pale ale but not that extraordinary. I would try this again though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4567) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2007
WBF. Didn’t take really good notes for this one. I remember it being decent, nothing special. Standard american pale ale, moderate hop presence and a decent malt balance.

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