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RATINGS: 1530   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 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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
a10555 (125) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 31, 2007
The first time I drank this stuff, I was a craft beer virgin and I hated it. I went back and tried a bottle, and still not my favorite but it was good. Nice auburn color and in your face hop flavor. Real grainy fell in the mouth and that is ultimately the thing that turns me off a bit. Won’t rush to try again, but it was okay

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Pours a golden orange with 2 fingers of head that slowly dies down. Nice lace. Smells of strong hops and citrus with mild rind and malt. Tastes wonderful of hops citrus and a nice balance of malt. Feel light and crisp in the mouth with great carbonation. Another sessionable beer which I have done myself in with tonight. Delightful and recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2007
Sampled at WBF. Pour: clear, golden, some brown. Headl thin off white. Aroma: hops, grassy, some floral notes. Flavor: some hops, caramel malt. Palate: pretty thin. Finish: clean.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Bottle. Has long since been one of my favorite pale ales. Beer had a very nice light hop aroma with some cirus fruits mixed in as well. Beer poured a light amber with a ruby hue. Nice dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Charlzm (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Bottled, consumed on 12/13/07. Crystal clear medium golden pour with very fine off-white head that lasted quite some time. Rich citrus and pine aroma with subtle notes of sweet... peppermint?? Can’t put my finger on it, but pleasing nonetheless. Smooth mouthfeel with a touch of that Bass Ale apple flavor. Fleeting sourness gives way to lightly bitter, smooth finish with no astringency. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2007
On draft at the Corbett Fish House, 12/5. For a pale ale, it was quite good. Got me two 20 oz. pints of it. Slightly fruity aspect; I need to put this up against SNPA and see how hey compare.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 7, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2007 Dark for a pale ale, a brown shade of gold and hazy. Lots of apricot flavor, not so bitter. More like an English Pale Ale. [Tasted next to a Anderson Valley Poleeko Gold Pale Ale] The Poleeko is much lighter in color, and citrusy sweet in flavor. The Mirror Pond has more malt backbone and a full bodied fruity flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (18780) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 1, 2007
UPDATED: APR 10, 2011 2011-03-08, draught at Bier Craft, Vancouver, 7-4-7-4-14=36
Blond color. The aroma is a bit fruity and resiny. Dry but pleasant toffee and malt flavor; strong bitterness, with some good hop quality. Good.

2010-03-26, draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver, 7-4-7-4-15=37
Hazy amber color. Nice hop-fruity aroma, apricots. Reasonable toffee flavor, drier in the finish; good bitterness, quite aromatic, more fruity than resiny. Pleasant and well drinkable.

2007-09-22, bottle at Stockholm Beer Festival 2007, 7-3-7-3-14=34
Cloudy amber color. Nice sweet hoppy aroma, resiny and fruity. There is some sweet toffeish flavor, but a bit dry mouthfeel. At least there is a good hopping, strong and a bit resiny and fruity (apricots). Pleasant.

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