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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3096) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Sampled on 12/20/2006... 12 oz bottle (Best by 12/20/06 1739M, 5.0% ABV) from bitbucket. Thanks Bob! -- Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale pours a vibrant orange copper color with a thin white crown. The aroma is just like that of Goldenrod honey. It also tastes a lot like Goldenrod honey with some Cascade hops. I know this for sure because I recently made some mead using Goldenrod honey, Cascade hops, peaches, and cinnamon and could recognize the honey and hops blindfolded now! It has a slight honey sweetness at first and then the finish has a mild signature Cascade hop bitterness to it that lingers nicely. Palate: Medium body, mild to moderate carbonation, and smooth. Overall this is a really good pale ale and different than most available because of it’s unique honey-like flavors than remind me of mead. I really enjoyed this brew and hope to have more in the future. This would make an excellent session beer...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8244) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Thanks to Jake for this one. Pours hazy orangy coppery with medium off-white head. Aroma of Cascade hops, some fruit, caramel malt, citrus. Tastes complex and medium bodied, with a nice hop presence coupled with slight fruit and slight finishing resiny character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2006
A nice APA. Lots of citrus in aroma and taste. Decent head some lacing. An almost smoky taste, nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2006 How have I not rated this? This has been my go-to beer for a while, as it’s perpetually on sale for $12 or so at my local grocery. I’ve always liked it a lot though. Let’s see, hazy light copper. Aroma is pumped full of delicious, cookie/fresh bread malts and a generous dousing of floral grapefruit hops (although with the added malt component it comes through differently than SNPA). Tons more grapefruit coming through in the flavor, although with a slight caramel/crystal sweetness. Perfect bitterness level. Finish balances mouthfeel and sweetness/dryness perfectly. Really the quintessential west coast pale ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
muteant (9) - USA - NOV 20, 2006 does not count
O.K., from ze tap this is a fabulous beer, just a perfect pitch of citrus and sharpness and drinkability. From a bottle it tends to become too overbearingly grapefruit-y. Recommended regardless.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 19, 2006
Amber in color with a small white head. Aroma is sweet,fruity and of citrus hops. Flavor is of sweet malt,fruity with the body a bit thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iamsancho16 (99) - USA - NOV 10, 2006
Pretty strong aroma. Can’t really go wrong with anything put out by Deschutes. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11315) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 9, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2008 GABF-on tap-pours a thick offwhite head with hazy amber color. Taste is citrus with flatness. 080919- rerate 12oz bottle 3.4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MMMBEERLS (18) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 7, 2006
Bottle pours a darker amber than I think most in amber style. Head is thick off-white with good retention. Nose is full of citrus lemon. Flavor has a nice balance with bready toffee sweetness in the finish. Overall an average at best Pale Ale with a slighlty weak body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lipscomb216 (80) - USA - NOV 5, 2006
Aroma of an unmolested pine forest. Pours a hazy orange-amber. Taste of grapefruits and pine, real sweet going down. Another quality APA from a distinctly good brewer. WHY DO PEOPLE DRINK BUD OR COORS WITH THIS KIND OF BEER AVAILABLE??????

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