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RATINGS: 1533   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 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 (6731) - 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)

   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.

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