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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2006
Got this one bottled from my father-in-law out west. Very nice APA. Detectable cascade hops in the rosy nose and throughout, characteristicly bitter. Very nice finish. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bitterpeanut (15) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 12, 2006
Great hop aroma and bitterness. A bit a diacetyl in the good way. One of my favorite Amerian Ple Ales out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3382) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 7, 2006
6 pack purchased from Nugget in Davis, CA. $4.99, hell of a deal. Plenty of piney, grapefruity PNW hoppiness present in the nose. A bit floral. Nice, hoppy aroma. Virtually transparent honey-colored body, with a large, frothy off-white head that leaves attractive lacing. Needs to be just a bit darker. Juicy, slightly hempy, slightly piney hoppiness to start. Toasted, cereal, biscuity maltiness is present in the middle. Finishes with a juicy, non-overbearing hoppiness. Lightly pine-like and a bit of floral flavoring is also present. This is a really nice, flavorful APA. A great session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - OCT 5, 2006
12 oz bottle purchased at VONS Grocery. ($6.99 six pack). Pretty standard color for a APA, with a small head. This stuff smells very fresh and tasty. Taste is hoppy, yet very smooth. Overall, very good. This is something I can drink all day and still keep my wits about me. It’s been kind of nice taking a break from the IIPA’s lately. For awhile there, I was waking up in my bed with all my clothes on way too often.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2006
12 oz. bottle courtesy of Ross. Clear gold, medium white head and good durability. Grainy aroma with floral and citrus hints/. Medium body, perhaps a little thin, very lightly carbonated. Light malty sweetnes with a nice balance of citrus peel bitterness. Understated in most respects, although I don’t say that in a disparaging way. It’s just a more subtle APA than many. Drinakble, thirst quenching, and pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MIBRomeo (2567) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2006
straw color thick off white head well laced. Citrus hop aroma (cascades) some grass and a light maltiness. Avg palate. Flavor is simple light dry grass notes some flower pedlas and a very small malt. Perfect session APA, very light and easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (21730) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2006
Bottle at Stockholm Beerfestival. Clear golden coloured with a white head. Aroma of malts, caramel, hops and pine needles. Flavour of malts, caramel, hops and pine needles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2006
bottle. dark yellow color. large creamy head. nice hoppy aroma. hops are soft. perhaps a little too thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2006
12 oz bottle from Kenb just because he wanted to send me some beer- after AIC screwed me over. Pours a nice slight hazy medium gold and a frothy white head. Aroma is citrusy lemon with some light grapfruit and light malt. Nice sticky hop flavor with some more light toasted malts. Finish is nice and crisp with a dry bitterness in the end. Really nice well made APA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 13, 2006
Tasted 13/09/2006. 12oz bottle from BrewNZ. Almost bright, copper, with a brief and airy white head. Big caramel malt aroma jumps out at first, then becomes very subdued beneath the low-key orange, spruce and mineral yeast notes. Good malt presence up front, quite sweet, with toffee and fruity hops in the middle. Then there’s a big bitterness on exit and a huge lingering grapefruit hop flavour. Huge... becomes a little medicinal unfortunately. Medium weight, light-medium carbonation. Certainly one for the hopheads. Good one, maybe a little tired.

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