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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hapjydeuce (972) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAY 28, 2007
Medium head, slightly hoppy aroma. Slight citrusy nose in the flavor, with a weak hops finish. Refreshing and poundable, the palate is not complex at all, and doesnt linger. Nothing extraordinary going on here... a good brew for a hot summers day at the beach.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arondee (598) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 11, 2007
The smell is pretty light. I can definitely smell the Orange spice but it’s light, or my nose is a little stuffed. Dark Orange almost light brown in the glass. Small/Medium head that fades fast. Great taste immediatly, not the strongest or most bitter IPA but not the weakest either. Slightly bitter aftertaste that goes away after 5 seconds. Great beer overall ranks somewhere in-between a Sierra Nevada PA and a Redhook in the bitterness/taste category. I thought it was great but a bit lighter than I would have really liked.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2011 6/09 orange 5 spice aroma. has a brown taste (yeah the color brown) with light hops and grass. flowers really dominate and make it unpleasant. mediocre.

10/13/11 fresh hop mirror pond bottle. tastes and smells like real big boy beer. hops balance it out and make it really quaffable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 29, 2007
WBF-Raleigh. Clear amber body with a medium creamy white head. Sweet caramel aroma with some light citrus hops. Dry caramel and citrus hops flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 26, 2007
12 Oz Bottle. Moderately spicy orange peel and candied ginger aroma. Quite restrained. Planty. Hazed deep flaming coal orange, with burnished edges and a rim of dirty white. Flavor is a somewhat soapy orange zest and lemon. Mild subterreanean spice covers up a mild-mannered malt bill. An almost artificial citrus presentation in the middle of the palate. Sugar profile restricted to nips of brown sugar and the early stages of Maillaird. Palate fields only a light draw of hop bitterness, seemingly lower than I anticipated. Reads almost like an English stlyle, but otherwise a mediocre pale ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 24, 2007
This is my favorite American Pale Ale, period. When I die, I want this poured on me grave...preferably NOT strained through me mate’s kidneys!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - APR 10, 2007
Not a bad example of an APA but not a great one. I could drink this one at a session but had hopped for more as I really like th eBlack Butte

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 3, 2007
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Pours a clear, amber golden with an off-white head leaving laces. Aroma of malt and a vaguely citric touch. Medium body with fairly sweet malt and a very subdued bitterness. Very smooth mouthfeel. An accessible APA with more focus on malt rather than hops. 230307

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - MAR 21, 2007
Draught at Red Robin. Amber with small white head and some lacing. Smell of hops, fresh grass and spice. Taste of malt, balanced with hops. Lekker finish that has a hoppish slurp.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - MAR 18, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2010 very creamy. pours a clear orange with a medium head. aroma smells like....beer. sort of dusty. pretty pale malty for an APA, makes it taste sort of english. doesn’t have that lingering hop bitterness i was hoping for. tangerine-y. pretty tame. very sessionable and smooth thin bodied etc. bitterness is pretty low even considering the style. kinda seems like it was brewed for frat guys. somehow i liked it less as it warmed up. almost has an off flavor towards the end. i was expecting more for some reason. just a little too tame for my liking. i’d say fat tire has a bolder flavor, and that’s not exactly a bold one. their hop trip was pretty nice though. too bad this one can’t keep up with drifter SNPA pale 31 etc

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