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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 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 (11335) - 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??????

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Another textbook APA for the region. It’s really hard to identify the differences. Semi hazy amber body. Aroma is grapefruit, pine, other fruits. Another solid and tasty APA... but it’s almost to the point of comparing to Bud to Miller on a different level...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 2, 2006
This pale ale pours a dark amber color that settles a light amber color with a creamy, white head. Mostly lasting head, cloudy body. Aroma is of light yeast, and a moderate amount of hop presence. Initial taste is light sweet, with a moderately bitter finish with average duration. No carbonation in the finish, it goes down smooth and creamy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 20, 2006
Cold 12oz bottle: Pours a cloudy medium orange color with a minimal amount of white bubbles around the edges of the glass. Aroma and taste are of floral hops and sweet malt with notes of caramel and citrus. Moderate carbonation. Moderately bittersweet ending with light sour notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IdahoJizake (10) - Nampa, Idaho, USA - OCT 18, 2006
Medium to dark copper with a yellowish, frothly head that hangs around for quite a while. Wonderfully hoppy and floral for a pale ale. Thick, well carbonated mouth-feel with a zippy, tangy taste. Very well balanced. Light syrupy aftertaste that lingers in the back of the throat for a long time. This is my favorite pale ale and has a permanent spot in my fridge.

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