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RATINGS: 1492   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - AUG 3, 2007
Excellent beer, good balance of malts and hops. Nice appearance, another quality beer from Deschutes

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nate (3824) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2007
Bottle. Medium hoppy nose with sweet grain and metallic aroma. Fresh hops aroma. Amber-orange clear with foamy off-white lacing head. Medium watery with medium-light carbonation. Starts with rounded maltiness, sweet biscuit. Balanced with fresh hops taste, not overly bitter. Nice dry end with rounded nutty dry after. Decent pale ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
kamish (93) - Monroe, Washington, USA - JUL 31, 2007
it’s alright, for now. but i have a feeling it might grow on me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2007 Rated 7/27/07. Bottle at Freakin Frog in Las Vegas, NV. Cloudy amber body with a thin film for a head that leaves behind a spotty lacing. The aroma was unexpectedly fruity, but appealing. I really picked up alot of banana, but there were also some citrus hops dancing around on top of a bready, yeasty background. The flavor was very sweet and fruity, which I again was not expecting. The hop bitterness is on the low side, which is disappointing because I think a hoppier profile could really make for an interesting brew here. Very smooth, almost creamy medium body. Not a bad brew but a bit too sweet for me. I would even dare to say that this could be interpreted as a fruit beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5360) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2007
Sampled with friends after picking out a few winning beers during ABA’s annual beer swap in Portland, Oregon. Pours a semi-hazy orangish-amber brew with a spritzy white head that slowly dissolves to a white ring. Aroma of multi-grain malt, caramel, a touch of banana and roasted nuts. Taste is highly carbonated, medium bodied, with a light banana nut bread with a touch of citrus. Finish is light, some thin carbonation on the tongue with a faint bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerandBlues2 (11063) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 15, 2007
Bottle. Pours sparkling orange with a spare fizzy off-white head, mostly diminishing, spare lacing. Aroma is average malt (bread, cereal), heavy hops (flowers, grapefruit), light yeast (dough) with notes of pear. Medium bodied, thin texture, soft carbonation and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ambrose (141) - East Aurora, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2007
A crisptacular brew with just the right amount of hops. It gave me gas. The good kind.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5831) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2007
Fresh piney aroma. Pours hazy golden orange with a small beige head. Mostly bitter hops, rather strong for an APA. The bitterness arrives as quickly as it leaves. It is accompanied by some mild biscuity malt. The mouthfeel is somewhat dry and resiny, and some residual sugars are left as well. Pretty drinkable stuff. Definitley a session ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tejas (946) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2007
Tons of good fresh hoppy aroma. Cloudy orangish color. Good dry hoppy palate. Has a spicy fresh hoppy flavor to it. It’s not Fresh Hop but it’s still really good. Another good solid beer from Deschutes. Sierra Nevada should take a lesson from them on how to brew a PA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2007
Had at some fish place in san fransisco. Pours a deep clear amber color with a small amount of offwhite head. Aroma hoppy and earthy of pine needles. Pretty standard apa.

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