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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 ďright.Ē

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 6, 2006
Draught. Clear yellow-orange color with bubbly white head. Flowery hop nose and flavor with taffy undertones.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigbish (511) - California, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Pours a nice amber color, fluffy white head. A very slight smell of hops... Slight malt flavor is balanced well by the hops. Very crisp and dry finish. Overall a good APA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Skycast (7) - Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2006 does not count
Overall a great and crisp pale ale that captures the essence of the style. Starts off with a creamy and abundant head that lasts for a good while. The smell is captivating with a good hoppy aroma thatís a little spicy and earthy. Itís definately inviting you to take a drink. Moving in for the first sip the smell hits your nose and the a lively tingling sensation hits the tip of your tongue as the carbonation takes hold. It has a great, but not overbearing, hop flavor; goes down almost creamy smooth and has a lingering crisp flavor at the back of your throat. This is the third beer from Deschutes Iíve had (the first Iíve rated) and all have been winners.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Ahh, a beautiful specimen indeed. Flavors are integrated harmoniously to create this perfectly ballanced Pale Ale. Itís smooth with a mild finish. This should be the first stop on the migratory trail from the barren flavor fields of mass produced lagers to the fertile forests of American craft brews. Thoroughly enjoyed and highly recomended.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Mirror Pond Pale Ale pours to a deep golden/orange color with a nice white head, and a good carbonation. The first thing that hits you with this beer is the nose. Very, VERY fragrant, zesty, citric hop aromatics flood the nose. This beer is dry hopped with Cascades by the bail loads. The palate on this beer is a very solid malt backbone of pale malts, and a touch of caramel as well. The body is very soft, and this is a very quaffable pale ale. This beer finishes with more outstanding hop flavors. The finish is long, dry, zesty, citric, and very bitter. Really a classic example of American Pale Ale, great showcase of Cascade hop aromas and flavors. The Deschutes Brewing Company of Bend, Oregon is really a fantastic local brewery, serving mostly the PNW and a few other western markets such as CA, ID, and WY. I would match this beer with spicy fare such as Cajun, Thai, Mexican, or Indian. This beer on draught, and also on cask, has such an awesome, fresh, vibrant hop character. That character is present in the bottle, but some what lacking compared to the cask and draught versions. So, when ever possible, go to the source on a beer like this

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2006
A bit hazy and dark gold with an off white head. Floral hop aroma of Cascade and Chinook? Light toffee and toasted malt flavor with a touch of butter and some sweetness. Strong hop presence. Clean, mildly bitter finish. Decent body though it could be beefed up. Easy drinking NW pale ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jennajlover (107) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 20, 2006
Poured a golden pale straw with a creamy white head. The nose was a doughy, malty aroma thatís peppered with citrus and floral notes. The taste started biscuity and bready, quickly followed by an infusion of hoopus amung us notes. Itís bitterness is well-tamed and seems only intended to balance with its malt, leaving it to simply fade from the tongue. Some sweet-biscuit malt does linger. This is one really drinkable beer that would be perfect in almost any situation. Very nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JAN 17, 2006
Iím used to overpowering pale ales, IPAS, etc, I really enjoyed this one because it was quite mild on the tounge, it was well hopped, but smooth and drinkable too, a great drinking beer on a night I wanted someting a bit smoother for my palate, good brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gilamonster24 (8) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - JAN 1, 2006 does not count
this beer is by far one of my favorites to take to parties because you get that great hop flavor with a real smooth citrus finish that even non beer drinkers admire.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (12234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2005
Has that classic hazy amber look that is synonymous with American Pale Ale. Nose is moderate, standard grapefruit and wood stuff. This beer has always underwhelmed me out of the bottle, whereas on tap and cask Iíve been a big fan. Flavour is moderate bitterness, orangey notes, bits of whole wheat bread malts and a litlte phenolic note that I often find when cascades begin to oxidize a bit. As I said, in bottle this is a pretty ho-hum example, going straight down the middle of the style.

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