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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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GMP (16) - USA - JUL 5, 2005
The best of the oregon pale ales, light, clear, crisp and well balanced. A great afternoon beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
spnkyoumuch (24) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2005
This one is deeelish and a very smooth, balanced customer. Great on tap as well as bottled. As an APA fan, I love it! Retains worth at full price. Deschutes has a clue!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 28, 2005
Pours with a golden amber body topped by a thick lasting head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is slighlty sweet and malty but hoppy with nice grapefruit and pine notes. The flavor is bitter and hoppy with a note of pepper and a touch of grapefruit with an underlying sweet maltiness. Medium bodied, smooth and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 24, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2005 Simple, but well-balanced APA. Solid flavor hopping and quite dry. Light bodied.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Strykzone (4475) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Beautiful beer that might be describes as copperish in color. Very nice foam that lasted a bit. Aroma was difficult to get a handle on. Definite hints of grapefruit with an earthyness to it. This is not one of my favorite styles due to the tartness. This beer has only hints of tart with a very nice balance and substance. My favorite of the stye! Slight bitterness that lasted a little too long but overall a wonderful beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2459) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 16, 2005
Pours a light reddish/orange color. Aroma is quite bitter. A hint of lemon peel. Some malt and a little sweetness as well. Strong grapefruit bitterness right up front. Not alot of follow through. Drinkable but not outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adamnfineman (53) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Tap and 12 oz. bottle. A beautiful amber appearance, with a cloudy look that is just beautiful. A sweet beer with only light bitterness and sourness, but a strong hop flavor that is a welcome shot to your tongue. It finishes well, with those same hops lingering on your tongue. A great lunchtime beer and simply a great beer overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2005
Nice copper pour....medium bodied. Floral notes, with pine mixed in for a nice nose. Smooth with a bit of a bitter finish. Pretty solid pale ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackbocracken (36) - Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2005
Pretty good. Tastes very floral, almost tea-like. Hoppy, but not in a super aggressive manner. I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
RkyMtnLove (5) - Golden, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2005 does not count
Poured from bottle. A very hoppy beer - almost overwhelming at times - that was nothing special. The body is very mild, and the carbonation was high, making an unwanted interaction with the hops. Still, some very good organic flavors of the forest came through. Average pale ale, nothing to write home about.

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