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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 19, 2007
12oz bottle, best by 07/03/07, thanks to (alohaC) Christian. Pours a hazy medium orange with one finger beige head, fading to a thin film after a couple mins. Aroma of moderate citrusy hops with a little bit of pine, and some caramel malts. Flavor is again pretty citrusy with a nice caramel backbone. Low bitterness (3 out of 10). Moderate soft carbonation with a light to medium body. When I compare this to Alpha King, my highest rated APA, this doesn’t come close. But as a standard APA, this is solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 17, 2007
Brown amber with fizzy white head. Faint malty aroma. Sweet malty slightly nutty taste with a bready finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (5309) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2007
Bottle via jake65 - thanks, Jake! Cascade aroma with a lot of caramel and light yeasty notes, some toffee very faintly underneath the dust. Pours a gentle hazy orange with a soapy, rocky beige head. Lightly bitter and lightly sweet with tons of caramel and biscuit. Funky hop taste. Great hop-malt balance. Medium body, hoppy and slightly dry aftertaste. Mild, well-made, pleasant, lightly woody and extremely drinkable. Excellent session!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robforbes (2089) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JUN 14, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2009 old rating: 7/4/8/4/17 - 4.0 pours a clear amber with a white head, and great lacing. smell of caramel, malt, a few hops, a roastiness, and a touch of citrus. taste is lightly bitter, caramel, earth, malt, and some hops, ends dry yet refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2007
Pours a hazy copper color with a white head. Aroma is malty caramel, with lots of citrus hops. Flavor is caramel with a bitter grassy citrus hop finish. Good pale ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 29, 2007
The standard pale ale - nothing great - a nice medium bodied light ale with a crisp bitter finish of cascade.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hapjydeuce (986) - 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.

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