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RATINGS: 1522   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Headbanger (3773) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2007 12oz bottle-Aroma of hops on a light amber body. Taste of hops and citrus with a citrusy finish. Not bad but I don’t consider this a pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Had both in a bottle and on tap. The tap serving was far better. Light amber color with a thin white head. Fresh Cascade hop aroma with some fruity backgrounds. The bottle sample was actually quite bland compared to the tap serving. The tap serving had a nice balanced robust hop character that was most evident in the finish. Very drinkable when fresh. The bottle I had would’ve rated out at a 3.1.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 13, 2007
hazy orange-brown body with nice and quiet, lacy, off-white head; smooth drink with enough flavor--peanut, citrus, sweet then bitter, but always refreshing; tingly, bittersweet, refreshing... good brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 11, 2007
poured into tall pilsner. pours a clear orange copper with white frothy head. smooth fresh citrus hops on aroma. smooth and mild to citrus finish. sweet front, fresh hoppy middle. full bodied and refreshing. good mild finish. very subtle complexity. very good quality pale, and fun to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2007
Pours a clear gold/orange with some head that leaves a good bit of lacing. Nose is hoppy and sweet. Taste is heavy with hops with a firm citric/sweet edge to it. Almost like a cross between a lemon and an orange. Feel is what you’d expect - has a little carbonation to it, and it feels good on the tongue. Extremely drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BelgianBeerGal (3716) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2007
bottled. Not much going on here. Slightly bitter but otherwise lacking in taste. Seemed "soapy" to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lb4lb (2583) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Caramel honey colored pour with a lasting creamy head. Smell is of an almost berry like hoppiness at first, but it fades into a light hoppy, almost metallic smell as it opens up. Taste is mildish hoppiness, with a sweet finish at first, and then after a few sips a hoppy light bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. Maybe it was just my tummy today, but this seemed fairly acidic after it went down. Not a bad pale ale at all, either way. There are more I like better, but I could still have this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Bottle. Nice sweet hoppy smell. Decent bitterness with good head. Not too much flavor. A bit watery, good carbonation. Slightly bland bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2009
Date: October 12, 1996
Source: Brewfest, Newport, OR
Appearance: light amber, whispy head
Aroma: mild cascade aroma
Flavor: solid flavor with medium cascade hoping, just a touch of bitterness

Date: June 07, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta
Score: 2.5 to 2.7
Appearance: hazy dark yellow
Aroma: same mild cascade aroma
Flavor: sweet malt flavor with light hops, light bitter finish

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.7/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: ** /4

Name: Fresh Hopped Mirror Pond Pale Ale
Date: September 20, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub, Portland
Appearance: hazy copper, fine off white head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma, lots of fresh citrus hops
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, light citrus hops, well balanced bitterness, lasting bitter finish

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 27, 2007
Draft: Pours an orange copper color with a perfect 1 finger white head. Aroma of carmel and citrusy and floral hops. Flavor is malty and chewy carmel malts, mild hop bitterness with a floral and pithy orange rind like flavor. Nicely balanced and easy to drink but nothing spectacular.

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