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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 ďright.Ē

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivo (2646) - GERMANY - MAR 12, 2006
Doughy nose, amber color, fluffy head. Malty base with hints of apple. Light fresh hop bite that builds on itself through the glass. Gritty feel. Odd balance. Not so exciting, but not so bad either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CAmes (32) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2006
A solid daily drinker. Great pale ale. This might be just as hoppy as Deschutesís IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YogiBeera (2554) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Thanks Saarlander!!!! Dark orange, nearly brown color, small layer of a head. Nice flowery and doughy nose. Apples, pine and Cascade hops in taste - medium intense. Very nice. Iike it!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwedin (249) - Happy Valley, Oregon, USA - FEB 28, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2006 Bottle. Nice light tan head that lasts. Very balanced hop/malt flavor. Cascades could be the perfect hop. Perfect finish leaving you wanting more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chargerfanjess (124) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Copper colored very filtered look with tiny little bubbles. sticky lacing white head. Nice creamy bitter initial hop (orange peel) flavor. this then becomes more malty twards the finish. There is also a slight metalic (tin) flavor left on the tongue. A nice solid hoppy pale ale. Medium mouth. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Pour is hazy amber with a nice dense tan head...smell is hoppy with lots of citrus notes and some nice toasted bread aromas in there...taste is light and sweet at first, then a nice warmth of hops...slightly sticky sweet finish...

   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 (640) - 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.

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