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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 9, 2004
(Best by 9/17/04) Spicy fruity aroma with a touch of malt. Earthy and woodsy. A mild pale ale that woulod go well with curry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cstuartj (949) - Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2004
Pale Ale’s aren’t my thing really they come off a little weak and thin. I perfer a good IPA. But as Pale Ales go this is a great effort.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2011 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is clear medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (resin). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Well, they’ve gone from this being a yeast bomb to it being a resin bomb...the most raw, resinous hop odor you can imagine, just like floor cleaner. About as one-dimensional as they come.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (2315) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 27, 2004
Nice golden copper with a slighly unfiltered cloudy look. Not much head but determined lacing. Sharp hoppy and a bit of a bite right up front. Like the label says, somewhat floral. Seems well balanced and the finish has a bit of that hoppy tang. Bright and clean.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2004
yellowish/golden copper color. whitish tan head w/ decent enough lacing. sweet nose and hoppy flavor, but still has slight malt presence. good session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - JUN 20, 2004
This is one of my favorite Pale Ales. I may be a little biased because I am from Oregon but this and Bridgeport Blue Heron are just fantastico!, Pours an auburn gold color, small off white head and thin lacing. Has a very malty fruity aroma mixed with a well blend of malts and hops creating a great tasting well blended ale, not too bitter, very tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2004
Clear orange-amber, bright white 1cm foam. Light fresh orange zest fragrance with caramelic malt underneath. Hop profile is grassy. Honey and earth notes. Taste is fresh with earthy oranges peaks, peaches-like malt and what I found to be mostly grassy in the aroma here appears mostly floral and minty. Very quaffable straightforward verison of the style. Definitely doesn’t have the complexity or stand-out characteristics to be worth seeking, but pleasant enough to try if you have the chance. Great creamy mouthfeel, airy and foamy medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hershiser2 (1208) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2004
Medium amber with a nice head. Aroma is slightly citrusy, with nice hop notes. Taste is also citrusy and slightly hoppy. Good fizz in the mouth. A well-rounded brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
MrRomero (1974) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 9, 2004
Poured orange with a medium off white head. Light citrus aroma with mild hops. Slight tomato sauce aroma as well. Taste is pretty thin. Light hops and malt and some acidity. A below average pale ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2005 Clear golden-peach body with a foamy, cream-colored head. Nice clean aroma that is fruity (nectarines and grapefruit) and perfumy with some light, toasty malt. Well-balanced flavor is semi-dry with some fresh pale and toasty malt and subtle hops that build slowly to take on a woody quality and leave a medium bitter finish. A refreshing, nice APA that is subtle and not too aggressive. Freshness is critical with this beer as I’ve had a subpar experience with this in the past.

Notes from an earlier rating:
Light copper body with moderate carbonation and minimal soapy white head. Citrus and floral nose with some light toasted fruity malts. Baking soda and considerable acidity in the flavor. Mouthfeel suggests seltzer. Not right. 7,3,5,3,9 = 2.7

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