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RATINGS: 1470   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
amalsugar (41) - Tremonton, Utah, USA - OCT 28, 2005
I enjoyed the cascade hops in this beer. It is not a beer a drink often, but whenever I do it is a pleasure. It is a well balance beer, maybe a bit more hoppy that might be expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kevin (2155) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 24, 2005
tap. dark yellow/light brown pour with a good size head. aroma was definitely cascade hops and honey. sweet flavor with quite apparent hop levels. grapefruit and orange were there along with thier pal floral taste. not a bad beer, a bit burnt in the finish and didn’t leave a great taste. but a nice mouthfeel that was a bit sticky, but enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptKirk (175) - Hephzibah, Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2005
I was lucky enough to have this on tap as a cast aged brew. Dark golden color with a citrus aroma. Thought this would be like an IPA, but was pleasantly surprised at it’s smooth well balance taste. If in Portland, try this at Horse Brass. You won’t be disappointed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Color goes from bright gold on the edges to burnt orange in the center of the glass. Lots of visable carbonation. Thin white head, though it lasted through the entire beer. Pretty hazy. Typical grapefruit aroma. Buscuit and cara malts are also evident. Quite bitter with lots of grapefruit hop flavor. Sweet. Pretty thin. Lots of bubbles across the tounge. Run of the mill.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2005
Bottled. Pours golden with a big white head. Aroma is sweet malts and hops. Taste is sweet and bitter

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2707) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 14, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2012 Bottled, unfortunately close to best by date. Sweet, lightly fruity aroma, some honey and flowers with the lighter scents of grapefruit and tangerine. Light-medium golden amber color, a bit hazy, with a subsiding, thin head. Flavor is geared primarily towards the hoppiness, which is present in varying quantities from beginning to end, supported marginally by the toasty, sweetish malts, the finish yielding juicy, citric, piney hop flavors, but only to a moderate degree. The mouthfeel seems somewhat thin here, the body light-medium. Probably hurt by its lack of freshness, although it is still within the assumed 3 month period of its sojourn from the brewery to points elsewhere. 6/3/6/2/12

Update: 3/6/12
Deschutes is now a locally available brand here in KC, and we therefore have received very fresh batches of Mirror Pond. I have sampled it on draft (previously) and in bottle (now), and need to up this some points for sure. This has some nice, subtly sweet, nutty, grainy malts and fresh, floral, citric hops, bright and very clean. Flavorful and very easy to drink. Great every day type of APA.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2005
On tap near Portland airport. flavorful throughout, lasting lacing, good representation of the area.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (22638) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 4, 2005
Bottled. Hazy orange colour, mediumsized white creamy head. Fruitish hoppy aroma. Fruitish hoppy flavour with some spicy hints. Bitterish aftertaste along with hints of caramel. Dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (14175) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2005
Bottled, alc. 5.0%
Hazy golden color, small white head, some lace. Flowery Cascade hoppy, quite intensive for APA. Medium-bodied. More malty and sweet side in the flavor than hoppy. Some fruityness, finishing watery and sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ungstrup (30467) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2005
A hazy orange beer with a huge orange head. The aroma is slightly dusty, hoppy combined with notes of caramel. The flavor is dominated by caramel, with very light notes of hops on a thin body.

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