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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 3, 2005
From notes taken at the Southwest Beer Festival in Scottsdale, Arizona. The conditions were hard to take notes in but these are the ratings and they stand. Draft. Clear amber gold. Aroma is hoppy. Flavor is malty and decently hoppy. Not much bitterness. Light. Fizzy. Okay.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jigglyjock (163) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 29, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2007 Subtle aroma of citrus, malt, and hops. Has a nice dark orange colored body. Has a flowery banquette added to the citrus hops, malt, and ester flavor. Kind of tastes like my IPA home-brew which has a cleaning solution astringency back drop. An ok pale ale, that I keep on going back to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fuzzywasabeer (35) - boise, Idaho, USA - APR 22, 2005
One of the best commercial pale ales in the area, pours amber with little head, blackberry hops aroma, starts smooth ends slightly bitter, pretty good balance. the more mirror pond trucks I see driving around the worse it tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mobrew (19) - Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2005
Another GREAT beverage from Deschutes, the appearance is great along with the aroma from the Cascades, hell you can’t get to many of those, can you? Great flavor, very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 14, 2005
Clear peach color with nice off tan head when poured into a tulip. Hardly any aromas. Taste is mellow citrus, apricot with a nice malty back. Slightly sweet but somehow also crisp. Nice and hoppy without being over the top. Really well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Macanudo (14) - USA - APR 3, 2005
Tastes a little bitter. The aroma is a bit strong too. Color is good, pours nicely as well. Has an odd finish, almost soapy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
neocon (34) - Gold Canyon, Arizona, USA - MAR 30, 2005
Nice sweet smell. Body is golden yellow with white head and a little lacing. Has an after taste but isn’t bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 25, 2005
Smells of nice dry hops, pours amber with almost no white head and no lacing. Taste is real nice hoppy and dry, but gives way to a moldy aftertaste that I found quite unpleasing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Bottle courtesy of Indiana_Red: Pours to a light amber with rose highlights showing through in the light; small off-white head that quickly reduces to a ring around the outside of the glass. Aroma is a yeasty fruit, pilsner-like malts, a bit of spicy pale malt/rubber band, and leather. Light bodied. Taste is initially more fruity than I expected (apples, pear, berries, touch of banana) with notes of light malts, cereal grains, grass, leaves, biscuits, light wood, with a hint of citrus/grapefruit towards the end. Finishes somewhat sweet with notes of butter, grass, and mild citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2005
Clear orange peach. Balanced nose of leathery/English yeast and piney hop perfume with hints of apricot and woody malt. Loads of fruity esters. Tightly robust carbonation. Firmly bodied. First sip yields a glut of earthy yeast. Mild datelike and honeyed biscuit sweetness with bits of grain dust caressing the palate. Trace acidity couples with pungent citrus rind and a savory duo of husky-accented toasty pale malt flavors and nutty yeast. Fruity and lightly buttery, throughout, but ends up finishing appetizingly dry and hoppy as the firm yeast stamp accentuates the dryness. Just a solid hybrid all the way through.

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