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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sphinx (11) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JAN 26, 2004
Color is a blend between apricot and tan - clear amberesque, not cloudy. the head is white or off-white (Martha Stewart would call it egg-shell white). Not much of an aroma, but what is there smells delicious - like floral nectar. Goes down smooth and is slightly hoppy but not too much - excellent. I paired it with a vegetarian chilli, but this beer would go nicely with just about anything. I love it! I am going to have another... now. ;o)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2004
Great APA! Aroma is pure cascade hops. Pale color, good head retention and lacing. Flavor is a nice balance of malt, light caramel, and a moderate level of hops. Hop bitterness is moderate, appropriate for a pale ale. Medium bodiedeasy drinking. Exactly what an APA should be.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Andrew196 (1095) - Katy, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2004
More of an IPA IMO. Light amber in color with orange edges, thin, frothy head. Lots of west coast quality up front with this one, piney, grassy hops. Maltiness came out in the end, notes of corn too....that kept it from being great. Nice tingling on the tongue and throat in the finish, somewhat spicey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JAN 6, 2004
Nice amber color,small white head that faded quickly leaving little behind.The aroma was malty,citrus with a piney aroma as well.Nice malt flavor upfront then a change to mild grapefruit light pine taste and hops with maybe a slight bit of a spice hint.Semi sweet and very easy to drink with a good amount of carbonation.The after taste is fruity and the finish is light .This is could definately be a favorite if a had better access to it.Well worth trying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2004
This is one of my favorite pale ales, although I'm not so sure how representative it is of the style. Everyone seems to have their own distinct version of what pale ale should be. This beer is nice with pub foods and can be found in most any bar around Bozeman so I order it alot. The hops flavor seems to hang around even with a meal, that's nice. Just a good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - DEC 26, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2004 Rerate 6/16/04: bottle 12 oz. Almost completely clear amber/gold w moderate carbonation. Good off white head that fell quickly, some lace. Aroma is fresh cascade type hops, light malt with a light touch of grapefruit, and (baking soda is a good description), and CO2. Flavor is light roasted amber malt with a moderate, fresh hop flavor and bitterness, and a slight touch of grapefruit. Mildly sweet. Just a squeek into the medium bodied category. I used to think this was pretty good but now find it rather thin and watery. I like IPA now. Widely available in the northwest and moderately priced @ 6/$6.49-$6.99

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bill Becker (533) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - DEC 25, 2003
This one is one of my favourite session beers. I can enjoy it both out of the bottle and on tap.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maxwillis (5) - Prescott, Arizona, USA - DEC 13, 2003 does not count
great Bendy beer. the Benndy qualities are brought out quite nice. maybe it's that Bendy water supply. got to love the cascade hops. well worth a trip to Bend

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - NOV 25, 2003
Bottle. Light copper with very little head. Spicey with hop esters prevalent. A nice balance between hop and malt--cascade hops in the back and front--might have been dry hopped. Nice, full finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - NOV 24, 2003
A fresh subdued bitterness reminds me of a mirrored pond under moonlight. Cascades are there, to be sure.

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