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RATINGS: 1501   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 “right.”

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
brianprentiss (681) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 14, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2007 This is one of my favorite beers period. I drank it on tap at the Portland City Grill and is incredibly smooth and a good bit hoppy. It is a great beer for a warm summer day (when they happen in Portland!) It poors a golden hue, has a good head and smells great. Enjoy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3319) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 13, 2004
Sampled at the GA 14% gathering. Thanks to ?? for bringing this! Amber colored with a nice head. A well balanced aroma comes from this. Rather reserved as Pale Ales go, but this is a very drinkable, pleasurable brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shag (2738) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 11, 2004
Yellowish orange appearance. A big ’ol splash ’o citrus in this one. I was missing the hops I find in alot of APA’s. A good easy drinking beer without much going on.

   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 (1020) - 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 (7032) - 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 (3222) - 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 York, 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 (6164) - 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.

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