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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2011 Amber-red. Nice level of carbonation. Sweet, chewy and roasty malt base. Sweet, aromatic hop profile. Slightly fruity with a decent hop bitterness, enough to dry out the tongue a little. Tasty, classic, easy-drinking PNW pale ale. 2011 FRESH HOP MIRROR POND: One of the tastiest fresh hop ales I’ve ever had. Super-inviting nose bursting with hop aromas. Electric green, zingy and earthy. Fresh and sweet grass. Bready, cracker-like malts complemented perfectly. Mild yet balanced bitterness really allows the fresh-hop aromas to shine.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
gardenclimber (1) - USA - NOV 4, 2003 does not count
Truly what I hope for in a northwest style pale ale. Strong cascade hope nose(by pale atandards) Balanced mouthfeel and flavor, according to NW version of the style. I think I'll have another.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 30, 2003
This is a decent session beer. Nice brown/red in color. No head. No lacing. Good hops flavor that has a little malt to add just a little for taste. Another good beer from Deschutes. Why can't they make a great one?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 24, 2003
xsketchyx is dead on...everyone in Oregon quaffs this stuff like it's going out of style. I never understood the obsession with this beer. Clear copper color. Aroma is slightly hoppy. Taste is somewhat bland and unimpressive. Quite sweet with a dry finish. I'll never understand the Northwest's fascination with this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 24, 2003
What everyone seems to be drinking around here in Oregon. Doesn't do anything for me, just another APA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vw86ggti (14) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2003
I am not much for IPA's, but this wasn't to bad. It tasted slightly sweet for my taste, with a dry hoppy finish. Some thing good to buy by the bottle, but I probably wouldn't buy it regulary.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DiamondD (38) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2003
I chilled this 12oz. bottle colder than normal,as I do with all my "lighter ales". It poured a light orangish-red brown. Quite a unique color.The head would have been a little bigger at proper temperature. Very nice nose. Citrusy, piney hops with malt backing. I like the taste of this pale ale. You really notice the dry hopping along with the sublte toastiness. I really like the flavor that Cascade hops give. Very good, hoppy Northwest Pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlabastorJones (810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2003
nice thick head, pleasing citris aroma, malty citrus flavor with hints of pine, definatly one of the best if not the best pale ale ive had to date, rock on

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2003
Nice clear reddish pour, with a bit of head. Aroma: hops and citrus. Flavor is pleasantly malty with a fair amount of hops. Has a nice bitter finish. A fine pale ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2003
This beer is a wonderful copper color, quite clear as well. Pours with a cream colored head. The aroma has hints of lychee and grapefruit, definitely an American hop signature here. Quite malty tasting with a nice hop flavor that hits the tongue up front. This beer finishes with a slight bitterness. It seemed to be missing the American hop punch that the aroma promised, other than this quite an enjoyable beer.

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