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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.”


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UXO (536) - CANADA - JAN 16, 2015
Pours clear pale amber with two fingers of rocky ivory head, excellent retention, good lacing. (4/5) Nose is muted, citrus and pine, caramel malt. (7/10) Taste is mild sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Medium body, moderate carbonation, lingering bitter finish. (3/5) Quite nice. The aroma, though somewhat less muted than other APA’s, is pleasantly hop forward, but nicely balanced by caramel malt. The taste is again very well-behaved, balanced more towards hop bitterness, but with sufficient malt sweetness to support it. The finish is the only relative weak point in this brew, with just a little bit of an unbalanced astringency in the aftertaste. Other than that, a very mild and drinkable APA. I guess the solution is to not stop drinking them? (14/20)

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WABeerFiend (274) - - JAN 16, 2015
Hops: Cascade. Malt: Pale, NW Pale, Crystal, Carapils. 40 IBU. Best by date: 02.18.14. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 01.24.14. A: Red/orange. 1/2 finger head. S: Pine, citrus. Not as strong smelling as new school APAs. T: Pine, biscuit, caramel. M: Crisp. O: This is easy to drink and perfectly balanced. It’s a classic APA.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
njager246 (440) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Aroma is mild, the taste is unique with some sweet fruits, very drinkable may have to look for this again

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beersammich (63) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2015
Pours dark golden clear color with a decent head. Smells of caramel, malts, and hops. A slight hint of oak as well (at least to me). Tastes fairly much the same as the smell. Still feeling a taste of oak in it. Has a slightly bitter and dry finish. Had from a bottle.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerInHeaven (194) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2015
pours a semi murky rich copper gold with a medium bubbly white head. Aroma is fruit and slight skunk. The taste is very unique. Good. A hint of strawberry. Hop presence is evident but not overly bitter or overpowering. Good beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sharrowz (2) - Wooster, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2015 does not count
Pours a deep, slightly hazy orange with a moderate, just-off-white head. Aroma is fairly light; pine and citrus hops balanced by caramel and toasty malt. Flavor is likewise light and balanced between caramel maltiness and a clean cascade bitterness. Medium body. Finishes dry with a little lingering bitterness. Overall, an easy drinking pale ale that’s hop-forward, but less than many other examples of the style.

3.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
Westchesterco (1224) - mclean, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2015
On tap at dominion beer and wine it is a clear golden Color with a slight head. The aroma is citrusy and the taste is thin and slightly biter

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
VeinAle (72) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2014
The title of this APA rings true, watery. Way too easy drinking. Tasteful, quickly fading, just keep drinking it. Was part of sampler pack.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nephilium (1445) - Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Moderate hop aroma, with earthy, floral, and caramel notes. Pours a clear amber with a quickly fading white head. Very full flavored, with a kiss of caramel sweetness which then goes to the hop notes. Flavors of citrus, and floral notes predominate, which slowly fade to a lingering bitter finish. A very nice APA to sit down and have a couple of.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ghostbeer (32) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Complex and full of hop aromas and a good hop flavor but there is more to it than just that. It is artful in the simplicity and yet pages could be written about it. I am a fan of the brewery in general and this beer in particular.


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