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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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
garrison (776) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Purchased at the Walgreens at the corner of Harrison and Boudinot Avenues - Well, what can I say? This is a middling American pale ale... miles above Bud or the other massmarket lagers, but what isnt? Feh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
uncleben113 (10) - - OCT 2, 2014
Poured from bottle bought outside of Chicago. Pours a hazy, bright orange with a thin head that fades slowly, leaving a lace on the top of the beer. Aroma is of mostly citrus, grainy malt, and moderate grassy hops. Some fruitiness is apparent and more caramel sweetness comes out as the beer warms. Flavor is light up front with hint of citrus, moderate bitterness, and faint hops. A little caramel sweetness is present and lingers and then fades out toward the very end. The bitterness that you get right up front lingers throughout the flavor as well and stays around in the aftertaste briefly. The body is medium but not as sweet as you might expect. Carbonation is light and pretty soft. Overall, this is a fine beer. It is not as malty as I have heard it is but still a well-balanced beer and leans a touch toward the hoppy side. Definitely not your big, west coast pale ale but still an easy-drinking and very tasty beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ndfreak77 (106) - USA - SEP 20, 2014
Nice piney aroma with slight citrus notes. A refreshing pale ale with a nice mouthful of hops. Finishes with bitter hoppiness. Overall a pretty good beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
78samh (150) - Olympia, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2014
12 oz bottle pours a slightly cloudy gold color with a nice off white head. Aroma of pine and sweet citrus hops. Taste is similar with a hint of grass/ hay. Just the right amount of bitterness for the style. Great pale ale! And one of my stand-bys.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skoisirius (1717) - Earth, Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2014
It’s just one of those beers you grew up with as a PacNWer. Jah know????????

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rangerred (936) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - SEP 8, 2014
12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a nearly clear medium copper with just a thin white head that fades away to a bit of wispy lacing on top of the beer. Nothing on the sides of the glass. Aroma of peach and cherries with maybe a touch of grape. It is definitely fruity but not necessarily tropical. Some hints of caramel as well. The flavor carries the same fruitiness found in the aroma with subtle hints of strawberry, peach, and cherry. There is a strong grain note in the base that I have noticed with other Deschutes Brews. It provides a nice contrast to the hops although borders on being too much. Bitterness is light leading to a palate cleansing finish. Overall, not a bad APA although I feel like it is rated a little higher than it should be. The graininess is just a little too much but I wouldn’t hesitate to pick this up again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niall73 (1831) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2014
Bottle while in Vancouver. Pours amber with an off white head. Aroma is lightly malty with lemon and pine. Light body, medium carbonation. Light caramel, light wood, light pine, lemon, a little orange and a hint of metal. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FestDecBeet (168) - - SEP 1, 2014
Look: pours a burnt orange color. Slightly off white head. Very clear. Smell: caramel toffee. Slight hop aroma. Malty. Taste: more malt than expected. Caramel. Toffee. Slight bitterness on the front. Bitter citrus peel as it warms up. Feel: medium carbonation. Leaves a strange film on the mouth. Slight dryness. Overall: not as much hop as I like. Ok beer. Comparable to a English IPA. First drank: home 9/1/14

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
winto (30) - Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2014
nose: oh man, this smells FRESH. like barely cut wild grass by the highway, plus a vineyard [white grape] note, all after a summer storm! there’s also tangelo, raspberry and sauvignon blanc. !!! palate: more on the herbal side. grapefruit and lemon poke their heads here and there and retreat behind the prominent salad green flavors. bitterness is appropriate and measured. that sauv blanc pungency (a little bit like vinaigrette) also shows up at the back end, and a little bit of citrusy sweetness. everything is kept in more or less perfect balance. impressive! finish is all the mix gradually trailing off. very satisfying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrmir (3415) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 31, 2014
On tap at GH, Uppsala. Cloudy orange with white head. Aroma and taste has lots of citrus, grapefruit and pine with a nice malt and caramel backbone.

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