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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBear11D (333) - Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2014
The Mirror Pond pours a yellowish orange bronze with a thick beige head that lasts a good while and leaves plenty of evidence of its existence. The aroma is earthy hops and caramel. The flavor is caramel and floral hops. Overall this is a decent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sudomorph (745) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2014
On draft at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill. Pours a clear caramel with an off white head. Aroma has notes of citrus, pine needles, and cedar. Taste is balanced. Citrus with a bit of bread, caramel, grass, and pine. Medium body and carbonation. Clean and refreshing in the mouth. Overall alright. Citrus, grass, and pine needles with a bit of bready/caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jefcon (1434) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Draft. Creamy and extremely hoppy, with a great dandelion, citrus, and grassy nose. True to the aromas, the flavor of the beer is unctuous at five percent, which is an accomplishment, and there is a nice, long juicy-bitter finish to round the beer out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaroonOrange (137) - - OCT 27, 2014
Bottle. Bronze color with light head. Buttery, melon, dough. Mild hops with a smooth finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nuplastikk (4750) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 26, 2014
12oz bottle. A real throwback. Pretty much in a different realm than say, Zombie Dust. Shows the influence of British brewing culture on 80s, 90s breweries. Bland earthy hop and malt combination. It is balanced I suppose, but the end product is pretty bland. I’d like to believe this was a better product in the 90s..but who knows. Caramel malts a little heavy. OK, but very old school.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6165) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
"i’ve found that when Mirror Pond is on sale...it’s because it’s old, which greatly diminishes the flavor. Better than many give it credit for fresh. Hoppier than many pales. Good, but not among the best. Make sure you’re not getting 6 month old leftovers, and you’ll get a good beer. Better yet, get it on tap! 10/11-fresh hop mirror pond in 22’s...really nice aroma, soft feel, and flavor. i’d rate at least a 4 as a separate beer. just goes to show me how good MP can be when fresh. MP 12’s average around 3.5, on tap a high 3 to a 4, fresh hop bomber (very nice) 4+."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
loubar (114) - Los Gatos, California, USA - OCT 18, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2014 12 oz. bottle from BevMo. Yeasty nose of fragrant citrus. The taste is grapefruit like, floral and light with a surprising malty and dry finish. Citrus bitterness is moderated nicely. Soft feel. Good carbonation and great balance make for a delicious and thirst quenching session brew. Very drinkable. Love the 5% ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdiBeer (1626) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2014
Aroma: very light flowers, intense grain and cereal malts. Appearance: hazy amber, small, creamy, white head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: bitters continue, some floral hops, grass, sweet grain malts coming up, remains bitter throughout, some dryness in the finish. Overall: nice APA, yet struggles to stand out. Pint at Pizza Port, Carlsbad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sublirony (23) - SINGAPORE - OCT 14, 2014
Tap. Pours a nice full head that very quickly recedes. Colour is clear orange: fine. On the nose not very much at all: caramel and malt. The taste is clean and pleasant, not very distinctive but enjoyable enough. In the mouth it’s full but with a rather weird caramel finish. Overall: pleasant, not sorry I am trying it, but probably a once-only beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EyeAmBaldman (333) - Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2014
Pours Amber with a nice foamy off white head that leaves nice lacing in the glass. Aroma is malt but there’s not much aroma at all. Mild carbonation in the mouth with a taste of malt, barley and a bit of hops. There’s not a lot to this beer. Seems substandard as a pale ale but still a good effort.

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