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RATINGS: 1534   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 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Claves77 (252) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2016
Mild pale smell. Great caramel color. Even taste, good palate. Solid offering but not that exciting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
furthur (921) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - APR 28, 2016
Bottle, medium amber beer, decent white head, good lace. Aroma malt. Hint of citrus. Taste is malt, hint of hops, some spruce. Palate is rich, carbonation subdued.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
GoufCustom (1654) - HONG KONG - APR 24, 2016

355 ml bottle bought at YATA in MOKO, Mong Kok.

Clear amber colour with faint residual yeast sediments; One finger head with crumpety white foam which lasts for 90 seconds; Excellent sticky lacing with active slight carbonation; Slightly fragrant aroma of Ale malt, with strong caramel, light grapefruits, floral, light honey, molasses, fair resins, bread, light lemon and light grass; Medium sweet light taste of Ale malt, with grains, light grapefruits, very light caramel, floral, strong molasses, light bread, lemon, moderate bitter hops and light grass; Mid to light body. Thin and slightly slick palate; Mouth Feel is light Ale maltyness in a fairly watery background. Pretty thin but with grainy Amber malty taste with light caramel. Light grapefruits and floral. Strong sweetness and rather low hops. Fair lemon to round. So so… Hoppiness is light grapefruits, floral, light honey, resins, light lemon and grass in nose and taste. Bitterness is close to moderate for an abrupt, medium astringent sweet bitter finish; Slightly dry after taste. Sweet and fairly bitter to mouth.

Comments: I would have like a sweet APA for a change, but this one’s hoppiness is monotone as well as low-fi, which can’t balance the malt’s strong grainy sweetness. Topped with a fairly runny body and palate, it’s more like a sweet Amber Ale. APA? No.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TSuthard (13) - - APR 16, 2016
Nice bronze color with an excellent head that left a healty lattice. Balanced American pale ale without the ovewhelmingly hop nose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CzechTex (142) - - APR 10, 2016
Bottle, Casino pub, CA Golden color, smooth, drinkable. Medium foam, zero lacing

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Popoff91 (104) - Oregon, USA - APR 1, 2016
12-ounce bottles poured into a pilsner glass. Flavor hits and then immediately disappears, color is also a little dark for a pale ale. Overall, not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmalaher (204) - Calgary, CANADA - MAR 26, 2016
Clear, medium color. Some foam. Nice balance of hops and malt. I like my pale ale hoppier. But still a solid ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
peponi (1523) - Hannover, GERMANY - MAR 12, 2016
Aroma: citrus and herbs. Appearance: hazy amber color and thin white head. Taste: medium citrus bitterness, grapefruit, herbs, thin malty backbone, quite dry. Palate: low body and medium carbonation, bitter finish. Overall: Decent PA, quite drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
SirLimpsalot (3817) - SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2016
@ Deschutes 16-3-10: en ganska standard pale ale med beska toner av humle men inte mycket annat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
davidezdonz (330) - Hong Kong, HONG KONG - MAR 11, 2016
A 12 fl oz bottle with a best by date of 12th May 2016. Poured into a Moonzen teku glass. It poured a clear copper colour with a two finger off white head that dissipated quickly but left nice sticky lacing. Aromas of sweet caramel and bready malts with some pineapple, apple, grapefruit and pine. Tastes of mainly pine with light biscuit malt and light caramel. Citrus is there but fairly restrained. Finish is lightly bitter and spicy. Medium bodied with mid to high prickly carbonation. Overall, this was just ok for me. Everything was just quite light and the flavours felt lacking.

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