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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rangerred (954) - 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 (1866) - 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 (228) - - 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 (3539) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewHaMeister (178) - - AUG 23, 2014
12oz bottle at Home. Nice citrus, caramel, resin hop aromas. Mild bitter flavor. Not too bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shinskyweiser (42) - - AUG 18, 2014
Pours a clear light amber, with thick long lasting head. Smells of floral hops. Taste of bread/crackers dominate with a floral hop finish. Well balanced beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LearninBeer (394) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 17, 2014
The aroma is pretty non-descript, not much hoppines, seem to catch hints of malts a slight caramel and bread. Pours a clear copper with fully diminishing off white head and good lacing. The taste is light bitter. The body is light, the texture thin, the carbonation average and the finish bitter. OK, pretty plain-Jane.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ScipioA (331) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Suprisingly dark appearance, but with appealing foam. Smells like a classic APA with light citrus and pine. Flavor is quite different, much more herbal hop profile. Toffee sweet malts with some honey flavors come in strong. Lingering bread, fruit, and bitterness. Maybe a little thin in the mouth but good carbonation. Good, although I think I would categorize it more as an English Pale Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (2302) - Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle: Super cloudy, dense orange-amber color with a soft, ecru foam with a big-bubbled collar that leaves some generous lacing behind. Aroma of some toasted, bready malt, hints of grapefruit zest, perfume, & moderate juicy orange flesh. A touch of leafy hoppiness towards the finish. Taste has a nice orange rind & orange flesh combo up front, giving you both moderate sweetness & a nice, balancing bitter bite. Light perfume, a touch of stale toasted malts, light grapefruit, & some pale malt sweetness. Gets a little watery towards the finish; lingering leafy hop presence. Nothing mind blowing, but a pretty solid pale ale, albeit maybe a little mild within the style.

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