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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.”


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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GTCruiser01 (105) - California, USA - FEB 20, 2012
This beer pours a nice dark golden color. It has a white head that leaves a pretty good amount of lacing. It has a nice hoppy, floral, aroma. Slightly citrusy. Taste is of malt and a small amount of citrus. Mild hop bitterness on back of tongue.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaroonOrange (134) - - OCT 27, 2014
Bottle. Bronze color with light head. Buttery, melon, dough. Mild hops with a smooth finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nuplastikk (4575) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (5985) - 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+."

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
loubar (5) - Los Gatos, California, USA - OCT 18, 2014 does not count
The key descriptive word here is balance. The taste is grapefruit like, hoppy and light. What makes it really enjoyable and refreshing is that the bitterness is moderated so the flavor comes through. Someone there is paying attention!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdiBeer (1370) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sublirony (18) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EyeAmBaldman (277) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
milewide (1547) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2014
Clear Amber with no yeast at bottom as label suggests. Run-of-mill Pale Ale surpassed my many MI brews.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brocariums (4) - - OCT 12, 2014 does not count
Purchased this beer from my local super market; this is one of my "go tos". An excellent summer-time, or anytime session beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ShaneJ (549) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle from Beer Cartel (March 2014). Cloudy orange/amber, tight white head, citrus/grapefruit, rich caramel malt, piney bitterness, medium body, slick texture, smooth, sweet finish. Nice.


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