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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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beer200299 (13) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2002
Fantastic pale ale. Almost as good as Burning Bird. Beautiful hop flavor and aroma, excellent and clean malt character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (5983) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
loubar (2) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdiBeer (1358) - 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 (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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
milewide (1538) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ShaneJ (545) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
markducommun (224) - Wilmette, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2014
Bottle into tulip, probably a bit older than it ought to be. Cloudy dark, golden brown. Minimal white head. Grapefruit, some floral notes, slightly resinous. Some honey. Lightly bitter, some sweetness in the depth. Longish finish, slightly chewy, quite a bit of acidity. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Onslow (1185) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Pour from a 12oz bottle. Coppery a,ber brew with one finger of dense head, great head retention. Aroma of citrus, a little pine, nuts. Taste is mild malts, hop forward with a reasonably complex profile of citrus and floral hops. A thoroughly enjoyable APA.

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