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RATINGS: 1521   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 ďright.Ē

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
cblado (298) - Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2008
On tap at the Vita Cafe in Portland. Had a very subdued character, at first I thought my order had been switched to a lager. Aroma was slight, but present citrus. Significant hop flavor, as one would expect from an APA. Somehow this was earthier though. Body was light-medium, finish was more abrupt than I prefer. In all Iíd try it again, but I wasnít particularly impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shadey (2073) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 19, 2016
12oz bottle. Pours a darker orange amber. Aroma is sweet caramel, toasty malts and attractive American hops. Deliciously balanced, clean, and lightly bitter. A standard setting beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
mintzmeet (438) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 9, 2016
Great pale ale. Very drinkable. Strong flavor for a pale ale. Hoppy. Light citrusy taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bigcat03 (259) - Columbus, Nebraska, USA - JUL 3, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2016 Bottle poured into a shaker glass. Copper orange color with a billowing tan head that leaves nice lacing. Lots of caramel malt in the aroma along with some lemon and pine. Taste is lemon pepper, grapefruit, a touch of pine, grass, and floral hops. Aftertaste is much the same with some added malt that lingers with the lemon. Medium body and carbonation compliment everything else thatís going on. This might be my new favorite summer beer and itís certainly a welcome break from some of the obscenely hopped IPAs out right now. Not what I would call an APA but tasty regardless of the label.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
abcfan (903) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2016
Really good. Pours orange/yellow with an off white head. Aroma is mostly sweet malt. Creamy mouthfeel light citrus notes in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Banksiz (83) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 27, 2016
Bready, minerally nose with a touch of citrus and then a touch of ripe banana ester as it warms up. Pleasant bitterness, mid-malty body, no harshness or overbittering, but no noble hop finesse. A very drinkable pale ale at a moderate 5% ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ciocanelu (1073) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - MAY 25, 2016
Amber color with off-white head. Aroma is on the malty side with some bread crust notes and a touch of caramel. Taste is really balanced. Starts with citrus fruits and continues with caramel malts, overall quite floral. A light bitterness on the finish, lingering in the aftertaste too. Medium to light body, smooth feeling but also well carbonated. Overall itís a nice pale ale but not very aromatic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
eaglebones (104) - Michigan, USA - MAY 21, 2016
Bottle. Copper color with short white head. Sweet, floral and malty aroma. Sweet, fruity flavor with hints of citrus. Medium body and carb with crisp finish. Decent pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Claves77 (221) - 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 (849) - 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 (1532) - 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 soÖ 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 oneís hoppiness is monotone as well as low-fi, which canít balance the maltís strong grainy sweetness. Topped with a fairly runny body and palate, itís more like a sweet Amber Ale. APA? No.

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