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RATINGS: 1518   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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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3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (2988) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2004
Bottled. Light in color, with a thin head. I didn't find it to be as hoppy as the other reviews. Just a nice, clean smell and taste.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Banksiz (80) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ciocanelu (989) - 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 it’s a nice pale ale but not very aromatic.

3.4
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ttheilen (528) - USA - MAY 13, 2016
I do not wax on poetically about beer but I do know the quality of a beer once tasted. This review is not about my tastes but reinforces the numbers, which are arbitrary.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Claves77 (215) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2016
Mild pale smell. Great caramel color. Even taste, good palate. Solid offering but not that exciting.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
furthur (816) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
GoufCustom (1465) - 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.

3.7
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CzechTex (122) - - APR 10, 2016
Bottle, Casino pub, CA Golden color, smooth, drinkable. Medium foam, zero lacing

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Popoff91 (80) - 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.


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