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RATINGS: 1552   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 right.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2008
12oz Bottle Best by: 5/21/08 Received in a recent trade with russpowell, thanks for the big ol’ boxes Russ! Mirror Pond Pale is a polished copper bordering on orange with a good deal of fine particulate suspended throughout. A finger and a half worth of cotton white head formed on the pour but quickly dropped to a skim coat with not much more of a ring. The head leaves some patchy lacing but nothing out of the ordinary. There’s a good deal of toasted grains right off the bat, I even get some dry but muted nuttiness. The hop additions bring about a decent amount of orange oils with a little grassiness and earthiness in the background. Very balanced pale ale, unfortunately I’d enjoy a little more hoppiness. The flavor rolls right along with the aroma. Toasted grains with a slight drizzling of caramel frame the orange oil hoppiness with grassiness here and there throughout. Mirror Pond is a very balanced pale ale, just not really my style. A good pale none the less. There’s good body on this beer. Medium bodied with a smooth somewhat creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation is soft and pleasant. Mirror Pond is easy to put down. Something you don’t really have to think about but that’s enjoyable to put away. Deschutes brews some quality beer. This isn’t one of my favorites from them but it is a solid pale ale. This is a very well balanced pale ale. 5/11/08

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2008
A Mes rate: bottle at GBBF.
Amber with a thin off white film. Hops, caramel, sweet fruity notes and a little burnt sugar. Slightly soapy in the finish. So so.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2008
Tasted @ the Deschutes Brewery and Public House in Portland.
Orange colored brew. Sweet and hoppy. A bit plain.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - AUG 15, 2008
Bottle at Peemkaew, Portland. Poured a clear amber mahogany. Mouthfeel was crisp and clean. Goes down smooth and paired well with the Thai cuisine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
apshah99 (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 12, 2008
Light copper in color with frothy white head. Citrus aroma with pronounced hops. More grapefruit, mild malt taste with bitter hoppy finish. The watery mouthfeel disappoints. Not bad, but Deschutes can do (and does) much better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yespr (43243) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
From tap at Break Water Brewing company. Pours clear and golden orange with a creamy and slight off-white head. Dense malty and hoppy aroma. Mild butterish and fruity flavour. Caramel malt base flavour. Vague soapy hops finish. Dry and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10486) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2008
Cloudy amber with medium beige head. Hoppy aroma with caramel and bpiney notes. Sweet and fairly hoppy flavor with grapefruit, pine and caramel. Ends bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2008
tap at Draught House. Pours a clear golden-orange with a white head. Nose is mild, earthy hops. Taste is same earthy & floral hops. So-so flavor. Mouthfeel is medium and some bitterness. Ok, but not a great pale ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 28, 2008
On tap at The Ginger Man in Austin. Poured a clear brownish-orange color with a thin, quickly dissipating head. Mild aroma with notes of citrus and piney hops. Flavor is similarly weak, with grapefruit and slightly malty notes. Finish is watery. Just a so-so beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (10070) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 25, 2008
Hazy dark orange amber. Fruity hop aroma (peaches, grapefruit) dominates. Nicely hopped palate with a decent caramel malt base, but a little thin surprisingly, and mine had a faint metallic note in the finish which disappointed a bit. I might have to give this a second chance, as this is the first disappointment I’ve had from Deschutes.

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