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RATINGS: 1546   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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10451) - Frederiksberg C, Dnemark, 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaltOMeal (1093) - 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.

2.6
   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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (9998) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tuohyam (14) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Decent for a pale ale. Doesn’t blow you away. Mirror Pond is very average for a microbrew pale ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2008
Bottle from Kegs & Barrells in McKinney, TX. Pours a nice clear amber wit nice off-white head. Aroma has a pleasing hoppy floral with nice malt smell. Flavor has a semi sharp tang upfront blending into a nice balanced bitter sweet flavor. Mouthfeel is medium body and medium carbonation....Overall a very nice beer...

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Poured clear light brown with white head. Aroma of mild hops & citrus. Flavor of citrus hops, caramel malt, and light spice malts. Body is medium with light carbonation. Finish is a little bitter, though not overly so.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 4, 2008
bottle. Just a darn good pale ale. Fresh hop aroma, nice orangeish hue. Not too bitter, very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 2, 2008
I always appreciate a pale ale that has some aroma and flavor to it despite the appearance. Mirror Pond has a good hop character and citrusy elements.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (14564) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 1, 2008
Bottle. Golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is citrus, hop, malt. Flavour is citrus, hop, grapefruit, spices. Bitter finish. Nice beer.


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