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RATINGS: 1554   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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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 (10139) - 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 (14724) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (16962) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 1, 2008
Bottle. A clear, golden beer with an off-white head. Almost catpee-ish hops in the nose, but fortunately thats just some of it, theres also citrus, pine, grapefruit and a nice grainy maltyness. Grapefruity, citrusy hops with some grains and malty sweetness giving some balance. Long bitter finish. Medium body, still feeling a bit watery. Its a nice beer, but it feels a bit one-dimentional and watery. Some more malts wouldnt hurt, but it would maybe affect drinkability, which is high in this beer. (080509)

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
buckyp (32) - Eufaula, Georgia, USA - JUN 28, 2008
12 oz. bottle pour to pint. Hazy dark golden with thin off-white head. Light lacing. Hoppy floral aroma with light grapefruit. Nice hop bitterness with citrus and light biscuit. Enjoyed it.


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