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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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 14, 2008
Refreshing honey and molasses aroma, with a powerful honey flavor with 60-40 malt-hop balance. Nice bitterness on the finish. Excellent ale, although maybe slightly thicker on the tongue than I would have liked.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RunDWP (203) - San Jose, California, USA - APR 12, 2008
Bottled. Excellent pale ale. Poured a slightly cloudy orange with a light tan head. With a stuffed up nose, I could still detect a slightly floral aroma. Bitter hops taste, with good citrus and slight floral notes. Slightly bitter finish, but otherwise, goes down smooth, with a low level of carbonation. Typically excellent Deschutes effort.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thooper41 (556) - BELGIUM - APR 8, 2008
12oz bottle: pours and orange amber in color with minimal white head, aroma malty with hints of caramel and citrus hops. is pretty full flavored for a APA mostly malty with hints of citrus hops and caramel.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Carl99Fan (187) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2008
Slightly better than typical pale ale. Definite Cascade flavor. Grassy, lemony palate. Lots of flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kcmole (28) - USA - APR 5, 2008
Not as hoppy as expected, very drinkable session beer. Ive had both the bottled version and the cask-conditioned and the latter was an absolute treat. The Cascade hops come through beautifully, but do not overpower the slightly caramelly maltiness. Beginning to think this is becoming my old standby beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pootzboy (1695) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2008 Bottled: Pours and hazed orange amber with a 1 finger sticky cap...laces well....modestly carbonated. Nose is standard for Pacific NW Pales; Grapefruity, woody, caramel malts. Nice slick mouth feel, mellow amalgam of the grapefruit-wood-bittering-sweet malts of the Pac NW APA..nicely executed...mellow and non aggressive with full flavor and satisfying character. A standard for the style

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MinetoKuroda (12) - Nihombashi Chuo-ku, JAPAN - MAR 27, 2008
On tap. I feel calm and quiet like I stand at mirror pond that Ive never seen. Taste Kocha (English Tea) or fresh white wine with roast barrel nuance finish. also feel good water. No bad stress going through mouth. I think beer was slightly tired but still keep good condition. I wish I drink it there in Oregon.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - MAR 24, 2008
Bready and bisquity with lots of honey sweetness and a citric hop taste in the finish. Fruity aftertaste... lots of flavor for a pale ale.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 21, 2008
2008 Bottle - The quintesential NW Pale, citrus and alkaloid scented, bread malt on the front end, bitter hop at the end, pure fun in the middle. This is always my goto when Im standing in the market and just cant make up my mind, but always better on draught...

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2008
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy orange-gold body with a large frothy white head and spider-web lacing. Aroma is mostly citrusy with some sweet fruits in the form of pineapple, peach and apricot. There is also some mild toffeeish sweet maltiness lingering in the background. Flavour leaves a bit to be desired- there is quite a bit of fruitiness. Peaches and pineapple are up front with some biscuit maltiness. Tastes a bit stale on the hop front but it’s otherwise quite drinkable.


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