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RATINGS: 1552   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
neocon (34) - Gold Canyon, Arizona, USA - MAR 30, 2005
Nice sweet smell. Body is golden yellow with white head and a little lacing. Has an after taste but isnt bad.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 25, 2005
Smells of nice dry hops, pours amber with almost no white head and no lacing. Taste is real nice hoppy and dry, but gives way to a moldy aftertaste that I found quite unpleasing.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Bottle courtesy of Indiana_Red: Pours to a light amber with rose highlights showing through in the light; small off-white head that quickly reduces to a ring around the outside of the glass. Aroma is a yeasty fruit, pilsner-like malts, a bit of spicy pale malt/rubber band, and leather. Light bodied. Taste is initially more fruity than I expected (apples, pear, berries, touch of banana) with notes of light malts, cereal grains, grass, leaves, biscuits, light wood, with a hint of citrus/grapefruit towards the end. Finishes somewhat sweet with notes of butter, grass, and mild citrus.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TAR (2729) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2005
Clear orange peach. Balanced nose of leathery/English yeast and piney hop perfume with hints of apricot and woody malt. Loads of fruity esters. Tightly robust carbonation. Firmly bodied. First sip yields a glut of earthy yeast. Mild datelike and honeyed biscuit sweetness with bits of grain dust caressing the palate. Trace acidity couples with pungent citrus rind and a savory duo of husky-accented toasty pale malt flavors and nutty yeast. Fruity and lightly buttery, throughout, but ends up finishing appetizingly dry and hoppy as the firm yeast stamp accentuates the dryness. Just a solid hybrid all the way through.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - FEB 28, 2005
a bit of a problem of drinking this after i had a moylans double ipa...this was like water. took my palate about halfway to warm up to it. very easy and silky to drink with nice cascade aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2005
This is a quality easy drinking beer for any time of the year. It pours a copper color with a medium white head. Beautiful fruity hop aroma. Well balanced fruity citrus flavors, a touch of malt, and a subtle lingering hop finish. Pass me another.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 14, 2005
Indiana red sent me this brew.I love deschutes brews .I used to get sixs sent from Belmont station before they went commercial freight. This is a great beer with ample citrus hoppy aroma and taste Toasted Malt blend perfectly a smooth brew.Get it fresh and get it often!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2005
Amber with a sweet caramel malty aroma backed by hops and floral accents. Flavour has some suprising apple and pear sweetness, and its very nicely balanced with the hops (too many pales are just over hopped). Even some grape flavour going on as this ends with a nice sublte bitterness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stephen louis (165) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 10, 2005
Pours a nice light slightly cloudy gold,strong fruity nose of hops. on taste..very good,close to exceptional,perfume,flowers lemon and malt in a well balanced blend. I could drink these all night long.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - JAN 24, 2005
Poured an earthy/amber color with a decent oak hued head. Citrus and soft evergreen hops are prevelent in the first wif and give way to a solid malt balance aided by toasted malts. The taste starts with the piny hops but its the malt flavor that dominates. It is a darkish malt similar to molasses. A little more hop balance in the mouth would have made this a much better pale. Not bad, ill drink it again.


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