When I first posted this, almost a year ago, I was pretty new to brewing as well. I 've been brewing mostly pale ales since and haven't really come that close to a Mirror Pond. It's a mystery to me what makes it taste so damn good compared to other pale ales. I 've been messing around with other hops, other than cascades, and on my last batch I went back to strictly cascades in order to get back to the root of the beer. Its sitting on primary right now. To me thats what gives Mirror Pond its most striking characteristics.
It's been almost a year now since I've tasted one and unfortunately the memory is fading. I wish they had smellonet so at least I could get a good whiff of it again.