While in Twentynine Palms, California, my father and I had dinner at the wonderful Bistro Twenty Nine. The food was tasty and they had a wide draft beer selection, including Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon.
This opalescent golden gamboge ale has a lasting off-white head. The hop aroma is rich with citric fruit and sage. Floral hops and some caramel malt round out the moderately complex nose.
The hop bitterness is immediate, strong yet velvety. Floral and some fruity hop flavors are followed by not quite enough toasty malt flavor. The palate is initially substantial, but remains lively and lightens quickly.
I’ve never lived anywhere I could get Deschutes regularly, but if I did I could see having Mirror Pond in my fridge a lot of the time.
Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale