savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 3, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap @ Babeís. Clear deep golden with a white head. Aroma of butter, citrus, flowers and toast. Flavor is buttery diacetyl, medium hop bitterness and a mild malt presence. Medium to light body with average carbonation and a light mouth feel. This would be a good beer if it didnít have the diacetyl character, maybe a bad batch.
greenhorn1 (803) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 20, 2011
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at restaurant. Looks nice, amber, tight head, big lacing. However, donít be fooled by itís good looks. Funky aroma and strange taste. Iím not sure really how to explain the flavors. Strong caramel malt, with some fruity hops. Itís simply not balanced well.
brokensail (10596) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 31, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
A: The beer pours a golden amber color with a finger of white head.
S: Something is obviously wrong here. Banana in the pale ale? Grassy hops, toffee, and a fair amount of bread. I donít get much, if any, citrus.
T: More banana on the palate along with Babeís trademark butter flavor. Mild pine notes as well as some grass. Decently bitter to counteract what malt flavor and sweetness there is.
M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation.
O: When the pale ale is this bad, you know youíre in trouble.
Getbetter (794) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - AUG 3, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From Tap@Babes,5.2 abv,hoppy,butterstoch notes,pale in color,white head,creamy texture.
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 16, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Babes Bar-B-Que Grill & Brewhouse 1/8/10. Roasted caramel malt and nice floral hoppiness. A little too much bitterness from the roasted malt for my taste, but not bad and very drinkable.
DuffMan (6462) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 23, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Part of the tasting platter at Babeís BBQ & Brewhouse in Rancho Mirage. Deep bronzy gold, clear, scant lacy head. Low aroma of spicy hops and clean grains. Light caramel malt and spicy floral hops. Low-medium bitterness. A mild rendition of the style, but pleasant.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub. This is a pretty typical APA: citric and pine hops, but not over the top, with a malt back bone. Not bad.
ABUSEDGOAT (2323) - California, USA - MAY 12, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2007 Tap at brewpub: Aroma was fairly typical... hoppy citrus, pine, grapefruit and some other fruits with light caramel. A solid APA.
chargerfanjess (124) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good typical pale, fairly clear, citrus pine hop, balance with malt, no head really but good drinking beer.
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer is a classic American pale ale by style with lots of good, tangy/citric hop character. Pale Ale is a West Coast favorite, and they are very popular in California, the state that really put this style of pale ale on the map. 29 Palms Pale Ale is a classic example of the style, with lots of good pale malt flavors, paired with those signature piney/citrus hop aromas, flavors, and bitterness, that really define APA as a style.
29 Palms Pale Ale pours to a deep golden to light amber color with a thick and creamy white head, and a good bit of carbonation. The nose on this beer smacks you with pungent aromas of lemon, grapefruit, and pine. The palate is firm with lot pale and sweet malt flavor, paired with a nice under current of tangy/juicy grapefruit hop flavor. 29 Palms Ale finishes with more malt and tangy hops up front, then ends with a dry, citric/piney hop flavor that lingers.
This is a very well done APA from a very good brewery located in the Southern California desert town of Rancho Mirage. This was the perfect aperitif beer to sip and relax with before I dug into some really tasty BBQ, and it would work well with a number of dishes on Babeís menu. 29 Palms Pale Ale is an oasis in the desert, it will quench the thirst of any beer lover, and deliver plenty of hop aroma, flavor, and bitterness. If you ever find yourself in the Palm Springs/Rancho Mirage area, a trip to Babeís is worth it, and 29 Palms Pale Ale is well worth trying.