Twilight Summer Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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Twilight Summer AleTwilight Summer Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,315 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,315
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 37
Gots: 142 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 06-16-2004

Available: June to September
Alc. by Vol.: 5.0%
IBUs: 35

162 calories per 12 oz serving
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Ratings: 1,315 | Reviews: 432
Photo of nauxolo
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Slightly bitter but unsatisfying aftertaste. Good crisp initial taste and texture. Overall would not try again given other options

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this available at my local Trig's today. Poured the 12 oz bottle right from the fridge into my pint glass. Best by date suggests this is good for another three months.

L: Pours a fairly clear medium amber color with about an inch of near-white head that persists for a few minutes and then falls to a film that leaves moderate cling on the glass. On closer inspection, some of those small flecks from the bottle-conditioning appear, along with a bit of visible carbonation.

S: Mostly bready malts in the nose--biscuit-like. A bit of earthy hop presence in the bouquet, as well. Just a hint of apricot. Not a very potent nose.

T: Bread malt flavors and some earthy/slightly funky hops at the front. The middle is creamy, with more of the malt coming through, along with a bit of dried apricot. Those malts ride out the taste, and the finish is decidedly more hoppy than I expected, leaving a bit of the resinous bitter that you'd expect from a pale ale.

F: This one is on the creamier side, especially in the front and middle. There's a nice level of carbonation to it that helps to bring all the flavors together. Again, there's a definite bitter finish to it, along this is far from sticky or syrupy at the close. Overall, it's heavier than I expected for the style--again, it registers as more of a pale ale than a blonde.

O: Well, this one definitely wasn't what I was expecting. I had hoped to pick up a beer that my wife would enjoy (she's not a fan of pale ales or IPAs), but after one sip she stated that it was "too funky" in the hops department for her liking. I agree with another reviewer that compared this one to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. So, in the sense that this is a very drinkable beer that delivers nice hop quality, I enjoy it. But for what this one is billed, it falls pretty short of greatness.

Photo of Anker13
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Will fill in the rest of the review later

Overall- IMO, this was one of the closest recreations of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale that I've ever tasted. Obviously they have their differences, but if I was given a blind taste test I would not be extremely confident in my ability to distinguish between the two. Interpret: I thought this was a great beer. I think it's miscategorized as a "blonde ale" on this website as it tastes and smells like a pale ale. My only gripe is that it's a bit heavier than I was expecting for a summer seasonal

Photo of LeeMoore
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is not deschutes' best effort.

Photo of SomethingClever
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Shaker pint on tap

A: light caramel in color very little head pretty fair in color 

S: a little bit of a citrus very bready 

T: very refreshing bready lager like very smooth edges 

M: light and crisp 

O: very easy drinking light nice bready taste 

Photo of Beerma
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bitter and harsh at first but I had been drinking something very light. This grew on me and was nice. Didn't seem like a summer ale but was heavier then I thought.

Photo of Greg4151
4.46/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nice smooth beer, a little hoppy for me.

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%

Twilight. I didn't want to buy a six pack because I wasn't sure I'd enjoy it. So lo and behold, I've found a single. Hy Vee in Sioux Falls, SD.

Appearance (3.75) : Off white head about two fingers. The body is an orangish yellow color, reminds me of orange Dimetapp for some reason. Head leaves intricate webs of lace around the glass.

Aroma (3.5) : Pale ale aroma with hints of lemon and orange. The woody grapefruit note is strong from the hops. I wasn't expecting this to be a pale ale per se, but I can understand now where I was wrong..."ale" means pale ale in most circles nowadays. Bouquet is strong.

Taste (3.5) : Orange rind and grapefruit rind. A little while later some orange and grapefruit flesh. The aftertaste is somewhat yeasty, which I like. Some lemon in there, too. The Amarillo hops are pretty strong in this brew. Again, was not expecting a pale.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : Creamy, carbonated, malty.

Overall (3.44) : I wasn't expecting a pale ale when I bought this or even popped the cap. For that reason I'm lowering the overall score a bit. I guess I was expecting an ale with fruit, or maybe something shandy-like. For that reason I am somewhat let down. I have to get past that, however and rate it as a pale ale. In that regard it is pretty good. Not quite as good as Mirror Pond, but a fair shake is owed to Twilight Summer Ale.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, biscuits. Taste is citrus, floral hops, malts kicking in at the finish, very high drinkability. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall makes a fine session beer.

Photo of matjack85
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

I got this single 12oz bottle as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL, making this single bottle $1.67. Freshness date of 10/21/14 is stamped on the front label.

The beer poured a hazy golden orange color with a 1-finger white head that lasted about a minute. Despite the small sized head it left lots of good lacing.

Floral and spicy hop aroma. Smells more like an IPA than a blonde ale.

Tastes just like it smalls. Citrus and grassy hops dominate the taste followed by a heavy dose of spices. Slight caramel malt sweetness takes a back seat to the hops and spices.. If this was listed as an IPA or an APA I would grade it higher, but to pass this off as a blonde ale is a big misrepresentation.

Smooth and creamy with a light to medium body and low to moderate carbonation.

This is a decent good tasting beer, but it fails badly as a blonde ale. There is nothing blonde ale-ish about it.

Photo of moundbz
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth and solid, an easy drinking pale ale taste

Photo of jellikit
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Bottle.
Appearance: Orange with a red hue. Clear. Thin head. Thin lacing.
Smell: very light citrus.
Taste: light malt. Cara-red or maybe some victory malt. Followed by medium citrus hop flavor. Medium-light bitterness.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Medium-light body. Dry.
Overall: solid, refreshing, easy-drinking red ale. Nothing over the top, nothing spectacular. But a well built beer that is pretty easy to drink.

Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Hops: Northern Brewer, Amarillo, Cascade, Tettnang.
Malt: NW Pale, Carastan, Carapils.

Best by date of 07.25.14.
Poured into a tumbler on 05.15.14.

A: Somewhat cloudy amber. 3 finger head. Nice lacing.

S: Spices. Very malty and sweet.

T: Spices, caramel dominate.

M: Creamy. Good carbonation.

O: This is a strange blonde. The hops weren't detectable in this one. It tasted more like an amber.

Rating: B

Photo of kkleu357
2.86/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear light yellow body. Big white foamy head. Aroma of lemon and malt. Spiced malty lemon pledge taste. Only ok.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass.

A- Poured a clear orange color with tons of streaming carbonation and frothy white head that left glass-coating lace.

S- Lots of bright citrusy and floral hops with cracker malt backbone. Not a very strong aroma, but very crisp hop character that is very well balanced with the malt character.

T- Lots of bright citrusy and floral hops with a nice cracker malt backbone with notes of bread and caramelized sugar.

M- Very crisp, dry, refreshing, light bodied, and prickly carbonation.

O- This is a simple and incredibly enjoyable summer ale. The bright and delicate hop character blends perfectly with the malt character.

Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

12 oz bottle purchased in Eugene and consumed on the banks of Oregon’s McKenzie River.
4.25 3.3 3.5 4
Appearance: clear deep amber with a semi-durable, frothy bone-colored head. Excellent lacing.
Aroma: herbal/floral hops with a good bit of biscuit malts.
Flavor: Hop intensity in this “summer style” ale is about that of a typical APA. Fruity/herbal hops with hints of citrus. The hop load is higher than the flavor level of the malt base. Mild+ bitterness.
Feel: Lively medium carbonation. Near medium body.

Photo of barczar
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%

Brilliant deep golden with copper highlights and a frothy cream head. Aroma is zesty, with grass, light floral notes, and that signature Amarillo savory character. There's a hint of bready malt. Flavor is slightly fruity, likely attributable to specialty malt, with floral, perfumey notes, a touch of citrus, and a grassy, almost piney, earthy, crisp finish. Very clean and refreshing, though the perfumey character is somewhat overwhelming.

Photo of rangerred
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy medium copper with a half finger white head. Head retention really isn't all that great but there is some ok lacing.

Aroma really brings out some orange peel and lemon zest. Maybe a little fruit punch too. It is very juicy but not so much tropical. Very little malt in the nose.

The flavor has loads of lemon up front backed up by some orange. There is a strong graininess that quickly rushes in but it works well to balance out the hops. Just a fairly mild bitterness that lingers and helps to cleanse the palate.

Overall, a nice version of a blonde ale. Maybe a bit more hoppy than other examples but it is a great thirst quencher with good flavor to boot.

Photo of drpimento
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle came from a too warm cooler. Net result being that some qualities of the beer are exaggerated good, others less. Appearance is great with a huge frothy head and lots of lace. Aroma is fruit and hops with a little grain and malt. Body because of temp is hard to gauge. Aftertaste may have been affected by a shot of rye whiskey which gave it some not so good flavs.

Photo of bwood06
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden orange with a slight haze. Head dissipates quickly to a thin lacing.

S - Grapefruit with other citrus. Well hopped. Malt seems to make more of an appearance farther down the glass.

T - Acidic first taste with grapefruit. Grapefruit is present throughout entire tasting profile. Slightly bitter when swallowing. Nice taste of a sweet, biscuity malt.

M - Very crisp and dry. Finishes very clean with very little aftertaste.

O - Great beer for a hot summer's day. Nice grapefruit flavor. Very refreshing.

Photo of Brenden
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one is nearly orange with a deep golden glow through its body, a heavy chill haze mostly clearing up through the course of the session. It's still only translucent, though, but quite bright despite it. The head is very creamy, starting at a full finger and falling pretty slowly to a foam that leaves an equally creamy ring with some thickness and stick to it, followed mostly by lighter spotting.
Nice, bright citrusy hops greet the nose with both a sweeter complement of light fruits under the medium-dry biscuit-like malts notes and a very light bitterness of a more resinous nature. I get something almost like powdered sugar, too, with some very mature treated tobacco leaf.
The taste brings more of the sweetness but a touch more pith countering with a little more pine-like bitterness. There's a bit of an earth/leaf combination, too, before finishing more powdery, sweet and somehow mildly bitter at the same time.
There's a very gentle bite in the feel, and it starts on the tongue leaning sweeter before hitting semi-dry and keeping light dryness on the tongue the rest of the way. Crispness nips lightly and doesn't give out, while smoothness comes through nicely.

Photo of majorbase2
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a semi-translucent yellow-orange with a nice foamy white head that dissipates quickly. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Aroma has lots of citrus up front with some spices. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple. Some lightly toasted malts.

Taste has more of the malts up front, followed by slightly muted citrus and a hint of sweetness at the end. Some floral hops and pine as well.

Light bodied and rather dry. Quite thin.

Overall, a very crisp and refreshing beer. I'm typically not a fan of the "Summer Ale", but this one does it quite well.

Photo of Tragedymojo
2.26/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

With all of the malt upfront in this beer you would expect some sweetness, yet this beer didn't offer that or any really distinctive malt flavor. The hops are acceptable but finish dry and astringent. It left me thirstier than when I started which isn't ideal for a summer brew.

Photo of minterro
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Got a single bottle from my gf. poured into a pint glass and paired with chips and salsa.

A&S: Translucent orange colored beer lively with carbonation bubbles. The head is a tad off white and leaves some lacing along the glass. Majority of the aroma is citrus hops complemented by spices and a malty undertone.

T&M: Not super flavorful, lots of malty tones. The hoppy citrus and earthy tones are not all that presence in the taste. Although it lack a huge flavor profile it is quite nice for summer. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing, not overly crisp and sharp though.

Overall: Doesn't really match the style of beer. I assumed that this beer was a pale until I saw the label on BA. So that would be my biggest complaint about it. A very enjoyable summer brew, would buy again (if on sale or something).

Photo of Caveworm
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery, my first by these guys. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew's got a 1.5 finger thick light tan head, clear golden body, and awesome lacing.

I smell lighter malts, not a whole lot of hop profundity. A little bit of earthiness is present here, too.

Just a very slight bit of sweet malt before an even lighter hop taste. But this brew doesn't skimp on flavor. Just the right balance of body and lightness.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. These guys did an awesome job with this ultra quenching consistency!

Overall an outstanding 4 Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery. This is one of the best seasonal summer brews I've experienced! I will buy this brew again.

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Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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