Twilight Summer Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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Twilight Summer AleTwilight Summer Ale

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1,364 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,364
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 38
Gots: 178 | 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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Reviews by Nerudamann:
Photo of Nerudamann
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - light tan in color. Very little foam, but decent carbonation.

Smell - a little malty smelling. I almost seem to smell a little bit of citrus.

Taste - Less citrusy than I was expecting, but in a good way. It makes it taste little more like a summer beer that's not trying to be a summer beer. A little more toward the hoppy side.

Mouthfeel - average. Mix of lightness and creaminess.

Drinkability - kind of a mild-mannered beer. I could come back to this one often enough I suppose.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was pleasantly surprised to see this one stacked up in a private Vancouver store, but didn't want to waste my budget on another blond. Then even more pleasantly surprised to find this on tap at St. Augustine's. It was plasantly surprisingly hoppy, this is a pale ale, with orange citus taste. Faint hops. Nicely drinkable.

Photo of Greg4151
4.46/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nice smooth beer, a little hoppy for me.

Photo of RoyalT
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Hazy orangish-yellow in color with a decent head that didn’t come up too much but that showed good retention and left a bit of lacing alongside my Cottonwood Ales glass.

Smell – Subtle yet distinguished citric and floral hops with the promise of a nice, creamy malt backbone.

Taste – Yes, new to the PacNW beer scene is the malty Pale Ale. I’ve run across a few of them lately trying to pick up on the East Coast style. This is a good effort.

The biscuity malt is big and has a hint of nutty character to it. The hops seem almost like an afterthought at first but come on strong in the end.

Mouthfeel – Exceptionally creamy smooth but almost light-bodied. I enjoyed the balance of this one but would have like to have seen a bit more substance, even for a Pale Ale. The finish though, with its hint of dryness, was more than welcome.

Drinkability – Great summer seasonal that went down quickly.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thankfully, this isn't another blonde-wheat-fruit summer seasonal like everyone else seems to be doing. Deschutes is staying true to what they do best; and in the Northwest, that means hops. In this case, four different hops in the kettle and Amarillo used to dry-hop.

Pours bright and clear with a color that borders on gold and copper. Big floral hop aroma with hints of orange cream and wild honey. Hops run up the taste buds first, with a soft evergreen resin, fresh-cut grass and faint citrus peel. Subtle biscuity and caramel malt flavors don't get masked by the bitterness that, for the most part, remains balanced. A bit of juicy fruitiness from middle to end, with lingering herbal hop flavors and remnants of a toasty malt. Bittersweet finish.

Perhaps one of the most drinkable summer seasonals--and no need to go blonde. Without a doubt, it's one of those seasonals you wish was available year-round--it's currently the benchmark for American session ales. Pair it up with a plate of fried raviolis with a spicy marinara sauce.

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a shaker pint.

This is a beautiful beer, a deep golden hue with plenty of bubbly foam. An aggressive center pour give a 3-finger head that condenses quickly down and leaves lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Biscuit-bread is the first scent that hits my nose, then some citrus and other tropical fruits.

The first taste surprises me, more hop forward than I was expecting. I get citrus and tropical fruits, maybe even a hint of peach. There is an underlying bready taste and just a hint of sweet caramel. As it warms, the malt seems to come forward more as does the tropical fruits and it gets sweeter. There is a lingering slight bitterness on the tongue. Very nice.

The mouthfeel is nice. A bit bubbly, medium, and slightly tongue-coating.

Overall, this is a very refreshing seasonal that I look forward to drinking again. Another beautifully crafted beer from Deschutes.

Photo of Todd
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with a best by 09/29/04.

Appearance: Chill-hazed, light amber colored brew, active carbonation and a thin white lace with some stick.

Smell: Apple-y, grain tannins.

Taste: Smooth at first, then a bit gritty around the edges with an apple-like flavor and feel. Touch of malt sweetness and bready notes. A low lime rind hop bitterness with some nondescript spice, and a refreshing break on the palate. A touch buttery towards the drying, coarse finish.

Notes: There's nothing obtrusive about this beer, nor is there anything that makes it anything more than average. That said, it's a pretty decent APA and a smooth drinking session beer.

Photo of Guden
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- golden orange with a light white head that fades to small bubbles.

S- light tangerine and wood with a malty backbone giving a bit of a candy impression.

T- light fruity citrus (tangerine and melon) washes over the tongue balanced by moderate sweetness. Nothin too exciting.

M- medium light in body. While it finishes off dry the body is a bit bigger and the carbonation a bit lower than would be ideal.

O- a pleasant enough light summer beer though nothing to rave about. Comes off as a light pale ale with nothing to really set it apart from competition.

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with a "Best By" freshness date on the label.

LOOK: Sudsy foam leaves behind some white lacing on the glass, shiny golden color shows off its clarity

SMELL: Oily hops, citrus, white tea leaves, blond tobacco, a little fruity, biscuity

TASTE: Decent smoothness, moderate body, toasted grain, citrusy hop, mild malt sweetness, drying bitterness, earthy tobacco, finishes semi-dry

A downright well balanced APA, light enough to quaff in the dead of summer and flavorful enough to keep your taste buds in check.

Photo of tigg924
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: gold in color, clear, 1/2 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and light hops

Taste: citrusy hops, grass, and a honey caramel finish

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a bitter backbone and finish, high carbonation, light bodied

Drinkability: I like the sweet honey taste in this beer that mixes with the hops. This is a good clean pale ale. I wish I could get it out here and have five or six.

Photo of Mora2000
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mar for sharing mar for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is oranges and malt. The flavor is earthy hops and bready malt and is not very appealing. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. The smell and taste of this beer are not very good. I expect better from Deschutes.

Photo of bsp77
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear blonde-gold with bright white head and light lacing rings.

Smell: Mostly citrus and spicy hops, mild pale malts.

Taste: Very light malt backbone allows the hops to shine through, with citrus, pine and an overall spicy bitterness.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light body, dry finish and quite crisp overall.

Drinkability: Very drinkable summer ale that does not seem to quite fit any style. Too light to be an APA (as categorized here), too carbonated and too "American" to be an English Bitter (as it has been awarded in the past) - seems to be a hoppy American Blonde. No matter the style, it is very sessionable.

Photo of magictrokini
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A mediocre APA. Pours the anticipated clear copper with an average white head. Perfumy aroma that captures the beer: light caramel malt with cascade hops, though neither in large quantities. Sweet, light, smooth malt and even wheat flavors with a bit of citrus. Good for a hot summer day, but that's about it.

Photo of MattyG85
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.
Best by 10/23/12.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge five finger white head with good retention. Lots of lacing is left sticking to the glass.

Smell: A surprisingly vibrant and lively aroma for the style. Big scent of citrus up front with good hints of mango, apricot, orange, lemon, and a little grapefruit. Pale malts and wheat with hints of cracker and biscuit. Also a nice herbal and grassy hop aroma is in the mix. Smells more like an American Pale Ale than a Blond.

Taste: Like it smells, nice citrus esters and bready sweetness balanced by a good hop presence. Taste of citrus up front with notes of mango, orange peel, apricot, lemon, and grapefruit. Solid bready flavors from pale malts and wheat grains. Good notes of cracker and biscuit. A nice bitterness comes from some grassy, herbal hops. Nice full taste for the style.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, and pretty smooth.

Overall: A really good summer beer here. This is not your typical Blond Ale. Has enough malt and hop punch in it to seem more like an American Pale Ale. Nice and vibrant while still remaining fairly light and easy drinking.

Photo of Thrasher
2.6/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This new beer from Deschutes seems to be surprisingly popular, given how long it took me to come across some. It pours gold, a shade darker than you think of most summer ales, with lots of frothy head and sticky lace. Aroma of raw grain and slight mustiness. The taste is poor, especially for Deschutes, who have a history of knocking it out of the park with each of their beers. Not this time. The graininess is overbearing and totally unappealing. Some jarring corn flavors. Reminiscent of a cheaply made macro. Hops are obscured and stale. Mouthfeel metallic and a bit watery. Drinkability ok, but the finish is completely dull; a crisp lingering hoppiness would've make it more appetizing.

This is easily Deschutes' worst beer. They already make 3 pale ale type beers (Mirror Pond, Bachelor, and Cascade which is a much better light summer thirst quencher than Twilight anyday), so there is absolutely no need for this beer. The real tragedy is that Twilight bumps Pine Mountain Pils out of the line-up, a very well-liked beer and one of a disgracefully small number of American micro pilsners. Bad move Deschutes. Bring back the Pils -- seriously. Actually I'm guessing most casual beer drinkers will not find anything too objectionable about this beer, and it seems to be an immediate hit, but its shortcomings are noticeable to those who are paying attention. I will not buy this beer again, although I guess if I see it on tap I'll give it a whirl. A disappointment, and a real bummer; dare I say, a disgrace.

Photo of moundbz
4.5/5  rDev +23%
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 Beerandraiderfan
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lots of head on this beer, pours a blonde with lots of clarity. Aroma was almost nonexistant, just clean.

Same thing with the taste, light blonde, small hop dose, although probably bigger than a lot of people want in a blonde beer (i.e. those who want their beer to be as close to water as possible). Nothing bad, nothing extreme, just a straight forward blonde ale for a girlfriend or hot day with a lawnmower. Pairs nicely with spicy food.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a transparent gold with a one finger head, good head retention and lacing all the way down. Not much of a scent to it. There is some breadiness that is noticable. The taste is rather bland for an APA. The hop bitterness is there, but it's not balanced by any noticable sweetness. This might be a good summer beer up north, but I can't find a reason to drink this on a hot Texas afternoon.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a blonde glowing golden hue with eggshell white head, fine speckled lacing looks great. Aromatics biscuit malts, bready character all day hints of floral/citric hop notes nice Summer Ale character extremely easy to drink. No catpiss or crushed aspirin from the reserved Amarillo additions but there's floral citric notes in the flavor that work with the light bready character get drinking while it's available. I drank Red Chair out of style, I'm about to do the same with this one...glad to see Deschutes in the Burgh it took a long time to get it in Western PA well worth the wait. Mouthfeel textured with moderate carbonation lighter bodied easy drinking lovely experience. Overall beach beer, lawnmower refreshing qualities with flavor and all malt base can't go wrong.

Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

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 chrisms86
4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smells of hops and pours with a thin lasting head. Carbonation gives only a bit of a tingle on the tongue as the surprisingly full body takes over. For a Pale Ale I expected a much thinner brew but fortunately this was not the case. Taste is excellent, a weak sweetness on the nose and only bitter enough to let the back of the tongue know its there, while tingling the sour receptors on the sides to the point of giving this brew a citrus feel without any fruit being present.

A great summer beer. Highly recommended.

Photo of hughesm4
2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Portland pub.
a-Standard golden brown with a light head.
s-Smell was very weak, had a slight citrus smell but that is all. Reminded me of early spring.
t-Most of the taste was right up front. There was a slight citrus flavor and was followed by a weak malt taste.
m/d-Light bodied, even for a pale ale. It went down fairly smooth, but isn't on the top of my to drink list. This my least favorite beer that I had at the pub.

Photo of Brenden
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
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 watermelonman
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This sits as a pale orange and gold with a modest head, and it's not leaving any lacing behind.

The taste has a good hop punch; it could almost be toned down a bit. The malt profile seems to be dominated by the pale variety and comes through well. A medium body rounds out the characteristics nicely.

This is a good beer for the season, almost sitting on the heavier side of things.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 ounce bottle into a pub glass.

A- Hazy golden body with blonde hues. Lovely sticky, fluffy, pale white head that persists well. Lace is abundant. Steady carbonation is visible.

S- Pungent citrus and sweet malt. Hop-heavy aroma.

T- Interesting. Like a toned-down IPA. Pungent hops, but not aggressive in taste. Sweet caramel and bready malts are probably just as pronounced as the hops. There's a citrusy quality to the beer, kind of like orange juice, as in it's sweeter and doesn't have the bitter, biting sensation of a lot of IPAs.

M- Medium-bodied with a slight bitterness and a balance of dryness and sweetness. Carbonation is hardly noticeable, but there.

O- This beer does a good job of drinking like something light but still offering flavor. With the surge in session IPAs, this beer suffers a bit by comparison with it's muted hop profile. By no means a bad beer though.

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Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,364 ratings.