Twilight Summer Ale - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by SurlyDuff:
4.43/5 rDev +20.7%
My favorite of Deschutes 4 seasonals. The others being buzzsaw brown (spring), jubelale(winter), and cindercone red(fall).
Wonderful on a camping trip or a hot summer day! Light straw color in appearance.
The aroma is fresh cascade hops, florals, fresh cut grass, straw.
Taste is a bit light, but make sure you drink this one on a hot summer day and you'll fall in love. Bright finish with well balanced hops.
Available in a 24-pack during the summer, and also on-tap at their Public house as well as some brewpubs in Portland and Bend.
02-11-2008 02:03:05 | More by SurlyDuff
More User Reviews:
3.98/5 rDev +8.4%
Appearance Hazy orangish-yellow in color with a decent head that didnt 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. Ive 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.
06-23-2004 00:50:16 | More by RoyalT
3.5/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
03-30-2009 22:37:51 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.09/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
05-22-2014 22:30:08 | More by SD-Alefan
3.4/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
08-26-2004 00:02:13 | More by Todd
3.4/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
07-08-2013 01:13:23 | More by Guden
3.73/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
05-22-2012 00:41:08 | More by Jason
3.83/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
11-10-2009 18:15:33 | More by tigg924
3.28/5 rDev -10.6%
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.
06-23-2010 02:29:50 | More by Mora2000
3.85/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
06-01-2010 00:20:52 | More by bsp77
3/5 rDev -18.3%
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.
12-05-2008 23:12:44 | More by magictrokini
Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,166 ratings.