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Twilight Summer Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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1,257 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,257
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 34
Gots: 112 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Available: June to September
Alc. by Vol.: 5.0%
IBUs: 35

162 calories per 12 oz serving

(Beer added by: Jason on 06-16-2004)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,257 | Reviews: 425 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by kflorence:
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3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden, copper in color with a finger of thick, creamy white foam atop. A good amount of carbonation is present and there's plenty of lacing around the glass edge as you drink. Inviting and looks to be refreshing.

S: A good mixture of citrus, pine resin, honey and lightly toasted malts attack the nose. Seems to be fairly balanced, but slightly hop-forward, especially as it warms.

T: Much as the aroma led me to believe, this one is pretty well balanced, but slightly hop-forward. Zesty citrus blends with the lightly toasted malts before unveiling a more grainy, pine resin and barley backbone. Definitely has the flavor of a Deschutes brew, especially in the malts.

M: Definitely on the lighter side. Body feels pretty thin, almost watery. Although there was ample carbonation on the pour, it almost feels a bit flat as you get to the last of it. I could definitely use a bit more chewiness. The lightness does lend to its drinkability, however, I think this is the weak point of the brew.

O: Overall, I felt this beer to be pretty much as advertised: a great end-of-the-day summer brew that will satisfy your cravings for flavor but also be light enough to have a few. Not the most flavorful or complex offering from this brewery, but it fills a niche quite well. Cheers!

kflorence, May 14, 2012
More User Reviews:
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

mojohawk21, May 27, 2014
Photo of RoyalT
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

RoyalT, Jun 23, 2004
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Turbo, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -18.3%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of MadScientist
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

MadScientist, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of dimitrov
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

dimitrov, May 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

FadetoBock, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of freshflesh
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

freshflesh, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of SD-Alefan
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

SD-Alefan, May 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Kappakoosh, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Todd
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Todd, Aug 26, 2004
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

TimoP, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of Guden
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Guden, Jul 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Beerswag, Jun 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

megamass, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Jason, May 22, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

tigg924, Nov 10, 2009
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3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Mora2000, Jun 23, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Meyers1023, Aug 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

SjConroy, Aug 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

GarrettB714, Nov 26, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

chossboss, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of bsp77
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

bsp77, Jun 01, 2010
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Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,257 ratings.