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Twilight Summer Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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Twilight Summer AleTwilight Summer Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,194 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,194
Reviews: 418
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 33
Gots: 100 | 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)
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lurpy1

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +15%

Shared a bottle with my wife as part of our "summer beer" binge - basically my effort to mollify her while enjoying good beer.

Let me preface the review by saying that while I enjoyed Twilight Ale very much, to me it missed the mark as a Blonde Ale. Blondes are light in color, light in odor, and light in hop presence. This beer is none of the above.

Setting aside labels and categories, this is a damn fine beer, which pours a pretty amber with surprising head. The hoppiness, as stated above, is much more pronounced than expected, but still not strong enough to scare away my hopophobe wife.

Good beer, but be advised it might not be what you expected.

07-27-2011 23:00:43 | More by lurpy1
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mojohawk21

Missouri

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

05-27-2014 01:27:27 | More by mojohawk21
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

06-23-2004 00:50:16 | More by RoyalT
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Turbo

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10-06-2013 00:23:07 | More by Turbo
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MadScientist

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

08-16-2014 01:43:14 | More by MadScientist
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

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
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dimitrov

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-18-2013 06:44:38 | More by dimitrov
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

08-18-2013 16:24:40 | More by FadetoBock
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freshflesh

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-03-2014 07:51:41 | More by freshflesh
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SD-Alefan

South Dakota

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
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Todd

Colorado

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
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-25-2013 03:38:03 | More by TimoP
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Guden

Maryland

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
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Beerswag

California

3/5  rDev -18.3%

06-01-2014 16:45:43 | More by Beerswag
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megamass

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

09-05-2013 05:36:06 | More by megamass
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Jason

Massachusetts

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
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tigg924

Massachusetts

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
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Mora2000

Texas

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
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Meyers1023

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

08-07-2014 04:27:48 | More by Meyers1023
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SjConroy

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

08-08-2014 00:15:26 | More by SjConroy
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GarrettB714

California

4/5  rDev +9%

11-26-2011 05:47:14 | More by GarrettB714
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chossboss

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

07-30-2014 03:53:16 | More by chossboss
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bsp77

Minnesota

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
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magictrokini

California

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
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rhinonau

Wyoming

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

10-28-2013 15:32:39 | More by rhinonau
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Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,194 ratings.