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Twilight Summer Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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1,258 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,258
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)
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Lobina, 10 minutes ago
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3.61/5  rDev -1.6%

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 (3.75) : 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.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : Creamy, carbonated, malty.

Overall (3.61) : I wasn't expecting a pale ale when I bought this or even popped the cap. 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.

The-Adjunct-Hippie, Wednesday at 06:55 PM
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

kplooki, Tuesday at 10:49 PM
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3.24/5  rDev -11.7%

LoganMc, Monday at 10:17 PM
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.

tone77, Monday at 11:31 AM
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

WestHam973, Monday at 02:53 AM
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Ludwigkpa, Saturday at 06:30 AM
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

erkrause, Oct 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Berg77, Oct 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

jman005, Oct 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

ummswimmin, Oct 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

acashk, Oct 19, 2014
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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.

matjack85, Oct 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Smooth and solid, an easy drinking pale ale taste

moundbz, Oct 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Jor-El, Oct 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

DeadeyeOTDO, Oct 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

spycow, Oct 12, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +11.7%

OCSA_1978, Oct 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

BigBry, Oct 11, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

LJWalker, Oct 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

doom_deluise, Oct 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

tykechandler, Oct 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

zbloom, Oct 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Elicoleman, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of jellikit
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

jellikit, Oct 06, 2014
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Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 1,258 ratings.