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: 179 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 1,364 | Reviews: 444
Photo of Korbynlehr
2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Hops and yeast equal good taste

Photo of kevinlater
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

draft sample at lulu's waikiki here in honolulu. clear golden yellow, light piney-citrusy nose with a touch of grainy malt. apricot and orange rind and pine on the palate with slight mango notes. medium-ish mouthfeel. good summer drinking

Photo of ajm5108
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It tastes like any random adjunct beer. Neutral grain flavor with stale citrus. Could have Blue Moon for all I could tell.

Photo of dbl_delta
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 8/9/15 into pint glass. Pale amber-gold; clear; off-white head. Moderate carbonation. Malt and hops nicely balanced. Medium mouthfeel. Refreshing but not bland; has some substance to it. I like more hops, but this would be good if you needed a beer to go with a cookout. Not bad for a "summer beer".

Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really love the malt profile. Nice Summer Ale.

Photo of VaughanSchmidt
2.89/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent brew for summer time

Photo of bubseymour
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent light beer. More like an amber than a blonde but still respectable.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Marek.

A clear light amber with a dense, off-white head with good retention and lacing, this looks great. Not quite what I'd expect a blonde ale to look like, but good nonetheless. The nose is solid. Bright, fresh, fruity with a blend of citrus and some pine, I get orange, candied grapefruit, a little pine and a moderate doughy malt character. The palate opens with mild bitterness, moderately fruity hops and a soft malt character, grainy, doughy, burnt sugar bitterness all present. The hop character is pleasant. Soft, refreshing and not particularly powerful. Nice creamy palate. Recommended.

Photo of Fly4awhiteguy
2.72/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a dark golden color into a mason jar (from Lagunitas). Nose is lacking with light flowers. Mouth feel is soapy and medium body. Taste is light fruit with malty sweetness. Hop heads won't like this one as well as other session able pales say like Field 41. Overall this is just an ok pale ale. If someone brought to a BBQ I would have one but not in the regular summer beer rotation. Their winter Pale Ale "Red Chair" I feel is better.

Photo of loubar
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle from Whole Foods. Nice hops intensity on a bready malt base. Good flavor. Great balance. Not light or summer-like, nevertheless crisp and refreshing.

Photo of ONUMello
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle best by 8/9/15 poured into a pint glass
A: Transparent light orange with a one+ finger head
S: Somewhat muted. Bready with a hint of citrus
T: Matches the nose, a biscuity malt with lemon and orange and adds an herbal note
M: Light-bodied, smooth
O: The name makes me think more of a porter but this, while simple, is certainly enjoyable to sip on a warm day

Photo of ta_hagen
4.87/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Taste is like a hoppy Pale Ale, but yummy and bready dry finish. Definitely a medium to light body, but goes down easy and can drink many of these, but watch out... The storm comes and it hits you... Very over-rated... If a hop-head, you will like for a good summer ale... very good as I am a IPA guy... This one is really good. This score should go up over this summer, since this has been a good batch.

Photo of nauxolo
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Slightly bitter but unsatisfying aftertaste. Good crisp initial taste and texture. Overall would not try again given other options

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this available at my local Trig's today. Poured the 12 oz bottle right from the fridge into my pint glass. Best by date suggests this is good for another three months.

L: Pours a fairly clear medium amber color with about an inch of near-white head that persists for a few minutes and then falls to a film that leaves moderate cling on the glass. On closer inspection, some of those small flecks from the bottle-conditioning appear, along with a bit of visible carbonation.

S: Mostly bready malts in the nose--biscuit-like. A bit of earthy hop presence in the bouquet, as well. Just a hint of apricot. Not a very potent nose.

T: Bread malt flavors and some earthy/slightly funky hops at the front. The middle is creamy, with more of the malt coming through, along with a bit of dried apricot. Those malts ride out the taste, and the finish is decidedly more hoppy than I expected, leaving a bit of the resinous bitter that you'd expect from a pale ale.

F: This one is on the creamier side, especially in the front and middle. There's a nice level of carbonation to it that helps to bring all the flavors together. Again, there's a definite bitter finish to it, along this is far from sticky or syrupy at the close. Overall, it's heavier than I expected for the style--again, it registers as more of a pale ale than a blonde.

O: Well, this one definitely wasn't what I was expecting. I had hoped to pick up a beer that my wife would enjoy (she's not a fan of pale ales or IPAs), but after one sip she stated that it was "too funky" in the hops department for her liking. I agree with another reviewer that compared this one to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. So, in the sense that this is a very drinkable beer that delivers nice hop quality, I enjoy it. But for what this one is billed, it falls pretty short of greatness.

Photo of Anker13
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Will fill in the rest of the review later

Overall- IMO, this was one of the closest recreations of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale that I've ever tasted. Obviously they have their differences, but if I was given a blind taste test I would not be extremely confident in my ability to distinguish between the two. Interpret: I thought this was a great beer. I think it's miscategorized as a "blonde ale" on this website as it tastes and smells like a pale ale. My only gripe is that it's a bit heavier than I was expecting for a summer seasonal

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

This is not deschutes' best effort.

Photo of SomethingClever
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Shaker pint on tap

A: light caramel in color very little head pretty fair in color 

S: a little bit of a citrus very bready 

T: very refreshing bready lager like very smooth edges 

M: light and crisp 

O: very easy drinking light nice bready taste 

Photo of Beerma
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bitter and harsh at first but I had been drinking something very light. This grew on me and was nice. Didn't seem like a summer ale but was heavier then I thought.

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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.44/5  rDev -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 (3.5) : 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. Again, was not expecting a pale.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : Creamy, carbonated, malty.

Overall (3.44) : I wasn't expecting a pale ale when I bought this or even popped the cap. For that reason I'm lowering the overall score a bit. 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.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of matjack85
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

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 jellikit
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Hops: Northern Brewer, Amarillo, Cascade, Tettnang.
Malt: NW Pale, Carastan, Carapils.

Best by date of 07.25.14.
Poured into a tumbler on 05.15.14.

A: Somewhat cloudy amber. 3 finger head. Nice lacing.

S: Spices. Very malty and sweet.

T: Spices, caramel dominate.

M: Creamy. Good carbonation.

O: This is a strange blonde. The hops weren't detectable in this one. It tasted more like an amber.

Rating: B

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Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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