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Twilight Summer Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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83
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1,219 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,219
Reviews: 418
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 33
Gots: 108 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was pleasantly surprised to see this one stacked up in a private Vancouver store, but didn't want to waste my budget on another blond. Then even more pleasantly surprised to find this on tap at St. Augustine's. It was plasantly surprisingly hoppy, this is a pale ale, with orange citus taste. Faint hops. Nicely drinkable.

Sammy, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

t0rin0, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light orange with a small 1/2 inch off-white head that fades to an oily film. Random tiny spots and streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest and pine hops along with some grapefruit notes. Taste is of sweet malt, grapefruit juice, and citrus zest. Very mild bitterness on the palate after each sip quickly fades. This beer has a bubbly level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very refreshing and tasty summer beer and I am glad I picked one of these up.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours is a moderate golden color with a slight amount of haze. White head with good retention. Nice ringy lacing on the way down. Nose is some light citrus hops and a bit of bread. Nothing terribly complicated, but it works well in the nose. At the same time, the taste seems a bit too tame. Good feel with a nice balance. Perfect level of bitterness to drink quite a few of during a sitting.

Thorpe429, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

zestar, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a frothy lid that leaves some lacing

Smell: Lemony citrus along with some biscuity malt and a hint of honey; a bit grainy, however

Taste: Starts out with a sweet biscuity character that adds lemony bitterness by mid-palate; after the swallow, some grassy/grainy elements kick in

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not what I typically look for in an APA but for a summer beer this has some real merit

brentk56, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Minimally gauzy bright amber with the merest suggestion of orange. The bone white head displays a finely pitting surface and is already beginning to leave scads of lace on the upper few inches of the pint glass. Ultimately, thin concentric rings indicate each mouthful.

Wow, the aroma is a more than pleasant surprise. Bright, citric hoppy goodness bursts into my brain with each sniff. Twilight smells like orange-pineapple-grapefruit juice and is one of the best APA noses that I've run across in a long time.

Thankfully, the flavor follows suit. The malt backbone is of the 'just barely enough' variety, ensuring that hops are the star of the show. The degree of hoppiness/bitterness is more than sufficient for an APA, but of course, I wish that it were greater. In fact, this hop bill would make a great IPA. The label says that 4 varieties of hops were used and I'll just bet that Amarillo and Cascade are two of them.

Just as in the nose, the tropical fruit (pineapple, grapefruit, orange) is front and center on the palate. The bittering is gentle, but insistent, and is cumulative as the glass is emptied. I'd like to see a slightly bigger body than the light-medium one that has been provided, but it does make the beer insanely drinkable.

Twilight Ale is a lip smackin' good summer brew and is superior to Deschutes's year-round APA, Mirror Pond Pale Ale. Hopilicious and supremely quaffable, this is a beer to seek out and consume in quantity. Easily my new favorite beer from a quality Oregon brewery.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 19, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Built for fun-filled days and tranquil nights, Victory's summer ale kicks off the season with the bright and tangy taste of citrus. Crisp and refreshing throughout, this ale is sure to be a hit at all warm-weather events- from the pool to the ballpark, the backyard and on the water.

Twilight teases the tongue lightly with its creamy effervescence, unleashing the tangy-sweet taste of orange, mango and pineapple. Laced with a bready-sweet taste, the malt contribution steers the fruity flavor and aroma and give them support.

Holding firm, the creamy sweet body retains is citrus and tropical flavor buy layers upon spicy tastes of peppercorn, rye and bitter orange. A late charge of lemon and lime begin to bounce off of the light bread body with tart bitterness.

As that bitterness grows, the malt sweetness retreats and the beer's peppery, grassy and spicy zest grows to intensify champagne-like sprite. While the tangy sweetness of sherbet remains, its aftertaste of wheat bread return in waves.

Its light and refreshing quality is refreshing like tropical punch, but its hop spice and floral bite gives much more of an ale-like character than most sweeter, heavier and off-balanced versions normally portray.

BEERchitect, May 21, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +9%

Texasfan549, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ice streams of carbonation could be seen coming up towards the top and a good sixed two inch head of white foam came over the top right away. Slight settling still left behind copious amounts of sticky white lace, with a bare top.

The aroma was nice and hopped, grassy with some decent touches of light citrus and pine mixed in. A bisuit like bready middle to it that really came out once it warmed up. The flavor was more of the same, crisp and clean, with a quick hitting citric hop bite in the front that mellowed out with some light grain, and bready malts to balance nicley, all the while staying very light and towards the hoppier side of the style. Crisp and clean with a light feel and a great carbonation profile, this was defintly a very nice offering that was easily sessionable during the evening,

Overall not bad at all here This was a very good little session ale that I would have no issue at all with trying out again some day

mikesgroove, May 23, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +9%

kjkinsey, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

kylehay2004, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

jaydoc, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best By: 09/01/11

Appearance: Pours out a modestly hazy, orange-gold body with a lofty, foaming, white head. Thin flecks of lace on the way down.

Smell: Has a pleasantly juicy, citrusy nose, smelling of Valencia oranges and grapefruit accompanied by a bit of stonefruit. Faintly grainy malts certainly come secondary, as does a small bit of hopspice.

Taste: Lightly caramelized sugars overlaying crisp toasted grains. Slight honey notions here and there. A few drops of Georgia peach juice fuses with full drizzles of 'no pulp' orange juice and ruby red grapefruit juice. Spicy herbaceousness closes out the juice parade. The hop bitterness is fairly gentle, leaving this a sweetish, juicy brew. Slightly acidic. Drying, soft finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: As an ale released as a summertime seasonal, I fully expected something a bit lighter, which it was, and served me fairly well on this sweltering summer afternoon.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear and golden with a frothy white head that retains well.

Smell: Pale malts and citrusy hops, signature APA. There's a touch of honey that nicely compliments the lemony hop aroma.

Taste & mouthfeel: Initially quite grainy and dry with a solid zesty hop flavor. There's a touch of malty sweetness in the middle that lingers on until mid-finish, where the hop bitterness takes over and dries things up. Light bodied, crisp, more dry than sweet. Good session material.

largadeer, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, orange color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus notes with touches of pine.

T - It tasted very citrusy and bright - mostly orange peel. A light piney bitterness with some grains and sweet caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very tasty and easy drinking summer ale. Nice in the 100 degree temps.

zeff80, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 16oz American pint, on-tap at the pub in Bend, after some nice waterfall-tourin' in the area.

This beer appears a clear, glassy golden amber hue, with one fat finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and playfully bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent thick tree branch painted lace around the glass as things gently recede.

It smells of grassy, fresh floral, and mildly acrid citrus hops, stalked by a softly sweet biscuity pale maltiness. The taste is bready, grainy pale malt, ethereal buttered biscuits, a sort of watery caramel sweetness, and somewhat bitter piney, floral hops.

The carbonation is average, with just a lilting frizziness throughout, the body quite agreeably on the medium-light side, with a pleasant zing to it, that precludes absolute smoothness, but encourages immediate replenishment. It finishes off-dry, yet more towards the bitter, with the lingering pine/citrus hops, and a strangely welcome white pepper spice.

Summer vacation, long day outdoors - so, a light ale with a decent, but not decadent bitterness, sure goes down like 'twas nothing at all, in a good way. Something to sip away the hiking 'aches' with, as the sun finishes its long arc across the horizon.

biboergosum, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +9%

SocalKicks, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from Wasatch so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, caramelized malts and a lot of hops for the style.

T: The taste starts out with some mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong hops presence comes in; it’s not IPA-strong but still strong for the style. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice lighter beer with substance and a lot flavor making it worth drinking for a very long time.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 21, 2011
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
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a blonde glowing golden hue with eggshell white head, fine speckled lacing looks great. Aromatics biscuit malts, bready character all day hints of floral/citric hop notes nice Summer Ale character extremely easy to drink. No catpiss or crushed aspirin from the reserved Amarillo additions but there's floral citric notes in the flavor that work with the light bready character get drinking while it's available. I drank Red Chair out of style, I'm about to do the same with this one...glad to see Deschutes in the Burgh it took a long time to get it in Western PA well worth the wait. Mouthfeel textured with moderate carbonation lighter bodied easy drinking lovely experience. Overall beach beer, lawnmower refreshing qualities with flavor and all malt base can't go wrong.

WVbeergeek, May 25, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold, with several foamy fingers of slightly off-white head. Rich look to the retention, as the lace hangs back in thick swathes. The aroma is very floral, with a gentle spicy nature to it, and a good bit of fruity sweetness and malts, giving this a deep tangy pop in the nose.

The sweetness in a bit more mellow in the taste, with fruity citrus and grainy biscuits being smoothed out some by some lightly grassy and spicy bitterness. Finishes very dry on the tongue. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied, with a generally pretty easy feel to it. I'm getting a bit of a sharp prickle towards the back of the swallow, which gives this some extra crisp presence.

Balanced and flavorful, this is a very easy drinking offering from Deschutes. One of the better summertime seasonals I've had lately.

Kegatron, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bbd sep 29 06

Pours honey colored with a 3 fingers+ white head. No head retention & a little lacing

Smell: Big citrusy/ floral (cascade??) hoppyness with slight fruittyness

Taste: Big citrussy hops followed by biscuitty malt flavors,

MF: Medium with average carbonation & pretty good balance

Drinks too easy. A pretty solid APA, nothing too memorable. Not bad at all though

russpowell, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

light orange/peachy color, big, creamy white head.
Aroma is soft and lightly fruity, gets sweeter and hoppier as it goes,oily, resiney. yeah, the hops are shy up front, but bloom a bit with time.
Neat little bitterness up front, turning fruity and very tasty. Light in body, with minimal mouthfeel, just enough, actually, if they're going for a smooth, flavorful session brew. Perfect summertime quaffer.
To please me, they could go hoppier, but, eh, there's more than me out there, ain't there. This is just right for what it is.

feloniousmonk, Aug 13, 2004
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Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,219 ratings.