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Twilight Summer Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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Twilight Summer AleTwilight Summer Ale

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1,271 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,271
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 35
Gots: 118 | 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 sondance
4.8/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Springy look and taste. Can't stop picking up a 6 pack. I would rate this a little higher than Deschutes' Mirror Pond although they are very similar. It has a light coppery color with citrus and floral overtones. Fills the senses with its hoppy zing but not overly done.

sondance, May 28, 2010
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a twelve-ounce bottle into an etched bottom stem.

Twilight pours a clear deep golden color with an inch-thick head. Sticky lacing is left on the glass. Carbonation is also very lively.

Smell consists of a bit of honey and biscuity notes, along with aromas of flowers, grass, and a bit of orange peel.

Flavors consist of marmalade and some lemon, along with grassy hints and some sweet malt lingering in the backround.

This beer is pretty light for it's style. More along the lines of an English bitter than an APA.

Light, crisp, and very easy to drink. This is a good Summer brew. Not my favorite offering from Deschutes, but still quite quaffable.

WYVYRN527, May 26, 2010
Photo of Bighuge
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glowing golden orange body. Thin bubbly off white head. Lacing is patchy yet clingy. Nice fresh bouquet of citrusy and orangey hops. A little lemon stands out too. Spritzy mouthfeel. Lively and active. It brings out the rillos nicely. Bright citrus palate is quite refreshing. Some more of that orange vs lemon tug of war. Lemon wins. Nice, flavorful, quenching APA for the summer months.

Bighuge, May 25, 2010
Photo of isualum12
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

light golden yellow with a white head

bitter bite to the taste of a smooth natural flavor. No cirtrus like I expected. There was a little sweet taste to it without being overpowering.

There is a decent carbonization the the mouthfeel.

I am not sure I could handle a few of these just on the carbonization.

Not a bad beer at all. I bought a six of it and have not been disappointed. Enjoy it this summer...

isualum12, May 24, 2010
Photo of felipe2toes
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color with one-inch white head. Nice head retention and lacing.

Smells of faint citrus, earthy and piney. Overall, the aroma on this is somewhat muted.

Tastes were muted for me as well. Some citrus and honey, as well as the piney hops and a slightly bitter finish. Decent flavor, but was expecting more.

Lightbodied mouthfeel, light carbonation. Pretty drinkable and would be a nice refresher on a hot day.

felipe2toes, May 24, 2010
Photo of morimech
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a large white head that had some staying power. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Quite a bit of lacing is left on the glass as well. Full of Amarillo hop aroma. Hints of grapefruit, pine resin, and hay. Nothing from the malt. Not really digging the hop flavor in this one. The hops really seem harsh and not just bitter. Leaves a lingering bitterness long after a drink. Again there is not much from the malt. Some people might really like this hop profile, but not this drinker. The body is not as big as I would of liked but carbonation is good and well matched. Not my favorite APA but I do enjoy the low ABV.

morimech, May 23, 2010
Photo of funkybier
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear golden yellow

Citrus, nectarine, grapefruit

Light/moderate bitterness up front that transforms to slight caramel malt richness that gets eclipsed by orangey-nectarine hop aroma. Finishes dry with lingering notes of malt and fruity hops


Dry and thirst quenching, could drink many of these

funkybier, May 23, 2010
Photo of Ragedman
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoy Sam Adam's Summer Ale so when I saw that Deschutes had one I was eager to try it. Unlike Sam Adam's, the Deschutes Brewery has laid back on the lemon zest.

Poors a dark yellow with a small head and light lacing. Like a summer ale should look.

Smells of summer ale, lemony, hoppy, and faint alcohol. Smells like it should.

Taste is just like it smells. No deep flavor, just lemon, hops, and weebit of alcohol. It's a good summer ale.

Mouthfeel is nice. Not to overly carbonated, easy to drink also. For people who find Sam Adams summer ale to strongly lemony grap hold of Deschutes Brewery Twilight summer ale and enjoy.

Ragedman, May 23, 2010
Photo of awright
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summer seasonals can sometimes disappoint, trying to be quenching and bland enough to swill between gulps of lake water or gobsfull of BBQ. This beer refreshes without boring. Bold, toasty malt flavor with just the right hop bite. Pours a pleasing amber-orange color with a creamy yellow lumpy head. Not just a knock-off to boost summer sales. I'd drink this any day of the year.

awright, May 18, 2010
Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass, pours a nice orange-yellow; clear with a one finger white head that receded to a thin layer that stayed with the glass all the way down. Little lacing to speak of.

Smell is a little citrusy, with a touch of grass and pine. There is a spice in here that I cannot put my finger on, a little floral, but I can't figure it out.

Taste is good, a nice blend of sweetness and just a touch of hop bitterness. The citrus is there, as is a touch of pine. Nothing overpowers here.

Mouthfeel is smooth, a light bodied, low carbonation beer.

Drinkability is very good, as a summer beer should be. Very light and refreshing, this would make for a great session beer.

bigbluebeerguy, May 16, 2010
Photo of BDJake
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- clear golden amber topped by a finger of creamy off-white head that reatined well

S- citrusy hops, led up front by the Amarillo dry-hopping, with a nice malt sweetness

T- floral, citrusy hops shine from the start, followed by a sweet biscuity malt presence, crisp and clean yet flavorful- almost more like a red than a pale due to the use of Amarillo hops in the dry-hopping

M- crisp, lively carbonated, and with lingering aftertastes

D- easily among the best of the summer beers, despite the fact it's not a blonde or wheat whatever like most brewers tend to put out

BDJake, May 14, 2010
Photo of algmmech
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. nice foam head diminished rather quickly. Had slight lacing that stayed all the way down the glass. Appearance was a light amber color. The aroma was very nice, earthy and slight pine. I thought the flavor would be more bitter. The taste was very refreshing and not as bitter as I thought would be. I really liked this beer and think it would go very well for a hot summer day, and went well with a snowy day like today.

algmmech, May 02, 2010
Photo of IKHOURY
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice orange amber color, with a one inch white head that settles to nice blankety film. It smells like summer with fresh oranges, citrus, honey, and a little fresh mowed grass in the background. The smell carries though into the flavor with a little more hops and caramel coming through. Not the most complex beer, but it doesn't need to be. This beer serves it's purpose well, a nice beer to just kick back relax and enjoy the warm weather with.

IKHOURY, May 01, 2010
Photo of honeybrewer
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Pours a clear golden color, with a creamy white head.
Smells of malt and hops, just a bit of citrus smell too I think.
Bready malt flavors, hops, a good earthiness to it. Not overly complex, but a well balanced beer.
Light carbonation is just right, without distracting from the flavor.
All in all this is a good solid beer. Not spectacular, but definetely one of the better brews in its price range. I'll be drinking more of it this summer.

honeybrewer, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: clear light orange body with a finger of white foam. It looks pretty solid: a good pale ale.

Smell: nice earthy hops on a slightly sweet, slightly dry malt background. Subtle and well-crafted aroma.

Taste: earthy hops and a relatively low bitterness level atop a dryish malt base with a measure of graininess. It's good, but to me it seems to be trending toward a cheaper graininess in the flavor; maybe it's just me, but I don't love it.

Mouthfeel: medium-lightish body with a medium level of carbonation. It works.

Drinkability: despite some of its flavor drawbacks, I like the overall presentation. This beer seems like it would be better on a sunny afternoon.

flagmantho, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of americanaqualung
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Finally uploading this review from a bit back. Can't wait until the season rolls around to get it again.

A - Pours a mostly clear golden color with a slight strawness to it. Didn't get much head.

S - Smells sweet and grassy. Has a bit of a citrus pine smell to it.

T - The taste confirms the smell. It is sweet but not in an overpowering way. It has a bit of a hoppy bite to it. Definately get tastes of grass and pine with some acidity.

M - Can feel the carbonation and a bit of sharpness on the tounge, but it smooths out as it finishes.

D - Very drinkable and quite refreshing. Definately fits with the late summer/early fall season.

americanaqualung, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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 tigg924
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer over the summer when I was on the road. Everyone at the liquor store I got it from said it was one of the better west coast seasonals and after downing all six of my bottles in Walmart lots during warm summer nights. This didn't come across as a typical American Pale Ale to me but I still enjoyed this quite immensely nevertheless!

Nice pour to this - a warm amber hue, lots of head and lacing, and a decent aroma. The taste was not that of an American hoppy beer but rather, had more of a British feel to it. This had a very warming effect to it like a good English ale, but there was a lemon and citrus counterbalance as well, to give this a lighter mouthfeel. It started crisp and finished leathery, and may be one of the few beers of this style that never seemed like a hop bomb.

This may have been the best session beer I had all summer, as I could have easily finished one or two more of these in a sitting. Quite a shame that we don't get Deschutes in this part of the country. Although this beer wasn't true to stylistic form, I'd love to see what else they have to offer!

JerzDevl2000, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of ChrisCage
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Gave this a hard pour and wasn't disappointed! There was a thick foamy head about an inch and a half thick, settling into a foamy layer over the brew! The color is a modestly hazy light amber with a touch of orange in the hue. There is a good amount of thick foamy lacing that clings really well to the glass, while the carbonation appears to be decent with several columns forming.

S- Right away I smell the aromas of citrus, pine filled hops! Somewhat spicy and quite floral smelling, it reminds me a lot of a fresh forest scent after a rain.

T- This is a very thirst quenching beer, with a nice balance of sweet malts, offset by the bittering hops that are really noticeable on the finish. It's a very fresh flavor, I'm guessing due to the dry hopping that was invoked with this brew. I also detect some tart citrus rinds in the backround.

M- The flavor really lingers on the palate after consuming the liquid! The carbonation isn't all that big, but enough to provide a zing on my tongue. The body is on the lighter side, which helps make this a great summer beer!

D- I'd enjoy this beer with no problems throughout an afternoon on the patio but it has lots of flavor and makes an excellent beer just to enjoy while watching the hockey game. It's crisp, while retaining a buttery profile, making this a nicely balanced brew!

ChrisCage, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of CampusCrew
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Loved it, solid hoooy PA

appearance: Golden pale with good lacing and head retention.

smell: loads of hops and as strong as a IPA. lots of citrus on the nose.

taste: not you basic summer ale. good hop presence really comes out.

mouthfeel: light to medium bodied. very easy to put down. great summer feeling

drinkability: awesome beer for a PA

CampusCrew, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of Magpie14
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: the body is a very light orange gold with soft yellow hues making things airy and fresh in appearance. Poured rather poorly (my fault!) as it left remnants of a thin bone white head hugging the rim of the glass. Many small colonies of bubbles exist and lacing is very sparse as a result

S: mostly full of bright citrus and grassy smells. A slight sweet toasted malty whiff makes headroom after a while with subtle grains. I find it very well mannered in the nose

T: the palate holds closely to the nose: biscuit malt profile with subtle spiced hops and fresh cut grass. It also has a wedge of fruitiness (lemons) and maybe some ground tea-leaves. Sip after sip I am finding that my palate grows weary of the flavors. I have a dull finish on my tongue that is a touch astringent/dry and mildly spicy and sweet and that is about it. Warming produces off kilter grainy flavors

M: body is on the light side and finishes dry with some conjuring coarseness

D: decent drinkability. Sometimes I get the feeling that I am drinking a heavy pilsner type of beer. This one misses the mark and is a feeble showing for Deschutes. I wish I had not bought a sixer of the stuff. Still, a feeble beer to Deschutes ranks higher than some other brewers mainstays

Magpie14, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of wagenvolks
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Carolina Imperial IPA pint glass.

Can Deschutes make a bad beer? I mean honestly, I could hand them a sack of dead rats and five bottles of ipecac, and they would somehow find a way to make an insanely tasty brew.

Speaking of which, Twilight Ale pours a gorgeously clear, pale-golden body with the slightest hint of haze. Beautiful head: thick and fluffy with hardly a budge. The tissue-paper colored foam finally settles, but never fully recedes, and drapes thick Brussels lacing along the inside of the pint. Satisfying aroma for a Pale Ale, with lots of fresh orange citrus from the hops. Hints of tropical fruits, before the sweetness of the crystal malts kicks in.

Flavor starts with some toasted bread from the malts on the front of the tongue, which quickly gets overrun from light yeasty fruit notes and citrusy hops. Juicy middle, and a kick of English-ale bitterness rides out for the finish. Very well crafted flavor profile, here. Sits light and crisp on the palate, with a medium-light mouthfeel that goes down smooth and finishes with a fruity burst. Good lord, this stuff is drinkable! An entirely sessionable Pale Ale that would quench any hop-head's thirst.

wagenvolks, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to redbrewer83 for his generosity in trading, as he sent this as an extra in our recent trade.

A: Pours a crisp dark amber color into my pint glass. The moderately aggressive pour produces only a slight head, and the retention is low. Even so, there are rings of lace as I drink.

S: Very fresh hoppy aroma, mainly grassy with some citrus character. Floral aromas try to break through but are only vaguely noticeable.

T: The hops, as the smell indicates, are very fresh. Almost a pilsener-like taste, grassy hops and lemon zest are two of the most notable characteristics of this beer. The aftertaste leaves a slight adjunct feeling, but not so much to upset me.

M/D: Nicely carbonated and easy to drink, this is quite a session beer. Enjoyable and refreshing, the hop flavor is there, but the bitterness doesn't overwhelm.

NittanyBeerFan, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of Pinto21
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very light color, looks like a pils. good head that leaves pretty lacing
High kick of grassy hops in the nose. a bit of sweet malt to it too. Very grassy, almost wet hop fresh

Very citrusy in the hops that explode in your mouth. the grass is there too but the citrus pops. Sweet back to it. Not a lot of bitterness but a lot of hop flavor. well balanced.

very light and easy to drink. Great for summer. A great session beer.

Pinto21, Sep 14, 2009
Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,271 ratings.