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Twilight Summer Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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Twilight Summer AleTwilight Summer Ale

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1,280 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,280
Reviews: 426
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 35
Gots: 124 | 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:
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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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at work yesterday.

Appearance- golden color, thin head

Smell- malt, citrus

Taste- mostly malt

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied

Drinkability- It was pretty good. I have had better but it is still a good hot summer day beer. I would drink it again.

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Yellow with a very slight orange hue. Thin white head that fades quickly. Not much lacing.
Smell is malts up front, with the hops being fairly subdued. Slight crackery notes, as well as some faint citrus and melon.
Taste is predominantly malty, with a little bit of bitter hops coming in just after the front. Some slight peppery notes, with some more faint citrus notes. Malts become slightly crackery towards the finish. Some more bitter hops, and some faint melon notes at the finish as well.
Mouthfeel is crisp yet fairly smooth, with a watery finish. Light body.
Excellent on drinkability. Not a stunner by any means, but a solid beer for "sessioning" purposes.

Photo of gatornation
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a golden color with a fast receding 1 finger head to fresh ring..smell is some citrus ,grass, hops, malt, some lemon but its faint...the taste is a little better it has a malt forward taste like a good lager followed by some hops and citrus a little lemon zing in there its balanced ..the moutfeel is medium but this is just average to me ..its more like a golden bock or pils..it is very drinkable and its ok tasty..ill recommended it as a single..and its one ill drink again..just not one that comes to mind...BTW a little low score on this cause its listed as an APA

Photo of beertunes
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clear light copper color with 1/4inch of white head that had medium retention and OK lacing.

The aroma was a fairly balanced and neutral blend of grainy malt and soft hops. On the tongue, the grain flavor was the leader with some hops on the finish. The flavors combined into a nicely crisp taste.

The body was medium for the style with a crisp, dry finish. Drinkability was pretty good, but with so many better examples of the style (including a couple of my favorites, from the same brewery) I'm not sure how often I'll grab this.

Overall, an average example of the style, and one I'd enjoy out by the river or at a cookout, but honestly, I'd probably just grab a Mirror Pond before this.

Edit 8/4/11: This has been on tap at one of my locals with a small number of taps, so I've been drinking fairly regularly the last few weeks. And I've been really enjoying it a lot. I still prefer the Mirror Pond, but I just went and bumped up all the number scores on this beer. Strongly recommended.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange color with a one inch head of white, pitting foam. Great retention, thin rings of lace. Nose is strong and citric: I get some pineapple, orange, grapefruit. Hint of caramel malt among the pale sweet malts.

Solidly hoppy, strong Pale Ale. Plenty of bitterness, but the hops are actually more herbaceous than the nose allowed. Same tropical fruit centerpiece, but the finish is a bit on the menthol-basil side.

Drinkably smooth, plenty of good drinking here. I prefer this one to Mirror Pond by a good margin. I'm in favor of a hint more body, but realistically that's not a good marketing strategy. Make an IPA this good!

Photo of appenzeller
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery god, one finger of thick white head. Aroma of flowers and citrus, particuarly orange. Moderate carbonation.

Taste is well balanced and flavorful for a lighter ale, balancing citrusy notes with an immediate bitter bite that lingers on the palate. Taste is crispy, clean and refreshing yet this is a very full beer that pleases the mouth.

Yet another winner by Deschutes. An excellent lighter ale that provides a good alternative for the lager-haters. This should be available year-round.

Photo of bagpiper2005
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour: Goldenrod with 1-fingered white head that left minimal lacing on the glass.

Smell: Citrus and piney hops dominate with underlying backbone of sweet pale malts.

Taste: Citrus hops dominate the palate with an underlying pale malt sweetness and slightly bready.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium with very active carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down easily, quaffable.

Final Notes: A nice summer beer: light and refreshing with a little bit of substance. Could be better, but it's decent.

Photo of pmccallum86
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with a bubbly head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is of huge pear and banana with a nice lemon zesty aroma as well. Not much in the hop or malt department.

Taste is very fruity, some citrus, pear, banana, tangerine and a slight bitter finish. Light bready malts too, this really does taste like what you would expect from a "summer ale."

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, high carbonation. A very refreshing beer after a hot day out on the golf course.

Very drinkable, I would consider it sessionable. Another quality offering from Deschutes.

Photo of bsp77
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of sondance
4.8/5  rDev +30.8%
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.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of Bighuge
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Photo of isualum12
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
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...

Photo of felipe2toes
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of morimech
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of funkybier
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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

Photo of Ragedman
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of awright
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of BDJake
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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

Photo of algmmech
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of IKHOURY
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of honeybrewer
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of americanaqualung
3.78/5  rDev +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.

Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,280 ratings.