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Twilight Summer Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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1,251 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,251
Reviews: 423
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 33
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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Photo of CampusCrew
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
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 -16.9%
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 +11.2%
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 +0.3%
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 +13.9%
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
Photo of Haybeerman
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Lightly clouded orange/orange color. Poured a 2 finger coarse slighlty off-white head with good retention to a half inch cap. Broken lacing in thin rings.

S: Big floral hops and a little wet hay. Very citrussy. Hop compexity is very enjoyable.

T: Bready, slightly sweet male. Resiny hops consistent with the smell. A light sweetness lingers through a sharply bitter finish. Very nice balance.

M: Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. Smooth to a dry, fairly clean finish.

D: Very balanced, very flavorful and very drinkable.

Haybeerman, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of Tolnik
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This crisp looking amber beer was poured into a pint glass. The aroma of light hops and coriander greets the nose. The taste though is that of a even crisper dry hops taste with slight malt tones. Overall a good beer to enjoy during the in between time of summer and fall.

Tolnik, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of MisterClean
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle ganked from a judging competition.

A - Pours copper-gold, with a 2 fingered white head. Dissipates slow and leaves great lacing.

S - Strong notes of hibiscus, honey, toffee, and flowers. Very minerally.

T - Honey, toffee, flowery hops, hibiscus, and bready.

M - Full-bodied, well-balanced, crisp, and dry.

D - Great overall, but not a pale ale. Not an American Pale ale either. Better as a special bitter. Outstanding for a special bitter in fact.

MisterClean, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of velosuds
4.6/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Best by date 11/04/09. Deschutes was bottling this when I toured the brewery last week and possibly, in a moment of cosmic perfection, this was being bottled while I watched. You never know, for twilight is a magical time. Single purchased at local health food store for $1.29.

A-Pours an amber-orange with two finger, off-white head with average retention and nice, even lacing.

S-Wow. Very fragrant, bold, piney, and citrusy Cascade and Amarillo hops. This is the most fragrant APA I have ever had. Very appealing.

T-Fortunately, the taste follows the smell. This is a full flavored light ale. Very nice blend of bitterness and tropical fruit notes with a balanced malt presence. Yummy.

M-Exceedingly smooth. Virtually perfect carbonation. Freshness no doubt helps.

D-This is amazingly drinkable. I first discovered this while at my favorite B&B (Cricketwood.com in Bend) last summer where it was stocked in the guest fridge. I drank one after another and fell in love with it.

I am probably going to have my largest rDev with this one. So be it. I love this beer. This is my favorite summer seasonal and my favorite APA. This is head and shoulders above Deschutes' popular Mirror Pond Ale. My only criticism is that it is not available year round. Deschutes hit a home run with this. I would love them to brew a version of this in their Reserve Series.

velosuds, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: A dull honey-colored body shows bright flashes of goldenrod when held to light. Body is also quite cloudy, and internal carbonation can barely be seen. Foamy, off-white head climbs its way up to about half an inch in height. Retention, however, is pretty low: it only takes a minute or so for it to settle as a porous bubbly cap. Very nice lacing. Going just off of appearance, this looks kinda like a hop-bomb.

Smell: Ooooohhh... that's a smell I have certainly missed. Let's backtrack just a bit. I just recently returned from a month-long backpacking trip through eastern Europe. Beer was certainly plentiful... if you were looking for sub-par lagers. Here, in this Twilight Ale, I smell Cascade hops. Lots of 'em. Juicy, citrusy, piney, Cascade hops. You can't find Cascade hops in Romania. You can't find anything even close! I think I'm getting some Chinook as well - I'm still not too familiar with this variety, but I believe it makes up that drier, saltier aspect. Chinooks can't be found in Romania either, nor Bulgaria, Serbia, or Hungary. I checked. This hop bill digs even deeper, too. I detect lots of bitterness ahead. I'm definitely getting some lightly toasted grains and earth as well. Looking forward to this one. It feels good to be back :)

Taste: What kind of ale is this? After the previous two categories, I would have guessed IPA. Now, I'm thinking maybe APA? Not sure... Hop presence isn't nearly as strong as anticipated. In fact, this one is quite malty. Although, I should say that it is balanced very well - something I've found to be true in all of Deschutes beers. I guess I haven't described this flavor yet, have I? Well, it's woody and grassy, a little salty, and definitely juicy - like a mix of moist pine bark and grapefruit. Getting a good dose of melon, too. All of these flavors are painted across a backdrop of sweet toasted grains. Bitterness comes through toward the finish, and pulls you back in for another sip. This must be an American pale ale. A very unique and delicious one at that.

Mouthfeel: On the oily side - this one coats the mouth well. Bitterness, while not intense, is long-lasting. Carbonation is kept low, and maybe a little too low - it lacks any sort of bite. On top of that, this one has a pretty light body. All in all, a great summer beer though. And hey, that's what it's supposed to be, right? This probably makes a great drinking game beer as well. Low bite + light body = high chuggability. Dual-purpose.

Drinkability: I'm already on bottle number two - halfway through bottle number two, in fact. This is a great warm weather beer. Flavor profile is mild yet tasty, and it's got a light enough body to allow you to drink several (even if it's 100+ degrees outside). Nice job Deschutes! You guys remain #1 in my book.

ThreeWiseMen, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of birdypowder
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A summer seasonal session sensation! Delicious, quaffable and pretty to look at. Seemingly simple but has lots to offer.

Aroma:
Hoppy as in dry hops, slight grass notes, floral and some light fruit, predominately apple.

Appearance:
Big white head, maybe a bit off-white with a creamy center surrounded by big bubbles. Straw colored with a slight haze. Some lacing but not enough to make lingerie.

Taste:
Sweet, sweet malt towards the end, complemented by a light refreshing bitterness.

Mouthfeel/Carbonation:
Feels thin on the palate but has good flavors. Medium to medium low carbonation.

birdypowder, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of realmpel
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice.

Appearance: This beer is straw colored, very clear. It foams up quickly, about an inch, then dies down, leaving a thin film of foam on the surface.

Smell: Not much smell to speak of, but certainly nothing wrong with it.

Taste: Light hops, almost a nutty undertone, with a sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty straightforward ale, nice carbonation, refreshing coolness to it.

Drinkability: It's light and refreshing, good served cold.

realmpel, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of katybee
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale golden color, bright transluscent with thick creamy head, (beautiful after experiencing some of the flatter stouts, therefore its high marks!) little tracing.

Little nose to speak of, but pungent citrus hops with a hint of malty aftertaste rolling off the tongue giving the flavor a unique character. A good session beer, quaffable, but with a little more there to savor.

katybee, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of HalenRush
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nicely beaded head and a golden straw hue. Pleasing to the eye on a hot summer day.

S - Huge citrus notes leaning towards grapefruit. This leads me to believe there a lots of "C" hops in it. It smacks of Widmers Broken Halo, which I will go on record as saying I hate, but this beer is like a much more mellow version, so I am trying to look at it with fresh eyes.

T - The grapefruit taste works its way through but a nice light body.

M - I give this a plus considering its style. It doesn't disappoint on mouthfeel where many beers of this style do.

D - Highly quaffable, a good summer BBQ beer.

HalenRush, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of GreenCard
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pale-orange/straw, slight haze, thick layer of sudsy off-white foam, great head retention

Aroma: perfumey scent of pine and citrus rind with fruity/malty/honey undertones

Flavor: balanced malt profile and a big hit of passion fruit; also blossom honey and a peach-pit bitterness; finishes dry with a lingering hop bite

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, pert carbonation, crisp

Other comments: A great seasonal ale with a somewhat understated complexity. The flavor profile changes as you drink it. Going from fruity to quite dry and fairly bitter.

GreenCard, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of bryanbrick
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I poured this from a 12oz bottle into a Bass pint glass. Best by date of 10/24/09. A quick pour provided a rocky inch thick cream colored head that slowly receded into a coating film on top of a orange hued gold. The glass is studded with bubbles from the carbonation which is perfect for what I was looking for as I opened this beer, something cool, fizzy and refreshing.

The nose is mildly hop driven with light notes of cut grass, sweet pea and lemon curd. There seems to be a lack of depth on the nose but this is APA for christ's sake. Whadda ya want?

The flavors here are nice, but far from extreme or overpowering, perfect for a 6 pack on a warm summer day which it is while I'm reviewing this. I like the mild grapefruit tones that intermingle with the British digestive biscuit flavors from the malt. This almost reminds me of a nice true English Bitter with its snappy perfect balance between malt and hops.

The carbonation mentioned before comes back up here. I don't find it overpowering but I would imagine some would. It works for me on a hot day like today. The dry malt character is a nice touch and it keeps this beer from getting cloying even after your 4-5 deep.

I could honestly drink this all day and not get tired of it. Plus the 5% alcohol keeps the mind clear and willing to keep downing these tasty numbers. This was one of those "just what I was looking for beers" perfect for the situation at hand. Next to Firestone Walker's Pale 31 this is my new go-to 6pk beer this Summer!

bryanbrick, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of colts9016
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this beer into a mug at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A nice two finger white foamy bubbly head that has some retention. The color of the beer is a medium amber color with some copper hues. There a lot of carbonation bubbles in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear. The left some lacing on the glass.

Nose: A very nice maltiness with a good floral and citrus aroma following behind. There is a subtle sweetness in the background of the beer.

Taste: The beer has a medium maltiness with a good hop flavor. The hops in mostly floral with a hint of citrus.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated, slightly astringent, and dry. The body of the beer is medium light and the finish is medium. This yet another Deshutes beer that is really good. I am glad that I got to drink this beer.

colts9016, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of showell
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden to orange yellow with a finger of white head, just off from pure white. Nice look. The smell was citrus with a tinge of malt, but mostly citrus. The flavor was mostly citrus hops. Very nice citrus hops. A lot of lemon flavor. Carbonation was nice for this time of year. I had it really cold, and I think that's how it would be best. Enjoyable after a long day of work.

showell, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of PDXHops
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a small snifter.

Pours see-thru gold with a thick cap of off-white head. Retention and lacing are pretty good.

Nice floral (honeysuckle) and grainy nose, with a bit of fresh cut hay in there. Subtle, but pleasant.

An unexpected punch of citrus as it hits the tongue gives way to a perfectly balanced 1-2 punch of lightly sweet and biscuity malt. Citrus comes back into play with some tart orange flavor along with toasty grains at the finish. Really tasty.

Medium body, fairly vigorous carbonation. Lightly juicy and enjoyable mouthfeel.

Overall impression: Good stuff here. More flavorful than your garden variety blonde ale.

PDXHops, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours deep gold with a decent head and good lacing. a bit cloudy. Over all looks like a light and refreshing Pale Ale.

S- Smells slightly of citrus hops but mostly of grainy malt.

T- Tastes a little grainy with a decent amount of bittering hops. Very much on the easy drinking side for a APA. Which is exactly what the brewers were going for reading the bottle I think.

M- good carbonation and body for an easy drinking Pale ale.

D- Overall this beer is exactly what I expected from researching it. It is an easy drinking pale ale. I would almost say it tastes more like a golden ale actually, but just a tad to dark in color and hoppy to fit in that range. It is ok for what it is and as a golden I would probably rate it higher. But o well. If you like an easy easy drinking grainy pale this is for you.

SeattleBeerBlog, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of Docer
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just grabbed a 6'er thought... what the hell, let's review.. gf is pissed at me anyway for even drinkin' it... next is Full Sails IPA.. so go eat that GF!

- Like they state.. a clear straw yellow color.. minimal to no head.. slightly white dusting of snow-like head...

- The smell to me reminds me of a wit of bright hefe.. rather wheat-like, a tad spicy.. and a big burst of citrus zest and/or lemon zest.. like it had belgian yeast and wheat character.. but a belgian wit... with hops and some American malt character.. an interesting one..

- Great light citrus and lemon notes.. a zest of sorts.. with a smooth roasty sweet malt and wheat character... nice bitter hopping... like blending a hefe and Belgian wit.. seriously.. great summer ale..

- Refreshing finish.. not too chewy.. but the malt leaves an interesting feel.

- Hugely drinkable.. and would be more so w/ less carbonation.. but overall great ice cold.

Docer, Jun 17, 2009
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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - light honey almost bordering yellow with a foamy white head and neat lacing

S - there is a hop in here that is just offputting to me. Not sure of the variety but I have smelled it in other beers. Beyond that there is citrus, orange and grapefruit.

T - this is a beer to showcase hops. Not overly bitter but a beautiful hop flavor is found. Citrus, orange and grapefruit.

M - very thin making this a summertime session beer.

D - Easy to drink easy to appreciate.

xhcadamx, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ the Portland Brew Pub poured into Imperial Pint glass.

Pours a faint golden orange with a creamy white head that lasts and eventually creates a nice ring on the edges of the glass. Aroma has orange peel, lemon zest and some sweet caramel malts. Flavor is very light with citrus hops and caramel malt. It has a medium body with plenty of carbonation. Definitely a sessionable ale, a bit sweet but I won't hold that against it.

DiabolikDUB, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of Japerrault
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy golden ale with a creamy white head which lasted nearly to the end.

S: Flowery, spicey hops, Some bready aromas and sweet malt

T: Mild caramel malt sweetness with Spicey hops, grapefruit flavors showing through. Light toasted bread as well. Slight bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium light body with nice carbonation.

D: Nice flavors and lighter body make this a good summer beer. Good balance between malts and hops.

Japerrault, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thankfully, this isn't another blonde-wheat-fruit summer seasonal like everyone else seems to be doing. Deschutes is staying true to what they do best; and in the Northwest, that means hops. In this case, four different hops in the kettle and Amarillo used to dry-hop.

Pours bright and clear with a color that borders on gold and copper. Big floral hop aroma with hints of orange cream and wild honey. Hops run up the taste buds first, with a soft evergreen resin, fresh-cut grass and faint citrus peel. Subtle biscuity and caramel malt flavors don't get masked by the bitterness that, for the most part, remains balanced. A bit of juicy fruitiness from middle to end, with lingering herbal hop flavors and remnants of a toasty malt. Bittersweet finish.

Perhaps one of the most drinkable summer seasonals--and no need to go blonde. Without a doubt, it's one of those seasonals you wish was available year-round--it's currently the benchmark for American session ales. Pair it up with a plate of fried raviolis with a spicy marinara sauce.

BeerAdvocate, Mar 30, 2009
Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,251 ratings.