Twilight Summer Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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Twilight Summer AleTwilight Summer Ale

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Reviews: 442
Hads: 1,393
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 40
Gots: 194 | 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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Photo of barczar
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%

Brilliant deep golden with copper highlights and a frothy cream head. Aroma is zesty, with grass, light floral notes, and that signature Amarillo savory character. There's a hint of bready malt. Flavor is slightly fruity, likely attributable to specialty malt, with floral, perfumey notes, a touch of citrus, and a grassy, almost piney, earthy, crisp finish. Very clean and refreshing, though the perfumey character is somewhat overwhelming. (441 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy medium copper with a half finger white head. Head retention really isn't all that great but there is some ok lacing.

Aroma really brings out some orange peel and lemon zest. Maybe a little fruit punch too. It is very juicy but not so much tropical. Very little malt in the nose.

The flavor has loads of lemon up front backed up by some orange. There is a strong graininess that quickly rushes in but it works well to balance out the hops. Just a fairly mild bitterness that lingers and helps to cleanse the palate.

Overall, a nice version of a blonde ale. Maybe a bit more hoppy than other examples but it is a great thirst quencher with good flavor to boot. (717 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle came from a too warm cooler. Net result being that some qualities of the beer are exaggerated good, others less. Appearance is great with a huge frothy head and lots of lace. Aroma is fruit and hops with a little grain and malt. Body because of temp is hard to gauge. Aftertaste may have been affected by a shot of rye whiskey which gave it some not so good flavs. (371 characters)

Photo of bwood06
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden orange with a slight haze. Head dissipates quickly to a thin lacing.

S - Grapefruit with other citrus. Well hopped. Malt seems to make more of an appearance farther down the glass.

T - Acidic first taste with grapefruit. Grapefruit is present throughout entire tasting profile. Slightly bitter when swallowing. Nice taste of a sweet, biscuity malt.

M - Very crisp and dry. Finishes very clean with very little aftertaste.

O - Great beer for a hot summer's day. Nice grapefruit flavor. Very refreshing. (519 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one is nearly orange with a deep golden glow through its body, a heavy chill haze mostly clearing up through the course of the session. It's still only translucent, though, but quite bright despite it. The head is very creamy, starting at a full finger and falling pretty slowly to a foam that leaves an equally creamy ring with some thickness and stick to it, followed mostly by lighter spotting.
Nice, bright citrusy hops greet the nose with both a sweeter complement of light fruits under the medium-dry biscuit-like malts notes and a very light bitterness of a more resinous nature. I get something almost like powdered sugar, too, with some very mature treated tobacco leaf.
The taste brings more of the sweetness but a touch more pith countering with a little more pine-like bitterness. There's a bit of an earth/leaf combination, too, before finishing more powdery, sweet and somehow mildly bitter at the same time.
There's a very gentle bite in the feel, and it starts on the tongue leaning sweeter before hitting semi-dry and keeping light dryness on the tongue the rest of the way. Crispness nips lightly and doesn't give out, while smoothness comes through nicely. (1,180 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a semi-translucent yellow-orange with a nice foamy white head that dissipates quickly. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Aroma has lots of citrus up front with some spices. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple. Some lightly toasted malts.

Taste has more of the malts up front, followed by slightly muted citrus and a hint of sweetness at the end. Some floral hops and pine as well.

Light bodied and rather dry. Quite thin.

Overall, a very crisp and refreshing beer. I'm typically not a fan of the "Summer Ale", but this one does it quite well. (548 characters)

Photo of Tragedymojo
2.26/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

With all of the malt upfront in this beer you would expect some sweetness, yet this beer didn't offer that or any really distinctive malt flavor. The hops are acceptable but finish dry and astringent. It left me thirstier than when I started which isn't ideal for a summer brew. (278 characters)

Photo of minterro
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Got a single bottle from my gf. poured into a pint glass and paired with chips and salsa.

A&S: Translucent orange colored beer lively with carbonation bubbles. The head is a tad off white and leaves some lacing along the glass. Majority of the aroma is citrus hops complemented by spices and a malty undertone.

T&M: Not super flavorful, lots of malty tones. The hoppy citrus and earthy tones are not all that presence in the taste. Although it lack a huge flavor profile it is quite nice for summer. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing, not overly crisp and sharp though.

Overall: Doesn't really match the style of beer. I assumed that this beer was a pale until I saw the label on BA. So that would be my biggest complaint about it. A very enjoyable summer brew, would buy again (if on sale or something). (810 characters)

Photo of Caveworm
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery, my first by these guys. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew's got a 1.5 finger thick light tan head, clear golden body, and awesome lacing.

I smell lighter malts, not a whole lot of hop profundity. A little bit of earthiness is present here, too.

Just a very slight bit of sweet malt before an even lighter hop taste. But this brew doesn't skimp on flavor. Just the right balance of body and lightness.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. These guys did an awesome job with this ultra quenching consistency!

Overall an outstanding 4 Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery. This is one of the best seasonal summer brews I've experienced! I will buy this brew again. (727 characters)

Photo of TheMarkE
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pale orange copper with a decent head and plenty of lacing. Noticeable carbonation.

Smell: Orange, bready malts.

Taste: Orange, pine, grapefruit, caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, with a mild hop bitterness in the finish.

The Verdict: Good beer. Well balanced, and it has a nice orange zest without beating you over the head with bitterness. Another winner from Deschutes. (396 characters)

Photo of nreed
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer poured nicely with good carbonation. It was clear, although I swear the bottle said it was bottle conditioned. The smell was mild, which I was expecting with it geared towards a summer session beer. The taste was pleasantly mild, following the smell. I could taste slight hints of citrus, but again it was quite mild. I thought it would be a good introduction beer for newbies, but my friend was not too fond of it. Overall it's a good beer for summer barbecue sessions (478 characters)

Photo of PBIU
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really like this as a summer offering. Different than what is out there in terms of overall balance.

Look is golden and clear. A very bright looking beer.

Smell is grassy with that hint of fruity maltiness and that house yeast that Deschutes uses.

Taste for me is a tickle of hops on the front end, then the malt balances well with the sweeter yeast character.

Feel is light like a summer beer should be.

Overall an enjoyable summer beer. This and their River Ale are very similar. I call River Ale, Twilight Lite. (523 characters)

Photo of alphagnome
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Incredibly clear orange body, holds a decent white head with respectable retention and a surprising amount of lacing. Gobs of carbonation.

Very light aroma, but does house a nice floral hop presence backed by a bit of wheat and hay. Citrus is splashed throughout. Pleasant sweetness.

Great hoppiness. Light pine laced with sweet floral hops usher in a simple, wheat malt base. Great balance, it not a bit on the bitter side. Nice citrusy finish with a hint of pepper.

Light and crisp. Smooth and easy to drink with a clean finish. Refreshing!

A superb example of what a summer beer should be. Tasty, crisp and light, this is definitely the summer beer to beat! (711 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 8/7/14. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy burnt orange with a small white head that fades leaving nice retention and lacing. The aromas are full of citrus. I'm pretty sure this is hopped with Amarillo, but I feel like I'm picking up Citra. Lots of orange marmalade. Some malts in the aromas as well. Some bread. Smells fine. The flavors are earthy and has a nice bitterness to it. Tons of caramel. Some orange zest and grapefruit is in the mix. Some lime. Some pine. Lots of grass. Clean and bitter. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's light, but has some body to it. It has active carbonation and is pretty creamy and fluffy. Crisp and sharp stuff. Pretty smooth. Good for the summer.

This is a pretty solid summer brew. It's nothing mindblowing, but it's well crafted and works well with the hot weather. It's definitely hoppier than I expected. (861 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 ounce bottle into a pub glass.

A- Hazy golden body with blonde hues. Lovely sticky, fluffy, pale white head that persists well. Lace is abundant. Steady carbonation is visible.

S- Pungent citrus and sweet malt. Hop-heavy aroma.

T- Interesting. Like a toned-down IPA. Pungent hops, but not aggressive in taste. Sweet caramel and bready malts are probably just as pronounced as the hops. There's a citrusy quality to the beer, kind of like orange juice, as in it's sweeter and doesn't have the bitter, biting sensation of a lot of IPAs.

M- Medium-bodied with a slight bitterness and a balance of dryness and sweetness. Carbonation is hardly noticeable, but there.

O- This beer does a good job of drinking like something light but still offering flavor. With the surge in session IPAs, this beer suffers a bit by comparison with it's muted hop profile. By no means a bad beer though. (901 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours an orange golden color with a small white head of foam. The head fades relatively quickly, leaving a moderate level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – An orange citrus and bready smell are the strongest of the aromas, with them being mixed with some light caramel smells as well. Along with these smells are some grapefruit and a bit of pine as well as hints of a grassy smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor that is mixed with a decently sweet and hoppy citrus flavor of orange sweetness and grapefruit hop. As the taste advances it seems to become slightly less sweet with some of the orange fading a bit and being replaced by a bit more grapefruit hop. All the while other hop flavors of a grassy and pine nature develop on the tongue and while lighter upfront, pick up stream as the flavor moves to the end. A little bit of caramel and some grain come at the very end of the taste leaving a nice balanced and clean flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. The higher carbonation was great for creating a more crisp and refreshing brew with the average body still upholds the nice flavor profile well.

Overall – A very tasty summer style ale with lots of flavor and a great balance. This is a go to. (1,448 characters)

Photo of BrandonLBC
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A--Pours out orange or maybe a dark honey color. Clear beer with small head that leaves light lacing on the glass.

S--Orange is the most powerful thing on the nose, followed by a floral hit and then just a little bready/malt aroma.

T--Similar to the nose. Orange/citrus is very prominent, followed by kind of a pine taste that I didn't pick up in the nose. I'm really enjoying it.

M--Light to medium with decent carbonation. Very easy drinking and in my mind a really good selection for a warm summer evening.

O--I really love this beer, definitely one of the nest "summer ale" type beers that I've ever had. The orange taste/smell is gorgeous.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date of 7/25/14. (721 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amongst the plethora of Summer Ales this sets itself apart with a significantly hoppy profile, a decent malt structure and a crisp lightness. Though it's not liberally strong in any department it delivers a good amount of flavor, whether it's a hop pine bitterness or a caramel malt sweetness or a malted barley backbone. Deschutes seems to produce a vast number of beers with the same hop profile and this seems to follow suit. (428 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden amber tan, 1/4 inch head with minimal lacing.

Smell - Mix of pine, orange, grapefruit, some caramel malts, a little added sugar note. A little bready note along with some floral hops at the finish.

Taste - First sip has plenty of caramel malts to go with some piney hops. Minor bitterness mixed with some sweet fruits. Orange and some added spices are noticeable also. Wheat and some lemon are picked up near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Malts and some bitter firsts first hit the tongue. Palate gets oranges, spices, lemon and wheat. Aftertaste is light, minor sweet and wheat.

Overall - Decent, Another solid summertime beer. Nothing new or exciting, just easy to drink with just enough flavor that you don't mind having over a bud or coors. The malts are a little much and take away from the sweetness and a little hop kick but still pretty good stuff here. (902 characters)

Photo of patpbr
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured copper orange with a little late evening sky.
S - Sweet and floral along with pine and malt.
T - Citrus, grapefruit, lemon and a little wheat, orange and bitterness.
M - Medium body with a little bit of a dry and crisp finish.
O - I will more then likely get another six pack of it this summer but Im not rushing out to do it. (339 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (782 characters)

Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle from schooner glass.

Appearance: a 1"+ inch off white head slowly descends with plenty of lacing. Color is a clear light amber, plenty of streaming bubbles.

Aroma: caramel and toasted bread, spruce and piney hops.

Mouthfeel: light bodied with a pleasant slick mouthfeel and a mostly dry finish.

Flavor: sweet caramel, toasted bread with some lemon, spruce and pine hops flavors.

Overall: very pleasant and enjoyable ale. Well done. (461 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a shaker pint.

This is a beautiful beer, a deep golden hue with plenty of bubbly foam. An aggressive center pour give a 3-finger head that condenses quickly down and leaves lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Biscuit-bread is the first scent that hits my nose, then some citrus and other tropical fruits.

The first taste surprises me, more hop forward than I was expecting. I get citrus and tropical fruits, maybe even a hint of peach. There is an underlying bready taste and just a hint of sweet caramel. As it warms, the malt seems to come forward more as does the tropical fruits and it gets sweeter. There is a lingering slight bitterness on the tongue. Very nice.

The mouthfeel is nice. A bit bubbly, medium, and slightly tongue-coating.

Overall, this is a very refreshing seasonal that I look forward to drinking again. Another beautifully crafted beer from Deschutes. (921 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (1,220 characters)

Photo of SitkaSteve
4/5  rDev +8.1%

I had this in a pint glass.
The appearance was a golden yellow color with a decent transparency about it. A one finger white foamy head dissipated after a minute leaving a light lacing sticking around the sides of the glass.
The smell had a nice light citrus and a light spice to it.
The taste was basically the same.
The mouthfeel was light and sessionable with a really nice sweet aftertaste leading to a dry finish.
Overall, what a great Summer ale I always love to come back to in the summer. (504 characters)

Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 442 ratings.