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Twilight Summer Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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Twilight Summer AleTwilight Summer Ale

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452 Reviews

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Reviews: 452
Hads: 1,447
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 21.41%
Wants: 43
Gots: 228 | FT: 0
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 BrandonLBC
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of patpbr
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

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Photo of Spikester
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep gold with a light reddish hue. Two fingers of dense head. Some rings of lace. Smell is caramel and faint floral hops. Taste is similar to the smell with the hops coming more forward than the aroma. would indicate. A slight bitter orange effect building now. Mouthfeel is close to medium and the carbonation is spot on. The label says they use Amarillo hops but I didn't taste or smell any cat box character. Just orange bitter and might be a hint of pine resin also.
Overall a tasty Summer treat. Best by date is 8/01/14 so very fresh.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A shade of amber with a warm color to it. Leaning on honey orange. The head is a short-lipped affair, but the lacing is pretty good.

Twilight has an orange-y witte Blue Moon kind of vibe going on, but not artificial. I'm picking up a lot of fresh orange peel, citrus hops, wheat and barley malt, and something faintly herbal. Has leafy qualities that are reputable for the style, but the aroma isn't necessarily a real heartbreaker.

Oooh, surprising crispy hoppiness with a green leaf, grapefruit, unripe citrus, and grassy appeal. Very palatable and refreshing. The orange peel is no longer punchy; hops win the battle. Makes for a very good summer ale. Hints of unripe peach, rind, barley/wheat cross-up, and unrelenting dryness.

Awesome mouthfeel. Carbonation is right up to speed, if not going just a tad over the limit. Body has a smoothness, yet feels light. No alcohol note to impose upon my enjoyment.

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Photo of JohnnyJam
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought this six-pack at a Total Wine for a discount price because it is a seasonal brew. What a Deal! I wish I would have bought more. I thought it was one of those fruit added beers that you see during summer. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was a Blonde Ale that is very well done. (The only Blonde Ale that I have had was a Shiner Light Blonde and I didn't particularly care for it).

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle with the date clearly visible (11/21/13) into a pint glass and I get 1 1/4 fingers of head.

A: Pours a yellow gold color with 1 1/4 fingers of semi-rocky head that dissipates quickly to leave a coating on the top of the glass that lasts to the end. Lots of lacing present.

S: Some floral and fresh cut grass. A little sweet pine smell, too.

T: A big juicy mild red grapefruit taste upfront. This is followed by a citrus rind taste and a taste of white pepper.

M: A little light and medium carbonated. Easy to drink and finishes a little bitter.

O: I like this beer. It is the best "seasonal" beer that I've had. It's not fruity but full of hops and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

- Best by 8/9/13. Consumed 9/21 /13 coincidentally the last day of summer.

A: Sunset orange, easy clarity with a slow mesmerizing rise of carbonation. Milky thin head coverage, faded tan color was short in retention while leaving a small snake skin speckled lacing band.

S: Pink grapefruit, fresh pulp, juicy, wet, lemony caramel grains, and fresh orange peel. Good awareness.

T: Flavor of pink grapefruit, lemon flower, lightly dry, with a bright orange zestiness. Pilsner like malting, light dry, grainy, with sweet flashes of caramel sweetness added in.

M: quickly fills out with a heavy-medium weight. Strong dance of carbonation, bright, zesty, crisp feel.

O: Overall a late summertime/fall drinking ipa. Bright crisp, fall time malting with a spicy, bright american summertime hopping. Great repeatability, session like feel, can easily do 6 pack here at a time and remain interested, enjoyable. solid recommend.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Arrived a nice lemon drop amber with ample white head, with the latter showing a pleasant persistence to go with a biscuit malt and mild citrus aroma. Although the aroma was understated, the taste most certainly was not. A very hoppy blonde, with strong grapefruit and pine/spruce aromatics accompanied by woody and earthy flavors that became more prominent as I made my way through the pint. Wow. A very nice Pilsener and rock candy sweet malt backbone provides a counterpoint but still a hops forward summer beer. All in all a great beer but hops approach American pale ale in magnitude. If you are a bit of a bitter beer wimp, consider yourself warned.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very enjoyable flavors in this one. Hop forward profile without a bitter backbone, allowing the clean malt flavors to shine through; biscuits, toasted bread, cereal. Hop flavors were fruity, citrusy slightly earthy. Like an assertive and confidant blonde ale. Tasty and sessionable.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
2.76/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Sampled today on 9/14/13. Chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler and poured into a billiards ball pilsner glass. Pours a yellow-gold in color with a almost a 2-finger white head. LOTS of lacing was left which each sip. The aroma was of just some grains/malt, not much going on actually. The taste was much different than the smell and is very 'hoppy' with a bit of a harsh aftertaste for my likes.

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Photo of Omnium
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice yellow gold color, two fingers of foamy white head, nice lacing all around.
S - Not a whole lot goin on in the way of aroma, some sweet malts, dried flowers, wheat, some floral hops.
T - Great light but balanced flavor, nice light touch of sweetness from the malt, a little wheat, some nice floral and pine hop presence, a tad wood like though, but just enough flavor.
M - Extremely refreshing, crisp and balanced on the lighter side.
O - My favorite summer beer right next to Summit's Summer Ale, well balanced and plenty of good flavor, could drink this often.

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Photo of henrichsj
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Looks beautiful in the glass, almost like an amber with thick, creamy white head

S - Smells of a good summer beer, malty, citrus

T - Not what I was expecting from the smell, a bit hoppier than the smell implied. More flavor than most summer brews. Pine, wood, fruit. Not necessarily a good thing but not bad. Couldn't put my finger on what stood out more... Another reviewer described it as a "pale amber" and I'll steal that. Pretty accurate.

M - Thick, creamy, carbonated on tongue... Not light and citrusy like most summer beers. Again, not your typical summer beer.

O - I wanted to like this one more than I did. Can't pinpoint what it is I didn't really go crazy for. Think I wanted a nice summer brew like Oberon or 312 but instead was surprised by the different flavors this one packs. Definitely not a bad beer. Drank it pretty easily. Just probably won't add it to my summer beer list. To be honest, I was reminded more of Fall than I was Summer when drinking this.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Darker golden than I might have guessed, with a faint hint of orange to it and creamy white head.

Seems like a well-balanced bit of malts and hoppiness on the nose - like a hoppy wheat - more citrus than I'd assumed.

I like this better than most reviewers seem to, given the aforementioned balance of hops and wheaty malts. Getting some candied sugar, orange rind, lemon oil, but nothing else really stands out.

A bit overly carbonated for me though - too much pop on the tongue to make it easily enjoyable.

Nice for a summer downer, but nothing out of the ordinary.

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Photo of thinkinflicka
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale golden yellow color with litle head.

Not a strong smell verry light hops, and sweet malts.

Tatse is lots of sweet malts, some cirtus and hops.

Medium carbanation and body, balenced.

Very easy drinking summer beer,standard but enjoyable would be great for a day at the beach.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The “BEST BY” date printed on the label is “11/08/13.”

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is gold with a light chill haze. A finger and a half of buttery, eggshell-colored head dissipates slowly.

Smell: Light and inviting. Pale malts, wheat, tangerine, subtle caramel, lemon, light pine resin, and a little grapefruit creeps in as the beer warms.

Taste: Light and dry, it mostly mirrors the aroma: pale malts, subtle caramel, tangerine, pine, lemon, and grapefruit. Light pepper spice is introduced at the end as the bitterness takes affect, and creamy vanilla emerges as well. Very surprising.

Drinkability: This is a good, tasty brew. Though on the lighter side, it offers a lot of flavor.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Nice golden yellow color, very nice head, white, which retained and left good lacing

Didn't get much on the smell, some faint sweetness. Beginning to think my nose isn't up to much.

Tried not to get over excited due to the smell, so first taste was a very nice surprise. I'm not usually much on summer beers, but this was tasty indeed, some sweet, some grassy tones, nice feel going down.

Mouhtful was light and pleasant, can easily imagine downing a six pack on the back deck in August. abv 5.0

Overall, a very pleasant surprise, and will be on my summer list in future. Even the wife might like it.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.44/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Didn’t expect this to be labeled as a blond ale. Might as well call it a pale amber. I like it even more now.

This pours a golden toasted straw color with nice foaming. The foam dies down leaving some cotton in the glass. The aroma has a subdued straw-pine hop characteristic, with just the slightest whisper of a biscuity malt. A bitterness upfront has a pleasing straw note which tapers into a slightly piney finish. There’s a dry and lingering finish with the slightest hint of caramel sweetness. To be honest it’s a confusing mix of contrasting flavors with the hops and a touch of malt contrasting rather than complementing but I definitely enjoyed spending time with it.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright amber yellow in the glass with a full, thick head. Retention is good and some spotted lacing present on the glass.

S: Mild hopping and malts.

T: Crisp yet full flavor - light, citrus hop flavor balanced with a decent chunk of malt to give it some more body.

M: Creamy carbonation and relatively light on the tongue.

O: Good summer brew and a nice take on the summer beer - something light with lots of body and not too much citrus.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.29/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 2013-10-24
Glass: Large glass mug

Twilight Summer Ale is certainly an enjoyable, easy-drinking beer, but it lacks significance in aromatic characters and the flavor is mostly a mix of grainy malts, hints of fruitiness, and light to moderate bitterness. Drinkable, but not memorable or desirable enough to my palate to warrant trying again. A bit more interesting malts or dry-hopping could go a long way with this beer.

Pours a 1.5cm head of fairly clean, white foam, composed of small to medium-sized bubbles, creating a somewhat dense, sponge-like appearance. Head dissipates within one and a half minutes, about average for the style, but remains as a 0.2cm cap atop the body throughout the session and leaves excellent lacing in its wake, a complex mixture of cobwebs and waves of clinging foam. Beer is a transparent, mineral-like golden yellow color, with light bringing out brighter yellow-orange hues. Carbonation is visible rising from around the bottom of the glass, numerous and quite active.

Aroma is somewhat bland, of slightly sweet and grainy malts and hints of fruity esters (like cut apple, plum) likely produced by ale yeast. I'm not picking up any citrus or significant complexity that a few other reviewers seemed to have pulled out of nowhere.

Overall flavor is of grainy and cereal-like malts with mild fruitiness from ale esters (plum, apple) and hops (light peach, cantaloupe); bitterness is notable, but still mild enough to let the malts and fruit characters carry the majority of this beer. Front of palate finds sweet and grainy pale malts with vague fruit flavor (a bit of watery apple or plum). Mid-palate features sweet pale malts, some graininess, with modest peach, orange, cantaloupe flavor, and lower-edge bitterness. Back of palate picks up grainy malts, peach, orange, and cantaloupe flavors, and moderate bitterness. Aftertaste is of moderate bitterness with crisp, grainy malt flavors and faint hints of fruit, most noticeably peach and canteloupe.

Beer is medium-light to light in body, slightly watery around the edges, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a slightly fizzy, then foamy and smooth mouthfeel. Closes semi-dry, with little residual stickiness on the palate or lips.

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Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 452 ratings.