Twilight Summer Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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Twilight Summer AleTwilight Summer Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

442 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 442
Hads: 1,394
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 40
Gots: 194 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 442 | Hads: 1,394
Photo of Spikester
3.81/5  rDev +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. (540 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (912 characters)

Photo of JohnnyJam
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (1,103 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (927 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (655 characters)

Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.96/5  rDev +7%
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. (282 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
2.76/5  rDev -25.4%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.81/5  rDev +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. (603 characters)

Photo of henrichsj
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (983 characters)

Photo of mdcrouser
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (574 characters)

Photo of thinkinflicka
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (747 characters)

Photo of MikeWard
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (661 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.44/5  rDev +20%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (2,282 characters)

Photo of Guden
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- golden orange with a light white head that fades to small bubbles.

S- light tangerine and wood with a malty backbone giving a bit of a candy impression.

T- light fruity citrus (tangerine and melon) washes over the tongue balanced by moderate sweetness. Nothin too exciting.

M- medium light in body. While it finishes off dry the body is a bit bigger and the carbonation a bit lower than would be ideal.

O- a pleasant enough light summer beer though nothing to rave about. Comes off as a light pale ale with nothing to really set it apart from competition. (562 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to whiskey for the bottle.

Appearance: perfectly clear burnished gold. Head is white and pillowy. Drops to a small cap in shirt order. Some splotches and spots of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Lightly sweet toasted grain. Faint caramel malt sweetness. Some citrus in the back. Slight hop spiciness. Some apple skin and solidly bready malts. Light and clean. A bit of grass and underripe peach. Floral, decidedly so.

Taste: Bread crust. Moderate toasted malt. Hops run more floral than anything, with a nice backing hop spiciness. Some hints of citrus. Malts are light and clean. Nicely balanced. A bit earthy as it warms. Gives it a bit more depth than anticipated. Nice clean Deschutes yeast profile. Apple skin. Light overall fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Light and clean. Moderate carbonation. A bit crisp. Nicely drinkable.

Overall: Golden Earring was singing about this beer.

Deschutes makes drinkable and approachable beer. That's the truth and worth it. (990 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. Freshness date is stamped on the label as "08/30/13."

Pours a light yet firm amber color with a generous amount of bubbles alongside the glass, as well as about 4 fingers worth of head. Head retention is excellent, as usual with these guys. Fluffy, creamy, and leaves tons of thick lacing on the sides. Lots of large bubbles coat the top. Can more summer beers look like this, please?

There's a classic West Coast hop profile going on at the nose, only with some key differences. Cascade and Amarillo hops provide the resinous, citrus peel notes, complete with orange blossom, kaffir limes, dried flowers, as well as a bit of honey and toffee underneath. There's a breezy cracked toasted grain flavor that reminds me slightly of the initial aroma produced by newly lit kindling wood. Grassy as hell, almost to the point of being pretty herbal. Slightly sweet at the aroma, but holds well together with the earthy bitterness and floral characteristics. Just like their NWPA, this is a seasonal that stands above the others of its kind.

The flavor follows the aroma in the same way, although it's far grainier than expected. Cracked, cereal toasted graininess comes at first, soon with orange and lemon peel, as well as notes of lime, light honey, apricots, and biscuits. The zest lingers about, turning slightly soapy and floral, although it passes rather quickly. The breadiness is light and affirming, and surprisingly mellow, although it's not as racy at the aroma was, and it doesn't help that it feels slightly thinned at the finish. Not that I would want a summer ale this grain-focused to be super heavy, but it only falls through by tasting bready but not following it up in the mouthfeel. Otherwise, it's quite refreshing, and inoffensive to drink.

Not a bad summer offering by Deschutes at all, and definitely a change of pace from all of the pilsners I've been downing. However, I do wish the hop profile were slightly zestier rather than soapy, and that the malts came through in a heartier manner. Definitely well made if only a bit underwhelming. (2,116 characters)

Photo of constantine_272
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear golden yellow with a touch of orange. Highly carbonated. White head with good thickness and a slight tinge of yellow.

S: Fresh grain. Light bready notes. Mild lemon and orange pith.

T: Orange rind. Dry leaves. Mild vanilla and coriander. Light hop aroma but medium hop body.

M: Light with a medium dry aftertaste. Thin and easy to drink.

O: Not sure i call this a blonde. It seemed more like a copper or a light pale to me. It's a bit dry on the finish for the style if you ask me but its a nice summer session. (524 characters)

Photo of StArnoldFan
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Austin Beerworks pilsner glass.

Bottle dated best by 9/18/13

Pours a golden yellow color with a thick white 3 finger head. Nice retention and lacing as the glass goes down, looks pretty. Not so strong on the scent, from the bottle I could smell some lingering hops, from my glass there is not much to speak of, just a little toasted malt. Taste is nice and mild, a good summer ale just as the bottle states. Overall a nice summer beer, I could picture myself having a few by the pool in 1 sitting although I'm not sure ill be running back to this one after my 6 pack is gone. (605 characters)

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a golden honey colorwith a very slight haze. One finger of white head is present with excellent retention

S - Sweet malts upfront with backgroun aromas of apricot and lemon. A light smelling beer

T - Quite tangy at first but a nice sweetness quickly takes over. There are definate tastes of lemon, apricot and other citrus in the background.

M - Light bodied beer that goes down extremely easy. Very slick feeling in the mouth and very smooth

O - Very refreshing. Fits the summer ale category very well. A good summer beer for someone to try the is used to drinking budweiser or bud light. Easy drinknig but still as lots of flavor. (646 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Tastes like a light and tangy extremely pale ale. Perfectly clear golden with a hint of amber. Light and water, refreshing body. Flowers in the nose. A touch of minerals and some browned cracker malty taste. It's blonde and slender with that spicy hoppy hint. Really drinkable and one of the better Blondes I've had.

This has just the right crisp feeling with a nice dose of resiny hops. For all the IPAs hopped to total oblivion, this is a nice reminder that a light hand on excellent hops (they say Amarillo) is still the great way to make beer. It seems like I'm always saying "there are other better light beers." Well, this is one of them. From the 12 oz bottle bought at AJ's Fine Foods in Phoenix. (705 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, freshness date is smudged. but I know it's pretty fresh. Golden body with a tall, frothy, white head, good retention and excellent lacing. Fruity aroma with grass, faint mandarin orange and citrus. Tastes are biscuity, fruity, citric grapefruit & mandarin, mango, mild pine, grassy, white peppery tingle on the finish. Light-to-medium bodied, pleasant carbonation. Overall, better than expected, and with the addition of the Amarillo hops, this was really nice to drink - very refreshing. (501 characters)

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

Poured out of a 12 oz brown bottle into a 16 oz nonic glass. No bottling date, but a "freshest by" date of August 2013.

Appearance - A golden hue with shades of amber throughout as well as tamarind coloring. Topped with a bushy head of two fingers that dissipates slowly over about 15 minutes, leaving a thick curtain of lacing and mottled clumps of carbonation resting atop the liquid.

Smell - Grassy and herbal, with definite hoppiness. Notes of water cracker, lemon zest and other light fruits. Wish it was a little more aromatic though. Hard to pick up much at all.

Taste - Slightly bitter, with a balance of malt and lemongrass. Some notes of alcoholic phenols as well with a finish that is clean but a tad pungent.

Mouthfeel - Crisp and bright, with light carbonation and body.

Overall, a solid summer blonde ale. Not my favorite style, but this is a good representative of it. Would be great for hot weather. (921 characters)

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