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Twilight Summer Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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Twilight Summer AleTwilight Summer Ale

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1,212 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,212
Reviews: 418
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 33
Gots: 106 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

ElfKicker, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of portia99
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%

12oz bottle (best by 9/12/12) courtesy of Wasatch...thanks John! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a hazy orangey golden color with a thin finger of fluffy white head that lingers briefly and falls to leave an uneven collar and sparse lacing on the glass.

S - Yeasty, bready malt up front with light citrusy hops on top. Overall fruity in aroma and balanced well between malt and hops.

T - Nice balance here too...a low bitterness throughout with sweet, caramel, yeasty bread malt flavors. Fruity, citrusy, mild yeasty esters. Smooth.

M - Medium body with a mid-level carbonation that gives a good fizzy tingle on the tongue. Lower level bitterness and excellent balance...very smooth - definitely an easy drinker.

O - Overall a good, light and crisp summer beer...easy drinking but with plenty of flavor too. Another fine brew from Deschutes...glad to have tried this one.

portia99, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of Johnhaley1989
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Johnhaley1989, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of Megahertz
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12 oz bottle into a French Jelly glass. Best by 12/13/12.

A - Deep gold to light amber, slightly hazy, with a massive pillowy white head.

S - Faint orange rind and fresh grass with considerable toasted bread maltiness.

T - Malt-forward with toasted bread and biscuit transitioning into clean orangey hop flavor. Finish is faintly sweet.

M - Medium body with mild carbonation.

O - A good all around summer brew.

Megahertz, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of brystmar
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%

Thanks to Erik for the extra!

Golden orange pour produces plenty of white head. Tame aroma hints of your typical malt-centric summer ale. Beers that smell like this have serious potential to be boring...

Taste saves the day as creamy malted grains brush up against a lightly hopped backbone. Mildly bitter after you swallow. Clearly well-crafted. Refreshing, sessionable, and tasty. What more could you ask for from a 6-pack in the summer?

brystmar, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of Nugganooch
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

12oz bottle to standard pint
BB date of 11/22/12

A: Burnished straw gold. Has a soft glow from the light hazing. Very effervescent with a lively finger of near white head. Nice hang time, leaves some light cling down the glass.

S: Smells of ripened peach and apricot met with some zesty orange. There is a bit of a grainy cereal aroma midway with a kick of tartly spiced yeast. Has a real nice zest quality to it with some lesser floral aromas. Picking up a bit of grapefruit-lime action as well.

T: Taste is firm with lemon, tangerine, and coriander. I get supporting notes of grapefruit and orange towed by a touch of sappy pine. Light florals and more spice. Bitterness level is on the upper-moderate side. Malt is grainy and imparts some biscuit with more of a sourdough-like twang from the tart yeast esters. There is just a kiss of caramel sweetness and a light warming from the alcohol. Otherwise light, dry, hoppy, and refreshing.

M: Very light and thin body with a nice dry crisp snap in the finish. Frothy with a nice hop pucker to the palate and some residual oils coaxing the tongue.

D: Highly drinkable, warm weather fare. This is light, hoppy, with a crisp refreshing bite. Probably my favorite “Summer Seasonal” so far. Drinks more like a hoppy APA than say a traditional Blonde. Good PNW hop varieties and just a dash of something different in the grain/yeast character. Would recommend and will look for this one every summer moving forward.

Nugganooch, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

t0rin0, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of joefinnigan15
4/5  rDev +9%

joefinnigan15, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of Ted
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Ted, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of skyisland
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

skyisland, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of troyvar
4/5  rDev +9%

troyvar, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of draheim
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

12oz (best by 11/6/2012) into a tulip. Pours a coppery color w/ a 2-finger frothy head.

Aroma is floral NW hops and caramel/pale malts. Mango, apricot and spice notes too. I imagine this might have been more pungent when fresh; my fault for waiting.

Taste is clean and light. Really nice grainy quality. Fruity, just the right bitterness. Mouthwatering.

As expected, mouthfeel is clean, crisp, refreshing. Medium body.

Overall, wish I'd bought more of these when summer started - although around here this year, it was kind of hard to figure out when that was exactly. Very nice, drinkable summer beer.

draheim, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of beerpadawan
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

A light honey-gold with a very refreshing look to it and a healthy, off-white head.

It is hoppy but not powerfully so in its aroma. Lightly sweet.

The flavor is crisp and the mouthfeel smooth and quaffable. This allows the mild to medium hop flavors and bitterness shine through. It is a nifty combination of American and European hop varieties; I notice cascade type flavors as well as grassy, spicy/green noble type flavors. I guessed the ABV at 4.7 (not that I can identify this with any precision), so to me the flavor of the beer matched its profile before I learned what type of beer it was or its strength. I would say it has a bit more complexity to the hop character than other blonde ales that I can recall at the moment.

I would definitely not be disappointed to find this beer on offer at a BBQ or other sun-laden event.

beerpadawan, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of jdense
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

12 oz. bottle purchased as part of Deschutes variety pack :) poured into Dead Guy shaker pint glass after mowing the lawn, 9.3.12.

Hard pour resulted in a bit over a finger white head very small bubbles, well above average lacing over medium gold clear body, multiple streams of grouped bubbles rising from bottom of glass. Significant bready notes in the nose some grassy and light resiny hops. Taste mirrors nose, quite bready ala English Pale Ale, slight bit of resin, floral notes, decent bitterness on back end. Mouthfeel medium, a bit heavy for the style, good effervescence, fairly dry finish. A nice seasonal, but not one I'll go back to by choice.

jdense, Sep 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

6demonbag, Sep 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

MeanJoe, Aug 31, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

kchannel9, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of fezmeister
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%

Yellow-gold, average head. Smells more piney than it tastes. Citric hops are present, pretty mellow (which I noticed when comparing with alternating sips of a pale), but balanced with sweet malts that don't cling with plenty of carbonation for a nice summer beer. Nothing special, but an easy summer drinker.

fezmeister, Aug 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Dieck, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of deaconoflove
3.78/5  rDev +3%

Nice medium golden color. No head, just a little around the edges.
First aroma is general sweetness, but more specifically very mild butterscotch layered over hop citris.
Taste follows with slight butterscotch, soft and tangy at the same time. Mildly bitter finish, very mild.
Feels good, fills you mouth well, carb is good even though no head on the glass.
It's a really nice summer beer, going down way too easy.

deaconoflove, Aug 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

joelparker, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of Mdog
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Appearance: Gold, ok head.

Smell: Light citrus, bready.

Taste: Light bready flavor, moderate citrus hops. Tastes like a standard pale ale.

Picked up a single to try. This beer steps a little outside the blonde ale box to be more like a light pale ale. Most blonde ales I've had are bready or corny with a little fruit, this has a little bread but the citrusy hop finish of a mildly hopped pale ale. It's a perfectly fine pale ale, like hundreds of others.

Mdog, Aug 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

KegsAndEggs, Aug 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

AllHailBeercules, Aug 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

pkmnzach, Aug 27, 2012
Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,212 ratings.