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Twilight Summer Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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1,278 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,278
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 34
Gots: 121 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of holtlandon
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Caramel color with a thin head - The aroma was light and reminded me of Irish soda-bread and citrus. There was a taste of bread and orange citrus, however the orange citrus was light. The hoppiness was distinct, yet understated. The carbonation led to a great mouth-feel and presentation. It had a slight crisp to the palate, and its taste was rich for a blonde. It's very easy to drink, and would go great as a pair with summer fare.

Photo of Xarenthel
2/5  rDev -45.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

Photo of JamesMN
2.53/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Light caramel hue, pretty translucent.

Aroma: Citrus, mostly orange.

Taste: Bready/malty. A little orange taste and possibly some cloves. Like a slightly watered-down version of Blue Moon.

Mouthfeel: Good level of carbonation but gets harder to drink with every sip.

Final Thoughts: Whenever I hear the term 'Summer Seasonal' I just assume it's going to be on the lighter side, with spices and citrus. That is exactly what Twilight Summer Ale represents. If you're a huge Blue Moon or Shock Top fan then definitely check this one out. For the rest of us, however, there are better options out there for the summer months.

Photo of ChrisKuhns
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of JackieTH
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's cooling off into twilight right now, on what was a 97-degree oven of a day here in Minnesota. Perfect time to pop the cap off one of these blonde ales from Deschutes.

Golden with a thin head, no lace. Smell is cracker, bread dough, soap, slight citric. Taste is a lighty crackery malt with a nice washing of citrus hop reminiscent of orange zest and steeped peels. Nice bit of hop boost to a blonde ale. Medium body that holds together well, decent level of carbonation adds to the character. Clean, very mildly bitter finish. Overall, a pleasantly hoppy blonde ale, easy going, easy drinking. I'll keep it in my fridge this time of year.

Photo of stewart124
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Zak for bringing me one of these.

Pours a golden yellow with somewhat dense white head.

Nose has plenty of citrus and bread notes.

Taste is smooth, medium mouthfeel with a nice hop bite. Leans more towards an APA than blonde ale. Good bready characteristics without overpowering or being too malty for the hot summer days. Some hops resins left on the tongue and a lingering citrusy bitterness.

Quite drinkable and pleasing overall.

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of oline73
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a slightly cloudy golden amber color. There is just under half a finger of off white head that leaves a nice layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Malty with a slight sweetness. Bready with a slight fruity component.

Taste: There is a bready malt component here as well, but I'm definitely getting some hops as well. A very slight fruity note with a citrus peel bitterness that joins the malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with smooth and prickly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A solid summer beer but there isn't anything remarkable here. I would have another given the chance.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown 12 oz bottle into standard pint. Best by 9/06/12

A: slightly hazey orange blonde. One rpfinger of white head receeded into a decent cap of foam. Leaving good laceing.

S: slightly sweet malt and citrusy hops. Orange possibly orange peel in there. Not a ton else going on there though that I can smell.

T: malty up front becomes kind of fruity from the orange and citrusy hops. Finishes with slightly bitter hit of hops that doesn't stay bitter long but refreshes well. This drinks welland refreshes nicely.

M: lighter crisp mouthfeel that is pretty smooth. Good sessionability from this one.

O: good beer, so far my favorite summer seasonal I have had. Refreshing and clean and very well balanced.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tannish orange and mostly clear. 1/2 finger head and decent lacing.

Smell is a little citrus hoppy with a little graininess and grassy notes. Flavor follows, but the hops come through more on the taste. It's got a clean, crispy hops profile that's quite nice. A bready biscuit malt base compliments a light fruitiness too.

Body is light, crisp and clean. An excellent summer beer, I would just die for this one while I was fishin'! Needs to be in cans!

Delicious. Not an over the top hop bomb, but the light, crispy hops make this a very good example of a blonde ale. Only the color throws you off a bit, but hey, it's delicious, so who cares!

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,278 ratings.