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Twilight Summer Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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Twilight Summer AleTwilight Summer Ale

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1,098 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,098
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 33
Gots: 75 | 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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Photo of dgilks


3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colour with a small, short-lasted, white head. No lacing.

Light, malty aroma with a hint of floral hops. Okay.

Crisp, pale malt with some nice bitterness. A touch earthy. Interesting.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

A light, crisp summer ale. Very good and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2011 02:15:42 | More by dgilks
Photo of emmasdad


3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice orange color, crystal clear, with a nice cap of bright white foam. Somewhat bready on the nose, with just a bit of fruity hops. Nicely balanced on the palate, with good sweet malt balanced nicely against the mild hops. Drinkable, especially nice on a warm, spring Saturday afternoon.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2011 03:25:11 | More by emmasdad
Photo of djeucalyptus


3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice light caramel golden hue with a bright white thick two-finger head with good retention and ample lace.

aroma is subdued but approachable, with a nice malt backbone, pleasant earthy hops with a balanced floral and citrusy hop nose.

taste is nicely malty, with some bready, doughy malt, followed by a fairly potent hop kick. lemon and calamansi. hoppy for what i am expecting, but still delicious.

mouth is clean, crisp and refrehing. but seriously, it is. ample carbonation, smooth bitterness, just all around solid.

a great summer brew, twilight never fails to hit the spot. as with most deschutes (and most pnw breweries) it's definitely on the hoppy side, but that's not a bad thing.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 18:54:07 | More by djeucalyptus
Photo of codfeast


4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint.

A: Light orange, thin head, and minimal lacing.

S: Orange, sweet cream, malt, and lots of floral notes. Smell is quite sweet.

T: Sweet malt, dariy, with lots of floral taste that takes a bitter turn, lingering bitter finish.

M: Medium to light body, medium to high carbination. nice dry finish.

O: I would have to say my least favorite of the Deschutes seasonals. That being said I think that red chair and jubelale are outstanding beers. So the twilight is certianly worth your time and money, a very nice summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 01:42:45 | More by codfeast
Photo of ADZA


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow hue which leaves a two finger head and heaps of lacing,the smell is citrus hops,lychee,passionfruit and a touch of toffee malts,the mouthfeel is light bodied and sessionable with tastes of passionfruit,lychee,citrus zest,piney hops,toffee,paw-paw and finished with a lemon grass spicy hop dry bitterness and overall like the label states its definately a true summer ale easy drinking still with flavour and great for next to the BBQ on a hot summers day cheers.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 06:54:36 | More by ADZA
Photo of azdback


3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Bright orange, almost yellow, color. Crystal clear and full of tiny carbonation bubbles. Head is two fingers, frothy and bright white. Lace is extremely sticky.

Smell is of earthy notes. Grass and yeast. Some bright citrus smells of lemon.

Taste is light malts and some bread. Some light citrus notes. A bit sweeter than the smell. I would say the citrus is more of an orange in the taste.

Mouth is very light and bright. Quite refreshing and what a Summer Ale should be.

Overall I enjoyed this for what it is. A summer ale that is to be drank while doing lawn work. Long live summer.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 04:50:55 | More by azdback
Photo of mgbickel


3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A gift from Twigg in the Epic Insanity FFL BIF. Thanks Greg!

12oz bottle with a best by date fo 08/26/2011...meh...a few days can't hurt!

Poured into a Duvel Tulip. A single finger of bone colored head formed on top of the hazy, golden body. After a quick dissipation, the bubbles left slight trails on the glass walls.

The nose has light citrus aromas combined with sweet honey and grains.

The sweetness hits your palate first...this fades into a slightly bitter hop bite before turning grainy/malty at the finish. I am guessing that the hops play a bigger role in a fresher offering.

Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

This is a pretty decent offering that I found both tasty and refreshing. Not the best summer beer out there, but worth a try for sure!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 03:30:47 | More by mgbickel
Photo of Siggy125


3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from 12oz bottle to taster glass. Beautiful goldenrod in color. Bright white head. A single finger of carbonation, faded pretty fast.

Smells of light citrus on the nose, subtle malts, mild hops. Not the customary summer ale aromas.

Tastes of citrus and grassy hops. More hop presence than the typical summer ale. Orang rind like citrus bitterness. Mild maltiness. ABV pretty subdued.

Overall, not a bad beer. I wouldnt quite call it a summer ale. More of a pale ale to me. Still, a good drinker on a warm day.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 01:51:23 | More by Siggy125
Photo of depechemode1983


3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours out amber in color with a frothy white head. Retention is great as well as lacing.

S - Nose is mainly bitter. Lots of bitter orange with just a touch of sweetness. Grains are pushing through as well. Finish is floral and clean.

T - Bitter citrus hops are dominant with grainy undertones and an orange sweetness. Seems to be a bit grassy as well. Not really what I was expecting. Seems closer to a light tasting pale ale.

M - Mouth feel is decent. Medium bodied with nice carbonation going on. Its crisp and clean.

O - Pretty average beer. Nothing really stands out. A lot different than other Blonde Ales Ive had.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 01:07:32 | More by depechemode1983
Photo of TheDudeRules


3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Surly pint.

Dark honey color. About six feet of off white head. My nose is in danger from it. Lacing remains cemented to my glass. Smell is light citrus and slight bread. Pretty hop forward on the palate for a summer beer. Explodes on the tongue then really cuts to a dry finish. Not thirst quenching for a summer beer. Drinks fairly easy though. The beer is rather ho hum. Nothing shines or is out of the ordinary bad. Rather simple and average. A tick, but nothing more.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 17:03:16 | More by TheDudeRules
Photo of harrymel


2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best by: 09DEC11

A: Pours a toasted blonde ale with two fingers of white foam which dissipates over a couple minutes to a quilt of the same. Spotty lacing. Excellent clarity.

S: Grainy and woody. Plenty of grassy and alfalfa like hops. Sweet crystal malt underneath with a hint of corn.

T: Nice sweet malt profile with just enough hops to keep this one dry and fruity. There is a hint of red delicious apple meats in the background.

M: Medium on heavy for the style with lively carbonation. Finish is mouth watering.

O: Decent beer, a bit heavy for the style IMO. A little too much sweet malts, a little too much body.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 09:32:29 | More by harrymel
Photo of kcopelan002


3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pick this up this weekend. After drinking I was a little let down. A- Drank from the bottle so I never saw the color. S- desent , not over powering T-nothing noticable till the bitter finish M- smooth O- decent beer but expected better. Next time ill try another summer ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 00:56:00 | More by kcopelan002
Photo of kojevergas


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl brown glass bottle served into glass mug in Denver Colorado. Me mate caught the lid in the nose opening it; it might be just a touch overcarbonated. Reviewed live.

A: Four finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear yellow.

Sm: Bittering hops, bright lemony citrus ester hops, and cream. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Well handled bittering hops alongside pleasant citrus ester hops and a mild cream undertone. The climax features some pine and orange peel. It's certainly a pleasant summer seasonal. It isn't horribly complex, but it's certainly effective and refreshing. Pleasant and partakable.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but slightly coarse between the first and second acts. Complements the flavours of the body.

Dr: Very pleasant, refreshing, and drinkable. Quite affordable as part of a sampler pack. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 04:49:50 | More by kojevergas
Photo of herman77


3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy golden straw color with a two finger off white head. Pretty good head retention. Good lacing.

S: Light citrus (lemon) and grassy hops with biscuit malts. Very light aroma, not surprising though.

T: Much like the nose, but more pronounced. Grainy and a bit of biscuit malt with light citrus and pine hops, more lemon/citrus more than anything though.

M: Lighter body, moderate carbonation that's pretty active.

O: Very drinkable and good amount of flavor for being 5%. A very nice summer beer with a nice little hop kick, that's well balanced as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 23:46:09 | More by herman77
Photo of pdoran10


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out a slightly hazy light golden color into a snifter. One finger of white head that leaves pretty amazing lacing.

The smell is light resin hops and slight biscuit malt.

For flavor I get a light citrus and melon hop flavor with a white bread slight malt profile. Very light and refreshing flavors.

The mouthfeel is reasonably thick for such a light flavored beer and dry with moderate carbonation.

Overall one of my favorite light summer ales. Hoppy enough to provide some flavor, but light enough to be easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 04:45:25 | More by pdoran10
Photo of rsdaugherty


3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into pint glass
A – With a vigorous pour the head barely stayed in the pint and had some staying power, minor lacing, a slightly hazy orange gold color, a good looking beer 4
S – Pretty weak scent, Pale malts with a bit of orange citrus & straw 3
T – Mild malt sweetness with some floral hop bitterness at the finish and citrus character throughout the drink. A very balanced beer, but almost to the point of (craft) blandness. For a summer session brew it fits the bill 100%. 3.5
M – A milky mouthfeel while maintaining a lightness in the body, moderate carbonation 3.5
O – Eminently drinkable, could and would have another, a sixer will be going to my next backyard event 3.5

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 04:18:10 | More by rsdaugherty
Photo of hardy008


3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy amber with a two finger head of white foam with good retention and lacing. The aroma has citrus, especially oranges, and honey. Also has some bread malt.

The taste is much like the aroma, but much weaker. The bread malt comes to the front, and the oranges and honey are lighter in flavor than suggested by the aroma.

Light bodied, decent carbonation, a grainy aftertaste. Not a bad beer, but nothing special either.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 02:13:41 | More by hardy008
Photo of doughanson78


3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. First review of an American Blond Ale.

A: Light golden amber color. Perfectly clear. One finger slightly off white head, with a fair amount of larger bubbles. Lacking retention, but still has beautiful, sticky lacing.

S: Very light aroma. Mostly grains. Some lemon. Very light caramel and bready malts.

T: Much bigger taste. Grainy. Nice caramel and honey sweetness. Very faint floral hop flavors towards the end, that blend with the sweet malts for a decent aftertaste.

M: Medium-light bodied. Medium carbonation. Decent creaminess.

O: A decent beer, but for me kind of a disappointment coming from Deschutes. I guess this style isn't supposed to have a lot going on. For a summer release, it's pretty refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 06:40:46 | More by doughanson78
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber golden liquid with lots of carbonation and a big puffy cap of foam. The aroma is a mixture of pine and lemony citrus. The palate has a touch of pine hops balanced by some biscuit malt. A little different as far as summer ales, and that is a good thing. It goes down easy and provides bit hops at the same time.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 22:40:56 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of bigaltemple


3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy, straw-yellow color. One finger soapy, white head. Some really good lacing activity.

S - Pale/light malt base. Very mild hops detection. Nothing amazing jumping out.

T - Nose characteristics carry over to the taste. Faint hops bitterness that leave a not unpleasant aftertaste.

M - Thin. Light bodied with good carbonation.

O/D - Highly drinkable beer for the summer months, but nothing truly extraordinary stands out.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 19:15:41 | More by bigaltemple
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was pleasantly surprised to see this one stacked up in a private Vancouver store, but didn't want to waste my budget on another blond. Then even more pleasantly surprised to find this on tap at St. Augustine's. It was plasantly surprisingly hoppy, this is a pale ale, with orange citus taste. Faint hops. Nicely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 04:10:24 | More by Sammy
Photo of BilbosNuts


3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light golden/ dark yellow color. There is a medium sized white head that leaves spotted lacing and retains a small puck throughout. There is a moderate amount of visible carbonation.

S: There is a noticeable fruitiness. Seems like some orange and maybe a papaya-like scent. A buttery aroma is also present.

T: It has a mild hop character with a light bitterness associated.

M: It has a medium body with minimal carbonation. There is a slightly bitter aftertaste but it is quite refreshing.

O: Overall, it's a pretty good summer ale. Probably not my first choice for a summer beer, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 23:50:52 | More by BilbosNuts
Photo of DavidST


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, best by 8/26/11.

This pours light yellow, maybe straw color with a white head which has okay retention. The smell is light, grainy, and a little grassy and fruity. Feel is medium light with good carbonation. The taste is about the same, its a little sweet, you get some grassy and grainy notes, with a little hop bitterness, it has a different aftertaste hard to describe. Overall a decent summer beer (which is a style of beer which I often find boring).

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 19:54:22 | More by DavidST
Photo of woosterbill


3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks, Mark, for the trade!

A: Clear pale amber body with a 1/2" head of frothy white foam. Ok retention for so little head, and spotty lace. Pretty average.

S: Simple, enjoyable mixture of pale malt sweetness and classic Amarillo floweriness. Nice, if a bit simple.

T: Much hoppier than the nose, with bitter floral and fruity notes leading to a balanced, bittersweet finish. Tasty.

M: Fairly light bodied with moderate, somewhat sharp carbonation. Nice for the style.

O: I really enjoyed the bright hoppiness that this delivered, and would gladly drink multiples on a summer evening. Not the most memorable beer out there, but definitely a solid one.


Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 22:03:33 | More by woosterbill
Photo of TenHornsProud


3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light orange with a small white head that laces.

Smells of bready malt with some slight hop note.

Taste is up-front malt with some slight bitterness. The yeast really defines the taste, typical blonde taste, but there is a lingering sweetness that is simply unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is thin, which makes for a good summer beer.

This seems like a solid blonde but there is a lingering after taste that is bitter and sweet and not in a good way.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 22:17:35 | More by TenHornsProud
Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,098 ratings.