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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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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

carteravebrew, Jun 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

deapokid, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4/5  rDev +9%

Six pack from the State Liquor Store in Vernal, UT, $11. Best before date of 8/16/12. Into an Odell shaker.

A: Nice copper color with an off white head, clear with a fair amount of carbonation moving through the glass. Excellent spots of lacing are left behind as the head slowly recedes.

S: Fairly sweet, nice peach and mango notes. Smells light and unoffensive. A few notes of caramel. Pretty nice.

T: A lot like the nose, lightly hoppy with a decent bitterness on the finish, just enough to break things up. Getting some peach on the tongue as well, albeit more subtle than in the nose. Nice malt profile, caramel and sweet malts linger under a grainy base malt profile.

M: Light, with ample carbonation, slick in the mouth with a fairly dry finish.

O: A great summer beer, enough depth and character to be really enjoyable, but not so much so that a person wouldn't want to drink more. I can see this being a definite gateway beer for non-craft drinkers. Great stuff, wouldn't expect anything less from Deschutes.

pokesbeerdude, Jun 17, 2012
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3.23/5  rDev -12%

Pours a hazy light orangey-yellow with a half thumbs width white head. A nice bright, sweet fruity aroma alongside a hit of malt. Flavor starts off with a hit of sweet fruit, countered by some of grassy hops that seem to accentuate the sweet fruitiness, and closes out with some rice cake. A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, a decent summer brew. Very sessionable and low key, certainly not the most exciting brew out there though that's not what its trying to be.

denver10, Jun 17, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev +3%

Thanks to Lukahn (Reddit) for this guy. Best by 8/16/12.

Pours a nice fluffy 1.5 finger head that fades semi slowly with sticky lacing, over semi clear honey orange color.

Nose has some light resinous hops, hints of citrus and tangerine, also with a light floral hop character, and the slightest hint of malty base. A nice light summer beer so far with a nice fresh hop touch.

Taste starts similarly as the nose, with a light musty resinous hop flavor, hints again of citrus and tangerine like fruits, the hops get a bit fruity and much more tangerine like. Those fade to a bit of a light bready malt base, juicy and lighter. The bitterness is light at first but builds a bit. As it finishes it dries even more, with the musty resinous hop bitterness kicking up a notch, and just a touch of a sticky malt feel.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall nice, nothing special but then again you usually don't want summer beers to be too strong in any direction. This had some nice light malts and gave it a nice kick with the resinous hops, and nice hop flavors, but still quite drinkable.

jlindros, Jun 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

colforbin73, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

an outstanding summer beer, infinitely sessionable and plenty interesting. smells like fresh hops but not in an overpowering way. it smells balanced by some fruit, maybe clementines or something not quite tart and not quite sweet. flavor is very fruity, but not in a fruit added way, i think its just the character of the hops used, which leaves an excellently crisp finish. very different flavor profile for a summer beer. i could easily do a 6pack of these in an afternoon. delicious when ice cold. feel is good, light and drinkable without being watery. less than medium body, exciting on the tongue, and clean finishing. no complaints with this one, great summer brew.

StonedTrippin, Jun 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

bigred89, Jun 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Auror, Jun 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

allstar255, Jun 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

rudy0908, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of Humulus85
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%

A new seasonal from one of my favorite American breweries. From a 12oz bottle into my Darkness snifter. Best by 08/10/12.

Pours a medium gold in hue with nice clarity. Solid two-finger, off-white head, with great retention settling into a solid ring of foam and moderate, sticky lacing. Very nice looking blonde.

Tons of pineapple, some floral, some grainy malt. Not quite what I was expecting, but very tasty smelling.

Apricot, pineapple, and floral hops. Lemon/orange zest. Grass. Biscuit malt. Moderately bitter in the finish. Nice, but seems to fall short in overall flavor.

Light and well carbonated. Tons of carbonation. Super dry finish. Perfect summer drinking brew, but maybe a bit thin for some.

Overall, this isn't quite what I anticipated, but I enjoyed it thoroughly. More tropical hops then expected, but this hop-head won't argue with that. It sacrifices a bit of depth for drinkability, but drinkability is key in a good summer brew. A great, gorgeous, hoppy blonde. Cheers!

Humulus85, Jun 09, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +15.3%

Smell is somewhat hoppy with citrus notes....a little sweet and fruity, and lemon. Nothing too surprising for a summer beer, but the hoppiness stands out a bit.

The Amarillo hops give this beer an initial citric hoppiness with a floral character as well, but it's pretty tame in keeping with the fact that this is a summer beer and not an IPA...so I'm scoring accordingly. Body has a lemon character to it....with some grain showing up at the finish to round out the beer. Bitterness is present but small at the finish, but it does finish fairly dry and crisp.

Pretty good summer offering here. Decent hop content without going overboard for the style. A definite quaffer.

NODAK, Jun 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

BlackDrongo, Jun 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

Beermazter310, Jun 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Whiskeydeez, Jun 07, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

A - nice light copper with some head retention. Looks like a summer beer with a little more to it. Inviting but not saying damn I am packed with flavor.

S - well balanced smell. Not overpowering. I get hops up front followed by a citrus smell. Smells refreshing its just not grabbing me.

T - I am not a light beer or wheat guy. For a summer brew it's one of the best. Refreshing while still having full flavor. Carmaly hoppy taste that goes down smooth. If you like mirror pond its very similar but a little less hoppy and more malty.

Mouthfeel - for a summer brew it has one of the best mouthfeels. It gives you that full mouthfeel but still staying very drinkable. You could easily session this beer.

O - overall it's a very good beer and a great summer beer. I got it because I was going to BBQ some steaks on a warm evening in Cali and it was perfect. I am BBQin right now with sandals on while drinking my 3rd twilight.

GetMeAnIPA, Jun 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Cramerican, Jun 07, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours cloudy orange with white bubbly head that fades quick. Smells of floral notes, honey, pine, and light cereal. Tastes of light cereal notes, light honey, mild bitterness, pine, and citrus. Light in body with medium carbonation. Pretty good flavors here, better than a lot of summer ales.

JRed, Jun 06, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +12.5%

Picked up a single of this beer from a friend of mine. A week went by as it sat in the fridge since I forgot I had this lol

Appearance: Shows off a nice, clean amber-orange with a slight haze of yellow. Not much head but has a nice thick lacing that sits well

Smell: Has a nice citrus, orange hoppy aroma. Something that I couldn't wait to take a nice, savory sip

Taste: Very delicious balance of hops and citrus flavoring. Has a sweet start that just exploded with a hint of honey. I can taste only a spec of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It was a full bodied brew, but it didnt really surprise me too much. It went down smooth with little bitterness, but I was expecting something more light.

Overall: A very delicious one indeed. Glad I picked this up from my friend. This is a great example of a beer that can be enjoyed on a hot, summer day as the sun is setting. I would definitely pick this up again if/when I see it. If your a fan of a decent summer beer, this one is for you

DMXLOX22, Jun 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Joshgonzales79, Jun 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

WaydeRafnel, Jun 02, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

crobinso, May 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

snocntry, May 30, 2012
Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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