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Twilight Summer Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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Twilight Summer AleTwilight Summer Ale

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Ratings: 1,072
Reviews: 406
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 32
Gots: 65 | 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 dpnelson1978


3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$1.70 / ea.

A: Slightly hazy amber body topped with a small loose head that quickly dissipates leaving moderate lacing and a thin cover.

S: Sweet bready malt and orange citrus. Very mild hop profile. Pretty one dimensional , but pleasant.

T: Much more subdued than the aroma with the citrus taking on a more central role. Again sweet, but the hop character is ramped up to balance. Light bitter aftertaste.

M: Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Very smooth up front and finishing crisp. Very nice execution.

D: Very easy drinking, and easily adaptable to any occasion. Goes down smooth, and a very approachable flavor profile. Refreshing.

O: Not an amazing beer by the brewery's standards, but it will appeal to a very wide market.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 03:01:27 | More by dpnelson1978
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wagenvolks for the trade, 12oz bottle into a DFH Signature glass pours a crisp bubbly light orange with a thin off white head that diminishes to barely a ring and leaves just a trace of lacing on the glass. Aroma is crisp earthy citrus hops in front of sweet malts. The taste is a nice amount of sweet malts balanced nicely balanced by crisp citrus hops. The beer is quite smooth, crisp and refreshing with great smooth carbonation, a great summer beer, even on a cool late summer night.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 02:09:31 | More by atsprings
Photo of Khazadum


2.6/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Courtesy of my pops on his return from the great state of Texas.

A- Orange and yellow mixing in the sunset lights. Crisp white head that fades far too fast. Decent carbonation.

S- Piny notes, grapefruit, evergreen resins.

T- Lemon zest but no citrus notes here. There are two kinds of bitterness here. Rinds of fruit and hops. The finish lingers with nothing to balance it.

M- Watery that is only saved by having some carbonation to buffer it up.

D-This is a pale ale? Really? Hmmm... It was easy to drink but too bitter to enjoy repeatedly if you were in the mood for a summer/pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 23:25:42 | More by Khazadum
Photo of blackc5


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

A - A nice golden copper that is clear and refreshing looking. Decent head and some lacing from the initial pour but no additional as I down this.

S - Mild herbal and citrus aromas from the hops, and some good biscuity, sweet caramel malt as well.

T - Like the aromas, fairly mild and light, and surely designed to not offend. It has some decent levels of citrusy hops, as well as fruity and toast-like malt. A bit herbal on the aftertaste, in a good way.

M - Light bodied with a slightly dry finish that fits well with the style. Nice crispness to this without being overly dry or thin.

D - A mild and light pale ale that does the style justice. Not my favorite brew or style, but for what it is, it is done well.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 06:02:44 | More by blackc5
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4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle with a clearly marked "best by" date of 11/25/10. Light golden amber pour with a good amount of head and excellent lacing on the glass.

The best way to describe this beer is think of this as the true beer geeks' ultimate summer ale. This isn't a fruity or wannabe hefeweizen beer that is trying to appeal to a large audience, but rather, it's a nice light pale ale that has frankly become one of my favorite summer seasonal brews.

At just 5% ABV, it's plenty light enough to have a few, but the aroma, flavor, smell just like summer, while simultaneously having a somewhat complex bouquet of flavors you would expect in a good N.W. pale ale. Aroma and flavors start off with a bread like honey sweetness with light caramel that is very well balanced by a substantial, yet certainly not overpowering grass-like hop bite. Some citrus flavors such as ester like pear and orange blossom notes are also in there as well. On the medium to light side of a the mouthfeel, but for a summer brew, pretty much spot on.

I really wish this brew were available in 12ers here in Austin, as a six-pack just goes too fast. If you live in a warm climate like I do, this could easily be a great year-round drinker, as there isn't one bit of that seasonal type of novelty feel to this beer that tends to pertain to a lot of the more fruity wheat beers a lot of craft brewers tend to release. Best of all, Deschutes is one of the only craft brewers I'm aware of that DOES NOT follow the norm of releasing their seasonal brews two months before the actual season. This way, you get to enjoy the beer fresh when you should actually be drinking it. What a concept!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 21:45:58 | More by AustinBeerLvr
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4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden amber brown with a half finger of head and left a little bit of lacing sticking to the glass. The nose was citrusy, with a mild hop aroma and had hints of caramel. It also had orange zest notes as well. The flavors were pretty much the same as the nose but the caramel malts were more potent on the palate but had citrus and hop accents that had a good balance. The brew was medium body with a good amount of carbonation that had a slight sweet but citric hop bitter clean finish; very good. It drank really good and is a good session beer on a hot summer day in SoCal poolside with some BBQ.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 02:32:15 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of mjurney


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light amber-golden color, clear (maybe a little dash of haziness). Lots of fine bubbles. Fair head, leaves a little lacing on the glass.

Fruity, floral, citrus, sweet malts.

Floral-citrus hops up front, along with sweet malts in the back. A little sweet ripe orange in the middle. Crisp finish with dry floral aftertaste. Light bodied. Carbonation feels a bit mild.

Very drinkable. A little milder than their "Mirror Pond Pale Ale", but it's pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 17:58:14 | More by mjurney
Photo of hughesm4


2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Portland pub.
a-Standard golden brown with a light head.
s-Smell was very weak, had a slight citrus smell but that is all. Reminded me of early spring.
t-Most of the taste was right up front. There was a slight citrus flavor and was followed by a weak malt taste.
m/d-Light bodied, even for a pale ale. It went down fairly smooth, but isn't on the top of my to drink list. This my least favorite beer that I had at the pub.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2010 22:51:37 | More by hughesm4
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3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very standard, basic, exceedingly common west coast American Pale Ale, being grapefruit and toasted crackers. It is rather better made than many, but that can't save this for me since this is pretty much a classic example of a kind of beer that I just don't like and which doesn't really taste like beer to me.

Pale amber, it has a medium off-white head, steadily shrinking and leaving some mere hints of lace.

Aroma is simple, basic cracker and citrus, mostly grapefruit.

Taste is similar, two-dimensional, boring grapefruit and cracker through and through. It is ok for the style, but I'll never buy it.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 03:08:43 | More by Offa
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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 my Alesmith pint glass. Poured a a clear amber color with a moderate white head filling the top half inch of the glass. Moderate head retention and just a bit of lacing.

The aroma has a citrusy and earthy hop presence mixed with a sweeter, malty flavor. It's not that strong of an aroma, but a well balanced one at least. The taste shows a bit more of the malty flavors with a bit of caramel and sweetness coming through. Some citrusy, orange, hoppiness comes through as well. Like the nose not overly flavorful but pretty pretty well balanced.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it's an easy drinking beer. It wasn't the most flavorful beer I've had but the balance made it pretty easy drinking. Decent beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 22:26:46 | More by billab914
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4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had while on vacation in MT from bottle. This was my first Deschutes and came away very impressed.

Great golden color with solid lacing. Typical smell and taste of the better pale ales but crisper with a great hop finish more reminiscent of an IPA. Great overall taste, not foamy in the mouth the way some other PAs can taste, more clean if that makes any sense. Great beer, and not just a summer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 21:42:58 | More by DAllspaw
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4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 6/16/10

Poured into a standard pint. Rich golden body with a slight haze. Thin, white head that fades to a thin ring.

Smell had a good maltiness. Citrusy and floral aroma. Slightly orangey.

Subtle Orange and citrus flavors with a nice mildly bitter finish. Some good maltiness.

Good drinkability. Nice balance with bitter and malt but still remaining light.

Medium-light body, medium-high carbonation. Dry finish

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 01:11:14 | More by riored4v
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4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Crystal clear light amber color with a nice, frothy head that leaves sheets and lines of lacing.

S- Orange cream and lemon biscuits on top of a subtle, copper/metallic note.

T- Fruity, spicy, and well balanced with a smooth layer of doughy flavor and a sugary sweetness

M- Smooth and clean with foamy carbonation and a slight, bitter pinch from the hops

D- Well-rounded ale with a flavor to please and a consistency to chug

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 18:32:41 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes-- and I am officially caught up on all my notes! Got this from Twiggamortis420 in the Chillin and Grillin BIF. Thanks Greg!

Pours a deep orangey gold color. Looks rich and pleasant. Slightly hazy -- perhaps a chill haze. An almost white head left thick rings of lace as it slowly settled.

Smell is awesome citrus-- fresh hoppy notes and lemon peels, orange blossoms, and even a touch of honey.

Taste has got some sweet malts with a touch of fresh honey and a great refreshing citrus character with the hoppiness there. This isn't very bitter at all--- almost an APA for the masses. The hops seem to be all flavoring hops not bittering ones. It keeps the beer refreshing and drinkable.

The body is a hair under medium, but totally working. This is an excellent beer-- much better than the B rating. I would drink this one all day. Is this the best pale ale I've ever had-- no, I prefer the hops a little more assertive. But this beer works EXCEPTIONALLY well as a summer ale because the hops are more subtle and gentle.

This is the best "summer ale" I've ever had, and yes, I know it isn't an official category-- but this beer is perfect for what it aims to be.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 04:53:25 | More by AleWatcher
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2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a cloudy orange color with red hues. The lacing is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of mandarin oranges, and grapefruit with a some light caramel malt tones underneath. The taste is similar to the aroma. There is a stale feeling to both the taste and aroma of this beer, but I don't believe it is stale. It is Deschutes' summer seasonal, and it is summer. And Deschutes has only been in Minnesota for a few months now so it couldn't have been sitting on a store shelf for the last year. I don't think this beer is old. I thing this beer tastes as though it is old, and that is not a good quality for a beer to have. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, I will pass on this beer in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 23:20:08 | More by KarlHungus
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3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a consistent brew with a rather proper look of amber with some lace. nose of straight pine. and a palate that cleans of in dryness. there is some citrus but just start consistent pine quality that blends well with the malt. not thick. not to lean. and rather one dimensional. not my idea of a summer beer. would like to see a bit more range. whether that means more mild or not.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 21:01:33 | More by rtepiak
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3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. The rocky foam gently recedes and leaves sticky lace behind.
S: Toasted malt and light cereal. A fairly strong green apple aroma with some light lingering citrus hops.
T: Follows the nose. Toasted sweet malt and light cereal. Some apple and lingering citrus hops. It is very clean tasting.
M/D: A light to medium body. Crisp and clean, but just a little to thin for me. Very easy to drink. I can quaff several without a problem.

Just like it is suppose to be. A nice easy to drink summer beer. I enjoy it, but wish there was just a little more to it. A small grip, really a very good beer for the summer months.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 23:51:14 | More by champ103
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3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - light tan in color. Very little foam, but decent carbonation.

Smell - a little malty smelling. I almost seem to smell a little bit of citrus.

Taste - Less citrusy than I was expecting, but in a good way. It makes it taste little more like a summer beer that's not trying to be a summer beer. A little more toward the hoppy side.

Mouthfeel - average. Mix of lightness and creaminess.

Drinkability - kind of a mild-mannered beer. I could come back to this one often enough I suppose.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 04:04:20 | More by Nerudamann
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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Twilight Ale poured a nice light straw color. It had a mild malty aroma with minimal hops noticeable. The taste had an upfront hoppiness, that was more spicey than floral and nicely balanced the malt sweetness. The mouth feel was good but nothing outstanding. I would say that this is a very good summer or session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 00:58:42 | More by sonata2008
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3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear pale copper with foamy tan head with uneven to no lacing and okay retention. Orange spice aromas. Spicy sweet pale malt and bitter hop finish. Smooth slightly sharp carbonation.

A little too much pale malts in this one. The good orange and spice flavors get overshadowed but makes for an okay twilight sipper...

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 05:22:25 | More by Bfarr
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4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A color somewhere between gold and copper. Hoppy scent with what seems to be a little apple. Hops run up the taste buds first, slight malt, moderate body, much heavier than most of the summers out there but very palatable, leaves you wanting more. Subtle malt flavor isn't overpowered by bitterness, well balanced. Lingering hop aftertaste and a bittersweet, somewhat buttery finish.

Wish it weren't seasonal, I am a big fan

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 02:17:55 | More by gildobeer
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4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with a freshness date of 09/09/10. Pours a hazed gold color with a large cap of white head. Retention is good and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

Smells of bright flowery hops with a little bit of orange-y citrus. Light grains with a touch of honey. Smells somewhat similar to Mirror Pond, but lighter.

Taste has a nice balance of zesty hop flavor and bitterness. Throw in a light, slightly sweet malt base with a clean yeast profile and this is a mighty tasty summer brew. I am already on my second sixer of it. Nice and easy drinker leaning towards, but not overwhelmed by, floral hoppy goodness. Like Mirror Pond's freckled younger sister, she's cute as hell...but not quite like her fine-ass older sibling.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 01:08:05 | More by twiggamortis420
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3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear light amber color. thin fluffy white head with good lacing. Looks like any other APA but has better lacing than most.

S: Floral and citrusy but very faint. Not much else.

T: Some light citrus and a good caramel/biscuit character. Pretty simple and tasty.

M: Good, seems like most other APAs.

D: This isn't anything that stands out and I don't see why Deschutes uses this as a Summer release. Easy drinking but just gets mixed in with all other APAs I've drank.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 00:36:59 | More by rwf08
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District of Columbia

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: The head fades fairly quickly. Golden like a mead. Minimally visible carbonation, though eventually the carbonation settled to a staticky haze. Marbling of foam lasted till the end of the pint.

S: Not that magnificent. Hops and alcohol.

T: Obvious hops. A certain sweetness on the back of the tongue. I immediately feel the need to eat a taco chip, but...in a good way.

M: Soft. The carbonation doesn't come to mind. Not obtrusive but not distinctive either.

D: Would make a good session. The name is apt to an awkward extent, as I finish off the day sipping a few of these down after having a few more intense brews.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 03:47:15 | More by Monteiro
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4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice, new-penny copper into my pint glass. After several minutes, there's sill a fair bit of carbonation visible. Two fingers of white head have faded to a half finger with some lacing. Scent is slightly sweet, with mild, orange-peel citrus over biscuit.

Taste is lightly hoppy up front, with light citrus and hop resins for an APA. Very light caramel over mild biscuit. Clean, slightly crisp finish. Light to medium body with good drinkability--it's simple, but it does everything right.

If you don't mind a slightly hoppy summer quencher, then this is a great choice. I know I don't. Still damn tasty after it's started to warm up.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 02:05:30 | More by aristeros
Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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