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Twilight Summer Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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Twilight Summer AleTwilight Summer Ale

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1,126 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,126
Reviews: 410
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 33
Gots: 80 | 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 twiggamortis420


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
Photo of rwf08


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
Photo of Monteiro

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
Photo of aristeros


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
Photo of BeanBone


3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A crystal-clear golden-amber body capped by two fingers of off-white head that endures well, but leaves bare lacing.

Aroma: Bright and brassy hops over a caramel malt body. It's simple, but pleasant.

Flavor: Again, the profile is composed of brassy, somewhat citrusy, and lightly bitter hops over a subdued and biscuity malt body. It's decently balance, rather simple, and, to be honest, not terribly interesting. Grainy malt and brassy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little creamy with moderate carbonation and a somewhat dry finish.

Drinkability: As you'd expect from a summer seasonal, this is easily drinkable (given you don't get too bored).

Verdict: Unfortunately, this is a big step back from this brewery's other Pale, Mirror Pond. I can see what they were shooting for--a lighter, more summery Pale Ale--but this just ends up a little neutered.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 18:00:42 | More by BeanBone
Photo of GarrettMD

New York

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice light golden color with 1 finger creamy white head. Good head retention, good lacing. Slight carbonation visible.

S - Very citrusy hop aroma, slight malt hints coming through, but mostly hops on the nose.

T - Very fruity taste, good for a summer ale. Just like the aroma, malts are only hinted at. Mostly fruit flavors from the hops along with a good level of bitterness.

M - Light bodied, good carbonation, very smooth beer.

D - Great beer to split a 6-pack of at a BBQ, perfectly drinkable and works well for it's season.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 19:58:17 | More by GarrettMD
Photo of Stinkypuss


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

Found an uber-fresh example in Arizona on a trip.

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass mug. A bright orange in color with little transparency. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Citrusy up front. Floral flavors rise from within. Hop.

Taste: Strong citrus notes continue onward. Grapefruit. Zest. Honey like malt is in the distance. Quite bitter. A strong assed American pale in terms of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a tad syrupy. Hop juice.

Drinkability: This one would be best ice cold. A hoppy ale that I would recommend to those in the like.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 01:03:16 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of whoneeds8


3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a transparent gold with a one finger head, good head retention and lacing all the way down. Not much of a scent to it. There is some breadiness that is noticable. The taste is rather bland for an APA. The hop bitterness is there, but it's not balanced by any noticable sweetness. This might be a good summer beer up north, but I can't find a reason to drink this on a hot Texas afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 02:25:51 | More by whoneeds8
Photo of ZAP


4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Orange colored...hazy....

S-There is an underlying white cake/bready maltiness on the aroma but that is quickly overtaken by a tutti-fruitti like hop bill...a lot of fruits here...I'm getting some strawberry, oranges, lemons, limes,grapefruit, pineapples, and mango's/papaya's...very unique and enjoyable to smell.

T-The fruits are still front and center but not intense...much more of the citrus fruits on the taste....grapefruit, oranges, lemons...really hop forward...malt never really enters into the taste equation except to mingle with the fruitiness..

M-Medium bodied at best....about right for the style but perhaps a bit thin....then again for a summer beer it might work about right in body.

D-Nice beer here...Love the fruity dimensions.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 21:27:36 | More by ZAP
Photo of bradleyp


2.8/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Highland Hollows pint glass. A very clear copper colored pour. Light head, no lacing, substanial carbonation. Smells somewhat hoppy, but doesn't taste hoppy. Not a very bitter beer. I drank 4 of them, so it is a very refreshing beer that goes down easy. This is a good beer to drink on a brightly lit 4th of july.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 08:38:16 | More by bradleyp
Photo of alli4051


3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Was looking for something new and relatively economical and this seemed to fit the bill. Pours a light, pale, copper color with about a finger and a half of white head that recedes quickly with a bit of lacing. Scent is mostly citrusy hops but a little underwhelming. Taste is also a little thin. More hop flavor than there is bitterness, which is a nice change of pace.Body is a bit on the lighter side with a nice crisp finish. A little lacking for an APA; however, felt it kind of made up for this in the sense that it marketed as a "summer ale" and it fits that description perfectly. There is no denying that this is a hugely drinkable beer that pairs perfectly with BBQing on a hot summer evening.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 05:02:30 | More by alli4051
Photo of OregonPaul


2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I keep trying to make this a staple of what summer beer should be. And after many failed attempts I come to the same conclusion...
I thought this was a good example of exactly what the description on the bottle states - "chilled as the day lingered on". It had enough flavor to garner the end of a very hot summer day. It's not too hoppy (thank you) with a semi-nice crisp finish. It does, however leave an aftertaste of a syrup glazed tongue.

I'll probably purchase another 6 or 12 pack before the summer ends. Yes... I'll give Deschutes another shot. Come on, they're from Oregon.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 02:53:11 | More by OregonPaul
Photo of TexIndy


4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date of 10/6/10 on side of front label. Was a clear golden color with good carb streams. It had a good head that settled into a moderate collar and partial film. Good lacing with some sticking.

The aroma was citrusy hops, resin and malt. Really good for an APA. Good balance of malt and hops aromas. I'm in a hop kick these days so a bit more hops would have been great but it's good as-is. The taste follows the aroma and features a good citrusy hop flavor with mild bitterness balanced with a good bready malt. Goes down really smooth in the Texas heat. Nice and light while delivering good flavor. Light to medium mouthfeel with good carb and clean after-taste.

Overall, an excellent summer session beer that is light but has good flavor. Another winner from Deschutes and highly recommend. Avail here in TX finally. Rotation: summer seasonal so will have to get it while it's fresh. Good summer session beer. [R-SMsesaonal; Y]

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 23:26:34 | More by TexIndy
Photo of elniko


3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Nice golden amber with full finger head and really nice lacing. Good looking brew.

S: Clean, rather bland nose. What I do pick up is mostly somewhat grassy malt.

T & M: Nicely balanced, clean tasting. There is not much complexity here but still is quite enjoyable.

D: Super drinkable, a great simple summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 19:39:25 | More by elniko
Photo of Buebie


2.15/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

My bottle is different then the one in the pic, which means mine is better.
Freshness date of 9/3/10

Brown bottle poured into a pub glass. About an inch of off white head, quick to recede, leaving a thin collar of retention. Color is mich golden transparent yellow.

Not much for aroma here. Hay field without the cow shit.

Taste, well, the bottle describes a heavy dose of hops. I think its more anorexic then heavy. I get aspirin and talcum powder.
Little to no taste at all....I can taste the water and it tastes extra watery.

Glad I only bought a single bottle, wont be doing this one again. A self proclaimed apa that seems to stray from the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 03:35:59 | More by Buebie
Photo of allengarvin


4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bright golden-copper colored ale forms a modest head after a pour into a wide chalice, quickly settling down. The nose gives notes of citrus hops and a pleasantly bready malt. The flavor complements the aroma, with a nice initial smooth maltiness giving way to grassy, citrusy hops. Otherwise, it tastes very clean and finishes dry. The lowish alcohol and light body make for a very drinkable summer beer, and an excellent session brew at any time.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 00:46:59 | More by allengarvin
Photo of jsanford


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

A - Pours golden with great clarity. Foamy white head.

S - Wheat bread, oranges, slight hoppiness.

T - Bread malt, orange citrus, slight piney hops.

M - Crisp, light-bodied. Very refreshing on a hot day. Smooth carb

D - Easily sessionable, exactly what I look for on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 02:47:19 | More by jsanford
Photo of Mora2000


3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mar for sharing mar for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is oranges and malt. The flavor is earthy hops and bready malt and is not very appealing. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. The smell and taste of this beer are not very good. I expect better from Deschutes.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 02:29:50 | More by Mora2000
Photo of maximum12


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

Picked up a week or so ago as a mixed six pack. Deschutes has been good to my taste buds over the years, & I'm willing to try anything they put out at this point. Besides, we were looking for light, summery beers to bring on vacation in a relative beer wasteland.

Pours on the narrow band between dark amber & light brown, almost blending in with the chest of drawers I set it down on. Smells of a warm night in a grassy field after you've been rolling around in the dirt for a while. You know what I mean.

Taste like sweetened kettle corn, I swear. Mild hops back up the corn-husks, & there's a few blades of grass lingering from the nose, though dried out now. Dry & crisp, an easy drinker plainly brewed for summertime.

Nice beer. Not much to set it apart from the pack, but a solid pale that represents its genre well.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 03:06:01 | More by maximum12
Photo of ocelot2500


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

Pours a clear slightly orange, golden color with a tight white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of bready pale malts.

Tastes of the pale malts followed by a hoppy bitterness. Pale malts are very bready with some grainy sweetness. Hops seem to be mostly citrus. Offers a good amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light and has a smooth amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 01:30:53 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of grittybrews


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

Poured a deep orange-gold into a tulip with a finger of bright white head. Moderate carbonation and a creamy if slightly thin mouthfeel.

Nice mild aroma of floral hops and malty caramel. Taste featured sweet malts up front followed by some citrusy orange and a hint of bitterness on the finish. Very drinkable and smooth. Not overly distinctive, but by no means bland. Nice session ale for summer, as the name would indicate!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 06:28:28 | More by grittybrews
Photo of jeffjeff1


3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at work yesterday.

Appearance- golden color, thin head

Smell- malt, citrus

Taste- mostly malt

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied

Drinkability- It was pretty good. I have had better but it is still a good hot summer day beer. I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 16:25:05 | More by jeffjeff1
Photo of Parrotbeak


3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Yellow with a very slight orange hue. Thin white head that fades quickly. Not much lacing.
Smell is malts up front, with the hops being fairly subdued. Slight crackery notes, as well as some faint citrus and melon.
Taste is predominantly malty, with a little bit of bitter hops coming in just after the front. Some slight peppery notes, with some more faint citrus notes. Malts become slightly crackery towards the finish. Some more bitter hops, and some faint melon notes at the finish as well.
Mouthfeel is crisp yet fairly smooth, with a watery finish. Light body.
Excellent on drinkability. Not a stunner by any means, but a solid beer for "sessioning" purposes.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 04:30:36 | More by Parrotbeak
Photo of gatornation


3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a golden color with a fast receding 1 finger head to fresh ring..smell is some citrus ,grass, hops, malt, some lemon but its faint...the taste is a little better it has a malt forward taste like a good lager followed by some hops and citrus a little lemon zing in there its balanced ..the moutfeel is medium but this is just average to me ..its more like a golden bock or pils..it is very drinkable and its ok tasty..ill recommended it as a single..and its one ill drink again..just not one that comes to mind...BTW a little low score on this cause its listed as an APA

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 21:54:22 | More by gatornation
Photo of beertunes


3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clear light copper color with 1/4inch of white head that had medium retention and OK lacing.

The aroma was a fairly balanced and neutral blend of grainy malt and soft hops. On the tongue, the grain flavor was the leader with some hops on the finish. The flavors combined into a nicely crisp taste.

The body was medium for the style with a crisp, dry finish. Drinkability was pretty good, but with so many better examples of the style (including a couple of my favorites, from the same brewery) I'm not sure how often I'll grab this.

Overall, an average example of the style, and one I'd enjoy out by the river or at a cookout, but honestly, I'd probably just grab a Mirror Pond before this.

Edit 8/4/11: This has been on tap at one of my locals with a small number of taps, so I've been drinking fairly regularly the last few weeks. And I've been really enjoying it a lot. I still prefer the Mirror Pond, but I just went and bumped up all the number scores on this beer. Strongly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2010 19:17:07 | More by beertunes
Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,126 ratings.