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Twilight Summer Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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Twilight Summer AleTwilight Summer Ale

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1,191 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,191
Reviews: 418
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 33
Gots: 101 | 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 plfahey


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

12 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Medium-light yellow with good clarity. Moderate off-white head has decent retention and leaves some nice lace on the glass.

Aroma-First smell up front is the Amarillo hops-big orange citrus note with floral tones as well. Malt takes on grainy/bready notes which offer a nice back drop to the hops. Slight fruitiness-perhaps from the hops or perhaps from a slight ester profile.

Flavor-Bready malt sweetness with up front with a touch of orange/floral hop flavor. Malt flavors carry forward to the finish, with a slight grassy/green hop flavor emerging and moderately low palate growing on the back of the tongue. The aftertaste is mostly light hop flavors, mostly earthy and grassy, with just a trace of the floral/citrus remaining.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with slightly above moderate carbonation. Leaves tongue feeling tingly.

A very simple, easy-drinking summer ale. Average malt character and some nice hop, especially in the aroma. Solid all around, and quite good for what it is-I'd be happy to drain a 6-pack of this from time to time.

07-25-2011 05:57:08 | More by plfahey
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +13.1%

Acquired via trade from Wasatch so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, caramelized malts and a lot of hops for the style.

T: The taste starts out with some mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong hops presence comes in; it’s not IPA-strong but still strong for the style. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice lighter beer with substance and a lot flavor making it worth drinking for a very long time.

07-20-2011 23:29:08 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of Tballz420


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours out a clear golden colored brew, slightly darker on the top half than the bottom half. Lots of little rising bubbles form a nice foamy white head which is very sticky. Scent is light sweet malts with maybe a touch of floral hop. Light sweet start, some lemon zest, touch of bittering hop, a bit grassy. Some fruit notes show up. Medium bodied, pretty soft. Very nice summer beer.

07-19-2011 03:10:12 | More by Tballz420
Photo of bum732


4.1/5  rDev +11.7%

S: Oranges mostly, some mango and grapefruit hoppiness.

L: Clear golden yellow, off-white head that dissipates. Solid lacing with just a dusting.

T: Light cracker malt with a pronounced orange and grapefruit bitterness. Finishes light and slightly dry with some residual hoppiness.

M: Medium light bodied, crisp body, medium carbonation.

Very good, solid. Not really a traditional blond ale, more like an IPA light.

07-19-2011 02:39:46 | More by bum732
Photo of SWMeyer4141


3.3/5  rDev -10.1%

Poured into my newly acquired Deschutes Pint Glass.

Appearance-Pours a clear dark orange with a beautiful creamy 2 finger off white head. Slowly dissipates leaving a soapy like lacing on the top of the glass.

Smell-Grain and Wheat. Very dissapointing after looking at this beer. I did end up getting some citrus, just very bland.

Taste-Grain upfront, pretty much stands alone. Some mild hops in the middle. The finish is pure grapefruit and nothing else.(A very light grapefruit) Very one Dimensional

Mouthfeel-Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very very easy to drink.

Overall-This is supposed to be a summer beer which I agree because It's drinkable, sessionable and refreshing. Just a little too mellow.

07-18-2011 03:46:30 | More by SWMeyer4141
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

A 16oz American pint, on-tap at the pub in Bend, after some nice waterfall-tourin' in the area.

This beer appears a clear, glassy golden amber hue, with one fat finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and playfully bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent thick tree branch painted lace around the glass as things gently recede.

It smells of grassy, fresh floral, and mildly acrid citrus hops, stalked by a softly sweet biscuity pale maltiness. The taste is bready, grainy pale malt, ethereal buttered biscuits, a sort of watery caramel sweetness, and somewhat bitter piney, floral hops.

The carbonation is average, with just a lilting frizziness throughout, the body quite agreeably on the medium-light side, with a pleasant zing to it, that precludes absolute smoothness, but encourages immediate replenishment. It finishes off-dry, yet more towards the bitter, with the lingering pine/citrus hops, and a strangely welcome white pepper spice.

Summer vacation, long day outdoors - so, a light ale with a decent, but not decadent bitterness, sure goes down like 'twas nothing at all, in a good way. Something to sip away the hiking 'aches' with, as the sun finishes its long arc across the horizon.

07-17-2011 06:45:32 | More by biboergosum
Photo of Hershdawg


3.73/5  rDev +1.6%

Bottle into glass.

A: Golden color with a white fluffy head. Good lacing and head retention.

S:Grainy malts and a slight hoppiness.

T: Clean, Crisp malts. Citrusy hops balance it out. A bit of DMS.

M: light and refreshing. Fits the summer feel.

O: Good summer beer. The lighter flavor profile makes it easy to drink a few of these on a good day.

07-14-2011 02:30:19 | More by Hershdawg
Photo of tbern007


3.55/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours golden/amber with good moderate head that lasts a while. Decent lacing.
Smells like hops but not as pine-like as the northwest. The bottle states that the hops are Amarillo.
The bottle appears different from the picture above. My label has orange trim, says twilight summer ale, and colors are slightly different.
Taste is a good IPA/American Blonde. Hoppy, dry but balanced with malt. Good on a hot day. Problem is, there are a lot of beers out there just like this one.

07-14-2011 02:13:20 | More by tbern007
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.18/5  rDev -13.4%

From 07/11/11 notes. Thanks to my girlfriend for bringing me back some random Oregon beers I haven't had before to try. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a hazy golden yellow color with two inches if white head and high carbonation evident. No lacing or real retention.

s - Smells of citrus hops, bready malts, grain, and light fruity malts. Very light hops which is nice, but would have liked a little more in the nose.

t - Tastes of light fruity malts, light citrus hops, bready malts, and wheat. Very light on all fronts, definitely seems like a watered down light beer.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a pretty average beer, but a good alternative to a BMC light beer. Definitely some citrus hops in the nose, but just not enough from the taste to be anything special. Would order this if I saw it at a bar in Oregon and it was offered with some other light beers, but wouldn't seek it out again.

07-12-2011 15:19:39 | More by mdfb79
Photo of darjoh


3.43/5  rDev -6.5%

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours nice and easy, high carbonation, looks nice. A nice brew for summer days while working in the yard. I look forward to seeing this in the 6pack during the summer. Goes great with a turkey and cheese sandwich.
I'm not a huge Deschutes Brewery fan, but this is a safe buy if I'm looking for something to have on hand when expecting guests.

07-08-2011 20:56:39 | More by darjoh
Photo of zhanson88


3.55/5  rDev -3.3%

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with high carbonation. About a finger of head forms that has very good retention, and lacing is good. Pretty good looking brew.

Smell: Smells of pale and biscuity malts, along with a touch of citrus and some orange rind. Light hops as well.

Taste: Much like the smell. The malts are detectable, mostly of the pale variety. I get a touch of citrus and some orange rind bitterness, along with a decent dose of hops. This is a pretty decent blonde with more detectable hops than most.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Body is light with high carbonation, and it goes down reasonably smoothly. Overall, this is a good sessionable ale for summer. Pretty tasty and light enough to drink on a hot day.

07-08-2011 04:18:22 | More by zhanson88
Photo of vkv822


4/5  rDev +9%

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a clear, light golden yellow with a thin white head.

Had a mild aroma of grassy and faintly citric hops with a well balanced bready malt.

The taste is again of grassy hops with a quick bready malt finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with active carbonation and a lightly crisp, refreshing finish.

A crisp and refreshing beer that is perfect to enjoy with the summer months.

07-06-2011 02:43:13 | More by vkv822
Photo of beerandcycling88


3.78/5  rDev +3%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A pours a golden color with a thin head and some lacing.

S notes of citrus and grain

T slightly bitter with some floral notes

M great smooth mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

Overall a great summer session beer. It is hoppy yet subdued enough to make it an easy drinking session beer.

07-05-2011 02:22:31 | More by beerandcycling88
Photo of jrowens


3.73/5  rDev +1.6%

Appearance - Golden, light carbonation

Smell - Subtle citrus notes

Taste - Light, refreshing, minor bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel - Smooth, pleasant

Overall - Excellent summer ale from an excellent brewery. Great to drink in the sun. Relatively high alcohol content, yet refreshing and very enjoyable.

Would be great by the pool or in the park. Drink when outside and in the sun. Switch to something hoppier when the sun goes down.

07-02-2011 19:25:04 | More by jrowens
Photo of Pegasus


3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

Appearance: Hazy deep golden body, with a massive, dense off-white head with excellent retention and thick, sticky lacing. Small streams of carbonation drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Very prominent citric hop aroma, primarily grapefruit, against a solid wall of pale malt.

Taste: Solid citric and pine tar hops dominate a decent pale malt presence. The malt is definitely dominated by the hops, although not vanquished. As the taste progresses, the grapefruit hops rise to apogee, and the malt is but a faint memory. A lingering, mild herbal bitterness remains well past the close of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and rather pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Very well-made and certainly to style. Would be more appealing to hop-heads than malt aficionados.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

07-02-2011 01:09:35 | More by Pegasus
Photo of specksnreds


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

Wasn't sure what this was when I picked up the single. I saw "Summer" and "Deschutes" and bought it. Looks like a blond with an orange spray tan. Little white bubbles that don't amount to much, but prickle nicely on the lips (lipsss). I like saying lips with extra S's. I smell a little hop, just one cone of hop. I smell sweet like...malt. One malt though. I taste a blond. It's a blond ale! I tasted the biscuits in the finish, and then I knew. I'm a big boy now.

I like it

06-30-2011 23:23:22 | More by specksnreds
Photo of PhageLab


3.43/5  rDev -6.5%

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Golden orange colored brew with a 1 finger head, maybe a little more. Retention was decent, but didn't leave much behind.

S - Very weak citrus aroma. Grapefruits and maybe a touch of apple.

T - Lemony zests with a sugary sweet malt backing. Lacking in any depth, but it is quite refreshing.

M - Crisp light body, moderate carbonation level, spicy finish.

D - Not bad, but could be a lot more than it is. A touch of spice shows itself every other sip or so, but if they ramped that up a notch it would give this brew an entire other dimension.

06-30-2011 22:15:43 | More by PhageLab
Photo of JMad


3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

I drank this from a pint glass...

It pours a bright golden color whith a foamy white head that left a ring of lacing with each sip. It smells of lemon and grapefruit with a hint of sweet orange. The taste consists of bitter lemon and pine with a bready finish that lingers. The beer is light with lots of carbonation and a dry finish. I thought this was a nice variation of a summer beer, it's hoppier than most which is probably why I like it more than others.

06-29-2011 22:43:45 | More by JMad
Photo of MNPostal


3.73/5  rDev +1.6%

Enjoyed this outside on a nice sunny afternoon at Pracna in Minneapolis.
I was looking for a good summer beer to enjoy and chose this one. I am a big fan of the darker Deschutes beers so I thought I would try this off of the list. It was a little hoppier then I was expecting, but not bad. It was enjoyable, but not what I was craving. I would try it again, but nothing I am going to go out of my way to get.

06-27-2011 04:08:06 | More by MNPostal
Photo of DarthKostrizer


3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Look: Golden Yellow with a 1 inch foamy head and lots of carb bubbles

Smell: Hints of citrus hops and lemon and some sweet malt however you really need to search for the scents

Taste: Light on the palate little bit of sweet maltyness little bit of caramel and finishes off with a bit of citrusy hops

Mouthfeel: Very light body and very carbonated. Good mouth feel on a hot summer day

Overall: This is a good beach beer of on those long summer days working outside and you need to be hydrated but besides that I cant think of another time I would actually want this beer

06-26-2011 03:10:30 | More by DarthKostrizer
Photo of climax


4.3/5  rDev +17.2%

This one pours a burnt sienna, fairly cloudy and bubbly. The head is modest, but retention of the cap of film is good.

The hop character of the aroma was a pleasant surprise. There's definite sweet and bitter citrus notes of lemon and passion fruit. The malt underneath contains the expected wheat and diacetyl tones. Nice nose.

The flavor is certainly assertive for a "summer beer" and is pretty well balanced if not just a bit hop heavy. The hop profile announces itself right from the beginning with lemon peel, bitter orange, and floral notes. The malt backbone is solid but light; crackers, biscuits, and wheat round it out.

The feel is crisp and refreshing. The carbonation is sharp but never too fizzy. The feel is pretty slippery even through the finish.

This summer refresher does exactly what it's supposed to do, while even impressing the hophead in the process.

06-24-2011 00:29:44 | More by climax
Photo of rawfish


3.93/5  rDev +7.1%

Pours a golden with a hint of lighter straw, slightly hazy and topped with a nice one inch cap of white foam. Decent retention but lacing was rather spotty.

Faint but more of a pale ale feel to it than a blonde. Good amounts of pine and citrus hopping backed by a malt backing that was slightly grassy and a touch sweet.

No discernable malt character oddly enough, perhaps a touch bready and grassy but very light and gets out of the way when the hops arrive. Slight fruity green apple character backed with lemon citrus and pine. Not very dry but crisp and bright finish.

Another Deschutes beer with crisp and active carbonation that really brightens up this beer. Lighter body and a crisp finish. Carbonation a bit snappy over the palate especially when colder but it's a summer beer so that's exactly what I'm looking for.

Not really a blonde ale, more like a lighter take on a pale. Hops are very bright and the subtle fruitiness might rub some the wrong way as a bit of cider creeps forward in the middle of the drink. I found this to be very enjoyable and light in all the right places. Refreshing. Summer heat is intense enough, the beer doesn't need to be.

06-21-2011 10:05:07 | More by rawfish
Photo of Franch

New York

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

not a fan at all, however, everyone else i was with loved it. it's a summer seasonal american blonde ale. it was like a watery pale ale with a hint of sweetness behind it. very drinkable except for the overcarbonation, which was pervasive. i could see knocking back a good 10 of these in an hour, the drinkability was that good, but i wouldn't enjoy it.

06-16-2011 04:40:27 | More by Franch
Photo of CapitalGains


3.15/5  rDev -14.2%

Poured and tasted 6/12/2011
12 oz. bottle poured into a Rogue Dead Guy pint glass

A: Goldenrod/light orange color, about 1.5 inch bubbly white head, leaves a bit of residual lacing, quite clear.

S: Citrus, orange peel, a bit of pineapple, perhaps some lemon.

T: Slight hop bitterness (Amarillo), orange, grapefruit, other general citrus notes.

M: Medium carbonation and body feel (more than expected for the style), smooth and goes down easy.

O: Very easy to drink but there's nothing spectacular about it. I could see downing a couple on a hot summer day but we rarely have those in Portland. Price is reasonable - usually $7-8 for a six pack, maybe a bit more or less depending on where you go. Not bad overall, average.

06-13-2011 00:41:17 | More by CapitalGains
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3.78/5  rDev +3%

12 oz. bottle tried 18 Sep 2010. Poured in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker (give me back my becker!).

Large beige head. Lightly carbonated. Clear pale orange color. Aroma is floral and perfumey with a touch of salty caramel. Sweet light buttery graininess. Some orangey bitterness. Caramel throughout. Mild ethanol, medium to light flat body. Bittersweet lingering finish and aftertaste.

Would be easy to finish a few of these in one sittting.

06-11-2011 20:20:16 | More by htomsirveaux
Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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