Twilight Summer Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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3.66/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Available: June to September
Alc. by Vol.: 5.0%
IBUs: 35

162 calories per 12 oz serving

Added by Jason on 06-16-2004

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#36,186
Reviews:
464
Ratings:
1,497
pDev:
12.02%
Bros Score:
3.54
 
 
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Ratings: 1,497 |  Reviews: 464
Photo of mpenske
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Claytonham34
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of guzzleacoldone
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nvrmind16
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A strong taste,as with all Deschutes, what makes it special is it subtlety. its strength and nuance perfect summer blend, but not quite perfect.

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Photo of yaksurf
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Boone757
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EMV
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly clear golden amber pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head leaves great sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Citrus/lemon and light grains.

T.F: Sweet toasted grains.. light buttery citrus. Mild floral notes... hopping for bittering/balance. Light bodied... crisp and clean... easy drinking.

O: A very pleasant American Blonde... lots of flavor, easy drinking, and a good 'any time' kinda beer.

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Photo of drews240
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SeymourDunn
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I strayed from my usual Dechutes mosaic Fresh Squeezed IPA and picked up some of this on 5/19/18. I remember getting this and their Cascade Ale pretty frequently. This is actually better than I remember. Very floral and citrusy and perfect for mountain camping trips or float trips. This will probably be a refrigerator stocker along with the Fresh Squeezed. Love Central Oregon breweries.

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Photo of jpkand
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a beautiful Amber golden color. A little darker/redder than some other blondes I've tried. A nice thick white foam head that leaves lacing at it falls.
S: fruity, citrusy and bready. I get apple, a little buscuit malt. It's not overpowering by any means but it smells great, exactly what I'm looking for in a summer session.
T: much more complex than most blondes I've had. It doesn't surprise too much if you took the time to appreciate the smell first. The bready malts are noticeable. Very bright citrus flavors with a bitter orange/lemon peel following when swallowing. After taste is very pleasant, with the light bread/ biscuit flavors coming through and a pleasing subtle lingering of grapefruit-like bitterness.
M: a little prickly carbonation, but not enough to keep you from drinking rather quickly. Adds to it's refreshing character. It's a lighter body that goes down nicely for a summer session.
O: overall it's more complex than many blondes Ive tasted. It gets a little way towards a pale ale for me in the end, because the hop backbone is more prominent for a blonde, which I guess is the stereotype for pnw breweries. All this will cause me to overrate the beer I'm sure because I like APAs better than ABAs. It's an interesting expression of the style and rating on the style rather than absolute terms boosts it to a 4-ish for me.

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Photo of brocktune
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of DigitGrowler
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 6/20/2018. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of lemon, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, red apple, honey, wheat, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops, bready malt, and moderate fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, red apple, honey, wheat, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Mild pine, herbal, grassy, peppery, citrus peel bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, red apple, honey, wheat, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops, bready malt, and moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a delicious American blonde ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops, bready malt, and fruity yeast flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the milfly bitter/drying finish. Great balance of citrus/earthy hops, pale/Munich malts, and restrained fruity English house yeast complexity. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example as expected of the brewery.

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Photo of Commandophile
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ckornmannn
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a bottle. Slightly hazy amber color. Lacy head with good retention. Grassy and biscuit on the nose. Biscuit, lemon, a hint of honey taste wise. More of a pilsner style hop character than citrus. Light body and easy to drink. This is a great summer beer.

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Photo of Aleforge
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of drtth
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The clear dark reddish amber liquid pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” off white head that recedes slowly but visibly leaving a ring and nice pattern of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates lots of small patches and legs of lacing, a few of which slide back down to the liquid. By mid-way through the beer there’s almost no foam left on the surface but there is still lots of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

The aromas include lots of biscuity malt with a bit of lemon in the background. There’s also some spicy, almost peppery character back in there as well.

Much as expected from the nose there’s the biscuity malt which brings with it some sweetness. There’s also some lemony bitterness as well as some spicy, almost peppery grassiness.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and fairly smooth with only a slight prickly sensation from the very light carbonation. The finish begins as the sweet biscuity character begins to fade, allowing some lemony bitterness to show. By the medium length ending there’s a bit of spicy grassiness in the back of the palate.

This beer is fairly enjoyable and I’d be happy to have a few more as a summer refresher. It’s light in flavor, gentle in carbonation, and has a slightly dry, slightly bitter ending that invites another sip. This beer would be a good one to have on offer in a cooler at an outdoor summer party. While not particularly challenging it is easy going and enjoyable.

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Photo of BEER88
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Half-full
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of corywalston
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 1,497 ratings