Twilight Summer Ale
Deschutes Brewery

Twilight Summer AleTwilight Summer Ale
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Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #124
Ranked #25,012
3.67 | pDev: 11.72%
Feb 13, 2022
Jun 16, 2004
Twilight Summer AleTwilight Summer Ale
Notes: Summer has its own rules. As luck would have it, it also has it's own beer. This clever golden-hued ale pours remarkably crisp and clean. A distinctive malt body complements a refreshing hop profile led by a heady dose of bold Amarillo hops. Enjoy.

Malt: Pale, Carapils, Crystal, Munich
Hops: Sterling, Celeia, Cascade, Tettnang
38 IBU
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3.71 by Taenim from New Jersey on Feb 13, 2022
2.84 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Dec 13, 2021
3.33 by sbradley41 from Pennsylvania on Nov 09, 2021
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4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

12oz bottle fill date June 6, 2021 into a 16oz pint glass.
L: Pours a yeast hazed amber with good fine carbonation and a frothy 2" white head that recedes to thick skin. Random sticky lacing, light yeasty sediment.
S: Malts, toasted grains, sweet hops, caramel, tart fruits, lightly bready.
T: Follows the smell/nose along with caramelized malts, pear, yeast, citrus rind and cedar resin. The rind and resin create a very pleasant bitterness. It is moderately fruity.
F: Crisp, clean light bodied mouthfeel with a soft med-fast finish. Very well balanced with a whisp of dryness.
O: There is a Germanic approach to this Golden Ale. Hop and malt values are equal and share the lode in this delicious and EZ drinking beer. It is very refreshing and is excellent in it's style.

Oct 11, 2021
4.01 by arini10 from Oregon on Sep 19, 2021
3.5 by warpedrevolution from Illinois on Sep 13, 2021
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4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by tucson_brewson from Arizona

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

L - Pours a light hazy golden amber color with about a half-finger of head that leaves a good lacing.

S - Cereal grain, honey, citrus rind, bready malt, floral, slightly hoppy and grassy.

T - Follows the nose with bitter-forward citrus rind, toasted biscuit, honey, caramel, creamed corn, finishes with a slightly bitter hoppy presence, similar to a German beer of balanced bittersweet.

F - Light-to-medium bodied, moderate carbonation but not too prickly, very drinkable and fitting for the style and description, finishes on the wetter side but balanced and refreshing.

O - Another nice special-release offering from one of my favorite breweries. For a summer/blonde beer, this is more hoppy than sweet but not overpowering and a very sessionable beer that I could knock a few back on summer nights, so a fitting name as well.

Sep 06, 2021
3.58 by ttpfau from Oregon on Aug 08, 2021
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3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Jzfpouch

A great beet but not really my personal thing.

Jul 26, 2021
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3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

12oz bottle. Label is marked for bottling date as '05/26/21' and the notice of 'FRESHEST WITHIN 4 MONTHS'.
Clear, pale amber colored body. Long lasting white, pillowy head. Leaves strings and layers of lacing
Aroma is mild with malt and hops.
Taste has a sweet toasted malt base, and a slight bite from the hops. Has a lemony citrus note. Quick to fade in the aftertaste.
Medium mouth feel. Very good carbonation.
Easy drinking ale with a sweetness throughout.

Jul 19, 2021
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4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Iamaskier from Idaho

Small head that stays well developed, nice amber gold color. Smells hoppy, leaning heavily towards tropical with mango and pineapple notes. In the mouth, those tropical citrus flavors are up front- mango, orange peel, pineapple. There’s a noticeable acidity, just a bit of malt, and a dash of fresh pine pitch bitterness that lingers.
Feel is on the wet side, but well balanced by the carbonation.
Damn, this is a good beer. Like, really pretty good. The tropical sweetness is nicely balanced by the bitter finish, and the feel is spot on. I’ll be looking forward to this next summer.

Jul 15, 2021
4.1 by SushiSakeBeer from Oregon on Jul 07, 2021
4 by KT3418 from Colorado on Jul 02, 2021
3.91 by Anacross from Oregon on Jun 24, 2021
3 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Jun 30, 2020
3.25 by SWChi from Illinois on Feb 19, 2020
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4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Strix from Wisconsin

Pours amber, good head.

Nice and bready, a little citrus.

Nice bready malt base, but a sizeable and well blended hop presence

Medium body, well carbonated

Nothing groundbreaking but nicely balanced and very drinkable.

Nov 25, 2019
4 by CDBeerDisappear from Ohio on Aug 31, 2019
3.54 by VashonGuy from Washington on Aug 22, 2019
3.84 by aprabhu from Kentucky on Aug 18, 2019
4.25 by sherrymj from Ohio on Aug 15, 2019
3.53 by Eyedoc27 from Illinois on Aug 06, 2019
3.75 by Dface from Texas on Aug 04, 2019
3.47 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Aug 02, 2019
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4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by dcscientist from Colorado

This is exactly what you'd imagine... a nice mellow late-summer hangout beer. Very light, but still plenty flavorful. You just get a faint hint of hops at the end, rather than the bitter finish overpowering it like some low-alcohol beers tend to do in an attempt to give it more flavor. I'd definitely call this a session beer, because I could put down a few of these with no problem at all.

Jul 29, 2019
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3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by 22Blue from Kansas

12 ounce bottle. Pours a mostly clear gold with a decent white head. Aroma of malt, grass, and citrus. Taste is malt, grain, grass, and some citrus. Decent.

Jul 25, 2019
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3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

Orangey gold with one finger head. Smells of honey malt, bit of caramel, a little citrus and hop spice. The hop character is more evident in the flavor, with floral, citrus, spicy, and herbal flavors. Really interesting. Some toast. Light to light-moderate bittering. Thin mouthfeel.

Jul 13, 2019
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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

355 mL bottle from a six-pack purchased at the LCBO; dated Mar 6 2019 and served barely chilled.

Pours a golden-orange hue; fairly clear complexion, but flecked with a small amount of flocculent sediment. Situated atop is more than a finger of soapy, foamy white head that seeps down to a creamy, quarter-inch cap within the next 5-10 minutes; it deposits a messy coat of lacing as it recedes. Looks great to me. The aroma is floral, spicy and somewhat grassy, also including notes of orange citrus, caramelized sugars and bready, grainy pale malts; maybe a touch of orchard fruits in there, too.

A respectable session ale that I have no serious issues with - perhaps a tad bit hoppier than your average blonde, but that's fine by me. I'm getting flavours of grainy pale malts, lightly toasted bread/biscuit and caramelized sugars at the forefront, with notes of orange and apple flesh coming through by mid-sip. It finishes with a floral, herbal, slightly earthy bitterness - almost akin to a pilsener, but the malt bill is a little more resilient here, providing a bready, lightly caramelized sweetness which also carries through to the finish. Grainy, off-dry aftertaste with suggestions of grassiness. Medium-light in body, with low carbonation levels that weakly nudge the palate; feels soft and smooth on the tongue. Effortlessly easy to gulp back, which I suppose is one of this style's major selling points.

Final Grade: 3.83, a worthy B+. Deschutes' Twilight Summer Ale is easy enough to like, but not interesting enough to love. The truth is that there are more than a few domestic pale/blonde ales that are at least as good as this, if not better, and they're usually going to be fresher (not to mention cheaper - this sixer was about $16.50 CDN). So in the end, this beer was nice to try, but I doubt I'll be back for more any time soon... summer or not, if I'm drinking Deschutes I'd rather be drinking their Black Butte.

Jul 03, 2019
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4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by Jared40 from Colorado

Beer is very easy to drink nice smell to it and great taste. Smell is a bit of caramel and nice light amber look to the beer. Touch of pineapple maybe a bit of tropical fruit . Nice beer for a hot summer day!!

Jul 02, 2019
2.96 by warrenc from Oregon on Jun 30, 2019
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3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by teromous from Virginia

From the label in white text: "04/17/19 1525 6151"

Appearance: The beer is hazy gold and orange with a short fluffy white head. Good retention.

Aroma: There is a slight grain aroma and a very light hint of bay leaf and white pepper.

Taste: The beer opens with a nice herbal flavor of bay leaf, a hint of mint, and a touch of lemon zest. There is a bit of grain in the background.

Mouthfeel: It is a light and refreshing beer with great bitterness and a nice crisp finish.

Overall: The beer is very enjoyable and it has a nice crisp herbal character that is both refreshing and it sort-of cleanses the palate on its own. I really enjoyed this beer. I would recommend buying it and I would drink it again.

Jun 28, 2019
3.72 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Jun 24, 2019
3.95 by Nvrndr from Ohio on Jun 22, 2019
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4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Pmicdee from Canada (ON)

June 15 2019

Jun 09, 2019
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3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by defunksta from North Dakota

Appearance: Pours a darker than expected, amber orange color with a moderate, sticky head that lingers.
Aroma: Strong aromas of lemon and orange citrus with some grass. Lots of lemongrass. Pale malts but with some caramel tones.
Taste: Both American and German hop varieties here. More hops than expected. Delicious orange and lemon citrus with a German grass hop quality as well. Sweet honey and toasted bread malt with a pleasant piney bitterness to round it out.
Feel: Heavier bodied than expected. Low to moderate carbonation. Still, relatively smooth and not astringent nor sweet.

Overall: Twighlight is the key word here. This isn't your summer wheat ale. This has more hops than most summer beers. Slightly darker caramel malts. A heavy body and a good amount of hop bitterness to round out the darker malts. Still, very easy to drink. It drinks in between a blonde and a pale ale, but sort of has that toasted California Common toasty malt profile. Strong malts, but I actually like the mix of German and American hops to add some flavor and bitterness.

Jun 09, 2019
3.69 by eire from Alaska on Jun 05, 2019
3.5 by R11415 from New York on Jun 04, 2019
4.08 by Plaz1989 from Pennsylvania on Jun 01, 2019
3.6 by ghasting from Washington on May 28, 2019
3.72 by prototypic from Ohio on May 27, 2019
Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 1568 ratings