Twilight Summer Ale
Deschutes Brewery

Twilight Summer AleTwilight Summer Ale
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American Blonde Ale
Ranked #133
Ranked #36,862
3.69 | pDev: 11.65%
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
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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Photo of dcscientist
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Jared40
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!!

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Photo of teromous
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of defunksta
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of SB2017
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Very solid fruity ale, with a somewhat weak body. The hops are balanced with lots of pineapple and citrus notes, keeping this beer flavorful though easy to drink. It does go down quite nicely on a hot day. Solid beer, I'd pick it up again.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden amber with a frothy light tan head that settles to a firm layer and laces nicely.

S: Floral, fruity, a little citrus, bready malt, and caramel sweetness.

T: Floral, nice touch of citrus, lemon, grapefruit, and orange, interesting fruity side, pear, apricot, and almost apple, bready and slightly toasty malt, and caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Not a bad blonde ale, though it feels more like an old school pale ale. I'd drink it, but it's not exactly what I expect from the style.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.14/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Taste: crisp, some tangy subtle hops mix with light caramel malts with mellow finish. Floral and ferment grain nose. Golden/amber hue, clear, with lattice ring around the taster glass. Light body. 38 IBUs

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Photo of pianoguy
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 Oz bottle Best before 10/11/18

Pours a light copper body with a white head. Lots of visible carbonation. Some thin lacing. Some moderate retention.

Smell is a grain and grass forward . There is a definite Munich malt influence going on here. Overall scent is pretty prominent

Taste follows with the addition of a hop taste that wasn't present on the smell. There's a little bitterness on the finish that brings out the hops nicely !

Nice carbonation is bubbly, not quite prickly

A very nice beer. Maybe not exactly an American blonde ale (whatever that is). But the Munich malts really hit the spot on a hot day and make me dream of October beers in a few months...

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Photo of KTCamm
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

6/21/18...pours semi-dark copper with high white foam. Flat pils backed nose. Light bodied malt citrus blend. Creamy mouthfeel, softly carbonated. Light pils backed bitter. Simplistic summer beer. Not half bad, certainly no complaints.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.44/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This recently arrived at The FGBS & when I was asked if I wanted a bottle for review & rating, I assented. After all, it is their Summer seasonal and we just had the Summer Solstice a couple of days ago. I really dig the new label, depicting a bend in the river at the foot of a cliff with a tree-lined shore on the opposite side.

From the bottle: "Limited Release"; "Family & Employee Owned since 1988"; "Bottle Conditioned for Quality [-] Live yeast added to the bottle allows this beer to age gracefully and stay fresher, longer. Keep bottles upright, and away from light & heat."; "Profile - Bright and crisp flavor profile - like the freshest citrus. An easy-drinking summer ale."

This sounds like a good way to start the day! I am off to meet the RoyPitz boyz at their new facility in PHL later today, but I wanted one for the road. It began with a Pop! of the cap. Their mention of bottle conditioning was slightly disconcerting since I had cooled it on its side overnight! Eeek. I did not see any lees on the kick/punt, but I still went with a very slow, gentle pour. Once finished, an in-glass swirl raised just over two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with good retention, leaving nice lacing in its wake. Color was a pretty Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) & I might have said closer to Amber had it not been for The Gelt Gang rousing themselves off of my couch, where they were watching the World Cup, to come boiling into my kitchen for a taste. I have a feeling they may have passed if they had been elsewhere. Nose had a bready maltiness and a grassy hoppiness. Mmm. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but about on par for the style. Taste was the Style Guide personified! Lightly malty palate with Noble, or similar, hoppiness. Exactly! Gotta review/rate to style, right? I'm not sure that I would have guessed "Kölsch", but in retrospect, I can definitely see it. They really nailed this one. Finish was semi-dry & wholly refreshing, sending me off to the shower to get ready. Now, if they would just CAN this one, I'd be all set with my cooler!

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Photo of EMV
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Ruger_44-Redhawk
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
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 +8.9%
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 superspak
3.91/5  rDev +6%
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 ckornmannn
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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 drtth
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
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 gandres
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Saturday, April 07, 2018 2:08 PM Taster glass at the Bend Brewery Tasting room
Sight: Light amber, hazy, medium light tan foam
Smell: very good, hoppy aroma
Taste: medium bitterness, some sweetness
Feel: good follow through/finish and long bitter aftertaste
Overall: very good, ok too repeat, but not to look for

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a mostly clear somewhat golden yellow/orange body, two finger white foamy head that rises and falls and leaves a nice speckled spider web lacing left in the wake of the fall. The smell had some slightly spicey; slightly peppery; slightly malty - moreso as it warms, and just a bit of lemon thrown in there to finish an impressive aroma. The taste was a nice bitter thrill through citrusy tones yet still a semi-spiciness, citrus aftertaste, watery finish. The palate was about a light to medium and sessionable. Carbonation seems to be good for the style and for me. Overall, this was a wow beer for me as this is a very good American Blonde Ale.

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

2009 backlog. 12 oz bottle. Smells piney, citrusy, grainy. Pours cloudy gold with little head, good lacing. Tastes fruity--pineapple and mango definitely. Thin body, low carbonation, malt in the aftertaste. Different.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blond pour, huge 1.5" head on it, white, lots of clarity. Aroma of almost nothing.

Taste, real light, minor hops that kind of jut out in a blonde. Pretty much only desireable during hot weather, spicy food or females.

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Photo of stevoj
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deschutes is fast becoming one my favorite brewers, first Chainbreaker, now this. Hazy golden with silky head, thick lacing and active fine carbonation make for a beautiful beer. Aroma is light but taste come on with a nice light malt profile and minor hops presence. The whole package makes for a smooth and easily drinkable beer.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly flecky bright pinkish-orange with very light tan rocky and chunky head of medium retention. A few yeasty dregs on the bottom. Aromas of grapefruit and mango in the bottle, but these make a little room for resin, grass, light vegetation, orange, caramel, and rind. Very basic blonde it would seem, maybe just a little tart. That's just the first second or so, a bit biscuity, some caramel. But then it hits you, vegetal, brothy hops half way through and all the way past the finish. Not overpowering, although I usually only notice these flavors in beers where they are overpowering. I quite like this unexpected shift away from standard citrus and rind, even though I enjoy that very much as well. Medium-bodied, half prickles and half suds, semi-smooth, crisp and refreshing, not too dry for the style.

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