Twilight Summer Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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Twilight Summer AleTwilight Summer Ale

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

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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Ratings: 1,471 |  Reviews: 458
Reviews by 1whiskey:
Photo of 1whiskey
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy light golden color with a tiny head that disappears instantly.
Smell is of wheat, grass, some floral notes as well. First taste is very mild, a little hop bitterness to start, but this gives way to a subtle and pleasant malt background. Very light body with a creamy quality a perhaps just a tad too much CO2. This gets better as it warms, more suble textures, reminiscent of the smell of a spring day. Extremely drinkable, I could easily drink this all day. This was brewed to be light-bodied and highly drinkable, and that's exactly what it is. This is one of the better summer seasonals I've had, and would make a fantastic sessioner.

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Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was pleasantly surprised to see this one stacked up in a private Vancouver store, but didn't want to waste my budget on another blond. Then even more pleasantly surprised to find this on tap at St. Augustine's. It was plasantly surprisingly hoppy, this is a pale ale, with orange citus taste. Faint hops. Nicely drinkable.

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Photo of Greg4151
4.46/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nice smooth beer, a little hoppy for me.

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Photo of mojohawk21
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of RoyalT
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Hazy orangish-yellow in color with a decent head that didn’t come up too much but that showed good retention and left a bit of lacing alongside my Cottonwood Ales glass.

Smell – Subtle yet distinguished citric and floral hops with the promise of a nice, creamy malt backbone.

Taste – Yes, new to the PacNW beer scene is the malty Pale Ale. I’ve run across a few of them lately trying to pick up on the East Coast style. This is a good effort.

The biscuity malt is big and has a hint of nutty character to it. The hops seem almost like an afterthought at first but come on strong in the end.

Mouthfeel – Exceptionally creamy smooth but almost light-bodied. I enjoyed the balance of this one but would have like to have seen a bit more substance, even for a Pale Ale. The finish though, with its hint of dryness, was more than welcome.

Drinkability – Great summer seasonal that went down quickly.

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Photo of Turbo
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of SanFranJake
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Thankfully, this isn't another blonde-wheat-fruit summer seasonal like everyone else seems to be doing. Deschutes is staying true to what they do best; and in the Northwest, that means hops. In this case, four different hops in the kettle and Amarillo used to dry-hop.

Pours bright and clear with a color that borders on gold and copper. Big floral hop aroma with hints of orange cream and wild honey. Hops run up the taste buds first, with a soft evergreen resin, fresh-cut grass and faint citrus peel. Subtle biscuity and caramel malt flavors don't get masked by the bitterness that, for the most part, remains balanced. A bit of juicy fruitiness from middle to end, with lingering herbal hop flavors and remnants of a toasty malt. Bittersweet finish.

Perhaps one of the most drinkable summer seasonals--and no need to go blonde. Without a doubt, it's one of those seasonals you wish was available year-round--it's currently the benchmark for American session ales. Pair it up with a plate of fried raviolis with a spicy marinara sauce.

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Photo of dimitrov
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of freshflesh
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a shaker pint.

This is a beautiful beer, a deep golden hue with plenty of bubbly foam. An aggressive center pour give a 3-finger head that condenses quickly down and leaves lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Biscuit-bread is the first scent that hits my nose, then some citrus and other tropical fruits.

The first taste surprises me, more hop forward than I was expecting. I get citrus and tropical fruits, maybe even a hint of peach. There is an underlying bready taste and just a hint of sweet caramel. As it warms, the malt seems to come forward more as does the tropical fruits and it gets sweeter. There is a lingering slight bitterness on the tongue. Very nice.

The mouthfeel is nice. A bit bubbly, medium, and slightly tongue-coating.

Overall, this is a very refreshing seasonal that I look forward to drinking again. Another beautifully crafted beer from Deschutes.

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Photo of Kappakoosh
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Todd
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with a best by 09/29/04.

Appearance: Chill-hazed, light amber colored brew, active carbonation and a thin white lace with some stick.

Smell: Apple-y, grain tannins.

Taste: Smooth at first, then a bit gritty around the edges with an apple-like flavor and feel. Touch of malt sweetness and bready notes. A low lime rind hop bitterness with some nondescript spice, and a refreshing break on the palate. A touch buttery towards the drying, coarse finish.

Notes: There's nothing obtrusive about this beer, nor is there anything that makes it anything more than average. That said, it's a pretty decent APA and a smooth drinking session beer.

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Photo of therealJAYZ
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Guden
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- golden orange with a light white head that fades to small bubbles.

S- light tangerine and wood with a malty backbone giving a bit of a candy impression.

T- light fruity citrus (tangerine and melon) washes over the tongue balanced by moderate sweetness. Nothin too exciting.

M- medium light in body. While it finishes off dry the body is a bit bigger and the carbonation a bit lower than would be ideal.

O- a pleasant enough light summer beer though nothing to rave about. Comes off as a light pale ale with nothing to really set it apart from competition.

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with a "Best By" freshness date on the label.

LOOK: Sudsy foam leaves behind some white lacing on the glass, shiny golden color shows off its clarity

SMELL: Oily hops, citrus, white tea leaves, blond tobacco, a little fruity, biscuity

TASTE: Decent smoothness, moderate body, toasted grain, citrusy hop, mild malt sweetness, drying bitterness, earthy tobacco, finishes semi-dry

A downright well balanced APA, light enough to quaff in the dead of summer and flavorful enough to keep your taste buds in check.

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Photo of tigg924
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: gold in color, clear, 1/2 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and light hops

Taste: citrusy hops, grass, and a honey caramel finish

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a bitter backbone and finish, high carbonation, light bodied

Drinkability: I like the sweet honey taste in this beer that mixes with the hops. This is a good clean pale ale. I wish I could get it out here and have five or six.

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Photo of Torey
2.3/5  rDev -37.2%

Photo of Mora2000
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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