Twilight Summer Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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Twilight Summer AleTwilight Summer Ale
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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

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Ratings: 1,519 |  Reviews: 469
Reviews by Siggy125:
Photo of Siggy125
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from 12oz bottle to taster glass. Beautiful goldenrod in color. Bright white head. A single finger of carbonation, faded pretty fast.

Smells of light citrus on the nose, subtle malts, mild hops. Not the customary summer ale aromas.

Tastes of citrus and grassy hops. More hop presence than the typical summer ale. Orang rind like citrus bitterness. Mild maltiness. ABV pretty subdued.

Overall, not a bad beer. I wouldnt quite call it a summer ale. More of a pale ale to me. Still, a good drinker on a warm day.

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Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
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 drtth
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
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 superspak
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Greg4151
4.46/5  rDev +21.5%
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 oberon
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mojohawk21
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of RoyalT
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
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 -4.6%

Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of MadScientist
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of SanFranJake
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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 +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of freshflesh
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
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 -4.6%

Photo of Todd
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
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 -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Guden
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
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 -18.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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