Twilight Summer Ale
Deschutes Brewery

Twilight Summer AleTwilight Summer Ale
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American Blonde Ale
Ranked #126
Ranked #36,543
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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Reviews by thehyperduck:
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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 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 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 Sammy
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
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 +20.9%
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 MooseBoose
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of TheRealBigC
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nothing too profound about this one - just a nice, pleasant summer blonde with a solid hop presence and smooth finish. Summer beers are some of my favorite, so I don't know if it stands up among the best, but I can see myself buying a six pack a year.

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Photo of OregonGrown7
4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dunlap926
3/5  rDev -18.7%

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

Photo of EvanWilliams
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of barczar
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%

Brilliant deep golden with copper highlights and a frothy cream head. Aroma is zesty, with grass, light floral notes, and that signature Amarillo savory character. There's a hint of bready malt. Flavor is slightly fruity, likely attributable to specialty malt, with floral, perfumey notes, a touch of citrus, and a grassy, almost piney, earthy, crisp finish. Very clean and refreshing, though the perfumey character is somewhat overwhelming.

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Photo of cyrusturbak
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of bdk1417
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of johnlatona
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of churchschicken
2.93/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Slightly bitter but unsatisfying aftertaste. Good crisp initial taste and texture. Overall would not try again given other options

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of Goweropolis
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of weareallfalafel
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of vkv822
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a clear, light golden yellow with a thin white head.

Had a mild aroma of grassy and faintly citric hops with a well balanced bready malt.

The taste is again of grassy hops with a quick bready malt finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with active carbonation and a lightly crisp, refreshing finish.

A crisp and refreshing beer that is perfect to enjoy with the summer months.

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Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 1548 ratings