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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Photo of ta_hagen
4.87/5  rDev +32%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Taste is like a hoppy Pale Ale, but yummy and bready dry finish. Definitely a medium to light body, but goes down easy and can drink many of these, but watch out... The storm comes and it hits you... Very over-rated... If a hop-head, you will like for a good summer ale... very good as I am a IPA guy... This one is really good. This score should go up over this summer, since this has been a good batch.

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Photo of sondance
4.78/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Springy look and taste. Can't stop picking up a 6 pack. I would rate this a little higher than Deschutes' Mirror Pond although they are very similar. It has a light coppery color with citrus and floral overtones. Fills the senses with its hoppy zing but not overly done.

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Photo of velosuds
4.62/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Best by date 11/04/09. Deschutes was bottling this when I toured the brewery last week and possibly, in a moment of cosmic perfection, this was being bottled while I watched. You never know, for twilight is a magical time. Single purchased at local health food store for $1.29.

A-Pours an amber-orange with two finger, off-white head with average retention and nice, even lacing.

S-Wow. Very fragrant, bold, piney, and citrusy Cascade and Amarillo hops. This is the most fragrant APA I have ever had. Very appealing.

T-Fortunately, the taste follows the smell. This is a full flavored light ale. Very nice blend of bitterness and tropical fruit notes with a balanced malt presence. Yummy.

M-Exceedingly smooth. Virtually perfect carbonation. Freshness no doubt helps.

D-This is amazingly drinkable. I first discovered this while at my favorite B&B ( in Bend) last summer where it was stocked in the guest fridge. I drank one after another and fell in love with it.

I am probably going to have my largest rDev with this one. So be it. I love this beer. This is my favorite summer seasonal and my favorite APA. This is head and shoulders above Deschutes' popular Mirror Pond Ale. My only criticism is that it is not available year round. Deschutes hit a home run with this. I would love them to brew a version of this in their Reserve Series.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.57/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lightly hazed straw color with a decent white head and nice active carbonation. Nice light citrus hop aroma. Very nice citrus hop and grainy malt balance with some nice overall fruit character. Light bodied and very refreshing with a nice lightly bitter finish.

Grabbed as a random 6-pack at a drug store the morning I had to leave POrtland ... glad I got it and could see myself drinking this all summer if I were in the NW.

Per label: "Since 1988" & "Seasonal Ale" & "4 Hops & Malts"

Per DB website:
Blend of four hops. Dry hopped with Amarillo hops.
162 calories per 12 oz serving.
IBUs: 35
Alcohol Content: 5.0%

Gold - Bitter Category - 2003 GABF

Best By: 09/21/06
Tasted: 06/28/06

($5.99 / 6-pack)

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.55/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes-- and I am officially caught up on all my notes! Got this from Twiggamortis420 in the Chillin and Grillin BIF. Thanks Greg!

Pours a deep orangey gold color. Looks rich and pleasant. Slightly hazy -- perhaps a chill haze. An almost white head left thick rings of lace as it slowly settled.

Smell is awesome citrus-- fresh hoppy notes and lemon peels, orange blossoms, and even a touch of honey.

Taste has got some sweet malts with a touch of fresh honey and a great refreshing citrus character with the hoppiness there. This isn't very bitter at all--- almost an APA for the masses. The hops seem to be all flavoring hops not bittering ones. It keeps the beer refreshing and drinkable.

The body is a hair under medium, but totally working. This is an excellent beer-- much better than the B rating. I would drink this one all day. Is this the best pale ale I've ever had-- no, I prefer the hops a little more assertive. But this beer works EXCEPTIONALLY well as a summer ale because the hops are more subtle and gentle.

This is the best "summer ale" I've ever had, and yes, I know it isn't an official category-- but this beer is perfect for what it aims to be.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass.

A- Poured a clear orange color with tons of streaming carbonation and frothy white head that left glass-coating lace.

S- Lots of bright citrusy and floral hops with cracker malt backbone. Not a very strong aroma, but very crisp hop character that is very well balanced with the malt character.

T- Lots of bright citrusy and floral hops with a nice cracker malt backbone with notes of bread and caramelized sugar.

M- Very crisp, dry, refreshing, light bodied, and prickly carbonation.

O- This is a simple and incredibly enjoyable summer ale. The bright and delicate hop character blends perfectly with the malt character.

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had while on vacation in MT from bottle. This was my first Deschutes and came away very impressed.

Great golden color with solid lacing. Typical smell and taste of the better pale ales but crisper with a great hop finish more reminiscent of an IPA. Great overall taste, not foamy in the mouth the way some other PAs can taste, more clean if that makes any sense. Great beer, and not just a summer drinker.

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Photo of gildobeer
4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A color somewhere between gold and copper. Hoppy scent with what seems to be a little apple. Hops run up the taste buds first, slight malt, moderate body, much heavier than most of the summers out there but very palatable, leaves you wanting more. Subtle malt flavor isn't overpowered by bitterness, well balanced. Lingering hop aftertaste and a bittersweet, somewhat buttery finish.

Wish it weren't seasonal, I am a big fan

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Photo of DogFood11
4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Decent sized loose head fades rapidly and leaves behind little lace. Light and bright copper with medium sized carb.

A delicate balance shines in this brew. Hops are citrusy and well put together mixing admirably with a sweet malt presence. Slightly toasted bread deep in the background is washed away by a fruity backend. This stuff is addictive, one after another.

This is an excellent Pale ale. It doesn't try and be the king of hoppy pales but rather kicks in with some fruity, citrusy, hops and lets it mold with the ingredients. It litterally melts in my mouth and makes me want more and more. Another winner from deschutes.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright, sunset orange; hazy; good head and lacing

Bright hop notes, seems like Cascade and maybe Amarillo—definitely citrus. Wonderful orange aroma—very inviting.

Orange flavor abounds! Really good ale here. Light enough in body but plenty of flavor to enjoy. Another extra tasty brew by Descutes. A noticeable and enjoyable amount of biscuit malt flavor to balance and even accent the hops. Finish has a good herbal or maybe stone-fruit quality; it’s drying and flavorful. Really like it. Especially love the malt side to this bright and hoppy beer; it’s tremendously balanced and drinkable. Exceptional flavor in the finish. (Website says Northern Brewer, Amarillo, Cascade, Tettnang, Brambling Cross hops were used.)

Awesome summer seasonal! I may like this even more than Mirror Pond and Inversion. So easy to drink and oh so enjoyable as well. This one just jumped into my top 5 for 2012 so far.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.44/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Didn’t expect this to be labeled as a blond ale. Might as well call it a pale amber. I like it even more now.

This pours a golden toasted straw color with nice foaming. The foam dies down leaving some cotton in the glass. The aroma has a subdued straw-pine hop characteristic, with just the slightest whisper of a biscuity malt. A bitterness upfront has a pleasing straw note which tapers into a slightly piney finish. There’s a dry and lingering finish with the slightest hint of caramel sweetness. To be honest it’s a confusing mix of contrasting flavors with the hops and a touch of malt contrasting rather than complementing but I definitely enjoyed spending time with it.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite of Deschutes 4 seasonals. The others being buzzsaw brown (spring), jubelale(winter), and cindercone red(fall).

Wonderful on a camping trip or a hot summer day! Light straw color in appearance.

The aroma is fresh cascade hops, florals, fresh cut grass, straw.

Taste is a bit light, but make sure you drink this one on a hot summer day and you'll fall in love. Bright finish with well balanced hops.

Available in a 24-pack during the summer, and also on-tap at their Public house as well as some brewpubs in Portland and Bend.

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Photo of Bookseeb
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance is a light golden brown with a nice head and lacing. Smell: light sweet malt, and fruit, citrus and hops. Taste has a light citrus sweetness that is balanced well with the hops giving it a light bite. Mouthfeel is medium - light with good body. To me this is one tasty beer without being overpowering that I could easily enjoy this as a session.

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Photo of aristeros
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice, new-penny copper into my pint glass. After several minutes, there's sill a fair bit of carbonation visible. Two fingers of white head have faded to a half finger with some lacing. Scent is slightly sweet, with mild, orange-peel citrus over biscuit.

Taste is lightly hoppy up front, with light citrus and hop resins for an APA. Very light caramel over mild biscuit. Clean, slightly crisp finish. Light to medium body with good drinkability--it's simple, but it does everything right.

If you don't mind a slightly hoppy summer quencher, then this is a great choice. I know I don't. Still damn tasty after it's started to warm up.

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Photo of MrNuggets
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

At work we use old liquor boxes to store canned fish in. I was in the storage today and to my surprise I saw case of twilight full of my smoked salmon! I dropped everything and headed straight for the liquor store. And there it was, the new beer from Deschutes. What a treat to find a new beer here in the Alaskan wilderness.
A nice break from your normal PacNW pale ale this was. Not everyday malt takes center stage in on of these beers. Hops do their thing as far as taste goes, but bitterness is relaxed. Crisp and clean. I'll be picking this on up again for sure!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glowing golden orange body. Thin bubbly off white head. Lacing is patchy yet clingy. Nice fresh bouquet of citrusy and orangey hops. A little lemon stands out too. Spritzy mouthfeel. Lively and active. It brings out the rillos nicely. Bright citrus palate is quite refreshing. Some more of that orange vs lemon tug of war. Lemon wins. Nice, flavorful, quenching APA for the summer months.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle ganked from a judging competition.

A - Pours copper-gold, with a 2 fingered white head. Dissipates slow and leaves great lacing.

S - Strong notes of hibiscus, honey, toffee, and flowers. Very minerally.

T - Honey, toffee, flowery hops, hibiscus, and bready.

M - Full-bodied, well-balanced, crisp, and dry.

D - Great overall, but not a pale ale. Not an American Pale ale either. Better as a special bitter. Outstanding for a special bitter in fact.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Loved it, solid hoooy PA

appearance: Golden pale with good lacing and head retention.

smell: loads of hops and as strong as a IPA. lots of citrus on the nose.

taste: not you basic summer ale. good hop presence really comes out.

mouthfeel: light to medium bodied. very easy to put down. great summer feeling

drinkability: awesome beer for a PA

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Photo of MattyG85
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.
Best by 10/23/12.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge five finger white head with good retention. Lots of lacing is left sticking to the glass.

Smell: A surprisingly vibrant and lively aroma for the style. Big scent of citrus up front with good hints of mango, apricot, orange, lemon, and a little grapefruit. Pale malts and wheat with hints of cracker and biscuit. Also a nice herbal and grassy hop aroma is in the mix. Smells more like an American Pale Ale than a Blond.

Taste: Like it smells, nice citrus esters and bready sweetness balanced by a good hop presence. Taste of citrus up front with notes of mango, orange peel, apricot, lemon, and grapefruit. Solid bready flavors from pale malts and wheat grains. Good notes of cracker and biscuit. A nice bitterness comes from some grassy, herbal hops. Nice full taste for the style.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, and pretty smooth.

Overall: A really good summer beer here. This is not your typical Blond Ale. Has enough malt and hop punch in it to seem more like an American Pale Ale. Nice and vibrant while still remaining fairly light and easy drinking.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date of 10/6/10 on side of front label. Was a clear golden color with good carb streams. It had a good head that settled into a moderate collar and partial film. Good lacing with some sticking.

The aroma was citrusy hops, resin and malt. Really good for an APA. Good balance of malt and hops aromas. I'm in a hop kick these days so a bit more hops would have been great but it's good as-is. The taste follows the aroma and features a good citrusy hop flavor with mild bitterness balanced with a good bready malt. Goes down really smooth in the Texas heat. Nice and light while delivering good flavor. Light to medium mouthfeel with good carb and clean after-taste.

Overall, an excellent summer session beer that is light but has good flavor. Another winner from Deschutes and highly recommend. Avail here in TX finally. Rotation: summer seasonal so will have to get it while it's fresh. Good summer session beer. [R-SMsesaonal; Y]

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Photo of Japerrault
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy golden ale with a creamy white head which lasted nearly to the end.

S: Flowery, spicey hops, Some bready aromas and sweet malt

T: Mild caramel malt sweetness with Spicey hops, grapefruit flavors showing through. Light toasted bread as well. Slight bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium light body with nice carbonation.

D: Nice flavors and lighter body make this a good summer beer. Good balance between malts and hops.

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Photo of climax
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a burnt sienna, fairly cloudy and bubbly. The head is modest, but retention of the cap of film is good.

The hop character of the aroma was a pleasant surprise. There's definite sweet and bitter citrus notes of lemon and passion fruit. The malt underneath contains the expected wheat and diacetyl tones. Nice nose.

The flavor is certainly assertive for a "summer beer" and is pretty well balanced if not just a bit hop heavy. The hop profile announces itself right from the beginning with lemon peel, bitter orange, and floral notes. The malt backbone is solid but light; crackers, biscuits, and wheat round it out.

The feel is crisp and refreshing. The carbonation is sharp but never too fizzy. The feel is pretty slippery even through the finish.

This summer refresher does exactly what it's supposed to do, while even impressing the hophead in the process.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Lightly clouded orange/orange color. Poured a 2 finger coarse slighlty off-white head with good retention to a half inch cap. Broken lacing in thin rings.

S: Big floral hops and a little wet hay. Very citrussy. Hop compexity is very enjoyable.

T: Bready, slightly sweet male. Resiny hops consistent with the smell. A light sweetness lingers through a sharply bitter finish. Very nice balance.

M: Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. Smooth to a dry, fairly clean finish.

D: Very balanced, very flavorful and very drinkable.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.26/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I do beleive this beer should be ranked higher. It pours a great yellow color. The nose is of fresh cascade hops and fresh cut grass and straw. The taste is a unique verry spring summery flavor with a great finish and a very floral aftertaste yet still quite different than the mirror pond. good summer ale. very chuggable.

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Photo of bwesthoven
4.26/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Sam Adams cup into a thick foamy head. Color was a great golden Amber. Smelled of subtle soft malt. Taste was excellent. Soft malts, citrusy and very smooth. Great beer.

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Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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