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 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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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Slightly hazy gold amber with a million tiny bubbles slowly rising to replenish the dirty creat to light tan foam stand. The foam is 2” and takes 3 minutes to reduce to 1/3 its original size. S: Malt and spice, some graham cracker, light toasty malt, light citrus and mint. T: Big malt flavors feature klight graham cracker with a moderate bitter hop accent. Malt is medium and the hops are medium providing a good balance that leads to a lingering malt and hop aftertaste F: Very creamy, refreshing, and light to medium light body, medium to medium high carbonation. O: A very refreshing and pleasurable beer.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one pours a very appealing red tinted color that is slightly cloudy with a rich foamy head that white with a hint of reddish tint as well. The head if full, foamy, long lived and settles very slowly leaving elegant lacing down the glass.

The nose is a very summer smelling beer with strong grassy and pine notes that reminds me of East Texas in summer after a light rain.

The taste is rich dry malt with with a sharp hop overtone and is slightly off balanced. The finish is a bit dirty and bitter

The mouthfeel is a bit watery but still acceptable.

Overall a drinkable beer, but not the best offering from Deschutes, which makes some awesome beers. I guess you can't be perfect all the time.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours copper and clear with two fingers of foam.

Nice sweet malty flavor. Crisp clean crystal malt flavor. Finishes dry and refreshing. This is a nice outdoor beer.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a pretty clear medium golden color with a bit of an amber/copper hue. Had a nice, fluffy looking white head that is about an inch thick when first poured that eventually settles to a nice big cluster swirl of a film layer of foam on the beer's surface along with a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass and very good lacing. Aromas of nicely toasted caramel malt sweetness and a pungent hop smell accompanied by nice spice hints. The taste is pretty much the same with a toasted, bready, caramel malt sweetness that gives way to a nice hint of peppery spice that is all rounded out with a pungent, piney, citrusy hop bitterness. Very good balance of flavors here. This certainly looks and drinks much more like an IPA or even some pale ales I've had and not at all like a Blonde Ale. Has a slightly crisp, but mainly smooth and frothy, slightly prickly and oily, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Quite easy to drink in the manner well crafted beer ought to be, and a refreshing choice on a fairly humid mid August summer night here in Cleveland. Worth a try for sure. A very solid effort here.


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Photo of Treyliff
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass, best by 8/19/15

A- pours a hazy golden orange color with a one-finger creamy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some short lasting lacing behind

S- lots of floral hop aroma up front with some honey sweetness & a hint of citrus. Biscuity malt lies beneath, brining out the fruitiness of the hops

T- Citrus & floral hop up front with a hint of grass, mild honey sweetness mid palate, toasted grainy finish provides a quick close on the palate

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a biting mouthfeel and a foamy finish

O- full flavored blonde ale that remains highly drinkable

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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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Photo of Suds
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, amber, and with a tall off-white head...this beer is better than anticipated. Slightly hoppy and sweet-ish aroma. There is fruit and a touch of soft, pale malt in the smell. Balanced, with a medium bitterness. The finish is pleasant and mildly hoppy. Very drinkable.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

There's something likeable about this summer brew from Deschutes, which is subtle, to be sure, but subtly satisfying as well. Nose is pretty chilled out, apropos for a summer beer, bits of floral/citrus notes drifting by. On the palate, it's easy drinking, really perfectly weighted, with just the slightest hop bitterness and a hard-to-pin-down but really quite satisfying malt finish, as though kissed with a drop or two of honey. Sometimes, this is all I want -- something that seems simple and yet satisfies to the last drop. Well done, Deschutes.

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Photo of sergeantstogie
1.84/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I choked my way through a 6 pack of this stuff over the course of about 2 weeks in an attempt to see how Deschutes thought this was worthy of their name. What an utterly horrible beer. I've had rookie home brew better than this. It was cloudy. Not good for a blonde. Not much in the nose but not bad either. Minimal head. Taste had a horrible acrid bitter back end that was just weird. I can't see what would make anyone like this beer. Poor effort by Deschutes. Oh... side note it to me a long time to get around to trying the is beer because of the name. Is anyone even awake over there at Deschutes?

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a fresh 64oz growler, Twilight appears a slightly hazy gold/orange, capped by a couple fingers of fast-receding loose foam that fades quickly to a few islands but offers some decent lacing.

Smell of pale, biscuity malt and a touch of caramelized sugars, lightly peppery, grassy, and piney. Hints of apple and apricot? Taste is soft and refreshing. Slightly bready but with just enough balancing hop bitterness, some fruitiness, some citrus. Not overly carbonated, with a good body that's neither too heavy nor too watery.

A highly drinkable, supremely well-balanced beer that doesn't get the respect it deserves.

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

Pours a golden orange with good clarity and a pillow of white head. Fruity, citrus, and malts come through in the nose and the taste follows suit. Nicely balanced with hints of lemon grass, malts to match the citrus and fruity hops. Overall, decent blonde ale that is worth a try.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazed copper color. This is no blonde ale, that's for sure (FWIW, Untappd calls it a plain ol' APA). The head, however, is great. Two fingers high, white in shade, with a texture like whipped cream and good retention to boot. A ton of lacing sticks to the glass. (4.25)

Smell: The aroma is just what I'd expect from a light, summery pale ale. I pick up gentle notes of lemon and peach, a good compliment to the lightly caramel-laden malt backbone. That's about it, but hey, it works well enough. (3)

Taste: Follows the nose really well. It primarily tastes of Amarillo's nicer notes are shown off very well. The whole thing is light, though a bit dinky. Just like I said: it works well enough, but it could still be so much more. (3)

Mouthfeel: The feel is light, semi-dry, and fairly well carbonated. It does have a bit of sweetness on the back end, though. While not a chugger (a plus in retrospect), it goes down fairly well. (3)

Overall: This isn't a 'pick it apart' beer, it's a 'kill a 6 pack' beer. So I'll just end my review early and suggest if you do buy this (personally, I'd get something else), drink it mindlessly, and by the six-pack. (3)

3.08/5: Nothin' special, but it will get the job done

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a longneck into a shaker pint. I went with a semi-aggressive pour which yielded a frothy 2 inch head that overflowed the glass a bit. The head is creamy looking and pretty sticky. The beer is a hazy strawberry blonde, with high carbonation.

The aroma is downright perfumy with floral notes. These die down but continue to waft the nostrils. The flavor is citrusy, with definite flavors of orange, light lemon, and a touch of grapefruit pith. Some malty notes evoke light caramel and there's a definite hint of caramel apple in there. The mouthfeel is exceptional creamy and frothy.

This is one of the best blonde ales I have tried. Some come across a little too much like adjunct lager, but this one is an ale for sure. This beer makes a refreshing hot weather brew with just enough complexity to satisfy the discriminating palate. An excellent beer for the style.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pint on tap at the sports festival beergarden in Sunriver, Oregon.

Pours a medium orange body, one finger white head, good retention, nice rings of lacing. Smells slightly bready, a bit of citrus bite, floral notes, moderate graininess. Flavour is similarly grainy, mild citrus bite, a bit of orange marmalade, biscuit. Simple but tasty. Mouthfeel is thinner bodied, but not substantially so. Good carbonation, very refreshing, easy to drink. Mild orangey bite on the backend. Overall, tasty ale that's nice for the summer.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

draft sample at lulu's waikiki here in honolulu. clear golden yellow, light piney-citrusy nose with a touch of grainy malt. apricot and orange rind and pine on the palate with slight mango notes. medium-ish mouthfeel. good summer drinking

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 8/9/15 into pint glass. Pale amber-gold; clear; off-white head. Moderate carbonation. Malt and hops nicely balanced. Medium mouthfeel. Refreshing but not bland; has some substance to it. I like more hops, but this would be good if you needed a beer to go with a cookout. Not bad for a "summer beer".

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Marek.

A clear light amber with a dense, off-white head with good retention and lacing, this looks great. Not quite what I'd expect a blonde ale to look like, but good nonetheless. The nose is solid. Bright, fresh, fruity with a blend of citrus and some pine, I get orange, candied grapefruit, a little pine and a moderate doughy malt character. The palate opens with mild bitterness, moderately fruity hops and a soft malt character, grainy, doughy, burnt sugar bitterness all present. The hop character is pleasant. Soft, refreshing and not particularly powerful. Nice creamy palate. Recommended.

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Photo of Fly4awhiteguy
2.72/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a dark golden color into a mason jar (from Lagunitas). Nose is lacking with light flowers. Mouth feel is soapy and medium body. Taste is light fruit with malty sweetness. Hop heads won't like this one as well as other session able pales say like Field 41. Overall this is just an ok pale ale. If someone brought to a BBQ I would have one but not in the regular summer beer rotation. Their winter Pale Ale "Red Chair" I feel is better.

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

12 oz. bottle from Whole Foods. Nice hops intensity on a bready malt base. Good flavor. Great balance. Not light or summer-like, nevertheless crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle best by 8/9/15 poured into a pint glass
A: Transparent light orange with a one+ finger head
S: Somewhat muted. Bready with a hint of citrus
T: Matches the nose, a biscuity malt with lemon and orange and adds an herbal note
M: Light-bodied, smooth
O: The name makes me think more of a porter but this, while simple, is certainly enjoyable to sip on a warm day

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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 DabblinWiscCraft
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this available at my local Trig's today. Poured the 12 oz bottle right from the fridge into my pint glass. Best by date suggests this is good for another three months.

L: Pours a fairly clear medium amber color with about an inch of near-white head that persists for a few minutes and then falls to a film that leaves moderate cling on the glass. On closer inspection, some of those small flecks from the bottle-conditioning appear, along with a bit of visible carbonation.

S: Mostly bready malts in the nose--biscuit-like. A bit of earthy hop presence in the bouquet, as well. Just a hint of apricot. Not a very potent nose.

T: Bread malt flavors and some earthy/slightly funky hops at the front. The middle is creamy, with more of the malt coming through, along with a bit of dried apricot. Those malts ride out the taste, and the finish is decidedly more hoppy than I expected, leaving a bit of the resinous bitter that you'd expect from a pale ale.

F: This one is on the creamier side, especially in the front and middle. There's a nice level of carbonation to it that helps to bring all the flavors together. Again, there's a definite bitter finish to it, along this is far from sticky or syrupy at the close. Overall, it's heavier than I expected for the style--again, it registers as more of a pale ale than a blonde.

O: Well, this one definitely wasn't what I was expecting. I had hoped to pick up a beer that my wife would enjoy (she's not a fan of pale ales or IPAs), but after one sip she stated that it was "too funky" in the hops department for her liking. I agree with another reviewer that compared this one to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. So, in the sense that this is a very drinkable beer that delivers nice hop quality, I enjoy it. But for what this one is billed, it falls pretty short of greatness.

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