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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Reviews: 454 | Ratings: 1,466
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 acelin
1.88/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I cannot really say much about this beer. The smell was all hops, and tasted like that too. No malt at all, it was like choking down hop extract . Very astringent. I wonder if I bought a bad bottle; however, it was at a Portland beer store with a high turnover so I doubt it had gone bad.

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Photo of Buebie
2.16/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

My bottle is different then the one in the pic, which means mine is better.
Freshness date of 9/3/10

Brown bottle poured into a pub glass. About an inch of off white head, quick to recede, leaving a thin collar of retention. Color is mich golden transparent yellow.

Not much for aroma here. Hay field without the cow shit.

Taste, well, the bottle describes a heavy dose of hops. I think its more anorexic then heavy. I get aspirin and talcum powder.
Little to no taste at all....I can taste the water and it tastes extra watery.

Glad I only bought a single bottle, wont be doing this one again. A self proclaimed apa that seems to stray from the style.

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Photo of Tragedymojo
2.26/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

With all of the malt upfront in this beer you would expect some sweetness, yet this beer didn't offer that or any really distinctive malt flavor. The hops are acceptable but finish dry and astringent. It left me thirstier than when I started which isn't ideal for a summer brew.

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Photo of justintcoons
2.46/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours clear gold with 2-3 fingers of fluffy white head. Light carbonation.

N: Not too much going on in the nose. Very light Pilsner-like malts and that's pretty much it.

T: Incredibly light flavor. I can only taste pilsner malts along with a slight floral bitterness. Maybe a zip of pine?

M: Light-medium bodied, creamy and smooth.

O: Muh. Very bland. Not much going on at all. Miller-Bud-Coors drinking would probably like this.

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Photo of JamesMN
2.53/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Light caramel hue, pretty translucent.

Aroma: Citrus, mostly orange.

Taste: Bready/malty. A little orange taste and possibly some cloves. Like a slightly watered-down version of Blue Moon.

Mouthfeel: Good level of carbonation but gets harder to drink with every sip.

Final Thoughts: Whenever I hear the term 'Summer Seasonal' I just assume it's going to be on the lighter side, with spices and citrus. That is exactly what Twilight Summer Ale represents. If you're a huge Blue Moon or Shock Top fan then definitely check this one out. For the rest of us, however, there are better options out there for the summer months.

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Photo of mcallister
2.55/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale fuzzy peached color. Very still with vitrually no head or sign of carbonation.

Earthy hop aromas with floral arrangements and thick bready malt. An awkward fruit aroma that is displeasing and hard to place. I've had this on other beers as well.

Thin and lacking any carbonation. Nice taste however. A backbone of malt and light floral hops with just not much else going on.

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Photo of Khazadum
2.59/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Courtesy of my pops on his return from the great state of Texas.

A- Orange and yellow mixing in the sunset lights. Crisp white head that fades far too fast. Decent carbonation.

S- Piny notes, grapefruit, evergreen resins.

T- Lemon zest but no citrus notes here. There are two kinds of bitterness here. Rinds of fruit and hops. The finish lingers with nothing to balance it.

M- Watery that is only saved by having some carbonation to buffer it up.

D-This is a pale ale? Really? Hmmm... It was easy to drink but too bitter to enjoy repeatedly if you were in the mood for a summer/pale ale.

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Photo of Thrasher
2.6/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This new beer from Deschutes seems to be surprisingly popular, given how long it took me to come across some. It pours gold, a shade darker than you think of most summer ales, with lots of frothy head and sticky lace. Aroma of raw grain and slight mustiness. The taste is poor, especially for Deschutes, who have a history of knocking it out of the park with each of their beers. Not this time. The graininess is overbearing and totally unappealing. Some jarring corn flavors. Reminiscent of a cheaply made macro. Hops are obscured and stale. Mouthfeel metallic and a bit watery. Drinkability ok, but the finish is completely dull; a crisp lingering hoppiness would've make it more appetizing.

This is easily Deschutes' worst beer. They already make 3 pale ale type beers (Mirror Pond, Bachelor, and Cascade which is a much better light summer thirst quencher than Twilight anyday), so there is absolutely no need for this beer. The real tragedy is that Twilight bumps Pine Mountain Pils out of the line-up, a very well-liked beer and one of a disgracefully small number of American micro pilsners. Bad move Deschutes. Bring back the Pils -- seriously. Actually I'm guessing most casual beer drinkers will not find anything too objectionable about this beer, and it seems to be an immediate hit, but its shortcomings are noticeable to those who are paying attention. I will not buy this beer again, although I guess if I see it on tap I'll give it a whirl. A disappointment, and a real bummer; dare I say, a disgrace.

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Photo of MisterNic
2.6/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a golden orange color with a two-finger white head.

S - Aroma is sweet and malty with citrus and pineapple notes.

T - Taste is sweet tropical fruit (mango especially). It has a moderate bitterness and a nice malt character

M - Mouthfeel seems a bit thin. Doesn't do much for me.

O - Overall, this is a less-than-average pale ale.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.63/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, bought at Hollingshead's in Orange, CA,

A: Pours a golden yellow, a shade darker than a pilsner, average white head.

S: Pretty weak, actually, I found some faint grain notes, a bit of piney hops but that was all.

T: I'm really conflicted about the flavour of this beer, cold it's not a bad pale, but as it warms up, some off-grain flavours come out that are unappealing, I tried it last year and got the same experience, so I guess it's not a retailer's problem.

M: Not bad, pretty light for a pale, but nice and snappy.

D: Won't buy again, wasn't completely put off, but not one of Deschutes better brews.

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Photo of rye726
2.68/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color and has a thin tan head. The nose has mostly hops and a light amount of bready malts. The taste follows suit. I find bitter hops and not too much else. The body is medium to light and heavy on carbonation. Once this settles down, it drinks well and makes a nice session brew.

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Photo of OregonPaul
2.69/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I keep trying to make this a staple of what summer beer should be. And after many failed attempts I come to the same conclusion...
I thought this was a good example of exactly what the description on the bottle states - "chilled as the day lingered on". It had enough flavor to garner the end of a very hot summer day. It's not too hoppy (thank you) with a semi-nice crisp finish. It does, however leave an aftertaste of a syrup glazed tongue.

I'll probably purchase another 6 or 12 pack before the summer ends. Yes... I'll give Deschutes another shot. Come on, they're from Oregon.

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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 BeerWithMike
2.76/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Sampled today on 9/14/13. Chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler and poured into a billiards ball pilsner glass. Pours a yellow-gold in color with a almost a 2-finger white head. LOTS of lacing was left which each sip. The aroma was of just some grains/malt, not much going on actually. The taste was much different than the smell and is very 'hoppy' with a bit of a harsh aftertaste for my likes.

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Photo of illidurit
2.78/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours orange-gold with a smallish white head. Grainy aroma with a subdued tropical hoppiness. Sickly flavor, rather astringent and boring with grains, crystal malt, meek hops, and a mineral water palate. Very pedestrian, like something you'd get at a tiny brewpub in a small town. Not worthy of the Deschutes brand.

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Photo of dbalsock
2.81/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

App: Hazy orange with a white head, looks unfiltered, but even if it was, it wouldn't look like much. There's some lacing, and big carobnated bubbles. The head doesn't last too long.

Smell: Reminds me a little of a macro lager, because of the grainy malts. The hops add a floral character, which is nice for an APA.

Taste: A decent balance of malt and hops, but not in a very good tasting way. The malt profile is too grainy for me, and the hops are somewhat one dimensional in a floral way. Some bubble gum flavors as well.

Mouthfeel: The bitterness is lax and not supporting of the light body. The carbonation is a bit too much for the lack of hop presence and the lack of body.

Drinkability: The balance helps out with this, but it's fairly weak in all other respects. I have to get through a six pack, or give it away, but I won't be purchasing this again. Maybe it was my mistake for picking this up in october, but it tastes plenty fresh to me anyway, and shouldn't have aged considerably.

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Photo of bradleyp
2.85/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Highland Hollows pint glass. A very clear copper colored pour. Light head, no lacing, substanial carbonation. Smells somewhat hoppy, but doesn't taste hoppy. Not a very bitter beer. I drank 4 of them, so it is a very refreshing beer that goes down easy. This is a good beer to drink on a brightly lit 4th of july.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.88/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Part of a build your own six pack I picked up in northern Idaho. Pours out a slightly hazed apricot hue, finger's width of head that fades quickly.

Nice floral hops and orange essence on the nose, although the malt seems a bit timid.

Flavour seems washed out as well, very mild. Not offensive, no off flavours, but it seems like it's on mute. Light floral spicy hops tend to carry it through.

Mouthfeel is also light and watery, a bit of carbonation there to poke you.

Barely hits the radar on all counts. Perhaps a decent stepping stone beer to ween macro drinkers onto micro ales, particularly pale ales, nothing indimidating or truly bad about it, just mostly flavourless.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a cloudy orange color with red hues. The lacing is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of mandarin oranges, and grapefruit with a some light caramel malt tones underneath. The taste is similar to the aroma. There is a stale feeling to both the taste and aroma of this beer, but I don't believe it is stale. It is Deschutes' summer seasonal, and it is summer. And Deschutes has only been in Minnesota for a few months now so it couldn't have been sitting on a store shelf for the last year. I don't think this beer is old. I thing this beer tastes as though it is old, and that is not a good quality for a beer to have. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, I will pass on this beer in the future.

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Photo of yemenmocha
2.91/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy yellow with thin white head that doesn't retain for long.

Nose is clean, lemony, apple skin, miscellaneous citrus, and suggestive of untoasted English muffins.

Palate has a bland malt sweetness with balancing hops, with nothing notable overall. Just an ordinary, plain, no frills pale ale.

Easily drinkable. Won't offend the palate.

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Photo of harrymel
2.93/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best by: 09DEC11

A: Pours a toasted blonde ale with two fingers of white foam which dissipates over a couple minutes to a quilt of the same. Spotty lacing. Excellent clarity.

S: Grainy and woody. Plenty of grassy and alfalfa like hops. Sweet crystal malt underneath with a hint of corn.

T: Nice sweet malt profile with just enough hops to keep this one dry and fruity. There is a hint of red delicious apple meats in the background.

M: Medium on heavy for the style with lively carbonation. Finish is mouth watering.

O: Decent beer, a bit heavy for the style IMO. A little too much sweet malts, a little too much body.

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Photo of BeerManDan
2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When poured, the color was a hazy golden yellow with very little foam and no lace.

The smell was of piney hops and that was about it. No spices or fruity aroma, just hops.

The taste was of a pine flavor hop with a bitter tart finish. Not what a whole lot of flavor here. This may be good on hot summer days for a quincher, but not an ale to sit and enjoy with a friend or two or three, etc. Glad I only bought one bottle at their Alehouse in Bend.

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Photo of hughesm4
2.96/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Portland pub.
a-Standard golden brown with a light head.
s-Smell was very weak, had a slight citrus smell but that is all. Reminded me of early spring.
t-Most of the taste was right up front. There was a slight citrus flavor and was followed by a weak malt taste.
m/d-Light bodied, even for a pale ale. It went down fairly smooth, but isn't on the top of my to drink list. This my least favorite beer that I had at the pub.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.99/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

06/07/05- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12oz undated bottle, poured into my Celebration pint glass.

Appearance- Golden almost approaching orange color pour. 1/4 head which was gone fast, very light lacing.

Smell- Well, I'll give a good rating on smell. Pretty hoppy in the woody pine scent. Wish I had just smelled it all day rather than drinking it.

Taste- I was conflicted before even trying this beer. Most reviews were either leave it or pick it up. In this case, it would have been better left. IMO, a very unbalanced brew. I struggled to find any malt at all. Maybe just a tad appeared. Otherwise it's definitely hoppy, but not even a good hoppy. Very pine oriented, no fruity aspects at all. And watery to boot.

Mouthfeel- Dry bitterness hits the back of the tongue. Very watery and medium carbonation.

Drinkability- Not well balanced. Almost like a carbonated water that is going flat with a touch of hops thrown in. Pass....

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