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 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 UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light orange with a small 1/2 inch off-white head that fades to an oily film. Random tiny spots and streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest and pine hops along with some grapefruit notes. Taste is of sweet malt, grapefruit juice, and citrus zest. Very mild bitterness on the palate after each sip quickly fades. This beer has a bubbly level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very refreshing and tasty summer beer and I am glad I picked one of these up.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an outstanding summer beer, infinitely sessionable and plenty interesting. smells like fresh hops but not in an overpowering way. it smells balanced by some fruit, maybe clementines or something not quite tart and not quite sweet. flavor is very fruity, but not in a fruit added way, i think its just the character of the hops used, which leaves an excellently crisp finish. very different flavor profile for a summer beer. i could easily do a 6pack of these in an afternoon. delicious when ice cold. feel is good, light and drinkable without being watery. less than medium body, exciting on the tongue, and clean finishing. no complaints with this one, great summer brew.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Built for fun-filled days and tranquil nights, Victory's summer ale kicks off the season with the bright and tangy taste of citrus. Crisp and refreshing throughout, this ale is sure to be a hit at all warm-weather events- from the pool to the ballpark, the backyard and on the water.

Twilight teases the tongue lightly with its creamy effervescence, unleashing the tangy-sweet taste of orange, mango and pineapple. Laced with a bready-sweet taste, the malt contribution steers the fruity flavor and aroma and give them support.

Holding firm, the creamy sweet body retains is citrus and tropical flavor buy layers upon spicy tastes of peppercorn, rye and bitter orange. A late charge of lemon and lime begin to bounce off of the light bread body with tart bitterness.

As that bitterness grows, the malt sweetness retreats and the beer's peppery, grassy and spicy zest grows to intensify champagne-like sprite. While the tangy sweetness of sherbet remains, its aftertaste of wheat bread return in waves.

Its light and refreshing quality is refreshing like tropical punch, but its hop spice and floral bite gives much more of an ale-like character than most sweeter, heavier and off-balanced versions normally portray.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 16oz American pint, on-tap at the pub in Bend, after some nice waterfall-tourin' in the area.

This beer appears a clear, glassy golden amber hue, with one fat finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and playfully bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent thick tree branch painted lace around the glass as things gently recede.

It smells of grassy, fresh floral, and mildly acrid citrus hops, stalked by a softly sweet biscuity pale maltiness. The taste is bready, grainy pale malt, ethereal buttered biscuits, a sort of watery caramel sweetness, and somewhat bitter piney, floral hops.

The carbonation is average, with just a lilting frizziness throughout, the body quite agreeably on the medium-light side, with a pleasant zing to it, that precludes absolute smoothness, but encourages immediate replenishment. It finishes off-dry, yet more towards the bitter, with the lingering pine/citrus hops, and a strangely welcome white pepper spice.

Summer vacation, long day outdoors - so, a light ale with a decent, but not decadent bitterness, sure goes down like 'twas nothing at all, in a good way. Something to sip away the hiking 'aches' with, as the sun finishes its long arc across the horizon.

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Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a frothy lid that leaves some lacing

Smell: Lemony citrus along with some biscuity malt and a hint of honey; a bit grainy, however

Taste: Starts out with a sweet biscuity character that adds lemony bitterness by mid-palate; after the swallow, some grassy/grainy elements kick in

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not what I typically look for in an APA but for a summer beer this has some real merit

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

Appearance: Clear and golden with a frothy white head that retains well.

Smell: Pale malts and citrusy hops, signature APA. There's a touch of honey that nicely compliments the lemony hop aroma.

Taste & mouthfeel: Initially quite grainy and dry with a solid zesty hop flavor. There's a touch of malty sweetness in the middle that lingers on until mid-finish, where the hop bitterness takes over and dries things up. Light bodied, crisp, more dry than sweet. Good session material.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl brown glass bottle served into glass mug in Denver Colorado. Me mate caught the lid in the nose opening it; it might be just a touch overcarbonated. Reviewed live.

A: Four finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear yellow.

Sm: Bittering hops, bright lemony citrus ester hops, and cream. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Well handled bittering hops alongside pleasant citrus ester hops and a mild cream undertone. The climax features some pine and orange peel. It's certainly a pleasant summer seasonal. It isn't horribly complex, but it's certainly effective and refreshing. Pleasant and partakable.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but slightly coarse between the first and second acts. Complements the flavours of the body.

Dr: Very pleasant, refreshing, and drinkable. Quite affordable as part of a sampler pack. I'd have it again.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, orange color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus notes with touches of pine.

T - It tasted very citrusy and bright - mostly orange peel. A light piney bitterness with some grains and sweet caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very tasty and easy drinking summer ale. Nice in the 100 degree temps.

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Photo of oline73
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a slightly cloudy golden amber color. There is just under half a finger of off white head that leaves a nice layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Malty with a slight sweetness. Bready with a slight fruity component.

Taste: There is a bready malt component here as well, but I'm definitely getting some hops as well. A very slight fruity note with a citrus peel bitterness that joins the malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with smooth and prickly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A solid summer beer but there isn't anything remarkable here. I would have another given the chance.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours is a moderate golden color with a slight amount of haze. White head with good retention. Nice ringy lacing on the way down. Nose is some light citrus hops and a bit of bread. Nothing terribly complicated, but it works well in the nose. At the same time, the taste seems a bit too tame. Good feel with a nice balance. Perfect level of bitterness to drink quite a few of during a sitting.

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

Thanks to Lukahn (Reddit) for this guy. Best by 8/16/12.

Pours a nice fluffy 1.5 finger head that fades semi slowly with sticky lacing, over semi clear honey orange color.

Nose has some light resinous hops, hints of citrus and tangerine, also with a light floral hop character, and the slightest hint of malty base. A nice light summer beer so far with a nice fresh hop touch.

Taste starts similarly as the nose, with a light musty resinous hop flavor, hints again of citrus and tangerine like fruits, the hops get a bit fruity and much more tangerine like. Those fade to a bit of a light bready malt base, juicy and lighter. The bitterness is light at first but builds a bit. As it finishes it dries even more, with the musty resinous hop bitterness kicking up a notch, and just a touch of a sticky malt feel.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall nice, nothing special but then again you usually don't want summer beers to be too strong in any direction. This had some nice light malts and gave it a nice kick with the resinous hops, and nice hop flavors, but still quite drinkable.

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Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%

12 oz bottle purchased in Eugene and consumed on the banks of Oregon’s McKenzie River.
4.25 3.3 3.5 4
Appearance: clear deep amber with a semi-durable, frothy bone-colored head. Excellent lacing.
Aroma: herbal/floral hops with a good bit of biscuit malts.
Flavor: Hop intensity in this “summer style” ale is about that of a typical APA. Fruity/herbal hops with hints of citrus. The hop load is higher than the flavor level of the malt base. Mild+ bitterness.
Feel: Lively medium carbonation. Near medium body.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold, with several foamy fingers of slightly off-white head. Rich look to the retention, as the lace hangs back in thick swathes. The aroma is very floral, with a gentle spicy nature to it, and a good bit of fruity sweetness and malts, giving this a deep tangy pop in the nose.

The sweetness in a bit more mellow in the taste, with fruity citrus and grainy biscuits being smoothed out some by some lightly grassy and spicy bitterness. Finishes very dry on the tongue. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied, with a generally pretty easy feel to it. I'm getting a bit of a sharp prickle towards the back of the swallow, which gives this some extra crisp presence.

Balanced and flavorful, this is a very easy drinking offering from Deschutes. One of the better summertime seasonals I've had lately.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from Wasatch so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, caramelized malts and a lot of hops for the style.

T: The taste starts out with some mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong hops presence comes in; it’s not IPA-strong but still strong for the style. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice lighter beer with substance and a lot flavor making it worth drinking for a very long time.

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Photo of mactrail
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Tastes like a light and tangy extremely pale ale. Perfectly clear golden with a hint of amber. Light and water, refreshing body. Flowers in the nose. A touch of minerals and some browned cracker malty taste. It's blonde and slender with that spicy hoppy hint. Really drinkable and one of the better Blondes I've had.

This has just the right crisp feeling with a nice dose of resiny hops. For all the IPAs hopped to total oblivion, this is a nice reminder that a light hand on excellent hops (they say Amarillo) is still the great way to make beer. It seems like I'm always saying "there are other better light beers." Well, this is one of them. From the 12 oz bottle bought at AJ's Fine Foods in Phoenix.

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

Best By: 09/01/11

Appearance: Pours out a modestly hazy, orange-gold body with a lofty, foaming, white head. Thin flecks of lace on the way down.

Smell: Has a pleasantly juicy, citrusy nose, smelling of Valencia oranges and grapefruit accompanied by a bit of stonefruit. Faintly grainy malts certainly come secondary, as does a small bit of hopspice.

Taste: Lightly caramelized sugars overlaying crisp toasted grains. Slight honey notions here and there. A few drops of Georgia peach juice fuses with full drizzles of 'no pulp' orange juice and ruby red grapefruit juice. Spicy herbaceousness closes out the juice parade. The hop bitterness is fairly gentle, leaving this a sweetish, juicy brew. Slightly acidic. Drying, soft finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: As an ale released as a summertime seasonal, I fully expected something a bit lighter, which it was, and served me fairly well on this sweltering summer afternoon.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Minimally gauzy bright amber with the merest suggestion of orange. The bone white head displays a finely pitting surface and is already beginning to leave scads of lace on the upper few inches of the pint glass. Ultimately, thin concentric rings indicate each mouthful.

Wow, the aroma is a more than pleasant surprise. Bright, citric hoppy goodness bursts into my brain with each sniff. Twilight smells like orange-pineapple-grapefruit juice and is one of the best APA noses that I've run across in a long time.

Thankfully, the flavor follows suit. The malt backbone is of the 'just barely enough' variety, ensuring that hops are the star of the show. The degree of hoppiness/bitterness is more than sufficient for an APA, but of course, I wish that it were greater. In fact, this hop bill would make a great IPA. The label says that 4 varieties of hops were used and I'll just bet that Amarillo and Cascade are two of them.

Just as in the nose, the tropical fruit (pineapple, grapefruit, orange) is front and center on the palate. The bittering is gentle, but insistent, and is cumulative as the glass is emptied. I'd like to see a slightly bigger body than the light-medium one that has been provided, but it does make the beer insanely drinkable.

Twilight Ale is a lip smackin' good summer brew and is superior to Deschutes's year-round APA, Mirror Pond Pale Ale. Hopilicious and supremely quaffable, this is a beer to seek out and consume in quantity. Easily my new favorite beer from a quality Oregon brewery.

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Photo of russpowell
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bbd sep 29 06

Pours honey colored with a 3 fingers+ white head. No head retention & a little lacing

Smell: Big citrusy/ floral (cascade??) hoppyness with slight fruittyness

Taste: Big citrussy hops followed by biscuitty malt flavors,

MF: Medium with average carbonation & pretty good balance

Drinks too easy. A pretty solid APA, nothing too memorable. Not bad at all though

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ice streams of carbonation could be seen coming up towards the top and a good sixed two inch head of white foam came over the top right away. Slight settling still left behind copious amounts of sticky white lace, with a bare top.

The aroma was nice and hopped, grassy with some decent touches of light citrus and pine mixed in. A bisuit like bready middle to it that really came out once it warmed up. The flavor was more of the same, crisp and clean, with a quick hitting citric hop bite in the front that mellowed out with some light grain, and bready malts to balance nicley, all the while staying very light and towards the hoppier side of the style. Crisp and clean with a light feel and a great carbonation profile, this was defintly a very nice offering that was easily sessionable during the evening,

Overall not bad at all here This was a very good little session ale that I would have no issue at all with trying out again some day

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

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a goblet cold.
A - A hazed golden amber w/ a full 2 finger off white head that places a swiss cheese coating of lace on the glass.

S - A mix of fruits and subtle hop scents. A cool mix of pine hops and malty aromas. I want to venture to say German malts and aided by some citrus hops in the nose.

M - Light, dry and a mildly hoppy bitter w/ a smooth finish. Moderate carbonation adds depth to the feel.

T - A mildly flavored english style in taste. A decently malty and hopped with citrus flavoring hops. Very tasty-a bit toasty w/ dextrinous dry grain and sweet hop tastes in the finish.

D - A highly quaffable session ale. Not a big beer, one made for easy drinkiing. I enjoyed it and consider it above average in this respect. Tastes like a touch of wheat or rye in the malt. An interesting everyday kind of brew.

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Photo of billab914
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Alesmith pint glass. Poured a a clear amber color with a moderate white head filling the top half inch of the glass. Moderate head retention and just a bit of lacing.

The aroma has a citrusy and earthy hop presence mixed with a sweeter, malty flavor. It's not that strong of an aroma, but a well balanced one at least. The taste shows a bit more of the malty flavors with a bit of caramel and sweetness coming through. Some citrusy, orange, hoppiness comes through as well. Like the nose not overly flavorful but pretty pretty well balanced.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it's an easy drinking beer. It wasn't the most flavorful beer I've had but the balance made it pretty easy drinking. Decent beer overall.

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Photo of smcolw
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear pour of straw to gold color; muted head with a touch of lace. I like the aroma which features excellent malt-hop balance. The malt portion is light while the hops smell fresh.

The taste is more hoppy than expected (given the smell). The flavor is quite dry, but successfully balances the bitterness. Slightly undercarbonated, this beer is full bodied.

The aroma is the peak experience. Still I recommend seeking this beer out as it is rare to have such fine balance with excellent complexity.

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Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with a "Best By" freshness date on the label.

LOOK: Sudsy foam leaves behind some white lacing on the glass, shiny golden color shows off its clarity

SMELL: Oily hops, citrus, white tea leaves, blond tobacco, a little fruity, biscuity

TASTE: Decent smoothness, moderate body, toasted grain, citrusy hop, mild malt sweetness, drying bitterness, earthy tobacco, finishes semi-dry

A downright well balanced APA, light enough to quaff in the dead of summer and flavorful enough to keep your taste buds in check.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 07/11/11 notes. Thanks to my girlfriend for bringing me back some random Oregon beers I haven't had before to try. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a hazy golden yellow color with two inches if white head and high carbonation evident. No lacing or real retention.

s - Smells of citrus hops, bready malts, grain, and light fruity malts. Very light hops which is nice, but would have liked a little more in the nose.

t - Tastes of light fruity malts, light citrus hops, bready malts, and wheat. Very light on all fronts, definitely seems like a watered down light beer.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a pretty average beer, but a good alternative to a BMC light beer. Definitely some citrus hops in the nose, but just not enough from the taste to be anything special. Would order this if I saw it at a bar in Oregon and it was offered with some other light beers, but wouldn't seek it out again.

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