Twilight Summer Ale | Deschutes Brewery

Twilight Summer AleTwilight Summer Ale
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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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Ratings: 1,470 |  Reviews: 456
Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
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 acurtis
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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 GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
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 kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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 -1.6%
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 kojevergas
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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 oline73
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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 LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

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 jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 52% out of 100 with 1,470 ratings
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