Twilight Summer Ale
Deschutes Brewery

Twilight Summer AleTwilight Summer Ale
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American Blonde Ale
Ranked #128
Ranked #36,596
3.69 | pDev: 11.65%
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Twilight Summer AleTwilight Summer Ale
Notes: Summer has its own rules. As luck would have it, it also has it's own beer. This clever golden-hued ale pours remarkably crisp and clean. A distinctive malt body complements a refreshing hop profile led by a heady dose of bold Amarillo hops. Enjoy.

Malt: Pale, Carapils, Crystal, Munich
Hops: Sterling, Celeia, Cascade, Tettnang
38 IBU
Reviews: 478 | Ratings: 1,550
Photo of canucklehead
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now this mes amis is how you make a summer seasonal; big bold and full of hops. Now I like this beer because it reminds me of Sam Adams Lager crossed with SNPA. Lots of hops on the nose and the palate with that classic balance on the finish. I wish this beer was available year round.

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Photo of alexgash
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange yellow that's not quite clear, topped by a finger of tightly-packed, off-white bubbles. Juicy hops on the nose. Light citrus, mostly orange, tones mix with sap. Biscuity and lightly sweet malt to boot. Taste features light, crisp malt up front--slightly buttery and sweetbreadish (shortbread cookies?). Juicy, citrusy hops follow. More orange and tangerine than grapefruit. Bitterness is moderate, but overwhelms the malt in the finish. Light-medium body, with a dry finish. Light and refreshing pale ale, and another great beer from Deschutes.

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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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Photo of KoG
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spotted this for the first time just today. I like all the other Deschutes products, so can't I lose right?

Orange hue with an off white head that lingers a bit but ultimately disappears. Sticky lace ring is evident.

Smell is predominately malt with a light flowery hop essence. A good amount for a summer offering, but light even for an APA.

Taste is just like the smell. Mostly malt with lite hops. Good after a day in the desert though. It will grow on you, even with the somewhat dry finish.

Not a bad summer offering that is quite drinkable, but a bit disappointed with the slight lack of hops. Throw in a bit more hops and possibly darken the color a bit.

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Photo of 1whiskey
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy light golden color with a tiny head that disappears instantly.
Smell is of wheat, grass, some floral notes as well. First taste is very mild, a little hop bitterness to start, but this gives way to a subtle and pleasant malt background. Very light body with a creamy quality a perhaps just a tad too much CO2. This gets better as it warms, more suble textures, reminiscent of the smell of a spring day. Extremely drinkable, I could easily drink this all day. This was brewed to be light-bodied and highly drinkable, and that's exactly what it is. This is one of the better summer seasonals I've had, and would make a fantastic sessioner.

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Photo of mschofield
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a medium gold (they call it straw), topped with a one finger foamy white head.
Clean, fresh aroma, lightly toasted biscuit, citrus note.
Fruit, floral/perfume taste, tangerine, biscuit and light candy notes. Citrus rind.
Light-medium bodied, coating. Lighter pale ale, good for the hot weather (as was their aim).

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It is, as the bartender informed me, “a light golden ale.” Sure enough, my Twilight lived up to the bartender’s word. It was light bodied and golden in appearance with a thin head and no discernable odor. It’s also a bit hazy.

As Twilight warms (Deschutes consistently serves their beers too cold) a light malty sweetness unfolds in the taste and aroma. There's not much else to say about this beer. It is gentle and fair enough though rather routine.

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Photo of beerceller99
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle pours a light amber fluid. A thin head fades quickly to a sheen at the edge of the glass. Has a faint aroma of perfumy hops. Taste is a mild, non offensive grainy, yeasty malt flavor with a mild, fresh hops flavor to balance.

Refreshing and easy drinking, this would be good medicine for those with heavy exposure to Macro piss waters.

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Photo of WesWes
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head along with floaties. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful malt complexity that balances well with the floral hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a very smooth malt palate that is slightly sweet and boasts of pale, carapils, and light crystal malts. The hop bitterness is mild. It balances near perfect. It goes down easy and finishes a bit fruity in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is outstanding. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good American pale ale. It has excellent flavor and aroma; a good drinker.

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

This sits as a pale orange and gold with a modest head, and it's not leaving any lacing behind.

The taste has a good hop punch; it could almost be toned down a bit. The malt profile seems to be dominated by the pale variety and comes through well. A medium body rounds out the characteristics nicely.

This is a good beer for the season, almost sitting on the heavier side of things.

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Photo of freed
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked some of this up for an in-law, I mean, its another pale ale. Can it really touch mirror pond?

Well, it pours a dullish brown yellow with a slight head. Nothing fancy.

The aroma is also fairly routine. Mild citrus aroma, but a somewhat assertive stale malt aroma. Its not bad, but not that alluring.

The taste is pretty good, but it takes a while to grow on you. Its a rather solid blend of pale malt with a somewhat green and simple hop side. It makes for easy drinking, but it has an accumulating dry barley hull sensation.

Needless to say, its a decent summer beer, but really adds nothing to Deschutes formidable line.

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Photo of Todd
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with a best by 09/29/04.

Appearance: Chill-hazed, light amber colored brew, active carbonation and a thin white lace with some stick.

Smell: Apple-y, grain tannins.

Taste: Smooth at first, then a bit gritty around the edges with an apple-like flavor and feel. Touch of malt sweetness and bready notes. A low lime rind hop bitterness with some nondescript spice, and a refreshing break on the palate. A touch buttery towards the drying, coarse finish.

Notes: There's nothing obtrusive about this beer, nor is there anything that makes it anything more than average. That said, it's a pretty decent APA and a smooth drinking session beer.

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Photo of sinistersteve
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orangeish color with a nice thick white head (about a fingers worth).

Aroma is semi citrusy.

Flavor is nothing to write home about. Seems to have a decent blend of malt and hops. Nothing stands out though.

I was very interested in tryingthis one when I first saw it out in the 12-packs. Finally got a hold of a single and was happy I didn't pay for the whole 12 pack.

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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 feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

light orange/peachy color, big, creamy white head.
Aroma is soft and lightly fruity, gets sweeter and hoppier as it goes,oily, resiney. yeah, the hops are shy up front, but bloom a bit with time.
Neat little bitterness up front, turning fruity and very tasty. Light in body, with minimal mouthfeel, just enough, actually, if they're going for a smooth, flavorful session brew. Perfect summertime quaffer.
To please me, they could go hoppier, but, eh, there's more than me out there, ain't there. This is just right for what it is.

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Photo of rkhaze
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a medium sized, quickly disappating off white head.
Smells of malt and fruit with clean citrus hop finish.
Taste mimics the aromas. Good balance of ingredients.
Light to medium bodied with crisp carbonation.
Good balance and light mouthfeel lead to good drinkability.
Very subdued for a Deschutes product...but then again, it is a Summer Ale.

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Photo of woemad
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.29. I've also had this several times on tap at The Viking.

Pours a copper color, with a moderate white, foamy head that drops fast. Not much lace.

Smells of floral hops and softly sweet malts. This is probably going to be a good mild pale ale.

Taste is more substantial than I would have thought from the smell. There's more of a hop flavor than I expected, but it's nevertheless a restrainted version of the American Pale Ale type of beer. This is a good summer pale, mild enough on the hops as to be a decent outdoor session beer in hot weather, but still packing enough flavor to put the average macro offering to shame.

Light bodied, but not too light. This is an excellent variation on the style, and I hope this becomes a regular summer brew from Deschutes. I could drink lots of these with few problems, besides the ones I started with!

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

The beer burst forth from the 12-ounce brown bottle a cloudless golden color with a semi-creamy white head that is modest in size and as it dissolves, the lace forms a thick and clinging sheet upon the glass. Nose is malt dominated with a slight hint of hops, lime like in its crispness, fresh and pleasing to the nose and the eyes, start is delightfully malted and slightly sweet with the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is moderate in its acidity, the hops delectable in their spicy presence, very dry and lingering aftertaste, and a nice beer and really hits the spot.

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Photo of RootedFool
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours hazy copper from a 12 ounce bottle purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Eureka, California. The head rises three quarter inches, snow white, and deflates immediately, leaving a layer of soapy bubbles on the brew's surface.

Bright floral nose like honeysuckle, with a fresh grassy middle, closing on simultaneously sweet and peppery notes.

Taste opens with a low-riding sweetness on the back of my palate -- blunt, yet subtle melon sweetness (honeydew) -- the middle is a flash of sharp bitterness on the very tip of my palate, and it folds back giving room to some grassy earthiness. Aftertaste is tart, almost sour, like lemon rind, and lingers on my palate -- tingling.

Mouthfeel is plainly clean; middling carbonation.

Not a bad pale for the summer, give it a try.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Robust raw grain dominates Deschutes Twilight Ale, masking a seemingly charismatic, but shy, hop profile. And though the grain is never adjunct-laden, always as fresh as the pure cracked barley kernels themselves, it is overpowering. Still, Twilight Ale builds an image for itself on this very profile which goes against the typical American pale ale, but in a very purposive way.

The grain, though loud, is never tannic. The filling yet quenching body is never too heavy. A barely noticeable finishing residual sweetness is a nice touch. Despite what seems on first taste like an overload of graininess, this beer is exceptionally balanced.

As it warms, the fruitiness of the hops along with a subtle backtongue bitterness presents the quintessence of pale ale. Citrus, perhaps a little floral Centennial, yes, but with the grassy underpinnings of Saaz. Unfortunately, combined with the heavy grain finish, the bittering comes off as either too abrasive or too green, despite how soft the beer is overall. Either the grain or the hops would have been fine on the finish -- the former more English, the latter more PacNW -- but together they are too aggressive, making for one of the most flavored finishes in beer, that sadly makes us forget what preceeded it.

You'd never guess any of this from smelling the beer -- what a hop orchard would smell like . . . if hops grew in orchards.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle. Dated 9/29/04
It pours a hazy brass/copper color with a medium-sized white head and some patchy and trailing lace.
A dry malt and grassy smell jump right out, then fade. A faint smell of floral hop lingers in the background.
The crisp-edged biscuity malt body lays a thin foundation for the bitter and spicy hops.
This a cutting and sharp brew which does well on a hot and humid night.
Thanks Jason!

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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 Reidrover
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

OK saw this for the first time today, decided just to buy a single 12 ozer instead of the six.
They expunged the Pine Mountain Pils for this, so it better be good....
The appearance is of ice tea with a largish frothy white head..that goes fast.
rather weak aroma with a touch of hops..slight spiciness.
The taste is quite a golden ale..with slightly more hop bitterness at the end..tea like taste also, seems to gel with the ice tea appearance.
Average on the palate, nothing bad,nothing good.
Its quite drinkable..its only good point.
Must say this is an OK beer but its bad in comparison to one of the few good pilsners ever to come out of Oregon..bring back the Pine Mountain Pils next year ..PLEASE

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Photo of genaro
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes Twilight Ale, summer 2004, had a transluscent light straw color capped by short-lived quarter inch white head. There was some streaky lace.The pleasant citrusy aroma was predominently grapefruity. The taste was sharp and grapefruity with a good hop bite tempered by some malt sweetness. The finish was slightly dry and citrusy. Overall it was flavorful, but not overpowering, and definately thirst quenching. Just what a summer beer should be.

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Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 1550 ratings