Twilight Summer Ale
Deschutes Brewery

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American Blonde Ale
Ranked #127
Ranked #36,572
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: 1,549
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%

Twilight. I didn't want to buy a six pack because I wasn't sure I'd enjoy it. So lo and behold, I've found a single. Hy Vee in Sioux Falls, SD.

Appearance (3.75) : Off white head about two fingers. The body is an orangish yellow color, reminds me of orange Dimetapp for some reason. Head leaves intricate webs of lace around the glass.

Aroma (3.5) : Pale ale aroma with hints of lemon and orange. The woody grapefruit note is strong from the hops. I wasn't expecting this to be a pale ale per se, but I can understand now where I was wrong..."ale" means pale ale in most circles nowadays. Bouquet is strong.

Taste (3.5) : Orange rind and grapefruit rind. A little while later some orange and grapefruit flesh. The aftertaste is somewhat yeasty, which I like. Some lemon in there, too. The Amarillo hops are pretty strong in this brew. Again, was not expecting a pale.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : Creamy, carbonated, malty.

Overall (3.44) : I wasn't expecting a pale ale when I bought this or even popped the cap. For that reason I'm lowering the overall score a bit. I guess I was expecting an ale with fruit, or maybe something shandy-like. For that reason I am somewhat let down. I have to get past that, however and rate it as a pale ale. In that regard it is pretty good. Not quite as good as Mirror Pond, but a fair shake is owed to Twilight Summer Ale.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, biscuits. Taste is citrus, floral hops, malts kicking in at the finish, very high drinkability. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall makes a fine session beer.

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Photo of matjack85
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%

I got this single 12oz bottle as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL, making this single bottle $1.67. Freshness date of 10/21/14 is stamped on the front label.

The beer poured a hazy golden orange color with a 1-finger white head that lasted about a minute. Despite the small sized head it left lots of good lacing.

Floral and spicy hop aroma. Smells more like an IPA than a blonde ale.

Tastes just like it smalls. Citrus and grassy hops dominate the taste followed by a heavy dose of spices. Slight caramel malt sweetness takes a back seat to the hops and spices.. If this was listed as an IPA or an APA I would grade it higher, but to pass this off as a blonde ale is a big misrepresentation.

Smooth and creamy with a light to medium body and low to moderate carbonation.

This is a decent good tasting beer, but it fails badly as a blonde ale. There is nothing blonde ale-ish about it.

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Photo of jellikit
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Appearance: Orange with a red hue. Clear. Thin head. Thin lacing.
Smell: very light citrus.
Taste: light malt. Cara-red or maybe some victory malt. Followed by medium citrus hop flavor. Medium-light bitterness.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Medium-light body. Dry.
Overall: solid, refreshing, easy-drinking red ale. Nothing over the top, nothing spectacular. But a well built beer that is pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Hops: Northern Brewer, Amarillo, Cascade, Tettnang.
Malt: NW Pale, Carastan, Carapils.

Best by date of 07.25.14.
Poured into a tumbler on 05.15.14.

A: Somewhat cloudy amber. 3 finger head. Nice lacing.

S: Spices. Very malty and sweet.

T: Spices, caramel dominate.

M: Creamy. Good carbonation.

O: This is a strange blonde. The hops weren't detectable in this one. It tasted more like an amber.

Rating: B

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass.

A- Poured a clear orange color with tons of streaming carbonation and frothy white head that left glass-coating lace.

S- Lots of bright citrusy and floral hops with cracker malt backbone. Not a very strong aroma, but very crisp hop character that is very well balanced with the malt character.

T- Lots of bright citrusy and floral hops with a nice cracker malt backbone with notes of bread and caramelized sugar.

M- Very crisp, dry, refreshing, light bodied, and prickly carbonation.

O- This is a simple and incredibly enjoyable summer ale. The bright and delicate hop character blends perfectly with the malt character.

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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 barczar
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%

Brilliant deep golden with copper highlights and a frothy cream head. Aroma is zesty, with grass, light floral notes, and that signature Amarillo savory character. There's a hint of bready malt. Flavor is slightly fruity, likely attributable to specialty malt, with floral, perfumey notes, a touch of citrus, and a grassy, almost piney, earthy, crisp finish. Very clean and refreshing, though the perfumey character is somewhat overwhelming.

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Photo of rangerred
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy medium copper with a half finger white head. Head retention really isn't all that great but there is some ok lacing.

Aroma really brings out some orange peel and lemon zest. Maybe a little fruit punch too. It is very juicy but not so much tropical. Very little malt in the nose.

The flavor has loads of lemon up front backed up by some orange. There is a strong graininess that quickly rushes in but it works well to balance out the hops. Just a fairly mild bitterness that lingers and helps to cleanse the palate.

Overall, a nice version of a blonde ale. Maybe a bit more hoppy than other examples but it is a great thirst quencher with good flavor to boot.

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Photo of drpimento
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle came from a too warm cooler. Net result being that some qualities of the beer are exaggerated good, others less. Appearance is great with a huge frothy head and lots of lace. Aroma is fruit and hops with a little grain and malt. Body because of temp is hard to gauge. Aftertaste may have been affected by a shot of rye whiskey which gave it some not so good flavs.

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Photo of bwood06
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden orange with a slight haze. Head dissipates quickly to a thin lacing.

S - Grapefruit with other citrus. Well hopped. Malt seems to make more of an appearance farther down the glass.

T - Acidic first taste with grapefruit. Grapefruit is present throughout entire tasting profile. Slightly bitter when swallowing. Nice taste of a sweet, biscuity malt.

M - Very crisp and dry. Finishes very clean with very little aftertaste.

O - Great beer for a hot summer's day. Nice grapefruit flavor. Very refreshing.

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Photo of Brenden
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one is nearly orange with a deep golden glow through its body, a heavy chill haze mostly clearing up through the course of the session. It's still only translucent, though, but quite bright despite it. The head is very creamy, starting at a full finger and falling pretty slowly to a foam that leaves an equally creamy ring with some thickness and stick to it, followed mostly by lighter spotting.
Nice, bright citrusy hops greet the nose with both a sweeter complement of light fruits under the medium-dry biscuit-like malts notes and a very light bitterness of a more resinous nature. I get something almost like powdered sugar, too, with some very mature treated tobacco leaf.
The taste brings more of the sweetness but a touch more pith countering with a little more pine-like bitterness. There's a bit of an earth/leaf combination, too, before finishing more powdery, sweet and somehow mildly bitter at the same time.
There's a very gentle bite in the feel, and it starts on the tongue leaning sweeter before hitting semi-dry and keeping light dryness on the tongue the rest of the way. Crispness nips lightly and doesn't give out, while smoothness comes through nicely.

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Photo of Mark-Leggett
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This blonde tastes like a mix between a blonde and an Octoberfest. Golden in hue with a small head. Malty and bready with a hop hit. I quite enjoy this beer

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Photo of majorbase2
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a semi-translucent yellow-orange with a nice foamy white head that dissipates quickly. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Aroma has lots of citrus up front with some spices. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple. Some lightly toasted malts.

Taste has more of the malts up front, followed by slightly muted citrus and a hint of sweetness at the end. Some floral hops and pine as well.

Light bodied and rather dry. Quite thin.

Overall, a very crisp and refreshing beer. I'm typically not a fan of the "Summer Ale", but this one does it quite well.

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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 minterro
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Got a single bottle from my gf. poured into a pint glass and paired with chips and salsa.

A&S: Translucent orange colored beer lively with carbonation bubbles. The head is a tad off white and leaves some lacing along the glass. Majority of the aroma is citrus hops complemented by spices and a malty undertone.

T&M: Not super flavorful, lots of malty tones. The hoppy citrus and earthy tones are not all that presence in the taste. Although it lack a huge flavor profile it is quite nice for summer. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing, not overly crisp and sharp though.

Overall: Doesn't really match the style of beer. I assumed that this beer was a pale until I saw the label on BA. So that would be my biggest complaint about it. A very enjoyable summer brew, would buy again (if on sale or something).

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

Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery, my first by these guys. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew's got a 1.5 finger thick light tan head, clear golden body, and awesome lacing.

I smell lighter malts, not a whole lot of hop profundity. A little bit of earthiness is present here, too.

Just a very slight bit of sweet malt before an even lighter hop taste. But this brew doesn't skimp on flavor. Just the right balance of body and lightness.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. These guys did an awesome job with this ultra quenching consistency!

Overall an outstanding 4 Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery. This is one of the best seasonal summer brews I've experienced! I will buy this brew again.

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

Appearance: Pale orange copper with a decent head and plenty of lacing. Noticeable carbonation.

Smell: Orange, bready malts.

Taste: Orange, pine, grapefruit, caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, with a mild hop bitterness in the finish.

The Verdict: Good beer. Well balanced, and it has a nice orange zest without beating you over the head with bitterness. Another winner from Deschutes.

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Photo of nreed
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer poured nicely with good carbonation. It was clear, although I swear the bottle said it was bottle conditioned. The smell was mild, which I was expecting with it geared towards a summer session beer. The taste was pleasantly mild, following the smell. I could taste slight hints of citrus, but again it was quite mild. I thought it would be a good introduction beer for newbies, but my friend was not too fond of it. Overall it's a good beer for summer barbecue sessions

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Photo of PBIU
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really like this as a summer offering. Different than what is out there in terms of overall balance.

Look is golden and clear. A very bright looking beer.

Smell is grassy with that hint of fruity maltiness and that house yeast that Deschutes uses.

Taste for me is a tickle of hops on the front end, then the malt balances well with the sweeter yeast character.

Feel is light like a summer beer should be.

Overall an enjoyable summer beer. This and their River Ale are very similar. I call River Ale, Twilight Lite.

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Photo of alphagnome
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Incredibly clear orange body, holds a decent white head with respectable retention and a surprising amount of lacing. Gobs of carbonation.

Very light aroma, but does house a nice floral hop presence backed by a bit of wheat and hay. Citrus is splashed throughout. Pleasant sweetness.

Great hoppiness. Light pine laced with sweet floral hops usher in a simple, wheat malt base. Great balance, it not a bit on the bitter side. Nice citrusy finish with a hint of pepper.

Light and crisp. Smooth and easy to drink with a clean finish. Refreshing!

A superb example of what a summer beer should be. Tasty, crisp and light, this is definitely the summer beer to beat!

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Photo of BB1313
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 8/7/14. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy burnt orange with a small white head that fades leaving nice retention and lacing. The aromas are full of citrus. I'm pretty sure this is hopped with Amarillo, but I feel like I'm picking up Citra. Lots of orange marmalade. Some malts in the aromas as well. Some bread. Smells fine. The flavors are earthy and has a nice bitterness to it. Tons of caramel. Some orange zest and grapefruit is in the mix. Some lime. Some pine. Lots of grass. Clean and bitter. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's light, but has some body to it. It has active carbonation and is pretty creamy and fluffy. Crisp and sharp stuff. Pretty smooth. Good for the summer.

This is a pretty solid summer brew. It's nothing mindblowing, but it's well crafted and works well with the hot weather. It's definitely hoppier than I expected.

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

Clear light copper pour with a white one-finger head and medium carbonation. Taste is light and bready with a decent grassy hop presence. Also has light pine and grapefruit flavors with a touch of caramel and biscuit on the back end.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 ounce bottle into a pub glass.

A- Hazy golden body with blonde hues. Lovely sticky, fluffy, pale white head that persists well. Lace is abundant. Steady carbonation is visible.

S- Pungent citrus and sweet malt. Hop-heavy aroma.

T- Interesting. Like a toned-down IPA. Pungent hops, but not aggressive in taste. Sweet caramel and bready malts are probably just as pronounced as the hops. There's a citrusy quality to the beer, kind of like orange juice, as in it's sweeter and doesn't have the bitter, biting sensation of a lot of IPAs.

M- Medium-bodied with a slight bitterness and a balance of dryness and sweetness. Carbonation is hardly noticeable, but there.

O- This beer does a good job of drinking like something light but still offering flavor. With the surge in session IPAs, this beer suffers a bit by comparison with it's muted hop profile. By no means a bad beer though.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours an orange golden color with a small white head of foam. The head fades relatively quickly, leaving a moderate level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – An orange citrus and bready smell are the strongest of the aromas, with them being mixed with some light caramel smells as well. Along with these smells are some grapefruit and a bit of pine as well as hints of a grassy smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor that is mixed with a decently sweet and hoppy citrus flavor of orange sweetness and grapefruit hop. As the taste advances it seems to become slightly less sweet with some of the orange fading a bit and being replaced by a bit more grapefruit hop. All the while other hop flavors of a grassy and pine nature develop on the tongue and while lighter upfront, pick up stream as the flavor moves to the end. A little bit of caramel and some grain come at the very end of the taste leaving a nice balanced and clean flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. The higher carbonation was great for creating a more crisp and refreshing brew with the average body still upholds the nice flavor profile well.

Overall – A very tasty summer style ale with lots of flavor and a great balance. This is a go to.

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Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 1549 ratings