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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 Oakenator
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright amber yellow in the glass with a full, thick head. Retention is good and some spotted lacing present on the glass.

S: Mild hopping and malts.

T: Crisp yet full flavor - light, citrus hop flavor balanced with a decent chunk of malt to give it some more body.

M: Creamy carbonation and relatively light on the tongue.

O: Good summer brew and a nice take on the summer beer - something light with lots of body and not too much citrus.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 2013-10-24
Glass: Large glass mug

Twilight Summer Ale is certainly an enjoyable, easy-drinking beer, but it lacks significance in aromatic characters and the flavor is mostly a mix of grainy malts, hints of fruitiness, and light to moderate bitterness. Drinkable, but not memorable or desirable enough to my palate to warrant trying again. A bit more interesting malts or dry-hopping could go a long way with this beer.

Pours a 1.5cm head of fairly clean, white foam, composed of small to medium-sized bubbles, creating a somewhat dense, sponge-like appearance. Head dissipates within one and a half minutes, about average for the style, but remains as a 0.2cm cap atop the body throughout the session and leaves excellent lacing in its wake, a complex mixture of cobwebs and waves of clinging foam. Beer is a transparent, mineral-like golden yellow color, with light bringing out brighter yellow-orange hues. Carbonation is visible rising from around the bottom of the glass, numerous and quite active.

Aroma is somewhat bland, of slightly sweet and grainy malts and hints of fruity esters (like cut apple, plum) likely produced by ale yeast. I'm not picking up any citrus or significant complexity that a few other reviewers seemed to have pulled out of nowhere.

Overall flavor is of grainy and cereal-like malts with mild fruitiness from ale esters (plum, apple) and hops (light peach, cantaloupe); bitterness is notable, but still mild enough to let the malts and fruit characters carry the majority of this beer. Front of palate finds sweet and grainy pale malts with vague fruit flavor (a bit of watery apple or plum). Mid-palate features sweet pale malts, some graininess, with modest peach, orange, cantaloupe flavor, and lower-edge bitterness. Back of palate picks up grainy malts, peach, orange, and cantaloupe flavors, and moderate bitterness. Aftertaste is of moderate bitterness with crisp, grainy malt flavors and faint hints of fruit, most noticeably peach and canteloupe.

Beer is medium-light to light in body, slightly watery around the edges, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a slightly fizzy, then foamy and smooth mouthfeel. Closes semi-dry, with little residual stickiness on the palate or lips.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Guden
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- golden orange with a light white head that fades to small bubbles.

S- light tangerine and wood with a malty backbone giving a bit of a candy impression.

T- light fruity citrus (tangerine and melon) washes over the tongue balanced by moderate sweetness. Nothin too exciting.

M- medium light in body. While it finishes off dry the body is a bit bigger and the carbonation a bit lower than would be ideal.

O- a pleasant enough light summer beer though nothing to rave about. Comes off as a light pale ale with nothing to really set it apart from competition.

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Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 1,470 ratings
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