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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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to whiskey for the bottle.

Appearance: perfectly clear burnished gold. Head is white and pillowy. Drops to a small cap in shirt order. Some splotches and spots of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Lightly sweet toasted grain. Faint caramel malt sweetness. Some citrus in the back. Slight hop spiciness. Some apple skin and solidly bready malts. Light and clean. A bit of grass and underripe peach. Floral, decidedly so.

Taste: Bread crust. Moderate toasted malt. Hops run more floral than anything, with a nice backing hop spiciness. Some hints of citrus. Malts are light and clean. Nicely balanced. A bit earthy as it warms. Gives it a bit more depth than anticipated. Nice clean Deschutes yeast profile. Apple skin. Light overall fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Light and clean. Moderate carbonation. A bit crisp. Nicely drinkable.

Overall: Golden Earring was singing about this beer.

Deschutes makes drinkable and approachable beer. That's the truth and worth it.

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Photo of GaToWyo
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Zbeetleman
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of roodie
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Beefytits4
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber color with a 2 finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. Biscuity, malty aroma with hints of tropical fruits and maybe some toffee. Mild hops. Pale, biscuit malty taste with some tropical fruit and slight hop at the end. Light bodied with mild carbonation. Slight astringency at the end. Decent beer worth trying.

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Photo of Eaglefan344
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of jschott75
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of BeerOps
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Sokool
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of magictacosinus
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. Freshness date is stamped on the label as "08/30/13."

Pours a light yet firm amber color with a generous amount of bubbles alongside the glass, as well as about 4 fingers worth of head. Head retention is excellent, as usual with these guys. Fluffy, creamy, and leaves tons of thick lacing on the sides. Lots of large bubbles coat the top. Can more summer beers look like this, please?

There's a classic West Coast hop profile going on at the nose, only with some key differences. Cascade and Amarillo hops provide the resinous, citrus peel notes, complete with orange blossom, kaffir limes, dried flowers, as well as a bit of honey and toffee underneath. There's a breezy cracked toasted grain flavor that reminds me slightly of the initial aroma produced by newly lit kindling wood. Grassy as hell, almost to the point of being pretty herbal. Slightly sweet at the aroma, but holds well together with the earthy bitterness and floral characteristics. Just like their NWPA, this is a seasonal that stands above the others of its kind.

The flavor follows the aroma in the same way, although it's far grainier than expected. Cracked, cereal toasted graininess comes at first, soon with orange and lemon peel, as well as notes of lime, light honey, apricots, and biscuits. The zest lingers about, turning slightly soapy and floral, although it passes rather quickly. The breadiness is light and affirming, and surprisingly mellow, although it's not as racy at the aroma was, and it doesn't help that it feels slightly thinned at the finish. Not that I would want a summer ale this grain-focused to be super heavy, but it only falls through by tasting bready but not following it up in the mouthfeel. Otherwise, it's quite refreshing, and inoffensive to drink.

Not a bad summer offering by Deschutes at all, and definitely a change of pace from all of the pilsners I've been downing. However, I do wish the hop profile were slightly zestier rather than soapy, and that the malts came through in a heartier manner. Definitely well made if only a bit underwhelming.

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Photo of Walletsworth
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of constantine_272
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear golden yellow with a touch of orange. Highly carbonated. White head with good thickness and a slight tinge of yellow.

S: Fresh grain. Light bready notes. Mild lemon and orange pith.

T: Orange rind. Dry leaves. Mild vanilla and coriander. Light hop aroma but medium hop body.

M: Light with a medium dry aftertaste. Thin and easy to drink.

O: Not sure i call this a blonde. It seemed more like a copper or a light pale to me. It's a bit dry on the finish for the style if you ask me but its a nice summer session.

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Photo of StArnoldFan
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Austin Beerworks pilsner glass.

Bottle dated best by 9/18/13

Pours a golden yellow color with a thick white 3 finger head. Nice retention and lacing as the glass goes down, looks pretty. Not so strong on the scent, from the bottle I could smell some lingering hops, from my glass there is not much to speak of, just a little toasted malt. Taste is nice and mild, a good summer ale just as the bottle states. Overall a nice summer beer, I could picture myself having a few by the pool in 1 sitting although I'm not sure ill be running back to this one after my 6 pack is gone.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery
3.69 out of 5 based on 1,470 ratings.
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