Twilight Summer Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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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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3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

crystal clear light orange, light carbonation coming up from the bottom, two finger white head dies down to thin layer, spotty delicate lacing. smell mild hops, grassy. taste is light summer fare, clean, with a hop level that's very approachable, bit of malt to back it up. low abv makes it ideal for picnics, parties, neighborhood barbecues. a bit thin on mouthfeel, but for the style and intended audience i think it's fine. it does have more body than bmc offers, so again, no issues here.

add a 4th of july outing and it'd be great!

update 8/2/13 nose make it very inviting and fresh near midnight

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3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear, light caramel with a standard white head that dissipates in about two minutes. The head isn't too thick or foamy, just a light bubbly about one finger thick.

Smell: A present, rich citrus hops. Very sweet. Subtle wheat scent.

Taste: The beginning has a soft fruity presence, nothing bitter nor malty; the middle breaches more of the hoppy ground involved, with a very light bitterness; the end fades into a grain with a strong wheat aftertaste. A summer brew, most definitely.

Mouthfeel: A semi-fizzy, light gulp. It's refreshing and slides right down with no bite.

Overall: This is a pretty standard summer ale; wheat, light, refreshing. It does decently well overall. Nothing to get crazy about, just a plainly solid summer brew.

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3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: hazy golden caramel with a thick 3 white head

s: sweet malt, sweet citrus, nice bread backbone

t: first sip tastes slightly watery. bitter grapefruit, clean grassy/straw flavor, pretty floral - which is nice. caramel malt and faint tea leaf on the back end. an easy drinker for sure, but could use a little fuller flavors

m: lighter side of medium. medium carbonation

o: as said above, it could use a little fuller flavor. but for a 5% 'summer' ale its a nice beer to have a few while manning the grill. not the best, but a thumbs up.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a light-gold, nearly orange color with a white head that leaves nice lacing as it recedes. Very nearly clear with a slight haze that dissipates as it warms.

Aroma: Surprisingly sweet and fruity. Reminds me of caramel apple with hits of pear and slight orange and pineapple citrus underneath.

Flavor: Similar to the aroma with focus on juicy, citrusy, slightly grassy and piny hops. Apple, peach, and grapefruit flavor are complemented by caramel and toffee flavors from the malt. Balance is slightly toward the hops, and the moderate bitterness lingers after the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate-high carbonation and a slight astringency.

Overall: An enjoyable, if slightly confusing beer. The intense fruity flavor and aroma, while enjoyable, is not what I expect in a Blonde. Calling this an APA would be a little closer, but still miss the mark. The combination of Amarillo hops and the typical estery English yeast strain they probably used results in a beer that smells and tastes a little like candy. Interesting and drinkable for sure, but I wish it had a little more focus.

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3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: clear golden, off white moderate, lacy, somewhat clingy head.

S: orange peel, malt

T: Citrusy, slightly bitter, somewhat malty, some hoppiness

M: clean and slightly carbonated, rather like a carbonated iced tea.

O: Not bad- clear, light, drinkable and pleasant. Smells better than it tastes, which is too bad, but just barely.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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