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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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Photo of mattdbh
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of robuncorked
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good summer ale even 4 months late. Pours a golden bright orange with a 1/2 inch of head. Lacing ring sticks around though out the entire beer. Smell is mild but consists of hoppy citrus and grapefruit twang with a mild yeasty sweet balance.

Taste is simple with hops shining though (as crisp as ever) with matching fruity yeast and a mild walnut taste. Mouth feel is kind of on the heavy side delivering a light medium feel which might hurt session ability.

Overall this beer was well worth the mix in match price. These guys really know how to make good beer.

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Photo of jnoelani
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Guinness tulip pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy blonde color with a creamy, medium-sized white head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind some large spots of lace.

Smell: Citrus and floral aromas backed up by nuttiness.

Taste: Starts of with toasty flavors, rounding out to citrus and finishing with a mild earthiness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with sharp carbonation and a watery, refreshing finish.

Overall: A flavorful, easy-drinking beer. This is very refreshing, I can definitely see how this fits well as a summer beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of portia99
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (best by 9/12/12) courtesy of Wasatch...thanks John! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a hazy orangey golden color with a thin finger of fluffy white head that lingers briefly and falls to leave an uneven collar and sparse lacing on the glass.

S - Yeasty, bready malt up front with light citrusy hops on top. Overall fruity in aroma and balanced well between malt and hops.

T - Nice balance here too...a low bitterness throughout with sweet, caramel, yeasty bread malt flavors. Fruity, citrusy, mild yeasty esters. Smooth.

M - Medium body with a mid-level carbonation that gives a good fizzy tingle on the tongue. Lower level bitterness and excellent balance...very smooth - definitely an easy drinker.

O - Overall a good, light and crisp summer beer...easy drinking but with plenty of flavor too. Another fine brew from Deschutes...glad to have tried this one.

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Photo of Johnhaley1989
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Megahertz
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a French Jelly glass. Best by 12/13/12.

A - Deep gold to light amber, slightly hazy, with a massive pillowy white head.

S - Faint orange rind and fresh grass with considerable toasted bread maltiness.

T - Malt-forward with toasted bread and biscuit transitioning into clean orangey hop flavor. Finish is faintly sweet.

M - Medium body with mild carbonation.

O - A good all around summer brew.

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Photo of brystmar
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Erik for the extra!

Golden orange pour produces plenty of white head. Tame aroma hints of your typical malt-centric summer ale. Beers that smell like this have serious potential to be boring...

Taste saves the day as creamy malted grains brush up against a lightly hopped backbone. Mildly bitter after you swallow. Clearly well-crafted. Refreshing, sessionable, and tasty. What more could you ask for from a 6-pack in the summer?

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3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to standard pint
BB date of 11/22/12

A: Burnished straw gold. Has a soft glow from the light hazing. Very effervescent with a lively finger of near white head. Nice hang time, leaves some light cling down the glass.

S: Smells of ripened peach and apricot met with some zesty orange. There is a bit of a grainy cereal aroma midway with a kick of tartly spiced yeast. Has a real nice zest quality to it with some lesser floral aromas. Picking up a bit of grapefruit-lime action as well.

T: Taste is firm with lemon, tangerine, and coriander. I get supporting notes of grapefruit and orange towed by a touch of sappy pine. Light florals and more spice. Bitterness level is on the upper-moderate side. Malt is grainy and imparts some biscuit with more of a sourdough-like twang from the tart yeast esters. There is just a kiss of caramel sweetness and a light warming from the alcohol. Otherwise light, dry, hoppy, and refreshing.

M: Very light and thin body with a nice dry crisp snap in the finish. Frothy with a nice hop pucker to the palate and some residual oils coaxing the tongue.

D: Highly drinkable, warm weather fare. This is light, hoppy, with a crisp refreshing bite. Probably my favorite “Summer Seasonal” so far. Drinks more like a hoppy APA than say a traditional Blonde. Good PNW hop varieties and just a dash of something different in the grain/yeast character. Would recommend and will look for this one every summer moving forward.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of joefinnigan15
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Ted
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of troyvar
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of draheim
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz (best by 11/6/2012) into a tulip. Pours a coppery color w/ a 2-finger frothy head.

Aroma is floral NW hops and caramel/pale malts. Mango, apricot and spice notes too. I imagine this might have been more pungent when fresh; my fault for waiting.

Taste is clean and light. Really nice grainy quality. Fruity, just the right bitterness. Mouthwatering.

As expected, mouthfeel is clean, crisp, refreshing. Medium body.

Overall, wish I'd bought more of these when summer started - although around here this year, it was kind of hard to figure out when that was exactly. Very nice, drinkable summer beer.

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3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A light honey-gold with a very refreshing look to it and a healthy, off-white head.

It is hoppy but not powerfully so in its aroma. Lightly sweet.

The flavor is crisp and the mouthfeel smooth and quaffable. This allows the mild to medium hop flavors and bitterness shine through. It is a nifty combination of American and European hop varieties; I notice cascade type flavors as well as grassy, spicy/green noble type flavors. I guessed the ABV at 4.7 (not that I can identify this with any precision), so to me the flavor of the beer matched its profile before I learned what type of beer it was or its strength. I would say it has a bit more complexity to the hop character than other blonde ales that I can recall at the moment.

I would definitely not be disappointed to find this beer on offer at a BBQ or other sun-laden event.

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Photo of jdense
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle purchased as part of Deschutes variety pack :) poured into Dead Guy shaker pint glass after mowing the lawn, 9.3.12.

Hard pour resulted in a bit over a finger white head very small bubbles, well above average lacing over medium gold clear body, multiple streams of grouped bubbles rising from bottom of glass. Significant bready notes in the nose some grassy and light resiny hops. Taste mirrors nose, quite bready ala English Pale Ale, slight bit of resin, floral notes, decent bitterness on back end. Mouthfeel medium, a bit heavy for the style, good effervescence, fairly dry finish. A nice seasonal, but not one I'll go back to by choice.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of kchannel9
2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

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