Twilight Summer Ale

Reviewed by on July 21, 2014 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Deschutes Brewery

  • Origin: Bend, OR, USA

  • Rated On: July 20, 2014

  • Best Before: October 10, 2014

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Blonde Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

The Deschutes Brewery is situated in the heart of downtown Bend, Oregon, itself found on the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains.  They make a wide range of world class brews, and Twilight is their ode to the ‘summer’ style of beer, a loose amalgam of attributes to say the least.  At any rate, it should be readily and easily drinkable, for the lengthened hours before sundown, one might presume.

This 12oz bottle pours a clear, glassy medium golden amber hue, with one fat finger of puffy, foamy, and playfully bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent thick tree branch painted lace around the glass as things gently recede.

It smells of grassy, fresh floral, and mildly acrid citrus hops, stalked by a softly sweet biscuity pale maltiness, with a further hint of baled hay, resting in the field. The taste is bready, grainy pale malt, ethereal buttered biscuits, a sort of watered-down caramel sweetness, and fairly flavorful, but only somewhat bitter piney, floral hops. The carbonation is average, with just a lilting frizziness throughout, the body quite agreeably on the medium-light side, with a pleasant zing to it, that precludes absolute smoothness, but encourages immediate replenishment. It finishes off-dry, yet more towards the bitter, with the lingering pine/citrus hops, and a strangely welcome white pepper spice.

Summer vacation, long days outdoors – so, a light ale with a decent, but not decadent bitterness, sure goes down like ’twas nothing at all, in a good way. Something to sip away the hiking, waterpark, camping, or plain ol’ construction-plagued commuting ‘aches’ with, as the sun finishes its long arc across the horizon.

Brady White

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