Brew Review: Deschutes Brewing Twilight Summer Ale

by Kelli H. on July 2, 2014

Beer: Deschutes Brewing Twilight Summer Ale
Date: 6-29-14
Location: Bend, OR
Type: Pale Ale
Availability: Summer (May – September)
Alcohol: 5%
IBU: 35

Appearance: Clear, dark golden-orangish, decent head retention

Aroma: Malt, yeast, warm spices

Body & Texture: Upfront bitterness that tickles the tongue. Crisp, light bodied, very easy drinking.

Aftertaste: Mostly light flavored malts that barely fade into a nice bitterness.

Overall Impression:
A few years back I was at a beer festival, and I tried Twilight. Of course, it was the end of a long day of beer tasting and I’m sure that my taste buds were completely shot, but I remember I went over to the Deschutes booth so excited to try their offering only to be let down by Twilight Summer Ale. I never gave it another chance, but recently my friend, Kelly commented on my Sierra Nevada Summerfest review and stated that she enjoys Twilight more than Summerfest. They are different styles to be fair, but since I generally enjoy ales over lagers I thought that I better give Twilight another fair chance.

Last Saturday morning David and I decided to head out to the beach with a couple friends, so before leaving we stopped and bought sandwiches and beer. I was so happy to see that Twilight was on sale for $7.99 for a six pack. I was also super happy about the 5% alcohol since I tend to be light weight and drinking high alcohol beers in the sun is not highly advised for myself.

When we got out to the beach I opened up Twilight and took my first sip. I was SO happy with our purchase. Thanks to my reader I now have a new favorite summer beer. I absolutely love the color of the beer, the smell is great, and the body is so light and crisp. It’s definitely a refreshing hot weather beer. I also really like the label. It’s bright, cheery, and makes me want to drink this beer out doors. I highly recommend trying Twilight as your next summer beer. It’s not as hoppy as most pale ale’s I usually enjoy, but it seems to be pretty balanced. Cheers to summer beers!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Made in Sonoma July 2, 2014 at 9:44 pm

i’m more than just a reader! haha, did you not know it was me who commented (kelly!)


Made in Sonoma July 2, 2014 at 10:08 pm

No! I’m guessing this is kwoods! It doesn’t tell me any more details then just Kelly. lol.


Made in Sonoma July 2, 2014 at 10:50 pm

haha ya! it was me, woods!


Made in Sonoma July 2, 2014 at 10:59 pm

hahaha, okay, good to know! I updated the post to include YOU.


Made in Sonoma July 3, 2014 at 12:26 am



Made in Sonoma July 3, 2014 at 1:21 am

I normally love a good summer ale! That one sounds pretty d-lish.


Made in Sonoma July 11, 2014 at 1:24 am

Looks like the perfect beach beer! I definitely want to know your favorite beaches for our visit!


Made in Sonoma July 11, 2014 at 6:27 pm

I highly recommend Doran Beach out in Bodega. You have to pay $6 or $7 to park but it’s worth it because it has a nice cove so the waves are smaller, and the beach is very clean with nice soft sand.


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