Review: Twilight Summer Ale, Deschutes

Twilight Summer Ale
Deschutes Brewing Co. — Bend, OR

  • Style:  Blonde Ale
  • Bitterness:  25 IBU
  • ABV:  5.0%
  • Malts:   NW 2-Row Pale, Carastan, Dextrin
  • Hops:  Cascade, Tettnanger, Amarillo, Northern Brewer
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle
  • Calories:  162 per 12 oz.
  • Price:  $7.49 six-pack at grocery store.

Description: "A lighter, yet full-flavored, aromatic Ale for the long days of summer. Twilight’s solid malt foundation pairs with distinctive Amarillo hops for flavors every bit as intriguing as bigger, heavier ales. A back porch, lingering sunset wonder." — Deschutes Brewing Co.

Random thoughts: This is the fourth beer I’m tasting as part of my series on summer seasonal brews.

The tasting:  Golden orange, hazy, with a white head that dissipated quickly.   Aroma of bready malt and light citrus hops.  In flavor, the bready malt dominates.  The hops flavors and bitterness are subtle and don't break through the front or the middle of the taste.  Twilight is light bodied with light carbonation.  I experienced an unusual "delayed" bitterness in the finish.  I don't recall experiencing this before.  The bitterness kicked in 20 seconds after the swallow.  It was lingering and became more intense after a minute—very unusual, and not pleasant.  

Rating: 3 star.  Good. I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.  Twilight leans towards malt, so if you like a less hoppy beer, give it a try.  I thought it was light and refreshing—until the bitterness kicked in and kept on kicking in. 

Have you tried Twilight?  Do you like how this beer finishes? 

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