Deschutes Twilight Summer Ale: Brewed in Bend, OR at strength of 5% this summer golden ale is one of the few summer ales I actually look forward to. Sadly seeing the words “summer ale” on beer often means that it will be watered down tasting with very little malt flavour. This trend is changing slowly however I have had many a summer IPA’s this year that kind of still fit that bill, even when made by respectable brewers. Anyway, needless to say this isn’t one of those!
Aroma and Appearance: This pours a cloudy copper orange with some bubbles in the middles and one finger of foam. The aroma is a touch of spice with some doughy malt and a bit of nectarine like tartness.
Flavour: Some nice grainy flavourful malt, with some floral spice from the Tettnang hops, some honey in the middle and a crisp finish that has a lingering bitterness.
Overall Impression: I find this makes a great reliable summer camping beer, it is something flavourful that you can consume through the day without getting blasted. I generally buy a 6 pack every year for such occasions.
Rating: I give it a very good rating of 7/10, comparing to other better beers I can’t rate it higher however I would gladly recommend it.
Food Pairing: a good pairing would be a summer garden salad with a nice garlic and herb type dressing, or if camping you can pair with any camping food out there.
I really enjoy that Deschutes lists recipe clones on their website in a fun way, I may try and make this next year.