after4ever (5739) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2007 12-oz. One of the few unfamiliar labels thatís actually put me in the mood for the style of beer in the bottle--and then contained a beer that could keep the promise the label made. It was a little better last year but that may have just been the novelty of it.
Pours a very cloudy gold. A spritz of white foam here and there on the top. Big yeasty nose with a bit of orange zest; olfactorily, it doesnít exactly promise refreshment. But thereís a nice citric tang to the finish a mild creaminess to the attack that just work together in a sum-of-the-parts way thatís almost paradoxical. Thereís a tingle to the mouthfeel after the attack, and it picks up a bit of hop on the way to the finish; say, just enough to be a bitter.
Easily my favorite Deschutes beer from this side of the color wheel; Obsidian and Butte are really something but the "lower orders" of beer from them have always seemed like afterthoughts, at least artisanally. (Though I am sure their accountant would not describe Mirror Pond as an afterthought.)
Anyway. Twilightís a killer Indian summer beer, when the days get a little shorter and cooler. Not quite the aggressive scorching-day quencher of a great APA or IPA, but a great nice-day drink.
greenhorn1 (734) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 20, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Straw-colored with small head and some lazing. Spicy citrus (lemon) aroma with hints of sweet malt. Taste is similiar with a light mouthfeel. Nice dry bitter finish. Not a bad beer, but Deschutes makes a whole hell of lot better beers than Twilight.
bitbucket (2144) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Pours partly cloudy with a chance of lace: golden with an off-white head. The aroma lightly nutty, malty. The body is light with minimal carbonation. The taste has some actual bitterness to it, unlike the other (crappy) bitters Iíve sampled. The taste is restrained and very slightly sweet with some nuts and fruit, just a dash of vanilla. Nicely bitter crisp finish with some spice. OMG, a bitter thatís not a drainpour! This is even verging on being sessionable.
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - AUG 9, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at PSG on 7/22/06. Just slightly cloudy. Very light copper / orangish yellow. 1 cm. pretty creamy white head. Nice thick layer of foam sticks around. Nice, big lacing. Aroma - not strong. Light citrus aroma. Flavor - Decent bitterness up front. Nice, crisp. Smooth and balanced in the middle. Very citrusy in the finish - limey, lemony, orange. Also a little malty sweetness. Dry finish. Palate - Pretty light, good carb. Overall - Pretty tasty summer ale. Good, light, refreshing, a little heavy on the citrus, but good.
ross (2008) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 8, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Ken (kenb) Thanks! Pours out a yellow color without much of a head. Smell is fruit, hops, and malts. Taste very similar, rather weak, but still refreshing. Not too bad. Not really much to say about it either.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - AUG 2, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear light orange-yellow color, fruity citrus & pear aroma. Malty grainy, lightly acidic, dry finish with a medium body. A very nicely crafted summer beer, went down very well on a hot afternoon.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2006 12 oz bottle from local grocer. Light copper color. Medium head that dissipates rapidly leaving a fair amount of lace. Spicey grapefruit aroma and taste. Pretty carbonated, light body, a bit of a metallic/grapefruit aftertaste. Taste like i imagine a bitter should taste. Not my favorite style, but i think it is good for what it is trying to be.
AdamGott (386) - Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA - JUL 29, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Excellent balance - fruity esters from the yeast give way to a nice malt finish. Not overtly hoppy but not supposed to be either. I find this a highly drinkable session beer that goes well with Thai Food (which I paired with this beer) after a long day of softball practice. I find this to be somewhat underrated - what did you all find it lacking? Hops?
I think it could use just a bit more malt flavor in the finish but there isnít much that I would change with this beer.
waolsen (1328) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. out of the bottle. wheat, malt , musk and spice aroma. Malts really taking the lead. nice wheat, hint of apricot, slight maple and balanced malts. wheat comes back in the finish. Great carbonation. awesome summer beer. not complicated but far from boring. Iíll reach for this any summer day for an easy drinker with some interest.
blackmurder (226) - sadf, Hawaii, USA - JUL 20, 2006
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A pretty "meh" one from Deschutes. A very diverse taste that is hoppy, malty, citrus, grapefruit, honey, and fresh cut grass. Not too bad.