hopscotch (9041) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2006
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle... NTB Ernesto Festo ’06... Drank this one after dawn on Friday, September 1st. Walked outside in the stiff breeze and checked out everyone’s damage. Some folks lost roofs, windows and doors. Most other houses lost a couple dozen shingles. All told, we lost seven shingles… that’s all. God watches over babies and drunks, I guess. Anyway, back to the beer… lightly hazy, apricot-colored ale with a small, fizzy, white head. The nose is of wildflower honey. Perfectly balanced flavor but a bit thin and bland. Light to medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Lengthy, mildly bitter, dry, and finally, grassy finish. Thanks go out to kenb for the bottle!
TAR (2449) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2006
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Yellow gold. White pillowy foam clings to the glass. Perfumey aroma, doughy yeast, earthy hops, honey and unspent grains (hay dust). Hard, palate scrubbing carbonation. Initially airy with a blend of fluffy lightly toasted malts and a sneaky earthy brashness produced by the hops. Fairly empty at the center and also very grainy, but it’s well balanced and fairly clean. Touch of fruitiness sneaks in, but it’s mostly dry. Lengthy peppery hop bitterness and lightly toasted malts comprise a large portion of the bland but integrated finish. Interestingly, the nose is highly alcoholic for something so modest in strength, and also quite yeasty and grainy. Very unexciting, but serves its purpose as a decent introductory to craft beer.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 5, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A Bitter? I doubt it. Sweet, light, smooth malt and wheat flavors with a bit of citrus. Good for a hot summer day, but that’s about it.
OldMrCrow (1808) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a nearly-clear light amber with a modest head.The aroma is dusty grass and a bit of lemon; the flavor is a mellow sesionable bitters, definite British character, hints of green apple, a bit of spicy bite from the malts, thin mouthfeel, metallic finish.
Perfectly drinkable summer ale and more or less what one might have expected out of Deschutes’ regular line.
Ratman197 (9654) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle poured a hazy orange with a lingering off white head. Aromas of light citrus, bread and straw. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of bread, light orange, a hint of lemon and a bit of straw with a crisp lightly bitter finish. Very drinkable but nothing about it stands out.
sistinas (101) - Mountain View, California, USA - AUG 31, 2006
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Golden straw colored with a medium-sized head. Slightly citrus, bready smell - nothing strong or tempting. Tastes kind of the same... flavor is pretty thin with a bitter end and funky aftertaste. Vaguely refreshing since it’s so thin... meh.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - AUG 28, 2006
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
sampled at whole foods. summer beer. light orange in color with tan fluff. subtle citrus nose. light citrus flavors and a tangy slightly bitter end feel. bubbly on the palate. easy to drink.
fordest (1972) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 25, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle. Decent golden with some head. Some bready yeast and malts on the aroma. Similar to that on the flavor, with some hop bite to finish it off. Refreshing and crisp, but not excellent.
after4ever (6106) - 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 that’s 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 doesn’t exactly promise refreshment. But there’s a nice citric tang to the finish a mild creaminess to the attack that just work together in a sum-of-the-parts way that’s almost paradoxical. There’s 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. Twilight’s 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 (807) - 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.