blankboy (6081) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry -- my bottle courtesy of ross. Uh oh, best by 10/10/06...oh well, thatís not that long ago. Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with an average size white head. Aroma of floral and citrus hops along with some malty sweetness. Flavourís sweet, malty and hoppy, a little watery, with a light bitter finish. Light bodied. Decent enough and moslty on style.
HogTownHarry (6108) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, his bottle via trade with ross. Sadly, best by 10-10-06 - oh well. Poured pale gold, small frothy white head. Light floral hop aroma, straw-like grain, some very mild funky UK hops hovering, trying to assert - almost more of a golden ale, a touch stale. Taste is a pleasant blend of sweet ripe apple, herbal hops and buttery malt - slightly bitter tinge to the quick finish. Very watery body, pretty flat, mildly astringent, not enough flavour profile to be crisp, but still quite clean. Decent.
nolankowal (931) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Orange transparent pour with no head. Aroma of clove, grassy hops and light malt. Flavor of light floral hops and some light malt. Medium body with a clean/spicy finish.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by nolankowal: Orange/gold pour with a white head. Aroma, light malts, some grassy hops. Flavor, pale malts, lightly hoppy, some citrus and spicy notes from the hops. Solid brew.
GarrettB (1041) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 3, 2007
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2007 There are some beers that revel in their dirty, muddy, flakey existence. These beers are ruddy like a mountain man, and just as heartwarming. Then there are beers that are the paragon of sterility. Their immaculate appearance and flawless crystal body is a model for janitorial services around the world. But these lack something in personality. Rather, they lack personality in general. I wonder if this is related to the whole cask filtering debate. I honestly have no opinion on the heated discussion, but I do know that in the case of Deschutesí Twilight Ale, cleanliness and spotlessness make for a clean attire but a vacuous mind. As Iíve said, this beer couldnít look more square jawed and clean cut. It proudly glows, splitting rays of dark marigold about the room, clear and simple like a drop of unpolluted rain. And above that floats a simple wafer-shape of white head. Nothing fancy, nothing ornate, but also nothing with character. The smell is actually so well scrubbed that I couldnít pick out anything more than a generic and low-key bitter smell. And to take the cleanliness analogy to a new extreme, this beer actually tastes like a semi-fancy hand soap. Imagine walking into an upscale store and excusing yourself to the bathroom where you find a well coordinated wallpaper and decorative knick-knack lining the walls. Itís quaint, and enough to give you a good opinion of the store. It has a homey touch. A precious commodity in todayís ever more common chains. And then you wash your hands and when you reach for the soap you can tell itís not cheap, but just not cheap enough to avoid being called not cheap. Thatís exactly what this bitter tastes like. There are detectable notes of other things I think, but you forget about it when your mouth gets used to the light, springy and almost bubbly texture of the beer with the odd, chemical perfume taste circulating around the mouth. It might actually be cheaper to go to your local trusted liquor store, run to the bathroom, fill your hands with hand detergent and lap it up before anybody else comes along. Then leave with clean smelling breath and buy something good on the way out so there are no lingering suspicions. Besides, didnít your mom ever make you eat soap?
shigadeyo (3013) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on 12/20/2006... 12 oz bottle (Best by 9/28/06 1248M, 5.0% ABV) from bitbucket (bonus). Thanks Bob! --
Deschutes Twilight Ale pours a mostly clear bright gold color with a small white head/crown. It has an interesting grainy lacing pattern though. The aroma and flavor of this beer reminds me a lot of the Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale that I just finished, only weaker. The honey flavor is there, but the hop bitterness is a bit different. The bitterness seems to be a bit more pronounced in the finish and more grassy in character. Palate: A bit lighter than the Mirror Pond Pale Ale with a mild level of carbonation. Another unique and satisfying beer by Deschutes. If only I could buy this brand locally...
jcwattsrugger (11086) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 9, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF-on tap-pours a dissipating foamy white head with gold color. Taste is mild flat hops. OK carbonation.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2010 Bottle. Pours dark gold with a medium head and lacing. Hoppy aroma, with hints of grapefruit and orange. Nice sour hops and grapefruit in the taste. Nice mouthfeel, and the flavor spreads evenly. Great brew!
troysworktable (109) - Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hoppy, citrus aroma. Golden honey color. Clear with good carbonation. White, foamy head with large bubbles that dissipates quickly, leaving good lacing behind. A clean, hoppy flavor that begins strong and maintains such character. Citrus and floral tones to flavor. A refreshing beer that goes nicely with homemade tacos.
JasonBMoore (22) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2006 "A unique blend of four hops"- indeed! I enjoyed this hoppy, amber-colored ale- it reminded me a bit of a Magic Hat beer from back in the day. It had a strong aroma of citrusy-hops- which Iím guessing are from that big valley to the west of Bend.. The flavor was lively: ample hops and a refreshing bitterness. The finish was clean. The graphics arenít bad either.