Bend, OR – It’s June and already the daylight seems to be stretching longer but it won’t last for long and soon we will be suffer through shorter days and longer nights. With the thoughts of repelling the coming onslaught of fall and winter, Deschutes created Twilight Summer Ale.
Winner in 2003 and 2005 at the Great American Beer Festival (as a Bitter Ale), this beer has been on hiatus until its return this year with a whole new label. The term Summer Ale is subjective given that there are many beers out there that ‘inspire’ memories of summer. So instead we decided to try the beer on the merits of the brewery and the region where it rests its kegs and bottles in, the Northwest.
The beer as it rests under our noses wafts honey, minor earth tones (grass-like) with some fruiti-ness lingering. Taking our first sip, one cannot help but pick up the initial citrus bitterness, that gives way to minor biscuit malts before a reminder of the earthiness that was present (in the nose)makes it appearance at the end. Overall this beer is almost balanced but still holds true to the Northwest by utilizing a lot of hops. Something tells me that this would go well with some grilled salmon, some oysters, or maybe a bit of asiago, parmesan, or feta cheese.
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About the photos’ author
Paul “Fruit Trees” Orchard, is an amateur craft beer enthusiast and amateur photographer. Throughout the many years in craft beer he is always carrying a camera (smartphone, digital, traditional) and is invites you to see that beer can also be exciting even if you can’t drink the photo.
In accordance with new FTC regulations regarding bloggers and endorsements, the aforementioned company has provided me a free sample that was used for research prior to writing this review.