A taste of… Twilight Summer Ale 2010
Preface: This is another sample sent by the folks at Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon. The following notes are made after a mouth wash with room temperature sparkling water. These notes have not been influenced by reading promotional material or any other review of this brew. It arrived via delivery service and has been stored in a cool, dry, dark place (a Brooklyn apartment). It is important to note that the “Best By” notation on this bottle is 08/13/11. Label also notes it is 5% alcohol by volume.
Appearance: Here is a bright golden slightly hazy very effervescent brew. The very small bubbles of carbonation form a nice full rocky head of white foam comprised of small and medium sized bubbles
Aroma: The first impression is of fresh green cut grass with a touch of lemon. The second visit introduced additional citric notes softened by a wet green leaf impression. The third nosedive finds hints of sweet malt hidden underneath the developing citric notes.
Flavor: The first refreshing swallow revealed a definite accent on the hop flavor profile beginning with a sweet citric note that dries out gradually. The second sip finds the development of those citric spikes of flavor into a harmony that is pleasant but not overpowering. The third swig allows the flavor receptors to relax and appreciate a particular hop flavor that is not as aggressive as the trademark grapefruit flavors rendered from cascade hops. The underlying sweetness from the malts used is as subtle as possible.
Mouth feel: This is not a big bodied beer, and that’s a good thing.
Finish: The finish to this beer is very quick and perfect as refreshment on a hot summer day.
Comments: The visual impression of the label, a blue river meandering between tall mountains and lush green forests, and the name of the beer “twilight” would lead me to believe that I was about to discover a hefty beer loaded with the hops profile that West Coast beers are famous for. The beer itself has more of a summer afternoon feel to it. It is not overpowering, the hop flavor is not aggressive and is balanced by an equally less aggressive malt sweetness. At 5% alcohol by volume it is not a lightweight. After three or four of these to go without sustenance would not be a good idea. An ice chest full of this beer, an abundance of grilled freshly caught fish, and a long afternoon on a hot summer day would suit me just fine. Set all of that down on a sandy stretch of beach at sunset and the scenario would be perfect.
The Brewery: Deschutes Brewery