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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A Taste of… Twilight Seasonal Ale

Deschutes Brewery
Bend, OR (USA)

Thanks to the folks at the Deschutes brewery, this bottle arrived in good shape. It has been kept at cellar temperature and, according to the “Best by: date of 09/18/09, it is quite young.

Appearance: A sparkling clear golden brew with a fine carbonation is crowned with a white head of medium to large bubbles resulting in a rocky head with a good Belgian lace.

This is a very clear, clean red copper colored brew with a head that is well constructed and slightly tan. The glittering bubbles knit together into a rocky but not too thin head.

Aroma: The initial aroma is classic roasted malted barley. The second sensation introduces a hint of fresh green grass and a hint of orange. The final aromatic exploration reveals a classic hop flower aroma.

Mouth feel: The mouth feel is a pleasantly creamy sensation. No surprises here.

Flavor: Between lip and sip there was a distinct impression of the malted barley aromas intensifying. First flavors to arrive are the emphatic sensations that the classic hop aroma suggested. The barley is there in a solid supporting role. The second sip, since you have already been introduced to the massive hops tang and the buxom barley, allows the two to relax together. By the third sip they have settled down as a flavor duo and seem to really like each other.

Finish: The final sensory suggestions left by this brew are relaxed remnants of the major players in the aromatic and flavor dance… malted barley and classic (non-Cascade) hop aromas and flavors, that in the end leave neither a noticeable sweet or dry coda.

Comments: Twilight is a name suggestive of end-of-the-day relaxations. If that was the marketing departments’ goal it worked with me. After finishing (Yes, finishing…) this bottle I just might call it a day… At five percent alcohol by volume I can’t blame it all on the alcohol or hops…

This is a beer that would go well with a sandwich of thin sliced baked ham and a touch of smooth mustard on lightly toasted rye bread. It would also go very well with an hour or so of good conversation.

Company Site: http://www.deschutesbrewery.com/splash/default.aspx

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