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Monday, May 3, 2010

A taste of… Deschutes Twilight Summer Ale

Deschutes Brewery
901 SW Simpson Ave.,
Bend, OR 97702

Preface: This 12 oz. bottle of Deschutes Twilight Summer Ale was sent to me by the folks at Deschutes Brewing Co. for inclusion in these tasting notes.

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.

I am including this preface to inform the reader of any and all circumstances that might be conceived of as creating a biased review or a conflict of interest regarding the choice of words used in the following review. I could go on and on with semi-legal jargon but I guess you will just have to trust me eh?

The following are my tasting notes:

Appearance: A bright golden copper colored crystal clear brew is topped with a lacy head of white with an almost-orange tint.

Aroma: From the beginning of the pour there were hints of berry aromatics. The first impression brought a peach nose to the forward and the second visit an almost strawberry presence. The third nose-dive found some spear-mint aromas.

Flavor: grainy flavors sharpened with a slight tang that builds into a non threatening wave of floral flavorful tang. The second sip found where the fruit aromas were coming from… the hop flavors have more than a little citric tang… less the grapefruit fragrances and flavor of Cascade hops. The third sip left noting more for the imagination and made for the flavor exit.

Mouth feel: A remarkably light feel to this brew.

Finish: There is a refreshing sensation that is not hindered by any sweet or sharp finale.

Comments: On a cedar deck, on a hot late Saturday afternoon, in the last of the sun’s heat, an ice cold swig of this brew would do you no harm.

The Brewery: http://www.deschutesbrewery.com/

What others say:

BeerAdvocate: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/63/17984

RateBeer: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/deschutes-twilight-ale/35730/

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