Summer is usually a wasteland for me when it comes to new beers. I’m not the world’s biggest Hefeweizen/Wheat Ale fan (there are some good ones out there) and I can only drink so many Blonde Ales before I get bored, so summer time leads me to scrounge the store shelves for something to satiate my thirst for new beer. Thankfully I found a summer beer from one of my favorite breweries that I had some how overlooked up to this point.
TWILIGHT SUMMER ALE is an American Blonde Ale with a meek 35 IBUs and an easy drinking 5% ABV.
A lighter, yet full-flavored, aromatic Ale for the long days of summer. Twilight’s solid malt foundation pairs with distinctive Amarillo hops for flavors every bit as intriguing as bigger, heavier ales. A back porch, lingering sunset wonder.
When you’re drinking a Summer Ale you want the beer to look like summer; Twilight does not disappoint. It pours a light yellowish orange (almost gold with a dab of orange) with a fluffy two inches of white foam. Lots of sticky lacing hangs around the glass.
The nose is very citrusy with both orange and lemon peel standing out. Grassy hops are present and balance out the sweetness. Biscuit malts and a hard water scent give it a Pilsner-like backbone.
Twilight is made for summer drinking. Grassy hops start first before the citrus notes come in and sweeten things up. The middle sees a touch of honeyed biscuit that mellow things out before it ends with a touch of grapefruit and piney hops. Quite enjoyable.
Mouthfeel is just a bit thicker than light, but thinner than medium. There’s a touch of hop juice heat that makes it end like a Pale Ale.
Twilight Summer Ale is a hopheads summer seasonal. The hops are present enough to satiate the urge for the humulus lupulus plant, but the citrus flavors give it that traditional summery feel. I really want to drink a sixpack of these while floating in a pool. Now I just need to find a public pool that is BYOB…
Overall: 7.5 out of 10
As a BLONDE ALE: 8.5 out of 10
FOR FANS OF: Bell’s THIRD COAST BEER, New Belgium SOMERSAULT, Ninkasi SPRING REIGN