The beer painting of the day is of Twilight Summer Ale by Deschutes Brewing Company in Bend, Oregon. Twilight is a session ale that is lightly hopped with Amarillo hops, and brewed with choice American malts. This is not an adjunct beer, but a straight up American Pale Ale. Clocking in at 5% ABV, it drinks like a standard American beer. The picture on the label suggests drinking this beer late at night. I have done this from time to time and it has been a pleasant experience. I like session ales mainly because they are refreshing and hydrating, which allows me to enjoy more of them in one sitting without feeling the effects of alcohol as much.
This beer is flavorful without being overwhelming. A perfect late night I’ll-have-another-even-though-I-probably-should-go-to-bed beer. The hops are mellow but noticeable and don’t overwhelm the palette. I would say that this is a very balanced beer. I tasted it on the side of a mountain earlier today, and as I write this, I wish I was back up there drinking another one while sitting on the rocks of a glacial creek. Sadly, I only brought one with me, which wasn’t a bad thing as I had to ride down a rocky path home.
Cheers to summer adventure beers!