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Tweason'ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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288 Reviews

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Reviews: 288
Hads: 1,272
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 8.15%
Wants: 28
Gots: 132 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pwoody11 on 07-01-2011

For our first new 12-ounce 4-packs in nearly half a decade, we replaced the classic barley foundation of beer with a mild sorghum base. The hints of molasses and pit-fruit are balanced by vibrant strawberry notes and a unique complexity that comes with the addition of a malty buckwheat honey.

We believe health-conscious beer drinkers and the millions of Americans who suffer from Celiac disease can cut back on gluten while relishing the distinction and drinkability of this very special brew.
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Reviews: 288 | Hads: 1,272
Photo of chinchill
3.34/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a 12oz bottle.
Looks great, including a very durable bone colored head. Smells promising but the somewhat weird flavor doesn't follow, especially in the finish and aftertaste. Still, this is a flavorful and interesting gluten free ale. (240 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a white head that dissipates very quickly. The beer is a light amber that strongly resembles copper. The look is pretty nice but looks like it's a bit light in the body.

The smell is pretty good especially for a GF fruit beer. The notes are mainly strawberry with a very nice sweet honey note. The two notes mix very well and give off a sweet and slightly tart note. Furthermore, the strawberry doesn't smell too fake.

The taste is just like the smell but a little tartier. While the tart was fine in the smell, the taste is a bit more watery and muddled, which makes the tart less than great.

The feel is as expected and not surprising. The beer is very light bodied because of the lack of malts but still has some body feel to it due to the honey that was put in its place. The biting carbonation adds a nice bit of texture on what would have felt like a syrupy water. It also has a very refreshing finish.

Overall, a pretty good GF beer and a decent fruit beer overall. This is a nice replacement for those who can't stomach wheat or barely but still want a nice cold beer that won't wreak havoc on their health. (1,134 characters)

Photo of wiseguywood
3.99/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dogfish head tweason ale is a good summer beer, very nice strawberry smell, easy on the mouth with a nice strawberry and honey taste. If you like the fruit/vegetable beer, it is worth a try. Dogfish head never disappoints! (224 characters)

Photo of Benh777
3.74/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: light amber in color.
Smell: not as powerful of a smell as expected, but all the same thought for a gluten free beer with a sorghum base that the smell was exceptional.
Taste: not a huge fan, but I honestly am probably not the biggest fan of this style. It lacked a fullness I would have liked.
Feel: good mouthfeel. Would have appreciated a little bit heartier mouthfeel like a saison but the beer may just not have been what I was expecting.
Good beer overall, not a huge fan of the style. (497 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reddish amber in color with no head whatsoever. Excellent clarity. Aroma is solely of strawberries. Taste is dominated by strawberries, but there is also sorghum. The mouth is a bit thin and watery. (202 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.24/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a honey-golden amber, with minimal carbonation and virtually no lace.

Aroma: Sweet strawberries and grain, like a strawberry shortcake almost, but not as appalling as that sounds, really.

Taste: Odd, with plenty of sweetness from the honey and berries. Taste seems a bit flat — maybe the bottle I had was a little aged (didn’t see any evident dates on the bottle)? Not a bad brew, by any means, just not one I’d care to revisit unless I could verify for freshness. (490 characters)

Photo of MichaelProcton
2.46/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Tried onboard Royal Caribbean's Independence at the pub bar, which had a surprisingly good selection. My girlfriend is gluten-free, and she loves beer, but this simply did not taste like one. Too fruity, hardly any malt or hops to be detected. Pass on this one, even if you're limited by gluten issues. (305 characters)

Photo of founddrama
3.14/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An interesting little GF beer. The strawberries are an interesting touch and give it some character where it might otherwise be a bit boring. Not too shabby as a dessert pairing. (178 characters)

Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
2.29/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

When I read the label, I thought it was a joke. When I tasted it, I knew it was. It looks like either a urine sample or a glass of apple juice. It smells like liquid hand soap, strong with strawberries. The taste is....well.....not good. I bought a 4 pack, split the first bottle with friends at a tasting, and am now wondering how I will get rid of the other three bottles. (379 characters)

Photo of BigJim5021
1.45/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Sweet merciful shit. I'm almost impressed with how bad this is. Sam and co., sometimes when you're wondering if you CAN make something, stop and consider if you SHOULD. Then never make Tweason. (194 characters)

Photo of Rschimmell
3.91/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I typically don't like fruity tasting beer but this one seemed fine to me. It finished well as opposed to other beers that I have tried with fruit in them. (155 characters)

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.49/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The head is off white, has some depth to it but is porous and only lasts for several seconds. The body is medium amber color, crystal clear with lots of carbonation , and there is no lacing.

Lots of fruits, raisins, figs, apple and oranges are all mixed in here. Its very pleasant with a mild alcohol aroma that sneaks out here and there.

Tart, much like a cider, strong apple and raisin flavors dominate the ale. Strawberry and honey also come out as it hits the back of your throat.

Light bodied and teaming with carbonation.


Not a bad fruit beer, its easy to drink and hides the alcohol well. (646 characters)

Photo of bongobeer
3.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice clear golden color with small head and little lacing

Sharp fruity,strawberry smell

Sweet and sour taste with some strawberry/ honey,white wine?

Good refreshing specialty beer, just not my cup of tea... (209 characters)

Photo of dodge408
2.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I'm not sure but think this may of been a bad bottle. I didn't notice a strawberry smell or taste,p. The taste bwas of mild tartness finishing with a bland tingle on the tounge. will try again and compare. (208 characters)

Photo of NinjaJesus
3/5  rDev -6%

This is not a beer for people who love IPAs or drink beers every day. This is the beer that your wife or girlfriend will actually enjoy. Or the beer that you can serve to your gluten intolerant relative during the holidays. It is a full strawberry flavor with a honey sweetness at the end. (289 characters)

Photo of xxxcjbcxxx
2/5  rDev -37.3%

I don't know what they were thinking. It smells great, yet tastes bad.

The smell is that of a strawberry flavored candy. It's not what I expect from a beer, but it was undeniably pleasant.

The flavor is that of a soured rubber. Very "rubbery." It reminds me of "Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans."

I'm happy and appreciative they're being creative, but they should edit the recipe. (383 characters)

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Opens with a big strawberry nose with sorghum grain notes in the background and a hint of honey. Pours brilliant strawberry red under a 1” white foam cap that quickly dissipates but rouses easily and provides delicate lace. The palate follows the nose with strawberry dominating on a sorghum backbone, startling slightly sweet with a tart finish. Medium light body and medium low carbonation. (394 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.4/5  rDev +6.6%

Pours a golden color with a tint of red. The foam was very fizzy and did not trail the glass. The smell was full of strawberries to the point where I couldn't smell anything else. The taste was an intense burst of tart from the strawberries which then mellowed out due to the sweetness of the honey. An interesting brew. (320 characters)

Photo of samtrillo
3.15/5  rDev -1.3%

I've had sorghum beer before so I sort of knew what to expect. The malt was very sweet.
Adding honey and strawberry to mix did make the experience of a sorghum beer better but it's not something I would see myself getting as a gluten tolerant person. The strawberry is more there than Belmont's strawberry blonde but not overpowering. It does leave a weird aftertaste like you ate a strawberry cough lozenge. This is probably from the sorghum. Overall it does have a bit of mediciney vibe to it. (496 characters)

Photo of Webbey
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to glass

Appearance: A crystal clear, rich golden color. Little head. Head dissipates quickly.

Smell: TONS of strawberry. Extremely sweet smelling. Assuming that's the honey. Slight hint of alcohol.

Taste: This one is definitely different form anything I've ever tasted. I liken it to the way strawberry rubbing alcohol would taste if one were to drink it. Almost a spicey boozy flavor with a lot sweetness and strawberry finish. Leaves you with a strawberry aftertaste like you just ate strawberry hard candy.

Mouthfeel: A bit spicy with a sharp carbonation. The body is on the lighter side.

Overall: A very interesting beer. I would not drink it again. Maybe on tap it would be a different feel. Definitely stick with barely based beverages rather than sorghum. Creative beer but overall not that tasty. (838 characters)

Photo of JonathanTaylorThomas
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

I was surprised to find this beer's fruity aroma had a mildly tart hint. Part of me wants to session this beer on a lake when it's hot out, but there's something slightly off about the grainy/fruity taste of it, and I honestly don't know if I could make it past two. (266 characters)

Photo of bnes09
3.6/5  rDev +12.9%

Golden copper color. Weak head. Semi sweet, fruity aroma. Clean flavor. Mild graininess. Sweet strawberry jam. Light body. Over carbonated. Not my thing but ok for what it is. (175 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.25/5  rDev -29.5%

Bottle: Poured a reddish/brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of unrefined grainy notes with light strawberry flavours is a weird mix and not the most enticing. Taste is also dominated by loads of unrefined grainy notes with some light unsweetened strawberry flavours. Body is light with OK carbonation. Body is light with OK carbonation. I’ll leave this one to people that don’t tolerate gluten. (454 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.35/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I had purchased this a while back, thinking that perhaps an article on gluten-free beers might be in the offing. When I could not find a taker, the beers got shunted to the side. I had a colleague who has issues with gluten and she was always curious about beers that were gluten-free. I usually eschew them since I am not gluten-intolerant and prefer to leave them for people who are. In the interim, I am purging my massive backlog of bottles this summer and lo and behold! this one popped up. They will now be part of The Great Bottle Purge of the Summer of 2014.

From the bottle: "A gluten-free sorghum-based ale brewed with strawberries & buckwheat honey."; "Certified Gluten-Free".

Of the gluten-free beers that I have subjected myself to recently, it has been the fruit-infused ones that were the most palatable. An aggro pour produced a brief finger of fizzy, pinkish-white head with minor retention. Color was a yellow-gold (SRM = 4-5) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of green apples and airplane glue, just as earlier reviewers had remarked! Ha ha. At least, it is something different. Mouthfeel was thin, watery and fizzy, like soda water. Taste was palatable, with the strawberry really shining through that apple vinegar taste that is so prevalent in these beers. Finish was semi-dry, again thanks to the strawberry cutting through some of the sharper flavors to round the edges. I am glad that I do not have Celiac, but if I did, it would have to be the fruit-infused beers that I would turn to. (1,518 characters)

Photo of hardy008
2.03/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours gold with a very small off white head with poor retention, which left no lacing. The aroma has strawberries and a sorghum type of smell. Not too appealing.

There are some strawberries and sorghum in the taste. There is a club soda type of aftertaste. No hop presence or malt sweetness. I wish I would have read the label closer and saw the words "gluten free". I would have left this on the shelf.

Light bodied with light fizzy carbonation. Not much to get excited about here. Not worth seeking out again. (513 characters)

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Tweason'ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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