Tweason'ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,256
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 21.75%
Wants: 28
Gots: 128 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.25/5  rDev -26.9%

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.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.56/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Pizza Paradiso. Served in a willi becher glass.

Pours a fairly-clear golden color with a short white head and a touch of lacing. The nose carries some strawberry and a bit of an odd character that I can't quite place. Nonetheless, not terribly enjoyable. The flavor follows down the same path. There's some spice and fruit and nothing really comes together. Light body. Not a big fan.

Photo of powerpop
2/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Buying DFH beers is always fraught with risk IMO. Anymore, I always start with a 12oz bottle from a bottle shop. That's what I did hear. I admit I had 2 IPA's on draft (SN Torpedo & Fatheads Headhunter) before spotting this in the fridge case, and this may have altered my buds. Thought I'd give it a try. It tastes awful IMO. The taste of this beer reminds me of the smell of Testor's airplane glue. Remember building Monogram or Revell plastic cars when you were a kid? And the smell of glue would waft in the air? That smell is exactly what this beer tastes like. Go ahead, take yourself back to those childhood days of building model cars, and buy a bottle or expensive 4-pack today!

I do admire Sam and DFH for their breaking molds and pushing beer to its outer limits. But still, the beer has to taste good! And when I get burned with beers that don't impress me and usually cost more, I have to say no...

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.71/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $2.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Bottled On: 01/30/12.

Appearance: Pours a clear, light amber body full of bubbles, bubbles, bubbles, like a Sprite.

Smell: Has that same kooky, chemically sorghum smell that keeps me generally steering well clear of the gluten-free drinks. A few choice drops of molasses with a slender trace of tartish strawberries.

Taste: Repellent sorghum taste overshadows the strawberry and faint though distinct molasses accent. Low sweetness. Nil hop character or bitterness. Pop of acidity. Some agreeable hints of strawberry try to balance out the grim flavor of sorghum, bless'm for that. Club soda-like on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: The more gluten-free beers I try, the more deeply I sympathize with the plight of those with Celiac disease.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.12/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In a pint glass this beer was gold in color. The head was small and a faint pink color. It disappeared quickly.

The aroma was mostly strawberry. There was a little sweet malt. It also had an outdoorsy, flowery aroma.

Strawberry taste, sour. Some sweetness that tasted like honey.

I thought this beer was on the discordant side: very sweet, but sour, and they didn't seem to agree with each other. I'm glad it's only a 4 pack. Maybe I can get my wife to try one.

Photo of Chachi2012
2.44/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

First ever gluten-free beer, thought it was ok, nothing special. Tasted somewhat flat and not much of a punch for a 6% beer.

Photo of Beaver13
1.82/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a little pinkish tint. It has a small fizzy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film.

The aroma is sweet chemically strawberries and floral honey.

The flavor is a mix of chemical fruitiness and vegetal malts with a cardboardy finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.

Overall, I don't care for it. Weird chemically fruits with lots of off notes. I've had pops that taste more naturally fruity.

Photo of Jason
3.65/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the DFH pub.

LOOK: Clear brassy color, minimal lacing.

SMELL: Birch sap, peppercorn, wild flowers, strawberry taffy

TASTE: Crisp, medium body, lemon grass, exotic grain, chocolate mint, earthy, blood orange, tart strawberries.

Even for a gluten free beer it is pretty far out there ... Strawberries and honey bring a ton of complexity to the palate. Good palate cleanser beer.

Photo of Mora2000
2.64/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of honey in it, as well as some strawberry. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of grain and apple cider like notes, as well as some strawberry and honey. While all of these notes can be good in a beer, they don't go well together in this one. The beer tastes messy and is just not to the usual level of Dogfish Head beers. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of frenchblood21
3.17/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearance- Thin white head that doesn't last long at all. Clear golden color, which reminds me of a lager.

Smell- I can smell both the buckwheat honey and strawberries. Maybe some straw and wheat too.

Taste- WAY more berry in the taste than in the nose. This beer has a sour/sweet thing going on that is quite nice.

Mouthfeel- Almost has a strawberry seltzer feel to it. The honey does give this beer a nice mouthfeel.

Overall- This is by far the worst DFH beer I've ever had, but that's kinda like saying "This one-hundred dollar bill is diirty." It's a good beer worth trying, but I will not seek it out again.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.07/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of MattyG85
3.82/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with a slight hint of red. Lots of rising bubbles and a slight off white head that quickly fades into a thin patchy layer. Lacing is light.

Smell: A sweet, fruity, and jammy aroma with big hints of strawberry and honey. Upfront scent of strawberries along with some sweet syrup. Pale malt with hints of grains, yeast, and lots of honey. Also some white wine like hints of grapes. Some sweet molasses hints as well. A pretty interesting and nice fruity aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a sweet, fruity, and slightly tart fruit forward taste with lots of strawberry and honey. Upfront taste of sweet strawberries. Also some fruit notes of white grape. Sweet notes of syrup and molasses. Pale malt with notes of grains, yeast, and a big presence of honey. Taste is fruity and sweet but light and smooth while far from cloying.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Sweet and syrupy but light and smooth.

Overall: An interesting and decent take on a fruit beer. Very light but the strawberry taste is nice.

Photo of Libationguy
2.02/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Hazy tawny copper color with some orange hues. Thin bright white head with large carbonation and no retention.

Strawberry, fruit punch, cherry kool-aid, honeysuckle, bubblegum. Very sweet on the nose.

Strawberry, bubblegum, candied bitterness from the sorghum.

Light+ bodied, thin and slightly watery. Carbonation is nettles in it's texture against the palate, slightly magnifying the bitter quality. Finish is short with the kool-aid lingering.

I am honestly not thinking about this as beer, but as a gluten-free beverage. The problem is that Tweasen'ale is trying to be both a beer substitute for someone who must avoid gluten, and it's also trying to approach the problem through fruit and honey. It doesn't make it on either front: it has no relation to a standard beer and the fruit tastes very candied and artificial in the final product. While I am a Dogfish Head fan, I think they missed the mark here.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nutrition Facts on the label: Holy Shit Sam you've gone main stream...170 calories in a gluten free beer this isn't light beer. Certified Gluten Free, I haven't seen that on the other Celiac friendly beers. This one pours with a very fizzy carbonation forms a white head, while the body is a light pale copper with maybe a kiss of pink showing off the strawbeery juice added. Aroma is tame a hint of fruit, tart fruit but I can't really say strawberry from just the smell...also a bit of generic assorted grains with a touch of honey notes. Flavor wise it's kind of like kissing a strawberry blonde hippie chick that hasn't bathed in a few days there's just something not right about it. A layer of mint or earthiness, a little bit of a dirty layer of beeswax and buckwheat, tart strawberry jame like real jam minus the concentrated sugars. Even bodied carbonation finishes a bit strange and I can't believe it's six percent alcohol by volume, an interesting beer for all of the Celiac patients out there and I think chicks would have loved it if the calorie count was staring them in the face. Overall a nice attempt at a craft version of a gluten free beer that is palatable with a DFH spin.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.45/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear deep orange hue with a slow carbonation popping to the surface and a thin white film boils away before the first sip.

S- The slight musty wet grain aroma has a soft sorghum note to and a clover honey mellow hint in the finish.

T- the mead bite has a soft fruity strawberry hint that is followed by a watery taste and a white wine and mead bite in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft alcohol heat and a fizzy finish.

O- This is a fair strawberry mead that is a bit one dimensional. I really like the flavor of sorghum but it doesn’t show up here and there is not much else to taste.

Photo of samtrillo
3.15/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

Photo of rdilauro
2.67/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Ok, I had to taste on of the better gluten free beers. I really cant say that I enjoyed this beer, but I respect Dog Fish Head and their ability to go beyond the norm, so I felt I needed to review this.

The appearance was just ok, nothing positive nothing negative. The bouquet was missing, I could not really detect anything in terms of hops, malt or a yeasty aroma.
The first taste was about the same as the bouquet. Nothing to get excited about, but again nothing negative nothing positive.

I guess overall, I would have to say this was a neutral beer.

Photo of nickthegun12
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer is very interesting, the carbonation leaves very quickly...then becomes flat....i guess that is the style of a sorghum based beer

the taste is of strawberries with no alcohol smell or taste....the aftertaste sticks with you for a while....i really kind of like this goes down like water and you can drink it really fast...but very weird

Photo of mdaschaf
3.92/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Served in a pint glass, this beer was red/pink with what I can only describe as tan colored pulp (even though there was none). Unlike any beer I had seen so far. Small tan head that was gone quickly with very little lacing.

S: Mostly strawberries on the aroma a bit of honey sweetness.

T: Better than I expected for a gluten-free strawberry beer. Ripe strawberry flavor, not overly sweet with slight bitter/citrus hops.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Drank rather smoothly.

O: Quite enjoyable. It was a hot day and it was very refreshing. Not overbearingly sweet.

Photo of 7UCK
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at DFH in DE.

A- light golden color with a minimal head

S- Slight hop, with a strawberry, rose, cider on the front

T- Had a taste of slight cider, and strawberry

M- Very carbonated, light, with no bitterness

D- Very easy to drink, went down very easy.

Photo of isenblatter
2.95/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on 12/18/13

Look: Pours copper, no lacing, no head.

Aroma: The strawberry is not overpowering, but it is there.

Taste: I was expecting a more fruity taste, but it was lacking. Still had a strawberry finish.

Feel: Heavy feel, almost like drinking watered down honey.

Overall: This was the only bottle of Dogfish the local liquor store had for sale, I expected more from it.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Metalmonk
3.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Peachy golden/orange color, with a crackling, slight head, which doesn't stick around very long.

Reasonably vibrant fruit-centric nose, the strawberry definitely cuts through nicely, having a perfectly natural character. Some creek stone/mineral sorts of smells too, very clean, and incredibly simple. Not necessarily a bad thing, of course.

Kind of the same on the tongue, with the buckwheat honey felt just a tad underneath the still-dominant strawberry flavor. Feel-wise it's crisp and lively, kind of soda-like in that department, and the finish just keeps a kind of plastic-y fruity thing riding out, but even that is pretty faint. Kind of tart too, especially with just a bit of warming.

It's as if a Strawberry Crush soda was watered down just a tad. Not one I'd go back to, but not one to despise either. A decent alternative for those with celiac disease and/or gluten allergies. As for the health-conscious beer drinker, I say eat well and exercise, don't sacrifice your beer choices!

Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a pale, pinkish color; a ton of carbonation bubbles; little if any head

S - a bit of honey; mostly strawberries; a bit syrupy

T - odd flavor; strawberries; honey; bitter; alcohol; buttery

M - crisp, heavily carbonated, light bodied

I generally shy away from gluten free beers but I will always buy them for my wife. When I heard DFH was putting one out, I bought it as soon as I saw it. It's oddly flavored. The strawberry tries to add something to nothing but it doesn't balance well. My wife and I agree, I won't be buying this again.

Photo of secondtooth
3.24/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of hreb
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz single served in pint glass. Cold. Beer pours a pleasant orange hued pale color, with nearly no head, and a sweet but pleasant aroma with a decent hit of strawberry in the nose.

Flavor is considerably more dry. The honey tastes entirely fermented out, the flavor is more floral, mixed with strawberry. And even though it's dry, there's no particular hop character. Pretty good, but could just as easily be mistaken for a dry flavored cider. Pretty fizzy, but not too bad. Drinkable if not super exciting.

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Tweason'ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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