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Tweason'ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,073 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,073
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 22.48%
Wants: 25
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: pwoody11 on 07-01-2011)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +22.1%

12-01-2013 05:08:28 | More by Sammy
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -2.3%

02-19-2012 15:29:11 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.55/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2012 23:54:43 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.18/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high dense white head that quickly died down but left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of strawberries in the nose along with some hints of grainy malts. The smell becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the strawberry flavors are present and help to mask out the underlying flavors in this beer. Neither sweetness nor bitterness is present.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer wasn't as bad as some other gluten-free beers I have had before and this may be due to the strawberry flavors making things a little more palatable.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 01:03:27 | More by metter98
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +30.3%

02-07-2012 14:43:58 | More by nmann08
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.03/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dogfish Head's beer-worthy vision offered to those who prefer a gluten-free lifestyle by subtituting the typical barley malt with the currious sorghum elixer. The impact on flavor is equally as currious as the fundamental flavor of beer undergoes a major facelift.

Pouring a light copper or strong golden color, the beer has all the attributes of pale ales except for the brilliant clarity and the struggle to retain a head character for very long. The semi-fluffy white foam also has a spritzy character that quickly leaves the beer without any meaningful lace.

Aromas seem nearly of barley, but instead of the malt scent, there's a honey, syrup, molasses scent that's floral, fruity, spicy, and tart. Apples, cider, winey, caramel, peppery, and berry-like are a few of the aromatic notes that come at the nose in a varying and peculiar angles.

Flavors fare similarly with the taste of sorghum, molasses, and buckwheat but without the sweetness that's normally associated with those flavors. Instead, there's a thin and empty tasting void in the absence of malt. Balanced with the spiciness of pepper and the twangy tartness of apples, lemons, berries, and white wine. Low in hops, any balance is done with the acidic flavors seemingly of fruit, flowers, or honeysuckle.

Medium bodied to start, the early impressions of sweetness is short lived and quickly reveals a thin cola-like body and sharp acidic (almost astringent) tannic textures are unexpected and hit the palate with the near-lactic sensation of Berliner Weiss beers for a cleanish but unsettled finish.

With the rise in requests for gluten-free beers, I'm pleased that Dogfish Head has entered the arena with this clever and characterful version. But like all other sorghum-heavy substitutes, the beer's malt richness is severely lacking and not a great substitute for barley-rich beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 08:01:57 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -10.4%

08-13-2012 22:38:22 | More by acurtis
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womencantsail

California

2.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale golden color with a short lived white head. Smells intensely fruity and sweet. Lots of strawberry and grape, but sort of fake/sugary ones. Not much actual character to it. Maybe some yeast? The flavor is pretty much the same story. Watery but intensely sweet with highly concentrated and sweetened fruit flavors. Lots of grape juice and strawberry. A bit of cardboard on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 18:28:18 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -18.6%

08-12-2012 22:01:55 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.7/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 21:33:02 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

05-30-2013 20:23:33 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -10.4%

03-10-2013 19:08:34 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: thin head no real lacing on a slightly hazy golden with crimson hues body.

S: lots of berry flavor like strawberry and blueberry. additonal fruit notes from grapes and green apple. breads in the background.

T: honey, breads, sour berry up front moving to more sour but also dry fruit notes, bubblegum and honey.

M: light to medium body and high carbonation. very oily coating the tongue and palate.

Overall: this is a strange beer. It makes since to put these in a 4 pack and not 6 pack but I would pick up a single just to try.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 22:55:35 | More by kylehay2004
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GRG1313

California

2.5/5  rDev -18.6%

02-10-2012 01:20:43 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as an interesting orange color with no head by the time it got to my table... No lacing here wither. The smell of the beer has some sweet sugary aromas and some hints of fruit also. The taste of the beer is a little tart and sweet in the beginning, as the flavors settle there is a faint bubblegum flavor in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel has a sharp little bite to it but finishes clean and a bit on the dry side. Overall not too bad, wouldn't need to have it again. Happy to have tried it though.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2011 18:04:40 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

For the customers' and mine own edification (and, let's face it, for the sake of the tick), I felt I should try this new gluten-free beer. It pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises sourdough, light maple syrup, a twinge of stone fruit, and a kiss of chamomile. The taste continues the bread's dominance, though now it's clear this bread was made without a gluten source, the sorghum flavor being not only distinct in its own right, but clearly on display here. This is the major failing of the majority of gluten-free beers, as this none-too-tasty flavor is never properly masked. There's a hint of strawberry here, too, as advertised, but it's faint, an echo in the bready darkness. A honey-like sweetness pervades as well. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this is one of the better gluten-free options out there, but it could use more fruit (never thought I'd say a DFH beer needed more of its fruit component), if for no other reason than to mask the sorghum better.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 15:50:17 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright orange liquid, brilliant clarity, with a single rising stream of carbonation in the center. Preliminary foam settled really fast, leaving a thin ring around the edge, and a tiny patch of skim floating in the center.

Smell is faint, but there are traces of honey, strawberry, and honeysuckle that are nice. Taste is ok, fairly subdued with a tart leafy strawberry note and an indistinct grainy middle. Finish is clean and almost nonexistent. A light mustiness is there too, maybe from the sorghum, otherwise crisp and effervescent.

Definitely a unique entry into the gluten-free category, where all to many attempt a beery taste and fall short, this is something different for those with Celiacs.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 01:16:40 | More by emerge077
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -18.6%

06-17-2012 22:44:41 | More by JAHMUR
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2.75/5  rDev -10.4%

03-03-2013 03:37:05 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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nickfl

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, light copper colored body. The head quickly drops down to a thin film and leaves no lace on the glass.

S - A light, cider like aroma with some musty grape character.

T - Light grain and white grape juice character up front. Some cider like character in the middle and more fruity, sweet herbal character in the finish.

M - A light body, moderately high carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Not great, even for a gluten free beer. The honey and fruit just come across like apple juice and cheap grape juice. I see what they were trying to do here, and it does at least keep the beer from seeming overly thin, but it isn't very enjoyable in the end. Even if I was gluten intolerant, I wouldn't drink this.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 06:57:13 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap 2/17/2012 at British Beer Company, in Walpole, MA served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strawberries, light caramelized malts, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong but not very sweet strawberry flavor followed by very mild flavors of caramel and spices. The hops presence is decent for the style and the malt character is hearty but not too heavy, however there isn’t much balance. The after-taste is slightly tart.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very dry.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, for a gluten-free beer it isn’t too bad.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2012 03:04:36 | More by TheManiacalOne
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.14/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is the beer that Dogfish Head releases after no new beers for 5 years? It confirms my feelings that DFH has become a stagnant and lazy brewery, very much missing opportunities to put out interesting and creative beers.

For a gluten free beer, this is quite powerful. It's almost like strawberry juice/water. Strong and pungent and I can't really get any subtle character off of it. It's a nice drinker, and for someone with a gluten allergy I would think it'd be nice. But for me, it's way too strong.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 06:18:47 | More by RblWthACoz
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2011 18:45:12 | More by Jason
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with 2 fingers of foamy bright-white head. This fizzles out pretty quickly, leaving back mostly some thin wisps across the surface and a frothy cascade of lacing that rapidly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of ripe strawberries, honey sweetness, and a tight graininess across the back. Just a touch of leafy character tinges the edges of the nose.

The taste is strawberries, honey, and a firm grainy sweetness. A bit of a light green hop presence adds to the crispness of this. Things are pretty dry feeling on the finish. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied, with a lively carbonation that dances those flavors around the mouth and prickles the tongue.

I didn’t think that this was bad at all. The strawberries gave this a nice refreshing flavor and this overall had a bit of a dry cider thing going on with it. It’s not super memorable but I have to give Dogfish credit for adding something new to the gluten-free beer market.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 18:53:59 | More by Kegatron
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

02-10-2013 17:55:39 | More by drabmuh
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Tweason'ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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