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Tweason'ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,140 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,140
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 22.48%
Wants: 29
Gots: 64 | 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:
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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Photo of busterthecat
3.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a single 12 oz bottle for $3.45. Served at 45 degrees into a wine glass.

A- Pours a light bright golden hue that sits a clear gold in the glass. a off white head forms and quickly fades to a good ring.

S- Very light and sweet aroma. Honey, strawberries, light apple juice, sugar & rain. Smell is refreshing.

T- Follow the aroma very closely. The apple juice aspect is strong here. A sweet zest from the strawberry. Clean, light and simple.

M- Light, a bit watery. Really feels like a softly carbonated apple juice. Some zest on palate.

O- A decent beer to try. Light and easy to drink, but not much there. Best part was seeing the nutrition facts on the label.

busterthecat, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of Brad007
3.73/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ooh, a new DFH seasonal! I see that that they're tapping into the gluten-free beer market with this.

Pours a clean light gold color with a one-finger head into my glass. It's not your typical malt so color seems about right.

Strawberry essence matches up with the bubble gum of the sorghum and light honey notes.

Different and refreshing at the same time. Strawberry clashes with the sorghum here and the honey finish seems weak.

Dry with chalky bread essence, whatever that is.

A good choice for the gluten-free consumer. It does take some getting used to though.

Brad007, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of DrStiffington
3.5/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had to pickup a brand new DFH beer when I saw it in the store. That being said, fruit-flavored beer is not usually my thing. It pours with a loudly carbonated head, which quickly dissipates, like that of a soda. Smell is pretty good- fruity, slightly boozy. Tastes lightly like strawberries and honey. Not bad. Very light and refreshing.

DrStiffington, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of samccoy
3.5/5  rDev +14%

samccoy, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of sharpski
3/5  rDev -2.3%

sharpski, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of iskeptopotamus
3/5  rDev -2.3%

iskeptopotamus, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.08/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into Antwerp Beer Passion Weekend 2011 stemware in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

Not paired with food. Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm during consumption.

Expectations are above average just from the label, which I find appealing.

A: Pours a one finger head of no cream whatsoever, terrible thickness, and below average retention. Colour is a transparent copper. It isn't much to look at.

Sm: Very sweet notes of honey, strawberry, cherry, sweet sugars, and clean malts. Exceptionally pleasant and inviting. The berry in particular is wonderful.

T: A honey foundation with berry notes and sweet sugars riding atop. Simple but balanced and refreshing. Would make an excellent summer beer. No alcohol or yeast comes through. It's very enjoyable, but it isn't unique or special. No layering, complexity, or subtlety is notable here.

Mf: Smooth, too wet, and awkwardly thin. The flavours would be better complemented by a coarser thicker mouthfeel that retains its wetness. No cream.

Dr/Ov: Very drinkable, especially for the above average ABV - which is well hidden. The overdone wetness is particularly problematic, and really holds it back. It's a C+ for me, but I'd probably have it again - preferably on draught. I really like its refreshing feel. I like that they're experimenting, but this could be so much better. With a proper mouthfeel, I could see this as a "B".


kojevergas, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of poppyjohn
3.5/5  rDev +14%

poppyjohn, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of GreenJetta912
3.8/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter this beer was very clear light golden amber color. Incredible clarity. Head forms a finger with slightly below average retention (remember we are working outside the realm of barley here so you can't expect as much retention). Beer still retains a thin layer of head.

Smell is great. Sweet aroma of strawberries dominates with notes of honey and bready yeast. You pick up buckwheat here too.

The middle is fruit forward (strawberries). The fruit is imparted onto the beer well. Reminds me slightly of Festina Peche (DFH's summer seasonal [forgive my spelling]), though not bad. Fruit is the main event but doesn't overtake it completely like with Festina Peche. This still drinks like a beer with hoppy notes in balance with the other goings on of the beer. There are slight notes of Honey. Buckwheat notes from the nose are almost wiped out here.

The finish, like the middle is very fruit forward and dominated by strawberries. There is still ale character here but overtaken by the strawberries.

This is overall a great beer. If you think fruit in beer is for wussies, Not for you. Personally not my everyday ale but a great taste of DFH for someone who can't have gluten.

GreenJetta912, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of MarkSCCOT
2.5/5  rDev -18.6%

MarkSCCOT, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of MacQ32
3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Transparent honey orange with about a finger of large bubbled white head, retention is pretty weak, just a thin ring left behind, lacing is ok.

S - Strawberries, honey, sweet caramel malt. Almost reminds me of muscadines.

T - Does not taste like a beer, tastes more like a desert wine, I would compare it to Midas Touch. Strewberries very obvious, some spice, sweet malts, and a little tangy at the finish.

M - Very light bodied, wouldnt consider this a beer if I didnt know what it was. Appropriate carbonation, very drinkable, refreshing for sure.

O - So it doesnt taste terrible but it's hard to rate this as a beer. It's more like a desert wine. It is a refreshing beverage, its very sweet and easy to drink.

MacQ32, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
2.9/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Noted bottled on date 12/21/11

A - Barley any head at all and it quickly turns to a light lace ring with mild carbonation bubbles. Color is a orange honey with a slight pink hue.

S - Sorghum syrup is kind of distracting but I mostly smell mild strawberries and honey. Smells Ok.

T - Wow not sweet at all and the Strawberries make it very tart. I am very surprised I get no overall sweetness from the honey. Just acidic tart fruit and Sorghum syrup. Dry as well.

M - Light to medium and barley drinkable.

Overall the first Dogfish head beer I ever drained poured. I have only had Lakefronts Gluten free beer and it was at least drinkable but this one is way too dry and tart. Nutrition facts are shocking since this beer is no way worth 170 calories.

DrDemento456, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of WMEugene
3.28/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a golden color with just a slight reddish-orange tint. Even with a vigorous pour, only a tiny head appears that disappears quickly and absolutely no lacing. The beer looks really thin.

S - Wild honey, strawberries, and some sweet malts. I also smell something that smells slightly odd for a beer - I will guess that's the sorghum.

T - Definitely strawberry and honey focused. Mostly sweet with just a hint of tartness. Probably would be better with a wheat background then the sorghum, but then obviously it wouldn't be gluten free any more.

M - Really, really thin tasting. It's crisp and drinks more like a sparkling wine than a beer. Almost to the point of being distracting...but I think this is another issue with the nature of this beer.

O - So, I found this to be a hard brew to rate. It has some positives and some negatives to it. Given the fact that it was designed to be gluten-free, I will cut it some slack here. Obviously, it would be a better beer if it was made out of wheat - there's a reason that sorghum isn't a common ingredient in beer. However, this ale was designed for those who can't have wheat...and for them I can recommend this beer. Additionally, people who like fruity beers will enjoy as well. For me, I don't know if I will revisit this one but I wouldn't mind another.

WMEugene, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.35/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my first time trying a Gluten free beer.
It poured a clear honey gold with a small hint of orange red. The small head dissipates fast and leaves no lacing.
The smell is sweet, of malt, honey and strawberry.
Tasting the beer there was a tarty feel, quickly joined by sweet honey and strawberry. Toward the end, the malt character got stronger. It certainly has a distinct fruit beer character.
It is very drinkable, especially in summer, but I certainly prefer real beer!
Because it was brewed as fruit beer, I will rate it with a 4 overall.

Hopfenpeter, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of millerbuffoon
2.5/5  rDev -18.6%

millerbuffoon, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of firebeer06
3/5  rDev -2.3%

firebeer06, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of magine
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a nonic glass.

Pours a lively, carbonated clear dark cider/apple juice color with a tint of strawberry. Light layer of lace coats the top of the glass. No lace, nice coloring though. These brews don't typically have the greatest lace and heads. With that said this one is below average looking.

Brew smells of honey, strawberry, fruits and light sweet malts. Pleasant easy going nose. Nice nose.

Brew is sweet and has some fruit bitters in the end. Very crisp and soda like. This brew is almost champagne and not beer. Too thin to me, could benefit from some balance in the mouthfeel. Would have been better with some more yeasts or wheat. Decent for the style.

I am not a big fan of this style, and this will be my last indulgence in this style of brew. If you like fruit/vegetable brews and dont mind the thin carbonated mouthfeel you will like this one.

magine, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of bentonquest
3.5/5  rDev +14%

bentonquest, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -2.3%

djrn2, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Murrhey
2.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Quarter inch white head with very little retention. Some spotty lacing. Light golden-orange color with heavy carbonation.

S- Fruity with light hops. Can smell some complexity from the honey and berries, very light though.

T- Light malts and some honey sweet notes. Distinct fruity flavor. Not complex nor is it very good.

M- Medium bodied with big carbonation and very wet.

O- Not a great brew, the strawberry doesn't carry well and the beer itself is half baked.

Murrhey, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of jsnoek
3/5  rDev -2.3%

jsnoek, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of crobinso
2.5/5  rDev -18.6%

crobinso, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.63/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Clear honey. Pretty decent white head on the pour that recedes to a ring around my DFH shaped pint.
smell: Strawberries up front. Somethin else with a little stank on it. Is that the buckwheat honey? Not sure sure since I've never had it.
taste: More of that. Strawberries with some substantial stank. Haven't decided with the first couple o sips if I this stank is friend or foe.
More than half way way through, I think this will be a summer beer. The stank has calmed a bit a though not my favorite taste, it's not bad.

cindyjeffsmith, Feb 18, 2012
Tweason'ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 1,140 ratings.