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Tweason'ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,225 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,225
Reviews: 289
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 22.08%
Wants: 29
Gots: 105 | 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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Ratings: 1,225 | Reviews: 289
Photo of laymansbeerfan
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Scotchboy
3.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle shared by my wife and sent by a generous BA, poured into a Rogue pint glass.

A: Crystal clear straw/honey color with a white head that fizzles quickly away, leaving no traces of lace really.

S: Strawberry juice and faint crackery malt, grain, touch of honey, hint of buckwheat nuttiness, very cider-like.

T: Follows the nose, sweetness of the grains and honey, strawberry tartness, nutty notes, crisp and clean with a tart/sweet pilsner-like finish. Very cider-ish, more so than the nose.

MF: Light body, lower carbonation. Pretty clean finish.

O: It goes down easy, but it just doesn't taste like beer! It seems impossible for a brewer to make a GF beer that has substance. This beer is really no different; no body, cider-ish flavors and aromas, no hop presence.

Big props to Aaron for tracking this one down for us, thanks man!

Photo of Kromes
3.64/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear gold color with a soapy white head.

S: Strawberries and honey.

T: The strawberry hits from the start and continues through to the finish. It starts somewhat sweet and there really isn't too much more flavor. The finish is dry.

M: Light and good carbonation. I actually liked how the beer started sweet and then dried out in the finish.

O: Not a big fan of fruit beers, but this one is a little different than the rest and you can tell it has a bit of quality to it.

Photo of rangerred
2.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy dark gold with a tiny fizzy head that is quick to fade.

Aroma is of caramel and strawberries and is really quite good. Smells refreshing.

The taste, unfortunately, doesn't live up to the smell. Strawberries are quite prominent up front which is nice but that quickly fades to an odd medicinal flavor that is not appealing. There is a little molasses towards the finish and then everything fades away to nothing leaving a dry clean finish.

Overall I am not impressed. Mouthfeel is watery and the flavors aren't very good. Not a good effort from DFH.

Photo of UltimateLivewire
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of bmoney
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Shilt
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of rlee1390
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Clear yellow orange two finger head that doesn't last long with some carbonation

S-What I'm guess is sorghum, a little bit of strawberry and a lot of honey.

T-Lots of honey, a little bit of strawberry however the taste is a little to medicinal

M-Light in body, some carbonation, thinner.

O-I like the gluten free idea, I like the nutritional facts (wouldn't mind seeing nutritional facts on other beers). However this beer falls flat.

Photo of rderedin
2/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of Beejay
3.06/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first Sorghum based beer! And props to DFH for the nutrition facts on this brew.

A: Pale apricot in color, crystal clear. Nice white head on the top although it is fading fairly quickly.

S: Very sweet strawberry scents, as well as a touch of honey. Slightly biscuity, with a touch of an artificial syrup note, although knowing DFH, I doubt there is any artificial syrups added.

T: A lot more tart than I expected. Tart strawberries, with maybe a little honey in the back. The tartness is nice, but it leaves the beer feeling a touch one note.

M: Very light in mouthfeel, perhaps a touch watery, but with very active carbonation.

O: Overall it isn't bad, but it isn't great either. It feels a touch watery, and one note. Although that one note is a pretty interesting one.

Photo of funny12
1.6/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Went out to dinner tonight and Tweason was offered in addition to about 10 other drafts. Decided to try it because I've enjoyed other Dogfish beers, and this was the first time I had seen a gluten free beer was on tap.

color/appearancer: clear orange, some faint suds around the rim
taste: like a red bull that had gone bad. very sweet, medicine taste.
mouthfeel: thin, very low carbonation.
overall: After drinking less than half. I asked our waitress to bring me another of Dogfish's offerings. I requested that she keep the beer on our bill. This is the FIRST time I've not drunk a beer I've ordered even if it was not what I was expecting.

If you have Celiac disease, I recommend to skip this offering. I have not tried other gluten free beers. I will continue to jump at the chance to try Dogfish's beers.

Photo of emerge077
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of hoops61176
4/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of speter
3.65/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Explosive carbonation on a red-tinged golden amber beer with a huge white head. No lacing to speak of.

S: Definite strawberry over a slightly funky sorghum and honey smell.

T: This strikes me as being in the spirit of a Berliner Weisse with a shot of strawberry. The sorghum and the yeast present a slightly lactic character that many barley-centric people dislike, but it is what it is. (I wonder why barley lovers don't complain that wheat beers don't taste like barley beers.) The finish of this beer is where it definitely departs from the usual gluten-free examples. Just like Midas Touch combined an ale, a wine, and a mead, Tweason'ale combines a gluten-free beer with a mead, and the finish is nearly all mead with just a kiss of strawberry.

M: Quite light, with great carbonation. This would make an excellent summer beer.

O: I have to give credit to DFH for trying something different in the gluten-free space. I have never understood why so many brewers try to create a sorghum-based pilsner or helles, when other beer styles are much better suited to sorghum and millet.

Photo of ixodus
2.36/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark gold in color, minimal off-white head, decent retention and lacing.

S: Sorghum, mild strawberry, metal, honey.

T: Sticky mess of fruit and sorghum, has an extract like twang to it with a dry finish

M: Heavy mouth feel, sticky, moderate carbonation

O: Overall it tastes like a novice extract homebrew with some fruit in it. On the positive it's gluten free and the alcohol is hidden well.

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 Samstronaut
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of Gobzilla
3.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: poured a golden yellow in color with reddish highlights that had a finger of head and left some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: some winey notes with a strawberry aroma which was noticeable upon the first whiff but had a sweet smell which reminding me of a wine cooler.

T: very sweet flavor upfront with strawberry notes but had vinous grape character and lots of sweetness as well.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a very sweet, strawberry fruit forward, vinous, and slight tart finish.

O: definitely was not a big fan of this brew considering strawberries are like my favorite fruit too. oh well.

Photo of steamboatbrewer
3.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of AJD1201
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of FanofHefe
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, freshness dated at bottled on 1/30/12. Pours a very clear light amber color with yellow tint. About a one finger light tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

Light aroma of strawberries and what comes across as lager yeast. Light fruit aroma overall.

The flavor is fruity, primarily strawberry (of course) with a light sweet malt flavor. A bit of tartness to go along with a light honey flavor.

Light to medium mouthfeel and an almost soda pop style flavor. I'm not crazy about this but give an extra nod to DFH for continuing to push the envelope by trying new and different combinations of flavors.

Photo of crossovert
2.65/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle. Bottled on 1/30/12.

It pours a nice gold with a slight red hue. The head quickly fizzes away with no lacing.

The smell is rampant with sorghum. The strawberry is a nice unique touch though, if you sniff it for awhile it starts to dominate.

The flavor is slightly tart which is surprising. The sorghum just ruins it though. I think brewers should just stop with the sorghum it is a failed experiment. It tastes kind of like cough medicine.

Fails in the flavor.

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 ucsbmullet
2/5  rDev -35.1%

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Tweason'ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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