Tweason'ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,177
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 22.15%
Wants: 30
Gots: 83 | 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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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.

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.

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.

Photo of millerbuffoon
2.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of firebeer06
3/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

Photo of bentonquest
3.5/5  rDev +14%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

Photo of jsnoek
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of crobinso
2.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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.

Photo of tfsimpkins
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of JayS2629
3.43/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful brass color with great clarity, a fine two finger head, great retention and ok walls of lace.

The aroma was intoxicating with sweet, ripe strawberries, and underlying tones of honey with grassy notes. Rich and sweet aroma.

Tart up front with fresh berry flavors pricking, some undrlying honey sweetness but dry finish and grassy undertones peeking through. A little too tart and two dimensional.

Thin, but good for a gluten free beer.

Overall, its the best gluten free, sorghum beer I've had. Tart berries are nice, but missing a sweet balance. Probably a nice summer beer, but a little off for me.

Photo of PIG20
2/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of BeerCon5
3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, bright yellow orange color with about two fingers of fluffy white head that remains throughout most of the beer.

The scent is very sweet, mostly of berries and a little note of alcohol.

The taste is also quite sweet, there is a good presence of strawberries and teaberry, also a bit of a buttery presence. The taste of alcohol becomes more dominant as the beer goes on, maybe too much so for my taste.

Light bodied, very crisp, high carbonation.

I didn't really enjoy this beer too much. The alcohol presence became too overwhelming to taste anything else, it sort of became ethyl alcohol and soda water.

Photo of nickfl
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.

Photo of chodinheaven
3.63/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Perfectly clear orange beer with a few bubbles floating up from the bottom. A tiny and bubbly head dissapates very quickly to virtually nothing left afterwards except for a line around the glass and a few tiny spots. Not promising right out the gate, but for a gluten-free beer this is expected. Honey and strawberries definitely make a mark on the nose with a sweetness of sorts, and a faint reminder of bread? Just the yeast I'm sure, as its not reminiscent of barley. The strawberry aroma is more dominant than the honey, which backs up the sweet tartness of those strawberries. Interesting nose.

The markedly thin body is the first thing that hits you, again as expected as it has no barley or wheat and a high level of sugars. But this is actually made up for a little bit by a medium carbonation level and a well-balanced and defined flavor. These flavors are definitely the highlight here as the strawberries provide a tartness in the middle and back of the palate while the honey does a great job in front to hit you with a sugary sweetness, hence the balance. A somewhat well-hidden breath of the 6% ABV provides a bit more depth, but the sweet-tartness of this beer is the main take-away. It leads into a dryish mouthfeel with a decent amount of residuals that create a little bit of a syrupy finish and a lingering tartness. The beer that this most closely resembles is DFH's Festina Peche, only a little less tart and with a less desirable mouthfeel.

This beer definitely leans toward cidery, which is not necessarily a bad thing simply because it has no barley or wheat. Its a good substitute for those who have issues with gluten and want to be reminded of beer, but it has some strong cider-like qualities that are somewhat detrimental to the "ale" in the title. But that is of course what the brewery was going for here and this is the best (of three) gluten free beers I've tried. It has some really nice flavors as the strawberry takes a lot of the focus away from the lack of body. At least DFH never half-asses anything. I would recommend this to those with gluten allergies for sure. I, however, probably won't buy it again. Definitely worth the try though.

Photo of patreely12
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of scottfrie
2.73/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a single for a couple bucks. 12oz bottle into DFH shaped pint glass. Bottled 12/21/11. Interesting to see the nutrition facts on the label.

A: Pours a deep dark honey color with a couple finger of short lived fizzy head that quickly faded into a faint scum. Not much lace to this one.
S: Strange nose. I mainly get a sweet splash of strawberry syrup and buckwheat honey. Smells grainy, earthy and sweet.
T: Bleh. Sweet syrupy flavors of fruits, lightly tart strawberries, and a splash of buckwheat grain, honey, earthy grains, and seltzer water do battle with my palate. Tastes like fizzy water with synthetic strawberry syrup and honey thrown in. The aftertaste is syrupy and coating.
M: Fizzy carbonation, spritzy body and a very synthetic and slick mouthfeel. A syrupy coating is left in my mouth after each swallow. This feels pretty gross on my palate, and the syrupy feel does not go well with the ample fizzy carbonation.
O: I don’t know why I keep trying new beers from DFH. I respect them as a brewery, and I respect Sam for what he does. A lot of people love their beers, and they are great advocates for the craft beer movement. However, I have been disappointed with almost every one of their more ‘unique’ offerings. I’ve passed on most lately since I’m tired of wasting money on a 750ml bottle of grossness. This small (12oz) bottle sucked me in and reminded me why I generally steer clear. Only buy this beer if you cannot handle gluten or love super sweet syrupy drinks.

Photo of AdamBear
2.88/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A-dark yellow with no head and lots of bubbles

S-smells like strawberry butter and honey grains. good strength. some alcohol.

T-comes in with an oddly tart taste of strawberries, honey, and teaberry. its an odd and smooth taste that seems to somehow work. it has a decent but faint matching after-taste with a hint of cinnamon. as i drink the beer, the flavors start to mesh and the alcohol note begins to become strong, and almost gross

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-at first i thought it tasted weird, but then as i had a few more sips, i started to enjoy it, but as i got about halfway through the glass, i really started to hate it. its just an odd beer. i feel like people are gluten intolerant probably want a gluten free beer that reminds them of BEER...not some weird concoction. DFH should've tried mimicking the taste of barley or wheat instead of tart berries.

Photo of Jamstone714
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of notchucknorris
3.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale and clear golden color with a thin cream colored head that recedes quickly to a ring around the top.

S: I get some strawberries here, but it's a bit artificial, like those strawberry hard candies. A touch of musty grain and some sweetness from the honey. Perfume like flowery aroma as well as well as a bit of a sourness that reminds me of wine.

T: This is my first gluten free beer and I'm actually pretty impressed. Something about it tastes a bit off, but not in a way that totally turns me off. Some tart strawberries and lemons as well as some pink grapefruit flesh. Mouthfeel reminds me more of a cider than a beer, but it's a pretty tasty beer nonetheless.

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on: 01/30/12

A: Pours a clear copper color with pinkish hues. About a fingers worth of head fizzles to nothing very quickly

S: Lots of strawberries along with the sorghum and a pronounced sweetness

T: Follows the smell. Strawberries and sorghum are the main flavors, and it finishes with some more sweetness from the honey. Tastes like most gluten-free beers with a nice strawberry that masks the profile of the sorghum fairly well

M: Light-medium bodied with an abundance of carbonation. Almost soda-like

O: Certainly the best sorghum-based beer I've had, although I haven't had that many. That can be attributed to the sweetness of the strawberries and honey for the most part. Nice job by Sam and DFH to try to make something that tastes better than pure sorghum in a gluten-free beer

Photo of 1p5v
4/5  rDev +30.3%

Tweason'ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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