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Tweason'ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,224
Reviews: 289
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 22.08%
Wants: 29
Gots: 105 | 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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Ratings: 1,224 | Reviews: 289
Photo of BEERchitect
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev +29.9%

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

My pour was bordering on strong, and it only delivered a thin off white head that didn't last a minute. There is no ring and no lacing on the glass. Body is the color of honey.

The aromas of strawberries, light malt, something floral and peaches are noted.

I have to echo the sentiment that it tastes more like a cider than a beer. It has a light but persistent strawberry flavor, paired with light flowery notes and ending with a bit of honey, more strawberry, and light herbs.

Mouthfeel is very light. It's in, down and gone before you know it, so some of the flavors took some searching.

Photo of lccrunchy
4/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of hiku7
3.23/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is honey, strawberries, floral, with tiny hop spiciness. No real malt aroma. No diacetyl.

Pours clear deep honey gold. Off white head dissipates immediately.

Light, crisp, cidery, with honey aftertaste. Tastes a bit more like cider than beer. No hop flavor. Slightly tart finish.

Light and crisp, but I did not want to open another.

Not a bad take on a gluten-free beer, but I probably won't buy more.

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3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3/5  rDev -2.6%

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3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright and super clear orange with a thin golden lace of head. Big strawberry nose with a touch of minty and floral hops. Crisp body with a strawberry tart sweetness up front. Lavender like herb character along with other strange floral flavors. Elegant and exotic are the two best words to describe this beer. Pretty far out in an interesting way. The flavors really cover up the absence of a malt body. Flowery hop finishes let's you know its still beer. Good for a try but not for every day drinking.

Maybe would pair well with an even more exotic dish. Gotta give them credit for giving the gluten free crowd some different.

Photo of celticfutblclub
3.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle no bottling date but i know this ones new

A - a clear orange/pink body with lively carbonation up the middle. rimmed off white head has some decent lacing that wont quite stick but can be forgiven.

S - strong strawberry notes sit atop molasses undertones. some grape in there as well. interesting but not too enticing.

T - theres a rather base unique taste here that i can only assume is the sorghum though i've never had it. its interesting and i can see why they used it as a base for this gluten free beer. dark fruit lingers in the back with a more subdued strawberry taste which i found surprising given the nose.

M - light to medium bodied with lots of carbonation. some medicinal like coating on this.

O - for a gluten free beer i was impressed. but i think the bar needs to be regular beer (and i have faith that dogfish and others will get there) so im judging it just like any other beer..

Photo of pburland23
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Giving this one a shot though I'm lukewarm on the concept. I'm willing to give Dogfish a chance.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my DFH Signature glass.

Appearance: Beer pours a pale, almost clear golden color with some pinkish hues showing through when held up to the light. Almost no head at all just a thin layer of white carbonation.

Smell: Strawberries, honey and an wine-like tannic aroma. Doesn't exactly smell like beer. It's not bad smelling but it's not drawing me in.

Taste: Very wine-like in taste. Starts with tartness, lots of strawberry notes with some sweetness from the honey. Finishes with a slightly sour note. Again, to me it tastes more like a fruit wine than a beer.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied with some prickly carbonation. To me, the tartness cuts down on the drinkability. While 6%, the alcohol isn't light but it's not overpowering.

Overall: Tweason'ale is another one of those Dogfish ales that while I respect the process behind the beer, the final product just doesn't do it to me. Too tart, too wine-like.

Photo of CoolGuy42
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Mark5252
2/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of Kopfschuss
3/5  rDev -2.6%

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3/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.95/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours an incredibly clear, dark amber with a slightly reddish tint. There is no head nor lacing, but it still looks incredibly elegant. The smell is quite interesting with a subtle fruitiness and some strange grain notes from the buckwheat (?). The nose carries through to provide a slightly sweet fruit beer with almost no bitterness/alcohol. It's definitely unique and unlike any other beers I've tried.
The mouthfeel is an effervescent fruitiness overshadowed by syrupy sweetness.
Still, it's quite drinkable, reasonably priced, and worth trying.

Photo of flagmantho
3.57/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light orange hue with good clarity but little effervescence and a thin ivory foam head which dissipates quite rapidly indeed.

Smell: sweet aroma with a good note of strawberries. There's a bit of a plasticy tinge which is not too unusual with a sorghum beer. While the aroma isn't spectacular, I think the sorghum base is mild enough to really let the strawberries come through in a way that strawberries usually don't in a beer. So, on that take, it is successful.

Taste: a surprisingly rich strawberry flavor comes through with a roamy, almost malty, sweetness underneath. Quite a bit of tartness here, also not unusual for sorghum, but with the fruit flavor it works. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a moderate carbonation and a mild but decent creaminess. Not too bad.

Overall: this beer has everything going against it -- a fruit beer made with strawberry, a gluten-free sorghum beer -- however, it manages to do well with its limitations. This is not a great beer, but for a gluten-free strawberry beer, it's pretty damn tasty. Judging it within its limits -- it is a damn fine beer.

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3/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Black Raven imperial pint glass. Pours a clear golden orange amber. Thin white head that dissipated quickly to a ring around the glass. Aroma of honey, peaches and strawberry. Taste is very dry, dominated by strawberries. Finish very estery and tastes artificial, bitter. An unfortunate light plastic flavor with the strawberry in the finish. Light bodied. This was a rare Dogfish Head miss for me. Glad I'm not gluten intolerant.

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2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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Photo of powellmg
3.42/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold with a fizzy head. Sour aroma of grass, ripe fruit. Taste was very winy, dry, tangy. High carbonation, almost biting. Some sweetness despite the overall dryness but no detectable honey.

Overall, a very crisp, winy beer. It's the best sorghum beer I've had and compares favorably to DFH Midas Touch. An accomplishment considering no barley--one more reason to respect DFH.

Photo of Kranders
3.56/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden color, with a hint of ruby red. Minimal lacy head that is lost rather quickly. Very interesting aroma, rich in an earthy honey, very natural without a lot of sweetness. Quite a complex flavor. Very sweet right off the bat, filled with honey and strawberry, but that doesn't last long at all. It melds into a sour earthyness that fades away rather quickly. It doesn't last long on the tongue, and leaves you feeling kind of refreshed at the end.

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Tweason'ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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