1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Tweason'ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

Not Rated.
Tweason'aleTweason'ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
71
okay

1,100 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,100
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 22.48%
Wants: 29
Gots: 58 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Tweason'ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,100 | Reviews: 265 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Kranders
Kranders

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

02-27-2012 01:06:32 | More by Kranders
Photo of SeriousALEment
SeriousALEment

Ohio

2/5  rDev -34.9%

02-26-2012 21:58:17 | More by SeriousALEment
Photo of tread
tread

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -18.6%

02-26-2012 12:48:18 | More by tread
Photo of VelvetExtract
VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

2.33/5  rDev -24.1%

A-Pours a clear orange color. Virtually no head. Just a mist swaying above the body. Body is transparent.

S-Not a great nose. A bit of artificial strawberries. Wheaty and very sweet. Not my favorite.

T-Yikes, this beer tastes far boozier than expected. Sweet and strange. Not down my alley. Every sip brings this hard-to-describe flavor that is very unattractive.

M-Lighter bodied. Good amount of carbonation. Alcohol shows up too much.

O/D-Bought only a single. This as a four-pack runs around ten dollars. Not even close to worth it for me. Strange beer. Me no likey.

02-26-2012 03:54:07 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of BlackBelt5112203
BlackBelt5112203

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +14%

02-26-2012 03:25:02 | More by BlackBelt5112203
Photo of ElGallo
ElGallo

New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -18.6%

02-26-2012 02:58:12 | More by ElGallo
Photo of NaNach
NaNach

New York

3/5  rDev -2.3%

02-26-2012 01:49:45 | More by NaNach
Photo of tbeq00
tbeq00

California

3.5/5  rDev +14%

02-25-2012 22:46:55 | More by tbeq00
Photo of nickthegun12
nickthegun12

Alabama

3.28/5  rDev +6.8%

this beer is very interesting, the carbonation leaves very quickly...then becomes flat....i guess that is the style of a sorghum based beer

the taste is of strawberries with no alcohol smell or taste....the aftertaste sticks with you for a while....i really kind of like this beer....it goes down like water and you can drink it really fast...but very weird

02-25-2012 03:31:01 | More by nickthegun12
Photo of shand
shand

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +29.6%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

I've been interested in trying a gluten free beer that has a chance of being alright. Pours a bubbly, light amber color with a very small head. The aroma? My cat likes it! He came right over and started sniffing the bottle and glass. I like it too. It's a strawberry and honey sweetness. The taste? It's actually quite good! If I developed a gluten sensitivity and had been drinking something like Redbridge, this would be a straight revelation.

I'm not though, so it's just a good fruit beer. It's got nice tart strawberries tempered a bit by the honey. The late taste is this beer's highlight, as it goes down initially there's just a strange sort of sweetness that I'd like to attribute to the sorghum, even though I'm not really sure how it actually tastes. Then the tartness of the strawberries rushes in and keeps things interesting. The mouthfeel is a little bit chalky, but is otherwise well-carbonated and drying. The drinkability is very good, 6% isn't a high ABV by any means, but it hides any hint really that this is alcoholic at all. Overall, a very interesting and good tasting beer. I might go back and pick up a six-pack with the warmer weather we're having in Florida right now. I'm sure I'll get one during the spring and summer releases!

02-25-2012 03:27:34 | More by shand
Photo of busterthecat
busterthecat

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev +1%

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.

02-25-2012 03:12:18 | More by busterthecat
Photo of Brad007
Brad007

Vermont

3.73/5  rDev +21.5%

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.

02-25-2012 01:02:32 | More by Brad007
Photo of DrStiffington
DrStiffington

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +14%

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.

02-25-2012 00:36:43 | More by DrStiffington
Photo of samccoy
samccoy

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +14%

02-24-2012 23:40:17 | More by samccoy
Photo of sharpski
sharpski

Oregon

3/5  rDev -2.3%

02-24-2012 20:36:59 | More by sharpski
Photo of iskeptopotamus
iskeptopotamus

California

3/5  rDev -2.3%

02-22-2012 03:04:56 | More by iskeptopotamus
Photo of kojevergas
kojevergas

Texas

3.08/5  rDev +0.3%

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".

C+

02-22-2012 02:05:42 | More by kojevergas
Photo of poppyjohn
poppyjohn

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +14%

02-21-2012 22:44:51 | More by poppyjohn
Photo of GreenJetta912
GreenJetta912

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +23.8%

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.

02-21-2012 22:11:34 | More by GreenJetta912
Photo of MarkSCCOT
MarkSCCOT

South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -18.6%

02-21-2012 16:57:32 | More by MarkSCCOT
Photo of MacQ32
MacQ32

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

02-21-2012 04:13:27 | More by MacQ32
Photo of TheManiacalOne
TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.13/5  rDev +2%

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.

02-21-2012 03:04:36 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of DrDemento456
DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

02-21-2012 00:29:22 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of Thorpe429
Thorpe429

Illinois

2.55/5  rDev -16.9%

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.

02-20-2012 23:54:43 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of WMEugene
WMEugene

Virginia

3.28/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

02-20-2012 19:49:57 | More by WMEugene
Tweason'ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 1,100 ratings.