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Tweason'ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,163 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,163
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 22.48%
Wants: 29
Gots: 74 | 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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4/5  rDev +30.3%

iL0VEbeer, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of hoops61176
4/5  rDev +30.3%

hoops61176, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of speter
3.68/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

speter, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of ixodus
2.33/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

ixodus, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.7/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of Samstronaut
2.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Samstronaut, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of Gobzilla
3.08/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Gobzilla, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of steamboatbrewer
3.75/5  rDev +22.1%

steamboatbrewer, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of AJD1201
2.75/5  rDev -10.4%

AJD1201, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of FanofHefe
3.1/5  rDev +1%
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.

FanofHefe, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of crossovert
2.58/5  rDev -16%
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.

crossovert, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of Metalmonk
3.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

Metalmonk, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of ucsbmullet
2/5  rDev -34.9%

ucsbmullet, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of justintcoons
2.8/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours straw/gold with a slight reddish tint. Has 2 fingers of white head and light-moderate carbonation.

N: Honey and wheat.

T: Light honey and wheat upfront. The strawberry comes in mid-palate and has a subtle tartness. Finishes with all of the above (honey, wheat, strawberry) along with a very strange unidentifiable taste...something along the lines of a pencil eraser.

M: Light-medium bodied, smooth and clean.

O: The strawberry flavors are very nice and do not come off artificial. I personally would not buy this again.

justintcoons, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of Rhynes2
3.83/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light orange color, not much head on this beer and it dissipated pretty quickly. Other than that, the smell has a slight hint of strawberries and honey. I was expecting those scents to pop a little more but over all its very pleasant. The flavor is strawberry in the front with honey adding the sweetness behind it. It's not a strawberry flavor that comes out and grabs your attention but its not hidden either. Very good balance here. I'm really not a fan of this type of brew but i'm very impressed with this one. Great job from Dogfish Head on this one.

Rhynes2, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of Mattylegend
1.5/5  rDev -51.1%

Mattylegend, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of Naugros
3.63/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first gluten-free beer. As much as I rail against DFH getting the benefit of the doubt and reviewers starting their scores higher than with other breweries, I do try everything they put out there and it took DFH doing a gluten-free to get me to try one.

The only other strawberry beer I have to compare this to is Samuel Smith's and this compares favorably. The strawberry comes off as fresh and real, unlike SS's which seems artificial. This one has a nice tartness to counter the mile sweetness, creating a good balance.

The strawberries are a bit hidden by the oddness of the sorghum in the smell, but I don't mind since I like beers that taste better than they smell. I have to use "oddness" since I'm not that familiar with sorghum and now I know why it isn't popular...it has an odd smell to it.

It's a really refreshing beer, but the grains really leave a mark on the tongue at the end, but that's my biggest knock on this one...not a bad thing.

Naugros, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of BluBeers
4/5  rDev +30.3%

BluBeers, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of korguy123
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into tulip.

A- Pours a rich orange with a definite red hue too it. Very quick lived one finger white head that drops to wisps. Lacing is minimal.

S- Sweet strawverries and honey. There is a bubble gum smell that makes it smell delicious.

T- Quite watery. Honey, strawverries and bubble gum with a slight bitter finish.

M- Thin bodied, good carbonation.

O- I think if you are going to make gluten free, make it interesting. Much better second time around.

korguy123, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of ncworster
3/5  rDev -2.3%

ncworster, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of hosehead83
3.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear gold in color, with a white head of quickly fading foam.
Aroma-Strawberries and tart citrus
Taste-Strawberries and apple cider vinagar. Very tart and sour. Would be refreshing as a hot weather beer.

hosehead83, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of JizackFH
2.88/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review #604

A - This beer pours a reddish copper color with good clarity. It has almost two finger of loose fizzy white head resting on top. The head has poor retention, and it leaves just a few specs of lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose has a pretty big strawberry presence. There is also some honey-like sweetness, and a sort of weird aroma that I am attributing to the sorghum.

T - The taste follows the nose for the most part. There is a good amount of strawberry flavor, but not as much as the nose hinted. There is sort of a strong off flavor. It is kind of earthy, chemical-like, and a little bitter. The finish leaves some lingering strawberry and sorghum behind on the palate.

M - This has a body that is on the lighter side of medium, and good carbonation. It goes down pretty easy and has a smooth feel to it. There is some initial sweetness, and then an earthy semi-bitter but tartness to it.

O - This doesn't have the best drinkability. It goers down easy and all, but it just doesn't taste that great. There is just sort of an unenjoyable flavor, and I think it is just missing that nice maltiness that really would have boosted this beer in every category. Overall, it is an interesting beer that I'm sure some people will enjoy, but it just isn't for me. I think it is worth trying out though. Cheers.

JizackFH, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of cbutova
2.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Deep golden hue into a pint glass. Bubbly and fizzy white head forms to a small size and dies out almost immediately, maybe due to lack of barley. No lace, ring or cloud.

S- Smell is mostly fruity(strawberry, fig) and floral hints. Honey and general sweets. Hard to describe.

T- Again, fruity and floral with notes of flowers, berries, fig and tart stuff. A general grain and earthy feel as well, honey sweets. General yeasty notes like bread.

MF- Bubbly carbonation, like a soda. General lack of smooth beer body feel. Tart palate.

Hard to describe but it's kind of like a fruit soda beer or something.

cbutova, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of abastias
1.5/5  rDev -51.1%

abastias, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of SkateZoo
1/5  rDev -67.4%

SkateZoo, Mar 04, 2012
Tweason'ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 1,163 ratings.