Tweason'ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.28/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours semi cloudy orange with a small white head. Smells of strawberry, little bit of grain, but the fruit dominates. Tastes of strawberry, not much else. Beer is light bodied and somewhat easy drinking. Overall a slightly above average beer.

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Photo of Buck89
2.47/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip. Moderately hazy dark amber-orange color with a thin off-white head. The aroma was all strawberry syrup, like something on top of a pancake. The taste was something completely different: almost all plastic-like phenolics with band-aids and finally a soft fruit presence. I could not finish this one.

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Photo of HerbGuy42
2.1/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Tastes, dry, thin, and one-dimensional. The flavor is alcoholic with fruity notes reminiscent of cheap malt liquor wine coolers. I did not like this beer one little bit. If you want a gluten-free beer, try a Green's (also sorghum-based) or St. Peter's for something with a well-rounded flavor profile.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.14/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz. Bottle

Poured into a DFH glass a very nice clean/clear dark golden color, nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger quick fizzy off-white head, which leaves a nice small island and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with a nice touch of strawberries. The taste is malty, with some strawberries, slightly tart. Light/Medium body. Overall, kinda tasty, but would not buy again.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.93/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a perfect pint.

2.5 A: Clear light orange color. Fizzy white head falls as soon as it forms.

3.25 S: Smells more like a wine cooler than a beer. Strawberry and honey take me back to highschool sneaking whatever girly drinks we could find in our friends' parents' basements. It doesn't smell bad though. Indeed, it smells pretty nice. The problem is that it's in the same way that body lotion smells good.

3.0 T: The strawberry and honey also dominate the taste. This is a good thing considering how wretched most sorghum beers are. I don't really know what sorghum is supposed to taste like, but from other sorghum beers I've had, I can only conclude that it's garbage steeped in corn water. That said, this doesn't taste much like a beer. It tastes like strawberry honey water and like I already mentioned, that makes this a good sorghum beer.

2.5 M: Mouthfeel is really weak. It's a light watery body with moderate carbonation. Not much else to say.

2.75 D: Bad beer, but excellent sorghum beer. If you are a Celiac sufferer, this beer is for you. If you think gluten is the devil, stop being such a douchebag and drink a real beer.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.49/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours sorta strawberry blonde amber with a fizzy off white head that quickly recedes to a tiny island without leaving any lacing.

S: Fruity, plenty of strawberry, honey sweetness, but also a little tart, and a hint of light malt.

T: Starts with a light tartness, strawberry jumps out, maybe some lemony citrus zest, a bit of honey, and a hint of light malt.

M: Light to medium body, prickly moderate carbonation.

O: Happened to snag a single bottle at the store because why not. I didn't really have any expectations for it, but it turned out to be pretty tolerable. Nothing earth shattering-ly good, but not offensive. If you have to abide by gluten free you could do worse.

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Photo of DuffDaddy
1.75/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Four pack as a birthday gift from Bethany. Twelve ounce bottle poured into a snifter type glass. This did not taste like beer...rather like some kind of light liqueur. Very sour finish...hazy appearance.

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Photo of bmeehan
2.6/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I never thought I'd give a rating this low to a Dogfish Head beer, but here we are. It's unimpressive in look and smell, but it's just downright bad in taste and feel. Everything about it is weak and feels cheap, and I just can't fathom how Dogfish Head's name is on it. Avoid this beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.34/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a 12oz bottle.
Looks great, including a very durable bone colored head. Smells promising but the somewhat weird flavor doesn't follow, especially in the finish and aftertaste. Still, this is a flavorful and interesting gluten free ale.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a white head that dissipates very quickly. The beer is a light amber that strongly resembles copper. The look is pretty nice but looks like it's a bit light in the body.

The smell is pretty good especially for a GF fruit beer. The notes are mainly strawberry with a very nice sweet honey note. The two notes mix very well and give off a sweet and slightly tart note. Furthermore, the strawberry doesn't smell too fake.

The taste is just like the smell but a little tartier. While the tart was fine in the smell, the taste is a bit more watery and muddled, which makes the tart less than great.

The feel is as expected and not surprising. The beer is very light bodied because of the lack of malts but still has some body feel to it due to the honey that was put in its place. The biting carbonation adds a nice bit of texture on what would have felt like a syrupy water. It also has a very refreshing finish.

Overall, a pretty good GF beer and a decent fruit beer overall. This is a nice replacement for those who can't stomach wheat or barely but still want a nice cold beer that won't wreak havoc on their health.

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Photo of wiseguywood
3.99/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dogfish head tweason ale is a good summer beer, very nice strawberry smell, easy on the mouth with a nice strawberry and honey taste. If you like the fruit/vegetable beer, it is worth a try. Dogfish head never disappoints!

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Photo of Benh777
3.74/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: light amber in color.
Smell: not as powerful of a smell as expected, but all the same thought for a gluten free beer with a sorghum base that the smell was exceptional.
Taste: not a huge fan, but I honestly am probably not the biggest fan of this style. It lacked a fullness I would have liked.
Feel: good mouthfeel. Would have appreciated a little bit heartier mouthfeel like a saison but the beer may just not have been what I was expecting.
Good beer overall, not a huge fan of the style.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.07/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reddish amber in color with no head whatsoever. Excellent clarity. Aroma is solely of strawberries. Taste is dominated by strawberries, but there is also sorghum. The mouth is a bit thin and watery.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a honey-golden amber, with minimal carbonation and virtually no lace.

Aroma: Sweet strawberries and grain, like a strawberry shortcake almost, but not as appalling as that sounds, really.

Taste: Odd, with plenty of sweetness from the honey and berries. Taste seems a bit flat — maybe the bottle I had was a little aged (didn’t see any evident dates on the bottle)? Not a bad brew, by any means, just not one I’d care to revisit unless I could verify for freshness.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
2.46/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Tried onboard Royal Caribbean's Independence at the pub bar, which had a surprisingly good selection. My girlfriend is gluten-free, and she loves beer, but this simply did not taste like one. Too fruity, hardly any malt or hops to be detected. Pass on this one, even if you're limited by gluten issues.

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Photo of founddrama
3.14/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An interesting little GF beer. The strawberries are an interesting touch and give it some character where it might otherwise be a bit boring. Not too shabby as a dessert pairing.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
2.29/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

When I read the label, I thought it was a joke. When I tasted it, I knew it was. It looks like either a urine sample or a glass of apple juice. It smells like liquid hand soap, strong with strawberries. The taste is....well.....not good. I bought a 4 pack, split the first bottle with friends at a tasting, and am now wondering how I will get rid of the other three bottles.
UPDATE: September visiting for Labor Day. Taste testing eliminated them from the fridge forever!

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Photo of BigJim5021
1.45/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Sweet merciful shit. I'm almost impressed with how bad this is. Sam and co., sometimes when you're wondering if you CAN make something, stop and consider if you SHOULD. Then never make Tweason.

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Photo of Rschimmell
3.91/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I typically don't like fruity tasting beer but this one seemed fine to me. It finished well as opposed to other beers that I have tried with fruit in them.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.49/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The head is off white, has some depth to it but is porous and only lasts for several seconds. The body is medium amber color, crystal clear with lots of carbonation , and there is no lacing.

Lots of fruits, raisins, figs, apple and oranges are all mixed in here. Its very pleasant with a mild alcohol aroma that sneaks out here and there.

Tart, much like a cider, strong apple and raisin flavors dominate the ale. Strawberry and honey also come out as it hits the back of your throat.

Light bodied and teaming with carbonation.


Not a bad fruit beer, its easy to drink and hides the alcohol well.

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Photo of bongobeer
3.29/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice clear golden color with small head and little lacing

Sharp fruity,strawberry smell

Sweet and sour taste with some strawberry/ honey,white wine?

Good refreshing specialty beer, just not my cup of tea...

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Photo of dodge408
2.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I'm not sure but think this may of been a bad bottle. I didn't notice a strawberry smell or taste,p. The taste bwas of mild tartness finishing with a bland tingle on the tounge. will try again and compare.

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Photo of NinjaJesus
3/5  rDev -5.4%

This is not a beer for people who love IPAs or drink beers every day. This is the beer that your wife or girlfriend will actually enjoy. Or the beer that you can serve to your gluten intolerant relative during the holidays. It is a full strawberry flavor with a honey sweetness at the end.

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Photo of xxxcjbcxxx
2/5  rDev -36.9%

I don't know what they were thinking. It smells great, yet tastes bad.

The smell is that of a strawberry flavored candy. It's not what I expect from a beer, but it was undeniably pleasant.

The flavor is that of a soured rubber. Very "rubbery." It reminds me of "Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans."

I'm happy and appreciative they're being creative, but they should edit the recipe.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Opens with a big strawberry nose with sorghum grain notes in the background and a hint of honey. Pours brilliant strawberry red under a 1” white foam cap that quickly dissipates but rouses easily and provides delicate lace. The palate follows the nose with strawberry dominating on a sorghum backbone, startling slightly sweet with a tart finish. Medium light body and medium low carbonation.

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