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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Reviews: 296 | Ratings: 1,328
Photo of tom91281
1/5  rDev -68.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I love everything Dogfish has but this is the worst beer by far that I have ever had. Hands down, crap in a bottle; for $50 bucks a case I not only feel raped but robbed as well. This should be flushed down a toilet, only I fear that insects may come across it, drink and be just has disgusted as I was. I hope this beer burns in hell for what it did to my mouth.

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Photo of righthereisay
1.36/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer sucks.

I like some of the Dogfish beers, but they shouldn't have released this one. They should be ashamed.

It was honey, strawberry, just doesn't work. I couldn't wait for it to be over.

I really wouldn't consider this a beer. I appreciate them trying different things, but their testers should have said no to this one.

Sorry, smell, not that good. Taste, not good. Mouthfeel, not good. Overall. guess.

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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 funny12
1.6/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Went out to dinner tonight and Tweason was offered in addition to about 10 other drafts. Decided to try it because I've enjoyed other Dogfish beers, and this was the first time I had seen a gluten free beer was on tap.

color/appearancer: clear orange, some faint suds around the rim
taste: like a red bull that had gone bad. very sweet, medicine taste.
mouthfeel: thin, very low carbonation.
overall: After drinking less than half. I asked our waitress to bring me another of Dogfish's offerings. I requested that she keep the beer on our bill. This is the FIRST time I've not drunk a beer I've ordered even if it was not what I was expecting.

If you have Celiac disease, I recommend to skip this offering. I have not tried other gluten free beers. I will continue to jump at the chance to try Dogfish's beers.

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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 nrbw23
1.76/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A- Pours a fairly clear bright gold orange color with a pretty foamy white head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves a bit of lacing.

S- A lot of sweetness of the bat. Picking up honey, lemon and strawberries.

T- Tart strawberries make me about fall of the chair. Some grassiness, lemon, more tart and more strawberries.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and carbonation was ok.

O- Not liking this one at all. I'll pass on this one for sure.

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Photo of Beaver13
1.82/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a little pinkish tint. It has a small fizzy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film.

The aroma is sweet chemically strawberries and floral honey.

The flavor is a mix of chemical fruitiness and vegetal malts with a cardboardy finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.

Overall, I don't care for it. Weird chemically fruits with lots of off notes. I've had pops that taste more naturally fruity.

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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 powerpop
2/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Buying DFH beers is always fraught with risk IMO. Anymore, I always start with a 12oz bottle from a bottle shop. That's what I did hear. I admit I had 2 IPA's on draft (SN Torpedo & Fatheads Headhunter) before spotting this in the fridge case, and this may have altered my buds. Thought I'd give it a try. It tastes awful IMO. The taste of this beer reminds me of the smell of Testor's airplane glue. Remember building Monogram or Revell plastic cars when you were a kid? And the smell of glue would waft in the air? That smell is exactly what this beer tastes like. Go ahead, take yourself back to those childhood days of building model cars, and buy a bottle or expensive 4-pack today!

I do admire Sam and DFH for their breaking molds and pushing beer to its outer limits. But still, the beer has to taste good! And when I get burned with beers that don't impress me and usually cost more, I have to say no...

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Photo of Libationguy
2.02/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Hazy tawny copper color with some orange hues. Thin bright white head with large carbonation and no retention.

Strawberry, fruit punch, cherry kool-aid, honeysuckle, bubblegum. Very sweet on the nose.

Strawberry, bubblegum, candied bitterness from the sorghum.

Light+ bodied, thin and slightly watery. Carbonation is nettles in it's texture against the palate, slightly magnifying the bitter quality. Finish is short with the kool-aid lingering.

I am honestly not thinking about this as beer, but as a gluten-free beverage. The problem is that Tweasen'ale is trying to be both a beer substitute for someone who must avoid gluten, and it's also trying to approach the problem through fruit and honey. It doesn't make it on either front: it has no relation to a standard beer and the fruit tastes very candied and artificial in the final product. While I am a Dogfish Head fan, I think they missed the mark here.

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Photo of mckenziac
2.03/5  rDev -36%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, dull golden color. Has a large, extremely fizzy head that dissipates down to next to nothing. I don't think I've ever seen so effervescent a head on a a beer; it was almost like pouring soda or tonic water.

Smell: Has sort of a sweet, grainy aroma to it backed by a considerable strawberry jam smell. The strawberry smells really artificial and I suppose the strange grain smell comes from the fact that this is a gluten-free beer made with sorghum instead of barley. Not really doing it for me so far...

Taste: Has a very mild hoppy bitterness to it. Starts of sweet and grainy and finishes with a really sour punch of strawberry flavor.

Mouthfeel: This may be the most carbonated beer I've had; it actually fizzes and pops like soda or tonic. Basically, drinking this beer drinks like a sparkling wine.

Overall: I don't get much about this beer. I understand the gluten-free angle, but there's really not much to mark this as beer. It tastes more like a fruity sparkling wine or rosé. I usually appreciate DFH's attempt to make unique and strange beers, but this just tastes fizzy and artificial. I can't see myself paying DFH prices for something like this again.

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Photo of hardy008
2.03/5  rDev -36%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours gold with a very small off white head with poor retention, which left no lacing. The aroma has strawberries and a sorghum type of smell. Not too appealing.

There are some strawberries and sorghum in the taste. There is a club soda type of aftertaste. No hop presence or malt sweetness. I wish I would have read the label closer and saw the words "gluten free". I would have left this on the shelf.

Light bodied with light fizzy carbonation. Not much to get excited about here. Not worth seeking out again.

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Photo of El_Flippo
2.04/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I used a wheat beer glass, however the head disappeared quickly leaving only a thin layer of foam on the surface.

A: Pale pinkish color reminded me of watered-down cool-aid when associated with the nose.

S: Strawberry hints are immediate upon opening, and are pleasant - not overpowering.

T: Over-the-top sweetness without being sticky-sweet. This tasted like a low-alcohol wine cooler or spiked cool-aid...not enough carbonation...watery. The hops prevented this from being a total disaster, due to a relatively dry finish for a fruit beer. However I'd prefer a Lindeman's approach to this style.

O: This would be a good introduction to craft beer for the cocktail set or for the ladies. And this beer is undeniably unique ["Profiles in Courage"]. However unless you seek out fruit beers, I would not recommend this. And please don't judge all of Dogfish Head's brews by this one style.

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Photo of BB1313
2.06/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours transparent golden, white head which fades pronto, average lacing and retention, lots of bubbles swimming upwards. The aromas are full of strawberries and white grapes. It sort of smells like a wine cooler. One sip, is this a wine cooler? Tastes extremely sour. The strawberries are there, but get diminished by the sweetness. This is just too sour for my tastes. The honey is definitely there! Mouthfeel is really nice and is the thing I like most about this beer. Very light and crisp, high carbonation but really smooth. Easy to drink, but it's not something I'd want to drink ever again.

I love DFH, but man I hope they don't bottle this stuff again. I appreciate them trying sometihng different, that's what they're all about, but damn..

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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 Samp01
2.15/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours an coppery orange hue with a small short lived white head. Aroma of berries, strawberries, some honey. Taste is a combination of sweet berries, predominantly strawberry, with a kind of nutty dry weird bitter taste. Palate is light crisp body with mild soda like carbonation. Finish is sweet berries, ending is a rather weird and unpleasant combination of flavors. I did not like this at all, could not finish drinking the whole bottle. Overall I would pass on this.

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Photo of yesyouam
2.19/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Dogfish Head Tweason'ale is a very lively and clear golden brew with no head. It has a sweet and sour aroma with a large dose of strawberry. It's super light bodied and and very lively in the mouth. The finish is a little chalky. It tastes a little sweet and pretty sour. It kind of has a strawberry candy or strawberry gum flavor going on. Some herbal bitterness comes in at the finish, but the sourness overpowers everything. This seems like it would be a light, easy-to-drink affair, but it ends up being kind of a challenge.

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Photo of RossCain
2.22/5  rDev -30%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (dated January 30th 2012) into a pint glass:

A: Pours a crystal clear, medium gold hue with a very small, sudsy head. The head quickly retreats to nothing as big, champagne like bubbles pop in the glass. It looks like carbonated Motts apple juice.

S: The aroma is sickeningly sweet upfront with a bit of a vegetal character. Touches of berries can be found in the background but assume a rather fake scent.

T: It's hard to say what is going on here. The initial profile showcases a some grassy character with a bit of sweetness imparted by the honey and strawberry with some cider like qualities showing through. The beer is rather a mess after that. The flavors just die after first washing over the palate and leave nothing but a thin, raw wheat-like pucker in the finish. Different...

M: Champagne like carbonation, thin, somewhat watery, and very dry in the finish. Makes for a refreshing and easy drinking swig.

O: I'm glad that I only bought a bottle of this to try. All I can say is I now truly empathize with those that must stay on a gluten free diet (be it choice or not). For those that can enjoy glutens, your tastebuds will thank you for going elsewhere.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.25/5  rDev -29%

Bottle: Poured a reddish/brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of unrefined grainy notes with light strawberry flavours is a weird mix and not the most enticing. Taste is also dominated by loads of unrefined grainy notes with some light unsweetened strawberry flavours. Body is light with OK carbonation. Body is light with OK carbonation. I’ll leave this one to people that don’t tolerate gluten.

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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 jlindros
2.34/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I've been putting this off and off, but eventually I have to tackle it. Not really even sure why I bought it, but with a gorgeous spring day out seemed like the one to grab.

Pours a light fizzy head that hits a finger but fades quickly, big bubbles and mostly air in the head, no lacing, over a clear amber orange colored beer with faint pinkish hue.

Nose is weird, it has some strawberry wafts, a bit of an under ripened strawberry, with light almost fake sweet aromas like a syrupy extract thing, a light effervescent champagne like aroma with sparkling strawberry wine.

Taste starts with a fake syrupy extract flavor, obviously the sorghum, then into the wet cardboard flavor, some oxidation I think, and a little corked like flavor even though there's no cork in it, and a light almost wheat flavor but not quite there, again the effervescent like sparkling fruit wine flavors, with some light white unripened strawberry. Finish is more wet cardboard, with a little sticky syrupy mess, as well as light green under ripened strawberry flavor again, and a very faint honey.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, plenty of carbonation.

Overall meh, didn't have high expectations but the wet cardboard cork flavor really hurt the beer even more. If it wasn't for that it would be tolerable, but that just ruins any possibility.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.34/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of gottabetweed
2.36/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz. Bottle into Tulip Glass. The head was very unusual for a beer. Like a soda, large bubbles that dissipate very quickly with no lacing.

Smell is berry dominant with a slight smell of beer n there somewhere. Not very fragrant.

Taste is ok. Berrys, lemon, and the odd taste that everyone else mentioned, that has to be the sorghum.

The mouthfeel is very light. Again, almost like drinking a soda.

Overall, A Unique beer that missed the mark for me. Glad I tried it, but won't buy again.

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Photo of karengarys
2.36/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

WARNING! I AM NOT A SORGHUM / FLAVORED BEER DRINKER! I'm not commenting on this as compared to other similar beers, I'm commenting on how I think it stacks up as I feel a beer should.

Pours ok. Clear. Fizzy. The fiz disappears quickly leaving what looks like colored water with a bubble here and there.

Smells sweet and tart, floral and fruity, and, well, not like beer.

The strangest thing happens when this pours into your mouth, and it ain't good. Well, I don't like it. It's like the medevial huns come battling in blazing their swords of tart fruit and... oddness I can't place... The wrath then drops dead on your tongue and slides down the back of your throat, sour and eventless. There is a bit of carbonation cleaning things up a bit, that is a positive thing.

The mouthfeel really is not bad. Though it looks lifeless, there is some spunk in the carbonatin. You've got about 20 minutes to get it, though, for after that it seems to begin to go flat.

The body is thin, but perhaps could be called refreshing. Definitely something that has to be consumed on a hot summer day.

Well... For those gluten intolerant, if this is allowed, and a Leine Summer Shandy would be enjoyable, maybe this is a good alternative. ...if you like just beer, well, stay away...

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Photo of ixodus
2.36/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

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