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.

Added by pwoody11 on 07-01-2011

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3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.47/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: thin head no real lacing on a slightly hazy golden with crimson hues body.

S: lots of berry flavor like strawberry and blueberry. additonal fruit notes from grapes and green apple. breads in the background.

T: honey, breads, sour berry up front moving to more sour but also dry fruit notes, bubblegum and honey.

M: light to medium body and high carbonation. very oily coating the tongue and palate.

Overall: this is a strange beer. It makes since to put these in a 4 pack and not 6 pack but I would pick up a single just to try.

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2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

for once im not super impressed by a DFH brew, and for those of you who say all they do is hop like madmen, here is your proof thats not always the case. this one pours a pinkesh hue of yellow, with an average off white head. smell is fruity and tart, definitely spring like aroma. flavor is the essence of strawberry, without being sweet. i respect that. however, we are missing some gluten here, sorghum just doesnt malt right, and its too visible here. feel is fine, white-wine-like in feel, acidic and dry. im not at all into this one, and i am glad i got a single. nothing redeemable here, just a fruity weird drink. this one might do well for the ladies, but it aint no 90minute for those of us in the know...

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2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.55/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as an interesting orange color with no head by the time it got to my table... No lacing here wither. The smell of the beer has some sweet sugary aromas and some hints of fruit also. The taste of the beer is a little tart and sweet in the beginning, as the flavors settle there is a faint bubblegum flavor in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel has a sharp little bite to it but finishes clean and a bit on the dry side. Overall not too bad, wouldn't need to have it again. Happy to have tried it though.

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4/5  rDev +26.2%

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3.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the DFH Pub. Apparently it's gluten-free... doesn't make a difference to me but seems to be a selling point to some people. Nice fruity aroma, sort of reminds me of a a flavored wheat ale. Strawberries aren't too strong and is definitely on the lighter side, maybe something more geared towards the female demographic. Finish is a bit tart, it could be hard to have more than one, but easy to drink and tasty, just don't expect anything too crazy.

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2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.2/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high dense white head that quickly died down but left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of strawberries in the nose along with some hints of grainy malts. The smell becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the strawberry flavors are present and help to mask out the underlying flavors in this beer. Neither sweetness nor bitterness is present.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer wasn't as bad as some other gluten-free beers I have had before and this may be due to the strawberry flavors making things a little more palatable.

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3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
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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3.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 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".


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Photo of oline73
2.81/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a light pink hue. There is a half finger of white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet and fruity, you can really pick up the strawberries. Along with the sweet fruit, there is a kind of funky malt smell that's not overly pleasant.

Taste: Follows mostly from the smell. I'm enjoying the strawberries, but he malt isn't the best. I'm also getting some white wine notes in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very sharp carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: Not a very big fan of this beer. I enjoy strawberries, but the rest of the beer isn't very good.

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3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright orange liquid, brilliant clarity, with a single rising stream of carbonation in the center. Preliminary foam settled really fast, leaving a thin ring around the edge, and a tiny patch of skim floating in the center.

Smell is faint, but there are traces of honey, strawberry, and honeysuckle that are nice. Taste is ok, fairly subdued with a tart leafy strawberry note and an indistinct grainy middle. Finish is clean and almost nonexistent. A light mustiness is there too, maybe from the sorghum, otherwise crisp and effervescent.

Definitely a unique entry into the gluten-free category, where all to many attempt a beery taste and fall short, this is something different for those with Celiacs.

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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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3/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +34.1%

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3/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.64/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 4/4/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger foamy white head with poor retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of huge honey, tart strawberry, apple cider, pear, light caramel, light bread, and a touch of raspberry. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of honey, strawberry, pear, apple cider, wheat, floral, herbal, earth, and light tart raspberry. Zero bitterness; with lingering notes of honey, strawberry, pear, apple, raspberry, and herbal on the finish for a short bit. Good flavor balance, with a fair amount of flavors and decent complexity; quite dry on the finish with zero cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly syrupy and crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a pretty nice gluten free sorghum beer. A fair amount of nice flavors with decent balance; and extremely smooth to drink. This was pretty enjoyable stuff.

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3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

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