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 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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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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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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Photo of metter98
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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Photo of oriolesfan4
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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Photo of BEERchitect
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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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 kojevergas
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 emerge077
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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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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Photo of Thorpe429
2.56/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of nickfl
2.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, light copper colored body. The head quickly drops down to a thin film and leaves no lace on the glass.

S - A light, cider like aroma with some musty grape character.

T - Light grain and white grape juice character up front. Some cider like character in the middle and more fruity, sweet herbal character in the finish.

M - A light body, moderately high carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Not great, even for a gluten free beer. The honey and fruit just come across like apple juice and cheap grape juice. I see what they were trying to do here, and it does at least keep the beer from seeming overly thin, but it isn't very enjoyable in the end. Even if I was gluten intolerant, I wouldn't drink this.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with 2 fingers of foamy bright-white head. This fizzles out pretty quickly, leaving back mostly some thin wisps across the surface and a frothy cascade of lacing that rapidly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of ripe strawberries, honey sweetness, and a tight graininess across the back. Just a touch of leafy character tinges the edges of the nose.

The taste is strawberries, honey, and a firm grainy sweetness. A bit of a light green hop presence adds to the crispness of this. Things are pretty dry feeling on the finish. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied, with a lively carbonation that dances those flavors around the mouth and prickles the tongue.

I didn’t think that this was bad at all. The strawberries gave this a nice refreshing flavor and this overall had a bit of a dry cider thing going on with it. It’s not super memorable but I have to give Dogfish credit for adding something new to the gluten-free beer market.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of mactrail
2.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Amber strawberry blonde in color. Pleasant touch of foam but not highly carbonated. Tart and faintly flavored. I wouldn't say it tastes like strawberry or anything else. Maybe a hint of malt. Barely a twinge of hops. I'm not sure what the point of this is, except maybe to brew a cidery beverage that is less flavorful than any other cider-like liquid.

Clean and well made, for what it is. Might be a good quaff but it lacks even that bitterish beer flavor that we like. Faintly medicinal, even tastes like alcohol for lack of other flavors.

12 oz bottle from Olive Tree in OB.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Dogfish Head, Rehoboth Beach, DE

Poured clear, golden, with a fuzzy white head that receded to a thin layer of bubbles. Sweet aroma, flowery, with obvious hints of strawberry candy...those little candies that have wrappers that look like strawberries. Taste that delivered what was promised, with sweet strawberry candy very obvious, grains, bubblegum, wet grass and wildflowers. Obviously, this is not a beer for everyone, but for what it's worth, I found it to be very nice. Light body, and very easily drinkable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.71/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at The Brass Rail in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear golden orange in color with some ruby hints and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall off-white head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal to light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet fruit, strawberry, honey, and some light herbal notes.

T: The beer has a slightly sweet malt body with some fruitiness to it. There are also light notes of honey and herbs. The strongest flavor is that of the strawberries which tastes natural. Overall, just slightly too sweet for my palate.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable but a little too sweet for me. Probably one of the better glutton free options I have tried but it is not something that I look for when purchasing beers.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.92/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Served in a pint glass, this beer was red/pink with what I can only describe as tan colored pulp (even though there was none). Unlike any beer I had seen so far. Small tan head that was gone quickly with very little lacing.

S: Mostly strawberries on the aroma a bit of honey sweetness.

T: Better than I expected for a gluten-free strawberry beer. Ripe strawberry flavor, not overly sweet with slight bitter/citrus hops.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Drank rather smoothly.

O: Quite enjoyable. It was a hot day and it was very refreshing. Not overbearingly sweet.

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Photo of billab914
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my Dogfish glass. It poured a clear amber color with a thin, fizzy, white head to it.

The aroma shows off the fresh strawberries well. I get a little bit of a tart grape and sweeter honey flavors coming out as well. I noticed a little more of the lighter, grainy, sorghum as it warmed.

The strawberries are a little lighter in the taste, but again they feel pretty bright and fresh. Some crisp, tart grape notes come out in the finish. The sorghum is noticeable but plays a backseat role compared to all the fruitiness.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being above average. Overall it was a OK beer compared to other beers, but a very good one compared to other sorghum beers I've tried. It felt a little overly sweet and fruity for me, but I'd buy it again if I had to drink sorghum beers.

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Photo of Jason
3.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the DFH pub.

LOOK: Clear brassy color, minimal lacing.

SMELL: Birch sap, peppercorn, wild flowers, strawberry taffy

TASTE: Crisp, medium body, lemon grass, exotic grain, chocolate mint, earthy, blood orange, tart strawberries.

Even for a gluten free beer it is pretty far out there ... Strawberries and honey bring a ton of complexity to the palate. Good palate cleanser beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.93/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale golden color with a short lived white head. Smells intensely fruity and sweet. Lots of strawberry and grape, but sort of fake/sugary ones. Not much actual character to it. Maybe some yeast? The flavor is pretty much the same story. Watery but intensely sweet with highly concentrated and sweetened fruit flavors. Lots of grape juice and strawberry. A bit of cardboard on the finish.

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