Tweason'ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,327
Reviews:
296
Avg:
3.17
pDev:
21.45%
 
 
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Photo of Ryan011235
2.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Dogfsih head signature glass on 4/9/12

Bottled 1/30/12

Sun-drenched, burnt golden-orange in color, like the setting sun washing out your windshield. In a flurry of rising bubbles, head is all loose, hitting the one finger mark before fading fast to a thin film and collar retention.

I can dig the aroma. Even at two months old, the strawberries smell fresh and sweet. A modest granular sugar note is a nice touch; I reckon it's the sorghum talking. Overtones of flower pollen and honey. Hints of grass.

Well, I could smell this all day, but sipping it proves to be a struggle. A modest grain note is pleasant, but the strawberry doesn't translate as well. It reminds me an awful lot of a flavored diet water or some artificially-flavored gas station beverage.

A thin, watery feel is rocked by attention-starved carbonation. The finish is rather clean; perhaps a bit of toasty offering, too.

I dislike this less overtime. Swirling out the carbonation helps out a lot on that front. All told, this could be a lot worse.

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Photo of garuda
3.26/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Fizzy golden beer with a little bit of retention and minimal lacing.

S/T - A little vinous with some white wine like green grape, and some strawberry in taste, and I can even get some of the honey in the smell and taste. Nicely done, with a little tartness in the finish.

M - Light body, high carbonation being a little too high and spritzer-like. Finishes slightly tart and dry.

O - Another good experimentation/concept beer that just doesn't have that wow factor making me want more.

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Photo of Jamesg440
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of thebrood1987
4.1/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is definitely a style of beer I typically dont have so this is my first time actually having a beer like this. I get a pretty sour vinegar smell followed by bright strawberries and some breadiness.

You get a nice tangy taste strawberry taste on the front of the tongue followed by that vinegar sour taste and then on the aftertaste I get the strawberries and a yeasty taste as well.

Wow this is definitely a different beer and I'm actually glad I tried it because I like it. For a beer with no malt this is excellent. The body is bulked up by the honey and it also adds some sweetness to balance out the sour and tangy qualities this beer produces. This is definitely not for the typical beer drinkers and definitely for the more open minded beer drinkers.

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Photo of matzah
4/5  rDev +26.2%

Photo of rwilde
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

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

Appearance: pours a golden yellow color with a 2" head that falls quickly.

Smell: light strawberry and fruity aroma is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: strawberry, some soft honey flavors, some soft grainy tones, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with a a very dry finish.

Overall: as with most gluten free beers I have had, it just doesn't hit the mark as a refreshing beer as the dryness is just a bit too much.

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Photo of st9647v3
4.25/5  rDev +34.1%

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured golden yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cherry, raspberry, strawberry, and alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, strawberry, cherry, sugar, and alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Wow, I felt like I was drinking a high ABV wine cooler on this one with all of the fruitiness going on. Granted this was a little bit better than a wine cooler as it was more sweet obviously and didn’t taste like ass. I could definitely see this one being a good choice for that girl that you really like but she won’t put out unless she is drunk. Give her a few of these and she will be putty in your hands. You should at least try one though to say you did.

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Photo of jimmy82063
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - golden straw with a touch of red. Thin, fizzy white head, starts thin and breaks up quickly. A scant partial cover holding on somehow, but eventually dissipates to nothing.

Aroma - a caramel, buttery note on initial pour. That clears and sets up a pleasant and mild strawberry scent.

Taste - an odd graininess, the malt has this St. Joseph's aspirin flavor to it. At mid-palate, the strawberry shows up along with some tartness (from the sorghum?). Not a bad sweet/tart play. The swallow goes very dry and with a hint of alcohol heat, sort of wine-like. It's okay but it's missing the malt foundation, leaving the beer without much depth of flavor beyond that finishing tartness.

Mouthfeel - feels kind of thin and shallow, which isn't all bad for this kind of beer, but I feel like I want more body, which I likely to only get by including gluten-laden ingredients.

Drinkability - in the sometimes hit-or-miss world of dfh, there's bound to be a few misses. This one didn't do it for me, but I'll enjoy the last bottle on a nice warm afternoon.

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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 Rich540
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of Ljoreilly
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of webmanspidey
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a darker golden color with mild carbonation. Smells are filled with sweet strawberries. The taste isn't as pleasant as the smell, still with some strawberry flavor but mixed with some acidic wine-type flavors. This has a lot in common flavor-wise with some of fruit-flavored malt beverages or wine coolers. Pretty different for a beer.

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Photo of ridgeline23
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.45/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to korguy123 for this bottle.

A - Light translucent orange with a slight strawberry red tinge. A small amount of white head formed on the pour and immediately disappeared.

S - Sweet honey and strawberry juice dominate the nose. The strawberry is not overly strong and is quite pleasant.

T - Very bland overall flavour profile. Some sweet honey and a touch of strawberry. No bitterness whatsoever. Sweet and sugary.

M - Heavy carbonation. Light body. Way too carbonated.

O - A big disappointment. I often find fruit/veg beers to be too heavy on the fruit but this one was the opposite: the strawberry really wasn't there in the palate and this was just sugar/honey water.

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Photo of KevdoggNasty
2/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of ummswimmin
3.42/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was not easy found in New Jersey. I had to come to Florida to get a bottle.

I poured this into my tulip. Tweason was vibrant yellow with no inclusions. This beer had some light foam, but there was no lacing.

Off the top I smell strawberry, hondy, and a stock pale ale wheatyness (sp.). This was a pretty good smell for a gluten free offering. I like the fruity approach.

The taste had a significant alcohol quality. The fruit really comes out. The downside is that it doesn't balance well. This is almost like a blend of mead and beer, with a lot more mead flavor.

The feeling is like a thin beer, which is surprising when you consider the mead flavoring. It is kind of like a fruity malt beverage.

It is nice that DFH is taking a shot at gluten free. Most gluten free is not very good. I feel like gluten free beer is a message to move on to wine. Tweason is a good time, but there is still a ways to go until it could compete with the 90 Minute. Thank you DFH.

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Photo of matthageman
2/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of IPx
4.25/5  rDev +34.1%

Photo of Digimaika2
3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours very clear with a bright copper colour. A thin foam head dissipates fast leaving a ring, while patchy lacing hugs the glass.

S: Ripe strawberries, grains, tart white grapes, prominent honey, and underlying floral elements. Aromas were pretty good and distinct when cold but as this warmed the smell really goes downhill.

T: Sour strawberries, grains, dry champagne/prosecco qualities (white grapes), and slight warming honey in the finish. Wasn't expecting such acidic, tart, and dry elements. The honey and strawberry works to cut the tart/dry elements a little bit. However the acidic sourness is the main focus, which tastes a little off with few other flavours to compliment it.

M: Light bodied with medium-high carbonation. Dry and tart with a general prosecco mouthfeel.

D: Not sure I could get through a second bottle considering the acidic quality is the primary focus. Enjoyed the dry and effervescent champagne qualities. In the end though, flavour complexity isn't quite up there with other fruit beers.

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Photo of jimelee108
2.25/5  rDev -29%

Photo of bespin15
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

Tweason'ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.17 out of 5 based on 1,327 ratings.
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