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RATINGS: 481   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.59   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Tweason’ale is a beer we brewed on the cusp of summer. It is a gluten-free sorghum based beer brewed with fresh strawberries from our friends at Fifer Orchards near Dover, Delaware. For the sorghum, we sourced a dark, sweet, syrup with notes of molasses and pit-fruit. We also used a a dark buckwheat honey with a beautiful hay-like, earthy-malty thing that we felt added the final touch to this Tweason’ale recipe.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Aurelius (4443) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2012
Sweet, candied/jammy aroma with chemical and caramel tones. Clear, orange beer with a small head. So-so label. Gaak! This is vile tasting - or should I say vinyl tasting - kind of reminds me of the way that my old Cutlass smelled on a hot day. This tastes like a bad homebrew experiment - chemical, twangy, moderately sweet, unripe fruit flavors. Thinnish, spritzy mouthfeel. Some cadaverous notes in the aftertaste. I think I’d rather have alcohol-free beer rather than gluten-free beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pumpmaster (1173) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2012
12 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $2.79 Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scipio (726) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2012
Pours a reddish golden color with an average white head. Aroma is lighter. It smells like strawberries is and is kind of sweet. Medium body with a sticky texture. Taste is on the sour side. But is very fruity, with citrus, honey, and strawberry. Kind of different than a lot that is out there. Leaves a very sour aftertaste, which agrees with me. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnnyJ (4624) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 2, 2012
12 oz bottle. Clear yellowish pour, off white head. Strawberry, slight medicinal, wheat like, sorghum, and a little bit of honey. Ok I geuss, not my thing though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - APR 1, 2012
Sampled on 4/1/2012. This gluten free beer pours a slightly reddish amber color from a 12oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is malty, fruity and sweet, strawberries and a touch of honey. A medium bodied specialty grain beer. The ‘malts’ are fruity and sweet, some corn and honey. Hops are herbal. Nice strawberry flavors, not overly sweet and the fruit flavor is mostly there with the ‘malt’ flavor, not competing against it. Good carbonation. Still has a touch of that sorghum flavor, but a nice summer beer. Definitely the best gluten free beer I have tasted so far. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is honey, strawberries and sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1269) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 1, 2012
There’s been a lot of trendy brewing styles in the last few years and right now gluten-free brewing seems to be where it’s at. I’ve never liked sorghum-based beers because of their astringent ending, but I was hoping the off-centered brewers at Dogfish Head would be able to get around it with their Tweason’ale. It’s got some good taste and the drinkability to match, but it’s expensive and not all that impressive at the end of the day.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head glass.

Appearance: Bright orange hue; mostly clear with just a slight haze; spastic effervescence clearly visible. Forms a small, white, soapy head which fizzles away quickly with no lacing left behind.

Smell: Mild aroma with light strawberry notes and traces of sorghum funk.

Taste: The first half of the first swig of Dogfish Head Tweason’ale was very impressive. It’s similar to a strawberry-flavored club soda or perhaps any kind of strawberry pale wheat ale. Authentic (but light) strawberry taste with a sharp, tart edge to it. There’s an underlying bitterness throughout - similar to what you might find in a strawberry-flavored seltzer. The middle is very short with a general earthy sensation and flavor, but mild. Then comes the sorghum astringency, although it’s not quite as sharp and distracting as some other brews of the style. There’s an extremely faint taste of honey just before it finishes, but once it’s gone it leaves virtually no aftertaste.

What’s interesting, and kind of odd, is that this doesn’t taste as much like beer as it does a gluten-free alcopop. That’s fine if that’s what you want as a consumer, but as someone who appreciates the artistry and craft of brewing I can’t help but feel a tad shorted. Sure, the fruity flavor is tasty, but there’s a noticeable lack of hops and the honey as promised by the label. It’s one of the tastiest sorghum-based brews I’ve had, but only okay as a beer in general.

Drinkability: I was rather surprised by how easy it was to slug down a glass of Dogfish Head Tweason’ale. The mouthfeel was as thin as a light lager and just about as carbonated, although little CO2 got stuck in my throat so it went down very smoothly. It’s hard to believe it’s 6% ABV (which is a light beer for Dogfish Head), as it really doesn’t have the body, weight, or energy of a beer that big. I could see myself drinking several of these on a hot day if it were closer to a sessionable potency range, but one bottle is satisfying enough for now.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
smith4498 (3114) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Pours clear light golden color with white head. Aromas of strawberries and honey with some grassy notes. Similar flavors, slightly tart. Medim body with average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
metallicat82 (3) - Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2012 does not count
Definitely smells like strawberries, with a sourish taste. Very flat Underwhelming, but not unpleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slipstream (2096) - USA - MAR 28, 2012
Tangy citrus aroma and a pretty orange pour. Gluten-free sorghum brew with buckwheat honey and strawberries. It has a cider/champagne-like quality - pretty light, dry, and fruity. It reminds me of my uncle’s honey wine, that he made with champagne yeast. It is off the beaten track, which might account for the low ratings, but I think it is good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
dogfish120love (1016) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 28, 2012
Pours a bright urine yellow with a vibrant white head that dissipates in under 15 seconds. Aroma consists of heavy notes of strawberry, honey......thats it (Maybe some apple, but that’s a stretch. Flavor is medicinal. To be fair and honest this shouldn’t be rated as a beer. It lacks malt....Water, Hops, Malt and Yeast = beer. Get rid of hops you have a gruit...get rid of malt you have a cider?

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