Chad9976 (1248) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
smith4498 (3068) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
metallicat82 (3) - Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2012 does not count
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Definitely smells like strawberries, with a sourish taste. Very flat Underwhelming, but not unpleasant.
Slipstream (2076) - USA - MAR 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
dogfish120love (1003) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 28, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
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?
subs (14) - - MAR 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Strawberry aroma, light beer pours with a small head. Has a bitter type taste with a little bit of honey.
Quasimodo (217) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2012
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Some nice strawberry in the nose but not much in the flavor. Thin body. Dry and a little tart. Very light drinking beer.I don’t think it’s as awful as some of the reviews here suggest, but I can’t say I like it enough to buy it again.
jmagnus87 (2732) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2012
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
12oz bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a clear gold with a half finger of white head. Aroma of strawberry cough syrup with a hint of honey. Taste is light sour. Medicinal strawberries with something weird in the aftertaste. Could be the sorghum... Light bodied with a thin texture. Fizzy carbonation and not much of a finish. Overall, I’m not really diggin this beer. It’s not bad enough to pour out but it is nothing I would buy again. DFH, please retire this one!
moocow9386 (37) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - MAR 26, 2012
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear amber/copper with a small amount of off white head that disappears quickly with little or no lacing. The aroma is actually pretty subdued; there is only a small hint of tart strawberries with some honey and grass notes. There is even less strawberry in the flavor. There is some tartness, but it seems to be dominated by the sorghum grassiness. The taste is actually a bit offensive, but the beer got slightly more drinkable over time. I enjoyed the momentary tartness, but the finish was also pretty watery. This is probably because there were really no malts or hops to speak of; the taste is so heavily constituted of the soghum and buckwheat. This was my first experience with a gluten-free beer and is certainly not something I would go out of my way to buy again.
arminjewell (6434) - Hastings, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2012
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Pour out of bottle is clear yellow, thin fizzy white head. Aroma is bleach, some odd chemicals with some sweaty socks, a hint of strawberry and slight honey as well. Taste is some odd honey and strawberry notes, with some very odd chemically middle and what is a recurrent bleach phenomenon, very sweet and unappetizing finish. Not good, even gluten free this should taste better.