March 7, 2012

Dogfish Head Tweason'ale


Dogfish Head Tweason'ale - A gluten-free sorghum-based ale brewed with strawberries and buckwheat honey. (2012)
Seasonal Brew (Late-Summer / Early Autumn Ale)
12 fl. oz. (x4) / $9.99 USD / 6.0% ABV

About: Ingredients: Water, Sorghum Syrup, Strawberries, Honey, Hops, Yeast. "The No. 1 thing Dogfish lovers ask for at our pub, in our brewery and on our website is a gluten-free beer. But not just any gluten-free beer, they want gluten-free with gusto. 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."

Thoughts: The 4 Pack of this beer has four different and really cool images on each side of a Strawberry headed bloke and some pudgy Bee girl frolicking about, flirting, and getting drunk and laid. It's rather cute. I like this art and think I'll save the box.

Tweason' poured a light straw yellowy amber color with a white head that instantly began to fizz away. It's completely transparent and there are a few carbonation bubbles rising up here and there.

Ack! This smells like wine. A bit of a mix between a bitter red wine like a Sutter Home Cabernet Sauvignon and an Arbor Mist Strawberry White Zinfandel. Mostly like the red wine though.

Yeah, this tastes just like wine too. There's nothing remotely Ale about this brew. Wow, I know Sam is constantly speaking of beers as wine replacements, but man, this isn't just a comparable, this is a mimic. 

This beer is pretty tart and watery. It leaves a drying feeling in the mouth. I'm finishing my 4 Pack off today, but I'm really unsure if I'd every buy this again. If I ever did it would be just a one from the singles fridge, but even then, I'd have to be feeling pretty rare that day to do so. I'm not much of a wine drinker anymore and haven't been since I was seventeen years old. Not that I really mind the smell and taste of this beer, but it's not what I'm looking for in an Ale.

2 comments:

Anthony1138 said...

Doesn't sound like something I'd be into at all. Thanks for saving me the money and time I would have spent trying this one out.

Erik (Drunketh) said...

Well... I don't think that you should never Not try at least one bottle when it comes to new or different beers. Perhaps I say that because I'm documenting this shit though... but who knows, maybe my review didn't do this beer justice.

But I have to say for the first New 4-Pack in regular rotation in such a long ass time (years) for DFH (as they so have hyped this), they sure chose an irregular and acquired taste of a brew. I wonder how sales will go once everybody has tried this out for the first time.

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