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Beer Review #195 Tweason’ale

Dogfish Head seems to have an endless supply of new beers. Tweason’ale is no exception to that “rule.” I believe that this is the first gluten free beer that Dogfish Head has ever produced. According to the bottle it is, “a gluten-free sorghum-based ale brewed with strawberries and buckwheat honey.” I really dig strawberries in berry form but I often find that it fails to translate into other mediums (strawberry ice cream, strawberry cake, etc… all gross to me). I will give DFH credit on taking an interesting take to the growing gluten “problem.”

Tweason’ale pours an orange color with a reddish hue. There is a thin white head and the beer looks different than a normal beer. By that I mean that the liquid look deflated and the size of bubbles isn’t the same as a typical beer. The nose is firmly strawberry with lots of sweetness. I didn’t get any hops or anything else for that matter.

On the first taste the strawberry dominates as the predominate flavor in the beer. There is some sweetness and no real hops to balance it out. There is also an earthy/grassy component to this beer. I thought that it had a very “vitamin quality” to it. As you drink this beer you develop a strange feeling in the middle of the drink. I’m not sure how to describe it, but it doesn’t jive with the beer idea. Not a single bitterness component comes in to clean this beer up which I think it really needs.

I suppose for a fruit beer this one isn’t terrible but it also isn’t a style that agrees with me. When I read the label I was truly expecting something that wasn’t going to be very good, but this beer was better than expected. For my taste buds this beer had a lot going against it, but I was able to finish the glass and not hate myself for it. This is a one bottle beer for me, but again, not as bad as I expected. If you dig fruit beers or need/want gluten free beers, this might not be a bad option for you.

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