Friday, September 6, 2013

Feature Beer Friday! - Dogfish Head Tweason'ale

Okay, time for more Dogfish Head... this beer is not available in LA, but we broke it out last time I had a few reviewers together, so here's the scoop.  It's one of Dogfish Head's seasonal offerings, but rather than being brewed once per year for a specific season, it's brewed 4 times a year between the main seasonal offerings.  And the special thing about Tweason'ale is that it's gluten free... for those that can't handle gluten.  I can, but I'll still give it a try!

Tweason'ale is brewed with strawberries and a sorghum base rather than barley.  It's a healthy 6% abv, but no IBUs.  Here's what they have to say: "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.

Tweasonale is a seasonal for between the seasons. It first hit shelves in late January 2012 and will be released four times a year through our national network of distributors."

Reviewers: Eric Ducote (BR Beer Scene), Jay Ducote (Bite And Booze), Brenton Day (The Ale Runner), Chuck Pierce (Me And My Big Mouth), and Kevin Cowan.

Serving: 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance: A clear copper color, bordering on red.

Sweet, a lot of berry flavors and no bitterness at all.   

Taste: Sweet, a lot of berry flavors and no bitterness at all.  Seriously, the taste is exactly what the nose conveys, no trickery going on here.  

Clean and easy drinking, but fairly bland.

Overall: No one really liked this beer. I could see it appealing to some and especially to anyone who can't handle gluten, but for the group of us this didn't hit the mark at all.  Probably the only Dogfish Head beer I can say that about.

Overall Rating: 45.2
My Rating: 35

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