Friday, June 21, 2013

Dogfish Head Tweason' Ale (7/10)

Dogfish Head produces several beers that are very unusual, and yet very enjoyable.  Their Ta Henket and Noble Rot are two examples.  Ta Henket, brewed from an ancient Egyptian recipe translated from the original heiroglyphics, has a very distinct and exotic flavor.  Noble Rot, brewed with some wine-making grapes, is also very different and tasty.

Tweason'Ale is a gluten-free beer designed for those who love beer but have health conditions that prevent them from ingesting gluten.  It's brewed with sorghum and a malty buckwheat honey instead of the usual barley.  The beer is a seasonal brew, released "in between seasons" four times a year.

The beer pours a gold color, with a white head that doesn't last very long (as you can see in the picture).  The aroma is a bit fruity, with notes of strawberry and honey to it.

The flavor combines several sour elements, including molasses, strawberry, and apricot, with a touch of maltiness.  It reminds me of their Festina Peche beer, which is brewed with peaches. It's probably at approximately the sourness level of a typical lemonade.  I found it very light and easy to drink.  Others who sampled it with me felt that it was a bit too sour for their liking.

The editors at Beer Advocate rate it 83 out of 100, or "good".  The visitors to the site rate it lower, at 74 or "average".  I enjoyed it much more than they did, rating it 7 out of 10 or "above average".

I've had this at The Winking Lizard Tavern on Bethel Road and at the 2012 Columbus Summer Beerfest.  I've seen this at Weiland's Gourmet Market and Boulevard Carryout but have not noticed it anywhere else.

ABV: 6%
IBU: unknown
My rating: 7/10

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