With more and more of the world seemingly growing more and more gluten intolerant by the minute, gluten-free beers are beginning to claim more and more space in the brewosphere.
That said, the descriptions of many sound lifeless and generic. I’ll admit, I’ve only tried one — Redbridge’s offering — and while it wasn’t the worst thing I’ve had, it’s nothing to write home about.
With that in mind, Dogfish Head’s announcement last year that the company was working on its own gluten-free beer — the Tweason’ale —excited me to no end. The company is known for thinking outside the box and this offering was no different. It certainly wasn’t bland and lifeless, altering my perception of what a gluten-free beer can be.
A 6% beer using sorghum as its base, the Tweason’ale pours translucent golden and almost pinkish with a ivory head that disappears almost instantly. There’s a sweet aroma to it, about what would be expected from a beer made with honey and strawberries.
The beer is highly carbonated and light, with a tart burst of strawberries and a smooth honey sweetness, finishing crisp and dry. The dryness of the finish is almost wine-like.
Overall, it was an interesting experience, though one I’m not sure I’d repeat too many times. The tart sweetness isn’t bad, but it’s not my cup of tea either.
I’d say for anyone who suffers from Celiac disease and is looking for new, adventurous beverage options in the gluten-free world, this is certainly worth a try.
For more information on Tweason’ale, head over to Dogfish Head’s official Web page and listing for the beer.