Omission Pale Ale (Gluten-Free) - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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3.08/5 rDev -8.9%
Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.
Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, fruit, and a slight hop aroma. Taste is much the same with a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that really isn't a good example of the style.
12-02-2012 21:27:21 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.83/5 rDev +13.3%
Thin head on a hazy amber with golden hues body. Aroma of earthy malts and caramel. Flavors also have more hops than I expected. Mostly earthy and herbal hops with nut and wood notes. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This is a very good gluten free beer from the ones I have had. Little is lost in flavor and the hop character can stand up to many gluten-filled pale ales.
10-13-2012 01:50:31 | More by kylehay2004
3.05/5 rDev -9.8%
Not sure why this wound up in a recent mixed six.
Dark saturated orange, compact layer of soapy foam that remains for a good while. Some nice lacing around the edges, copious trails of rising carbonation.
Aromas of mild dried orange peel, some sweetness.
Tastes a bit dull but like a pale ale, some hoppy bitterness and bread yeast flavors, a little bit slick in feel. Dull with no bite, slight bitterness again in the finish. Overall passable if you're on a gluten-free diet, but sorely lacking as a Pale Ale.
08-21-2013 02:17:37 | More by emerge077
3.2/5 rDev -5.3%
A - Pours with inef finger of white foam on top of a hazy, golden brown body, the head settles quickly and leaves only Light lace,
S - A light, malty aroma with a touch of spicy hops.
T - Some toffee and caramel with a bit of brown sugar in the middle. Finishes with a hint of herbal hops and light bittness.
M - Medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.
D - The malt character succeeds in covering up the lack of gluten but it tastes a bit muddy. What is harder to get around is the lack of fresh hop character, which is subtle at best. This could have been something pretty nice if they had just tried a little with the hops and allowed them to make up for the lack of malt depth.
01-15-2013 05:43:43 | More by nickfl
3.38/5 rDev 0%
Looks like a pale copper color with off white head fine speckled lacing forms nicely, no complaints looks like beer. Smells like herbal mild citric hops, nice pleasant perceived sweetness definitely mimics breadiness even though these are grains that do not contain gluten. Tastes like a slightly sticky sweet pale ale, but comes off balanced like not cloying. Actual hop flavors the sorghum, rice, and other fermentables actually work better than most other attempts at gluten free beers. Easy to drink a fate hint of water soaked cardboard but I'm thinking it's just some grain I'm not familiar with. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied compared to most pale ales out there, minimal trace slick hops. Overall a beer that I could actually finish much better than your average gluten free offering, one that didn't induce pain to the senses.
03-28-2014 23:44:06 | More by WVbeergeek
3.78/5 rDev +11.8%
I picked this up at Wegmans enjoyed chilled in a goblet from the 12oz
The color is deep copper with thin white cap and tight bead pattern, there is a light hazed appearance. The smell is slightly piney with fruity ester and mild spiced yeast aroma. The feel is a great mix of bitter and mildly sweet with light dry finish with a moderatly high carbonation level.
The taste is good with a nice pine flavor up front from the hops with a subtle dried fruit presence and smidgen of citrus rind with a lingering bitter quality after the swallow. The hops contribute an herbal element in the finish. Overall I found this to be a drinkable pale, drinks like a lighter beer than it is and doesn't taste like other Gluten Free beers I have experienced I would certainly buy this again. I don't know why I passed it by before.
10-31-2013 13:48:44 | More by Slatetank
3.5/5 rDev +3.6%
Not really into gluten free beers, but at least worth a try.
Very light fizzy head, not great retention either, some lacing, very clear honey orange tan color.
Nose has light grassy hops, little pine and floral hops, touch fruity, and a touch of a sweet malty-like possibly syrupy like aroma in the background, but not really malt aroma.
Taste again starts with the hops, mostly grassy and flora, a hint of pine and fruity hop flavors, with a decent bitterness. There is a slight syrupy almost toffee like flavor in the background that gives the candied hop presence with a hint of citrus. The "malty" like flavor is there, but more of a sweet sugary thing that's hard to describe, except maybe making it gluten free?. A light grassy grainy yeasty flavor towards the end. It finishes fairly dry with a crisp like finish, long lingering grassy hops, a bit floral, decent bitterness.
Mouth is med to lighter bodied, but decent carb.
Overall OK, but not great. A nice hop profile, but the weird sugary syrupy flavor and lack of nice malts brings it down a bit. However, nice and crisp, fairly flavorful, and easy to drink, a nice beer overall. For gluten free, this is top of the line.
12-07-2012 22:08:04 | More by jlindros
3.88/5 rDev +14.8%
im going to go out on a limb and say this is outstanding beer. its not marketed as gluten free, and certainly doesnt seem to be lacking anything at all. it is pale amber and crystal clear. it smells like a well balanced american pale ale, less hoppy than some, but with a nice citrusy hop profile playign against a light pale malt complexion. the flavor is also nicely balanced, getting a refreshing degree of bitter at the end. its not watery at all, and is in fact a fairly sturdy brew in both body and abv. in a blind taste test i would think this was a quality east coast pale ale, smuttynose or something. it really is good, insanely drinkable. light enough to slam but flavorful enough to appreciate. trust me on this one.
09-26-2012 22:01:23 | More by StonedTrippin
3.75/5 rDev +10.9%
Attractive amber in the Pilsner glass. Doesn't smell like much, but pleasant lip-smacking maltiness.
Some rich and malty flavors, more like a pale bock beer. Spicy and moderately hopped. Thoroughly pleasant and warmly flavored. A little butter and slight vegetable flavors. Faintly murky but no real off flavors. Appealing beery in every way.
I hope we don't have to have a special category for no gluten beers, but if we did this would be the gold medal winner. It is interesting in proving that barley is the right grain for making beer. Well, I like wheat and rye too, but let's skip the millet and sorgum.
Widmer proves again they are a top-notch brewery with some of the most capable technology in the business.
07-15-2012 04:22:42 | More by mactrail
3.8/5 rDev +12.4%
12 oz. bottle,
A: Pours a clear amber with a medium white head, solid head retention, spotty lace.
S: Tropical fruits (passion and pineapple), with some grassiness.
T: Bright fruit flavour, stone fruit with a hint of lime, some orange peel.
M: Crisp carbonation, lightly frothy, light-bodied, fairly robust for a gluten-free beer.
O: I didn't know it was gluten free when I bought it, and in the taste you'd never know. Just a solid APA, not as good as Drifter, but pretty good, up there with Mirror Pond, in fact quite similar.
06-10-2012 06:25:11 | More by Halcyondays
2.63/5 rDev -22.2%
5.8% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average given the brewery and the fact that it's gluten free.
Served straight from the refrigerator Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a two finger thin head of no cream but of average retention. Body colour is a clear pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.
Sm: Floral hops, biscuit malt, and light toasted malt. Very simple. An average strength arma.
T: Clean malts, floral hops, and clean barley. Brutally simple and not all that effective. Balanced, but there isn't much to balance. Lacks flavour. Bland and boring.
Mf: Predictably smooth and wet, with generic thickness and slight overcarbonation. Doesn't complement the flavour profile all that well.
Dr: Drinkable but underwhelming. A middling pedestrian effort from Widmer, but then I've come to expect that. Hides its ABV well. Meh. For a gluten beer, it could be worse.
Truncated additional notes as of 09/13/13:
A: Decent head. 3-4 fingers wide. Beige colour. Decent creaminess/thickness.
Body colour is a clear copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Translucent. Transparent.
Sm: Pale malts. Pilsner malts. Clean barley. Minimal floral hop character. No yeast/alcohol is detectable. Below average strength.
T: Pale malts. Caramalt. Pilsner malts. Floral hops.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Slightly overcarbonated.
Dr: Drinkable but pedestrian. Wouldn't buy again. Decent for a gluten-free beer.
12-25-2012 05:54:03 | More by kojevergas
3.05/5 rDev -9.8%
Clear amber colored ale with a small white colored head. Pretty standard looks.
Smells of northwestern style American hops with a curious strong mint scent., Malty and woody with a mild caramel scent to the malt. Mild tea aroma. I smell a normal pale ale.
Starts out mildly malty with a caramel flavor and a mild bitterness in the finish. Woody with a tea flavor and a mild grapefruit flavor. Gets more bitter as you drink it. Pretty average ale.
Mouthfeel is good.
Overall a pretty standard pale ale that doesn't taste like a gluten free beer. If you are forced to give up gluten this could be the beer for you.
03-15-2014 23:04:46 | More by Zorro
3.5/5 rDev +3.6%
Pours a nice golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a nice touch of hops, some slight citrus notes. The taste is mostly malty, but some hops in there, and citrus. Medium body, with a slight bitter/dry finish. Overall for a GF brew, I was quite surprised for sure, not bad at all.
08-19-2012 20:02:01 | More by Wasatch
3.34/5 rDev -1.2%
A: Rustic orange, translucent quality, with a medium sense of effervesce. Thin spongy, light dirty beige head holds shortly reducing with little fanfare lacing.
S: Lemon-orange citrusy nose. Average rate of delivery, wet, lemony peel scent.
T: Flavor is lemony orange, dry floury grain base, almost pilsnery or marris otter. Hop bitterness is moderate, though a bit one dimensional. Citrusy, dry floral stand.
M: Medium base, frothy feel, creamy with a decent level of carbonation and a dry citrusy grainy leave.
O: Decent hop level, needs some time to warm up to but does get better. Was totally unaware this was gluten free so that is a good thing, usually a stigma attached to such beers but from what im reading this is a special patent process that is brewed with regular barley and has the gluten removed after. One of the better gluten beers ive had, as a pale lager hits about the average mark.
06-11-2013 00:49:35 | More by beerthulhu
4/5 rDev +18.3%
A - light orangish amber with a thin, white layer of head
S - bready and sweet
T - bready, sweet, very faint bitterness
M - light to medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth
I'm a bit beside myself with this one. I can't believe it's gluten free. I buy every gluten free beer I see for my wife, and this is by far one of the best. It's one-dimensional for sure, but that one dimension is bready, tasty malt. My wife liked it as well so I'll be buying this again.
09-14-2012 08:18:55 | More by tdm168
Omission Pale Ale (Gluten-Free) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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