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Omission Pale Ale (Gluten-Free) - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Omission Pale Ale (Gluten-Free)Omission Pale Ale (Gluten-Free)

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311 Ratings
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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 11
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Docer on 04-13-2012)
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Phelps

Arizona

3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Omission is a new gluten-free line brewed by Oregon's Widmer Brothers Brewing.

It looks like a normal beer, anyway. The liquid, cranberry-copper, is capped by an inch of tan sea foam that recedes only after a few minutes of waiting. The hops, too, are what you'd expect -- spicy, like grass and herbs. A touch of lime and orange peel meet a sugary, honey-like malt backbone.

But appearance and aroma can be faked -- what about the flavor? The problem is that gluten is the natural byproduct of brewing with barley and wheat, and most attempts to make a beer without those malts taste like crap.

Most gluten-free beers use sorghum as a malt substitute, but Omission Pale Ale is made with Pale, Carapils, Caramel 10 and Dark Munich malts -- the same used in many standard pale ales. The gluten in Omission removed via a proprietary process -- the flavor remains, the gluten doesn't.

Even without gluten, the flavor of this pale ale stays strong. There's not a ton of malt complexity, but the honeyed sweetness deftly balances the grass, orange peel and rose petals of Cascade hops. Moderate bitterness sits on the sides of the tongue while mild carbonation prickles a body that's like 2 percent milk. Nice thickness, with just enough alcohol to numb the tongue and let you know you're drinking real beer.

And it is real beer. If you served this blind, there'd be no telling it was gluten-free. That's all any Celiac can ask for.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 20:52:05 | More by Phelps
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Franklinliquors

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +18%

01-20-2013 15:08:18 | More by Franklinliquors
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden hue with visible carbonation floating up towards a thin off-white head.

Aroma: Not too much on the nose. A little biscuit and just a hint of earthy hops.

Taste: Not bad for gluten-free! Starts a tad bready with some nice earthy hop overtones. The hops overtake the malt a bit in the second half but a nice balance remains throughout. Average bitterness for the style, probably around 20-30 IBUs (their website lists it at 33 IBUs). Not getting the fruity/tropical notes I'd expect from Citra and Cascade hops but perhaps the process of removing the gluten from the grains affects the hop character. I'm not usually a big fan of straight up Pale Ales (more of an IPA guy) but the fact that it is gluten-free and has this much good flavor is surprising. Nice smooth and decently clean finish. Very sessionable at 5.8%.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body with average effervescence for the style. Easy drinking.

Final Thoughts: I would recommend Omission Pale Ale to any easy going beer drinker; gluten intolerant or not. It's a worthy beer for anyones glass and hat's off to the brewers who figured out a way of removing the gluten. Would I drink it again? Sure… now, if they could only come out with an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 04:06:03 | More by JamesMN
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nickfl

Florida

3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 05:43:43 | More by nickfl
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Lovely85

Florida

3/5  rDev -11.5%

01-15-2013 05:36:34 | More by Lovely85
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tastymug

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

01-14-2013 00:59:31 | More by tastymug
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DelicateDelirium

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

01-13-2013 06:32:50 | More by DelicateDelirium
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-10-2013 04:00:45 | More by tobelerone
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slatetupelo

Mississippi

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

01-06-2013 21:57:57 | More by slatetupelo
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RDW

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-01-2013 06:49:39 | More by RDW
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garuda

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Orange-gold, hazed, white head has decent retention and lace.

S - Grapefruit flesh, caramel and bready sweetness, touch of pine.

T - Follows the nose, but has a buttery off-flavor mid palate which builds as it warms. Little bitterness from the hops, stays mostly sweet.

M - Medium body, good medium carb level

O - Needs a little more hop bitterness to balance sweetness. Buttery/diacetyl flavor doesn't help.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 13:05:15 | More by garuda
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kojevergas

Texas

2.63/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

C-

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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.

Low C

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 05:54:03 | More by kojevergas
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Jellopants356

Montana

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

12-20-2012 10:40:32 | More by Jellopants356
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asafarc2

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-19-2012 04:59:43 | More by asafarc2
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rudy0908

Missouri

3/5  rDev -11.5%

12-15-2012 02:16:10 | More by rudy0908
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AmitC

New York

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-15-2012 00:59:35 | More by AmitC
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice amber color with a fair head. I do see some sediment, though, so points off there. Lacing is present, but thin.

Nose is mild, and what aroma I do get I hesitate to mention...cat urine. Not good.

Taste fares much better. I get plenty of hops, but with an odd malt profile. I can't put my finger on it.

Decent for a light, session-worthy pale ale, but not one I'd return to given the other choices on the market.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 15:02:50 | More by secondtooth
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searsclone

Arizona

2.95/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle into a pint glass

clear copper, almost amber, color with a nice tan head and great lacing

smell is very faint. maybe a touch of molasses or brown sugar

taste is synthetic sweetness and nutty. a bit of bitterness in the end, not very well balanced

mouthfeel is creamy, almost like a nitro

not a bad beer, but I wouldn't go to this for a pale ale-it reminded me of an amber lager

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 03:48:32 | More by searsclone
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 22:08:04 | More by jlindros
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Ispeakforthetrees

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

12-05-2012 06:22:44 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 21:27:21 | More by UCLABrewN84
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I think this is my first Gluten-free beer tasting. Picked up this sixer at the local Jewel.

Nice pale copper color underneath a a thick film of foam. Good head after the pour and nice retention and foam stickage. Good bubbling too. This is a good looking pale ale.

Good citric hop aroma with some toasty biscuity malt aromas. Smells well balanced and easy to drink.

Citric bitterness upfront. The middle has a toasty bread crust and biscuit flavor mixing with the hop bitterness from the front of the palate. The finish is a resiny, sweet tropical fruit flavored pineapple bread. This beer tastes pretty good considering what Widmer has Omitted.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 16:29:56 | More by scruffwhor
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NCbeerpirate

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

12-01-2012 05:48:49 | More by NCbeerpirate
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +18%

11-23-2012 02:58:57 | More by Gambrinus1184
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JoeLacy

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

11-22-2012 06:45:44 | More by JoeLacy
Omission Pale Ale (Gluten-Free) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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