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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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BA SCORE
78
okay

358 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 358
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 12
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Docer on 04-13-2012)
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Photo of puboflyons
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on March 29, 2013.

The pour is medium amber to copper orange with a small, lingering head.

Sweetness on the nose as well as light malts and a pear-like fruitiness too.

The body is around medium but nice and creamy.

The taste goes through the motions of a pale ale with an upfront malty sweetness followed by a mildly bitter ending. The difference is that there is this pear-like hint to it too that gives it a little character. Drinkable for sure.

puboflyons, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of Focusf111
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Focusf111, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of KlayWey
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

KlayWey, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of RadfordBrewing
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

RadfordBrewing, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of bashiba
1.61/5  rDev -52.5%

Poured a clean amber color with a very thin white soap ring head.

The nose has a light sweet caramel malt quality to it.

Wow is this bad, cloyingly sweet up front, no hop flavor other than some astringent bitterness in the finish. This beer has absolutely no middle, just badly sweet right to badly astringent. Just bad.

Watery and thin mouthfeel.

I'm sure its tough to make a good gluten free pale, but this is terrible, especially being a pale ale, if they used good hops of enough abundance they could mask the awful gluten free malt bill, but they did a poor job at both ends of the spectrum on this.

bashiba, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of nkeckhar
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

nkeckhar, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of JacobGumina
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

JacobGumina, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of WissBrauSean
4.03/5  rDev +18.9%

Ah ha! I stumbled upon their secret on their website. It has been brewed with barley and the gluten removed probably via flocculation. Whether or not it is really gluten free and the ELISA test is accurate is debatable. If you have hardcore Celiacs, you will want to do more research into the contents of this beer and the fact that recently ELISA testing methods have been questioned as to whether or not they are 100% effective. For me, this is a great alternative as I don't think that I have full blown Celiacs. I haven't been tested as I haven't had medical benefits for a while. But it's nice to know that gluten can be mostly flocculated out with natural additives that are also used for clearing up your beer. I'm pretty sure that they are natural. Don't quote me on that.

The beer pours a coppery amber color and is crystal clear with an off-white thin head that fades to a ring and a tiny Friar Tuck type center cap. After a while it starts to fade, but while doing so during the drink it leaves a little bit of lacing.

The aroma is an extremely pleasant and balance mix of floral west coast hops with a bit of caramel malt sweetness and the tiniest aroma of citrus. It's quite nice.

This beer is an APA. It starts off a little flat with a hop bite and as it moves across the tongue the malt sweetness comes through while the citrusy hoppy flavor stays along for the ride. The finish is a little flat and dry with a little bit of black pepper, but it's pretty well balanced.

As for mouthfeel and body, well, the body is a little light. If you put it side by side with your avarage APA you'd think it was a little watery. It is, however, mildly sweet balanced with hops and is a great alternative for gluten intolerants like me. I hate to use the word "Glutards" as it grates on my soul to think that most people think this is all in our heads and we should just "man up" and eat pizza. Can I hear an "AMEN" from all the Glutards? How many think you are crazy too? Has the term "bitch-slap" ever crossed your mind in relation to such folks? Anyway, this is great. The carbonation is moderate and not too lively.

Overall, I'd say that this is the best Gluten Free that I have had, BUT is it really gluten free? That is the question. It is more like a modifed American Pale Ale. If judging by APA standards, I'd say that it was watery. That is not always a bad thing because it makes the beer sessionable. Will I seek this beer out again, HAYLE yes! In the gluten free realm, this beer scores overall 4.25, or better, out of 5. In the APA world, 3.6 or so.

WissBrauSean, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of deanhead
4/5  rDev +18%

deanhead, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of openmind
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%

Pours a nice amber or golden brownish glow. Features a nice creamy white large head that leads to a disorganized thick lacing. Nose is slight. Some sweet citrusy notes. Taste is of a quality standard pale with some citrus and nice malt. No flavor really comes to the fore. Apparently they can't call it gluten free. I' d like to see what my gluten friends think about it. I also worry about what they have to do to get the gluten out. Chemicals?

If glut people can actually drink this, it's got to taste better than the glut free brews.

openmind, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of jamiecoppin
3/5  rDev -11.5%

jamiecoppin, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Dapperticus
4.75/5  rDev +40.1%

Dapperticus, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev +15%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Rich amber with decent off-white head.

Smell: Mild citrus with some toasted, grainy malt.

Taste: Tastes exactly like the typical American Pale Ale, which means it tastes damn good. Nice mix of citrusy hops and toasted malts. Finish is spicy and somewhat bitter. Really tastes about halfway between SN Pale Ale and Kona Fire Rock. Does not taste gluten free at all.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, nice dry finish.

Overall: This is a straight down the middle Pale Ale - no flourishes, nothing out of the ordinary, just very well executed. And considering this is made for those with gluten issues, I am not surprised they went the more safe route. I think some are suppressing their scores because this is gluten free, which is ridiculous. While I do not have to avoid gluten, if I did, this would be my staple.

bsp77, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of jjamadorphd
3.79/5  rDev +11.8%

Omission - a pale ale unlike one I've had to date.

The brew pours out a cloudly orangish-brown color, not so appealing. The head is frothy, lite, thin, and short lived, but it had surprising staying power with good lacing. Very nice smell for a pale ale - citrusy, apples, oranges. The beer had just the right amount of carbonation, even though it had the distinct after taste I dislike to IPAs and pale ales. The taste was like most pale ales but at least the taste of oranges and apples came through - a nice touch. Overall, I gave it a good score since it was by far the best smelling and tasting pale ale I've had to date. What ever it is they omitted, more pale ale makers should omit as well.

jjamadorphd, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Whatalesthetiger
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

Whatalesthetiger, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of Headgoober
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Headgoober, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of MaxOhle
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

MaxOhle, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of vtn
5/5  rDev +47.5%

vtn, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of 420drinker
3/5  rDev -11.5%

420drinker, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of GeoCait
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

GeoCait, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of wilfonzo
4/5  rDev +18%

wilfonzo, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%

Pours a pretty clear amber with a fairly thick and fluffy, if not too persistent, off-white head. Aroma is not strong, but invites with malty and fruity notes. Malty flavor has a strong woody hoppy note and a fruity undertone, just a little sweetness. Smooth texture has average thickness and little fizz. For a gluten free beer, not too bad.

Cyberkedi, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of Phelps
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

Phelps, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of Franklinliquors
4/5  rDev +18%

Franklinliquors, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of JamesMN
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

JamesMN, Jan 18, 2013
Omission Pale Ale (Gluten-Free) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 358 ratings.