Omission Pale Ale (Gluten-Free) - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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3.93/5 rDev +16.3%
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.
01-18-2013 04:06:03 | More by JamesMN
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
2.75/5 rDev -18.6%
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.
12-28-2012 13:05:15 | More by garuda
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
3.15/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
12-14-2012 15:02:50 | More by secondtooth
2.95/5 rDev -12.7%
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
12-12-2012 03:48:32 | More by searsclone
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
3.08/5 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
3.48/5 rDev +3%
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.
12-02-2012 16:29:56 | More by scruffwhor
4/5 rDev +18.3%
Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a slightly chill hazed caramel-copper coloring with a decent, frothy, light, white head that settles into a film coating along the surface and the sides of the glass. Aromas of rich and roasted caramel and toffee, with a spicy, resiny hops presence that cleans and balances. Flavors are just as balanced, with a caramel sweet initial offering that is quickly swept up by a peppered and resiny hops characteristic. Floral highlights give even more layering to the hops anchor of the palate, and there are citrus tones sprinkled amongst all of this, too. Very tasty and balanced. The aftertaste is light and smooth, with more of a malt presence than you get throughout the rest of the brew. Light, clean finish with a bitter, crisp ending. Very smooth, very tasty, and very easy to drink.
11-16-2012 02:28:32 | More by GarthDanielson
Omission Pale Ale (Gluten-Free) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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