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Omission IPA (Gluten-Free) - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Omission IPA (Gluten-Free)Omission IPA (Gluten-Free)

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BA SCORE
80
good

90 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Rivenin on 06-28-2013)
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Reviews by BryanCarey:
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3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Omission IPA is a gluten free beer with a golden color and a perfectly clear body. Poured into a glass, the head of white colored foam looks nice and it does leave some lacing. The aroma is one of citrus and a touch of pine. Based on appearance, the beer makes a positive first impression.

Now, for the taste. This beer has a flavor that follows from its nose, and that means the taste of citrus and pine shine through. The dominant citrus flavor is grapefruit and there is enough of a caramel- malt backbone that the beer manages to remain nicely balanced compared to other northwest IPA brews.

This IPA is a pleasant surprise in that it tastes like a real beer should. I say that because other gluten- free beers do not really taste like beer, and that is in large part due to their not using barley malt in the brewing process. Omission IPA does use barely malt, along with other authentic ingredients. It is VERY clean for an IPA and its clarity is like few I have ever seen.

Even if you are not someone who requires gluten free food and drink in your diet, this is definitely a beer worth trying. It may not measure up to some of the all- time great IPA, but it is certainly above average and deserving of a sampling if you get the chance.

BryanCarey, Sep 06, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, dated 2/19/14. Pours hazy golden orange with a big rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is biscuity honey malts with some fruit and peppery piney hops.

The flavor is biscuity honey malts with some light fruit and strong grassy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with sharp carbonation.

Overall, it doesn't taste gluten free and has good bitterness. I just don't care for the hop profile much.

Beaver13, May 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

innominat, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of sgn4779
3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I swiped one from my gluten free girlfriend after making a 2.5 hour sojourn to acquire a case. Pouring into a pint glass. There is no cloudyness, and a good golden color. Poured out with more head than I expected for a gluten free beer. Smells slightly of fruit and a touch of hops, but quite underwhelming. The taste is pretty good, the hops comes through and it feels a touch heavier than I thought it would just by looking at it. For her it's probably amazing, more balanced and tastier than other gluten free beers that I've tried.

sgn4779, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

LXIXME, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of Rivenin
4.01/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I do not have celiac disease. However, time and time again i like to try gluten free beers to change things up. I've had the pale and the lager, both were decent beers. So i saw this at the bottle shop and decided to give it a go... It by far is one of the best gluten free beers i've ever had (which is about a dozen or so now, so take it with a grain of salt). But this is one i would order time and time again even though i'm not a "wheat free" person.

Rivenin, Jun 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

DOCRW, Jan 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

mikefuski17, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of aky13
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Excellent IPA. HARD to believe it is gluten free. Widmer Brothers Brewing Company must perform some magic to remove the gluten. Does NOT taste like sorghum based gf beers. Well hopped as an IPA should be. Even suitable for non gf people!

aky13, Aug 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Beermasterjarrett, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of Spikester
3.76/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought this at Trader Joes just for a review. No real interest in the gluten free aspect.
Pours crystal clear gold with about three fingers of long lasting white head. Plenty of lacing as well.
Smell is piney and sweet bready malt.
Taste is clean pine and light grapefruit with some sweet malt backing and a hint of yeast. I would say the pine takes the lead here.
Mouthfeel is excellent though on the lighter side. Carbonation is a bit more than normal. Mildly dry and a pine dominated bitter finish.
Overall a fine IPA. I had pretty low expectations going in to this review and was pleasantly surprised.
Not one I will buy again because there are so many outstanding IPAs available but I would not turn one down if offered. The gluten free folks should not feel deprived if this is all they can drink. Would have liked a bit more fruitiness in the flavor profile.

Spikester, Jan 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14%

Gmartin75, Sep 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Hopmodium, Aug 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

logicalparadox, Aug 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

bigbeers84, Oct 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Drew88, Jul 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14%

largadeer, Aug 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

cestlavie, Dec 07, 2013
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4.04/5  rDev +15.8%

cmbeddoe7997, Aug 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

FreshHawk, Jan 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

wlynch, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of Druuseph
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've always been a fan of the IPA style and living with a person who has had a diagnosis of celiac disease at a young age it's been somewhere between tough and downright impossible to share my taste with her given that every other celiac friendly beer on the market is lager style sorghum beers. To say I was happy to find a GF IPA on the shelf would be a massive understatement.

Now what has to be understood about the Omission brand in general is that it's a bit controversial amongst Gluten Free people because of the production process. Anyone who is severely intolerant to gluten should try this one with caution given that the gluten is filtered out after brewing and not completely avoided. They claim to have reduced it to the necessary level of less than 20 ppm but take it with a grain of salt and do your due diligence. All that said I can report that my fiancee has had no celiac related issues with any of the Omission beers after several purchases but YMMV.

As for the beer itself I can happily say that it definitely lives up to the style. The appearance is the weakest part of the presentation with a very light body compared to that of other IPA's. This is almost certainly a result of the filtering process and shouldn't be held against it given the added step required to allow this to be consumed by it's target market. However, very nice head, finger and a half to 2 though it does disappear pretty quickly.

The smell is very heavy on hops, it's clear it's been dry hopped. Not much else on the nose unfortunately though the cascade hops do have a pleasant enough aroma to forgive that and compared to other American IPA's it's not all that uncommon.

I have to admit that I handed it over after about a quarter of a glass to my very happy significant other who absolutely loved it in comparison to the beers she usually has access to. That said, from my time with it I can declare it a very standard, if uninteresting, IPA. Cascade hops steal the show early on with more pine than citrus. There is faint grapefruit taste but it's no where near as easy to locate as in a Dogfish Head 60 minute or Long Trail.

Overall the biggest criticism I could levy against it is that it really doesn't define itself really well from the pack though that might be by design and not a fault of brewers. That said this is hands down the best Gluten Free beer I or my fiancee have had and would be given a perfect 5 on that metric alone. It's finally allowed me to explain to her what it is I look for in a beer and to help her expand her palate beyond her brief experiences with mass appeal brands like Bud Light prior to diagnosis and sorghum beers following. Will be bringing home 6 packs for the foreseeable future and will not complain at all if I have to drink a few myself.

Druuseph, Sep 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Rhettroactive, Oct 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Vipin, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of MCImes
3.94/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I bought this for the better half, as she is GF, and drink one out of curiosity.

A - beer

S - Piney hops, a little malt peeking through.

T - Piney hops up front, enough malt to balance the hops. Not very citrusy. Good and bitter but not overpowering by any means.

M - good mouthfeel. A good blend of body, carbonation and bitterness. not thick or watery. Malt sweetness adds enough to balance the bitterness.

O - I rate this beer with GF in mind. The other couple GF beers ive had I wouldnt drink again, but I would drink Omission IPA again. I wouldnt drink it over a non-GF IPA, but considering the poor choices that GF beer drinkers currently have, this one is pretty good. Its commonly pretty old as the market isnt very big, so check the bottle date before blindly buying 9 month old hoppy beer and wondering why it tastes crappy. I got a 2 month old bottle for this review and was pleasantly surprised. Dont expect Heady or anything, but its very acceptable. It deserves more than the 79 score that it currently has considering the other GF options.

MCImes, Mar 24, 2014
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Omission IPA (Gluten-Free) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.