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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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
widmer.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Docer on 04-13-2012

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111
Ratings:
581
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
35.21%
 
 
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Photo of JamesMN
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of garuda
2.78/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.63/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

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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

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Photo of secondtooth
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of searsclone
2.94/5  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

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Photo of jlindros
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.48/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of gpogo
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Slightly hazed golden amber body with a white foam cap. Lots of bubbles keeping the foam cap going.

A- Nice sweet bready caramel aroma with some, but not much citrus hop aroma.

T- Sweet malt with a bitterness throughout. Old hoppy bitterness finish. Meh.

M- Medium body and medium carbonation.

D- It's drinkable. It isn't anything special. I actually just found out it is "Gluten-free," but made with malt and the gluten is removed. The brewery checks each batch and publishes the findings on the website. Worth trying out if you have issues with gluten!

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Photo of barnzy78
3.14/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, pours amber in color with a frothy, off-white head, good head retention and nice chunky lacing on the glass. Aromas are earthy, piny, bready malt, bread crust, faint citrus, orange perhaps. Tastes are bready, earthy, pungent, piny hop, caramel, grain, some citrus comes through, balance seems off though. Medium bodied, has a nice resiny feel. Overall, not bad, but seems like it's missing something & balance seems to be off - maybe it's the flavors. I was hoping for better.

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Photo of mastodonj
3.99/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I grabbed a single bottle not knowing this was gluten-free.
It looks pretty average. Very little lacing.
Smell is very piney, citrusy. Juniper likely.
It has a lot of bitterness but at the same time, seems light.
The citrus makes the mouth feel very clean.
Overall, it is very sessionable especially for you looking for a beer to go with Mexican food and not wanting to settle for industrial.

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Photo of SeaOfShells
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. poured into a Duvel tulip

DISCLAIMER: A friend with celiac disease left this over after a party. I've had 2 already, and I actually quite enjoy it. I'm going to review it against other gluten free beers, because it isn't to fair to rate it against "traditional" beers.

A: Brilliant burnt orange with a very nice 2 finger head which left some lace. It looks great, and I'm loving the color.

S: Honestly, it's just okay. I'm only getting hints of hops, otherwise it's a "malt" bomb. I believe this is sorghum based, but I could be wrong. I haven't had very many gluten-free beers, but this one smells decent all things considered. There is an underlying sweetness.

T: Okay, if you had told me this was gluten-free, I would have spit it in your face and called you a filthy liar. There is NOTHING to suggest this is gluten free. Sure, it may be light in flavor, but it's actually really good. I could drink this regularly. I'm not getting a ton of hop quality, but who knows how long this sat on the shelf. There is just a hint of bitterness on the back end, followed by a surprising sweetness that I think plays well with the bitterness. Of all the gluten free beers I've tried, this is the best. There really isn't even a close contender.

M: It's a tad thin, but it has enough carbonation to distract me. It feels kind of oily in a way. Very slick. Nothing offensive to speak of.

O: I consider this a winner based on the fact that I would drink this over some traditional beers. It's very drinkable, and refreshing. If you are rating this beer low, you need to lower your standards for this style. It's a pale ale, and it's the best GF beer on the market (that I have had). In fact, I would drink this over every year round Widmer Brother's offerings.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jucifer1818
3.39/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear light amber, with ample carbination. a nice looking fizzy beverage. Very inviting.

Smell: Not much here. Little to no malt character in the smelll, with only some light hoppy characters. Overall not impressive, but not offensive

Taste: Very pale alish. No malty backbone, but supported by a decent hoppy character. nothing that wows me, but considering the fact that its a gluten free beer, Im giving it a .5 bonus from 3 to a 3.5

Mouth feel: Intense carbonation that bites your tongue from the moment you drink it. Little to no body present. I didn't like it, but it fits to style, so im giving it another 3.5 (because of the gluten free bonus )

Overall: a tough beer to rate. Overall it feels REMARKABLY average, however...it is a gluten free beer.

If your a gluten free person this is the beer for you, and deserves a 5. for everyone else you can do better

3 for gluten folk
5 for non-gluten folk

4 average

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Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a nice haze to the body and a strong effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam.

Smell: sweetish malty aroma with a light, fresh hop component. Nothing revolutionary but quite nice, especially for a gluten-free.

Taste: sweet malty flavor with a wet-hopped type of character. Hops are green and a combination of grassy and earthy. The tartness that often accompanies gluten-free beers is nowhere to be found. Actually quite a decent pale ale.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a great big carbonation and a big, mouth-filling creaminess. Quite good indeed.

Overall: what can I say? This has got to be the best gluten-free beer I've ever had.

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Photo of bump8628
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper, thin white head. Warm graininess with a pleasant biscuit flavor. Earthy, spicy hop note on the palate that turns into a light citrus punch on the back end. Overall a balanced and decent pale ale. Not something I'd pick up regularly but if I was in need of something gluten free for a guest I wouldn't hesitate to grab a 6 pack.

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Photo of avalon07
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Very good lacing.

S: A decent aroma of hops, malt, and some citrus.

T: Tasted basically like it smelled: A moderate amount of hops, light malt in the finish, and citrus as well. Not an overly complex flavor, but still pretty solid and enjoyable.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth, prickly finish. Light-bodied.

O: As far as gluten-free beers go, this one is very drinkable. Not what you would call a stunner, but worth a shot.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was not as impressed with their Pale Ale as their Lager. Poured a 1/8 inch off-white head which faded fast. Hazy iced tea color with a touch of amber and no effervescence left in the body. Very little smell at all, even as it warmed. Taste is pretty bland and though it has hops it's nowhere close to the hops in an average Pale Ale. Only a mild brief hop finish. Pretty darn boring to me.

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Photo of jsprain1
2.69/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Clear amber, a hint of orange. Head is one and a half fingers thick. Decent retention and a wisp of lacing.
S- Aroma is not all that great. Grainy, a bit of malt, and faint fruity hops.
T- Thin malts. There is some grainy note and just a bit of citrus hops. Very mellow and not much flavor to it.
M- Light, thin body. Carbonation is aggressive.
O- Eh, it's an interesting take on the gluten free beer, but it's only average or below to me.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Tone
3.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of citrus hops, slight floral hops, sweet malt, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, citrus hops, slight floral hops, hint of pale malt, and a hint of alcohol. The body is a little quick to dissipate, but otherwise decent aroma, feel, and blend.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single from Trader Joes ,Salem OR. $1.17 Nice clear golden ale with a good sized frothy white head. Aroma mostly floral/grassy hop sweet shortbread malt aromas. Taste is a combination of the sweet malt and floral hop its OK but missing a whole lot of substance ( i guess gluten is good for something) Its not bad and rather drinkable yet pretty uninspired. But had i celiacs disease this would be nice.

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Omission Pale Ale (Gluten-Free) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
3.38 out of 5 based on 581 ratings.
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