Review: Omission Gluten-Free Pale Ale, Widmer Brothers

Omission Pale Ale
Widmer Brothers Brewing Co. — Portland, OR

  • Style:  Gluten-free Pale Ale
  • Bitterness:  33 IBU
  • Malts:  Pale, Caramel 10, Dark Munich, Carapils
  • Hops:  Cascade, Citra
  • ABV:  5.8%  
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle (provided by brewery)

Description:  "Bold and hoppy, Omission Pale Ale is a hop-forward American Pale Ale, brewed to showcase the Cascade hop profile. Amber in color, Omission Pale Ale’s floral aroma is complimented by caramel malt body, making for a delicious craft beer." — Widmer Brothers Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  I'm tasting this as part of my series on gluten-free beer.  Widmer's Omission gluten-free beers are made with a proprietary process that removes the gluten during the brewing process. I originally tasted both Omission beers as part of a launch event in April.

The tasting:  Copper in color with an off white head that dissipates fairly slowly. It's clear with a fair amount of light sedimentation floating in suspension. Aroma of sweet caramel, with citrus and pine. Flavor is very similar to aroma with the addition of bready malt. The caramel is prominent in both aroma and flavor. Omission Pale Ale is medium bodied and softly carbonated. While it's not overly bitter, the grapefruit hop bitterness lingers in the finish. Mild alcohol is noticeable in the middle. 

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I would drink this again if someone give it to me.  First and foremost, this tastes like a "normal" beer. That's actually a huge accomplishment! It doesn't have the weird off-putting flavor present in most sorghum-based beers. I could easily see myself drinking this again. Since I'm not celiac, I wouldn't actively seek it out, though. However, it's a fine Pale Ale that stands up well to it's gluten-based brethren.

Rating (if I was Celiac):  4 star.  Really Good!  I want this again!  If I was celiac, I'd literally be stockpiling this beer in preparation for the zombie apocalypse or some other unforeseen event. If  subjected to nothing but regular gluten-free beer, this would seem like a gift from heaven.

Have you tasted Omission Pale Ale? What's your favorite gluten-free beer?

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