January 17, 2013 | Beer, Reviews

Omission Pale Ale

Omission Pale Ale photo

Thank all things holy and beery that I’m not allergic to gluten. I mean, what would be the point of having a website dedicated to beer if I wasn’t able to, you know, successfully drink it? For those that are gluten-free for health reasons (medically required or lifestyle-wise), there are a few breweries out there that aim in producing beer with zero to low-levels of gluten within their carbonated depths. Brewed by Widmer Brothers, Omission Beer is apparently the only U.S. brewery to solely focus on beers of this nature.

For myself, I had no idea the beer that I picked up was gluten-free and honestly, nor do I care. I picked up this Pale Ale and tomorrow’s Lager with the sole interest of trying out a new beer that I had not seen before. After enjoying this brew, I’d be hard pressed to tell any difference between it and a beer loaded full of gluten. Put simply, Omission Pale Ale is a tasty little beer with good balance and flavor regardless of it’s gluten levels.

Appearance

The beer pours deep, golden amber with a resilient stack of foam that fell slowly, leaving behind sticky lacing.

Aroma

The brew has got a pleasant hoppy character with plenty of grassy notes, grapefruit and light pine. There’s also an underlying malt presence with caramel and cereal in the background.

Taste

This is a solid brew with that’s well balanced between malt sweetness and moderately biting hops. There’s plenty of grassy, piny and citrusy character to the hop profile with trailing caramel malt that lingers softly in the tingling finish. The beer comes in at 5.8% ABV, but is still pretty easy drinking and refreshing.

Overall

Like I said in the intro, I’d be hard-pressed to identify this as a gluten-free beer. It’s lower levels of gluten certainly don’t affect the flavor any. It’s a refreshing pale ale with good flavor and balance.

Rating: 3.5/5

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