Widmer Omission IPA

Reviewed by on August 31, 2015 in Gluten-Free Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

  • Origin: Portland, OR, US

  • Rated On: August 31, 2015

  • Best Before: bottled April 16, 2015

  • ABV: 6.7%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Portland, Oregon’s Widmer Brothers have a separate brand (see http://omissionbeer.com) for their gluten-free series of brews, ones that are made in the normal manner, i.e. with malted barley.  They then remove the gluten via an enzyme treatment process that you can see explained on their site.  Now, on to their IPA!

This 12oz bottle pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with one finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some melting snowbank lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of bready, doughy caramel malt, blended citrus pith, a suggestion of earthy yeast, subtle tropical fruit notes, and a meek forest floor piney hop bitterness. The taste is gritty, grainy caramel malt, still muddled fleshy citrus, a further juicy tropical fruitiness, some loitering, but ineffectual yeast, and fairly bitter earthy, leafy, and piney hops. The bubbles are pretty low-key in their hard to get worked up about frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, the bitterness in the flavour not really affecting things here. It finishes trending sweet, surprisingly, as the malt keeps on truckin’, while the fruitiness takes a rest, and the robust bitterness lets out its breath.

A pretty decently balanced, and easy to drink IPA, no matter what has been done to the poor, innocent gluten that started off this journey with such high hopes. Anyway, it is very difficult to ascertain that this is missing anything, really, and thus it can be recommended wholeheartedly to gluten evaders and gluten gourmands alike.

Brady White

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