In our quest to find beer that tastes like beer and happens to be “gluten free,” we are now batting .667.
Quick refresher: Acupuncture doc suggests I cut back on the dairy and cut OUT gluten. I love me some gluten. This is gonna be bad, right?
Well, in addition to all the other things I can drink, there’s always wine (which has been on equal footing with beer in my book, and with my stomach, for a long time). Yes, it’s possible to be a beer snob and a wine aficionado. Or at least that’s what I tell people.
Anyway, here goes nothing: or, something, actually…the review!
Omission Pale Ale Review
Why I prefer pale ales to IPAs in about one word: malt.
Or at least what tastes like malty caramelly sweetness. Not too sweet, but it’s gotta be there.
With most IPAs, there’s almost too much bitterness for me – but that’s okay every once in awhile. Just not now, while I’m still recovering from the gluten-free diagnosis.
This Omission Pale Ale has the malty richness up front. Mildly sweet. There’s some hop to it, but it’s not crazy. But really clean on the finish. Definitely nice work.
The website – which you can visit here – says it’s a “hop forward American pale ale.” But again, and I can’t emphasize this enough, it is NOT OVERLY HOPPY. 33 IBUs. 5.8% ABV. Four different malts may do something to offset the impact of the Cascade hops.
It is – like the Prairie Path we reviewed yesterday – crafted to remove gluten. So they can’t guarantee that it has removed all the gluten, but it’s close enough that they share the test results.
Probably $9.99 – I don’t think I picked up my receipt, because I paid cash and was in a hurry and also got a 12-pack of Leninenkugel’s Summer Shandy to go with and got out of there for $26 with tax and most of the other craft beers are around $9.99 at this store and sorry about the run-on sentence.
Metasip Grade: A-
I think this is on par with the Prairie Path from yesterday. It’s beer – not just gluten-free beer, this actually tastes like beer. Worth a try.