Gluten-Free Pale Ales – Omission vs. New Planet


The last two years have seen a number of gluten-free beers enter the market, largely motivated by the broader anti-gluten stance many consumers are taking. Responding to market conditions is always reasonable if your product can compete. Which begs the question – are gluten-free (GF) beers any good? In this first evaluation, I compare pale ale offerings from Omission and New Planet.

Omission Pale Ale omission_pale

Omission Beer is located in Portland, Oregon, and brews a number of gluten-free beers. I found a six-pack of the Pale Ale for $9.99 (per-bottle price of $1.67). Like many gluten-free beers, it lacks depth. The aroma lacks body and smells like any generic beer. The short-lived head left the sides of the glass clean.┬áThat said, this is one of the better gluten-free beers I’ve tried. The color is an impressive amber and the flavor is a reasonable substitute for a traditional pale.

  • ABV: 5.8%
  • Look: 4.0
  • Smell: 2.0
  • Taste: 4.0
  • Feel: 3.5
  • Overall: 3.3

New Planet Pale Ale newplanet_pale

New Planet Beer Company, of Boulder, Colorado, offers five different gluten-free options available in 4-packs of bottles. The 4-pack of Pale Ale was $8.99 (per-bottle price of $2.25). I had to go to their website to find the ABV (5.0%) as I couldn’t locate it on the packaging. This beer was an overall disappointment. Once you get past the pleasant color, the head is non-existent after two minutes and the sides of the glass are clean. The flavor was unpleasantly bitter, likely driven by the sorghum component. Given the higher per-bottle price, I expected more from New Planet Pale Ale.

  • ABV: 5.0%
  • Look: 3.5
  • Smell: 1.5
  • Taste: 2.0
  • Feel: 2.5
  • Overall: 2.4

This round clearly goes to Omission.

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