We’re all here because we love beer.
After work, with dinner, at brunch, at the movies, and really any other time we can get our hands on one. Anyone that loves drinking craft beer knows – it is not a low calorie pastime. An average Double IPA packs 220 calories. If you’ve got your eye on an Imperial Stout, you’re looking at over 300 calories. For comparison, a 12 oz. Frosty will run you 299 calories.
So when a new beer rolled out of Omission Brewing earlier this year promising just 99 calories and five carbs, I was skeptical. In fact I can be quoted as saying, “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is,” in the face of this beer. But I still gave Omission’s new “Ultimate Light Golden Ale” a real taste test, you know, just to see if dreams really do come true. I have to say, the experience was pretty dreamy.
When cracking open a “light” beer I often expect something cold, watery, and crisp. I was pleasantly surprised when Ultimate Light had a substantial body built on a strong grain backbone. Instead of that crisp water feel, this light beer had a satisfying soft carbonation, almost like pins and needles on the palette.
The aroma of the beer is slightly bready from the American 2 Row base malt with just a touch of sweetness and spice. It leads nicely into the flavor of the beer, which is definitely built on malt with just enough hop flavor for a balancing bitterness. The golden ale finishes clean which sets you up for another sip, making it very drinkable.
This beer is absolutely best suited for outdoor events, barbeques, or just drinking in the summer generally.”
At 4.2% alcohol by volume, Ultimate Light ties other light beers on the market like Miller Light, Bud Light and Michelob Ultra but squarely beats them in the flavor arena. Plus, all of Omission’s beers are crafted to remove gluten something that other light beers on the market can’t touch.
Is this a special occasion beer? No. Is it the perfect beer for having just one after a long day at work? Probably not. Is it way better than the other light beers at your tailgate? Yep. Can you day-drink a whole six pack for about the same calories as a Frappuccino? Hell yea.
There is nothing overpowering or offensive in Ultimate Light, so you can drink it any time, but this beer is absolutely best suited for outdoor events, barbeques, or just drinking in the summer generally. Omission’s Brewmaster, Joe Casey, said “We wanted to create a craft beer that gave active consumers a better-tasting option.”
To that, I’ll say mission accomplished.
The next best thing that could happen to Ultimate Light? Put it in cans! That way we can enjoy a good craft beer at all those places that won’t let you bring along glass like beaches, boats and outdoor concerts.
Until then I’ll be sipping an Ultimate Light as close as I can get to the beach.