Karma's a tease....(WR#6)
A Review of Karma Ale by Avery Brewing Co.
Posted on 4/9/2011 by Brew's Your Daddy
                   
Fair
I must say that I was really excited when I saw this as a single at my local. It actually was the first one I put in my sample 6 pack. Ive been really impressed with some of Avery's ''bigger'' beers. Again, if we haven't said it before on here, the ''make your own 6 pack'' options at your local is a fantastic way to sample several different brews, without breaking the bank on entire 4/6 packs.

Moving right along, the first thing that hits you when you open this is sweet and fruity. Floral even. And get this...I can even sense buttery notes. This is what I expect when I break open a good Belgian. When poured the beer comes out in a nice, clear, copperish color. The aromas keep on coming. Sweet fruity smells all around. Its leaning on the citrus side now, and there is a noticeable amount of carbonation constantly bubbling away. I know this is gonna sound weird, but a good comparison to what Im getting would be mixing orange juice and Sprite. Bubbles and fruit flavors.

When I dive in to taste it is when things go wrong. I taste the fruit. I taste the ''buttery'' taste I smelled. I taste yeast. I taste it all. At the same time. Nothing comes up front, and nothing stays on the back end either. Its almost like they all got watered down and just mixed into each other. I WANT this beer to be good. It smelled great. It looked great. And now the taste is just ok at best. The carbonation is trying hard to help things along, but without a good flavor to be carried, its just working against itself. There's not much of an aftertaste at all. Maybe it has to do with the carbonation kind of cleaning you off as it goes down. I guess if anything is left around, you have the smallest of small tastes of orange flavored yeast. More so the yeast than the orange. And its only there for a moment, and then, much like my original delight in the anticipation of this being a great find, its gone.

I think this beer has some good qualities in the aroma department, but the taste just kills it for me. I think it has some potential, but needs a lot of work. I think to the average beer drinker that doesn't know any better, this would be a pretty good beer. And I'm not totally ripping it. I just know that Ive had Belgians that were far better in the taste department. Im sure Im going to pay somehow now. Karma is surely out to get me for bad mouthing it.

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