Brew Review: Karma

6 Nov

Brew: Karma

Brewed by: Avery Brewing Co. (Boulder, CO)

Style: Belgian Pale Ale (5.4% ABV)


A seasonal or limited release during April, I could figure out which one to pick, but I will go with seasonal, from Avery.  Avery has been a pretty solid brewery in all my experiences with them so I figured Karma would once again come out on top.  Belgian pale ale is a growing trend amongst craft brewers.  I think they want something that is approachable like a pale ale but with a little twist to keep the die-hards coming back for more.  Either way I still think my favorite for the style is Harriet Brewing’s West Side IPA, which I obviously still need to do a post on.  Sounds like a good excuse to go find a growler here soon.

Karma poured out a light copper with hints of darker reds mixed in.  Looked like a light caramel color. There is decent carbonation that leads to a solid ½ inch head.  The head lasts a while making this a nice beer to sip and wipe foam from your Movember-stache, if you are growing one. 

The aroma is basic pale ale, some biscuit from the malt with some faint hops.  Not really much to write home about here.  I was wanting/hoping/expecting some more Belgian style funk from the yeast in the aroma.  The aroma reminded me more of an amber ale with more grit and grain than a pale ale let alone a Belgian pale.

The taste brings more malt and biscuit up front.  There is some very light bitterness that rears its head on the very end of the sip but that’s about all I get from the hops.  It also shows a bit of that Belgian funk that I was hoping for.  Not much, just a little, but enough for me to notice.  Not enough however for me to really get excited about it. 

Wow, really didn’t get much from this brew.  Nothing stood out, there wasn’t much by way of Belgian inspiration and the hops didn’t make a dent and the malts were just biscuit through and through.  That tends to a get a bit boring.  The brew was unimpressive in all aspects, not hard to drink it was light on the tongue, but nothing was really great or even good about it.  I would pass on this brew if you’re thinking about it since there are so many other better options out there for pale ales and some Belgian style pale ales as well.


Final Grade: C

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