DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 29, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Clear orange body with light white head and lace. Mild fruity aroma, maybe apricot or lemon, wheat, yeast, touch of pepper. I’m not sure what kind of Belgian style this is going for, but it tastes to me like a wheat/saison hybrid, leaning heavily towards the wheat side. Watery body giving way to a lingering lemon and wheat finish. Lively carbonation. It might be cool if they renamed this karma chameleon ale and put Boy George on the bottle. Maybe not.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep orange-amber color, soapy white head. Fruity strawberry aroma with some chardonnay-like hops. Grainy finish.
OldStyleCubFan (77) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2005
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Color is nice cooper, small head. What is this beer? I don’t get it. Not hoppy enough for a pale ale, not spicy or fruity enough for belgum, not malty enough for a traditional ale....Seems like it’s trying to be everything for everyone but it’s not for me.....my first avery brew and I’m disapointed....
BeerandBlues2 (10691) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ 16th Colorado Brewfest. Pours copper with a tall foamy tan head. Fruity esters with caramel malt aromas. Berry and fruity malt and yeast flavor. Light bodied and creamy palate.
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured dark amber with a big creamy white head which lasted quite well leaving lots of lace and foam on the sides of the glass. Aroma included notes of bread, cardboard,earth, malt and yeast. Taste was surprising. Very earthy and malty, well balanced by some big herbal hoppiness and a bit of vanilla. Some complex dark fruit and citrus, perhaps. Well balanced describes Karma, that includes malt to hops, sour to sweet, carbonation, ABV, complexity, everything. It was hard to pull too much out because it’s so balanced. Mouth was a tad thin. Finished with a lingering fresh fruit -- peaches and apples -- impression. I would rate it as a good "won’t let you down" brew, not a great one. Maybe too much karma.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Karma police, I’ve given all I can, it’s not enough. Clear amber. Almost no head. He buzzes like a fridge, he’s like a detuned radio. The aroma is sweet and bready. Not very yeasty. This is what you get, when you mess with us. The flavor is fruity and bready but nothing like a farmhouse ale. For a minute there, I lost myself, I lost myself. Medium dry body. Quite forgettable. This is what you get, when you mess with us.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 25, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Couleur orangée, apparence presque translucide, peu de mousse, grosses bulles beiges pale. Arômes de houblon typiquement anglais rappelant les feuilles de laurier et une touche d’épices variées au travers d’une honnête base de malt caramel. Peu de goût en bouche, étalement très court. Présence aqueuse, très mince, carbonatation pratiquement inexistante, finale sèche exposant la coriandre. Un autre produit peu convaincant en provenance de cette brasserie. Échantillon en fut au American Beer Fest, Boston, 18 Juin 2005.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours copper with a thin head.Aromas of fruit and flowers.Quite refreshing.Has some sour fruit and malt notes.Hs a slight ceral aftertaste that lingered longer than i like, but overall pretty good stuff.
egajdzis (5550) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a clear copper color with a large, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus, spices, faint hoppiness, and yeast. Taste of strong dry yeast, citrus, and faint spicy hops. Overall its drinkable, but doesn’t rock my world.
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2005
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
copper in color. Short-lasting carbonation. Watery, weak. Undistinguishable belgian elements with this one. Basic, boring. Back to the drawing board.