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We believe in Karma. We suspect most of you do, too. It truly is a global concept. Very simply put, "you get what you give." Inspired by this principle and the wonderful farmhouse and pale ales of Belgium, we’ve created Karma Ale, a decidedly fruity and estery ale, intricate in body and nose, all driven by a unique Belgian yeast strain. Remember, good things DO happen to good people. Here’s to being good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2005
Frothy white head with cottony lace and a clear, deep golden body with low carbonation. Aroma of vanilla, mild citrus, American hop properties, old bananas, and cream soda. Fruity mango and estery flavor with American hop characters. Yeasty, grapefruit aftertaste that appeals. Weird and different, but not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2005
Bottle. This isn’t really very good. Compared with some of Avery’s other offerings, I would have expected better. Certainly in the belgian style category. Weird aftertaste...filtered....eh...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 1, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2005 2005 bottle consumed 5/27/2005. Well I’ll try to stick to the beer review first and saved the jokes for later. Clear, filtered straw yellow, with an initially medium-sized white head that quickly recedes to nothing, with no lacing, not unlike a pale lager. Aroma is umm, mineral water, maybe some light banana, hints of dry grains, some astringent spiciness. Flavor is extremely dry, seemingly no malt sweetness. Grainy, dry aromatic malt is completely attenuated, or just poorly extracted. Astringent spicy/estery character, like the effect you get when having too much coriander in a witbier. Stale, mineralesque, dry flavors get tiresome and go nowhere complexity-wise. Body is light and full of water. There may be some Belgian yeast character in the flavor, but I could just be imagining that. Watery, loose, almost astringent on the end, mouthfeel. Truly bad, IMHO, and a mockery of "farmhouse and pale ales of Belgium". Filtered?? What the hell is that? It’s a good thing Avery’s karma is not based on this beer entirely or else they’d be coming back in the next life as a toilet in a low-quality Mexican restaurant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 31, 2005
Thanks to Lumpy for this one.. Poured a medium to dark amber color with a medium white head. Aroma is fruity and spicy with a bit of yeast. Flavor is a light sweet malt, a bit of yeast, some orange and a bit of metallic taste. Light bodied.. Refreshing.. Looks like a dubbel but tastes a bit like a Wit..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Its fun to see breweries experiment with this Belgian Farmhouse/Saison style. This is a great Summer brew with a great hoppy taste. There is a slight astringency that I taste, but it isn’t that significant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Malty carmel aroma. Light amber color witha decent head that disapated qiuckly. At first the bitter taste wasn’t good. By end the bitterness subsided and some fruit flavor was noticable. Man watery on the palate at first and kind of dry on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2005
Bottle. Thin foamy head that fades quickly. Estery/musty nose. Notes of clove, metal, cherry, caramel, oranges, and some sour green apple. Slightly bitter aftertaste. This has alot of promise, but it’s flaws are very glaring-there is a very unpleasant metallic taste and it is thin. They should keep this yeast and up the malts a bit. It is quite enjoyable though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 29, 2005
deep golden color, foamy off-white head. hoppy aroma. malt backed too. flavor is dry hoppy, watery mouthfeel. mild aftertaste. not really a belgian ale to me, but then again, what does karma have to do with belgium?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5288) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 29, 2005
Orange gold color. Small to medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is caramel and sweet with a hint of orange. A medium bodied Belgian ale. Malts are fruity and sweet, orange, citrus and spices. Bright yeasts. Very Belgian like, yet there is a noticeable hop bite. Small bright carbonation. A little sharp tasting, but that may be due more to the carbonation than anything flavor related. It may be a touch watery, but still drinkable. Would make a good summer session beer. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OldGrowth (2757) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Bottle, from Julio’s. ok nose,little yeasty fruity, apple, grass, orange, kraft paper. Clean orange color, good head that faded quickly. Sweet flavors, same as aroma, the sour apple leading the way, the others blend behind, more of a lemon than orange, Little caramel too. Thinner bodied, kinda creamy mouthfeel, sour bitter finish. Ok brew, but not my preference overall. Easy to drink.

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