Silvio is traveling today and asked me to put up his review. Yeah….so…..here’s Silvio’s post.
The bad news is that I’m traveling on business this weekend so this is going to be a pretty quick-hit post. The good news is that my work trip brings me to Aspen, Colorado! Hopefully I’ll be able to check out some local brews while I’m away and report back to LIBA nation.
So since I’m in Colorado, I decided it was fitting to review Avery Brewing Company’s Karma Pale Ale. Avery is based in Boulder, Colorado and is definitely one of my favorite breweries. The Karma is a limited release Belgian-style pale ale, available from April to August, with a 5.4 percent ABV.
Karma pours a clear, dark copper color, with some light carbonation in the glass but not too much of a foam head. There’s no real aroma here, just a faint pilsner-wheat smell.
That wheatiness forms the base of Karma’s flavor, but that’s not all it’s got. There’s a honey sweetness through the middle, balanced with some yeasty goodness, and it ends on a really unique fruit note. I couldn’t place this fruitness at first, but after several sips and much deliberation, settled on a mix of pear, strawberry, and watermelon. Sounds weird, but it really works well.
Overall, this is a really refreshing summer beer. Definitely a taste you won’t get in other beers, and the lightness combines with a manageable ABV to make it super drinkable. If only good karma was as easy to get as picking up a sixer of Avery’s Karma, we’d all be a little better off!