Beer 274/365 – Avery Karma

Avery Karma

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

ABV: 5.2%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Doesn’t represent the style in the least.

Will I be drinking this again: No sir, no sir I don’t like it.

Grade: C+

8/9/2010: Picked this one up on a whim because I have never heard of it and the label was pretty nifty looking. I keep telling myself to stop buying beer you know nothing about, because most of the time there is a reason you have never heard of it. Oh well it was only $1.69.

Karma smells pretty malty for a BPA, lots of caramel malt. Not a whole lot to the flavors, full of caramel malt, a little bit of citrus, and no hops to speak of. The mouthfeel is where they really failed on this one. Its almost as if Avery Brewing didn’t even use a belgian yeast for this beer. If I was drinking this blindfolded I would have never guessed this to be a Belgian Pale Ale. Average mouthfeel and well carbonated, but not the kind of carbonation you typically get in a Belgian. Avoid Avery Karma if possible.

Picture of the day: Not a funny picture, actually its really sad.

Published in: on August 9, 2010 at 8:12 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 94/365 – Avery Out of Bounds Stout

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman Ohio

What makes this beer different: Doesn’t seem very Irish Dry Stout to me, but very good.

Will I be drinking this again: Probably not

Grade: B-

2/10/2010: I’m always up for trying almost any beer that is brewed in Colorado. I have actually been thinking about taking a Friday off and flying out to try and do a balls out brewery tour like I did in Michigan. This nice thing is most of the breweries there are within a couple hours of each other, so I think I could hit up a good bit of them in three days for sure. Attn: My giant ginger friend Kevin from Denver, we need to coordinate this ASAP.

So maybe I am an amateur when it comes to classifying beers, but I wouldn’t consider Out of Bounds an Irish Dry Stout. When I think Irish Dry I think Guinness or Young’s. Even though this has some dry qualities, this still hits me more as an American Stout. The smell is mostly roasted malt, with a tiny bit of chocolate. There are a few distinct tastes to this one, mostly a roasted flavor, with some coffee and a touch of dry smoke. The problem is they just don’t transition very well into each other. Its kind of like hearing a song with a loud guitar riff, then a huge crashing symbol, followed by a loud trumpet. No fading in and out of each other. Also for a 5.1% the alcohol is not hidden very well. Mouthfeel isn’t as creamy as a typical Irish Dry. Overall was kind of let down by the Out of Bounds. Anyone else had this and agree with me on this?

Funny Picture of the day: A little breakdown of how single people might be spending their Valentine’s Day.

Published in: on February 10, 2010 at 11:55 pm  Leave a Comment  
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