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Karma - Avery Brewing Company

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974 Ratings

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Ratings: 974
Reviews: 487
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 14
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2005

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Ratings: 974 | Reviews: 487
Reviews by Bfarr:
Photo of Bfarr
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Karma is a hazy red-amber with a thin head and aromas of yeast and a little funk. Taste is yeasty and bright fruit sweetness and a little floral hop bitterness. Body is a little thin but well carbonated with a slightly fuzzy feeling.

This is a pretty easy drinking and good tasting beer. Nothing really surprising but definitely worthwhile.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting find today at Pipe and Pint,poures a nice copper color with a onefinger tight head that leaves a small amount of lace behind,big caramel and biscuit aromas with atouch of fruit seems to be malt dominated at least aroma wise.Big malts dominate in flavor as well up front some caramel and toffee but with a more firm dry biscuit backbone to keep it from being overly sweet,some herbal hop comes thru late alot more as it warms.Not a bad little beer here drink it cool not cold alot more complexities show thru as it warms.

Photo of kaimcm
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: eh. fine, nothing great. not as much head as I would expect or prefer for the style. medium golden body. honeyed.

S: some yeast and fruit, prominent apple.

T/M: prickly carbonation, though the body is a little thin. a touch soft, with mid palate sweetness that dries on the finish. yeast and fruit are obvious and well balanced for the most part. orange, apple, caramel, and some dry husk qualities as well.

D: very quaffable just not that interesting. not a chore by any means but not intriquing enough for another.

Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kmpitz2 for bestowing this one upon me. Pours from the bottle a crisp clear amber with hints of red. A small bubbly head forms and then quickly ceases to exist. Spotty lacing is left in its wake. Aromas of sweet caramel toffee, spicy yeast, apples, pears plums, cotton candy. Slightly grainy with a hint of rum raisin. Not bad overall but a bid on the understated side.

First sip brings a caramelly maltiness upfront that features toasted grains, cotton candy and a nice fruity profile. A bit raisiny on the way down with a dash of earthy yeast. An interstering brew that is slightly odd...doesn't really fit the style.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slick creaminess that makes it pretty easy to drink. This one was interesting enough..but this just doesn't grab me enough to make me want to come back for more.

Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Opaque burnt orange with a cream head and long-lasting lace.

S - Pungent fruity and spicy esters. Some grassiness as well.

T - Some sour fruit flavors that turn into more subtle dark fruits like prunes. There is a little caramel, but not much. There is a sour finish of citrus fruit that sits on the front of your tongue at the end of the sip along with some yeast flavor.

M - The head is pretty creamy and fluffy.

O - This beer looks nice and is trying hard to be a Belgian Pale Ale. However ,the nose and flavor profile don't quite make it. There are hints of the genre, but it is lacking overall.

Photo of Todd
2.63/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle (no freshness date), releases a dirty peach with some bright copper hues. Pours a 3 finger head that's white, foamy, and sticks all over the glass and leaves its trail as you drink it down. Good retention. Watch out for the dark dregs in the bottle.

Soft floral plum in the nose, with suggestions of honey, white pepper spiciness and bell peppers.

Light-ish body, crisp, with an even feel about it. Nutty, yeasty, wheat-like tannins, with a toasty caramel flavor, but then it's gone. Some sour / tartness melds with a moderate watery rind bitterness with hop leaf notes. This part is actually quite quenching and more-ish at the same time. Dry tannic finish is slightly overwhelming, and a bit of a mood killer.

Too many tannins for me, and not enough sweetness / malt profile to balance things out. If this is Karma, when do I get the balance?

Photo of Beaver13
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden-copper with a fine white head that goes to a film that leaves some nice lacing.

The nose is rather subdued - grassy yeast, spices, sweet fruitiness.

The flavor is sweet malts, fruitiness, peppery spices, and some yeast with a crisp medium-bitter finish. It was medium to light bodied, a little watery, with slightly harsh carbonation.

Overall, it was decent, but I was a little let down. Reminded me some of New Belgiums' Trippel, but not as good.

Photo of Duster72
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with a nice two finger head. Sticky lacing down side of glass. Aroma is sweet malts with some spices and banana in the background. Taste is fruity yeast with the sweet malts as the backbone. A little too cloying for me with the sweetness staying in the mouth. Average drinkability means it lasted me over an hour, a rarity.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a light golden color, with a one-finger head of loose eggshell-white foam that almost immediately disappears, leaving a ring around the edge and a small island in the middle. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a golden orange, slightly opaque, and has a pronounced pillar of bubbles rising from the center of the bottom of the glass.

S - Freshly toasted malts, caramel sugars, and light floral hops. Notes of toffee with hints of vanilla and orange peel. As it warms, I can begin to pull more fruits such as raisins and ripe pears out of the nose. The alcohol also peeks through.

T - Lightly toasted malts and soft caramel quickly give way to earthy but subtle bittering hops, and both are on the subdued side. Reminds me of a lighter-styled Marzen that's been hopped to match the sugars, and then had the entire taste profile muffled. There's also just a touch of booziness more in line with a 7%+ brew.

M - Moderately fizzy. Pronounced carbonation. Moderately thin structure. Light body. Short, soft finish that's cleaner and drier than its taste suggests.

O - I remember finding this beer tasty and refreshing when I first tasted it in the summer on draft. Now that it's December, it seems rather thin, but when the days are long and warm, it's a good way to enjoy a nice malt-sugar/hop balanced profile without getting weighed down. This will be something I look for heading into Oktoberfest season. When I went to post, I discovered this beer is classified as a Belgium Pale Ale. With that as the target, I would like to see more nuance in the malt/sugar profile and a bit more finish to remind me of the tastes that just passed over my tongue.

Photo of Jason
3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

A- Deep copper hue, very sticky lace ... this is what I like to see.

S- Nutty biscuity aroma. Fruity and spicy with suggestions of plums and black pepper.

T- Nutty toasted caramel palate with a yeasty mildly fruity mix. Light hopping balances but does not get in the way. Semi-sweet finish with a long trail of caramel and toasted flavors.

M- Great crispness for a summer seasonal, solid moderate body.

D- Reminds me of De Koninck in a way ... with that said it is very drinkable.

Photo of merlin48
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear and radiant orange/copper body with two inches of beige head. Retention is good and plenty of patch lace is left behind. Aroma is muted, with notes of bread dough, vague spices, apricot, and a hint of lime. Mouthfeel is light medium bodied with soft moderated carbonation and some yeast chalkiness. Taste has notes of spicy raisinbread, hints of pepper and coriander, and some apricot fruitiness. There is an earthy yeast character that is chalky at times. Spicy hops bitterness is pervasive. An interesting offering from Avery. Very average when compared with most Belgian brewed examples of the style.

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled w/o any freshness dating to be found. Pours a light copper shade of amber, white head, scattered but still minor lacing. Malty nose, with some juniper and gin notes tossed in. Fairly full bodied, phenolic, American take on Belgian pale. Avery allways seems to make their brews a little differant and this one does not break the mold.

Photo of henryclay_
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this beer.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is flowery hops with some bready malt. The flavor is grapes, flowers and oranges with some lighter malts. A very fruity tasting Belgian ale. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of mattster
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opened 12 fl oz bottle, poured into snifter glass.

Nice off-white 1" layer of creamy foam across top of brew, head died down slowly. Color is a hazy amber.

Smell is somewhat simple - malty. Brew has nice fresh malty taste. Nothing major. All in all, it is a good tasting beer, but there is nothing that makes this one stand out, especially in this style.

Finish is nice and mellow, no aftertaste. Pretty drinkable. A good alternative to BMC beers.

Photo of Prospero
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of magictrokini
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nearly clear copper with a bubbly white head. Weak aroma of yeast and spice. Light taste with mostly yeast, bread, and a faint fruity/citrus taste. Average mouthfeel for the style. Lacking in body or substance that would set this apart as a "Belgian" pale ale. Altogether, this is like a Belgian-lite.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle served into a tulpip glass {Mad Elf}. Hazy,amber color with a 2" froathy white head that fell quickly to a creamy collar. Just a slight amount of carbination

Clean aromas with fruity esters,peachy with pale bready maltiness,currants,some yeasty character and hints of spice.

Clean tastes as well with peppery spicyness,finishes clean with light hoppyness.

Light,tangy and pleasing,east to drink,just enough taste to stay interested. a good Belgian for newbie to Belgians.

Photo of Kraken
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into 20oz Harp pint glass. Firm pour results in a minimal wispy head composed of champaign like bubbles. Light fruit esters on the nose hints of candy sugar, hardly noticeable fresh bread. Light lacing on glass. Very mild hop taste initially followed by malt, very light candy sugar and fruit esters. Banana and hint of berry and bread. Nice smooth finish. Very easy drinking beer, would like a bit more hop bittering in the finish. Fair mouth feel and very easy to drink. A decent execution of the style. Very sessionable.

Worth a try but I wouldn't go to the ends of the earth to locate.

Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Nose: mild light large pitted fruit, spicy grain
Clear golden to amber under a very thin (< 1") white foam cap that quickly collapses and leaves light lace.
Palate: more malt driven than yeast driven. Grainy light malts with a hint of light large pitted fruit, slight spicy herbal hop bitter accent on the finish. No big flavors.
Medium to medium light body and carbonation.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

3oz sample at the Spagio Cellar's October Beer Social--Adam Avery is present, and laments that he must leave his "Demons of Ale" line in the car due to silly Ohio ABV laws.

The color is copper with a golden orange hue. The warm and toasty nose is comprised of orange and lemon peel, cloven spice, honey and yeast. The flavor profile follows the nose rather closely.

The mouth offers some slight complexity, is bright on the front palate, then bogs down a little in a syrupy morass, then a surpising nip of alcohol for a 5.2 ABV beer on the back.

Certaintly not a bad brew--I haven't sampled anything from Avery that I would not gladly imbibe--but this one seems some what lightweight and lacking in character, a bit off balance. Not one of the best from Avery.

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Karma from Avery Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 974 ratings.