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Karma - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 488
Hads: 986
Avg: 3.4
pDev: 18.82%
Wants: 14
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2005

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Photo of charliesteffy
5/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This will be my beer for the summer. Great drinkability and great flavor. Very smooth, yet still has a hoppiness to it. I would consider it closer to an amber rather than a pale. Delicious scent as well. The color is a light amber. It is definitely on the sweet side and is not for everyone, but I loved it.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, this comes out a lovely honey-golden color with a nice head. Aroma has fruity hints. Excellent flavor provides undertones of fruitiness, and is hoppy but not bitter though it has a bit of a nip. This ale is very smooth and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.52/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I just sampled this beer for the first time at Avery's tasting room in Boulder, CO. The gentleman that poured it for me indicated that this particular batch was a significant improvement over previous batches.

I suppose I am glad to have experienced a superior batch the first time around.

A: Cloudy orange-honey color that seemed to glow when held to a light source. The head poured thin and dissipated within 10 minutes.

S: Honey, slightly yeasty, with hints of dried fruit and a VERY slight hint of horseblanket. No detectable hop aroma.

T: Candy sugar and dried apricot, backed by belgian yeast and an ever-so-slight slight hint of brett and stale hops.

M: I would say medium-bodied. Certainly more substantial than you would expect from a 5.2%ABV beer, but certainly not oily or syrupy. Just a nice medium body.

D: I have read many less positive reviews on this site. Assuming that the quality is maintained in this brew since my first sampling here, then I can say that this can easily become my new favorite session beer (understanding that I am stretching the limits of the word "session")!

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.48/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Copper/orange in color with fluffy 2 finger head and nice retention.
Aromas of noble hops, spicy fruits, and a dash of pseudo Belgian yeast.
Taste reminds me of a mild English IPA, noble hop flavor with very mellow bitterness -unique! Nice orange candy sweetness on finish/aftertaste.
Excellent mouthfeel, medium light creamy body and carbonation, nice candy finish.
Very unique BPA, I would pursue this one, most enjoyable noble hop flavor IPA I have enjoyed to date.

Thanks to kstrickler, a great trader for this one!

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Photo of ZAP
4.45/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great session beer. pours a deep gold...malty nose with some Belgian yeastiness....nice caramel impression on the taste...also some doughy notes..a slightly dry finish makes this extremely drinkable.

This is not a beer to sit and savor and study and muse about....instead this is a tasty session style brew...I could easily bang down six of these in a few hours in a variety of settings...I did not expect to like this one this much but it is very drinkable and tasty..

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Photo of mentor
4.45/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle obtained from the brewery and consumed a couple days later. Pours a finger and a half light tan fluffy clingy head over a nearly clear light rust-orange liquid. Smells caramel, chocolate, hop floral. Hops are floral like First Gold, but also have a gentle grapefruity pith and orange oil. Taste is caramel, apricot, mildly hop citrus flavor and bitter (grapefruit pith). Goodness, this is a light and refreshing summer beer that's totally drinkable. It tastes like a candy I've had...dippin' sticks? Plus some oily orange hop mixing with fruity esters. Esters are apricot (I mentioned this before), blackberry, strawberry, a touch of dried hay, and honey. Belgian funk is at a minimum and there is a hint of toasted grains. Light body, but the sugars flow thicker than the beer weighs. Md carbonation, which works well with the flavors. This was a really tasty beer, bordering on complex. Well done.

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Photo of pweis909
4.32/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 6 of these over the course of several days w/ thanksgiving leftovers.

These beers were consistently light amber in color. Each pour tended to have about a 1 inch head made of rather large bubbles that dissipated fairly quickly. The beers were transparent, although a very small bit of sediment was at the bottom of the bottle and could be seen against the contrast of the white foam. There was little to modest lacing of the glasses I drained.

Aroma was restrained, with some maltiness and fruitiness that were more aparent upon tasting. Refrigeration temperatures were too cold for this beer, as its aromas and flavors really only opened up when I opened a bottle that was cellar temperature (so 50-55 instead of 40-45). Warming brought out bolder biscuity flavors and a more prominent fruitiness.

A crisp, dry finish was common to all pours, which added to the drinkability of the beer.

Serving temperature is important for this beer. Served cold, it would be a lesser brew than I have scored it, still drinkable, but less impressive.

As a side note, the beer held up well to the different flavors of Thanksgiving, including turkey and sweet potatoes, but also left-over turkey served as a Thai style curry.

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Photo of Portertime
4.32/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery brings us an ale with good karma as well as taste. Enjoyed it in a small bubble glass. Pours a hazey orange with a little head. Smell wheaty with some fruitiness. Tastes of fine wheat esters with some tree fruits in the mix. Smooth on the palate, very quaffable.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.3/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprising amber/orange color (was expecting a light yellow); small white head but good amount of carbonation visible

Belgian yeast and mixed berries

Taste & Mouthfeel
Nicely balanced and refreshing; I really enjoy how the Belgian yeast flavors are not going overboard on this beer like they do on many others; good fruitiness throughout mixed with a subtle herbal hop spiciness; drinkability is high on this one thanks to the balance of flavors; carbonation level is good and the body is light

Karma surprised me by how good and drinkable it is. The overall balance of flavors is so well done that it keeps the ale very satisfying and leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.27/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very clear true Amber color with a thick head of tight bubbles at first pour. This head fell over a few minutes to a persistent ring around the edge of the beer

Aroma: The aroma is wonderfully complex with this beer. There are oranges and pears notable at first. There are some really mild spicy notes in here also that remind me of Ginger and Pepper. As it warms, these complimentary flavors just get a bit more assertive.

Taste: I really like the flavor of this beer. It is a good bit different than the other beers that are commercial examples of this style, but it stands on it's own within this style as it is. The overall balance is mildly toward the malt. It has a mild/passive flavor profile that ends really refreshing. The mouthfeel is a tad heavy for this style, but the flavor is unique, so one can't "ding" it too much for that.

Opinion: I really like this beer. It is not the usual Hop-accentuated beers that we all love from Avery brewing, but this one is flavorful on it's own merit. It represents the spirit of the style well, in that it is a Belgian session beer. This is one you can drink all night long. I highly recommend this beer...especially if you are turned off by the typical estery Belgian beers.

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Photo of wingman14
4.25/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a somewhat hazy orangish yellow with a small white head that fades quickly. Smell is sweet, fruity, and yeasty, very inviting and powerful. The taste is very powerful upfront with a sweet yeasty flavor and other small notes. There is very little aftertaste, the flavors just fade away quickly leaving you wanting another sip. The mouthfeel is great, smooth, balance, nice medium light body. This one is any easy drinker, great for any occasion. A beer definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of ccrida
4.23/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Karma is a pale orange brown with a very large, off-white head, fluffy and long lasting, very rocky as it slooowly settled, leaving big hunks of foam. Authentic, rustic farmhouse for sure, down to the suspended particles.

Smell is all fruity esters, tangerine and lime, some spiciness as well.

Taste is estery as well, but it really brings out the malt, caramel and bread, a bit of a hoppy bite that flirts with metal but I think is just the yeast for which this beer is a showcase. Really pretty nice, I can see how it wouldn't be for everyone, the fruity tang is pleasantly familar, and one of the reasons I really enjoy this style of farmhouse, a darker saison on the beire de garde.

Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, attenuated by the dry finish.

Drinkability is pretty high, although I only had the one bottle, this would be a great choice for BBQs, thirst quenching, enough flavor to stand up to grilled food, and what it's Belgian brethren lack, value packaged. If I hadn't been drinking my homebrewed saison all summer, I would have probably leaned on this. I really dig such full flavor and reasonable ABV.

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Photo of Auraan
4.19/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy amber brown body with a half finger of bubbly white head. Overall impression of appearance is of a good Belgian Pale Ale, true to style at the darker end of the spectrum. Scent begins malty sweet with notes of toasty and biscuity malt and a moderate fruitiness imparting aromas of prune, plum and apricot, with a light caramel quality and peppery, spicy phenols in the background at the end. Overall impression of aroma is of a malt-forward beer that blends a variety of aromas into a balanced whole. A good example of a Belgian Pale Ale, though a presence of floral hops would improve it. Flavor begins with soft sweet malt lending notes notes of biscuits and toast to light caramel flavor and fruity flavors of prune, plum and apricot. This carries over into the middle of the sip. Finish is lightly sweet and dominated by soft malt flavors imparting toasty, biscuity and nutty flavors with very light peppery phenols and a light fruitiness. Aftertaste is toasty, biscuity, nutty malt and very light white pepper. Overall impression of flavor is of a balanced yet malty ale, with enough yeast character and fruit for the style. True to form and quite pleasing for a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation and a soft, smooth feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a good easy drinking ale. Overall this is an excellent example of a true Belgian Pale Ale. Not to be confused with the more phenolic Belgian Golden Strong and Belgian Blonde ales, this is a fine example of the malty, soft, balanced aroma and flavors of the sessionable Belgian Pale. A good beer and quite nice as a light "everyday" beer.

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Photo of wiseguy142
4.18/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm. Belgian Pale Ale. I'm not a huge Belgian person but I wanted to give this a try.

Super carbonation is already evident from the loud pop the cap makes when i take it off. Pours into my Duvel tulip a little too agressively... damn that carbonation. Was worried the head would spill over but I'm left with a very nice, acceptably large head on top of a squash colored mixture of liquid and jet powered bubbles ofrcing their way up to the top.

Aroma is very alluring. Like blow-pops right out of their wrappers. Very candy like and floral with just a hint of Belgian yeast muskiness. Very delicate still assertively present. Faint hints of metal, but not enough to distract you.

Taste is very palateable for a Belgian pale.. really almost more like an exotic APA than anything. FLoral sweetness overrides most of the Belgian yeast flavors. Some lingering tartness in the back of the mouth. A brett like bitterness too for just that final 10%.. like spoiled crystal malt (but only the finest spoiled crystal malt).

Very medium bodied. That sounds weird but it's extrordinarily neutral. A slight grainy texture to it and you don't particularly feel the big carbontion until you start burping. Nothing's excessively strong here so the drinkability is fantastic.

If this was labeled as an "American Belgian Pale Ale" I think I'd be up to 4.5's for a lot of these. I can see why people don't think as well of this but, for Belgian beginners such as myself, this is a nice intermediate that won't taste like I'm trying to gulp down shoe polish.

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Photo of cnjohn19
4.16/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"Here's to being good"...i'll cheers to that...first experience with karma was at Maido in Louisville, KY...shoutout to Jim for the suggestion...

pours with a fluffy white head...great lacing throughout...a honey, tea-like color...excellent

smells of slight lemon zest, strong plum, and a tad or caramel...nothing too exciting

everyone is knocking this beer on here for its (lack of) taste...i think this beer is very enjoyable...very mild taste, but slightly fruity and full of tannins...

this beer excels with its crispness, light carbonation, and overall lite feel...this is probably the first time i disagree with the masses on here...

"Remember, good things DO happen to good people"...

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Photo of lewzer99
4.15/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a clear, honey colored orange, with a one finger thick off-white head that recedes rapidly leaving a thin film of foam.
S- balanced smell of sweet malts and citrusy and floral hops.
T- tasty. Slight citrus bite, that gives way to a malty sweetness, and finishes with a flavor I can only describe as somewhere between bubblegum and bananas. The finish is a big surprise, and Ilike it a lot.
M- light carbonation. thicker feeling, but still drinkable.
O- like it also more than I expected. Definitely would get it again.

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Photo of rousee
4.13/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky brown orange color. Nice 1/2 inch thick head of some fresh looking foam. Lvs a nice amount of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell is floral and honeylike--also malty and sugarry.
Taste is similar to the smell --I pick up apples or pears also upon tasting. Very slightly vinous too. Another brewery I really like. This is fairly low in alchol for Avery but it is nice on a warm late Summer day. Highy recommended.

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Photo of soulfly1492
4.12/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Lots of fruity esters, apricot and peaches. Some peppery yeast. Mild clove. Some clean Munich malt, lots of sugars. Some barley and wheat. Little to no hop character. Very bold, nearly as strong as a mild barleywine.

Appearance: Very light copper. Lots of haze. Head is off-white with orange highlights, medium height. Mild retention and little lacing.

Flavor: Wow, lots of peach and orange citrus. Lightly astringent tannins. Black pepper phenols and yeast. Lightly bitter Munich malt. Mild clove, not as much as I picked up in the aroma. Very little to no hop flavor, what's there is floral (the website says they used American Sterling hops). Grainy, lightly toasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Slick and oily. Finishes just barely dry. Low carbonation that you feel at the back of your throat on the way down. Mildly warming.

Overall: Beautiful savory fruit flavors here. Very full flavor, yet easily drinkable. No bold and/or bitter aftertaste. I will be getting this again.

Notes: Consumed on 5/7/2012.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.12/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head is small and slightly cream-colored. Coarsish. Very clear, copper-reddish-amber beer. Rich, nutty aroma. Nutty, buttery front with some apple. Thick, buttery, malty middle: not-sweet-apple. Bitter, tangy, spicy, yeasty finish with more not-sweet-fruit. I really like it: buttery, spicy, bitter. Very good.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.12/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Chilled to approx. 45 degrees

Nice clear golden brown color. Two finger off-white head that leaves some nice lacing.

Spicy citrus notes are all but overpowered by bubblegum scents. A tiny bit of malt pokes through.

A small bit of spice notes right up front give way to the bubblegum/citrus flavor combo and are then followed by a light hoppy bite at the end.

Nice and creamy with a great carbonation level.

Could be a good session beer. I would have a problem with the hoppy bite it has, but could probably get around it, as it is minimal.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Avery's Karma pours a hazy, deep-orange/copper body beneath a creamy head of ivory colored foam that holds well, no boubt buoyed by the effervescent bubbles rising from beneath, and leaves short walls of thin but solid lace about the glass.
The nose is mainly malty, a touch wheaty, fruity, and just a touch candyish, with some grassy hops as well.
In the mouth it's medium bodied with a gently zest on the tongue before warming to become quite smooth.
The flavor is exactly as the nose suggests, with its grainy/wheaty maltiness upfront, followed by a bit of spiciness (I though it was all from the yeast, but there seems to be a pinch of coriander in there as well) and some fruitiness (berries, lemon, orange). The bitterness is well-heeled, with just enough to balance; and the spiciness returns in the finish and helps it to dry.
Avery has delivered a very nice, somewhat complex, and enjoyable Belgian-style ale in this one! Worth trying.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The look is cloudy and hazy, but also bright. Lava lamp orange with tons of carbonation. Big head is puffy dishsoap; unstable. Leaves a film and a minor lacing.

Very nice dry malt smell. Biscuty with a cookie sweetness. Sweetness is like a pastry, not fruit. Quite nice. Fruit comes out as it warms.

Nice slightly pale flavor. Very mild and dry. A mild tartness, hints of lemon and grape. Some honey and just a smidge of spice. Really layered and balanced.

Feels creamy and thick. Slightly bubbly, but smooth overall. It's highly drinkable, mild and dry. A nice sweet ale. Honey and red grape are the signature flavors.

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Photo of mgdeth
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Light amber in color, and it has a fluffy off-white head. Clear. No yeast in the bottom of the bottle. Some beer lace.

Smell - Scents of tropical fruit reach the nose before anything else. Pineapple. I'd swear that I also picked up coconut in there.

Taste - Slightly phenolic spicy flavors play against ample fruity esters. This tastes like it is done up in the Belgian style for sure. The beer has a sweet backdrop. Hop bitterness is not a large feature of this beer.

Mouthfeel - Thick, yet smooth. The spiciness adds a little traction. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability - This is a great beer to offer to craft beer newbies. It is very tasty, and is a very friendly drink.

Comments - When you feel like backing off from Avery's big beers, give this one a try. Recommended.

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Photo of dfried
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber orange, but still see through. Nice sticky tan head bubbles to a film, but the ring leaves good lacing. The aroma is bready, and fruity like apple and pear, with noticeable hops. This beer had an interesting malt flavor, an amber/reddish malt, deeper than say an American amber, but not caramel or brown like. Quite fruity, apple and pear but also a subdued tart-fruity flavor like apricot, and some lemon zest. Almost a little spicy in flavor like a saison, but not quite there. Not dominating, but very noticeable hops, mainly kind of perfume-like floral taste, but a bit citrus and pine/resinous as well. The mouthfeel is tangy, but mellowed well from the malt. I found this beer very drinkable.

I feel like this beer is suffering from it's classification, people try one expecting something more Belgian, as is even states on the label, and it gets a bum rap on this site. I think Karma transcends and American-izes styles quite well. This is more like a malty, sort of spicy, mellow IPA. Yum.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent ruby red with an off white head.

S: Nose is faint, but there are some notes of red berries, a hint of orange, some malt, maybe a touch of mango.

T: Very flavorful. Starts off with sweet, nectary berries, moves on to slightly tart orange and citrus rind, before a very malty finish, with sweet red berries lingering after.

M: Medium bodied and fairly smooth.

O: I can see why this doesn't get the best ratings, but it's definitely underrated. It is quite flavorful, and definitely worth a try.

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Karma from Avery Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.