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Karma - Avery Brewing Company

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873 Ratings

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Ratings: 873
Reviews: 475
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 13.57%
Wants: 10
Gots: 21 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2005)
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Photo of moester13


3.43/5  rDev +1.2%

A: Pours a dark yellow with good carbonation. Finger of white head, not much lacing. Very cloudy.

S: Fruity, with sweet floral hop aromas. touch of sweetness, caramel or honey.

T: Flavors are very subtle, malty sweetness most prominent. Not a lot going on.

M: thick, with a good amount of carb presence. Smooth drink.

D: Very light flavors, again heavier hopping would do wonders. Very drinkable nonetheless

10-09-2010 00:21:06 | More by moester13
Photo of katan


3.43/5  rDev +1.2%

12 oz into a goblet

A - Pours a very clear, bright looking brown color. Lightly bubbly. Some head formation, off white, but breaks down to a film.

S - Light malty nose, reminds of caramel and even a light grape note. The yeast, which I had hoped would be the star, is almost completely missing.

T - Starts off malty, light amounts of caramel and toffee. Mid-stream I get some pilsner malts, and just a hint of light noble hops. Yeast is still not here. Finishes with a smooth estery finish which only then gives me the Belgian attitude.

M - Light mouthfeel, moderate to light carbonation. Sugary finish, sometimes can be sticky. No alcohol warmth.

O/D - Easy drinking beer. Easy drinking. Flavors are just A) too light, and b) just don't feel to style. I'm looking for more belgian character in a beer like this, but there is certainly nothing wrong with this beer as a nice summer quaffer.

05-01-2011 21:19:50 | More by katan
Photo of TownDunkel


3.4/5  rDev +0.3%

Ill start out by saying I'm not a huge fan of pale ales, but I am a fan of Avery so I gave it a shot

Appearance - this is what a pale ale should look like in my book, a light pale golden to normal brown

Smell - Not much on scent here, mainly the usual pale ale smell of hops and alcohol

Taste - I was suprised by how good this pale ale is. It starts off with a mellow medium hop flavor that goes almost to an almondy or basic nutty flavor.

Mouthfeel - I do like a good amount of carbonation with pale ales, but this one was just a bit flat for my liking.

Overall - This is definately not a bad pale ale, not the best pale ale in the world though. It would be a normal drinker if I enjoyed this type more.

07-11-2012 23:40:34 | More by TownDunkel
Photo of HalfFull


3.4/5  rDev +0.3%

12 oz. bottle into a wine glass, this beer pours golden in the light yet a bit deep in color in normal light. Offers a half inch of light colored foam and some decent retention.

Nose is a bit rich, as the pour might suggest, and seems a bit overcooked and with an overabundance of sweet malts.

Too rich for the style as they tried a bit too hard here. Yeast notes are a bit odd. I'm not feeling the karma apparently. I really like this style but miss the elegant and refined yeast notes more common in the stalwarts of the style. A good beer nonetheless though a bit malty and nondescript. Double it up and make a tripel I say.

04-20-2010 06:20:31 | More by HalfFull
Photo of gosurfobx

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a clear copper color with a large frothy white head that leaves some nice lacing. Smell is not as strong as I expected with some maltyness, some esters and some other spicyness. Taste is fairly good, some nice maltyness, breadyness, spicyness, and some hop bitterness. Mouth is a litte thinner than I would have expected but the carbination is good. A good intro beer to a non drinker who is not familar with the Belgian Pale style.

07-19-2006 02:26:30 | More by gosurfobx
Photo of majorbase2


3.4/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a lively amber color with a nice white foam head that dissipates quickly. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the edge.

Aroma leads with some grassiness and a bit of lemon zest, with a hint of orange. Floral hops. A little bit of roasted malts.

Unfortunately, there's not much going on in the taste. More of the grassiness from the aroma. Wheat. Sugary. Very subdued.

Mouthfeel is extremely thin and watery. Moderate amount of carbonation. Best thing I can say about this one is that it's refreshing.

Overall, A disappointing first experience from a brewery that I've heard good things about. I won't be giving up on Avery just because of this, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend this beer.

07-19-2014 18:07:33 | More by majorbase2
Photo of paco1029384756


3.4/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a golden orange color with one and a half fingers of creamy white head.

Scent of sugars, fruit, spices, malts, and caramel. Not overly sweet and balanced well, a good scent.

Taste of bread, caramel, tobacco, metal, and some light fruit. A bit watery, and the slight metallic taste doesn't help. It's not a bad beer, but it isn't offensive.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a small amount of carbonation.

05-09-2009 00:12:04 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.4/5  rDev +0.3%

With the increasing prowess of American brewers, we're getting more and more examples of well done belgian ales. That aside, it's still nice to be able to get one that isn't a complete disaster. This one isn't really bringing great flavor character, and it's kind of soapy, but it's still an easy drinker and not too bad.

08-20-2012 02:20:26 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of shirfan

New York

3.4/5  rDev +0.3%

Avery's website says this is modeled on farmhouse ales..but it seems more like a standard APA with a mildly estery yeast.

Pours red-orange with good lacing, aroma gives a whiff of mild plum and pear mingled with leafy hops.

Taste is all over the place...caramel malt, slightly rough leafy hops again, and then hints of esters. Pear and plum dominate that aspect again, but aren't very strong overall. Dry finish.

"Jack of all trades, master of none" comes to mind.. this brew is just trying to do too much. It's definitely not a farmhouse ale, not a standard APA, not an IPA... I'd call it experimental. Drinkable, but odd.

05-13-2006 00:10:42 | More by shirfan
Photo of nukem5


3.4/5  rDev +0.3%

A: Slightly cloudy, orange hued with off white cap of foam.

S: Aroma is of earthy hops and light malts.

T: Slighly alkalin taste in the back end. Eathy hops, nice malt front.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery but nice carbonation level and nice lacing on glass.

O: Overall a decent beer nothing kind of jumps out but a better than average taste and such.

03-24-2013 20:50:17 | More by nukem5
Photo of Grundle20


3.4/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours light amber in to a pilsner glass with a decent white head. The head has some decent retention and lacing.

The first thing I picked up was briess caramel malts most likely because I just brewed with some earlier. There is a stinging alcohol presence which is complimented by an overall mild sweetness and a little hint of sour yeasty funk.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Again the caramel malts are most forthright to me. There's a mild effervescence up front which pans out in to a smooth blanketing finish which tastes of very mellow hops. There is little aftertaste to speak of.

It's surprisingly drinkable for a Belgian style but I don't find it to be very flavorful and really drawing me in for another bottle.

Bottom Line:
I'm finding it to be a little lacking compared to it's Belgian brothers. It's not bad it's just not the wizz pow you grow accustomed to in Belgian beer.

12-19-2006 22:46:56 | More by Grundle20
Photo of MsRif


3.4/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured a lovely golden color with a decent beige head. Head mostly receded, with a small amount of lacing. Aroma was that of funky earthiness. Yeasty, sweet, citrusy and funky. Dark fruit was barely noticeable but still there in the taste, while the yeast and earthiness took over for the most part. Still some light citrus notes.

Medium-bodied. A funky but drinkable beer with decent carbonation. Complexity is there, but not totally balanced. Refreshing, but not that memorable and not a preferred Belgian Pale Ale for me.

10-27-2011 22:10:01 | More by MsRif
Photo of Halcyondays


3.4/5  rDev +0.3%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light amber, thick head, though the bubbles are a little too big in my opinion, the head leaves minimal Belgian lace.

S: Light fruity, estery smell, some apple, and a pickle kind of smell that reminded me of Golden Monkey, but much less than in the former.

T: Typical light apple and pear esters, had a really nice aftertaste that reminded me a lot of Golden Delicious yellow apples, but not as good overall, as some of the better Belgian Pale Ales that I have had.

M: A little to thin, light, spritzy, for my tastes, but not horrible.

D: An OK beer, not one of Avery's best, but drinkable and thirst-quenching, even though there was not as much complexity as I had hoped for.

11-11-2007 02:06:22 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of Reagan1984


3.4/5  rDev +0.3%

Avery Karma Ale

This beer poured a beautiful medium amber/copper color with a one finger foamy off white head that lingered momentarily then faded to a wispy 1/8th inch film across the top of the beer. Some carbonation was visible within the ale and it was slightly hazy but certainly not cloudy.

Aroma was not that strong and smelled only of light malt of perhaps crackers. I also detected a slight fruity aroma that almost reminded me of cherries or some other variety of berries. (Not really a sweet smell though)

First thing I noticed about the taste is that it's not nearly as "big" as the other Avery offerings I've had. Flavor is more subdued and starts malty sweet with the same slight fruit/cherry notes that I detected in the aroma. Not much hop character to speak of but it's still fairly balanced as the malt flavor isn't too strong either.

Finishes rather crisply and doesn't remind me of any Belgian I've ever had.

The lingering flavor is of slightly sour cherries which may be coming from the Belgian yeast I assume they used.

Mouthfeel is fairly light and it has decent drinkability.

It's ok.

Not to be avoided and not to be sought out.

07-06-2008 21:00:03 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of Murchmac


3.38/5  rDev -0.3%

Looks almost a pale reddish, pale amber.

not a big smell but some spicy floral notes.

weak taste, was expecting something bigger, but this beer is light, refreshing, crisp, with a belgian taste.

Good drinkable beer, wouldnt want a six pack of it though.

09-23-2007 04:20:19 | More by Murchmac
Photo of msubulldog25


3.38/5  rDev -0.3%

A Belgian farmhouse/pale ale from an excellent brewery in Colorado. Gotta try this...poured from a 12 oz. bottle to the trusty 'La Rulles' tasting glass.

A: Nice-looking, crystal clear golden-orange. A white, fizzy head about 1/2-finger high tops this one, fading pretty rapidly. Many carbonation bubbles rise randomly. Nice sticking lace.

S: Rather bland aroma of gummy malt, very faint sugary fruit and a little yeast. Expected more from this...

T: Starts with a bounty of roasted barley, nutty and spicy-sweet. Develops into a sticky yeastiness with some fruit (ripe melon and pear). Finishes full of dry pepper and some herbal hops. I really don't taste the "Belgian-ness" in this one, unfortunately...

M: Good carbonation initially but yeastiness seems to thicken the mouth beyond what I expect in a Belgian Pale Ale. Pepper and hops last on the tongue for a while...

D: Pretty good beer, but I really had to search for the Belgian yeast....it's there, but much more subtle than hoped for. Otherwise, a pale ale that's somewhere in the midst of the pack. Good for a try, then probably move on...

06-21-2007 05:03:48 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of blitheringidiot


3.38/5  rDev -0.3%

Stylin' label with an Indian Goddess and a blurb about Karma. Anywho...

Clear chestnut amber hues topped with a frothy wafer thin head that wiggles to the edges of the glass

Quite light scents of delicate yeast and spiced wafer.

First swigs: Sweet caramel and lightly toasted malt. Middle of Sugar Daddy candy...(overlooking any trademark infringement there.)

Medium bodied and a bit on the sugary thick side with a middle carbonation.

Last swigs: Really lacks a solid defining flavor characteristic.Some basic yeasty flavors meet delicate root beer. Nada mas!

Beer is good. Happy beering.

07-19-2005 03:34:46 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.36/5  rDev -0.9%

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance- Served a golden amber colored brew with a one finger white head. The head fades rather fast leaving only a light level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell-The aroma is heaviest of a toasted malt and caramel sweetness. Mixed with these aromas is a presence of citrus as well as some notes of an herbal nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and toasted malt base mixed with lighter fruit flavors of citrus and light fruits like pear. The fruit fades with some caramel taking the place of the dwindling fruit flavors. As the taste advances further flavors of a spice and a lighter herbal and floral nature come to the tongue. These flavors take the taste to its end where a crisp, mainly malty, and mildly Belgian flavor are left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the medium side to slightly lower side in terms of its thickness with a carbonation level that was quite average. Both were fairly nice for creating a very drinkable brew while still accommodating the malt and lighter fruit and spice flavors rather well.

Overall – A fairly easy drinking brew with a decent amount of flavor. It makes a rather good session, but overall is nothing too special.

02-07-2013 01:43:40 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of kaimcm


3.35/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

09-30-2006 01:31:45 | More by kaimcm
Photo of ADR


3.35/5  rDev -1.2%

Darkish yellow orange appearance, almost amber, clearish with a 1/4 inch white head of foam. Laces amply but fairly simply on the glass. Bready aroma, some pizza dough yeastiness with hop tones, but fairly reserved overall. Light mouthfeel with medium to high effervesence. Light in the flavor department, mildly hoppy in almost a Pac Northwest sense, standard malt bill, and not much else other than a bit of cinnamon spiciness. Doesn't seem to have a lot of qualities more typical of the style, the mouthfeel is missing, but the aroma is pleasant and comes off pretty well.

05-19-2006 23:57:29 | More by ADR
Photo of glid02


3.35/5  rDev -1.2%

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a clear amber color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of mild pale and caramel malts with good amounts of overripe fruit - mostly green apples but with hints of pears and cherries.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Muddled caramel malt flavors with a sweetness that comes and goes kicks things off. Good amount of mildly tart green apple flavors join in midway through the sip, along with other medium fruits that are almost berry-like. The ending is on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is not that great. I didn't have the easiest time in the world finishing my glass and definitely wouldn't have another.

Overall I just wasn't a fan of this beer. Not horrible but it's struggling to be average.

05-07-2010 00:58:54 | More by glid02
Photo of ggaughan


3.35/5  rDev -1.2%

Served from a 12 oz bottle. Poured a slightly hazy orange color with a thick white head that disapated quickly but left some good lacing down the sides of my glass. The beer had a hoppy aroma with some biscuit and slight fruit but nothing to powerful to my nose. The taste a bit hoppy with some orange fruit tones but nothing to strong or overly enjoyable.

02-26-2006 03:27:07 | More by ggaughan
Photo of Dodo2step


3.35/5  rDev -1.2%

P- AOH (Al's of Hampden)

A- a cloudy ornage color with a finger and half head pour. A spiderweb lacing on the pint. A mountainous peaky head as well.

S- a fruity and floral nose. It is like apricot mixed with pungent roses.

T- a carbonated apricot spritzer is what it tastes like. The malts come through in the end as well and they are sweet.

M- Medium bodied beer taht reminds me more of a fruit beer than a BPA.

D- easy to throw back and is a nice beer for a beginner in micro's. I would purchase a sixer for a gathering.

01-22-2011 18:41:05 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of metter98

New York

3.35/5  rDev -1.2%

A: The beer is clear amber-orange in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high light beige head that quickly died down, leaving a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts and spicy and herbal hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and additionally has flavors of apples and pears. There are notes of malty sweetness; no bitterness is noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer has an interesting smell and taste but could use stronger aromas and flavors.

03-07-2012 00:49:36 | More by metter98
Photo of zoso1967


3.35/5  rDev -1.2%

Karma pours an absolutely beautiful copper tinged light amber color. It is crystal clear and has a nice white head that fades all too quickly, but the ring of foam that remains leaves pretty mediocre lace.

The aroma is fairly malty for a pale ale, with some nice caramel and sweet bready notes that are spiked with some floral, lemon grass like hop aromas. There is also just a rumor and spicy yeast.

The hops come through a bit more in the flavor, showing off a well balanced floral and slightly grassy mélange that is spiked by just a touch of citrus zest. The malt character strikes me as being just a bit grainy, detracting some from the bready sweetness and caramel. Perhaps it is not even the malt, but the hops and the supposed Belgian yeast? To be honest this does not taste very Belgian at all.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with a fairly lively carbonation that keeps the beer refreshing. The finish is mostly dry, but not overly so. It is definitely the sort of beer that finishes in a way that prepares you for the next sip.

This is a pretty weird brew. I cannot say that I am a huge fan of the hop character and the Belgian aspect seems pretty lost on me. Still, this brew manages to be quite refreshing and is very drinkable.

05-10-2011 03:36:21 | More by zoso1967
Karma from Avery Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 873 ratings.