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Karma - Avery Brewing Company

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965 Ratings

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Ratings: 965
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 13
Gots: 36 | 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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Photo of jborg
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Leschber
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thedoubler55
3.49/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Like a typical pale ale with a nice honey golden coloring.
S: Very pleasant, I am definitely a fan of the floral aroma and I smell a hint of honey.
T: I feel like I taste peaches with some subtle fruits that aren't distinguished enough.
M: Very light in the mouth, true to style with little hoppy bite... not too carbonated either, it almost has a watery mouthfeel.
D: Definitely a drinkable beer, the low ABV followed with the watery mouthfeel creates a perfect combination for this beer to be extremely sessionable. I just don't know if I like it enough though...

Photo of denver10
3.49/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden with a thumbs width white head that quickly recedes and fair lacing. A yeasty aroma with some sweet cantaloupe and pepper. Flavor follows suit. Very light and bright flavor. Medium bodied, not too much activity. Overall, a very drinkable brew. It attains some interesting flavors but a little watered down and inconsistent from one try to the next (I have had this a bunch of times). At its best times its good, at its worst times is just average.

Photo of maek228
3.49/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light amber. Small head when poured but it stuck around in the form of a bleach white ring atop the beer.

Smell: Like sugary raspeberry and strawberry. Fruity with malt undertones.

Taste: Crisp grainy malt sweetness with heavy fruit undertones...I'm getting sour apple, strawberry, and nectarine. Hop finish is mild.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing

Drinkability: Average

Photo of buschbeer
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It pours a deep amber color, and is topped with two inches of beige head.

S - The aroma is fruity and spicy. I get pear, peach, and spices.

T - The taste leans more towards the spicy side. I really don't detect the pear or peach, but I get a green apple flavor.

M - Medium with heavy carbonation.

O - It is an alright beer that I won't be getting excited over each "limited release".

Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The pour is amber in color with a thin off-white head. Spices are the first thing I notice on the aroma. Coriander, clove, and nutmeg are there. A bit of apple and pear, but sort of watery. Some sweet malt and sugar in the background. Mostly spices on the palate, but noticeably watery. A little bit of malt sweetness, some hints of citrus peel, and that’s about it. What’s there is enjoyable, but it’s too watered down.

Photo of superspak
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 7/7/2011. Pours lightly cloudy orange amber color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense off white head with nice retention, that reduces to a good cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big grape, pear, apple, bread, herbal, and earth. Pretty nice aromas with decent balance and complexity. Taste of grape, pear, apple, toast, biscuit, herbal, earth, pepper, and light yeast spices. Lingering notes of light fruits, biscuit, earth, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Pretty good flavor complexity and balance; no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly crisp and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a pretty good Belgian pale ale. Fair amount of complexity and balance; very smooth to drink. Enjoyable stuff.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: cloudy gold, thick frothy head.

s: weak nose. malty and sweet.

t: toasted malt, honey, spicy with some mild belgian yeastiness in the finish.

m: light and refreshing.

d: an ok beer. fairly complex flavor, not bad for a light Belgian style brew. Easy drinking, very accessible.

Photo of cpone
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to pint glass.

A: Nice white, two+ finger head disappears quickly. Not much lacing. Really nice cloudy copper color.

S: Bready, finishing with hints of fruit - orange and maybe a little raisin.

T: Fairly crisp at first, slightly sour with some citrus all the way through. Minimal hops. Decent tart finish.

M: Light at the beginning but increases to a medium feel. Leaves your mouth a little watery.

D: A decent beer, but not great on its own. Flavors are enhanced when paired with a creamy cheese.

Overall not a bad beer and much better with food.

Photo of MrBoz21
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle - 40 degrees

Very clear copper-gold with mild carbonation. Foamy white head quickly settled to a ring and a skiff. Bright and pretty.

Aroma: Bready with light fruit and bubble gum. Light hops and very little phenol.

Taste: Light malt. Clean.

Mouthfeel: Moderately dry, not much carb tingle.

Overall: Meh. Clean and fresh, well made ... not much flavor.

Photo of Floydster
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from Beverage Warehouse in Los Angeles

Poured into a chilled pint glass

Looked a reddish brown color with some sweet taste, but not too much

Nice tasting Belgian, especially for a pale

Taste lasted nice and long as well

Could drink a lot of these and had to pace myself in order to not drink it in five minutes

Photo of yesyouam
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Avery Karma is a cloudy, sparkling amber ale with a thick, fluffy yellowish head that has outstanding retention and lacing. The aroma has notes of bread, banana/clove and slightly sweet malt. It is medium-light bodied, bubbly and fluffy with a clean, dry finish. It is lightly flavored with not much bitterness. There is a little spice, pepper and phenol in the taste. It's pretty well blended and unoffensive.

Photo of TLove
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle to glass tumbler.

The pour is a nice, green/orangish with a soft, off-white head and solid lacing. The nose points to some hints of lemon, fig, and some light brown malts.

A little bit of yeast to round things out, combined with some acidic caramel body. Really soft, easy finish.

A great session beer. A very American-style BPA, but I like it very much.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty orange color ale with a huge white bubbly head with average retention. Aroma of Belgian yeast is clearly evident as well as a mix of spices. Taste is also dominated by the Belgian signature yeast with a nice touch of hops at the end. Good take on the style without being remarkable.

Photo of peabody
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out clear a crisp with two fingers of white suds on top of the yellow to amber brew.
Smell is fruity hops and grapefruit with a sugary malt and slight alcohol finish.
Taste is kind of sweet at first then a sourness hits.Taste is hard to describe because the flavor is subtle. I get a rasberry fruityness then mabey some grapefruit. Not much malt or sugar in the aftertaste. Kind of bland.
Drinkability is OK here as I would like to try it on tap somewhere to reasses my review.

Photo of JMad
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottle to a pint glass...
I poured this beer pretty aggressively and got no head, the color was a murky coppery brown.
Smells of dark fruit, caramel malt and it's a little musty.
The taste consists of lots of sweet malt.Small hint of lemony hops, and fig.
Feels medium-heavy bodied and there's not much carbonation.
Honestly I think this beer has been sitting on the shelf a little too long.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stange glass, no freshness date on bottle.

This beer pours with a slightly cloudy orange body under an off-white head. Looks unremarkable.

The nose displays notes of Belgian yeast, generic American hops, and some sticky malts (predominantly pale). There is a rounded softness to the aroma that I am surprised by and find pleasing.

The flavor starts off with some toasty malts that display greater depth and complexity than I expected. This is followed by mellow hop bitterness and soft hop flavors ranging from floral to pineapple. Slight notes of Belgian yeast add to the fruity character.

The mouthfeel is medium and well carbonated, but not overly so (and not to the extent that a bottle-conditioned Belgian example might be).

Conclusion: Much better than I anticipated from the dismal reviews this beer has received. I think this is tasty and well crafted. Surprisingly subtle from a brewery that has a reputation for over-powering themselves in the flavor department.

Photo of bump8628
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an orange hue with a moderate amount of off-white head that recedes to patchy lace.

Mild Belgian fruitiness with suggestions of apple skin, peach, pear, and honey. The rest of the beer is composed of slightly sweet caramel malt and some breadiness. Hops are pretty restrained.

Not a bad Belgian-styled ale. It's certainly unique among American interpretations. That said the flavor profile is a bit meek, and it the body is on the thin side.

Photo of SargeC
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copper-gold brew with a minimal head. Plenty of yeast floating.

Smell: Apples, citrus and sweet malt

Taste: Yeasty bread like flavor with a fruit-herbal background

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Not too bad, but seemed to be missing that facet of character that would make it stand out.

Photo of cjgator3
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a beautiful reddish copper color with a nice off-white head. The aroma is a little faint but provides a sweet fruity malt with a touch of citrus and spices. The taste is malt with some citrus and a very dry finish. Overall, this is a decent brew that is worth a try.

Karma from Avery Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 965 ratings.