Karma - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
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979 Ratings
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Ratings: 979
Reviews: 487
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 14
Gots: 41 | 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 Hophead101
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

drank on 3.31.10 at Ron's Original in Exton.

nice tannish orange color with an off white head. decent sporadic lacing - but nice. very tangerine like in flavor unique fruity taste, creamy, medium body. very drinkable.

good beer - would look to find this one again

Photo of BierFan
3.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Slightly hazy amber/copper colored body, light tan head. It smells very fruity to me. Mango and citrus aromas are especially strong. Belgian yeast taste. Maybe a little apple as well. Spicy yeast in the finish.

Photo of MTNboy
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has yeasty bread like aroma with lots of malt with some essence of hops in it. The smell reminds be of raw bread dough. It pours beautiful into my pint glass. It has a very frothy head and thick lace. The foamy is a golden creamy color. The body is a hazy brass color. It has a vegetable and fruit like taste. It is earthy and reminds me a lot of a farmhouse ale.

Photo of sacrelicio
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is good solid beer. It has a nice amber color, spicy, fruity, medicinal, banana ester aroma; a good tropical and spice flavor favoring banana with a yogurty tang; nice body and a smooth finish. Very drinkable. Sessionable for sure. Recommended. Certainly better than many of the other reviews here have indicated.

Photo of woemad
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased about a month ago from Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.59.

Poured a hazy orange color into a oversized wineglass. An inch of off-white, bubbly foam is created and slowly dissipates.

Honey-ish sweet maltiness and fruity esters that slightly remind me of canteloupe greets my nostrils. Also some grassiness and a perfumy spiciness can be sniffed.

A softly sweet taste hits the tastebuds at the beginning of the sip. Then there's a slight spicy flavor that balances the sweetness. A pleasing, casual dryness makes itself felt at the swallow. Not a flavor bomb, but still tasty.

The body's fairly light, as I expected, with just right amount of effervescence in the mouthfeel.

Unlike a lot of reviewers, I was actually pleased with this beer, and found it quite drinkable. It's not a huge flavor bomb, and those looking for a great Belgian beer experience would undoubtebly find it lacking. But as a beer to accompany an unpretentious lunch, I found it quite enjoyable.

Photo of reggiekoko
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked this one. I mean, it had a nice perfumy nose along with a deep bronze color.

Karma left a long-lasting two fingers high head that gradually left with a nice little lacing on top while I drank it.

While drinking it I was left with hints of honey or apricot which lingered on my tongue for a long long time...

Karma ale really cried for one more, one more.

Too bad I only bought a single bottle at Broudy's at Cobblestone in St Augustine, FL. I will definitely have to try some more.

Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper. Small beige head. Spotty lace. Aroma is earthy and robust. Elemental. But there's also a whiff of a perfume-like hop presence. Interesting and good. Medium full body. Lightly carbonated. Flavor is unique and good. Almost an American kind of hop presence, though I don't know if American hops were used. They impart a slight mintiness and fragrance. Malts underneath are sweet and biscuity. Good foundation. And good overall balance of flavors. Good beer.

Photo of dcscientist
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Not a lot of people apparently like this one, given the reviews, but I'm not sure why. It's a seasonal that tends to be available for a good part of the year, and I can usually find it if I'm looking for it. This is a Belgian-style pale, which I guess confuses some people, and it's not a common style, so maybe that's the issue. But whatever, it's a good mild pale, perfect for warm spring or fall days. Give this one a try.

Photo of Hop2it
4.02/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light chestnut brown, clean white 1" head with good retention. Smells very inviting. Sweet and estery and a gentle grapefruit bouquet.

Very soft on the tongue. Smooth malts of a medium body. Slight bitterness excite the sides of my mouth. It certainly has achieved Karmic balance of malts and hops - both are in perfect harmony.

Very enjoyable, it is somewhat light in body and texture, though this could prove to be a great session beer. Lack of mouthfeel could be a freshness issue, as it falls somewhat flat after a full glass.

Photo of awmiller
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured up a clear, dark copper colored body with a creamy off-white colored head with good retention and amazing lazing. Aromas of peppery spices, dark fruits (plums, raisins), and bread dough. Flavors of caramel, toasted malts, and a light hint of citrusy hops. Medium-bodied with a crisp, refreshing finish with a nice caramel flavor lingering about.

Photo of pezoids
4.04/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden orange with a thinning head of eggshell colored foam. Aroma of sweet fruity malts, sweet spicy vanilla and ripe apricots detected – overall, sweet and attractive aroma. The taste is fine with semi-sweet fruit malts and earthy hop undertones. Solid medium body and overall this beer gives the palate gentle swabs of pleasing flavors. Pleasant and very much drinkable.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.07/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy orange and copper nectar flows into my glass. Some sediment/yeasties down at the bottom found their way into my glass too. No objections.

A fine creamy head hugs the side of the glass for a few minutes, but has dissapeared into lacing in the middle.

Wheat, malty aroma. Biscuit, cornbread maybe? A swirl reveals the smallest metallic twang and more sweet bread.

Crisp and thoroughly carbonated. Flavor is mild bread and wheat, with a sweet honey characteristic. Caramel/butterscotch in the finish.

Very tasty and good drinkability. Certainly not true to what I think of a Belgian PA, but a good Americanized take on it.

Photo of gbontrag
4.07/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This has a delicious sweet and sour aroma. Fresh-cut pineapple comes to mind, and very faintly soap suds. It has beautiful small bubbles, and 11/2 fingers of froth that collapses to a mat of burnished ivory floating above a coppery, clear beer. Good lacing.

Tastes of clarified pineapple juice. It's like biting into a wonderfully crisp apple. There's grapefruit juice in the aftertaste, and some of that white pith left on the orange when you're done peeling it. A touch of caramel, a hint of chocolate mint and pineapple sage. Quite chewy; leaves raw whole grain flour on the palate. I found it really enjoyable.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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"...

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.

Karma from Avery Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 979 ratings.