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Karma - Avery Brewing Company

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950 Ratings

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Ratings: 950
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 13.57%
Wants: 12
Gots: 33 | 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 soulfly1492
4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

soulfly1492, May 08, 2012
Photo of Dave121275
4/5  rDev +18%

Dave121275, May 07, 2012
Photo of chasmandocharles
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

chasmandocharles, May 05, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

kjkinsey, May 05, 2012
Photo of JMBSH
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

JMBSH, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of DrFunkenstein
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

DrFunkenstein, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of doucmehu
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

doucmehu, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of troysoy2
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip, I got a good two fingers of loosely packed white head, which quickly receded to become a thin smattering of bubbles. Amber body. Not a whole lot going on as far as lacing.

"What on earth?" This beer smells like straight molasses, and maybe if you use your imagination, pecan pie. The grassy hop aroma is barely there, but it floats around, and doesn't quite seem to fit.

Much like the smell, but with a hint of cherry and plum. Very thin in both flavor and mouthfeel. Easy drinking, but never satisfying. There's a slight tartness on the finish. Almost nonexistent carbonation.

Not what I was expecting at all. I'm glad I tried it -- it's decently tasty, but nothing I'll be coming back to. Avery can, and has done better.

troysoy2, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of facundoCNB
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a deep amber pour with a nice initial amount of head which quickly diminished into a light ring of bubbles around the glass. smells of caramel, nuts, dates. the taste, much like the smell, is very faint.. light notes of honey, dates, a bit of an oak flavor.. not much there honestly. light/medium bodied with lots of fizzy carbonation.

i'm a bit disappointed with this beer.. it looked like it was going to be great but really ended up lacking in most aspects. as far as belgian pale ales go, it's not bad, but there are many that are tastier. as far as beers by avery, this is the only bland beer that i can remember having from them. maybe i got a bad bottle or something, i'd be willing to try it again.. it wasn't terrible, it just didn't have much taste to it.

facundoCNB, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a very average beer by avery standards. totally nondescript in a lot of ways, but especially in the nose. after a pale amber pour with a good tall white head, it smells fairly sweet and malt based, somehow entirely missing is the belgian yeast that is supposed to power this brew. this is a majorly dumbed down beer. feel is off a bit, very weak carbonation makes the beer feel flat and heavy, instead of the bright crispy feeling usually characteristic of belgian pale ales. overall a real letdown from a brewery i have come to associate with exceptional beer.

StonedTrippin, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of gtermi
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This pours a nice copper orange body with a thick white head that slowly fades.

S: Seems to have a ton of alcohol on the nose and the malt really is faint. Im getting some weird sweetness too, but really cant explain what it is.

T: There really isnt much here at all. It tastes like stale grain with tap water. Also has a weird lager taste to it. Really do not care for the taste of this beer.

M: Leaves a very full feeling in my mouth and a crispness on the tip of the tongue. Really nothing special here either.

O: I have loved almost every beer that Avery has put out, but this one truly falls flat. Just not a good beer at all.

gtermi, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of st9647v3
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

st9647v3, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of tone77
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fruits, malts, yeast. Taste is mild, some spices, fruits, a bit malty, smooth but not strong flavor. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and easy drinking beer.

tone77, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of howard12
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

howard12, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of BMart
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

BMart, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of RichardK
4/5  rDev +18%

RichardK, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. No clear date despite codes stamped on the bottle.

A: Apricot/amber in color; Hazy with a small, cream-colored head after a semi-vigorous pour. Head, and particularly the ring, has good retention. Decent lacing. Some sediment coated the bottom of the empty bottle.

S: Subtle; Sweet, fruity and floral, with notes of caramel and toffee over light malt. Mild and tame for style.

T: Follows the aroma: again, quite pleasant but not particularly true to style and too mild.

M: Medium-light body. Excellent carbonation. A bit watery.

O: A refreshing and exceptionally easy to drink Belgian pale ale. But this meek beer lacks substance; if there were a category for light Belgian pales, this beer would fit there. So, a decent session ale and a good transitional beer for those new to craft beer.

chinchill, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of Lemke10
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this as part of a M&M 6pk at Everett's in South Beloit, IL for $9.99 in Early 2012.

Pours a golden amber color with a bubbly off white head. Not much of a scent other then some hints of grains as nothing stands out. Texture is smooth and creamy. Wheats and sweet citrus tickle your taste buds. Some hints of coriander and banana are evident as well. A good refreshing drink that is what I consider to be a high end Blue Moon beer. A great summertime drink.

Lemke10, Mar 19, 2012
2.28/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz bottle to stange. Batch 11103B1. Sampled 11/13/11.

A: A small, cream-colored head 1 finger high is produced on the pour, semi-long lasting. The body is lightly cloudy and golden amber in color. Spare lacing.

S: Caramel and toffee scented malts with a light and slightly faded floral hop character. Vague fruit inclusions. Spicy/fruity esters courtesy of the yeast strain. Not particularly Belgian-esque either.

T: The malt foundation sort of interferes with the hop and yeast selection. Flesh of plum and caramel struggle to co-exist. The flavor doesn't provide a whole lot to react to. Nearly void.

M: Medium body. Just the right amount of carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

O: Without a bottle date - and this being my first crack at Karma - I can't tell if this beer is fresh or not. If it is fresh, it's not apparent, and I am not a fan of this beer at all. (A quick check on Avery's website indicates that this beer is anywhere from 3 to 7 months old so, no, not very fresh at all.)

FeDUBBELFIST, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of ScottyC54
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

ScottyC54, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of SeanNoach
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

SeanNoach, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of mhewes
4/5  rDev +18%

mhewes, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

UltimateLivewire, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of Jstark5150
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

Jstark5150, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

metter98, Mar 07, 2012
Karma from Avery Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 950 ratings.