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Karma - Avery Brewing Company


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783 Ratings

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Ratings: 783
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 13.49%

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 plaid75

New York

3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a clear copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was little retention and lacing.

The smell featured greenvapplexand some light peach and plum aromas.

The taste was likewise fruity with esters flying around.

The mouthfeel was light for the style.

Overall a poor example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2013 00:28:06 | More by plaid75
Photo of soju6


3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Served a dark copper color with a nice head and some lacing.

S: Aroma of some malt sweetness, mild citrus and bit of mixed fruit in the background.

T: Taste of some malt sweetness with some citrus and fruit in the background. Has a mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Moderate body smooth and has a bit of character.

O: Nice beer for the style as it goes down easy.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2013 20:33:51 | More by soju6
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Diamond Market Grill.

Pours an amber color with a soft hop haziness. Thin head never had a chance, but it's insulating the beer below.

Very mild aroma. Toasted barley, kiss of hops, dry toffee, touch of apple. Not a lot here.

Tangy fruitiness and toasted grains. Light nuttiness and pit fruits. Stinging with some booze, actually. No real defined character. Weak with esters. Flavor-wise, a spin off a Belgian Amber, a la Palm or De Koninck.

Drinks a little strong, which is disappointing, but body and carbonation are easily average. Not bad, really.

A bland example of the style. I will pass this up anytime.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2013 15:18:00 | More by thecheapies
Photo of lewzer99


4.2/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2012 19:40:47 | More by lewzer99
Photo of tempest


3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap via a kegerator sixtel. It appeared a clear gold with a white head. It's not terribly Belgian by taste. The beer is a very smooth, almost creamy, blonde ale, with fruity undertones. Leffe, for example, has a crisp edge to the flavor that this lacks. Karma's a clear crowd-pleaser, but don't be expecting a something out of Brussels.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2012 23:09:10 | More by tempest
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at lazy Dog in Boulder, CO. Pours orange with white, long lasting head. Aroma is of caramel malt, apples and hint of hops. Body is full and crisp. Caramel, earthy hops, candy sugar and yeast fill the mouth. Finish is short and semi-dry. Just Ok brew to me.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2012 14:22:28 | More by mikeg67
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light yellow color with a white head and not much lacing.

Aromas begin with some bready malt, hints of floral and earthy hops, as well as a bit of Belgian yeast.

The tastes brings a bit of spice along with pale, doughy malt and a bit of floral bitterness. Yeast esters become more apparent as it warms.

The mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation. Finish is a bit heavy for the ABV due to the lower than normal carbonation for the style.

Overall this is a decent beer but comes across more like a Blonde than a Belgian Pale Ale. Really one of Avery's weaker offerings in my opinion. Forgettable and no reason to revisit anytime soon.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2012 14:07:42 | More by claspada
Photo of PeterIngemi


3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at gulu cafe in Salem, serves in a pint glass

A: dark yellow, kind of like apple juice or pee, with half a finger of fluffy head, very clean looking, can see intense carbonation bubbles rushing to the top of the glass, very nice sticky lacing
All the way down the glass.

S: a touch of soap, and a wheaty malt sweetness, a touch of barnyard funk and citrus in there as well, a touch of spicyness, not a huge fan of the Aroma here.

T: a bit of funk an spice blending into a pear like flavor, not really a lot of hops here, a bit of Melon and toasty caramel as well, in a strange way it almost reminds me of bud heavy, well balanced I suppose.

M: high tight bubble carbonation , very very drinkable, leavs me with a strange melon like aftertaste which I am not fond of. Bet crisp.

O: not bad but nothing amazing.... Not a huge fan.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2012 00:13:28 | More by PeterIngemi
Photo of MsRif


3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the Pour House, Westmont, NJ

Poured into a stem glass, a light, golden amber, clear, with a small white head that all but disappears and leaves little to no lace. Bready, yeasty aroma, infused with light sugar and fruity esters. Bready taste, with a touch of spice, light toasty malts and candi-ish sugar, followed by subtle melon and pear flavors, finishing off with some earthy hops that don't really take over, they just make their presence known. Medium mouthfeel, and a pretty good drink overall.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2011 12:54:53 | More by Rifugium
Photo of claytong


3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had on tap and a couple bottles. i must say the tap was much better than the bottle.

Appearance - nice carbonation, light amber

Smell - caramel malts, citrus, minor hops

Taste - the same, a little more fruits such as banana

Mouthfeel - wet, smooth and drinkable

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2011 18:55:29 | More by claytong
Photo of CuriousMonk


3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at The Bridge in St. Louis, poured into a tulip glass. Pours clear copper pour and gave an off-white head that faded quickly, medium carbonation, left some spots and fingers of lacing on the glass, the aromas were faint apple, other fruit I could not place, and some fruit off-ness like vegetables, cooked corn, with faint toasted malt, the flavors were faint fruit – apple, bruised apple and pear with a little fruit and malt sweetness, mouth feel is thin, this beer had faint aroma and flavor, and was not exciting.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2011 15:11:17 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of notyourdadsbeer


3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From tap into a tulip at Euclid Hall (seasonal)

A: Deep copper with brown hues. Perfect sticky white head and great lacing.

S: Hints of Belgian yeast, light caramel, biscuity nose, and some minor spice.

T: light nuttiness, touch of yeast, low hops, balanced malts. Just a little bit of tannin like pull on the palate.

M: medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish falls short.

D: An okay beer overall. Doesn't portray Belgium IPA's very well nor American stylistic impression either. Easy drinking but lacks the yeast profile to really sink in as a great beer. Not bad but not great.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2011 19:59:45 | More by notyourdadsbeer
Photo of SFLpunk


3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dustin and Lis for this one! 12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Shoulder stamped 101112(8)6...or (6)6. Not sure.

Pours a hazy orange-tinted amber with some thin bone-white head. Nose has some fruitiness to it, but sort of nondescript. I had to look up what style this was, couldn't get it from the nose.

Palate is bright with high levels of carbonation that clean the palate right off. Some pale pale caramel malt there, a little orange/lemon/lime citrus thing going on, and a little prickly bite from the hops. Finish is clean and almost mouth-watering.

Notes: Not really sure what to say about this. It's beer, for sure, but doesn't really wow me. I suppose if given the opportunity I could drink a few of these, but don't think I'd ever seek it out.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2011 04:21:06 | More by SFLpunk
Photo of Thorpe429


3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light yellow color with a white head and not much lacing. Nose brings some bready malt, hints of floral and earthy hops, as well as a bit of Belgian yeast. Taste brings a bit of spice along with pale, doughy malt and a bit of floral bitterness. Feel is like with moderate carbonation. Drinks okay, but doesn't even come close to comparing to Belgian examples of the style (nor a few select American versions).

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2010 01:51:05 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of jampics2


3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Winking Lizard. I remember really liking this beer a few years ago before I was a ticker, so I'm interested to see how it's doing these days when my more informed and worldly palate comes in contact with it. #85 on my world tour of beers.

Poured into the pint glass by a kind bartender, this arrives with an orange hue and a nice sticky white head. Lace looks decent too. Just a touch more caramel/brown that a typical BPA, maybe it's a Belgian not-so-Pale Ale

Smells is interesting but not a BPA again. Some fruitiness from the yeast, not so Belgian. Caramel malt and little expressiveness. Just not what the genre suggests. Pleasant enough, but not what I expected or remembered.

Taste is nice but again difficult to compare to other BPA's. There's a caramel malt with a touch of toasted depth, orange citrus notes, and some grape flavors. No real yeasty esters, hop presence, or spices.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and creamy. Nice carb and good overall. So, I guess this was a great beer to revisit to note how far my palate and experience has come in the last 4 or 5 years. While there's nothing wrong with this beer, it's hugely mediocre and doesn't taste like it should given the description from the brewer. It may be time to stop believing in Karma, Adam and the Avery crew.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2010 21:26:57 | More by jampics2
Photo of LordAdmNelson


3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one on a whim. Pours a tawny amber brown, clear, with little or no head on it. Would be a pretty good looking beer if it had some foam to it. Smell is ok, a bit muted, some orange-y notes, but also some caramel and pale malts. Pretty simple. Taste is more of the Belgian Pale Ale style, some nice fruity notes from the yeast, a bit of lightly toasted malt, and just a hint of hops to keep things from getting too sweet. MF was a bit thin, nothing too special, could potentially have used a bit more carbonation. Overall drinkability was decent, I enjoyed it as I was looking for something light-ish, but it is ultimately a simple beer.

I didn't know what style it was when I had it--kind of struck me as a fruity light brown ale if that makes sense.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2010 16:54:39 | More by LordAdmNelson
Photo of champ103


3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear copper/orange color. A two finger head forms, but recedes in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: Sweet malt and sugar up front. Lemon and grassy aromas come next. Light spicy yeast can be detected as well.
T: Sweet malt up front. Though a substantial tart lemony flavor lingers. Not much else.
M/D: A medium body that is creamy and smooth. Though lacing the great crispness I would expect for the style. Not hard to drink. I finished my pint with ease. Though I will be looking for something else for my next one.

Nothing bad here. Just kind of bland and one dimensional. I love Avery, but this is a miss for me.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2010 05:18:14 | More by champ103
Photo of Durge


3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found at the Timberline Steakhouse at Denver Airport, this brew exhibits a crystal clear darkish golden color with a nice white head and even better lacing. The aroma is pretty mild clove and bright wheat. The flavor is a very pleasant blend of grass/citrus hop and light malt clove. It's perfectly carbonated for a crisp and refreshing feel in a medium-light bodied brew. It's very drinkable, sessionable while providing a Belgian hint. I think anyone might enjoy this beer with a quality feel and mild but tasteful flavoring which includes a subtle hop overtone that finishes just a bit dry. I would drink this anytime but it does not deliver a big flavor or highly memorable kick. Good stuff though, typical of what we come to expect from Avery.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2010 18:46:48 | More by Durge
Photo of nrbw23


3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear orangeish amber color with a nice off white head. Head has good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Smells of honey, yeast, pale malts and a bit of fruit maybe apple. A bit of spice here too.

T- Taste is fairly sweet with honey being prominent. A bit of pepper and yeast finish.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and carbonation seemed right on.

D- A easy to drink beer just seemed off or maybe a bit outta balance. I don't really see me drinking this one too often or again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2010 08:17:22 | More by nrbw23
Photo of SassyBootblack


2.63/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the nearby Old Chicago.

Somewhere between copper and amber with good clarity. They accidentally put someone elses lemons in this, so I had another. To be fair.

There's no yeast character that's recognizably Belgian. There's no big malt flavors like De Konick. That was a bit of a letdown.

What you're left with is a perfectly inoffensive beer with not much to recommend. Neither hoppy, nor malty, nor fruity.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2010 16:57:49 | More by SassyBootblack
Photo of mithrascruor


3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Callahan's, San Diego.

Pours a darker clear copper color with filmy white head. Mild aroma of spice and yeast. Tastes of fruit (apple), spices, and yeast. There's a bit of sweetness in the finish and some astringent bitterness in the aftertaste. Light bodied with minimal carbonation. Overall an OK beer, but nothing special.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2010 22:02:44 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of FickleBeast

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Old Bay in New Brunswick NJ. Reviewed on my Droid

Arrives a pale copper color with minimal head. Pour is a little short. Yeasty esthers dominate the aroma. Fruity. This is a medium bodied beer with no overpowerin flavors. Belgian yeast is the most prevalent flavor, with minimal hoppiness and a muted malt backbone. Nicely drinkable.

A very middle of the road beer. A bit to esthery for my tastes, but nothing off-putting.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2010 22:20:39 | More by FickleBeast
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3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2010 00:58:54 | More by glid02
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