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Karma - Avery Brewing Company


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Ratings: 782
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 Pegasus


3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brilliant orange-gold, with a small off-white head, no carbonation apparent, attractive broken lacing.

Aroma: Notes of apricot and alcohol are most noticable, with lesser hops. The malt character is very sweet.

Taste: Opens with sweet caramel and mild herbal hops that linger on quite pleasantly, understated, but very pleasing. Finishes with light fruit notes and a mild hop character.

Mouth feel: Smooth, rich, quite full in body.

Drinkability/notes: Very appealing and drinkable, well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2005 03:13:46 | More by Pegasus
Photo of kbub6f

New York

4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2005 19:42:12 | More by kbub6f
Photo of TexIndy


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

6/6/10 re-review. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. No dating info but some sort of code on the neck but can't decipher it. It was a light copper color with loads of carb streams from the etching. It had a good sized white head that settled into a moderate foam cap and good collar. Thick lacing that slowly slides back with a little sticking.

The aroma was bready with peppery spice and fruit. Belgian yeast. Nice solid aroma. Much better than my last one. The taste was also much improved whether better sample or palette change. Bready malt up front with good pepper spice bite and some dark fruit to offset the sweet. Really good for the style and pretty good in general. Mouthfeel was medium with good carb and good aftertaste.

Overall, a really good Belgian IPA that has improved over the years for me. Still not a great style for me so not going to go seek it out that often but a 6 pack during the season would be appropriate. [O;N;summer seasonal]

Original 5-18-2005 review below:
Poured a deep amber color with a small amount of head. Had a small amount of carbonation and overall looked good. The smell was a little weak - had a sweetish smell with a bit of hoppiness. Based on the smell, I was expected an average to good beer and was not disappointed. It's a nice change of pace beer but not something that I'd search for. Another good offering from Avery but not the home run like White Rascal.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2005 14:24:57 | More by TexIndy
Photo of JohnnyDuvel


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

If this is supposed to mimic a farmhouse ale, they missed it by a long way. I've really been into Saisons lately, and this bears no resemblance. If it were an American amber or pale ale, it would be decent (but still not worth buying, with much better examples readily available). I've enjoyed every Avery beer I've had thus far, and this wasn't bad. It just doesn't come close to what it's meant to be. Skip this and get the Maharaja or Czar.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2005 03:49:47 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Photo of DarthMalt


3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DISCLAIMER: I am as about the Belgians as is a waffle at the pancake house.

Okay. The real problem with this brew is that it comes in a micro six-pack, when, in fact, it does present as a fairly good Belgian something-or-other. So, having said that:

CAVEAT 1: Do not pour this into a pint glass.
CAVEAT 2: Do not drink this at 45° Fahrenheit.

Other than that, methinks this puppy shows some major props on the brewing front. Think analogies: Avery Karma is to Belgian Pale Ale as SNPA is to British Pale Ale. Fermentation, hops, maybe major malt profiles take similar shapes to their stylistic namesakes in the initial stages of this baby, but, in the end, it is a massive manifest destiny for the palette of every American micro consumer out there.

Kudos Avery!

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2005 06:47:06 | More by DarthMalt
Photo of allengarvin


4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear reddish-amber color, with but a slight head. Aroma is sweet & slightly estery; a faint scent of hoppy spiciness is also there. Moderately bitter on first taste, with a fine grassy hop flavor, balanced by a bready, caramel maltiness. Yeast character is somewhat fruity, though fairly clean by Belgian standards: no phenols in evidence, little yeast-spiciness, etc. Moderate mouthfeel and carbonation.

There's not much particularly "Belgian" about this beer, but it is tasty. Without reading the label to find the style aimed for, I would have guessed it to be a simple but well-done American amber. It's quite drinkable, regardless.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2005 01:40:55 | More by allengarvin
Photo of mgdeth


4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2005 01:35:44 | More by mgdeth
Photo of Gusler


3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The immigrates from the 12-ounce brown bottle a crystal clear deep copper color with a portly semi-creamy head that is light tan in color. Nose has nice malt sweetness, fruity with hints of caramel and hay, fresh and clean, with the start slightly sweet and the grain profile pleasant, top is middling in feel. Finish is moderately carbonated and the hop delectable in their spiciness, very dry aftertaste that lingers long on the palate, a nice drinking beer and one I could enjoy often.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2005 22:49:57 | More by Gusler
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

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

An interesting find today at Pipe and Pint,poures a nice copper color with a onefinger tight head that leaves a small amount of lace behind,big caramel and biscuit aromas with atouch of fruit seems to be malt dominated at least aroma wise.Big malts dominate in flavor as well up front some caramel and toffee but with a more firm dry biscuit backbone to keep it from being overly sweet,some herbal hop comes thru late alot more as it warms.Not a bad little beer here drink it cool not cold alot more complexities show thru as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2005 18:55:36 | More by oberon
Photo of charliesteffy


5/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This will be my beer for the summer. Great drinkability and great flavor. Very smooth, yet still has a hoppiness to it. I would consider it closer to an amber rather than a pale. Delicious scent as well. The color is a light amber. It is definitely on the sweet side and is not for everyone, but I loved it.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2005 22:47:53 | More by charliesteffy
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden color with a huge white head that leaves nice lacing down the glass, a beautiful beer. The aroma is very subtle with a bready malt smell and a fruity yeast smell (undoubtedly what they were going for in a belgian pale). The taste is somewhat of a letdown, this beer reminds me of sam adams boston ale, and yet they call it a belgian pale. The taste is a biscuity malt with a light floral hops flavor, and a fruity yeast taste thats not really spicy or distinct enough to call it a belgian pale. The mouthfeel is creamy but i do think this is slightly overcarbonated. The drinkability is quite high, but frankly i was expecting more from this beer

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2005 02:47:54 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of HardTarget


3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Pegasus for the sample.
Aroma: A very striking combination of hops and fruit. It took me awhile to get the fruit, but I think it is apricot.
Appearance: Deep red copper glass sported a white head that didn’t last and dropped to a thin cover that left traces of lace.
Flavor: Bit of a let down from the smell. The hops come through a bit more in the taste and the sweet malt and fruity aspects show, but don’t shine.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a bit overcarbonated but a nice dry finish.
Overall Impression: Very tasty brew. An outstanding nose, and while the taste is very good, it just isn’t as good as it smells. It is a bit heavy for a session, but I’d gladly get another 6’er to have around. I look forward to more samples in the future.
Heh, an easy way to earn Karma.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2005 07:15:16 | More by HardTarget
Photo of Beaver13


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

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden-copper with a fine white head that goes to a film that leaves some nice lacing.

The nose is rather subdued - grassy yeast, spices, sweet fruitiness.

The flavor is sweet malts, fruitiness, peppery spices, and some yeast with a crisp medium-bitter finish. It was medium to light bodied, a little watery, with slightly harsh carbonation.

Overall, it was decent, but I was a little let down. Reminded me some of New Belgiums' Trippel, but not as good.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2005 06:05:55 | More by Beaver13
Photo of gbontrag


4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2005 21:09:52 | More by gbontrag
Photo of rowew


3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presenation: 12 oz longneck bottle. No freshness info on the bottle, but since this beer is brand new I am assuming it's fresh.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear reddish gold color with a nice fluffy head. Head fades, but leaves a nice lacing on the top of the beer.

Smell: Aroma is what I think of for Belgian beers. Some nice yeast notes, and some peppery spicieness. Also some hints of fruit and hops.

Taste: Medium bodied mouthfeel with a medium level of carbonation. Taste starts out being yeasty, and then some sweet malt balances out the middle. Finish is nicely bitter - more so than I would have expected.

Overall impression: This is an interesting addition to Avery's line up. Enjoyable brew as the days get warmer.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2005 21:07:21 | More by rowew
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Karma from Avery Brewing Company
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