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Karma - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
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970 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 970
Reviews: 487
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 13
Gots: 39 | 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 Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nicely hopped but somewhat off funky tasting Belgian pale. There is fruitiness there. Minty toothpaste drying aftertaste, with pepper and coriander. Some yeast aroma. Orange copper colour. Still nicely drinkable, something different on humid evening.

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 4/20/13.

Pours a clear reddish-orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is fairly faint with malt, grain, and fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but has subdued aromas and flavors.

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
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).

Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of metter98
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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2/5  rDev -41.2%

Photo of brentk56
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a modest head that fails the lacing test

Smell: Estery, with a woody, fruity aroma - pear and melon

Taste: Opens with a biscuity flavor, that moves in a fruity direction by mid-palate, with a distinct melon aspect; after the swallow, the hops jump forward and add an earthy bitterness; dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but all over the map, with a nod to each of the major beer centers of England, Germany and Belgium

Photo of BEERchitect
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I agree with most other BA's in that this brew, though very nice, doesn't reall live up to the Belgian Pale Ale billing. Sweet, rich, malty, and clean, but lacks some fundimental Belgian qualities. It lacks the tartness, peppery-ness, and light belgian astringency. The body, sweetness, and alcohol seem fine. The malts (pilsner) seem to be quite caramelized, adding a strong sweetness that would dominate any present belgian character. Quite bready and lightly toffy-like. Pears and peaches share characteristics of Belgian Pale Ales, but the similarities are few. I'd be happy to take any of these brews off of the hands of disappointed BA's though.

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 jaydoc
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"As the blazing fire reduces wood to ashes, similarly, the fire of self-knowledge reduces karma to ashes."

--Bhagavad Gita


Tangerine-copper with amber edges and a virtual absence of visible carbonation. The dense, orangish beige cap collapses fairly quickly to a fat one finger, when it appears to think better of making such a hasty exit. A small amount of thin, feathery lace makes its way to the glass.

The nose is okay, but is nothing like a Belgian pale ale. A Colorado pale ale perhaps? It smells like the beer is well-balanced between caramel malt and orange fruity, slightly earthy hops. Since Sterling hops are a Saaz variant, I expected, but didn't get, any noble characteristics whatsoever. Avery claims that a true Belgian yeast strain is used, but you'd never know it. Confusion reigns.

After several mouthfuls, the resemblance to a beer of the stated style is starting to make a little more sense. Still, I don't think any serious comparisons can be made to the best Belgian pale ales. I can at least taste what Avery was shooting for, even if they're wide of the mark. The beer is still exceptionally well-balanced, with caramel malt underpinnings and orange-like top notes.

The biggest problem is that there's too much hop flavor, without much hop bitterness, and not enough flavor from the yeast. Belgian beer (and Belgian-style beer) is, in my mind, defined by its yeast. If a brewer uses a lackluster strain, or doesn't possess the skill and/or experience to utilize it effectively, the result can only be lackluster beer. I wouldn't go so far as to describe Karma as lackluster, but neither is it overly lustrous.

There's a modest spiciness, especially on the finish, that probably has as much to do with hops as with yeast. Nothing really changes with warming; more of the same, just warmer. The mouthfeel is solidly medium with a firm feel rather than a lush or creamy one. It's well-bubbled for a Colorado pale ale and underbubbled for a Belgian pale ale.

Karma tastes like a balanced, caramel malty APA brewed with a less than delicious, third-tier hop. As a Belgian knockoff, it's a failure. As a decent, drinkable beer, it's a success.

Photo of Knapp85
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured out as a golden color with a slight haze to it. The head wasn't too big or anything, average at best. The smell of the beer had a big Belgian yeast aroma going on, there was also a bit of sweetness too. The taste was mostly yeasty, a light banana flavor and a hint of sweet honey in the background of the beer. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad, it was pretty smooth. Overall I wouldn't have to buy this one again.

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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Asheville this afternoon. Havent seen it before, and was told that it just came in this morning and I was getting the first pull, awesome. Poured a rich amber with a huge white sticky head. Deep lacing was evident from the start. Nice carbonation bubbling up from the bottom. Smell was intresting, somewhat hoppy, but more of a spiced belgian twist. Hints of Bananas were very noticeable as well as some orange peel. The feel was unusually smooth and a bit flat at first. I actually was not impressed with the first sip, but rather the later ones were much better. Felt very creamy and had a nice lingering finish to it. Muted american hops were mixed in with a nice plae belgian taste. Again bananas and pears, mixed with some earthy bready grains were the commonplace. Overall this was a fairly intresting brew. I did not know what to expect and was defiantly pleasantly suprised. Will have to try it again if I see bottles. Well crafted for sure.

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 StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -11.8%

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Karma from Avery Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 970 ratings.