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Karma - Avery Brewing Company

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854 Ratings

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Ratings: 854
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 10
Gots: 20 | 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 Rau71


3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

06-04-2013 14:58:36 | More by Rau71
Photo of Slynger


3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decent stab at a Belgian Pale. Light honey and orangey citrus with some yeast in the nose. Toasted, grainy, wheat, with some orange and a mild spiciness. Nice mouthfeel with lots of fuzzy carbonation. Not a bad try, but it doesn't come close to the best versions.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 03:55:57 | More by Slynger
Photo of minterro


3.19/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Custom six pack from Oades in East Lansing

A & S: metallic smell… besides that not much there. Maybe a bit on the ‘sweet’ side as far as scents go. Yellow/orange colored beer. The pure white head sticks around the beer but not really along the glass as lacing.

T & M: flowery hops (floral notes), a bit sweet. Medium bodied, medium to low carbonation.

O: I had a hard time rating this beer it was a bit bland. Wasn’t impressed, not the best pale I’ve tried, but I hear good things about this brewing company, so I look forward to trying some of their other beers.

2.5, 4, 3, 4, 3

2014: (didn't know I had already rated this beer).
Head doesn't hang around at all. Beer is pretty lively. Aroma is better than I previously rated, I'm getting more of a yeasty funk, but its still not very pungent and I'm still getting those metallic tones.

Much sweeter than I remember. Mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side.
3, 3, 3.5, 3.5, 3

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 23:32:41 | More by minterro
Photo of matty


3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy amber colored beer with a very slow fading head.Aroma is hoppy and citrusy.Taste also is citrus,banana and perhaps a smidge of cherries.This is an OK beer that's not going to blow anybody away.I might try again but there are still many many other beers to try!!

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 06:03:48 | More by matty
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

06-10-2013 01:21:35 | More by bluerabbit
Photo of SurlyDuff


4.08/5  rDev +20%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 02:59:33 | More by SurlyDuff
Photo of JEdmund


4.33/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprising amber/orange color (was expecting a light yellow); small white head but good amount of carbonation visible

Belgian yeast and mixed berries

Taste & Mouthfeel
Nicely balanced and refreshing; I really enjoy how the Belgian yeast flavors are not going overboard on this beer like they do on many others; good fruitiness throughout mixed with a subtle herbal hop spiciness; drinkability is high on this one thanks to the balance of flavors; carbonation level is good and the body is light

Karma surprised me by how good and drinkable it is. The overall balance of flavors is so well done that it keeps the ale very satisfying and leaves me wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 20:54:49 | More by JEdmund
Photo of LordAdmNelson


3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
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
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

01-17-2013 22:54:20 | More by gshak
Photo of climax


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

Karma was a bright amber color with yellow highlights. There was a slight haze tot he beer, and a fizzy, yet frothy 2 finger head that receded lazily leaving craters in the foam.

The nose was strong, I could smell it from 4 feet away after the pour. Sweetness was well balanced by the hops. Caramel, some buttery tones and green apple all blended for a smooth nose. A bit of phenol and tinny twang kept it from being great.

The flavor was pretty tart, creating a cheek pinching sensation. Juicy citrus was tamed by toasty caramel. Smooth, easy flavor in this one. A bit of yeasty flavor snuck around in there, creating a glimpse of a Belgian.

The body was on the lighter side, never watery however. Abundant carbonation kept the yeasty chalky feel crisp long through the finish.

Forgettable, yet sessionable and smooth is the verdict on this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 21:26:52 | More by climax
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

10-22-2013 02:49:57 | More by LightnerLiquorKS
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3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is average, kinda dark off orange color with a slight amount of head and lacing. Smell is decent with a slight frutiness kinda plum and peach undertones.
Taste is similar with more yeast than expected, but not off-puting. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected, needs a bit more carbonation.
Drinkability is good.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 03:54:29 | More by supercolter
Photo of elec


3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

05-27-2012 03:30:30 | More by elec
Photo of scoobybrew


3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - slightly hazy orange color with a thick white head that settles into a chunky well retained collar

S - sweet malt aroma with fruity esters prominent, no hop detected

T - flavor is well balanced between malt and hop but these really play in the background of the fruity esters which are out front with apricot and peach-like flavors

M - medium to full body with moderate carbonation

D - This is a decent enough Belgian pale ale, but it lacks some balance with regard to the esters. This would really keep me from having more than one in a sitting. And in comparison to other Belgian pale ales, this would probably not be the first on my list - especially from Avery, they have so many other fine selections.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 23:15:03 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of DRTBrewster


3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

06-06-2014 15:55:57 | More by DRTBrewster
Photo of treyrab


3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my Ommegang chalice...

A: Hazy medium colored copper with a two finger head that does not last very long. The carbonation is actively flowing up the glass keeping a decent skim of head atop the beer.

S: The smell is rather light here, but I am definitely picking up the Belgian yeast and fruit flavors. Cherry flavors is hitting me for some reason...along with banana and pale malt offerings here.

T: The taste is pretty light here but has a slight kick on the finish. The banana and cloves really come through pretty well here as does the yeast funk.

Overall, this is a pretty solid brew. Nothing special, but worth a try for sure. The mouthfeel is very good with nice carbonation and a medium body. The beer is lacing pretty well too!

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 02:33:48 | More by treyrab
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District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

06-17-2014 04:24:55 | More by CB2maltygoodness
Photo of halo913


2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

01-23-2012 01:17:06 | More by halo913
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

12-08-2011 16:13:15 | More by Yabev15
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

10-10-2013 00:26:52 | More by RyanAU
Photo of mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a chalice. A nice dark golden amer color, with a 2 finger bubbly dirty white head. Plenty of carbonation rose from the bottom. Head clung to the sides nicely, and left a thin central layer on top. Aroma was floral, with a small hint of spice hiding in the back. Very small tad of sour. Taste was yeasty up front, but then shifted to a light floral/citrus. Felt ok in the mouth, perhaps a smidge thin, and a smidge overcarbonated, but not terrible. Overall a reasonable beer, but nothing I would go out of my way for.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 23:13:05 | More by mountdew1
Photo of Wolberjs


3/5  rDev -11.8%

03-09-2014 20:58:20 | More by Wolberjs
Photo of shirfan

New York

3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Avery's website says this is modeled on farmhouse ales..but it seems more like a standard APA with a mildly estery yeast.

Pours red-orange with good lacing, aroma gives a whiff of mild plum and pear mingled with leafy hops.

Taste is all over the place...caramel malt, slightly rough leafy hops again, and then hints of esters. Pear and plum dominate that aspect again, but aren't very strong overall. Dry finish.

"Jack of all trades, master of none" comes to mind.. this brew is just trying to do too much. It's definitely not a farmhouse ale, not a standard APA, not an IPA... I'd call it experimental. Drinkable, but odd.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2006 00:10:42 | More by shirfan
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3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, no dating (limited release).

Pours a medium amber-red with very little in the way of head or lacing.

Scent is mostly a breaded malt with a hint of fruit, ala strawberry.

Flavor again is composed of a breaded, caramel malt with only a hint of hop balance. Yeast is very subtle, which is unusual for a "Belgian-style" ale.

Mouthfeel is okay, no great shakes. I feel this would do better as a cask offering.

More of an English pale ale than Belgian in style. The yeast could be more pronounced, given that is how it's marketed. All in all, pretty "meh".

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 11:25:06 | More by Natural510


3/5  rDev -11.8%

02-15-2013 14:53:47 | More by ROBSTARR
Karma from Avery Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 854 ratings.