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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:
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Photo of gustogasmic


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

it's a beautiful clear light red-brown with a quick-forming head, and big soda bubbles for a short second after pouring. light tan lacing.

smells ale-y, syrup and light hops. a little yeast.

taste is simple and great. acidic hit gives way to a beer-y leave that hangs on for a minute and sweetens in the mouth. light, crisp- harsh carbonation at first with a dry leave.

got some respect for avery after a Maharaja on tap. this is nothing close but might be an old bottle- no date listed.

a great sessionable bpa with unique equatorial hop chaacter. gotta get a fresh one.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 07:05:41 | More by gustogasmic
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

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

Pours a light amber with an orangish hue. There's a quarter of an inch of soft, white head that has decent retention. The nose has notes of red apples and faint caramel malt. The flavor is heavy caramel with some faint apple-like fruitiness and some faint yeasty notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with some faint carbonation.

Overall, this is a good beer, but in the long run it's uninteresting. The taste is one dimensional, though enjoyable, the enjoyment is short lived. I wouldn't have this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 02:22:03 | More by tdm168
Photo of hopfacebrew


2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After rave reviews by both Steve McKenna and my man Paul I thought I would pick some Karma up.

A - Poured from 12oz brown bottle without any dates to a pint. The beer pours a slight copper orange color with a nice 1 finger white head with decent retention and lacing. Some yeast on the bottom of the bottle.

S - A slight bit of spice on the nose along with a light honey, malt, and yeast character. Not a lot to report.

T - The beer starts with a fairly pleasant flavors with a pleasant yeast crisoness to accompany the toasted caramal malt. A mild bitterness with a wheat hint. However as the beer develops the pleasantness of the flavor dissapates to a thin watery disappointing flavor. It dies.

M - Light bodied and semi crisp and dry finish.

O - I want to like this beer but I don't. I think the aroma is lacking and the flavor dies and fades and really drops the ball. Starts out nice but just doesn't cut it. Won't be back.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-31-2011 01:52:01

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 13:51:52 | More by hopfacebrew
Photo of buschbeer


3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It pours a deep amber color, and is topped with two inches of beige head.

S - The aroma is fruity and spicy. I get pear, peach, and spices.

T - The taste leans more towards the spicy side. I really don't detect the pear or peach, but I get a green apple flavor.

M - Medium with heavy carbonation.

O - It is an alright beer that I won't be getting excited over each "limited release".

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 03:09:32 | More by buschbeer
Photo of KDawg


3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip. Pours a nice dark orange color with a small head that disappears rather fast

nice aromas of orange peels, citrus and some hops. Lacking some depth though

medium bodied with a nice feel. Still lacking depth with some orange peels and hops

a decent beer. Lacking on both the aromas and flavor, but very drinkable with some decent hops along with it

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 03:00:15 | More by KDawg
Photo of TTAmod


2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip.

This beer dark for a BPA. It's a clear, dark orange. There is a minimal white head, but good lacing.

Smell is also minimal, but I detect some dark fruits (grape?)

Taste is pretty subdued dark fruits, yeast, sugar, and a hint of pepper on the finish. It's not bitter at all and tastes more like a soda rather than a beer.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin and the carbonation is prickly.

This is really the first time I've been a bit disappointed by Avery. It's not a horrible beer, but it's just "meh" and the BPA is a pretty tough category. Picked this up as part of a mixed six pack, so that's good. I couldn't really imagine having to drink six of these.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 23:32:47 | More by TTAmod
Photo of dorianmarley


3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is very nice golden orange. Pancake white head and nice lacing.

Nose is caramelized malt, orange zest, and hardy hops.

Taste is an exciting assortment of caramel, orange zest, sour candy, light bread, and light hops. Tastes shift like a good Belgian. However, after a few sips, the flavors fade and mesh into a soda-like sensation.

Mouthfeel is clean and refreshing with mild carbonation. However, the carbonation picks up at the end like club soda; muddling the taste.

Overall, starts off great, but the carbonation and mouthfeel are so distracting that the entire brew becomes a disapointment.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 01:07:01 | More by dorianmarley
Photo of kennylopez

New Jersey

2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: a hazy golden yellow with a 1/4 inch of white head that fades after the pour and leaves no lacing.

Smells: there is a mild Belgian yeast note that I pick up through the floral hop base.

Tastes/mouthfeel: this is a unique pale ale with a tangy sort of Belgian twist. there is a cream kind of front from in the carbonation that finishes with the bitterness of the deliciousness from a good balance of hops.

Overall: I personally don't think I am going to buy it again for myself, but my girlfriend and the brother like quite a bit so it will probably make its way back into my beer fridge again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 18:26:40 | More by kennylopez
Photo of jwhancher


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

Pours a slightly hazy gold color with smallish head. Perfume like aromas with slight berry notes. Tastes pretty clean and neutral. Almost seems like a blond ale to me. Feels light with low bitterness. Overall, was expecting more from this brew, but it's not bad by any means. Would be a great starter beer for a novice craft beer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 00:49:08 | More by jwhancher
Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews


3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Opaque burnt orange with a cream head and long-lasting lace.

S - Pungent fruity and spicy esters. Some grassiness as well.

T - Some sour fruit flavors that turn into more subtle dark fruits like prunes. There is a little caramel, but not much. There is a sour finish of citrus fruit that sits on the front of your tongue at the end of the sip along with some yeast flavor.

M - The head is pretty creamy and fluffy.

O - This beer looks nice and is trying hard to be a Belgian Pale Ale. However ,the nose and flavor profile don't quite make it. There are hints of the genre, but it is lacking overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 04:11:35 | More by 3HovsepiansBrews
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


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

Orange and mostly clear with a little haze, big fluffy head with staying power and very good lace.

Smell is a blend of spice, malt, yeast and a little hops, not real strong but pleasant enough.

Taste is toasty malts and a slightly astringent spiciness, with a touch of hops crispness and a touch of lemon peel.

Body is a little thinner than I'd like. Carbonation was ok enough.

Overall it's not very memorable for the style

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 19:32:38 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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 Vashtar


3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was okay. It has a slight fog.
It had an interesting taste. It's slightly better than an average beer, but unique. It was sharp, like a spice.
The mouthfeel was extremely smooth and it was also thick.

It's a fun beer to try, but I wouldn't drink it regularly or bring a pack to a party. Drink it if you like curry.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 04:33:47 | More by Vashtar
Photo of Sunnanek


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

A: Pours deep golden with a nice-looking tan head. Some lacings.

S: Rich citric notes; oranges and lemons. Yeast and sweet malt.

T: Sweet malt, a tad roasted. Some dark dried fruits. Yeast and mellow spicyness. Citric notes.

M: Body is medium and carbonation light. Aftertaste is short and semi-bitter.

O: I'm quite dissapointed; Avery usually delivers well-crafted products, and generally Belgian Pale Ale is a sure thing. Here, it's just ok...

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 17:58:53 | More by Sunnanek
Photo of smwesson500


3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours golden yellow into a glass

S: Goes without saying; honey and hops dominate

T: Again sweetness attributed to the honey. Very smooth and easy to muster

M: Would like more here. Slight bitter but not enough character

Overall this is a good beer. I would personally like more taste and mouthfeel from it but it is good in its own right at the moment.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 02:35:37 | More by smwesson500
Photo of allforbetterbeer


3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stange glass, no freshness date on bottle.

This beer pours with a slightly cloudy orange body under an off-white head. Looks unremarkable.

The nose displays notes of Belgian yeast, generic American hops, and some sticky malts (predominantly pale). There is a rounded softness to the aroma that I am surprised by and find pleasing.

The flavor starts off with some toasty malts that display greater depth and complexity than I expected. This is followed by mellow hop bitterness and soft hop flavors ranging from floral to pineapple. Slight notes of Belgian yeast add to the fruity character.

The mouthfeel is medium and well carbonated, but not overly so (and not to the extent that a bottle-conditioned Belgian example might be).

Conclusion: Much better than I anticipated from the dismal reviews this beer has received. I think this is tasty and well crafted. Surprisingly subtle from a brewery that has a reputation for over-powering themselves in the flavor department.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 23:52:32 | More by allforbetterbeer
Photo of droomyster


3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear light copper body with a thin head with average retention and no lacing properties. Aromas are powerfully toasty and a bit marshmallow-like, reminiscent of smores. Taste is intensely toasty from start to finish, with a bit of earthiness. The flavor is low on complexity but quite intense with what it has. It's not bad, but it fails to hold my interest after the first few sips. In the end, it leaves a wet cardboard taste, which is enough to make me never want another.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 06:11:07 | More by droomyster
Photo of Crossmd


2.58/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured 45 degrees into a tulip glass.

Pours a lucid copper-amber with a third of a finger of eggshell colored head.

Smells of a musty orange peel and a slight wet stone. Clean in smell texture, just really not anything closed to layered or complex.

Taste confirms smell, one dimensional, slightly sour orange with a weak malty structure. Not unpleasant, but certainly not interesting and rather far frowhat I would call delicious at this price point and from this brewery.

Mouthfeel is watery. It is lacking in carbonation and really sort of devoid of texture. Almost as if it's gone flat right out of the bottle.

Overall, drinkable and relatively flavorful, just boring carbonation is non-existent, mouthfeel is thin and taste is rather one dimensional. I don't really see the Belgian style coming out here either. I can't see myself buying this again.


Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 17:05:46 | More by Crossmd
Photo of Eriktheipaman


2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured an amber with white head that quickly faded.

The smell is strange for the style. Ever so slight spice but mostly caramel and a bit of prune like hint to it.

The taste is kind of like date nut bread or some sort of dark fruit bread. It seems like the yeast here was trying to go big or go home and just chose to go home. The profile is all there but no part of it really lives up to its full potential.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 01:21:22 | More by Eriktheipaman
Photo of MarkVegas


2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into my Bruery Tulip.

A: Amber, not too much head. Not a bad looking brew.

S: Fruity. Fruity. Fruity. A little bit of funk hiding within the fruit, but mostly fruit.

T: Citrus fruit, a tad sweet, and a tad tart. Sadly no lasting flavors at all.

M: Light and crisp.

O: Can't say I'd buy this one again. Certainly have had worse beers in my life but have had WAY better for the style. Just wish that the flavors lasted a little. Forgettable brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 06:33:24 | More by MarkVegas
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

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

This was yet another beer that I picked up at Joe Canal's down in Woodbridge a few weeks back. I didn't expect to achieve enlightenment when I bought this and after having nearly all of the bottle, I know for a fact that getting close to that point would be wishful thinking.

No doubt that the pour was the best aspect of this beer, as the bright and clear copper hue was nice to behold. The head wasn't anything great and the same could be said for the lacing. As for the mouthfeel, it leaned very heavily towards the malty side. Lots of biscuit flavor with a bit of plum and fig underneath, which faded to a very strong sour apple aftertaste. No yeast to be seen at the bottom of the bottle or tasted here and there could have been a bit of spice here to balance out the leftover taste that I couldn't get out of my mouth.

This qualifies as a session beer but that's not saying much. One of these was enough for me and this is not as tasty or enjoyable as more popular offerings in this category. I didn't mind that the aftertaste lingered so long, but I just never warmed up to it. Karma should be more than what's beheld, and I think it's safe to say that this is the Avery beer that I've enjoyed the least, by a fair margin.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 08:09:34 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

When I read the label, I only saw the part that said "Pale Ale." As I poured the beer, I picked up some sour smell. I was a little concerned, so I looked at the label again to see the "belgian style" as well.

I poured this into a pint glass. The coloring was yellowish brown with very minimal head. I smelled the beer and didn't pick up very much. There was some of the sour, but that was about it.

The flavors were pretty muted. It tastes like a sour pale ale, but there wasn't any depth. Oh well, I'm looking forward to the next pour.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 23:14:58 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of TMoney2591


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

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

And this Bliss tasting moves on. This offering pours a clear sunset bronze topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises light green apple, biscuits, grapefruit, banana, black pepper, and a touch of caramel. The taste holds notes of pear, black pepper, light nutmeg, white grapes, toffee, and biscuits. The Belgian character is rather subdued. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a pretty good BPA, but one that's definitely lacking on the B. I'd drink another, for sure, but I wouldn't recommend it too quickly.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 07:21:40 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of ONUMello


3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a large wine glass
A: Amber color; one-finger head
S: Very fruity, especially cherry. Smells quite a bit like Juicy-Fruit gum. Maybe a bit of sour aromas as well. Fairly one-dimensional.
T: A balance of fruity, nutty and citrus. But as soon as you swallow it, the flavor is gone, just like that.
M: Fairly light, average. Nice crispness.
O: This has so much potential, but fails to deliver. At the end of the day, it tastes good, but lacks oomph, the flavors falls off a cliff, and is very unmemorable.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 03:52:11 | More by ONUMello
Photo of DavidST


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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

This pours a clear light copperish color with a decent slightly off white head. The smell is light and perhaps biscuity, I don't get any belgium yeast smells. Feel is medium to light. The taste is also light, I get a hint of hop bitterness, and some caramel / biscuit malt. I don't get the beligum name, this is a pretty basic pale ale, expect a low hop pale ale and not much belgium, its not bad but nothing I'm wowed about.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 00:31:22 | More by DavidST
Karma from Avery Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 783 ratings.