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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 CuriousMonk
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of JRed
2.91/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours transparent pale gold in hue with a Great White head that leaves lacing behind. Subtle aroma of hop spice, grain, and medicinal undertones. Tastes of hop spice, grain, some adjuncts, wheat, dry with some bitter qualities towards the finish and some belgian candy sugar in a baby seat in the back. Thick and dull in the mouthfeel and makes those flavors fall flat on the palate. Sadly, this beer comes across like craft beer from a macro-brewery's perspective. The beer doesn't represent Avery at its best.

Photo of secondtooth
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Caramel-amber, with nice off-white head.

Promising aroma -- sweet yeasty rolls, cinnamon, candy sugar.

Flavor is sweet and rich, with a hint of spice in the finish. There's a tinge of hops in there, too, but it's muted.

Overall, solid and quite enjoyable, but not outstanding.

Photo of chocosushi
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the Cellar in Norman.

So stoked to try this because as every Okie BA knows,
Avery is no longer being distributed in Oklahoma.
BS, I know. So, naturaly, this
will be the last time I'll be enjoying Avery for a while
(an exception is the Maharaja I bought a few weeks ago, which I am saving for a special occasion)

12oz Bottle -> Tripel Karmeliet tulip

A ~ Pours a very lovely Pale Amber with a 1/2" head that dissipates quickly into a faint cap. Champagne sized bubbles.

S ~ Sweet malts, Orange peel, Bubblegum, a Mountain Stream...Smells very clean

T ~ Starts with Coriander, Haystack, Dry Grass & the perfect amount of dry hopping and Belgian yeast. Finishes clean with banana bread lingering for a second.

M ~ SMOOTH!!! Yeast doesn't cloy. The bubbly carbonation isn't too imposing.

D ~ A BPA I could Session in my backyard.

RIP Avery
Let's hope Oklahoma replaces you with a company up to par

Photo of WSB
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a beautiful dark orange, with 2 fingers of creamy off white head that quickly dissipated into a thin sheen that grabbed the rim.

Smell was modest for a Belgian style ale. Slightly fruity, citrusy, but tough to detect exactly what. I think orange, grapefruit maybe? Nice but not pungent.

Taste was nice, but not a lot of character, though it was well balanced. Slight citrus and fruit notes, like the smell, but not enough to call it a true Belgian style.

Mouthfeel-light, creamy texture, dry finish.

Photo of DannyDan
2.42/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A. Pours an amber colored body with a thin white head that has minimal retention and lacing to it. There is some carbonation to it, but not a lot.
S. Get some caramel, hops, nuts and plums.
T. The first thing I taste is some plums, followed by some caramel with some hops in the back along with a hint of pepper. It finishes off with a mix of yeast, and some fruits. The taste seems to be off for being called "Karma".
M. A light bodied beer that feels syrupy and watered down to much.
O. A very disappointing beer from a very good brewery. After tasting a few other beers from Avery I was expecting a lot more from them. I know I'll never buy this beer again, almost but not quite a drain pour.

Photo of zoso1967
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Karma pours an absolutely beautiful copper tinged light amber color. It is crystal clear and has a nice white head that fades all too quickly, but the ring of foam that remains leaves pretty mediocre lace.

The aroma is fairly malty for a pale ale, with some nice caramel and sweet bready notes that are spiked with some floral, lemon grass like hop aromas. There is also just a rumor and spicy yeast.

The hops come through a bit more in the flavor, showing off a well balanced floral and slightly grassy mélange that is spiked by just a touch of citrus zest. The malt character strikes me as being just a bit grainy, detracting some from the bready sweetness and caramel. Perhaps it is not even the malt, but the hops and the supposed Belgian yeast? To be honest this does not taste very Belgian at all.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with a fairly lively carbonation that keeps the beer refreshing. The finish is mostly dry, but not overly so. It is definitely the sort of beer that finishes in a way that prepares you for the next sip.

This is a pretty weird brew. I cannot say that I am a huge fan of the hop character and the Belgian aspect seems pretty lost on me. Still, this brew manages to be quite refreshing and is very drinkable.

Photo of rawfish
2.43/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a honey gold color, slight chill haze beneath an inch high cap of frothy white foam. Average retention and a small ring of lacing appears as the cap subsides.

Light aroma, caramel malts and a light grainy note, some light grape or artificial watermelon come out, odd maybe closer to an esb or amber than a Belgian pale, nose is devoid of yeast character.

Malts are much lighter than in the nose, raw grain and only slightly bready. Noble hop character kicks in only slightly bittering but also quite herbal. Fruity esters prevalent in the finish, tart apple skin, vinous and phenolic, lingering aftertaste is that of grape soda.

Thinner than average body with average carbonation. Soapy mouth coating usually only reserved for lagers and this is no lager.

Ouch, if Karma is real what did I do to deserve this upon my palate. In all seriousness this lacks the quality of a well layered Belgian pale, malts and hops are chosen well but the spice profile and yeast additions seem to break it apart. Will avoid in the future.

Photo of hosehead83
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Clear amber in color, with a moderate head of white foam.
Aroma-Faint citrus and spices
Taste-Citrus and hop note. Faint spicy yeast, muted spices. Much more "pale ale" than Belgian in character. A bit of a letdown. Much better Belgian style pale ales to be had out there. A mediocre offering at best.

Photo of katan
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a goblet

A - Pours a very clear, bright looking brown color. Lightly bubbly. Some head formation, off white, but breaks down to a film.

S - Light malty nose, reminds of caramel and even a light grape note. The yeast, which I had hoped would be the star, is almost completely missing.

T - Starts off malty, light amounts of caramel and toffee. Mid-stream I get some pilsner malts, and just a hint of light noble hops. Yeast is still not here. Finishes with a smooth estery finish which only then gives me the Belgian attitude.

M - Light mouthfeel, moderate to light carbonation. Sugary finish, sometimes can be sticky. No alcohol warmth.

O/D - Easy drinking beer. Easy drinking. Flavors are just A) too light, and b) just don't feel to style. I'm looking for more belgian character in a beer like this, but there is certainly nothing wrong with this beer as a nice summer quaffer.

Photo of Kromes
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: orange with a slightly orange white head with good lacing.

S: A very sweet, candy-like aroma...kinda fruity. Not that much beer aroma.

T: Sweet with just a little bit of apple fruitiness and a sugar/candy flavor. Kind of a sour bitterness with some stickiness in the finish.

M: Watery and there is something in the aftertaste that doesn't feel right. The moisture leaves your mouth like you just ate a bunch of crackers.

O: There are some good qualities to the beer. It's not all that bad tasting, just a little weird. Average in my book.

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

A: A golden honey color with an off-white head.

S: Belgian notes. Perceived malty sweetness.

T: More of an amber taste than Belgian PA. Pleasant but not super true to style.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Decent enough tasting. Not what I expect in a BPA.

Photo of jsh420
2.09/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours bright clear copper with a 1/2 finger off white head that left spotted lacing

smell - lots of malt - i detect no belgian yeast - smells like a lager

taste - fruity apples and caramel malt - no earthy spice - this could be a lager

mouthfeel - medium body with not much carbonation compared to Real Belgian Pale - seems heavy and boring tad sticky

overall - i am stunned avery continues to brew this mess - glad i bought a single but still had to drain pour half of it

Photo of schoolboy
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't believe in karma - it is just a superstition. After finishing this beer, I don't believe in it either. Avery is a good brewery with many interesting offerings, but I don't think this one works.

The appearance is slightly cloudy. The taste is too - it has a slight odd yeast taste, but a nice hops balance. There is a slight afterbite and it gets nastier as you go. I hope to avoid this in the future. There are better examples of the style.

Photo of notyourdadsbeer
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of prdstmnky
3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this BPA as part of a mixed sixer at Al's of Hampden

Pours a light golden amber, with a finger of white head that fades almost immediately, leaving just a few bubbles on the surface - no lacing to speak of either.

The smell of this beer is very fruity, lots of apple / pear / apricot come through in the nose. Also picking up on some citrus notes, and a hint of spiciness. I'm getting that same fruits present on the the tongue, but not quite as prominent. Frankly, the taste is somewhat subdued and bland. None of the spice I detected in the aromas or any real Belgian qualities I was looking for.

This is on the lower end of medium bodied, with a bunch of carbonation and somewhat dry in the mouth. Wasn't horrible but would not recommend or revisit.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

P- AOH (Al's of Hampden)

A- a cloudy ornage color with a finger and half head pour. A spiderweb lacing on the pint. A mountainous peaky head as well.

S- a fruity and floral nose. It is like apricot mixed with pungent roses.

T- a carbonated apricot spritzer is what it tastes like. The malts come through in the end as well and they are sweet.

M- Medium bodied beer taht reminds me more of a fruit beer than a BPA.

D- easy to throw back and is a nice beer for a beginner in micro's. I would purchase a sixer for a gathering.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of StoutCream
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Thick khaki head takes a while to simmer down, good lacing. Amber in color with a slight cloudiness.

S: Yeasty, alcohol, tropical fruit, candied citrus peel, champagne.

T: M, m, m, m, yeasty. Reminds me of a lesser belgian, barely balanced with a sweet acidic pucker that finishes with nice hop notes. Minerals and melon.

M: Fizzles out fast. Mooth and flat, not unpleasant, lingering pucker.

D: This is D-licious. Good karma.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look - somewhat murky, dull amber in color. About a finger's worth of head that dissipates quickly. Decent carbonation.

Smell - Sweet and malty in its aroma. The hops might well be aged a bit longer.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Maybe only slightly bitter in the aftertaste, with a sweetness seeming to come from lighter, almost cidery fruits like apples. Texture is fairly well-balanced, being only slightly creamy.

Drinkability - Decent enough in taste, but not terribly complex.

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 moester13
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark yellow with good carbonation. Finger of white head, not much lacing. Very cloudy.

S: Fruity, with sweet floral hop aromas. touch of sweetness, caramel or honey.

T: Flavors are very subtle, malty sweetness most prominent. Not a lot going on.

M: thick, with a good amount of carb presence. Smooth drink.

D: Very light flavors, again heavier hopping would do wonders. Very drinkable nonetheless

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.

Photo of garymuchow
2.72/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a wine glass, although not necessarily oversized.
I wonder if this is old. Kind of a stinky aroma with and emphasis on malt. Leaning towards sour milk. There seems to be a green hoppy quality.
Nice white firm head. Rather cloudy gold/reddish amber with lots a' bubble action.
Mild flavor overall. A bit sour. Slight dryness with a bit of tartness. Flavor is mostly fleeting, escaping and uninspiring.
Feel is nice. Full and soft carbonation. Smooth in finishing.
I'm still wondering if this is old, so I'll score it as is, but also give it another go sometime in the future, in order to give it a fair shot. It's not holding what I would think would be traditional oxidized flavors (cardboard staleness). Dating on the bottle would be helpful.

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