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Karma - Avery Brewing Company

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954 Ratings

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Ratings: 954
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 13.57%
Wants: 13
Gots: 35 | 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 Dodo2step
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
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
3.2/5  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
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
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
3.83/5  rDev +13%
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
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
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
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
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
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
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 +6.2%
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
2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Photo of claybeer
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Avery Karma pours a dark yellowish orange. This beer has such a rich color. It is a little cloudy as well. The head was thin but it won't go away! It has sweet and caramel malts. There are some flower popery like qualities hidden on the end of the nose. The first thing I taste are oranges. The sweet malt show up after that with some citrus hops on the end. Some dried mango lingers on the finish. I was surprised how drinkable this beer was. I found that it would be perfect in the spring or fall when the evenings are still cool.

Photo of JMad
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottle to a pint glass...
I poured this beer pretty aggressively and got no head, the color was a murky coppery brown.
Smells of dark fruit, caramel malt and it's a little musty.
The taste consists of lots of sweet malt.Small hint of lemony hops, and fig.
Feels medium-heavy bodied and there's not much carbonation.
Honestly I think this beer has been sitting on the shelf a little too long.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this beer.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is flowery hops with some bready malt. The flavor is grapes, flowers and oranges with some lighter malts. A very fruity tasting Belgian ale. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of jampics2
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Winking Lizard. I remember really liking this beer a few years ago before I was a ticker, so I'm interested to see how it's doing these days when my more informed and worldly palate comes in contact with it. #85 on my world tour of beers.

Poured into the pint glass by a kind bartender, this arrives with an orange hue and a nice sticky white head. Lace looks decent too. Just a touch more caramel/brown that a typical BPA, maybe it's a Belgian not-so-Pale Ale

Smells is interesting but not a BPA again. Some fruitiness from the yeast, not so Belgian. Caramel malt and little expressiveness. Just not what the genre suggests. Pleasant enough, but not what I expected or remembered.

Taste is nice but again difficult to compare to other BPA's. There's a caramel malt with a touch of toasted depth, orange citrus notes, and some grape flavors. No real yeasty esters, hop presence, or spices.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and creamy. Nice carb and good overall. So, I guess this was a great beer to revisit to note how far my palate and experience has come in the last 4 or 5 years. While there's nothing wrong with this beer, it's hugely mediocre and doesn't taste like it should given the description from the brewer. It may be time to stop believing in Karma, Adam and the Avery crew.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of champ103
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear copper/orange color. A two finger head forms, but recedes in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: Sweet malt and sugar up front. Lemon and grassy aromas come next. Light spicy yeast can be detected as well.
T: Sweet malt up front. Though a substantial tart lemony flavor lingers. Not much else.
M/D: A medium body that is creamy and smooth. Though lacing the great crispness I would expect for the style. Not hard to drink. I finished my pint with ease. Though I will be looking for something else for my next one.

Nothing bad here. Just kind of bland and one dimensional. I love Avery, but this is a miss for me.

Photo of StaveHooks
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours an orange amber with a 1/2 inch head that melt rather quickly. No lacing.

S - Apricots, peach, cherries, honey, caramel malt, faint biscuit yeast.

T - Honey malt, tart fruits, caramel, subtle spice on the finish. It has a muted astringent character throughout.

The yeast was there but didn't shine as I'd hoped. It has an odd finish that I can't put my finger on. An average BPA.

Photo of Durge
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found at the Timberline Steakhouse at Denver Airport, this brew exhibits a crystal clear darkish golden color with a nice white head and even better lacing. The aroma is pretty mild clove and bright wheat. The flavor is a very pleasant blend of grass/citrus hop and light malt clove. It's perfectly carbonated for a crisp and refreshing feel in a medium-light bodied brew. It's very drinkable, sessionable while providing a Belgian hint. I think anyone might enjoy this beer with a quality feel and mild but tasteful flavoring which includes a subtle hop overtone that finishes just a bit dry. I would drink this anytime but it does not deliver a big flavor or highly memorable kick. Good stuff though, typical of what we come to expect from Avery.

Photo of nrbw23
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear orangeish amber color with a nice off white head. Head has good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Smells of honey, yeast, pale malts and a bit of fruit maybe apple. A bit of spice here too.

T- Taste is fairly sweet with honey being prominent. A bit of pepper and yeast finish.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and carbonation seemed right on.

D- A easy to drink beer just seemed off or maybe a bit outta balance. I don't really see me drinking this one too often or again.

Photo of ZeroSignal
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, no date

A - Pours a lighter brown with a tight white head, decent retention and minimal lacing

S - Nutty with a sweet malt aroma

T&M - Medium body with a light sweetness. Somewhat sticky on the palate after swallowing. Yeasty nuttiness is predominant with just a hint of hop bitterness...herbal/floral notes

D - Very smooth going down and enjoyable; a great amount of flavor for just over 5% ABV.

Photo of SassyBootblack
2.63/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the nearby Old Chicago.

Somewhere between copper and amber with good clarity. They accidentally put someone elses lemons in this, so I had another. To be fair.

There's no yeast character that's recognizably Belgian. There's no big malt flavors like De Konick. That was a bit of a letdown.

What you're left with is a perfectly inoffensive beer with not much to recommend. Neither hoppy, nor malty, nor fruity.

Photo of enfield249
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a coppery to gold, with a thick off-white head of three fingers. Fades to a thin layer of foam.

S - Light fruit, flowery hops.

T - Fruity, lots of esters, slight hop flavor. Sweet and malty, but not over powering.

M - Full but not cloying. Slight lingering hop bitterness.

D - Very good, could be real easy to suck down.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Callahan's, San Diego.

Pours a darker clear copper color with filmy white head. Mild aroma of spice and yeast. Tastes of fruit (apple), spices, and yeast. There's a bit of sweetness in the finish and some astringent bitterness in the aftertaste. Light bodied with minimal carbonation. Overall an OK beer, but nothing special.

Photo of hangh
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light amber colored beer with a very fine 1" head and small carbonation bubbles. Good looking pale ale.

S - Nice fruity citrus smells come from the glass.

T - An above average pale ale. There main fruit tates are definitely citrus with some yeast taste underneath. Sweet at first with a quick bitter crisp finish. Good pale ale.

MF - light to medium body, lightly carbonated
D - Great tasting and a good pale ale.

Photo of Crowls
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into beer mug

Appearance: Nice gold solid color, poured a finger of head, lacing down the glass

Smell: Citrus and spice come through

Taste: Smooth but a little more on the bitter side but it is a pale ale so it is understood to carry more of a bitter flavor but overall smooth, mild spice with citrus to bitter

Mouthfeel: Nothing special or makes me go wow, must buy again, but pleasant

Drinkability: For me not high, just tastes like one or two at a time

Photo of FickleBeast
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Old Bay in New Brunswick NJ. Reviewed on my Droid

Arrives a pale copper color with minimal head. Pour is a little short. Yeasty esthers dominate the aroma. Fruity. This is a medium bodied beer with no overpowerin flavors. Belgian yeast is the most prevalent flavor, with minimal hoppiness and a muted malt backbone. Nicely drinkable.

A very middle of the road beer. A bit to esthery for my tastes, but nothing off-putting.

Karma from Avery Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 954 ratings.