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Karma - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
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964 Ratings
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Ratings: 964
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 13
Gots: 36 | 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 zoso1967
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
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
2.38/5  rDev -30%
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
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
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
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
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
2.08/5  rDev -38.8%
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
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
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
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
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
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
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 -5.9%
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 +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.

Photo of StoutCream
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
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 +3.8%
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 -3.5%
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 +0.9%
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
2.73/5  rDev -19.7%
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 +1.5%
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 +2.4%
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 +8.2%
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 -2.1%
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 +1.5%
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.

Photo of champ103
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Karma from Avery Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 964 ratings.