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Karma - Avery Brewing Company

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853 Ratings

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Ratings: 853
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 10
Gots: 18 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2005)
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Photo of onecrazybreeze


3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured clear golden with quick white head, slightly on the watery side. Smelled sweet and fruity. Tasted light and crisp, with boozy notes, slight yeast tinges but not overly yeasty like other belgian styles. Refreshing, crisp beer appropriate for the heat of summer but not really in tune with the other seasons.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 10:27:53 | More by onecrazybreeze
Photo of magictrokini


3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nearly clear copper with a bubbly white head. Weak aroma of yeast and spice. Light taste with mostly yeast, bread, and a faint fruity/citrus taste. Average mouthfeel for the style. Lacking in body or substance that would set this apart as a "Belgian" pale ale. Altogether, this is like a Belgian-lite.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 23:42:28 | More by magictrokini
Photo of nick76


3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is somewhat fruity and sweet with a nice blend of hops. Color is a copper brown and the head is average. Wonderful malt character with plenty of bread like yeast flavor and an alcohol kick that I was not expecting in a 5.2% ale. It has a near perfect amount of hops as well. Aftertaste is like citrus and bread. Slightly acidic but otherwise a wonderful ale

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 21:30:50 | More by nick76
Photo of orangemoustache


3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Avery Karma pours a orange amber hue,with a egg shell colored head that looks mediocre,leaves very little lacing. The nose is understated hops and bready malts. I'm having a hard time finding the Belgium inspiration,almost no yeasty flavors. It is lightly sweetened with caramel malts being the backbone,this seems to need a third dimension that is no where to be seen. The hops detected in the nose are just as understated on the pallet. I do taste a slight tangerine sweetness on the tail,tho I don't really enjoy it all that much. The body is appropriate as is the carbonation and finish. I could see this as more drinkable perhaps with a meal. A decent brew and worth a try,just not that special.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 17:58:21 | More by orangemoustache
Photo of ncvbc

North Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep amber with light reddish hues and a somewhat thinnish white head, falling to a ring that leaves some spots of lacing down the glass. Fruit, light caramel and faint citrus hops. Somewhat candy like at times. A bready yeast is also present. Definite sweetness in the taste, a little tea like. Very light Belgian influence with the yeast but not too obvious or similar to a BPA in my book. Just a bit thin in the mouth with a light crispness and nibble on the tongue. A little drying in the finish but early it seems watery. Pretty drinkable overall but there are better brews out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 04:30:26 | More by ncvbc
Photo of maura427


3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Great taste, smooth feel. My first two out of the six-pack had lots of foam but the rest were better, so I'm not sure what that means. Possibly due to where I bought them?? Either way, I really liked this beer and would recommend it to others as a beer to drink with food and during colder weather (since the first time I drank it in the summer and wished I had something a little lighter!). The name and description on the side suggests something quite light and even "Belgian", however I would put it in a pale ale category for sure since it is heavier.

Good beer. However the last of them lingered in my fridge for awhile. This usually means I don't quite love it and forget about it after drinking most of the pack, but enjoy the last one or two when I see the last of them behind a carton of milk. Bonus!

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 02:10:21 | More by maura427
Photo of jujubeast6000


3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 5/2/2006 (12oz bottle):

Pours a golden red/brownish cloudy color, smallish head, big bubbles, off-white, diminishing. Strong aroma of malts, hops, light perfume/citrus. Don't know how well they all blend together though. Smooth, fruity, flower, citrus. Malty aftertaste. Slighty acidic taste. Medium to light body.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 05:21:11 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of Monkeyknife


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

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy orange-gold with a huge creamy beige head.

Aroma of berries, cloves, Belgian yeast and sweet malts.

The taste is slightly sweet with Belgian yeast, pears, sweet malts, and berries. Light biscuit and a touch of bitterness at the finish.

Medium bodied, dry, and moderately carbonated.

Quite drinkable but nothing outstanding with this Belgian pale.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 03:37:47 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a decent amount of foamy head. Average lacing.

S: Not an overpowering smell, to say the least. Malt, spices and some light fruit.

T: Surprisingly thin taste. Malt, yeast, spices, but a curiously simple flavor. Fairly uninteresting.

M: A pretty high amount of carbonation and a slick finish. Full-bodied.

D: It's definitely a difficult thing to recreate a Belgian-style beer in the U.S., that much we know. This one just doesn't come close. It's not the worst beer I've ever had, but I certainly expected better.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 14:46:10 | More by avalon07
Photo of Dalem


3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark orange in color with a cloudy clarity. The head is one of those great ones that Avery's always seen to have. About an inch deep, fluffy and thick that melts away at it's own pace leaving a hearty amount of lacing. Malt and yeasty are the main scents with slight notes of honey, pepper and green apple but none of them really jump out.
With the malt taking the lead in the taste the honeyish characteristics come out more in the flavor grabbing right on tight to it. As the beer warms touches of vanilla show up and there's a light hop and pepper qualities in the semi dry finish. As a whole a little more complexity would be cool but it has enough to make it interesting.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 01:24:37 | More by Dalem
Photo of ccrida


4.22/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Karma is a pale orange brown with a very large, off-white head, fluffy and long lasting, very rocky as it slooowly settled, leaving big hunks of foam. Authentic, rustic farmhouse for sure, down to the suspended particles.

Smell is all fruity esters, tangerine and lime, some spiciness as well.

Taste is estery as well, but it really brings out the malt, caramel and bread, a bit of a hoppy bite that flirts with metal but I think is just the yeast for which this beer is a showcase. Really pretty nice, I can see how it wouldn't be for everyone, the fruity tang is pleasantly familar, and one of the reasons I really enjoy this style of farmhouse, a darker saison on the beire de garde.

Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, attenuated by the dry finish.

Drinkability is pretty high, although I only had the one bottle, this would be a great choice for BBQs, thirst quenching, enough flavor to stand up to grilled food, and what it's Belgian brethren lack, value packaged. If I hadn't been drinking my homebrewed saison all summer, I would have probably leaned on this. I really dig such full flavor and reasonable ABV.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 02:41:05 | More by ccrida
Photo of LumpyGuitar

New York

3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A friend tossed me one of these in trade for a Grimbergen.

Poured a orangish amber with about a finger of white head. Head is thick and retention is very good. Head lasted the entire beer, and left fluffy lacing. Looks cool.

Smell is of bananas and spice.

Taste is interesting, banana is the one flavor that really comes across. Banana doesn't dominate, and theres a subtle mix of other flavors including spice, yeast, and bread.

Mouthfeel is good. A bit more crisp than I'd prefer with this style but with the light to medium body it drinks well enough.

Drinkability is good. I could have one or two of these in a row but thats it. Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 15:51:50 | More by LumpyGuitar
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
Photo of thartman


3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light copper color with a tight bone-colored head. There is some lacings left on the glass as I slowly savor the brew.

S: Tangy, yeasty and sweet smell, some underlying corn and grain in the mix.

T: Semi-sweet, spicy, with pear and bubble gum flavors and Belgian yeast.

M: You can feel the bubbles from the carbonation, and it finishes dry.

Overall a decent brew, an easy to drink with a cool label. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 21:37:43 | More by thartman
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
Photo of AMo


3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Avery Karma pours a dark orangish peach with a short lasting fuzzy head. The smell is faint and bitter. Taste is pleasant for the most part. Its lightly hopped with a faint bitter after taste. Mouthfeel has a medium carbonation with a smooth bubbly feel. Overall drinkability is ok, but for the most part it looks a lot better than it is. This brew is worth trying by adding a single to a mixed six pack, but a full six is probably more that most would want to try.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 21:46:02 | More by AMo
Photo of treehugger02010


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

I got this in the Avery variety case from Bryn Mawr Beverage in Brwn Mawr, PA and poured it into a flared pint glass.
Appearance: The body was a clear amber topped off with a good sized fluffy white head. The retention was good but left not much lace.
Smell: Kinda smokey (I drank this at home not in a smokey bar), hops that were most likely American, but not citrusy or piney.
Taste: Fruity, perhaps strawberry, sweet malt.
Mouthfeel: Smooth.
Drinkability: Better than I expected.
Don't drink and review.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 18:38:00 | More by treehugger02010
Photo of peabody


3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out clear a crisp with two fingers of white suds on top of the yellow to amber brew.
Smell is fruity hops and grapefruit with a sugary malt and slight alcohol finish.
Taste is kind of sweet at first then a sourness hits.Taste is hard to describe because the flavor is subtle. I get a rasberry fruityness then mabey some grapefruit. Not much malt or sugar in the aftertaste. Kind of bland.
Drinkability is OK here as I would like to try it on tap somewhere to reasses my review.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 22:42:27 | More by peabody
Photo of coldmeat23


4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Chilled to approx. 45 degrees

Nice clear golden brown color. Two finger off-white head that leaves some nice lacing.

Spicy citrus notes are all but overpowered by bubblegum scents. A tiny bit of malt pokes through.

A small bit of spice notes right up front give way to the bubblegum/citrus flavor combo and are then followed by a light hoppy bite at the end.

Nice and creamy with a great carbonation level.

Could be a good session beer. I would have a problem with the hoppy bite it has, but could probably get around it, as it is minimal.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 19:56:45 | More by coldmeat23
Photo of ckaufman


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

This beer pouered a deep copper color with a 1 finger off-white head. Minimal lacing with hardly any retention.

I smell a spiced hopiness with an undertone of sweet molasses.

This beer is very complex in taste. Traces of spice and flowers at the beginning trailing off to a sweet malt backbone. In the end, the sweetness overtakes the spice.

I found Karma to be sweet in the mouth and rather on the "thick" side for a Belgian style pale ale. Minimal carbonation as well.

I must say the drinkability is rather high. This one slides right down with nothing outstanding or anything outright distracting from the taste.

I might buy another "single" of this brew, but never a "sixer" or a case.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 15:02:41 | More by ckaufman
Photo of kinger


2.23/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Another case of where looks are deceiving, this is a below average beer and a really poor example of a Belgian Ale. Pour was delightful, nice copper color with a huge off white head, nice lacing and steady carbonation. Aroma is weak but a sweetness can be detected and that's it. Mouthfeel is watery and thin with a really watery finish. Flavor is really mild and uneventful. As I drink this I keep telling myself that there is nothing here, hard to describe except that it's very weak.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 16:52:43 | More by kinger
Photo of JamesS


3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice copper color with some good lacing and nice head. It had a very nice hoppy, if not strong or deep, aroma, although with very little else to it. Nice taste, slightly hoppy, along the lines of a weaker ESB, but again, like the scent, nothing strong, just a good, decent pale ale. It went down very nicely, however, a very smooth beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2008 00:36:39 | More by JamesS
Photo of Pencible


3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a slightly hazy amber with light tan head. It smelled like grassy, yeasty lime hops with barley malt. It tasted like yeasty lemon hops with earthy malt. It was watery with moderate carbonation, and had a lasting bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was somewhat typical of a Belgian ale. It was clean and easy to drink, but just wasn't terribly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 23:31:18 | More by Pencible
Photo of Zadok


3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured a deep orange amber with a 1 finger off-white head and decent lacing.

S-Hoppy with a slight hint of citrus.

T-Mild hops and not a whole lot of other flavor.

M-Nice smooth mouth feel, low carbonation.

D-Not a bad beer I suppose, just not a whole bunch of flavor. Not to much else to say if that says anything.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 17:35:22 | More by Zadok
Photo of BradLikesBrew


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

a: cloudy gold, thick frothy head.

s: weak nose. malty and sweet.

t: toasted malt, honey, spicy with some mild belgian yeastiness in the finish.

m: light and refreshing.

d: an ok beer. fairly complex flavor, not bad for a light Belgian style brew. Easy drinking, very accessible.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 00:52:22 | More by BradLikesBrew
Karma from Avery Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 853 ratings.