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Karma - Avery Brewing Company

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957 Ratings

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Ratings: 957
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 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.

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

12 ounce bottle.

A: Pours a deep amber with a white foamy head.
S: Apples and pears with a light malt finish.
T: Very fruity, but only the pear actually comes through with some other sweet fruit, perhaps pineapple?
M/D: Very light body and good carbonation.

Photo of chickenflea
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle. Poured a stiff white head. Aroma was very light. Unfortunately the flavor matched the aroma. The whole experience was a little too understated. (Perhaps, the beer anticipated my own karma!) The flavor was also light with mild apricot and honey up front blending into rather sour citrus taste. Dandelion finish. Pleasant but unmemorable.

Photo of udubdawg
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours light copper, mildly hazed. head is sizable and laces the glass a bit.
Right away the nose strikes me as off. I start naming spices, then decide if I can name them they are too strong. I like strong flavors but they've gotta meld with the beer and here...they don't.
The level of bitterness is confusing to my palate, which mixes up the peppery spiciness in the same flavor and doesn't approve. Only mild fruity or other belgian yeast esters, not getting a lot of malt either. Too much of a good thing on the spice front, and I'm not really understanding the bitterness and what I think is hop flavor.
carbonation is a bit low actually, body is decent at medium and pretty clean. Not sure I'll have this one again.

Photo of mdfb79
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a golden-amber color with one finger of white head and light carbonation evident. Little bit of lacing.

s - Smells of sweet and citrus fruits, some yeast, spices, and caramel malts.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, sweet malts and fruits, and that's about it. Not getting any spice or yeast like in the smell.

m - Medium body and no carbonation whatsoever. Feels very flat and a little watery.

d - Overall I wasn't a big fan of this one. I thought it smelled pretty good and like a normal Belgian ale, but thought the taste was nothing like a Belgian and nothing special. Very easy to drink a few of but don't think I would want to. Wouldn't look to have again.

Photo of silentjay
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a deep copper with a decent white head that leaves quickly, but leaves lacing on the glass.

smells fruity, a bit of citrus, but some ripe stonefruit (plums, nectarines, peaches) as well as some pepper, butter, caramel, and toast.

taste is of bread with some light citrus (sweet, not acidic), some honey sweetness and fruitiness follows.

a bit watery on the tongue with medium carbonation

goes down barely average. missed the mark a bit for me. not as yeasty as i expected, nor as hoppy.

Photo of drizzam
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a hazy dark amber in color, topped with a fluffy white one finger head. head retention seemed like it was going to be good at first, but it receded to a thin frothy cap after several minutes. Some thin spotty lacing was left behind by the frothy cap.

S - Fruity aroma with just a bit of citrus hop lingering about in the background, along with a bit of sweet caramelized malt. The nose is actually a bit muted and could certainly be more robust.

T & M - A malty body carries flavors of orange rind and lemon zest. This tastes almost closer to a hefeweizen than a pale ale. The hops I smelled in the aroma are barely represented as a slight bitterness on the very end. Very muted hop presence. Light to medium bodied, and it finishes with a bit of citrus zest for an aftertaste.

D - This is not a prime example of a Belgian Pale Ale, but its sessionability is through the roof. Very drinkable, and this would be a great Summer beer. Worth a try.

Photo of xcrunner78
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep golden color with a small lacy head. Constant stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass gives a fine lace head at the glass

S: Fruit esters from the yeast (apricots, green apples, and light citrus) and caramels from the malts with relatively little hops. Have a slight overall honey smell to it.

T: A lot of caramel with a bit of fruit on the back of the palate. No hops to it.

M: The carbonation on the tongue gives it a good mouth feel. The caramels coats the roof of the mouth and the slight fruity esters on the back of the tongue.

D: It is a good beer and enjoyable summer ale.

Photo of emmasdad
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, rich golden color, with a good collar of white foam. Aromas of bananas and cloves and Belgian yeast. I was expecting something similar when I tried it, but I was surprised by flavors of peaches, apricots and bubble gum. A really good and refreshing beer for the upcoming summer months.

Photo of Bfarr
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Karma is a hazy red-amber with a thin head and aromas of yeast and a little funk. Taste is yeasty and bright fruit sweetness and a little floral hop bitterness. Body is a little thin but well carbonated with a slightly fuzzy feeling.

This is a pretty easy drinking and good tasting beer. Nothing really surprising but definitely worthwhile.

Photo of axeman9182
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Duvel tulip. Karma pours noticeably dark for a "pale" ale, and for a Belgian style beer the lackluster head/lacing is especially disappointing. The smell is a bit better, a blend of caramel and yeast spiciness. The taste takes those elements and adds a distinct orange note as well as a subtle funk to the mix, to good effect. The carbonation is a bit lacking, and the body is solid without being in any way impressive (it could stand to be a bit fuller). There's something about this beer that just keeps it from being too drinkable, I think I'll chalk it up to the aforementioned mouthfeel issues. Karma is a decent beer, but there are better options within the style.

Photo of kola
2.4/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Relatively clear orange hue, not much of an off-white head.

S - Smells of Belgian citrus fruit cocktail ... not the hoppy citrus smell.

T - Hints of sweet-tart orange, but mostly thin malts and a bit of sugar-yeast aftertaste.

M - Feels thin and watery. There could have been a bit more carbonation to liven it up on the tongue.

D - To enjoy this, you have to like a beer that only hints at flavors without bringing them to fulfillment. Light-beer drinkers looking for adventure might enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of david131
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A clear orange liquid with a thin white head kept alive with numerous streams of rising carbonation.

S- Apricots, bread, and oranges. Smells relatively light and surprisingly non-Belgian.

T- Apricots, grass, bread, and caramel. Relatively light and clean... For how sweet this is it does not have much flavor. This is supposed to be Belgian?

M- Nicely carbonated but is sweet with a clean, lasting dryness.

D- Not a Belgian Pale Ale like advertised. A little light on the flavor aspect, but nothing is bad here.

Photo of bump8628
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an orange hue with a moderate amount of off-white head that recedes to patchy lace.

Mild Belgian fruitiness with suggestions of apple skin, peach, pear, and honey. The rest of the beer is composed of slightly sweet caramel malt and some breadiness. Hops are pretty restrained.

Not a bad Belgian-styled ale. It's certainly unique among American interpretations. That said the flavor profile is a bit meek, and it the body is on the thin side.

Photo of emsroth
1.8/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

*Note: This review is part of my attempt to review more critically. Many of the reviews I've previously given have been too generous.*

12oz bottle. no date

App: Dark amber that's ever so slight translucent--my vision is just slightly skewed. No head, but a slight lace.

Smell: Definitely some typical belgian fruitiness going on here. Cherries and honey, but there is a certain unique not that I can't figure out. Sweet alcohol fumes--yum! If only i could give a 3.75.

Taste: The taste is pretty terrible. The slightest bit of sweet apple up front followed by a huge rush of dry, dry, dry. Dry flavorless malt. Dry herbal hops. Dry metallic flavors that almost taste like blood. No belgian zest or fruitiness.

Decent mouthfeel, but there is a film associated with the flavors that kills.

I am debating pouring this.

Photo of glid02
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a clear amber color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of mild pale and caramel malts with good amounts of overripe fruit - mostly green apples but with hints of pears and cherries.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Muddled caramel malt flavors with a sweetness that comes and goes kicks things off. Good amount of mildly tart green apple flavors join in midway through the sip, along with other medium fruits that are almost berry-like. The ending is on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is not that great. I didn't have the easiest time in the world finishing my glass and definitely wouldn't have another.

Overall I just wasn't a fan of this beer. Not horrible but it's struggling to be average.

Photo of thedoubler55
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Like a typical pale ale with a nice honey golden coloring.
S: Very pleasant, I am definitely a fan of the floral aroma and I smell a hint of honey.
T: I feel like I taste peaches with some subtle fruits that aren't distinguished enough.
M: Very light in the mouth, true to style with little hoppy bite... not too carbonated either, it almost has a watery mouthfeel.
D: Definitely a drinkable beer, the low ABV followed with the watery mouthfeel creates a perfect combination for this beer to be extremely sessionable. I just don't know if I like it enough though...

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

12 ounce bottle poured into a Piraat glass.

Pours a copper orange, and almost no head to speak of. The bottle reads that this is brewed with "farmhouse and pale ales of Belgium in mind," but I'm not seeing much activity out of the bottle. Maybe this needs some age on it? Maybe not.

First whiff gives off very bready notes, some caramel and honey, and flowers. There is a sour note in the nose, as well...a slight bit funky. A bit of bitter apple and moldy cheese finish it off.

The taste is all right...sweet in the center of the tongue, giving way to flavors of crackers, chalk, honey, and a bit of caramel...maybe some brown candy sugar notes in there, too. This one is very dry on the tongue, somewhat earthy, and subtle sweetness.

In terms of mouthfeel, it's a bit chalky and, as said before, dry. It is drinkable, and, as with other American beers in this vein, would be pretty good ice cold on an overly hot summer day.

As far as the overall beer goes, it's good, but nothing to write home about. Which, when nothing too exciting is happening, isn't a bad thing.

Photo of Hophead101
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

drank on 3.31.10 at Ron's Original in Exton.

nice tannish orange color with an off white head. decent sporadic lacing - but nice. very tangerine like in flavor unique fruity taste, creamy, medium body. very drinkable.

good beer - would look to find this one again

Photo of HalfFull
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a wine glass, this beer pours golden in the light yet a bit deep in color in normal light. Offers a half inch of light colored foam and some decent retention.

Nose is a bit rich, as the pour might suggest, and seems a bit overcooked and with an overabundance of sweet malts.

Too rich for the style as they tried a bit too hard here. Yeast notes are a bit odd. I'm not feeling the karma apparently. I really like this style but miss the elegant and refined yeast notes more common in the stalwarts of the style. A good beer nonetheless though a bit malty and nondescript. Double it up and make a tripel I say.

Photo of chaz01
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sample tasting at a local beertasting event. Served in a champagne flute glass.

A: light amber, copper color. Thin to medium head, with just a few bubbles rising from the bottom.

S: Sweet malty aroma, with some fruitiness.

T: Nice mellow earthy caramel taste. A little hop bitterness, but not citrusy.

M: Light to medium bodied, refreshing on the palate.

D: I could drink a few of these easily. Very smooth -- nice beer to have on a hot summer day.

Photo of unclejimbay
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Copper/orange in color with fluffy 2 finger head and nice retention.
Aromas of noble hops, spicy fruits, and a dash of pseudo Belgian yeast.
Taste reminds me of a mild English IPA, noble hop flavor with very mellow bitterness -unique! Nice orange candy sweetness on finish/aftertaste.
Excellent mouthfeel, medium light creamy body and carbonation, nice candy finish.
Very unique BPA, I would pursue this one, most enjoyable noble hop flavor IPA I have enjoyed to date.

Thanks to kstrickler, a great trader for this one!

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

Poured into 16oz goblet. Poured a dark honey-gold color with just over an inch of slightly off-white head that had very good retention and lacing.

The aroma had a nice blend of malt, yeast, spice and hop scents with nothing standing out over the others. Much the same can be said for the flavors, a little bit of everything with nothing standing out.

The body was good, solid but not heavy, tongue coating without being sticky or lingering. Drinkability was good, but I just can't see having more than one at a sitting of these. This is a tasty and interesting brew, one that's worth your time, but doesn't really grab your attention.

Karma from Avery Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 957 ratings.