Karma - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 959
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 13.27%
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2005)
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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.

Photo of maximum12
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed on-tap at a fairly new Minneapolis restaurant, the Ginger Hop. Good food, great '80's music, nice beer line-up heavy on the locals (plus Avery). What's not to like?

Glass looks like a pale pour of honey. The smell follows suit, sweet, sweet, with a healthy fruitiness.

Not knowing the style by staring at the tap handle, I initially guessed it was an iteration of a hefe. Light, carbonated, & very fruity, with banana coming out on top in a close race. A summer sipping beer for sure, which only reminded me of the sub-zero temps outside.

Good brew, this one was made for early summer evenings.

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

12 oz bottle to glass tumbler.

The pour is a nice, green/orangish with a soft, off-white head and solid lacing. The nose points to some hints of lemon, fig, and some light brown malts.

A little bit of yeast to round things out, combined with some acidic caramel body. Really soft, easy finish.

A great session beer. A very American-style BPA, but I like it very much.

Photo of matjack85
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.59. No freshness date.

The beer poured a honey-gold color and made a 1 finger white head that lasted about a minute and left a lot of nice lacing on the glass.

There isn't much smell to this at all. After swirling it around a bit all I could pick up was a whiff of pepper.

The taste is a nice mix of fruitiness, peppery spiciness, and sweet malt. Not much hop flavor as attested to by its very low IBU score of 10. It wasn't all that unbalanced though as the pepper takes the place of the hops as the balancing agent.

The beer is medium bodied with a slightly higher than medium amount of carbonation, keeping it crisp and refreshing. It also has a bit of a spicy finish.

It's a nice change of pace beer that uses pepper in place of hops for balance. Not too heavy, not too light, not too spicy and not too sweet. I could drink a lot of these.

Photo of huricrane47
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I first smelt this beer it reminded me of strawberry poptarts. Really! The taste was very light and had a dried strawberry taste similar to the smell. There was very little bitterness and the aftertaste dissipated quickly. It is very interesting what flavors yeast can produce. The color is golden and orange with a white head. The mouthfeel is light and the drinkability is high. Session beer? I could down a 6 pack of this easily. It is very nice and could be a good transition beer for people who only drink "light beers" It would also go very well with sushi because it has very little aftertaste. Great beer!

Photo of BeefyMee
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

People may not rave about this but it's a nice change of pace beer from Avery. Smells of grains and dried fruit with a little bit of alcohol thrown in. The taste leans towards banana with the graininess asserting itself more in the aftertaste. Finishes sweet and a little soapy. Not very aggressive or ambitious on any front but a good easy drinking Belgian session beer.

Photo of pweis909
4.35/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 6 of these over the course of several days w/ thanksgiving leftovers.

These beers were consistently light amber in color. Each pour tended to have about a 1 inch head made of rather large bubbles that dissipated fairly quickly. The beers were transparent, although a very small bit of sediment was at the bottom of the bottle and could be seen against the contrast of the white foam. There was little to modest lacing of the glasses I drained.

Aroma was restrained, with some maltiness and fruitiness that were more aparent upon tasting. Refrigeration temperatures were too cold for this beer, as its aromas and flavors really only opened up when I opened a bottle that was cellar temperature (so 50-55 instead of 40-45). Warming brought out bolder biscuity flavors and a more prominent fruitiness.

A crisp, dry finish was common to all pours, which added to the drinkability of the beer.

Serving temperature is important for this beer. Served cold, it would be a lesser brew than I have scored it, still drinkable, but less impressive.

As a side note, the beer held up well to the different flavors of Thanksgiving, including turkey and sweet potatoes, but also left-over turkey served as a Thai style curry.

Photo of cnjohn19
4.18/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"Here's to being good"...i'll cheers to that...first experience with karma was at Maido in Louisville, KY...shoutout to Jim for the suggestion...

pours with a fluffy white head...great lacing throughout...a honey, tea-like color...excellent

smells of slight lemon zest, strong plum, and a tad or caramel...nothing too exciting

everyone is knocking this beer on here for its (lack of) taste...i think this beer is very enjoyable...very mild taste, but slightly fruity and full of tannins...

this beer excels with its crispness, light carbonation, and overall lite feel...this is probably the first time i disagree with the masses on here...

"Remember, good things DO happen to good people"...

Photo of ToddT
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Hazy pale copper color topped with a one finger off white head. Head falls to a ring and leaves some spots of lace on the glass.

S- Sweet fruit, apple, pear, peach, malt and Belgian yeast.

T- Slightly sour Belgian funk and first then not much of anything. Some very mild notes of fruit and then a dry slightly sour finish.

M- Light and decent carbonation. Crisp dry citrus finish.

D- At 5.2% ABV it could be very drinkable but there is not enough going on to make me want more than one.

Had such high hopes for this one, first Avery beer that has left me wondering what happened.

Photo of Rayek
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy pale amber, with mild carbonation. A small and soapy bone white head has decent retention and leaves substantial lace.

S: Slightly sour. Lemon and biscuits round things out. Not really much going on here.

T: Very mild. A sourdough malt flavor starts things. A mild lemon tartness follows. There's a hint of sourness in the background. Finishes tart and dry.

M: The light body has very soft carbonation.

D: I honestly didn't enjoy this that much. It felt like it could use about a 50% flavor boost. The light body does make an easy drinker.

Photo of loren01
2.93/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours an orangish color, not too much head but the head that is there does have good retention.
S: Smell is very faint and its of Belgian yeast
T: Belgian yeast and sweet fruity flavors, finishes slightly sour.
M: Medium bodied beer...quite a lot of carbonation
D: I think I was expecting more out of this beer, all other Avery beers I've had have been pretty tasty. This one isn't bad...however nothing too exciting really either.

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

Appearance is average, kinda dark off orange color with a slight amount of head and lacing. Smell is decent with a slight frutiness kinda plum and peach undertones.
Taste is similar with more yeast than expected, but not off-puting. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected, needs a bit more carbonation.
Drinkability is good.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Clear medium orange color. One finger of spritzy head with average retention and minimal lacing.

3.5 S: Nose is surprisingly hoppy with more citrusy than earthy hops. A big of Belgian aroma in the malt, but other than that this is very much an APA.

3.0 T: There's a touch of Belgian-ness in the taste and definitely more than in the nose, but it still tastes more like an APA. The spicy yeastiness is no where to be present. There really isn't much of anything going on. Not much hop character, malts are mundane, and no Belgian flavors.

3.0 M: Medium body. Somewhat creamy and the carbonation isn't as spritzy as I'd like.

3.5 D: I've never been a big fan of Avery and this beer does nothing to change that.

Photo of Beejay
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden copper in color. Nice white head that seems to fade a little bit, but hasn't gone away.

S: Sweet, fruity, with a little bit of hops in the background.

T: Sweet and fruity, with just a little sour kick at the end. Nice and mellow with a yeasty finish.

M: Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation.

D: Good, but not amazing. A good brew, but not something I am going to go out of my way for.

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

A: Clear orange/amber color. Poured a 3 finger light tan head that dissipated slowly to a 1 finger cap. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Honey and green apple up front. Toasted malt notes follow. Faint spices, citrus and yeast in the foundation.

T: Sweet honey is prominent followed by green apples and orange peel. Peppery bitter in a crisp finish.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Refreshing crisp, relatively clean finish for so many fruit flavorsness.

D: Decent drinkable beer. Very easy to drink and flavorful. More/different malt flavors would bring it better balance..

Photo of Naugled
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

crystal clear orange copper color with a fizzy off white head that quickly goes

smells of melons, cantaloupe mostly and tropical fruits

very fruity flavors melon again and lush succulent tropicals like mango

medium mouthfeel

very drinkable but too much fruit, it's like a wine cooler, very much an Americanized belgian, and there's nothing wrong with that.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 10oz weizen glass. Orange/copper hue, with very good carbonation, but a thin head. The smell was citrus fruity mixed with some clove-like spiciness, but I expected a little more, given the Belgian yeast strain used. The taste was the same as the nose at the start, but it was followed up by a crisp mildly hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel was very good, although I think that the excessive carbonation took away from the flavor a tad. A nice crisp, easy-drinking beer.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into red wine glass.

A - Orange/amber with a slight haze. About a finger of white head rises and falls to a thin persistent cap. Some lacing.

S - Somewhat sweet. Honey and apples jump out immediately backed with nutty and mild toasted aromas. Faint spice hides in the corners with a bit of yeasty chalkiness. Aside from the honey/apple aroma everything is a bit subtle.

T - Honey comes on somewhat strong at first followed by some fruity and medicinal flavor; something like granny smith apples with grass clippings and chalk. Late palate yeilds light peppery and herbal spiciness with a touch of bitterness.

M - Light to medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Very refreshing with a certain crispness to it.

D - Karma is nothing remarkable or mindblowing, but it is pretty drinkable. Decent flavors going on even if somewhat restrained. A reasonable quaffer with some Belgian flare.

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

This brew pours out a cloudy coppery-orange. A nice head that retains well leaves a few patches of sticky lacing behind. There aren't so much "floaties" in here as there are "sit on the bottomies."
There's some sweetness in the aroma that's got nice complexity without being overbearing. Dark fruits, gentle sweet spices as well as a firmer spiciness, perhaps honey, and a light alcohol note are all in the nose.
The taste is a little stronger with a little more substance to it. It's a little nuttier with a little more evident hops presence. There's a little bit of astringency and a sour note to the bitterness, though. It's a nice flavor with a little something marring it just slightly.
The body is on the light end of moderate, and there's a pretty nice crispness to it.
At a low ABV with a decent balance and flavor, this one's got plenty of drinkability. There are certainly Belgian Pales I'd pick out first, but this isn't one to scorn by any means.

Photo of JayQue
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange color with a very carbonated thin head that fades quickly to a ring. No lacing. Smells and tastes like a Belgian but mild. Fruit and Belgian yeasts are apparent as is a little peppery spiciness.

On the whole, the taste is pretty subdued, but there is an alcohol presence like you would find in a much stronger Belgian.

Mouthfeel is about average. Drinkability is ok, this is a fairly pleasant experience - but nothing stands out.

Photo of Metalmonk
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish/golden/copper color with a thin head that turns to a skim quickly, leaving a few splashes and splotches of lace on the glass.

Aroma is full of fruit and a flowery essence, with pear, apple and, considering it's only 5.2%, a surprising alcohol tweak. Fruit flavors pop brightly, as expected when using a Belgian yeast strain. Not feeling a ton of depth through the nose, though.

Flavor is a let down, considering the brewery and the style. A fruity essence comes in first and remains the main feature, but rather than feeling like it's imparted by the yeast, it feels like fruit juice was used. Or something less natural. The malt feels wimpy. Hops are hardly there. A bit of tart/sour in the finish. In the end I feel like I'm drinking a good fruit soda. Unfortunately, I didn't want a good fruit soda, I wanted a great Belgian-style ale by a brewery who usually does much better. A pretty ho-hum flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is okay, although too carbonated. Feels like a soft drink. (I always wondered why sodas are called soft drinks...their carbonation is usually anything but soft. Maybe because they act as an alternative to alcoholic beverages?)

Avery has spoiled us with some mindblowing beers, and their average is better than most other brewers' average. If I compare Karma to what a Magic Hat Belgian pale ale might taste like, it's not really a slam on Magic Hat, but M.H. stuff rarely touches the heights of Avery, so it's weird to see Avery release something on this level. Decent drinkability, as there's nothing way off or offensive here, and the alcohol level is reasonable...it's just not that tasty, it's leagues below what they were shooting for, and I personally wouldn't return. My least favorite Avery beer by a wide margin.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, no freshness date, nice ditty about the beer on the label

Appearance: Dark burnt orange beer with a decent off white head which soon fades to a thick film with decent retention

Smell: Much maltier than I expected from the description on the bottle...very nice (if simple) toasted malt aromas, quite similar to brew day when using a large percentage of toasted malts; fresh and grainy, with just a bit of nondescript tart fruit...as nice as that is, there's not much else going on here.

Taste: Quite sweet toasted malts, some very mild fruitiness (peach)...honestly, not a lot going on here...it's not bad, but it's one-dimensional and a bit too sweet for me

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, more carbonated than it looks in the glass

Drinkability: I'm glad I only got one in a mixed-pack...

Conclusion: Avery's brews are very hit-or-miss for me...this is one of the misses...it's just not all that good IMO

Photo of BierFan
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Slightly hazy amber/copper colored body, light tan head. It smells very fruity to me. Mango and citrus aromas are especially strong. Belgian yeast taste. Maybe a little apple as well. Spicy yeast in the finish.

Photo of HopsRunner
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First review ever.

A: Amber Orange color. Looked very much like a shocktop. The head was very light and white

S: The smell was very inviting with citrus.

T: The taste was surprising at first with a citrus tones and very crisp. Also a light beer that (after seing someone elses post) would be a good intro beer for someone who enjoys Coors and what not.

M: Carbonated a little to much for my taste. I do like stouts and nitros so this should explain why.

D: Overall a good beer. One i would recommend to at least try

Karma from Avery Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 959 ratings.