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Karma - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
77
okay

883 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 883
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 13.57%
Wants: 11
Gots: 23 | 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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kinger

Ohio

2.23/5  rDev -34.2%

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.

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

Indiana

3.58/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

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

Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

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

Kansas

3.3/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

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

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

07-23-2008 00:52:22 | More by BradLikesBrew
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PhiloPsych

California

3.3/5  rDev -2.7%

Slightly hazy pumpkin orange with very little head. Smell is yeasty and just a bit bready--maybe a little like a hefeweizen. The taste is rather weak--just not much there at all. There is nothing bad/offensive, but nothing exciting or interesting, either. I don't have much to say about the beer itself; there just isn't much there to comment on. So instead, here's a practical point.

This might be a good beer to offer people who have only had macro lagers previously. It is a craft beer. It is slightly darker than lagers. And, there isn't anything there for anyone to dislike. It's not even as flavorful as Sierra Pale Ale or even Sam Adams--the two most common transition-from-junk-to-good-beer beers. It's not hoppy at all, though, so it would be a better choice for transitioning to Belgian styles.

07-19-2008 05:12:54 | More by PhiloPsych
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HoppyMcStout

Missouri

2.68/5  rDev -20.9%

This was my first Belgian Pale, so my review might be a little off. It was a little darker than I was expecting. A nice kick from the hops were immediately noticeable, but then this sort of weird vibe I couldn't really identify...malts where I wasn't expecting any. It just didn't have the balance that I was looking for.

07-11-2008 02:43:59 | More by HoppyMcStout
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev +0.3%

Avery Karma Ale

This beer poured a beautiful medium amber/copper color with a one finger foamy off white head that lingered momentarily then faded to a wispy 1/8th inch film across the top of the beer. Some carbonation was visible within the ale and it was slightly hazy but certainly not cloudy.

Aroma was not that strong and smelled only of light malt of perhaps crackers. I also detected a slight fruity aroma that almost reminded me of cherries or some other variety of berries. (Not really a sweet smell though)

First thing I noticed about the taste is that it's not nearly as "big" as the other Avery offerings I've had. Flavor is more subdued and starts malty sweet with the same slight fruit/cherry notes that I detected in the aroma. Not much hop character to speak of but it's still fairly balanced as the malt flavor isn't too strong either.

Finishes rather crisply and doesn't remind me of any Belgian I've ever had.

The lingering flavor is of slightly sour cherries which may be coming from the Belgian yeast I assume they used.

Mouthfeel is fairly light and it has decent drinkability.

It's ok.

Not to be avoided and not to be sought out.

07-06-2008 21:00:03 | More by Reagan1984
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BattleRoadBrewer

Massachusetts

2.55/5  rDev -24.8%

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a glass tumbler at cellar temperature.

Very nice appearance, golden and crystal clear with a nice fluffy head leaving no lacing.

Fruity citrus and grainy aroma. Taste is flat, stale with a little bit fruitiness and biscuity grainy flavor and a slightly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel is sour, with a bit of carbonic bite.

Drinkability is really poor. Surprising that this category can some of my favorite beers and also some of the worst example. Take a pass.

07-05-2008 16:15:27 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
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stephens101

Oklahoma

3.7/5  rDev +9.1%

I always anticipate when a new Avery hits the shelf. This one pours a reddish orange and is topped off by an off-white two-finger head that fades somewhat expediently and leaves a swirly line of lacing behind. Smells of sweet malts, oranges, grapefruit, pears and a bit of spice. Taste is sweet, malty and citrusy. There's some toastiness involved, along with a slight, almost unnoticeable hop bitterness. Mouth-feel is light to medium bodied and carbonation is average. This beer goes down smooth. Avery seems to hit triples and homers with their bigger brews, and singles and doubles with their smaller brews. While this is a good brew that I really can't find fault with, it's not on par with some of their other offerings. That being said, it is very possible that the magnitude of their bigger beers could be skewing my perception. Either way, this is an enjoyable brew that should please any palate.

07-02-2008 23:23:19 | More by stephens101
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timbro81

Oklahoma

3.88/5  rDev +14.5%

Pours a very clear light copper/orange color with a pleasant 1/2 inch head that quickly settles to a film of a layer. Carbonation is a bit on the low side. Smell is great, sweet malty notes of candied cherries, alcohol, and something else that I can't grasp. Mouth feel is light to med./light. Once its in the mouth it is deceiving in that it feels bigger than it really is. The sweet malts are much tamer and some spicey hops come into play for balance. The aftertaste is a little weak, but this doesn't detract from the overall experience too much.

07-02-2008 04:14:05 | More by timbro81
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andreasmwatt

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev +4.7%

A - AMBER IN COLOR, GREAT HEAD. MUCH DIFFERENT OUT OF THE TAP THAN OUT OF THE BOTTLE.

S - VERY VERY DISTINCT FLORAL SMELL TO IT. HINT OF GRAPEFRUIT.

T - CITRUS, CAN REALLY TASTE THAT GRAPEFRUIT RATHER THAN SMELL IT. STILL FLORALLY BUT MORE ON THE CITRUS SIDE FOR SURE.

M - HAD A BIT OF AN AFTERTASTE, BUT DESCENT MOUTHFEEL. NOT AS ZINGY AS I WOULD LIKE BUT NICE.

D - COULD ENJOY A FEW, THE AFTERTASTE IS NOT AS BAD AS IT SEEMS BUT IS EASILY DRINKABLE.

06-30-2008 01:00:20 | More by andreasmwatt
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MinorThreat

Nebraska

2.68/5  rDev -20.9%

Served from a 12oz bottle

A- Golden/Copper minimal white head that reduced to a skim

A- Not much really, little malt, little hop, not much...

T- Tastes like macrobrewery work. Nothing to impress and nothing to offend.

M- Not great, it just felt weak

D- Might be a good transition into good beer for the Bud Light drinker. Could drink a bunch of these seeing as though they tend to be a non offensive alcohol delivery device.

I had higher expectations from Avery. They make some incredible beers, pretty much anything in a bomber is top tier. This however was kind of weak.

06-28-2008 04:53:35 | More by MinorThreat
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jeffmonarch

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

12 oz. bottle in a snifter glass.

A - Dark orange brown and very cloudy. It has a thick tan head that stays for a while.

S - Very faint but can pick up a little spice, honey and some fruit.

T - Smooth, bready with some toasted wheat and nuts.

M - Light to medium with good carbonation.

D - Not terribly impressed, it was ok or average.

06-26-2008 04:08:22 | More by jeffmonarch
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chileman13

New Mexico

2.95/5  rDev -13%

poured from 12 oz bottle into a samuel smith pint+ glass.
A-copper in color w/ 1" cream head that settles quickly.
A- malt and honey, not very fragrant.
T- Malty with light honey and very light spices.
M- medium with fair carbonation.
D- ehh it's ok acceptable not exceptional. I was looking for more from avery as they produce some good beer.
try it, it may be your cat's meow.

06-23-2008 00:11:55 | More by chileman13
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MisterClean

California

3.53/5  rDev +4.1%

Bottle from tasting at Manderes.

A - Copper in color, light head, dissipates fast.

S - Amber malts, smoky, honey,and candi sugar.

T - Amber malts, tastes like an irish red, biting hops, and smoky too.

M - Satisfying, yet dryish too. Doesn't affect the quenching part though.

D - Good in taste, but I expect more ester to shine through.

06-20-2008 04:25:48 | More by MisterClean
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iceball585

New York

3.15/5  rDev -7.1%

A- Yellowish brown color, semi-clear, one finger thick head that faded quickly to a thin ring around the glass, a few carbonation bubbles rising

S- Honey, citrus, spices, herbs, yeast, biscuits

T- Nutty, bready, wheat, toasted grains, caramel, fruity, light hop bitterness

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, slightly watery start then drys up near the end

D- Worth trying

Interesting combination of flavors but not really anything that I'd go crazy over. Also it is slightly lacking in auroma.

06-06-2008 00:13:57 | More by iceball585
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Kraken

Maryland

4/5  rDev +18%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into 20oz Harp pint glass. Firm pour results in a minimal wispy head composed of champaign like bubbles. Light fruit esters on the nose hints of candy sugar, hardly noticeable fresh bread. Light lacing on glass. Very mild hop taste initially followed by malt, very light candy sugar and fruit esters. Banana and hint of berry and bread. Nice smooth finish. Very easy drinking beer, would like a bit more hop bittering in the finish. Fair mouth feel and very easy to drink. A decent execution of the style. Very sessionable.

Worth a try but I wouldn't go to the ends of the earth to locate.

05-29-2008 01:02:44 | More by Kraken
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Gmann

New York

3.08/5  rDev -9.1%

Pours a golden copper color with a small white head which dissipated into a light ring. The aroma is pretty weak, not getting much out of it. Some sweet malt, perhaps a touch of grain. The taste is of pale malt, toasted cracker, with a grassy hop and tart apple flavor towards the end. Not sure what's Belgian about this brew. Neither the yeast profile nor any candi sugar profiles come through. The feel is light, almost watery, with fizzy carbonation and finishes slightly sweet. A very neutral beer, a nice balance makes this drinkable but it doesn't resemble a Belgian brew.

05-26-2008 02:25:48 | More by Gmann
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dsa7783

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +7.7%

Single, Twelve ounce bottle just copped from State Line Liquors in Elkton, Maryland...
Very impressive appearance, with a gigantic, five-fingered foamy head that exhibited enormous staying power before slowly receding...
Mild aroma replete with honey, caramel, and yeast...
Taste was laden with fresh florals, ripe fruits, pears, apples, and a slight hint of wheat...
Creamy mouthfeel, but nothing above and beyond in this department, coupled with a good level of drinkability to match...
Decent stuff from Avery, but certainly not this brewery's best effort...

05-12-2008 01:30:21 | More by dsa7783
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nickfl

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

A - Clear, golden brown body supporting an off white head that settles quickly, but leaves some lace.

S - Malty with honey and apple esters as well as peppery belgian yeast.

T - Malty, flavors of toasted malt with some biscuit notes, and a bit of roast. Some caramel flavors appear in the middle, followed by a moderate hoppy character in the finish.

M - A bit on the thick side of a medium body with moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish.

D - Easy to drink, not a bad session beer. The aroma qualities are nice, but the flavor is kind of lacking. It is a bit maltier than I would have expected and kind of lacking in yeast character.

05-11-2008 06:41:50 | More by nickfl
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bort11

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev +7.1%

12 oz bottle poured into a Corsendonk fluted tulip. Mild white head that quickly recedes to a filmy cap. Not much in the way of lacing. Color is a clear coppery amber.

Smell is pretty malty for a pale ale. Toasty with a hint of honey. Orange blossom floral hops notes. Taste is still pretty malty. Sweet bread with some orange peel and a slightly herbal background

Solid medium body and a smooth carbonation. I had three in one sitting and that was good for the night, but I would sure like to get more.

05-11-2008 05:12:48 | More by bort11
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RJLarse

Washington

2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

On tap at Jake' Bistro and bar in Steilacoom, WA. Served in a pint glass.

A pale copper color and clear. A one-finger foamy head caps the beer and is moderately resilient, sticking to the sides of the glass.

Smell is a sweet bourbon-like aroma. Fairly strong.

Taste is also bourbon-like. A bitter-sweet fruit cider flavor.

Mouthfeel is fullbodied and cloying for the style.

Not real drinkable beer. Flavors are overpowering, and the whiskey flavor is not my pint of ale. I'll probably pass this one up again.

05-11-2008 04:34:03 | More by RJLarse
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -3.2%

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip produces a clear orange amber body topped by two fingers of medium-bubbled white head that recedes to a fizzy ring and leaves very little lacing.

Smell is hardly overpowering; a little fruity with a vague hint of lightly-roasted nuts and vanilla caramels.

Tastes of ripe pears and bread; slightly herbal and tart with an earthy character; a dry woodiness throughout.

Big stinging bubbles of carbonation detract from the experience. Mouthfeel is watery, at best.

An inoffensive beer that seems like a macro attempt at a craft. Blah.

05-10-2008 18:27:36 | More by cvstrickland
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +9.1%

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a modest head that fails the lacing test

Smell: Estery, with a woody, fruity aroma - pear and melon

Taste: Opens with a biscuity flavor, that moves in a fruity direction by mid-palate, with a distinct melon aspect; after the swallow, the hops jump forward and add an earthy bitterness; dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but all over the map, with a nod to each of the major beer centers of England, Germany and Belgium

05-08-2008 22:28:39 | More by brentk56
Karma from Avery Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 883 ratings.