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Karma - Avery Brewing Company

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854 Ratings

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Ratings: 854
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 10
Gots: 20 | 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 morimech


3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish, golden color with a one-fingered head that quickly goes away and leaves little lacing. Is this unfliterd or bottle-conditioned? Has particulate matter floating about.

Not a lot going on in the aroma department. Sweet malt and fruity smell.

The taste is very mellow. Sweet malt and fruity esters with a little yeast. Nothing pronounced or overwhelming. It goes done easy, crisp and clean. Nicely proportioned body and carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 23:27:05 | More by morimech
Photo of dogger6253


3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey colored and hazy - golden. A very pillowy head, white colored with some nice lacing left behind. Honey, caramel and hops in the smell.

The taste has a bit of hops, bits of caramel and honey, some green apples and green grapes. Syrupy feel to it all, medium body and moderately carbonated. This is easily drinkable, refreshing and overall very good.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 00:22:54 | More by dogger6253
Photo of ChainGangGuy


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

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangey-copper body with a lush, though short-lived white head.

Smell: An aroma that's a mixture of honey, grape bubblegum, and pineapple juice.

Taste: Starts with a light caramel sweetness that thins out into the grape and pineapple fruit flavors. A light hint of citrus comes and goes. There's a light, leafy hop taste and bitterness near the drying finish. I gotta say, for being a mere 5.2% alcohol, you can really taste and feel it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It started out alright, but slowly became a chore to finish. I suggest having a friend on hand to split the bottle with.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2007 04:14:55 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of Murchmac


3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks almost a pale reddish, pale amber.

not a big smell but some spicy floral notes.

weak taste, was expecting something bigger, but this beer is light, refreshing, crisp, with a belgian taste.

Good drinkable beer, wouldnt want a six pack of it though.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 04:20:19 | More by Murchmac
Photo of Floydster


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

12 ounce bottle from Beverage Warehouse in Los Angeles

Poured into a chilled pint glass

Looked a reddish brown color with some sweet taste, but not too much

Nice tasting Belgian, especially for a pale

Taste lasted nice and long as well

Could drink a lot of these and had to pace myself in order to not drink it in five minutes

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 05:55:04 | More by Floydster
Photo of gmfessen


3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a slightly hazy amber-orange color with a huge, frothy off-white head. Smell is not overwhelming but is generally sweet, slightly fruity and spicy. The taste is very similar to the nose; an initial sweetness that lingers throughout the taste, complemented by slight bittering hops and a mild spice flavor. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a foamy carbonation. Overall drinkability is pretty high, goes down easy and smooth. Nothing outstanding but definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 15:24:42 | More by gmfessen
Photo of cjgator3


3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a beautiful reddish copper color with a nice off-white head. The aroma is a little faint but provides a sweet fruity malt with a touch of citrus and spices. The taste is malt with some citrus and a very dry finish. Overall, this is a decent brew that is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 03:16:35 | More by cjgator3
Photo of woemad


4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased about a month ago from Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.59.

Poured a hazy orange color into a oversized wineglass. An inch of off-white, bubbly foam is created and slowly dissipates.

Honey-ish sweet maltiness and fruity esters that slightly remind me of canteloupe greets my nostrils. Also some grassiness and a perfumy spiciness can be sniffed.

A softly sweet taste hits the tastebuds at the beginning of the sip. Then there's a slight spicy flavor that balances the sweetness. A pleasing, casual dryness makes itself felt at the swallow. Not a flavor bomb, but still tasty.

The body's fairly light, as I expected, with just right amount of effervescence in the mouthfeel.

Unlike a lot of reviewers, I was actually pleased with this beer, and found it quite drinkable. It's not a huge flavor bomb, and those looking for a great Belgian beer experience would undoubtebly find it lacking. But as a beer to accompany an unpretentious lunch, I found it quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 19:31:21 | More by woemad
Photo of jeffjfindley


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

Orange. Very bland orange color with a far beyond adequate head. Smell is reasonable, with some nice fruity esters, but there is a presence of cardboard in there as well. Taste follows suit initially offering a nice, biscuity malt sweetness not dissimilar to another Colorado fave, but after a few seconds the flat cardboard thing kicks in. Finish is mild citric hops. Mouthfeel is fine, but I don't see myself buying this again. You can bring some over if you want, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 03:58:45 | More by jeffjfindley
Photo of sweethome


3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber/orange. Light head dissipates quickly.

Nose has a bit of barnyard and sweet tea.

First taste is bready malt. The mouthfeel is decent, rather soft but fairly full. Provides some tea flavors, a hint of bready malts continue on through...but then lacks the hops to clear it out and seal the deal. Is this really an Avery beer??

The beer is easy drinking and somewhat tasty, probably the session beer from Avery, but still can't believe there isn't more hops in here. Avery is one of the hop kings! The belgian yeast does not assert itself also.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 01:57:55 | More by sweethome
Photo of BretSikkink


3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very attractive dark orange/copper color, fairly clear brew with a big head and good retention. Some sediment remains in the bottle.

Floral, sweet aromas of hops, a hint of lightly sweetened raw honey in the malt profile, and lightly peppered with a hint of spicing as well. The flavor is nutty, light as in wheaty, yeasty and very slightly puckering. Actually a little disappointing, not necessarily in depth but in the power of the flavor. Husky tannins are all over the finish, leave a not terrific flavor in the mouth, though since it's so light it's not a big deal.

Easy to drink, but perhaps you'll be left wanting more. The bottle implies that the hops are Belgian in origin, but there's none of the peppery flavor I'm used to from those, while the malts are basically too light to do much of anything. With the overload of tannins left in the mouth, not a great brew overall.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 04:32:32 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of pmcadamis


3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy blood orange brew topped with a fat and foamy two finger head that recedes fairly quickly leaving some nice lace in it's wake. A quick swirl brings back a full foamy finger.

S - Fruity notes dominate this nose with nuances of cherry, strawberry shortcake malt, and loads of raspberries. Smells nothing at all like what I've come to expect from a BPA, but it smells good!

T - Tastes more like an American pale ale with some raspberry and rhubarb flavors than a BPA, not a bad thing for me since I love APAs, but it just doesn't strike me as Belgian. Somewhat unique with it's flavors of tobacco, raspberry, and rhubarb, but ...I would have called this a standard pale ale in a blind tasting as it has (other than intense fruitiness) no real Belgian qualities at all. Big fruity hops are the major player here.

M - Pretty average pale ale mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation with a light to medium body and hoppy but only slightly dry finish.

D - Nothing really stands out other than the nice fruity nose. I could session this without any problems, but it's way off for the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 16:05:42 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of denjen


3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dennis: The thing that first surprised me about this beer was the intense carbonation, not because it was bad but because your just not expecting it. It follows quickly by the tastes from the belgian yeast used in this beer, and the two play off each other nicely. I had expected just a regular IPA or APA, but really by the end of the bottle you really get a sense of the craft behind it. It's subtle, but I think it's because it was done really well.
Jen: In honor of our return to beer reviews, we had to do an Avery brew, something that has been cellared since the day we found we (I) were pregnant.
The scent of this ale prepares you for a sweet and fruity ale. It starts off with a nice roasted malt flavor that is accompanied by yeast flavors. This ale has a nice fruity essence to it. The body is well done, with tiny carbonation bubbles, holding true to most Belgian Ales. The end of this brew has a nice spicy but sweet taste to it. It is fairly easy to drink, but not at the top of my list for Avery Brews.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2007 14:52:35 | More by denjen
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Asheville this afternoon. Havent seen it before, and was told that it just came in this morning and I was getting the first pull, awesome. Poured a rich amber with a huge white sticky head. Deep lacing was evident from the start. Nice carbonation bubbling up from the bottom. Smell was intresting, somewhat hoppy, but more of a spiced belgian twist. Hints of Bananas were very noticeable as well as some orange peel. The feel was unusually smooth and a bit flat at first. I actually was not impressed with the first sip, but rather the later ones were much better. Felt very creamy and had a nice lingering finish to it. Muted american hops were mixed in with a nice plae belgian taste. Again bananas and pears, mixed with some earthy bready grains were the commonplace. Overall this was a fairly intresting brew. I did not know what to expect and was defiantly pleasantly suprised. Will have to try it again if I see bottles. Well crafted for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2007 21:15:40 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Brent


3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When my buddy and I sampled this beer, our first reaction was the same: "Huh?" Not sure what this beer wanted to be, or where it wanted to go. A bit sweet, with what seemed a distinct Belgian candy sugar note, and a toffee malt presence. Perhaps just a hint of yeasty funk, but it may have been my imagination. Not really a pale ale, not really Belgian, just lackluster. A rare letdown from Avery.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 21:46:10 | More by Brent
Photo of ejimhof


3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the first beer from Avery that I did not think was exceptional. Not sure what beer style they are going for with this one but did not test very Belgian like. Not terrible but not what I have come to expect from Avery. No real taste and not recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2007 23:25:49 | More by ejimhof
Photo of zeff80


3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a reddish color with a small, short-lived white head. It left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of malt and spices. Also, a hint of orange aroma.

T - It tasted of malt and spices. A good fruity flavor.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a descent representation of the style. Not the best but it was pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 17:46:48 | More by zeff80
Photo of DoubleJ


3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Find your inner peace with Karma! On to the beer:

Poured into a pint glass, it's reddish-copper in color with a nice billowy head. A lot of biscuit and grain flavors in this beer, which is joined by some hop flavor and mild fruit. The bitterness curls around the tongue and sits on it after each sip. A pretty good beer, and one I had no idea was intended to be Belgian-styled.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2007 03:37:46 | More by DoubleJ
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3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First purchase of this one in a mixed sixer for $7.50. Worth it? We'll see.

Moderate pour at 45 degrees yields a solid off-white two-finger head under a slightly hazy amber body. Pretty beer.

Smell is a bit of malt and some mild floral hops with some pepper and coriander.

Taste follows the smell for the most part, but the pepper and coriander are more up front.

Mouthfeel is decent, with nice carbonation throughout.

Drinkability is pretty good.

Overall, this is an okay beer, but not a stand-alone: it would go well with a spicy meal. Worth a try, but not worth stocking up on.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 04:09:21 | More by ColoradoBobs
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3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - a light golden color with scant few bubbles of carbonation, a thin filmy white head sits atop

S - musty, subtle malty aroma wihtout much help, rather isolated and uninviting

T - the taste is much better than the aroma, malty at first, then a fruity sweetness kicks in, and a slightly spicy finish, not he best belgian in the states, but not bad either, a nice session brew

M&D - smooth with a biting finish, but overall a decently drinkable beer with a palatable mouthfeel

not a very noteworthy beer, tasty and drinkable, but not much to expound on.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 23:14:25 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of msubulldog25


3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A Belgian farmhouse/pale ale from an excellent brewery in Colorado. Gotta try this...poured from a 12 oz. bottle to the trusty 'La Rulles' tasting glass.

A: Nice-looking, crystal clear golden-orange. A white, fizzy head about 1/2-finger high tops this one, fading pretty rapidly. Many carbonation bubbles rise randomly. Nice sticking lace.

S: Rather bland aroma of gummy malt, very faint sugary fruit and a little yeast. Expected more from this...

T: Starts with a bounty of roasted barley, nutty and spicy-sweet. Develops into a sticky yeastiness with some fruit (ripe melon and pear). Finishes full of dry pepper and some herbal hops. I really don't taste the "Belgian-ness" in this one, unfortunately...

M: Good carbonation initially but yeastiness seems to thicken the mouth beyond what I expect in a Belgian Pale Ale. Pepper and hops last on the tongue for a while...

D: Pretty good beer, but I really had to search for the Belgian yeast....it's there, but much more subtle than hoped for. Otherwise, a pale ale that's somewhere in the midst of the pack. Good for a try, then probably move on...

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 05:03:48 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of HoustonTX


3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden body with a bright clear orange hue. Solid lace and head, white in color. Smells of dank unripened-fruit esters, with a pepper backing. Clean and crisp with a layer of caramel. Taste is clean and reminiscent of a well-done amber, with a Belgian twang. Wild yeast flavors, with fruits and ripe citric tones protruding. All along a very solid malt base. Finishes with a semi-dry tang. Very solid, introductory beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 00:46:59 | More by HoustonTX
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A small, thick, mousse-like head rests atop an amber colored brew. Some lace clings to the glass and the surface of the beer. Light spices and dry esters of apples and berries mix with a whiff of caramel. Pleasant nutty malts hold the flavor together...sweet, mellow orange, melon, and pepper. At times, the hop flavor has me almost thinking in terms of a well-balanced IPA. Not that I would call this a very hoppy beer, but some aspects steer me in that direction, if only for a moment. Solid medium mouthfeel.

Not exceptionally Belgianesque, if that's what you're expecting. It is, however, a well-made, seemingly Belgian-inspired amber ale and for that, I have to give it props.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2007 03:02:53 | More by wedge
Photo of jmz62565


3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish amber with a smallish tan foamy head. The color is nice,but the head is small. The smell is very pungent with sweet malt and a strong "bisquity" aroma. The taste is crisp,sweet and very drinkable. The "bisquity" aroma is also in the flavor along with the sweet malt makes this a tasty beer. The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing well. This is just another quality beer from a quality brewery.Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 22:24:37 | More by jmz62565
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North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp orange with a frothy off-white diminishing head. The aroma is of sweet malts and sweet fruits. The taste is a good blend of sweet malts, citrus hops and a decent Belgian yeast bite. The beer is light, crisp and refreshing. A good lighter alternative to its stronger Belgian counterparts.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2007 05:32:10 | More by atsprings
Karma from Avery Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 854 ratings.