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Karma - Avery Brewing Company

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965 Ratings

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Ratings: 965
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 13
Gots: 36 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2005

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Photo of Brenden
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
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 +2.9%
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
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
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
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
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
3.99/5  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
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
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

Photo of brewdoc75
3.76/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up as a single at Cellars in Eagan, Minnesota. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Orange-amber with a generous fluffy white head. Moderate carbonation. Looks quite nice.

S: Not a ton of aroma, but I get a hint of tart cherry and some pilsner malt. Some faint fruitiness. Not a ton of yeast character. I get a touch of sulfur as well.

T: Much more flavor than the nose would imply. Pleasant slightly tart fruits with some cherry and apple tones. Beautifully sweet malts, not too overpowering. Not a lot of spice or phenols, a bit would have been nice. The hops add a subtle spiciness with great balancing bitterness.

M: Light bodied and dry finishing. Great "summer" mouthfeel.

D: A solid representative of a style I feel is underbrewed in the US. Not stellar, but pretty good. I would like a bit more yeast character and this is a winner. I'll buy it again though.

Photo of stewart124
3.57/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

highly carbonated with a somewhat dense head. Color is golden orange with visible carbonation.

Nose is grassy, floral and slightly citrus with a straw note.

The taste is light and ever so fruity with clementine coming to mind. There is a bit of tartness in the initial taste and a sour note but overall this finishes dry with bits of lemon and slight spice.

The hops are present and add a spiciness to this beer. Probably not huge in the hop department but the high carbnation and dry finish bring the hops out.

Refreshing and easy to drink. Nice solid belgian pale ale.

Photo of rfgetz
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Irish Pol... supposedly a newer formulation from Avery

A: Dark golden orange, almost appricot in color.

S: Dried appricot, a little yeasty and bready note. Piney Hops are there.

T: Hmmm... not really a Belgian. I have an appricoty, sometimes faint peachy taste. Yeasty breads and a west coast hop flavor. Very earthy, strawlike backbone.

M: Light, crisp, refreshing, creamy... not really Belgian though.

D: The hard to pin down as belgian style ignored, the beer is light, crisp and refreshing. A good summer brew.

Photo of tronester
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange, with a medium off-white head. Rather dark for a Belgian Pale Ale. Smells of phenolic yeast strain. Taste is light, salty, with a thin crisp malt middle. A hint of pepper and banana in the finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, average carbonation levels. Drinkability is good, very light and unoffensive, but not that much flavor. I would drink this again, but wouldn't specifically seek it out.

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

A rather bright orange brown. As with others, I expected a lighter brew. Rather effervescent, with the bubbles feeding a white head with bubbles of many sizes. Decent spider web lacing.

Lots of dusty yeast to the aroma, with hints of doughy sweetness. Green apple peel. Grapes. Raw honey. Slight nose-piquing spice.

Apple. Citrus character increases with warming. A little bit of spice, peppery, with clove. Some grassy hop bittering - crisp - enters, and leads into a dusty yeast finish, a spiced dry quality. Yeast quality builds, and becomes a bit sickly, heavy.

Lots of carbonation, maybe a bit too much. By the end there is a juxtaposition of prickly carbonation and carbonation that has become creamy.

Photo of mikedashg
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a golden yellow with a white fluffy head from a 12oz bottle into my pint glass. No cloudyness, very clear.

S- Sweet Honey, Lemon, Hops

T- Similar to nose, some spice, very very low in belgian yeast flavor.

M - low to moderate carbonation. Very light mouthfeel. Almost watery.

D - Not bad. Pretty easy drinker. Kind of refreshing. Slightly above average brew. Not too overpowering. Would be great intro brew to those who usually drink bud/miller/coors

Photo of jwc215
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazed amber with a thin layer of a head. The head becomes a small, isolated patch. Some lacing slides down the glass without sticking.

The smell is sweet and fruity with some herbal spicing and bubblegum. There's a hint of caramel and pepper as well.

The taste is of mild sweetness and fruitiness with a touch of bubblegum. There is a peppery, herbal, slightly metallic tinge in the finish.

Light-bodied and slightly watery, the carbonation is effervescent-ish.

Although it doesn't last too long, not too thrilled with the mildly peppery, slightly tinny, aftertaste. While not a "bad" attempt at a "Belgian" pale, it just doesn't make me want to have another, though one drank fine enough I suppose. Not too crazy about how things came together here, a bit watery, and if they were going for marginally Belgian-esque, well that's what it is.

Photo of JEdmund
4.3/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprising amber/orange color (was expecting a light yellow); small white head but good amount of carbonation visible

Belgian yeast and mixed berries

Taste & Mouthfeel
Nicely balanced and refreshing; I really enjoy how the Belgian yeast flavors are not going overboard on this beer like they do on many others; good fruitiness throughout mixed with a subtle herbal hop spiciness; drinkability is high on this one thanks to the balance of flavors; carbonation level is good and the body is light

Karma surprised me by how good and drinkable it is. The overall balance of flavors is so well done that it keeps the ale very satisfying and leaves me wanting more.

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

Pours a nice hazy orange color with a decent rimming of white head.
Smell has some spiced clove and coriander with some dark fruit rind.
Taste has some spiced notes throughout with a faint bitter at the end.
Finish is a little muddy, there is some spice left as an after-taste.
Drinks pretty well, some of the spice makes it tougher to get down at times.

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

Bottle to pint glass.

A: Nice white, two+ finger head disappears quickly. Not much lacing. Really nice cloudy copper color.

S: Bready, finishing with hints of fruit - orange and maybe a little raisin.

T: Fairly crisp at first, slightly sour with some citrus all the way through. Minimal hops. Decent tart finish.

M: Light at the beginning but increases to a medium feel. Leaves your mouth a little watery.

D: A decent beer, but not great on its own. Flavors are enhanced when paired with a creamy cheese.

Overall not a bad beer and much better with food.

Photo of argock
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear oversized wine glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at Ancona's (Ridgefield, CT) for $1.85.

A: Beautiful golden-amber hue with thick, 2-finger light amber head with decent retention and lacing.

S: Delicious sweet aromas of bananas, Golden Delicious apples, and pears are met with mellow orange citrus and herbal, earthy hops notes

T: Unfortunately the taste falls flat, particularly for the aroma profile and the style. FLavor is woody and cardboardy with only slight improvement with warming. The earthiness of the hops overwhelms the fruity malt and yeast flavors that barely poke through.

M: Mouthfeel is slightly above-average with light-medium body and ample active carbonation. Aftertaste is woody and lightly fruity.

D: Not in the league of the best Belgian pale ales, and not really on target for the style (not yeasty, not crisp, not sharp hops flavors), but enjoyable for what it is.

Photo of Proteus93
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich amber, with a very modest head. Nothing all too extraordinary, but it is a pleasant hue.

S + T: Leafy, somewhat herbal hops with a soft fruitiness. There's a honey-like sweetness. Some grainy malts back it all up, making for a fairly nice balance.

M + D: Just a bit of prickly carbonation, along with a smooth, medium body. Nice enough flavour, mellow drinking experience. It's a solid, accessible beer if nothing else. Not too shabby!

Photo of wnh
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep, bright orange-amber color with one to two fingers of creamy off-white head that quickly diminishes to next to nothing. Looks tasty enough.

Nose is sweet malt with honey. As the beer warms, a fruity, slightly funky yeast character starts to show. Taste is lightly fruity up front, with subtle notes of strawberry. There's a light watery banana flavor in the background. Aftertaste seems a bit off, but I can't put my finger on just what.

Light to medium bodied, leaning toward light. Smooth and almost creamy, with a bit of oily slickness. Drinkability is hurt by the off aftertaste, but the light fruitiness of this beer helps.

Photo of originalsin
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a pretty clear bronze color with a nice cloudy white head that doesn't retain very well. It doesn't lace particularly well either.
It's pretty spicy on the nose--there are also some balancing notes of caramel and various dark fruits.
The taste is pretty unlike the nose--the spiciness that I sort of expected doesn't really come through. Instead, the caramel malt really comes through on the onset and then it's followed by some floral notes in addition to some dark fruit. Plum, perhaps.
It's light to medium bodied and is pretty drinkable all in all. Goes down quite smooth and easy.
Notes: This isn't a bad beer. It's smells and tastes ok and goes down really easy. I don't think I'd buy it again but I won't hold this one against Avery. There are simply too many good belgian pales out there to justify buying this on the regular.

Photo of prototypic
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Karma pours a light copper or bronze color. It's very clear and has a slight orange tint with a little light. It's topped with huge french vanilla colored head that is easily over three fingers deep. Couple that with its extremely slow dissipation time and you've got a very solid look. But, lacing was a little too thin for it go any further.

The nose is alright, but not quite good. Toasted malts are prominent and give it an Oktoberfest type smell. Interesting. Caramel malt is also noted. It smells a little on the sweet side. Hops are noted and have some citric and earthy qualities. The citric aspect tastes mostly like lemon and orange. Light Belgian yeast is noted, but it's far too faint. Up until that point, I was ready to dispute the style classification. Overall, it's not good for a BSPA. Aside from a little Belgian yeast, it's not really recognizable as such.

The flavor is a better, but it's still just okay. There's some caramel malt sweetness up front. I'm not getting any toasted malt in the flavor, which is a very good thing. There's a bit of citric and floral hop flavors. They're largely balanced out by the malt and don't provide a bitter aspect to the flavor. Not really a good or bad thing. Belgian yeast is barely noticeable. That's a really bad thing for Karma (or any BSPA for that matter). There's just enough to pass muster for the style. Not near enough to satisfy. There's a slight spicy flavor on the finish. It's not strong enough to identify. Meh. It's alright, but not very impressive.

Karma has a medium body. It's not quite smooth, but isn't bad. Carbonation is relatively light and isn't offensive. Drinkability is pretty average. The flavor is far from a disaster, but it's disappointing for the style. Given the amount of great BSPAs out there, I wouldn't spend too much time with this one.

Karma is a disappointing BSPA. It doesn't have enough good BSPA qualities to succeed for the style. The nose is a little misleading and the flavor seems off. There's not enough of a yeast presence and the spicy aspect is very mediocre. Avery's a good brewery and this is definitely not one of their better releases. A couple of modifications would improve it, but I'm still doubtful that it'd be competitive with some of the great BSPAs out there. It's probably worth a try, but if you're in the market for a kick-ass BSPA, just go get a real one.

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

Avery Karma is a cloudy, sparkling amber ale with a thick, fluffy yellowish head that has outstanding retention and lacing. The aroma has notes of bread, banana/clove and slightly sweet malt. It is medium-light bodied, bubbly and fluffy with a clean, dry finish. It is lightly flavored with not much bitterness. There is a little spice, pepper and phenol in the taste. It's pretty well blended and unoffensive.

Photo of whynot44
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear medium amber color with a decent white head that disipates fairly quickly with only traces of lacing.

The aroma is sweet light malt with an almost "fruit punch" overtone, actually, not bad.

The taste is mildly sweet malt with an apple/pear/apricot fruitiness and a touch of floral hops at the finish, a bit different than most Belgian Pale Ales, but nice.

Light/medium bodied, smooth and very drinkable. Worth a try.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange color with one and a half fingers of creamy white head.

Scent of sugars, fruit, spices, malts, and caramel. Not overly sweet and balanced well, a good scent.

Taste of bread, caramel, tobacco, metal, and some light fruit. A bit watery, and the slight metallic taste doesn't help. It's not a bad beer, but it isn't offensive.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a small amount of carbonation.

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

Decent head initially, but it doesn't leave a lot of lace. Copper color but quite clear for the style.

Clean, lighter grain malty aroma. Light alcohol and a scent of Belgian yeast in the background.

Stronger yeast flavor than the aroma would indicate. Raw grain base with a mild hop that doesn't really give much bitterness. The body is as expected.

Karma from Avery Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 965 ratings.