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Karma - Avery Brewing Company

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838 Ratings

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Ratings: 838
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 10
Gots: 15 | 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 bjohnson


3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy rusty reddish with a nice frothy one finger head. Good retention and nice looking spider lace.
S: Aromas of spciy sweet malt with a good floral hop aroma.
T/M: Good sweet malt flavors--caramel and honey. Hops make their presence felt with a subtle bitter ending. Creamy in the mouth with a slight chalkyness to the end. Not much character to this one--a bit bland. Medium body with a low level of carbonation.
D: I'm not sure I'd go after this one again. There are better representations of this style out there. Worth a try though as every ones different.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 00:31:14 | More by bjohnson
Photo of plaztikjezuz


3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought a 12 oz bottle at odies big ten in lansing michigan. ($1.69)
pours a bright copper color with a welcome head the falls into a thin haze.
the aroma is light, hint of malt, and hint of spice.
the flavor is very light, watery, malt, hopsack, peppery, spicy.
great beer, goes down easy, good in hot weather.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2006 02:05:54 | More by plaztikjezuz
Photo of yemenmocha


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

Hazy copper color with generous head, from draught tap in Boulder, CO. Nose has a slight smoky note that mixes with a background of malt and hops. Nothing special jumps out otherwise. Very balanced beer on the palate with inoffensive finish. A pleasing, daily beer with few flaws but few features to write home about. Worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2006 23:08:40 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of rarevos

New York

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into goblet.

A: Amber. Decent head with moderate retention, good lacing.

S: Malty at first, hint of citrusy hops. I keep hoping for something else, but it's really pretty mild. After it warmed quite a bit, and after I drank most of it, it was much more amenable to being swirled--it gave off a great sweet dried apricot aroma.

T: Sweet, malty. More like a lager, really. Like an amber lager. Is that a hop finish? I can't even tell. Dried fruit presence as it blooms, so I'd warn others to not drink this too chilled. But it's not terribly spicy, and not terribly flavorful overall.

M: Light-bodied and moderately crisp (there's a small part of me that wants summer to be over so I can stop writing about all my season-specific beers).

D: It's easy to drink, but it's pretty nondescript. I hate to repackage what others have written, but it's true. Ommegang's Rare Vos remains my preferred American representative of this style (hence the handle). Karma is OK, but I'd never really crave one. If it were offered to me, I'd drink it, but there isn't much flavor or experimentation here.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 16:43:20 | More by rarevos
Photo of HokieNoPokie


3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I noticed this ale from Avery on the shelves and was enticed by the apparent lack of any sort of description on the bottles and six pack.

This pumpkin orange and copper offering didn't have much of a head to go with it.The taste is somewhat malty with some citrus flavors and a moderate hop presence. It smells faintly of hops, but nothing really stands out.

I finally found the description in very small print on the side of the bottle. It's drinkable and goes down well, though I couldn't help but think the reason there the description is so well hidden is because there isn't really anything distinctive about this beer. Is it good? Sure. Is there anything special about this beer? Unfortunately, no.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 23:13:32 | More by HokieNoPokie
Photo of Franchise


3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber with a clear body that leaves a tan head. The nose is caramel, roasted nuts, cooked sugar, hops, and wheat fresh grass. The taste starts tart with a wheat twang that is followed by a heavy malty caramel background that evolves to a slightly toasted nutty feel on the palate and finishes again tart, it also has a little hop bitterness for balance but just enough, and ends a little boozey within that malty background. Quality brew from Avery!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2006 18:23:18 | More by Franchise
Photo of gosurfobx

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a large frothy white head that leaves some nice lacing. Smell is not as strong as I expected with some maltyness, some esters and some other spicyness. Taste is fairly good, some nice maltyness, breadyness, spicyness, and some hop bitterness. Mouth is a litte thinner than I would have expected but the carbination is good. A good intro beer to a non drinker who is not familar with the Belgian Pale style.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2006 02:26:30 | More by gosurfobx
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3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Light copper, thick white head that laces nicely.

Smell- Not much dominates at all, some caramel, nuts, grass, even less citrus.

Taste- Crisp yet thin, not a lot there. It is sweet in a nice way, slight caramel notes, fruity sweetness but shallow.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and dry.

Drinkability- Easily quaffed on a hot summer night yet lacking in any outstanding characteristic.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2006 21:29:45 | More by kirok1999
Photo of cheers2beers


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

Served into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice crisp shade of amber/orange. An average sized head rose up and fell within two minutes or so. I am suprised that there is actually some descent lacing going on. A nice steady bead is also noted.

Smell: Pale malts and some fruity accents, mainly orange blossom and maybe some apricot or peaches. This is also mildly grassy like a german pilsner.

Taste: The palate is dominated by pale malt reminiscent of a Kolsch. The yeast is imparting some of those fruit flavors that I smell in the nose. Not citrusy but orange is still suggested as well as some lighter fruit notes, peaches, pears, apricots. Alcohol presence is non-existant but thats probably because all of the BIG beers that I consume have ravaged my palate. I also am pleasently suprised at the hop bitterness that I am finding. This is almost like a lighter fruity American pale ale. Not bad but I was expecting more.

Mouthfeel: This is teeters on the fatter side of thin. Light but not void of body. Very pleasent mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I was expecting a bit more from this beer but I was not at all dissapointed. The fruity and grassy elements combined with its overall softness make this quite the easy drinker. Its worth a try but I dont think this will be a regular in my rotation.


Serving type: bottle

07-15-2006 03:31:43 | More by cheers2beers
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4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber orange, but still see through. Nice sticky tan head bubbles to a film, but the ring leaves good lacing. The aroma is bready, and fruity like apple and pear, with noticeable hops. This beer had an interesting malt flavor, an amber/reddish malt, deeper than say an American amber, but not caramel or brown like. Quite fruity, apple and pear but also a subdued tart-fruity flavor like apricot, and some lemon zest. Almost a little spicy in flavor like a saison, but not quite there. Not dominating, but very noticeable hops, mainly kind of perfume-like floral taste, but a bit citrus and pine/resinous as well. The mouthfeel is tangy, but mellowed well from the malt. I found this beer very drinkable.

I feel like this beer is suffering from it's classification, people try one expecting something more Belgian, as is even states on the label, and it gets a bum rap on this site. I think Karma transcends and American-izes styles quite well. This is more like a malty, sort of spicy, mellow IPA. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2006 14:59:01 | More by dfried
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New York

3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No best by date.


Pours a crystal clear orange with a half inch of white/tan head on top.


Overripe soapy fruit (esters anyone?) just as the label predicts. Some gumball aroma is present as well.


Intense apple/pear ripe fruit sensation. Mouthfeel has a somewhat drying aspect to it. Not overly complex, this is a one note interpretation of the Belgian Pale Ale. Not Avery's best offering.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2006 19:41:26 | More by cbl2
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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear orange body with a small white head.

Nose is classic american micro ale caramel malty. Soft honey, some mild floral notes, touch of white pepper and some very very very very mild belgian phenol and yeast tones.

Taste is very light and watery which, believe or not, actually seems to get thinner as it finishes. Caramel, some roasted peanuts, apricots, peaches, soft biscuit, sour yeast notes and flashes of herbal tea. Bitterness is rather mild with an overall chewy grainy mouth-feel. Not much in the way of hops other some very mild leaf notes.

Very thin, almost like a belgian light beer. Not at all what I'd call a belgian pale ale. This beer has some Karma issues it needs to reconcile.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2006 23:23:16 | More by taez555
Photo of TastyTaste


3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A white head rises very large, stays long, and leaves fantastic lacing on the way down. Body is medium carmel.

Smell: Light sweet malts, a little grassy and fruity.

Taste: Easy to drink, lightly sweet and sugary, grassy maltiness. Refreshing and easy to drink, but not terribly interesting, ok.

Drinkability: Not a bad glass of beer, just not enough going on, the flavors are kind of subdued.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2006 20:21:17 | More by TastyTaste
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New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Avery- Karma Ale

Appearance- light copper orange/ brown with a thick creamy head. Good lacing along the glass.
Smell- light/ faint hay, pepper, and lemon.
Taste- watered down Belgium Ale. Light pepper and spice mixed with orange and lemon with a touch of hay/ grass hops.
Mouthfeel- light and watery up front finishing off tart.

Overall- Very basic middle of the road.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2006 21:49:01 | More by NJpadreFan
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3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the easiest to drink Avery product I've had since living in Boulder. I live in AK now and only seem to get their large beers. It has a light estery aroma and flavor with a tight head that does not quit and a great creamy mouthfeel. It has moderate carbonation with a light/medium body. This is a tasty belgian-esque session beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2006 05:13:29 | More by beersabound
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2.15/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz bottle a reddish-gold with a small head of foam that dissipated quickly leaving a small ring around the edge of the glass.

The smell has sour and pungent notes to it, which Inot finding very attractive.

The taste has some sour notes up front with some malt flavour, barely, but wow.... I'm finding this one very hard to drink. It just doesn't hit my palate in a positive way.

Bottom line: There's plenty of flavourful Avery beers out there but, this is not one of them. I don't recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2006 23:52:55 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of Mitchster


2/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Brewed with 2-row barley, Belgian Special B, cara 45 and aromatic malts. Hopped with Sterling.

OG=1.048, 5.2% ABV, 10 IBU's. 12 oz bottle/$1.69.

Pours out to a sparkingly clear medium amber, forming a small beige head with not very good retention and absent lacing despite a hefty pour. A solid "Psssht" was released when I twisted off the cap, but the carbonation appears around average. The aroma is interesting but not very intense...it begins with oranges and apples and then there is some toasty biscuits in the end with swirling. As I drink it, it becomes irritating with dank cardboard. Mouthfeel is ruddy with a medium-light body. The taste is quite unique (but not very good), clearly intended as a summer brew. It starts with some mild floral hops, followed by black pepper and orange in the middle, lots of mega-diluted apple juice, some mild bitterness and some toast and pepper in the finish. The aftertaste is lightly dry. There are some subtle higher alcohols perceived. I'm wondering if the temps got away from Adam on this one. The yeast doesn't impart much of a Belgian character...there are definitely tremendous English ale yeast overtones in this one with caramel and wet cardboard notes.

Not much here to surprise, nor enjoy. As I drank through this one, the more and more disgusted I became with it, and I had to dump the last few ounces down the sink. It made me feel sick to my stomach. The only bad beer I've had from Avery BC.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2006 00:28:23 | More by Mitchster
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3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass, no freshness date indicated

A—pours a clear light orange honey color with a 1 inch fluffy cloud like head, slowly collapses down to a thin sheet, laces fully down the side as I drink

S—floral and fruit hops jump out right away and are then followed by the sweet malts, butter and maple syrup notes are in there, too

T—hoppy goodness, followed by some buttery sweet flavors, pretty good

M—a little on the watery side, medium/light bodied, good carbonation

D—a very nice ale, I would have this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2006 17:16:31 | More by hanco005
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New York

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

12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: A semi-light copper color. Decent head at first, but what appears to be a possibility of clumpy lacing fizzles out unfortunately pretty quickly. A Belgian Pale Ale, eh?

Smell: Some milt dark fruit, bready malts, faint yeast, and faint hops. Also some whiffs of discernible alcohol, which I wasn't expecting. Some nuttiness also. And mild phenols too. But still, nothing I really want to go back to, and I wish the complexity was much much higher.

Taste: Much comes through from the aroma at first, and then it just pretty much fades. Yes, some sweet malt, some mild hops, slight slight phenols, and slight yeast. Maybe, MAYBE some peach skin and apple skin in the finish. But I expected all of that that, minus the fruit. Where's the other level of complexity here?

Mouthfeel: Fairly full and creamy, though I'm not sure I like the fact that this is the best attribute of this brew. A decent carbonation burst and bite at the end.

Drinkability: Not Avery's best offering. I suppose I'd drink this again, but there are others of the same style, domestics included of course, that are more worth your time. Some better concentration on this beer could make it pretty great, but for now it's fairly average.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2006 01:42:57 | More by asabreed
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3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper red pour, with a lingering white head.

Spicy esters dominate the nose. Also some clean hop fragrances.

Caramel sweetness, tastes a bit watery, though. Some honey sweet and hop flavors mingle mid tongue. Ends with a decent bitter punch.

A bit thin, but averall, a nice, light drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2006 01:30:15 | More by nortmand
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Karma is a clear, pale amber with mild carbonation. The off-white head is small and creamy. Retention is weak. Aroma is yeasty, spicy with an underlying sweetness. Taste is of sweet malt, slightly nutty with just a bit of sugary sweetness. Yeasty flavors hang on the edge of a sip and have a zesty fruitiness. Light hop flavors are noted, as is a touch of bitterness. Finish is long-lasting and of sweet malt. The overall taste is just a bit too thin for a higher score. However, drinkability is very high, this is one I can hang with all night. To me, this is the Belgian version of session ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2006 20:50:32 | More by Gagnonsux
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New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Karma pours a semi-watery but fairly nice overall amber colour with a thin satin like head.

The aroma is sweet and candy-like, but there's a bit of an earthy, almost nutty aroma in the background, along with some hints of honey.

The flavour starts out a bit yeasty/bread like, gets a touch sweet with fruit and caramel flavour in the middle, and finishes with a touch of hops. Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side and is a bit watery like the appearance, but nothing bad in the end.

I enjoyed this one overall. While its definitely an Americanization of the style, its got some nice things going for it. Amazing? No. Good? Yes.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2006 03:14:54 | More by guinness33
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New York

3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a crystal clear copper with a thin fizzy head that had great retention and left spoty lacing up and down the sides of the glass

Malt sweetness on the nose, with a slight hint of toasted grain, carmel, perhaps some honey and hints of fruit

The taste is a bit monochromatic, and is heavy on the malt character, a little toasty some sweetness and the faintest bite of hops. There are some rasberryesque flavors lingering in the back that mingle with a bit of some spicyness

Medium body with a clean finish, a light ammount of carbonation and a slight warming feeling.

A very drinkable beer, something that'd be great to always have in the fridge

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2006 00:09:11 | More by DaggerEyes
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4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper. Small beige head. Spotty lace. Aroma is earthy and robust. Elemental. But there's also a whiff of a perfume-like hop presence. Interesting and good. Medium full body. Lightly carbonated. Flavor is unique and good. Almost an American kind of hop presence, though I don't know if American hops were used. They impart a slight mintiness and fragrance. Malts underneath are sweet and biscuity. Good foundation. And good overall balance of flavors. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2006 04:38:25 | More by Bighuge
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2.17/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I love Avery....I don't love this.
Pours golden amber with a decent white head that melts to a wonderful sticky lacing.
There is something off in the aroma...maybe it's old, but I don't think so...nose is hit with malts and wet cardboard.
Taste is flat...sweet malt....tiny hops at the end..nothing else.
perhaps a bad beer and maybe oxidized, but it had just arrived at my store so should have been fresh unless the distributor passed off something taking from somewhere else. Unfortunately Avery doesn't date stamp their bottles for me to tell.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2006 23:16:54 | More by IntriqKen
Karma from Avery Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 838 ratings.