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Karma - Avery Brewing Company

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964 Ratings

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Ratings: 964
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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2005

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Photo of dsa7783
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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...

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

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.

Photo of bort11
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of RJLarse
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of rye726
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A light amber color with a nice frothy Belgianesque head. Sweet fruity malts with some carmelized sugars and faint Belgian spices. The taste has soft caramel malts and some light fruits. I would like to see a little more spicy yeast and hop characteristics. Body is light with soft carbonation. A mellow and drinkable beer. More of a blond ale, but good.

Photo of wingman14
4.28/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a somewhat hazy orangish yellow with a small white head that fades quickly. Smell is sweet, fruity, and yeasty, very inviting and powerful. The taste is very powerful upfront with a sweet yeasty flavor and other small notes. There is very little aftertaste, the flavors just fade away quickly leaving you wanting another sip. The mouthfeel is great, smooth, balance, nice medium light body. This one is any easy drinker, great for any occasion. A beer definitely worth checking out.

Photo of Portertime
4.33/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery brings us an ale with good karma as well as taste. Enjoyed it in a small bubble glass. Pours a hazey orange with a little head. Smell wheaty with some fruitiness. Tastes of fine wheat esters with some tree fruits in the mix. Smooth on the palate, very quaffable.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a nice fluffy head on top. Lots of sediment falls to the bottom of the glass. Not just the usual sediment, this is actually balls and pieces, the size of sesame seeds.

Aroma is pleasant. Apples, pears, and alcohol all come through nicely. Very fruity.

The flavor is fruity as well. A hint of hop bitterness comes through for a quick second, but doesnt account for much of the taste profile. Very nicely balanced beer with a lot of good characteristics.

Mouthfeel is nearly medium bodied and adequately carbonated. Very strong drinkability. This beer was a pleasant change of pace. Your girlfriend might even like it.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy mix between a pale and a wheat. To the style. Minimal amount of white head. Quite a bit of lacing for the style.

S: Tons of fruit. Apples and other random spring/fall fruits. The malt is there but subtle. Also the yeast is powerful.

T: The yeast really dominates on this one which is fine considering the style. Finishes a little bit hoppier than other Belgians but it is good.

M: Nice solid medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D: I have had this in the bottle and this was tons better on tap. Super drinkable and a great session beer. Great especially at the price of $3.00/pint.

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

Decent stab at a Belgian Pale. Light honey and orangey citrus with some yeast in the nose. Toasted, grainy, wheat, with some orange and a mild spiciness. Nice mouthfeel with lots of fuzzy carbonation. Not a bad try, but it doesn't come close to the best versions.

Photo of williamherbert
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The look is cloudy and hazy, but also bright. Lava lamp orange with tons of carbonation. Big head is puffy dishsoap; unstable. Leaves a film and a minor lacing.

Very nice dry malt smell. Biscuty with a cookie sweetness. Sweetness is like a pastry, not fruit. Quite nice. Fruit comes out as it warms.

Nice slightly pale flavor. Very mild and dry. A mild tartness, hints of lemon and grape. Some honey and just a smidge of spice. Really layered and balanced.

Feels creamy and thick. Slightly bubbly, but smooth overall. It's highly drinkable, mild and dry. A nice sweet ale. Honey and red grape are the signature flavors.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great coppery amber, hazey color with a little bubbling. The foam is a halfisland in the middle of the beer. The aoma is a sweet malt. Hints of crackers and a spritz of orange and coriander. The palate is very suble. A little herbal, very mlty wth pretty dry sweetness. Very refreshing palate. sweet nd a little dry with a citrus twist. Great session beer.

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

Served on-tap in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Clear golden orange with a nice off-white head.

Smell: Mostly malty with some caramel and citrus notes.

Taste: Citrus and dark fruits with some vanilla. Doesn't quite seem like a Belgian pale ale. A mild hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body. Nothing great or offensive here.

Drinkability: Quite clean, smooth and drinkable.

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

The color was a medium light hazy amber with a reddish hue. Foam that dissapated in a few seconds an no lace. The smell was of a sweet spicy, fruity aroma with, a mild hop and a touch of roasted malts in the nose. The taste was of a bitter hoppy and with a caramel aftertaste. The smell was better than the finish product. But, overall, it was just an above average Belgium Ale.

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

Karma offers an orange-lemon body with copper highlights, with a finger of off-white head that lingers briefly and offers little lacing. Whiffs of fruity malt tease the nose--orange, berry--with honey emerging most strongly in an otherwise too-subtle aroma. The taste is fruitier than the nose would indicate. There are hopped overtones as well, a nice accompaniment. This has the potential to be very good instead of pretty good. If the hop flavor were more pronounced it would add to both the flavor and texture.

All in all, a fairly good beer that is smooth, somewhat creamy, and nicely flavored. A few tweaks could bounce this up quite a bit, but it's worth trying.

Photo of pacothrash
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy orange to brown color with a huge head that quickly went away. The smell is very strong with caramel and yeast. The taste was more malty than of hops with the caramel and molasses. Not bad but not up to par with some of Avery's other offerings.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle served into a tulpip glass {Mad Elf}. Hazy,amber color with a 2" froathy white head that fell quickly to a creamy collar. Just a slight amount of carbination

Clean aromas with fruity esters,peachy with pale bready maltiness,currants,some yeasty character and hints of spice.

Clean tastes as well with peppery spicyness,finishes clean with light hoppyness.

Light,tangy and pleasing,east to drink,just enough taste to stay interested. a good Belgian for newbie to Belgians.

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

12oz brown bottle poured into pint glass.

A: A nice hazy copper pour with a white lasting head.

S: Caramel sweetness mixes well with the hops and a mild berry offering.

T: Extremely well balanced on the palate with berries, grassy hops, and a nutty aftertaste.

M: Medium carbonation with medium to light body. Crisp beer.

D: Nice summer brew, I will revisit.

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

I really liked this one. I mean, it had a nice perfumy nose along with a deep bronze color.

Karma left a long-lasting two fingers high head that gradually left with a nice little lacing on top while I drank it.

While drinking it I was left with hints of honey or apricot which lingered on my tongue for a long long time...

Karma ale really cried for one more, one more.

Too bad I only bought a single bottle at Broudy's at Cobblestone in St Augustine, FL. I will definitely have to try some more.

Photo of cokes
2.05/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A thin, pale beige head rises atop a dark, lightly smoky golden orange liquid.
Scented of tart lemon and lime rinds, pepper, and caramelled grain. It's a small aroma, but a decent one.
A flash of wheaty graininess precedes a definite lemon-lime soda impression. It's crisp and refreshing up front, but in a Sprite sense, not really a Belgian (or any type) of beer one. A flash of stewed pears and caramel is splintered by a surging notion of buttery and butterscotch diacetyl. Hopping is impotent (though a hint of congruent lime can be found very late) as this finishes with a lingering citric tartness and scorched butter. Those few early moments of mindless decency are dearly missed by the time this is swallowed.
Medium in feel. Fizzy, soda-like CO2 initially, then it's grows flat and semi-sticky, and generally repulsive.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.63/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - pleasant darker orange color. Not much head after a decant-type pour. A few bubbles up top and a white collar. A few speckles of lace.

Aroma - had a sweet fruitiness coming out of the bottle but everything here has just about shut down after a minute or so. A faint sweet breath of grain and yeast, its very hard to get particulars on though.

Taste - hm. Watery grain, light or low malt levels. A bite of hops but it too comes across diluted. Almost a soda water taste here. Nothing new on the swallow, the fiinish is as boring as everything else. Maybe this beer's a victim of too many big-beered counterparts. I get a light flavorful touch of yeast now and then. This is a like a Belgian Light.

Mouthfeel - thin, gassy, neither helps nor hurts.

Drinkability - nothing wrong with it, but I'm just used to more flavor, especially from Avery.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.08/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy orange and copper nectar flows into my glass. Some sediment/yeasties down at the bottom found their way into my glass too. No objections.

A fine creamy head hugs the side of the glass for a few minutes, but has dissapeared into lacing in the middle.

Wheat, malty aroma. Biscuit, cornbread maybe? A swirl reveals the smallest metallic twang and more sweet bread.

Crisp and thoroughly carbonated. Flavor is mild bread and wheat, with a sweet honey characteristic. Caramel/butterscotch in the finish.

Very tasty and good drinkability. Certainly not true to what I think of a Belgian PA, but a good Americanized take on it.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice frothy head that stays for a while.

Nice fruityness that's strong. However, there is no real distinguishable phenol. No banana phenol or cloviness. Grapefruit emerges as the beer warms.

The beer has a strong grapefruit taste. It has little amount of belgian funk. Sort of a grassy and lemony twang comes next. Mild amount of coriander. Dry bitterness follows at the end mildly.

Mouthfeel is not as crisp or fullas most belgians, but it does have a typical dryness.

Not a bad beer at all. Very American interpretation of the style.

A little bit of an offputting bitterness to the beer. A little dry tannins get in the way as the beer warms.

Karma from Avery Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 964 ratings.