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Karma - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
okay

849 Ratings
THE BROS
72
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Ratings: 849
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 10
Gots: 17 | 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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beersabound

Alaska

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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Bitterbill

Wyoming

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
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Mitchster

Michigan

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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hanco005

Minnesota

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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asabreed

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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nortmand

Virginia

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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Gagnonsux

Texas

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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guinness33

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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DaggerEyes

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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Bighuge

Minnesota

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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IntriqKen

California

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
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single at Brennan's on University here in Madison.

Pours a light amber with a finger or so of khaki foam. Nose has some buttery diacetyl, caramel malt and "fruit". Taste mirrors the nose, fruity malt with a diacetyl twang. Where's the yeast? Where are those esters? Mouthfeel is velvety and tingly on the tongue. This isn't much of a Belgian Pale Ale. Not sure what it is, not that bad but not to style and not very focused either. ***Insert "Karma" joke here***

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2006 03:43:31 | More by Golden2wenty1
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great session beer. pours a deep gold...malty nose with some Belgian yeastiness....nice caramel impression on the taste...also some doughy notes..a slightly dry finish makes this extremely drinkable.

This is not a beer to sit and savor and study and muse about....instead this is a tasty session style brew...I could easily bang down six of these in a few hours in a variety of settings...I did not expect to like this one this much but it is very drinkable and tasty..

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2006 04:04:12 | More by ZAP
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ADR

Pennsylvania

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

Darkish yellow orange appearance, almost amber, clearish with a 1/4 inch white head of foam. Laces amply but fairly simply on the glass. Bready aroma, some pizza dough yeastiness with hop tones, but fairly reserved overall. Light mouthfeel with medium to high effervesence. Light in the flavor department, mildly hoppy in almost a Pac Northwest sense, standard malt bill, and not much else other than a bit of cinnamon spiciness. Doesn't seem to have a lot of qualities more typical of the style, the mouthfeel is missing, but the aroma is pleasant and comes off pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2006 23:57:29 | More by ADR
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shirfan

New York

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

Avery's website says this is modeled on farmhouse ales..but it seems more like a standard APA with a mildly estery yeast.

Pours red-orange with good lacing, aroma gives a whiff of mild plum and pear mingled with leafy hops.

Taste is all over the place...caramel malt, slightly rough leafy hops again, and then hints of esters. Pear and plum dominate that aspect again, but aren't very strong overall. Dry finish.

"Jack of all trades, master of none" comes to mind.. this brew is just trying to do too much. It's definitely not a farmhouse ale, not a standard APA, not an IPA... I'd call it experimental. Drinkable, but odd.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2006 00:10:42 | More by shirfan
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Naes

New York

2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a very clear amber colored ale that has a tall white head. Retention is good, but there is very little lacing
The aroma is of citrus and piney hops.
The flavor is of mild hops and Belgian style yeast. There is a slight candy sweetness to it as well. If it were not for the hint of Belgian yeast, I would have mistaken this for an American pale ale.
Mouth feel is medium in body and actively carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2006 23:36:50 | More by Naes
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Shovelbum

Massachusetts

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

Pours a one finger head of off-white head over a copper-hued clear body. Large carbonation bubbles make their way upward. Head recedes leaving little lace. Aromas of a sweet caramel blend with those of tangy orange citrus. A spicy hop bitterness dominates the flavor, with some dry biscuit flavors bordering on graininess. A touch of earth in there too. The taste is similar, although neither the caramel nor the orange are as pronounced. Slightly tart as well. Light bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp in the mouth with a dry finish.

While the flavor doesn’t exactly live up to the bountiful aromas, this is still a respectable ale. Considering its light body and relatively low ABV it packs quite a flavor punch. A nice addition to the summer lineup of lawnmower ales.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2006 22:16:35 | More by Shovelbum
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Crosling

Colorado

2.4/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear amber in color. Aromatics of yeast and its attributes, malt (toast, biscuit, fruit) along with a touch of herbaceous and floral hops. The combination inevitably leads to an antibiotically and medicinally rich nose, which I find very unpleasant. The aromatics pretty much continue on upon tasting. Boring and dull, definately not as yeasty as I was hoping for. Light in body. Watery texture. I don’t care if they used Rochefort yeast or not. I go by what is in the glass and this is much more a British Bitter than a Belgian Ale. "Fruity and Estery?" C’mon, lets get serious here.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2006 04:42:16 | More by Crosling
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benito

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A true-to-form Belgian style pale, copper in color with a giant foamy head that settles down after a minute or so and lingers lightly throughout the pint. The bouquet is pure malt: honey and biscuits all the way. The
flavor offers a more complex set of flavors. The initial fruity sweetness of the brew gives way to bready flavors in the middle of the palate and a slight pepperiness on the finish. There are strong hints of coriander
throughout each swig as well.

The overall mouthfeel is smooth and soft; new spices and hints of flavor over the course of the pint. A wonderfully drinkable brew that balance a nice spiciness with a strong malt background. This isn't anything
groundbreaking, but it's an absolutely delicious session brew.

I'll look forward to picking up sixers of this all summer long.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2006 20:47:08 | More by benito
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Zorro

California

3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark shade of amber a lot like the color of Buckwheat Honey. White head is skimpier than I would expect for the style.

Smell is malt and bread first and then a fairly good whiff of spices. The requisite coriander is here along with spicy and citrus hop aroma. There is a slight lemon edge here and a bit of detectable acidity to the nose. As this warms fruit makes its appearance as a scent of cherry.

Taste is quite neutral and dry in the sugar department for the style; this is decidedly not sweet. Strongest tastes here are wood and flowers. The flavors that you would expect in a dry beer are here; this is much like a dry English Ale. Mildly fruity nothing here is strong enough to identify on it's own; there is just a general fruitiness to it. Spices are in this too but are faint and mellow in flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Mellow is the one word that sums up this beer. Very mild and easy on the senses this is a beer that just doesn't challenge or offend anyone. A good beer for any normal type of food without a strong flavor or spiciness. An excellent beer for a simple lunch of bread and mild cheese and a bowl of chicken and rice soup.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2006 03:29:09 | More by Zorro
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

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

Served from a 12 oz bottle. Poured a slightly hazy orange color with a thick white head that disapated quickly but left some good lacing down the sides of my glass. The beer had a hoppy aroma with some biscuit and slight fruit but nothing to powerful to my nose. The taste a bit hoppy with some orange fruit tones but nothing to strong or overly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 03:27:07 | More by ggaughan
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Higravity

Michigan

2.78/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

NIce gold color beer with a heathy white head. Smell of light malt even a little wheaty, yeasty for sure and some must citrus too. Taste is clean, malt with fruit tones and a slight sweetness finished by a little citrus. Thin in the mouth but still drinkable, not what I would call to style but not too bad either.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2006 20:45:07 | More by Higravity
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a two-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a little lace. Cloudy amber color. Malty/hoppy nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Starts with the hops dominating but not overpowering, malts are there, finish has a slight bitterness. $2.10 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2006 23:39:10 | More by jdhilt
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Todd

Colorado

2.55/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle (no freshness date), releases a dirty peach with some bright copper hues. Pours a 3 finger head that's white, foamy, and sticks all over the glass and leaves its trail as you drink it down. Good retention. Watch out for the dark dregs in the bottle.

Soft floral plum in the nose, with suggestions of honey, white pepper spiciness and bell peppers.

Light-ish body, crisp, with an even feel about it. Nutty, yeasty, wheat-like tannins, with a toasty caramel flavor, but then it's gone. Some sour / tartness melds with a moderate watery rind bitterness with hop leaf notes. This part is actually quite quenching and more-ish at the same time. Dry tannic finish is slightly overwhelming, and a bit of a mood killer.

Too many tannins for me, and not enough sweetness / malt profile to balance things out. If this is Karma, when do I get the balance?

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2006 15:44:24 | More by Todd
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BeerAngel

Texas

3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours with a slightly hazed tea color with a massive cream colored dense head that is characteristic of a belgian style beer. The smell consists of a nice fruit and spice aroma with slight musty yeast notes in the background. Quite nice so far! The taste is a bit of a let down after the smell builds the expectations. It has a mild seltzer taste with very faint fruit, perhaps raisins far in the background followed by a light dry bitterness bringing back the seltzer fizz. What a let down. Where does something that smells so nice, hide the taste? This medium bodied beer finishes just slightly dry. Good start to this experience and then the rug was yanked out from under me. Cheers anyways.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2005 02:43:40 | More by BeerAngel
Karma from Avery Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 849 ratings.