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Karma - Avery Brewing Company

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882 Ratings

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Ratings: 882
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 13.57%
Wants: 10
Gots: 22 | 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 froggyfrog


3.28/5  rDev -3.2%

12 ounce brown bottle. Served chilled in a pub glass.

A: Liquid orange-gold like honey with a stretched out high flow viscosity. Active carbonation. Pillowy big bubble head. Sticky. Nice eye candy.

S: This beer's best feature IMO. Sweet and fruity. Apple. Pear. Spicy sweet. Red cherries. Honey.

T: Hops are very continental in an oily, noble way. Grain flavor is evident. Biscuity to a degree but mostly Pils or Belgian pale in taste.

M: Comes across as too thin and wispy. Sweet in the nose and dry on the tongue with strong carbonation.

D: Fine. A decent summer beer. There is a nice level of complexity. A good beer for the style. Not phenolic. Enjoyable.

11-20-2006 04:50:06 | More by froggyfrog
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -10.6%

A - Hazy amber orange brew with one finger of bubbly white head. Fair amount of lacing and decent head retention.

S - Caramel malt, pine, biscuits and red licorice.

T - Caramel malt, a touch of diacetyl and a faint sour stomach acid character. The aftertaste is lightly grassy bitter and a touch sour. It sounds awful, but it isn't bad at all.

M - Medium thickness, smooth and a little refreshing.

D - Pretty good, I wouldn't mind having it again, but I think I won't ever purchase this one again. Sessionable and good with food.

11-04-2006 04:53:41 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of KarlHungus


3.05/5  rDev -10%

This brew pours a hazy bronze color. The head is a creamy eggshell color and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is malty with plum, and other dark fruits, but no noticable yeast character. The taste is like the aroma. The mouthfeel is a bit lighter than medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Overall, this beer is drinkable, but nothing special. I do not think I will buy this again.

10-29-2006 16:18:22 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of jmbranum


3.73/5  rDev +10%

Orangish-coppery brew with 3/4" head

Lots of carbonation with a slighty acidic bite on the tongue. Fantastic aroma with yeast and fruitness being the dominant characteristics.

The flavor is kinda strange. I can taste pears pretty up front with a nice maltiness in the background, along with some yeastiness. Some spices, but hard to pick out which ones.

I like this beer's complexity and freshness, but as a whole package it seems a bit... well for a lack of a worrd, kinda disorganized. Sorta like a homebrew that doesn't quit fit to any particular style.

Would I drink it again? Probably so. Would I buy a whole six-pack of it? Probably not.

10-28-2006 03:09:05 | More by jmbranum
Photo of hopsaplenty


2.2/5  rDev -35.1%

12oz. brown bottle, no date information.

Cloudy orange amber. Tall, loose-piled head of medium and large light khaki bubbles dimples nicely as it settles and leaves large open-ringed lace. Rushing lines of carbonation. Fruity aromas of apples and pears along with some spicy pepper motes and a lit of yeastiness. A bit of pepper spice mingles with just a touch of white fruit sweetness before fading into a fairly flat yeasty finish. Surprisingly flat, soft, and flaccid mouthfeel leaves the little bits of flavor on the ground. The taste is simply not up to par with the aroma as it lacks the apple, pear, and pepper that is noticeable in the nose. With some warmth, a slight off taste arrived in the finish, a bit stale and musty. It has an almost watery mouthfeel. A general disappointment and perhaps the bottle was old.

White elephant BIF strikes again.

10-27-2006 14:18:26 | More by hopsaplenty
Photo of BeerSox


2.85/5  rDev -15.9%

12oz bottle into snifter

Pours amber with a light red tint. Thin head which settles to a rim. Thin stringy lacing.

Sugary malt smells with hints of peach and grape.

Light and bland fruity flavors with a thin mouthfeel. Slighly bitter finish, I guess from the hops or something.

Not a very impressive beer. Bland at every corner. There are plenty of other Belgian Pale Ales to choose from to settle with this.

10-26-2006 03:28:54 | More by BeerSox
Photo of Osiris9588


3.58/5  rDev +5.6%

3oz sample at the Spagio Cellar's October Beer Social--Adam Avery is present, and laments that he must leave his "Demons of Ale" line in the car due to silly Ohio ABV laws.

The color is copper with a golden orange hue. The warm and toasty nose is comprised of orange and lemon peel, cloven spice, honey and yeast. The flavor profile follows the nose rather closely.

The mouth offers some slight complexity, is bright on the front palate, then bogs down a little in a syrupy morass, then a surpising nip of alcohol for a 5.2 ABV beer on the back.

Certaintly not a bad brew--I haven't sampled anything from Avery that I would not gladly imbibe--but this one seems some what lightweight and lacking in character, a bit off balance. Not one of the best from Avery.

10-20-2006 19:53:18 | More by Osiris9588
Photo of LarryV


3.88/5  rDev +14.5%

Pours an orange-amber color with a large rocky dense head. Aroma is mellow with hints of fruit. Tasting brings out hints of honey, spices, and apricots. Hops are very subdued. Sweetness is nicely balanced and avoids being cloying. Lots of lacing with this one. Actually a pretty tasty brew that's pretty easy to drink.

10-16-2006 20:46:03 | More by LarryV
Photo of BEERchitect


3.93/5  rDev +15.9%

I agree with most other BA's in that this brew, though very nice, doesn't reall live up to the Belgian Pale Ale billing. Sweet, rich, malty, and clean, but lacks some fundimental Belgian qualities. It lacks the tartness, peppery-ness, and light belgian astringency. The body, sweetness, and alcohol seem fine. The malts (pilsner) seem to be quite caramelized, adding a strong sweetness that would dominate any present belgian character. Quite bready and lightly toffy-like. Pears and peaches share characteristics of Belgian Pale Ales, but the similarities are few. I'd be happy to take any of these brews off of the hands of disappointed BA's though.

10-16-2006 13:29:15 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Wasatch


3/5  rDev -11.5%

More like a amber ale to me. Pours a orange/golden/amber color, nice carbonation, tiny head which dissappates quickly, some lacing afterwards. Scents of sweet malts, caramel, and some spices. The taste is sweet/malty, slight caramel after taste, some honey in there as well. Medium body. Drinkable. Like I said before more like a amber ale, but tasty. Great for a hot summer day.

10-09-2006 23:46:40 | More by Wasatch
Photo of kaimcm


3.35/5  rDev -1.2%

A: eh. fine, nothing great. not as much head as I would expect or prefer for the style. medium golden body. honeyed.

S: some yeast and fruit, prominent apple.

T/M: prickly carbonation, though the body is a little thin. a touch soft, with mid palate sweetness that dries on the finish. yeast and fruit are obvious and well balanced for the most part. orange, apple, caramel, and some dry husk qualities as well.

D: very quaffable just not that interesting. not a chore by any means but not intriquing enough for another.

09-30-2006 01:31:45 | More by kaimcm
Photo of tattooedtolley


3.1/5  rDev -8.6%

Appearance: Orangish in color, a bit hazy, white head left some lacing.

Smell: Very fruity with some hop aroma.

Taste: Honestly, it reminded me of Magic Hats #9. I would have never guessed this was a Belgian. The fruitiness was not overwhelming and the beer had decent flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp, decent carbonation.

Drinkability: I was good with one, due to the fruitiness but I could someone enjoying the flavor enough to session it.

Overall, pretty middle of the road for me on this one. Nothing great but nothing really off putting.

09-25-2006 14:19:26 | More by tattooedtolley
Photo of PorterLambic


3.08/5  rDev -9.1%

Pours a clear, golden color with orange tint throughout. Smallish white head.
Smell is of fruits (orange, lemon, lime - sounds like an old Fruit Loops commercial) with yeast and hops coming lighter.
Taste is malt, hops, fruit, with a wheat-like character to it.
Effervescent almost to a megabrew level Very crisp though not to the point of biting. Light-medium body.
A less than stellar offering from Avery, merely a check mark in the"I drank this one" box.

09-24-2006 14:13:55 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of FightingEntropy


2.6/5  rDev -23.3%

I was very dissappointed with this effort from Avery, probably my least favorite brew to date from a brewery I love and respect. The head poured thick and cream tan, lots of small bubbles, but the aroma was very flat--a very light fruit if I swirled and dug in deep, but nothing like the yeasty, fruity easters normally in a Belgain ale. The taste is dominated by the yeast, but not malt to back it up. And there was an astringint taste underneath that just puckered my mouth a bit. Not much hop, which is fine, but there's no balance in what's left. Thought maybe the bottle was old, but didn't really taste oxidized--seemed like the beer as intended. Oh well.

09-18-2006 02:50:30 | More by FightingEntropy
Photo of sacrelicio


4/5  rDev +18%

This is good solid beer. It has a nice amber color, spicy, fruity, medicinal, banana ester aroma; a good tropical and spice flavor favoring banana with a yogurty tang; nice body and a smooth finish. Very drinkable. Sessionable for sure. Recommended. Certainly better than many of the other reviews here have indicated.

09-17-2006 02:33:04 | More by sacrelicio
Photo of tavernjef


3.3/5  rDev -2.7%

Dark bronzed golden color with a slight chill haze to it. Medium top of frothy off-white creamy foam. Light lacing in a few bigger spots and few catapillar shaped strings.

Aroma is light with a soft pear and apple cleanness of fruitified candyness with a slight cinnamon spice.

Taste is quite average. No much going on here. A slight pull of dryness with a partail grassy hop mixes with a pale malt sweetness and very light fruity tones. Mild finish with a slight apple/pear texture and a firmly set smoothness within that texture.

Feel is decent enough. Slight textured carbonation nibbles along a smooth malty tone of very light fruityness.

Not the greatest from Avery, nor the greatest Americanized version of a Belgian Pale.

09-15-2006 00:38:02 | More by tavernjef
Photo of Blakaeris


3.53/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours hazy burnt-orange in color with a moderate rocky white head and generous carbonation.

Smell is crisp citrus fruitiness. Nice pale malt aroma. subdued yeasty spices.

Taste is initially tangerine and earthy hops with a strong caramel malt backbone. Sweet lemon drop, and grainy malt character with yeasty coriander spiciness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium body.

A drinkable and interesting brew with spices, but not exactly Belgian in character. That said, flavors are balanced and enjoyable. Certainly worth a try.

08-31-2006 01:09:17 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of tonistruth


3.33/5  rDev -1.8%

A- burnt orange close to copper in color with a tiny white head with little retent, little lace, and settles to a little ring.

S- citrus, pine, orange, and some sort of spice.

T- tastes like a belgian, sweet orange flavor, some spice, a touch of caramel, slight grassy flavor, features a tart orange finish. Balance is favored toward malts.

M- semi-dry and crisp, smooth, little carbonation, medium/light body

D- good flavor, not overly sweet had a good tartness too it. Pretty good to the belgian style, id have another but wouldnt go out of my way for it.

08-28-2006 03:48:00 | More by tonistruth
Photo of rousee


4.13/5  rDev +21.8%

Murky brown orange color. Nice 1/2 inch thick head of some fresh looking foam. Lvs a nice amount of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell is floral and honeylike--also malty and sugarry.
Taste is similar to the smell --I pick up apples or pears also upon tasting. Very slightly vinous too. Another brewery I really like. This is fairly low in alchol for Avery but it is nice on a warm late Summer day. Highy recommended.

08-26-2006 20:24:22 | More by rousee
Photo of bjohnson


3.18/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

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


3.9/5  rDev +15%

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.

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


3.93/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

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

New York

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

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


3.55/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

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


3.7/5  rDev +9.1%

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!

07-26-2006 18:23:18 | More by Franchise
Karma from Avery Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 882 ratings.