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Karma - Avery Brewing Company

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957 Ratings

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Ratings: 957
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 13.57%
Wants: 13
Gots: 35 | 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 wedge
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A small, thick, mousse-like head rests atop an amber colored brew. Some lace clings to the glass and the surface of the beer. Light spices and dry esters of apples and berries mix with a whiff of caramel. Pleasant nutty malts hold the flavor together...sweet, mellow orange, melon, and pepper. At times, the hop flavor has me almost thinking in terms of a well-balanced IPA. Not that I would call this a very hoppy beer, but some aspects steer me in that direction, if only for a moment. Solid medium mouthfeel.

Not exceptionally Belgianesque, if that's what you're expecting. It is, however, a well-made, seemingly Belgian-inspired amber ale and for that, I have to give it props.

Photo of jmz62565
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish amber with a smallish tan foamy head. The color is nice,but the head is small. The smell is very pungent with sweet malt and a strong "bisquity" aroma. The taste is crisp,sweet and very drinkable. The "bisquity" aroma is also in the flavor along with the sweet malt makes this a tasty beer. The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing well. This is just another quality beer from a quality brewery.Cheers.

Photo of atsprings
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp orange with a frothy off-white diminishing head. The aroma is of sweet malts and sweet fruits. The taste is a good blend of sweet malts, citrus hops and a decent Belgian yeast bite. The beer is light, crisp and refreshing. A good lighter alternative to its stronger Belgian counterparts.

Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured amber/caramel with 1" of offwhite head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Sweet malt, a little fruittyness (apricots) & grains of paradise

T: Fruitty with a touch of yeast up front, Grains of paradise & apricot follow. Finishes with a little orangey bit of hop notes, dryness & candy sugar

MF: Medium bodied with low cabonation & some slickness

Drank very easy, sort of a training wheels Belgian PA

Photo of Hautacam
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber with almost no head. Smells of husky grains...and maybe coriander ??
Slightly sweet , mild flavor of caramel, flour , some orange peel , apple and a mildly bitter finish....all a bit thin, though.
Body is kind of light...medium carbonation.
Not my favorite Avery.

Photo of NEhophead
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown bottle; served ina tulip.

Bright, weak copper; golden highlights with a chill haze present. Slightly dense, foamy white head with average retention. Thin and drops of spotted lacing.

Musty, dried fruity-esters: apple, raisin, date; aged fruit. Touches of brown sugar.

Earthen flavored malts; not qute rich or chocolate/caramel in flavor. Lots of yeast-driven mustiness aided by a corriander spice making for a dry finish. A tea-flavored aftertaste with notes of brown sugar and other mild spices.

A light, medium bodied; dry, too carbonated even for a Belgian-style.

An average domestic version that doesn't do too much for me. Too floral, dry, and bland to go back to.

Photo of Illinick
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark golden/copperish in color with a decently thick white head that sticks around. Good lacing.
S: Floral up front with some definate pepper scents as well as some yeast and slight cake scents.
T: Toned down generic belgian pale flavors. Peppered/spiced fruit up front-spiced pear, some honeyish flavors and some typical belgian yeast. Definate cakey flavors throughout as well as a sort of nutty flavor-not quite almond, but along those lines.
MF: Light-Medium.
Overall: An easy drinking belgian pale and a decent intro to the style for a novice; however, it falls flat with thin flavors and not enough pizzaz.

Photo of GClarkage
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

05/23/07- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info to be found. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Lighter to medium golden colored pour. Full one inch head on pour. Basic light streaks and mild patches of lace.

Smell- Lots of stuff going on here. I smell a good amount of yeast as well as a nice caramel malt nose. Also a good amound of citrus fruits and maybe a bit of corriander.

Taste- A tad touch thin in the flavor. Definite lemon and orange rind taste. Followed by a light sprinkling of corriander, white pepper and a touch of clove.

Mouthfeel- A touch watery and spritzy, but too bad. Mid to a bit lower carbonation level.

Drinkability- Not a bad belgian ale. Worth a try. Needs a touch more flavor.

Photo of Duster72
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with a nice two finger head. Sticky lacing down side of glass. Aroma is sweet malts with some spices and banana in the background. Taste is fruity yeast with the sweet malts as the backbone. A little too cloying for me with the sweetness staying in the mouth. Average drinkability means it lasted me over an hour, a rarity.

Photo of fank2788
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a tulip glass
After decanting this beer is a nice brown copper color with two fingers of white head that laces nicely. The nose is soft with suggestions of biscuits, honey and perhaps some peppery spice, very yeasty as well. The tastes starts out with the yeast contributing sweet light summer fruit flavors with a bit of spicey peppery hoppiness to provide some balance and finishes very biscuity with caramel malt flavor lingering. Mouthfeel is good some tingly carbonation provides activity on the tongue. Drinkability is good too, this beer isn't very challenging which is nice on some occasions, a good summer seasonal at the very least.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich golden amber | clear | mild carbonation | nice head

Fruity sweet | Belgian smells | honey/sugar sticky sweet | powdery malt | raisin

Light overall flavor, but not weak | light biscuit apple

Nice little carbonation punch | smooth and tangy

Refreshingly nectar-like and very drinkable. Light and inoffensive. Fun brew.

Photo of Backer2004
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wasn't even sure what I ordered since I've never seen Karma in Charlotte before and the menu didn't have Avery's name attached to it. Paid $3.50 for a bottle. Thought it was an American pale Ale, and liked the Belgian flavoring to this, then saw how it should be a Belgium Pale Ale and felt this didn't have the body for the style. Tasty nonetheless, with some fruit, spice, and a nice balance of hops. Quite refreshing on a summer evening.

Photo of jbsteiny
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Was drawn in by the Avery label and the tagline "Good Beer Happens To Good People". If that's true, I've been fairly mediocre lately, as my Beer Karma can attest. Poured a coppery amber, topped with two inches of mountainous foam, which subsided to a thin lacy head, which left a bit of nice looking lace on the glass. Smelled and tasted metallic -- a real turn off. A bit of banana in the nose, some biscuit/bread in the mouth, but a really subpar effort for what has become one of my favority brewing companies.

Photo of mattd017
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours a deep amber with a pretty thin white head that quickly settles leaving some lacing behind. Not cloudy at all, I thought this was unfiltered.... Smells slightly hoppy, slightly sweet. Some fruit undertones. I wonder if the temperature (about 42 degrees, as recommended by this site) has masked some of the more subtle smells. Has a slight ripe berry flavor, followed by a little bitterness. Carbonation is light and abundant.

After warming a few minutes, the smells start to become stronger, banana and almost sour berries come through.

Why would anyone make a filtered belgian? Beautiful color, but lacks the haze it needs to be a little more real. Good beer, but a little illustrious. It needs something more...

Photo of toothharp
2.28/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle obtained at Lone Hill Liquors in Glendora. Inhaled aroma after pour to find a very, very faint fruitiness/maltiness; not much like a normal Belgium. The taste was the same. Maybe some apple, apricot, something but almost not enough to even be worth figuring out. I get light malts and finishes slightly bitter. Malty bitter really. Very boring beer. I won't get it again.

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.6/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Old Chicago in Boulder had this in cask, hand pump. I had to try it.
A smooth looking, hazy orange/tan color to it. Creamy head that moved to a soapy head, then went away.
Smells of apricot and orange. Settled to a wet malt and apricot aroma.
Taste is very very weak. Where did the apricot go? This is like gassed water. Nothing there. I'd expect this from a nitro tap, but not cask. The yeast is gone, hops gone, malt gone, what the hell?
If I think about it I can detect the apricot...barely. Not good.

Photo of meadhead
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a sort of tart yeast and honey malt
that is generally mild and
somewhat pleasing
little traces of
hard to place
a sort of grape - red beet like seasoning

Appearance is clear tan amber
with a little sticking lace and small head

smell is very subdued
a hint of tart yeast
on bread

taste is as mentioned;
not to "Belgian" at all
in the sense that the flavor
is almost too mild too call

Mouthfeel is good though
a nice balanced carbonation

drinkability is also
easy without hesitation.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.63/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, this comes out a lovely honey-golden color with a nice head. Aroma has fruity hints. Excellent flavor provides undertones of fruitiness, and is hoppy but not bitter though it has a bit of a nip. This ale is very smooth and a pleasure to drink.

Photo of Minkybut
2.45/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this beer from the bottle to tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a cloudy looking ale maybe from cold. Low weak head with no lacing to speak of. Taste was hoppy with a bitter finish that was just blaa to me. There was nothing that really set this beer off. Just a blaa beer I thought. I will not buy again.

Photo of lpayette
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance- A somewhat clouded copper color with a small head and little visible carbonation.

Smell- Sweet brown sugar, malt- darker than I'd expect for the style and color. Suggestions of clover honey. Fruity with somewhat odd hints of beets. strange.

Taste + Mouthfeel - A somewhat light body as expected but more substantial than most in this style perhaps. A rolling maltiness of subtle sweet flavors including honey, molasses, and brown sugar. This is followed by some hop flavors that seem to be aged.

Drinkability- Surprisingly drinkable. Is it up to the standard of a great Belgian? No, but it is drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of Atlas1
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light copper orange color with a thin quarter-inch head which dissipates quickly. No lace to speak of. Light aroma of fruity esters - some banana, some very faint citrus. A muted malt scent as well. The taste echos the aroma; some fruitiness here, with some malty undertones and a lightly chewy banana cake mix finish. I'm not sure how old this beer is, but it finishes extremely thin and flat. The mouthfeel holds up, but that's about all this one has going for it. I am completely underwhelmed by this Avery effort. The brewery won't likely be remembered for this brew. Give it a try if you're really curious, but there are much better Belgian styles out there to try.

Photo of Vancer
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice amber orange pour into a water glass started the ol’ taste fest. The heading was kinda weak, white and wimpy – but it did try to leave some lace rings.

A fairly strong pop of floral hops in the aroma is promising. The quaff is a different mixture of the above hops, followed by malty finish, somewhat backwards to <normal> pale ale, but whatdahec. Sharp, crisp, and medium bodied.

A decent tasting brew, I enjoyed it but doubt if I would buy a 12er for a sitting.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A couple of bottles purchased in Portage Lakes, OH.

This beer pours a hazy copper color with an abundant loose white head. I had two Karma Ales, and when I opened the first it blew up all over the counter, although it had been sitting stationary in the fridge for a few days...not sure if that indicates anything about over-carbonation or not.

Smell is faint, and of caramel malt, biscuity-ness, and just a whiff of hops.

Taste is pleasant, but neither challenging nor inspiring. This is a nice, middle-of-the-road amber ale, which for my taste was a bit boring, particularly given the other Avery beers I'd had which were neither boring nor middle-of-the-road.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin, despite the high levels of carbonation.

This beer was rather drinkable, and while it wasn't what I expected from Avery, I did enjoy it.

Photo of Grundle20
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light amber in to a pilsner glass with a decent white head. The head has some decent retention and lacing.

The first thing I picked up was briess caramel malts most likely because I just brewed with some earlier. There is a stinging alcohol presence which is complimented by an overall mild sweetness and a little hint of sour yeasty funk.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Again the caramel malts are most forthright to me. There's a mild effervescence up front which pans out in to a smooth blanketing finish which tastes of very mellow hops. There is little aftertaste to speak of.

It's surprisingly drinkable for a Belgian style but I don't find it to be very flavorful and really drawing me in for another bottle.

Bottom Line:
I'm finding it to be a little lacking compared to it's Belgian brothers. It's not bad it's just not the wizz pow you grow accustomed to in Belgian beer.

Photo of assurbanipaul
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant light copper with a firm inch-thick head. Aroma is pale malt, fruit, and gentile, juicy, sweet light hops.

Taste is light, toasty pale malt with a high, mild fruit flavor. Not especially hoppy but there are traces of hop flavors, some slight piney juicy nature. Hints of orange, citrus and melon. No flavors of alcohol but a familiar estery Belgian nature. Finish is on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is medium to light, very smooth and easy to drink. No flaws, not impressively deep, but a great mild American-made Belgian with all the requisite elements.

Karma from Avery Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 957 ratings.