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Karma - Avery Brewing Company

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965 Ratings

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Ratings: 965
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 Brent
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When my buddy and I sampled this beer, our first reaction was the same: "Huh?" Not sure what this beer wanted to be, or where it wanted to go. A bit sweet, with what seemed a distinct Belgian candy sugar note, and a toffee malt presence. Perhaps just a hint of yeasty funk, but it may have been my imagination. Not really a pale ale, not really Belgian, just lackluster. A rare letdown from Avery.

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

This is the first beer from Avery that I did not think was exceptional. Not sure what beer style they are going for with this one but did not test very Belgian like. Not terrible but not what I have come to expect from Avery. No real taste and not recommended.

Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a reddish color with a small, short-lived white head. It left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of malt and spices. Also, a hint of orange aroma.

T - It tasted of malt and spices. A good fruity flavor.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a descent representation of the style. Not the best but it was pretty good.

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

Find your inner peace with Karma! On to the beer:

Poured into a pint glass, it's reddish-copper in color with a nice billowy head. A lot of biscuit and grain flavors in this beer, which is joined by some hop flavor and mild fruit. The bitterness curls around the tongue and sits on it after each sip. A pretty good beer, and one I had no idea was intended to be Belgian-styled.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First purchase of this one in a mixed sixer for $7.50. Worth it? We'll see.

Moderate pour at 45 degrees yields a solid off-white two-finger head under a slightly hazy amber body. Pretty beer.

Smell is a bit of malt and some mild floral hops with some pepper and coriander.

Taste follows the smell for the most part, but the pepper and coriander are more up front.

Mouthfeel is decent, with nice carbonation throughout.

Drinkability is pretty good.

Overall, this is an okay beer, but not a stand-alone: it would go well with a spicy meal. Worth a try, but not worth stocking up on.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.09/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - a light golden color with scant few bubbles of carbonation, a thin filmy white head sits atop

S - musty, subtle malty aroma wihtout much help, rather isolated and uninviting

T - the taste is much better than the aroma, malty at first, then a fruity sweetness kicks in, and a slightly spicy finish, not he best belgian in the states, but not bad either, a nice session brew

M&D - smooth with a biting finish, but overall a decently drinkable beer with a palatable mouthfeel

not a very noteworthy beer, tasty and drinkable, but not much to expound on.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A Belgian farmhouse/pale ale from an excellent brewery in Colorado. Gotta try this...poured from a 12 oz. bottle to the trusty 'La Rulles' tasting glass.

A: Nice-looking, crystal clear golden-orange. A white, fizzy head about 1/2-finger high tops this one, fading pretty rapidly. Many carbonation bubbles rise randomly. Nice sticking lace.

S: Rather bland aroma of gummy malt, very faint sugary fruit and a little yeast. Expected more from this...

T: Starts with a bounty of roasted barley, nutty and spicy-sweet. Develops into a sticky yeastiness with some fruit (ripe melon and pear). Finishes full of dry pepper and some herbal hops. I really don't taste the "Belgian-ness" in this one, unfortunately...

M: Good carbonation initially but yeastiness seems to thicken the mouth beyond what I expect in a Belgian Pale Ale. Pepper and hops last on the tongue for a while...

D: Pretty good beer, but I really had to search for the Belgian yeast....it's there, but much more subtle than hoped for. Otherwise, a pale ale that's somewhere in the midst of the pack. Good for a try, then probably move on...

Photo of HoustonTX
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden body with a bright clear orange hue. Solid lace and head, white in color. Smells of dank unripened-fruit esters, with a pepper backing. Clean and crisp with a layer of caramel. Taste is clean and reminiscent of a well-done amber, with a Belgian twang. Wild yeast flavors, with fruits and ripe citric tones protruding. All along a very solid malt base. Finishes with a semi-dry tang. Very solid, introductory beer.

Photo of wedge
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
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
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
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
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
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
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
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 -11.8%
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 -1.5%
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 -5.9%
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
3.74/5  rDev +10%
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 +0.9%
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
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
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
3.76/5  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
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
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
2.76/5  rDev -18.8%
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
3.76/5  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
2.33/5  rDev -31.5%
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
2.7/5  rDev -20.6%
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
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Karma from Avery Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 965 ratings.