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Karma - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
77
okay

882 Ratings
THE BROS
72
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Ratings: 882
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 13.57%
Wants: 10
Gots: 21 | 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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Crosling

Colorado

2.4/5  rDev -29.2%

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.

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

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +18.9%

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.

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

California

3.6/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

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

Michigan

2.78/5  rDev -18%

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.

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

New Hampshire

3.08/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

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

Colorado

2.55/5  rDev -24.8%

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?

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

Texas

3.03/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

12-27-2005 02:43:40 | More by BeerAngel
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DogFood11

California

3.15/5  rDev -7.1%

Copper body, huge off white chunky, milky head. Lace is sliding and in a ring like fashion...

Plums come through along with a light malt base. Light.

Dough and light fruits, orange citrus finish. Carbonation overpowers the delicate body. Hops are subtle and citrus like. A sour twang sticks around on the back of each drink. Earthy like grain with every pull. Alcohol was well hidden even for a lighter offering at just over 5%. Easily put down the hatch and pleasant.

I found this to be a decent brew...The pour is second to none but from there it loses its steam.

12-26-2005 18:37:26 | More by DogFood11
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charlottebeerguy

Florida

3.03/5  rDev -10.6%

poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a tulip galss

Pours a hazy orange color white fizzy head thats likes to stick around, also decent lacing.

smell is of citrus, oily hops with some lemon hints

not to impressed with the taste here not picking up much of the smells i detected This is a refreshing brew though clean and smoothe. but not much here.

12-19-2005 04:38:00 | More by charlottebeerguy
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jackndan

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -7.7%

Karma, from Avery, poured out of a 12 ounce bottle into a chalice.

The appearance is a hazy orange tan, what head it had dissipated fairly quickly.

The aroma is weak, somewhat detergent like, bit of a disappointment.

I'll be frank, I was expecting something a little more flavorful, this strikes me more as a pale ale with a bit of Belgian yeast thrown in at the end. Mouthfeel is also not great, fairly highly carbonated. On the other hand it is somewhat light and refreshing, I'll have to give a retest when it is not snowing outside.

12-11-2005 00:04:49 | More by jackndan
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured from a 12oz bottle; no freshness date seen. Pours a clear, auburn-copper hue. Scant carbonation bubbling upward towards a miniscule layer of off-white head. Mostly just a rim-job. Light on the lacing as well. Nose produces some fruity, estery notes, akin to green apple and pear. A touch of bready malt is also present. Checks in a bit less than medium in the body department, while producing a bit of prickliness on the tongue.

Flavor, as in the aroma, is light on malt. Much more evident is the fruity aspect with, again, light apple and pear characteristics. Belgian yeast notes also can be detected here. Not a whole lot of oomph in this bier, though. Low on flavor for the most part, like a "Belgian Lite", imo. I'd look elsewhere to seek "Karma".

Prosit!!

overall: 3.6
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5

860

11-24-2005 18:57:40 | More by Bierman9
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +19.5%

Bright golden orange with a thinning head of eggshell colored foam. Aroma of sweet fruity malts, sweet spicy vanilla and ripe apricots detected – overall, sweet and attractive aroma. The taste is fine with semi-sweet fruit malts and earthy hop undertones. Solid medium body and overall this beer gives the palate gentle swabs of pleasing flavors. Pleasant and very much drinkable.

11-17-2005 09:23:44 | More by pezoids
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +2.7%

Bottle: Poured a dirty orange color ale with a huge white bubbly head with average retention. Aroma of Belgian yeast is clearly evident as well as a mix of spices. Taste is also dominated by the Belgian signature yeast with a nice touch of hops at the end. Good take on the style without being remarkable.

11-08-2005 20:32:09 | More by Phyl21ca
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meathookjones

Virginia

2.13/5  rDev -37.2%

Pours out a clear orange color with a tall foamy tan head. The head dies off quickly leaving little to no lace. The aroma is pretty much cloyingly sweet with pretty much any other scent that might come out hidden. As it warms there was a bit of spice trying to get out, pretty much unsuccessfully. Taste seems to have the same fault of too much sweetness. Fruits and sugars are about all and too much of them. There is also a bit of a funky taste to it but that is eventually drowned out. Mouthfeel is fine and drinkability is killed by that cloying nature of this beer. Not sure what they were going for here but I hope this wasn’t it.

11-01-2005 15:38:12 | More by meathookjones
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Boto

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev +10%

12oz. bottle: This beer pours a hazy, dark golden color. Quite a bit of head to it, with some lacing. The aroma is OK, with notes of some floral, spices and sweetness. Slightly fruity and a hair bready. The taste is decent enough, but un-remarkable. Slightly bready, dry, and a hint of sweetness.

10-21-2005 02:09:22 | More by Boto
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kmcnair

California

3.45/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours a rich, deep copper tone and makes a thin bubbly white head. Smells bready, light flowery and earthy hops, fruity esters. Light bitterness, sweet chewy malt flavor, actually reminds me quite a bit of an american pale ale that I have had before. Medium on the palate and finishes slightly sticky, to compare this to other Belgian Pales, it falls quite short... it is not dry, crisp or peppery on the palate. This isn't a bad beer, I just think it is categorized incorrectly by the brewer.

10-07-2005 07:32:19 | More by kmcnair
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.6/5  rDev +6.2%

"As the blazing fire reduces wood to ashes, similarly, the fire of self-knowledge reduces karma to ashes."

--Bhagavad Gita


Tangerine-copper with amber edges and a virtual absence of visible carbonation. The dense, orangish beige cap collapses fairly quickly to a fat one finger, when it appears to think better of making such a hasty exit. A small amount of thin, feathery lace makes its way to the glass.

The nose is okay, but is nothing like a Belgian pale ale. A Colorado pale ale perhaps? It smells like the beer is well-balanced between caramel malt and orange fruity, slightly earthy hops. Since Sterling hops are a Saaz variant, I expected, but didn't get, any noble characteristics whatsoever. Avery claims that a true Belgian yeast strain is used, but you'd never know it. Confusion reigns.

After several mouthfuls, the resemblance to a beer of the stated style is starting to make a little more sense. Still, I don't think any serious comparisons can be made to the best Belgian pale ales. I can at least taste what Avery was shooting for, even if they're wide of the mark. The beer is still exceptionally well-balanced, with caramel malt underpinnings and orange-like top notes.

The biggest problem is that there's too much hop flavor, without much hop bitterness, and not enough flavor from the yeast. Belgian beer (and Belgian-style beer) is, in my mind, defined by its yeast. If a brewer uses a lackluster strain, or doesn't possess the skill and/or experience to utilize it effectively, the result can only be lackluster beer. I wouldn't go so far as to describe Karma as lackluster, but neither is it overly lustrous.

There's a modest spiciness, especially on the finish, that probably has as much to do with hops as with yeast. Nothing really changes with warming; more of the same, just warmer. The mouthfeel is solidly medium with a firm feel rather than a lush or creamy one. It's well-bubbled for a Colorado pale ale and underbubbled for a Belgian pale ale.

Karma tastes like a balanced, caramel malty APA brewed with a less than delicious, third-tier hop. As a Belgian knockoff, it's a failure. As a decent, drinkable beer, it's a success.

10-04-2005 00:42:38 | More by BuckeyeNation
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev +4.1%

12 oz bottle pours a clear and radiant orange/copper body with two inches of beige head. Retention is good and plenty of patch lace is left behind. Aroma is muted, with notes of bread dough, vague spices, apricot, and a hint of lime. Mouthfeel is light medium bodied with soft moderated carbonation and some yeast chalkiness. Taste has notes of spicy raisinbread, hints of pepper and coriander, and some apricot fruitiness. There is an earthy yeast character that is chalky at times. Spicy hops bitterness is pervasive. An interesting offering from Avery. Very average when compared with most Belgian brewed examples of the style.

10-01-2005 16:39:16 | More by merlin48
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Hop2it

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +18%

Light chestnut brown, clean white 1" head with good retention. Smells very inviting. Sweet and estery and a gentle grapefruit bouquet.

Very soft on the tongue. Smooth malts of a medium body. Slight bitterness excite the sides of my mouth. It certainly has achieved Karmic balance of malts and hops - both are in perfect harmony.

Very enjoyable, it is somewhat light in body and texture, though this could prove to be a great session beer. Lack of mouthfeel could be a freshness issue, as it falls somewhat flat after a full glass.

09-30-2005 03:36:44 | More by Hop2it
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PatYoda

Colorado

3/5  rDev -11.5%

Bottle erupted upon opening. I gotta remember to let these sit for a minute before opening. Appearance is a hazy orangey brown with a little ring of foam. Smell is really good. Very sweet and carmelly with some spices in there. Also a strong nutty smell and a little toffee. Unfortunately it goes downhill from there. The mouthfeel is very watery and the taste is very blandly sweet with some vague sourness throughout. Even a veggie taste at times. The aftertaste isn't bad though as the toffee makes a reappearance. Overall, this is a very weird beer. The flavors definitely don't blend well together and it really lacks focus. I'm glad I only bought one bottle.

09-28-2005 01:04:22 | More by PatYoda
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RedHaze

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Courtesy of bditty187.

Poured a dark orange color with a thin head that receded to a slight ring with pretty decent lacing.

Smell was of orange zest, spices, mild hops.

Taste was orange, belgian yeast, spices and mild caramel malt flavor. An easy drinking Belgian style ale, though quite what I would expect from the style. The flavors and aroma were more subdued than I had anticipated. It was still a pretty decent beer though.

09-26-2005 00:06:24 | More by RedHaze
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cubedbee

Maryland

3.83/5  rDev +13%

Pours a dark coppery brown with a finger of fizzy off-white head. Light hoppy floral nose with a bit of spices and a faint fruity note. Taste is a light yeast malt with a slightly nutty note and a nice grassy hop finish. Medium bodied with a crisp dryness. This is a decent enough beer, tastes like a good american pale wheat ale, certainly not was I was expecting from a Belgian pale.

09-11-2005 18:26:44 | More by cubedbee
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +7.1%

The beer arrived on the table crystal clear pale golden amber with an off-white and frothy head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was light hop aroma with a light spice character and some wheat.

The flavor was bittering hop most prevalent and a light wheat flavor.

The finish was dry with lasting bittering into the aftertaste. The body was medium. While drinking this beer I suspected it was an American Wheat and cannot imagine it as a Belgian Pale Ale as listed here.

Pint at 42nd Street Oyster Bar.

09-08-2005 12:57:40 | More by GCBrewingCo
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -4.7%

12oz bottle purchased as part of a six-pack somewhere in NoVA, either WF/Vienna, WF/Annadale, Norm's, or Rick's.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/4" light beige head over the copper brew. Frothy foam head lasts well, with provides nice, plentiful lacing. Aroma is somewhat nondescript, nothing notable. Taste kind of disappointingly follows the nose, with light malt sweetness to start, the faintest glimmer of spicing, and a touch of fruity hops. Mouthfeel and drinkability are okay for a generic beer, but lacking for the style. I expected so much more.

09-03-2005 17:25:50 | More by ppoitras
Karma from Avery Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 882 ratings.