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Karma - Avery Brewing Company

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908 Ratings

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Ratings: 908
Reviews: 481
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 11
Gots: 25 | 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 Franchise
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%

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!

Franchise, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of gosurfobx
3.4/5  rDev 0%

Pours a clear copper color with a large frothy white head that leaves some nice lacing. Smell is not as strong as I expected with some maltyness, some esters and some other spicyness. Taste is fairly good, some nice maltyness, breadyness, spicyness, and some hop bitterness. Mouth is a litte thinner than I would have expected but the carbination is good. A good intro beer to a non drinker who is not familar with the Belgian Pale style.

gosurfobx, Jul 19, 2006
Photo of kirok1999
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%

Appearance- Light copper, thick white head that laces nicely.

Smell- Not much dominates at all, some caramel, nuts, grass, even less citrus.

Taste- Crisp yet thin, not a lot there. It is sweet in a nice way, slight caramel notes, fruity sweetness but shallow.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and dry.

Drinkability- Easily quaffed on a hot summer night yet lacking in any outstanding characteristic.

kirok1999, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of cheers2beers
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%

Served into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice crisp shade of amber/orange. An average sized head rose up and fell within two minutes or so. I am suprised that there is actually some descent lacing going on. A nice steady bead is also noted.

Smell: Pale malts and some fruity accents, mainly orange blossom and maybe some apricot or peaches. This is also mildly grassy like a german pilsner.

Taste: The palate is dominated by pale malt reminiscent of a Kolsch. The yeast is imparting some of those fruit flavors that I smell in the nose. Not citrusy but orange is still suggested as well as some lighter fruit notes, peaches, pears, apricots. Alcohol presence is non-existant but thats probably because all of the BIG beers that I consume have ravaged my palate. I also am pleasently suprised at the hop bitterness that I am finding. This is almost like a lighter fruity American pale ale. Not bad but I was expecting more.

Mouthfeel: This is teeters on the fatter side of thin. Light but not void of body. Very pleasent mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I was expecting a bit more from this beer but I was not at all dissapointed. The fruity and grassy elements combined with its overall softness make this quite the easy drinker. Its worth a try but I dont think this will be a regular in my rotation.


cheers2beers, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of dfried
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%

Deep amber orange, but still see through. Nice sticky tan head bubbles to a film, but the ring leaves good lacing. The aroma is bready, and fruity like apple and pear, with noticeable hops. This beer had an interesting malt flavor, an amber/reddish malt, deeper than say an American amber, but not caramel or brown like. Quite fruity, apple and pear but also a subdued tart-fruity flavor like apricot, and some lemon zest. Almost a little spicy in flavor like a saison, but not quite there. Not dominating, but very noticeable hops, mainly kind of perfume-like floral taste, but a bit citrus and pine/resinous as well. The mouthfeel is tangy, but mellowed well from the malt. I found this beer very drinkable.

I feel like this beer is suffering from it's classification, people try one expecting something more Belgian, as is even states on the label, and it gets a bum rap on this site. I think Karma transcends and American-izes styles quite well. This is more like a malty, sort of spicy, mellow IPA. Yum.

dfried, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of cbl2
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%

No best by date.


Pours a crystal clear orange with a half inch of white/tan head on top.


Overripe soapy fruit (esters anyone?) just as the label predicts. Some gumball aroma is present as well.


Intense apple/pear ripe fruit sensation. Mouthfeel has a somewhat drying aspect to it. Not overly complex, this is a one note interpretation of the Belgian Pale Ale. Not Avery's best offering.

cbl2, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of taez555
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

This beer poured a clear orange body with a small white head.

Nose is classic american micro ale caramel malty. Soft honey, some mild floral notes, touch of white pepper and some very very very very mild belgian phenol and yeast tones.

Taste is very light and watery which, believe or not, actually seems to get thinner as it finishes. Caramel, some roasted peanuts, apricots, peaches, soft biscuit, sour yeast notes and flashes of herbal tea. Bitterness is rather mild with an overall chewy grainy mouth-feel. Not much in the way of hops other some very mild leaf notes.

Very thin, almost like a belgian light beer. Not at all what I'd call a belgian pale ale. This beer has some Karma issues it needs to reconcile.

taez555, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%

Appearance: A white head rises very large, stays long, and leaves fantastic lacing on the way down. Body is medium carmel.

Smell: Light sweet malts, a little grassy and fruity.

Taste: Easy to drink, lightly sweet and sugary, grassy maltiness. Refreshing and easy to drink, but not terribly interesting, ok.

Drinkability: Not a bad glass of beer, just not enough going on, the flavors are kind of subdued.

TastyTaste, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%

Avery- Karma Ale

Appearance- light copper orange/ brown with a thick creamy head. Good lacing along the glass.
Smell- light/ faint hay, pepper, and lemon.
Taste- watered down Belgium Ale. Light pepper and spice mixed with orange and lemon with a touch of hay/ grass hops.
Mouthfeel- light and watery up front finishing off tart.

Overall- Very basic middle of the road.

NJpadreFan, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of beersabound
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

beersabound, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of Bitterbill
2.15/5  rDev -36.8%

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.

Bitterbill, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of Mitchster
2/5  rDev -41.2%

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.

Mitchster, Jun 09, 2006
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3.68/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

hanco005, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of asabreed
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

asabreed, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of nortmand
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%

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.

nortmand, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

Gagnonsux, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%

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.

SixpointJMH, Jun 03, 2006
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3.88/5  rDev +14.1%

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

DaggerEyes, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +17.6%

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.

Bighuge, May 31, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
2.17/5  rDev -36.2%

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.

IntriqKen, May 27, 2006
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3.08/5  rDev -9.4%

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***

Golden2wenty1, May 25, 2006
Photo of ZAP
4.47/5  rDev +31.5%

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..

ZAP, May 23, 2006
Photo of ADR
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

ADR, May 19, 2006
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3.4/5  rDev 0%

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.

shirfan, May 13, 2006
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2.83/5  rDev -16.8%

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.

Naes, May 08, 2006
Karma from Avery Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 908 ratings.