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Karma - Avery Brewing Company

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937 Ratings

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Ratings: 937
Reviews: 485
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 13.57%
Wants: 11
Gots: 29 | 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 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.

Atlas1, Feb 10, 2007
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.

Vancer, Dec 29, 2006
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.

BeerBelcher, Dec 28, 2006
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.

Grundle20, Dec 19, 2006
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.

assurbanipaul, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of froggyfrog
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

froggyfrog, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

mrasskicktastic, Nov 04, 2006
Photo of KarlHungus
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

KarlHungus, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of jmbranum
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jmbranum, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of hopsaplenty
2.2/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

hopsaplenty, Oct 27, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

BeerSox, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of Osiris9588
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Osiris9588, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of LarryV
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

LarryV, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

BEERchitect, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of Wasatch
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Wasatch, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of kaimcm
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

kaimcm, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of tattooedtolley
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

tattooedtolley, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of PorterLambic
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

PorterLambic, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of FightingEntropy
2.6/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

FightingEntropy, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of sacrelicio
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

sacrelicio, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of tavernjef
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

tavernjef, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of Blakaeris
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Blakaeris, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of tonistruth
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

tonistruth, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of rousee
4.13/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

rousee, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

bjohnson, Aug 16, 2006
Karma from Avery Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 937 ratings.