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Karma - Avery Brewing Company

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950 Ratings

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Ratings: 950
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 13.57%
Wants: 12
Gots: 33 | 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 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.

GClarkage, May 24, 2007
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.

Duster72, May 24, 2007
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.

fank2788, May 24, 2007
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.

MrHungryMonkey, May 18, 2007
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.

Backer2004, May 14, 2007
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.

jbsteiny, Apr 23, 2007
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...

mattd017, Apr 22, 2007
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.

toothharp, Apr 20, 2007
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.

Mebuzzard, Apr 14, 2007
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.

meadhead, Apr 02, 2007
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.

Cyberkedi, Apr 01, 2007
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.

Minkybut, Mar 03, 2007
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.

lpayette, Feb 11, 2007
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
Karma from Avery Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 950 ratings.