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Karma - Avery Brewing Company

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851 Ratings

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Ratings: 851
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 10
Gots: 18 | 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 smwesson500


3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours golden yellow into a glass

S: Goes without saying; honey and hops dominate

T: Again sweetness attributed to the honey. Very smooth and easy to muster

M: Would like more here. Slight bitter but not enough character

Overall this is a good beer. I would personally like more taste and mouthfeel from it but it is good in its own right at the moment.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 02:35:37 | More by smwesson500
Photo of allforbetterbeer


3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stange glass, no freshness date on bottle.

This beer pours with a slightly cloudy orange body under an off-white head. Looks unremarkable.

The nose displays notes of Belgian yeast, generic American hops, and some sticky malts (predominantly pale). There is a rounded softness to the aroma that I am surprised by and find pleasing.

The flavor starts off with some toasty malts that display greater depth and complexity than I expected. This is followed by mellow hop bitterness and soft hop flavors ranging from floral to pineapple. Slight notes of Belgian yeast add to the fruity character.

The mouthfeel is medium and well carbonated, but not overly so (and not to the extent that a bottle-conditioned Belgian example might be).

Conclusion: Much better than I anticipated from the dismal reviews this beer has received. I think this is tasty and well crafted. Surprisingly subtle from a brewery that has a reputation for over-powering themselves in the flavor department.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 23:52:32 | More by allforbetterbeer
Photo of droomyster


3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear light copper body with a thin head with average retention and no lacing properties. Aromas are powerfully toasty and a bit marshmallow-like, reminiscent of smores. Taste is intensely toasty from start to finish, with a bit of earthiness. The flavor is low on complexity but quite intense with what it has. It's not bad, but it fails to hold my interest after the first few sips. In the end, it leaves a wet cardboard taste, which is enough to make me never want another.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 06:11:07 | More by droomyster
Photo of Crossmd


2.58/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured 45 degrees into a tulip glass.

Pours a lucid copper-amber with a third of a finger of eggshell colored head.

Smells of a musty orange peel and a slight wet stone. Clean in smell texture, just really not anything closed to layered or complex.

Taste confirms smell, one dimensional, slightly sour orange with a weak malty structure. Not unpleasant, but certainly not interesting and rather far frowhat I would call delicious at this price point and from this brewery.

Mouthfeel is watery. It is lacking in carbonation and really sort of devoid of texture. Almost as if it's gone flat right out of the bottle.

Overall, drinkable and relatively flavorful, just boring carbonation is non-existent, mouthfeel is thin and taste is rather one dimensional. I don't really see the Belgian style coming out here either. I can't see myself buying this again.


Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 17:05:46 | More by Crossmd
Photo of Eriktheipaman


2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured an amber with white head that quickly faded.

The smell is strange for the style. Ever so slight spice but mostly caramel and a bit of prune like hint to it.

The taste is kind of like date nut bread or some sort of dark fruit bread. It seems like the yeast here was trying to go big or go home and just chose to go home. The profile is all there but no part of it really lives up to its full potential.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 01:21:22 | More by Eriktheipaman
Photo of MarkVegas


2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into my Bruery Tulip.

A: Amber, not too much head. Not a bad looking brew.

S: Fruity. Fruity. Fruity. A little bit of funk hiding within the fruit, but mostly fruit.

T: Citrus fruit, a tad sweet, and a tad tart. Sadly no lasting flavors at all.

M: Light and crisp.

O: Can't say I'd buy this one again. Certainly have had worse beers in my life but have had WAY better for the style. Just wish that the flavors lasted a little. Forgettable brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 06:33:24 | More by MarkVegas
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was yet another beer that I picked up at Joe Canal's down in Woodbridge a few weeks back. I didn't expect to achieve enlightenment when I bought this and after having nearly all of the bottle, I know for a fact that getting close to that point would be wishful thinking.

No doubt that the pour was the best aspect of this beer, as the bright and clear copper hue was nice to behold. The head wasn't anything great and the same could be said for the lacing. As for the mouthfeel, it leaned very heavily towards the malty side. Lots of biscuit flavor with a bit of plum and fig underneath, which faded to a very strong sour apple aftertaste. No yeast to be seen at the bottom of the bottle or tasted here and there could have been a bit of spice here to balance out the leftover taste that I couldn't get out of my mouth.

This qualifies as a session beer but that's not saying much. One of these was enough for me and this is not as tasty or enjoyable as more popular offerings in this category. I didn't mind that the aftertaste lingered so long, but I just never warmed up to it. Karma should be more than what's beheld, and I think it's safe to say that this is the Avery beer that I've enjoyed the least, by a fair margin.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 08:09:34 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

When I read the label, I only saw the part that said "Pale Ale." As I poured the beer, I picked up some sour smell. I was a little concerned, so I looked at the label again to see the "belgian style" as well.

I poured this into a pint glass. The coloring was yellowish brown with very minimal head. I smelled the beer and didn't pick up very much. There was some of the sour, but that was about it.

The flavors were pretty muted. It tastes like a sour pale ale, but there wasn't any depth. Oh well, I'm looking forward to the next pour.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 23:14:58 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of TMoney2591


3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

And this Bliss tasting moves on. This offering pours a clear sunset bronze topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises light green apple, biscuits, grapefruit, banana, black pepper, and a touch of caramel. The taste holds notes of pear, black pepper, light nutmeg, white grapes, toffee, and biscuits. The Belgian character is rather subdued. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a pretty good BPA, but one that's definitely lacking on the B. I'd drink another, for sure, but I wouldn't recommend it too quickly.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 07:21:40 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of ONUMello


3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a large wine glass
A: Amber color; one-finger head
S: Very fruity, especially cherry. Smells quite a bit like Juicy-Fruit gum. Maybe a bit of sour aromas as well. Fairly one-dimensional.
T: A balance of fruity, nutty and citrus. But as soon as you swallow it, the flavor is gone, just like that.
M: Fairly light, average. Nice crispness.
O: This has so much potential, but fails to deliver. At the end of the day, it tastes good, but lacks oomph, the flavors falls off a cliff, and is very unmemorable.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 03:52:11 | More by ONUMello
Photo of DavidST


3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

This pours a clear light copperish color with a decent slightly off white head. The smell is light and perhaps biscuity, I don't get any belgium yeast smells. Feel is medium to light. The taste is also light, I get a hint of hop bitterness, and some caramel / biscuit malt. I don't get the beligum name, this is a pretty basic pale ale, expect a low hop pale ale and not much belgium, its not bad but nothing I'm wowed about.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 00:31:22 | More by DavidST
Photo of minterro


3.19/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Custom six pack from Oades in East Lansing

A & S: metallic smell… besides that not much there. Maybe a bit on the ‘sweet’ side as far as scents go. Yellow/orange colored beer. The pure white head sticks around the beer but not really along the glass as lacing.

T & M: flowery hops (floral notes), a bit sweet. Medium bodied, medium to low carbonation.

O: I had a hard time rating this beer it was a bit bland. Wasn’t impressed, not the best pale I’ve tried, but I hear good things about this brewing company, so I look forward to trying some of their other beers.

2.5, 4, 3, 4, 3

2014: (didn't know I had already rated this beer).
Head doesn't hang around at all. Beer is pretty lively. Aroma is better than I previously rated, I'm getting more of a yeasty funk, but its still not very pungent and I'm still getting those metallic tones.

Much sweeter than I remember. Mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side.
3, 3, 3.5, 3.5, 3

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 23:32:41 | More by minterro
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big off white to light tan head leaves a small lacing over a copper honey colored drink.

Lots of light fruity/citrus hops notes blended nicely with a sweet caramel malt aroma.

The taste is pretty much the same, light fruit/citrus blended well with a light sweet caramel malt taste, a pretty good tasting beer but kind of subdued, would have liked these same taste but to have had them richer and fuller, that would ahve been a pretty darn good way to close out an afternoon.

There is a light caramel hint to an aftertaste that borders on dry on this medium bodied fare.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 00:56:15 | More by LXIXME
Photo of Agold


3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With a vigorous pour, karma produces little head which has no staying power. It is also a bit dark for a belgian pale, which I usually assume will be bright and pretty clear. The aroma is lacking as well. There is some of the signature belgian yeast spicy clove and an odd heavy citrus aroma. Maybe some orange. The flavor is better, with a hint of sweetness along with a bit more mild belgian yeast character than in the nose. It is pretty light and enjoyable. The mouthfeel is good light and well carbed. Karma is a good solid beer, but really nothing that sticks out in my mind.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 02:31:55 | More by Agold
Photo of PCampbell


3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a nice amber red color that has a thin, white head to it.

Initially smells of sweet malts and wheat, with that typical Belgian yeast scents of clove, peppers and banana. Taste is a bit malty with biscuit flavors and some floral hops and yeasts flavors as well. Bit of a thin mouthfeel to it with medium carbonation.

A fairly decent beer, quite drinkable but doesn't leave that big of an impression.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 17:31:22 | More by PCampbell
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour is a nice red amber hue with a small white head. Sweet malts light yeast and some hop fill the nose. Taste is nice caramel malt with some light hoppiness. Palate is a nice medium body, carbonation is good. Finish is sweet maltiness some sweet spices with some yeast and slight fruitiness ending with a nutty bitter ending. Overall a good drinkable brew

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 00:36:48 | More by Samp01
Photo of awmiller


4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured up a clear, dark copper colored body with a creamy off-white colored head with good retention and amazing lazing. Aromas of peppery spices, dark fruits (plums, raisins), and bread dough. Flavors of caramel, toasted malts, and a light hint of citrusy hops. Medium-bodied with a crisp, refreshing finish with a nice caramel flavor lingering about.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 18:27:45 | More by awmiller
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/tan, not head or lacing, looks rather dull.

Smell - Very mild floral aromas, banana, lemon, some orange. Sugars and some yeast. Not alot of smell to this beer.

Taste - A mild fruity floral hop flavor with some sugars. Really mild and easy to drink. Orange and lemon is a huge flavor in this beer. No alcohol is present.

Mouthfeel - Very thin and smooth, doesnt dare challenge mouth, palette, or throat. Very slight bitterness aftertaste but thats it.

Overall - This is tasty, but a little too mild. You could easly slam a 6'er of this. If the hops were more present to go along with the floral sweetness, this could be a monster. Not bad, but honestly, for a seasoned craft drinker, its a waste of time.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 01:34:04 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of goblue3509


2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a slight ring of a head which leaves a little bit of finger lace. The aroma is faint and of a slight sweet belgian yeast strain along with some sweet malt and a hint of hops. The taste follows the aroma, with a belgian yeast strain as well as a sweet malt backbone. There is the addition of a floral hop bite in the middle to the back end. The mouthfeel was well carbonated and slightly stingy. Overall it was an okay beer, it is for sure not up there with the best in class. The taste was better than the look and smell which saves it a little bit.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 16:37:57 | More by goblue3509
Photo of TheHoppiest


3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a coppery-gold color, with a 1/2" head that reduces to a thin lid.

Has a thin, malty aroma, with mild peppery notes. There are hints of banana and clove underneath.

Has a grassy, herby taste, with a mild sour apricot taste that hits mid-way through the sip. Ends with a slight banana sweet taste. Overall, the taste is easy and pleasant.

Mouthfeel is thin and mild, with very little bitterness.

A decent beer, but this is not one of my favorite styles. The mild sour, in combination with the banana fruitiness, are where they should be, but this one just doesn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 00:26:30 | More by TheHoppiest
Photo of DesMoinesMike


3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Cork and Bottle served into a perfect pour glass.

It's a nice copper color with a good amount of carbonation that lasts for a good 10 minutes. The aroma is more malty with some earthy elements. The taste is kinda malty with some grain and grass and a bit of fruit. This seems like a light version of the style. It's passable but there's plenty better.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 23:00:12 | More by DesMoinesMike
Photo of Rifugium


3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the Pour House, Westmont, NJ

Poured into a stem glass, a light, golden amber, clear, with a small white head that all but disappears and leaves little to no lace. Bready, yeasty aroma, infused with light sugar and fruity esters. Bready taste, with a touch of spice, light toasty malts and candi-ish sugar, followed by subtle melon and pear flavors, finishing off with some earthy hops that don't really take over, they just make their presence known. Medium mouthfeel, and a pretty good drink overall.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2011 12:54:53 | More by Rifugium
Photo of csiewert


3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a trace of head that dissipated rapidly. The aroma has notes of floral, honey and caramel. The taste starts caramel sweet and then becomes floral hoppy while finishing slightly bitter... All pretty watered down. The mouthfeel is slightly overcharged and leaves a dry grainy feeling in your throat... Not pleasant. Overall could use some work.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 22:55:50 | More by csiewert
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Avery Karma

12 oz bottle. Pours a light golden color. Little to no froth and poor head retention. In the aroma, Belgian ale yeast, sweet malts and floral hops. In the flavor, yeast fruityness, a mellow pine/grapefruit hop presence, some candi sugar and pale malts. Light to medium bodied feel. Overall, a decent American brewed belgo style beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 05:09:57 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of stercomm


3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Gold/copper hue in color, small head that quickly receded leaving slight lacing on the glass.

S - Get some biscuit and maybe a hint of plum, rather subdued aroma.

T - A little tart, biscuity taste, really no sweetness to this at all, for the summer is a bit refreshing but if the flavor profile is like this would like probably some citrus layered in.

M - Medium bodied mild carbonation.

D - An okay refresher but not a go to beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 22:26:47 | More by stercomm
Karma from Avery Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 851 ratings.