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Karma - Avery Brewing Company

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842 Ratings

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Ratings: 842
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 10
Gots: 15 | 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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3/5  rDev -11.8%

11-16-2011 05:52:52 | More by IPx
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New York

4/5  rDev +17.6%

11-16-2011 02:43:26 | More by virinow
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

11-16-2011 00:42:12 | More by jheezee
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

11-16-2011 00:13:45 | More by Annesemj
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New York

3/5  rDev -11.8%

11-15-2011 04:19:54 | More by shufon
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -11.8%

11-15-2011 03:08:36 | More by BeerMe42
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

11-15-2011 00:59:56 | More by Exiled
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +47.1%

11-14-2011 22:38:33 | More by NCbeerpirate
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

11-14-2011 21:14:14 | More by UncleJimbo
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

11-14-2011 19:23:02 | More by Hessian257
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

11-14-2011 18:08:35 | More by kkrez
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

11-14-2011 07:26:36 | More by Jspriest
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3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange and mostly clear with a little haze, big fluffy head with staying power and very good lace.

Smell is a blend of spice, malt, yeast and a little hops, not real strong but pleasant enough.

Taste is toasty malts and a slightly astringent spiciness, with a touch of hops crispness and a touch of lemon peel.

Body is a little thinner than I'd like. Carbonation was ok enough.

Overall it's not very memorable for the style

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 19:32:38 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a lovely golden color with a decent beige head. Head mostly receded, with a small amount of lacing. Aroma was that of funky earthiness. Yeasty, sweet, citrusy and funky. Dark fruit was barely noticeable but still there in the taste, while the yeast and earthiness took over for the most part. Still some light citrus notes.

Medium-bodied. A funky but drinkable beer with decent carbonation. Complexity is there, but not totally balanced. Refreshing, but not that memorable and not a preferred Belgian Pale Ale for me.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2011 22:10:01 | More by MsRif
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3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was okay. It has a slight fog.
It had an interesting taste. It's slightly better than an average beer, but unique. It was sharp, like a spice.
The mouthfeel was extremely smooth and it was also thick.

It's a fun beer to try, but I wouldn't drink it regularly or bring a pack to a party. Drink it if you like curry.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 04:33:47 | More by Vashtar
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3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours deep golden with a nice-looking tan head. Some lacings.

S: Rich citric notes; oranges and lemons. Yeast and sweet malt.

T: Sweet malt, a tad roasted. Some dark dried fruits. Yeast and mellow spicyness. Citric notes.

M: Body is medium and carbonation light. Aftertaste is short and semi-bitter.

O: I'm quite dissapointed; Avery usually delivers well-crafted products, and generally Belgian Pale Ale is a sure thing. Here, it's just ok...

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 17:58:53 | More by Evil_Pidde
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Karma from Avery Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 842 ratings.