Karma Belgian Style Pale Ale | Avery Brewing Company

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Karma Belgian Style Pale AleKarma Belgian Style Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of woodychandler
3.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My Karma almost ran over my dogma, but I managed to stay the course as far as the eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody.

From the bottle: "Inspired by the principle of karma and the wonderful farmhouse and pale ales of Belgium, we have created this bright and estery Belgian-style ale with a beautiful amber hue. Here's to being good!"; "Good ale happens to good people."

Following a Pop! of the cap, I began a gentle pour since it was a bottle of unknown age and origin. I got a good amount of foaming anyway, resulting in two fingers of foamy, tawny head with decent retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was mildly sweet and malty with a light honey-like quality and a fruitiness from the esters mentioned on the label. I smelled grapes and apples, primarily. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste had a breadiness to go with the fruity tastes of pears, apples, golden raisins and white grapes as well as a slight peppery spiciness. Finish was very dry, indicative of the Belgian yeast really having done its job. The relatively low ABV put me in mind of a table beer. It was eminently drinkable, but it just was not quite scratching my itch.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours relatively clear and orange amber in color with an off-white, finger width head. Sub-par retention, resulting in a broken layer of suds with a fair, bubbly ring around the edge of the glass. Very few spots of lace decorate the glass.

Smell - Sweet, fruity and lightly funky aroma. Grape skin, apple and touches of green banana. Light spice.

Taste - Follows the nose. Fruity flavor with apple and light grape skin tartness. Hints of toast and caramel malt character. Mild lemon sourness rings in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with low carbonation. Slick, but falls a bit flat. Very drying finish.

Overall - A fair brew. Certainly drinkable, but nothing that's particularly noteworthy. I poured this into a glass for this review, but I had two others straight from the bottle; I think I like slightly better from the bottle.

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Photo of Auraan
4.19/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy amber brown body with a half finger of bubbly white head. Overall impression of appearance is of a good Belgian Pale Ale, true to style at the darker end of the spectrum. Scent begins malty sweet with notes of toasty and biscuity malt and a moderate fruitiness imparting aromas of prune, plum and apricot, with a light caramel quality and peppery, spicy phenols in the background at the end. Overall impression of aroma is of a malt-forward beer that blends a variety of aromas into a balanced whole. A good example of a Belgian Pale Ale, though a presence of floral hops would improve it. Flavor begins with soft sweet malt lending notes notes of biscuits and toast to light caramel flavor and fruity flavors of prune, plum and apricot. This carries over into the middle of the sip. Finish is lightly sweet and dominated by soft malt flavors imparting toasty, biscuity and nutty flavors with very light peppery phenols and a light fruitiness. Aftertaste is toasty, biscuity, nutty malt and very light white pepper. Overall impression of flavor is of a balanced yet malty ale, with enough yeast character and fruit for the style. True to form and quite pleasing for a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation and a soft, smooth feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a good easy drinking ale. Overall this is an excellent example of a true Belgian Pale Ale. Not to be confused with the more phenolic Belgian Golden Strong and Belgian Blonde ales, this is a fine example of the malty, soft, balanced aroma and flavors of the sessionable Belgian Pale. A good beer and quite nice as a light "everyday" beer.

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Photo of mjurney
3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

copper color, a bit hazy. Tons of small bubbles rising. Spongy head.

Very clean, red apples, some spices, a little sweet malts.

Fruity and spicy yeast, mostly red apples, there some peaches, a bit cinnamon and nutmeg. Sweet malts, toasted, caramel. Finish is mostly on the dry side. Body is light, very refreshing, crisp, clean, dry, smooth.

It's a good Belgium Pale Ale.

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Photo of KornWallace
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Date: 10/30/14
Location: Half Time Mamaroneck
Draught/Bottle: 12 oz Brown Bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Overall: It's not a proper BPA, like many BAs have mentioned here but the beers score certainly shouldn't suffer this greatly for it. A solid beer that would be great for summer.
Appearance: Dark apricot in color that lightens to an med dark orange at the edges. Large foamy tannish brown carbonation. The carbonation itself sits as a whisp at the top of the beer after maintaining good retention.
Aroma: This beer smells like I'm playing fruit ninja. Strong aromas of Plums, grapes, and peaches. Sweet doughy malts. No hop bitterness to speak of. There is no Belgian yeast that I can discern.
Taste: The malts come out more in the taste and I start to get flavors of dough and crackers. There is a little pepper which suggests Belgian yeasts. Again though the flavors are of sweet fruits.
Mouthfeel: Medium light body with medium carbonation. There is a touch of cloying sweetness, nearly syrupy, from all the fruit flavors combined with the sweet malts.

Notes: Julian Dated 14141 May 21st 2014
400th Rated Beer

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Photo of BWED
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Dark amber. Head is a yellowish off white. One finger. Lacing is quite there.

S- Bright fruit. Apricot, and almost some apple esters. Very slight Belgian spice. Hops aren't very detectable, and the malt is a very light toast.

T- Fruity again. Very mild flavor. Belgian spice is light again.

M- Light body. Sweet feel and finish is rather sweet and wet. There is just the slightest spicy dryness.

O- This one isn't so impressive. Pretty fruity, and there isn't a lot of that great Belgian yeast spicy trait.

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Photo of cjgiant
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Bottle dated April 2014 (14127 Julian):
O: this beer isn't too bad, but it doesn't seem to fit the style to me. It's more of a dubbel or Scotch Ale, given the plum and dark fruit-like notes. It also reminds me a bit more of some English style beers with a hint of what I perceive as copper.

A: pale ale orange side of golden. Head seems to last in this pour.
S: this is where I get British pale ale / bitter notes. I get hints of caramel and plum.
T/M: mentioned above, a nice light Belgian darkish beer, but it's not listed as such and isn't that dark. The carbonation is a bit light also. The flavors are brown sugar, plum, a touch of fig, perhaps, and not much bitterness that I expect in a pale ale, Belgian or otherwise.

If I were to rate this outside of style, I might rate it almost a half a point higher.

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Photo of dcscientist
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a lot of people apparently like this one, given the reviews, but I'm not sure why. It's a seasonal that tends to be available for a good part of the year, and I can usually find it if I'm looking for it. This is a Belgian-style pale, which I guess confuses some people, and it's not a common style, so maybe that's the issue. But whatever, it's a good mild pale, perfect for warm spring or fall days. Give this one a try.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium orange amber with a thin white head that dissipates to patches, leaving wispy lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, mixed light fruit, coriander and clove, slightly vegetal. Flavor is light caramel malt, thin light fruit juice, light hops and Belgian yeast. Light bodied. A rather mild and malty take on a Belgian pale, with understated Belgian yeast and light flavors. A kind of hybrid between a Belgian ale and light lager. Pleasant enough, but underwhelming. Not getting the relationship between Belgium and karma, so maybe I'm missing some nuance in this ale.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Nose: mild light large pitted fruit, spicy grain
Clear golden to amber under a very thin (< 1") white foam cap that quickly collapses and leaves light lace.
Palate: more malt driven than yeast driven. Grainy light malts with a hint of light large pitted fruit, slight spicy herbal hop bitter accent on the finish. No big flavors.
Medium to medium light body and carbonation.

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Photo of ordybill
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Has a pretty basic fruit and malt aroma, not bad Appearance- A nice amber color with a small off-white head. Taste- Okay flavor, not overpowering a basic Belgian Pale Ale Palate- This is a light bodied beer with mild carbonation. it has a nice dry finish and it is fairly sweet tasting. A solid beer that I wouldn’t turn down.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Pours a thin head on a clear darker straw colored body.
The aroma is like cotton candy with a little fruit salad.
The flavor is mild overall, a little lemon bitterness and some mild sweetness.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
A more interesting pale ale but still on the mild side overall.

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Photo of beergoot
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

5.4% ABV listed on the label vice the 5.20% currently listed on the BA beer description.

Very clear, copper-colored body with lively, fine carbonation and a one-finger thick, white head (3.75). Mild caramel aroma with fruity hints of pear and grape (3.75). Warm, bready malt flavor with a delicately sweet fruitiness, much like the aroma (3.75). Medium-heavy mouthfeel, smooth and silky; semi-sweet finish (3.75).

Perhaps I have an oddly good example of this beer based on the relatively low ratings (BA 77, Bros 72). It drinks very nicely and has a nice, well-balanced malt character throughout. Mild fruity esters really compliment the malt profile. An enjoyable, late summer thirst quencher.

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Photo of scotorum
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Unibroue stemmed flute.

a: Clear amber with a two inch tall white head which receded to thin surface foam.

s; Mild light fruit.

t: Mild fruit cup over a light to medium malt base. Dry finish.

m: Light to medium with pretty good body and a lot of carbonation tingle.

o: More like an English pale ale than a Belgian, due to the very mild fruit element, although the malt flavor is also rather low. Except for the dark color it might even pass for a lager. Refreshing.

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Photo of Fieldzy27
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

White head copper body, minimal faint hops in the aroma. Strong notes of caramel. Sweet on the pallet with caramel and un baked bread notes. Very drinkable and smooth.

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Photo of SamN
2.18/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Karma pours a clear golden honey color, with a lively stream of bubbles rising to meet a rather thin tan-white head. Bready aroma, flat hops, sort of tinny. Some tart fruits, apples or cherries. First tastes are sort of bland pale malts, followed by more crisp fruit like tastes. Herbally hops.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent ruby red with an off white head.

S: Nose is faint, but there are some notes of red berries, a hint of orange, some malt, maybe a touch of mango.

T: Very flavorful. Starts off with sweet, nectary berries, moves on to slightly tart orange and citrus rind, before a very malty finish, with sweet red berries lingering after.

M: Medium bodied and fairly smooth.

O: I can see why this doesn't get the best ratings, but it's definitely underrated. It is quite flavorful, and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
2.73/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, with some sort of coded bottled on date present. My third beer from Avery Brewing Co., out of Colorado.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a hazed copper colored body with less than a finger of off-white head. Looks okay.

S - The smell is of yeast esters - cream, banana, clove spicing, some melon rind. Not a bad aroma, but it's just not doing it for me.

T - Things really take a turn for the worse upon sipping. Sharp and astringent. Indistinct berries, melon fruitiness, banana, cidery apple sort of presence, yeasty clove spice, some cola / Dr. Pepper / artificial cherry sort of taste, and some coppery metallics thrown in there. Maybe some mild alcohol noticeable. A mish mash of flavors I'm not particularly fond of.

M - The feel is quick, crisp, & clean for the most part. Lightly sticky / grapey / dry on the finish. Lots of tannins.

Overall, I am not usually one to put down a craft beer, no matter how much I dislike it, but this has got to be one of the poorest Belgian style offerings from any brewery that I have tasted in recent memory. I love the name of the beer, but not the beer. Avoid.

Avery Brewing Karma ---2.5/5

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Photo of Mantooth
3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured on draft at the fabulous Duckworth's on Park Rd, Charlotte, NC.

Pours gold with minimal lacing, initial blush of Belgian candy sugar folds into a lightly malted pale ale. This isn't something I'd seek out - but considering it's 5.2% - it's not a bad session beer. Maybe this is more to the liking of others - but I'm one and done with this brew. Big fan of the brewery though.

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Photo of majorbase2
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lively amber color with a nice white foam head that dissipates quickly. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the edge.

Aroma leads with some grassiness and a bit of lemon zest, with a hint of orange. Floral hops. A little bit of roasted malts.

Unfortunately, there's not much going on in the taste. More of the grassiness from the aroma. Wheat. Sugary. Very subdued.

Mouthfeel is extremely thin and watery. Moderate amount of carbonation. Best thing I can say about this one is that it's refreshing.

Overall, A disappointing first experience from a brewery that I've heard good things about. I won't be giving up on Avery just because of this, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend this beer.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This isn't going to be real inciteful. Not much I have to say about this beer. It was the only one on tap that I hadn't had, soooo.... Typical belgian yeast and crispness in the taste. A little bit of amber ale flavor. Tastes like a belgian version of New Belgium's Fat Tire. There you go.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.07/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Light rusty to almost Apple juice like coloring with a very thin appearance and an almost absent empty head.

The aroma is faint and watery but a little spicy. I catch cinnamon, caramel malt, faint bubblegum, raisin and tea leaves.

The flavor is quite thin and watery with some Belgian Tripel quality. The bubblegum is sweet and there's a clovey, yeasty taste. The malt is like a tea leaf and caramel mixture.

The feel is astringent and sour that leaves a strange film on the mouth.

I tend to enjoy every thing by Avery but this missed my personal mark.

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

On tap at brew festival.

Appearance: a thin white head, no lacing, light amber color with mild carbonation.

Aroma: Belgian yeast funk, medium roasted barley, caramel, some coriander and other spice notes.

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied, slightly sticky, frothy, with a drying finish.

Flavor: nice caramel, wheat bread, some coriander and peach.

Overall: well crafted and enjoyable.

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Photo of MrBoz21
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle - 40 degrees

Very clear copper-gold with mild carbonation. Foamy white head quickly settled to a ring and a skiff. Bright and pretty.

Aroma: Bready with light fruit and bubble gum. Light hops and very little phenol.

Taste: Light malt. Clean.

Mouthfeel: Moderately dry, not much carb tingle.

Overall: Meh. Clean and fresh, well made ... not much flavor.

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Photo of MartzMimic
2.52/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a reddish copper with absolutely no head. No lacing. Smells of plum and a touch of yeast. Tastes of red plum and that's about it. Thin mouth with a bit of carbonation. This tastes like plum-flavored water. Disappointing offering from a good brewery.

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