Karma Belgian Style Pale Ale | Avery Brewing Company

Karma Belgian Style Pale AleKarma Belgian Style Pale Ale
BA SCORE
3.4/5
995 Ratings
Karma Belgian Style Pale AleKarma Belgian Style Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,126
Reviews:
490
Ratings:
995
pDev:
12.94%
Bros Score:
3.17
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
48
Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +47.1%

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5/5  rDev +47.1%

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5/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This will be my beer for the summer. Great drinkability and great flavor. Very smooth, yet still has a hoppiness to it. I would consider it closer to an amber rather than a pale. Delicious scent as well. The color is a light amber. It is definitely on the sweet side and is not for everyone, but I loved it.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +34.7%
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.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.52/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I just sampled this beer for the first time at Avery's tasting room in Boulder, CO. The gentleman that poured it for me indicated that this particular batch was a significant improvement over previous batches.

I suppose I am glad to have experienced a superior batch the first time around.

A: Cloudy orange-honey color that seemed to glow when held to a light source. The head poured thin and dissipated within 10 minutes.

S: Honey, slightly yeasty, with hints of dried fruit and a VERY slight hint of horseblanket. No detectable hop aroma.

T: Candy sugar and dried apricot, backed by belgian yeast and an ever-so-slight slight hint of brett and stale hops.

M: I would say medium-bodied. Certainly more substantial than you would expect from a 5.2%ABV beer, but certainly not oily or syrupy. Just a nice medium body.

D: I have read many less positive reviews on this site. Assuming that the quality is maintained in this brew since my first sampling here, then I can say that this can easily become my new favorite session beer (understanding that I am stretching the limits of the word "session")!

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4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.48/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Copper/orange in color with fluffy 2 finger head and nice retention.
Aromas of noble hops, spicy fruits, and a dash of pseudo Belgian yeast.
Taste reminds me of a mild English IPA, noble hop flavor with very mellow bitterness -unique! Nice orange candy sweetness on finish/aftertaste.
Excellent mouthfeel, medium light creamy body and carbonation, nice candy finish.
Very unique BPA, I would pursue this one, most enjoyable noble hop flavor IPA I have enjoyed to date.

Thanks to kstrickler, a great trader for this one!

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4.45/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great session beer. pours a deep gold...malty nose with some Belgian yeastiness....nice caramel impression on the taste...also some doughy notes..a slightly dry finish makes this extremely drinkable.

This is not a beer to sit and savor and study and muse about....instead this is a tasty session style brew...I could easily bang down six of these in a few hours in a variety of settings...I did not expect to like this one this much but it is very drinkable and tasty..

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Photo of mentor
4.45/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle obtained from the brewery and consumed a couple days later. Pours a finger and a half light tan fluffy clingy head over a nearly clear light rust-orange liquid. Smells caramel, chocolate, hop floral. Hops are floral like First Gold, but also have a gentle grapefruity pith and orange oil. Taste is caramel, apricot, mildly hop citrus flavor and bitter (grapefruit pith). Goodness, this is a light and refreshing summer beer that's totally drinkable. It tastes like a candy I've had...dippin' sticks? Plus some oily orange hop mixing with fruity esters. Esters are apricot (I mentioned this before), blackberry, strawberry, a touch of dried hay, and honey. Belgian funk is at a minimum and there is a hint of toasted grains. Light body, but the sugars flow thicker than the beer weighs. Md carbonation, which works well with the flavors. This was a really tasty beer, bordering on complex. Well done.

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4.4/5  rDev +29.4%

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4.32/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 6 of these over the course of several days w/ thanksgiving leftovers.

These beers were consistently light amber in color. Each pour tended to have about a 1 inch head made of rather large bubbles that dissipated fairly quickly. The beers were transparent, although a very small bit of sediment was at the bottom of the bottle and could be seen against the contrast of the white foam. There was little to modest lacing of the glasses I drained.

Aroma was restrained, with some maltiness and fruitiness that were more aparent upon tasting. Refrigeration temperatures were too cold for this beer, as its aromas and flavors really only opened up when I opened a bottle that was cellar temperature (so 50-55 instead of 40-45). Warming brought out bolder biscuity flavors and a more prominent fruitiness.

A crisp, dry finish was common to all pours, which added to the drinkability of the beer.

Serving temperature is important for this beer. Served cold, it would be a lesser brew than I have scored it, still drinkable, but less impressive.

As a side note, the beer held up well to the different flavors of Thanksgiving, including turkey and sweet potatoes, but also left-over turkey served as a Thai style curry.

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4.32/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery brings us an ale with good karma as well as taste. Enjoyed it in a small bubble glass. Pours a hazey orange with a little head. Smell wheaty with some fruitiness. Tastes of fine wheat esters with some tree fruits in the mix. Smooth on the palate, very quaffable.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.3/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance
Surprising amber/orange color (was expecting a light yellow); small white head but good amount of carbonation visible

Smell
Belgian yeast and mixed berries

Taste & Mouthfeel
Nicely balanced and refreshing; I really enjoy how the Belgian yeast flavors are not going overboard on this beer like they do on many others; good fruitiness throughout mixed with a subtle herbal hop spiciness; drinkability is high on this one thanks to the balance of flavors; carbonation level is good and the body is light

Overall
Karma surprised me by how good and drinkable it is. The overall balance of flavors is so well done that it keeps the ale very satisfying and leaves me wanting more.

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4.27/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very clear true Amber color with a thick head of tight bubbles at first pour. This head fell over a few minutes to a persistent ring around the edge of the beer

Aroma: The aroma is wonderfully complex with this beer. There are oranges and pears notable at first. There are some really mild spicy notes in here also that remind me of Ginger and Pepper. As it warms, these complimentary flavors just get a bit more assertive.

Taste: I really like the flavor of this beer. It is a good bit different than the other beers that are commercial examples of this style, but it stands on it's own within this style as it is. The overall balance is mildly toward the malt. It has a mild/passive flavor profile that ends really refreshing. The mouthfeel is a tad heavy for this style, but the flavor is unique, so one can't "ding" it too much for that.

Opinion: I really like this beer. It is not the usual Hop-accentuated beers that we all love from Avery brewing, but this one is flavorful on it's own merit. It represents the spirit of the style well, in that it is a Belgian session beer. This is one you can drink all night long. I highly recommend this beer...especially if you are turned off by the typical estery Belgian beers.

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4.25/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a somewhat hazy orangish yellow with a small white head that fades quickly. Smell is sweet, fruity, and yeasty, very inviting and powerful. The taste is very powerful upfront with a sweet yeasty flavor and other small notes. There is very little aftertaste, the flavors just fade away quickly leaving you wanting another sip. The mouthfeel is great, smooth, balance, nice medium light body. This one is any easy drinker, great for any occasion. A beer definitely worth checking out.

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Karma Belgian Style Pale Ale from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 995 ratings
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