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

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Photo of Mcculler
1.71/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a reddish brown with very little head and almost no lacing. Malt and grain on the nose, reinforced on the palate with apple cider, iodine and band-aid. Watery mouthfeel with solid carbonation. Not much here except flaws, to my mind. Happily, other brewers are doing this style very well.

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Photo of emsroth
1.94/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

*Note: This review is part of my attempt to review more critically. Many of the reviews I've previously given have been too generous.*

12oz bottle. no date

App: Dark amber that's ever so slight translucent--my vision is just slightly skewed. No head, but a slight lace.

Smell: Definitely some typical belgian fruitiness going on here. Cherries and honey, but there is a certain unique not that I can't figure out. Sweet alcohol fumes--yum! If only i could give a 3.75.

Taste: The taste is pretty terrible. The slightest bit of sweet apple up front followed by a huge rush of dry, dry, dry. Dry flavorless malt. Dry herbal hops. Dry metallic flavors that almost taste like blood. No belgian zest or fruitiness.

Decent mouthfeel, but there is a film associated with the flavors that kills.

I am debating pouring this.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.02/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Brewed with 2-row barley, Belgian Special B, cara 45 and aromatic malts. Hopped with Sterling.

OG=1.048, 5.2% ABV, 10 IBU's. 12 oz bottle/$1.69.

Pours out to a sparkingly clear medium amber, forming a small beige head with not very good retention and absent lacing despite a hefty pour. A solid "Psssht" was released when I twisted off the cap, but the carbonation appears around average. The aroma is interesting but not very intense...it begins with oranges and apples and then there is some toasty biscuits in the end with swirling. As I drink it, it becomes irritating with dank cardboard. Mouthfeel is ruddy with a medium-light body. The taste is quite unique (but not very good), clearly intended as a summer brew. It starts with some mild floral hops, followed by black pepper and orange in the middle, lots of mega-diluted apple juice, some mild bitterness and some toast and pepper in the finish. The aftertaste is lightly dry. There are some subtle higher alcohols perceived. I'm wondering if the temps got away from Adam on this one. The yeast doesn't impart much of a Belgian character...there are definitely tremendous English ale yeast overtones in this one with caramel and wet cardboard notes.

Not much here to surprise, nor enjoy. As I drank through this one, the more and more disgusted I became with it, and I had to dump the last few ounces down the sink. It made me feel sick to my stomach. The only bad beer I've had from Avery BC.

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Photo of jsh420
2.09/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours bright clear copper with a 1/2 finger off white head that left spotted lacing

smell - lots of malt - i detect no belgian yeast - smells like a lager

taste - fruity apples and caramel malt - no earthy spice - this could be a lager

mouthfeel - medium body with not much carbonation compared to Real Belgian Pale - seems heavy and boring tad sticky

overall - i am stunned avery continues to brew this mess - glad i bought a single but still had to drain pour half of it

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Photo of meathookjones
2.13/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours out a clear orange color with a tall foamy tan head. The head dies off quickly leaving little to no lace. The aroma is pretty much cloyingly sweet with pretty much any other scent that might come out hidden. As it warms there was a bit of spice trying to get out, pretty much unsuccessfully. Taste seems to have the same fault of too much sweetness. Fruits and sugars are about all and too much of them. There is also a bit of a funky taste to it but that is eventually drowned out. Mouthfeel is fine and drinkability is killed by that cloying nature of this beer. Not sure what they were going for here but I hope this wasn’t it.

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Photo of cokes
2.15/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A thin, pale beige head rises atop a dark, lightly smoky golden orange liquid.
Scented of tart lemon and lime rinds, pepper, and caramelled grain. It's a small aroma, but a decent one.
A flash of wheaty graininess precedes a definite lemon-lime soda impression. It's crisp and refreshing up front, but in a Sprite sense, not really a Belgian (or any type) of beer one. A flash of stewed pears and caramel is splintered by a surging notion of buttery and butterscotch diacetyl. Hopping is impotent (though a hint of congruent lime can be found very late) as this finishes with a lingering citric tartness and scorched butter. Those few early moments of mindless decency are dearly missed by the time this is swallowed.
Medium in feel. Fizzy, soda-like CO2 initially, then it's grows flat and semi-sticky, and generally repulsive.

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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 Bitterbill
2.18/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz bottle a reddish-gold with a small head of foam that dissipated quickly leaving a small ring around the edge of the glass.

The smell has sour and pungent notes to it, which Inot finding very attractive.

The taste has some sour notes up front with some malt flavour, barely, but wow.... I'm finding this one very hard to drink. It just doesn't hit my palate in a positive way.

Bottom line: There's plenty of flavourful Avery beers out there but, this is not one of them. I don't recommend it.

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Photo of IntriqKen
2.19/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I love Avery....I don't love this.
Pours golden amber with a decent white head that melts to a wonderful sticky lacing.
There is something off in the aroma...maybe it's old, but I don't think so...nose is hit with malts and wet cardboard.
Taste is flat...sweet malt....tiny hops at the end..nothing else.
perhaps a bad beer and maybe oxidized, but it had just arrived at my store so should have been fresh unless the distributor passed off something taking from somewhere else. Unfortunately Avery doesn't date stamp their bottles for me to tell.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.2/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from tasting notes.

A. Light yet clear amber color with a flash-in-the-pan head that falls apart to nothing without any lacing despite a rather vigorous pour.

S. Very focused on floral hopping over the top of a biscuit malt. Smells like a brown ale with good hopping, not like a BSPA.

T. Unusually light flavor of toasted bread and that's about it. Tastes more like a thin brown ale without any hopping at all, which is curious considering the nose, however it is still not at all like a BSPA.

M. Light and spritzey, quite sessionable. The best thing about this beer is the soft texture it has on the palate.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
2.25/5  rDev -33.8%
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.

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Photo of kinger
2.26/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Another case of where looks are deceiving, this is a below average beer and a really poor example of a Belgian Ale. Pour was delightful, nice copper color with a huge off white head, nice lacing and steady carbonation. Aroma is weak but a sweetness can be detected and that's it. Mouthfeel is watery and thin with a really watery finish. Flavor is really mild and uneventful. As I drink this I keep telling myself that there is nothing here, hard to describe except that it's very weak.

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2.29/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz bottle to stange. Batch 11103B1. Sampled 11/13/11.

A: A small, cream-colored head 1 finger high is produced on the pour, semi-long lasting. The body is lightly cloudy and golden amber in color. Spare lacing.

S: Caramel and toffee scented malts with a light and slightly faded floral hop character. Vague fruit inclusions. Spicy/fruity esters courtesy of the yeast strain. Not particularly Belgian-esque either.

T: The malt foundation sort of interferes with the hop and yeast selection. Flesh of plum and caramel struggle to co-exist. The flavor doesn't provide a whole lot to react to. Nearly void.

M: Medium body. Just the right amount of carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

O: Without a bottle date - and this being my first crack at Karma - I can't tell if this beer is fresh or not. If it is fresh, it's not apparent, and I am not a fan of this beer at all. (A quick check on Avery's website indicates that this beer is anywhere from 3 to 7 months old so, no, not very fresh at all.)

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Photo of toothharp
2.33/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

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Photo of mnfinnkidd
2.38/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in Tunic

Eye:3/8" White Head with good head retention. Clear amber in color. Light Lacing

Nose:Aroma of stale nuts. Cranberries.

Mouthfeel: Heavy in the front and clean off the back of the tongue

Taste: Estersy, banana. Enough bitterness to balance. Malt is forward. Caramel hints.

Overall: Would be good to have one or two but the ester character is too much for many more than that....

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Photo of mhaugo
2.4/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle decanted into a curved pint glass.
Appearance: Deeply oiled copper, ever so slight haze, absolutely no head (2/5).
Aroma: Smells oxidized. I wish there was an “enjoy by” date on the bottle. Very slight suggestion of cider, but it comes and goes. The esters have apparently decided to stay in the glass (2/5).
Taste: Very sweet and cidery. There’s a hint of dark bread. Raspberries and figs. Unfortunately the oxidation I picked up in the nose dominates the flavor (2.5/5)
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation (3/5).
Overall: Man, I don’t know. I suppose there was a good beer in this bottle at one time, but not today. I sure wish I had some way of knowing which bottle I should grab in the store. It’s not awful, but definitely a disappointment. Maybe I picked up some bad karma (zing!). I’d probably give it another chance, but not unless I was sure it was fresh.

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Photo of Crosling
2.41/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear amber in color. Aromatics of yeast and its attributes, malt (toast, biscuit, fruit) along with a touch of herbaceous and floral hops. The combination inevitably leads to an antibiotically and medicinally rich nose, which I find very unpleasant. The aromatics pretty much continue on upon tasting. Boring and dull, definately not as yeasty as I was hoping for. Light in body. Watery texture. I don’t care if they used Rochefort yeast or not. I go by what is in the glass and this is much more a British Bitter than a Belgian Ale. "Fruity and Estery?" C’mon, lets get serious here.

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Photo of DannyDan
2.42/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A. Pours an amber colored body with a thin white head that has minimal retention and lacing to it. There is some carbonation to it, but not a lot.
S. Get some caramel, hops, nuts and plums.
T. The first thing I taste is some plums, followed by some caramel with some hops in the back along with a hint of pepper. It finishes off with a mix of yeast, and some fruits. The taste seems to be off for being called "Karma".
M. A light bodied beer that feels syrupy and watered down to much.
O. A very disappointing beer from a very good brewery. After tasting a few other beers from Avery I was expecting a lot more from them. I know I'll never buy this beer again, almost but not quite a drain pour.

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Photo of rawfish
2.43/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a honey gold color, slight chill haze beneath an inch high cap of frothy white foam. Average retention and a small ring of lacing appears as the cap subsides.

Light aroma, caramel malts and a light grainy note, some light grape or artificial watermelon come out, odd maybe closer to an esb or amber than a Belgian pale, nose is devoid of yeast character.

Malts are much lighter than in the nose, raw grain and only slightly bready. Noble hop character kicks in only slightly bittering but also quite herbal. Fruity esters prevalent in the finish, tart apple skin, vinous and phenolic, lingering aftertaste is that of grape soda.

Thinner than average body with average carbonation. Soapy mouth coating usually only reserved for lagers and this is no lager.

Ouch, if Karma is real what did I do to deserve this upon my palate. In all seriousness this lacks the quality of a well layered Belgian pale, malts and hops are chosen well but the spice profile and yeast additions seem to break it apart. Will avoid in the future.

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Photo of kola
2.45/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Relatively clear orange hue, not much of an off-white head.

S - Smells of Belgian citrus fruit cocktail ... not the hoppy citrus smell.

T - Hints of sweet-tart orange, but mostly thin malts and a bit of sugar-yeast aftertaste.

M - Feels thin and watery. There could have been a bit more carbonation to liven it up on the tongue.

D - To enjoy this, you have to like a beer that only hints at flavors without bringing them to fulfillment. Light-beer drinkers looking for adventure might enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Minkybut
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

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Photo of RJLarse
2.51/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at Jake' Bistro and bar in Steilacoom, WA. Served in a pint glass.

A pale copper color and clear. A one-finger foamy head caps the beer and is moderately resilient, sticking to the sides of the glass.

Smell is a sweet bourbon-like aroma. Fairly strong.

Taste is also bourbon-like. A bitter-sweet fruit cider flavor.

Mouthfeel is fullbodied and cloying for the style.

Not real drinkable beer. Flavors are overpowering, and the whiskey flavor is not my pint of ale. I'll probably pass this one up again.

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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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Photo of udubdawg
2.56/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours light copper, mildly hazed. head is sizable and laces the glass a bit.
Right away the nose strikes me as off. I start naming spices, then decide if I can name them they are too strong. I like strong flavors but they've gotta meld with the beer and here...they don't.
The level of bitterness is confusing to my palate, which mixes up the peppery spiciness in the same flavor and doesn't approve. Only mild fruity or other belgian yeast esters, not getting a lot of malt either. Too much of a good thing on the spice front, and I'm not really understanding the bitterness and what I think is hop flavor.
carbonation is a bit low actually, body is decent at medium and pretty clean. Not sure I'll have this one again.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
2.57/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a glass tumbler at cellar temperature.

Very nice appearance, golden and crystal clear with a nice fluffy head leaving no lacing.

Fruity citrus and grainy aroma. Taste is flat, stale with a little bit fruitiness and biscuity grainy flavor and a slightly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel is sour, with a bit of carbonic bite.

Drinkability is really poor. Surprising that this category can some of my favorite beers and also some of the worst example. Take a pass.

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Karma Belgian Style Pale Ale from Avery Brewing Company
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