Karma Belgian Style Pale Ale | Avery Brewing Company

Karma Belgian Style Pale AleKarma Belgian Style Pale Ale
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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2005

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Photo of NEhophead
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown bottle; served ina tulip.

Bright, weak copper; golden highlights with a chill haze present. Slightly dense, foamy white head with average retention. Thin and drops of spotted lacing.

Musty, dried fruity-esters: apple, raisin, date; aged fruit. Touches of brown sugar.

Earthen flavored malts; not qute rich or chocolate/caramel in flavor. Lots of yeast-driven mustiness aided by a corriander spice making for a dry finish. A tea-flavored aftertaste with notes of brown sugar and other mild spices.

A light, medium bodied; dry, too carbonated even for a Belgian-style.

An average domestic version that doesn't do too much for me. Too floral, dry, and bland to go back to.

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Photo of froggyfrog
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 ounce brown bottle. Served chilled in a pub glass.

A: Liquid orange-gold like honey with a stretched out high flow viscosity. Active carbonation. Pillowy big bubble head. Sticky. Nice eye candy.

S: This beer's best feature IMO. Sweet and fruity. Apple. Pear. Spicy sweet. Red cherries. Honey.

T: Hops are very continental in an oily, noble way. Grain flavor is evident. Biscuity to a degree but mostly Pils or Belgian pale in taste.

M: Comes across as too thin and wispy. Sweet in the nose and dry on the tongue with strong carbonation.

D: Fine. A decent summer beer. There is a nice level of complexity. A good beer for the style. Not phenolic. Enjoyable.

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Photo of argock
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear oversized wine glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at Ancona's (Ridgefield, CT) for $1.85.

A: Beautiful golden-amber hue with thick, 2-finger light amber head with decent retention and lacing.

S: Delicious sweet aromas of bananas, Golden Delicious apples, and pears are met with mellow orange citrus and herbal, earthy hops notes

T: Unfortunately the taste falls flat, particularly for the aroma profile and the style. FLavor is woody and cardboardy with only slight improvement with warming. The earthiness of the hops overwhelms the fruity malt and yeast flavors that barely poke through.

M: Mouthfeel is slightly above-average with light-medium body and ample active carbonation. Aftertaste is woody and lightly fruity.

D: Not in the league of the best Belgian pale ales, and not really on target for the style (not yeasty, not crisp, not sharp hops flavors), but enjoyable for what it is.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A Belgian farmhouse/pale ale from an excellent brewery in Colorado. Gotta try this...poured from a 12 oz. bottle to the trusty 'La Rulles' tasting glass.

A: Nice-looking, crystal clear golden-orange. A white, fizzy head about 1/2-finger high tops this one, fading pretty rapidly. Many carbonation bubbles rise randomly. Nice sticking lace.

S: Rather bland aroma of gummy malt, very faint sugary fruit and a little yeast. Expected more from this...

T: Starts with a bounty of roasted barley, nutty and spicy-sweet. Develops into a sticky yeastiness with some fruit (ripe melon and pear). Finishes full of dry pepper and some herbal hops. I really don't taste the "Belgian-ness" in this one, unfortunately...

M: Good carbonation initially but yeastiness seems to thicken the mouth beyond what I expect in a Belgian Pale Ale. Pepper and hops last on the tongue for a while...

D: Pretty good beer, but I really had to search for the Belgian yeast....it's there, but much more subtle than hoped for. Otherwise, a pale ale that's somewhere in the midst of the pack. Good for a try, then probably move on...

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stylin' label with an Indian Goddess and a blurb about Karma. Anywho...

Clear chestnut amber hues topped with a frothy wafer thin head that wiggles to the edges of the glass

Quite light scents of delicate yeast and spiced wafer.

First swigs: Sweet caramel and lightly toasted malt. Middle of Sugar Daddy candy...(overlooking any trademark infringement there.)

Medium bodied and a bit on the sugary thick side with a middle carbonation.

Last swigs: Really lacks a solid defining flavor characteristic.Some basic yeasty flavors meet delicate root beer. Nada mas!

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of movingtrain
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Piraat glass.

Pours a copper orange, and almost no head to speak of. The bottle reads that this is brewed with "farmhouse and pale ales of Belgium in mind," but I'm not seeing much activity out of the bottle. Maybe this needs some age on it? Maybe not.

First whiff gives off very bready notes, some caramel and honey, and flowers. There is a sour note in the nose, as well...a slight bit funky. A bit of bitter apple and moldy cheese finish it off.

The taste is all right...sweet in the center of the tongue, giving way to flavors of crackers, chalk, honey, and a bit of caramel...maybe some brown candy sugar notes in there, too. This one is very dry on the tongue, somewhat earthy, and subtle sweetness.

In terms of mouthfeel, it's a bit chalky and, as said before, dry. It is drinkable, and, as with other American beers in this vein, would be pretty good ice cold on an overly hot summer day.

As far as the overall beer goes, it's good, but nothing to write home about. Which, when nothing too exciting is happening, isn't a bad thing.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance- Served a golden amber colored brew with a one finger white head. The head fades rather fast leaving only a light level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell-The aroma is heaviest of a toasted malt and caramel sweetness. Mixed with these aromas is a presence of citrus as well as some notes of an herbal nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and toasted malt base mixed with lighter fruit flavors of citrus and light fruits like pear. The fruit fades with some caramel taking the place of the dwindling fruit flavors. As the taste advances further flavors of a spice and a lighter herbal and floral nature come to the tongue. These flavors take the taste to its end where a crisp, mainly malty, and mildly Belgian flavor are left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the medium side to slightly lower side in terms of its thickness with a carbonation level that was quite average. Both were fairly nice for creating a very drinkable brew while still accommodating the malt and lighter fruit and spice flavors rather well.

Overall – A fairly easy drinking brew with a decent amount of flavor. It makes a rather good session, but overall is nothing too special.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a wine glass, this beer pours golden in the light yet a bit deep in color in normal light. Offers a half inch of light colored foam and some decent retention.

Nose is a bit rich, as the pour might suggest, and seems a bit overcooked and with an overabundance of sweet malts.

Too rich for the style as they tried a bit too hard here. Yeast notes are a bit odd. I'm not feeling the karma apparently. I really like this style but miss the elegant and refined yeast notes more common in the stalwarts of the style. A good beer nonetheless though a bit malty and nondescript. Double it up and make a tripel I say.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

P- AOH (Al's of Hampden)

A- a cloudy ornage color with a finger and half head pour. A spiderweb lacing on the pint. A mountainous peaky head as well.

S- a fruity and floral nose. It is like apricot mixed with pungent roses.

T- a carbonated apricot spritzer is what it tastes like. The malts come through in the end as well and they are sweet.

M- Medium bodied beer taht reminds me more of a fruit beer than a BPA.

D- easy to throw back and is a nice beer for a beginner in micro's. I would purchase a sixer for a gathering.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Karma pours an absolutely beautiful copper tinged light amber color. It is crystal clear and has a nice white head that fades all too quickly, but the ring of foam that remains leaves pretty mediocre lace.

The aroma is fairly malty for a pale ale, with some nice caramel and sweet bready notes that are spiked with some floral, lemon grass like hop aromas. There is also just a rumor and spicy yeast.

The hops come through a bit more in the flavor, showing off a well balanced floral and slightly grassy mélange that is spiked by just a touch of citrus zest. The malt character strikes me as being just a bit grainy, detracting some from the bready sweetness and caramel. Perhaps it is not even the malt, but the hops and the supposed Belgian yeast? To be honest this does not taste very Belgian at all.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with a fairly lively carbonation that keeps the beer refreshing. The finish is mostly dry, but not overly so. It is definitely the sort of beer that finishes in a way that prepares you for the next sip.

This is a pretty weird brew. I cannot say that I am a huge fan of the hop character and the Belgian aspect seems pretty lost on me. Still, this brew manages to be quite refreshing and is very drinkable.

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Photo of dorianmarley
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is very nice golden orange. Pancake white head and nice lacing.

Nose is caramelized malt, orange zest, and hardy hops.

Taste is an exciting assortment of caramel, orange zest, sour candy, light bread, and light hops. Tastes shift like a good Belgian. However, after a few sips, the flavors fade and mesh into a soda-like sensation.

Mouthfeel is clean and refreshing with mild carbonation. However, the carbonation picks up at the end like club soda; muddling the taste.

Overall, starts off great, but the carbonation and mouthfeel are so distracting that the entire brew becomes a disapointment.

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Photo of gosurfobx
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a large frothy white head that leaves some nice lacing. Smell is not as strong as I expected with some maltyness, some esters and some other spicyness. Taste is fairly good, some nice maltyness, breadyness, spicyness, and some hop bitterness. Mouth is a litte thinner than I would have expected but the carbination is good. A good intro beer to a non drinker who is not familar with the Belgian Pale style.

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Photo of Slynger
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decent stab at a Belgian Pale. Light honey and orangey citrus with some yeast in the nose. Toasted, grainy, wheat, with some orange and a mild spiciness. Nice mouthfeel with lots of fuzzy carbonation. Not a bad try, but it doesn't come close to the best versions.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With the increasing prowess of American brewers, we're getting more and more examples of well done belgian ales. That aside, it's still nice to be able to get one that isn't a complete disaster. This one isn't really bringing great flavor character, and it's kind of soapy, but it's still an easy drinker and not too bad.

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Photo of MsRif
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light amber, thick head, though the bubbles are a little too big in my opinion, the head leaves minimal Belgian lace.

S: Light fruity, estery smell, some apple, and a pickle kind of smell that reminded me of Golden Monkey, but much less than in the former.

T: Typical light apple and pear esters, had a really nice aftertaste that reminded me a lot of Golden Delicious yellow apples, but not as good overall, as some of the better Belgian Pale Ales that I have had.

M: A little to thin, light, spritzy, for my tastes, but not horrible.

D: An OK beer, not one of Avery's best, but drinkable and thirst-quenching, even though there was not as much complexity as I had hoped for.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Avery Karma Ale

This beer poured a beautiful medium amber/copper color with a one finger foamy off white head that lingered momentarily then faded to a wispy 1/8th inch film across the top of the beer. Some carbonation was visible within the ale and it was slightly hazy but certainly not cloudy.

Aroma was not that strong and smelled only of light malt of perhaps crackers. I also detected a slight fruity aroma that almost reminded me of cherries or some other variety of berries. (Not really a sweet smell though)

First thing I noticed about the taste is that it's not nearly as "big" as the other Avery offerings I've had. Flavor is more subdued and starts malty sweet with the same slight fruit/cherry notes that I detected in the aroma. Not much hop character to speak of but it's still fairly balanced as the malt flavor isn't too strong either.

Finishes rather crisply and doesn't remind me of any Belgian I've ever had.

The lingering flavor is of slightly sour cherries which may be coming from the Belgian yeast I assume they used.

Mouthfeel is fairly light and it has decent drinkability.

It's ok.

Not to be avoided and not to be sought out.

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Photo of nukem5
3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly cloudy, orange hued with off white cap of foam.

S: Aroma is of earthy hops and light malts.

T: Slighly alkalin taste in the back end. Eathy hops, nice malt front.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery but nice carbonation level and nice lacing on glass.

O: Overall a decent beer nothing kind of jumps out but a better than average taste and such.

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Photo of misternebbie
3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ADR
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Darkish yellow orange appearance, almost amber, clearish with a 1/4 inch white head of foam. Laces amply but fairly simply on the glass. Bready aroma, some pizza dough yeastiness with hop tones, but fairly reserved overall. Light mouthfeel with medium to high effervesence. Light in the flavor department, mildly hoppy in almost a Pac Northwest sense, standard malt bill, and not much else other than a bit of cinnamon spiciness. Doesn't seem to have a lot of qualities more typical of the style, the mouthfeel is missing, but the aroma is pleasant and comes off pretty well.

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Photo of FFATS
3.4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of shirfan
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Avery's website says this is modeled on farmhouse ales..but it seems more like a standard APA with a mildly estery yeast.

Pours red-orange with good lacing, aroma gives a whiff of mild plum and pear mingled with leafy hops.

Taste is all over the place...caramel malt, slightly rough leafy hops again, and then hints of esters. Pear and plum dominate that aspect again, but aren't very strong overall. Dry finish.

"Jack of all trades, master of none" comes to mind.. this brew is just trying to do too much. It's definitely not a farmhouse ale, not a standard APA, not an IPA... I'd call it experimental. Drinkable, but odd.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a rich, clear orange amber into a tulip with a finger of fluffy, bright white head. Really nice aroma of subtle honey, clove, with lemon and maybe a hint of tangerine.

Lowish carbonation and a light, slightly thin mouthfeel. Mild grain and lemon up front with some hints of spice on the finish.

Good smellin' but a little watery and lacking in flavor. Easy enough to drink, though!

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of katan
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a goblet

A - Pours a very clear, bright looking brown color. Lightly bubbly. Some head formation, off white, but breaks down to a film.

S - Light malty nose, reminds of caramel and even a light grape note. The yeast, which I had hoped would be the star, is almost completely missing.

T - Starts off malty, light amounts of caramel and toffee. Mid-stream I get some pilsner malts, and just a hint of light noble hops. Yeast is still not here. Finishes with a smooth estery finish which only then gives me the Belgian attitude.

M - Light mouthfeel, moderate to light carbonation. Sugary finish, sometimes can be sticky. No alcohol warmth.

O/D - Easy drinking beer. Easy drinking. Flavors are just A) too light, and b) just don't feel to style. I'm looking for more belgian character in a beer like this, but there is certainly nothing wrong with this beer as a nice summer quaffer.

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Karma Belgian Style Pale Ale from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 23.1% out of 100 with 994 ratings
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