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 SkeeterHawk
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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Photo of ypsifly
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Undated 12oz poured into a tulip.

Clear amber/copper with a light tan head that is one finger high, lumpy, and does a good job of clinging to the glass.

Smells malty with some grains, yeast, and floral hops. Nothing exciting.

The malts and grain are upfront and followed by some belgian yeast and a building hop bitterness that threatens to throw off the balance. There's a hint of something sweet underneath.

Moderate mouth works well with the active carbonation, but its still a little rough. Very drinkable, but not very exciting for the style.

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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 NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Avery's Karma pours a hazy, deep-orange/copper body beneath a creamy head of ivory colored foam that holds well, no boubt buoyed by the effervescent bubbles rising from beneath, and leaves short walls of thin but solid lace about the glass.
The nose is mainly malty, a touch wheaty, fruity, and just a touch candyish, with some grassy hops as well.
In the mouth it's medium bodied with a gently zest on the tongue before warming to become quite smooth.
The flavor is exactly as the nose suggests, with its grainy/wheaty maltiness upfront, followed by a bit of spiciness (I though it was all from the yeast, but there seems to be a pinch of coriander in there as well) and some fruitiness (berries, lemon, orange). The bitterness is well-heeled, with just enough to balance; and the spiciness returns in the finish and helps it to dry.
Avery has delivered a very nice, somewhat complex, and enjoyable Belgian-style ale in this one! Worth trying.

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

Orange amber color with a thin and creamy eggshell white head. Thin lacing too. Nice citrus and yeast aroma. Light-bodied with a mildly bitter character. Soft spices and yeast flavoring as well. Sour fruit aftertaste at times. The finish is dry and fruity with a hint of spice. All in all a decent seasonal from Avery.

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Photo of maxpower
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a hazy copper- orange with a nice off white head of large bubbles, leaves sheets of lacing in my glass. Fruity aromas, fruity flavors of oranges and pears with some caramel, medium bodied with light carbonation and a kind of watery mouthfeel, finishes sweet.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled w/o any freshness dating to be found. Pours a light copper shade of amber, white head, scattered but still minor lacing. Malty nose, with some juniper and gin notes tossed in. Fairly full bodied, phenolic, American take on Belgian pale. Avery allways seems to make their brews a little differant and this one does not break the mold.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.04/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Kinda of an interesting beer. I will admit, I bought it because it was a cool bottle. Anyways, the appearance is very nice with a copper body and white head. This definately looks like a belgian pale. The aroma was a little weak. The was a peppery malt and fruit smell. The taste is what threw me off. It was not bad tasting, but didn't really taste like a belgian pale. It was very much like a belgian wit with all the spices and fruit kicking in. Overall, it was enjoyable, just a confusing brew.

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Photo of Winter
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear copper in color with a thin light tan head. Aroma is non-descript. Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Karma starts off malty and then shifts to a fruity flavor. Spicy yeast emerges and add a nice flavor to the mix. Finishes pretty clean, leaving you to want for more. Karma is very easy drinking, yet nothing stands out about this beer that makes you say, that it's really spectacular either. I'd give Karma another shot, but with so many options out there, it's probably something that I'd keep passing over for other brews.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
2.64/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out copper colored with a huge head. The aroma is lightly hoppy. This beer does not really smell like a Belgian. The flavor starts out with a grainy maltiness. There is just a little caramel and fruit flavor. The finish is weak. Light to medium mouthfeel. None of the flavors are appealing enough to make this beer very drinkable. This beer lacks focus and was a disappointment.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle. No description as to the type of beer, freshness, or other dating. Purchased as an unknown six pack from Grand Cru in Baltimore

Appearance: Red hued copper brew with a nice off-white head . Okay retention and lacing

Nose: Some sweet caramel and fruits, but very faint

Taste: Yeasty, with an unpleasant cardboard and wet paper flavor. Nothing distinct and useful here

Mouthfeel: Watery, without much body

Drinkability: Maybe on a hot day. I'll let you know after some yard work. But average at best.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kmpitz2 for bestowing this one upon me. Pours from the bottle a crisp clear amber with hints of red. A small bubbly head forms and then quickly ceases to exist. Spotty lacing is left in its wake. Aromas of sweet caramel toffee, spicy yeast, apples, pears plums, cotton candy. Slightly grainy with a hint of rum raisin. Not bad overall but a bid on the understated side.

First sip brings a caramelly maltiness upfront that features toasted grains, cotton candy and a nice fruity profile. A bit raisiny on the way down with a dash of earthy yeast. An interstering brew that is slightly odd...doesn't really fit the style.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slick creaminess that makes it pretty easy to drink. This one was interesting enough..but this just doesn't grab me enough to make me want to come back for more.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.01/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber orange in color with a beautifully creamy off-white head that retains well and laces nicely.

The aromas are more in tune with an American pale ale than a belgian one, featuring fruity malts and floral hops in the nose.

The flavor is very pale aleish too, offering sweet malts, subtle fruit, and a very faint notion of spicey Belgian yeast. A far hoppier finish than is needed, masking any subtelties that it may have.

Medium bodied with a smooth and slick mouthfeel. Really nothing special going on here.

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Photo of Gavage
3.76/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear burnt orange in color. Thick 3" head. Some light lacing forms on the glass. Carbonation level seemed a bit low. The aroma is of floral hops and caramel. The flavor is of sweet malts, caramel, toffee, apple, light citrus, and light alcohol. Strong bitterness compared to other belgian pales.

Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly syrupy. Malty and bitter finish. I found one bottle to be enough in the session, so drinkability was marked below good, but definitely above average. This is not one of my top picks with Avery.

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Photo of Ego
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

golden with amber tones, kept a thin layer of white foam for a good 10 minutes now (clingy as well), being fed by the carbonation in the glass, looks pretty bubbly (with small bubbles) - inviting

bready hops, citric ESB ? some underlying sweetness of malt at the end, I also detect a little isopropanol smell when I really concentrate on the odors, it is masked by the citrus mostly which causes the taste buds (well at least mine) to get active, very nice nose here

taste etc:
lighter body than I expected but only slightly detrimental imo. has a nice crisp carbonation signature, a hair under a soda fizz and it sort of lingers on the toungue for a little while, the tart notes in the nose are not apparent until the late aftertaste which is a blend of the aforementioned citrus and some hop bitter (not strong). later on in the glass you get more of that funky belgian yeast thing happening in your throat, enjoyable.

using belgian material doesnt make you belgian. none the less this is tasty if not very american tasting aside from the yeast profile. this is light enough to drink anytime. the belgian funk almost comes out in the nose and taste but it doesnt seem brought to the fore. regardless, this is a tasty beer worth picking up if you see it, probably not worth your while walking the earth for it though, grasshopper...

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Photo of ElGordo
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a golden-copper hue with a flourish of a half-inch, creamy white head that doesn't last very long. Aroma of crisp, clean ale yeast, mellow sweet malt, a touch of spicy hops, a hint of maple syrup, and some astringency. Interesting palate of light sweet malt, slightly spicy, floral hops, and a whole lot of astringency. Body is altogether too thin and watery for the depth of flavor here; a real letdown, actually. That aside, a pretty refreshing ale for the summer months.

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Photo of budsboy
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear, orangish, with a foamy white head and streams of bubbles rising from below.

Fairly potent scent, ripe fruit and carmel. Has a spicy character as well.

Nice and mellow. Little bits of flavor come through. Banana, carmel, raisen. Nothing overpowers.

Smooth, but a touch on the fizzy side. Light. Quenching.

Very drinkable. A good introduction into the style, nothing here to overwhelm but enough to talk about. I like it. Avery does it again. Try some.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 ounce straight sided bottle with a fancy black & gold colored crown cap. The main label has the words Karma Ale on it. No listed strength or freshness date.

Appearance: Dark copper body with reddish hues. High levels of carbonation on the pour creates a soft frothy off-white light tan head that sits with a uniform thickness and a well aerated surface. Laces well and looks good in the glass.

Nose: Sweetish malts and light fruity odors permeate the nose, some caramel, peeled apples and bready doughs linger also. The strength is low key yet with a “middle-of-the-road” feel.

Taste: Light caramel, soft Belgian yeast feel and a delicate biscuit tingle with a smidgeon of grain in the back end. Nice carbonation holds the flavors in place and adds to the wavering bitterness in the short finish. Basic yet tasty.

Mouthfeel: Lacking here, and perhaps the only nagging aspect of this brew is the thin feel throughout, a little watery.

Drinkability: Clean and easy to drink, I picked up a 6-pack of these, something I rarely do with new untried beers. It won’t be a problem getting rid of the other 5 bottles. Not bad.

Overall: Nice enough, a good Sunday afternoon beer.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy bronze color. Off white foamy head disappeares rather quickly/ No lace on the sides of the glass. Fruits and spices in the nose. Belgian-like spices, ripe apples. Nice sweetness, again some fruit flavors, slightly esthery. Not much in the way of bitterness. Medium body, moderate to high carbonation. Overall, a pretty tasty beer. Maybe a bit tame, but still rather tasty.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a full copper color and is topped by a frothy, pale, tan head that starts out at a thickness of two fingers. This beer is lightly carbonated, yet the head does have some staying power. The aroma is mildly spicy with notes of lemon, basil, and orange. The citrusy orange notes definitely are the strongest note in the aroma. The taste is lightly sweet, and again the orange/ citrus note carries through to the taste as well. This beer is light, both in body and on the palate. I was hoping for a bit more yeasty complexity here, but this is certainly an easily quaffable beer that is appropriate for the warmer months of the year.

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Photo of kosmoraios
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoy most of Avery's brews. This ale pours deep gold, with a two-finger head that has excellent retention. It doesn't hit the mark of it's purported style as a Belgian Pale, but it's still decent. The aroma is quite fruity (plums, dates, hint of peach) with some pleasant nutty yeast overtones. This ale was served to me at about 50 degrees F, and warmed quickly, enhancing the aroma and taste. Taste is a bit nutty with some belgian malt flavorings, and more dark fruit and caramel, with a hint of baking french bread. Mouthfeel is phenolically oily and smooth, with a hint of hoppy bitterness at the end. Drinkability is good. A decent ale, but definitely not a belgian pale, or even a american version of one. Belgian Pale to me is Duvel, Chimay White, or La Fin Du Monde.

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Photo of clvand0
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with a tall head and great retention and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet and has a little spicing in it. The flavor is much the same. Slightly sweet and grainy. There's nothing too interesting here. Good brew, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a rich golden color with a 3 finger head that falls to a finger over top. The nose is interesting. I get some bubblegum or cotton candy, candied sugar and some spicyness. The flavor is slightly caramel and candy sweet, with a slight grainey background. I'm not the biggest fan of this. The feel is moderate, with a moderate carbonation. I'm really not taken by this beer. The flavor just isn't something that will keep me coming back for more.

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Photo of maek228
3.49/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light amber. Small head when poured but it stuck around in the form of a bleach white ring atop the beer.

Smell: Like sugary raspeberry and strawberry. Fruity with malt undertones.

Taste: Crisp grainy malt sweetness with heavy fruit undertones...I'm getting sour apple, strawberry, and nectarine. Hop finish is mild.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing

Drinkability: Average

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Photo of malty
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear deep golden orange with a whisp of a bright white head. Nice lacing.

Passion fruit big time in the nose along with pineapple and lemon grass - and it's all very fresh.

Anxiously awaiting a bombardment of flavors to follow...the beer hits my lips and fills my mouth...apricots and sweet pale malts, faint white pepper with a dash of semi dry hops, then it's gone! Another drink...detect a smidgen of sourness to go along with everything I noted above, and it's gone in a second. Interesting.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, silky-slick with a fair amount of soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I swear I'd drink 3-4 of these to see if I can track down anymore flavor components.

Overall a fantastic looking and smelling ale. I can't remember a beer with so much to offer in the color and scent, and then practically bottoming-out when it hits your tongue. The flavor is there and gone in an instant, very strange.

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Karma Belgian Style Pale Ale from Avery Brewing Company
3.4 out of 5 based on 992 ratings.
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