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 gustogasmic
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

it's a beautiful clear light red-brown with a quick-forming head, and big soda bubbles for a short second after pouring. light tan lacing.

smells ale-y, syrup and light hops. a little yeast.

taste is simple and great. acidic hit gives way to a beer-y leave that hangs on for a minute and sweetens in the mouth. light, crisp- harsh carbonation at first with a dry leave.

got some respect for avery after a Maharaja on tap. this is nothing close but might be an old bottle- no date listed.

a great sessionable bpa with unique equatorial hop chaacter. gotta get a fresh one.

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Photo of beersabound
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the easiest to drink Avery product I've had since living in Boulder. I live in AK now and only seem to get their large beers. It has a light estery aroma and flavor with a tight head that does not quit and a great creamy mouthfeel. It has moderate carbonation with a light/medium body. This is a tasty belgian-esque session beer.

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Photo of claybeer
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Avery Karma pours a dark yellowish orange. This beer has such a rich color. It is a little cloudy as well. The head was thin but it won't go away! It has sweet and caramel malts. There are some flower popery like qualities hidden on the end of the nose. The first thing I taste are oranges. The sweet malt show up after that with some citrus hops on the end. Some dried mango lingers on the finish. I was surprised how drinkable this beer was. I found that it would be perfect in the spring or fall when the evenings are still cool.

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Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Opaque burnt orange with a cream head and long-lasting lace.

S - Pungent fruity and spicy esters. Some grassiness as well.

T - Some sour fruit flavors that turn into more subtle dark fruits like prunes. There is a little caramel, but not much. There is a sour finish of citrus fruit that sits on the front of your tongue at the end of the sip along with some yeast flavor.

M - The head is pretty creamy and fluffy.

O - This beer looks nice and is trying hard to be a Belgian Pale Ale. However ,the nose and flavor profile don't quite make it. There are hints of the genre, but it is lacking overall.

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Photo of hangh
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light amber colored beer with a very fine 1" head and small carbonation bubbles. Good looking pale ale.

S - Nice fruity citrus smells come from the glass.

T - An above average pale ale. There main fruit tates are definitely citrus with some yeast taste underneath. Sweet at first with a quick bitter crisp finish. Good pale ale.

MF - light to medium body, lightly carbonated
D - Great tasting and a good pale ale.

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Photo of cpone
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to pint glass.

A: Nice white, two+ finger head disappears quickly. Not much lacing. Really nice cloudy copper color.

S: Bready, finishing with hints of fruit - orange and maybe a little raisin.

T: Fairly crisp at first, slightly sour with some citrus all the way through. Minimal hops. Decent tart finish.

M: Light at the beginning but increases to a medium feel. Leaves your mouth a little watery.

D: A decent beer, but not great on its own. Flavors are enhanced when paired with a creamy cheese.

Overall not a bad beer and much better with food.

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

On tap at the nearby Old Chicago.

Somewhere between copper and amber with good clarity. They accidentally put someone elses lemons in this, so I had another. To be fair.

There's no yeast character that's recognizably Belgian. There's no big malt flavors like De Konick. That was a bit of a letdown.

What you're left with is a perfectly inoffensive beer with not much to recommend. Neither hoppy, nor malty, nor fruity.

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Photo of chileman13
2.94/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from 12 oz bottle into a samuel smith pint+ glass.
A-copper in color w/ 1" cream head that settles quickly.
A- malt and honey, not very fragrant.
T- Malty with light honey and very light spices.
M- medium with fair carbonation.
D- ehh it's ok acceptable not exceptional. I was looking for more from avery as they produce some good beer.
try it, it may be your cat's meow.

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Photo of ckaufman
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pouered a deep copper color with a 1 finger off-white head. Minimal lacing with hardly any retention.

I smell a spiced hopiness with an undertone of sweet molasses.

This beer is very complex in taste. Traces of spice and flowers at the beginning trailing off to a sweet malt backbone. In the end, the sweetness overtakes the spice.

I found Karma to be sweet in the mouth and rather on the "thick" side for a Belgian style pale ale. Minimal carbonation as well.

I must say the drinkability is rather high. This one slides right down with nothing outstanding or anything outright distracting from the taste.

I might buy another "single" of this brew, but never a "sixer" or a case.

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Photo of lewzer99
4.15/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a clear, honey colored orange, with a one finger thick off-white head that recedes rapidly leaving a thin film of foam.
S- balanced smell of sweet malts and citrusy and floral hops.
T- tasty. Slight citrus bite, that gives way to a malty sweetness, and finishes with a flavor I can only describe as somewhere between bubblegum and bananas. The finish is a big surprise, and Ilike it a lot.
M- light carbonation. thicker feeling, but still drinkable.
O- like it also more than I expected. Definitely would get it again.

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Photo of andreasmwatt
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5






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Photo of denjen
3.64/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dennis: The thing that first surprised me about this beer was the intense carbonation, not because it was bad but because your just not expecting it. It follows quickly by the tastes from the belgian yeast used in this beer, and the two play off each other nicely. I had expected just a regular IPA or APA, but really by the end of the bottle you really get a sense of the craft behind it. It's subtle, but I think it's because it was done really well.
Jen: In honor of our return to beer reviews, we had to do an Avery brew, something that has been cellared since the day we found we (I) were pregnant.
The scent of this ale prepares you for a sweet and fruity ale. It starts off with a nice roasted malt flavor that is accompanied by yeast flavors. This ale has a nice fruity essence to it. The body is well done, with tiny carbonation bubbles, holding true to most Belgian Ales. The end of this brew has a nice spicy but sweet taste to it. It is fairly easy to drink, but not at the top of my list for Avery Brews.

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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 mattd017
3.76/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours a deep amber with a pretty thin white head that quickly settles leaving some lacing behind. Not cloudy at all, I thought this was unfiltered.... Smells slightly hoppy, slightly sweet. Some fruit undertones. I wonder if the temperature (about 42 degrees, as recommended by this site) has masked some of the more subtle smells. Has a slight ripe berry flavor, followed by a little bitterness. Carbonation is light and abundant.

After warming a few minutes, the smells start to become stronger, banana and almost sour berries come through.

Why would anyone make a filtered belgian? Beautiful color, but lacks the haze it needs to be a little more real. Good beer, but a little illustrious. It needs something more...

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Photo of MarkVegas
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into my Bruery Tulip.

A: Amber, not too much head. Not a bad looking brew.

S: Fruity. Fruity. Fruity. A little bit of funk hiding within the fruit, but mostly fruit.

T: Citrus fruit, a tad sweet, and a tad tart. Sadly no lasting flavors at all.

M: Light and crisp.

O: Can't say I'd buy this one again. Certainly have had worse beers in my life but have had WAY better for the style. Just wish that the flavors lasted a little. Forgettable brew.

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

poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a tulip galss

Pours a hazy orange color white fizzy head thats likes to stick around, also decent lacing.

smell is of citrus, oily hops with some lemon hints

not to impressed with the taste here not picking up much of the smells i detected This is a refreshing brew though clean and smoothe. but not much here.

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Photo of onecrazybreeze
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured clear golden with quick white head, slightly on the watery side. Smelled sweet and fruity. Tasted light and crisp, with boozy notes, slight yeast tinges but not overly yeasty like other belgian styles. Refreshing, crisp beer appropriate for the heat of summer but not really in tune with the other seasons.

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Photo of WSB
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a beautiful dark orange, with 2 fingers of creamy off white head that quickly dissipated into a thin sheen that grabbed the rim.

Smell was modest for a Belgian style ale. Slightly fruity, citrusy, but tough to detect exactly what. I think orange, grapefruit maybe? Nice but not pungent.

Taste was nice, but not a lot of character, though it was well balanced. Slight citrus and fruit notes, like the smell, but not enough to call it a true Belgian style.

Mouthfeel-light, creamy texture, dry finish.

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Photo of Hop2it
4.02/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light chestnut brown, clean white 1" head with good retention. Smells very inviting. Sweet and estery and a gentle grapefruit bouquet.

Very soft on the tongue. Smooth malts of a medium body. Slight bitterness excite the sides of my mouth. It certainly has achieved Karmic balance of malts and hops - both are in perfect harmony.

Very enjoyable, it is somewhat light in body and texture, though this could prove to be a great session beer. Lack of mouthfeel could be a freshness issue, as it falls somewhat flat after a full glass.

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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 PCampbell
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a nice amber red color that has a thin, white head to it.

Initially smells of sweet malts and wheat, with that typical Belgian yeast scents of clove, peppers and banana. Taste is a bit malty with biscuit flavors and some floral hops and yeasts flavors as well. Bit of a thin mouthfeel to it with medium carbonation.

A fairly decent beer, quite drinkable but doesn't leave that big of an impression.

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Photo of pacothrash
3.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy orange to brown color with a huge head that quickly went away. The smell is very strong with caramel and yeast. The taste was more malty than of hops with the caramel and molasses. Not bad but not up to par with some of Avery's other offerings.

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

From tap into a tulip at Euclid Hall (seasonal)

A: Deep copper with brown hues. Perfect sticky white head and great lacing.

S: Hints of Belgian yeast, light caramel, biscuity nose, and some minor spice.

T: light nuttiness, touch of yeast, low hops, balanced malts. Just a little bit of tannin like pull on the palate.

M: medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish falls short.

D: An okay beer overall. Doesn't portray Belgium IPA's very well nor American stylistic impression either. Easy drinking but lacks the yeast profile to really sink in as a great beer. Not bad but not great.

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Photo of awmiller
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured up a clear, dark copper colored body with a creamy off-white colored head with good retention and amazing lazing. Aromas of peppery spices, dark fruits (plums, raisins), and bread dough. Flavors of caramel, toasted malts, and a light hint of citrusy hops. Medium-bodied with a crisp, refreshing finish with a nice caramel flavor lingering about.

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Photo of xcrunner78
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep golden color with a small lacy head. Constant stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass gives a fine lace head at the glass

S: Fruit esters from the yeast (apricots, green apples, and light citrus) and caramels from the malts with relatively little hops. Have a slight overall honey smell to it.

T: A lot of caramel with a bit of fruit on the back of the palate. No hops to it.

M: The carbonation on the tongue gives it a good mouth feel. The caramels coats the roof of the mouth and the slight fruity esters on the back of the tongue.

D: It is a good beer and enjoyable summer ale.

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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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