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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2005

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Photo of JRed
2.91/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours transparent pale gold in hue with a Great White head that leaves lacing behind. Subtle aroma of hop spice, grain, and medicinal undertones. Tastes of hop spice, grain, some adjuncts, wheat, dry with some bitter qualities towards the finish and some belgian candy sugar in a baby seat in the back. Thick and dull in the mouthfeel and makes those flavors fall flat on the palate. Sadly, this beer comes across like craft beer from a macro-brewery's perspective. The beer doesn't represent Avery at its best.

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Photo of hypnotoad1
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle that bore no best before or freshness dates. Glassware used was a tulip glass. Karma Ale had a clear coppery color and a frothy bone-white head the dissipated rather quickly, leaving no lace.
The nose had a fruity, spicy aroma. Apples, orange peels, coriander and pepper. Hints of alcohol were present as was a slightly perfumey aroma. Combined, the smells had me thinking this was a pale ale-meets-a-witbier hybrid.
The taste furthered my thoughts as to what this beer might be. Malts come across more and have a bready quality. Yeast taste is there, too. Then the fruitiness of apple skins and tart green grapes came through. Lastly, a spicy hops bite surfaced with white pepper the most prominant. The feel was medium/light and crisp.
Overall, an okay brew; not something I'd go for a lot, though. Karma Ale seemed like it couldn't make up its mind to be a pale ale or a quasi-witbier. Worth trying but it won't be a regular visitor to my DBF.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

This pours a clear light copperish color with a decent slightly off white head. The smell is light and perhaps biscuity, I don't get any belgium yeast smells. Feel is medium to light. The taste is also light, I get a hint of hop bitterness, and some caramel / biscuit malt. I don't get the beligum name, this is a pretty basic pale ale, expect a low hop pale ale and not much belgium, its not bad but nothing I'm wowed about.

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Photo of silentjay
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a deep copper with a decent white head that leaves quickly, but leaves lacing on the glass.

smells fruity, a bit of citrus, but some ripe stonefruit (plums, nectarines, peaches) as well as some pepper, butter, caramel, and toast.

taste is of bread with some light citrus (sweet, not acidic), some honey sweetness and fruitiness follows.

a bit watery on the tongue with medium carbonation

goes down barely average. missed the mark a bit for me. not as yeasty as i expected, nor as hoppy.

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

Vigorous pour produced a fairly thick, creamy looking head that faded slowly leaving a solid coat of lace. Slightly hazy, amber colored beer with no signs of carbonation within. Notes of butterscotch and apricot in the aroma. Body is light, and the mouthfeel is somewhere between watery and crisp. Beer is mildly sweet and quite refreshing with its lightly fruity flavors. There might be some floral hops in there, but other then that there isn't a whole going on. According to the label it's supposed to be somewhere between a "Farmhouse Ale" and a Belgain Pale Ale. It's got the fruitiness of the pale ale, and that's about it. Not a bad beer, but there is a good amount of fruity flavor without and malt or hops to balance.

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Photo of bort11
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Corsendonk fluted tulip. Mild white head that quickly recedes to a filmy cap. Not much in the way of lacing. Color is a clear coppery amber.

Smell is pretty malty for a pale ale. Toasty with a hint of honey. Orange blossom floral hops notes. Taste is still pretty malty. Sweet bread with some orange peel and a slightly herbal background

Solid medium body and a smooth carbonation. I had three in one sitting and that was good for the night, but I would sure like to get more.

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Photo of Dewsby
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of TheDoctor
3/5  rDev -11.8%

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 mrasskicktastic
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy amber orange brew with one finger of bubbly white head. Fair amount of lacing and decent head retention.

S - Caramel malt, pine, biscuits and red licorice.

T - Caramel malt, a touch of diacetyl and a faint sour stomach acid character. The aftertaste is lightly grassy bitter and a touch sour. It sounds awful, but it isn't bad at all.

M - Medium thickness, smooth and a little refreshing.

D - Pretty good, I wouldn't mind having it again, but I think I won't ever purchase this one again. Sessionable and good with food.

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

a: cloudy gold, thick frothy head.

s: weak nose. malty and sweet.

t: toasted malt, honey, spicy with some mild belgian yeastiness in the finish.

m: light and refreshing.

d: an ok beer. fairly complex flavor, not bad for a light Belgian style brew. Easy drinking, very accessible.

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Photo of jaemeno3
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BierFan
3.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Slightly hazy amber/copper colored body, light tan head. It smells very fruity to me. Mango and citrus aromas are especially strong. Belgian yeast taste. Maybe a little apple as well. Spicy yeast in the finish.

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Photo of eulerthegrape
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of martyl1000
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of axeman9182
3.79/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Duvel tulip. Karma pours noticeably dark for a "pale" ale, and for a Belgian style beer the lackluster head/lacing is especially disappointing. The smell is a bit better, a blend of caramel and yeast spiciness. The taste takes those elements and adds a distinct orange note as well as a subtle funk to the mix, to good effect. The carbonation is a bit lacking, and the body is solid without being in any way impressive (it could stand to be a bit fuller). There's something about this beer that just keeps it from being too drinkable, I think I'll chalk it up to the aforementioned mouthfeel issues. Karma is a decent beer, but there are better options within the style.

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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 OriolesFan1008
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of StephRai
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Knoxrb12
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Kenai4
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Auraan
4.19/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy amber brown body with a half finger of bubbly white head. Overall impression of appearance is of a good Belgian Pale Ale, true to style at the darker end of the spectrum. Scent begins malty sweet with notes of toasty and biscuity malt and a moderate fruitiness imparting aromas of prune, plum and apricot, with a light caramel quality and peppery, spicy phenols in the background at the end. Overall impression of aroma is of a malt-forward beer that blends a variety of aromas into a balanced whole. A good example of a Belgian Pale Ale, though a presence of floral hops would improve it. Flavor begins with soft sweet malt lending notes notes of biscuits and toast to light caramel flavor and fruity flavors of prune, plum and apricot. This carries over into the middle of the sip. Finish is lightly sweet and dominated by soft malt flavors imparting toasty, biscuity and nutty flavors with very light peppery phenols and a light fruitiness. Aftertaste is toasty, biscuity, nutty malt and very light white pepper. Overall impression of flavor is of a balanced yet malty ale, with enough yeast character and fruit for the style. True to form and quite pleasing for a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation and a soft, smooth feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a good easy drinking ale. Overall this is an excellent example of a true Belgian Pale Ale. Not to be confused with the more phenolic Belgian Golden Strong and Belgian Blonde ales, this is a fine example of the malty, soft, balanced aroma and flavors of the sessionable Belgian Pale. A good beer and quite nice as a light "everyday" beer.

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Photo of Techichi
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of bjohnson
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy rusty reddish with a nice frothy one finger head. Good retention and nice looking spider lace.
S: Aromas of spciy sweet malt with a good floral hop aroma.
T/M: Good sweet malt flavors--caramel and honey. Hops make their presence felt with a subtle bitter ending. Creamy in the mouth with a slight chalkyness to the end. Not much character to this one--a bit bland. Medium body with a low level of carbonation.
D: I'm not sure I'd go after this one again. There are better representations of this style out there. Worth a try though as every ones different.

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Karma Belgian Style Pale Ale from Avery Brewing Company
3.4 out of 5 based on 991 ratings.
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