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 ordybill
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Has a pretty basic fruit and malt aroma, not bad Appearance- A nice amber color with a small off-white head. Taste- Okay flavor, not overpowering a basic Belgian Pale Ale Palate- This is a light bodied beer with mild carbonation. it has a nice dry finish and it is fairly sweet tasting. A solid beer that I wouldn’t turn down.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Pours a thin head on a clear darker straw colored body.
The aroma is like cotton candy with a little fruit salad.
The flavor is mild overall, a little lemon bitterness and some mild sweetness.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
A more interesting pale ale but still on the mild side overall.

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Photo of beergoot
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

5.4% ABV listed on the label vice the 5.20% currently listed on the BA beer description.

Very clear, copper-colored body with lively, fine carbonation and a one-finger thick, white head (3.75). Mild caramel aroma with fruity hints of pear and grape (3.75). Warm, bready malt flavor with a delicately sweet fruitiness, much like the aroma (3.75). Medium-heavy mouthfeel, smooth and silky; semi-sweet finish (3.75).

Perhaps I have an oddly good example of this beer based on the relatively low ratings (BA 77, Bros 72). It drinks very nicely and has a nice, well-balanced malt character throughout. Mild fruity esters really compliment the malt profile. An enjoyable, late summer thirst quencher.

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Photo of scotorum
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Unibroue stemmed flute.

a: Clear amber with a two inch tall white head which receded to thin surface foam.

s; Mild light fruit.

t: Mild fruit cup over a light to medium malt base. Dry finish.

m: Light to medium with pretty good body and a lot of carbonation tingle.

o: More like an English pale ale than a Belgian, due to the very mild fruit element, although the malt flavor is also rather low. Except for the dark color it might even pass for a lager. Refreshing.

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Photo of Fieldzy27
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

White head copper body, minimal faint hops in the aroma. Strong notes of caramel. Sweet on the pallet with caramel and un baked bread notes. Very drinkable and smooth.

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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 BierJager89
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent ruby red with an off white head.

S: Nose is faint, but there are some notes of red berries, a hint of orange, some malt, maybe a touch of mango.

T: Very flavorful. Starts off with sweet, nectary berries, moves on to slightly tart orange and citrus rind, before a very malty finish, with sweet red berries lingering after.

M: Medium bodied and fairly smooth.

O: I can see why this doesn't get the best ratings, but it's definitely underrated. It is quite flavorful, and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
2.73/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, with some sort of coded bottled on date present. My third beer from Avery Brewing Co., out of Colorado.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a hazed copper colored body with less than a finger of off-white head. Looks okay.

S - The smell is of yeast esters - cream, banana, clove spicing, some melon rind. Not a bad aroma, but it's just not doing it for me.

T - Things really take a turn for the worse upon sipping. Sharp and astringent. Indistinct berries, melon fruitiness, banana, cidery apple sort of presence, yeasty clove spice, some cola / Dr. Pepper / artificial cherry sort of taste, and some coppery metallics thrown in there. Maybe some mild alcohol noticeable. A mish mash of flavors I'm not particularly fond of.

M - The feel is quick, crisp, & clean for the most part. Lightly sticky / grapey / dry on the finish. Lots of tannins.

Overall, I am not usually one to put down a craft beer, no matter how much I dislike it, but this has got to be one of the poorest Belgian style offerings from any brewery that I have tasted in recent memory. I love the name of the beer, but not the beer. Avoid.

Avery Brewing Karma ---2.5/5

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Photo of Mantooth
3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured on draft at the fabulous Duckworth's on Park Rd, Charlotte, NC.

Pours gold with minimal lacing, initial blush of Belgian candy sugar folds into a lightly malted pale ale. This isn't something I'd seek out - but considering it's 5.2% - it's not a bad session beer. Maybe this is more to the liking of others - but I'm one and done with this brew. Big fan of the brewery though.

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Photo of majorbase2
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lively amber color with a nice white foam head that dissipates quickly. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the edge.

Aroma leads with some grassiness and a bit of lemon zest, with a hint of orange. Floral hops. A little bit of roasted malts.

Unfortunately, there's not much going on in the taste. More of the grassiness from the aroma. Wheat. Sugary. Very subdued.

Mouthfeel is extremely thin and watery. Moderate amount of carbonation. Best thing I can say about this one is that it's refreshing.

Overall, A disappointing first experience from a brewery that I've heard good things about. I won't be giving up on Avery just because of this, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend this beer.

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

This isn't going to be real inciteful. Not much I have to say about this beer. It was the only one on tap that I hadn't had, soooo.... Typical belgian yeast and crispness in the taste. A little bit of amber ale flavor. Tastes like a belgian version of New Belgium's Fat Tire. There you go.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.07/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Light rusty to almost Apple juice like coloring with a very thin appearance and an almost absent empty head.

The aroma is faint and watery but a little spicy. I catch cinnamon, caramel malt, faint bubblegum, raisin and tea leaves.

The flavor is quite thin and watery with some Belgian Tripel quality. The bubblegum is sweet and there's a clovey, yeasty taste. The malt is like a tea leaf and caramel mixture.

The feel is astringent and sour that leaves a strange film on the mouth.

I tend to enjoy every thing by Avery but this missed my personal mark.

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

On tap at brew festival.

Appearance: a thin white head, no lacing, light amber color with mild carbonation.

Aroma: Belgian yeast funk, medium roasted barley, caramel, some coriander and other spice notes.

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied, slightly sticky, frothy, with a drying finish.

Flavor: nice caramel, wheat bread, some coriander and peach.

Overall: well crafted and enjoyable.

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Photo of MrBoz21
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle - 40 degrees

Very clear copper-gold with mild carbonation. Foamy white head quickly settled to a ring and a skiff. Bright and pretty.

Aroma: Bready with light fruit and bubble gum. Light hops and very little phenol.

Taste: Light malt. Clean.

Mouthfeel: Moderately dry, not much carb tingle.

Overall: Meh. Clean and fresh, well made ... not much flavor.

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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 WoodBrew
2.92/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The Karma from Avery is not one of my favorite. The beer comes across more like an apple wine or something. The color is amber with thin white head that is not lacing. The scent is Belgium twangy....fermented fruit. The taste has the Belgian sweetness to it. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is ok....I would not go out of my way to drink it.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, caramelized malts, some fruit and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out mildly sweet with flavors of caramel and fruit. Then some breadiness comes in Belgian yeast and a thin malt character. The hops presence is mild and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are definitely better beers in the style.

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Photo of Mojo
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - pours up about the same color as an amber ale, clear with a very small head which quickly diminishes and not much lacing to speak of.

S - fairly one dimensional smell. Mostly breadiness with a small amount of pine.

T - Sweet apples at first sip with a kind of dry yeasty finish. A metallic note is detectable.

M - kind of average and unimpressive.

O - not real impressive, certainly not horrible, but as mediocre as you will find.

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Photo of kaufmaal
3.01/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I had hi hopes for this one, but not much is going on. Pours a tangerine-honey color. No real head. The smell is a real tease: bready, honeydew, coriander, some citrus, some funk. For a Belgian-style ale, this one's one of the flattest tasting ales I've had in a while. There's a sour fruit flavor that's on top, some sweetness, a bit of yeast, but the carbonation simply buries any decent ingredients and flavors.

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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 plaid75
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a clear copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was little retention and lacing.

The smell featured greenvapplexand some light peach and plum aromas.

The taste was likewise fruity with esters flying around.

The mouthfeel was light for the style.

Overall a poor example of the style.

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Photo of soju6
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Served a dark copper color with a nice head and some lacing.

S: Aroma of some malt sweetness, mild citrus and bit of mixed fruit in the background.

T: Taste of some malt sweetness with some citrus and fruit in the background. Has a mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Moderate body smooth and has a bit of character.

O: Nice beer for the style as it goes down easy.

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Photo of lsummers
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear copper with no real head.

Smells of fresh pears and floral notes. Slight malty rye bread spicyness comes through in the scent.

Tastes of malty toffee/caramel candy with some floral, pear, and slight vanilla notes. Yeast spice note creates some rye like flavors. I can't help but feel like there's a boozy note coming through even though its relatively low in abv. Mouthfeel is very mineral/sharp. It is clean and slightly dry.

Overall, it's an interesting american take on the belgian style pale. One that I think most should try only because it is so different. It's actually pretty good but does have it's flaws. Wouldn't mind having this on tap paired with some fish or chicken.

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

I picked this up awhile back from the house of 1000 beers in the clearance section for $1. Nice deep amber color with almost no carbonation 3-4 small streams of tiny bubbles up the center of my former jelly jar that is doing just fine as a repurposed beer glass. (YEAH Someone didn't start the dishwasher so my Samuel smith pint glass is dirty!) It has some hints of fruit with malty undertones.. It almost reminds me of when I was a kid and I saved the caramel apples the old neighbor lady gave out for Halloween a little too long. The smell is interesting...I'm going to say Puppy breath if the puppy ate week old caramel apples....
All in all a great beer and great to give as gifts and have for a party and cellar and you know do what ever it is you doo with beer named Karma so you don't piss her off....

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Photo of Oakenator
3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a brown to amber - on the darker side. Some head at pour. Ringed lacing.

S: Malts. Subtle hopping. Beer.

T: Mild hop flavor, mild malting, maybe some candi sugar on the finish.

M: Light on ABV, but heavier than expected.

O: Okay but doesn't excell at much.

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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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