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 mikeg67
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at lazy Dog in Boulder, CO. Pours orange with white, long lasting head. Aroma is of caramel malt, apples and hint of hops. Body is full and crisp. Caramel, earthy hops, candy sugar and yeast fill the mouth. Finish is short and semi-dry. Just Ok brew to me.

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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 claspada
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light yellow color with a white head and not much lacing.

Aromas begin with some bready malt, hints of floral and earthy hops, as well as a bit of Belgian yeast.

The tastes brings a bit of spice along with pale, doughy malt and a bit of floral bitterness. Yeast esters become more apparent as it warms.

The mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation. Finish is a bit heavy for the ABV due to the lower than normal carbonation for the style.

Overall this is a decent beer but comes across more like a Blonde than a Belgian Pale Ale. Really one of Avery's weaker offerings in my opinion. Forgettable and no reason to revisit anytime soon.

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

The pour is amber in color with a thin off-white head. Spices are the first thing I notice on the aroma. Coriander, clove, and nutmeg are there. A bit of apple and pear, but sort of watery. Some sweet malt and sugar in the background. Mostly spices on the palate, but noticeably watery. A little bit of malt sweetness, some hints of citrus peel, and that’s about it. What’s there is enjoyable, but it’s too watered down.

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

I picked up a bottle of Avery's Karma a few days ago for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. I liked all the beers that I have had from Avery so far, so when I saw one that I hadn't tried yet I thought I should give it a shot, plus I like Belgian Pale Ales, so lets see how it goes. 2012 Vintage, Limited Release. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip.

A- I like the label on this beer, it's nicely done and it sticks out a little. It poured a slightly orange amber color that took on a darker amber and orange color when held to the light. It had two and half fingers worth of head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left a little bit of lacing. This beer looks ok, but it's pretty true to style.

S- The aroma starts off fairly sweet with some nice malts that impart some light grainy, caramel and brown bread aromas. Next comes some candied sugar along with a pretty fruity aroma with some apples, plums, and pears. After that I get a slight spice aroma from the yeast followed by a light orange peel aroma. I like the aroma, but it just isn't as balanced as some of the best in the style.

T- The taste isn't all that similar to the aroma, it starts off with some some medium sweet malts that only impart a mild grainy, biscuity, and bread crust flavors. In the middle I get a real light orange rind flavor followed by a really light amount of spicy yeast. Towards the end I get a noticeable amount of hops that are mainly earthy and give this beer a lighter amount of medium bitterness with a grainy and biscuit like aftertaste. I was disappointed with the taste of this beer, is was a real let down compared to the aroma and was much more like an average American Pale Ale than a Belgian Pale Ale.

M- Smooth, very crisp, slightly prickly, on the medium side of being light bodied, and it had a higher amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel wasn't bad, but it was a little over carbonated which made it feel a little prickly.

Overall I wasn't impressed with this beer and I thought that It wasn't a good example of the style and an average beer at best, it was going in the right direction till it got to the taste which was more similar to an APA, not a BPA. This beer had ok drinkability, it went down pretty smooth, but it was over carbonated and the taste really didn't hold my interest, one is enough for me. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance and the aroma, they were equally good and were pretty true to style. What I liked least about this beer was the taste and the carbonation, the taste wasn't true to style and the carbonation was a little out of hand. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it doesn't deliver as advertised, and I can't say I would recommend it. This was my first beer from Avery that I didn't care for, this brewery is pretty solid, but this beer turned out to be a rare miss for me from them, I just don't think this beer did the style justice, I am still down to try more of their beers, but so far this is my least favorite beer from them and one of my least favorite Belgian Pale Ales, better luck next time guys.

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Photo of TownDunkel
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ill start out by saying I'm not a huge fan of pale ales, but I am a fan of Avery so I gave it a shot

Appearance - this is what a pale ale should look like in my book, a light pale golden to normal brown

Smell - Not much on scent here, mainly the usual pale ale smell of hops and alcohol

Taste - I was suprised by how good this pale ale is. It starts off with a mellow medium hop flavor that goes almost to an almondy or basic nutty flavor.

Mouthfeel - I do like a good amount of carbonation with pale ales, but this one was just a bit flat for my liking.

Overall - This is definately not a bad pale ale, not the best pale ale in the world though. It would be a normal drinker if I enjoyed this type more.

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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 kojevergas
3.17/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery and style. 5.4% (my bottle is 2012 if that matters). No best before date can be found.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm somewhat over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

The pour went fine, with the pressure cap coming off without issue or overcarbonation surging.

A: Pours a two finger head of beige colour, nice cream, nice thickness, and above average retention. Colour is a semitransparent dull copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show - though I've never seen a beer in the style that featured one. Okay lacing as the head recedes.

Sm: Belgian malts, candied sugar, yeast, light clove and orange peel, cream, Quite sugary. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Clean Belgian malts with some candi sugar and light clove. Some light underlying cream. Sugary. Simple but enjoyable. Pleasant to drink. Without much subtlety or complexity to its detriment. An interesting Belgian Pale. Nicely balanced and built for what it is. No yeast or alcohol come through. Full-bodied enough to suit the style. None of the flavours are overbearing, but none are bold or experimental either.

Mf: Smooth and wet, aiding its drinkability but not highlighting the flavours. Crystal malts could be used to good effect to add coarseness and would vastly improve the mouthfeel. Adequately carbonated. Light on the palate. Could use a bit more cream.

Dr: Quite drinkable but held back by its simplicity. It's a nicely brewed beer in its style but offers nothing unique or special for true fans. I recommend trying it, but there's nothing here to write home about. A solid offering from Avery, and one that I'd try on draught. Hides its average ABV well, though that's not particularly difficult.


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

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A- a translucent amber/ruby/orange color, with a fizzy white head that dissipated very quickly.

S- Very fruity. Plums and apple juice mostly. Some white pepper is there as well.

T- Dissapointing. A little mild malt, with the plum and apple flavors from the yeast. There's just little here to get excited about.

M- a light to medium body with a very active carbonation.

O- certainly the worst I've had from Avery.

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Photo of denver10
3.49/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden with a thumbs width white head that quickly recedes and fair lacing. A yeasty aroma with some sweet cantaloupe and pepper. Flavor follows suit. Very light and bright flavor. Medium bodied, not too much activity. Overall, a very drinkable brew. It attains some interesting flavors but a little watered down and inconsistent from one try to the next (I have had this a bunch of times). At its best times its good, at its worst times is just average.

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Photo of MAUEX_MFA
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not much on the nose, very faint aroma of Belgian yeast and malt.

Pours golden, with a thin head.

Tastes light and clean. Refreshing but very little flavor. This is like a strong American light lager brewed with Belgian yeast, OR a very watered down Belgian ale.

This would be a pleasing session beer to drink whilst angling or watching a professional sports contest.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.2/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from tasting notes.

A. Light yet clear amber color with a flash-in-the-pan head that falls apart to nothing without any lacing despite a rather vigorous pour.

S. Very focused on floral hopping over the top of a biscuit malt. Smells like a brown ale with good hopping, not like a BSPA.

T. Unusually light flavor of toasted bread and that's about it. Tastes more like a thin brown ale without any hopping at all, which is curious considering the nose, however it is still not at all like a BSPA.

M. Light and spritzey, quite sessionable. The best thing about this beer is the soft texture it has on the palate.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at gulu cafe in Salem, serves in a pint glass

A: dark yellow, kind of like apple juice or pee, with half a finger of fluffy head, very clean looking, can see intense carbonation bubbles rushing to the top of the glass, very nice sticky lacing
All the way down the glass.

S: a touch of soap, and a wheaty malt sweetness, a touch of barnyard funk and citrus in there as well, a touch of spicyness, not a huge fan of the Aroma here.

T: a bit of funk an spice blending into a pear like flavor, not really a lot of hops here, a bit of Melon and toasty caramel as well, in a strange way it almost reminds me of bud heavy, well balanced I suppose.

M: high tight bubble carbonation , very very drinkable, leavs me with a strange melon like aftertaste which I am not fond of. Bet crisp.

O: not bad but nothing amazing.... Not a huge fan.

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Photo of soulfly1492
4.12/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Lots of fruity esters, apricot and peaches. Some peppery yeast. Mild clove. Some clean Munich malt, lots of sugars. Some barley and wheat. Little to no hop character. Very bold, nearly as strong as a mild barleywine.

Appearance: Very light copper. Lots of haze. Head is off-white with orange highlights, medium height. Mild retention and little lacing.

Flavor: Wow, lots of peach and orange citrus. Lightly astringent tannins. Black pepper phenols and yeast. Lightly bitter Munich malt. Mild clove, not as much as I picked up in the aroma. Very little to no hop flavor, what's there is floral (the website says they used American Sterling hops). Grainy, lightly toasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Slick and oily. Finishes just barely dry. Low carbonation that you feel at the back of your throat on the way down. Mildly warming.

Overall: Beautiful savory fruit flavors here. Very full flavor, yet easily drinkable. No bold and/or bitter aftertaste. I will be getting this again.

Notes: Consumed on 5/7/2012.

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Photo of troysoy2
2.78/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip, I got a good two fingers of loosely packed white head, which quickly receded to become a thin smattering of bubbles. Amber body. Not a whole lot going on as far as lacing.

"What on earth?" This beer smells like straight molasses, and maybe if you use your imagination, pecan pie. The grassy hop aroma is barely there, but it floats around, and doesn't quite seem to fit.

Much like the smell, but with a hint of cherry and plum. Very thin in both flavor and mouthfeel. Easy drinking, but never satisfying. There's a slight tartness on the finish. Almost nonexistent carbonation.

Not what I was expecting at all. I'm glad I tried it -- it's decently tasty, but nothing I'll be coming back to. Avery can, and has done better.

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

a deep amber pour with a nice initial amount of head which quickly diminished into a light ring of bubbles around the glass. smells of caramel, nuts, dates. the taste, much like the smell, is very faint.. light notes of honey, dates, a bit of an oak flavor.. not much there honestly. light/medium bodied with lots of fizzy carbonation.

i'm a bit disappointed with this beer.. it looked like it was going to be great but really ended up lacking in most aspects. as far as belgian pale ales go, it's not bad, but there are many that are tastier. as far as beers by avery, this is the only bland beer that i can remember having from them. maybe i got a bad bottle or something, i'd be willing to try it again.. it wasn't terrible, it just didn't have much taste to it.

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

a very average beer by avery standards. totally nondescript in a lot of ways, but especially in the nose. after a pale amber pour with a good tall white head, it smells fairly sweet and malt based, somehow entirely missing is the belgian yeast that is supposed to power this brew. this is a majorly dumbed down beer. feel is off a bit, very weak carbonation makes the beer feel flat and heavy, instead of the bright crispy feeling usually characteristic of belgian pale ales. overall a real letdown from a brewery i have come to associate with exceptional beer.

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Photo of gtermi
2.86/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This pours a nice copper orange body with a thick white head that slowly fades.

S: Seems to have a ton of alcohol on the nose and the malt really is faint. Im getting some weird sweetness too, but really cant explain what it is.

T: There really isnt much here at all. It tastes like stale grain with tap water. Also has a weird lager taste to it. Really do not care for the taste of this beer.

M: Leaves a very full feeling in my mouth and a crispness on the tip of the tongue. Really nothing special here either.

O: I have loved almost every beer that Avery has put out, but this one truly falls flat. Just not a good beer at all.

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Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fruits, malts, yeast. Taste is mild, some spices, fruits, a bit malty, smooth but not strong flavor. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and easy drinking beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.64/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. No clear date despite codes stamped on the bottle.

A: Apricot/amber in color; Hazy with a small, cream-colored head after a semi-vigorous pour. Head, and particularly the ring, has good retention. Decent lacing. Some sediment coated the bottom of the empty bottle.

S: Subtle; Sweet, fruity and floral, with notes of caramel and toffee over light malt. Mild and tame for style.

T: Follows the aroma: again, quite pleasant but not particularly true to style and too mild.

M: Medium-light body. Excellent carbonation. A bit watery.

O: A refreshing and exceptionally easy to drink Belgian pale ale. But this meek beer lacks substance; if there were a category for light Belgian pales, this beer would fit there. So, a decent session ale and a good transitional beer for those new to craft beer.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this as part of a M&M 6pk at Everett's in South Beloit, IL for $9.99 in Early 2012.

Pours a golden amber color with a bubbly off white head. Not much of a scent other then some hints of grains as nothing stands out. Texture is smooth and creamy. Wheats and sweet citrus tickle your taste buds. Some hints of coriander and banana are evident as well. A good refreshing drink that is what I consider to be a high end Blue Moon beer. A great summertime drink.

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2.29/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz bottle to stange. Batch 11103B1. Sampled 11/13/11.

A: A small, cream-colored head 1 finger high is produced on the pour, semi-long lasting. The body is lightly cloudy and golden amber in color. Spare lacing.

S: Caramel and toffee scented malts with a light and slightly faded floral hop character. Vague fruit inclusions. Spicy/fruity esters courtesy of the yeast strain. Not particularly Belgian-esque either.

T: The malt foundation sort of interferes with the hop and yeast selection. Flesh of plum and caramel struggle to co-exist. The flavor doesn't provide a whole lot to react to. Nearly void.

M: Medium body. Just the right amount of carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

O: Without a bottle date - and this being my first crack at Karma - I can't tell if this beer is fresh or not. If it is fresh, it's not apparent, and I am not a fan of this beer at all. (A quick check on Avery's website indicates that this beer is anywhere from 3 to 7 months old so, no, not very fresh at all.)

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Photo of metter98
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear amber-orange in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high light beige head that quickly died down, leaving a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts and spicy and herbal hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and additionally has flavors of apples and pears. There are notes of malty sweetness; no bitterness is noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer has an interesting smell and taste but could use stronger aromas and flavors.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a chalice. A nice dark golden amer color, with a 2 finger bubbly dirty white head. Plenty of carbonation rose from the bottom. Head clung to the sides nicely, and left a thin central layer on top. Aroma was floral, with a small hint of spice hiding in the back. Very small tad of sour. Taste was yeasty up front, but then shifted to a light floral/citrus. Felt ok in the mouth, perhaps a smidge thin, and a smidge overcarbonated, but not terrible. Overall a reasonable beer, but nothing I would go out of my way for.

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Photo of Jplachy
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: I didn't get much of a head from this beer but it poured a beautiful copper color.

S: I get mostly fruit followed by malt or caramel.

T: It's sweet with almost no bitterness. Lightly fruity, mildly malty.

M: Mildly carbonation and even a little....oily.

O: I enjoyed this beer but it was nothing special. Drinking one was good and that's probably all I need.

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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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