Karma Belgian Style Pale Ale | Avery Brewing Company

Karma Belgian Style Pale AleKarma Belgian Style Pale Ale
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2005

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Ratings: 994 |  Reviews: 490
Photo of ummswimmin
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

When I read the label, I only saw the part that said "Pale Ale." As I poured the beer, I picked up some sour smell. I was a little concerned, so I looked at the label again to see the "belgian style" as well.

I poured this into a pint glass. The coloring was yellowish brown with very minimal head. I smelled the beer and didn't pick up very much. There was some of the sour, but that was about it.

The flavors were pretty muted. It tastes like a sour pale ale, but there wasn't any depth. Oh well, I'm looking forward to the next pour.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

And this Bliss tasting moves on. This offering pours a clear sunset bronze topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises light green apple, biscuits, grapefruit, banana, black pepper, and a touch of caramel. The taste holds notes of pear, black pepper, light nutmeg, white grapes, toffee, and biscuits. The Belgian character is rather subdued. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a pretty good BPA, but one that's definitely lacking on the B. I'd drink another, for sure, but I wouldn't recommend it too quickly.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a large wine glass
A: Amber color; one-finger head
S: Very fruity, especially cherry. Smells quite a bit like Juicy-Fruit gum. Maybe a bit of sour aromas as well. Fairly one-dimensional.
T: A balance of fruity, nutty and citrus. But as soon as you swallow it, the flavor is gone, just like that.
M: Fairly light, average. Nice crispness.
O: This has so much potential, but fails to deliver. At the end of the day, it tastes good, but lacks oomph, the flavors falls off a cliff, and is very unmemorable.

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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 minterro
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Custom six pack from Oades in East Lansing

A & S: metallic smell… besides that not much there. Maybe a bit on the ‘sweet’ side as far as scents go. Yellow/orange colored beer. The pure white head sticks around the beer but not really along the glass as lacing.

T & M: flowery hops (floral notes), a bit sweet. Medium bodied, medium to low carbonation.

O: I had a hard time rating this beer it was a bit bland. Wasn’t impressed, not the best pale I’ve tried, but I hear good things about this brewing company, so I look forward to trying some of their other beers.

2.5, 4, 3, 4, 3

2014: (didn't know I had already rated this beer).
Head doesn't hang around at all. Beer is pretty lively. Aroma is better than I previously rated, I'm getting more of a yeasty funk, but its still not very pungent and I'm still getting those metallic tones.

Much sweeter than I remember. Mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side.
3, 3, 3.5, 3.5, 3

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

Big off white to light tan head leaves a small lacing over a copper honey colored drink.

Lots of light fruity/citrus hops notes blended nicely with a sweet caramel malt aroma.

The taste is pretty much the same, light fruit/citrus blended well with a light sweet caramel malt taste, a pretty good tasting beer but kind of subdued, would have liked these same taste but to have had them richer and fuller, that would ahve been a pretty darn good way to close out an afternoon.

There is a light caramel hint to an aftertaste that borders on dry on this medium bodied fare.

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Photo of Agold
3.22/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With a vigorous pour, karma produces little head which has no staying power. It is also a bit dark for a belgian pale, which I usually assume will be bright and pretty clear. The aroma is lacking as well. There is some of the signature belgian yeast spicy clove and an odd heavy citrus aroma. Maybe some orange. The flavor is better, with a hint of sweetness along with a bit more mild belgian yeast character than in the nose. It is pretty light and enjoyable. The mouthfeel is good light and well carbed. Karma is a good solid beer, but really nothing that sticks out in my mind.

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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 Samp01
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour is a nice red amber hue with a small white head. Sweet malts light yeast and some hop fill the nose. Taste is nice caramel malt with some light hoppiness. Palate is a nice medium body, carbonation is good. Finish is sweet maltiness some sweet spices with some yeast and slight fruitiness ending with a nutty bitter ending. Overall a good drinkable brew

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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 wvsabbath
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/tan, not head or lacing, looks rather dull.

Smell - Very mild floral aromas, banana, lemon, some orange. Sugars and some yeast. Not alot of smell to this beer.

Taste - A mild fruity floral hop flavor with some sugars. Really mild and easy to drink. Orange and lemon is a huge flavor in this beer. No alcohol is present.

Mouthfeel - Very thin and smooth, doesnt dare challenge mouth, palette, or throat. Very slight bitterness aftertaste but thats it.

Overall - This is tasty, but a little too mild. You could easly slam a 6'er of this. If the hops were more present to go along with the floral sweetness, this could be a monster. Not bad, but honestly, for a seasoned craft drinker, its a waste of time.

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Photo of goblue3509
2.85/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a slight ring of a head which leaves a little bit of finger lace. The aroma is faint and of a slight sweet belgian yeast strain along with some sweet malt and a hint of hops. The taste follows the aroma, with a belgian yeast strain as well as a sweet malt backbone. There is the addition of a floral hop bite in the middle to the back end. The mouthfeel was well carbonated and slightly stingy. Overall it was an okay beer, it is for sure not up there with the best in class. The taste was better than the look and smell which saves it a little bit.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a coppery-gold color, with a 1/2" head that reduces to a thin lid.

Has a thin, malty aroma, with mild peppery notes. There are hints of banana and clove underneath.

Has a grassy, herby taste, with a mild sour apricot taste that hits mid-way through the sip. Ends with a slight banana sweet taste. Overall, the taste is easy and pleasant.

Mouthfeel is thin and mild, with very little bitterness.

A decent beer, but this is not one of my favorite styles. The mild sour, in combination with the banana fruitiness, are where they should be, but this one just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Cork and Bottle served into a perfect pour glass.

It's a nice copper color with a good amount of carbonation that lasts for a good 10 minutes. The aroma is more malty with some earthy elements. The taste is kinda malty with some grain and grass and a bit of fruit. This seems like a light version of the style. It's passable but there's plenty better.

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

First had: on tap at the Pour House, Westmont, NJ

Poured into a stem glass, a light, golden amber, clear, with a small white head that all but disappears and leaves little to no lace. Bready, yeasty aroma, infused with light sugar and fruity esters. Bready taste, with a touch of spice, light toasty malts and candi-ish sugar, followed by subtle melon and pear flavors, finishing off with some earthy hops that don't really take over, they just make their presence known. Medium mouthfeel, and a pretty good drink overall.

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Photo of csiewert
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a trace of head that dissipated rapidly. The aroma has notes of floral, honey and caramel. The taste starts caramel sweet and then becomes floral hoppy while finishing slightly bitter... All pretty watered down. The mouthfeel is slightly overcharged and leaves a dry grainy feeling in your throat... Not pleasant. Overall could use some work.

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

Avery Karma

12 oz bottle. Pours a light golden color. Little to no froth and poor head retention. In the aroma, Belgian ale yeast, sweet malts and floral hops. In the flavor, yeast fruityness, a mellow pine/grapefruit hop presence, some candi sugar and pale malts. Light to medium bodied feel. Overall, a decent American brewed belgo style beer.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Gold/copper hue in color, small head that quickly receded leaving slight lacing on the glass.

S - Get some biscuit and maybe a hint of plum, rather subdued aroma.

T - A little tart, biscuity taste, really no sweetness to this at all, for the summer is a bit refreshing but if the flavor profile is like this would like probably some citrus layered in.

M - Medium bodied mild carbonation.

D - An okay refresher but not a go to beer.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a rich, clear orange amber into a tulip with a finger of fluffy, bright white head. Really nice aroma of subtle honey, clove, with lemon and maybe a hint of tangerine.

Lowish carbonation and a light, slightly thin mouthfeel. Mild grain and lemon up front with some hints of spice on the finish.

Good smellin' but a little watery and lacking in flavor. Easy enough to drink, though!

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Photo of Knapp85
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured out as a golden color with a slight haze to it. The head wasn't too big or anything, average at best. The smell of the beer had a big Belgian yeast aroma going on, there was also a bit of sweetness too. The taste was mostly yeasty, a light banana flavor and a hint of sweet honey in the background of the beer. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad, it was pretty smooth. Overall I wouldn't have to buy this one again.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks like a light amber with a inch of sticky white head.

S - Smells mostly of pale malts, slight grain and an underlining touch of yeast. Slight hops but not very bold.

T - Was actually quite drinkable. The yeast was there but very timid which I enjoyed and the pale aspect kept it light with touches of sweet hops and malts.

M - Light to medium. Drank rather quickly.

Overall wouldn't be the first thing I would grab again but definitely washed the taste from that lackluster Victory Weissbier offering. Pretty good.

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Photo of Natural510
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, no dating (limited release).

Pours a medium amber-red with very little in the way of head or lacing.

Scent is mostly a breaded malt with a hint of fruit, ala strawberry.

Flavor again is composed of a breaded, caramel malt with only a hint of hop balance. Yeast is very subtle, which is unusual for a "Belgian-style" ale.

Mouthfeel is okay, no great shakes. I feel this would do better as a cask offering.

More of an English pale ale than Belgian in style. The yeast could be more pronounced, given that is how it's marketed. All in all, pretty "meh".

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

had on tap and a couple bottles. i must say the tap was much better than the bottle.

Appearance - nice carbonation, light amber

Smell - caramel malts, citrus, minor hops

Taste - the same, a little more fruits such as banana

Mouthfeel - wet, smooth and drinkable

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

Slightly mirky amber-copper with practically no head and slightly visible carb.

A little caramel malt and a hint of citrus on the nose

Flavor notes are mild fruit, apple and caramel malt. Flavor is very mild. I find it hard to add "pale ale" to the Belgian in this beer. There are almost no noticeable hop notes to resemble a pale ale.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth with low carbonation and a mild aftertaste.

Overall its pretty good I would say for a session beer. There are like No distinguishing characteristics and/or strong flavors. It's very smooth and easy to drink but very mild across the board.

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

On tap at The Bridge in St. Louis, poured into a tulip glass. Pours clear copper pour and gave an off-white head that faded quickly, medium carbonation, left some spots and fingers of lacing on the glass, the aromas were faint apple, other fruit I could not place, and some fruit off-ness like vegetables, cooked corn, with faint toasted malt, the flavors were faint fruit – apple, bruised apple and pear with a little fruit and malt sweetness, mouth feel is thin, this beer had faint aroma and flavor, and was not exciting.

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Karma Belgian Style Pale Ale from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 23.1% out of 100 with 994 ratings
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