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Karma Belgian Style Pale Ale | Avery Brewing Company

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2005

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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 JMad
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottle to a pint glass...
I poured this beer pretty aggressively and got no head, the color was a murky coppery brown.
Smells of dark fruit, caramel malt and it's a little musty.
The taste consists of lots of sweet malt.Small hint of lemony hops, and fig.
Feels medium-heavy bodied and there's not much carbonation.
Honestly I think this beer has been sitting on the shelf a little too long.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this beer.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is flowery hops with some bready malt. The flavor is grapes, flowers and oranges with some lighter malts. A very fruity tasting Belgian ale. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of jampics2
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Winking Lizard. I remember really liking this beer a few years ago before I was a ticker, so I'm interested to see how it's doing these days when my more informed and worldly palate comes in contact with it. #85 on my world tour of beers.

Poured into the pint glass by a kind bartender, this arrives with an orange hue and a nice sticky white head. Lace looks decent too. Just a touch more caramel/brown that a typical BPA, maybe it's a Belgian not-so-Pale Ale

Smells is interesting but not a BPA again. Some fruitiness from the yeast, not so Belgian. Caramel malt and little expressiveness. Just not what the genre suggests. Pleasant enough, but not what I expected or remembered.

Taste is nice but again difficult to compare to other BPA's. There's a caramel malt with a touch of toasted depth, orange citrus notes, and some grape flavors. No real yeasty esters, hop presence, or spices.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and creamy. Nice carb and good overall. So, I guess this was a great beer to revisit to note how far my palate and experience has come in the last 4 or 5 years. While there's nothing wrong with this beer, it's hugely mediocre and doesn't taste like it should given the description from the brewer. It may be time to stop believing in Karma, Adam and the Avery crew.

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

Got this one on a whim. Pours a tawny amber brown, clear, with little or no head on it. Would be a pretty good looking beer if it had some foam to it. Smell is ok, a bit muted, some orange-y notes, but also some caramel and pale malts. Pretty simple. Taste is more of the Belgian Pale Ale style, some nice fruity notes from the yeast, a bit of lightly toasted malt, and just a hint of hops to keep things from getting too sweet. MF was a bit thin, nothing too special, could potentially have used a bit more carbonation. Overall drinkability was decent, I enjoyed it as I was looking for something light-ish, but it is ultimately a simple beer.

I didn't know what style it was when I had it--kind of struck me as a fruity light brown ale if that makes sense.

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Photo of champ103
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear copper/orange color. A two finger head forms, but recedes in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: Sweet malt and sugar up front. Lemon and grassy aromas come next. Light spicy yeast can be detected as well.
T: Sweet malt up front. Though a substantial tart lemony flavor lingers. Not much else.
M/D: A medium body that is creamy and smooth. Though lacing the great crispness I would expect for the style. Not hard to drink. I finished my pint with ease. Though I will be looking for something else for my next one.

Nothing bad here. Just kind of bland and one dimensional. I love Avery, but this is a miss for me.

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

A - Pours an orange amber with a 1/2 inch head that melt rather quickly. No lacing.

S - Apricots, peach, cherries, honey, caramel malt, faint biscuit yeast.

T - Honey malt, tart fruits, caramel, subtle spice on the finish. It has a muted astringent character throughout.

The yeast was there but didn't shine as I'd hoped. It has an odd finish that I can't put my finger on. An average BPA.

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

Found at the Timberline Steakhouse at Denver Airport, this brew exhibits a crystal clear darkish golden color with a nice white head and even better lacing. The aroma is pretty mild clove and bright wheat. The flavor is a very pleasant blend of grass/citrus hop and light malt clove. It's perfectly carbonated for a crisp and refreshing feel in a medium-light bodied brew. It's very drinkable, sessionable while providing a Belgian hint. I think anyone might enjoy this beer with a quality feel and mild but tasteful flavoring which includes a subtle hop overtone that finishes just a bit dry. I would drink this anytime but it does not deliver a big flavor or highly memorable kick. Good stuff though, typical of what we come to expect from Avery.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear orangeish amber color with a nice off white head. Head has good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Smells of honey, yeast, pale malts and a bit of fruit maybe apple. A bit of spice here too.

T- Taste is fairly sweet with honey being prominent. A bit of pepper and yeast finish.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and carbonation seemed right on.

D- A easy to drink beer just seemed off or maybe a bit outta balance. I don't really see me drinking this one too often or again.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, no date

A - Pours a lighter brown with a tight white head, decent retention and minimal lacing

S - Nutty with a sweet malt aroma

T&M - Medium body with a light sweetness. Somewhat sticky on the palate after swallowing. Yeasty nuttiness is predominant with just a hint of hop bitterness...herbal/floral notes

D - Very smooth going down and enjoyable; a great amount of flavor for just over 5% ABV.

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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 enfield249
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a coppery to gold, with a thick off-white head of three fingers. Fades to a thin layer of foam.

S - Light fruit, flowery hops.

T - Fruity, lots of esters, slight hop flavor. Sweet and malty, but not over powering.

M - Full but not cloying. Slight lingering hop bitterness.

D - Very good, could be real easy to suck down.

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

On-tap at Callahan's, San Diego.

Pours a darker clear copper color with filmy white head. Mild aroma of spice and yeast. Tastes of fruit (apple), spices, and yeast. There's a bit of sweetness in the finish and some astringent bitterness in the aftertaste. Light bodied with minimal carbonation. Overall an OK beer, but nothing special.

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

12 oz bottle poured into beer mug

Appearance: Nice gold solid color, poured a finger of head, lacing down the glass

Smell: Citrus and spice come through

Taste: Smooth but a little more on the bitter side but it is a pale ale so it is understood to carry more of a bitter flavor but overall smooth, mild spice with citrus to bitter

Mouthfeel: Nothing special or makes me go wow, must buy again, but pleasant

Drinkability: For me not high, just tastes like one or two at a time

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

On tap at Old Bay in New Brunswick NJ. Reviewed on my Droid

Arrives a pale copper color with minimal head. Pour is a little short. Yeasty esthers dominate the aroma. Fruity. This is a medium bodied beer with no overpowerin flavors. Belgian yeast is the most prevalent flavor, with minimal hoppiness and a muted malt backbone. Nicely drinkable.

A very middle of the road beer. A bit to esthery for my tastes, but nothing off-putting.

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Photo of stimulus
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle.

A: Pours a deep amber with a white foamy head.
S: Apples and pears with a light malt finish.
T: Very fruity, but only the pear actually comes through with some other sweet fruit, perhaps pineapple?
M/D: Very light body and good carbonation.

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

12-oz bottle. Poured a stiff white head. Aroma was very light. Unfortunately the flavor matched the aroma. The whole experience was a little too understated. (Perhaps, the beer anticipated my own karma!) The flavor was also light with mild apricot and honey up front blending into rather sour citrus taste. Dandelion finish. Pleasant but unmemorable.

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Photo of udubdawg
2.56/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours light copper, mildly hazed. head is sizable and laces the glass a bit.
Right away the nose strikes me as off. I start naming spices, then decide if I can name them they are too strong. I like strong flavors but they've gotta meld with the beer and here...they don't.
The level of bitterness is confusing to my palate, which mixes up the peppery spiciness in the same flavor and doesn't approve. Only mild fruity or other belgian yeast esters, not getting a lot of malt either. Too much of a good thing on the spice front, and I'm not really understanding the bitterness and what I think is hop flavor.
carbonation is a bit low actually, body is decent at medium and pretty clean. Not sure I'll have this one again.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a golden-amber color with one finger of white head and light carbonation evident. Little bit of lacing.

s - Smells of sweet and citrus fruits, some yeast, spices, and caramel malts.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, sweet malts and fruits, and that's about it. Not getting any spice or yeast like in the smell.

m - Medium body and no carbonation whatsoever. Feels very flat and a little watery.

d - Overall I wasn't a big fan of this one. I thought it smelled pretty good and like a normal Belgian ale, but thought the taste was nothing like a Belgian and nothing special. Very easy to drink a few of but don't think I would want to. Wouldn't look to have again.

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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 drizzam
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a hazy dark amber in color, topped with a fluffy white one finger head. head retention seemed like it was going to be good at first, but it receded to a thin frothy cap after several minutes. Some thin spotty lacing was left behind by the frothy cap.

S - Fruity aroma with just a bit of citrus hop lingering about in the background, along with a bit of sweet caramelized malt. The nose is actually a bit muted and could certainly be more robust.

T & M - A malty body carries flavors of orange rind and lemon zest. This tastes almost closer to a hefeweizen than a pale ale. The hops I smelled in the aroma are barely represented as a slight bitterness on the very end. Very muted hop presence. Light to medium bodied, and it finishes with a bit of citrus zest for an aftertaste.

D - This is not a prime example of a Belgian Pale Ale, but its sessionability is through the roof. Very drinkable, and this would be a great Summer beer. Worth a try.

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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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Photo of emmasdad
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, rich golden color, with a good collar of white foam. Aromas of bananas and cloves and Belgian yeast. I was expecting something similar when I tried it, but I was surprised by flavors of peaches, apricots and bubble gum. A really good and refreshing beer for the upcoming summer months.

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Photo of Briken
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Karma is a hazy red-amber with a thin head and aromas of yeast and a little funk. Taste is yeasty and bright fruit sweetness and a little floral hop bitterness. Body is a little thin but well carbonated with a slightly fuzzy feeling.

This is a pretty easy drinking and good tasting beer. Nothing really surprising but definitely worthwhile.

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Karma Belgian Style Pale Ale from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 995 ratings
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