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 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 kola
2.45/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Relatively clear orange hue, not much of an off-white head.

S - Smells of Belgian citrus fruit cocktail ... not the hoppy citrus smell.

T - Hints of sweet-tart orange, but mostly thin malts and a bit of sugar-yeast aftertaste.

M - Feels thin and watery. There could have been a bit more carbonation to liven it up on the tongue.

D - To enjoy this, you have to like a beer that only hints at flavors without bringing them to fulfillment. Light-beer drinkers looking for adventure might enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of gordavidson
3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A clear orange liquid with a thin white head kept alive with numerous streams of rising carbonation.

S- Apricots, bread, and oranges. Smells relatively light and surprisingly non-Belgian.

T- Apricots, grass, bread, and caramel. Relatively light and clean... For how sweet this is it does not have much flavor. This is supposed to be Belgian?

M- Nicely carbonated but is sweet with a clean, lasting dryness.

D- Not a Belgian Pale Ale like advertised. A little light on the flavor aspect, but nothing is bad here.

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Photo of bump8628
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an orange hue with a moderate amount of off-white head that recedes to patchy lace.

Mild Belgian fruitiness with suggestions of apple skin, peach, pear, and honey. The rest of the beer is composed of slightly sweet caramel malt and some breadiness. Hops are pretty restrained.

Not a bad Belgian-styled ale. It's certainly unique among American interpretations. That said the flavor profile is a bit meek, and it the body is on the thin side.

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Photo of emsroth
1.94/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

*Note: This review is part of my attempt to review more critically. Many of the reviews I've previously given have been too generous.*

12oz bottle. no date

App: Dark amber that's ever so slight translucent--my vision is just slightly skewed. No head, but a slight lace.

Smell: Definitely some typical belgian fruitiness going on here. Cherries and honey, but there is a certain unique not that I can't figure out. Sweet alcohol fumes--yum! If only i could give a 3.75.

Taste: The taste is pretty terrible. The slightest bit of sweet apple up front followed by a huge rush of dry, dry, dry. Dry flavorless malt. Dry herbal hops. Dry metallic flavors that almost taste like blood. No belgian zest or fruitiness.

Decent mouthfeel, but there is a film associated with the flavors that kills.

I am debating pouring this.

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Photo of glid02
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a clear amber color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of mild pale and caramel malts with good amounts of overripe fruit - mostly green apples but with hints of pears and cherries.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Muddled caramel malt flavors with a sweetness that comes and goes kicks things off. Good amount of mildly tart green apple flavors join in midway through the sip, along with other medium fruits that are almost berry-like. The ending is on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is not that great. I didn't have the easiest time in the world finishing my glass and definitely wouldn't have another.

Overall I just wasn't a fan of this beer. Not horrible but it's struggling to be average.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.49/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Like a typical pale ale with a nice honey golden coloring.
S: Very pleasant, I am definitely a fan of the floral aroma and I smell a hint of honey.
T: I feel like I taste peaches with some subtle fruits that aren't distinguished enough.
M: Very light in the mouth, true to style with little hoppy bite... not too carbonated either, it almost has a watery mouthfeel.
D: Definitely a drinkable beer, the low ABV followed with the watery mouthfeel creates a perfect combination for this beer to be extremely sessionable. I just don't know if I like it enough though...

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Photo of movingtrain
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Piraat glass.

Pours a copper orange, and almost no head to speak of. The bottle reads that this is brewed with "farmhouse and pale ales of Belgium in mind," but I'm not seeing much activity out of the bottle. Maybe this needs some age on it? Maybe not.

First whiff gives off very bready notes, some caramel and honey, and flowers. There is a sour note in the nose, as well...a slight bit funky. A bit of bitter apple and moldy cheese finish it off.

The taste is all right...sweet in the center of the tongue, giving way to flavors of crackers, chalk, honey, and a bit of caramel...maybe some brown candy sugar notes in there, too. This one is very dry on the tongue, somewhat earthy, and subtle sweetness.

In terms of mouthfeel, it's a bit chalky and, as said before, dry. It is drinkable, and, as with other American beers in this vein, would be pretty good ice cold on an overly hot summer day.

As far as the overall beer goes, it's good, but nothing to write home about. Which, when nothing too exciting is happening, isn't a bad thing.

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Photo of Hophead101
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

drank on 3.31.10 at Ron's Original in Exton.

nice tannish orange color with an off white head. decent sporadic lacing - but nice. very tangerine like in flavor unique fruity taste, creamy, medium body. very drinkable.

good beer - would look to find this one again

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Photo of HalfFull
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a wine glass, this beer pours golden in the light yet a bit deep in color in normal light. Offers a half inch of light colored foam and some decent retention.

Nose is a bit rich, as the pour might suggest, and seems a bit overcooked and with an overabundance of sweet malts.

Too rich for the style as they tried a bit too hard here. Yeast notes are a bit odd. I'm not feeling the karma apparently. I really like this style but miss the elegant and refined yeast notes more common in the stalwarts of the style. A good beer nonetheless though a bit malty and nondescript. Double it up and make a tripel I say.

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Photo of chaz01
3.57/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sample tasting at a local beertasting event. Served in a champagne flute glass.

A: light amber, copper color. Thin to medium head, with just a few bubbles rising from the bottom.

S: Sweet malty aroma, with some fruitiness.

T: Nice mellow earthy caramel taste. A little hop bitterness, but not citrusy.

M: Light to medium bodied, refreshing on the palate.

D: I could drink a few of these easily. Very smooth -- nice beer to have on a hot summer day.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.48/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Copper/orange in color with fluffy 2 finger head and nice retention.
Aromas of noble hops, spicy fruits, and a dash of pseudo Belgian yeast.
Taste reminds me of a mild English IPA, noble hop flavor with very mellow bitterness -unique! Nice orange candy sweetness on finish/aftertaste.
Excellent mouthfeel, medium light creamy body and carbonation, nice candy finish.
Very unique BPA, I would pursue this one, most enjoyable noble hop flavor IPA I have enjoyed to date.

Thanks to kstrickler, a great trader for this one!

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

Poured into 16oz goblet. Poured a dark honey-gold color with just over an inch of slightly off-white head that had very good retention and lacing.

The aroma had a nice blend of malt, yeast, spice and hop scents with nothing standing out over the others. Much the same can be said for the flavors, a little bit of everything with nothing standing out.

The body was good, solid but not heavy, tongue coating without being sticky or lingering. Drinkability was good, but I just can't see having more than one at a sitting of these. This is a tasty and interesting brew, one that's worth your time, but doesn't really grab your attention.

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Photo of maximum12
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed on-tap at a fairly new Minneapolis restaurant, the Ginger Hop. Good food, great '80's music, nice beer line-up heavy on the locals (plus Avery). What's not to like?

Glass looks like a pale pour of honey. The smell follows suit, sweet, sweet, with a healthy fruitiness.

Not knowing the style by staring at the tap handle, I initially guessed it was an iteration of a hefe. Light, carbonated, & very fruity, with banana coming out on top in a close race. A summer sipping beer for sure, which only reminded me of the sub-zero temps outside.

Good brew, this one was made for early summer evenings.

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

12 oz bottle to glass tumbler.

The pour is a nice, green/orangish with a soft, off-white head and solid lacing. The nose points to some hints of lemon, fig, and some light brown malts.

A little bit of yeast to round things out, combined with some acidic caramel body. Really soft, easy finish.

A great session beer. A very American-style BPA, but I like it very much.

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Photo of matjack85
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.59. No freshness date.

The beer poured a honey-gold color and made a 1 finger white head that lasted about a minute and left a lot of nice lacing on the glass.

There isn't much smell to this at all. After swirling it around a bit all I could pick up was a whiff of pepper.

The taste is a nice mix of fruitiness, peppery spiciness, and sweet malt. Not much hop flavor as attested to by its very low IBU score of 10. It wasn't all that unbalanced though as the pepper takes the place of the hops as the balancing agent.

The beer is medium bodied with a slightly higher than medium amount of carbonation, keeping it crisp and refreshing. It also has a bit of a spicy finish.

It's a nice change of pace beer that uses pepper in place of hops for balance. Not too heavy, not too light, not too spicy and not too sweet. I could drink a lot of these.

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Photo of huricrane47
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I first smelt this beer it reminded me of strawberry poptarts. Really! The taste was very light and had a dried strawberry taste similar to the smell. There was very little bitterness and the aftertaste dissipated quickly. It is very interesting what flavors yeast can produce. The color is golden and orange with a white head. The mouthfeel is light and the drinkability is high. Session beer? I could down a 6 pack of this easily. It is very nice and could be a good transition beer for people who only drink "light beers" It would also go very well with sushi because it has very little aftertaste. Great beer!

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Photo of BeefyMee
3.76/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

People may not rave about this but it's a nice change of pace beer from Avery. Smells of grains and dried fruit with a little bit of alcohol thrown in. The taste leans towards banana with the graininess asserting itself more in the aftertaste. Finishes sweet and a little soapy. Not very aggressive or ambitious on any front but a good easy drinking Belgian session beer.

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Photo of pweis909
4.32/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 6 of these over the course of several days w/ thanksgiving leftovers.

These beers were consistently light amber in color. Each pour tended to have about a 1 inch head made of rather large bubbles that dissipated fairly quickly. The beers were transparent, although a very small bit of sediment was at the bottom of the bottle and could be seen against the contrast of the white foam. There was little to modest lacing of the glasses I drained.

Aroma was restrained, with some maltiness and fruitiness that were more aparent upon tasting. Refrigeration temperatures were too cold for this beer, as its aromas and flavors really only opened up when I opened a bottle that was cellar temperature (so 50-55 instead of 40-45). Warming brought out bolder biscuity flavors and a more prominent fruitiness.

A crisp, dry finish was common to all pours, which added to the drinkability of the beer.

Serving temperature is important for this beer. Served cold, it would be a lesser brew than I have scored it, still drinkable, but less impressive.

As a side note, the beer held up well to the different flavors of Thanksgiving, including turkey and sweet potatoes, but also left-over turkey served as a Thai style curry.

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Photo of cnjohn19
4.16/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"Here's to being good"...i'll cheers to that...first experience with karma was at Maido in Louisville, KY...shoutout to Jim for the suggestion...

pours with a fluffy white head...great lacing throughout...a honey, tea-like color...excellent

smells of slight lemon zest, strong plum, and a tad or caramel...nothing too exciting

everyone is knocking this beer on here for its (lack of) taste...i think this beer is very enjoyable...very mild taste, but slightly fruity and full of tannins...

this beer excels with its crispness, light carbonation, and overall lite feel...this is probably the first time i disagree with the masses on here...

"Remember, good things DO happen to good people"...

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Photo of ToddT
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Hazy pale copper color topped with a one finger off white head. Head falls to a ring and leaves some spots of lace on the glass.

S- Sweet fruit, apple, pear, peach, malt and Belgian yeast.

T- Slightly sour Belgian funk and first then not much of anything. Some very mild notes of fruit and then a dry slightly sour finish.

M- Light and decent carbonation. Crisp dry citrus finish.

D- At 5.2% ABV it could be very drinkable but there is not enough going on to make me want more than one.

Had such high hopes for this one, first Avery beer that has left me wondering what happened.

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

A: Slightly hazy pale amber, with mild carbonation. A small and soapy bone white head has decent retention and leaves substantial lace.

S: Slightly sour. Lemon and biscuits round things out. Not really much going on here.

T: Very mild. A sourdough malt flavor starts things. A mild lemon tartness follows. There's a hint of sourness in the background. Finishes tart and dry.

M: The light body has very soft carbonation.

D: I honestly didn't enjoy this that much. It felt like it could use about a 50% flavor boost. The light body does make an easy drinker.

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Photo of loren01
2.91/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours an orangish color, not too much head but the head that is there does have good retention.
S: Smell is very faint and its of Belgian yeast
T: Belgian yeast and sweet fruity flavors, finishes slightly sour.
M: Medium bodied beer...quite a lot of carbonation
D: I think I was expecting more out of this beer, all other Avery beers I've had have been pretty tasty. This one isn't bad...however nothing too exciting really either.

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Photo of supercolter
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is average, kinda dark off orange color with a slight amount of head and lacing. Smell is decent with a slight frutiness kinda plum and peach undertones.
Taste is similar with more yeast than expected, but not off-puting. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected, needs a bit more carbonation.
Drinkability is good.

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

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Clear medium orange color. One finger of spritzy head with average retention and minimal lacing.

3.5 S: Nose is surprisingly hoppy with more citrusy than earthy hops. A big of Belgian aroma in the malt, but other than that this is very much an APA.

3.0 T: There's a touch of Belgian-ness in the taste and definitely more than in the nose, but it still tastes more like an APA. The spicy yeastiness is no where to be present. There really isn't much of anything going on. Not much hop character, malts are mundane, and no Belgian flavors.

3.0 M: Medium body. Somewhat creamy and the carbonation isn't as spritzy as I'd like.

3.5 D: I've never been a big fan of Avery and this beer does nothing to change that.

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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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