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 Beejay
3.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden copper in color. Nice white head that seems to fade a little bit, but hasn't gone away.

S: Sweet, fruity, with a little bit of hops in the background.

T: Sweet and fruity, with just a little sour kick at the end. Nice and mellow with a yeasty finish.

M: Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation.

D: Good, but not amazing. A good brew, but not something I am going to go out of my way for.

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

A: Clear orange/amber color. Poured a 3 finger light tan head that dissipated slowly to a 1 finger cap. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Honey and green apple up front. Toasted malt notes follow. Faint spices, citrus and yeast in the foundation.

T: Sweet honey is prominent followed by green apples and orange peel. Peppery bitter in a crisp finish.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Refreshing crisp, relatively clean finish for so many fruit flavorsness.

D: Decent drinkable beer. Very easy to drink and flavorful. More/different malt flavors would bring it better balance..

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

crystal clear orange copper color with a fizzy off white head that quickly goes

smells of melons, cantaloupe mostly and tropical fruits

very fruity flavors melon again and lush succulent tropicals like mango

medium mouthfeel

very drinkable but too much fruit, it's like a wine cooler, very much an Americanized belgian, and there's nothing wrong with that.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 10oz weizen glass. Orange/copper hue, with very good carbonation, but a thin head. The smell was citrus fruity mixed with some clove-like spiciness, but I expected a little more, given the Belgian yeast strain used. The taste was the same as the nose at the start, but it was followed up by a crisp mildly hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel was very good, although I think that the excessive carbonation took away from the flavor a tad. A nice crisp, easy-drinking beer.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.57/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into red wine glass.

A - Orange/amber with a slight haze. About a finger of white head rises and falls to a thin persistent cap. Some lacing.

S - Somewhat sweet. Honey and apples jump out immediately backed with nutty and mild toasted aromas. Faint spice hides in the corners with a bit of yeasty chalkiness. Aside from the honey/apple aroma everything is a bit subtle.

T - Honey comes on somewhat strong at first followed by some fruity and medicinal flavor; something like granny smith apples with grass clippings and chalk. Late palate yeilds light peppery and herbal spiciness with a touch of bitterness.

M - Light to medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Very refreshing with a certain crispness to it.

D - Karma is nothing remarkable or mindblowing, but it is pretty drinkable. Decent flavors going on even if somewhat restrained. A reasonable quaffer with some Belgian flare.

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Photo of Brenden
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours out a cloudy coppery-orange. A nice head that retains well leaves a few patches of sticky lacing behind. There aren't so much "floaties" in here as there are "sit on the bottomies."
There's some sweetness in the aroma that's got nice complexity without being overbearing. Dark fruits, gentle sweet spices as well as a firmer spiciness, perhaps honey, and a light alcohol note are all in the nose.
The taste is a little stronger with a little more substance to it. It's a little nuttier with a little more evident hops presence. There's a little bit of astringency and a sour note to the bitterness, though. It's a nice flavor with a little something marring it just slightly.
The body is on the light end of moderate, and there's a pretty nice crispness to it.
At a low ABV with a decent balance and flavor, this one's got plenty of drinkability. There are certainly Belgian Pales I'd pick out first, but this isn't one to scorn by any means.

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

Pours a hazy orange color with a very carbonated thin head that fades quickly to a ring. No lacing. Smells and tastes like a Belgian but mild. Fruit and Belgian yeasts are apparent as is a little peppery spiciness.

On the whole, the taste is pretty subdued, but there is an alcohol presence like you would find in a much stronger Belgian.

Mouthfeel is about average. Drinkability is ok, this is a fairly pleasant experience - but nothing stands out.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish/golden/copper color with a thin head that turns to a skim quickly, leaving a few splashes and splotches of lace on the glass.

Aroma is full of fruit and a flowery essence, with pear, apple and, considering it's only 5.2%, a surprising alcohol tweak. Fruit flavors pop brightly, as expected when using a Belgian yeast strain. Not feeling a ton of depth through the nose, though.

Flavor is a let down, considering the brewery and the style. A fruity essence comes in first and remains the main feature, but rather than feeling like it's imparted by the yeast, it feels like fruit juice was used. Or something less natural. The malt feels wimpy. Hops are hardly there. A bit of tart/sour in the finish. In the end I feel like I'm drinking a good fruit soda. Unfortunately, I didn't want a good fruit soda, I wanted a great Belgian-style ale by a brewery who usually does much better. A pretty ho-hum flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is okay, although too carbonated. Feels like a soft drink. (I always wondered why sodas are called soft drinks...their carbonation is usually anything but soft. Maybe because they act as an alternative to alcoholic beverages?)

Avery has spoiled us with some mindblowing beers, and their average is better than most other brewers' average. If I compare Karma to what a Magic Hat Belgian pale ale might taste like, it's not really a slam on Magic Hat, but M.H. stuff rarely touches the heights of Avery, so it's weird to see Avery release something on this level. Decent drinkability, as there's nothing way off or offensive here, and the alcohol level is reasonable...it's just not that tasty, it's leagues below what they were shooting for, and I personally wouldn't return. My least favorite Avery beer by a wide margin.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, no freshness date, nice ditty about the beer on the label

Appearance: Dark burnt orange beer with a decent off white head which soon fades to a thick film with decent retention

Smell: Much maltier than I expected from the description on the bottle...very nice (if simple) toasted malt aromas, quite similar to brew day when using a large percentage of toasted malts; fresh and grainy, with just a bit of nondescript tart fruit...as nice as that is, there's not much else going on here.

Taste: Quite sweet toasted malts, some very mild fruitiness (peach)...honestly, not a lot going on here...it's not bad, but it's one-dimensional and a bit too sweet for me

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, more carbonated than it looks in the glass

Drinkability: I'm glad I only got one in a mixed-pack...

Conclusion: Avery's brews are very hit-or-miss for me...this is one of the misses...it's just not all that good IMO

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Photo of BierFan
3.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Slightly hazy amber/copper colored body, light tan head. It smells very fruity to me. Mango and citrus aromas are especially strong. Belgian yeast taste. Maybe a little apple as well. Spicy yeast in the finish.

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Photo of HopsRunner
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First review ever.

A: Amber Orange color. Looked very much like a shocktop. The head was very light and white

S: The smell was very inviting with citrus.

T: The taste was surprising at first with a citrus tones and very crisp. Also a light beer that (after seing someone elses post) would be a good intro beer for someone who enjoys Coors and what not.

M: Carbonated a little to much for my taste. I do like stouts and nitros so this should explain why.

D: Overall a good beer. One i would recommend to at least try

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Photo of brewdoc75
3.76/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up as a single at Cellars in Eagan, Minnesota. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Orange-amber with a generous fluffy white head. Moderate carbonation. Looks quite nice.

S: Not a ton of aroma, but I get a hint of tart cherry and some pilsner malt. Some faint fruitiness. Not a ton of yeast character. I get a touch of sulfur as well.

T: Much more flavor than the nose would imply. Pleasant slightly tart fruits with some cherry and apple tones. Beautifully sweet malts, not too overpowering. Not a lot of spice or phenols, a bit would have been nice. The hops add a subtle spiciness with great balancing bitterness.

M: Light bodied and dry finishing. Great "summer" mouthfeel.

D: A solid representative of a style I feel is underbrewed in the US. Not stellar, but pretty good. I would like a bit more yeast character and this is a winner. I'll buy it again though.

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Photo of stewart124
3.57/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

highly carbonated with a somewhat dense head. Color is golden orange with visible carbonation.

Nose is grassy, floral and slightly citrus with a straw note.

The taste is light and ever so fruity with clementine coming to mind. There is a bit of tartness in the initial taste and a sour note but overall this finishes dry with bits of lemon and slight spice.

The hops are present and add a spiciness to this beer. Probably not huge in the hop department but the high carbnation and dry finish bring the hops out.

Refreshing and easy to drink. Nice solid belgian pale ale.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Irish Pol... supposedly a newer formulation from Avery

A: Dark golden orange, almost appricot in color.

S: Dried appricot, a little yeasty and bready note. Piney Hops are there.

T: Hmmm... not really a Belgian. I have an appricoty, sometimes faint peachy taste. Yeasty breads and a west coast hop flavor. Very earthy, strawlike backbone.

M: Light, crisp, refreshing, creamy... not really Belgian though.

D: The hard to pin down as belgian style ignored, the beer is light, crisp and refreshing. A good summer brew.

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Photo of tronester
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange, with a medium off-white head. Rather dark for a Belgian Pale Ale. Smells of phenolic yeast strain. Taste is light, salty, with a thin crisp malt middle. A hint of pepper and banana in the finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, average carbonation levels. Drinkability is good, very light and unoffensive, but not that much flavor. I would drink this again, but wouldn't specifically seek it out.

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

A rather bright orange brown. As with others, I expected a lighter brew. Rather effervescent, with the bubbles feeding a white head with bubbles of many sizes. Decent spider web lacing.

Lots of dusty yeast to the aroma, with hints of doughy sweetness. Green apple peel. Grapes. Raw honey. Slight nose-piquing spice.

Apple. Citrus character increases with warming. A little bit of spice, peppery, with clove. Some grassy hop bittering - crisp - enters, and leads into a dusty yeast finish, a spiced dry quality. Yeast quality builds, and becomes a bit sickly, heavy.

Lots of carbonation, maybe a bit too much. By the end there is a juxtaposition of prickly carbonation and carbonation that has become creamy.

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Photo of mikedashg
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a golden yellow with a white fluffy head from a 12oz bottle into my pint glass. No cloudyness, very clear.

S- Sweet Honey, Lemon, Hops

T- Similar to nose, some spice, very very low in belgian yeast flavor.

M - low to moderate carbonation. Very light mouthfeel. Almost watery.

D - Not bad. Pretty easy drinker. Kind of refreshing. Slightly above average brew. Not too overpowering. Would be great intro brew to those who usually drink bud/miller/coors

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Photo of jwc215
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazed amber with a thin layer of a head. The head becomes a small, isolated patch. Some lacing slides down the glass without sticking.

The smell is sweet and fruity with some herbal spicing and bubblegum. There's a hint of caramel and pepper as well.

The taste is of mild sweetness and fruitiness with a touch of bubblegum. There is a peppery, herbal, slightly metallic tinge in the finish.

Light-bodied and slightly watery, the carbonation is effervescent-ish.

Although it doesn't last too long, not too thrilled with the mildly peppery, slightly tinny, aftertaste. While not a "bad" attempt at a "Belgian" pale, it just doesn't make me want to have another, though one drank fine enough I suppose. Not too crazy about how things came together here, a bit watery, and if they were going for marginally Belgian-esque, well that's what it is.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.3/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprising amber/orange color (was expecting a light yellow); small white head but good amount of carbonation visible

Belgian yeast and mixed berries

Taste & Mouthfeel
Nicely balanced and refreshing; I really enjoy how the Belgian yeast flavors are not going overboard on this beer like they do on many others; good fruitiness throughout mixed with a subtle herbal hop spiciness; drinkability is high on this one thanks to the balance of flavors; carbonation level is good and the body is light

Karma surprised me by how good and drinkable it is. The overall balance of flavors is so well done that it keeps the ale very satisfying and leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hazy orange color with a decent rimming of white head.
Smell has some spiced clove and coriander with some dark fruit rind.
Taste has some spiced notes throughout with a faint bitter at the end.
Finish is a little muddy, there is some spice left as an after-taste.
Drinks pretty well, some of the spice makes it tougher to get down at times.

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

Bottle to pint glass.

A: Nice white, two+ finger head disappears quickly. Not much lacing. Really nice cloudy copper color.

S: Bready, finishing with hints of fruit - orange and maybe a little raisin.

T: Fairly crisp at first, slightly sour with some citrus all the way through. Minimal hops. Decent tart finish.

M: Light at the beginning but increases to a medium feel. Leaves your mouth a little watery.

D: A decent beer, but not great on its own. Flavors are enhanced when paired with a creamy cheese.

Overall not a bad beer and much better with food.

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Photo of argock
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear oversized wine glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at Ancona's (Ridgefield, CT) for $1.85.

A: Beautiful golden-amber hue with thick, 2-finger light amber head with decent retention and lacing.

S: Delicious sweet aromas of bananas, Golden Delicious apples, and pears are met with mellow orange citrus and herbal, earthy hops notes

T: Unfortunately the taste falls flat, particularly for the aroma profile and the style. FLavor is woody and cardboardy with only slight improvement with warming. The earthiness of the hops overwhelms the fruity malt and yeast flavors that barely poke through.

M: Mouthfeel is slightly above-average with light-medium body and ample active carbonation. Aftertaste is woody and lightly fruity.

D: Not in the league of the best Belgian pale ales, and not really on target for the style (not yeasty, not crisp, not sharp hops flavors), but enjoyable for what it is.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich amber, with a very modest head. Nothing all too extraordinary, but it is a pleasant hue.

S + T: Leafy, somewhat herbal hops with a soft fruitiness. There's a honey-like sweetness. Some grainy malts back it all up, making for a fairly nice balance.

M + D: Just a bit of prickly carbonation, along with a smooth, medium body. Nice enough flavour, mellow drinking experience. It's a solid, accessible beer if nothing else. Not too shabby!

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep, bright orange-amber color with one to two fingers of creamy off-white head that quickly diminishes to next to nothing. Looks tasty enough.

Nose is sweet malt with honey. As the beer warms, a fruity, slightly funky yeast character starts to show. Taste is lightly fruity up front, with subtle notes of strawberry. There's a light watery banana flavor in the background. Aftertaste seems a bit off, but I can't put my finger on just what.

Light to medium bodied, leaning toward light. Smooth and almost creamy, with a bit of oily slickness. Drinkability is hurt by the off aftertaste, but the light fruitiness of this beer helps.

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Photo of originalsin
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a pretty clear bronze color with a nice cloudy white head that doesn't retain very well. It doesn't lace particularly well either.
It's pretty spicy on the nose--there are also some balancing notes of caramel and various dark fruits.
The taste is pretty unlike the nose--the spiciness that I sort of expected doesn't really come through. Instead, the caramel malt really comes through on the onset and then it's followed by some floral notes in addition to some dark fruit. Plum, perhaps.
It's light to medium bodied and is pretty drinkable all in all. Goes down quite smooth and easy.
Notes: This isn't a bad beer. It's smells and tastes ok and goes down really easy. I don't think I'd buy it again but I won't hold this one against Avery. There are simply too many good belgian pales out there to justify buying this on the regular.

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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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