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 Monkeyknife
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy orange-gold with a huge creamy beige head.

Aroma of berries, cloves, Belgian yeast and sweet malts.

The taste is slightly sweet with Belgian yeast, pears, sweet malts, and berries. Light biscuit and a touch of bitterness at the finish.

Medium bodied, dry, and moderately carbonated.

Quite drinkable but nothing outstanding with this Belgian pale.

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Photo of avalon07
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a decent amount of foamy head. Average lacing.

S: Not an overpowering smell, to say the least. Malt, spices and some light fruit.

T: Surprisingly thin taste. Malt, yeast, spices, but a curiously simple flavor. Fairly uninteresting.

M: A pretty high amount of carbonation and a slick finish. Full-bodied.

D: It's definitely a difficult thing to recreate a Belgian-style beer in the U.S., that much we know. This one just doesn't come close. It's not the worst beer I've ever had, but I certainly expected better.

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Photo of Dalem
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark orange in color with a cloudy clarity. The head is one of those great ones that Avery's always seen to have. About an inch deep, fluffy and thick that melts away at it's own pace leaving a hearty amount of lacing. Malt and yeasty are the main scents with slight notes of honey, pepper and green apple but none of them really jump out.
With the malt taking the lead in the taste the honeyish characteristics come out more in the flavor grabbing right on tight to it. As the beer warms touches of vanilla show up and there's a light hop and pepper qualities in the semi dry finish. As a whole a little more complexity would be cool but it has enough to make it interesting.

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Photo of ccrida
4.23/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Karma is a pale orange brown with a very large, off-white head, fluffy and long lasting, very rocky as it slooowly settled, leaving big hunks of foam. Authentic, rustic farmhouse for sure, down to the suspended particles.

Smell is all fruity esters, tangerine and lime, some spiciness as well.

Taste is estery as well, but it really brings out the malt, caramel and bread, a bit of a hoppy bite that flirts with metal but I think is just the yeast for which this beer is a showcase. Really pretty nice, I can see how it wouldn't be for everyone, the fruity tang is pleasantly familar, and one of the reasons I really enjoy this style of farmhouse, a darker saison on the beire de garde.

Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, attenuated by the dry finish.

Drinkability is pretty high, although I only had the one bottle, this would be a great choice for BBQs, thirst quenching, enough flavor to stand up to grilled food, and what it's Belgian brethren lack, value packaged. If I hadn't been drinking my homebrewed saison all summer, I would have probably leaned on this. I really dig such full flavor and reasonable ABV.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.86/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A friend tossed me one of these in trade for a Grimbergen.

Poured a orangish amber with about a finger of white head. Head is thick and retention is very good. Head lasted the entire beer, and left fluffy lacing. Looks cool.

Smell is of bananas and spice.

Taste is interesting, banana is the one flavor that really comes across. Banana doesn't dominate, and theres a subtle mix of other flavors including spice, yeast, and bread.

Mouthfeel is good. A bit more crisp than I'd prefer with this style but with the light to medium body it drinks well enough.

Drinkability is good. I could have one or two of these in a row but thats it. Easy to drink.

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

Cloudy amber colored beer with a very slow fading head.Aroma is hoppy and citrusy.Taste also is citrus,banana and perhaps a smidge of cherries.This is an OK beer that's not going to blow anybody away.I might try again but there are still many many other beers to try!!

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

A: Pours a light copper color with a tight bone-colored head. There is some lacings left on the glass as I slowly savor the brew.

S: Tangy, yeasty and sweet smell, some underlying corn and grain in the mix.

T: Semi-sweet, spicy, with pear and bubble gum flavors and Belgian yeast.

M: You can feel the bubbles from the carbonation, and it finishes dry.

Overall a decent brew, an easy to drink with a cool label. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of treyrab
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my Ommegang chalice...

A: Hazy medium colored copper with a two finger head that does not last very long. The carbonation is actively flowing up the glass keeping a decent skim of head atop the beer.

S: The smell is rather light here, but I am definitely picking up the Belgian yeast and fruit flavors. Cherry flavors is hitting me for some reason...along with banana and pale malt offerings here.

T: The taste is pretty light here but has a slight kick on the finish. The banana and cloves really come through pretty well here as does the yeast funk.

Overall, this is a pretty solid brew. Nothing special, but worth a try for sure. The mouthfeel is very good with nice carbonation and a medium body. The beer is lacing pretty well too!

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Photo of AMo
2.99/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Avery Karma pours a dark orangish peach with a short lasting fuzzy head. The smell is faint and bitter. Taste is pleasant for the most part. Its lightly hopped with a faint bitter after taste. Mouthfeel has a medium carbonation with a smooth bubbly feel. Overall drinkability is ok, but for the most part it looks a lot better than it is. This brew is worth trying by adding a single to a mixed six pack, but a full six is probably more that most would want to try.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this in the Avery variety case from Bryn Mawr Beverage in Brwn Mawr, PA and poured it into a flared pint glass.
Appearance: The body was a clear amber topped off with a good sized fluffy white head. The retention was good but left not much lace.
Smell: Kinda smokey (I drank this at home not in a smokey bar), hops that were most likely American, but not citrusy or piney.
Taste: Fruity, perhaps strawberry, sweet malt.
Mouthfeel: Smooth.
Drinkability: Better than I expected.
Don't drink and review.

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

Pours out clear a crisp with two fingers of white suds on top of the yellow to amber brew.
Smell is fruity hops and grapefruit with a sugary malt and slight alcohol finish.
Taste is kind of sweet at first then a sourness hits.Taste is hard to describe because the flavor is subtle. I get a rasberry fruityness then mabey some grapefruit. Not much malt or sugar in the aftertaste. Kind of bland.
Drinkability is OK here as I would like to try it on tap somewhere to reasses my review.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.12/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Chilled to approx. 45 degrees

Nice clear golden brown color. Two finger off-white head that leaves some nice lacing.

Spicy citrus notes are all but overpowered by bubblegum scents. A tiny bit of malt pokes through.

A small bit of spice notes right up front give way to the bubblegum/citrus flavor combo and are then followed by a light hoppy bite at the end.

Nice and creamy with a great carbonation level.

Could be a good session beer. I would have a problem with the hoppy bite it has, but could probably get around it, as it is minimal.

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Photo of ckaufman
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pouered a deep copper color with a 1 finger off-white head. Minimal lacing with hardly any retention.

I smell a spiced hopiness with an undertone of sweet molasses.

This beer is very complex in taste. Traces of spice and flowers at the beginning trailing off to a sweet malt backbone. In the end, the sweetness overtakes the spice.

I found Karma to be sweet in the mouth and rather on the "thick" side for a Belgian style pale ale. Minimal carbonation as well.

I must say the drinkability is rather high. This one slides right down with nothing outstanding or anything outright distracting from the taste.

I might buy another "single" of this brew, but never a "sixer" or a case.

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Photo of kinger
2.26/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Another case of where looks are deceiving, this is a below average beer and a really poor example of a Belgian Ale. Pour was delightful, nice copper color with a huge off white head, nice lacing and steady carbonation. Aroma is weak but a sweetness can be detected and that's it. Mouthfeel is watery and thin with a really watery finish. Flavor is really mild and uneventful. As I drink this I keep telling myself that there is nothing here, hard to describe except that it's very weak.

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Photo of JamesS
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice copper color with some good lacing and nice head. It had a very nice hoppy, if not strong or deep, aroma, although with very little else to it. Nice taste, slightly hoppy, along the lines of a weaker ESB, but again, like the scent, nothing strong, just a good, decent pale ale. It went down very nicely, however, a very smooth beer.

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

This poured a slightly hazy amber with light tan head. It smelled like grassy, yeasty lime hops with barley malt. It tasted like yeasty lemon hops with earthy malt. It was watery with moderate carbonation, and had a lasting bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was somewhat typical of a Belgian ale. It was clean and easy to drink, but just wasn't terribly enjoyable.

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

A-Poured a deep orange amber with a 1 finger off-white head and decent lacing.

S-Hoppy with a slight hint of citrus.

T-Mild hops and not a whole lot of other flavor.

M-Nice smooth mouth feel, low carbonation.

D-Not a bad beer I suppose, just not a whole bunch of flavor. Not to much else to say if that says anything.

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

a: cloudy gold, thick frothy head.

s: weak nose. malty and sweet.

t: toasted malt, honey, spicy with some mild belgian yeastiness in the finish.

m: light and refreshing.

d: an ok beer. fairly complex flavor, not bad for a light Belgian style brew. Easy drinking, very accessible.

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

Slightly hazy pumpkin orange with very little head. Smell is yeasty and just a bit bready--maybe a little like a hefeweizen. The taste is rather weak--just not much there at all. There is nothing bad/offensive, but nothing exciting or interesting, either. I don't have much to say about the beer itself; there just isn't much there to comment on. So instead, here's a practical point.

This might be a good beer to offer people who have only had macro lagers previously. It is a craft beer. It is slightly darker than lagers. And, there isn't anything there for anyone to dislike. It's not even as flavorful as Sierra Pale Ale or even Sam Adams--the two most common transition-from-junk-to-good-beer beers. It's not hoppy at all, though, so it would be a better choice for transitioning to Belgian styles.

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Photo of HoppyMcStout
2.7/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was my first Belgian Pale, so my review might be a little off. It was a little darker than I was expecting. A nice kick from the hops were immediately noticeable, but then this sort of weird vibe I couldn't really identify...malts where I wasn't expecting any. It just didn't have the balance that I was looking for.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Avery Karma Ale

This beer poured a beautiful medium amber/copper color with a one finger foamy off white head that lingered momentarily then faded to a wispy 1/8th inch film across the top of the beer. Some carbonation was visible within the ale and it was slightly hazy but certainly not cloudy.

Aroma was not that strong and smelled only of light malt of perhaps crackers. I also detected a slight fruity aroma that almost reminded me of cherries or some other variety of berries. (Not really a sweet smell though)

First thing I noticed about the taste is that it's not nearly as "big" as the other Avery offerings I've had. Flavor is more subdued and starts malty sweet with the same slight fruit/cherry notes that I detected in the aroma. Not much hop character to speak of but it's still fairly balanced as the malt flavor isn't too strong either.

Finishes rather crisply and doesn't remind me of any Belgian I've ever had.

The lingering flavor is of slightly sour cherries which may be coming from the Belgian yeast I assume they used.

Mouthfeel is fairly light and it has decent drinkability.

It's ok.

Not to be avoided and not to be sought out.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
2.57/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a glass tumbler at cellar temperature.

Very nice appearance, golden and crystal clear with a nice fluffy head leaving no lacing.

Fruity citrus and grainy aroma. Taste is flat, stale with a little bit fruitiness and biscuity grainy flavor and a slightly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel is sour, with a bit of carbonic bite.

Drinkability is really poor. Surprising that this category can some of my favorite beers and also some of the worst example. Take a pass.

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Photo of stephens101
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I always anticipate when a new Avery hits the shelf. This one pours a reddish orange and is topped off by an off-white two-finger head that fades somewhat expediently and leaves a swirly line of lacing behind. Smells of sweet malts, oranges, grapefruit, pears and a bit of spice. Taste is sweet, malty and citrusy. There's some toastiness involved, along with a slight, almost unnoticeable hop bitterness. Mouth-feel is light to medium bodied and carbonation is average. This beer goes down smooth. Avery seems to hit triples and homers with their bigger brews, and singles and doubles with their smaller brews. While this is a good brew that I really can't find fault with, it's not on par with some of their other offerings. That being said, it is very possible that the magnitude of their bigger beers could be skewing my perception. Either way, this is an enjoyable brew that should please any palate.

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Photo of timbro81
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear light copper/orange color with a pleasant 1/2 inch head that quickly settles to a film of a layer. Carbonation is a bit on the low side. Smell is great, sweet malty notes of candied cherries, alcohol, and something else that I can't grasp. Mouth feel is light to med./light. Once its in the mouth it is deceiving in that it feels bigger than it really is. The sweet malts are much tamer and some spicey hops come into play for balance. The aftertaste is a little weak, but this doesn't detract from the overall experience too much.

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Photo of andreasmwatt
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5






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Karma Belgian Style Pale Ale from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 996 ratings