Karma Belgian Style Pale Ale | Avery Brewing Company

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Karma Belgian Style Pale AleKarma Belgian Style Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
992
Reviews:
490
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
12.94%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
47
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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.64/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - pleasant darker orange color. Not much head after a decant-type pour. A few bubbles up top and a white collar. A few speckles of lace.

Aroma - had a sweet fruitiness coming out of the bottle but everything here has just about shut down after a minute or so. A faint sweet breath of grain and yeast, its very hard to get particulars on though.

Taste - hm. Watery grain, light or low malt levels. A bite of hops but it too comes across diluted. Almost a soda water taste here. Nothing new on the swallow, the fiinish is as boring as everything else. Maybe this beer's a victim of too many big-beered counterparts. I get a light flavorful touch of yeast now and then. This is a like a Belgian Light.

Mouthfeel - thin, gassy, neither helps nor hurts.

Drinkability - nothing wrong with it, but I'm just used to more flavor, especially from Avery.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.07/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy orange and copper nectar flows into my glass. Some sediment/yeasties down at the bottom found their way into my glass too. No objections.

A fine creamy head hugs the side of the glass for a few minutes, but has dissapeared into lacing in the middle.

Wheat, malty aroma. Biscuit, cornbread maybe? A swirl reveals the smallest metallic twang and more sweet bread.

Crisp and thoroughly carbonated. Flavor is mild bread and wheat, with a sweet honey characteristic. Caramel/butterscotch in the finish.

Very tasty and good drinkability. Certainly not true to what I think of a Belgian PA, but a good Americanized take on it.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice frothy head that stays for a while.

Nice fruityness that's strong. However, there is no real distinguishable phenol. No banana phenol or cloviness. Grapefruit emerges as the beer warms.

The beer has a strong grapefruit taste. It has little amount of belgian funk. Sort of a grassy and lemony twang comes next. Mild amount of coriander. Dry bitterness follows at the end mildly.

Mouthfeel is not as crisp or fullas most belgians, but it does have a typical dryness.

Not a bad beer at all. Very American interpretation of the style.

A little bit of an offputting bitterness to the beer. A little dry tannins get in the way as the beer warms.

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

The Karma pours a hazy orange with a short foam head and some dialed in lacing. The aroma was spicy but couldn't pull much else out. The flavor was malt dominated with a lemony taste to it. In the mouth it finishes spicy and leaves a mark on the tongue and back of the throat. It was a very enjoyable Belgian style pale ale.

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Photo of melmoth100
3.09/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip-style glass.

A - an excellent-looking beer, with deep amber hues and a thick, foamy head. Head was a very light yellow, 3 fingers. Large bubbles. Sediment observed toward the dregs of the bottle. Good legs.

S - Malt, maybe some apples. Mild, close to odorless. Nothing jumps out at you.

T - Malty, almost watery. Not complex. Underwhelming. Yeasty aftertaste.

M - Thick to start, but a watery finish. Thirst-quenching.

D - This would be a good beer to drink if you were really thirsty, like after playing softball in the summer.

Overall, this beer was a disappointment. Just not enough character.

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

Opened 12 fl oz bottle, poured into snifter glass.

Nice off-white 1" layer of creamy foam across top of brew, head died down slowly. Color is a hazy amber.

Smell is somewhat simple - malty. Brew has nice fresh malty taste. Nothing major. All in all, it is a good tasting beer, but there is nothing that makes this one stand out, especially in this style.

Finish is nice and mellow, no aftertaste. Pretty drinkable. A good alternative to BMC beers.

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Photo of Drew966
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Karma pours a light orange color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. I'm not getting much from the aroma, some sweet malt is noticeable. Lots of sweet malt some hops and some citrus are what come through in the flavor to me. A decent beer, but not very exciting. Worth a try.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour was a golden coppery color with a thick, fluffy white head. The smell was fruity(apples) with hints of bananas and spices. The taste was fruits and bready. The mouthfeel was medium body with medium carbonation. Overall drinkability was good. I actually thought this was a nice beer.

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

Appearance: Copper-gold brew with a minimal head. Plenty of yeast floating.

Smell: Apples, citrus and sweet malt

Taste: Yeasty bread like flavor with a fruit-herbal background

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Not too bad, but seemed to be missing that facet of character that would make it stand out.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light amber, thick head, though the bubbles are a little too big in my opinion, the head leaves minimal Belgian lace.

S: Light fruity, estery smell, some apple, and a pickle kind of smell that reminded me of Golden Monkey, but much less than in the former.

T: Typical light apple and pear esters, had a really nice aftertaste that reminded me a lot of Golden Delicious yellow apples, but not as good overall, as some of the better Belgian Pale Ales that I have had.

M: A little to thin, light, spritzy, for my tastes, but not horrible.

D: An OK beer, not one of Avery's best, but drinkable and thirst-quenching, even though there was not as much complexity as I had hoped for.

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Photo of mnfinnkidd
2.38/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in Tunic

Eye:3/8" White Head with good head retention. Clear amber in color. Light Lacing

Nose:Aroma of stale nuts. Cranberries.

Mouthfeel: Heavy in the front and clean off the back of the tongue

Taste: Estersy, banana. Enough bitterness to balance. Malt is forward. Caramel hints.

Overall: Would be good to have one or two but the ester character is too much for many more than that....

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Photo of goochpunch
2.78/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a slightly hazed and effervescent copper with a tight and foamy head that leaves some decent lacing. Smell is really faint with some soft caramel malts, a touch of toast, and some spicy and fruity esters. I get a good deal of banana. Flavor is just so faint with really tame malts and with the yeasty esters and phenols overtaking what little grain backbone is there. Turns watery toward the end of each sip. Just kind of bland. Mouthfeel is pretty light and fizzy yet has a bit of a sticky edge. Overall, this is not impressive, but I could pound a few of these easily.

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Photo of sfoley333
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from 12oz bottle into a Biere du Boucanier glass. Poured Copper with an orange tint and a nice two finger head with a little lace. Smells malty biscuit and small mild spice backing in the aroma. Taste nice sweet malt flavor with a little citrus and spice but not very bitter or overdone. Mouth feel is light to medium body with a nice carbonation level, a very drinkable beer but not the best from Avery.

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Photo of morimech
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish, golden color with a one-fingered head that quickly goes away and leaves little lacing. Is this unfliterd or bottle-conditioned? Has particulate matter floating about.

Not a lot going on in the aroma department. Sweet malt and fruity smell.

The taste is very mellow. Sweet malt and fruity esters with a little yeast. Nothing pronounced or overwhelming. It goes done easy, crisp and clean. Nicely proportioned body and carbonation.

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Photo of dogger6253
3.91/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey colored and hazy - golden. A very pillowy head, white colored with some nice lacing left behind. Honey, caramel and hops in the smell.

The taste has a bit of hops, bits of caramel and honey, some green apples and green grapes. Syrupy feel to it all, medium body and moderately carbonated. This is easily drinkable, refreshing and overall very good.

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

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangey-copper body with a lush, though short-lived white head.

Smell: An aroma that's a mixture of honey, grape bubblegum, and pineapple juice.

Taste: Starts with a light caramel sweetness that thins out into the grape and pineapple fruit flavors. A light hint of citrus comes and goes. There's a light, leafy hop taste and bitterness near the drying finish. I gotta say, for being a mere 5.2% alcohol, you can really taste and feel it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It started out alright, but slowly became a chore to finish. I suggest having a friend on hand to split the bottle with.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks almost a pale reddish, pale amber.

not a big smell but some spicy floral notes.

weak taste, was expecting something bigger, but this beer is light, refreshing, crisp, with a belgian taste.

Good drinkable beer, wouldnt want a six pack of it though.

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

12 ounce bottle from Beverage Warehouse in Los Angeles

Poured into a chilled pint glass

Looked a reddish brown color with some sweet taste, but not too much

Nice tasting Belgian, especially for a pale

Taste lasted nice and long as well

Could drink a lot of these and had to pace myself in order to not drink it in five minutes

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a slightly hazy amber-orange color with a huge, frothy off-white head. Smell is not overwhelming but is generally sweet, slightly fruity and spicy. The taste is very similar to the nose; an initial sweetness that lingers throughout the taste, complemented by slight bittering hops and a mild spice flavor. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a foamy carbonation. Overall drinkability is pretty high, goes down easy and smooth. Nothing outstanding but definitely worth trying.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a beautiful reddish copper color with a nice off-white head. The aroma is a little faint but provides a sweet fruity malt with a touch of citrus and spices. The taste is malt with some citrus and a very dry finish. Overall, this is a decent brew that is worth a try.

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Photo of woemad
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased about a month ago from Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.59.

Poured a hazy orange color into a oversized wineglass. An inch of off-white, bubbly foam is created and slowly dissipates.

Honey-ish sweet maltiness and fruity esters that slightly remind me of canteloupe greets my nostrils. Also some grassiness and a perfumy spiciness can be sniffed.

A softly sweet taste hits the tastebuds at the beginning of the sip. Then there's a slight spicy flavor that balances the sweetness. A pleasing, casual dryness makes itself felt at the swallow. Not a flavor bomb, but still tasty.

The body's fairly light, as I expected, with just right amount of effervescence in the mouthfeel.

Unlike a lot of reviewers, I was actually pleased with this beer, and found it quite drinkable. It's not a huge flavor bomb, and those looking for a great Belgian beer experience would undoubtebly find it lacking. But as a beer to accompany an unpretentious lunch, I found it quite enjoyable.

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

Orange. Very bland orange color with a far beyond adequate head. Smell is reasonable, with some nice fruity esters, but there is a presence of cardboard in there as well. Taste follows suit initially offering a nice, biscuity malt sweetness not dissimilar to another Colorado fave, but after a few seconds the flat cardboard thing kicks in. Finish is mild citric hops. Mouthfeel is fine, but I don't see myself buying this again. You can bring some over if you want, though.

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

Pours a deep amber/orange. Light head dissipates quickly.

Nose has a bit of barnyard and sweet tea.

First taste is bready malt. The mouthfeel is decent, rather soft but fairly full. Provides some tea flavors, a hint of bready malts continue on through...but then lacks the hops to clear it out and seal the deal. Is this really an Avery beer??

The beer is easy drinking and somewhat tasty, probably the session beer from Avery, but still can't believe there isn't more hops in here. Avery is one of the hop kings! The belgian yeast does not assert itself also.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very attractive dark orange/copper color, fairly clear brew with a big head and good retention. Some sediment remains in the bottle.

Floral, sweet aromas of hops, a hint of lightly sweetened raw honey in the malt profile, and lightly peppered with a hint of spicing as well. The flavor is nutty, light as in wheaty, yeasty and very slightly puckering. Actually a little disappointing, not necessarily in depth but in the power of the flavor. Husky tannins are all over the finish, leave a not terrific flavor in the mouth, though since it's so light it's not a big deal.

Easy to drink, but perhaps you'll be left wanting more. The bottle implies that the hops are Belgian in origin, but there's none of the peppery flavor I'm used to from those, while the malts are basically too light to do much of anything. With the overload of tannins left in the mouth, not a great brew overall.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy blood orange brew topped with a fat and foamy two finger head that recedes fairly quickly leaving some nice lace in it's wake. A quick swirl brings back a full foamy finger.

S - Fruity notes dominate this nose with nuances of cherry, strawberry shortcake malt, and loads of raspberries. Smells nothing at all like what I've come to expect from a BPA, but it smells good!

T - Tastes more like an American pale ale with some raspberry and rhubarb flavors than a BPA, not a bad thing for me since I love APAs, but it just doesn't strike me as Belgian. Somewhat unique with it's flavors of tobacco, raspberry, and rhubarb, but ...I would have called this a standard pale ale in a blind tasting as it has (other than intense fruitiness) no real Belgian qualities at all. Big fruity hops are the major player here.

M - Pretty average pale ale mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation with a light to medium body and hoppy but only slightly dry finish.

D - Nothing really stands out other than the nice fruity nose. I could session this without any problems, but it's way off for the style.

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Karma Belgian Style Pale Ale from Avery Brewing Company
3.4 out of 5 based on 992 ratings.
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