Karma Belgian Style Pale Ale | Avery Brewing Company

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

Clear copper. Small beige head. Spotty lace. Aroma is earthy and robust. Elemental. But there's also a whiff of a perfume-like hop presence. Interesting and good. Medium full body. Lightly carbonated. Flavor is unique and good. Almost an American kind of hop presence, though I don't know if American hops were used. They impart a slight mintiness and fragrance. Malts underneath are sweet and biscuity. Good foundation. And good overall balance of flavors. Good beer.

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Photo of IntriqKen
2.19/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I love Avery....I don't love this.
Pours golden amber with a decent white head that melts to a wonderful sticky lacing.
There is something off in the aroma...maybe it's old, but I don't think so...nose is hit with malts and wet cardboard.
Taste is flat...sweet malt....tiny hops at the end..nothing else.
perhaps a bad beer and maybe oxidized, but it had just arrived at my store so should have been fresh unless the distributor passed off something taking from somewhere else. Unfortunately Avery doesn't date stamp their bottles for me to tell.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single at Brennan's on University here in Madison.

Pours a light amber with a finger or so of khaki foam. Nose has some buttery diacetyl, caramel malt and "fruit". Taste mirrors the nose, fruity malt with a diacetyl twang. Where's the yeast? Where are those esters? Mouthfeel is velvety and tingly on the tongue. This isn't much of a Belgian Pale Ale. Not sure what it is, not that bad but not to style and not very focused either. ***Insert "Karma" joke here***

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Photo of ZAP
4.45/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great session beer. pours a deep gold...malty nose with some Belgian yeastiness....nice caramel impression on the taste...also some doughy notes..a slightly dry finish makes this extremely drinkable.

This is not a beer to sit and savor and study and muse about....instead this is a tasty session style brew...I could easily bang down six of these in a few hours in a variety of settings...I did not expect to like this one this much but it is very drinkable and tasty..

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Photo of ADR
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Darkish yellow orange appearance, almost amber, clearish with a 1/4 inch white head of foam. Laces amply but fairly simply on the glass. Bready aroma, some pizza dough yeastiness with hop tones, but fairly reserved overall. Light mouthfeel with medium to high effervesence. Light in the flavor department, mildly hoppy in almost a Pac Northwest sense, standard malt bill, and not much else other than a bit of cinnamon spiciness. Doesn't seem to have a lot of qualities more typical of the style, the mouthfeel is missing, but the aroma is pleasant and comes off pretty well.

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Photo of shirfan
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Avery's website says this is modeled on farmhouse ales..but it seems more like a standard APA with a mildly estery yeast.

Pours red-orange with good lacing, aroma gives a whiff of mild plum and pear mingled with leafy hops.

Taste is all over the place...caramel malt, slightly rough leafy hops again, and then hints of esters. Pear and plum dominate that aspect again, but aren't very strong overall. Dry finish.

"Jack of all trades, master of none" comes to mind.. this brew is just trying to do too much. It's definitely not a farmhouse ale, not a standard APA, not an IPA... I'd call it experimental. Drinkable, but odd.

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Photo of Naes
2.85/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a very clear amber colored ale that has a tall white head. Retention is good, but there is very little lacing
The aroma is of citrus and piney hops.
The flavor is of mild hops and Belgian style yeast. There is a slight candy sweetness to it as well. If it were not for the hint of Belgian yeast, I would have mistaken this for an American pale ale.
Mouth feel is medium in body and actively carbonated.

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

Pours a one finger head of off-white head over a copper-hued clear body. Large carbonation bubbles make their way upward. Head recedes leaving little lace. Aromas of a sweet caramel blend with those of tangy orange citrus. A spicy hop bitterness dominates the flavor, with some dry biscuit flavors bordering on graininess. A touch of earth in there too. The taste is similar, although neither the caramel nor the orange are as pronounced. Slightly tart as well. Light bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp in the mouth with a dry finish.

While the flavor doesn’t exactly live up to the bountiful aromas, this is still a respectable ale. Considering its light body and relatively low ABV it packs quite a flavor punch. A nice addition to the summer lineup of lawnmower ales.

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Photo of Crosling
2.41/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear amber in color. Aromatics of yeast and its attributes, malt (toast, biscuit, fruit) along with a touch of herbaceous and floral hops. The combination inevitably leads to an antibiotically and medicinally rich nose, which I find very unpleasant. The aromatics pretty much continue on upon tasting. Boring and dull, definately not as yeasty as I was hoping for. Light in body. Watery texture. I don’t care if they used Rochefort yeast or not. I go by what is in the glass and this is much more a British Bitter than a Belgian Ale. "Fruity and Estery?" C’mon, lets get serious here.

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Photo of benito
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A true-to-form Belgian style pale, copper in color with a giant foamy head that settles down after a minute or so and lingers lightly throughout the pint. The bouquet is pure malt: honey and biscuits all the way. The
flavor offers a more complex set of flavors. The initial fruity sweetness of the brew gives way to bready flavors in the middle of the palate and a slight pepperiness on the finish. There are strong hints of coriander
throughout each swig as well.

The overall mouthfeel is smooth and soft; new spices and hints of flavor over the course of the pint. A wonderfully drinkable brew that balance a nice spiciness with a strong malt background. This isn't anything
groundbreaking, but it's an absolutely delicious session brew.

I'll look forward to picking up sixers of this all summer long.

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

Pours a hazy dark shade of amber a lot like the color of Buckwheat Honey. White head is skimpier than I would expect for the style.

Smell is malt and bread first and then a fairly good whiff of spices. The requisite coriander is here along with spicy and citrus hop aroma. There is a slight lemon edge here and a bit of detectable acidity to the nose. As this warms fruit makes its appearance as a scent of cherry.

Taste is quite neutral and dry in the sugar department for the style; this is decidedly not sweet. Strongest tastes here are wood and flowers. The flavors that you would expect in a dry beer are here; this is much like a dry English Ale. Mildly fruity nothing here is strong enough to identify on it's own; there is just a general fruitiness to it. Spices are in this too but are faint and mellow in flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Mellow is the one word that sums up this beer. Very mild and easy on the senses this is a beer that just doesn't challenge or offend anyone. A good beer for any normal type of food without a strong flavor or spiciness. An excellent beer for a simple lunch of bread and mild cheese and a bowl of chicken and rice soup.

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

Served from a 12 oz bottle. Poured a slightly hazy orange color with a thick white head that disapated quickly but left some good lacing down the sides of my glass. The beer had a hoppy aroma with some biscuit and slight fruit but nothing to powerful to my nose. The taste a bit hoppy with some orange fruit tones but nothing to strong or overly enjoyable.

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Photo of Higravity
2.81/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

NIce gold color beer with a heathy white head. Smell of light malt even a little wheaty, yeasty for sure and some must citrus too. Taste is clean, malt with fruit tones and a slight sweetness finished by a little citrus. Thin in the mouth but still drinkable, not what I would call to style but not too bad either.

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

Pours a two-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a little lace. Cloudy amber color. Malty/hoppy nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Starts with the hops dominating but not overpowering, malts are there, finish has a slight bitterness. $2.10 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of Todd
2.63/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle (no freshness date), releases a dirty peach with some bright copper hues. Pours a 3 finger head that's white, foamy, and sticks all over the glass and leaves its trail as you drink it down. Good retention. Watch out for the dark dregs in the bottle.

Soft floral plum in the nose, with suggestions of honey, white pepper spiciness and bell peppers.

Light-ish body, crisp, with an even feel about it. Nutty, yeasty, wheat-like tannins, with a toasty caramel flavor, but then it's gone. Some sour / tartness melds with a moderate watery rind bitterness with hop leaf notes. This part is actually quite quenching and more-ish at the same time. Dry tannic finish is slightly overwhelming, and a bit of a mood killer.

Too many tannins for me, and not enough sweetness / malt profile to balance things out. If this is Karma, when do I get the balance?

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours with a slightly hazed tea color with a massive cream colored dense head that is characteristic of a belgian style beer. The smell consists of a nice fruit and spice aroma with slight musty yeast notes in the background. Quite nice so far! The taste is a bit of a let down after the smell builds the expectations. It has a mild seltzer taste with very faint fruit, perhaps raisins far in the background followed by a light dry bitterness bringing back the seltzer fizz. What a let down. Where does something that smells so nice, hide the taste? This medium bodied beer finishes just slightly dry. Good start to this experience and then the rug was yanked out from under me. Cheers anyways.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper body, huge off white chunky, milky head. Lace is sliding and in a ring like fashion...

Plums come through along with a light malt base. Light.

Dough and light fruits, orange citrus finish. Carbonation overpowers the delicate body. Hops are subtle and citrus like. A sour twang sticks around on the back of each drink. Earthy like grain with every pull. Alcohol was well hidden even for a lighter offering at just over 5%. Easily put down the hatch and pleasant.

I found this to be a decent brew...The pour is second to none but from there it loses its steam.

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Photo of charlottebeerguy
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a tulip galss

Pours a hazy orange color white fizzy head thats likes to stick around, also decent lacing.

smell is of citrus, oily hops with some lemon hints

not to impressed with the taste here not picking up much of the smells i detected This is a refreshing brew though clean and smoothe. but not much here.

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Photo of jackndan
3.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Karma, from Avery, poured out of a 12 ounce bottle into a chalice.

The appearance is a hazy orange tan, what head it had dissipated fairly quickly.

The aroma is weak, somewhat detergent like, bit of a disappointment.

I'll be frank, I was expecting something a little more flavorful, this strikes me more as a pale ale with a bit of Belgian yeast thrown in at the end. Mouthfeel is also not great, fairly highly carbonated. On the other hand it is somewhat light and refreshing, I'll have to give a retest when it is not snowing outside.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle; no freshness date seen. Pours a clear, auburn-copper hue. Scant carbonation bubbling upward towards a miniscule layer of off-white head. Mostly just a rim-job. Light on the lacing as well. Nose produces some fruity, estery notes, akin to green apple and pear. A touch of bready malt is also present. Checks in a bit less than medium in the body department, while producing a bit of prickliness on the tongue.

Flavor, as in the aroma, is light on malt. Much more evident is the fruity aspect with, again, light apple and pear characteristics. Belgian yeast notes also can be detected here. Not a whole lot of oomph in this bier, though. Low on flavor for the most part, like a "Belgian Lite", imo. I'd look elsewhere to seek "Karma".


overall: 3.6
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5


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Photo of pezoids
4.04/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden orange with a thinning head of eggshell colored foam. Aroma of sweet fruity malts, sweet spicy vanilla and ripe apricots detected – overall, sweet and attractive aroma. The taste is fine with semi-sweet fruit malts and earthy hop undertones. Solid medium body and overall this beer gives the palate gentle swabs of pleasing flavors. Pleasant and very much drinkable.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty orange color ale with a huge white bubbly head with average retention. Aroma of Belgian yeast is clearly evident as well as a mix of spices. Taste is also dominated by the Belgian signature yeast with a nice touch of hops at the end. Good take on the style without being remarkable.

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Photo of meathookjones
2.13/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours out a clear orange color with a tall foamy tan head. The head dies off quickly leaving little to no lace. The aroma is pretty much cloyingly sweet with pretty much any other scent that might come out hidden. As it warms there was a bit of spice trying to get out, pretty much unsuccessfully. Taste seems to have the same fault of too much sweetness. Fruits and sugars are about all and too much of them. There is also a bit of a funky taste to it but that is eventually drowned out. Mouthfeel is fine and drinkability is killed by that cloying nature of this beer. Not sure what they were going for here but I hope this wasn’t it.

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

12oz. bottle: This beer pours a hazy, dark golden color. Quite a bit of head to it, with some lacing. The aroma is OK, with notes of some floral, spices and sweetness. Slightly fruity and a hair bready. The taste is decent enough, but un-remarkable. Slightly bready, dry, and a hint of sweetness.

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

Pours a rich, deep copper tone and makes a thin bubbly white head. Smells bready, light flowery and earthy hops, fruity esters. Light bitterness, sweet chewy malt flavor, actually reminds me quite a bit of an american pale ale that I have had before. Medium on the palate and finishes slightly sticky, to compare this to other Belgian Pales, it falls quite short... it is not dry, crisp or peppery on the palate. This isn't a bad beer, I just think it is categorized incorrectly by the brewer.

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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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