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 WoodBrew
2.92/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The Karma from Avery is not one of my favorite. The beer comes across more like an apple wine or something. The color is amber with thin white head that is not lacing. The scent is Belgium twangy....fermented fruit. The taste has the Belgian sweetness to it. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is ok....I would not go out of my way to drink it.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, caramelized malts, some fruit and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out mildly sweet with flavors of caramel and fruit. Then some breadiness comes in Belgian yeast and a thin malt character. The hops presence is mild and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are definitely better beers in the style.

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Photo of Mojo
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - pours up about the same color as an amber ale, clear with a very small head which quickly diminishes and not much lacing to speak of.

S - fairly one dimensional smell. Mostly breadiness with a small amount of pine.

T - Sweet apples at first sip with a kind of dry yeasty finish. A metallic note is detectable.

M - kind of average and unimpressive.

O - not real impressive, certainly not horrible, but as mediocre as you will find.

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Photo of kaufmaal
3.01/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I had hi hopes for this one, but not much is going on. Pours a tangerine-honey color. No real head. The smell is a real tease: bready, honeydew, coriander, some citrus, some funk. For a Belgian-style ale, this one's one of the flattest tasting ales I've had in a while. There's a sour fruit flavor that's on top, some sweetness, a bit of yeast, but the carbonation simply buries any decent ingredients and flavors.

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Photo of mhaugo
2.4/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle decanted into a curved pint glass.
Appearance: Deeply oiled copper, ever so slight haze, absolutely no head (2/5).
Aroma: Smells oxidized. I wish there was an “enjoy by” date on the bottle. Very slight suggestion of cider, but it comes and goes. The esters have apparently decided to stay in the glass (2/5).
Taste: Very sweet and cidery. There’s a hint of dark bread. Raspberries and figs. Unfortunately the oxidation I picked up in the nose dominates the flavor (2.5/5)
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation (3/5).
Overall: Man, I don’t know. I suppose there was a good beer in this bottle at one time, but not today. I sure wish I had some way of knowing which bottle I should grab in the store. It’s not awful, but definitely a disappointment. Maybe I picked up some bad karma (zing!). I’d probably give it another chance, but not unless I was sure it was fresh.

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Photo of plaid75
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a clear copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was little retention and lacing.

The smell featured greenvapplexand some light peach and plum aromas.

The taste was likewise fruity with esters flying around.

The mouthfeel was light for the style.

Overall a poor example of the style.

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Photo of soju6
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Served a dark copper color with a nice head and some lacing.

S: Aroma of some malt sweetness, mild citrus and bit of mixed fruit in the background.

T: Taste of some malt sweetness with some citrus and fruit in the background. Has a mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Moderate body smooth and has a bit of character.

O: Nice beer for the style as it goes down easy.

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Photo of lsummers
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear copper with no real head.

Smells of fresh pears and floral notes. Slight malty rye bread spicyness comes through in the scent.

Tastes of malty toffee/caramel candy with some floral, pear, and slight vanilla notes. Yeast spice note creates some rye like flavors. I can't help but feel like there's a boozy note coming through even though its relatively low in abv. Mouthfeel is very mineral/sharp. It is clean and slightly dry.

Overall, it's an interesting american take on the belgian style pale. One that I think most should try only because it is so different. It's actually pretty good but does have it's flaws. Wouldn't mind having this on tap paired with some fish or chicken.

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Photo of PumaSaysRawrr
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up awhile back from the house of 1000 beers in the clearance section for $1. Nice deep amber color with almost no carbonation 3-4 small streams of tiny bubbles up the center of my former jelly jar that is doing just fine as a repurposed beer glass. (YEAH Someone didn't start the dishwasher so my Samuel smith pint glass is dirty!) It has some hints of fruit with malty undertones.. It almost reminds me of when I was a kid and I saved the caramel apples the old neighbor lady gave out for Halloween a little too long. The smell is interesting...I'm going to say Puppy breath if the puppy ate week old caramel apples....
All in all a great beer and great to give as gifts and have for a party and cellar and you know do what ever it is you doo with beer named Karma so you don't piss her off....

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Photo of Oakenator
3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a brown to amber - on the darker side. Some head at pour. Ringed lacing.

S: Malts. Subtle hopping. Beer.

T: Mild hop flavor, mild malting, maybe some candi sugar on the finish.

M: Light on ABV, but heavier than expected.

O: Okay but doesn't excell at much.

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Photo of spoony
3.09/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a 355 ml bottle into a globe glass.

A-A normal pour produces no head. I see only a few small bubbles in the clear, tawny/amber brew. No lacing, no legs.

S-The smell reminds me most of cheap apple juice with faint sweet alcohol and bread crust. There is just a bit of light pepper spice, too. Mild and uninspiring; certainly none of the sharpness or funkiness that makes a good BPA.

T-The taste is also mild with light fruits like apple and cherry being the dominant flavor components. There is a smidgen of hoppy spice up front followed by the aforementioned fruits.

M-The feel is medium body and lacking in excitement. Sort-of wet and watery feeling.

O-I like Avery and I like BPAs. Unfortunately, this beer did not satisfy either category. From the lackluster flat looks to the lackluster flat feel and everything in between, this beer just did not do anything for me and I found nothing Belgian about it.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 4/20/13.

Pours a clear reddish-orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is fairly faint with malt, grain, and fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but has subdued aromas and flavors.

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Photo of nukem5
3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly cloudy, orange hued with off white cap of foam.

S: Aroma is of earthy hops and light malts.

T: Slighly alkalin taste in the back end. Eathy hops, nice malt front.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery but nice carbonation level and nice lacing on glass.

O: Overall a decent beer nothing kind of jumps out but a better than average taste and such.

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Photo of SerialHiker
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a nice, light autumn golden orange with a touch of amber…medium transparency, I can see some bubble bubbling up in the middle…some off white head did form, but only a thin layer remains…not as lively as I would have imagined for it’s style…(3.5/5)

Smell: Yeast up front bringing green, un-ripen fruit and some bubblegum aromas…pale/mildly sweet/mildly caramel malts…there’s barley and some earthiness in there as well…it’s easy to tell this is “Belgian” influenced, tons of yeast…it’s mild, it’s light and shows a touch of light citrus hops…very malt and yeast driven it seems…(3.75/5)

Taste: It’s easy to start with the yeast here…it brings a green apple, musty funk, earthiness right off the bat…light sweet/pale malts with a touch of caramel and some malted barley come through after the initial yeast flavors…the whole taste has a green, light, funky, yeasty…it’s good, but not great…(3.25/5)

Mouthfeel: Light body with light to medium carbonation…a bit watery…it’s light, mildly refreshing and leaves a light earthy/citrus bitterness on the palate in the after taste…not the best part of this brew…(3/5)

Overall: I’ve had farmhouse ales before and have liked them, but lately I’ve run into a few that I just can’t get behind…the flavor here is a little too yeast funky for me, drowning out the malts that characterize the pale ale…it’s light, it’s drinkable and it’s not bad, but it’s also not a standout brew and one I could leave alone in the future…I’ve had a few Avery brews before and have liked them, so if this is your style, I’d say give it a whirl…but for me, one is enough…(3/5)

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance- Served a golden amber colored brew with a one finger white head. The head fades rather fast leaving only a light level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell-The aroma is heaviest of a toasted malt and caramel sweetness. Mixed with these aromas is a presence of citrus as well as some notes of an herbal nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and toasted malt base mixed with lighter fruit flavors of citrus and light fruits like pear. The fruit fades with some caramel taking the place of the dwindling fruit flavors. As the taste advances further flavors of a spice and a lighter herbal and floral nature come to the tongue. These flavors take the taste to its end where a crisp, mainly malty, and mildly Belgian flavor are left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the medium side to slightly lower side in terms of its thickness with a carbonation level that was quite average. Both were fairly nice for creating a very drinkable brew while still accommodating the malt and lighter fruit and spice flavors rather well.

Overall – A fairly easy drinking brew with a decent amount of flavor. It makes a rather good session, but overall is nothing too special.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Diamond Market Grill.

Pours an amber color with a soft hop haziness. Thin head never had a chance, but it's insulating the beer below.

Very mild aroma. Toasted barley, kiss of hops, dry toffee, touch of apple. Not a lot here.

Tangy fruitiness and toasted grains. Light nuttiness and pit fruits. Stinging with some booze, actually. No real defined character. Weak with esters. Flavor-wise, a spin off a Belgian Amber, a la Palm or De Koninck.

Drinks a little strong, which is disappointing, but body and carbonation are easily average. Not bad, really.

A bland example of the style. I will pass this up anytime.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a light golden color, with a one-finger head of loose eggshell-white foam that almost immediately disappears, leaving a ring around the edge and a small island in the middle. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a golden orange, slightly opaque, and has a pronounced pillar of bubbles rising from the center of the bottom of the glass.

S - Freshly toasted malts, caramel sugars, and light floral hops. Notes of toffee with hints of vanilla and orange peel. As it warms, I can begin to pull more fruits such as raisins and ripe pears out of the nose. The alcohol also peeks through.

T - Lightly toasted malts and soft caramel quickly give way to earthy but subtle bittering hops, and both are on the subdued side. Reminds me of a lighter-styled Marzen that's been hopped to match the sugars, and then had the entire taste profile muffled. There's also just a touch of booziness more in line with a 7%+ brew.

M - Moderately fizzy. Pronounced carbonation. Moderately thin structure. Light body. Short, soft finish that's cleaner and drier than its taste suggests.

O - I remember finding this beer tasty and refreshing when I first tasted it in the summer on draft. Now that it's December, it seems rather thin, but when the days are long and warm, it's a good way to enjoy a nice malt-sugar/hop balanced profile without getting weighed down. This will be something I look for heading into Oktoberfest season. When I went to post, I discovered this beer is classified as a Belgium Pale Ale. With that as the target, I would like to see more nuance in the malt/sugar profile and a bit more finish to remind me of the tastes that just passed over my tongue.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A normal pour yields just under a finger of head that leaves almost as quick as it came. Body is a nice light copper color.

Light hints of candy sugar and dark fruit get me sniffing deeper into caramelized malt and a bit of yeast. Hops noted are fresh and gardeny.

Tricky beer to nail down. It's very light up front, with just some sweet hops and a hint of sugar then many light flavors dance over the tongue, including yeast, candy sugar, figs or raisins and fresh garden picked hops.

Carbonation bites the tongue. This beer is medium bodied, and doesn't have any stickiness nor does it coat the tongue at all. Washes down clean and crisp.

Edited: While I can't say the beer tastes BAD, I can say its not up to style. Reduced taste score to 2.5

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

My first question after gazing at the label and slurping was, "what style is this supposed to be?" I am still surprised at the answer.

Looks nice enough, with a sudsy cap and decent lacing. Nondescript amberish color. Quite spritzy on the tongue, which would make this a good lawnmower beer. Very light malt and not much body. I fail to detect any Belgian yeasty flavors, though it does dry out slightly and there is a hint of yeasiness in the nose. Are there any hops here?

For the category, it gets a sad shake of the head. As a drinkable sudsy brew, and who cares what they drink in Belgium, it's a winner. I suppose you could say it's a lighter version of Great Divide's Colette. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Pinkie's in San Angelo.

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

Pours a light fizzy head of about 1/2 a finger that fades semi slowly actually, with a bit of lacing, over very clear tan orange honey colored beer.

Nose has some Belgiany aromas, light fruity esters but very little, then a bit of honey cake, little nutty and some earthy fig spices, hint of citrus and floral hops, a mild grassy almost wheat like malt base.

Taste starts fruity, plenty of fruity flavors from the Belgian yeast, light spices as well, and a hint of bitterness from that. Then light hops, citrus and grassy hops, light bitterness, and a bit of a fruity hop. Light almost saison like malts, little hay and some wheat, light straw as well, and fairly dry. Fluffy, floral, and a bit effervescent. it also seems to have a bit of a booze kick which is strange for only 5%, and some of the associated phenol flavors. Finish is dry and a bit tingly like booze with esters, little fruity and floral spices, hint of citrus, and a bit sticky finish.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, feels strangely boozy, and lighter carb.

Overall OK but not great, some decent Belgian yeast additions but seems strangely boozy, hops are barely there and not great, and malts can't decide to be Belgian like or saison or wheat. It's OK overall, but I probably wouldn't get it again.

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Photo of lewzer99
4.15/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a clear, honey colored orange, with a one finger thick off-white head that recedes rapidly leaving a thin film of foam.
S- balanced smell of sweet malts and citrusy and floral hops.
T- tasty. Slight citrus bite, that gives way to a malty sweetness, and finishes with a flavor I can only describe as somewhere between bubblegum and bananas. The finish is a big surprise, and Ilike it a lot.
M- light carbonation. thicker feeling, but still drinkable.
O- like it also more than I expected. Definitely would get it again.

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 7/7/2011. Pours lightly cloudy orange amber color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense off white head with nice retention, that reduces to a good cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big grape, pear, apple, bread, herbal, and earth. Pretty nice aromas with decent balance and complexity. Taste of grape, pear, apple, toast, biscuit, herbal, earth, pepper, and light yeast spices. Lingering notes of light fruits, biscuit, earth, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Pretty good flavor complexity and balance; no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly crisp and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a pretty good Belgian pale ale. Fair amount of complexity and balance; very smooth to drink. Enjoyable stuff.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a moderate haze and a pretty good effervescence. Head pours a thin finger of frothy ivory foam without much retention or lacing. Decent.

Smell: malt aroma which is sweet but quite biscuity. The yeasty character has a bit of a band-aid aroma which, while it sometimes can be nice, doesn't really work here. Not my favorite.

Taste: sweet, fruity malt which is not quite as against my palate as the aroma would predict. Bitterness appears right at the end to help save this beer. It's still not one of my favorites, but I can see where this beer might go.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with an OK carbonation and a decent texture. It's a bit more fizzy than creamy, but it's not too bad.

Overall: a decent enough beer, I probably would not have this again.

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

On-tap via a kegerator sixtel. It appeared a clear gold with a white head. It's not terribly Belgian by taste. The beer is a very smooth, almost creamy, blonde ale, with fruity undertones. Leffe, for example, has a crisp edge to the flavor that this lacks. Karma's a clear crowd-pleaser, but don't be expecting a something out of Brussels.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: The color is very nice, a deep, dark orange. Minimal lacing disappears quickly and not much lacing develops.

SMELL: Very citrusy with a solid dose of grassiness as well. Some light breadiness and a little sweet malt is also noticeable.

TASTE: The taste and aroma do not match up much at all with the exception of some lemon and grapefruit in the taste. Tart, green apple is the more dominant flavor here along with a little spice and sour to finish it off.

MOUTHFEEL: Light in body with a mild pucker that shows up towards the end of the sip. Early on, it is crisp, clean and quite sparkly. Also, the pucker subsides as the beer warms.

OVERALL: This is a good, but not great beer. It is a much more conservative effort than I'm used to from Avery, but for some that may be a good thing.

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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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