Chai High
Avery Brewing Company

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Herb and Spice Beer
3.78 | pDev: 10.58%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Chai HighChai High
Notes: Mediate on this transcendent rich and robust spiced seasonal of a decidedly different sort. Brewed with spiced chai tea.
Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 164 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer makes a nice transition from the Rye Beer of yesterday to the beginning of an Avery horizontal which will last for a few days in support of The CANQuest (tm).

From the CAN: "Autumn Seasonal Selection"; "Ale with Spiced Chai Tea added"; "Mediate on this transcendent rich and robust spiced seasonal of a decidedly different sort."; "Brewed with Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, spiced chai tea, hops, and yeast."

Mmm. I will cop to having done a little in-CAN agitation before Crack!ing open the vent, but that was because I wanted to ensure that the adjuncts were back in suspension. Once the vent was Crack!ed open, I went with a slow, gentle C-Line Glug since it had probably been agitated enough at that point. I was pleasantly surprised by a pseudo-cascade that resulted in the formation of just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, light-tan head with decent retention. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity, about the color of … tea! 8=O Nose was quite spicy with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger & allspice. Mmm. It would be a really nice alternative to a Pumpkin Beer, but I was fortunate in that we have had a cool Spring & it still filled the bill. It probably would not have been quite as good on a swelteringly hot, humid day. Mouthfeel was medium, but it had a frothy effervescence. The taste was very evocative of Chai tea, something that I hit upon in college. It had a solid spiciness, but it was not spicy in the same way that Pumpkin Beers are spicy. It was more mellow, more rounded, less jangly. It was a very calming beer on this particular evening. Finish was dry, as any beer that incorporates spices should be expected to evince. I was felling quite mellow after this one. YMMV.

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3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a pint glass. Canned 8/17, so 14 months old here.

Muddy brown colored body, saved by a big creamy/foamy head leaving good lacing

Good hit of mixed spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, and also an aroma of raisins

Well I guess it makes a change from the usual fall assault of pumpkin spice, but the mix of Chai, cinnamon, ginger (?) comes off as a little too bitter for this palate.

Mouth closing in on full, Chai spice finish slightly bitter

Overall, this doesn't quite hit the spot for me, perhaps the age is an issue with the bitterness. Glad I only picked up a single. will re-review if I find a fresher one.

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MikeWard from Pennsylvania, Oct 22, 2018
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3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip

L: Cloudy dark walnut brown pour. 2 fingers of foamy off-white head... great lacing.

S: Smells fantastic... Chai and evergreen... sugar and spice... kinda smells like the Holidays

T/F: Brown ale-ish base... toasted malts and grains... dark sugars and earth, upon which is layered a non-subtle blast of Chai and spice. Tea, spruce/evergreen, cardamom, and nutmeg... the spice overpowers the beer a bit. Medium bodied... well carbonated and sticky on the tongue. The finish and aftertaste is chai.

O: This delivers exactly what it offers... spicy Chai on top of a beer. Not a bad brew... a little overpowering, and not one I'd want regularly. Made for a nice change of pace, and again... it smells/tastes like Christmas.

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EMV from Pennsylvania, Nov 22, 2017
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4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - Brown, with no clarity, 1 finger of head, and some nice lace left all over the top of the brew. Gorgeous

S - Chai, spices, caramel. Very nice aroma

T - Chai tea, malty, mild pine hops

F - Light body and medium carbonation

O - An enjoyable fall brew.

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BeerDawgs from Georgia, Nov 18, 2017
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3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

You definitely taste the awesome chai flavors but I don't know if ale is the best beer type for such flavors. The aftertaste is a bit metallic / chemical-y. I think that if the beer had a bit more body, the chai flavors would work better. Maybe some sort of stout?

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3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: pours dark cola color with feint white head. lower carbonation. clear, no sediment.

S: cinnamon and spice and everything holliday- does smell like fresh brewed chai tea. dont' pick up any beer aromas

T: quite overspiced; the chai spicing is very strong here. Very little character from the malt or yeast.

F: a bit thin and watery, could use a little more body

O: If you really enjoy chai tea or chai lattes this one might be worth seeking out, and its a nice getaway from the normal myriad of pumpkin and holliday beers, but maybe this one just isnt' for me. I can drink one and wouldn't want to finish the other five of the six pack.

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3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-Ale spiced with Chai Tea. Canned 08.03.17. Consumed 09.27.17. Duvel glass.

A: Beautiful dark reddish pour reminds me of the dark red leaves of autumn, perfectly fitting per style and intention. A large golden-tan head is two fingers high, foamy, and firm in structure, forming mountainous peaks. A glass smothering display of foam deposits on the vessel with full intention.

S: Sweet cola and caramel are first on the nose, sweet crystal malt, toasty munich are the base. The spicy chai tea really makes an impression, earthy fall leaves and fresh birch also give this a real fall/autumn impression.

T: Spicy cola and caramel syrup are the base flavor, sweet malting, with a the spiciness of the herbal chai tea adding highlights. Caramel bread, munich toastiness and chocolate add earthy appeal. Lightly toasted barley, herbal tea bitterness are nice, giving once again an earthy feel, while some cinnamon-honey adds sweetness.

M: Mouthful was soft and malty, tea like bitterness and soft carbonation gives this a relaxing feel. Spicy chai tea leave off the tongue.

O: A nice fall/autumn beer vibe that is a welcoming break from the usual pumpkin variety. The chai tea adds a nice spiciness and bitterness, perfectly fitting in with the fall weather while the multiple malt base of munich, chocolate, and caramel also gives an sweet feel and balance. Nice fall beer attributes, enjoyable, and a nice break from the usual pumpkin beers, something daring and different, and works and blends beautifully in the end.

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beerthulhu from New Jersey, Oct 04, 2017
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4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. Fantastic lacing.

S: A very nice aroma of various spices, tea, malt, and licorice.

T: Tasted of a little bit of the advertised tea, light malt notes (very unobtrusive), some licorice (mainly in the finish), and lots of different spices (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves). This is an incredibly tasty and surprisingly spicy flavor. It's an oddly complex and interesting taste. Well done.

F: A well carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: This is the sort of beer that won't appeal to everyone, but is definitely worth a shot. Tasty and drinkable.

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avalon07 from South Carolina, Sep 28, 2017
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4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very drinkable, amber in hue, no bitterness, faint but detectable spicy chai fragrance and flavor. Not overwhelming in spice and drinks the same room temp as it does cool.

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tigervomit from Pennsylvania, Sep 26, 2017
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3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. One of the spiciest spiiced brews I've encountered. Slight head leaves light lacing. Once your nose is within range you can get the warmth of the spices. IMO the allspice is out front followed by the usual suspects cinnamon, nutmeg & ginger adding a slight heat to the blend. Overall this might be a bit much for more than one pe session, bt if your looking to wake up a faltering session, give this a try.

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seedyone from New York, Sep 14, 2017
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3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. Can
Canned On: 08/03/17

Pours a pretty nice brown color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus light tan head, which also leaves some pretty nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, slightly roasty, with some nutmeg, cinnamon, chai tea. The taste is pretty nice, malty, with some nutmeg, cinnamon, chai tea, slightly roasty. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty well. Overall, a nice tasty seasonal brew.

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Wasatch from Colorado, Sep 08, 2017
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3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

not sure how different this is than their old taproom bhakti chai brown that used to show up in their taproom, its been too long since i have had that one to really compare, but they certainly werent shy with the chai here. it super intense, black tea, black pepper, cardamom, clove, its aromatically awesome but a little much for high volume drinking in the flavor, as much as i do dig it. the chai flavor itself it exceptional, a nice blend of the spices, but its heavy in the beer for sure. i think the use of a brown ale here is smart, the cocoa malty notes love these wintery warming chai spices and tea elements, and the lighter than a stout or porter body makes this more approachable and drinkable and keeps the roasted bitterness out of the equation. this almost seems like it would be good hot, although the body is kind of light and i could see that really intensifying the chai, which is already at a reasonable upper limit. fun stuff, a can or two is nice, more than that is too much, but they have done a great job with it, the chai complexion is money, and avery does it again!

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3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I don't really know how to say. I think it blends chai tea and beer perfectly, but, I fear the two don't combine as well as I had hoped. So, do I give it a lower review, based on what it tastes like, or a high review, because it did what it advertised perfectly? Quite the conundrum.

If anything, it's a bit high on the chai. I'm going to try and mix it with milk and see how it goes (since I have a second can) - if you tasted it, you'd know (maybe).

Edit: I tried it mixed with milk. It did improve the beer, but it did not improve the milk, sadly. I think I might need heavy cream if I want to go through less than a half gallon of milk per can of beer.
It's also one of those few beers that outstays its welcome the more one drinks. I don't think I could do a six pack. I have absolutely no regrets about this single, though.

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Ferretferret from Wisconsin, Apr 23, 2017
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3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep brown bordering on black with a light creamy head topping the brew like soft clouds.

S: Caramel malt, peppercorn, cardamom, cinnamon, and a touch of vanilla.

T: Definite tea thing going on in there. Licorice, clove, cinnamon, tea, and peppercorn. With a caramel and bread note in the finish.

M: Medium thick, with moderate to low carbonation.

O: Overall quite an interesting brew. Herbal, interesting, and definitely a change of pace.

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Beejay from Virginia, Jan 07, 2017
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3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown in color with a light haziness. Minimal light penetrates this beer. There's a half inch of frothy brown head on top. Moderate lacing. The aroma is less of chai tea than of black licorice or root beer. The taste is definitely chai tea to black licorice and it really overpowers everything else. The body is fairly light and smooth. The chai tea is clearing my sinuses!

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Franziskaner from Missouri, Jan 07, 2017
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3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear very dark tea brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate garnet red highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy tan head that reduces to a large patch of mottled medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark, bready, toasted, and caramel malts with a moderate aroma of chai tea spices - cinnamon, cardamon, nutmeg, allspice, anise, and vanilla.

T: Upfront there are just shy of moderate flavors of dark, bready, toasted, and caramel malts with only the slightest hint of caramel sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of chai tea spices - cardamon, anise, vanilla, nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon (in descending order of strength). Light amounts of bitterness towards the finish but the lingering flavor is that of cardamon.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: I debated purchasing this beer over multiple visits to the bottle shop but finally decided to pull the trigger... and I'm glad that I did. The flavors and aromas definitely remind me of a chai tea but without the associated sweetness.

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dbrauneis from North Carolina, Dec 12, 2016
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3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a tulip

A- pours a deep brown color with a bit of light creeping through, small creamy off-white head leaves some lacing behind

S- aroma actually smells like a mixture of a pumpkin beer and a winter warmer; lots of ginger, cinnamon & cardamon

T- tastes of cinnamon, cardamon, star anise, sweet malty undertones gives a bit of brown bread and brown sugar, the finish gives more spices with cinnamon leading

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- I'm a chai tea drinker, but this basically drank like a pumpkin ale, perhaps using a milk stout as the base beer would have helped a bit with the chai-like flavor

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Treyliff from West Virginia, Dec 07, 2016
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3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pleasantly surprised by this beer, but then again, I was happy with the only other chai beer I've had (Stone), so.... Appearance was fine, as a frothy beige head emergeed from a coppery brown body. Nose held a little bitterness amongst some spicing that was hard to narrow down (as to exactly what spice) but that mystery was solved once tasted, as a bit of nutmeg and muddled allspice mixed together with a grainy bitterness in this otherwise light to medium bodied beer.

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gopens44 from Virginia, Nov 24, 2016
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3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a semi-cloudy medium brown with a medium head. The aroma offers up classic chai spices, vanilla, orange peel, light coffee, and tangerine peel. The flavor has the same classic chai spiciness, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, and vanilla, with subtle savory notes alternating with the sweet. The mouthfeel is smooth and very foamy. Overall this is a stellar example of spiced beer that remains balanced - not too sweet, just an enjoyable easy drinker.

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Czequershuus from Minnesota, Nov 20, 2016
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4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of off white head which settles into a thin creamy patch.

Smell: A herbal and spicy aroma with a scent of spices and chai tea. Upfront scent of chai tea along with spice hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and slight clove. Malt hints of caramel, toffee, grains, biscuit, nuts, and slight chocolate. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a herbal and spicy taste with notes of chai tea and spices. Upfront taste of chai tea along with spice notes of nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon, and clove. Malt notes of toffee, caramel, toast, biscuit, grains, nuts, and subtle chocolate. A very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and very smooth.

Overall: A very nice tea infused Brown Ale. Nice mix of tea and spice notes with the brown ale base.

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MattyG85 from Minnesota, Nov 16, 2016
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3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is chai/spices, malts and vague spicy food. The flavor is chai/spices, malts, light fruit and a mix of slight sourness,sweetness and alcohol in the finish.

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jzlyo from Iowa, Nov 12, 2016
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3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours light brown with a fluffy light tan head that retains well and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is some roasted chocolate malt with a lot of chai spice.

The flavor is some sweet chocolate malt with a lot of heavy chai spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall, a nice one dimensional sweet heavily spiced chai beer.

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Beaver13 from Colorado, Oct 15, 2016
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3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smells like...chai! Cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, herbal tea. Notes of sweet malt.

Flavor is lightly sweet, spicy, and slightly tangy. I would prefer it without the light acidity. Lightly bitter finish.

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barczar from Kentucky, Oct 15, 2016
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4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown with moderate carbonation, and a finger of beige foam.

Smells like toasted toffee, a hint of citrus, whipped cream, and a hint of pine.

Taste follows the nose but much more subdued. Light sweetness.

Medium body, moderate soda like carbonation.

Got at Taps with Cameron in Portage, Michigan, Oct 3rd, 2016. Smells amazing, and overall is a good brew.

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patre_tim from Thailand, Oct 04, 2016
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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a lightly hazy, quite dark mahogany brown with a half finger light khaki head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma is chai tea forward with robust earthy spices; cinnamon, allspice, cardamom and clove, hints of light bready malt. Flavor is sweet pale malt, cardamom (dominant), cinnamon, nutmeg and clove; finishes with mildly sweet malt and residual spices. Medium bodied with light creaminess. Pretty much delivers on its name: the chai spicing is spot on and diverse, although as noted, the cardamom is at the fore. The malt sits in the background, but is robust enough to support the spicing, resembling chai in that support, although I did not detect much tea flavor here. I liked the spicing and would consider this an appropriate winter holiday ale; a lot of the spices have an overlap with winter warmers and pumpkin beers. Flavor is robust for the ABV. Odd, but nicely done.

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LiquidAmber from Washington, Oct 02, 2016
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