Chai High
Avery Brewing Company

Chai HighChai High
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Style:
Herb and Spice Beer
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
84
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 10.58%
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
162
From:
Avery Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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Chai HighChai High
Notes: Mediate on this transcendent rich and robust spiced seasonal of a decidedly different sort. Brewed with spiced chai tea.
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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 162
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3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Avery Brewing Co. "Chai High"
12 fl. oz. can, "CANNED ON: 08/03/16" and sampled on 09/12/16

Avery's "Chai High" is a fall or "Autumn" release - it's pleasantly spicy, fitting the season, yet it makes a great respite from the deluge of pumpkin beers that are thrown at us, although I have to admit that it's very similar in many ways.

The color is a (cloudy) very dark russet brown beneath a tan head, not unlike most pumpkin beers, and it offers aromas and flavors of cardamom, ginger, coriander, clove, and cinnamon. It's a little different, however, in the way the spices are presented, and the order in which you find them. Beyond that, there's a note of tea which is unique, and underlying fruitiness that's nice, and a light touch of white pepper as well. It doesn't come across as heavily spiced, and yet every component is clear. Nor does it build on the palate; I think all too often pumpkin beers are too heavy, and over-spiced (usually with cinnamon), and that's not the case here. It's somewhere between light and medium in body, and gently crisp with what seems like a natural carbonation. Of course you'd want to keep the carbonation low so that the carbonic acid doesn't accentuate your spices. Nor is it bitter, which allows the spices to handle the drying of the finish.

As to drinkability, many spiced beers can build on the palate, muting the rest of the beer and hurting its drinkability because of the 'extra' spiciness. I try to look at drinkability then from the standpoint of how much I liked the experience of the first one, and how much I might like to have another one (or two, or three) if it wasn't going to build on me. Occasionally I'll drink two, or even three, and go from there but in this case I know that I can drink three in a row because I did it yesterday, and I still felt like I could have enjoyed another! That's great drinkability for almost any beer in my book, but especially for a spiced beer.

Finally, I should also note that although I am kind of fed up with the whole pumpkin spice craze (pumpkin-spiced Pop-Tarts, pumpkin-spiced bagels, pumpkin-spiced Cheerios, pumpkin-spiced Pringles chips, pumpkin-spiced fettuccini and ... pumpkin-spiced Jamaican jerk sauce???... are you kidding me?), I do like "pumpkin beers" and I usually buy a case for Halloween/Thanksgiving and then put it in the cellar to enjoying a bottle here and there throughout the year. This would also make a great year-round beer to have every now and then, and I think this will be my spiced beer to cellar this year.

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Photo of ichorNet
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single of this as I'm not really down for committing to a six pack of a chai tea-infused ale without prior engagement. I'm iffy with beers including chai and chai-like spices, but generally I think there are much worse ideas, and the idea of an Autumn beer without pumpkin or generically-utilized pumpkin pie spice is at least a unique concept. Avery's been doing some solid seasonal offerings recently, so let's hope this is in line with that trend.

Poured into a pint glass, the beer builds up a ruddy brown-ish complexion with some garnet-like highlights and a thick head of light ecru foam that seems to lace pretty well. The head has very solid legs and the color is definitely enough to set the beer apart right from the outset as it seems very clear but is dark enough to retain some mystery. Nice looking stuff.

Nose is definitely malt-heavy with a big, lingering dose of cinnamon and cardamom. Caramel, brown bread and nutmeg. A bit woody (sandalwood maybe) and musty with a distinct air of Fall. As a lover of festbier, pumpkin ales and other Fall seasonal styles, this definitely strikes me as being on the more unique side of things but also still seems in line with what I expected somehow... it seems very hearty, to be honest. I'm not the biggest chai fan, but this seems like it incorporates the trademark spices very well, objectively-speaking.

Flavor is caramel, bready malts, cardamom, vanilla, some tangy ginger-like notes and cinnamon. Hops definitely lean towards the earthy side and help coat the palate with a lasting yet medium-firm bitterness toward the end of each sip. The woody notes from the nose come out near the finish, highlighting some of the deep spice aspects pretty well.

Feel seems a bit heavy for a 5.2% beer, but the spice aspects definitely contribute to this. If you go into this assuming something like a malty medium strength-brown ale with spice notes of cinnamon and cardamom, you probably won't be too disappointed at all. I like it, but I'm also glad I don't have 5 more. Make of that what you will.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beaver13
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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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: This beer just looks like autumn, with a clear tea brown color with tawny highlights; a nice, firm two fingers of ecru foam cap the liquid leaving a rather complete pattern of lacing

Smell: Brown bread, caramel and pecans, with a hint of chocolate; the chai tea addition also brings spice cake tones of cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, star anise, allspice and vanilla

Taste: Brown bread and caramel forward, with the chai tea flavors building; cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and star anise join with hints of vanilla, pecan and chocolate; the finish is nicely balanced

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I stared at this beer for a few weeks before making the commitment as I was justifiably wary; this, however, is a really interesting beer and takes all of the necessary steps to keep everything in balance

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

The temperatures may be dropping but the creativity in brewing is just heating up. Venturing from summer and into fall allows Avery brewers to hit the pantry for flavor, body, complexity and uniqueness. Fall-friendly flavors of chai spice, tea and a rich brown ale seem to calm the thirst for a beer of substance and of surprise.

Chai High pours a medium chestnut brown and with a mild translucent glow. Capped with a rich and frothy foam, the scent of chai tea is met with caramel, chocolate and nuttiness. Flavors pick up on those malty-rich flavors first be greeting the tongue with caramel and toffee, chocolate and light coffee and toasted pecan.

The malty brown ale flavors remain firm through the middle palate, all the while the spices begin to build. Cinnamon, clove, cardamom and perfumy orange peel begin to take the attention from ale to exotic tea blends. A burst of citrus here and there reminds the sense of the ale influence within while the mind drifts to notions of pumpkin pie, but without the pumpkin.

Medium-bodied, the creamy sweetness slowly drifts while a mild starchiness of grain persists. Woodsy, spicy and faintly of pine, the beer trails with tethers of brown ale but its those chai spices that continue to gain steam even deep in a long spicy afterglow.

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Photo of Franziskaner
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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Photo of Wasatch
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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Photo of EMV
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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Photo of Hellpop65
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zeff80
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of chai, caramel and some roastiness. Chai flavor is present with toasted caramel and a subtle bitterness.

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Photo of nickfl
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ricelikesbeer
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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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
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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Photo of avalon07
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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Photo of jsh420
2.79/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of beerthulhu
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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3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of curlybird
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of weezarc
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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Chai High from Avery Brewing Company
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