Chai High | Avery Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Herb and Spice Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Mediate on this transcendent rich and robust spiced seasonal of a decidedly different sort. Brewed with spiced chai tea.

Added by ONovoMexicano on 06-12-2016

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Reviews by WillieThreebiers:
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3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
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 +5.3%
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 DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beaver13
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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 Skyesthelimit
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alyssa1224
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
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 MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +15%
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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Photo of HopsForBrains
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OKbrew89
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of adrinkbeforethewar
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of whatname
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of needMIbeer
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Treyliff
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
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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Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerthulhu
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of liquorpig
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of jsh420
2.79/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of VeganUndead
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dental
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beejay
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Chai High from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 161 ratings