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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Ratings: 161 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of mjgpy3
5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of LauraSchaff
4.36/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tigervomit
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
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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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 Ristaccia
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 FilumDee
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Strong chai taste, a bit too sweet though. Like iced tea almost

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Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ControlVolume
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gimmick beers are my weakness, agree with others that it's a little watery though

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Photo of Brew_42
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy dark brown with a thin off white head.

Smells of pumpkin pie spice with hints of vanilla and cardamom. Chai is definitely present. Great aroma.

Taste follows the nose. Heavy notes of the pumpkin pie spice and cardamom. The vanilla is less present on the palate. A great fall beer. The chai dulls the sweetness a bit so it is essentially a spicier less sweet version of a pumpkin beer.

Heavier body than expected. Almost like a thin stout. Creamy with some spicy warmth.

I think this is a great alternative to fall pumpkin beers. A little less sweet, a little more spicy but still very Autumn appropriate.

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Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ummswimmin
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaddDogg84
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 brentk56
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
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 JKasten988
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LeftHanded666
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of hermit990
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a conical pint glass.

Look: Dark brown body with lighter brown around the edges. Fluffy dark cream colored head that recedes to a healthy film. Thick webbed lacing.

Aroma: Bready and malty with chai spices dominating: Cinnamon, clove, ginger.

Taste: Bready and nutty with chai spices dominating like the aroma. Has a nice spicy kick in the finish from either the cinnamon or ginger.

Mouthfeel: A little watery.

Overall: Really good if you like chai tea or chai spices.

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Photo of jooler
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look is amazing and smell is very delicious. Smells like banana fosters. Initial taste is sort of like bananas with some coffee notes. Great taste. Only issue is the mouthfeel is sort of flat. Not much carbonation there

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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 Commandophile
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
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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Photo of patre_tim
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
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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Chai High from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 161 ratings