Chai High | Avery Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

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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Ranking:
#25,247
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
160
pDev:
10.7%
 
 
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9
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of djrn2
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 8/3/2016. Pours slightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, peppercorn, nutmeg, anise, caramel, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, light vanilla/coffee, light citrus/pine, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of chai spices and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, peppercorn, nutmeg, anise, caramel, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, light vanilla/coffee, light citrus/pine, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light pine/herbal/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, peppercorn, nutmeg, caramel, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of chai spices and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance; and zero astringent spice flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitter/spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately grainy/sticky/ and light creamy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is a great spiced brown ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of chai spices and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
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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4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +7%
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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 Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Chai High from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 160 ratings