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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4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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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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3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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 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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3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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

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4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Chai High from Avery Brewing Company
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