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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Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | 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 WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev +8%
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 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 CraftbeerKillah
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. One of the spiciest spiiced brews I've encountered. Slight head leaves light lacing. Once your nose is within range you can get the warmth of the spices. IMO the allspice is out front followed by the usual suspects cinnamon, nutmeg & ginger adding a slight heat to the blend. Overall this might be a bit much for more than one pe session, bt if your looking to wake up a faltering session, give this a try.

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

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 C_Pel
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Theogre83
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 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 cp45
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fosters9
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ferretferret
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I don't really know how to say. I think it blends chai tea and beer perfectly, but, I fear the two don't combine as well as I had hoped. So, do I give it a lower review, based on what it tastes like, or a high review, because it did what it advertised perfectly? Quite the conundrum.

If anything, it's a bit high on the chai. I'm going to try and mix it with milk and see how it goes (since I have a second can) - if you tasted it, you'd know (maybe).

Edit: I tried it mixed with milk. It did improve the beer, but it did not improve the milk, sadly. I think I might need heavy cream if I want to go through less than a half gallon of milk per can of beer.
It's also one of those few beers that outstays its welcome the more one drinks. I don't think I could do a six pack. I have absolutely no regrets about this single, though.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 08/03/2016, enjoyed on 02/16/2017.

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Photo of Urk1127
2.17/5  rDev -42%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Photo of malfunxion
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Chai High from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 161 ratings