Big Rock Life Of Chai | Big Rock Brewery

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Big Rock Life Of ChaiBig Rock Life Of Chai

Brewed by:
Big Rock Brewery
Alberta, Canada

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by wordemupg on 08-23-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by Olek4374:
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2.77/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Split a 6 pack with one of my coworkers since I'm often a little sceptical of Big Rock's new products. They are really hit and miss. However, I'm a big fan of chai tea, so I had to give this one a go.

It pours a cool orange-brown hue with a thick head, maybe 6cm or so. The aroma is very malty and there is a touch of chai to it. It's not very resemblant of authentic chai tea, but I can see what they're going for.

The taste is pretty big rock-like. It's really watery and lacks any body, and the flavour is not very chai like at all, it just tastes like a below average brown ale. Feel is very light carbonation, and not much finish.

Meh, this is a pass.

I can see I'm a big minority here. I just don't dig this beer.

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Photo of intoxabroad
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle. Nice stereotypical Indian busy imagery depicted on the label. Wow NINE exotic spices - why stop there? Why not an even ten?

This beer pours a crystal clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with one rather skinny finger of wispy, barely bubbly dirty white head, which leaves little beyond a few specks of islet lace around the glass as things sink away.

It smells of cardamom, ginger, clove (well, 3 out of 9 is where I stop), bready, almost cake-like caramel malt, a subdued earthy floral rosewater character, and a hint of herbal tincture. The taste is more spice, loud and proud up front, edgy and savoury all at once - nutmeg, ginger, and clove most prominent - a dry toffee-tinged caramel malt, and more herbal leafy hops, this time without the alcohol quotient.

The bubbles are pretty laid-back, just a wee, ineffectual fizziness, the body an adequate medium weight, and kind of too metallic (from the spice, I gather) to be declared outright smooth. It finishes off-dry, the bready, toffee-esque malt starting to gain the upper hand on all those untethered spices.

Definitely right up the alley of the aromas wafting from each and every coffee shop I pass lately (and a few breweries, it would appear) - all that's missing is some pumpkin, and this goes from a slavish ode to Indian restaurant play-you-out, to full-on fall warmer (for those wusses who can't deal with +15 temps).

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Photo of BigBry
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of leaddog
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a copper colour with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell - Chai tea spices galore (cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, touch of clove), sweet toffee-like malts.

Taste - All the chai tea spices and toffee notes are present, but not as strong as the aroma. Touch of vanilla perhaps. Finish goes back to a neutral malt body.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - An excellent take on a chai inspired beer by Big Rock. The aromas in this brew are so enticing. I wish the spice flavours would stick around a bit longer all the way through the finish, but still very good.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into tulip 22/8/13

A clear amber liquid saturated with little bubbles, very well carbonated, thumbs width of tan foam sits around for a few sips leaving a few random patches of lace

S heavy on the spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, jump out, quite floral with some root beer and toffee with some earthy wood

T a little toned down compared to the nose, everything's still there but not as strong, almost over spiced, I don't mind it but its not very "Beer" to me

M a little watery but the bubbles give it some life, a little slick with heavy spice after the fact

O alright but nothing special, lots of spice that's for sure and I could see many people thinking too much

decent stuff but I doubt I'd ever bother again, some might like the heavy amount of spices but I think its a little overpowering,

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Photo of Ianleesrivette
2/5  rDev -42.7%

Photo of ScottWestmaas
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of kvadiat
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Tivlavrie
4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Big Rock Life Of Chai from Big Rock Brewery
3.49 out of 5 based on 14 ratings.
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