JP's Yabba Dhaba Chai Tea Porter | James Page Brewing Company

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JP's Yabba Dhaba Chai Tea PorterJP's Yabba Dhaba Chai Tea Porter

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James Page Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by emerge077 on 07-28-2013

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 100
Photo of woodychandler
4.58/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I have been waiting to add this beer to The CANQuest (tm) for a while & lo & behold, here on New Beer Sunday (Week 602), the time has come! Did tone77 bring it for me? Did I get one for him? The answer may never be known, but watch and see where this leads.

From the CAN: "Discover ... [JP's ...]; "Adventurous brews with a twist"; "CANs [-] Infinitely recyclable".

The Crack! was excitingly loud & so I celebrated with an inverted Glug. This resulted in a brief finger of foamy, fizzy, light-tan head that quickly reverted to mere wisps. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity and ruby highlights. Nose was very spicy with notes of black pepper, vanilla, black tea, cinnamon, frothy steamed milk & allspice! It stood at the edge of pumpkin spice, but did not fall into that trap. Mouthfeel was on the thin side for a Porter, but not precisely thin. That is to say, it was not watery, but I like some body to my Porters & this was not that. Comprende, amigos? The taste was ... well, we are segueing into Pumpkin Beer Season & this had many of the same flavors. That said, the tea gave it a black powder/gunpowder bite that was CANpletely its own. As a former gunner & member of the SDBG, one afternoon in the mount, bored out of our minds and curious as hell, we broke out some gunpowder and both snorted it and put it on our tongues! Jesus! It burned and knocked us all on our asses, but once the initial rush passed, it was like we had snorted coke! We did a Field Day on the interior of the mount & by the time that we secured from GQ, it sparkled! I have never done it since, nor am I really supposed to talk about it, but a quarter-century later, I think that we will be okay. This reminded me a lot of that afternoon. The finish was semi-dry, believe it or not. Yes, there was a good deal of spiciness, which should have equaled bone-dry, but vanilla and steamed milk flavors took some of its edge from it. Phew! What a great addition to New Beer Sunday (Week 602).

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Photo of tone77
3.89/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a damn near black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of tea, spices, vanilla stands out. Taste is the same. Chai tea, considerable spices, vanilla. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a tasty and unique beer that is worth trying.

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Photo of tlema1
3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: deep brown with a thin tan head
S: sweet with spices
T: some honey and spice with a slight roast
F: medium body, nice tongue coating
O: interesting.. Too sweet for more than a couple

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Points for uniqueness. A nice drinkable Porter with just a touch of spice (nutmeg? allspice?), which actually surprised me when I tasted it. I'd definitely drink it again, but not quite as bold as I like my porters and I'd probably prefer no spice.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Smells like what you'd expect from the name. The chai and roast of a porter don't combine too terribly well. It's relatively laid back in its potency, but it's not great either.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from the can in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

(Insert Flintstones joke here.) (What? I'm feelin' a bit lazy at the moment...) Anyway, this stuff pours a slightly brackish sienna topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises nutmeg, mild cocoa powder, light maple syrup, a hint of vanilla bean, and a mixture of spices I can't quite pin down (though I assume they've something to do with chai tea). The taste brings in more of the same, a light vein of ginger sprouting up in the middle for the sake of it. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, not a bad porter at all, especially if you're into the whole sweet-'n'-spicy schtick. Definitely worth a look.

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Photo of The_Stav
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A unique combination of chai tea (adding lactose, no doubt like a milk stout) and a nice porter - maybe the next big thing after an Arnold Palmer tea and lemonade. Lots of chai spices to the nose and a bit in its flavor. I love the low carbonation and deep rich black color. Different, and worth picking some up!

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is close to being black in color; when held up to a bright light only traces of dark brown are visible near the edges of the glass. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of chai spices are present in the nose—nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger seem to stand out in particular—along with notes of vanilla.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of chai spices and is a little sweet. There are also notes of vanilla and hints of chocolate. The taste becomes a little sweeter and chocolaty as it warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is really interesting—it's almost like having a chai latte. I really enjoyed the complexity of the spices that were in the smell and taste. It's a little light on the porter flavors but is still very unique.

Serving type: can

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks a little thin and bright for the style as it's a dark prune purple color when held to the light. Even sitting on the table, it looks more purple than brown. The head is a thin film of nice creamy tan.

Oh boy, there's a lot going on here. Smells like fruit cake, with dried dark fruits, a hint of ginger and a pungent molasses. Not all that appealing; could go either way.

Thankfully, this cacophony of flavors works out and is actually quite quaffable. There's a far more prevailing porter foundation here with a smooth, thin and sweet roasty grains and only a fraction of the fruit-cake nightmare from the nose (thank God). If you can get over the smell, its actually pleasant, with just a hint of ginger and anise in the finish.

The mouthfeel saves the day here. It's 1,000x more clean than the nose would suggest, with a light rasp of carbonation. However, the carbonation lingers and pricks at my tongue a bit.

You know, I'm really on the fence with this one. If the spices were toned down, I think it would be an easy drinking summer porter.

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Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Poured with a reasonable light tan head that lingers with a light cover, some lace and has an opaque black brown color. I don't pick up any of the spices in the aroma just basically Porter. I am not a chai tea drinker so I don't remember those flavors but the spices in this beer are reminiscent of holiday spices. To me they don't go so well together. The body is okay. This beer might be for some but not for me.

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Photo of MinisterCurry
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours with a thick creamy head and develops wispy lacing. Nice mahogany-charcoal hue.

Smells like field mint, sour yeast, chai tea, fig, tobacco resin, fall baking spice, oak and cocoa.

Tasting brings notes of masala and chai black teas, dried fig and blueberry, chocolate mint. Finished with a Medium-dry cocoa finish.

Smooth mouthfeel, velvety but not too rich. Dry like a good porter should be.

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Photo of Spyderheartscoffee
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

Great beer. I drank it at 30 degrees fahrenheit. Delightfully reminded me of Christmas. Vanilla and cinnamon are the flavors that shine most with a complex spice and bitter background. Great flavor without straying too far from a solid porter flavor. Yummy. The company should feel free to send me free beer anytime.

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Photo of Azeotrope
2.34/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Tastes alright at the front end since you are tasting the chai but it quickly developed into a gag at the end and I found after several attempts, I couldn't drink it. I like chai the but wasn't into this. I suppose try it if you really love chai and hope for the best.

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Photo of Billolick
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can, w/o freshness/canning date info.

Pours darker honey amber, long lasting dark khaki cap, goes to a fine film and leaves moderate fine lace.

Sweet spiced up nose with some cinnamon and vanilla.

More moderate sweet on the palate, again with cinnamon, and light vanilla. Some roasted malts smooth things out.

Meh, mellow and fairly well spiced, too much really for my liking. Add some of this to a spiced cake or holiday bread recipe and all would be well.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours to a thin beige head that falls to a ring that lasts. Deep brown hazy color. Aroma is chai tea spices so dominant that you can hardly tell it's a beer. Flavor is a potent blend of pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, etc. blended with faint roasted malts. On the sweet side. Tea-like finish. Mouthfeel is blah and watery. Overall, this is not a bad thing to drink but it really tastes more like a chai cola than a porter.

I like chai, but I won't be buying this again.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Being adventurous with this one, poured a can into a Long Trail pint glass.
Poured like muddy swamp water, similar to Smuttynose Muddy. There seemed to be a lot of sediment floating around, and there is no mention of it being unfiltered. Smells like the chai tea latte you;d get at Starbucks-vanilla, cinnamon, and cardomom-there is no question it was inspired by Indian spices. Very festive for the winter season. You get all those flavors in a big way, covers up whatever burnt malt taste should be there a bit too well. Very sweet with a metallic build on the end, mehh. No lacing, but carbonated moderately high. Very unique beer for those people who like tea&gt;coffee. A one-off novelty item. Couldn't imagine going to this more than once in a blue moon. Best suited you're celebrating the X-mas season-in India-easy to drink, but no warmth from the burnt malts I like from my porters in the Winter.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.04/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark brown color with a thick khaki head that slowly sinks into a thin cap. Throws off nice patterns of lacing.

S - Smells like chai tea with some cocoa. Cinnamon, vanilla, clove, allspice, cardamom, sweet malts, ginger bread, reminds me of Christmas.

T - Metallic upfront, dark bread malts, clove, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, cardamom, the grains are slightly toasted, has some fruit tartness to it as well. The finish is long with a tangy ester character.

M - The body is medium with medium to high carbonation. Lackluster finish.

The beer smells great but the flavors don't come together as well as the aroma. The flavors only get worse as the beer warms. Interesting but this is a one and done.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.14/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light, tan head that is voluminous. A touch of lacing. A lot of spice in the nose of this one, maybe a little bit of chocolate in the background. Deep, deep burnt umber color. Starts with a massive cookie-spice flavor; cinnamon, maybe some allspice and clove. That's about it.

This is like liquid gingerbread cookie. Maybe around Christmas, I could swing one of these, but it's not doing it for me right now. I could maybe see myself getting this some other time.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.63/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Can poured into shaker pint glass

Appearance: jet black, light brown and red hue at the base. Sporadic lacing coats the walls of the glass. Three finger head when poured in two parts gently.

Smell: Chai! Cinnamon, cloves, and ginger

Taste: Cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: thick

Overall, this is a great beer. I can't wait to try other JP's (Stevens Point) beers.

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
2.56/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is a porter spiced with a chai tea mixture of spices including ginger cinnamon, cardamom, clove and anise. I have had a couple of homebrewed examples of this style while judging competitions and have been tempted to do my own version, but it hasn't hit my rotation yet. With the tag-line "Discover" on the label, along with an adventurous fictionalized James Page exploring the wilds of India, this is also an attractive package.

Aroma: Lots of things going on in the aroma on this beer. Lemons, cardamom, white pepper are strong. There is a slight roasted grain burnt aroma. Allspice and cloves as it warms up a bit. Some sweetness from malt is present as well.

Appearance: Deep brown, but not black. Held up to light you can see through the edges and clarity is excellent. When poured has an enormous light brown head that fills the glass. I poured this into 2 separate 12 oz glasses and foaming was such that I still had a third of the beer in the can afterward. It was several minutes before I could get a legitimate taste of this beer.

Flavor: Not as sweet as expected from the aroma. Very mild roast malt. Spices are very strong in this one, and too much of that lemon flavor present. A muddled mix of cardamom, liquorice and cloves. The mouthfeel on this is a bit watery and thin. There is a strange flavor in the finish that tastes a bit like imitation vanilla extract that stays with you. To use a wine term, this is flabby.

Overall: This is pretty disgusting. I have no idea where the lemon flavor was coming from, but it clashed horribly with the light roasted malt flavors. Some of the spice flavors seemed very fake and medicinal, and the spicing in general was too over-the-top to leave a balanced beer. The base beer for this didn't seem to have enough body, sweetness or mouthfeel to hold even out that extreme spicing.

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Photo of woemad
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From notes.

12oz can purchased at the Rocket Market in Spokane. No obvious freshness date.

Poured a very dark brown color that took on a rubyish hue when held up to light. Big, creamy tan head that took it's time dropping, leaving lots of lace.

The nose was dominated by a spicy aroma similar to cinnamon. I'm not entirely sure what chai tea is or what it's made from, but it seemed like cinnamon. The roasty maltiness usually associated with porters is completely overwhelmed by the spices.

The taste is a little closer to a traditional porter, with some dark malt flavor but it's stil mostly the spice show. There's also a flavor not unlike gingerbread, and a slight, cola-ish taste.

Medium bodied, with a mouthfeel tht seemed a little thin.

A gimmick beer, one to try as a curiosity. It's not bad but not something I'd go out of my way to find again.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep cola brown with some light passage at the edges. One finger head forms and retains nicely. The nose starts with heavy ginger and is followed by cinnamon and other spices. The nose is all spices, not really getting any porter qualities with it. The taste starts just like the nose, heavy spice, very akin to chai tea. The problem here is I want a nice chocolatey roasty porter to come in and support all of the spices. Instead, there is a rather light tasting base beer that makes the whole thing taste a bit watery. The body is light and the carbonation is medium to high.The spice is well executed which makes the beer somewhat interesting, but ultimately it is not something I would want to come back to.

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Photo of divyamistry
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The spices are definitely the selling point. Delicious porter with all the cardamon, cloves, and what not! Feels unusually refreshing. I've been on a streak of Ommegang and Chimay for some time now. While this is not quite there yet, it definitely packs a punch of deliciousness. Even if you're not really into porter, just the flavor profile itself is worth a sip or two or ten or a can.

Definitely recommend for the beer explorer in you. Another lovely gem from Wisconsin.

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Photo of emerge077
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark reddish brow that looks ruby red or garnet toned in the light. Thin layer of tannish foam that collars up around the sides, lasting thin surface skim. Not much lace.

Aroma has some interesting spices, nutmeg or cardamom. Not especially roasty or porterlike, more like a cola but not sweet.

Blended chai spices, cardamom for sure, light nutmeg and cinnamon. Body is a little thin and watery, very slight astringency. Tastes like a spice cookie, a little toasty and sweet with a moderate level of spices and light bitterness. The overall flavor is interesting, though it could be a lot smoother.

Fun fact: James Page Brewery was among the first to can craft beer, back in 1998.

Thanks to Walt for making this one possible.

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JP's Yabba Dhaba Chai Tea Porter from James Page Brewing Company
3.46 out of 5 based on 100 ratings.
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