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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.04/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99   IBU: 17   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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Using our blond ale recipe as the canvas for this one of a kind brew, we add chai spices during the fermentation process to allow the flavors of the beer and chai to meld seamlessly. The result is a truly unique combination of flavors; sweet malt, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove dance on the palate before ending with a tingling dry finish. Accept no imitations. This is SLO County’s original Chai Ale.


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2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Spicy funky aroma, with some hoppiness. Pours cloudy golden amber with a thick white head. Very spicy upfront, clove, cinnamon, allspice, then it turns funky sour, like brettomyces, maybe this bottle is infected? Has a dry bitter finish. Not what i was expecting. Interesting to try, won’t try it again.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bytemesis (2927) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 14, 2014
Bottle from backlog. Pours clear amber with a small fizzy off-white head that dissipates pretty quickly leaving some residual and lacing. Aroma is grain, spices, cinnamon, clove. Flavor is light sweet, burst of lemon, clove, bit of lemony tartness. Medium body, interesting, not necessarily good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocJitsu (826) - Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Pours a clear deep golden color with nearly no head at all. A white ring forms and clings to the edge of the glass where it joins with the beer. A very faint aroma of tart pear emerges from the glass. Mouthfeel is wet and smooth, yielding to some carbonation scrub, and finishing a little powdery. Very mild, blended flavors. Mild clove is noted. Lightly sweet and just as lightly tart. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (16245) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 5, 2013
Draft @ the brewery. Pours a pale yellow color with a small white head. Has a fruity spicy aroma. Fruity malty spicy creamy flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy creamy finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
brokensail (10530) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Clear golden pour with a white head. Slight tartness up front, but otherwise nice spice notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Some bready sweetness, water, and a grassy undertone. The flavor is a bit watery, tart, and grassy. Some good spice flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg, but overall unimpressive.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 14, 2011
On tap at the brewery with my bro-in-law Mike. Great off-the-radar brewery. Was told by bartender this was their blonde ale with chai added during fermentation Nice cinnamin chai flavor. Creamy and light.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
illidurit (2113) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 10, 2011
Bomber poured into a pint glass. Gold with a heart of orange and a fizzy cola-like off-white head. Aroma is sweet with obvious chai spices, vanilla, hay, candied citrus. Flavor is sweet as well, with a round honey malt base and a restrained chai spiciness that surprisingly doesn’t become overwhelming. At first the beer is on the cloying side but with a little warmth, some mild tea tannins come out and dry the palate without being too astringent. I wasn’t expecting much here but this beer is completely fine. The only flaw is it’s sweet and fizzy.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SDalkoholic (2124) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 5, 2011
Bottle from Henry’s: Poured a sparkling golden liquid and had a fizzy short lived formation of foam. As for the aroma, I can definitely pick up on the scents of cream, green herbs, spices, and perhaps a light background of tea. The flavor is just as rewarding as the nose led me to believe because of the touches of herbs, tea, and spicing as well as a delicate usage of cream flavoring. Certainly creative and different cream recipe than made for an interesting drink since I usually don’t fancy cream ales unless their really dark in complexion.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUN 26, 2011
Draught at the brewery. A beer clothed in controversy, and possibly rightly so. Takes more of a sweet chai line than spicy, though the spice is there in a rounder, sweeter way, like a starbucks chai with plenty of sugar. But I like starbucks chai; much better than their coffee. Basic blond/cream ale base with light hops but a little more malt sweetness to carry the tea. Nice stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhops (427) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2009
bottle thanks to bullzeye.. Pours pale gold with thick head. Aroma of hay, gras, some malty sweetness, tea. Flavor is understated, some spice and sweetness. Nice but thinnish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
travita (3831) - Frisco, Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. The look is slightly cloudy, golden, with a nice white head. The smell is flowers, tea, honey, jasimine, and chai. Tthe taste is weak, some spices, flower, and chai.


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