Ale To The Chief - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by scootny:
4.13/5 rDev +2%
A chill hazed copper/amber with a thick shaving cream head of off white hue. Superb retention and lacing. An island sits in the middle of my glass all the way down as rings on the sides mark the descent. Mild carbonation.
Smell is a good indication of the what is to come. A very balanced but hoppy bouquet. More piney than citrus but nice grapefruit component is there. Light butterscotch. A sweet malt and caramel structure tuck the hops into a bready blanket bringing a bakery yeastiness tahat mixes with an estery fruitiness. Atop this the grapefruit makes a reprise.
Taste is what you have been set up for at the nose. With bigger hops of course. Still the malt structure is deep and satisfying. Hops are first with a firm flexing that melds into the malt for a moment as the caramel and toffee tinged sweetness rolls over your tongue. Bitterness fights it back with a pervasive wraping of the tongue with hop oil and grapefruit skin. This one doesn't stun the buds with a KO assault but subdues them with a constant bittering that lays down a suppressing layer on the mouth. Finish is dry and clean with more hop oil and tea leaves. A toasted crackery facet as well. Feel is somewhat syrupy with and gentle carbonation. A girthy medium weight and smooth.
Drinkability is quite good considering the abv and somewhat thick feel. It drinks almost like an IPA but it does catch up with you so be careful and enjoy!
A nice nod to the President and a good brew for us.
05-01-2009 02:51:06 | More by scootny
More User Reviews:
4.15/5 rDev +2.5%
I have held this bottle awhile,I was hoping to open this bottle on election night....but things didnt go the way I had hoped,but enough bout that.Poured into a 22oz nonic a dull bronze with a big blooming slight off white head that left broken chumks of lace behind as it settled very slowly.Big pine resin and grapefruit rind in the nose along with some caramel biscuit.Obviously a hop dominate brew on the palate,grapefruit and leafy with a big dose of caramel sweetness,a lingering leafy/green note finishes.Its not over the top but its damn good,I bet it would have been great more fresh,damn voters!
12-12-2008 20:22:42 | More by oberon
4.33/5 rDev +6.9%
Fantastic! I've only just begun to appreciate the distinction between the American and English "bitters". This American version is quite good. Though the ABV and hoppiness is a higher than the English bitter it is a bit lower than the "big" American bitters. I would call this a very happy medium. The color is a vibrant amber/orange color with a strong enough head and apparent lacing throughout. The smell is pleasing but the taste does, as promised, packa punch. The citrus and hop are the most apparent flavors and are not strong simply for the sake of being strong. I would recommend this beer to most and I must say that I was pleasantly suprised, as someone who is not a "hop head".
02-19-2009 03:02:22 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
3.88/5 rDev -4.2%
Pours a good finger and half of fairly thick off white head. Ample head, with ample staying power. Gonna let this one sit a min
Piney citrus caramel malt bouquet. Boozy malt.
Tastes like it smells. I will say I get a bit of dry biscuit in there.
I would say it might be a tad over piney pale. Not bad, but not exactly what im looking for.
Overall a good beer. Ive had better and I will probably have better in the future. For the most part it felt like a common Pale Ale albeit more boozy.
04-03-2010 21:17:08 | More by JasonA
4.05/5 rDev 0%
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a big frothy head head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is melons and peppery piney hops with some spices and alcohol.
The flavor is sweet sugary melons and some toasted malts followed by a big fruity piney hop resin finish. The alcohol is well hidden, but gives a nice warming. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth velvety carbonation.
Overall, a very nice IPA. Not too over the top like many of Avery's big beers. Just not tailored enough to my tastes to be top tier for me.
08-11-2008 05:11:26 | More by Beaver13
4.33/5 rDev +6.9%
Way to go Avery.
First for the political sentiments (anti Bush/Republican) on the label...
Second for the high quality almost DIPA in the bottle.
Pours clear, glowing darker amber, with that olive oil almost green tint thing going on, tight off white head, leaving better then average fine lace. Nose is the expected oily, gritty, hoppyness. Tasty easy drinking offering, hops quite evident but not overpowering in their approach. Whole wheat toast underlying malt and coating the palate for the approaching hop crunch. Love the style..love this beer...highly recommended for all hoppy beer lovers.
09-07-2008 17:27:58 | More by Billolick
4/5 rDev -1.2%
The beer pours a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma is orange citrus with a lot of caramel malt. It smells a lot like a hoppy barleywine. The flavor is again like a barleywine. It tastes like caramel-coated oranges. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I didn't know what a year and a half old Double IPA would taste like but I am happy with the way this one aged, even if it is now more of a barleywine instead of a Double IPA.
06-23-2010 02:02:56 | More by Mora2000
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
Wow. Pours clear copper with a short white head. Big hop wallop in the nose. Grapefruit, pine oil, caramel, and orange zest. Smooth taste. Thought this was an IIPA, but it doesn't matter. Huge hops, the cascades really come through without blowing it up. Grapefruit, resin, pineapple, and mango flavors, all with the caramel malt back. Great beer.
12-04-2008 23:30:47 | More by magictrokini
3/5 rDev -25.9%
Had this on-tap @ hollingsheads a couple of months ago and it was great. Since then, I've got 2 bottles from liquor wherehouse, and they've both been as I like to say "butterscotch bastards".In lement, I wish I'd have written a review at hollingsheads. Alas... here I am with a new prez, wanting to ale to the chief; but insted holding my nose. Again this beer was tits on tap, but both bottles I've had were really bad!
11-05-2008 05:49:59 | More by ironlung
4.47/5 rDev +10.4%
A: Slightly hazy amber-orange. Frothy off-white head. Good lacing.
S: Mmm! Hops! Pine, orange, grapefruit, mint, woodsy, complex.
T: Lots of hops. Good maltiness of toasted grains and biscuit.
M: Very smooth for 8%. A bit harsh and dry at the finish.
D: Very easy drinking for the strength. A well balanced beer.
Comments: Best Double IPA. Period.
09-12-2008 17:58:03 | More by beerkittycat
4.13/5 rDev +2%
Slightly hazy brownish orange colored with a thick half inch of dimpled meringue.
Aroma of honey and tangerine, some grapefruit and green apple.
Rich and sharp flavor of orange rind, ripe fruit, tea leaves, sweetish biscuit malt, and honey. Slight warming of the cheeks and tingling tip of the tongue.
Thick and full mouthfeel, finishes crisp and a bit dry. Very tasty and drinkable for a big beer, but rich flavor may overwhelm after a few.
01-01-2009 19:15:03 | More by far333
4/5 rDev -1.2%
Old review notes from the Bistro 9th annual DIPA fest.
Hazy orange. Good hop aroma, light. Texture was syrupish, sticky hop taste. Average heft on the palate. Not overly bitter. Seems to have been a little heavier than the Dugana in the malt. Grapefruit and caramel to a lesser degree. Enjoyable, but nowhere near my favorite DIPA that day.
05-07-2010 23:49:30 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5 rDev -0.5%
This beer pours a clear, golden color, with a thick and fluffy off white head, with a yellow tint. The head fades slowly, leaving a massive lacing.
This beer has a grassy hop aroma. It smells citrusy as well. A very slight piney aroma is present. It also smells floral.
This beer tastes just like it smells. Grassy. Some pine and citrus flavors as well. Good.
This beer is full bodied. It goes down smooth, leaving a grassy hop aftertaste. It is carbonated to perfection.
This beer would probably make a good session beer. It is a little high in alcohol, and it is aggressivly flavored, but I could see myself drinking it a bit.
Overall: This is a good beer. I love a good DIPA, and this one didnt let me down.
11-24-2008 01:55:54 | More by OStrungT
3.65/5 rDev -9.9%
A - Amber in color with a mighty two inch head that takes quite awhile to retreat leaving significant lacing in its wake.
S - Grassy, resinous, and citrus odors are supported by a great bread-like malt character and a bit of tropical fruit. This stuff truly smells delicious.
T - In taste it lacks the hop punch one would expect from the nose. Outside of that there are notes of tropical fruit intermingled with the grassy resinous taste from the hops, but the taste is fairly subdued. A slight amount of alcohol is detectable in the finish which is crisp and dry becoming a bit sweeter as the glass warms to near room temp.
M - Medium in body and slightly sticky
D - Overall it is a fairly solid brew, but nothing particularly amazing. I wish the complexity present in the nose would have carried over into the flavor a bit more.
01-20-2009 02:12:15 | More by FrognutUnl
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours a clear coppery-orange body with a strong carbonation of big bubbles supporting a light tan head.
S- There is a earthy orange hop aroma that fills the air during the pour with a leafy hop aroma to it. There is a fruity quality to the hops as the beer warms.
T- This beer has a big green hop favor with a cheese quality to it and a pine note. There is a pale malt note and some toasted hints to it that support the big hops. The finish is a soft spicy quality to a pungent big hop finish.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with the only real alcohol heat coming in the last few sips.
D- This beer has some full fresh hops that are supported by a nice malt flavor with some depth. This is big and fresh hoppy beer.
10-29-2008 02:07:20 | More by rhoadsrage
3.18/5 rDev -21.5%
This is not anything that I expected. The bottle states that is a pale ale, but beer advocate lists it as a double ipa. It is very possible that we had an old bottle.
A. There is a copper brown color with a very small amount of head
S. Smells extremely dtrong of malt with maybe a slight hint of hops but not much.
T. Tastes like watered down malt with a little hop after taste.
M. A bitter malty aftertaste
D. struggled through this one. I hope that i just had a bad bottle. This unfortunately was the worst avery that i have had.
07-31-2009 02:38:45 | More by hughesm4
3.43/5 rDev -15.3%
Behind a smart and witty label lies a 22oz bottle that contains the 2008 Avery offering. The pour yields a cloudy haze of a beer that is amber/ orange in color with a thick white head. Some nice webbing coats the edge of the glass.
The scent is sweet and hoppy. It smells like one great IPA with layered hop scents like grapefruit and other citrus like fruits mixed with a little floral earthiness. There is also a freshly milled pale malt scent that is very nice. I can't wait to drink this beer.
I wouldn't say the taste is a disappointment, its just not this beer's best feature. There is a solid malt backbone that initially assaults the taste buds but it is quickly eclipsed by a strong astringency that basically over powers everything else. A shame because there is a nice underlying floral and citrus flavor that should be more available to the palate. The finish is a malty apology for the overall bitterness but you have to wait for the bite to subside.
I wish this one followed through on the flavor. The taste and mouthfeel really drop the ball. It has an unbalanced bitterness that obliterates all the great malt and citrus flavors. Almost unbelievable that the smell of this beer doesn't deliver in the flavor department. What a shame. Despite the one sided aspect this beer isn't to bad of a drinking experience. Its worth buying for the scent alone and by the time you get to the bottom of the glass you won't notice the Über bitterness.
09-13-2008 21:05:56 | More by jbphoto88
3.98/5 rDev -1.7%
Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass
A-Murky bright peach amber with a thin creamy head
S-Sweet malts with citrus hops in the background. A pungent nose.
T-Big, sweet caramel malts balanced roll across the palate, followed by the slightly tart citrus hops, a waft of alcohol, and astringent bitterness at the back end. I'm sure this was more hop-centric at oath taking time, but here at the end of August it has mellowed considerably.
M-On the heavier side of medium, with a big creamy feel. Nice balance of carbonation. Well done overall.
D-This is a pretty drinkable and enjoyable beer. A bit sweeter and malt oriented than expected (and I am by no means a hophead) Reminds me very much of DFH 90 Minute.
Another great effort from Avery...I just wish thier beers were not so expensive. This is pretty decent, and if any are left on your shelves, I would not hesitate to give it a try. not what it was when it was young, I am sure, but pretty damn solid with a bit of age.
08-18-2009 23:22:09 | More by caddybuyer
4.25/5 rDev +4.9%
Gorgeous golden amber with a billowy head of white foam that lasts and lasts, leaving nice mapping in it's wake.
Aromas are sweet pale malt, candied sugars, and sweet (orange?) citrus hops.
Taste follows the aroma with an initial sweetness that is very quickly overcome by the citrus to citrus peel hops. Nothing offensive. Actually well balanced.
This is a very drinkable Imperial or Double Pale Ale. The alcohol makes itself known quickly in the sensations but not in the taste.
08-13-2008 04:01:46 | More by IntriqKen
4.33/5 rDev +6.9%
22oz bomber poured into small snifter-type glass.
Love the label...it is presidential pale ale, not imperial pale ale.
Nice copper tone and a good 1 inch head. Medium lacing going down the glass. Very much par for the course for an IPA
Smell is awesome...Cascade hops. Great aroma. Well done
Taste is no let down very nice cascade hop flavor but not overly bitter (dare I say...Presidential)
Smooth, medium carbonation, crisp finish. Very good for this style.
After about 16oz of this 8.75% beer, I feel like I can drink 4-5 more. But I'm gonna say that 2 bombers is all I should take down. Not a session beer, but a great IPA.
MUST Try this if you like IPA
08-13-2008 02:00:34 | More by mbunje
Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.