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Ale To The Chief - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

494 Ratings
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Ratings: 494
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 23
Gots: 11 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed occasionally during election years.

(Beer added by: GilGarp on 07-22-2008)
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scootny

New York

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 02:51:06 | More by scootny
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Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.