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Ale To The Chief - Avery Brewing Company

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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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jophish17

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

12-24-2011 07:44:06 | More by jophish17
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Cresant

Kentucky

2.73/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. The body was a golden amber with some haze. Two fingers of foamy white head settled slowly.

Smell was malty, sweet fruit. Yeasty. LifeSavers candy. Whole wheat bread crust. I suppose the hops have faded in this one.

Taste was fruit, maybe peaches. Light hops flavor leaves a bit of oil on the lips. Bready/crust. Some wood/pine. A little too sweet. I think the hops have left the building.

Mouthfeel was medium to full. Some slickness. I've never been a big Avery fan, and I'm not starting now.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 14:14:27 | More by Cresant
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Traquairlover

Virginia

2.78/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Nice off white foamy head which leaves heavy lacing. That was the good part, liquid is a hazy light amber with a yellowish tinge that really looks a little sick to me, not a pleasant color for a beer.

S = Standard piney hops smells, tart lemon, some underlying breakfast muffin with marmalade. Not bad, but pretty average for the style.

T&D = Strong tastes of canned yellow grapefruit juice followed by strong bitterness that gets cloying in the finish. Frankly, I do not find this all that drinkable. The hops flavors are there, but they just do not seem all that well integrated into the beer. I really feel like I am drinking a Texsun grapefruit juice with a little everclear and something to add carbonation. It just doesn't have enough to set it apart from other DIPAs while having this mass produced fruit juice character. Very disappointing.

M = Medium-light bodied but with a watery feeling at mid-palate, carbonation stung a little bit, alcohol became too noticeable.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 23:34:23 | More by Traquairlover
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jujubeast6000

Texas

2.93/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 11/4/2008 (bottle):

Pours a pale yellowish body, with a very clear non-fizzy body. Good sized white head, but diminishing. Hoppy grapefruity aroma. Sweet syrupy smell like fig, plum. Bitter taste, sweetness & maltiness. Strong taste, alcoholy. Waiting for it to warm up...Strong grapefruitiness. Dry aftertaste. Not my thing, too much bitter for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 04:06:36 | More by jujubeast6000
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Parrotbeak

Minnesota

2.93/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber with a 3/8 inch white head that thins out fairly quickly, becoming a little patchy.
Smell is dominated by a sweet, malty aroma. Almost no hop presence. Some faint overripe pineapple.
The taste had the same, sweet malty bulge that is on the nose. Slightly sour breadiness follows, with some stale crackers. Murky, overripe, dark fruit. Faint hint of cinnamon on the finish. No hops.
Mouthfeel is fairly flat and somewhat sticky.
Drinkability is fair. Taste is a bit of a mess, and all other aspects of this beer combined fail to redeem.
Maybe past its prime. I can't believe this one was ever an imperial IPA, however.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 01:51:40 | More by Parrotbeak
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

2.98/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a lovely clear orange-amber with a fairly thick and fluffy white head. Aroma is odd, more like a cider or fruit beer than an IPA, strongly of fruit - mainly orange and a hint of grape - but with some hop smell. Flavor is strongly hoppy and fairly fruity, tasting almost like a good IPA mixed with grapefruit juice. Finish is smooth, hoppy and citrusy, a little bitter and a little sour.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 02:42:16 | More by Cyberkedi
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ironlung

California

3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 05:49:59 | More by ironlung
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djaeon

California

3/5  rDev -25.9%

01-22-2012 21:20:49 | More by djaeon
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leodarko

California

3/5  rDev -25.9%

01-02-2013 06:39:37 | More by leodarko
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TeeCee

Louisiana

3.05/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Quick review - while I'm not an IPA guy, I've found a few recently that I like. This isn't really one of them.

Color - an orangey amber, cloudy. There was yeast in the bottle. Apparently, it's bottle conditioned. The pour, my pour, created about an inch of head, collapsing in short order, leaving lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - flowery, piney, and when agitated, some overripe fruitiness.

Taste - all the hops I was smelling, some maltiness that I couldn't smell, and that mysterious overripe fruit (not so much that it's the reason that I don't like this beer). The finish is all bitterness to the point that it dries my mouth.

Mouthfeel - medium thin in the mouth. I would have expected a little thicker to balance the hops, but not today.

Closing notes - the Shiner Cheer this past year had a rotten peach flavor to me. That's a bit of what I'm tasting here.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 18:56:23 | More by TeeCee
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Drew966

Florida

3.05/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ale to the Chief pours a hazy orange with an off white head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma has a bit of piney hops, but caramel is more prevalent. The flavor is disappointing, there is some caramel and some hops, but it's poorly balanced. Alcohol is pretty noticeable. This one just does not do it for me, Avery usually does significantly better.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 15:29:20 | More by Drew966
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.05/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A strawberryred with a good creamy head and great retention. Great lace.
Smell is hops, floral, pine, with some malt way in the back.
Taste is hops all over, some floral, pine and alcohol.
Medium body, light effervescence, crisp finish. All hops in aftertaste with alcool note. Good with a high ABV apparently but kind of a "one trick pony".

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2010 03:02:10 | More by PorterLambic
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mentor

Colorado

3.08/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Slight gusher. Stored in my cellar since it was released, about 2 years ago. Pours a four finger tan-pink head over a clear brown copper liquid. Smells light lemon & pear fruity, clean hops, a mild phenolic edge. Has a furniture polish smell about it that I'm not fond of.

Tastes fruity esters and malt sweet with some hop grassiness, orange peel bitter, strong clean alcohol, and a mild belgian-like phenol that's not quite clovey. Malt flavor is nearly absent, perhaps a dusty munich. Hop flavor has a bit of baby aspirin with orange and pine that's a bit unpleasant in a sour piercing kind of way. Hop bitter is both clean lemony pith and grassy columbus-like hops and has a spicy zip in the finish, similar to a czech pils. Esters are dried pears and some apricot.

Md yet creamy mouthfeel and a bit more carbonation than I'd like. Drinkability is meh. I could see this improving with age. It's much better now than it was fresh.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 04:55:48 | More by mentor
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Beauregard

Maryland

3.1/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium copper from the tap with average white head. Aroma is faint, hints of caramel and a mixture of sweet, piney, and citrusy hops. The flavor is muddled, and caramel and residual sugar overpower the malt base. Alcohol taste is present. A kitchen sink full of hop flavors drown in the caramel without enough bitterness at the back end. Hops flavors are resiny sweet, flowery, somewhat citrusy, and unfortunately vegetal and even a bit cheesy. Mouthfeel is too heavy for my tastes. Not bad tasting, but unfocused in my opinion. Not what I'm looking for in a double IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2008 03:07:58 | More by Beauregard
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BucannonXC5

California

3.13/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Type: Draft
Glass: Half pint glass
From: URGE American Gastropub
in Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, Calif.)
Price: $4.00
Misc.: N/A

Poured a red caramel color with a finger (when I got it) of off-white head that lasted for awhile. Good looking circular lacing on the sides. Nice layer of on the top as it went down.

Smelled soap, butter and bitter piny hops.

Tasted bitter piny hops, grapefruit, weak floral hops and soap with a huge alcohol bite.

Medium body. Thin-to-oily texture. Lively (above average) carbonation. Bitter finish.

Just wasn’t a fan of his beer. Lots of alcohol in the taste, but the flavor just didn’t match up.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2012 00:27:45 | More by BucannonXC5
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Somehow I neglected to have this on Election Night.

Neat label.

Clear copper body, topped by four fingers of loose bubbly sticky white froth.

Big citrusy nose, plenty of grapefruit with bits of orange. Not quite fresh though. Hint of alcohol.

Starts with a malty sweet foothold. Juicy citrusy hops quickly overwhelm the malt. Finishes dry, almost dusty. Hit and miss alcohol sensation. No real big bite, finish, or aftertaste.

Smooth mouthfeel. Ok drinkability.

Overall, a bit of a letdown. I expected more. Perhaps excess. This lacked a core.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 06:10:20 | More by RonfromJersey
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mwa423

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I can't tell if this is an old bottle or if ba has the style wrong. The bottle specifically says it is a pale ale with some extra hops. I suppose that could be a DIPA that has just aged but I am quite confused about what this is supposed to be.

The smell is all malty sweetness, almost reminds me of malt extract. The appearance was a half finger of head and a cloudy straw color. Appearance was closer to a hefeweizen then anything else.

The taste was all malt and relaticely unimpressive. It is almost like drinking watered down malt. I will have to read a bunch of reviews to get a better idea of what this beer is supposed to be

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 02:27:14 | More by mwa423
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hughesm4

Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 02:38:45 | More by hughesm4
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.2/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Polished kumquat with polished bronze borders. As always, a little yeasty haze would improve the appearance. A fantastic looking three finger crown more than makes up for the beer's (slight) shortcomings. The foam is pastel orange-tinted ivory in color and has significant character. Thick swaths of cobbled lace stick like glue.

Cascade hops are featured prominently in the nose. Although it could be brighter and more loaded with lupulins, the fact that almost no caramel and no alcohol is noted makes me think that this could be pretty tasty stuff. Crystal ball says... good, but probably not special.

Something must've happened on the way to the inauguration because Ale To The Chief doesn't taste anywhere near as good as it smells. Since the initial review was less than four months ago, it's highly unlikely that age has taken a toll. Still, this tastes like a DIPA that is past its prime.

First the bad news. The beer has an underlying off-flavor that's part paint thinner, part metal and part moldy hops. I hate to say it, but I've had some organic beer that tasted just like this. You didn't try to sneak some organic hops past us, did you Mr. Avery? It doesn't ruin things, but it comes pretty close.

The good consists of a lack of cloying sweetness and some pleasant orange citrusiness. Avery is usually more generous with the hops than this. Since I haven't blown out my tongue on hop bombs lately, that can't be it. A dollop of pine sap veers dangerously close to pine resin. The simple, unvarnished truth is that this just isn't a very well-constructed DIPA. If anything, the flavor and drinkability scores are overly generous. On second sniff, the nose isn't that good either.

The mouthfeel is no more than medium for the style and begins to wander away too soon on the finish. The carbonation gives up the ghost too early in each mouthful and things fall a bit flat when they should still be buoyant.

Ale To The Chief is not one of ABC's better efforts and does not deserve to be brewed again unless some major changes are made. Oh well. Avery has more hits than misses, so I'm not too bent out of shape about this one. Bottom line: vetoed.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 21:59:13 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not sure why this beer was brewed exactly. For the president? I'm confused...but then again, it doesn't really matter.
Poured a semi-clouded amber/acorn color with a head that was off white/brown and billowed up nicely. Good density and lacing. Endured quite a while.
Tame aroma. Mild characteristics all the way around. Some sweet, wet malt, a touch of floral and citrus hops, a pinch of smoke or toast. Can't say I was impressed much.
A taste that was solid at best. Good balance again, but nothing that would suggest the 2IPA label was justified. This is a good beer, but reviewing with the style I think it misses a bit. drinkable, though.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 04:30:37 | More by Mebuzzard
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Tdizzle

California

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased at BevMo! in Brea.

A- Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass, this beer pours amber with a billowy two-finger head that's white in color. The head settles to a thin layer that never completely dissipates, leaving some web-like lacing on the glass after each sip.

S- A decent amount of piney hops with a faint malt backing that has a slightly sweet, vegetable-like aroma to it. The 8.75% ABV becomes more noticeable as the beer warms.

T- The bitterness is not nearly as intense as I would have hoped for from an Imperial Pale Ale. That vegetable-like maltiness that the aroma possesses is also present in the flavor of this beer. The finish is only slightly dry and leaves a mild bitterness on the back of the tongue, along with a bit of a kick from the alcohol.

M- A full-bodied feel with medium carbonation.

D- I had trouble finishing an entire bomber of this beer. I just didn't care for its flavor, and the 8.75% ABV is more pronounced than I would have expected.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 06:10:15 | More by Tdizzle
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harpus

Alabama

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

10-06-2012 04:50:12 | More by harpus
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MNBeerGeek

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

07-12-2014 00:02:42 | More by MNBeerGeek
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yelterdow

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$9.99 for this 22oz. bomber, served between fridge and cellar temperature in an inperial pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a deep reddish gold, the head climbs eventually to four fingers of bisque foam. Popping away slowly, it levels off to a thick coating and leaves patches of gobby lacing behind.

Smell- The citrusy twang of dry-hopped Cascades permeates the nasal passages, not too aggressive for a DIPA.

Taste- The malt begins to come forth, but the massive hops continue to dominate the palate. The swallow brings lots of lemony goodness, with a reserved bittering with regard to the style.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Surprisingly thin and average, the texture doesn't bring anything interesting to the table... It's just mildly fizzy, with a watery consistency. Easy enough to drink, just nothing I'd come back to in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 02:41:02 | More by yelterdow
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jnn4v

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

What can I say? I had very high expectations for this beer, but it fell flatly short of all of them.

A: It had a nice golden color, bordering on amber. I bit hazy, but still translucent. Nothing wrong here. Looking good.

S: Not the smell I anticipated from the description on the bottle. I'd say it was mostly that of tea leaves, lemon, and possibly some orange zest. Interesting, but odd. I'll give it "above-average" just for being interesting and not offensive in any way.

T: Bitter, but not a typical hop bitterness. Again, it tastes like someone made iced tea but left the tea bag in way too long. That sort of astringent, unpleasant bitterness not often tasted in quality beers. The mid-taste lemon hits you followed by a trailing hint of sweetness and orange zest and then an even harsher bitter aftertaste. Fortunately, as it warmed to 55-60 degrees, it did mellow out a bit and more of the malt was evident.

M: Good texture for a high-caliber ale. Relatively thick, moderate carbonation with small bubbles. This is one of the better attributes of this beer.

D: Started below average, ended above average once it warmed, so I'm giving it "average" overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 16:28:47 | More by jnn4v
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Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.