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Ale To The Chief - Avery Brewing Company

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500 Ratings
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Ratings: 500
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
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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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

imperialking, Jan 08, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Twilight golden bodied with a large stack of eggy white suds. It's generally transluscent with plenty of tiny particles in suspension.
It noses of rusted iron, pine sap, pineapple, lemon rind, and graham crackers...and Gin.
In to the mouth, it begins with a honey-slathered graininess. It inches toward caramel, but the hops intercept. And that's not unusual for a big / double IPA. But the hops don't have all that much to say, apart for a bit of stinging bitterness. There are citric tones. There are pineapple tones. There are floral tones. There are reeferous tones. There are metallic and cinnamon-woody and minty tones. But all of these lack the gumption to stand up and assert themselves. Over time, it just becomes more grassy bitter and metallic.
First impression, you'd say "this is hoppy". But when questioned, you'd say, "I'm not sure, just generally". Then there is a drying inhale of Gin and tonic with its booze and minerals.
Full bodied, hanging heavy in the mouth, but given just enough lift to stave off a cloying or oppressive feel. This is like Congress, it can't get anything done right, but somehow manages to appease.
It's not hard to drink, but it's hard not to let one's mind wander to dreaming of DIPAs with a better overall constitution.

cokes, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL foil-wrapped bottle purchased at State Line.

A: The DIPA is a ruddy amber color, translucent with a half a finger of head across the mouth of the glass.

S: I took a brief whiff from the bottle and was blasted back with a barrage of hops. Out of the glass, the hops are murky with a big aroma that reminds me of a barleywine (or a DIPA that sat around too long).

T: The ale is huge, full of both hops and malts. The flavors are wet and concentrated, a veritable barleywine. The malts are caramel and biscuits, chewy and sweet. They match up admirably against the hops. Those hops are citrusy with a touch of pine resin. The finish is the best part of the ale, a melange of pine and citrus flavors that lingers long.

M: The ale is big and swirling, a barleywine wiht a fresh hop kick. The flavors overwhlem the palate.

D: One bottle is enough. The ale is a bomb. I'm just not sure if it is a hop- or malt- one.

akorsak, Oct 27, 2008
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3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 ounce bomber. Pours a dark iced tea colour with a one figer white head and nice lacing. Nose- sweet fruit and caramel. Taste- intial taste is off hops- more tea like than anything, very sweet, big candied orange flavour. Rather thick mouthfeel, leads to a drying finish. Maybe a little past its prime? Very balanced but the hop profile leaves something to be desired.

oakbluff, Nov 16, 2008
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3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hmmmm... I was wanting this to be special....not quite there..

Well, it pours a beautiful clear honey golden color with an ample foamy head and terrific lacing..

Nose is strange... Its hoppy, I can smell the Cascade but its also sort of metallic as well... Smells a little sharp...

Well, its hoppy but not Maharaja like or anything. The hops provide plenty of bitterness but little else. Yeah, they're present but they don't really do anything...a little malt shows up at the backend to try and save this one but I just don't get it...

I wish now that I'd gotten the Maharaja...

Tilley4, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of TheHoppiest
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Pours a hazy pumpkin orange with a cream-colored sticky head. A fair amount of sediment was in the bottle, but none has transferred into the glass.

Smell is orange citrus and yeasty, almost bready. Some woodiness lies underneath.

Definite orange blossom citrus hits the tongue, with some creamy yeast. Spicy, almost metallic taste hits the tongue, and a coppery taste hits the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel is medium.

Drinkable enough, I suppose; I'm worried that its age is starting to show.

TheHoppiest, Oct 03, 2010
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3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Slightly translucent gold color, with a dense, white, lasting head.

Smell - Grass, flowery pine, and citrus.

Taste - Much like the nose, but also with sweet malts for balance. Some alcohol in the finish. Got very sweet as it warmed up.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light body, which is aided by the thick head. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability - One is good, but I wouldn't want more than that in one night.

Notes - The dry hopping really brings out the juiciness of the hops; this was the juiciest beer I've had in a while.

I have mixed feelings about this one. It's clearly a well-crafted beer, with a lot of hoppy complexities. It's just not my cup of tea, as I prefer drier malts to the sweet stuff balancing this ale. I'm not going to buy it again, but I'm glad I tried it, as it's quite a bit different from other IPA's.

Fnord, Feb 08, 2009
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3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours a burnt copper amber copper with lots of fizzy white foam. Ridicoulously long lasting, with lacing even before the foam recedes to the level of the beer. Very sticky.

Sweet malty smell with some orange. Not getting the hop rush I expected.

Taste opens bitter, but holds with anise, licorice, and orange flavors throughout. Finish is bitter, mildly peppery. Lingering hop aftertaste. Good solid carbonation.

At the beginning I thought this was going to be too much hop for me, but the malty mixture held up very well and ended up being more drinkable than I expected. Good taste as well.

KTCamm, Nov 29, 2009
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3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured a clear copper with 2+ inches of yellow-tinged head. Lots of lacing as it died down in my Corsendonk tulip (my standard bomber taster).

Smell - Grapefruity hop aroma dominates with some fruitiness thrown in as well. Not much malt in the nose.

Taste - My first reaction was that I did not like the compliment of hops used. While there's a bit of sweetness at first taste, that quickly gives way to an odd, almost off hop flavor. That in turn gives way to a more familiar resiny, citrusy hop character with a long, bitter piney finish. The abv becomes apparent in the very last throes of the finish.

Mouthfeel - Low to moderate carbonation, with medium viscosity in the body.

Drinkability- Medium. I don't hate it but halfway through the bottle I was already thinking about what I'd drink next. Each sip started off a bit underwhelming, but the finish was impressive enough to get me to take the next one.

Comments- I think that on inauguration day this beer might be drinking a bit better. The hops used make it a bit tough to drink right now and may round out a bit by January. I think I'll buy one to put away until then, but won't seek one out until the new President is sworn in.

I'm confused as to what Avery was after with this beer. They already have the amazing Maharajah in the DIPA/IIPA category, so why another? Reading the label I thought that this might be more of an Imperial Pale Ale with more of a malt presence, but that's not the case to these taste buds.

Note- About a month later I had this beer on tap and it was a much better experience. The "off" hop flavor wasn't present and the malt character was much more obvious.

andylipp, Aug 02, 2008
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3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from my notes, I had this on the night of the Presidential election.

Appearance: 1pt 6oz bottle pours a clear light amber with a nice white head. Lots of nice lacing as the beer recedes.

Smell: Hops, malts, citrus, dough and rasins.

Taste: Hops, plums, and resin flavors with a hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thick, chewy and creamy. The mouth is left feeling a little dry.

Drinkability: Sippable, but not drinkable for me. I do like the hop flavor, I have not had a beer this hoppy in a while, it is a good change of pace. A good beer but a little to thick of a mouthfeel for me.

grs8313, Dec 10, 2008
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3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: nice amber color with a large amount of carbonation running through it. the head poors pretty thin and dissipates quickly leaving a strong lacing.

S: Overtly sweet malt character with a hint of citrus y hops.

T: leans to the maltier side, very little flavor/bittering/aroma hop character coming through and a strong malt character that sometimes leans on the sweet side.

M: for me personally I would like to see more carbonation for how thin the liquid is.

D: not sure how many of these I would like to have. sweetness pulls me away, especially because of the style.

rmasen, Jan 14, 2009
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3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10/24/08- Purchased at Ledger's, in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info (2008 release). Poured into my Smuttynose pint glass.

Appearance- Rich copper-amber colored pour. Large 1 inch plus head which is thick and foamy. Leaves light patchwork and trails of lace behind.

Smell- Sugary tropical and citrus fruited hops plus a mid range caramel malted nose.

Taste- Heavy orange rind sugary hop flavor. Maybe a bit of grapefruit and tangerine as well. Malt is medium to light roasted caramel in taste. Needs something though to pull both factors together.

Mouthfeel- Right amount of carbonation with a good amount of juicy hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- Needs to be a bit more assertive. Malt could be a bit more roasted and robust. Just missing that special something to pull together all the flavors and make this a really good beer. As is though, it about your average DIPA.

GClarkage, Oct 25, 2008
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3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy orange with a modest head that faded to a collar. The aroma was malt sweet. The taste was not sweet, like the aroma, but bitter and burnt tasting. The feel was full bodied with some carbonation. Drinkability was average. I didn't care for the bitter/burned taste combo.

kegger22, Nov 01, 2009
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3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 10/25/08.

Pours a copper golden-orange color with about two fingers of beige head. The head dropped slowly and left some nice lacing. Aroma is piny and citrusy hops and some caramel malt.

Taste is sweet caramel malt followed by piny and grassy hops. Quite a bitter finish. A bit of citrus, mostly grapefruit. Not the most balanced beer; it could use a bit more sweetness to balance it out. The alcohol is very well hidden in the taste.

Feel is medium bodied and well-carbonated. Just the right thickness and not sticky at all. Drinkability is decent. The taste is a bit unbalanced but the alcohol is very well hidden.

Overall, pretty good for a pale ale. It's a bit pricey (~$8) and maybe not worth the price, but it's a pretty good beer.

bkilpatr, Oct 26, 2008
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3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So long, Bush. Hello change!

A - Appearance was by far the high point of this beer... very beautiful! Wonderful deep red color with dark yellow highlights. Very clean/clear as well. Has a frothy white head that sticks well. Perfect in this respect.

S - Spicy hop character with citrus and wet grass notes. Malt aroma is present but doesn't make much of an impact.

T - Hop character is dominant and ranges from citrus to grassy. Bitterness is high and there is no real malty sweetness to counter balance, but some biscuit maltiness is detectable. Not too much residual sweetness either. Nice, but not incredible, by any means.

M/D - Very 'sticky' in the mouth, but the amount of carbonation makes it incredibly drinkable.

An enjoyable beer, though I may have scored it lower than I would have normally if it wasn't Obama's Inauguration. Hail to the Chief!

SirSketch, Jan 27, 2009
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3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

23 ounce bomber from the cellar. Poured into a snifter

Pours a bright yellow color with a huge pillowy pure white head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. Still plenty of carbonation there. Smells somewhat funky with lots of yeast. Breads and toffee are also noted. Not much of a hop presence is left. Taste is pretty mellow with breads and malts making up most of the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall for being way past its prime this was still decent. I had this fresh and the only thing truly missing is the hop presence. Still very enjoyable.

abrand, Jul 13, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Body is a beautiful orange/amber color. A bit opaque for the style, but very inviting. A decent, tenacious, tight, foamy white head laces the top.

Aroma- Nice malt sweetness with a nice mix of hops. Nicely fruity.

Taste: Tastes great. Good, aggressive malty sweet with a good melange of flavoring and bittering hops. Hints of a number of dark fruits (raisin, plum, etc), with several light fruits (yellow apple, fig). Finishes with a sweet resinous hop. There is some kind of aftertaste I really don't care for as it warms, but it has to be very warm. Overall, very well balanced.

Mouthfeel- Fairly heavy body for the style. Carbonation is right on. Nice an chewy.

Drinkability- I will definitely be buying this one again. Well done.

theopholis, Dec 08, 2008
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3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this on election night, watching the numbers come in. Orange, hazy. Orangish creme head. Wet hop aroma reminiscent of maharajah. Sweet tea flavor, grassy. Hoptastic. Subdued bite. Alcohol warming. Pretty smooth drinker. Good, but to boozy and sweet to be highly drinable. Tasty, though.

AChamberlain, Jan 30, 2009
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3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance was a gold, sparkling, clear, brilliant body with a fine but short-lived head. Aroma was distinctly bitter and hoppy, with some sweetness which struck me as not being very fruity or citrus-like. This dry hoppy smell reminded me of Avery Maharaja, which might be no accident. Flavor was very dry and very bitter with a lot of hoppiness and no sweetness. Mouthfeel was quite astringent.

Probably the best beer of the night.

BeerBelcher, Sep 10, 2008
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3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a luminous amber color with thin white head that remains thin for awhile. Nose has some light citrus, but not much more. Some black tea aromas are noted. Again there's black tea noted on the palate, with a touch of caramel, and then some mouth drying hop bitterness towards the finish. Hop dryness lingers afterwards.

yemenmocha, Apr 24, 2010
Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 500 ratings.