Ale To The Chief - Avery Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Found a bottle on the shelf of a small liquor store near my place. A worker there told me they just cleaned out their cellar and found a case of some old beers, this being one of them. Decided I would give this nearly 3 year old beer a shot, after drinking it I was glad I did.
A: A hard pour into a standard pint glass produced a MASSIVE soapy, cream colored head. It dissipated slowly and inconsistently, showing holes throughout. The body exhibited an burnt orange hue with a yellow perimeter and remained completely transparent. Blotchy remnants from the head remained behind and were so thick that if left untouched would have remained indefinitely.
S: Very malty and full of yeast, caramel and toffee were most pronounced, but hints of spice were still detectable. Completely lacking the floral hops from it's former glory.
T: Alcohol was first to strike, but faded beautifully revealing dough and bread like flavors. Sweet toffee followed with some unexpectedly strong bitterness. The floral and pine notes, usually the forefront of an IPA, could now only be noticed well into the beer's aftertaste.
M: Medium/heavy, yet surprisingly clean and crisp.
O: Would have really liked to compare this brew to one that was fresh. Using other DIPA's as examples instead, I really enjoyed this tasting and being afforded the opportunity to identify how a beer can change over time.
Serving type: bottle
09-18-2011 22:30:47 | More by tjkinate
Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.