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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An Avery very hoppy beer. C-hop aroma. Initially, very grapefruit and then as the taste buds numb, there is less hop intensity felt, its more like a pale ale. Average mouthfeel. Less than average grapefruit colour with some white head.Appropriate carbonation. Decent DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 01:49:01 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -1.2%

08-23-2012 15:38:10 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-24-2011 00:18:44 | More by djrn2
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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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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another gem from the cellar for the avery night over at the in laws. i had this once before when it first came out, but i wanted to see what time had done to it. served into a pint glass.

Poured an exceptional clear, dark amber with a big fizzy off white head that faded to reveal a thin layer of lace that stayed throughout, and in fact a smallish quarter inch head lasted till the end as well. Lots of carbonation, in fact rings of bubbles were still streaming till the last sip, very nice looking.

Lots of aromas of bread and yeast after it warmed, but these were drowned out by a nice piney hop presence. The taste was quite intresting. As this was my first taste of the brew, and being a huge fan Impeccably crisp and clean feeling going down, almost effortless. Lots of hop presence here, citrus flavors, biteer with grapefruit and pineapple. Nice balance on the back with bready malts and cereal flavors. Great dry, leave you wanting more finish rounded this out nicely.

overall quite impressed that it stayed soo fresh i have to admit. really still quite a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 01:49:41 | More by mikesgroove
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

01-19-2013 23:53:03 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some minimal lacing. Aroma of C-hops is pretty strong and dominating with some nice clean citrus notes easily detectable. Taste is also dominated by some cascade hops with some clear citrus notes and a medium dry caramel malt body. Good carbonation with a full body and no alcohol was apparent. Nothing to write about home but very well done for the style nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 03:30:18 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Insanely good aroma straight out the shoot. It has that signature Avery mouthwatering blend of sweet oranges, pineapple, ruby reds, and a good tropical blend of fruit coctails. Beers just don't smell any better.

...ooh and there's the heafty malt supports underneath with a near syrupy swirl of caramel, malted barley, and confectionate sugars. Fruity esters compliment the citrusy notes that the hops contribute and round out the acidic nature of the grapefruits, lemon zest, and orange rinds.

The malts hold firm from the tranfer of nose to flavor. But the hop flavors settle into a standard citrus and pine character that's generally found in average IIPA's. That juicy, generous aroma gives up a lot going into the taste. The alcohols give an unsettling bitterness and the yeast gives some soapy, nail polish flavors that's tough to accept.

As most IIPA's also do, Ale to the Cheif has a lush, full texture that forgoes the crisp, well-attenuated character that standard IPA's offer for the sweeter, heavier, more syrupy textures that sacrifices drinkability in the end.

Of course it's a fantastic IIPA-- that's what Avery does as well as anyone in brewing. But that aroma promises a perfect 5 that the flavors and body cannot possibly attain. Good job Avery!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 02:57:48 | More by BEERchitect
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-01-2012 01:08:24 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, amber-hued body with a wispy, white head.

Smell: Aroma of juice-dripping tropical fruits ahead of the pale maltiness, hint of grass, and minor note of Oval Office dankness.

Taste: Pale and caramel malts with a sugary, candyish sweetness. A bit grassy. Fruity mix of tangerines, melons, and pineapples, then WHAM -- bitterness, a moderate hop bitterness, maybe even moreso. Light undercurrent of astringency. Finishes quite bitter, with a lingering taste of tropical fruits.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Oily, slightly sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I vote 'no' on this hopferendum. Geez, could you imagine struggling through 8 years of this one?

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 17:46:19 | More by ChainGangGuy
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

01-29-2012 03:52:52 | More by ygtbsm94
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

10-20-2013 14:50:26 | More by jaydoc
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

11-24-2012 02:18:48 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

01-13-2013 21:05:52 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 20:22:42 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honey color with a nice big white head.

Lovely yeast/white bread nose with undertones of grapefruit and pine.

Tastes of grapefruit, citrus, bitter hops, pine with hints of resin.

Finish is big hops. This is a big hoppy ale but with a bitterness that's is pleasant and welcoming not off-putting. Big hop grapefruit character and finish. This one's a winner and reeks of quality, something I've found in most Avery beers.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2009 06:15:17 | More by GRG1313
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emerge077

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good DIPA all around. Dull orange body, visible carbonation. Great head retention, well over half an hour now. Initial head is creamy and has the consistency of whipped egg whites. Sticky lace rings.

Caramel and melon aromas, not as sharp or pungent as some DIPA's. Sort of soft and mostly malty in the nose.

Full bodied feel, it glides across the palate, and sinks in slowly, allowing the subtle hop oils to increase their bitter intensity. Fruity, although the sweet caramel malt shines through the most. Slightly dry in the finish with a sticky feel on the lips. One to sip and savor, while W's last days count down.

$6.99 bomber from Corner Cottage in Elmhurst.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 01:45:36 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, orange/amber color with an off-white, foamy, bubbly, long lasting, three-finger head. It left sticky traces of lace.

S - It smelled of pine, citrus (grapefruit) and floral notes.

T - I've never tasted grapefruit in a beer quite like this. Simply put the strongest grapefruit flavor I've ever tasted in a beer. It also had a biscuity/caramel flavor with a subtle grassy bite.

M - It was sharp, crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good beer. Again, the most grapefruit taste I've ever had in an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 20:48:50 | More by zeff80
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-20-2011 04:25:09 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark yet almost perfectly clear amber. A one finger creamy white head rises from a vigorous pour, retaining incredibly well and lasting until my last sip.

Smell: Candied grapefruit, oranges and a touch of honey. The balance of hops and malt is excellent, both providing depth but hops eventually rising to the forefront.

Taste & mouthfeel: Malty sweetness is the first thing to hit the palate, reminding me of orange marmalade on lightly toasted bread. Hops follow, full of citrus and pine, grapefruit and orange in particular - for a cascade-oriented beer, this tastes like no other cascade beer I've had. Impressive hop flavor, though the finish is a bit rough and astringent; less bittering hops would be to this beer's advantage. Nonetheless, I found myself really enjoying this, much moreso than Avery's other Double IPA, Maharaja.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 02:53:36 | More by largadeer
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Slightly hazy deep amber body beneath a frothy off-white head. Excellent head retention and beautiful lacing.

smell: Hoppy with notes of delicate pine and mild citrus. Slightly sweet caramelish malt.

taste: Whoa! Bam! This is loaded well-beyond anything the nose suggests. Hops appear right upfront with lots of soft pine and a citrus edge awash in a delicately sweetish caramel-accented malt.

mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a delicately spritzy, very fine-bubbled carbonation that lends a mild zing to the tongue and helps cut though the malt and accentuate the bitterness.

drinkability: I was highly impressed with this. I like the way that the hops come on strong, bolstered by the carbonation but held in check by the maltiness of the mouthfeel; and how they then subside but leave a dollop of malt behind before leaving the palate fairly clean for another go-round. You don't usually find that. Either there's too much malt and everything just sticks, or there's too much hop and you're left with a coating of hop acidity that just won't quit and quickly dulls the palate. No, this one's much more like a larger - rather than super-charged - IPA. That said, it maintains drinkability through allowing you to continue to taste it, number one, and then to even note some evolving flavors as you go. Superbly balanced in all ways: malt sweetness vs bitterness, caramel level of the malt versus sweetness, hop flavor profile both integrated and put up against malt, start-middle-finish... etc. very well done!

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 00:56:23 | More by NeroFiddled
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of floral hops along with fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a big burst of grassy hops bitterness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is a bit thinner than most 2IPA's but is still pretty hearty. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, strong kick, excellent representation of style, not quite as good as Maharaja but this is still a very good 2IPA that is worth drinking for a whole evening.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 03:23:00 | More by TheManiacalOne
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber gold. Creme head. Citrus piney nose. Flavor is citrus sweet with some noticeable alcohol. Feel is kind of sticky on the liquid and the carbonation is even. This is a dangerous DIPA. Highly drinkable even though there's a bit of a burn from the higher alcohol. A nice production.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2008 22:09:51 | More by RblWthACoz
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy tangerine appearance, solid slab of bone-white foam above.

Gorgeous aroma, plenty of pith, a lovley swirling blend of pinte and citrus, orange, tangerine, grapefruit and mango.

More of that in the mouth. Bitter and hoppy, yes, but smooth and creamy, too. Long, hoppy finish. Medium bodied. Nice and dry, yet still fruity and juicy.
8.75%? Really? Okay...

Delicious, really. A pinier, more poppin', hoppin', vibrant kind of a pale ale, nearly a double ipa.
Brewed for the inauguration, although available in time for the DNC in Denver. I hope we have reason to celebrate come January 20, 2009.
Oh, we will! No more Bush!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 04:06:51 | More by feloniousmonk
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up today! Read the label, pretty interesting

Pours honey/peach with some effervescence & 2 fingers of beige head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Some pine, leafy hops & apricot

T: Pineyness, grapefruit, & a bit of caramel up front. Leafy hops, slight dose of orchard fruit, then back to grapefruit & then tropical fruit (pineapple & passion fruit) & a kiss of booze. Finishes with toffee, resiny & earthy hops, plus some grapefruit

MF: Medium bodied, a bit chewy, slight carbonation, a bit of booze burn, & good balance, although I'm not in love with all the hop additions

Drinks pretty good, hides the abv well, A decent take on the style, no Maharajah, but worth seeking out

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 05:57:18 | More by russpowell
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Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.