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Ale To The Chief - Avery Brewing Company

Ale To The ChiefAle To The Chief

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488 Ratings
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Ratings: 488
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%


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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bum732

Maryland

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

Pours a cloudy pale orange, beautiful fluffy head leaving fantastic lacing. Smells of earthy, grassy and piney hops, hop aroma kind of subdued for a DIPA. Bisquity malt aromas complement the hops. Tastes of bisquit like malt followed by a nice earthy hop bitterness. Finishes fairly sweet. Decent carbonation for the style.

A very good beer, reminds me of a Sierra Nevada beer. Hops were kind of subdued, i think because this is an older bottle. Nonetheless, a very good DIPA and a fav from Avery.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 01:30:56 | More by bum732
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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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WillieMoe

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful opaque amber with a nice thin head of froth, that quickly dissolves.

Has a big old piney hop smell that dominates the nose. Mild hints of malt, but they are very mild.

This has a heavy hop taste up front, with some nice sweetness and malt creating a wonderful balance.

Although it is hop heavy, it goes down smooth. The body is a bit above medium.

This is a top notch brew, that I have now had on three separate occasions, and seem to love it more after each tasting.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 03:15:23 | More by WillieMoe
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Pencible

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured a nearly opaque light copper color with some light tan head. It smelled like apricot and honey wheat and caramel malt, with some lemon hops and alcohol. It tasted like bitter orange peel and grapefruit hops, with honey malt and tea leaves, and a bit of caramel. It was fairly thick with some carbonation, and had a lasting bitter aftertaste. Overall this had a pretty good scent and clean flavor with very nice body, but it just wasn't that tasty. The bitterness was unbalanced and had a strange tea aspect that didn't mesh well with the other flavors. The alcohol was also apparent, so it wasn't very easy to drink. Certainly not a bad beer, but I'd much rather just stick with Maharaja.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 16:51:37 | More by Pencible
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sonicdescent

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

In Celebration of our chief's speech!

Pours a beautiful golden color with some thick fluffy head that leaves great lacing.

Smell is unusually weak. I smell citrus hops but it is barely there.

Taste is not weak, in fact one of the more robust dipas that I have had. Very bitter with citrus hops.

Mouth is medium in both carbonation and body.

Drinkability is low as this is kind of harsh after more than a few sips.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 02:58:58 | More by sonicdescent
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JBogan

Nevada

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhat of a hard pour created a very large creamy white crown atop a caramel body. Nice looking beer.

Smelled of caramel malts, with an ever so slight touch of citrus. No sign of the alcohol.

Tasted much as it smelled. Mostly caramel along with a very small aftertaste of bitter hops. There was a touch of butter in the aftertaste. The alcohol well well concealed. Somehow though the smell was more pleasing than the taste.

Mouthfeel was exceptionally smooth and creamy, and on the thick side. However there was a flatness about it which kept me from giving it a higher score.

Overall this is a nice ale, but lacks something in the taste department to put it up there with the best of the bunch.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 23:18:36 | More by JBogan
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htomsirveaux

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle tried 20 Feb 2009.

Poured in 0.5 L Adamabrau becker. Large light yellowish head. Medium carbonation. Clear light copper color. Smells of citrus, pineapple and spicy ginger. Alcohol hits you upfront along with lots of resin, pineapple, ginger, pepper. Lots of nice caramel malt and resin throughout. Bitterness builds towards the finish with a nice bittersweet aftertaste. Medium body, buttery mouthfeel.

I would vote for this.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 19:18:50 | More by htomsirveaux
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ArrogantDeadGuy

Virginia

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

Fantastic! I've only just begun to appreciate the distinction between the American and English "bitters". This American version is quite good. Though the ABV and hoppiness is a higher than the English bitter it is a bit lower than the "big" American bitters. I would call this a very happy medium. The color is a vibrant amber/orange color with a strong enough head and apparent lacing throughout. The smell is pleasing but the taste does, as promised, packa punch. The citrus and hop are the most apparent flavors and are not strong simply for the sake of being strong. I would recommend this beer to most and I must say that I was pleasantly suprised, as someone who is not a "hop head".

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2009 03:02:22 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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FACEMEAT

California

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a radiant clear amber with two fingers of fluffy, sticky head that, for some reason, left little lacing.

S: Caramel malt and pine.

T: Burnt sugar and caramel malt hit me first followed by a backdrop of piney hop bitterness. The two marry beautifully.

M: Chewy and viscous with light carbonation. Very satisfying to sip.

D: I could easily put back way too many glasses of this.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 22:57:06 | More by FACEMEAT
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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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goatgoat

Arizona

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

Clear amber that pours with a thick creamy tan head which falls quickly to a thin cap. Very little lacing on glass. Aroma is strong earthy spice and citrus hops with a slight honeyish malt. Also a tint of alcohol. Flavor is more balanced than most double IPAs. Maybe because Avery bills it as a double pale, or possibly because of age. The hops are moderated by the malt, producing a pretty balanced flavor. The bitterness doesn't really pull in front until fairly late, keeping on in the aftertaste. Medium body.

A little light for a DIPA. I expect an over the top experience from this style and I didn't really get that.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 01:25:34 | More by goatgoat
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brewdoc75

Minnesota

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

Served from the bottle into a snifter.

A: Orange-yellow-amber color with an intially rock head. Beautiful lace along the sides.

S: Sweet malts intially with citrus/piney hop aroma. I get a few esters as well. Finishes sweet at the end.

T: Really solid hoppy flavors. Strong, but not too abrasive bitterness at first. The sweet malts hit the palate next. The beer finishes with grapefruit and piney flavors. Very well balanced.

M: Smooth, but crisp. Not too heavy and not too light. Reasonable carbonation.

D: A damn good DIPA. Not epic, but not run of the mill. Definitely worth a try. A good example of the cascade hop.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 23:40:48 | More by brewdoc75
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange in color with a thick 2" head that sticks around for a while. Some lacing paints the glass.

Smell: pine and grapefruits leap from the glass, but little else is detectable.

Taste: big caramel profile with a sharp biting bitterness. Tart green grapes, pine, and loads of grapefruits round it out. Alcohol is noticable and warming.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Crisp at the start, smoother and a bit dry at the finish. Bitterness glues itself to the tongue making a super long aftertaste.

Drinkability: for the style this one is pretty easy to drink despite the big flavors. Really enjoyable beer but this will catch up to you quickly with the high alcohol levels.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 13:32:32 | More by Gavage
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Fnord

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 07:05:21 | More by Fnord
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erikm25

Washington

3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a radiant reddish orange with crimson and tangerine highlights. The head is a rocky off white which balances nicely on the fire coppered body. Spotty lacing holds well around the glass.

S: Mandarin orange peels, leaves covered in dew, and bready caramel malts. Pine needle resin and apricots drizzled with brown sugar. Grapefruits smoked over pineapple juice. Melted candy on top of sourdough bread. Hints of toated lemon meringue pie.

T: This definitely has a massive amount of toffee and caramel malts. Solid peach, pineapple, and hop pressings. The first sip threw me off a little but still has both a sweetness and citrus hops taste. After a few more sips the balance evens out with a sugary pine and a bitter finish. Butterscotch soaked in red grapefruit juice. Spices help to numb the taste buds like rye bread topped with oranges and mangoes.

M: Solid medium and syrupy body. Slight carbonation with a heavy amount of booze goodness that clings to the mouth.

D: This was an interesting treat and a little different from most other DIPA's. Well worth the try. I'm pretty much apolitical or anti-political but I don't like or trust anyone so don't listen to me. However, I dig the Constitution and can can still appreciate the name and the idea behind the beer. In the end it was probably just a little too sweet for my tastes. Indian's "The Unquiet Sky" and Iron Maiden were and (should be) played loud.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 06:44:12 | More by erikm25
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thisisbigrob

Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Sadly, I was unable to drink this on Inauguration Day and had to settle for the following weekend.

A: Dark orange-red with a small offwhite head that dissolved quickly leaving a slighty oily film.
S: Very hoppy and very rich.
T: Slightly bitter and very full. Reminiscent of Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot Barleywine.
M: Very light carbonation, perfect for a beer this size.
D: Tastes great but too strong for prolonged sessions.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 20:33:48 | More by thisisbigrob
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ballewblake

New Jersey

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

Poured from bottle into Duvel tulip.

Two finger off-white head that drops leaving thick lacing on the glass. Light bubbles linger on an amber body. Lacing persists through out the drink. Sweet grapefruit hops on the nose, sweetly bitter on the tongue. Good overall balance for a double ipa, perfect carbonation, great mouth feel.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 01:19:38 | More by ballewblake
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cameraman

Kentucky

4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A medium amber color with hints of gold along the sides of the glass. A two finger thick head, cream in color, lacing slowly down the glass. It does show strong sustainabilty for sometime. A strong citrus fragrance of grapefruit and pineapple. It then blends to strong hearty malty aroma at the end. The malt is right out front on the palate and stays there with each taste. Then the hops begin to balance it all out, with citrus and grassy flaovrs, the hoppiness never becomes overbearing. A medium bodied feel with a bit of chewiness, it finishes with an evenly dry feeling on the palate. This is a strong beer, with a great fragrance and tremendous taste, make this a great tribute to the highest office in the land.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 17:51:40 | More by cameraman
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popery

California

3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an okay DIPA. It's not my favorite DIPA, a bit bitter, a bit harsh, a bit metallic. The beer looks very nice, big orange-amber body with a an off-white head. The aroma is also very nice. There's some good citric hoppiness and a yeasty note. The flavor is very hoppy, but there isn't enough supporting malt. I dearly love Avery's Maharaja, and this beer lacks the lush, rich depth of flavor that the great DIPAs possess. The feel is also a tad off. The alcohol comes through more than expected. It's not bad, otherwise, but DIPA is a competitive category.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 07:38:03 | More by popery
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Beerenauslese

California

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well forget the Presidential marketing brew-ha-ha. What's this beer really like?

It pours a clear coppery amber, with a nice head.

Smells grassy--haylike--with some sweet butterscotch and dried fruits; I taste figs, and some tropical notes.

Tastes malty, fruity, with some serious hop bitters, like a Stone Ruination. Ruin Nation--now that would have been a beer for the past 8 years, and hopefully not the next 8 years!!!

Mouthfeel is pleasant, with a good thickness and carbonation,
yielding a creamy ale, with a nice lingering grassy bitterness.

I think this is a good ale, a well balanced presentation, and quite enjoyable. However, if the Administration drinks this too regularly, nothing will get done at 8.75% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 00:42:58 | More by Beerenauslese
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kkosmoski

New York

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Missed out on having this for the occasion it was intended it for. Oh well, here it goes anyway. Bomber poured into a Duvel glass. Luxurious dense, cream colored head that has all kinds of sticking power. Hazed orange in color. Smell includes pine, naval orange, pineapple, toffee, bit of earth, and light caramel. Great intense, balanced aroma. Flavor starts out with a bitter and sweet tangerine combo. Floral bitterness follows with sugar coated orange peel and lemon. Finished with a stern, earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-full, sweet and thick with a nice, modest level of carbonation. Bit of warmth on the way down. Intense flavors on both sides, bitter and sweet, in addition to high alcohol, don't make this a very easy drinking ale.

This beer was better than I expected it to be. The aroma was outstanding, still holding on to some of its pleasant hop character. There was also good balance between an intense bitterness and solid citrusy sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 01:42:03 | More by kkosmoski
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Hophead101

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drank on 1.20.09 - the night Barak Obama was inagurated. Was in a hotel in White Plains NY. I brough this bottle with me so I could be sure to have it on the proper night. The only glassware I was able to use were the 8 oz water glasses in the room. I don't think I ever drank a beer by myself in a hotel before, but I couldn't drink the special beer on a different day. It all worked out OK.

The policitally charged beer poured a good hazy amber color. good frothy head which stuck around for quite some time. There were some significantly big bubbles on the edges of the glass. Before I could even smell it, I could smell it. Which only goes to indicate this one must have a pretty decent aroma to it. Without waiting any longer I went in for the smell. A slight piney but mostly citrusy smell. Predominate scents the popped out to me were oranges and grapefruits.

The taste was pretty darn good. It was quite creamy, in a good way. There wasn't as much hop in the flavor as there was in the aroma, but that ended up being a good thing. It was relatively light on the palate, but was bitterly smooth. I think any more hops in this beer and it would have thrown it off balance. Definitely a nice beer, and will have some of this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 18:32:48 | More by Hophead101
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AChamberlain

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 20:53:32 | More by AChamberlain
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RedChrome

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An orange color to the hazy body. Inch and a half of white head had a soapy consistency and faded slowly. A few steady streams of tiny rising bubbles. Thick lace webs.

A good mic of pine hops scents and malted barley backing hit the nose first. A citric note of tangerines and clementines follows in other nose fulls.

Hops are a bit stronger on the tongue then they were in the nose. The malt get overwhelmed behind citric oils. A bit of a girt to the taste.

Nice thickness and a good cling to the liquid. Carbonation burst is sharp but not overwhelming.

A very good brew. Would work well with a thick sauced chicken dish. Was a bit surprised it held up the well since brewing. If you can find one that was stored well, try it.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 05:42:44 | More by RedChrome
Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.