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Ale To The Chief - Avery Brewing Company

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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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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Room temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a bright copper hue with frothy eggshell white head of 2 cm foaming up and leaving large windowpane lattice as it fades.
Aroma is citrusy grapefruit and pine sap hops right from the pour. First sip reveals an average body with tingly carbonation. Flavor is a hit of caramel and rolls quickly to citrus hops like the nose advertised. There is a little astringent bitterness on the finish, but not overwhelmingly bitey flavor. A clean crisp beer that isnt very complex but is pretty tasty if you like hops. Not an all out hop bomb though, just nice hop flavors mixing together in this brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 02:16:06 | More by sulldaddy
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WhiteOak

Connecticut

4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Avery Ale to the Chief

A- Yellow-amber with a touch of haze. Expansive head settles quickly, leaving copious hanging lace and lace rings.

S- Bright citrus-rind hops, nicely pronounced buckwheat honey, bushels of apricots, coconut, pineapple, golden raisins, caramel, Riesling, and strangely and surprisingly... chocolate. Very nice aromatic characteristics.

T- Astringent attack of sour, bitter hops dominates the slightly sweet, medium bodied malt. Honey flavors. Hops also dominate the mid-palate and bitter finish.

M, D- I have noted some bottle variation. Always the flavors are appealing, but two bottles had their balance a bit off as the astringency & bitterness were quite forward, with the malt backbone slightly lacking. This leads to the mid-palate falling off abruptly, leaving a lighter finish with a tart final impression.
All other bottles have been excellent, in balance, and delicious - and are reflected in the grading.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 02:10:05 | More by WhiteOak
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jera1350

Minnesota

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

Pours into a snifter a hazy coppery orange with thick and fluffy light tan head that leaves quite a bit of sticky lace.

Glorious smell of citric and pineapple hops with a big sweet malt presence consisting of caramel and brown sugar. Moderate alcohol smell as well.

The taste matches up with the nose pretty well, but on a slightly lighter stage. A buttery homemade caramel taste with a lighter hop presence. I would call this extremely balance with a big malt profile and nearly as big hop profile.

Maybe a little more than medium bodied. Creamy smooth with a pretty juicy finish that begs you to drink more.

A very good DIPA. Avery puts out some consistently good brews and this one is no exception. I would have no trouble having this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 02:15:02 | More by jera1350
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TheJollyHop

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Excited to try this beer, and figured Jan 20, 2010 was the perfect day to do so.

I decanted the beer into a tulip glass, noticing its cloudy amber color. A thin finger's worth of head was produced, and no lacing was left behind in the glass.

Strong malt aroma with a very faint pine hop presence. Ample fruity esters and some faint alcohol.

Light caramel upfront with some orange and raisin sweetness followed by some pine flavor. Bitterness builds and gives way to an alcohol burn. Very boozy; I mean full on wave of alcohol heat. Bitterness tingles on the tongue long after the swallow. Not bad tasting, just a little unbalanced.

Medium carbonation but full-bodied and extremely chewy.

Overall the boozy, wild alcohol hinders drinkability. If the alcohol was better masked this beer would be very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 22:56:42 | More by TheJollyHop
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SPThirtyThree

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a murky golden orange with two fingers of foam that dissolves to a thin, wispy head.

S: Grapefruit and honey. The hops impart a nice sticky, resin-y west-coast smell. Caramel malts shine through like rays of golden sunshine. Overall, VERY hoppy nose.

T: Hot and estery...? What? This isn't what I was expecting. Most of the flavor is identical to the smell (grapefruit, pine, and resin from the hops, some sweet Crystal malts), but there is a hot, metallic flavor that does not belong. Maybe this is Avery's way of letting you know you're drinking a DIPA and not just an IPA?

M: Medium-astringent, and sticky.

D: Medium. More bitter than a really drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 21:30:02 | More by SPThirtyThree
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

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

A-pours a beautiful hazy orange color with lots of a thick white head. the head has some solid retention, takes some time to go down, and leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

S-the nose is strong and brings huge caramel and brown sugar malts, some breadiness, and lots of a resign piney hop aroma

T-the taste follows the nose with the malt but brings a much nicer hop profile to it. the caramel malts come in first and meld with the big resign and pine flavors. this gives way to a sweet citrus hop with hints of mango and grapefruit finishing with a slight hop bitterness

M-it is a lighter medium body but very syrupy with a wet feeling. lots of carbonation in this one.

D-very tasty, huge flavors, tons of malt and hops. the alcohol is present throughout so it wouldn't be something to drink all night, but very enjoyable!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 01:43:09 | More by cpetrone84
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jsh420

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours cloudy amber orange with a big 2 finger pillowy head that has great retention and covers the glass with lacing

smells of sweet carmel malts along with piney hops

taste - this beer is over a year old and has changed from DIPA to Barley Wine - i drank many of these when they were fresh and now instead of being overwhelmed by bitter hops now you get a bigger fruity carmel candy malts upfront blended in with piney hops that are just perfect

mouthfeel is a medium body beer that now after a year+ has gone from a DIPA with bite and zip into a BW that is so smooth and creamy

drinkability is great - i have a few more bottles stashed away and will break one out every year at least for the next 3yrs - hail to the chief! cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 02:15:13 | More by jsh420
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meeekyh

Colorado

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

Poured from the 22 oz bottle into a Fin Du Monde glass. It is a nice hazy orange-amber and the ample head is off-white and leaves a lot of lacing.

Nose is caramel, anise, coriander and hoppy pine. There is also some dried-good/fish-store smell I cannot place, maybe caraway.

Taste is tangy and hoppy and bitter with little to no sweetness, but a good malt balance and a spicy aftertaste. And an earthiness that seems to go with the smell I couldn't place.

The mouthfeel is round but not real big, well carbonated and clean and dry.

I would be happy to drink more of this and it goes down with relative ease.

Avery makes some nice beers and this is no exception. There is a complexity that I cherish in beers but find on few occasions. I hope to revisit and see if I can place the smell and taste a bit more specifically.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 03:52:16 | More by meeekyh
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AdmiralDiaz

Minnesota

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

Poured from bomber to pint glass.

A: Pours an orange body with a huge, beautiful white head that becomes very rocky and has great retention. They don't get better looking than this.

S: Smells of strong pine hops with some breadiness and a decent balance of malts.

T: Taste is right now with the smell. Strong bitter hops with and even malt balance. There's a bit of a caramel note, but not much. The bitterness dominates the finish.

M&D: Mouthfeel is nice and thick with good carbonation, almost perfect. Very drinkable for the thickness and bitterness.

Great beer from Avery, they rarely disappoint. I have another bottle I'm going to cellar for a year and see what happens.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 01:28:12 | More by AdmiralDiaz
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Durge

Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From bomber to pint glass, slightly chilled, this Avery ale shows a hazy, bright amber color with a solid white head and great lacing. The aroma is a nice pine hop and nutty grain. The flavor says much the same and it says it so well. Somehwhat woodsy with some sweet grass notes which is all nicely blended in a smooth malt bath. Mid to full bodied, real nice smoothness while plenty of lively carbonation. Woodsy grain, almost a rye quality, slightly resinous and just a delicious brew. This is very drinkable to me but it has some alcohol presence. It's just so tasty. Avery does it again!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 19:34:51 | More by Durge
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alkemy

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(From notes)Hazy orange/copper with a big whipped off white head. Hops is there, but in an earthy pine and orange scent. The caramel malts dominate. Taste is much of the same. This may or may not be the brewer's intention. After all, this beer was brewed some 10 months ago so I'm sure the hop character is not as it was at that time. Some odd flavors here and there. Hints of honey and maybe grilled pineapple. Liked the slick feel, but just couldn't get totally into this.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 20:15:14 | More by alkemy
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bbeane

Pennsylvania

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

A- Poured into a snifter... Starts with a nice off white head that that eventually disappears leaving behind an impressive web of lacing. Beer is a murky copper color with fine sediment and light activity

S- Some floral hops, but more sweet malt and citrus... not overpo

T- Malty sweetness, caramel, subtle citrus with a pronounced bitter hop finish

M- Medium bodied with light carbonation... leaves a nice bitter taste lingering in your mouth

D- Little expensive, but you get what you pay for... another quality Double/Imperial Ipa from Avery

CHEERS!!

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 22:19:56 | More by bbeane
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corby112

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a thin off-white foam head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring that streaks the glass with spots of soapy lacing.

Crisp floral hop aroma with subtle hints of citrus and earthy pine as well as a strong caramel malt presence.

Nicely balanced and very quaffable considering he high ABV. The malt backbone is a bit too strong for my liking but it provides nice balance to the dry earthy hops. Earthy pine and sweet citrus notes. Slightly dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 05:48:04 | More by corby112
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portia99

Massachusetts

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

22oz bottle received as an extra in a trade with bryanbrick. Thanks Bryan! Poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Bottle was a gusher...but once I finished cleaning up the counter and the floor...Pours a cloudy, yeasty copper orange color with a thick, whipped cream like head that settles to a high rimmed collar around the glass with islands of bubbles on the surface.

S - Rich and malty aromas, lots of caramel, some bread, sugar sweetness, a bit of dish detergent (definitely not from the glass either), and a little bit of grapefruit on the nose.

T - Malt centered but with a nice bitterness to it. Not sharply bitter, but round and full. A bit of grapefruit and a touch of pine. Sweet sugar and toffee flavors, some bready, yeasty flavors. Alcohol has a presence in the flavor too, but not at all hot.

M - Pretty full bodied and malty. Carbonation is on the high side and pretty creamy in feel - just a little bit of tingle around the mouth. Lingering malt sweetness in the mouth and quite chewy too.

D - This is a good DIPA, but not a great one. To be fair, I think this is probably a bit past its prime, but not really old either. Malt is a bigger focus than I prefer, but there is still enough hops to enjoy it. Alcohol is on the high side at 8.75%, and it's presence is made known too. Good beer - I think one is enough for me though.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 02:42:10 | More by portia99
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 11:01:03 | More by KTCamm
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natelocc787

California

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

Darker IPA. Nice 3 finger head with lasting retention. Nose is both caramel malt and orange peel with light spruce. Big time orange in the taste as well with caramelized pineapple and tree sap. Sticky on the sides of the glass as it disappears. One of the maltier Imperial IPA's I've had but good. I would get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 05:08:06 | More by natelocc787
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - this Avery beer pours an amber/copper color with a thin light tan head and average amounts of visible carbonation

S - aroma is pretty basic, the hops have faded a bit as this is about 8-10 months old, but still balance the malts pretty well, there is another characteristic that my buddy and i cannot place, and some background sweetness

T - the roasted malts lend a particular nuttiness to the flavor, which are dominant over the hop profile, which has been diminished some over time, also a rich sweetness, like molasses or brown sugar

M&D - smooth, time has mellowed the hops to balance the malts into nearly a light barleywine-esque-ness, it was smooth and medium bodied, even after time, this is a nice beer

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 04:20:19 | More by sinstaineddemon
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Ek0nomik

Wisconsin

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

Poured In: Snifter Glass
Purchased At: Surdyk's (Minneapolis, MN)

Avery Brewery, check.
IIPA, check.
Celebrating the new POTUS, check.

I know this beer is past its prime, but I found this lonely looking bottle on the shelf this past weekend. Since it's a one time brew, I figured I shouldn't pass it up and I crated it.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper color with a finger of head. Although it's too cloudy to see how effervescent it is, you can hear a quiet stream of bubbles grasping for air. I can tell from the smell of sweet sticky malt that lacing will be covering this snifter. Yep, sheets of lacing are scattered across the glass.

Smell: A nice blend of earthy notes with a strong sweet malt backbone. There's also a slight hint of citrus, including some grapefruit and orange peel. The alcohol just every so slightly shines through, with a little harshness climbing into my nose.

Taste: After a few splashes cross the palate, I think I'm ready. First, very sweet caramel malt. They seem to be lending themselves well to the amount of alcohol and hops in this. The sweet malt unravels into earthy notes including pine resin and grass. With the beer leaving my mouth I'm left with a slight bitterness and citrus aftertaste including orange peel and grapefruit rind.

Mouthfeel: A medium bodied beer, slightly on the more full of medium side. The carbonation was a little high when I first cracked open the bottle, but now that it's been sitting for an hour it's just right.

Drinkability: Another well put together beer by Avery. I wouldn't mind seeing the sweet malt cut back just a tad, and a few more cascade hops thrown in, but still a great beer. The ABV makes it a tough one to have on a weeknight, but I'm doing it anyways.

I wish I would have had this in my hand after the election last November after I lit up the cigar to celebrate.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 02:07:14 | More by Ek0nomik
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kegger22

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 22:13:21 | More by kegger22
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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

Got this guy from BEERchitect in a great trade. Not much else to say here, so here comes teh review.

A: Pours a huge 2 finger frothy head on top of a pretty clear amber pale orange color.

N: This thing was beaming with aromas as soon as i started pouring. A sweet malt just bashes everything in its path. Some light hints of spices I think, nuttiness. Some nice hops seem to make their way though but keep it light. I got some alcohol as well, a thick malty sweet alcohol. There's also some raisiny smells erupting from it.

T: Starts pretty creamy and malty with some raisin and dried fruits, lots of malty tastes and more and more raisin. SOme alcohol taste starts to find its way through. Some interesting hops seem to come through, but not the usual noble piney fruity hops, but it does have some hints. Some juicy hop flavors also seem to be there. It has a strong imperial red ale flavor.

M: Pretty thick and creamy, warming alcohol but not burn, decent carbonation.

F: Finishes semi dry and very bitter. The hoppy bitterness pieces its way through the finish and really hits you. The dried fruits and some earthy flavors seem to linger as well. More sweetness seems to hint at you in the end, but doesn't take over as it slowly dries off.

Final thoughts: Pretty much an imperial red ale with lots of malts, fruits, sweetness, alcohol, raisins, and lots of hops and bitterness. Pretty good winter or fall beer and warmingness.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 22:03:25 | More by jlindros
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bluejacket74

Ohio

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

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours an orange/brown color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, it smells like citrusy hops (grapefruit) and caramel malt, along with a bit of pine hops and bread/grain. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, except for that the pine hops are stronger in the taste compared to the aroma. Also, there's a good lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and slick with good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. Alcohol isn't very noticable either. Overall I think this is a pretty decent brew, I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 23:06:27 | More by bluejacket74
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badesign

Florida

3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from a bomber in August 2009- no freshness date on bottle so.

Appearance is all but the stereotype of an ideal (D)IPA, marked in my notes as a 'hazy golden sunset.' The aroma is highly complex and fantastic: peach, grapefruity west coast hops, a forest after the rain, butterscotch candy, and just a little booze. The flavor starts with a citrus onslaught, tart and sweet, followed by a long honey sweetness and toasty, buttery malts. Finishes with a big, biting resiny pine and again just the smallest bit of booze.

Mouthfeel is not as sticky as I would expect but is adequate, drinkability is ok but I'm sure I couldn't finish more than one.

An excellent DIPA with plenty of hops but also plenty of malt to back it up, a good beer to spend a night sipping on, and certainly an inspiring premise on which to brew a beer regardless of your politics. Here's a campaign promise: if I ever, against all odds, end up in a position of any power and responsibility whatsoever, all my official events will disavow fine wine in favor of fine beers, just like this one. THAT is change you can believe in.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 02:52:03 | More by badesign
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Chumley

Minnesota

4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have had this beer last summer when it came out, in the fall on tap and now this summer after about a year of resting in the cellar. Very enjoyable beer.

A - Orange Brown color, sustained head.

S - Sweet and Caramelly, floral and Citriusy

T - Bright, balanced lively - Something chocolaty?

M - Smooth, nicely carbonated

D - Impressive, I enjoyed it very much.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 16:42:21 | More by Chumley
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moosiz

Michigan

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

Poured from a bottle into a Wiehenstephan glass this brew pours a burnt orange haze with a creamy white head. Very reminiscent of a west coast ipa.
Moderate carbonation, with very sticky-icky lacing.

Smells like a west coast ipa. Piney/citrus profile backed with a peppery note. Sweet malts dance on grassy fields of hops.

Tastes Grrrreat! A malty sweetness balanced well with the hop pine/grapefruit flavors.

Sticky mouthfeel that lingers for a while. Powerful flavors make themselves known.

Not an easy drinking brew, but it is an easy sippin brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 01:55:51 | More by moosiz
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Patrick999

Florida

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

Had this on a whim at Abraxas....poured into a fairly large, straight-sided glass. Orange-y body, soapy looking head that really looked like it wanted to stick on the glass, but didn't....I'm pretty sure that was the fault of the glass, possibly some detergent residue, as I never get any lacing at Abraxas. I'll give the beer the benefit of the doubt.

Appetizing citric hop aroma.

So, I was bracing myself for a grapefruit hop explosion, but what I got was more of a hit from what seemed like flowery noble hops. Not complaining - it was tasty, but I was surprised. This did not taste like your normal American DIPA. Staunch malt backbone. I don't think I'd call this a DIPA, but whatever it is, I liked it.

Slithery, soapy mouthfeel to go along with the soapy looking head.

It was pretty easy-drinking. Glad to have tried it.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 21:23:25 | More by Patrick999
Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.