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Ale To The Chief - Avery Brewing Company

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Ale To The ChiefAle To The Chief

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

498 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 498
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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Photo of TheMistler
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on Inauguration Day (natch), as a warm-me-up to follow being on the mall, where it was cold (but heart-warming and full of good tidings). It seemed to pour a rather bright, light, and clear orange but the beer in my tulip is a cloudy (to the point of being opaque) and rather dark orange / copper. Creamy (in color and texture) head ended up settling, after a nice retention time, to a whispy but thick, island-filled cap and a pretty darn thick ring. Impressive tree-ring lacing.

Lots of grapefruit to the aroma, but there is also a strongly discernible caramel malt base.

Nougat and caramel in a strong malt flavor that is established before citrus, lemon zest and hops in general start to heavily compete for attention. A sharp, whole-grain bread flavor evinces itself slightly alongside the CO2. Finishes with grapefruit and some pine bittering, but also a sweetness that seems to come alongside a slight buttery taste and sensation (resin?).

Crisp carbonation, a very "solid"-seeming, refreshing beer that nonetheless has hints of a slippery feeling. Thickens as it warms.

TheMistler, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of coldmeat23
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Consumed on Inauguration Day

A golden amber tinted medium brown liquid. Two fingers of creamy light tan colored foam. Great retention and excellent lacing.

Good mix of citrus and pine hops. Big pine notes are combined with big, lush, tropical notes. Nice pineapple presence. Slight presence of caramel sweetness. Big grassy notes. Decent notes of yeasty bread.
It really smells delicious.

Not nearly the hop bomb that the nose had me prepared for. Still a good hop presence, just not as dominant as expected.
Main component of taste seems to be big, butterey, yeasty bread. It has faint traces of caramel on it. It's been dipped in pine sap and some sort of tropical/citrus juice. The whole thing is covered in fresh, green, grass.

Feels thin, crisp and sharp. I like beers to be more full and lush. Lightly sticky.

Fairly decently drinkable, overall. Although, for me, I think that I prefer to smell it.

coldmeat23, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of baggio
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draught@Akkurat

A: Orange/Red with a huge, compact, head.

S: Pine, Citric notes, Hops, Fruit.

T: Pine, Citric notes, Exotic fruit, Sweet malt and some caramel.

M: Nice balanced brew with alot of hops in it. Gets somewhat bitter at the end but worked perfectly to sip away at during an hour.

Great DIPA/Strong Ale from Avery that i'll gladly try again!

baggio, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of deliriumfest
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on Inauguration Day 2009, 1/20/09

22oz bomber

Poured a nice light copper/amber color two finger creamy white head. Aroma is sweet and hoppy. Taste, however, is much different. A strong front alcohol bomb with cascade hops following and finishing with that sweet taste from the aroma. Finish is bitter with some alcohol lingering on the tongue. Mouthfeel has a bit of stickiness but overall medium body and smooth. A great beer with a taste that is signifying the change to come.

deliriumfest, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of FrognutUnl
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber in color with a mighty two inch head that takes quite awhile to retreat leaving significant lacing in its wake.

S - Grassy, resinous, and citrus odors are supported by a great bread-like malt character and a bit of tropical fruit. This stuff truly smells delicious.

T - In taste it lacks the hop punch one would expect from the nose. Outside of that there are notes of tropical fruit intermingled with the grassy resinous taste from the hops, but the taste is fairly subdued. A slight amount of alcohol is detectable in the finish which is crisp and dry becoming a bit sweeter as the glass warms to near room temp.

M - Medium in body and slightly sticky

D - Overall it is a fairly solid brew, but nothing particularly amazing. I wish the complexity present in the nose would have carried over into the flavor a bit more.

FrognutUnl, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of bound4er
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 22 oz. bomber. My first Avery beer.

Dark amber to light orange appearance. Clean looking off-white head that settles quickly to a full-covering skim. More malts than hops on the nose - biscuit and cracker-like aromas that are very nice. A slight citrus note pokes through from the hops. Starts out sweet upon entry and then turns bitter with a good hit of piney, somewhat weedy hops. Though present, the sweetness isn't really bothersome. Medium bodied with prickly carbonation. Pretty good drinkability and a good beer but not really a must have DIPA for me, especially after downing two HopSlams last night, which blows Ale To The Chief away.

bound4er, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of rmasen
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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
Photo of far333
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy brownish orange colored with a thick half inch of dimpled meringue.

Aroma of honey and tangerine, some grapefruit and green apple.

Rich and sharp flavor of orange rind, ripe fruit, tea leaves, sweetish biscuit malt, and honey. Slight warming of the cheeks and tingling tip of the tongue.

Thick and full mouthfeel, finishes crisp and a bit dry. Very tasty and drinkable for a big beer, but rich flavor may overwhelm after a few.

far333, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 10/11/08. Bottle. Pours a clear dirty orange with a thick, foamy white head. Aroma of bitter citrusy hops, cracker malt, and iced tea. Flavor of nice bitter hops and slight iced tea. Pretty good ASA, but it's a little sweet.
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of UA8
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a bright and clear amber orange with a tall and puffy soft white head.

S- Flows forth dominated by citrus scents of tangerines and orange rind slight hints of mango and pineapple sweetness in the background.

T- Starts in with a tropical fruit sweetness, mid palate blends with tangerines and finishes nice and bitter with clementine peel.

M- Much fuller than you expect for such a transparent beer. Nice amount of carbonation that seems to really come to life in the mouth.

D- This is a really solid IIPA. It could have touch more complexity to the palate and nose but doesn't miss the mark heavily in any category. I would recommend trying this while its available.

UA8, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I tried to save this until inauguration day but...didn't happen.

A: Orangey and pretty dark for an IPA. Mostly clear with lots of bubbles coming from the bottom. One finger tannish head that doesn't have much retention but does have a lot of lacing.

S: Really big malt base with a sort of figgy/molasses smell. There's bitterness to the scent, but tough for me to characterize.

T: First sip is all malt, taste like it smells. I really didn't note any hops at all in the first sip...they seem to come on really really late. The hops are mostly resiny to me, maybe a bit of grass. The bitterness seems to come out of the sweetness, but the flavor of the hops isn't particularly strong...just the bitterness.

MF: Medium bodied and a bit sticky, with low-to-moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is similar to Maharajah, and that's a very good thing. The warming is fairly intense, and the alcohol hits right away.

D: This is a tasty, malt-heavy IIPA...and I like it quite a bit. It almost gets to the point of being a strong ale or an imperial red, but there's certainly enough hops in there. Reminds me a bit of summer Yulesmith I suppose. This is obviously not a sessionable beer, but it seems to be a "get a nice little buzz" beer. I'm not convinced that providing Mr. Obama an ample amount of this would make him a better president, but at least it would make him a president with good taste in beer. Anyway. I think when it's all said and done I like Maharajah more, but this is really quite good and I would be happy to drink it again.

rxdrewthejew, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of GJ40
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased from Sam's in Durham, NC.

A - Golden with a slight haze and a moderate white head. Minimal lacing.

S - Yeasty, malty and a bit fruity.

T - Very balanced contributions of malt, alcohol and hops. Very even and smooth with none of them dominating. No off flavors at all.

M - Low to moderate carbonation with a nice, silky consistency.

D - A solid, entertaining beer. Not particularly aggressive in any way but very good.

GJ40, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a 22 oz. Terrapin snifter.

Appearance: A clear, filtered amber, medium dark red, with a foamy, meringue-like tan head. Its retention is above average generally, though possibility only average for the style. Carbonation appears to be very attractive, with tons of medium-sized bubbles racing upwards towards the head around the periphery of the snifter. Lacing is splotchy on the sip side, solid and swiss cheese-like on the non-sip side.

Aroma: Spicy west coast hop aroma, decently complex. Thick, resinous pine needles blanket a forest of grapefruit trees, lush, ripe, pregnant with their ruby red jewels. Ok, not really, but it's still pretty nice, with lots of doughy bready notes and caramel.

Taste: A surprisingly mellow beer, though that could be the age on it. Obviously, being a DIPA, there are a few hop undertones ... ok, overtones ... tones? Anyway. Doughy roasted caramel supports an array of probably-once-glorious but now-somewhat-faded spruce notes, minty, basil notes, other leafy vegetal overtones, and varying degrees of citrus zest. It's interesting, pleasant, and, again, decently complex, but not very "robust," if that makes sense.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation on this one is pretty big, both in terms of activity, speed, and bubble size. As a result, the mouthfeel is a little less creamy and/or even than I might like in a DIPA, but it still does an admirable job of maintaining a level of smoothness.

Drinkability: I haven't had the opportunity to taste this one fresh, but I know faded hops when I see 'em. It's a shame Avery released this one when they did - wait 6 months and they could have had a perfect Inauguration Day DIPA on their hands. As it stands, this is still a pretty solid, above average DIPA, with a well-hidden and tolerable abv% and an interesting and semi-complex array of flavors and aromas. Give it a shot ... but soon.

CrellMoset, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of lynx1245
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A light orange brown with good amount of white head and lacing.

Smell: It's all the hops. Piny and citrus. Also could smell malt sweetness and cranberries.

Taste: This one is bitter. But after drinking it for a while you begin to notice more of the sweet malts than the piny hops. Tastes very bready. Unfortunately I also could taste a lot of the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and medium bodied. Tastes a little bit flat but the with decent alcohol warming.

Drinkability: I only had half the bottle and the alcohol hit me pretty hard. I personally prefer less malts in my DIPAs because I feel like it makes them taste less clean and crisp. Overall a solid brew however.

lynx1245, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of Shaw
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper in color with a nice thick foamy head.

The aroma is all about citrus hops.

The taste is very good. It's -- again -- all about the hops, with both citrus and herbal flavors mixing with a backbone of malt sweetness. There is also a great warming effect from the alcohol. The bitterness, while big, isn't overpowering like some beers in this style.

The body is nice and thick, but smooth. There's nothing watery about this.

Overall this is a good DIPA. It's more approachable than better examples. A good gateway to bitterness.

Shaw, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of spointon
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a cloudy but bright (if that's possible) orange-amber color with a 1/2" white head. There was a fairly active carbonation release and the head slowly dropped to a thin skim. Tons of sticky lace down the glass.

S= Aromas of pine and citrus hop notes, followed by a bistuity malt base and a fair amount of alcohol.

T= Flavor was also dominated by pine and citrus hops throught each sip. Midway a slight burst of bakery malt sweetness broke through, only to be covered up again by the hops. The finish was a long dance of sweetness/hop bitterness/ and alcohol.

MF= Medium body with a slightly crisp to crisp mouthfeel. Carbonation was near perfect for the style in my opinion.

D= This was a very good Imperial/Double IPA. I thought the body and the carbonation were nearly perfect, but the base bitterness could have been just a bit higher. Still, a damn good beer and one I will certainly have more of soon.

spointon, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
2.78/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Nice off white foamy head which leaves heavy lacing. That was the good part, liquid is a hazy light amber with a yellowish tinge that really looks a little sick to me, not a pleasant color for a beer.

S = Standard piney hops smells, tart lemon, some underlying breakfast muffin with marmalade. Not bad, but pretty average for the style.

T&D = Strong tastes of canned yellow grapefruit juice followed by strong bitterness that gets cloying in the finish. Frankly, I do not find this all that drinkable. The hops flavors are there, but they just do not seem all that well integrated into the beer. I really feel like I am drinking a Texsun grapefruit juice with a little everclear and something to add carbonation. It just doesn't have enough to set it apart from other DIPAs while having this mass produced fruit juice character. Very disappointing.

M = Medium-light bodied but with a watery feeling at mid-palate, carbonation stung a little bit, alcohol became too noticeable.

Traquairlover, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of oberon
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!

oberon, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of weeare138
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes. On tap at Capone's...
Appears a semi-transparent copper toned amber with a small white head that slowly fades out. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of super hoppy, grapefruit, pine, herbs, and bown sugar.
Taste is of a hoppy, sugary mix with some standout citrus, and spicey pine notes that make the beer extremely interesting.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, chwy, and balanced for such a hop-filled monster.

weeare138, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of grs8313
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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
Photo of hoplover82
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a beautiful clear pale copper color. Has a small dissapating off white head.

Smells of sensational citrusy-floral hops. No real malt aromas. The hops are just fine for me. Seems like more than Cascades to me.

Average to pretty nice lacing.

The flavor is of spicy, piney, citrusy hops and a little bit of malty goodness.

Pretty smooth on the palate, a little alcohol sting. And a little thin, but full bodied. A nice bitterness that lingers nice.

hoplover82, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear dark copper color. Big off-white head that quickly fades into a thin bubbly top. Bubbly laces on the glass,

S - Big nose of pine hops. A hint of bready pale malts underneath as well. Alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming.

T - Rather sweet initially with hints of caramel and biscuits. Hops are not near as strong in the taste as they are in the nose. Primarily piney notes in the nose. A little spice to them as well.

M/D - Medium to full bodied and decent carbonation. Very easy drinking and the alcohol is very well masked.

An interesting idea with the labeling. A little hokey, but it is right for the season. A very easy drinking DIPA.

ckeegan04, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of theopholis
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
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
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I popped the cap the beer foamed all over my floor, I quickly poured and the head was giant. It almost overflowed out of the glass but soon settled into a craggy, dense mountain of a cap. Massive cordillera of lace are plastered to the glass. The aroma is of cotton candy, grape fruit, lemonade and toasty malts. The taste is lavishly hoppy with grapefruit, apricot and lemon flavors coming to the fore. The malt balast is not shy, with a hefty dose sweet doughyness to provide ample balance. Alcohol heat makes itself known throughout. The mouthfeel is full and highly carbonated. The finish is long, fruity, bitter and a bit boozey.

This was a very nice DIPA. If it was a bit more bitter and less boozey it would be perfect.

CAMRAhardliner, Dec 07, 2008
Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 498 ratings.