Ale To The Chief - Avery Brewing Company
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4.63/5 rDev +14.3%
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.
11-15-2008 03:23:00 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.72/5 rDev +16.5%
Served in a 22oz bottle.
Pours a hazy orange glow with a full head that never seems to dissipate.
Sweet sticky strong smell of hops and notes of citrus.
This is an exceptional tating beer. The malts are very well balanced with the strong hop taste that takes over in the end.
Creamy malty mouthfeel with a powerful punch from the hops.
The drinkability of this beer is exceptional. If not for the high ABV I could drink it all night. Tastes even better now that the election is all over!
11-14-2008 01:14:12 | More by SouthAtholSuds
4.35/5 rDev +7.4%
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!
11-11-2008 00:56:23 | More by NeroFiddled
4.65/5 rDev +14.8%
Burnt sienna color with fluffy white lace.
Nice fragrent hops in the aroma, citrus layers with pine and backings of florals. The whole shabang with a crisp and underlaying malt backing.
Huge influx of sappy sugar encrusted resinous dank piney hops right off the bat. Explosions of delicate perfume and rosey florals delicately hit the palate to accenuate the aggressive bitterness. Near the finish a nice wave of sour citrus rinds and some woody pines.
The hopping on this one is absolutely extrodinary. Otherwordly exactly how hoppy, yet how extremely well balanced this one is. The hop burps from this surpass almost any other DIPA to date. Yet the balance, and refined palate on this one just go so wonderfully together.
This is definitely my favorite Avery beer to date, and for sure, one of my top 5 DIPA's. It's up there with PTE.
Absolutely one of the worlds best DIPA's.
Avery you scored big time with this one.
Damn fine job, keep it up guys.
Ale to the whatever, this ones a damn keeper.
11-11-2008 00:51:25 | More by HoustonTX
4.72/5 rDev +16.5%
22 oz.bottle poured into a large snifter.
Appearance: Billowing dense head that lasts most of the glass. Sienna orange slightly hazy glow. Sticky lacing.
Aroma: Pine and fruit. Pineapple? Dense head obscures the aroma some it is still present.
Flavor: Malty caramel sweetness immediately sliced through by spicy hops, and then pineapple and citrus sweetness followed by more hop bite.
Mouthfeel: Luscious creamy mouthfeel. Chewable but not too dense. Pleasant tangy carbonation.
Overall impression: Inspiring. Revolutionary. Our forefathers may have birthed the idea of our nation over a pint of ale. This one is certainly capable of inspiring a rebirth of greatness and a new positive direction.
11-10-2008 03:12:04 | More by enso
4.3/5 rDev +6.2%
Another great beer from Avery. Cheers to the Grandwazoo on his election victory. We enjoyed this last night as a celebration of his candidates victory.
This was a very nice beer. Poured with a thick and creamy off white head. Lots of structure and excellent retention. A good amount of lacing remained. The beer itself was slightly cloudy and an orange amber color.
Aroma was fantastic and fresh. Lots of citrus and grapefruit.
Well balanced for such a big beer. The fresh hops were certainly the star, but there was a significant and nice malt backbone. Grapefruit, ripe pineapple, resinous hops flavors.
Mouth feel was very smooth and this was really drinkable. Nice beer.
11-09-2008 13:19:11 | More by Reagan1984
4.6/5 rDev +13.6%
Pours bright amber orange with a creamy head that has nice retention and leaves plenty of uneven lines of lacing.
The smell is of Cascade in full-force. It may be called Ale to the Chief, but could be Ale to Chief Cascade. If you like the smell of Cascade done right - you'll love this one. Citrus - grapefruit - and sappy pine.
Like in the nose there's an onslaught of Cascade, with rounding caramel sweetness. It has a long, bittering, dry finish.
It has a nice, chewy body with a butt-kicking hop punch. An awesome beer for Cascade hop lovers!
11-08-2008 13:38:00 | More by jwc215
4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
Appearance - pours a hazy, obscure but bright amber. A thin but creamy, soapy head atop, nice sticking lace around most of the glass.
Aroma - orange, syrupy, heavy. Definitely a Double IPA on the nose.
Taste - chewy malts and orange juice. Fresh and vibrant, the swallow bends more towards a grassy grapefruit flavor. A kind of kiwi taste as the palate clears, plenty of citrus throughout. Quite a tasty beverage; finishes warm in the belly with a lengthy, mildly bitter end. Shows some crackery, almost rye-like graininess on the finish. A little medicinal touch at times, late if at all. Probably not bitter enough for the DIPA-heads, but I prefer it.
Mouthfeel - smooth and slightly slick, heavier than normal. Carbonation is up but fighting through much body to make its presence known.
Drinkability - one of the more drinkable DIPAs I've come across. I'll save the other one for 1/20 or thereabouts. I toast the end of the campaign season (how I *hate* the commercials), congratulate those who've won, and toast the beginnning of what I hope is a brighter future. Cheers.
11-06-2008 04:08:23 | More by brewdlyhooked13
2.93/5 rDev -27.7%
Reviewed 11/4/2008 (bottle):
Pours a pale yellowish body, with a very clear non-fizzy body. Good sized white head, but diminishing. Hoppy grapefruity aroma. Sweet syrupy smell like fig, plum. Bitter taste, sweetness & maltiness. Strong taste, alcoholy. Waiting for it to warm up...Strong grapefruitiness. Dry aftertaste. Not my thing, too much bitter for me.
11-06-2008 04:06:36 | More by jujubeast6000
3.88/5 rDev -4.2%
bought this a while ago in anticipation of the current occupant's exit from the white house and replacement by obama. both the beer and the events of last night were worth the wait. copper in color with a creamy white head and lacing. top half of the bomber is clear with some fine sediment clouding the remaining half. aromas of caramel, pine, and vague fruit (grapefruit? apricots?) led to a nicely balanced taste of sweet malts and a prominent but smooth hop bitterness. mouthfeel is big but not too thick or viscous, making this quite drinkable for it's abv. lightly carbonated with a finish somewhere between lingering and crisp/drying despite the big malts.
11-06-2008 03:59:08 | More by MrMcGibblets
4/5 rDev -1.2%
22oz. bomber into new Sam Adams glass. Shared with brewslut in celebration of Barack Obama's victory.
A - Clear copper-tinged amber/orange body with ample carbonation and one-finger creamy off-white head that receded into a thin ring of retention and left plenty of lace around the glass.
S - Fairly pungent mélange of citrus, pine and grassy hops backed by a caramel sweetness. A slight tinge of alcohol rounds out the aroma.
T - This DIPA's definitely got a West Coast vibe with a flavor profile combining juicy grapefruit, citrus zest and hints of pine. While this brew packs quite a hoppy bite, there is ample support from the sweet caramel malt backbone. There's also just a touch of toasted grain in the finish.
M - Medium body with smooth, creamy texture and moderate carbonation. Some stickiness from the hops is also present. Finishes a bit dry with a nice lingering bitterness on the palate.
D - I'm glad I saved this bomber for such a momentous occasion. While this is a solid DIPA, it isn't quite as aggressive as The Maharaja. It's quite tasty, though. I'm happy to be drinking this in celebration rather than defeat.
11-06-2008 00:21:05 | More by ffejherb
4.15/5 rDev +2.5%
Pours a gooey orange amber. Stark white head with sticky lacing.
Smell is of sweet oranges, malt, light hops.
Taste is very malt-heavy. Normally I wouldn't like this, but here the malt is amazingly tasty and smooth. Little hop flavor or bitterness. Mostly syrupy malt. Hints of citrus.
Mouthfeel is deep and thick. Interesting. Hides the alcohol well, but makes it hard to drink too much of this stuff.
A great malty DIPA. Sweet, thick. Good but in definite need of more hops.
11-05-2008 20:58:38 | More by itcomesnpints
4.03/5 rDev -0.5%
Had this tonight, as the occasion was more than appropriate. Poured into DFH snifter.
Nice color, slightly darker than a honey-amber, but not much of a head. Pine-y aroma with some caramel malt notes, maybe some toffee? The taste has a very full feel. Its very 'complete'-tasting. Muted grapefruit and loads of pine and a very smooth balance. Considering its ABV and and style this is considerably drinkable. I enjoyed it a lot, and it was perfect for the occasion.
11-05-2008 06:11:56 | More by Ineedabeerhere
3/5 rDev -25.9%
Had this on-tap @ hollingsheads a couple of months ago and it was great. Since then, I've got 2 bottles from liquor wherehouse, and they've both been as I like to say "butterscotch bastards".In lement, I wish I'd have written a review at hollingsheads. Alas... here I am with a new prez, wanting to ale to the chief; but insted holding my nose. Again this beer was tits on tap, but both bottles I've had were really bad!
11-05-2008 05:49:59 | More by ironlung
4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
Poured from the bottle a crystal clear amber gold with a huge volume of creamy off-white head.
Aroma is a gorgeous medley of sweet malts, caramel, fresh-baked bread, and piney/citrus hops.
The taste is quite malty upfront. Creamy with caramel and toffee while finishing with a piney hoppiness. The alcohol is well hidden.
Medium bodied, rich and chewy, and moderately carbonated.
Bravo. I love this IIPA from Avery. A great drinker from start to finish.
11-05-2008 03:27:53 | More by Monkeyknife
3.95/5 rDev -2.5%
Pours a glowing honey/orange color, sturdy & foamy two-finger head fades extremely slowly into a 1/4" layer, thick sheets of lacing coat the inside of the glass....this is an incredible pour. Smell is rich with caramel malt, piney hops take a backseat, but they come through nicely. Really nice balance on this one...thick/gooey caramel flavors, lots more pine on the tongue, some faint bitter grapefruit. Sticky mouthfeel, lots of lingering bitterness and piney aftertaste. A really nice Imperial IPA.
11-05-2008 01:21:19 | More by corey0212
4.83/5 rDev +19.3%
i work third shift and just voted so i am selebrating election day with this one, poureed into my saint arnold pint glass, this one poured a thick semi cloudy orange with a nice thick slightly yellow head on it, the head spuwed from the neck of the bottle as i opened this, hops filled the air. i loved this befor i ever tasted it. the taste is citrus hops, orange, biscuts, caned fruit, fresh mowed grass, and a bitter after taste that just wont quit. this hides the alchoal well and i just couldent stop pounding untill it was gone. i wish i had more of these for sure
11-04-2008 14:04:36 | More by orcasteve
4.5/5 rDev +11.1%
poured from a 22 oz bomber in to a goblet.
pours a lightly hazy golden brown with a sticky, clingly white head.
Smell of citrus is bursting out. pine and sweet malt is in the back, but grapefruit and other citrus dominate.
Taste is maltier than I expected, and doesn't have the bitter kick I expected, but still creates a great taste.
Mouthfeel is very sticky and full.
No strong aftertaste and well masked alcohol make this a surprisingly drinkable dipa.
I don't like Avery's incorporation of politics in to their business, (and I told them) but this is a very good balanced DIPA.
11-02-2008 21:51:15 | More by aubuc1
4/5 rDev -1.2%
Poured from a bomber bottle into the new Sam Adams custom glass. Copper with a lusty, sticky head with lace web.
Nose is caramel with some floral notes; butter; malty with hidden Cascade hops. Nice.
Mouthfeel is smooth particularly as it warms, with modest carbonation.
Mild taste with slight hop finish. Buttery smooth and creamy as it warms.
This is a one "term" ale, not a session brew. A good effort by Avery.
11-02-2008 11:41:37 | More by jim102864
3.28/5 rDev -19%
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?
11-01-2008 17:46:19 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.03/5 rDev -0.5%
Pours a crystal clear deep golden amber with a bubbly white head that sticks around for a while. Aroma, well lets just say I smell the hops soon after I pop the cap off the bottle. Closer inspection reveals large hop aromas of pine and grapefruit. I know there's some malt in there somewhere and if I squint I can maybe find a little caramel. Taste is hoppy, pine, resin and less citrus than the smell said there would be. I taste a little alcohol in the finish especially after it warms. Syrupy sticky mouthfeel, medium to thick body, crisp carbonation and mad lacing. Great little hop bomb here, a little more malt might be ok too.
10-29-2008 23:31:03 | More by johnnnniee
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours a clear coppery-orange body with a strong carbonation of big bubbles supporting a light tan head.
S- There is a earthy orange hop aroma that fills the air during the pour with a leafy hop aroma to it. There is a fruity quality to the hops as the beer warms.
T- This beer has a big green hop favor with a cheese quality to it and a pine note. There is a pale malt note and some toasted hints to it that support the big hops. The finish is a soft spicy quality to a pungent big hop finish.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with the only real alcohol heat coming in the last few sips.
D- This beer has some full fresh hops that are supported by a nice malt flavor with some depth. This is big and fresh hoppy beer.
10-29-2008 02:07:20 | More by rhoadsrage
3.53/5 rDev -12.8%
A 650 mL foil-wrapped bottle purchased at State Line.
A: The DIPA is a ruddy amber color, translucent with a half a finger of head across the mouth of the glass.
S: I took a brief whiff from the bottle and was blasted back with a barrage of hops. Out of the glass, the hops are murky with a big aroma that reminds me of a barleywine (or a DIPA that sat around too long).
T: The ale is huge, full of both hops and malts. The flavors are wet and concentrated, a veritable barleywine. The malts are caramel and biscuits, chewy and sweet. They match up admirably against the hops. Those hops are citrusy with a touch of pine resin. The finish is the best part of the ale, a melange of pine and citrus flavors that lingers long.
M: The ale is big and swirling, a barleywine wiht a fresh hop kick. The flavors overwhlem the palate.
D: One bottle is enough. The ale is a bomb. I'm just not sure if it is a hop- or malt- one.
10-27-2008 01:03:57 | More by akorsak
3.58/5 rDev -11.6%
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 10/25/08.
Pours a copper golden-orange color with about two fingers of beige head. The head dropped slowly and left some nice lacing. Aroma is piny and citrusy hops and some caramel malt.
Taste is sweet caramel malt followed by piny and grassy hops. Quite a bitter finish. A bit of citrus, mostly grapefruit. Not the most balanced beer; it could use a bit more sweetness to balance it out. The alcohol is very well hidden in the taste.
Feel is medium bodied and well-carbonated. Just the right thickness and not sticky at all. Drinkability is decent. The taste is a bit unbalanced but the alcohol is very well hidden.
Overall, pretty good for a pale ale. It's a bit pricey (~$8) and maybe not worth the price, but it's a pretty good beer.
10-26-2008 01:44:07 | More by bkilpatr
3.9/5 rDev -3.7%
On tap at holy smoke
A - A very nice bright light copper appearance. A nice thick head that laced down the glass.
Smell - Very similar to the Maharaja but far sweeter almost rummy.
Taste - very sweet citrus. Tastes very close to the Maharaja only sugary. No pine flavors though only citrus. malts hid in the back.
Mouth - very coating in the mouth and the sweetness lingered but pleasantly.
Drink - being a one off from a great brewery it is worth trying to get and sample. Was rather unique for the style. A good brew.
10-25-2008 16:29:07 | More by soccerman7
Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.