Ale To The Chief - Avery Brewing Company
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3.58/5 rDev -11.6%
10/24/08- Purchased at Ledger's, in Berkeley, CA.
Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info (2008 release). Poured into my Smuttynose pint glass.
Appearance- Rich copper-amber colored pour. Large 1 inch plus head which is thick and foamy. Leaves light patchwork and trails of lace behind.
Smell- Sugary tropical and citrus fruited hops plus a mid range caramel malted nose.
Taste- Heavy orange rind sugary hop flavor. Maybe a bit of grapefruit and tangerine as well. Malt is medium to light roasted caramel in taste. Needs something though to pull both factors together.
Mouthfeel- Right amount of carbonation with a good amount of juicy hop bitterness in the aftertaste.
Drinkability- Needs to be a bit more assertive. Malt could be a bit more roasted and robust. Just missing that special something to pull together all the flavors and make this a really good beer. As is though, it about your average DIPA.
10-25-2008 15:24:35 | More by GClarkage
4.78/5 rDev +18%
Outstanding Pale Ale. Nice crisp flavor, not too hoppy. Excellent finish, somewhat fruity but well balanced. Limited aftertaste. Usually an IPA guy, but this American Pale Ale beats them all. Only negative is that at 8.7% I can't have more than two..
10-24-2008 19:15:46 | More by CJN11
3.95/5 rDev -2.5%
Pours a clear amber with slight hints of red with a huge fluffy white head that lingered for a long while and left good lacing.
The aroma is fairly tame for a DIPA, starting with some floral pine hop aromas with a big sweet malty backbone. Citrus hops come on in the finish.
The taste is much more hop-forward than the nose let on. The pine hops hit hard up front with a nice abrasive bitterness that also shows up the finish. In between, the sweet caramel malts are present but less dominant than the aroma.
The mouthfeel follows on from the taste with a hop resin stickiness and good carbonation.
The drinkability is good but pretty abrasive with hops. This is a decent DIPA and one that I recommend.
10-24-2008 01:01:51 | More by gford217
3.8/5 rDev -6.2%
Political beer. I'm afraid I shouldn't say anymore.
Light opaque caramel. Huge big bubbled head.
Nose is thick with sweet malts. Too thick if you ask me. Small hint of hops. Completely opposite of what I would like to smell.
Taste is definitely over malted. Not bad. I was just expecting something different from this DIPA. Slight grassy hops are there, but just overpowered. Not one of my favorites.
Overall: vote your conscience
10-21-2008 01:44:33 | More by PatronWizard
4.03/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured a murky deep copper hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.
The smell featured balmy resinous hops, a rich cereal malt, and some dark fruits.
The taste mimiced the smell to a tee with heavy cereal grains.
The mouthfeel was typical of the style with some alcohol warmth.
Overall a nice DIPA. A lot of alcohol flavor for such a moderate ABV however.
10-20-2008 16:54:07 | More by plaid75
4.25/5 rDev +4.9%
This beer poured a dark copper amber color and formed a huge foamy off white head that coated the glass with lace as it slowly subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, citrus, grapefruit hops and a hint of caramel. The flavor was of malt, caramel, grapefruit and a hint of pepper. The body is medium light and the finish slightly astringent. A good beer.
10-20-2008 01:17:42 | More by Wildman
4.28/5 rDev +5.7%
Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a New Belgium snifter.
I am relatively new to DIPA, but this is unlike any DIPA I've had before. Much more caramel sweetness; much less initial hop intensity. Smell is of floral 'caramely' hops, almost maple syrup. Initial taste is s grapefruit syrup, almost tastes of caramelized scallops. Aftertaste is nowhere near as sweet as expected, more of the floral hop I expect from a double. Mouthfeel is a bit thicker than I prefer, but I find it quite drinkable.
10-20-2008 01:15:08 | More by kevinboyer
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
A-A clear, darkish, orange/amber with a fluffy white head that leaves nice lacing.
S-A fairly strong, citrusy pineapple.
T-A not very bitter, slightly sweet taste with a mild hop character.
M-Medium to thick, smooth too.
D-Is good and pleasurable.
Not exactly what I'd consider a DIPA but it's very good. More balanced than a DIPA but with some ogf the qualities of one. I'd like to drink another.
10-19-2008 20:24:08 | More by meatyard
4.22/5 rDev +4.2%
Drank from a Unibroue tulip glass. Ale to the Chief pours a light amber color with a nice, fluffy light beige head that sticks around nicely. Some lacing.
Piney hops are in the forefront. I get alot of tropical fruit and hints of wheat bread. Smells good, if not a bit one-dimensional.
Wow! This beer is rich and creamy - very chewy. Sweet tropical colada flavors burst out of the gate and fade to a piney, earthy resinous hop bitterness. Some alcohol warming, but not overbearing.
I must say, this is a very unique tasting beer. I keep thinking "Tropical Fruitcake"...I wish Aunt Mabel would make these instead! Definitely recommended.
10-17-2008 19:50:31 | More by twiggamortis420
4.05/5 rDev 0%
I have no idea about people saying this one isnt' hoppy. They must have had something else before hand. It's definetly not bitter as hell, but there is a hell of a lot of dry hopping.
Pours a 1 finger head that fades decently quickly, but leaves a good lace and a nice cloudy orange color from the hop oils.
A bunch of dry hopping will yeild a nice aroma. This smells like raw hops. I smell cascade, centennial and I want to say perle as there is a tiny bit of mintyness in there with the citrusy aspect. Golly.
This beer is not excessively bitter, but it's hoppy. They obviously dry hopped the shit out of it. A lot of hop flavor and aroma and not a lot of bitterness. NICE IDEA! The maltyness could be a bit thicker as the hop oil dominates over the rest. There is this mintyness on the finish as well. The dry hopping is really awesome.
The malts are a bit weak, but somehow there is decent crispness within the hop oil.
Nice concept. Dry hop the shit out of your beer, but don't go over the top with the bittering. I like it.
10-16-2008 04:16:09 | More by jasonjlewis
4.15/5 rDev +2.5%
22oz. bomber served in a Duvel tulip. Plenty of carbonation, opened with a pretty good pop. Poured a reddish gold with a thick white head. Fresh citrus/pine hop aroma. Solid malt backbone. Smooth mouthfeel. Restrained hop bitterness. Some citrus in the middle. Dry hop finish but not mouth puckering. Very drinkable at 8.75% abv. Nicely balanced beer, not a hop bomb.
10-16-2008 01:45:38 | More by homebrewhawk
3.75/5 rDev -7.4%
With today being the third and final Presidential Debate between Obama and McCain - what's a more perfect beer to try?
"This is Shane ... oh, I mean beachbum1975 and I approve this beer review!"
On a related note, God, I can't wait for this election year to be over!!!
A: Gold foiled cap with large red "A" ob the brown bomber. Pours a clear solid amber with an off-white, creamy foam head that has decent retention. Minimal lacing on the walls of my tulip.
S: Smells mostly of pineapple hops, followed by some pine and trails with sweet malts.
T/M: Taste is much like the nose, only richer. Lots of pineapple and resinous pine hops throughout. There was a strange bitterness in the middle, almost burnt? It almost reminds me of a salty, burnt potato chip! Sorry, that's what I got. Now, I know that's weird, but it's not bad overall - just more bitter than I was expecting. As is to be expected for an 8.75 abv beer, alcohol becomes more prevalent as it warms. This beer is semi-thick and "chewy" at times and has a quick finish with a lingering bitterness.
Overall, nice but thing outrageously unique. Good price and enjoyable, nonetheless.
10-15-2008 22:18:46 | More by beachbum1975
4/5 rDev -1.2%
Pours a clear amber color with a large inch and a half slightly yellowed head. Good retention but no lacing.
The aroma is very good. Nice hop profile, giving good citrus tones and a bit of pine. Like sweet sticky sap with a bit of carmel.
The taste is pretty good. A decent hop profile with a bit of citrus and a load of bitter pine. Lightly malted. Something just isn't working for me though. Also, a dry finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with plenty of fine carbonation bubbles. Dry finish.
Drinkability is moderate. It's an ok DIPA, but not the best. I prefer their Maharaja.
10-14-2008 02:37:12 | More by Goliath
4.68/5 rDev +15.6%
a - poured a three-fingers thick off-white and fluffy head into a goblet. the body was a clear and bright amber color. there was light bubbling from the carbonation. this is a beautiful looking brew that left great sheeting and lace throughout.
s - increcibly balanced brew. the malts and hops seem to go back and forth (like our two candidates!) with hints of grapefruit, pine and syrup.
t - tons of earthy hops in this one but it is also balanced out nicely with malt. hints of grapefruit and the finish is very spicy due to piney hops. this is delicious.
m - very creamy and thick, really coats the tongue. my fiancee' said my breath was awful after this beer (so you know it was tasted good) though it was probably due more to the Greek food I had been to earlier for dinner.
d - so smooth, really a treat to drink.
10-13-2008 21:03:19 | More by GPHarris
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
Avery Ale to the Chief (one of many politically-themed brews I have
heard of this election year), a "Presidential" Pale Ale, pours 2 lumpy
fingers of foam over a slightly cloudy amber brew. Carbonation is steady
and active, and the nose is fruity malts and spicy pine hops. The flavor is
sweet malts with notes of marmelade and citrus, and a very bright floral/herbal
hop off the back. Mouthfeel is round but not heavy, finishing very crisp due to
the sprightly hopping. There's a bit of grapefruit rind in the aftertaste, and nice
lacing left in the glass all the way down. Alcohol by volume is a delightful 8.75%,
but it only makes itself felt in a warming sensation. A Double India Pale Ale you
can believe in!
10-13-2008 01:28:29 | More by shadow1961
3.63/5 rDev -10.4%
From a 22 ounce bottle - Pours a beautiful clear bright orange/red with low carbonation, and slightly below average lacing. The aroma is dominated by heavy sticky hops in a DIPA sort of way. First sip is surprisingly fruity sweet but balanced by bitter hops and a strong complimenting malt backbone. This is one great beer worthy of secret service protection.
10-12-2008 03:28:41 | More by ATLbeerDog
4.08/5 rDev +0.7%
22 oz. bomber into a Löwenbräu mug.
Absolutely gorgeous appearance--fiery, golden-copper color with a nice clarity. Streams of carbonation rise up from all sides to fuel a thin cap of light khaki head. Nice retention and thick webs of lacing. Aroma is solidly IIPA-esque, but with a twist: notes of bubblegum, grapefruit, toffee, caramel malts, and fruit cocktail syrup.
Beneath a behemoth wallop of pine & grapefruit hops lurks a surprisingly solid backbone of sweet toffee & caramel malt. The sweetness isn't cloying, but it keeps the hops' bitterness in check a bit too much. The body is down-the-middle medium thickness, with a lively carbonation level that keeps the drink crisp and surprisingly refreshing for a IIPA. Drinkability is top-notch; I'd gladly have this again, hopefully while "ailing" Obama as the "Chief"!
10-12-2008 03:07:47 | More by wagenvolks
4.35/5 rDev +7.4%
22oz bomber into a Duvel tulip. Pours a nice slightly hazy copper with a decent frothy off-white head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer but leaves great lacing. Aroma is crisp cascade hops overpowering sweet malts. The taste is a fairly well balance of both citrus and pine hops with caramel malts, pine and caramel linger nicely in the finish. The beer is medium bodied with some warming slightly sticky alcohol, but it's somewhat well hidden. This is a very enjoyable Double IPA, and I certainly hope Barack Obama enjoys the "ample amount of our Presidential Pale Ale" that Avery will inevitably bestow upon him this January! I'll certainly be picking up more before election night to celebrate his victory!
10-11-2008 09:49:22 | More by atsprings
4.33/5 rDev +6.9%
I heard many disappointing experiences before I bought and tried this brew. Needless to say, my hop head love was well fed. Will definitely buy a few more just to have on that "hmm, what to drink night".
A-Clear, copper/amber body. Heavy head that slowly disappeared. Creamy and cloudy head appearance. Lacing was present.
S-Sweet DIPA goodness. Hops, Piney something-or-other, love in a mug.
T-Everything I want in a DIPA. Right amount of bitterness and right amount of hop punch. Not overbearing. If this is what Bush leaving office feels like, I'm all in.
M-Resiny, sticky, good to the last drop.
D-Will drink all day and all night, til I have none.
10-11-2008 04:13:11 | More by TasteTester
4.08/5 rDev +0.7%
A: Crystal clear, medium copper with a hint of ruby red, nice thin layer of dense foam - 4.50, S: Some intense aromas, strong overripe pineapple, some malts in the depth of the beer - 4.25, T: As the aromas led me to believe, this beer has pineapple on the palate, the tail end is distinctly bitter, some woodiness to it as well - 4.00, M: Quite silky and smooth while still being sticky - 4.25, D: A bomb of a beer as one might expect from an Avery Double IPA, enjoyable but somewhat lost in all the weightiness of the brew - 3.75
10-11-2008 02:07:48 | More by deereless
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
Looks good, deep golden amber body, slight chill haze. Foamy head retreats to leave a thin cap, good lacing.
Aroma of candied hops, coniferous and citral , fresh pine cones and grapefruit rind, with a pungent alcohol end-note.
Light, clean malt sweetness carries a truck-load of fresh, high alpha hop bitterness. I also noticed a celery or raw carrot end-note.
Medium body with a very slightly oily mouthfeel, good carbonation delivers a bit of creaminess.
Very tasty, hopiness is balanced with good carbonation and impeccable malt.
10-10-2008 18:31:56 | More by cbn
4.4/5 rDev +8.6%
Poured during the second presidential debate into a brandy snifter.
This stuff is beautiful and resilient. Pour it however you please. Dump recklessly, and watch the foam fly. Drip carefully, if you have that kind of patience. Drink from a sequined champagne flute with a chihuahua in your pink purse. Drink from the crusty skulls of your vanquished enemies. Whatever the pour, whatever the vessel, this is a beautiful beer. Dive through the head to the bottom of the glass and experience a nearly smooth gradient from foam-white to ale-brown.
To appreciate the genius of this brew, you need only smell it. It's like an oolong beer--pour a glass to smell, and one to drink. But give me the one you were smelling. I'll drink it, too. To be completely abstract, it's a smell with a matte finish. Not sharp, not smooth, not sweet, not bitter, not hot, not astringent. It's like nothing i've ever smelled before, except for the last time i had a bottle of this. Beer at it best is senior-level chemistry; mixing aromatic compounds to create something that leaves a unique impression between the olfactory and memory centers of the beer drinker's brain. This is an honors-level achievement, to be sure.
The flavor is appropriately hopsy, with a near-balance of malts. It's classic Avery--expecting you to accept their throat-constricting sour and bitter hops and praise them for their courage in making a beer that tastes like a grapefruit-appreciation class crammed into a single afternoon and making you love them for it. In this case, though, the harsh and sap-soaked hops are mellowed by some alchemy into a divine seasonal orn that i can't get enough of.
Again, i don't know how they do it, but the typically flat, thin taste of overhopped limited-release beers is filled out with something else; hence i say of both the smell and taste that it has a matte finish, rather than being a smooth veneer. It doesn't feel like it just soaks in and slides down. It lingers, and you like it.
As far as drinkability, let's don't fool ourselves. This is on the strong side. While stronger beers with shorter release windows tend to score A- to A+ on this site, most of those are not the kind of thing you would drink bottlewise at your local pub. While i've had no problem polishing off a 22 ouncer of this tonight, i probably won't do it tomorrow. That said, your weekly bottle has a good chance of being empty well before you initially intended it to be.
10-08-2008 03:00:44 | More by murdoch22
4.35/5 rDev +7.4%
A- Pours a beautiful golden amber color with a large sticky off-white head that possesses excellent retention.
S- The aroma is sweet malt and hints of caramel with a lot of citrusy hops. The hop aromas lean most closely to that of grapefruit with hint s of orange as well.
T- The taste starts off pretty smooth and malty with a good dose of hops in the finish. I love the balance in this brew. There is a good amount of hops, with a nice malt base to back the hops up.
M- Medium bodied mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation.
D- This beer is pretty damn drinkable despite the high ABV. Another solid beer from Avery that is recommended!
10-07-2008 02:42:01 | More by cjgator3
4.28/5 rDev +5.7%
On Tap @ the Blind Tiger 10-03-08
A: Medium dark amber with a one finger head with excellent retention. As i drink this, it leaves a beautiful lacing on the side of the glass
S: Excellent citrus (orange) and floral hops. Mild malt backbone
T: Starts off hoppy with a wonderful citrus bouquet. Mild malt sweetness is present before a long, bitter finish takes over. A little better than average than most DIPA's ive had
M: Carbonation is great but the finish is a little bitterer than I'd like
D: Very drinkable for a DIPA, leaves a nice hop finish and the alcohol isnt overpowering
10-06-2008 14:00:01 | More by bonbini26
4.22/5 rDev +4.2%
22 received as part of the LNBA BIF... big thanks to Redwood21.. Very cool... I've been wanting one of these for a while.
2 finger head and alot of lacing.. brew is hop hazed amber.
orange pith and grapefruit.. the hops are very heady.. nice.. very nice.
I thought the flavor would be better... plenty of hops and malts.. but not nearly as much as the nose made me think... still.. very fruity.. nice toasty malts mid palate.. very balanced for sure.. smooth without ever verging on abrasive.. long fruity finish.. body is lighter than I would have expected.. but in this case, it helps the drinkablity.
Thanks David!! I've been wanting one of these for quite a while.. it still tastes very fresh.
10-05-2008 05:07:06 | More by JohnGalt1
Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.