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Ale To The Chief - Avery Brewing Company

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499 Ratings
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Ratings: 499
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 BretSikkink
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale orange-copper body, with a nice tight ivory-colored head. Awesome, heavy amounts of lacing with plenty of stick. This is a damn good, archetypal-style double IPA. The looks are perfect.

The nose is quite strong and to the point: tons of citrics, a little pine for complexity, and tons of high alpha acid resin. Hooray for hops! The malts really have nothing to say, just a mild sweetness.

The flavor is solid, not quite as good as the nose promised, but very pleasant. Not as rip-roaring as other double IPAs - where it loses flavor points I'm giving it back in drinkability.

The palate picks up plenty of hops: oily and resinous, lots of grapefruit. Pithy, earthy, even lemongrass flavors emerge. The malts can hardly be called a backbone: there's almost nothing there besides an intimation at sweetness (caramel) that is overwhelmed by the hops.

The finish is characterized by an ethanol bent, plenty of bitterness that coats the tongue for a while, and a low carbonation point that still gets the scrubbing job done well enough: this beer has been very well attenuated to allow for maximal hop distribution with minimal interference from sweetness and bubbles.

I give the drinkability a huge thumbs up, as the minimized malt makes this a wonderful vehicle for the bright, citric hops, but without a cloying or scathing bitterness. The 8.75% abv is not on trial nearly as much as it could be; very well done on that end. This is a masterful double IPA, something that you could bring to any number of social events and be enjoyed by a wider variety of drinkers than your average DIPA. I've had a ton of these, and this is a damn good one.

BretSikkink, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of armock
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with a tan head that leaves lacing

S - Is of citrus hops grapefruit and some malt backing it up

T - Starts with hops up front then gets balanced a little by the malt and finishes bitter

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - I myself enjoyed this beer not as balanced as I'd like but it is a DIPA so its meant to be a hopbomb its a good beer thats worth trying

armock, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark yet almost perfectly clear amber. A one finger creamy white head rises from a vigorous pour, retaining incredibly well and lasting until my last sip.

Smell: Candied grapefruit, oranges and a touch of honey. The balance of hops and malt is excellent, both providing depth but hops eventually rising to the forefront.

Taste & mouthfeel: Malty sweetness is the first thing to hit the palate, reminding me of orange marmalade on lightly toasted bread. Hops follow, full of citrus and pine, grapefruit and orange in particular - for a cascade-oriented beer, this tastes like no other cascade beer I've had. Impressive hop flavor, though the finish is a bit rough and astringent; less bittering hops would be to this beer's advantage. Nonetheless, I found myself really enjoying this, much moreso than Avery's other Double IPA, Maharaja.

largadeer, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's. Into a pint glass

A: Clear amber with a one finger head with excellent retention. As i drink this, it leaves gorgeous 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. While not as malty as the Maharaja, this is still a little sweet.

M: Carbonation is great but the finish is a little bitterer than I'd like

D: I had no problems drinking this. Very impressive

DefenCorps, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Citric hoppy nose with floral, leafy, and earthy/herbal tones. Hint of roasted malt, chocolate comes to mind.

Pours a light caramel color, good clarity, moderate head with lasting retention.

Fruity, earthy, mildly vegetable-like (with leafy lettuce and root vegetables), and hoppy-bitter. It tastes healthy, and tasty. Herbal flavors kick in with more garden flavors (Swiss chard, for example) complimented by bitterness; also I get some earthy spices like cinnamon and their correspondingly prickly mouthfeel in addition to the already spicy carbonation. Finishes very dry.

Pretty good, but distinctively odd. As it warms, these earthy/garden flavors intensify to tongue-numbing/paint-stripping hop-like abuse that leaves me wondering whether I drank a beer or smoked a cigar.

MrHungryMonkey, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of morimech
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a large white head that has good retention. Large amounts of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

The aroma is all about the hops. Very citrusy with just a whiff of alcohol.

The flavor is likewise dominated by hops. Resiny, citrus, and slightly sweet. The sweetness is cut on the finish by a slight alcohol flavor.

Medium body with low carbonation. Semi-slick mouthfeel that is liven up just enough by the carbonation.

An enjoyable ale. Not sickenly sweet like other DIPAs and comes with a big hop presence. One bottle will satisfy most hop heads.

morimech, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Way to go Avery.
First for the political sentiments (anti Bush/Republican) on the label...
Second for the high quality almost DIPA in the bottle.
Pours clear, glowing darker amber, with that olive oil almost green tint thing going on, tight off white head, leaving better then average fine lace. Nose is the expected oily, gritty, hoppyness. Tasty easy drinking offering, hops quite evident but not overpowering in their approach. Whole wheat toast underlying malt and coating the palate for the approaching hop crunch. Love the style..love this beer...highly recommended for all hoppy beer lovers.

Billolick, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a honey/copper body, white head.

s: Citrus hops and pine.

t: Caramel malt upfront, but this is a double IPA, so let's get to the hops: pine, grapefruit and notes of pineapple. Hops are pretty resiny and juicy.

m: Medium body, sticky.

d: I still prefer Maharajah, but its not really fair to expect Ale to the Chief to live up to that one. But, this is a very good IPA.

BradLikesBrew, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a crystal clear and rosy cherry amber and topped with a huge, lusciously bubbly two inch head, strong ropes of carbonation bubble up from the bottom and support the massive head, this beer leaves behind some considerable lacing as well, just beautiful.

S: Greasy orange peel and grapefruit, just resiny layer upon resiny layer, decent amount of caramel malty sweetness.

T/MF: Interesting, sweet, almost candy like and juicy. Mild pine and caramel mix together well with mild melon and a decently bitter grapefruit and orange juice acidity. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and almost silky smooth if it were not for the considerable bitterness and tiny pin pricks of carbonation.

D: This beer is incredibly smooth and balanced, this beer is for anyone who is seeking a well balanced and super tasty DIPA. While not the biggest hop bomb, this beer is incredibly tasty and about the smoothest DIPA I've been in contact with in some time.

bluemoonswoon, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of Murchmac
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a one finger head nice lacing, golden orange. Like the doilies on the lincoln bedrooms couch.

Burst of hops hits your nose like the secret service bum rushing you. Malt, straw, lemon?

Sweet floral, sweet hops, not too full bodied. A little thin. More Paula Jones than Monica Lewinsky.

Some burning alcohol finsh. Some sweetness.

Overall an ok beer. I think it says its a double pale ale, kinda confusing, like how our current regime gets away with what it does.

Murchmac, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of hurleymanvw
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Avery did a great job with this one.

Aroma of citrus (grapefruit), pine, and hop with a nice white head. Strong lacing on the glass.

Nice citrus taste with a nice floral hop punch. Malt was used nicely to balance the beers finish.

Mouthfeel is not very heavy the hops are nice to the tongue but do not over power the mouth. The alchol is hidden in this one. Nice balance.

Finish was great with a slight hop bite but not too harsh. I would highly recommend this beer.

hurleymanvw, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of champ103
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep orange color with a good two finger head. Decent lace is left behind as the head recedes.
S: Piny and floral hops. Grapefruit, orange and lemon peal. A touch of buttery malt to balance everything out.
T: Follows the nose, but the flavors are not as pronounced as they are in the nose.
M/D: Slick and oily. A medium body that is well carbonated. Decent drinkability, but the high ABV is a little much. Good to sip on though.

I enjoyed this. A very good example of a style I am not all that fond of to begin with. I would recommend this to people that love DIPA's.

champ103, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of bosco7
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper color with a substantial offwhite head. Heavy lacing.

Smell is great. Pungent pine, grapefruit, mango, and strawberry aromas. Nothing new but very pleasant.

Starts with caramel and then moves into tobacco and melon flavors. Some orange peel in there as well. The finish is bitter and full of resinous pine flavors. Nothing is harsh or overbearing and alcohol is not apparent. Diplomatic flavors I suppose. The taste is definitely unique.

Mouthfeel isn't heavy or light and carbonation is balanced. I enjoyed this beer for sure. I think Avery does an excellent job at differentiating their DIPA's hop character, giving us a unique but ultimately hoppy experience. Highly recommended.

bosco7, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of bigbelcher
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lot's of well deserved hype about this beer. Big rocky head that lingers for quite a while. Exceptional amount of Belgian Lace indicating the great body of the beer. Color is deep golden.
Aroma is very fruity and crisp hop aroma of citrus. Flavor resembles a smoother version of Maharaja with more malt sweetness. Alcohol is well disguised and masked by the malt and hops. Veery well carbonated as indicated by the lingering head. Wish is were a regular Avery beer instead of a seasonal.

bigbelcher, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of froghop
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear dark amber-copper with a large white head, with good lacing.

smell is of hops, caramel, dry leaves, and some nuts.

taste is thick and creamy, roasted toffee, malt, and some light grapefruit, finish is on the dry side and slightly bitter.

froghop, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of jaxon53
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another hoppy beer from Avery. It's gotta be good, right? Let's see. Served this chilled, in a pint glass, from a twenty two ounce brown bottle.

Appearance: Ale to the Chief pours out a beautiful amber copper color that has great clarity. A somewhat vigorous pour yields just about two fingers of creamy looking, tight, off-white head. Pretty good head retention, leaving plenty of sticky, webby lace clinging to the glass.

Smell: Awesome nose on this one. Nice citrusy hop aromas. Grapefruit, orange peel, and a touch of lemon. Some faint astringent pine notes in the background. Nice malty and bready aromas with hints of yeast.

Taste: A nice bitter hoppy burst out front, followed by a sweet malty flavor that balances this beer out. Plenty of citrus fruit flavor with notes of pine. Finishes dry with another bitter hop bite. Just a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a perfect amount of tongue tickling carbonation. Almost has a slick feel to it.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable despite the higher ABV. Ale to the Chief, in my opinion, has a few subtle qualities that remind me of Maharaja. This is a whole different animal though. I can't get enough of this beer. Great job Avery!

jaxon53, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of sholland119
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful clear amber with a thin white head. Nice lacing.

A beautifully balanced aroma. Hops are strong but not overpowering. Malt is strong but not overpowering. Very promising.

What an amazing DIPA. Perfect balance of hops and malts without going over the top on either. Flavor is plenty big enough but not too big. Outstanding!

Good medium carbonation and a nice lingering bitterness.

The most drinkable DIPA I have ever had. I could drink these all night, provided I was at home already.

HV

sholland119, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of OlieIPA
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint on tap from Hollingshead.

A: Amber color with just the right amount of head. Didn't pay too much attention to the lacing, so can't say too much about that.

S: It was actually hard to pick out one thing. I actually had to ask my buddy what he thought. We both picked out a fruity aroma from the beer with hops mixed in.

T: A little bitter up front and at the end. The mixture of hops and malts was perfect after the intial taste. As it warms up, the bitterness kicks in a little too much.

M: Medium-body. Feels almost unfilitered.

D: The first half of the pint was excellent, but it got kind of difficult to swallow towards the end.

Overall: A very good beer that was worth trying.

OlieIPA, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of pleasewearpants
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yum!

Pours a nice amberish color with minimal head. This beer smells fantastic. A lot of mellow Cascade I think but with a nice clean pine smell. This would be an extremely pleasant shampoo.

Body is surprisingly light and refreshing. The hops add a really nice cooling sensation to the palate, almost like a Fisherman's Friend but in a good way. The finish is very clean with a nice bitterness at the end. Yeah. The menthol/eucalyptus taste is fantastic. Carbonation is very nice, a tiny bit more than the average Imperial IPA = exceptionally clean.

This beer has a lot more to offer than the DNC commentary I am hearing from my TV in the other room. I think I just found my write-in candidate. Go Avery!

pleasewearpants, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is an awesome deep amberwith some hint of light ruby. LOts of awesome bubbles, it just needs some better head and foam retention. The aroma has a noticeable walnuty aroma with some musky hops smacking my nosrils to life. The aroma is more on the sweet side than bitter. I get nutty toastd breads upfront fast, but are quickly mixed with and overtaken with the musk-like flavor of hops. Not scorching, but thik and long lasting on the palate. The hops really give a lot of body to this beer. The bitterness lasts and then recedes gracefully.

scruffwhor, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this bottle for $6.99 in Columbus. The beer is copper colored and very clear with a thick spitty textured white foam that dries into lace on the glass. The smell is really hoppy, but with a hint of sweet malts in the background. The taste is pine needles and grapefruit but not too astringent, with a very sweet malty flavor in the distant aftertaste. This is a very good imperial pale ale (description on the bottle), but just possibly it steps into DIPA territory.

TurdFurgison, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of Floydster
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle purchased from the BevMo in Redlands for around eight dollars, split with my dad last night, poured into an oversized wine glass

A-Mix between medium orange and amber color, huge 1 1/2 inch creamy white head, stuck around for over five minutes, nice retention, awesome lacingf
S-Spices, alcohol, citrus, lemon juice, lots of hoppiness, esters, tangerines, apricots, and herbs, aroma was all over the place
T-Starts off with malt and spices, has a bit of berry flavor mixed with some citrus, lots of hops in the finish but that is the only place you really taste them, aftertaste also has some straw, taste gets less dry as time goes on, could have used more hoppiness but still good
M-Dry, sticky, and slightly chewy mouthfeel, medium bodied, nice level of carbonation, taste lingers as well
D-Could drink a full bottle of this probably, ABV is not huge but still strong, not too heavy, smooth and not overly sweet, on the lighter side for a DIPA or double pale ale like they call it

I am a sucker for Avery's special brews and this was no exception, had to buy it regardless of the price tag, better than the Maharaja in my opinion, less sweet and malty, would drink again, recommended

Floydster, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of Foxman
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a slightly hazy amber, amply carbonated. A finger of dense, eggshell head sustains long enough to leave a frothy moustache after the first couple sips. Thin wires of lacing circuit the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, the hops are all the rage, with dry citrus, lemon zest, and resiny pine playing wantonly. The malt bubble through from under, with a slightly sweet cast and a caramel complexion. The alcohol punctuates the air with a hot shaft of vapor.

Upon sipping, the malt this time comes first, with a manageably sweet character boating caramel and distant berry. The hops elbow in impatiently, casting forth showers of crisp, dry grapefruit, mandarin orange, and thick, oily pine. Esters boast a bit of peach that soon disappears in the wake of a brash wash of alcohol. Residual grain presence is mostly biscuit with a touch of sugar. The finish is very crisp, very dry, and very bitter, but in a homey, hop-head pleasing way. Simply, the impressive balance leaves nothing to not like.

Medium bodied, the malt has nice body, which is buoyed and borne by the oozing lubricant of the hops, leaving a crisp glow for the effort.

Thanks to Taylor at the Mexican Food Factory for the heads up on this, because I would not have wanted to miss it. It's big, bold, brash, and a few other good B's as well, with a balance that juggles some very hefty elements, and yet leads to a very fetching blend. And I can say definitively that it holds up impressively to a sassy quesadilla, often a daunting task but one this beer responds to with aplomb. Yes, the ABV is muscular, but it's not sly, so one can take heed easily. The only issue is knowing when to say when, because it goes down very well. Avery is always solid in my book. But this time, they went above and beyond.

Foxman, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of slayer3604
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4.5's across the board with this puppy!

A-Drapery of white frothy almost whipped cream head (served at room temp so it would be heady as all shit!) a mild amber color and plumes of carbonation reaching the blanket of head.

S- creme` friache, alcohol, citrus, a foreshadowing of nice hops, and apricot esters.

T- Up front spice, acidic character, almost like bighting a lemon, but in a good way. the lemon is soaked in booze, and fresh malt that dropkicks your tastebuds into submission!!! Such a powerful and refined beer.

M-chewy, sweet but ballanced by a good amount of hop!

D- This might be a new favorite from avery. they never cease to amaze me.

slayer3604, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of Seanibus
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A winner, no matter who wins.

Pours a bright amber with a fluffy, long lasting head with a bit of lacing. The aroma is huge, with a giant blast of grapefruity hops that you can smell from feet away. The taste is lovely, balanced, carmelly and malty with huge, fresh-tasting citrusy hops, with a bit of alcohol on the tongue. The mouthfeel is a bit clingy, leaving a lasting bitterness. A delicious, balanced, and beautiful offering.

Seanibus, Aug 25, 2008
Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.