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Ale To The Chief - Avery Brewing Company

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493 Ratings
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Ratings: 493
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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HalfFull

California

3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours on opaque orange amber into a pint glass with a frothy half inch head. This beer has very little smell initially(served rather chilled) yet opens up as the beer warms. Notes of caramel malts and light hops initially. Yet Belgian yeasts soon dominate.

Taste is somewhat malty, yet this is no Maharaja, and that is a good thing. Not nearly as complex in the malts nor as sweet as Maharaja, this brew offers a nicely balanced malt structure. And with a touch of Belgian yeast sourness. Anyway, that aside I find this brew neither enticing nor enthralling.

I would consider this to be an oddball of an American DIPA and more of a Belgian IPA with a well disguised ABV, perhaps a 'White Rascal' on malted steroids.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2008 06:50:55 | More by HalfFull
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nlmartin

Ohio

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

The beer was served in my Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer has a bright amber / orange coloration. The head is thick and a off white biege. The head is long lasting and leaves rings of foam. Tight bubbles of carbonation escape to the top of the beer. In short the beer looks deliscious.

Smell: The aroma of the beer is full of hoppy promises. Oily pine tar resins combine with a citrus and tropical fruits explosions of grapefruit, lemon, mango and pineapple bombard my nose.

Taste: The flavor of the beer is milder on the hops than I expected. The beer leads in with a resinous pine. This gives way to a subdued grapefruit and citrus combo. The beer then turns grassy in notes on the backend. The malt backbone of this beer is a constant companion in the taste. The flavor is very long lasting.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The most notable quality of mouthfeel is the oilyness. This oilyness streches the flavor of the beer out and is very welcome. The body of the beer is medium. This is a very nice DIPA. I could drink a few bombers of this in a setting.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 06:10:47 | More by nlmartin
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WillClark

California

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

Poured out of a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass an crisp orange color with amber tints through the light. Great whipped egg white head with strong retention and lacing that released sweet floral and citrus notes. Big malt on the front and a lingering bitterness that has a spicy bourbon feel on the finish. Heavy, but not enough to prevent me from taking another sip immediately.

Taking the brilliant marketing into play, this is a wonderful product. Get it while you can and keep a bottle around for hope's sake.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 03:28:05 | More by WillClark
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dancinwillie

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Brennan's in Madison, Wisconsin for $6.99.

Poured a beautiful medium shade of bronze, with a pillowy head of off white foam. A little lighter color than I was hoping for. Good head retention, however, and it doesn't seem to be going anywhere soon. I was smelling this even as I poured, even before I stuck my nose in there for closer inspection. Once I did though, images of resin coated hops fill my head. Smells of sticky pine resin, and citrus fruits dominate.

Oh my, this is a flavorful beer. I have to take a few small sips to take it all in. Orange juice, fresh grapefruit, pine tree sap that you know you shouldn't taste when you were a kid, but you did anyway. At least I did. It's not all hops here though, the sweetness of the malt is substantial. It's a damn good thing there is so much delicious hop flavor, to cut through that sweetness. I don't detect any of the alcohol in the taste, although half way through my first glass, and I'm feeling pleasantly warm.

Good mouthfeel. It's a little creamy, a little chewy, carbonation is at a fine level that let's the bitterness dance all over your tongue. Finish could be a bit dryer.

I would have to say for myself, drinkability is rather high for this one. This is a highly hopped beer, perhaps even a bit unbalanced on the hop side but sometimes, that's just what I want. I was craving a hoppy, fresh tasting, pick me up beer. And that's just what I got. I'll be picking up more as soon as I am able. Ale to the Chief!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 02:24:52 | More by dancinwillie
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Buebie

Minnesota

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

Poured from a bomber into a tulip. Nice gold foil wraps the neck and cap. Cool bottle with all the brewers signatures printed on the lable.
Well themed beer with a quirky name.

Big juicy foam like head, 3 fingers deep. Retention is the best I've seen in a beer to date, a good finger that wont go away. hence the exeptional appearance rating.
Thick sticky lace, resembling real sponge along the glass. Color is a golden transparent amber.

Smell is very fruity and sweet with grapefruit hop aroma. marshmellow cream, pinnaple, sour apples. A hint of caramel.

Taste resembles a smoother version of Maharaja.
Big hops here and not sour like some. Good amount of grapefruit hops, some pine, hop oil?
Hemp.
Smooth mellow carbonation. Finishing dry with a good hop linger and a small bite from the carbonation. Alcahol warming at the swallow.

Very nice indeed. Now I understand the hype behind this beer. This will age very nicely.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 19:34:44 | More by Buebie
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

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

Pours a nice orange/amber with a nice fluffy white head. Nose is hops mostly, but a significant malt presence. Taste follows with a good hop profile, but a very large malt base. Sweet with a little bit of spice. Mouthfeel is nice and viscous, just about right for the style. Drinkability is good. Overall a decent IPA and an ok representation of the style, but really nothing amazing. Good brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 01:04:32 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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Overlord

California

4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the highlights of Stone's 12th anniversary.

Pours an orange amber, small off white head.

Hops literally leap at you; grapefruit, citrus, and pine. Taste is explosive, with sticky, resinous grapefruit, some nice tropical/malty backing, and a lively mouthfeel. Could drink all day.

Great.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2008 07:05:18 | More by Overlord
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Rainintheface

Massachusetts

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

A: copper with the slightest cloudiness. has a one inch off white head which clings nicely most of the way down.

S: freshly sliced grapefruit, orange, mint and a cabbagey/vegetation kind of smell

T: has a rye-like spiciness. citrus with some malt lingering in the back

M: moderate in body, rather crisp with some hop bitterness. very nice feel

D: great drinkabilty

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 17:42:20 | More by Rainintheface
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prototypic

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours a very clear, dark amber color (darker than normal) and has a slight reddish tint to it. It's capped with a two finger, vanilla covered that stuck around for quite a while. A really thick, sticky coat of lace lined the glass.

Smell: Very impressive here. Hops are literally leaping out the glass. It's a very piney scent and a little resiny. There are some floral characteristics intertwined. They make it a little grassy and earthy. There's some citrus sweetness underlying the strong hop aroma. It's mostly grapefruit, lemon, and a little orange. There's some secondary malt aromas that emerge. They add some more sweetness and a bit of a biscuity smell. Remarkably, no alcohol is noted. Very nice job on the nose.

Taste: The flavor isn't quite what I'd hoped, but it's still very good nonetheless. It is hoppy and bitter, but isn't anywhere near a palate crusher. There's a mix of piney and floral elements. The floral side appears to give it a pretty nice earthy and grassy flavor. The citrus flavors are grapefruit and lemon mostly. They're a little sweet, but are clearly a secondary flavor. Malts provide a nice, sweet foundation, but perhaps negate some of the hop attack. It's still primarily bitter, but there's some malty sweetness lingering. It finishes sweet and bitter. Again, I'm not picking up much in the alcohol department.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and has a nice, smooth feel. Carbonation is dialed in pretty well. I'm really close to awarding a "4.5" here. Drinkability is very good. Not only does it taste good and feature a smooth feel, it's also a big beer in disquise. It really is deceptively strong.

Ale to the Chief. I really like the name and the concept for this beer. It's incredibly fitting for an election year. I'm unsure of how well it will hold up until inauguration day given its strong hoppy character. That's why I decided to enjoy one today. In any event, it's a fine beer celebrating the inauguration. I'll drink to that...whomever may be elected.

Taste:

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 02:16:39 | More by prototypic
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genog

Ohio

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

I was really looking forward to trying this one. I really like Avery, and was excited to get this new beer.
Pours a dark ruby red color with plenty of white sudsy hops leaving a lot of lacing along the side of my glass. Smell is pine, grapefruit, and a lot of biscuity malt pokes through. Taste is very similar to the aroma big on the hops and sweet malt as well. Plenty of carbonation making this one a very filling beer. Another great success from avery.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 20:24:54 | More by genog
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ccrida

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Ale To The Chief is a clear dark copper with a large, amber tinged white sand the leaves lots of heavy, clingy lace.

Smell is heavy, sugary, over ripe citrus hops and sweet cat piss. Not as bad as that probably sounds, but fairly one-dimensional, although it picks up some nice tropical citrus as it warms.

Taste is similarly dominated by the singular hop, sour citrus and brown sugary malt, with some vegetable character before the dry, lingering spicy finish. Not bad, but could stand a more complex hop bill and less fusels.

Mouthfeel is nice, the creaminess helps lighten the body and soften the bite and slick oiliness.

Drinkability is pretty good, not a bad pale, a nice study in cascade's, it's actually little better when it's warms. I give Avery big bonus points for the whole concept of this beer, and having the balls to declare it on the label! Cheer's to whoever wins, I love to hear if Avery sends them any, and if they enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 04:52:56 | More by ccrida
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thethrone

Ohio

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

A - Pours golden amber with very generous stiff head.
Good retention. Generous lacing

S - Terrific hoppy aroma; Orange, pine, grapefruit, and a hint of lemony bread.

T - Taste matches the nose, citrus, pine, yeast. I was surprised by the sweetness, which gives way to a mild citrus bitterness.

M - Medium body, very smooth. No dominating bitterness or alcohol burn that you often find in this category.

D - Very drinkable, despite is relatively high alcohol content and hop profile. Would definitely come back to this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 01:35:04 | More by thethrone
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kirok1999

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear light copper with a very nice white head. Tons of sticky lacing and the head lasts quite a while.
Smells of massive Cascade hops. Tons of sweet grapefruit, orange, light malty sweetness.
Taste is a magnification of the smell. Sweet grapefruit, juicy as hell. Very little carbonation on the tongue and it goes down so smoothly.
I've fallen in love with this beer. What a great beer to take the place of HopSlam which I'm out of. I could drink it all night.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 00:23:17 | More by kirok1999
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tpd975

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up from Whole Foods Sarasota

A: Pours a nice golden hue nice bright and clear. The head is big, tall, and fluffy. One huge sheet of lace covers nearly 1/3 of the glass.

S: Bold hop aromas. Tons of sappy sweet pine. Tinges of grapefruit and orange juice poke thru.

T: Very much like the aroma. Big on the pine, bold and sweet. Hints of grapefruit and sunsweet orange juice. Rater bold, er Presidential.

M: Medium in body, with a big blast of carbonation.

D: Rather. The taste is big and the price is right at whole foods. Wish I had grabbed a few more.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 23:23:49 | More by tpd975
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MiScusi

California

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

On tap at Beachwood BBQ

A- poured into a shaker pint glass, clear light orange in color, fluffy thin head on top.

S- Very resiny hops. Pine, earth, spice.

T- Lots of sweetness initially. Hops come later and they remind me of a cross between Green Flash and Sierra Nevada hoppy beers.

M- Slightly on the thicker side of an IPA. Medium probably, but not syrupy.

Wasn't really something I wanted to drink a whole pint of but a smaller sample would have been better I think.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2008 14:01:28 | More by MiScusi
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Ale to the Chief poured a clear amber color with a ridiculous 3 finger foam head that retains pretty well. It leaves some nice sudsy lacing on the side of the glass.

The aroma was wonderful and hoppy. The label calls the libation an Imperial pale ale. It has a resinous hop smell that comes to the nose like it is fresh from the lupulin gland. It has a good biscuit malt backing with a sharp bitterness on the finish. It remains spicy on the tip of the tongue for quite a while. It is a very unique beer that should be tried by all lovers of the IPA's and regular pale ale's.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 04:01:36 | More by cswhitehorse
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Halcyondays

California

3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours amber with a small white head, leaving sticky lacing as I expect in a Double IPA down the glass.

S: Grapefruit, mint, hops for sure.

T: On the spicier side for a Double IPA, hops are there in droves, heavy citrus, with some pepper and mint, interesting flavour.

M: Light in carbonation, oily, creamy.

D: A good Double IPA, though not my favourite by a longshot, possible rebuy for me, could check it out again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2008 22:38:18 | More by Halcyondays
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dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After being nearly assulted by the Fifteen, it's nice to see Avery return to what they do best, DIPAs.
Pours a medium dark amber color with a nice big and bubbly white head and great tracing. Aromas are pure, fresh, wet hops. Tons of great resinous notes, plenty of grapefruit and citrus, piney and evergreen. Just a wonderful and heady mix, well done. On the palate, the hop mix becomes almost gin like in a complex herbal spice combination. It settles in like everything from juniper spicy alcohol to soft, creamy, subtle vanilla notes. Bitterness is pronounced but not overdone like some DIPAs. The body is medium full with an appropriate carbonation level. This is a really nice ale, and a great offering from Avery that every hop lover should try.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 20:49:53 | More by dreadnatty08
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AltBock

Ohio

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

I was able to try this new Avery beer on tap at High Street Grill on 8/12/2008. They served it to me in a standard River Horse pint glass.

This Double IPA poured a beautiful clear mahogany amber. I liked how the color of the beer was 2 different colors. No amber highlights in a mahogany colored beer, but 2 colors together. The head of foam was 3/4 of an inch in hight and a pure white color. It had excellent retention that left behind a skim of white foam and a ton of sticky white streaks of lace all around the glass. Great appearance!

It had a strong hoppy aroma of bitter citrus hops, a few pine needles, a drop of lemon zest, a hint of orange peel, a slice of grapefruit, and then ends on a slightly sweet side with a touch of sweet yeast. I thought there would be some alcohol in the aroma, but the hops probably covered it up.

What kind of taste am I going to get after a strong hoppy aroma? Malty? Sour? If you guessed it was going to be a hop bomb, you are somewhat correct. Beside the bitter citrus hops was a strong taste of ruby red grapefruit. Hiding behind the grapefruit and all the hops was a few select citrus fruits, a ton of pine needles, a drop of sweet yeast, and then it finishes up on a subtle touch of dry toasted malts.

This was a full bodied beer that contained a full flavored hoppy aftertaste of bitter citrus hops, grapefruit, pine needles, and a hint of citrus fruits. You better watch out for this one because the 8.75% ABV will sneak up on you.

It was another great Avery beer. This beer's hops will assault your tastebuds, so you better watch out. Since it has a big hop bite to it, it's one of those once in a while hoppy beers. It's a must try Avery beer in either a bottle or on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2008 21:00:16 | More by AltBock
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IntriqKen

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous golden amber with a billowy head of white foam that lasts and lasts, leaving nice mapping in it's wake.

Aromas are sweet pale malt, candied sugars, and sweet (orange?) citrus hops.

Taste follows the aroma with an initial sweetness that is very quickly overcome by the citrus to citrus peel hops. Nothing offensive. Actually well balanced.

This is a very drinkable Imperial or Double Pale Ale. The alcohol makes itself known quickly in the sensations but not in the taste.

Nice job.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 04:01:46 | More by IntriqKen
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mbunje

California

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into small snifter-type glass.

Love the label...it is presidential pale ale, not imperial pale ale.

Nice copper tone and a good 1 inch head. Medium lacing going down the glass. Very much par for the course for an IPA

Smell is awesome...Cascade hops. Great aroma. Well done

Taste is no let down very nice cascade hop flavor but not overly bitter (dare I say...Presidential)

Smooth, medium carbonation, crisp finish. Very good for this style.

After about 16oz of this 8.75% beer, I feel like I can drink 4-5 more. But I'm gonna say that 2 bombers is all I should take down. Not a session beer, but a great IPA.

MUST Try this if you like IPA

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 02:00:34 | More by mbunje
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Oxymoron

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Only in Boulder. Pours a lighter amber color with some darker hues throughout. Sparklingly clear with a soft white head and good retention through out.

The nose is along the lines of a west cost IPA. Mostly piney hop notes come out with a light citrus/grapefruit aroma on the back end. Some sweeter almost candi like malt aroma, but nothing really comes out as hop dominate the nose. Some lighter yeast/esters notes and noticeable alcohol, but nothing over the top.

The taste is similar. A strong piney flavor comes out up front with some resins and green flavors. The piney does go into the finish but the citrus orange and minor grapefruit comes out more than the nose indicates. Very taste and a hop head delight. The malt is non-descript but does have enough backing to somewhat back the hop notes. Some alcohol notes but not as big as the nose indicated. Some pepper and vanilla notes on the back end, and are detectable once you tongue gets use to the strong hop flavor.

The body is moderate and smooth considering the ABV. Carbonation is light but the hops still shine. Overall a great IPA that is boardline IIPA. Very easy to drink. I really like the hop bomb characteristics but would have liked the piney-ness to back off a bit and more of a balance with the citrus. Enjoyable beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 17:06:19 | More by Oxymoron
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Tdizzle

California

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased at BevMo! in Brea.

A- Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass, this beer pours amber with a billowy two-finger head that's white in color. The head settles to a thin layer that never completely dissipates, leaving some web-like lacing on the glass after each sip.

S- A decent amount of piney hops with a faint malt backing that has a slightly sweet, vegetable-like aroma to it. The 8.75% ABV becomes more noticeable as the beer warms.

T- The bitterness is not nearly as intense as I would have hoped for from an Imperial Pale Ale. That vegetable-like maltiness that the aroma possesses is also present in the flavor of this beer. The finish is only slightly dry and leaves a mild bitterness on the back of the tongue, along with a bit of a kick from the alcohol.

M- A full-bodied feel with medium carbonation.

D- I had trouble finishing an entire bomber of this beer. I just didn't care for its flavor, and the 8.75% ABV is more pronounced than I would have expected.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 06:10:15 | More by Tdizzle
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opwog

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now listening to: Clash - Magnificent Seven

A-Golden body and a firm white head that lasts though a good amount of the drink
S-less hoppy than expected and much more sweet with elements of muted fruit
T-very nice. Much more hop in the taste than the aroma.
M-slight bite that almost makes the hops feel to the rest of the beer, as Ben&Jerry's may swirl caramel into a vanilla bean ice cream.
D-simply put...totally drinkable. If there wasn't such a long list of beers that I was looking to have, I would have had more of this one.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2008 05:51:56 | More by opwog
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gmcfarre

Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into imperial pint glass

A - Pours a fairly clear light orange color with a good sized off white head that leaves impressive lacing. Head lasts well.

S - Beautiful floral and piney hop scent that screams "Cascade!" A bit of citrus accompanies. Wonderfully well rounded and appealing. Good sweet malt backbone that makes even the scent seems smooth.

T - It somehow starts off bitter (hopefully our next president won't do the same). A little bit sweet with gallons of hop flavor. Pine and grapefruit come to mind. Very bitter overall, with a nice finish. Pleasant in every way (at least for the common DIPA drinker)

M - Starts with moderate carbonation and a medium to heavy body. Finish is very bitter as expected.

D - Moderate alcohol for the style, but don't let that fool you into guzzling this delicious beer. Hopefully this one is available for many months to come.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 06:54:41 | More by gmcfarre
Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 493 ratings.