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Ale To The Chief - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 494
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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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -1.2%

08-23-2012 15:38:10 | More by t0rin0
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.2%

07-05-2013 20:37:04 | More by WOLFGANG
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Screper

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.2%

03-14-2013 22:50:31 | More by Screper
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trojankeg

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-17-2011 03:24:52 | More by trojankeg
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Fatduck

Minnesota

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

Not an Imperial Ale, but Presidential Pale Ale! I love it.

Brewed in the spirit of our new leader, and in celebration of the long over due end of an era. While I love the spirit this was brewed in, I don't think this is a remarkable brew.

Pours a nice coppery color, very clear, and a small but stiff tan head. Smells like American C-hops, lots of them. A bit of malt, but truly a hop-forward beer.

Taste is good, nothing special. Again, citrus piny American hops.

Nice and smooth mouthfeel, and its about as easy to drink as anything near 9% and proabably 100 IBUs.

I wish I had ponied up for this one earlier, like on 1/20/09...

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 20:52:41 | More by Fatduck
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hu5om

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got it on the wheel at Bodega in La Crosse. Not bad for 3.25! Poured from bottle to Duvel tulip, (need to get a tulip bad). Cloudy medium orange in a appearance, fluffy white head that stuck around for a while. Tart, citrus smell. Not as many hops as I was hoping for, but for a retired IPA to be expected. Not sure how old it was. Taste reminded me of a mix of old ale and pale ale. Not nearly as many hops as I hope for in something labelled an imperial, but still good. I think for me it was more of a changing my expectations and accepting it for what it is at this point. Big bottle at 8.75 % and you can feel it. Not sure I'd order it, but if it came back on the wheel again, I would not be opposed. Excited to try some of Avery's stuff fresh!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 14:44:46 | More by hu5om
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SteeleWright

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-17-2013 04:10:06 | More by SteeleWright
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Hophead101

Pennsylvania

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

drank on 1.20.09 - the night Barak Obama was inagurated. Was in a hotel in White Plains NY. I brough this bottle with me so I could be sure to have it on the proper night. The only glassware I was able to use were the 8 oz water glasses in the room. I don't think I ever drank a beer by myself in a hotel before, but I couldn't drink the special beer on a different day. It all worked out OK.

The policitally charged beer poured a good hazy amber color. good frothy head which stuck around for quite some time. There were some significantly big bubbles on the edges of the glass. Before I could even smell it, I could smell it. Which only goes to indicate this one must have a pretty decent aroma to it. Without waiting any longer I went in for the smell. A slight piney but mostly citrusy smell. Predominate scents the popped out to me were oranges and grapefruits.

The taste was pretty darn good. It was quite creamy, in a good way. There wasn't as much hop in the flavor as there was in the aroma, but that ended up being a good thing. It was relatively light on the palate, but was bitterly smooth. I think any more hops in this beer and it would have thrown it off balance. Definitely a nice beer, and will have some of this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 18:32:48 | More by Hophead101
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BeerOps

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%

03-21-2013 13:57:45 | More by BeerOps
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JimmyFlatRock

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-05-2012 19:53:37 | More by JimmyFlatRock
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 00:21:05 | More by ffejherb
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CrellMoset

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 04:41:26 | More by CrellMoset
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Caleb

Colorado

4/5  rDev -1.2%

10-14-2012 22:05:14 | More by Caleb
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caddybuyer

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass

A-Murky bright peach amber with a thin creamy head

S-Sweet malts with citrus hops in the background. A pungent nose.

T-Big, sweet caramel malts balanced roll across the palate, followed by the slightly tart citrus hops, a waft of alcohol, and astringent bitterness at the back end. I'm sure this was more hop-centric at oath taking time, but here at the end of August it has mellowed considerably.

M-On the heavier side of medium, with a big creamy feel. Nice balance of carbonation. Well done overall.

D-This is a pretty drinkable and enjoyable beer. A bit sweeter and malt oriented than expected (and I am by no means a hophead) Reminds me very much of DFH 90 Minute.

Another great effort from Avery...I just wish thier beers were not so expensive. This is pretty decent, and if any are left on your shelves, I would not hesitate to give it a try. not what it was when it was young, I am sure, but pretty damn solid with a bit of age.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 23:22:09 | More by caddybuyer
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scruffwhor

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 04:40:11 | More by scruffwhor
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Shaw

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 03:48:40 | More by Shaw
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jonballs

Tennessee

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Rich, clean orang-ish amber pour, outstanding foamy head retention with exceptional lacing.
S - Like any big IPA, rich in florals; presence of citrus with a touch of piney aroma, mellowed out by a small touch of maltiness.
T - Much like the smell, a smooth (but not overpowering) flavor of bitter hops balanced with a bit more maltiness than some other big IPA's I've had, citrusy with the alcohol bite on the way down.
M - Thick like the taste, almost like you could chew this beer.
D - This is a pretty good big IPA, although if you're looking for tounge-splitting hoppiness, look elsewhere. I like the balanced mellow hoppiness of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 05:09:35 | More by jonballs
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thekanna

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted during inauguration weekend in D.C. to celebrate the swearing in of President Barack Obama.

A: Clear radiant orange with decent head.

S: Orange, grapefruit, pomelos, fresh cut flowers... yep, this one's definitely an IPA.

T: Multi-layered: the citrus interchanges with the hops in an almost playful manner. First a citrusy-orange hits the tongue, followed by the first hop bite. Then, interestingly enough, it becomes mellower again and devolves to citrus-flavored caramel candy before hitting the second, more pronounced, hop bite.

M: As concurrent with the taste, creamy/bitter/creamy/bitter.

D: If you like the feel of hop bitterness and tartness in your mouth, then by God you've found the right beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 04:08:02 | More by thekanna
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BMoney575

Texas

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 1-24-09

Pours a hazy orange/gold, with a filmy head that lasts awhile. Lacing is huge, and covers the entire glass.

Smell is huge hops, very fruity and earthy. Very complex, with a malt sweetness to back it up. The alcohol adds a distinct quality I can't quite place.

Taste is all big, fresh hops, sweet at first and finishing with a huge vegetable/earthy character. Bitter and a little thin at the end.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, not bad, but less than I was hoping for.

Drinkability is good, but the abv is there.

Overall, this is a good beer that lacks the sweetness and complexity to be great.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 23:35:49 | More by BMoney575
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a quite nice initial head that fades to a thin ring. Smells sweet with quite a bit of honeyed malt followed by a light nose of spicy, piney hops with a dose of citrus and a whiff of alcohol as well. The taste is fairly bold and hoppy to start with lots of pine, but as the beer opens up and warms it becomes maltier and a little waxy. The hops drop off some as well. There is a somewhat strange hint of marmite like yeastiness as well and a somewhat tannic finish. It is an enjoyable enough beer, but it doesn't make any of my tops lists. The mouthfeel is full and perhaps the tiniest bit sticky. Rich and probably best with food- perhaps a nice curry?

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 00:57:35 | More by Georgiabeer
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brewjones

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber

Lots of hops in the aroma, along with some grassiness and piney notes. Good looking beer with a large head that stays with the beer. Slightly too large at first but then fell to a nice level. Nice large malty flavore that is actually fairly balanced by the hops. Slight tilt toward hops but not overwhelming. Overall, a good beer to drink no matter what side of the aisle you are on.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 19:02:41 | More by brewjones
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gford217

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 01:01:51 | More by gford217
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle on 12/19/09.

A - pours a murky chestnut/copper color with very little foam, just a layer of fine bubbles that disappeared quickly

S - strong lemon & orange citrus aromas, very nice indeed

T - lemon and orange, light malts, very sweet tasting, slightly bitter finish

M - crisp, well carbonated, smooth mouthfeel

D - very tasty even at a year old, would have loved to try it fresh, still amazing though.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 14:43:42 | More by mikereaser
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corey0212

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 01:21:19 | More by corey0212
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morimech

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 18:34:15 | More by morimech
Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.