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Ale To The Chief - Avery Brewing Company

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378 Reviews
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Reviews: 378
Hads: 507
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.62%
Wants: 27
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: GilGarp on 07-22-2008

Brewed occasionally during election years.
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Reviews: 378 | Hads: 507
Photo of donteatpoop
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whew. This was awesome. Found some on tap at Vintage in Boardman.

Poured a hazed amber color with a finger of white head.

Smelled strongly of woods and floral hops.

Holy shit, the hops in this brew are beautiful. They really hit the palate nicely. So glad I tried this. Normally I get one glass of something and then a glass of something else when I find quality beers on tap. But I stuck with this one, I didn't want to pressure any other beer into following this act.

Great mouthfeel. Went down smooth and left me craving more. (533 characters)

Photo of TonyT
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Had this on tap @ Shady's in HBG)

This was first time that I've had this and I enjoyed it very much. Decent lacing. Great Hop smell. The way it smells is the way it tastes, nice hops that last from the from the front to the back. The hops taste also lasts through the whole pint. The malt balance is very level and they do not take over 3 quarters through the pour.

Definitely want to get a couple of bottles of this fine pour. (430 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

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! (658 characters)

Photo of opwog
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of thethrone
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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! (1,526 characters)

Photo of soupyman10
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber color with a nice fluffy white head on top that leaves very good lacing.

Nose is very fruity hops, a nice balanced malt background. Smooth pineyness in there as well.

Taste is some fun, light cotton candy and light grapefruit. This is obviously a hoppy beer, but man oh man. Tons of big malt and hop flavors. Sort of a rough hoppiness to the backbone. I wouldn't call this the most unique DIPA I've had, but it's so freakin' tasty I don't care. Extremely well balanced, especially with such a huge flavor.

Body is excellent, good and full, with perfect carbonation.

Honestly, not a huge Avery fan. I've found most of their stuff quite mediocre, but this big delicious DIPA is excellent. Almost epitomizes what the style is. (741 characters)

Photo of atsprings
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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! (714 characters)

Photo of brewdoc75
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a snifter.

A: Orange-yellow-amber color with an intially rock head. Beautiful lace along the sides.

S: Sweet malts intially with citrus/piney hop aroma. I get a few esters as well. Finishes sweet at the end.

T: Really solid hoppy flavors. Strong, but not too abrasive bitterness at first. The sweet malts hit the palate next. The beer finishes with grapefruit and piney flavors. Very well balanced.

M: Smooth, but crisp. Not too heavy and not too light. Reasonable carbonation.

D: A damn good DIPA. Not epic, but not run of the mill. Definitely worth a try. A good example of the cascade hop. (625 characters)

Photo of dogger6253
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Well, to say I'm stoked about a new imp. IPA is an understatement. The pour is a hazy, dark amber color topped with a huge, tan head. The head lasts forever and has a nice density to it. Great lacing!

The smell is wonderfully fresh. A nice, flowery hop scent with a little bit of citrus mixed in. The scent hints at this being a heavy beer, but at the same time is light and airy.

Hmm... It's hard to put my finger on what I'm tasting. Without a doubt, I can taste a bitter grapefruit and a grassy hop flavor. Later comes lemon zest and an almost chocolate-like bittersweetness. Each sip finishes a little sweeter than the one before.

The body is about as heavy as I expected, but with some carbonation lightening the mouthful. Crisp finish, very refreshing as well. This stuff is pretty good, it's a shame it's a one-time brew. (831 characters)

Photo of ballewblake
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Duvel tulip.

Two finger off-white head that drops leaving thick lacing on the glass. Light bubbles linger on an amber body. Lacing persists through out the drink. Sweet grapefruit hops on the nose, sweetly bitter on the tongue. Good overall balance for a double ipa, perfect carbonation, great mouth feel. (330 characters)

Photo of mbunje
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
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 (665 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Ale to the Chief! - A Presidential Pale Ale to celebrate Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009"

"Not an 'imperial' pale ale, this is a democracy."

"We the Brewers..."

Just a few of the literary gems on this fine bottle of beer!

22oz. brown bomber bottle topped with gold foil.

Pours a redish golden amber with ample head.

Lots of fresh hop aroma with citrus and pine notes.

Flavor is that of a IPA or imperial IPA but you didn't hear it from me...

Nicely bittered but also well balanced. This is really an exceptional beer.

I know what I'll be drinking 1/9/09! (567 characters)

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into a snifter and produced a 2 finger head above a deep reddish amber color.

Smell is complex with an abundance of piney hops with hints of what seems an almost fruity base.

The taste is equally deep with hints of caramel that get almost immediately crushed by the overpowering taste of hops. One of the most satisfying imperial IPAs that I have ever tasted.

Slight carbonation complements the taste with an initial strong bite followed by a smooth finish. (476 characters)

Photo of cvstrickland
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just couldn't wait around until Inauguration Day to try this, and besides, the hops onboard the brew weren't getting any younger, so I decapped the chilled 22-ounce bomber bottle and poured it into my DFH pint glass. When held to the light, the body of the beer glows a bright orange-amber with a dusky crimson-tinted heart. A thick cap of milk-bubbled, bright white foam rests atop the drink, retaining throughout the serving, leaving fine, sticky rings of lacing clinging to the glass.

The smell of the drink is tropically fruity and sweet, with a rich perfumey bouquet of ripe mango, grilled pineapple, honeydew melon, fragrant key lime-- all underscored with a savory note of toasted bread crust dipped in sourwood honey.

The taste is sweet and really fruity, even moreso than the aroma would have indicated-- and that's really saying something! Crisp notes of limeade, freestone peaches, and smashed muscadine grapes, clover honey, bitter grapefruit pith, and just a tingle of resinous rosemary, work well with a mild toasted maltiness that becomes more prominent as the drink warms. Just a touch of lingering bitterness in the finish keeps the drink from becoming overly sweet, and that bitterness evolves, growing in size and potency, becoming oilier and more grapefruity as the engagement continues. This is easily the fruitiest DIPA I have ever encountered, and I find that I am really liking the take on the style.

The drink is on the heavier side of medium-bodied with very good carbonation and great drinkability. Avery's Ale to the Chief is a worthy brew, and one I proudly raise in toasting the success of the newly-elected future Leader of the Free World! He'll need all the help he can get. Cheers, America! (1,728 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Quotations the other night, where I picked up a growler. I thought this a very nice tasting beer, though perhaps not unexpectedly, it reminded me quite a bit of the Maharaja.

The beer pours a peachy orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose this beer is all DIPA, with aromas of orange citrus, pine and even some skunkiness. As the beer warmed a bit, I also got an interesting cinnamon aroma. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose (except for the cinnamon), and the beer comes across as a hugely hoppy, mouthfilling DIPA. There is some mild sweetness from the malt, which balances out the hoppiness to some extent. The beer is medium bodied, and while the abv. is certainly noticeable, it's not overwhelming. The beer is actually pretty drinkable, all things considered.

Very nice beer. Glad I had a chance to try it, especially on draft. (884 characters)

Photo of jhu1995
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange color, somewhat cloudy, with a nice head and lacing throughout. Smell is both sweet and tart fruits; some lemony citrus aromas, but faint and not overpowering. Some minor alcohol notes as well. Nice balance of sweetness with bitterness, well-rounded. Medium-bodied and refreshing. Overall a very good beer and worth seeking out. (344 characters)

Photo of gabeerfan
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy burnt orange-amber with a nice big bubbled off white head.
The first whiff reminded me of orange-pineapple juice. Lots of pineapple and citrus rind. Not a lot of sugar sweetness coming through. Some very light brown sugar and honey aromas.
Flavor is pretty similar to the aroma. Again, the first sip kind of reminded me of pineapple-orange juice. But, later sips reveal bits of pine, grapefruit rind. The malt sweetness is still a little hidden, but it is present and offers an attempt at balancing the hops. Despite how hoppy this beer is, it is not too bitter.
Medium bodied. A little sticky/syrupy, but not too thick. Nice carbonation.
Quite drinkable. Very nice flavors make this a good drinker, maybe not an all-night drinker, but a good bottle to share.
We've been using this as an electoral themed beer the last few months, at an Election night party and at an Inauguration "celebration," and I've enjoyed this beer each time. Definitely recommended even at a non-political event. (1,000 characters)

Photo of imagineiii
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably a big bump in the reviews of this beer today: Just got it in a trade with SincereNC, literally today.

Poured into my trusty DFH snifter. Decent inch of creamy white head with moderate retention. Light orange copper color, moderately hazy.

Avery has a very distinct smell to me: Sweet and tart, plump grapefruit, honey, floral. Very rich.

Very floral, almost grassy. Nut and honey are prominent. Grapefruit and citrus is not as strong as I thought it might be, but theyre there. Caramel smoothness.

Moderately light on the tongue, but heavy on the aftertaste. Hop bitterness is prominent.

Drinkable? Today it is. But seriously, itll still be pretty drinkable tomorrow.

This beer reminds me alot of the year or so old Maharajas I recently came across. It has alot of similarities to the Maharaja but the hops are muted, leaving behind a caramel sweetness. Throw in a couple new tastes (grass and nuts) and youve got a pretty good beer. (949 characters)

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic! I've only just begun to appreciate the distinction between the American and English "bitters". This American version is quite good. Though the ABV and hoppiness is a higher than the English bitter it is a bit lower than the "big" American bitters. I would call this a very happy medium. The color is a vibrant amber/orange color with a strong enough head and apparent lacing throughout. The smell is pleasing but the taste does, as promised, packa punch. The citrus and hop are the most apparent flavors and are not strong simply for the sake of being strong. I would recommend this beer to most and I must say that I was pleasantly suprised, as someone who is not a "hop head". (689 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of MMAJYK
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Inauguaration Day January 20, 2009.

A. Hazy and burnt orange. Head is loose and sticky hanging out for quite a while. 4

S. Some grapefruit and pineapples, over ripened--hops are citrusy and very reiseny. Honey and light brown sugar round out the nose.

T. Fruity and sweet with cherries, oranges, pineapples, and grapefruit. Alcohol and bitterness are the only two things keeping this from tasting like fruit punch. Great hop profile and a pronounced bitterness make this beer what it is.

M. Thick and chewy with middle of the road carbonation.

D. The perfect beer for Inauguration Day as it says on the label, good timing and a great beer make for a nice experience. I'll grab more of these babies for later. (716 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honey color with a nice big white head.

Lovely yeast/white bread nose with undertones of grapefruit and pine.

Tastes of grapefruit, citrus, bitter hops, pine with hints of resin.

Finish is big hops. This is a big hoppy ale but with a bitterness that's is pleasant and welcoming not off-putting. Big hop grapefruit character and finish. This one's a winner and reeks of quality, something I've found in most Avery beers. (423 characters)

Photo of TasteTester
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (659 characters)

Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.