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Ale To The Chief - Avery Brewing Company

Ale To The ChiefAle To The Chief

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Ratings: 488
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%


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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lynx1245

California

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

Appearance: A light orange brown with good amount of white head and lacing.

Smell: It's all the hops. Piny and citrus. Also could smell malt sweetness and cranberries.

Taste: This one is bitter. But after drinking it for a while you begin to notice more of the sweet malts than the piny hops. Tastes very bready. Unfortunately I also could taste a lot of the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and medium bodied. Tastes a little bit flat but the with decent alcohol warming.

Drinkability: I only had half the bottle and the alcohol hit me pretty hard. I personally prefer less malts in my DIPAs because I feel like it makes them taste less clean and crisp. Overall a solid brew however.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 03:48:26 | More by lynx1245
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RJLarse

Washington

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I bought a bomber of Ale to the Chief at a grocery store, just after Election Day 2008, and carefully stored it for January 20, 2009. It is now 9:00 PM PST and I am seeing the video of the day's proceeding for the first time while drinking this beer. Poured into a snifter.

Pours a bronze/gold color and is slightly hazy. Modest creamy white head. Not particularly sticky, little lacing.

Smell is very good. An aroma of sweet soft malted pine needles, and citrus fruits.

Taste is also sweet, a sweet spicy bread flavor, a little soft fruit and citrus flavor, with a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is fullbodied and smooth, with just hint of alcohol heat.

Not a real sessionable brew, but a drinkable one. I'm not convinced it is an Imperial IPA. The label calls it a "Presidential Pale Ale" an I think that is accurate.

I'll keep the bottle in my collection of 4 or 5 bottles and almost 50 beer steins.

In closing I'll leave this for the historians among us. This was a great beer for the day. So may God bless Avery Brewing, may God bless George W. Bush (he meant well but knew not what he did), may God bless Barack Obama (we'll see about him), and may God bless the United States of America.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 05:27:47 | More by RJLarse
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becktone

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes 1-20-09

Eye: At first this one poured with a big billowing pillowy off white head. Now it has diminished to a fat dome in the middle of the glass surrounded by soapy looking thin dry rotted blankets. Color is a hazy orange-copper. I was happy with the cascading head when poured but now am disappointed in the look of this one, it should, and could be more. Lacing looks like a negative of mini-blinds.

Nose: Huge sweet malt and citrus hop aroma fills the room once the beer is poured into the glass. In the nose spicy alcohol notes are present along with the aforementioned strong malt and citrus hops. Malt aroma is similar to that of a barleywine-big, alcoholic, and sweet. However, it is still in check, unlike a barleywine, malt here is a supporting role, hops are the lead. Good amount of complexity among the hop aroma, green, citrus, some spiciness, some earthiness/leafy qualities. Overall nice aroma.

Tongue: Hop bitterness is present here, but the flavor is a little odd. I've never got anything like this from any kind of pale ale before. What's odd is the malt flavor, its interesting, but at the same time almost seems out of place, maybe thats because I've never experienced it before. Anyway its like a real lightly toasted/kilned unmalted barley flavor. It just has this real grainy taste, and that grainy taste is pinpointing one grain, not a combination, its not a grainy taste such as GLBC, but rather its more like I've been eating crystal malt before its been cracked or mashed. This flavor is long lasting and is always there behind and sometimes infront of the hops. I'm not really getting alcohol, its pretty well hidden, as far as the taste goes...once its swallowed you can get it in the aftertaste. Not as much hop flavor and bitterness as I would have thought...but then again this is an Imperial/Presidential Pale Ale not an DIPA. That raw graininess is interesting and adds a uniqueness to this one that I can dig.

Feel and Drinkability: Body is on the heavier side and carbonation is low, giving it a more imposing and heavy feel. Nothing real special about the feel. This is one I'll gladly finish, but as to purchasing again, not to sure...That graininess while interesting and enjoyable isn't something that I'm really looking for...kinda like a one time thing..."Hey thats cool, but not really gonna want to go for it again." Overall this is a beer that is worth trying, but not something to be searching for.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 19:30:32 | More by becktone
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JasonA

Massachusetts

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

Pours a good finger and half of fairly thick off white head. Ample head, with ample staying power. Gonna let this one sit a min

Piney citrus caramel malt bouquet. Boozy malt.

Tastes like it smells. I will say I get a bit of dry biscuit in there.

I would say it might be a tad over piney pale. Not bad, but not exactly what im looking for.

Overall a good beer. Ive had better and I will probably have better in the future. For the most part it felt like a common Pale Ale albeit more boozy.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 21:17:08 | More by JasonA
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MrHungryMonkey

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 02:38:14 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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soccerman7

Vermont

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at holy smoke

A - A very nice bright light copper appearance. A nice thick head that laced down the glass.

Smell - Very similar to the Maharaja but far sweeter almost rummy.

Taste - very sweet citrus. Tastes very close to the Maharaja only sugary. No pine flavors though only citrus. malts hid in the back.

Mouth - very coating in the mouth and the sweetness lingered but pleasantly.

Drink - being a one off from a great brewery it is worth trying to get and sample. Was rather unique for the style. A good brew.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2008 16:29:07 | More by soccerman7
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JBogan

Nevada

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhat of a hard pour created a very large creamy white crown atop a caramel body. Nice looking beer.

Smelled of caramel malts, with an ever so slight touch of citrus. No sign of the alcohol.

Tasted much as it smelled. Mostly caramel along with a very small aftertaste of bitter hops. There was a touch of butter in the aftertaste. The alcohol well well concealed. Somehow though the smell was more pleasing than the taste.

Mouthfeel was exceptionally smooth and creamy, and on the thick side. However there was a flatness about it which kept me from giving it a higher score.

Overall this is a nice ale, but lacks something in the taste department to put it up there with the best of the bunch.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 23:18:36 | More by JBogan
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joshuadlight

Texas

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's to President Obama!

I was a little disappointed in the appearance. Nice gold amber color but very little carbonation and no head to speak of. Also there was no lacing.

Still smelled and tasted like a very solid DIPA. Tons of hops in the nose and mouth. Citrus aromas and flavors help back up the bitterness, which is way up there.

Not too much carbonation which hurts the mouthfeel a little bit, and though I couldn't taste the near 9% ABV, I could certainly feel it. Its a potent beer.

This is a very good beer, and if you come across one I recommend that you at least try it.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 00:05:40 | More by joshuadlight
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Floydster

California

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

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 22:26:23 | More by Floydster
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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
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some minimal lacing. Aroma of C-hops is pretty strong and dominating with some nice clean citrus notes easily detectable. Taste is also dominated by some cascade hops with some clear citrus notes and a medium dry caramel malt body. Good carbonation with a full body and no alcohol was apparent. Nothing to write about home but very well done for the style nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 03:30:18 | More by Phyl21ca
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baggio

Sweden

3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draught@Akkurat

A: Orange/Red with a huge, compact, head.

S: Pine, Citric notes, Hops, Fruit.

T: Pine, Citric notes, Exotic fruit, Sweet malt and some caramel.

M: Nice balanced brew with alot of hops in it. Gets somewhat bitter at the end but worked perfectly to sip away at during an hour.

Great DIPA/Strong Ale from Avery that i'll gladly try again!

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2009 20:55:45 | More by baggio
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gpogo

California

3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear orange golden body with a large bright white head. The head dissipated to a small foamy covering and left a decent lacing.

A- Immediately upon opening I was hit with some grapefruit aromas as well as some piney resiny aromas.

T- Wow, there is quite a bit more malt backing than I initially expected from the aroma and look of the beer. Sweet malt with a spicy kick. Wonderfully bitter. I got a lot more piney hop flavors than grapefruit.

M- Medium-full body, moderate carbonation. Quite a bit more body than I originally expected.

D- It was certainly a fun idea, and not too bad of a beer either. Not exactly an Imperial IPA, perhaps somewhere in between an IPA and an IIPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 23:35:52 | More by gpogo
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meatmallet

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden orange with a medium off white head.

Smell: It has a wonderful pineapple smell to it. There are also hints of caramel and banana and pine.

Taste: Sweet and bitter all atthe same time. Oranges and hops blend well with the malts.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Leaves a good aftertaste in your mouth. A medium body and light carbonation make this easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 22:13:10 | More by meatmallet
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another gem from the cellar for the avery night over at the in laws. i had this once before when it first came out, but i wanted to see what time had done to it. served into a pint glass.

Poured an exceptional clear, dark amber with a big fizzy off white head that faded to reveal a thin layer of lace that stayed throughout, and in fact a smallish quarter inch head lasted till the end as well. Lots of carbonation, in fact rings of bubbles were still streaming till the last sip, very nice looking.

Lots of aromas of bread and yeast after it warmed, but these were drowned out by a nice piney hop presence. The taste was quite intresting. As this was my first taste of the brew, and being a huge fan Impeccably crisp and clean feeling going down, almost effortless. Lots of hop presence here, citrus flavors, biteer with grapefruit and pineapple. Nice balance on the back with bready malts and cereal flavors. Great dry, leave you wanting more finish rounded this out nicely.

overall quite impressed that it stayed soo fresh i have to admit. really still quite a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 01:49:41 | More by mikesgroove
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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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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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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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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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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

Michigan

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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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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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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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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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
Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.