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Ale To The Chief - Avery Brewing Company

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Ale To The ChiefAle To The Chief

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

498 Ratings
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Ratings: 498
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 Bighuge
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is pretty clear. Copper body and dense ivory white head. Lacing is quite full. This is about as good as it gets aroma wise for a hoppy beer. Raw resiny pure hops. Hop oils and pungent grapefruit and yes, Mary Jane. This has a good hoppy flavor, but it's not quite as full as the nose promised. Still good, no doubt, just not top shelf in my opinion. Some of the grassy tones come through more on the palate along with a more emphasized ethanol presence. And I like andylipp's comment from his review "odd, almost off hop flavor." That fits. Still, there's some of that oily, resiny hop flavor that I like and a nice pleasant bitterness, if not tongue scathing. Solid DIPA.

Bighuge, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of sweetbrew82
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber/ bottled on 11/08 (according to website)

P: This "Presidential Pale Ale" sits a beautiful orange-tinged copper in my snifter. The nice and healthy white head is thick and creamy, with an almost whipped texture that shows good retention.

A: Hmm...These juicy hops are bringing my nasal passages to their knees with their power and brilliance. They smell amazingly fresh for being locked up for for more than 5 months! The lightly toasted pale malts hit the deck and cover their heads as the barrage of pineapples, melons, peaches, & tons of citrus to match come on a kamikaze mission for my sweet spot.

T: I usually don't even review really hoppy brews that are this old. But my first impression...once again, I'm amazed at how well this puppy has held up for the past 5 months! So just the fact that you're reading this is a compliment to the brewers at Avery. Just like Maharaja, this hop beast hasn't lost its greatest characteristic over time; Hoppiness!

Those hop flavors pretty much follow the nose. Citrus and tropical fruits with a hint of pineyness underneath. The pale malts know their role in the deal. They are just enought to support the brew and add a touch of caramel sweetness to slightly contrast the bitterness. If I'm not mistaken, those Magnum hops hijack the finish and release their acidic bitterness that bites your tongue on the finish. I really like this!

M: Ale to the Chief is a medium-bodied brew that is already pretty clean and smooth, with a creaminess underneath. But upon warming, it becomes much more heavy as well.

Notes: I wish I could have had this fresh! As is, this is a deliciously-hopped brew that was perfectly suitable for the onset of Spring. I love Pale Ales this time of year!

sweetbrew82, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of meeekyh
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz bottle into a Fin Du Monde glass. It is a nice hazy orange-amber and the ample head is off-white and leaves a lot of lacing.

Nose is caramel, anise, coriander and hoppy pine. There is also some dried-good/fish-store smell I cannot place, maybe caraway.

Taste is tangy and hoppy and bitter with little to no sweetness, but a good malt balance and a spicy aftertaste. And an earthiness that seems to go with the smell I couldn't place.

The mouthfeel is round but not real big, well carbonated and clean and dry.

I would be happy to drink more of this and it goes down with relative ease.

Avery makes some nice beers and this is no exception. There is a complexity that I cherish in beers but find on few occasions. I hope to revisit and see if I can place the smell and taste a bit more specifically.

meeekyh, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of htomsirveaux
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle tried 20 Feb 2009.

Poured in 0.5 L Adamabrau becker. Large light yellowish head. Medium carbonation. Clear light copper color. Smells of citrus, pineapple and spicy ginger. Alcohol hits you upfront along with lots of resin, pineapple, ginger, pepper. Lots of nice caramel malt and resin throughout. Bitterness builds towards the finish with a nice bittersweet aftertaste. Medium body, buttery mouthfeel.

I would vote for this.

htomsirveaux, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of bulldogg915
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

bulldogg915, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

IrishGermanAmerican, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of davistabuff
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

davistabuff, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of ste5venla
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

ste5venla, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of IntriqKen
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.

IntriqKen, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of BeastLU
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

BeastLU, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

jaydoc, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of Handy50322
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Handy50322, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange in color with a thick 2" head that sticks around for a while. Some lacing paints the glass.

Smell: pine and grapefruits leap from the glass, but little else is detectable.

Taste: big caramel profile with a sharp biting bitterness. Tart green grapes, pine, and loads of grapefruits round it out. Alcohol is noticable and warming.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Crisp at the start, smoother and a bit dry at the finish. Bitterness glues itself to the tongue making a super long aftertaste.

Drinkability: for the style this one is pretty easy to drink despite the big flavors. Really enjoyable beer but this will catch up to you quickly with the high alcohol levels.

Gavage, Feb 08, 2009
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 brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

brandoman63, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of drperm
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, poured into a tall pilsner glass.

Notes: 2 December 2008...obviously, I also couldn't wait until Inaguration Day to whip this puppy out, but I might try to find another to replace it with!

Appearance: Enticing and intriguing, with the beautiful orange color of apricot or mango nectar. A thin -- yet tenacious -- creamy white head laces the top.

Aroma: The first thing that hits the nose is the alcohol, but it quickly flows into a nice bouquet of hops and sweet malt, with some mysterious fruitiness lurking beneath the surface...

Taste: The nose does NOT prepare you for the treasure trove of flavor that greets the tongue! Cantaloupe, persimmon, apricot, peach ice cream, and sweet resinous hop (sorry, folks, I get no grapefruit) lead into a finish that *almost* hints at fresh cardamom. The finish is dizzying and, strong as it is, begs -- nay, dares -- you to take another sip. And another.

Palate: Oh, boy, do you ever feel that 8.75%! It definitely finishes like an Imperial/DIPA. Based on the nose and preliminary tongue, I fear the sweetness that seems to be on the way -- but somehow it all works. It flirts with being too sweet, but never commits. The spicy hop finish tames the candy corn and sends it away.

Overall: This is one of THE best new beers I've had in a long while. It is quite complex and enjoyable. I doubt I could have more than one at a time (it's just too strong, and the 22 oz almost defeated me!) -- but, after all, one *can* only have one beer at a time...It's so heady, it's almost in league with certain barleywines.

Try with spicy Indian food. It worked great with a Senegalese peanut soup we made. I'd also be tempted to try this alongside pistachio ice cream or even a hot peach cobbler.

drperm, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

nmann08, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of Jules11788
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On a side note, I drank this and thoroughly enjoyed it, but hadn't realized that it was retired until I came on to review it! If only I had come on BA first then I definitely would have cellared this and waited for a special occasion, but oh well.

A: Deep coppery-red color; pours a medium head with slight retention; good lacing

S: Very sweet smelling; strong notes of malt and toffee with some figs lingering around; the smell can almost be described as "thick"

T: Very sweet, malty flavor; almost no hint of alcohol at all, very smooth; flavors of toffee, malt, and sticky sweet sugar

M: Medium-bodied; extremely smooth, a little sticky; lightly carbonated

O: This brew was delicious! Very sweet and filling, it felt like something I could sip not just as a dessert beer, but for dessert itself. If this wasn't retired I'd definitely go buy another bottle.

Also, this doesn't taste ANYTHING like an imperial IPA. It's heavy on the malt and sweetness, but only has a very slight bitterness; it feels and tastes more like a barleywine than a pale. If you're looking for a seriously hoppy brew then you're in the wrong place!

Jules11788, May 03, 2011
Photo of steph1974
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

steph1974, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of Jayli
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Jayli, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of sprucetip
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From bottle into Midnight Sun goblet.

Very clean, clear, medium orange-ish, modest foamy white head with some retention and good lacing.

Smells strong but smooth, citrusy, floral hop aroma is very prominent but the burly malt base balances.

Malty sweetness and hop bitterness hit immediately and simultaneously battling for attention, with hops taking initial advantage then fading as the sweetness takes the lead through the middle. The grapefruity bitterness returns, though more subdued, for the finish and beyond. The diversity of influences and flavor is aggressive and appreciated, but slightly out of balance, especially when it is colder. Strong abv fairly well hidden.

Full bodied, plenty of carbonation and noticeable warming.

I really like this ale, but it is in some ways out of balance and sharp. Some fans of big, aggressive IIPA's will love it, some won't. Best sipped and or shared due to its size and complexity of flavors.

I love the label! If I could give it extra points for that I would. Had some on hand for election day. When I showed a bottle to the host of one election party I attended, though she and most of her guests were wine drinkers, she made a run to the liquor store and bought a case!

sprucetip, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of Wildman
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark copper amber color and formed a huge foamy off white head that coated the glass with lace as it slowly subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, citrus, grapefruit hops and a hint of caramel. The flavor was of malt, caramel, grapefruit and a hint of pepper. The body is medium light and the finish slightly astringent. A good beer.

Wildman, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of Hopstout
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Hopstout, May 31, 2012
Photo of pentasyllabic
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

pentasyllabic, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of davet100
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

davet100, Aug 14, 2013
Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 498 ratings.