Ale To The Chief - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 378
Hads: 507
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.62%
Wants: 27
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
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Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: GilGarp on 07-22-2008

Brewed occasionally during election years.
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Reviews: 378 | Hads: 507
Photo of Foxman
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a slightly hazy amber, amply carbonated. A finger of dense, eggshell head sustains long enough to leave a frothy moustache after the first couple sips. Thin wires of lacing circuit the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, the hops are all the rage, with dry citrus, lemon zest, and resiny pine playing wantonly. The malt bubble through from under, with a slightly sweet cast and a caramel complexion. The alcohol punctuates the air with a hot shaft of vapor.

Upon sipping, the malt this time comes first, with a manageably sweet character boating caramel and distant berry. The hops elbow in impatiently, casting forth showers of crisp, dry grapefruit, mandarin orange, and thick, oily pine. Esters boast a bit of peach that soon disappears in the wake of a brash wash of alcohol. Residual grain presence is mostly biscuit with a touch of sugar. The finish is very crisp, very dry, and very bitter, but in a homey, hop-head pleasing way. Simply, the impressive balance leaves nothing to not like.

Medium bodied, the malt has nice body, which is buoyed and borne by the oozing lubricant of the hops, leaving a crisp glow for the effort.

Thanks to Taylor at the Mexican Food Factory for the heads up on this, because I would not have wanted to miss it. It's big, bold, brash, and a few other good B's as well, with a balance that juggles some very hefty elements, and yet leads to a very fetching blend. And I can say definitively that it holds up impressively to a sassy quesadilla, often a daunting task but one this beer responds to with aplomb. Yes, the ABV is muscular, but it's not sly, so one can take heed easily. The only issue is knowing when to say when, because it goes down very well. Avery is always solid in my book. But this time, they went above and beyond. (1,786 characters)

Photo of Overlord
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (298 characters)

Photo of Crosling
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper color with a small head. They nailed the nose, with an intense blend of west coast hops that deliver loads of grapefruit and lemon. Flavor packs a wallop with a lovely, beautiful hoppiness. Lemon, citrus, resin, pure, oily hops. Well utilized hops and also hops of high quality. Delicious display of hops. Basically a 1.5 IPA here. (338 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A winner, no matter who wins.

Pours a bright amber with a fluffy, long lasting head with a bit of lacing. The aroma is huge, with a giant blast of grapefruity hops that you can smell from feet away. The taste is lovely, balanced, carmelly and malty with huge, fresh-tasting citrusy hops, with a bit of alcohol on the tongue. The mouthfeel is a bit clingy, leaving a lasting bitterness. A delicious, balanced, and beautiful offering. (433 characters)

Photo of gdfan47
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice amberish brown with a little white head
S- hops, sugar, a touch of malt, corn
T- hops, more hops, hops , finishes with a little malt and sweet but not too sweet
M- really smooth, easy to drink
D- wow its really hard to detect the extra alcohol here.. be careful with this one

a really solid dipa (312 characters)

Photo of aubuc1
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22 oz bomber in to a goblet.

pours a lightly hazy golden brown with a sticky, clingly white head.

Smell of citrus is bursting out. pine and sweet malt is in the back, but grapefruit and other citrus dominate.

Taste is maltier than I expected, and doesn't have the bitter kick I expected, but still creates a great taste.

Mouthfeel is very sticky and full.

No strong aftertaste and well masked alcohol make this a surprisingly drinkable dipa.

I don't like Avery's incorporation of politics in to their business, (and I told them) but this is a very good balanced DIPA. (588 characters)

Photo of Scoobydank
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L:Thick off white yellowish head. The color itself is a fantastic crystal clear amber orange. Very sporatic tiny little bubbles.
S:Holy crap, insanely pungent fresh pine needle hops. Just a touch of citrusy grapefruit. Very mild candy apricot sweetness.
T:Whoa, there come those pine needle hops I smelled. Rich and vibrant pine needle hops just continue to pound your sense through out tasting this beer. There is a little bit of wheaty maltiness to balance out those hops.
M: Tight sharp little bubbles keep pounding the sides of your mouth. Yet the beer still feel rich and fat. Very nice round feeling
D: Very cool beer. Not much balance involved. Just hoppy goodness on top of hoppy goodness. Very good. (708 characters)

Photo of slayer3604
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4.5's across the board with this puppy!

A-Drapery of white frothy almost whipped cream head (served at room temp so it would be heady as all shit!) a mild amber color and plumes of carbonation reaching the blanket of head.

S- creme` friache, alcohol, citrus, a foreshadowing of nice hops, and apricot esters.

T- Up front spice, acidic character, almost like bighting a lemon, but in a good way. the lemon is soaked in booze, and fresh malt that dropkicks your tastebuds into submission!!! Such a powerful and refined beer.

M-chewy, sweet but ballanced by a good amount of hop!

D- This might be a new favorite from avery. they never cease to amaze me. (655 characters)

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a crystal clear and rosy cherry amber and topped with a huge, lusciously bubbly two inch head, strong ropes of carbonation bubble up from the bottom and support the massive head, this beer leaves behind some considerable lacing as well, just beautiful.

S: Greasy orange peel and grapefruit, just resiny layer upon resiny layer, decent amount of caramel malty sweetness.

T/MF: Interesting, sweet, almost candy like and juicy. Mild pine and caramel mix together well with mild melon and a decently bitter grapefruit and orange juice acidity. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and almost silky smooth if it were not for the considerable bitterness and tiny pin pricks of carbonation.

D: This beer is incredibly smooth and balanced, this beer is for anyone who is seeking a well balanced and super tasty DIPA. While not the biggest hop bomb, this beer is incredibly tasty and about the smoothest DIPA I've been in contact with in some time. (982 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours orange amber with a thick creamy white head, and slight lacing.

Aroma is bursting with juicy citrus hop - orange and pineapple, and an underlying caramel malt base. Surprisingly, for a very hoppy beer there is no trace of resinous pine.

Taste is smooth and mild. Malty sweetness, is toasty and smooth. Hops are exactly what the nose suggested, with generous light tropical fruit notes. Finish is clean and mildly bitter without a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, and slightly chewy.

A very tasty, and dangerously drinkable DIPA. Very balanced. High ABV is undetectable. A winner. (600 characters)

Photo of whatthehull
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Blood orange/brown. One finger off white head, with lacing following almost every sip

S - SO MUCH CITRUS HOPS, sweet and bitter malt and grains, lemon grass, nuts, oak, soil. This is such a complex beer

T - Mango, flowers, bath soap, alcohol, wine and whiskey barrels, pineapple, sweet corn, orange, lemon, lime, bitter sweet chocolate, the tastes and smells never seem to end

M - Coats the mouth in a thin bitter and sweet film, fluffy and carbonated

D - Strong meets awesome complexity. I love this beer, wish it was made year round

Final thought - YES! Hate what this beer stands for, love the awesomeness (652 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650ml bomber into a pint glass. No dating info but this a one-time brew so know the age of it. Really cool label that is set to mimic the Constitution. It was a cloudy orange amber color with yeast bits floating around. Carb geyser in center of glass. Bunch of sticky lace. It had a massive off-white head that really slowly settled into a thick foam. Excellent overall appearance.

The aroma was heavy on citric and pine hops with a sweet caramel malt base underneath. Stayed short of being a hop bomb which I enjoyed. The taste was excellent as well. Again, stayed short of a hop bomb which I wasn't in the mood for tonight so it was perfect. Starts out smooth and lingers before the hops hit. When they done, it's a nice slow burn instead of a H-bomb that then fades to set you up for the next drink. Very well balanced. Nice bitter after-taste.

Overall, an excellent beer that I would love to see become part of their regular lineup instead of being just a one-off. Highly recommend. Gonna have to pick up a couple more before they run out. (1,059 characters)

Photo of Tolann
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - golden in color and crisp in appearance. White head and great lacing. Not a lot of cascading bubbles.

S - Sweet fresh hops. kind of grassy and floral

T - Hops. All hops. Citrus and big hops. doesn't bite you tho. so smooth and so nice. Wow. YUM!

M - Smooth but light feel. great after taste. Not too bitter at the back of your throat. Super nice. Not too sweet either,but its there

D - Makes you wanting more. gimme gimme gimme! I think I need more of these bombers (473 characters)

Photo of bigbelcher
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lot's of well deserved hype about this beer. Big rocky head that lingers for quite a while. Exceptional amount of Belgian Lace indicating the great body of the beer. Color is deep golden.
Aroma is very fruity and crisp hop aroma of citrus. Flavor resembles a smoother version of Maharaja with more malt sweetness. Alcohol is well disguised and masked by the malt and hops. Veery well carbonated as indicated by the lingering head. Wish is were a regular Avery beer instead of a seasonal. (487 characters)

Photo of stewart124
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been saving this one for just one special occasion and what other day could I drink this on but Inauguration Day!

A Presidential Pale Ale

Pours a beautifully clear orange color with yellow hues and a sticky white head that is alrady leaving a nice lace.

The smell is amazing and has a beautiful bouquet of cascade hops and an amazing floral aroma.

Whoa! Smooth yet quite bitter. It soothes the tongue and yet bites the tastebuds. Lots of citrus and piney notes with a caramel sweetness that is blended so well with the hops. Very pleasing and it packs a punch. I get bits of pear and grapefruit that finishes dry and leaves an evergreen tingle on the back of my tongue. I'm not picking up a strong presence of alcohol.

The mouthfeel is smooth and really hits all areas of the palate.

Really a solid beer and gives me a lot of hope for the future. (858 characters)

Photo of woemad
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes.

22oz bomber purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane at least two months ago, for $7.99. It may be a tremendous cliche, but I drank this on Inauguration Day (20 January, 2009, for you future beer historians).

Glorious looking beer! A burnt-orange color with a big, creamy off-white head that dropped in stately fashion and left lots of lace on the sides of my glass. Tiny, grainy sediment can be seen if one stares with enough intensity to risk eyestrain.

Hops, hops, hops. Big, piney, sappy (in the best sense of the word) hops, citrusy hops, peppery hops - all present and accounted for. Biscuity maltiness in the background. Way in the background.

Big piney hop blast that is quickly matched up with a citrusy, grapefruit-like bite. A peppery, spicy taste is in the background. The malts are present, but cowering at the rear, if taste has a rear. Bone-dry note at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a prickly yet oily mouthfeel. Just like a DIPA should be.

An outstanding "occaision beer", and while it doesn't have the same effect upon the palate as, say, a bomber of Ruination or a big RIS, I don't think it's something I'd pair with food or attempt to session. I'm not sure that this beer is the best tasting DIPA I've had, but it ranks up there. If I could be guaranteed that this is a beer version of how the newly-installed administration will be, I could submit a re-election ballot right now. (1,418 characters)

Photo of WhiteOak
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Avery Ale to the Chief

A- Yellow-amber with a touch of haze. Expansive head settles quickly, leaving copious hanging lace and lace rings.

S- Bright citrus-rind hops, nicely pronounced buckwheat honey, bushels of apricots, coconut, pineapple, golden raisins, caramel, Riesling, and strangely and surprisingly... chocolate. Very nice aromatic characteristics.

T- Astringent attack of sour, bitter hops dominates the slightly sweet, medium bodied malt. Honey flavors. Hops also dominate the mid-palate and bitter finish.

M, D- I have noted some bottle variation. Always the flavors are appealing, but two bottles had their balance a bit off as the astringency & bitterness were quite forward, with the malt backbone slightly lacking. This leads to the mid-palate falling off abruptly, leaving a lighter finish with a tart final impression.
All other bottles have been excellent, in balance, and delicious - and are reflected in the grading. (942 characters)

Photo of Stunner97
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- amber brown with low to little carbonation, slightly white foam head and lacing that stays up on the top of the glass, very nice color, and the bottling is just awesome and the statement even better

Smell- such a beautiful smell on this beer, sweet malts and spicey hops mix together for such a beautiful nose, caramel sugar molasses and hops, great great smell

Taste- beautiful taste to me right from the first sip each time I have this, to me they with this beer found the absolute perfect balance between hops and malts, you get the sugar sweetness and the bitter hops both beautifully lacing each other out through a long integrated finish, this is honestly perfection

Mouthfeel- full bodied creamy and soft, just such and even nice mouthfeel

Drinkability- its so drinkable its so dangerous, you cant sense any alcohol and the lingering hoppy finish mixed with the malts leaves you just craving your next sip, Its a long finish and such a perfect balance, I have to say this maybe if not the best one of the best beers I have ever had hands down. Im telling you even Obama haters you have to try this beer. Its of and absolute legend status to me this beer. I really hope that this becomes a full time offering beer though I have fears it wont. Go get this beer before maybe its to late. You will thank me. So so so good. (1,341 characters)

Photo of pwsoldier
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter.

A - dark amber with a creamy off-white head that slowly dissipates into a ring of foam. Light lacing.

S - Pine and grapefruit with a vague hint of caramel sweetness.

T - An incredibly well-balanced beer. The piney hops are offset by a strong malt backbone that provides a great deal of caramel sweetness without stealing any thunder from the hops. Very impressive balance.

M -Full-bodied with a very smooth finish. Carbonation doesn't get in the way.

D - Delightfully smooth and enjoyable. The only thing that kept me from having another was the high abv, which is barely noticable when you're drinking it. (654 characters)

Photo of Larrytown
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pours a reddish-tan with a small head, but lots of nice lacing. The smell is clear pine, but some sweetness too. Just enough to let you know what you're in for.

This is the best DIPA I've tasted. Obviously the hop presence is right out front, but it's still extraordinarily well balanced. There's a solid backbone here from which the hops and caramel tones are able to burst out onto the tongue. There's a touch of alcohol, but I don't think I'd have guessed that it was pushing 9%.

This is a truly excellent beer. If you come across it, don't hesitate to pick up a few. (577 characters)

Photo of gmcfarre
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (899 characters)

Photo of kirok1999
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of jsh420
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours cloudy amber orange with a big 2 finger pillowy head that has great retention and covers the glass with lacing

smells of sweet carmel malts along with piney hops

taste - this beer is over a year old and has changed from DIPA to Barley Wine - i drank many of these when they were fresh and now instead of being overwhelmed by bitter hops now you get a bigger fruity carmel candy malts upfront blended in with piney hops that are just perfect

mouthfeel is a medium body beer that now after a year+ has gone from a DIPA with bite and zip into a BW that is so smooth and creamy

drinkability is great - i have a few more bottles stashed away and will break one out every year at least for the next 3yrs - hail to the chief! cheers! (736 characters)

Photo of IPALOVER
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised to find that Avery's Ale to the Chief was an Imperial IPA, one of my favorite styles!

The beer poured beautifully into an Imperial Pint Glass (of course, there was a bit left in the bottle to save for later-- though not much later!). It was a rich amber color, and the head never really dissipated-- left a nice lace on the glass as I drank.

The beer had citrusy undertones, but not overpowering. I thought it had a great balance and truly enjoyed the blending of the hops with malt-- hoppy but not too much on the fruity side! For a higher alcoholcontent beer this was very easy to drink-- I could have had another!

All in all an excellent beer, one I will definitely have again! (710 characters)

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

aged 6 or 10 months in the bottle. Not a DIPA, more of a barleywine with a light malt profile. Or a "Presidential Pale Ale" as Avery calls it.

A- Hazy copper/peach color with no visible streams of carbonation in my pint glass. Nice looking head with big, reflective bubbles common to beers with a lot of alpha acids.

S- Pineapples, bananas, mangos, a hint of caramel, and of course citrus fruits. Did I spill suntan lotion into this?

T- Lots of delicate balance to this beer. There is no single element dominating the flavor, everything mixes together great. The malts are sweet and slightly bready, the hops are bitter, resinous and dank, the yeast is fruity and the alcohol is dry and subdued. All the right things come across on the palate.

M&D- Gentle carbonation and a medium body with a certain dry character to it make for easy drinking and great by itself or as a pair with some grilled meat and your preferred sauce. BBQ for me. (942 characters)

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