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Ale To The Chief - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 378
Hads: 507
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 9.9%
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 dreadnatty08
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After being nearly assulted by the Fifteen, it's nice to see Avery return to what they do best, DIPAs.
Pours a medium dark amber color with a nice big and bubbly white head and great tracing. Aromas are pure, fresh, wet hops. Tons of great resinous notes, plenty of grapefruit and citrus, piney and evergreen. Just a wonderful and heady mix, well done. On the palate, the hop mix becomes almost gin like in a complex herbal spice combination. It settles in like everything from juniper spicy alcohol to soft, creamy, subtle vanilla notes. Bitterness is pronounced but not overdone like some DIPAs. The body is medium full with an appropriate carbonation level. This is a really nice ale, and a great offering from Avery that every hop lover should try.

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Photo of bashiba
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a nice slightly hazed dark amber with a thick and pillowy tan head.

The smell is very nice, big and bold fresh citrusy hops with a nice touch of bready malts.

Wow, I can't believe how mild and balanced the flavor is. Has a nice smooth fresh bread malt flavored backbone with a lightly clean citrusy hop finish. Very balanced and suprisingly only slightly bitter. The alcohol is dangerously hidden.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy with a bit of warmth.

This is a double IPA that drinks like a 4.5% session beer. Outstandingly drinkable.

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt sienna color with fluffy white lace.

Nice fragrent hops in the aroma, citrus layers with pine and backings of florals. The whole shabang with a crisp and underlaying malt backing.

Huge influx of sappy sugar encrusted resinous dank piney hops right off the bat. Explosions of delicate perfume and rosey florals delicately hit the palate to accenuate the aggressive bitterness. Near the finish a nice wave of sour citrus rinds and some woody pines.

The hopping on this one is absolutely extrodinary. Otherwordly exactly how hoppy, yet how extremely well balanced this one is. The hop burps from this surpass almost any other DIPA to date. Yet the balance, and refined palate on this one just go so wonderfully together.

This is definitely my favorite Avery beer to date, and for sure, one of my top 5 DIPA's. It's up there with PTE.
Absolutely one of the worlds best DIPA's.
Avery you scored big time with this one.
Damn fine job, keep it up guys.

Ale to the whatever, this ones a damn keeper.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cute label on this beer: it's certainly clear who they're hoping wins, as well. Anyway, I poured it into a NB chalice glass. It's a nice dark orange color with a frothy white head topping it. It features a nice aroma with plenty of citrusy hops.

Wow, I admit I was expecting a fairly ordinary PA flavor, but this really impressed me: it's got a wonderful very zesty hop flavor, with a lot of citrus character, a nice orange/lemon-peel flavor with a touch of resin. This is a masterpiece of hoppiness, not too bitter but just right. There's not a lot of other flavors going on here--malt is subordinate and the yeast character is clean, but this is one of the best hop-beers I've had.

Very satisfying! Very tasty!

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Photo of jwc215
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright amber orange with a creamy head that has nice retention and leaves plenty of uneven lines of lacing.

The smell is of Cascade in full-force. It may be called Ale to the Chief, but could be Ale to Chief Cascade. If you like the smell of Cascade done right - you'll love this one. Citrus - grapefruit - and sappy pine.

Like in the nose there's an onslaught of Cascade, with rounding caramel sweetness. It has a long, bittering, dry finish.

It has a nice, chewy body with a butt-kicking hop punch. An awesome beer for Cascade hop lovers!

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Photo of eewhiz
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bartender told me this was a double IPA, which I am usually not that all enamored with D-IPA's. I thought I would give it a try anyways....

This is one smooth beer and full-flavored with a very clean finish.
The color was a nice copper color, with little head. Certainly the stronger taste of hops were evident, however, there is a very nice orange and pineapple flavor, which went very well with the hops...there was a nice malt foundation to keep all the flavors together - Nice taste!

I was very pleased and will certainly look forward to a re-visit!

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Photo of RocketFrog
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This will be a bit of a mini review.

There's really only one thing you need to know about this beer. It smells like December 3rd, You and your family are out cutting down your christmas tree.

That's what The Chief smells like. If we elect a president that smells like this it beats any new car.

The flavor and mouth feel follow suit. For a hophead this beer is a freaking religious experience. Jebus is in the hops.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear brown amber with a dense patch of off-white head cresting atop it; moderate lacing and duration resonate well with the reviewer. The nose is simply incredible--oily, very hopped, a DIPA through and through and, as the inimitable Bighuge says, this wreaks of Mary Jane. There is an unmistakable weed aroma to this hopped-up beauty. Very good taste that nonetheless falls a little short of the aroma--caramel malt, thick floral and citrus hops, a pinch of spice--very well done. Great to see the DIPA tongue emerge with Ale To The Chief, very hoppy but fairly smooth--a terrific testament to the malty balance that at long last emerges in the second half of its consumption.

I'm very impressed with Avery's latest, an excellent DIPA that it should market and distribute far and wide this fall and beyond. A tremendous accomplishment, not one to be missed.

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Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased just after election day. I've had to keep this out of sight in the back of the fridge so as not to be consumed prematurely. Moments ago I took it out and noted that it was way too cold to drink. After warming by hand as best as possible I popped the top and got a satisfying champagne cork -type pop. This is a celebratory ale.

Poured gently into a DFH 22oz snifter the color is a copper-ish orange. The head, if you could call it that, is a few islands of medium-sized bubbles surrounded by a sea of smaller more permanent bubbles and a thin but solid ring around the outside.

Smell is almost exclusively caramel to my nose. Not just caramel malt but the actual caramel candies that came in cubes I ate as a child.

A gentle swirl creates a half-finger head, off white with some scattered cous-cous sized lacing.

Taste is big caramel in the middle and a gentle bitter cascade hop finish that lingers. A slight booze burn pokes up in between the two but it does not make a scene.

The mouth feel is terrific. Nice creamy bubbles balance the caramel body making it easy to take double sips. Though there is a hop presence that lingers a bit, this is not a hop bomb as many doubles strive for. It's big but balanced.

Overall the drinkability is perfect. I would have a hard time refusing another one of these under safe circumstances.

I would really like to see this as a year round beer but they would have to modify the the label, which is extraordinarily cool. The bottle is worth keeping but knowing that I will at some point have to throw it out here is the text on the labbel in its entirety, minus the government warnings.

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

We the Brewers of Avery Brewing Company, in order to form a more perfect ale, require new leadership that can liberate us from our quagmires in foreign lands; embrace environmentally sound energy alternatives to imported oil; heal our ailing health care system; free us from tyrannical debt and resurrect the collapsing dollar. We hereby pledge to provide him with an ample amount of or Presidential Pale Ale to support in the struggle for the aforementioned goals!

Hail to the New Chief!
<signed by the brewers>

This is all on the main parchment-looking main label. Up the side it also reads:

Not an "Imperial" pale ale, this is a democracy. It's Presidential! Take the all-American pale ale, a bipartisan blend of malt and hops, increase both to Avery Brewing standards, and then, of course, dry hop the result with that most quintessential of American hops, Cascades, and you get this ... Ale to the Chief. A brew worthy of the Oval Office!

Brewed with Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, hops and yeast.

That's it. If I ever see this on the shelves again anywhere I will likely buy them all. It's that good.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of floral hops along with fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a big burst of grassy hops bitterness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is a bit thinner than most 2IPA's but is still pretty hearty. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, strong kick, excellent representation of style, not quite as good as Maharaja but this is still a very good 2IPA that is worth drinking for a whole evening.

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Photo of sholland119
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful clear amber with a thin white head. Nice lacing.

A beautifully balanced aroma. Hops are strong but not overpowering. Malt is strong but not overpowering. Very promising.

What an amazing DIPA. Perfect balance of hops and malts without going over the top on either. Flavor is plenty big enough but not too big. Outstanding!

Good medium carbonation and a nice lingering bitterness.

The most drinkable DIPA I have ever had. I could drink these all night, provided I was at home already.


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Photo of GPHarris
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a three-fingers thick off-white and fluffy head into a goblet. the body was a clear and bright amber color. there was light bubbling from the carbonation. this is a beautiful looking brew that left great sheeting and lace throughout.
s - increcibly balanced brew. the malts and hops seem to go back and forth (like our two candidates!) with hints of grapefruit, pine and syrup.
t - tons of earthy hops in this one but it is also balanced out nicely with malt. hints of grapefruit and the finish is very spicy due to piney hops. this is delicious.
m - very creamy and thick, really coats the tongue. my fiancee' said my breath was awful after this beer (so you know it was tasted good) though it was probably due more to the Greek food I had been to earlier for dinner.
d - so smooth, really a treat to drink.

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Photo of pleasewearpants
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Pours a nice amberish color with minimal head. This beer smells fantastic. A lot of mellow Cascade I think but with a nice clean pine smell. This would be an extremely pleasant shampoo.

Body is surprisingly light and refreshing. The hops add a really nice cooling sensation to the palate, almost like a Fisherman's Friend but in a good way. The finish is very clean with a nice bitterness at the end. Yeah. The menthol/eucalyptus taste is fantastic. Carbonation is very nice, a tiny bit more than the average Imperial IPA = exceptionally clean.

This beer has a lot more to offer than the DNC commentary I am hearing from my TV in the other room. I think I just found my write-in candidate. Go Avery!

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Photo of Chumley
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have had this beer last summer when it came out, in the fall on tap and now this summer after about a year of resting in the cellar. Very enjoyable beer.

A - Orange Brown color, sustained head.

S - Sweet and Caramelly, floral and Citriusy

T - Bright, balanced lively - Something chocolaty?

M - Smooth, nicely carbonated

D - Impressive, I enjoyed it very much.

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Photo of dickroop
4.69/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at Birreria Paradiso in DC, shortly after the Innaugural. Served in a pint tumbler, it was light copper-amber. The nose on this brew was unbelievable. Citrus (to say the least), lemony, floral, with enormous hits of lemon grass. Pure pleasure to inhale.

It tasted good too, just enough malt backbone to be present. If you could put a color on this hop flavor, it would be bright white. Mouthfeel was light to medium. This stuff is light on the tongue, clean and bright and yummy.

It's too strong a brew to quaff many, but as a delightful sipper, it's great. Paired well with a gourmet 4-cheese pizza. Drinkability would have to be good or better, I sure wanted to drink more! Avery delivered a hop-head's ideal salute to our new Prez.

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Photo of cameraman
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A medium amber color with hints of gold along the sides of the glass. A two finger thick head, cream in color, lacing slowly down the glass. It does show strong sustainabilty for sometime. A strong citrus fragrance of grapefruit and pineapple. It then blends to strong hearty malty aroma at the end. The malt is right out front on the palate and stays there with each taste. Then the hops begin to balance it all out, with citrus and grassy flaovrs, the hoppiness never becomes overbearing. A medium bodied feel with a bit of chewiness, it finishes with an evenly dry feeling on the palate. This is a strong beer, with a great fragrance and tremendous taste, make this a great tribute to the highest office in the land.

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Photo of Greggy
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy orange/amber color with a thick 1 finger white head. Nice clinging lace is present.

S- Aromas of pineapple, pear, green apple skins, a slight herbal note. Extremely balanced.

T- Huge herbal tea notes. Peach Oolong tea comes to mind. Also notes of marmalade, piny hops. This is extremely well balanced. The finish is very long and very herbal.

M- Nice low carbonation, full body, nice herbal finish that lingers.

D- This is dangerously drinkable. A bomber won't be a problem drinking alone. I will definitely drink this again while it's still around.

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Photo of SouthAtholSuds
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 22oz bottle.
Pours a hazy orange glow with a full head that never seems to dissipate.
Sweet sticky strong smell of hops and notes of citrus.
This is an exceptional tating beer. The malts are very well balanced with the strong hop taste that takes over in the end.
Creamy malty mouthfeel with a powerful punch from the hops.
The drinkability of this beer is exceptional. If not for the high ABV I could drink it all night. Tastes even better now that the election is all over!

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Photo of sevopie
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Caramel Golden color; pours a generous almond colored head. Laces well.

Smell - Caramelly sweet, and citrus/piney hops bitter.

Taste - Piney hops, not so much citrus. Buttery flavor as well, with touches of sweet and malt.

Mouthfeel - Solid texture, slightly oily, good on the carbonation.

Drinkability - This brew makes me think a little bit of Stone's Ruination in a good way, because it has the hop bite I was looking for in that one. A finely crafted DIPA, I'm going to have to search this out again. Fantastic!

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Photo of enso
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz.bottle poured into a large snifter.

Appearance: Billowing dense head that lasts most of the glass. Sienna orange slightly hazy glow. Sticky lacing.

Aroma: Pine and fruit. Pineapple? Dense head obscures the aroma some it is still present.

Flavor: Malty caramel sweetness immediately sliced through by spicy hops, and then pineapple and citrus sweetness followed by more hop bite.

Mouthfeel: Luscious creamy mouthfeel. Chewable but not too dense. Pleasant tangy carbonation.

Overall impression: Inspiring. Revolutionary. Our forefathers may have birthed the idea of our nation over a pint of ale. This one is certainly capable of inspiring a rebirth of greatness and a new positive direction.


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Photo of CoolJosh
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A. A glowing golden orange, with an awesome 4 finger head from pour that dissipitates moderately

S. An elbow of hops to the nose, tons on fresh bitterness that comes straight out, right away and let's you what's going on, some grapefruit is present as well

T. So smooth, runs like butter. As my newly acquainted friend pointed out, there's caramel in the beginning of the sip but you've gotta look for it from the get go. Really creamy in taste, phenomenal, and refreshing representation of the style. Great hop bitterness in the middle, with smoothness all around.

This has been the best IPA that I have had to date thus far, I really enjoyed this beer, and it was phenomenal when I had it. However, I will be re-reviewing this beer when I can get my hands on some more, my newly acquainted friend explained how much different the beer tasted this time around for him...

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Photo of CJN11
4.77/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Outstanding Pale Ale. Nice crisp flavor, not too hoppy. Excellent finish, somewhat fruity but well balanced. Limited aftertaste. Usually an IPA guy, but this American Pale Ale beats them all. Only negative is that at 8.7% I can't have more than two..

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.78/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a pale amber-orange color. The head is huge billowy and off white. It last forever, and sticks all over the glass until the beer is gone. The aroma is of pine, citrus, pears, and a hint of herbal hops. The taste is tea like with a tons of herbal and floral hops, and it has a hint of citrus in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a great beer. It is like a West Coast DIPA meets an English IPA, and I really like that. I will certainly drink this up while its around.

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Photo of andrewt960
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was recommended by the beer guy in my local beer store, and well worth the nine dollars. Anyway, smelled of great hops, citrus hops, pine hops, every hop you can pick up; it's here. Taste is great, so smooth and really a fine beer. The hops linger for a while and it's remarkably fine finish.

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Photo of orcasteve
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i work third shift and just voted so i am selebrating election day with this one, poureed into my saint arnold pint glass, this one poured a thick semi cloudy orange with a nice thick slightly yellow head on it, the head spuwed from the neck of the bottle as i opened this, hops filled the air. i loved this befor i ever tasted it. the taste is citrus hops, orange, biscuts, caned fruit, fresh mowed grass, and a bitter after taste that just wont quit. this hides the alchoal well and i just couldent stop pounding untill it was gone. i wish i had more of these for sure

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