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Ale To The Chief - Avery Brewing Company

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494 Ratings
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Ratings: 494
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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adamhand

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

07-06-2013 03:49:14 | More by adamhand
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afsdan

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

04-04-2014 03:57:56 | More by afsdan
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1759Girl

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This was recommended to me by some brewer friends while we could find it on tap:)
Appearance> Hazy, red-amber in colour, lacing was asi-asi. Not much head to speak of.
Smell> Excellent resiny hop aroma
Taste> Sweet, strong, complext, hoppy, but smoothes out to a smooth finish.
Mouf> okay... foamy... okay
Drinkability> Sure.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2008 01:34:56 | More by 1759Girl
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veifokorp


4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

12-09-2012 20:49:50 | More by veifokorp
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

11-22-2013 02:11:30 | More by XmnwildX12
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bonbini26

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap @ the Blind Tiger 10-03-08

A: Medium dark amber with a one finger head with excellent retention. As i drink this, it leaves a beautiful lacing on the side of the glass

S: Excellent citrus (orange) and floral hops. Mild malt backbone

T: Starts off hoppy with a wonderful citrus bouquet. Mild malt sweetness is present before a long, bitter finish takes over. A little better than average than most DIPA's ive had

M: Carbonation is great but the finish is a little bitterer than I'd like

D: Very drinkable for a DIPA, leaves a nice hop finish and the alcohol isnt overpowering

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2008 14:00:01 | More by bonbini26
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froghop

Washington

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear dark amber-copper with a large white head, with good lacing.

smell is of hops, caramel, dry leaves, and some nuts.

taste is thick and creamy, roasted toffee, malt, and some light grapefruit, finish is on the dry side and slightly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 15:33:00 | More by froghop
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Buebie

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip. Nice gold foil wraps the neck and cap. Cool bottle with all the brewers signatures printed on the lable.
Well themed beer with a quirky name.

Big juicy foam like head, 3 fingers deep. Retention is the best I've seen in a beer to date, a good finger that wont go away. hence the exeptional appearance rating.
Thick sticky lace, resembling real sponge along the glass. Color is a golden transparent amber.

Smell is very fruity and sweet with grapefruit hop aroma. marshmellow cream, pinnaple, sour apples. A hint of caramel.

Taste resembles a smoother version of Maharaja.
Big hops here and not sour like some. Good amount of grapefruit hops, some pine, hop oil?
Hemp.
Smooth mellow carbonation. Finishing dry with a good hop linger and a small bite from the carbonation. Alcahol warming at the swallow.

Very nice indeed. Now I understand the hype behind this beer. This will age very nicely.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 19:34:44 | More by Buebie
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kevinboyer

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a New Belgium snifter.

I am relatively new to DIPA, but this is unlike any DIPA I've had before. Much more caramel sweetness; much less initial hop intensity. Smell is of floral 'caramely' hops, almost maple syrup. Initial taste is s grapefruit syrup, almost tastes of caramelized scallops. Aftertaste is nowhere near as sweet as expected, more of the floral hop I expect from a double. Mouthfeel is a bit thicker than I prefer, but I find it quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 01:15:08 | More by kevinboyer
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a beautiful hazy orange color with lots of a thick white head. the head has some solid retention, takes some time to go down, and leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

S-the nose is strong and brings huge caramel and brown sugar malts, some breadiness, and lots of a resign piney hop aroma

T-the taste follows the nose with the malt but brings a much nicer hop profile to it. the caramel malts come in first and meld with the big resign and pine flavors. this gives way to a sweet citrus hop with hints of mango and grapefruit finishing with a slight hop bitterness

M-it is a lighter medium body but very syrupy with a wet feeling. lots of carbonation in this one.

D-very tasty, huge flavors, tons of malt and hops. the alcohol is present throughout so it wouldn't be something to drink all night, but very enjoyable!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 01:43:09 | More by cpetrone84
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giblet

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a very good brew. poured nicely into the glass with rich one inch head. smells of hops but not overpowering. malty flavor but the hops are right on ya. good lacing down the glass

not as much heavy hops as i expected but a very good and balanced brew just the same.

suckem up and movem out!

giblet

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 15:11:51 | More by giblet
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jera1350

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a snifter a hazy coppery orange with thick and fluffy light tan head that leaves quite a bit of sticky lace.

Glorious smell of citric and pineapple hops with a big sweet malt presence consisting of caramel and brown sugar. Moderate alcohol smell as well.

The taste matches up with the nose pretty well, but on a slightly lighter stage. A buttery homemade caramel taste with a lighter hop presence. I would call this extremely balance with a big malt profile and nearly as big hop profile.

Maybe a little more than medium bodied. Creamy smooth with a pretty juicy finish that begs you to drink more.

A very good DIPA. Avery puts out some consistently good brews and this one is no exception. I would have no trouble having this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 02:15:02 | More by jera1350
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snaotheus

Washington

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a 22oz mug.

Pours a nice cloudy golden with a slight orange tinge. Big poofy head and super lacing. Pretty carbonated. Smells bright, citric, and hoppy. Spicy.

Taste is pretty balanced -- the hops are very strong, but not overwhelming, and there's muted citrus sour and smoky nuttiness and fruity sweetness to even it out.

Feels a little abrasive in the mouth -- probably partially due to the heavy carbonation. Pretty drinkable beer -- not that I would recommend downing six of these in a night, but I might be willing to try it.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 01:57:20 | More by snaotheus
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spratmi

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy amber/burnt orange color with a thick three finger head. Retained a lot of foamy lacing along the sides of the glass.
S: Very strong caramel malt dominated the front end of the nose. There were also notes of sweet floral hops and some citrus bitterness. A slight buttery alcohol presence was also noted.
T: The taste is a wonderfully complex blend of sweet caramel malt and citrus bitters with an alcohol presence at the end. Finishes with a lingering but not overly strong grapefruit bitterness. Hidden in it all is a buttery note throughout.
M: Excellent. Full, rich, and buttery with mild carbonation.
D: Very drinkable. I could easily drink several of these at a sitting. An interesting take on an Imperial IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 03:52:09 | More by spratmi
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy tangerine appearance, solid slab of bone-white foam above.

Gorgeous aroma, plenty of pith, a lovley swirling blend of pinte and citrus, orange, tangerine, grapefruit and mango.

More of that in the mouth. Bitter and hoppy, yes, but smooth and creamy, too. Long, hoppy finish. Medium bodied. Nice and dry, yet still fruity and juicy.
8.75%? Really? Okay...

Delicious, really. A pinier, more poppin', hoppin', vibrant kind of a pale ale, nearly a double ipa.
Brewed for the inauguration, although available in time for the DNC in Denver. I hope we have reason to celebrate come January 20, 2009.
Oh, we will! No more Bush!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 04:06:51 | More by feloniousmonk
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Proteus93

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A darker amber with some reddish highlights, and a nice head that sticks around for quite some time and leaves behind a beautiful lace lattice.

S: That big Cascade scent... grapefruit with some piney notes. Are there Centennial in this, as well? An additional scent of wet earth, kind of reminiscent of the smell of the ground after a rainfall.

T: I'd love to be able to say I can taste that fresh Rocky Mountain water... but it's not happening. This is a hop explosion all the way. Grapefruit/citrus rind, and a resiny flavour. Some residual alcohol on finish/post-finish.

M: Quite a dry brew, and I tend to enjoy that - especially when it is appropriate to the flavours and overall presentation of the beer. A rich and fuller body, though it's not too heavy... still on the medium side of the fence. A crispy carbonation, followed by a little suggestive stickiness, only to finish with that dryness. Quite nice.

D: Certainly a sipper, but still a delicious brew. I'd most definitely pick up another few bottles - however, there ARE other fabulous hop conocotions out there that will be available more than this will be. That's the only complaint that I think I'd have.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 03:29:11 | More by Proteus93
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Poured a medium and clear copper color with an averaged sized off whte head. Aromas of citrus, pine, with some caramel. Tastes of citrus, pine, floral hops, and caramel. Overall the alcohol content was well hidden.

Notes from 8/23/08.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 15:23:50 | More by hopdog
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Durge

Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From bomber to pint glass, slightly chilled, this Avery ale shows a hazy, bright amber color with a solid white head and great lacing. The aroma is a nice pine hop and nutty grain. The flavor says much the same and it says it so well. Somehwhat woodsy with some sweet grass notes which is all nicely blended in a smooth malt bath. Mid to full bodied, real nice smoothness while plenty of lively carbonation. Woodsy grain, almost a rye quality, slightly resinous and just a delicious brew. This is very drinkable to me but it has some alcohol presence. It's just so tasty. Avery does it again!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 19:34:51 | More by Durge
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genog

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was really looking forward to trying this one. I really like Avery, and was excited to get this new beer.
Pours a dark ruby red color with plenty of white sudsy hops leaving a lot of lacing along the side of my glass. Smell is pine, grapefruit, and a lot of biscuity malt pokes through. Taste is very similar to the aroma big on the hops and sweet malt as well. Plenty of carbonation making this one a very filling beer. Another great success from avery.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 20:24:54 | More by genog
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AltBock

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was able to try this new Avery beer on tap at High Street Grill on 8/12/2008. They served it to me in a standard River Horse pint glass.

This Double IPA poured a beautiful clear mahogany amber. I liked how the color of the beer was 2 different colors. No amber highlights in a mahogany colored beer, but 2 colors together. The head of foam was 3/4 of an inch in hight and a pure white color. It had excellent retention that left behind a skim of white foam and a ton of sticky white streaks of lace all around the glass. Great appearance!

It had a strong hoppy aroma of bitter citrus hops, a few pine needles, a drop of lemon zest, a hint of orange peel, a slice of grapefruit, and then ends on a slightly sweet side with a touch of sweet yeast. I thought there would be some alcohol in the aroma, but the hops probably covered it up.

What kind of taste am I going to get after a strong hoppy aroma? Malty? Sour? If you guessed it was going to be a hop bomb, you are somewhat correct. Beside the bitter citrus hops was a strong taste of ruby red grapefruit. Hiding behind the grapefruit and all the hops was a few select citrus fruits, a ton of pine needles, a drop of sweet yeast, and then it finishes up on a subtle touch of dry toasted malts.

This was a full bodied beer that contained a full flavored hoppy aftertaste of bitter citrus hops, grapefruit, pine needles, and a hint of citrus fruits. You better watch out for this one because the 8.75% ABV will sneak up on you.

It was another great Avery beer. This beer's hops will assault your tastebuds, so you better watch out. Since it has a big hop bite to it, it's one of those once in a while hoppy beers. It's a must try Avery beer in either a bottle or on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2008 21:00:16 | More by AltBock
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great beer from Avery. Cheers to the Grandwazoo on his election victory. We enjoyed this last night as a celebration of his candidates victory.

This was a very nice beer. Poured with a thick and creamy off white head. Lots of structure and excellent retention. A good amount of lacing remained. The beer itself was slightly cloudy and an orange amber color.

Aroma was fantastic and fresh. Lots of citrus and grapefruit.

Well balanced for such a big beer. The fresh hops were certainly the star, but there was a significant and nice malt backbone. Grapefruit, ripe pineapple, resinous hops flavors.

Mouth feel was very smooth and this was really drinkable. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 13:19:11 | More by Reagan1984
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thethrone

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 01:35:04 | More by thethrone
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ArrogantDeadGuy

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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".

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2009 03:02:22 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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Billolick

New York

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 17:27:58 | More by Billolick
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mbunje

California

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 02:00:34 | More by mbunje
Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.