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Ale To The Chief - Avery Brewing Company

Ale To The ChiefAle To The Chief

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BA SCORE
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488 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this bottle for $6.99 in Columbus. The beer is copper colored and very clear with a thick spitty textured white foam that dries into lace on the glass. The smell is really hoppy, but with a hint of sweet malts in the background. The taste is pine needles and grapefruit but not too astringent, with a very sweet malty flavor in the distant aftertaste. This is a very good imperial pale ale (description on the bottle), but just possibly it steps into DIPA territory.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 00:19:45 | More by TurdFurgison
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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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Foxman

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2008 15:53:50 | More by Foxman
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slayer3604

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 07:52:24 | More by slayer3604
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Seanibus

California

4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 21:53:21 | More by Seanibus
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maddogruss

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this from the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours an amber body with a white head with nice retention and lacing along the sides of the glass. Both attributes are held through the finish.

S: A fairly strong, hoppy smell with some balancing, grapefruit notes.

T: A bitter, hoppy taste with a smooth, grapefruit aftertaste that did very well to balance the beer. Definitely a nice beer overall and very good.

M: A little watery, but still fairly smooth. Fairly formidable on the palate.

D: A nice combo of mouthfeel and taste makes this beer a good drinking one. A slight alcoholic burn with some warming, but nothing overwhelming. Probably more of a fall season beer, but very good to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 14:25:31 | More by maddogruss
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blakesell

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz foil wrapped bottle into a Belgian style goblet.

Appearance- Beer pours a clear golden amber with a substantial one and a half finger head of foam that clings and leaves lacing all across the sides of the glass.

Smell- This is clearly a hop bomb with loads of cascades, simcoe, Amarillo, and cat pissy hops, pines galore, there smells to be some malt in there, but I sure as hell can't pick it out. I can catch a little of the Avery yeast, which must be geared for IPA's as this one smells damn near perfect.

Taste- Crisp fresh hops nearly as much as a harvest ale, they say on the bottle that it's dry hopped, but it tastes as if it was wet hopped as well. Very fresh hop flavor with much citrus, pine, and hop oils all throughout the flavor. Malts do provide a nice balance on this beer.

Mouthfeel- Lightly sticky, bitter, lightly astringent, highly carbonated, and full bodied.

Drinkability- Very nice for the repeat drinking, I will likely buy another bottle for swilling at a future date and I'll try to find it on tap as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 20:30:44 | More by blakesell
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Gehrig

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 07:28:23 | More by Gehrig
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EStreet20

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber, 20 ounce nonic.

A - A nice amber color with a tint of red. Brew is a little hazy and has a big off white head which stays well. Rings of lacing stay on the walls of the glass.

S - Smell has some citrus hops giving way to a tea like aroma.

T - Brew has a bit of a sugary sweet taste. Tea like flavors throughout along with hints of fruit. Caramelly malts also play in here. Not huge on hop bitterness but nice tea like hop flavors.

M - Nicely done. Smooth medium body with subtle carbonation.

D - The alcohol is hidden which might fool some people. Fairly smooth, nice tasting DIPA.

Notes: A nice brew on the sweeter side of many DIPAs. Will disappoint some looking for a big bitter West Coast style DIPA but a nice brew to sit and sip.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 02:38:12 | More by EStreet20
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shroompod

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange. Small head , some lacing.

Aroma is all hops , citrus, grapefruit. Small amount of sweet malt in the background.

Sweet citrus upfront , nice hop bitterness on the end. Just a hint of malty sweetness keeps this from being one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel is medium , good carbonation.

Overall a very nice IPA. Ron Paul 2008!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 00:32:12 | More by shroompod
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HalfFull

California

3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours on opaque orange amber into a pint glass with a frothy half inch head. This beer has very little smell initially(served rather chilled) yet opens up as the beer warms. Notes of caramel malts and light hops initially. Yet Belgian yeasts soon dominate.

Taste is somewhat malty, yet this is no Maharaja, and that is a good thing. Not nearly as complex in the malts nor as sweet as Maharaja, this brew offers a nicely balanced malt structure. And with a touch of Belgian yeast sourness. Anyway, that aside I find this brew neither enticing nor enthralling.

I would consider this to be an oddball of an American DIPA and more of a Belgian IPA with a well disguised ABV, perhaps a 'White Rascal' on malted steroids.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2008 06:50:55 | More by HalfFull
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nlmartin

Ohio

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

The beer was served in my Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer has a bright amber / orange coloration. The head is thick and a off white biege. The head is long lasting and leaves rings of foam. Tight bubbles of carbonation escape to the top of the beer. In short the beer looks deliscious.

Smell: The aroma of the beer is full of hoppy promises. Oily pine tar resins combine with a citrus and tropical fruits explosions of grapefruit, lemon, mango and pineapple bombard my nose.

Taste: The flavor of the beer is milder on the hops than I expected. The beer leads in with a resinous pine. This gives way to a subdued grapefruit and citrus combo. The beer then turns grassy in notes on the backend. The malt backbone of this beer is a constant companion in the taste. The flavor is very long lasting.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The most notable quality of mouthfeel is the oilyness. This oilyness streches the flavor of the beer out and is very welcome. The body of the beer is medium. This is a very nice DIPA. I could drink a few bombers of this in a setting.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 06:10:47 | More by nlmartin
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WillClark

California

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass an crisp orange color with amber tints through the light. Great whipped egg white head with strong retention and lacing that released sweet floral and citrus notes. Big malt on the front and a lingering bitterness that has a spicy bourbon feel on the finish. Heavy, but not enough to prevent me from taking another sip immediately.

Taking the brilliant marketing into play, this is a wonderful product. Get it while you can and keep a bottle around for hope's sake.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 03:28:05 | More by WillClark
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dancinwillie

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Brennan's in Madison, Wisconsin for $6.99.

Poured a beautiful medium shade of bronze, with a pillowy head of off white foam. A little lighter color than I was hoping for. Good head retention, however, and it doesn't seem to be going anywhere soon. I was smelling this even as I poured, even before I stuck my nose in there for closer inspection. Once I did though, images of resin coated hops fill my head. Smells of sticky pine resin, and citrus fruits dominate.

Oh my, this is a flavorful beer. I have to take a few small sips to take it all in. Orange juice, fresh grapefruit, pine tree sap that you know you shouldn't taste when you were a kid, but you did anyway. At least I did. It's not all hops here though, the sweetness of the malt is substantial. It's a damn good thing there is so much delicious hop flavor, to cut through that sweetness. I don't detect any of the alcohol in the taste, although half way through my first glass, and I'm feeling pleasantly warm.

Good mouthfeel. It's a little creamy, a little chewy, carbonation is at a fine level that let's the bitterness dance all over your tongue. Finish could be a bit dryer.

I would have to say for myself, drinkability is rather high for this one. This is a highly hopped beer, perhaps even a bit unbalanced on the hop side but sometimes, that's just what I want. I was craving a hoppy, fresh tasting, pick me up beer. And that's just what I got. I'll be picking up more as soon as I am able. Ale to the Chief!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 02:24:52 | More by dancinwillie
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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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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange/amber with a nice fluffy white head. Nose is hops mostly, but a significant malt presence. Taste follows with a good hop profile, but a very large malt base. Sweet with a little bit of spice. Mouthfeel is nice and viscous, just about right for the style. Drinkability is good. Overall a decent IPA and an ok representation of the style, but really nothing amazing. Good brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 01:04:32 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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Overlord

California

4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2008 07:05:18 | More by Overlord
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Rainintheface

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: copper with the slightest cloudiness. has a one inch off white head which clings nicely most of the way down.

S: freshly sliced grapefruit, orange, mint and a cabbagey/vegetation kind of smell

T: has a rye-like spiciness. citrus with some malt lingering in the back

M: moderate in body, rather crisp with some hop bitterness. very nice feel

D: great drinkabilty

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 17:42:20 | More by Rainintheface
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prototypic

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours a very clear, dark amber color (darker than normal) and has a slight reddish tint to it. It's capped with a two finger, vanilla covered that stuck around for quite a while. A really thick, sticky coat of lace lined the glass.

Smell: Very impressive here. Hops are literally leaping out the glass. It's a very piney scent and a little resiny. There are some floral characteristics intertwined. They make it a little grassy and earthy. There's some citrus sweetness underlying the strong hop aroma. It's mostly grapefruit, lemon, and a little orange. There's some secondary malt aromas that emerge. They add some more sweetness and a bit of a biscuity smell. Remarkably, no alcohol is noted. Very nice job on the nose.

Taste: The flavor isn't quite what I'd hoped, but it's still very good nonetheless. It is hoppy and bitter, but isn't anywhere near a palate crusher. There's a mix of piney and floral elements. The floral side appears to give it a pretty nice earthy and grassy flavor. The citrus flavors are grapefruit and lemon mostly. They're a little sweet, but are clearly a secondary flavor. Malts provide a nice, sweet foundation, but perhaps negate some of the hop attack. It's still primarily bitter, but there's some malty sweetness lingering. It finishes sweet and bitter. Again, I'm not picking up much in the alcohol department.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and has a nice, smooth feel. Carbonation is dialed in pretty well. I'm really close to awarding a "4.5" here. Drinkability is very good. Not only does it taste good and feature a smooth feel, it's also a big beer in disquise. It really is deceptively strong.

Ale to the Chief. I really like the name and the concept for this beer. It's incredibly fitting for an election year. I'm unsure of how well it will hold up until inauguration day given its strong hoppy character. That's why I decided to enjoy one today. In any event, it's a fine beer celebrating the inauguration. I'll drink to that...whomever may be elected.

Taste:

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 02:16:39 | More by prototypic
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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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ccrida

Oregon

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

Bomber into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Ale To The Chief is a clear dark copper with a large, amber tinged white sand the leaves lots of heavy, clingy lace.

Smell is heavy, sugary, over ripe citrus hops and sweet cat piss. Not as bad as that probably sounds, but fairly one-dimensional, although it picks up some nice tropical citrus as it warms.

Taste is similarly dominated by the singular hop, sour citrus and brown sugary malt, with some vegetable character before the dry, lingering spicy finish. Not bad, but could stand a more complex hop bill and less fusels.

Mouthfeel is nice, the creaminess helps lighten the body and soften the bite and slick oiliness.

Drinkability is pretty good, not a bad pale, a nice study in cascade's, it's actually little better when it's warms. I give Avery big bonus points for the whole concept of this beer, and having the balls to declare it on the label! Cheer's to whoever wins, I love to hear if Avery sends them any, and if they enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 04:52:56 | More by ccrida
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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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kirok1999

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 00:23:17 | More by kirok1999
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tpd975

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up from Whole Foods Sarasota

A: Pours a nice golden hue nice bright and clear. The head is big, tall, and fluffy. One huge sheet of lace covers nearly 1/3 of the glass.

S: Bold hop aromas. Tons of sappy sweet pine. Tinges of grapefruit and orange juice poke thru.

T: Very much like the aroma. Big on the pine, bold and sweet. Hints of grapefruit and sunsweet orange juice. Rater bold, er Presidential.

M: Medium in body, with a big blast of carbonation.

D: Rather. The taste is big and the price is right at whole foods. Wish I had grabbed a few more.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 23:23:49 | More by tpd975
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MiScusi

California

3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Beachwood BBQ

A- poured into a shaker pint glass, clear light orange in color, fluffy thin head on top.

S- Very resiny hops. Pine, earth, spice.

T- Lots of sweetness initially. Hops come later and they remind me of a cross between Green Flash and Sierra Nevada hoppy beers.

M- Slightly on the thicker side of an IPA. Medium probably, but not syrupy.

Wasn't really something I wanted to drink a whole pint of but a smaller sample would have been better I think.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2008 14:01:28 | More by MiScusi
Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.