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Ale To The Chief - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 502
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 24
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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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

jucifer1818, Nov 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Spaceangler, Nov 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

FlyingKelly, Nov 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

WatsonJP, Nov 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Texasfan549, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce snifter in draft at Churchkey. Beer is amber and clear a little orange with a thin white head of small bubbles, lots of lacing, moderate to low carbonation. Moderate retention. Looks good.

Aroma is earthy, piny, sweet. Smells good.

Beer is medium in body, malt presence but not malty. Very bitter in the finish all from hops. Clean, no aftertaste. Very enjoyable. A nice CTZ hoppiness in the midpalate and good connectivity. This is exactly what I wanted today. A big, bitter, aggressive, not fruity west coast DIPA. And I got it in this beer. I would have this again for sure.

drabmuh, Nov 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

bccocx, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of StoneTSR
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: I love the colors of this beer. The liquid itself is a dark, golden color and the head is stark-white. It has decent retention and a few streams of bubbles slowly reaching towards it from the bottom of the glass. The beer is nearly perfectly clear and the lacing is good up top, but fades towards the bottom of the glass.

SMELL: Just as pretty as the color, the smell begins with a big dose of pine and citrus. Some caramel lingers behind it to round it out.

TASTE: The caramel is no longer lingering behind anything once this beer hits your tongue. Instead, it is the lead flavor paired up with a lot of pine. Some brighter citrus notes, including a solid helping of grapefruit, and a touch of anise help to bring a very nice balance to what would otherwise be a pretty malty beer.

MOUTHFEEL: Silky is the right word for the mouthfeel. Creamy and smooth along with a light carbonation. As I mentioned above, this beer has a great balance. The front end is heavier on the sweeter malts and the finish is heavy on dry, hoppy bitterness.

OVERALL: This is an excellent example of just how well Avery can execute a solid beer. While they didn't try anything completely out of the box (as they have with many other beers) they simply nailed this one and made a wonderful beer. Big, hoppy beers should all taste a lot like this.

StoneTSR, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

back on for election time at the tap room. listed at 8.1% abv this time. pours a rich cherrywood color, with brassy highlights and a lacey white head an inch high. the nose and taste are more balanced than i thought they would be, knowing avery and their huge hop beers. theres some biscuity malts, lightly toasted, some caramel sweetness, and of course a big bold hoppy finish, but it isnt bitter at all. more piney and holiday feeling to me. very drinkable as the alcohol is well disguised, the body isnt too huge, and the carbonation is enough to keep it moving. i really enjoyed this beer, its perfect for the occasion of fall politics and chilly weather. i didnt know they bottled this, and would like to try that format if it makes it there this year.

StonedTrippin, Nov 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

StubFaceJoe, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of denver10
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got to admit, this is definitely my favorite IPA from Avery. Not saying its their best, but definitely the one I have enjoyed the most. The first IPA of theirs I have tried, enjoyed, and left wanting more.

Pours a golden orange with a white had. Not a huge aroma but an enjoyable aroma of some bready malts paired with some citric hops. Flavor was much of the same offering a nice bready malt base paired with some nice sweet citrus and a just slightly grassy bitter finish. A fuller mouthfeel, some activity, slightly creamy. Overall, I really enjoyed this one. As previously mentioned this is by far my favorite IPA from Avery, not the most complex or "big" but enjoyable and balanced. This strikes me as more of an Imperial Pale Ale than an Imperial IPA, which worked for me as I prefer Pale Ale's to IPA's usually.

denver10, Oct 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

Caleb, Oct 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Handy50322, Oct 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

rbrefbeerman, Oct 08, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

harpus, Oct 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

MarkyMOD, Sep 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

beerpadawan, Aug 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

t0rin0, Aug 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

kobeer, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of abrand
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

23 ounce bomber from the cellar. Poured into a snifter

Pours a bright yellow color with a huge pillowy pure white head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. Still plenty of carbonation there. Smells somewhat funky with lots of yeast. Breads and toffee are also noted. Not much of a hop presence is left. Taste is pretty mellow with breads and malts making up most of the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall for being way past its prime this was still decent. I had this fresh and the only thing truly missing is the hop presence. Still very enjoyable.

abrand, Jul 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

ms11781, Jun 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

steph1974, Jun 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Hopstout, May 31, 2012
Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 502 ratings.