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Ale To The Chief - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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502 Ratings
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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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Photo of jim102864
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle into the new Sam Adams custom glass. Copper with a lusty, sticky head with lace web.

Nose is caramel with some floral notes; butter; malty with hidden Cascade hops. Nice.

Mouthfeel is smooth particularly as it warms, with modest carbonation.

Mild taste with slight hop finish. Buttery smooth and creamy as it warms.

This is a one "term" ale, not a session brew. A good effort by Avery.

jim102864, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, amber-hued body with a wispy, white head.

Smell: Aroma of juice-dripping tropical fruits ahead of the pale maltiness, hint of grass, and minor note of Oval Office dankness.

Taste: Pale and caramel malts with a sugary, candyish sweetness. A bit grassy. Fruity mix of tangerines, melons, and pineapples, then WHAM -- bitterness, a moderate hop bitterness, maybe even moreso. Light undercurrent of astringency. Finishes quite bitter, with a lingering taste of tropical fruits.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Oily, slightly sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I vote 'no' on this hopferendum. Geez, could you imagine struggling through 8 years of this one?

ChainGangGuy, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of johnnnniee
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear deep golden amber with a bubbly white head that sticks around for a while. Aroma, well lets just say I smell the hops soon after I pop the cap off the bottle. Closer inspection reveals large hop aromas of pine and grapefruit. I know there's some malt in there somewhere and if I squint I can maybe find a little caramel. Taste is hoppy, pine, resin and less citrus than the smell said there would be. I taste a little alcohol in the finish especially after it warms. Syrupy sticky mouthfeel, medium to thick body, crisp carbonation and mad lacing. Great little hop bomb here, a little more malt might be ok too.

johnnnniee, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a clear coppery-orange body with a strong carbonation of big bubbles supporting a light tan head.

S- There is a earthy orange hop aroma that fills the air during the pour with a leafy hop aroma to it. There is a fruity quality to the hops as the beer warms.

T- This beer has a big green hop favor with a cheese quality to it and a pine note. There is a pale malt note and some toasted hints to it that support the big hops. The finish is a soft spicy quality to a pungent big hop finish.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with the only real alcohol heat coming in the last few sips.

D- This beer has some full fresh hops that are supported by a nice malt flavor with some depth. This is big and fresh hoppy beer.

rhoadsrage, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL foil-wrapped bottle purchased at State Line.

A: The DIPA is a ruddy amber color, translucent with a half a finger of head across the mouth of the glass.

S: I took a brief whiff from the bottle and was blasted back with a barrage of hops. Out of the glass, the hops are murky with a big aroma that reminds me of a barleywine (or a DIPA that sat around too long).

T: The ale is huge, full of both hops and malts. The flavors are wet and concentrated, a veritable barleywine. The malts are caramel and biscuits, chewy and sweet. They match up admirably against the hops. Those hops are citrusy with a touch of pine resin. The finish is the best part of the ale, a melange of pine and citrus flavors that lingers long.

M: The ale is big and swirling, a barleywine wiht a fresh hop kick. The flavors overwhlem the palate.

D: One bottle is enough. The ale is a bomb. I'm just not sure if it is a hop- or malt- one.

akorsak, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of bkilpatr
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 10/25/08.

Pours a copper golden-orange color with about two fingers of beige head. The head dropped slowly and left some nice lacing. Aroma is piny and citrusy hops and some caramel malt.

Taste is sweet caramel malt followed by piny and grassy hops. Quite a bitter finish. A bit of citrus, mostly grapefruit. Not the most balanced beer; it could use a bit more sweetness to balance it out. The alcohol is very well hidden in the taste.

Feel is medium bodied and well-carbonated. Just the right thickness and not sticky at all. Drinkability is decent. The taste is a bit unbalanced but the alcohol is very well hidden.

Overall, pretty good for a pale ale. It's a bit pricey (~$8) and maybe not worth the price, but it's a pretty good beer.

bkilpatr, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of soccerman7
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at holy smoke

A - A very nice bright light copper appearance. A nice thick head that laced down the glass.

Smell - Very similar to the Maharaja but far sweeter almost rummy.

Taste - very sweet citrus. Tastes very close to the Maharaja only sugary. No pine flavors though only citrus. malts hid in the back.

Mouth - very coating in the mouth and the sweetness lingered but pleasantly.

Drink - being a one off from a great brewery it is worth trying to get and sample. Was rather unique for the style. A good brew.

soccerman7, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10/24/08- Purchased at Ledger's, in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info (2008 release). Poured into my Smuttynose pint glass.

Appearance- Rich copper-amber colored pour. Large 1 inch plus head which is thick and foamy. Leaves light patchwork and trails of lace behind.

Smell- Sugary tropical and citrus fruited hops plus a mid range caramel malted nose.

Taste- Heavy orange rind sugary hop flavor. Maybe a bit of grapefruit and tangerine as well. Malt is medium to light roasted caramel in taste. Needs something though to pull both factors together.

Mouthfeel- Right amount of carbonation with a good amount of juicy hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- Needs to be a bit more assertive. Malt could be a bit more roasted and robust. Just missing that special something to pull together all the flavors and make this a really good beer. As is though, it about your average DIPA.

GClarkage, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of CJN11
4.78/5  rDev +18.3%
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..

CJN11, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of gford217
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with slight hints of red with a huge fluffy white head that lingered for a long while and left good lacing.

The aroma is fairly tame for a DIPA, starting with some floral pine hop aromas with a big sweet malty backbone. Citrus hops come on in the finish.

The taste is much more hop-forward than the nose let on. The pine hops hit hard up front with a nice abrasive bitterness that also shows up the finish. In between, the sweet caramel malts are present but less dominant than the aroma.

The mouthfeel follows on from the taste with a hop resin stickiness and good carbonation.

The drinkability is good but pretty abrasive with hops. This is a decent DIPA and one that I recommend.

gford217, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of PatronWizard
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Political beer. I'm afraid I shouldn't say anymore.

Light opaque caramel. Huge big bubbled head.

Nose is thick with sweet malts. Too thick if you ask me. Small hint of hops. Completely opposite of what I would like to smell.

Taste is definitely over malted. Not bad. I was just expecting something different from this DIPA. Slight grassy hops are there, but just overpowered. Not one of my favorites.

Overall: vote your conscience

PatronWizard, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky deep copper hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured balmy resinous hops, a rich cereal malt, and some dark fruits.

The taste mimiced the smell to a tee with heavy cereal grains.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with some alcohol warmth.

Overall a nice DIPA. A lot of alcohol flavor for such a moderate ABV however.

plaid75, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of Wildman
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark copper amber color and formed a huge foamy off white head that coated the glass with lace as it slowly subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, citrus, grapefruit hops and a hint of caramel. The flavor was of malt, caramel, grapefruit and a hint of pepper. The body is medium light and the finish slightly astringent. A good beer.

Wildman, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of kevinboyer
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

kevinboyer, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of meatyard
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-A clear, darkish, orange/amber with a fluffy white head that leaves nice lacing.
S-A fairly strong, citrusy pineapple.
T-A not very bitter, slightly sweet taste with a mild hop character.
M-Medium to thick, smooth too.
D-Is good and pleasurable.

Not exactly what I'd consider a DIPA but it's very good. More balanced than a DIPA but with some ogf the qualities of one. I'd like to drink another.

meatyard, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a Unibroue tulip glass. Ale to the Chief pours a light amber color with a nice, fluffy light beige head that sticks around nicely. Some lacing.

Piney hops are in the forefront. I get alot of tropical fruit and hints of wheat bread. Smells good, if not a bit one-dimensional.

Wow! This beer is rich and creamy - very chewy. Sweet tropical colada flavors burst out of the gate and fade to a piney, earthy resinous hop bitterness. Some alcohol warming, but not overbearing.

I must say, this is a very unique tasting beer. I keep thinking "Tropical Fruitcake"...I wish Aunt Mabel would make these instead! Definitely recommended.

twiggamortis420, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have no idea about people saying this one isnt' hoppy. They must have had something else before hand. It's definetly not bitter as hell, but there is a hell of a lot of dry hopping.

Pours a 1 finger head that fades decently quickly, but leaves a good lace and a nice cloudy orange color from the hop oils.

A bunch of dry hopping will yeild a nice aroma. This smells like raw hops. I smell cascade, centennial and I want to say perle as there is a tiny bit of mintyness in there with the citrusy aspect. Golly.

This beer is not excessively bitter, but it's hoppy. They obviously dry hopped the shit out of it. A lot of hop flavor and aroma and not a lot of bitterness. NICE IDEA! The maltyness could be a bit thicker as the hop oil dominates over the rest. There is this mintyness on the finish as well. The dry hopping is really awesome.

The malts are a bit weak, but somehow there is decent crispness within the hop oil.

Nice concept. Dry hop the shit out of your beer, but don't go over the top with the bittering. I like it.

jasonjlewis, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of homebrewhawk
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber served in a Duvel tulip. Plenty of carbonation, opened with a pretty good pop. Poured a reddish gold with a thick white head. Fresh citrus/pine hop aroma. Solid malt backbone. Smooth mouthfeel. Restrained hop bitterness. Some citrus in the middle. Dry hop finish but not mouth puckering. Very drinkable at 8.75% abv. Nicely balanced beer, not a hop bomb.

homebrewhawk, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of beachbum1975
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With today being the third and final Presidential Debate between Obama and McCain - what's a more perfect beer to try?

"This is Shane ... oh, I mean beachbum1975 and I approve this beer review!"

On a related note, God, I can't wait for this election year to be over!!!

A: Gold foiled cap with large red "A" ob the brown bomber. Pours a clear solid amber with an off-white, creamy foam head that has decent retention. Minimal lacing on the walls of my tulip.

S: Smells mostly of pineapple hops, followed by some pine and trails with sweet malts.

T/M: Taste is much like the nose, only richer. Lots of pineapple and resinous pine hops throughout. There was a strange bitterness in the middle, almost burnt? It almost reminds me of a salty, burnt potato chip! Sorry, that's what I got. Now, I know that's weird, but it's not bad overall - just more bitter than I was expecting. As is to be expected for an 8.75 abv beer, alcohol becomes more prevalent as it warms. This beer is semi-thick and "chewy" at times and has a quick finish with a lingering bitterness.

Overall, nice but thing outrageously unique. Good price and enjoyable, nonetheless.

beachbum1975, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of Goliath
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a large inch and a half slightly yellowed head. Good retention but no lacing.

The aroma is very good. Nice hop profile, giving good citrus tones and a bit of pine. Like sweet sticky sap with a bit of carmel.

The taste is pretty good. A decent hop profile with a bit of citrus and a load of bitter pine. Lightly malted. Something just isn't working for me though. Also, a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with plenty of fine carbonation bubbles. Dry finish.

Drinkability is moderate. It's an ok DIPA, but not the best. I prefer their Maharaja.

Goliath, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of GPHarris
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

GPHarris, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of shadow1961
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery Ale to the Chief (one of many politically-themed brews I have
heard of this election year), a "Presidential" Pale Ale, pours 2 lumpy
fingers of foam over a slightly cloudy amber brew. Carbonation is steady
and active, and the nose is fruity malts and spicy pine hops. The flavor is
sweet malts with notes of marmelade and citrus, and a very bright floral/herbal
hop off the back. Mouthfeel is round but not heavy, finishing very crisp due to
the sprightly hopping. There's a bit of grapefruit rind in the aftertaste, and nice
lacing left in the glass all the way down. Alcohol by volume is a delightful 8.75%,
but it only makes itself felt in a warming sensation. A Double India Pale Ale you
can believe in!

shadow1961, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 ounce bottle - Pours a beautiful clear bright orange/red with low carbonation, and slightly below average lacing. The aroma is dominated by heavy sticky hops in a DIPA sort of way. First sip is surprisingly fruity sweet but balanced by bitter hops and a strong complimenting malt backbone. This is one great beer worthy of secret service protection.

ATLbeerDog, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of wagenvolks
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber into a Löwenbräu mug.

Absolutely gorgeous appearance--fiery, golden-copper color with a nice clarity. Streams of carbonation rise up from all sides to fuel a thin cap of light khaki head. Nice retention and thick webs of lacing. Aroma is solidly IIPA-esque, but with a twist: notes of bubblegum, grapefruit, toffee, caramel malts, and fruit cocktail syrup.

Beneath a behemoth wallop of pine & grapefruit hops lurks a surprisingly solid backbone of sweet toffee & caramel malt. The sweetness isn't cloying, but it keeps the hops' bitterness in check a bit too much. The body is down-the-middle medium thickness, with a lively carbonation level that keeps the drink crisp and surprisingly refreshing for a IIPA. Drinkability is top-notch; I'd gladly have this again, hopefully while "ailing" Obama as the "Chief"!

wagenvolks, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of atsprings
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a Duvel tulip. Pours a nice slightly hazy copper with a decent frothy off-white head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer but leaves great lacing. Aroma is crisp cascade hops overpowering sweet malts. The taste is a fairly well balance of both citrus and pine hops with caramel malts, pine and caramel linger nicely in the finish. The beer is medium bodied with some warming slightly sticky alcohol, but it's somewhat well hidden. This is a very enjoyable Double IPA, and I certainly hope Barack Obama enjoys the "ample amount of our Presidential Pale Ale" that Avery will inevitably bestow upon him this January! I'll certainly be picking up more before election night to celebrate his victory!

atsprings, Oct 11, 2008
Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 502 ratings.