Ale To The Chief - Avery Brewing Company
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3.65/5 rDev -9.9%
Reviewed on 10/11/08. Bottle. Pours a clear dirty orange with a thick, foamy white head. Aroma of bitter citrusy hops, cracker malt, and iced tea. Flavor of nice bitter hops and slight iced tea. Pretty good ASA, but it's a little sweet.
12-28-2008 15:50:34 | More by LilBeerDoctor
4.28/5 rDev +5.7%
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!
01-14-2010 01:43:09 | More by cpetrone84
3.7/5 rDev -8.6%
This poured a nearly opaque light copper color with some light tan head. It smelled like apricot and honey wheat and caramel malt, with some lemon hops and alcohol. It tasted like bitter orange peel and grapefruit hops, with honey malt and tea leaves, and a bit of caramel. It was fairly thick with some carbonation, and had a lasting bitter aftertaste. Overall this had a pretty good scent and clean flavor with very nice body, but it just wasn't that tasty. The bitterness was unbalanced and had a strange tea aspect that didn't mesh well with the other flavors. The alcohol was also apparent, so it wasn't very easy to drink. Certainly not a bad beer, but I'd much rather just stick with Maharaja.
02-25-2009 16:51:37 | More by Pencible
4.3/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
11-21-2008 15:23:50 | More by hopdog
4.3/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
11-09-2008 13:19:11 | More by Reagan1984
4/5 rDev -1.2%
22oz. bomber into new Sam Adams glass. Shared with brewslut in celebration of Barack Obama's victory.
A - Clear copper-tinged amber/orange body with ample carbonation and one-finger creamy off-white head that receded into a thin ring of retention and left plenty of lace around the glass.
S - Fairly pungent mélange of citrus, pine and grassy hops backed by a caramel sweetness. A slight tinge of alcohol rounds out the aroma.
T - This DIPA's definitely got a West Coast vibe with a flavor profile combining juicy grapefruit, citrus zest and hints of pine. While this brew packs quite a hoppy bite, there is ample support from the sweet caramel malt backbone. There's also just a touch of toasted grain in the finish.
M - Medium body with smooth, creamy texture and moderate carbonation. Some stickiness from the hops is also present. Finishes a bit dry with a nice lingering bitterness on the palate.
D - I'm glad I saved this bomber for such a momentous occasion. While this is a solid DIPA, it isn't quite as aggressive as The Maharaja. It's quite tasty, though. I'm happy to be drinking this in celebration rather than defeat.
11-06-2008 00:21:05 | More by ffejherb
4.22/5 rDev +4.2%
Another hoppy beer from Avery. It's gotta be good, right? Let's see. Served this chilled, in a pint glass, from a twenty two ounce brown bottle.
Appearance: Ale to the Chief pours out a beautiful amber copper color that has great clarity. A somewhat vigorous pour yields just about two fingers of creamy looking, tight, off-white head. Pretty good head retention, leaving plenty of sticky, webby lace clinging to the glass.
Smell: Awesome nose on this one. Nice citrusy hop aromas. Grapefruit, orange peel, and a touch of lemon. Some faint astringent pine notes in the background. Nice malty and bready aromas with hints of yeast.
Taste: A nice bitter hoppy burst out front, followed by a sweet malty flavor that balances this beer out. Plenty of citrus fruit flavor with notes of pine. Finishes dry with another bitter hop bite. Just a touch of alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a perfect amount of tongue tickling carbonation. Almost has a slick feel to it.
Drinkability: Pretty drinkable despite the higher ABV. Ale to the Chief, in my opinion, has a few subtle qualities that remind me of Maharaja. This is a whole different animal though. I can't get enough of this beer. Great job Avery!
08-31-2008 18:36:46 | More by jaxon53
4/5 rDev -1.2%
Ale to da man! Here it comes with a slightly hazy amber pour into the NB tulip glass, darn nice frothy eggshell topping - for such a high alcohol brew (8.7%).
Reminding me of a west coast IPA with the citrus pine and orange aroma. Woody resin checks in at the quaff, this brew is packed with malt along with all the hops. Nice sipping fall brew while watching football.
Just another solid Avery brew, this DIPA nails the style to a tee - and this bomber only set me back $6.
09-28-2008 18:48:11 | More by Vancer
3.93/5 rDev -3%
Pours a clear amber with a large white head that has good retention. Large amounts of sticky lacing is left on the glass.
The aroma is all about the hops. Very citrusy with just a whiff of alcohol.
The flavor is likewise dominated by hops. Resiny, citrus, and slightly sweet. The sweetness is cut on the finish by a slight alcohol flavor.
Medium body with low carbonation. Semi-slick mouthfeel that is liven up just enough by the carbonation.
An enjoyable ale. Not sickenly sweet like other DIPAs and comes with a big hop presence. One bottle will satisfy most hop heads.
09-07-2008 18:34:15 | More by morimech
4.2/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
08-17-2008 02:16:39 | More by prototypic
4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
Appearance - pours a hazy, obscure but bright amber. A thin but creamy, soapy head atop, nice sticking lace around most of the glass.
Aroma - orange, syrupy, heavy. Definitely a Double IPA on the nose.
Taste - chewy malts and orange juice. Fresh and vibrant, the swallow bends more towards a grassy grapefruit flavor. A kind of kiwi taste as the palate clears, plenty of citrus throughout. Quite a tasty beverage; finishes warm in the belly with a lengthy, mildly bitter end. Shows some crackery, almost rye-like graininess on the finish. A little medicinal touch at times, late if at all. Probably not bitter enough for the DIPA-heads, but I prefer it.
Mouthfeel - smooth and slightly slick, heavier than normal. Carbonation is up but fighting through much body to make its presence known.
Drinkability - one of the more drinkable DIPAs I've come across. I'll save the other one for 1/20 or thereabouts. I toast the end of the campaign season (how I *hate* the commercials), congratulate those who've won, and toast the beginnning of what I hope is a brighter future. Cheers.
11-06-2008 04:08:23 | More by brewdlyhooked13
3.48/5 rDev -14.1%
22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Old, but worth a shot.
A: Pours a deep amber with a thick, slightly oily tan head that slowly faded into a thin film that left a sheet of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Strong scent of citrus hops. Notes of lemon and caramel malt.
T: The hops have faded a bit with this one. Notes of caramel malt, alcohol, sweet fruits, orange rind, and lemon zest. This very much tastes like a barleywine. As another reviewer put it, I guess that's what over a year and a half does to this beer. The hops lend a touch of bitterness to the finish.
M: Medium syrupy-slick body with a wet finish and tingly carbonation. The alcohol is noticeable in the finish with a touch of warmth.
D: I wish I hadn't waited so long to drink this one because now it really does taste like a barleywine. As a barleywine though, it's not bad, but this isn't the greatest beer.
07-12-2010 01:13:31 | More by scottfrie
4.08/5 rDev +0.7%
Poured from 22oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.75.
A: Murky dark amber with billowing, rock off-white 2-3 finger head with excellent retention and craggy lace deposits mainly at the top but down the glass as well.
S: Pungent floral and citrus hops aromas with a sweet, caramel malt center. A bit boozy in the nose.
T: Solid if typical DIPA flavor profile which fits the "balanced" DIPA category with orange and pine hops flavors met with a fairly big dose of sweet pale and caramel malts for the style. The alcohol is not perfectly hidden, but it doesn't detract much from the flavor experience.
M: Fully slick and mouth-coating with low carbonation as expected. Aftertaste is bitter and tangy sweet.
D: A very good but not great DIPA -- I prefer Avery Maharaja, Oskar Blues Gordon, and Great Divide Hercules to this one -- but it's solid and enjoyable with plenty of hops chops.
04-29-2009 17:34:51 | More by argock
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
A - Pours lovely honey, almost white .25 inch head, reduces to ring with sudsy lacing.
S - Hop damn. A pine forest that has been pelted by citrus. Some malt floating around in there, too.
T - Tasty caramel candy bar down the center, beautiful offsetting bittering hops.
M - Nice, comforting weight and mouthfeel. Good carb and coat.
D - Deceptive and drinkable.
09-14-2008 04:57:15 | More by srandycarter
4.88/5 rDev +20.5%
I wonder if our commander-in-chief could clear an hour in his busy schedule for some quality time with this beer. He deserves it, and man, can he use a break from the stress or what? I wouldn't want that job, no matter how kick-ass the perks are.
This beer is a thing of beauty. Super-duper creamy head leaves oodles of lace as it lessens (but it remains thick at half-an-inch the entire way down). Bubbles are plenty and the color is a rusty copper-red.
A wonderful aroma offers butterscotch/butter-rum candies, toffee, pine, tangerine, lemon and melted butter. Hoppy, yeah, but so much more going on. Even a little alcohol, to flare the nostrils, but very well-controlled. Excellent.
Flavor is all one could ask for in a double IPA. Hops are front and center, a fantastic balance of resiny pine and citrus sweetness and the tart/sour pucker of citrus rind. Big malt backbone provides not only a wonderfully creamy body, rounded and full, but lots of toasty caramel/toffee goodness in abundance. Alcohol, though on the lower end for the style, makes its presence known with a blanket of warmth over the primary flavors.
I've really been lucking out with the double IPAs lately. Ale To The Chief is tremendous, though I can't say I'm surprised, considering the brewery. A.T.T.C. hasn't been out long, but I feel like it's underrated. An incredible double IPA up there with Avery's own Maharaja, and the best in the style from Three Floyds, Alesmith and Southern Tier. Wowza.
03-08-2009 19:32:16 | More by Metalmonk
4.28/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
01-24-2010 02:15:02 | More by jera1350
4/5 rDev -1.2%
Pours from the bottle a nice cloudy orange color, with a decent amount of white head. Aromas of sweet caramel malt and citrusy hops. Nicely balance IIPA, with a good blast of hoppiness and some good malt sweetness/alcohol. A nice effort, worth brewing again.
04-17-2010 21:29:21 | More by emmasdad
Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.