1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Ale To The Chief - Avery Brewing Company

Ale To The ChiefAle To The Chief

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

488 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
Ratings: 488 | Reviews: 378 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of Billolick
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
Photo of rhoadsrage
rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 02:07:20 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of lacqueredmouse
lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a relatively bright, but slightly hazed golden orange. Head is big, with crackling bubbling of off-white foam. Lace is crazy and intricate. Body looks surprsiginly light, but if it's a "pale ale" as they describe, it fits. Looks pretty big and impressive overall, while still remaining true to its stylistic roots.

Nose is pleasantly sweet, with that really classic fresh American hops character. Lots of hops giving citrus oil buoyancy, but it mingles with sweet butterscotch and caramel. Sudsy aromas come off it too. Bit of pepper berry, sharp and sweet but spicy as well. Really nice aromas, and well integrated.

Pine on the palate, with a good citrus bite. Sweetness comes through, hints of peach and vanilla. The only sign of the ABV, is a touch of sharp phenols on the back, but only very lightly so - so well covered by all the really pleasant characters otherwise. Lovely drop of beer.

Surprisingly easy to drink for its alcohol, and bursting with flavour, but never overdone on any of the potentially offensive characters. Really well restrained in places, but let loose in others. Cracking beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 17:58:36 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of Zorro
Zorro

California

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear coppery amber colored ale with a dense off-white to light tan colored head. Quite a good looking ale.

Smell is malt and citrus mostly pineapple and mint. Pine and grapefruit are present in lesser amounts and a little lemon, but this really smells like a pineapple cream pie.

Taste starts out malty melon flavor with a little but of woody and oak aftertaste. Quite mildly flavored the melon lasts all they way to the bottom of the glass. Considered giving this a "4" for the mildness, but this just isn't complex enough for a score that high.

Good Mouthfeel.

Not a bad beer at all but not a great one either. Mild and a good choice for introducing someone to the style. But this lacks complexity, not top of the class like a Pliny much less a second tier near great beer like Green Flash Imperial IPA. Wouldn't refuse a free one but I would choose a Green Flash after having tried this for $3 less a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 02:24:36 | More by Zorro
Photo of Wasatch
Wasatch

Utah

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to tburkhart for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a nice hazy dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy one-finger head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes, citrus and pines. The taste is hoppy, nicely balanced malts, very nice citrus and slight pine notes. Medium body. Very drinkable, I really like this one, it's been awhile since I've had a really good brew from Avery, and this one fit the bill perfectly. Thanks Tim.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 00:12:01 | More by Wasatch
Photo of corby112
corby112

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a thin off-white foam head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring that streaks the glass with spots of soapy lacing.

Crisp floral hop aroma with subtle hints of citrus and earthy pine as well as a strong caramel malt presence.

Nicely balanced and very quaffable considering he high ABV. The malt backbone is a bit too strong for my liking but it provides nice balance to the dry earthy hops. Earthy pine and sweet citrus notes. Slightly dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 05:48:04 | More by corby112
Photo of Kegatron
Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a clear amber copper with 1 1/2 fingers of creamy off-white head that sits there as a big ole' dollop with a solid 1/4 finger of retention that hangs tough, leaving gigantic rings of sticky lacing behind. The aroma is a hoppy fume of piny esters, big citrus character (including grapefruit and some sweeter notes of pineapple), some additional underlying malt sweetness, and a nose tingling waft of heat.

The taste is just as bold as the aroma, with tongue curling spicy, resinous hops, sticky citrus character, and an underlying backbone of grainy malts that barely keeps things in check. Finishes warm and bitter on the palette. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a touch of oiliness to it and a beefy alcohol presence. The heat isn't stinging but it gets real borderline at times.

I liked the big attitude and hoppy boldness of this DIPA but the hefty alcohol feel that it brings to the table killed the overall drinkibility of this somewhat. A 22 oz was more than enough for one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 16:28:26 | More by Kegatron
Photo of weeare138
weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes. On tap at Capone's...
Appears a semi-transparent copper toned amber with a small white head that slowly fades out. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of super hoppy, grapefruit, pine, herbs, and bown sugar.
Taste is of a hoppy, sugary mix with some standout citrus, and spicey pine notes that make the beer extremely interesting.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, chwy, and balanced for such a hop-filled monster.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2008 03:39:12 | More by weeare138
Photo of johnmichaelsen
johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Quotations the other night, where I picked up a growler. I thought this a very nice tasting beer, though perhaps not unexpectedly, it reminded me quite a bit of the Maharaja.

The beer pours a peachy orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose this beer is all DIPA, with aromas of orange citrus, pine and even some skunkiness. As the beer warmed a bit, I also got an interesting cinnamon aroma. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose (except for the cinnamon), and the beer comes across as a hugely hoppy, mouthfilling DIPA. There is some mild sweetness from the malt, which balances out the hoppiness to some extent. The beer is medium bodied, and while the abv. is certainly noticeable, it's not overwhelming. The beer is actually pretty drinkable, all things considered.

Very nice beer. Glad I had a chance to try it, especially on draft.

Serving type: growler

08-25-2008 13:31:41 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of plaid75
plaid75

New York

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2008 16:54:07 | More by plaid75
Photo of Viggo
Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber, big thanks to Torontoblue for cracking this one, shared also with the Denver.

Pours a clear dark amber/orange, very bright, big thick off white head forms, lots of sticky lacing on the glass, nice retention, head really sticks around. Smell is nice and hoppy, lots of pine and grapefruit, caramel malts, light fruits, pineapple, dry hop cones, not bad. Taste is similar, caramel and malty up front, pineapple, grapefruit and pine hops, floral, alcohol, pretty bready, nice bitter kick in the finish, very dry and resiny. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, pretty smooth. Nice bitterness and very hoppy, but doesn't distinguish itself from the thousand other DIPA's out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 03:34:47 | More by Viggo
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

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

Old review notes from the Bistro 9th annual DIPA fest.

Hazy orange. Good hop aroma, light. Texture was syrupish, sticky hop taste. Average heft on the palate. Not overly bitter. Seems to have been a little heavier than the Dugana in the malt. Grapefruit and caramel to a lesser degree. Enjoyable, but nowhere near my favorite DIPA that day.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2010 23:49:30 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of Bighuge
Bighuge

Minnesota

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

This beer is pretty clear. Copper body and dense ivory white head. Lacing is quite full. This is about as good as it gets aroma wise for a hoppy beer. Raw resiny pure hops. Hop oils and pungent grapefruit and yes, Mary Jane. This has a good hoppy flavor, but it's not quite as full as the nose promised. Still good, no doubt, just not top shelf in my opinion. Some of the grassy tones come through more on the palate along with a more emphasized ethanol presence. And I like andylipp's comment from his review "odd, almost off hop flavor." That fits. Still, there's some of that oily, resiny hop flavor that I like and a nice pleasant bitterness, if not tongue scathing. Solid DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 04:17:14 | More by Bighuge
Photo of JohnGalt1
JohnGalt1

Idaho

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

22 received as part of the LNBA BIF... big thanks to Redwood21.. Very cool... I've been wanting one of these for a while.

2 finger head and alot of lacing.. brew is hop hazed amber.

orange pith and grapefruit.. the hops are very heady.. nice.. very nice.

I thought the flavor would be better... plenty of hops and malts.. but not nearly as much as the nose made me think... still.. very fruity.. nice toasty malts mid palate.. very balanced for sure.. smooth without ever verging on abrasive.. long fruity finish.. body is lighter than I would have expected.. but in this case, it helps the drinkablity.

Thanks David!! I've been wanting one of these for quite a while.. it still tastes very fresh.

4/4/4.5/4/4

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 05:07:06 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of Georgiabeer
Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a quite nice initial head that fades to a thin ring. Smells sweet with quite a bit of honeyed malt followed by a light nose of spicy, piney hops with a dose of citrus and a whiff of alcohol as well. The taste is fairly bold and hoppy to start with lots of pine, but as the beer opens up and warms it becomes maltier and a little waxy. The hops drop off some as well. There is a somewhat strange hint of marmite like yeastiness as well and a somewhat tannic finish. It is an enjoyable enough beer, but it doesn't make any of my tops lists. The mouthfeel is full and perhaps the tiniest bit sticky. Rich and probably best with food- perhaps a nice curry?

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 00:57:35 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of superspak
superspak

Michigan

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

22 ounce bottle. Pours very hazy orange-amber color with a thick 2 finger off white head with great retention and amazing lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, floral hops, and bread. Taste of orange, caramel, and floral hops. Starts out sweeter with a very nice bitterness on the finish. Medium carbonation and body, nice balance. Awesome. Avery has not disappointed me yet so far.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 18:51:01 | More by superspak
Photo of ccrida
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
Photo of Cyberkedi
Cyberkedi

Georgia

2.98/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a lovely clear orange-amber with a fairly thick and fluffy white head. Aroma is odd, more like a cider or fruit beer than an IPA, strongly of fruit - mainly orange and a hint of grape - but with some hop smell. Flavor is strongly hoppy and fairly fruity, tasting almost like a good IPA mixed with grapefruit juice. Finish is smooth, hoppy and citrusy, a little bitter and a little sour.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 02:42:16 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of Bitterbill
Bitterbill

Wyoming

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

Bought on my latest trip to CO for $6.79

This pours a clear deep amber gold with a 2 finger head of foam. There's plenty of nice lacing.

The smell is very big on caramel malt with also big notes of bread and earthy hops. A very nice aroma so I can't wait to dig in.

The taste doesn't let me down after such a rich mix of smells. Plenty of sweet malt character with the caramel and the bread with nice citrus and piney hops bringing THE balance and whoa...I'm loving it. It makes me wonder why I waited so long to pick up a bottle and even why I didn't pick up more than 1 bottle. It's also a strong puppy but the flavours I'm enjoying pretty much put the abv on the sidelines where it belongs so I can enjoy this Double/Imperial IPA's obvious talents. This is a great tasting example of the style. I make no bones about it.

It feels full bodied to me with a lightish amount of carbonation so it has a very creamy overall feel to it. One of the best mouthfeels I've experienced in any beer of any style.

Drinkability? Ha! No interference from the abv, delicious and enough complexity in the flavours to keep me on the edge of my seat, not to mention the superb balance....I could sip on more than 1 bottle at a sitting. Easily. Pure joy to drink and well worth the price I paid. This is now one of my favourite brews from the folks at Avery!

Oh and...head retention is top notch.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 20:50:11 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of largadeer
largadeer

California

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark yet almost perfectly clear amber. A one finger creamy white head rises from a vigorous pour, retaining incredibly well and lasting until my last sip.

Smell: Candied grapefruit, oranges and a touch of honey. The balance of hops and malt is excellent, both providing depth but hops eventually rising to the forefront.

Taste & mouthfeel: Malty sweetness is the first thing to hit the palate, reminding me of orange marmalade on lightly toasted bread. Hops follow, full of citrus and pine, grapefruit and orange in particular - for a cascade-oriented beer, this tastes like no other cascade beer I've had. Impressive hop flavor, though the finish is a bit rough and astringent; less bittering hops would be to this beer's advantage. Nonetheless, I found myself really enjoying this, much moreso than Avery's other Double IPA, Maharaja.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 02:53:36 | More by largadeer
Photo of twiggamortis420
twiggamortis420

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 19:50:31 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of stcules
stcules

Italy

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

Reddish amber color, slightly hazy, with very low carbonation. One finger of white compact head.
Hoppy smell, a lot. Strong grapefruit notes.
In the mouth the hop is almost chewable, with a lot of grapefruit again.
In any case, a good cleaniness, and in the hoppy territory, balanced.
Also some tangerine note.
It is not an easy beer, even if the alcohol is well hidden.
Good.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 21:02:35 | More by stcules
Photo of bluejacket74
bluejacket74

Ohio

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

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours an orange/brown color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, it smells like citrusy hops (grapefruit) and caramel malt, along with a bit of pine hops and bread/grain. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, except for that the pine hops are stronger in the taste compared to the aroma. Also, there's a good lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and slick with good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. Alcohol isn't very noticable either. Overall I think this is a pretty decent brew, I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 23:06:27 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of ZAP
ZAP

Minnesota

4.97/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is simply one of the most enjoyable IPA's I have ever had. A great example of what hops can add to a beer besides bitterness.

The aroma is outstanding with fresh citrus, tropical fruits, floral notes, and sweet caramel like maltiness.

As good as it smells it tastes just as good or better....great fruit flavors of peaches, mango's, mandarin oranges, and papaya....backed with a perfect caramel like maltiness.

Finishes with a juicy hop impression rather than a bitter drying note.

This is an awesome beer. A bit pricey at $8 a bomber but this one is well worth it. I'd love to see this become a regular offering.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 05:03:51 | More by ZAP
Photo of DefenCorps
DefenCorps

Oregon

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

On tap at Max's. Into a pint glass

A: Clear amber with a one finger head with excellent retention. As i drink this, it leaves gorgeous 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. While not as malty as the Maharaja, this is still a little sweet.

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

D: I had no problems drinking this. Very impressive

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2008 02:45:06 | More by DefenCorps
Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.