Ale To The Chief - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 502
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 25
Gots: 11 | FT: 2
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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 donteatpoop
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whew. This was awesome. Found some on tap at Vintage in Boardman.

Poured a hazed amber color with a finger of white head.

Smelled strongly of woods and floral hops.

Holy shit, the hops in this brew are beautiful. They really hit the palate nicely. So glad I tried this. Normally I get one glass of something and then a glass of something else when I find quality beers on tap. But I stuck with this one, I didn't want to pressure any other beer into following this act.

Great mouthfeel. Went down smooth and left me craving more.

Photo of baggio
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draught@Akkurat

A: Orange/Red with a huge, compact, head.

S: Pine, Citric notes, Hops, Fruit.

T: Pine, Citric notes, Exotic fruit, Sweet malt and some caramel.

M: Nice balanced brew with alot of hops in it. Gets somewhat bitter at the end but worked perfectly to sip away at during an hour.

Great DIPA/Strong Ale from Avery that i'll gladly try again!

Photo of RedChrome
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An orange color to the hazy body. Inch and a half of white head had a soapy consistency and faded slowly. A few steady streams of tiny rising bubbles. Thick lace webs.

A good mic of pine hops scents and malted barley backing hit the nose first. A citric note of tangerines and clementines follows in other nose fulls.

Hops are a bit stronger on the tongue then they were in the nose. The malt get overwhelmed behind citric oils. A bit of a girt to the taste.

Nice thickness and a good cling to the liquid. Carbonation burst is sharp but not overwhelming.

A very good brew. Would work well with a thick sauced chicken dish. Was a bit surprised it held up the well since brewing. If you can find one that was stored well, try it.

Photo of HoustonTX
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt sienna color with fluffy white lace.

Nice fragrent hops in the aroma, citrus layers with pine and backings of florals. The whole shabang with a crisp and underlaying malt backing.

Huge influx of sappy sugar encrusted resinous dank piney hops right off the bat. Explosions of delicate perfume and rosey florals delicately hit the palate to accenuate the aggressive bitterness. Near the finish a nice wave of sour citrus rinds and some woody pines.

The hopping on this one is absolutely extrodinary. Otherwordly exactly how hoppy, yet how extremely well balanced this one is. The hop burps from this surpass almost any other DIPA to date. Yet the balance, and refined palate on this one just go so wonderfully together.

This is definitely my favorite Avery beer to date, and for sure, one of my top 5 DIPA's. It's up there with PTE.
Absolutely one of the worlds best DIPA's.
Avery you scored big time with this one.
Damn fine job, keep it up guys.

Ale to the whatever, this ones a damn keeper.

Photo of Jules11788
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On a side note, I drank this and thoroughly enjoyed it, but hadn't realized that it was retired until I came on to review it! If only I had come on BA first then I definitely would have cellared this and waited for a special occasion, but oh well.

A: Deep coppery-red color; pours a medium head with slight retention; good lacing

S: Very sweet smelling; strong notes of malt and toffee with some figs lingering around; the smell can almost be described as "thick"

T: Very sweet, malty flavor; almost no hint of alcohol at all, very smooth; flavors of toffee, malt, and sticky sweet sugar

M: Medium-bodied; extremely smooth, a little sticky; lightly carbonated

O: This brew was delicious! Very sweet and filling, it felt like something I could sip not just as a dessert beer, but for dessert itself. If this wasn't retired I'd definitely go buy another bottle.

Also, this doesn't taste ANYTHING like an imperial IPA. It's heavy on the malt and sweetness, but only has a very slight bitterness; it feels and tastes more like a barleywine than a pale. If you're looking for a seriously hoppy brew then you're in the wrong place!

Photo of Jmoore50
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a little old, sitting nicely on a BevMo shelf in the San Fran.

I liked the appearance, it was great. It comes with a nice copper amber color that is a slight hazy because of sediment floating around. I also like the two finger frothy head that came about, and the sticky medium lacing that covered the sides of my glass.

The smell was good, hops, hops, and hops. I also got a little sweet alcoholic smell, goes well with the taste.

The taste was good. Still has a hop bite, but mellowed out now because of the age on it. I get a sweetness and a honey influence as well. There is a little alcoholic tinge to the experience but I think that it adds a sort of complexity that I am really liking right now. I also get a dry malt taste that responds with the palate very well.

Good brew, worth the money paid.

J

Photo of opwog
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now listening to: Clash - Magnificent Seven

A-Golden body and a firm white head that lasts though a good amount of the drink
S-less hoppy than expected and much more sweet with elements of muted fruit
T-very nice. Much more hop in the taste than the aroma.
M-slight bite that almost makes the hops feel to the rest of the beer, as Ben&Jerry's may swirl caramel into a vanilla bean ice cream.
D-simply put...totally drinkable. If there wasn't such a long list of beers that I was looking to have, I would have had more of this one.

Photo of BeanBone
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on Inauguration Day

Appearance: A rich burnt-orange, crystal clear body with a firm, off-white head on top. Lacing is good.

Aroma: As you'd expect from a Double IPA, as soon as the bottle is opened, hops flood the air. They're of the classic Cascade profile: bright citrus and pine. There's a caramel base under all the hops, but I'm not getting the amount of booze I was expecting.

Taste: Good hops up front, followed by lots of sweet caramel malt. The hops could be a bit more assertive for my tastes, but everything meshes well here. There's a long hoppy finish, with a bit of booze around the edges.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with fine carbonation and a bit of warming alcohol. Dries in the finish.

Drinkability: Double IPAs are not know for their drinkability, but I would say this is slightly more drinkable than your average example. The booze is hidden excellently, I'd never guess this was over eight percent.

Verdict: Not just a gimmick, Avery have crafted a great beer for this occasion. This is a perfect accompaniment to today's events. I only wish that I was able to source more than the one bottle I managed to find. Ale to the chief!

Photo of shroompod
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

Photo of vtfan77
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a light gold with an orange tinge and a decent off-white head that only sticks around for a few seconds.

S- Nice hoppy aroma with pine, sweet oranges, and a touch of alcohol.

T- There's a touch of sweetness upfront but the beer quickly dries out as the hops come in. The hop flavor is kind of hard to pick up; maybe a little pine sap, maybe some citrus... I can tell it's there, I just can't put my finger on what it tastes like. The nearly 9% abv is quite noticeable at times. The finish brings a moderate bitterness, lower than it seems like it should be. Overall, the flavor is pretty bland.

M- Medium-bodied with decent carbonation.

D- Too alcoholic and not enough flavor to keep me interested. I'd definitely stop at one.

I'd have to say this was a bit of a disappointment. Almost everything I've had from Avery to this point has been great, so I was expecting good things from this beer. What I got was a run-of-the-mill IPA with not a lot of flavor. It certainly wasn't horrible, but it's not even close to Maharaja, and I won't be getting it again. I wouldn't recommend it.

Photo of riored4v
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 4/15/09

Poured into a tulip glass. 1/2 finger, white head. Clear, copper body.

Smell was consisted of biscuity notes, caramel and nice malty sweetness. Mellow hop presence of spicy and citrus hops.

Taste was mildly spicey with a bitter finish. Good amount of caramel sweetness along with some medium roasted malts. Good maltiness backed with some biscuit flavors.

Mouthfeel was a medium body. Slightly syrupy with a crisp and slightly dry finish.

Drinkability was good. Slightly sweet but balanced enough to be enjoyable even with the slight alcohol warmth.

Photo of cameraman
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A medium amber color with hints of gold along the sides of the glass. A two finger thick head, cream in color, lacing slowly down the glass. It does show strong sustainabilty for sometime. A strong citrus fragrance of grapefruit and pineapple. It then blends to strong hearty malty aroma at the end. The malt is right out front on the palate and stays there with each taste. Then the hops begin to balance it all out, with citrus and grassy flaovrs, the hoppiness never becomes overbearing. A medium bodied feel with a bit of chewiness, it finishes with an evenly dry feeling on the palate. This is a strong beer, with a great fragrance and tremendous taste, make this a great tribute to the highest office in the land.

Photo of elniko
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into snifter.

A: Copper reddish coloring, very little head. Average looking Imperial IPA.

S: Wonderful grapefruit and citrus tones, did not really pick up any alcohol notes. Nice smelling brew.

T & M: This is one of the smoothest tasting Imperial IPAs that I've had. Slight bitterness twinge on the finish but other than that hops not very apparent. Taste has some slight grapefruit notes as well.

D: For an Imperial IPA, very drinkable. Alcohol not apparent at all. Another solid brew from Avery.

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

Photo of alkemy
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(From notes)Hazy orange/copper with a big whipped off white head. Hops is there, but in an earthy pine and orange scent. The caramel malts dominate. Taste is much of the same. This may or may not be the brewer's intention. After all, this beer was brewed some 10 months ago so I'm sure the hop character is not as it was at that time. Some odd flavors here and there. Hints of honey and maybe grilled pineapple. Liked the slick feel, but just couldn't get totally into this.

Photo of genog
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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.

Photo of whatthehull
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Blood orange/brown. One finger off white head, with lacing following almost every sip

S - SO MUCH CITRUS HOPS, sweet and bitter malt and grains, lemon grass, nuts, oak, soil. This is such a complex beer

T - Mango, flowers, bath soap, alcohol, wine and whiskey barrels, pineapple, sweet corn, orange, lemon, lime, bitter sweet chocolate, the tastes and smells never seem to end

M - Coats the mouth in a thin bitter and sweet film, fluffy and carbonated

D - Strong meets awesome complexity. I love this beer, wish it was made year round

Final thought - YES! Hate what this beer stands for, love the awesomeness

Photo of Parrotbeak
2.93/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber with a 3/8 inch white head that thins out fairly quickly, becoming a little patchy.
Smell is dominated by a sweet, malty aroma. Almost no hop presence. Some faint overripe pineapple.
The taste had the same, sweet malty bulge that is on the nose. Slightly sour breadiness follows, with some stale crackers. Murky, overripe, dark fruit. Faint hint of cinnamon on the finish. No hops.
Mouthfeel is fairly flat and somewhat sticky.
Drinkability is fair. Taste is a bit of a mess, and all other aspects of this beer combined fail to redeem.
Maybe past its prime. I can't believe this one was ever an imperial IPA, however.

Photo of bosco7
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper color with a substantial offwhite head. Heavy lacing.

Smell is great. Pungent pine, grapefruit, mango, and strawberry aromas. Nothing new but very pleasant.

Starts with caramel and then moves into tobacco and melon flavors. Some orange peel in there as well. The finish is bitter and full of resinous pine flavors. Nothing is harsh or overbearing and alcohol is not apparent. Diplomatic flavors I suppose. The taste is definitely unique.

Mouthfeel isn't heavy or light and carbonation is balanced. I enjoyed this beer for sure. I think Avery does an excellent job at differentiating their DIPA's hop character, giving us a unique but ultimately hoppy experience. Highly recommended.

Photo of brewdoc75
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a snifter.

A: Orange-yellow-amber color with an intially rock head. Beautiful lace along the sides.

S: Sweet malts intially with citrus/piney hop aroma. I get a few esters as well. Finishes sweet at the end.

T: Really solid hoppy flavors. Strong, but not too abrasive bitterness at first. The sweet malts hit the palate next. The beer finishes with grapefruit and piney flavors. Very well balanced.

M: Smooth, but crisp. Not too heavy and not too light. Reasonable carbonation.

D: A damn good DIPA. Not epic, but not run of the mill. Definitely worth a try. A good example of the cascade hop.

Photo of UA8
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a bright and clear amber orange with a tall and puffy soft white head.

S- Flows forth dominated by citrus scents of tangerines and orange rind slight hints of mango and pineapple sweetness in the background.

T- Starts in with a tropical fruit sweetness, mid palate blends with tangerines and finishes nice and bitter with clementine peel.

M- Much fuller than you expect for such a transparent beer. Nice amount of carbonation that seems to really come to life in the mouth.

D- This is a really solid IIPA. It could have touch more complexity to the palate and nose but doesn't miss the mark heavily in any category. I would recommend trying this while its available.

Photo of tjkinate
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a bottle on the shelf of a small liquor store near my place. A worker there told me they just cleaned out their cellar and found a case of some old beers, this being one of them. Decided I would give this nearly 3 year old beer a shot, after drinking it I was glad I did.

A: A hard pour into a standard pint glass produced a MASSIVE soapy, cream colored head. It dissipated slowly and inconsistently, showing holes throughout. The body exhibited an burnt orange hue with a yellow perimeter and remained completely transparent. Blotchy remnants from the head remained behind and were so thick that if left untouched would have remained indefinitely.

S: Very malty and full of yeast, caramel and toffee were most pronounced, but hints of spice were still detectable. Completely lacking the floral hops from it's former glory.

T: Alcohol was first to strike, but faded beautifully revealing dough and bread like flavors. Sweet toffee followed with some unexpectedly strong bitterness. The floral and pine notes, usually the forefront of an IPA, could now only be noticed well into the beer's aftertaste.

M: Medium/heavy, yet surprisingly clean and crisp.

O: Would have really liked to compare this brew to one that was fresh. Using other DIPA's as examples instead, I really enjoyed this tasting and being afforded the opportunity to identify how a beer can change over time.

Photo of dreadnatty08
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After being nearly assulted by the Fifteen, it's nice to see Avery return to what they do best, DIPAs.
Pours a medium dark amber color with a nice big and bubbly white head and great tracing. Aromas are pure, fresh, wet hops. Tons of great resinous notes, plenty of grapefruit and citrus, piney and evergreen. Just a wonderful and heady mix, well done. On the palate, the hop mix becomes almost gin like in a complex herbal spice combination. It settles in like everything from juniper spicy alcohol to soft, creamy, subtle vanilla notes. Bitterness is pronounced but not overdone like some DIPAs. The body is medium full with an appropriate carbonation level. This is a really nice ale, and a great offering from Avery that every hop lover should try.

Photo of caddybuyer
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass

A-Murky bright peach amber with a thin creamy head

S-Sweet malts with citrus hops in the background. A pungent nose.

T-Big, sweet caramel malts balanced roll across the palate, followed by the slightly tart citrus hops, a waft of alcohol, and astringent bitterness at the back end. I'm sure this was more hop-centric at oath taking time, but here at the end of August it has mellowed considerably.

M-On the heavier side of medium, with a big creamy feel. Nice balance of carbonation. Well done overall.

D-This is a pretty drinkable and enjoyable beer. A bit sweeter and malt oriented than expected (and I am by no means a hophead) Reminds me very much of DFH 90 Minute.

Another great effort from Avery...I just wish thier beers were not so expensive. This is pretty decent, and if any are left on your shelves, I would not hesitate to give it a try. not what it was when it was young, I am sure, but pretty damn solid with a bit of age.

Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 502 ratings.