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Ale To The Chief - Avery Brewing Company

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90
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495 Ratings
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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 23
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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Jules11788

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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!

05-03-2011 16:38:58 | More by Jules11788
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vtfan77

Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -19%

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.

09-30-2008 03:40:38 | More by vtfan77
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shroompod

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

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!

08-23-2008 00:32:12 | More by shroompod
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riored4v

Colorado

4/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

04-26-2009 19:33:24 | More by riored4v
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cameraman

Kentucky

4.72/5  rDev +16.5%

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.

02-05-2009 17:51:40 | More by cameraman
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elniko

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

10-04-2008 20:40:07 | More by elniko
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PatronWizard

California

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%

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

10-21-2008 01:44:33 | More by PatronWizard
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alkemy

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -14.1%

(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.

12-22-2009 20:15:14 | More by alkemy
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genog

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

08-16-2008 20:24:54 | More by genog
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abrand

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

07-13-2012 13:53:41 | More by abrand
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whatthehull

California

4.55/5  rDev +12.3%

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

02-25-2011 05:25:02 | More by whatthehull
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Parrotbeak

Minnesota

2.93/5  rDev -27.7%

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.

03-12-2010 01:51:40 | More by Parrotbeak
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mkirkland80

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

02-15-2014 23:32:24 | More by mkirkland80
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

04-03-2013 14:13:44 | More by bulldogg915
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bosco7

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

09-02-2008 02:21:10 | More by bosco7
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brewdoc75

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

02-12-2009 23:40:48 | More by brewdoc75
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UA8

Washington

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

12-27-2008 01:46:48 | More by UA8
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tjkinate

Nebraska

4/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

09-18-2011 22:30:47 | More by tjkinate
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dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

4.58/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

08-14-2008 20:49:53 | More by dreadnatty08
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beerhast

Indiana

4/5  rDev -1.2%

03-28-2014 18:27:05 | More by beerhast
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caddybuyer

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

08-18-2009 23:22:09 | More by caddybuyer
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gmcfarre

Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +12.3%

22 oz bottle poured into imperial pint glass

A - Pours a fairly clear light orange color with a good sized off white head that leaves impressive lacing. Head lasts well.

S - Beautiful floral and piney hop scent that screams "Cascade!" A bit of citrus accompanies. Wonderfully well rounded and appealing. Good sweet malt backbone that makes even the scent seems smooth.

T - It somehow starts off bitter (hopefully our next president won't do the same). A little bit sweet with gallons of hop flavor. Pine and grapefruit come to mind. Very bitter overall, with a nice finish. Pleasant in every way (at least for the common DIPA drinker)

M - Starts with moderate carbonation and a medium to heavy body. Finish is very bitter as expected.

D - Moderate alcohol for the style, but don't let that fool you into guzzling this delicious beer. Hopefully this one is available for many months to come.

08-11-2008 06:54:41 | More by gmcfarre
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sonicdescent

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -14.1%

In Celebration of our chief's speech!

Pours a beautiful golden color with some thick fluffy head that leaves great lacing.

Smell is unusually weak. I smell citrus hops but it is barely there.

Taste is not weak, in fact one of the more robust dipas that I have had. Very bitter with citrus hops.

Mouth is medium in both carbonation and body.

Drinkability is low as this is kind of harsh after more than a few sips.

02-25-2009 02:58:58 | More by sonicdescent
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CoolJosh

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +16.5%

A. A glowing golden orange, with an awesome 4 finger head from pour that dissipitates moderately

S. An elbow of hops to the nose, tons on fresh bitterness that comes straight out, right away and let's you what's going on, some grapefruit is present as well

T. So smooth, runs like butter. As my newly acquainted friend pointed out, there's caramel in the beginning of the sip but you've gotta look for it from the get go. Really creamy in taste, phenomenal, and refreshing representation of the style. Great hop bitterness in the middle, with smoothness all around.

This has been the best IPA that I have had to date thus far, I really enjoyed this beer, and it was phenomenal when I had it. However, I will be re-reviewing this beer when I can get my hands on some more, my newly acquainted friend explained how much different the beer tasted this time around for him...

11-18-2008 08:26:54 | More by CoolJosh
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bkilpatr

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

10-26-2008 01:44:07 | More by bkilpatr
Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.