Ale To The Chief - Avery Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
09-11-2009 23:06:27 | More by bluejacket74
4.22/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
10-17-2008 19:50:31 | More by twiggamortis420
2.98/5 rDev -26.4%
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.
09-21-2008 02:42:16 | More by Cyberkedi
4.13/5 rDev +2%
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
09-08-2008 02:45:06 | More by DefenCorps
4/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
11-26-2008 21:02:35 | More by stcules
4.97/5 rDev +22.7%
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.
09-23-2008 05:03:51 | More by ZAP
4.15/5 rDev +2.5%
A: Clear, deep amber to slightly copper. Coarse two inch apricot colored head that settled into a quarter inch and held. Ample lacing all the way down..
S: Mmm...plenty of hop aroma. Distinct citrus bite.
T: Quich flash of sweet malt soon overtaken by grapefruit and and distinct piney taste. Actually reminds me a bit of IPA's. Nice clean bitter finish.
M: Medium to full bodied. Bitters bring the beer to a nice balance.
D: Great balance make this an easy drinking ale. Clean bitter finish makes me want another drink. Good thing I bought two bombers.
07-26-2008 22:47:08 | More by Haybeerman
3.95/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
10-24-2008 01:01:51 | More by gford217
3.63/5 rDev -10.4%
A: Pours a deep orange color with a good two finger head. Decent lace is left behind as the head recedes.
S: Piny and floral hops. Grapefruit, orange and lemon peal. A touch of buttery malt to balance everything out.
T: Follows the nose, but the flavors are not as pronounced as they are in the nose.
M/D: Slick and oily. A medium body that is well carbonated. Decent drinkability, but the high ABV is a little much. Good to sip on though.
I enjoyed this. A very good example of a style I am not all that fond of to begin with. I would recommend this to people that love DIPA's.
09-02-2008 02:29:55 | More by champ103
4.3/5 rDev +6.2%
From bomber to pint glass, slightly chilled, this Avery ale shows a hazy, bright amber color with a solid white head and great lacing. The aroma is a nice pine hop and nutty grain. The flavor says much the same and it says it so well. Somehwhat woodsy with some sweet grass notes which is all nicely blended in a smooth malt bath. Mid to full bodied, real nice smoothness while plenty of lively carbonation. Woodsy grain, almost a rye quality, slightly resinous and just a delicious brew. This is very drinkable to me but it has some alcohol presence. It's just so tasty. Avery does it again!
01-04-2010 19:34:51 | More by Durge
4.35/5 rDev +7.4%
A- Pours a beautiful golden amber color with a large sticky off-white head that possesses excellent retention.
S- The aroma is sweet malt and hints of caramel with a lot of citrusy hops. The hop aromas lean most closely to that of grapefruit with hint s of orange as well.
T- The taste starts off pretty smooth and malty with a good dose of hops in the finish. I love the balance in this brew. There is a good amount of hops, with a nice malt base to back the hops up.
M- Medium bodied mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation.
D- This beer is pretty damn drinkable despite the high ABV. Another solid beer from Avery that is recommended!
10-07-2008 02:42:01 | More by cjgator3
3.35/5 rDev -17.3%
Bomber shared at the July Santa Cruz tasting. Pours hazy bronze with a light tan head. Aroma is chiefly caramel malts and aged hops, a bit dusty but still with some life to it. Flavor displays some big pineapple notes, just as strong and hoppy as a lot of fresh double IPAs. There is however plenty of aged character with muddled crystal and caramel malts and mild isovaleric notes. Respectable bitterness, heavy syrupy body. Not bad for an ancient DIPA.
07-25-2011 07:09:11 | More by illidurit
3.63/5 rDev -10.4%
This is an okay DIPA. It's not my favorite DIPA, a bit bitter, a bit harsh, a bit metallic. The beer looks very nice, big orange-amber body with a an off-white head. The aroma is also very nice. There's some good citric hoppiness and a yeasty note. The flavor is very hoppy, but there isn't enough supporting malt. I dearly love Avery's Maharaja, and this beer lacks the lush, rich depth of flavor that the great DIPAs possess. The feel is also a tad off. The alcohol comes through more than expected. It's not bad, otherwise, but DIPA is a competitive category.
02-05-2009 07:38:03 | More by popery
3.53/5 rDev -12.8%
Twilight golden bodied with a large stack of eggy white suds. It's generally transluscent with plenty of tiny particles in suspension.
It noses of rusted iron, pine sap, pineapple, lemon rind, and graham crackers...and Gin.
In to the mouth, it begins with a honey-slathered graininess. It inches toward caramel, but the hops intercept. And that's not unusual for a big / double IPA. But the hops don't have all that much to say, apart for a bit of stinging bitterness. There are citric tones. There are pineapple tones. There are floral tones. There are reeferous tones. There are metallic and cinnamon-woody and minty tones. But all of these lack the gumption to stand up and assert themselves. Over time, it just becomes more grassy bitter and metallic.
First impression, you'd say "this is hoppy". But when questioned, you'd say, "I'm not sure, just generally". Then there is a drying inhale of Gin and tonic with its booze and minerals.
Full bodied, hanging heavy in the mouth, but given just enough lift to stave off a cloying or oppressive feel. This is like Congress, it can't get anything done right, but somehow manages to appease.
It's not hard to drink, but it's hard not to let one's mind wander to dreaming of DIPAs with a better overall constitution.
11-16-2008 09:12:01 | More by cokes
4/5 rDev -1.2%
22oz bottle $6.99. Perfectly clear orange color with a huge foamy white head clinging to the glass. It smells like juicy oranges, pretty nice. It tastes very hoppy, green hops, some vegetal flavors like melon rinds, grass, a little pine. There is a nice dryness and a little astringency. Overall this seems like a West Coast hop bomb to me and reminds me of Coronado Idiot IPA.
07-27-2008 02:27:27 | More by ArrogantB
4.35/5 rDev +7.4%
Picked up from Whole Foods Sarasota
A: Pours a nice golden hue nice bright and clear. The head is big, tall, and fluffy. One huge sheet of lace covers nearly 1/3 of the glass.
S: Bold hop aromas. Tons of sappy sweet pine. Tinges of grapefruit and orange juice poke thru.
T: Very much like the aroma. Big on the pine, bold and sweet. Hints of grapefruit and sunsweet orange juice. Rater bold, er Presidential.
M: Medium in body, with a big blast of carbonation.
D: Rather. The taste is big and the price is right at whole foods. Wish I had grabbed a few more.
08-15-2008 23:23:49 | More by tpd975
4.13/5 rDev +2%
22oz bomber poured into a tulip pint
A mountainous, thick, off-white head topped off at about three fingers. Excellent staying power with spider web lacing all the way down. Sitting comfortably under the cap is a light amber/copper body with very few bubbles.
Aroma is of big, bad hops. Ruby red grapefruit juice, pineapple, oranges, and a steady stale bread malt background. Overall, very sweet. The malts do their best to cut through the sweetness, but the hops prevail.
The sweetness in the taste is almost too much. It definitely pushes the limits of the tastebuds. The malts are sweeter in the palate than nose and only add to issue. Flavors mimic the smell---fresh, ripe tropical fruits. A slight alcohol warming builds as time goes on.
Thick, viscous and creamy.Very playful on the palate for such a full-bodied beer.
The sweetness wears on you after a bit, but never became an issue. The alcohol warming definitely heated up as time went on. A sipper for sure.
09-17-2008 16:24:29 | More by ColForbinBC
4.8/5 rDev +18.5%
This beer pours a pale amber-orange color. The head is huge billowy and off white. It last forever, and sticks all over the glass until the beer is gone. The aroma is of pine, citrus, pears, and a hint of herbal hops. The taste is tea like with a tons of herbal and floral hops, and it has a hint of citrus in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a great beer. It is like a West Coast DIPA meets an English IPA, and I really like that. I will certainly drink this up while its around.
12-06-2008 23:22:05 | More by KarlHungus
Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.