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Ale To The Chief - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 378
Hads: 507
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.62%
Wants: 27
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: GilGarp on 07-22-2008

Brewed occasionally during election years.
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Reviews: 378 | Hads: 507
Photo of tpd975
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (564 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5) (255 characters)

Photo of hopdog
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

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. (250 characters)

Photo of argock
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (968 characters)

Photo of prototypic
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Taste: (2,039 characters)

Photo of jsh420
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours cloudy amber orange with a big 2 finger pillowy head that has great retention and covers the glass with lacing

smells of sweet carmel malts along with piney hops

taste - this beer is over a year old and has changed from DIPA to Barley Wine - i drank many of these when they were fresh and now instead of being overwhelmed by bitter hops now you get a bigger fruity carmel candy malts upfront blended in with piney hops that are just perfect

mouthfeel is a medium body beer that now after a year+ has gone from a DIPA with bite and zip into a BW that is so smooth and creamy

drinkability is great - i have a few more bottles stashed away and will break one out every year at least for the next 3yrs - hail to the chief! cheers! (736 characters)

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

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. (1,139 characters)

Photo of Vancer
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (475 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,080 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (365 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I guess I'm a little late to the game on this one. Oh well.
The requests on the label seem sincere, if not incompatible/unrealistic (how's that hopey changey thing working out), but what's that got to do with what's inside? Nothing. So let's give it a go. Poured into an imperial pint Sierra Nevada glass. I should also note that this is the first on a several DIPA journey. Wonder where this might take me?
Nice expressive sound as the carbonation escapes from its imprisonment. Full rich tannish head caps a very clear gold-reddish amber of the attractive kind. Cap becomes rocky as it settles.
I suppose, in part due to age, the balance on the nose is more balanced as the toasty malt character nearly overcomes the hop aroma of mild spiciness and a slightly intense resin, characteristic of so many in this style. I think age may have hurt this part a bit.
In my mind the unique quality of this drink continues to be the toastiness of the malt. It's quite apparent and unusual (as compared to the others in this style of which I've imbibed). A mild sweetness starts the drink, with an occassional touch of caramel (yum). A growing intensity of hop flavor (resiny again) and bitterness appears about mid drink and finishes after the liquid as passed, but the malt flavors are never really vanquished and help prevent a complete hop bomb. I'm not fond of oppressive hops.
Moderate body aids in reasonably quick drinking. Nicely carbonated as I'm not distracted and it lightens the feel.
The lightness helps the drinkability. However, I'm not inclined to indulge beyond this bottle. I'm not sure the blending worked quite right on this. It's an unique and interesting malt profile for style, but I guess in the end it's not something I'd consider trying to emulate or to excitedly seek out. But I"m pleased for the opportunity and I like the notion of creating a special beer for the hope that comes with the significant transitions in our life. (1,946 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a luminous amber color with thin white head that remains thin for awhile. Nose has some light citrus, but not much more. Some black tea aromas are noted. Again there's black tea noted on the palate, with a touch of caramel, and then some mouth drying hop bitterness towards the finish. Hop dryness lingers afterwards. (323 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cute label on this beer: it's certainly clear who they're hoping wins, as well. Anyway, I poured it into a NB chalice glass. It's a nice dark orange color with a frothy white head topping it. It features a nice aroma with plenty of citrusy hops.

Wow, I admit I was expecting a fairly ordinary PA flavor, but this really impressed me: it's got a wonderful very zesty hop flavor, with a lot of citrus character, a nice orange/lemon-peel flavor with a touch of resin. This is a masterpiece of hoppiness, not too bitter but just right. There's not a lot of other flavors going on here--malt is subordinate and the yeast character is clean, but this is one of the best hop-beers I've had.

Very satisfying! Very tasty! (716 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours a burnt copper amber copper with lots of fizzy white foam. Ridicoulously long lasting, with lacing even before the foam recedes to the level of the beer. Very sticky.

Sweet malty smell with some orange. Not getting the hop rush I expected.

Taste opens bitter, but holds with anise, licorice, and orange flavors throughout. Finish is bitter, mildly peppery. Lingering hop aftertaste. Good solid carbonation.

At the beginning I thought this was going to be too much hop for me, but the malty mixture held up very well and ended up being more drinkable than I expected. Good taste as well. (635 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.87/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,479 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a crystal clear amber gold with a huge volume of creamy off-white head.

Aroma is a gorgeous medley of sweet malts, caramel, fresh-baked bread, and piney/citrus hops.

The taste is quite malty upfront. Creamy with caramel and toffee while finishing with a piney hoppiness. The alcohol is well hidden.

Medium bodied, rich and chewy, and moderately carbonated.

Bravo. I love this IIPA from Avery. A great drinker from start to finish. (457 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Room temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a bright copper hue with frothy eggshell white head of 2 cm foaming up and leaving large windowpane lattice as it fades.
Aroma is citrusy grapefruit and pine sap hops right from the pour. First sip reveals an average body with tingly carbonation. Flavor is a hit of caramel and rolls quickly to citrus hops like the nose advertised. There is a little astringent bitterness on the finish, but not overwhelmingly bitey flavor. A clean crisp beer that isnt very complex but is pretty tasty if you like hops. Not an all out hop bomb though, just nice hop flavors mixing together in this brew. (643 characters)

Photo of Floydster
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle purchased from the BevMo in Redlands for around eight dollars, split with my dad last night, poured into an oversized wine glass

A-Mix between medium orange and amber color, huge 1 1/2 inch creamy white head, stuck around for over five minutes, nice retention, awesome lacingf
S-Spices, alcohol, citrus, lemon juice, lots of hoppiness, esters, tangerines, apricots, and herbs, aroma was all over the place
T-Starts off with malt and spices, has a bit of berry flavor mixed with some citrus, lots of hops in the finish but that is the only place you really taste them, aftertaste also has some straw, taste gets less dry as time goes on, could have used more hoppiness but still good
M-Dry, sticky, and slightly chewy mouthfeel, medium bodied, nice level of carbonation, taste lingers as well
D-Could drink a full bottle of this probably, ABV is not huge but still strong, not too heavy, smooth and not overly sweet, on the lighter side for a DIPA or double pale ale like they call it

I am a sucker for Avery's special brews and this was no exception, had to buy it regardless of the price tag, better than the Maharaja in my opinion, less sweet and malty, would drink again, recommended (1,205 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at Total Wine and More back in late February for $7.49.

Beer poured orange-amber with a huge fluffy head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose initially said malt bomb. Hints of perfumed northwest hops come out with a bit of warming. Taste is big on pale malts balancing nicely with a fair amount of floral hops. Mouthfeel is pretty full and pretty darn smooth. Drinkability is good as the abv is pretty well hidden. This is a big beer geared for the hop heads. Definitely a winner, recommended to try. (520 characters)

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

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. (258 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a big frothy head head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is melons and peppery piney hops with some spices and alcohol.

The flavor is sweet sugary melons and some toasted malts followed by a big fruity piney hop resin finish. The alcohol is well hidden, but gives a nice warming. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth velvety carbonation.

Overall, a very nice IPA. Not too over the top like many of Avery's big beers. Just not tailored enough to my tastes to be top tier for me. (556 characters)

Photo of Overlord
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the highlights of Stone's 12th anniversary.

Pours an orange amber, small off white head.

Hops literally leap at you; grapefruit, citrus, and pine. Taste is explosive, with sticky, resinous grapefruit, some nice tropical/malty backing, and a lively mouthfeel. Could drink all day.

Great. (298 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pretty clear golden amber color with a nice head. Head has great retention and leaves a lot of lacing.

S- All hops here citrus and pine!

T- Sweet citrus upfront hops. Has nice hop bitterness on the end. Just a hint of malty sweetness keeps this from being one-dimensional.

M- Medium body and good carbonation. Almost feels like its unflitered.

D- Easy to drink and wonderful flavour. (398 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
4.97/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Single bomber bottle just copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
This has to be one of the best Avery beers ever produced and possibly a highly unrated one as well..
Pours a dark-copper, orange, tawny, ruddy hue with a minimal head that quickly dissipated and deposited a thin film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Mild aroma blended with hops, slight malts, caramel...
Taste was unbelievable, truly refreshing without the slightest trace of the hefty 8.75% ABV...
This is a very interesting beer in that it seems to straddle the fence between an Imperial IPA and an Imperial APA... The hop essence is there, but not at all overwhelming as in some DIPA styles... Nuances of lemon, caramel, rich hops, citrus and minor vanilla collide to produce an outstanding beer...
Highly recommended... (823 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber into a Löwenbräu mug.

Absolutely gorgeous appearance--fiery, golden-copper color with a nice clarity. Streams of carbonation rise up from all sides to fuel a thin cap of light khaki head. Nice retention and thick webs of lacing. Aroma is solidly IIPA-esque, but with a twist: notes of bubblegum, grapefruit, toffee, caramel malts, and fruit cocktail syrup.

Beneath a behemoth wallop of pine & grapefruit hops lurks a surprisingly solid backbone of sweet toffee & caramel malt. The sweetness isn't cloying, but it keeps the hops' bitterness in check a bit too much. The body is down-the-middle medium thickness, with a lively carbonation level that keeps the drink crisp and surprisingly refreshing for a IIPA. Drinkability is top-notch; I'd gladly have this again, hopefully while "ailing" Obama as the "Chief"! (829 characters)

Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.