Ale To The Chief
Avery Brewing Company

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From:
Avery Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Style:
American Strong Ale
ABV:
8.75%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 9.7%
Reviews:
408
Ratings:
220
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 19, 2019
Added:
Jul 22, 2008
Wants:
  27
Gots:
  39
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Notes: Originally brewed to celebrate Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009, we elected to give Ale to the Chief a second term to commemorate the 2012 election!​ ​Not an “Imperial” pale ale, this is a democracy. It’s Presidential! Take the all-American pale ale, a bipartisan blend of malt and hops, increase both to Avery Brewing standards, and then, of c​​ourse, dry hop the result with that most quintessential of American hops, Cascades, and you get this…a brew worthy of the Oval Office!
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had this a long time ago and forgot to put my review on the site. Was a cellared bottle. Orange body with a white cap.
Very malty in the nose: earth, caramel, fruit esters, bread and booze. Taste brings in a more grainy complexion with dark fruit, candied grapefruit, and jammy orange added to the malt bath of a beer. A strange old ale, but one that stands out in a crowd in a good way. Feel is dry for style, medium bodied, and grainy.
Nov 19, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by Griffith from Connecticut

Apr 24, 2019
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
I'm trying a 2017 bottle of this with my old hockey buddy in Philly. It poured a slightly hazy copper with thin white head that is leaving some lace. The scent with dark fruit and apricot. The taste was sweet leaning and alcohol was certainly present. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's an ok beer.
Dec 12, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by DerwinWentworth from Utah

Jul 31, 2018
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Reviewed by Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Trillium IPA glass.

Look is a off white heat with a amber orange.

Aroma is malty and yeasty.

Taste is malty and sweet with a touch of yeasty.
Jun 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Feb 16, 2018
 
Rated: 3.94 by LarrysDeerGut from Illinois

Feb 10, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Feb 10, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by heysuz from Indiana

Feb 10, 2018
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Amber hued with vibrant carbonation bubbles pushing up from the bottom of the glass. There's a half inch of dense, creamy brown on top. I smell marzipan and caramel. I'm tasting plenty of marzipan, caramel, and dark wheat. There's a hint of piney hops at the back of the palate, The mouth is very smooth, dry, sticky and chewy.
Feb 10, 2018
 
Rated: 4.71 by terrysjag from Maryland

Nov 21, 2017
 
Rated: 4.33 by mscudder from Georgia

Oct 22, 2017
 
Rated: 3.78 by juicebox from Kentucky

Sep 02, 2017
 
Rated: 3.99 by brauseboof from South Carolina

Aug 23, 2017
 
Rated: 3.25 by fosters9 from New York

Aug 11, 2017
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This fine ale pours a lightly cloudy brown tinged orange-ish
amber with a fantastic head of off white foam that settle to a thick sudsy ring, pooling
big bubbled center, and showcases nice sudsy lacing. Nose of sticky bittering hops,
grassy hop notes, sticky caramel malts, light booze, and light tropical fruit notes.
Flavors exceed the nose with sticky hops laden with pineapple, grassy hop notes,
heavy caramel, robust herbal notes from the hops, and a tea like note with hints of
bitter orange...there is a touch of comedy to that considering the original brew date....
just saying. Excellent mouth feel; medium full body, medium light and zippy carbonation
helps to cut through the sweetness, and a bright hoppy finish dashed with caramel malts
and a lingering tea note.

Overall, a nice brew that is rich and excessive on the bitter end without being overly
bitter.

A solid strong ale.

Cheers
Jul 06, 2017
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Reviewed by Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
A nice copper color and unusual smell that is malty and maybe sweet. Tastes like slightly sweetened tea. Needs ice and a straw. I wonder if a lemon would put the icing on the cake. That's pretty awesome stuff. You could floor people if you insisted it was iced tea. The alcohol is undetectable. My wife even liked it but doesn't get the tea flavor I do. This is so easy to drink. A fine brew by a fine bunch of brewers. Avery always reliable. From a 22 oz. magnum dated 7-17-16 into a snifter.
Jul 04, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Jul 02, 2017
 
Rated: 3.96 by johlac66 from California

Jun 23, 2017
 
Rated: 4.2 by Dwreck from Texas

Jun 13, 2017
 
Rated: 4.04 by poisoneddwarf from Idaho

Jun 05, 2017
 
Rated: 3.92 by crbnfbr from Kentucky

Apr 24, 2017
 
Rated: 3.99 by Electros from Canada (ON)

Jan 27, 2017
 
Rated: 4.1 by BlueSpader from Washington

Jan 21, 2017
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Reviewed by Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Consumed January 20, 2017.
Pours a hazy darker red from the bottle. The head was 1 finger, and did dissipate fairly quickly. The nose is kinda has a fruity aroma to it, maybe orange. The taste is somewhat orange upfront. Then it turns bitter on the way down. Not too thick, not too thin feeling. Not bad.
Jan 21, 2017
 
Rated: 4.3 by moundbz from North Dakota

Jan 16, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by cmbeddoe7997 from Texas

Dec 23, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by Whiskeydeez from Kansas

Dec 14, 2016
 
Rated: 4.4 by Imperialjake from North Carolina

Dec 12, 2016
 
Rated: 4.06 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Dec 08, 2016
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Reviewed by anon from California

3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Comes out of the bottle thick and cloudy, deep orange hue leans close to amber, with a creamy head that leaves a good amount of lace as it dissipates and continues to stick on the way down.

Aroma is absolutely malt-forward with caramel and toffee coming through strong. Butterscotch, orange peel, pine and dry hops. As in the aroma, the taste is heavily malty; loads of caramel, toffee and bread in this one. Orange peel and dried fruits. Lightly tropical. As this warms the hops come through a bit more with a deep, piney, grassy earthiness along with some dry wood.

Medium bodied and dry. Boozy with some lingering malt sweetness. Wild card brew. Decent.
Dec 06, 2016
 
Rated: 3.53 by bylerteck from Canada (ON)

Dec 03, 2016
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Reviewed by Rogerlb from California

4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Got the new version for Inauguration Jan 20, 2017. Bottled in August.

Pours amber but clear. Has a sudsy if slight 1/2 finger head that hangs around and laces you till you can't take it anymore. Aroma is malty and raisins up front. Caramel hint as well.

Taste is sweet malty goodness. Has that Avery booziness although this one at 8.75% won't kill you too fast if you keep your eyes open. Toffee, raisin, buttered bread which slowly steps aside for a hoppiness that's welcome. Nice reversal on the promise of the aroma. Spice, too. Peppercorns. Almost saison? No, it is clutched from my grasp.

In the middle I'm getting a pineapple, slight bitter, not too dank (no earth), hops just there to keep you anxious. The sweet malts are rather forward; I might call this a barleywine slant on an American strong ale, if both things could be true at once. There is confusion but the two sides of the aisle seem to be getting along for now.

Grapeiness and light carbonation make it very drinkable. Sticky finish, pleasant aftertaste. Great beer.
Nov 29, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Nov 26, 2016
 
Rated: 4.54 by Gray88 from North Carolina

Nov 22, 2016
 
Rated: 3.51 by Honeybourne from Scotland

Nov 19, 2016
 
Rated: 4.29 by BeerWithMike from Nebraska

Nov 10, 2016
 
Rated: 3.95 by Kahlerbock from Kansas

Nov 09, 2016
 
Rated: 3.81 by UCLABrewN84 from California

Nov 09, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by kylemckinnis from Colorado

Nov 09, 2016
Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 628 ratings