Ale To The Chief | Avery Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.75%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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#7,927
Reviews:
407
Ratings:
627
pDev:
9.7%
 
 
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28
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38
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Ratings: 627 |  Reviews: 407
Reviews by Douglas14:
Photo of Douglas14
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little disappointed with this one. Not that it isn't good but because I was expecting more. I suppose it is my fault for loving Avery so much. Pretty traditional DIPA but with an Avery twist. The twist comes through because of it's unique hop bouquet that smells almost nutty...first time I've gotten that experience from an IPA. The taste is similar with the nuttiness turning more into a woody flavor. Good beer but not what I was expecting.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Hop_God
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep amber to neon orange glow. some deep reds in there also- very thick fluffy redish white head

S: Hops, resin, biscuits, citrus pith.

T: super sweet holy shit, malty biscuit sweet bread bite. some raw hops and raw alcohol also. very clunky.

F: thick and viscous. the sweetness is almost cloying and coats the palate. like a roller coaster ride.

O: I had high hopes for this, but its just kinda crazy and really more of a barleywine than an IPA.

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Photo of mactrail
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Rich and massively malty, with a jolt of hoppy citrus. Handsome golden amber brew with plenty of foam in the Rodenbach Grand Cru goblet. The aroma is all fruit and hops. Sweet and bitter.

A little bit of "ick" goes along with the sweet malt. Interesting, though. Faint sourish tang, like there's something wild lurking. Overall, it's a jolly Barleywine gone bad. Rather bitter aftertaste, just like the elections. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Ibis Market in San Diego.

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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with an impressive head that stands three fingers tall; excellent retention and a nice pattern of lacing

Smell: Malt forward, with caramel, grains, earthy tones and tangerine peel

Taste: Quite malty, with caramel and grainy tones forward; through the middle, the tangerine peel and earthy tones build, creating an orange marmalade effect; earthy and resiny, through the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: This beer really verges on barleywine territory though it has an odd combination of powerful malt sweetness combined with an orange marmalade bitterness; I am not a big fan

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Photo of rab53
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of everetends
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle from Five Points Bottle Shop in Athens, GA. Poured into a DFH shaped pint.

A: Pours a really nice, deep amber that is crystal clear. Carbonation is very nice, with active streaming. Got a good three fingers of creamy head on the first pour. Had great retention, hung around for a long time. Nice sticky lacing all over the glass. I like the look.

S: Smell is really balance. Nice floral and piney hops put up against some nice, bready malt. The scents are almost equal in power. Grapefruit is so nice. Touch of lemon. Lets do this.

T: Taste is of some serious, piney and spicy hops. Grapefruit is very nice, heavy citrus. Grapefruit is more bitter than sweet. Malt is very bready, very nice. Sweet. Tasty. The flavors are very nice and balanced. Simple. Good. The flavor is bitter hops but not too bitter.

M: Medium in body. Very nice. Oily as hell. Really sticky. Carbonation is nice. Hops are all over the palate. Aftertaste is hops. Alcohol is nonexistant. Is there alcohol in here? I don't know. This is good.

D: This beer is nice. So easy to drink. Nice and tasty. Feel is good. Look is good. Aroma is good. I want more. This beer is awesome. Avery did a solid here. Good brew.

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Photo of mschrei
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not sure why this beer was brewed exactly. For the president? I'm confused...but then again, it doesn't really matter.
Poured a semi-clouded amber/acorn color with a head that was off white/brown and billowed up nicely. Good density and lacing. Endured quite a while.
Tame aroma. Mild characteristics all the way around. Some sweet, wet malt, a touch of floral and citrus hops, a pinch of smoke or toast. Can't say I was impressed much.
A taste that was solid at best. Good balance again, but nothing that would suggest the 2IPA label was justified. This is a good beer, but reviewing with the style I think it misses a bit. drinkable, though.

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Photo of elniko
4.22/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of BlueSpader
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up today! Read the label, pretty interesting

Pours honey/peach with some effervescence & 2 fingers of beige head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Some pine, leafy hops & apricot

T: Pineyness, grapefruit, & a bit of caramel up front. Leafy hops, slight dose of orchard fruit, then back to grapefruit & then tropical fruit (pineapple & passion fruit) & a kiss of booze. Finishes with toffee, resiny & earthy hops, plus some grapefruit

MF: Medium bodied, a bit chewy, slight carbonation, a bit of booze burn, & good balance, although I'm not in love with all the hop additions

Drinks pretty good, hides the abv well, A decent take on the style, no Maharajah, but worth seeking out

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Photo of badesign
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from a bomber in August 2009- no freshness date on bottle so.

Appearance is all but the stereotype of an ideal (D)IPA, marked in my notes as a 'hazy golden sunset.' The aroma is highly complex and fantastic: peach, grapefruity west coast hops, a forest after the rain, butterscotch candy, and just a little booze. The flavor starts with a citrus onslaught, tart and sweet, followed by a long honey sweetness and toasty, buttery malts. Finishes with a big, biting resiny pine and again just the smallest bit of booze.

Mouthfeel is not as sticky as I would expect but is adequate, drinkability is ok but I'm sure I couldn't finish more than one.

An excellent DIPA with plenty of hops but also plenty of malt to back it up, a good beer to spend a night sipping on, and certainly an inspiring premise on which to brew a beer regardless of your politics. Here's a campaign promise: if I ever, against all odds, end up in a position of any power and responsibility whatsoever, all my official events will disavow fine wine in favor of fine beers, just like this one. THAT is change you can believe in.

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Photo of johlac66
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
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.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber shared with a friend, poured into a pint glass.

A-Slighly hazed amber beer. Tan head on top, reduces to a thin layer, sticky with layered lacing.

S-Dank piney hops, with some bright cirtus. Malts are surprisingly minimal (considering a double pale ale), really just a dry breadiness slightly coming through. Some estery characters.

T-Big on the citrus and piney hops, with perhaps a hint of something herbal. Toasty, bready, and full-bodied malts stand guard behind the bold hoppiness, with some fruity esters providing the backup. Bitterness balances the semi-sweet malts, but still allows the ohp and malt characters to shine, as well.

M-Medium carbonation, very smooth, present but not overpowering. Medium body, clean and crisp feel.

D-Good drinkability, as this is a very good, very different beer. As a double pale ale (according to the label), this brew seemed to rely ona strong malty foundation with the hops prominent, but not overpowering in flavor or bitterness.

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Photo of Dwreck
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Raymond69
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

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Photo of emmasdad
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of madelf66
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this bottle for $6.99 in Columbus. The beer is copper colored and very clear with a thick spitty textured white foam that dries into lace on the glass. The smell is really hoppy, but with a hint of sweet malts in the background. The taste is pine needles and grapefruit but not too astringent, with a very sweet malty flavor in the distant aftertaste. This is a very good imperial pale ale (description on the bottle), but just possibly it steps into DIPA territory.

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Photo of UA8
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of meatyard
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-A clear, darkish, orange/amber with a fluffy white head that leaves nice lacing.
S-A fairly strong, citrusy pineapple.
T-A not very bitter, slightly sweet taste with a mild hop character.
M-Medium to thick, smooth too.
D-Is good and pleasurable.

Not exactly what I'd consider a DIPA but it's very good. More balanced than a DIPA but with some ogf the qualities of one. I'd like to drink another.

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Photo of SirSketch
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So long, Bush. Hello change!

A - Appearance was by far the high point of this beer... very beautiful! Wonderful deep red color with dark yellow highlights. Very clean/clear as well. Has a frothy white head that sticks well. Perfect in this respect.

S - Spicy hop character with citrus and wet grass notes. Malt aroma is present but doesn't make much of an impact.

T - Hop character is dominant and ranges from citrus to grassy. Bitterness is high and there is no real malty sweetness to counter balance, but some biscuit maltiness is detectable. Not too much residual sweetness either. Nice, but not incredible, by any means.

M/D - Very 'sticky' in the mouth, but the amount of carbonation makes it incredibly drinkable.

An enjoyable beer, though I may have scored it lower than I would have normally if it wasn't Obama's Inauguration. Hail to the Chief!

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Photo of moundbz
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dgherm
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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