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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!

Added by GilGarp on 07-22-2008

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Photo of jwc215
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright amber orange with a creamy head that has nice retention and leaves plenty of uneven lines of lacing.

The smell is of Cascade in full-force. It may be called Ale to the Chief, but could be Ale to Chief Cascade. If you like the smell of Cascade done right - you'll love this one. Citrus - grapefruit - and sappy pine.

Like in the nose there's an onslaught of Cascade, with rounding caramel sweetness. It has a long, bittering, dry finish.

It has a nice, chewy body with a butt-kicking hop punch. An awesome beer for Cascade hop lovers!

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Photo of eewhiz
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bartender told me this was a double IPA, which I am usually not that all enamored with D-IPA's. I thought I would give it a try anyways....

This is one smooth beer and full-flavored with a very clean finish.
The color was a nice copper color, with little head. Certainly the stronger taste of hops were evident, however, there is a very nice orange and pineapple flavor, which went very well with the hops...there was a nice malt foundation to keep all the flavors together - Nice taste!

I was very pleased and will certainly look forward to a re-visit!

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Photo of RocketFrog
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This will be a bit of a mini review.

There's really only one thing you need to know about this beer. It smells like December 3rd, You and your family are out cutting down your christmas tree.

That's what The Chief smells like. If we elect a president that smells like this it beats any new car.

The flavor and mouth feel follow suit. For a hophead this beer is a freaking religious experience. Jebus is in the hops.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear brown amber with a dense patch of off-white head cresting atop it; moderate lacing and duration resonate well with the reviewer. The nose is simply incredible--oily, very hopped, a DIPA through and through and, as the inimitable Bighuge says, this wreaks of Mary Jane. There is an unmistakable weed aroma to this hopped-up beauty. Very good taste that nonetheless falls a little short of the aroma--caramel malt, thick floral and citrus hops, a pinch of spice--very well done. Great to see the DIPA tongue emerge with Ale To The Chief, very hoppy but fairly smooth--a terrific testament to the malty balance that at long last emerges in the second half of its consumption.

I'm very impressed with Avery's latest, an excellent DIPA that it should market and distribute far and wide this fall and beyond. A tremendous accomplishment, not one to be missed.

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Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased just after election day. I've had to keep this out of sight in the back of the fridge so as not to be consumed prematurely. Moments ago I took it out and noted that it was way too cold to drink. After warming by hand as best as possible I popped the top and got a satisfying champagne cork -type pop. This is a celebratory ale.

Poured gently into a DFH 22oz snifter the color is a copper-ish orange. The head, if you could call it that, is a few islands of medium-sized bubbles surrounded by a sea of smaller more permanent bubbles and a thin but solid ring around the outside.

Smell is almost exclusively caramel to my nose. Not just caramel malt but the actual caramel candies that came in cubes I ate as a child.

A gentle swirl creates a half-finger head, off white with some scattered cous-cous sized lacing.

Taste is big caramel in the middle and a gentle bitter cascade hop finish that lingers. A slight booze burn pokes up in between the two but it does not make a scene.

The mouth feel is terrific. Nice creamy bubbles balance the caramel body making it easy to take double sips. Though there is a hop presence that lingers a bit, this is not a hop bomb as many doubles strive for. It's big but balanced.

Overall the drinkability is perfect. I would have a hard time refusing another one of these under safe circumstances.

I would really like to see this as a year round beer but they would have to modify the the label, which is extraordinarily cool. The bottle is worth keeping but knowing that I will at some point have to throw it out here is the text on the labbel in its entirety, minus the government warnings.

Ale to the Chief!
A Presidential Pale Ale to celebrate Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009

We the Brewers of Avery Brewing Company, in order to form a more perfect ale, require new leadership that can liberate us from our quagmires in foreign lands; embrace environmentally sound energy alternatives to imported oil; heal our ailing health care system; free us from tyrannical debt and resurrect the collapsing dollar. We hereby pledge to provide him with an ample amount of or Presidential Pale Ale to support in the struggle for the aforementioned goals!

Hail to the New Chief!
<signed by the brewers>

This is all on the main parchment-looking main label. Up the side it also reads:

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 course, dry hop the result with that most quintessential of American hops, Cascades, and you get this ... Ale to the Chief. A brew worthy of the Oval Office!

Brewed with Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, hops and yeast.

That's it. If I ever see this on the shelves again anywhere I will likely buy them all. It's that good.

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Photo of bashiba
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a nice slightly hazed dark amber with a thick and pillowy tan head.

The smell is very nice, big and bold fresh citrusy hops with a nice touch of bready malts.

Wow, I can't believe how mild and balanced the flavor is. Has a nice smooth fresh bread malt flavored backbone with a lightly clean citrusy hop finish. Very balanced and suprisingly only slightly bitter. The alcohol is dangerously hidden.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy with a bit of warmth.

This is a double IPA that drinks like a 4.5% session beer. Outstandingly drinkable.

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt sienna color with fluffy white lace.

Nice fragrent hops in the aroma, citrus layers with pine and backings of florals. The whole shabang with a crisp and underlaying malt backing.

Huge influx of sappy sugar encrusted resinous dank piney hops right off the bat. Explosions of delicate perfume and rosey florals delicately hit the palate to accenuate the aggressive bitterness. Near the finish a nice wave of sour citrus rinds and some woody pines.

The hopping on this one is absolutely extrodinary. Otherwordly exactly how hoppy, yet how extremely well balanced this one is. The hop burps from this surpass almost any other DIPA to date. Yet the balance, and refined palate on this one just go so wonderfully together.

This is definitely my favorite Avery beer to date, and for sure, one of my top 5 DIPA's. It's up there with PTE.
Absolutely one of the worlds best DIPA's.
Avery you scored big time with this one.
Damn fine job, keep it up guys.

Ale to the whatever, this ones a damn keeper.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
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!

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of jsh420
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
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!

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Photo of IPALOVER
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised to find that Avery's Ale to the Chief was an Imperial IPA, one of my favorite styles!

The beer poured beautifully into an Imperial Pint Glass (of course, there was a bit left in the bottle to save for later-- though not much later!). It was a rich amber color, and the head never really dissipated-- left a nice lace on the glass as I drank.

The beer had citrusy undertones, but not overpowering. I thought it had a great balance and truly enjoyed the blending of the hops with malt-- hoppy but not too much on the fruity side! For a higher alcoholcontent beer this was very easy to drink-- I could have had another!

All in all an excellent beer, one I will definitely have again!

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

aged 6 or 10 months in the bottle. Not a DIPA, more of a barleywine with a light malt profile. Or a "Presidential Pale Ale" as Avery calls it.

A- Hazy copper/peach color with no visible streams of carbonation in my pint glass. Nice looking head with big, reflective bubbles common to beers with a lot of alpha acids.

S- Pineapples, bananas, mangos, a hint of caramel, and of course citrus fruits. Did I spill suntan lotion into this?

T- Lots of delicate balance to this beer. There is no single element dominating the flavor, everything mixes together great. The malts are sweet and slightly bready, the hops are bitter, resinous and dank, the yeast is fruity and the alcohol is dry and subdued. All the right things come across on the palate.

M&D- Gentle carbonation and a medium body with a certain dry character to it make for easy drinking and great by itself or as a pair with some grilled meat and your preferred sauce. BBQ for me.

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Photo of Larrytown
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pours a reddish-tan with a small head, but lots of nice lacing. The smell is clear pine, but some sweetness too. Just enough to let you know what you're in for.

This is the best DIPA I've tasted. Obviously the hop presence is right out front, but it's still extraordinarily well balanced. There's a solid backbone here from which the hops and caramel tones are able to burst out onto the tongue. There's a touch of alcohol, but I don't think I'd have guessed that it was pushing 9%.

This is a truly excellent beer. If you come across it, don't hesitate to pick up a few.

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Photo of gmcfarre
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear light copper with a very nice white head. Tons of sticky lacing and the head lasts quite a while.
Smells of massive Cascade hops. Tons of sweet grapefruit, orange, light malty sweetness.
Taste is a magnification of the smell. Sweet grapefruit, juicy as hell. Very little carbonation on the tongue and it goes down so smoothly.
I've fallen in love with this beer. What a great beer to take the place of HopSlam which I'm out of. I could drink it all night.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- amber brown with low to little carbonation, slightly white foam head and lacing that stays up on the top of the glass, very nice color, and the bottling is just awesome and the statement even better

Smell- such a beautiful smell on this beer, sweet malts and spicey hops mix together for such a beautiful nose, caramel sugar molasses and hops, great great smell

Taste- beautiful taste to me right from the first sip each time I have this, to me they with this beer found the absolute perfect balance between hops and malts, you get the sugar sweetness and the bitter hops both beautifully lacing each other out through a long integrated finish, this is honestly perfection

Mouthfeel- full bodied creamy and soft, just such and even nice mouthfeel

Drinkability- its so drinkable its so dangerous, you cant sense any alcohol and the lingering hoppy finish mixed with the malts leaves you just craving your next sip, Its a long finish and such a perfect balance, I have to say this maybe if not the best one of the best beers I have ever had hands down. Im telling you even Obama haters you have to try this beer. Its of and absolute legend status to me this beer. I really hope that this becomes a full time offering beer though I have fears it wont. Go get this beer before maybe its to late. You will thank me. So so so good.

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Photo of pwsoldier
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter.

A - dark amber with a creamy off-white head that slowly dissipates into a ring of foam. Light lacing.

S - Pine and grapefruit with a vague hint of caramel sweetness.

T - An incredibly well-balanced beer. The piney hops are offset by a strong malt backbone that provides a great deal of caramel sweetness without stealing any thunder from the hops. Very impressive balance.

M -Full-bodied with a very smooth finish. Carbonation doesn't get in the way.

D - Delightfully smooth and enjoyable. The only thing that kept me from having another was the high abv, which is barely noticable when you're drinking it.

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Photo of WhiteOak
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Avery Ale to the Chief

A- Yellow-amber with a touch of haze. Expansive head settles quickly, leaving copious hanging lace and lace rings.

S- Bright citrus-rind hops, nicely pronounced buckwheat honey, bushels of apricots, coconut, pineapple, golden raisins, caramel, Riesling, and strangely and surprisingly... chocolate. Very nice aromatic characteristics.

T- Astringent attack of sour, bitter hops dominates the slightly sweet, medium bodied malt. Honey flavors. Hops also dominate the mid-palate and bitter finish.

M, D- I have noted some bottle variation. Always the flavors are appealing, but two bottles had their balance a bit off as the astringency & bitterness were quite forward, with the malt backbone slightly lacking. This leads to the mid-palate falling off abruptly, leaving a lighter finish with a tart final impression.
All other bottles have been excellent, in balance, and delicious - and are reflected in the grading.

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Photo of Gray88
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TexIndy
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650ml bomber into a pint glass. No dating info but this a one-time brew so know the age of it. Really cool label that is set to mimic the Constitution. It was a cloudy orange amber color with yeast bits floating around. Carb geyser in center of glass. Bunch of sticky lace. It had a massive off-white head that really slowly settled into a thick foam. Excellent overall appearance.

The aroma was heavy on citric and pine hops with a sweet caramel malt base underneath. Stayed short of being a hop bomb which I enjoyed. The taste was excellent as well. Again, stayed short of a hop bomb which I wasn't in the mood for tonight so it was perfect. Starts out smooth and lingers before the hops hit. When they done, it's a nice slow burn instead of a H-bomb that then fades to set you up for the next drink. Very well balanced. Nice bitter after-taste.

Overall, an excellent beer that I would love to see become part of their regular lineup instead of being just a one-off. Highly recommend. Gonna have to pick up a couple more before they run out.

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Photo of Tolann
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - golden in color and crisp in appearance. White head and great lacing. Not a lot of cascading bubbles.

S - Sweet fresh hops. kind of grassy and floral

T - Hops. All hops. Citrus and big hops. doesn't bite you tho. so smooth and so nice. Wow. YUM!

M - Smooth but light feel. great after taste. Not too bitter at the back of your throat. Super nice. Not too sweet either,but its there

D - Makes you wanting more. gimme gimme gimme! I think I need more of these bombers

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Photo of bigbelcher
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lot's of well deserved hype about this beer. Big rocky head that lingers for quite a while. Exceptional amount of Belgian Lace indicating the great body of the beer. Color is deep golden.
Aroma is very fruity and crisp hop aroma of citrus. Flavor resembles a smoother version of Maharaja with more malt sweetness. Alcohol is well disguised and masked by the malt and hops. Veery well carbonated as indicated by the lingering head. Wish is were a regular Avery beer instead of a seasonal.

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Photo of stewart124
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been saving this one for just one special occasion and what other day could I drink this on but Inauguration Day!

A Presidential Pale Ale

Pours a beautifully clear orange color with yellow hues and a sticky white head that is alrady leaving a nice lace.

The smell is amazing and has a beautiful bouquet of cascade hops and an amazing floral aroma.

Whoa! Smooth yet quite bitter. It soothes the tongue and yet bites the tastebuds. Lots of citrus and piney notes with a caramel sweetness that is blended so well with the hops. Very pleasing and it packs a punch. I get bits of pear and grapefruit that finishes dry and leaves an evergreen tingle on the back of my tongue. I'm not picking up a strong presence of alcohol.

The mouthfeel is smooth and really hits all areas of the palate.

Really a solid beer and gives me a lot of hope for the future.

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Photo of woemad
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes.

22oz bomber purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane at least two months ago, for $7.99. It may be a tremendous cliche, but I drank this on Inauguration Day (20 January, 2009, for you future beer historians).

Glorious looking beer! A burnt-orange color with a big, creamy off-white head that dropped in stately fashion and left lots of lace on the sides of my glass. Tiny, grainy sediment can be seen if one stares with enough intensity to risk eyestrain.

Hops, hops, hops. Big, piney, sappy (in the best sense of the word) hops, citrusy hops, peppery hops - all present and accounted for. Biscuity maltiness in the background. Way in the background.

Big piney hop blast that is quickly matched up with a citrusy, grapefruit-like bite. A peppery, spicy taste is in the background. The malts are present, but cowering at the rear, if taste has a rear. Bone-dry note at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a prickly yet oily mouthfeel. Just like a DIPA should be.

An outstanding "occaision beer", and while it doesn't have the same effect upon the palate as, say, a bomber of Ruination or a big RIS, I don't think it's something I'd pair with food or attempt to session. I'm not sure that this beer is the best tasting DIPA I've had, but it ranks up there. If I could be guaranteed that this is a beer version of how the newly-installed administration will be, I could submit a re-election ballot right now.

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Photo of Raisingfable
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 617 ratings
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