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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#4,041
Reviews:
406
Ratings:
624
pDev:
9.7%
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Photo of Nunya
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CHickman
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy copper color with a 2 finger beige colored whipped foamy head that was full of bubbles and dissipated very slowly and left outstanding foamy lacing and thick foamy rings as it went down. No way I was holding onto a Presidential Pale Ale until January 2017, so I busted this out tonight while the candidates are still making a mockery of democracy. Second half of the bomber poured looks just as impressive as the first half.

Smells of caramel, toffee and sweet grainy malts up front, more English IPA to start. Next wave of the aroma is orange peel, tangerine, pineapple, mango, light brown sugar, gummy bears, tropical fruit, earthy notes, candied sugar and faint piney hops. I got whiffs of buttered wheat bread and honey as it faded, bringing together a lot of elements that complimented each other and provided good balance. Not a American DIPA nose, but a real nice pale ale or English IPA.

Flavor brings a lot of malt to the table with wheat bread, caramel, toffee, graham cracker and sweet grains up front just like the nose, but the taste turns a bit more bitter with grapefruit, guava and maple syrup joining the orange peel, honey, tangerine, pineapple, mango, brown sugar, gummy bears, tropical fruit, earthy notes, candied sugar and piney hops. The 8.1% ABV peeks through but is generally covered up well by the malty sweetness and fruity citrus notes. This beer is balanced yet confusing as I don't know what style they were going for, but overall it tastes pretty damn good.

Mouthfeel is really creamy and almost slick with a buttery feel across the tongue, a medium body that had average an carbonation level, a little chewy feel and a slightly bitter citrus finish that turns malty and sweet before it fades. It has a lot going on in the sweetness department, but it's all good as it never crosses the line into cloying territory. Quite an enjoyable ale, I could drink this more often than every 4 years.

From the Avery website: "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! Availability: Every 4 Years." Cheers Avery, great stuff!

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Photo of baklo
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johnpalisi
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, malt, pine, and citrus fruit.

T: Tasted of some citrus (lemon, orange), a fair amount of pine, light malt, a big shot of hops, an earthy quality, a hint of caramel, and a bready quality. In general, a well-balanced flavor, with a whole of complexity. Not quite as hoppy as other DIPA flavors, but still very tasty.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This isn't my favorite DIPA, but it's well made and easy to drink.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamesStreet
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikeWard
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

on tap at Sabatinis, in Exeter, pa

10oz serving in a small goblet.

hazy amber color with small off white head. very good lacing.

mix of malt, alcohol, and faint hoppiness on the nose.

pleasant tasting dipa. smooth, alcohol comes through in the finish.

well above medium on the mouth.

overall, and enjoyable beverage. nothing spectacular, but well put together and pleasing.

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Photo of hermit990
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VeganUndead
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JKasten988
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of warlock_with_a_backpack
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper orange body with two-finger head that quickly died and left lace down the glass. Aroma is dry and bitter hops w/ bits of citric and grapefruit. Like the dry, biting hop taste with some spiciness and grassiness along with citric notes and minimal grapefruit sweetness but not much malt base for a balance and gets a little too dry for my liking at times.

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Photo of RDW
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
3.49/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IronLover
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark red in color poured with a moderate, ligbt beige foam with good retention. Medium floral hop aromas with dark, pitted fruit aromas, light toffee and malt. On the lighter side of medium bodies with a light creamy feel and medium light carbonation. Definitive warming sensation from middle to end. Medium high floral hop flavors up front followed by sweet dark fruits. Medium high yet mellow spicy hop flavors through the middle. Malty backbone throughout. Spicy hops muddle with warm booziness down the backstretch. Finished semi-dryly with a malty sweetness and pleasant spicy bitterness. Fabulous combination of hop and caramel characters.

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Photo of crobinso
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a reddish copper color in a Stone snifter with a 2F head, which quickly resolved in a few minutes.

Nice aroma: toffee,fruit. The aroma is not typical of a DIPA, more like a wee heavy or a more complex ale. The brewery calls it an "Imperial APA." Hmm... Well, style is not important here.

Enjoyable MF: malty, dry, not very carbonated, and a with a light bitterness.

Taste follow the aroma: fruit, toffee. More fruit in the taste: orange, and smooth citrus.

Smooth little bitter finish.

I really enjoyed this beer. I served it colder, starting at 45°.

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Photo of varian7
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgiant
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle:
Pours a fairly deep copper, with an orange tan frothy head. Lacing is strong in my hotel plastic cup.

Nose has more caramel notes than expected, with a bit of minty hops (or a mix of pine and spice).

Taste is a toasted caramel malt base upon which a candied orange note is added. In some sips I avtually get a little dark bread and banana as well. The hops bitterness is neutral initially, and becomes slightly forest-like in its evergreen notes eventually. There's a light bite of either spice or alcohol (I tend to think the latter).

I appreciate the execution of this Imperial Pale Ale, as they describe it, but the malt flavors are a little darker than "pale" for me. The flavors seem to blur some style lines as well, in a way that didn't work overly well for me.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Copper, with 2 fingers of head and nice lacing left all over the glass. Gorgeous

S - Dry hopping evident, very piny and pungent. Earthy

T - Pine and citrus, but not an IPA (which may be a hard sell at 8+%). Very well balanced. Tasty

F - High carbonation and medium body

O - An excellent strong Pale. Well done Avery, extremely enjoyable

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a half finger ivory head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of biscuit malt with a suggestion of caramel, piney, citrus and slightly dank hops. Flavor is sweet caramel malt with light biscuit, floral, citrus and piney hops with light fruit esters in the background. Finishes with nice resinous piney and citrus hop bitterness and residual sweet malt. Medium bodied with good creaminess. A big, malty imperial IPA with nice floral and light fruit in the hop flavors, as well as sufficient pine and citrus. I really liked the fruit flavors in the background, which tasted like a strain of Belgian yeast used by some local breweries for Belgian style ales. This is my style of big IPA, big malt and big, flavorful hops. t. Looks, tastes and smells great. I will definitely be voting to have this on election night. Wish I liked the candidates as much as this.

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Photo of DBosco
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 624 ratings