Ale To The Chief | Avery Brewing Company

Ale To The ChiefAle To The Chief
BA SCORE
4.02/5
616 Ratings
Ale To The ChiefAle To The Chief
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,442
Reviews:
404
Ratings:
616
pDev:
9.7%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
38
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Ratings: 616 |  Reviews: 404
Photo of rowew
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz bomber with what looks a lot like the Constitution on the label, golf foil on the neck. Couldn't find a date brewed, but it says in celebration of Inauguration day (January 20).

Appearance: Pours clear copper colored, nice dense head with good retention.

Smell: Resinous piny hop aromas, a bit of malt sweetness.

Taste: Fairly sweet, the hops are present but not a lot of bitterness, this is edging torwards the barleywine side of the DIPA spectrum.

Overall impression: Nice flavors, but it seems more like a BW to me. Reminds me of something like Bigfoot. That said, I definitely enjoyed it!

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Photo of joshuadlight
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's to President Obama!

I was a little disappointed in the appearance. Nice gold amber color but very little carbonation and no head to speak of. Also there was no lacing.

Still smelled and tasted like a very solid DIPA. Tons of hops in the nose and mouth. Citrus aromas and flavors help back up the bitterness, which is way up there.

Not too much carbonation which hurts the mouthfeel a little bit, and though I couldn't taste the near 9% ABV, I could certainly feel it. Its a potent beer.

This is a very good beer, and if you come across one I recommend that you at least try it.

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

Not an Imperial Ale, but Presidential Pale Ale! I love it.

Brewed in the spirit of our new leader, and in celebration of the long over due end of an era. While I love the spirit this was brewed in, I don't think this is a remarkable brew.

Pours a nice coppery color, very clear, and a small but stiff tan head. Smells like American C-hops, lots of them. A bit of malt, but truly a hop-forward beer.

Taste is good, nothing special. Again, citrus piny American hops.

Nice and smooth mouthfeel, and its about as easy to drink as anything near 9% and proabably 100 IBUs.

I wish I had ponied up for this one earlier, like on 1/20/09...

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Photo of becktone
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes 1-20-09

Eye: At first this one poured with a big billowing pillowy off white head. Now it has diminished to a fat dome in the middle of the glass surrounded by soapy looking thin dry rotted blankets. Color is a hazy orange-copper. I was happy with the cascading head when poured but now am disappointed in the look of this one, it should, and could be more. Lacing looks like a negative of mini-blinds.

Nose: Huge sweet malt and citrus hop aroma fills the room once the beer is poured into the glass. In the nose spicy alcohol notes are present along with the aforementioned strong malt and citrus hops. Malt aroma is similar to that of a barleywine-big, alcoholic, and sweet. However, it is still in check, unlike a barleywine, malt here is a supporting role, hops are the lead. Good amount of complexity among the hop aroma, green, citrus, some spiciness, some earthiness/leafy qualities. Overall nice aroma.

Tongue: Hop bitterness is present here, but the flavor is a little odd. I've never got anything like this from any kind of pale ale before. What's odd is the malt flavor, its interesting, but at the same time almost seems out of place, maybe thats because I've never experienced it before. Anyway its like a real lightly toasted/kilned unmalted barley flavor. It just has this real grainy taste, and that grainy taste is pinpointing one grain, not a combination, its not a grainy taste such as GLBC, but rather its more like I've been eating crystal malt before its been cracked or mashed. This flavor is long lasting and is always there behind and sometimes infront of the hops. I'm not really getting alcohol, its pretty well hidden, as far as the taste goes...once its swallowed you can get it in the aftertaste. Not as much hop flavor and bitterness as I would have thought...but then again this is an Imperial/Presidential Pale Ale not an DIPA. That raw graininess is interesting and adds a uniqueness to this one that I can dig.

Feel and Drinkability: Body is on the heavier side and carbonation is low, giving it a more imposing and heavy feel. Nothing real special about the feel. This is one I'll gladly finish, but as to purchasing again, not to sure...That graininess while interesting and enjoyable isn't something that I'm really looking for...kinda like a one time thing..."Hey thats cool, but not really gonna want to go for it again." Overall this is a beer that is worth trying, but not something to be searching for.

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Photo of Biggness
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a semi cloudy amber with a one fingered head and lots of lacing. The smell is nice of carmel and malt, not alot of pine/citrus that I would expect from a dipa, but it is very nice. The flavor is the same, a very nice malt base but a tad low on the hop bill in my opinion for a DIPA, BUT in my opinion this is a wonderful double Pale. The mouthfeel is nice, not too creamy and the slightest dry aftertaste. A nice drinkablility for a high ABV beer.

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Photo of dfillius
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass on Inauguration eve 2009. This is the second bottle I had, as I couldn't resist trying the first a couple months ago. I was impressed with the first bottle, let's see about this one. This bottle may have frozen during our move across to the Midwest this winter.
A: Gentle pour yields 1/2 finger of off-white head. A small layer remains with a nice ring. Cloudy reddish brown liquid. A little too cloudy :-( It is a DIPA though so maybe I should not be so critical...
S: Delightfully hoppy nose but strong malt as well. Fairly balanced. Main hop smell is of pine resin.
T: Bitter front with fruit behind. Pine, molasses, grapefruit, a bit of oxidation flavor (from freezing?). Reminds me of Yulesmith - which is a very good thing.
M: Pleasing bitterness, well carbonated.
D: Delicious Presidential Pale Ale/PPA. I wish this was a year round one. It is one of the best beers I had in 2008.

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Photo of ironarrow42
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant orange-amber hue with an off-white layer of foam. Looks very much like an English ale. Aroma of sweet caramel malts with a hint of butterscotch, light earthy & flowery hops, and orange oil.

Has a distinctive flavour of orange peel and orange oil over caramel malt. Pleasant, smooth bitterness balances the malt. Moderately full body with a very fine carbonation bead. Slight sour edge complements the orange notes and gives this a dessert-like quality.

This is a big, substantial and flavourful brew with a lot of English character. Really well-made and distinctive.

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Photo of oracle
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A 10 oz pour consumed at the Gravity Head festival.

Nice light golden yellow orange color, with decent head and heavy lacing.

Wonderful huge hop aroma, with strong citrus notes.

Huge hop bite to the flavor, with very little fruitiness in the finish and a very dry finish.

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Photo of Cresant
2.73/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. The body was a golden amber with some haze. Two fingers of foamy white head settled slowly.

Smell was malty, sweet fruit. Yeasty. LifeSavers candy. Whole wheat bread crust. I suppose the hops have faded in this one.

Taste was fruit, maybe peaches. Light hops flavor leaves a bit of oil on the lips. Bready/crust. Some wood/pine. A little too sweet. I think the hops have left the building.

Mouthfeel was medium to full. Some slickness. I've never been a big Avery fan, and I'm not starting now.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.87/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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Photo of gdfan47
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice amberish brown with a little white head
S- hops, sugar, a touch of malt, corn
T- hops, more hops, hops , finishes with a little malt and sweet but not too sweet
M- really smooth, easy to drink
D- wow its really hard to detect the extra alcohol here.. be careful with this one

a really solid dipa

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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 Spidey13
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ale to the Chief pours a beautiful, hazy, amber/honey color with a small off-white head. The smell is mostly sweet, citrussy/tangerine hops.

The taste is sweet and hoppy; mainly citrus hops flavors. There is a strong but smooth bitterness on the finish. Other than the hops, there are some toast and caramel notes. The mouthfeel is full with medium carbonation.

Overall, I really liked this beer. A fairly simple Double IPA, but very drinkable.

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

An Avery very hoppy beer. C-hop aroma. Initially, very grapefruit and then as the taste buds numb, there is less hop intensity felt, its more like a pale ale. Average mouthfeel. Less than average grapefruit colour with some white head.Appropriate carbonation. Decent DIPA.

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Photo of bum732
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pale orange, beautiful fluffy head leaving fantastic lacing. Smells of earthy, grassy and piney hops, hop aroma kind of subdued for a DIPA. Bisquity malt aromas complement the hops. Tastes of bisquit like malt followed by a nice earthy hop bitterness. Finishes fairly sweet. Decent carbonation for the style.

A very good beer, reminds me of a Sierra Nevada beer. Hops were kind of subdued, i think because this is an older bottle. Nonetheless, a very good DIPA and a fav from Avery.

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Photo of jnn4v
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

What can I say? I had very high expectations for this beer, but it fell flatly short of all of them.

A: It had a nice golden color, bordering on amber. I bit hazy, but still translucent. Nothing wrong here. Looking good.

S: Not the smell I anticipated from the description on the bottle. I'd say it was mostly that of tea leaves, lemon, and possibly some orange zest. Interesting, but odd. I'll give it "above-average" just for being interesting and not offensive in any way.

T: Bitter, but not a typical hop bitterness. Again, it tastes like someone made iced tea but left the tea bag in way too long. That sort of astringent, unpleasant bitterness not often tasted in quality beers. The mid-taste lemon hits you followed by a trailing hint of sweetness and orange zest and then an even harsher bitter aftertaste. Fortunately, as it warmed to 55-60 degrees, it did mellow out a bit and more of the malt was evident.

M: Good texture for a high-caliber ale. Relatively thick, moderate carbonation with small bubbles. This is one of the better attributes of this beer.

D: Started below average, ended above average once it warmed, so I'm giving it "average" overall.

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

Pours a beautiful opaque amber with a nice thin head of froth, that quickly dissolves.

Has a big old piney hop smell that dominates the nose. Mild hints of malt, but they are very mild.

This has a heavy hop taste up front, with some nice sweetness and malt creating a wonderful balance.

Although it is hop heavy, it goes down smooth. The body is a bit above medium.

This is a top notch brew, that I have now had on three separate occasions, and seem to love it more after each tasting.

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Photo of Pencible
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured a nearly opaque light copper color with some light tan head. It smelled like apricot and honey wheat and caramel malt, with some lemon hops and alcohol. It tasted like bitter orange peel and grapefruit hops, with honey malt and tea leaves, and a bit of caramel. It was fairly thick with some carbonation, and had a lasting bitter aftertaste. Overall this had a pretty good scent and clean flavor with very nice body, but it just wasn't that tasty. The bitterness was unbalanced and had a strange tea aspect that didn't mesh well with the other flavors. The alcohol was also apparent, so it wasn't very easy to drink. Certainly not a bad beer, but I'd much rather just stick with Maharaja.

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Photo of sonicdescent
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

In Celebration of our chief's speech!

Pours a beautiful golden color with some thick fluffy head that leaves great lacing.

Smell is unusually weak. I smell citrus hops but it is barely there.

Taste is not weak, in fact one of the more robust dipas that I have had. Very bitter with citrus hops.

Mouth is medium in both carbonation and body.

Drinkability is low as this is kind of harsh after more than a few sips.

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Photo of JBogan
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhat of a hard pour created a very large creamy white crown atop a caramel body. Nice looking beer.

Smelled of caramel malts, with an ever so slight touch of citrus. No sign of the alcohol.

Tasted much as it smelled. Mostly caramel along with a very small aftertaste of bitter hops. There was a touch of butter in the aftertaste. The alcohol well well concealed. Somehow though the smell was more pleasing than the taste.

Mouthfeel was exceptionally smooth and creamy, and on the thick side. However there was a flatness about it which kept me from giving it a higher score.

Overall this is a nice ale, but lacks something in the taste department to put it up there with the best of the bunch.

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

22 oz. bottle tried 20 Feb 2009.

Poured in 0.5 L Adamabrau becker. Large light yellowish head. Medium carbonation. Clear light copper color. Smells of citrus, pineapple and spicy ginger. Alcohol hits you upfront along with lots of resin, pineapple, ginger, pepper. Lots of nice caramel malt and resin throughout. Bitterness builds towards the finish with a nice bittersweet aftertaste. Medium body, buttery mouthfeel.

I would vote for this.

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

Fantastic! I've only just begun to appreciate the distinction between the American and English "bitters". This American version is quite good. Though the ABV and hoppiness is a higher than the English bitter it is a bit lower than the "big" American bitters. I would call this a very happy medium. The color is a vibrant amber/orange color with a strong enough head and apparent lacing throughout. The smell is pleasing but the taste does, as promised, packa punch. The citrus and hop are the most apparent flavors and are not strong simply for the sake of being strong. I would recommend this beer to most and I must say that I was pleasantly suprised, as someone who is not a "hop head".

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Photo of FACEMEAT
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a radiant clear amber with two fingers of fluffy, sticky head that, for some reason, left little lacing.

S: Caramel malt and pine.

T: Burnt sugar and caramel malt hit me first followed by a backdrop of piney hop bitterness. The two marry beautifully.

M: Chewy and viscous with light carbonation. Very satisfying to sip.

D: I could easily put back way too many glasses of this.

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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 goatgoat
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber that pours with a thick creamy tan head which falls quickly to a thin cap. Very little lacing on glass. Aroma is strong earthy spice and citrus hops with a slight honeyish malt. Also a tint of alcohol. Flavor is more balanced than most double IPAs. Maybe because Avery bills it as a double pale, or possibly because of age. The hops are moderated by the malt, producing a pretty balanced flavor. The bitterness doesn't really pull in front until fairly late, keeping on in the aftertaste. Medium body.

A little light for a DIPA. I expect an over the top experience from this style and I didn't really get that.

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Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 616 ratings
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