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:
#3,438
Reviews:
404
Ratings:
616
pDev:
9.7%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
38
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 616 |  Reviews: 404
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 jujubeast6000
2.9/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 11/4/2008 (bottle):

Pours a pale yellowish body, with a very clear non-fizzy body. Good sized white head, but diminishing. Hoppy grapefruity aroma. Sweet syrupy smell like fig, plum. Bitter taste, sweetness & maltiness. Strong taste, alcoholy. Waiting for it to warm up...Strong grapefruitiness. Dry aftertaste. Not my thing, too much bitter for me.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bought this a while ago in anticipation of the current occupant's exit from the white house and replacement by obama. both the beer and the events of last night were worth the wait. copper in color with a creamy white head and lacing. top half of the bomber is clear with some fine sediment clouding the remaining half. aromas of caramel, pine, and vague fruit (grapefruit? apricots?) led to a nicely balanced taste of sweet malts and a prominent but smooth hop bitterness. mouthfeel is big but not too thick or viscous, making this quite drinkable for it's abv. lightly carbonated with a finish somewhere between lingering and crisp/drying despite the big malts.

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Photo of LotsofLupulin
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of sprucetip
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From bottle into Midnight Sun goblet.

Very clean, clear, medium orange-ish, modest foamy white head with some retention and good lacing.

Smells strong but smooth, citrusy, floral hop aroma is very prominent but the burly malt base balances.

Malty sweetness and hop bitterness hit immediately and simultaneously battling for attention, with hops taking initial advantage then fading as the sweetness takes the lead through the middle. The grapefruity bitterness returns, though more subdued, for the finish and beyond. The diversity of influences and flavor is aggressive and appreciated, but slightly out of balance, especially when it is colder. Strong abv fairly well hidden.

Full bodied, plenty of carbonation and noticeable warming.

I really like this ale, but it is in some ways out of balance and sharp. Some fans of big, aggressive IIPA's will love it, some won't. Best sipped and or shared due to its size and complexity of flavors.

I love the label! If I could give it extra points for that I would. Had some on hand for election day. When I showed a bottle to the host of one election party I attended, though she and most of her guests were wine drinkers, she made a run to the liquor store and bought a case!

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Photo of Shaw
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper in color with a nice thick foamy head.

The aroma is all about citrus hops.

The taste is very good. It's -- again -- all about the hops, with both citrus and herbal flavors mixing with a backbone of malt sweetness. There is also a great warming effect from the alcohol. The bitterness, while big, isn't overpowering like some beers in this style.

The body is nice and thick, but smooth. There's nothing watery about this.

Overall this is a good DIPA. It's more approachable than better examples. A good gateway to bitterness.

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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 Seanibus
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A winner, no matter who wins.

Pours a bright amber with a fluffy, long lasting head with a bit of lacing. The aroma is huge, with a giant blast of grapefruity hops that you can smell from feet away. The taste is lovely, balanced, carmelly and malty with huge, fresh-tasting citrusy hops, with a bit of alcohol on the tongue. The mouthfeel is a bit clingy, leaving a lasting bitterness. A delicious, balanced, and beautiful offering.

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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 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 AKBelgianBeast
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange/amber with a nice fluffy white head. Nose is hops mostly, but a significant malt presence. Taste follows with a good hop profile, but a very large malt base. Sweet with a little bit of spice. Mouthfeel is nice and viscous, just about right for the style. Drinkability is good. Overall a decent IPA and an ok representation of the style, but really nothing amazing. Good brew.

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Photo of sideshowe
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of Dewey0603
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden/amber with a giant tan foam head.The head is gigantic and lasts forever. The smell is pungent with a citrus hop scent with bread yeast. A decent aroma,but not as strong as I hoped. The taste has a mixture of bitter and citrus tasting hops along with bread yeast,and alcohol. A nice mixture,but the taste is harsh and it tastes like it has more alcohol than it does. The m/f is medium and like I mentioned , it is abit harsh. Not a bad beer, if you can find it buy it.

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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 JRed
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Bottle:Thick, murky, dark orange in body with small white bubbly head that dissipates. Smells of deep citrus, hop resin, caramel, tropical fruit. Tastes of citrus, tropical fruit, hops, hop resin, booze, slight caramel, coating sweetness, and slight echoes of bubblegum. A bit biting in carbonation and thick in mouthfeel. A tropical punch DIPA worth seeking out.

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Photo of BeastLU
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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

Obviously, the brewers at Avery are not fans of President George W. Bush! On to the beer!

Pours a lovely clear mahogany with a thin but lingering khaki head. Big citrusy hops in the nose and rich caramel malt.

Citrusy hops in the mouth, herbal hops too. Grapefruit and tangerine from the hops but very malty too. Lots of rich caramel malt with just a hint of fruitiness. Well balanced but clearlymore malt forward overall. Thick, sticky finish, blurring the lines between "Presidential" IPA and a hoppy barleywine. Big full body. Very tasty ale and very smooth. The nearly 9% ABV sneaks up on you so be careful. It hit me with quite a buzz by the time I finished the bomber!

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Photo of BMoney575
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 1-24-09

Pours a hazy orange/gold, with a filmy head that lasts awhile. Lacing is huge, and covers the entire glass.

Smell is huge hops, very fruity and earthy. Very complex, with a malt sweetness to back it up. The alcohol adds a distinct quality I can't quite place.

Taste is all big, fresh hops, sweet at first and finishing with a huge vegetable/earthy character. Bitter and a little thin at the end.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, not bad, but less than I was hoping for.

Drinkability is good, but the abv is there.

Overall, this is a good beer that lacks the sweetness and complexity to be great.

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

a: pours a honey/copper body, white head.

s: Citrus hops and pine.

t: Caramel malt upfront, but this is a double IPA, so let's get to the hops: pine, grapefruit and notes of pineapple. Hops are pretty resiny and juicy.

m: Medium body, sticky.

d: I still prefer Maharajah, but its not really fair to expect Ale to the Chief to live up to that one. But, this is a very good IPA.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Dark amber/ ruby red color with a creamy white head that dissipates fairly slowly ,nice webs of lacing around the glass.

S: Pine, slight bit of fruit and citrus, lots of sweet biscuit and cereal malt. Smells quite malty for a Pale Ale/Imperial IPA.

T: Pine, with quite a bit of tropical fruit, quite a bit of sweet biscuity and cereal malt. A medium bitterness. Quite sweet for a pale ale/IPA type beer.

F: Thick body and creamy carbonation.

O: A nice beer, not world class but still quite tasty. Will have to look for it in another 4 years.

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

Photo of GPHarris
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a three-fingers thick off-white and fluffy head into a goblet. the body was a clear and bright amber color. there was light bubbling from the carbonation. this is a beautiful looking brew that left great sheeting and lace throughout.
s - increcibly balanced brew. the malts and hops seem to go back and forth (like our two candidates!) with hints of grapefruit, pine and syrup.
t - tons of earthy hops in this one but it is also balanced out nicely with malt. hints of grapefruit and the finish is very spicy due to piney hops. this is delicious.
m - very creamy and thick, really coats the tongue. my fiancee' said my breath was awful after this beer (so you know it was tasted good) though it was probably due more to the Greek food I had been to earlier for dinner.
d - so smooth, really a treat to drink.

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Photo of davet100
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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

Pours a clear amber color with a large inch and a half slightly yellowed head. Good retention but no lacing.

The aroma is very good. Nice hop profile, giving good citrus tones and a bit of pine. Like sweet sticky sap with a bit of carmel.

The taste is pretty good. A decent hop profile with a bit of citrus and a load of bitter pine. Lightly malted. Something just isn't working for me though. Also, a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with plenty of fine carbonation bubbles. Dry finish.

Drinkability is moderate. It's an ok DIPA, but not the best. I prefer their Maharaja.

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Photo of Buebie
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip. Nice gold foil wraps the neck and cap. Cool bottle with all the brewers signatures printed on the lable.
Well themed beer with a quirky name.

Big juicy foam like head, 3 fingers deep. Retention is the best I've seen in a beer to date, a good finger that wont go away. hence the exeptional appearance rating.
Thick sticky lace, resembling real sponge along the glass. Color is a golden transparent amber.

Smell is very fruity and sweet with grapefruit hop aroma. marshmellow cream, pinnaple, sour apples. A hint of caramel.

Taste resembles a smoother version of Maharaja.
Big hops here and not sour like some. Good amount of grapefruit hops, some pine, hop oil?
Hemp.
Smooth mellow carbonation. Finishing dry with a good hop linger and a small bite from the carbonation. Alcahol warming at the swallow.

Very nice indeed. Now I understand the hype behind this beer. This will age very nicely.

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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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