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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
607
Reviews:
402
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
9.68%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
36
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 607 |  Reviews: 402
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy tangerine appearance, solid slab of bone-white foam above.

Gorgeous aroma, plenty of pith, a lovley swirling blend of pinte and citrus, orange, tangerine, grapefruit and mango.

More of that in the mouth. Bitter and hoppy, yes, but smooth and creamy, too. Long, hoppy finish. Medium bodied. Nice and dry, yet still fruity and juicy.
8.75%? Really? Okay...

Delicious, really. A pinier, more poppin', hoppin', vibrant kind of a pale ale, nearly a double ipa.
Brewed for the inauguration, although available in time for the DNC in Denver. I hope we have reason to celebrate come January 20, 2009.
Oh, we will! No more Bush!

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Photo of BeerOps
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Duff27
3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GClarkage
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10/24/08- Purchased at Ledger's, in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info (2008 release). Poured into my Smuttynose pint glass.

Appearance- Rich copper-amber colored pour. Large 1 inch plus head which is thick and foamy. Leaves light patchwork and trails of lace behind.

Smell- Sugary tropical and citrus fruited hops plus a mid range caramel malted nose.

Taste- Heavy orange rind sugary hop flavor. Maybe a bit of grapefruit and tangerine as well. Malt is medium to light roasted caramel in taste. Needs something though to pull both factors together.

Mouthfeel- Right amount of carbonation with a good amount of juicy hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- Needs to be a bit more assertive. Malt could be a bit more roasted and robust. Just missing that special something to pull together all the flavors and make this a really good beer. As is though, it about your average DIPA.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pt 6 oz bottle on February 8, 2013.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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 drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce snifter in draft at Churchkey. Beer is amber and clear a little orange with a thin white head of small bubbles, lots of lacing, moderate to low carbonation. Moderate retention. Looks good.

Aroma is earthy, piny, sweet. Smells good.

Beer is medium in body, malt presence but not malty. Very bitter in the finish all from hops. Clean, no aftertaste. Very enjoyable. A nice CTZ hoppiness in the midpalate and good connectivity. This is exactly what I wanted today. A big, bitter, aggressive, not fruity west coast DIPA. And I got it in this beer. I would have this again for sure.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revisit: 5 Sep 16
22 oz. Bomber
Gold Foil
Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017
ABV: 8.1%

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden amber color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves an oil slick and some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with some citrus. The taste is mostly malty, with some hop notes, citrus, nice sweetness. Medium body, ABV hidden very well. Overall, a different take on an DIPA, tasty though.

Thanks goes out to tburkhart for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a nice hazy dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy one-finger head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes, citrus and pines. The taste is hoppy, nicely balanced malts, very nice citrus and slight pine notes. Medium body. Very drinkable, I really like this one, it's been awhile since I've had a really good brew from Avery, and this one fit the bill perfectly. Thanks Tim.

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Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange in color with a thick 2" head that sticks around for a while. Some lacing paints the glass.

Smell: pine and grapefruits leap from the glass, but little else is detectable.

Taste: big caramel profile with a sharp biting bitterness. Tart green grapes, pine, and loads of grapefruits round it out. Alcohol is noticable and warming.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Crisp at the start, smoother and a bit dry at the finish. Bitterness glues itself to the tongue making a super long aftertaste.

Drinkability: for the style this one is pretty easy to drink despite the big flavors. Really enjoyable beer but this will catch up to you quickly with the high alcohol levels.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
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 afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a warm, pale, Carapils, and bisquit malt scent along with a kick ass hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a very bitter hop flavor that goes down slow and smooth and resinates in the finish. The malt bill is complex and flavorful, but the hop content takes center stage. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's hoppy as hell, but with good malt balance; a wonderful beer.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma is orange citrus with a lot of caramel malt. It smells a lot like a hoppy barleywine. The flavor is again like a barleywine. It tastes like caramel-coated oranges. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I didn't know what a year and a half old Double IPA would taste like but I am happy with the way this one aged, even if it is now more of a barleywine instead of a Double IPA.

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Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky deep copper hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured balmy resinous hops, a rich cereal malt, and some dark fruits.

The taste mimiced the smell to a tee with heavy cereal grains.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with some alcohol warmth.

Overall a nice DIPA. A lot of alcohol flavor for such a moderate ABV however.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a quite nice initial head that fades to a thin ring. Smells sweet with quite a bit of honeyed malt followed by a light nose of spicy, piney hops with a dose of citrus and a whiff of alcohol as well. The taste is fairly bold and hoppy to start with lots of pine, but as the beer opens up and warms it becomes maltier and a little waxy. The hops drop off some as well. There is a somewhat strange hint of marmite like yeastiness as well and a somewhat tannic finish. It is an enjoyable enough beer, but it doesn't make any of my tops lists. The mouthfeel is full and perhaps the tiniest bit sticky. Rich and probably best with food- perhaps a nice curry?

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Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of eawolff99
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.47/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four-finger thick, frothy, light tan colored head. The beer is a bright, amber-copper hue that shows a full copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma is clearly hop focused with stick ruby-red grapefruit notes, lighter lychee, sweetened orange zest, a touch of tart grapefruit towards the middle / end and some not quite ripe orange notes. The malt character provides a dusty, crushed cracker, pale malt note that has just a touch of a snap to the finish.

Much stickier and sweeter than I was expecting, the body is quite viscous and thick as well. This definitely has the heft of a Barleywine to it. The amply sweet malt definitely accentuates hop flavors of lychee, tropical fruit, ripe peaches, and sweet orange zest. A touch of warming alcohol, some toasty pale malt and medium bitterness that is not enough to cut through the sticky malt are all present in the finish. A touch of pine is noticeable towards the finish as well, though it seems to get drowned out by the sweet malt character at times. This is a very clean beer, almost devoid of yeast character, which is to be expected from Avery.

I wasn't expecting this to be quite so sweet as it is, it is not bad, but I expected something calling itself a "Pale Ale" to try and capture the drinkability of said beer, even if it is an amp'd up version. The vibrant hop character is nice, but it can't hide the overt sweetness. This does get quite a bit less sticky as it warms up from its initial 50°F / 10°C serving temperature, but it is still a bit much.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 607 ratings.
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