Ale To The Chief | Avery Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.75%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed occasionally during election years.

Added by GilGarp on 07-22-2008

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384
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544
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
11.88%
 
 
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Photo of asabreed
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Chimay chalice. Big price tag at around $8.50, but was told it was limited, at least in Richmond. Plus the label's badass, so I had to snag it. Huge and initially frightening "pop" as the gold around the top puffed up as the cap came off. Luckily it was just gassed up right and now too much; I would've been pissed had it gone all over the floor, though Avery's really never steered me wrong.

Appearance: Slightly hazy lighter amber body with copper in the right light. Lacing and retention is moderate.

Smell: A great malty caramel backbone with sweeter fruit like strawberries and cherries in the mix, and citrus hops. Nicely balanced, and certainly good, but nothing I'm flipping my lid over.

Taste: What I like here is the fruity earthiness that I don't see a lot in either DPAs or DIPAs, though it's a bit hard to describe. There's a good balance, a pretty great balance, of malt fruitiness, hoppy earthiness and citrus, and almost something like Belgian candi sugar -- the secret ingredient X -- congealing everything, but in that cohesion it's altering the normal path of the brew, and throwing around these weird, earthy, sweeter and rootier flavors. Not necessarily insanely different from a lot of others, but it has an edge, a lot of flavor, and a ton of balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavier-bodied, though it has a good amount of creaminess with the carbonation to it.

Drinkability: Unfortunately the price tag lowers this a bit, as close to $9 doesn't seem like it should be right. A very solid brew, but there are other DPAs or DIPAs I'd be trying again over this in the future. Still, it's very good, and worth your time at least once, as some folks seem to really love it.

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Photo of mnapier
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Service Temperature, 50 degrees farenheit. Service Glassware, 12 ounce tulip (with stem)

Appearance, is dark amber with a sap like density. As I pour this out of the bottle I see an initial strong, tapioca head, that dissipates slowly (more than a minute for complete evaporation), leaving only an antique, table cloth like lace.
The nose on this is interesting, with a dance of playful sweet citrus and notes of berries. Slight floral quality alongside some minor earthiness.
Sipping initially I detect a nice smooth caramel malt, that gives way to some minor citrus hoppiness. A very mellow overall taste.
Mouthfeel is medium.

Man I would love to have a ham sandwich right now.

Cheers

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Photo of 1759Girl
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This was recommended to me by some brewer friends while we could find it on tap:)
Appearance> Hazy, red-amber in colour, lacing was asi-asi. Not much head to speak of.
Smell> Excellent resiny hop aroma
Taste> Sweet, strong, complext, hoppy, but smoothes out to a smooth finish.
Mouf> okay... foamy... okay
Drinkability> Sure.

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Photo of everetends
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle from Five Points Bottle Shop in Athens, GA. Poured into a DFH shaped pint.

A: Pours a really nice, deep amber that is crystal clear. Carbonation is very nice, with active streaming. Got a good three fingers of creamy head on the first pour. Had great retention, hung around for a long time. Nice sticky lacing all over the glass. I like the look.

S: Smell is really balance. Nice floral and piney hops put up against some nice, bready malt. The scents are almost equal in power. Grapefruit is so nice. Touch of lemon. Lets do this.

T: Taste is of some serious, piney and spicy hops. Grapefruit is very nice, heavy citrus. Grapefruit is more bitter than sweet. Malt is very bready, very nice. Sweet. Tasty. The flavors are very nice and balanced. Simple. Good. The flavor is bitter hops but not too bitter.

M: Medium in body. Very nice. Oily as hell. Really sticky. Carbonation is nice. Hops are all over the palate. Aftertaste is hops. Alcohol is nonexistant. Is there alcohol in here? I don't know. This is good.

D: This beer is nice. So easy to drink. Nice and tasty. Feel is good. Look is good. Aroma is good. I want more. This beer is awesome. Avery did a solid here. Good brew.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a clear amber copper with 1 1/2 fingers of creamy off-white head that sits there as a big ole' dollop with a solid 1/4 finger of retention that hangs tough, leaving gigantic rings of sticky lacing behind. The aroma is a hoppy fume of piny esters, big citrus character (including grapefruit and some sweeter notes of pineapple), some additional underlying malt sweetness, and a nose tingling waft of heat.

The taste is just as bold as the aroma, with tongue curling spicy, resinous hops, sticky citrus character, and an underlying backbone of grainy malts that barely keeps things in check. Finishes warm and bitter on the palette. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a touch of oiliness to it and a beefy alcohol presence. The heat isn't stinging but it gets real borderline at times.

I liked the big attitude and hoppy boldness of this DIPA but the hefty alcohol feel that it brings to the table killed the overall drinkibility of this somewhat. A 22 oz was more than enough for one sitting.

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Photo of ZAP
4.97/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is simply one of the most enjoyable IPA's I have ever had. A great example of what hops can add to a beer besides bitterness.

The aroma is outstanding with fresh citrus, tropical fruits, floral notes, and sweet caramel like maltiness.

As good as it smells it tastes just as good or better....great fruit flavors of peaches, mango's, mandarin oranges, and papaya....backed with a perfect caramel like maltiness.

Finishes with a juicy hop impression rather than a bitter drying note.

This is an awesome beer. A bit pricey at $8 a bomber but this one is well worth it. I'd love to see this become a regular offering.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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 BeerSox
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into 8oz snifter.

Slightly hazy deep orange hue with hints of ruby. The head is cream colored, and about one finger high with a moderately aggressive pour. In its place, a one finger tall wall of lacing is perched above the orange.

The sharp hops lend a good amount of sour grapefruit, and at the same time, sweet peach and pineapple. The malts add a little bit of sweet candy in the background.

A mix of sour and sweet flavors mix as they do in the aroma. The sweeter flavors contain notes of pineapple and apple, and outlast the citrusy bitterness of the Cascades. The malts don't contribute much to the flavor, except to add a little soft grain. Full bodied with good carbonation. The sweet and bitter hops both linger after each sip, with the sweetness lasting a bit longer.

Out of all of the super hopped beers I have tried this is the first that had such a strong sugary sweetness that came from the hops. It's not cloyingly sweet either like certain Barleywines or DIPAs. This is one that should certainly be enjoyed as fresh as possible to enjoy what the hops have to offer. On top of everything, it's not too aggressively bitter. Recommended.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle enjoyed during the pregame to the last game at Yankee stadium.

A: Nice copper color with surprising clarity. Poured with 2 fingers of white head. Excellent lacing.

S: Simply amazing nose. Tons of fresh hops. Floral and citrus as well.

T: Amazing taste. Tons of citrus. Grapefruit and just moist hops. This is what wet hopping is all about. The malt is there as well but this is all about the hops.

M: Nice and creamy. Just a nice crisp beer. I love it when a super hoppy beer gets that nice creamy mouthfeel.

D: Nothing beats a fresh dry hopped beer and this is no exception. Super easy drinking with a ton of taste. The hop head inside of me is moist. Track this one down soon to get this wonderful beer.

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Photo of gunnerman
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, pours a copper color with a fluffy 2 finger head that leavs some nice lace on the glass. Smell is a fresh citrus hop with grapefruit, nectar, honey, lemon smells coming from this beer. Taste is dead on nice thich sweetness with a hop bitterness, very fresh and hoppy, this had that slick feel to it as it warmed up I noticed the sweetness fade a bit. Overall this was a damn fresh fine offering. I am not sure how it would taste a few months from now, time to celebrate to the new chief.

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Photo of TonyT
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Had this on tap @ Shady's in HBG)

This was first time that I've had this and I enjoyed it very much. Decent lacing. Great Hop smell. The way it smells is the way it tastes, nice hops that last from the from the front to the back. The hops taste also lasts through the whole pint. The malt balance is very level and they do not take over 3 quarters through the pour.

Definitely want to get a couple of bottles of this fine pour.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A darker amber with some reddish highlights, and a nice head that sticks around for quite some time and leaves behind a beautiful lace lattice.

S: That big Cascade scent... grapefruit with some piney notes. Are there Centennial in this, as well? An additional scent of wet earth, kind of reminiscent of the smell of the ground after a rainfall.

T: I'd love to be able to say I can taste that fresh Rocky Mountain water... but it's not happening. This is a hop explosion all the way. Grapefruit/citrus rind, and a resiny flavour. Some residual alcohol on finish/post-finish.

M: Quite a dry brew, and I tend to enjoy that - especially when it is appropriate to the flavours and overall presentation of the beer. A rich and fuller body, though it's not too heavy... still on the medium side of the fence. A crispy carbonation, followed by a little suggestive stickiness, only to finish with that dryness. Quite nice.

D: Certainly a sipper, but still a delicious brew. I'd most definitely pick up another few bottles - however, there ARE other fabulous hop conocotions out there that will be available more than this will be. That's the only complaint that I think I'd have.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.98/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a lovely clear orange-amber with a fairly thick and fluffy white head. Aroma is odd, more like a cider or fruit beer than an IPA, strongly of fruit - mainly orange and a hint of grape - but with some hop smell. Flavor is strongly hoppy and fairly fruity, tasting almost like a good IPA mixed with grapefruit juice. Finish is smooth, hoppy and citrusy, a little bitter and a little sour.

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Photo of dedrinker
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caramel/ amber color with a creamy off-white head. Aromas of herbal and citrusy hops with a kinda fruity sweet malty quality too. Not an "imperial" or even "presidential" intensity though, but good. Flavor is really great with the fore-mentioned aromas showing up on the palette and additional fruit flavors I can't quite place - marmalade? The body is medium-to-full and very creamy - great texture on the tongue. The finish is hoppy fruit jelly. That's a good idea - make a hopped jam for toast, biscuits and scones! Alcohol is totally hidden. Overall, this beer is not a hop-bomb yet the hop presence is fully integrated and persistent. The fruity malty qualities blend seamlessly with the hops for a very well rounded and balanced effect. I would like to see this beer as a 6% alcohol beer but with the same balance and body. Put it in a six pack and make it cheaper. I paid $7.99 for a 22oz. of this and I don't feel it was very well spent.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours orange amber with a thick creamy white head, and slight lacing.

Aroma is bursting with juicy citrus hop - orange and pineapple, and an underlying caramel malt base. Surprisingly, for a very hoppy beer there is no trace of resinous pine.

Taste is smooth and mild. Malty sweetness, is toasty and smooth. Hops are exactly what the nose suggested, with generous light tropical fruit notes. Finish is clean and mildly bitter without a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, and slightly chewy.

A very tasty, and dangerously drinkable DIPA. Very balanced. High ABV is undetectable. A winner.

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Photo of bashiba
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
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 czfreeman
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ale to the Chief pours a amber-apricot color, two-finger head on initial pour,highly carbonated, yet settles quickly.
Smells of grapefruits, cantelopes, citric piney hops, and malty sweetness, a bitter-sweet caramel hoppiness in the nose profile.
tastes of briny hoppy citric fruits, lavender, salty-sweet toffee,cloves, piney grapefruits.
A light pilsner-amber mouthfeel is presented,much like the Majaharaja IPA, only a little more full-bodied. Instead of just quick "hops" fix as in the case of Majaraja, a fuller, more complex taste is presented this bier. This is a full bodied, yet lightly enjoyable brew. Well done Avery yet again.

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Photo of Beauregard
3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium copper from the tap with average white head. Aroma is faint, hints of caramel and a mixture of sweet, piney, and citrusy hops. The flavor is muddled, and caramel and residual sugar overpower the malt base. Alcohol taste is present. A kitchen sink full of hop flavors drown in the caramel without enough bitterness at the back end. Hops flavors are resiny sweet, flowery, somewhat citrusy, and unfortunately vegetal and even a bit cheesy. Mouthfeel is too heavy for my tastes. Not bad tasting, but unfocused in my opinion. Not what I'm looking for in a double IPA.

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Photo of pwsoldier
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
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 ColForbinBC
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a tulip pint

A mountainous, thick, off-white head topped off at about three fingers. Excellent staying power with spider web lacing all the way down. Sitting comfortably under the cap is a light amber/copper body with very few bubbles.

Aroma is of big, bad hops. Ruby red grapefruit juice, pineapple, oranges, and a steady stale bread malt background. Overall, very sweet. The malts do their best to cut through the sweetness, but the hops prevail.

The sweetness in the taste is almost too much. It definitely pushes the limits of the tastebuds. The malts are sweeter in the palate than nose and only add to issue. Flavors mimic the smell---fresh, ripe tropical fruits. A slight alcohol warming builds as time goes on.

Thick, viscous and creamy.Very playful on the palate for such a full-bodied beer.

The sweetness wears on you after a bit, but never became an issue. The alcohol warming definitely heated up as time went on. A sipper for sure.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber bottle into my imperial pint glass. Appears a mildly cloudy rich golden yellow color with about two fingers of fluffy off-white head. A moderate amount of lacing sticks to the inside of the glass with each sip. Smells of citrus and floral hops followed by sweet malt. This is unusual for a DIPA - the caramel malt is the first thing I taste followed by a pleasantly bitter rush of hops. Citrus notes such as lemon and grapefruit as well as pine are the dominant flavors with a nice caramel malt base. Finishes dry with a slight alcohol burn on the tongue and throat. Medium in both body and carbonation. This is a very well done DIPA and worth seeking out if you can.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
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 rajendra82
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The label on this 22 oz. bomber was especially well designed, with a look reminiscent of the declaration of independence. The beer, when poured into a tulip, was hazy amber in color, and the head formation was two fingers thick. The aroma was notable, only due to the mild nature of it, with a distinct lack of hops typical of most other Avery beers. The taste was well balanced between the malt, and the hops, with the former contributing an apricot fruitiness, while the latter showing up as spicy and bitter flavors. The body was quite a bit thicker than I had anticipated, with a a rough hewn rustic character reminiscent of some stronger Saisons. The alcohol was a bit obtrusive, and I think some age would mellow this beer out to more presentable package. I think it would be just right by inauguration day next year.

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Photo of IPALOVER
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
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 donteatpoop
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whew. This was awesome. Found some on tap at Vintage in Boardman.

Poured a hazed amber color with a finger of white head.

Smelled strongly of woods and floral hops.

Holy shit, the hops in this brew are beautiful. They really hit the palate nicely. So glad I tried this. Normally I get one glass of something and then a glass of something else when I find quality beers on tap. But I stuck with this one, I didn't want to pressure any other beer into following this act.

Great mouthfeel. Went down smooth and left me craving more.

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Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
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