Ale To The Chief | Avery Brewing Company

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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:
613
Reviews:
404
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
9.68%
 
 
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24
Gots:
37
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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a hazy, obscure but bright amber. A thin but creamy, soapy head atop, nice sticking lace around most of the glass.

Aroma - orange, syrupy, heavy. Definitely a Double IPA on the nose.

Taste - chewy malts and orange juice. Fresh and vibrant, the swallow bends more towards a grassy grapefruit flavor. A kind of kiwi taste as the palate clears, plenty of citrus throughout. Quite a tasty beverage; finishes warm in the belly with a lengthy, mildly bitter end. Shows some crackery, almost rye-like graininess on the finish. A little medicinal touch at times, late if at all. Probably not bitter enough for the DIPA-heads, but I prefer it.

Mouthfeel - smooth and slightly slick, heavier than normal. Carbonation is up but fighting through much body to make its presence known.

Drinkability - one of the more drinkable DIPAs I've come across. I'll save the other one for 1/20 or thereabouts. I toast the end of the campaign season (how I *hate* the commercials), congratulate those who've won, and toast the beginnning of what I hope is a brighter future. Cheers.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.9/5  rDev -28%
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 -4%
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 ffejherb
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber into new Sam Adams glass. Shared with brewslut in celebration of Barack Obama's victory.

A - Clear copper-tinged amber/orange body with ample carbonation and one-finger creamy off-white head that receded into a thin ring of retention and left plenty of lace around the glass.

S - Fairly pungent mélange of citrus, pine and grassy hops backed by a caramel sweetness. A slight tinge of alcohol rounds out the aroma.

T - This DIPA's definitely got a West Coast vibe with a flavor profile combining juicy grapefruit, citrus zest and hints of pine. While this brew packs quite a hoppy bite, there is ample support from the sweet caramel malt backbone. There's also just a touch of toasted grain in the finish.

M - Medium body with smooth, creamy texture and moderate carbonation. Some stickiness from the hops is also present. Finishes a bit dry with a nice lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - I'm glad I saved this bomber for such a momentous occasion. While this is a solid DIPA, it isn't quite as aggressive as The Maharaja. It's quite tasty, though. I'm happy to be drinking this in celebration rather than defeat.

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Photo of itcomesnpints
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gooey orange amber. Stark white head with sticky lacing.

Smell is of sweet oranges, malt, light hops.

Taste is very malt-heavy. Normally I wouldn't like this, but here the malt is amazingly tasty and smooth. Little hop flavor or bitterness. Mostly syrupy malt. Hints of citrus.

Mouthfeel is deep and thick. Interesting. Hides the alcohol well, but makes it hard to drink too much of this stuff.

A great malty DIPA. Sweet, thick. Good but in definite need of more hops.

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

Had this tonight, as the occasion was more than appropriate. Poured into DFH snifter.

Nice color, slightly darker than a honey-amber, but not much of a head. Pine-y aroma with some caramel malt notes, maybe some toffee? The taste has a very full feel. Its very 'complete'-tasting. Muted grapefruit and loads of pine and a very smooth balance. Considering its ABV and and style this is considerably drinkable. I enjoyed it a lot, and it was perfect for the occasion.

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

Had this on-tap @ hollingsheads a couple of months ago and it was great. Since then, I've got 2 bottles from liquor wherehouse, and they've both been as I like to say "butterscotch bastards".In lement, I wish I'd have written a review at hollingsheads. Alas... here I am with a new prez, wanting to ale to the chief; but insted holding my nose. Again this beer was tits on tap, but both bottles I've had were really bad!

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a crystal clear amber gold with a huge volume of creamy off-white head.

Aroma is a gorgeous medley of sweet malts, caramel, fresh-baked bread, and piney/citrus hops.

The taste is quite malty upfront. Creamy with caramel and toffee while finishing with a piney hoppiness. The alcohol is well hidden.

Medium bodied, rich and chewy, and moderately carbonated.

Bravo. I love this IIPA from Avery. A great drinker from start to finish.

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Photo of corey0212
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a glowing honey/orange color, sturdy & foamy two-finger head fades extremely slowly into a 1/4" layer, thick sheets of lacing coat the inside of the glass....this is an incredible pour. Smell is rich with caramel malt, piney hops take a backseat, but they come through nicely. Really nice balance on this one...thick/gooey caramel flavors, lots more pine on the tongue, some faint bitter grapefruit. Sticky mouthfeel, lots of lingering bitterness and piney aftertaste. A really nice Imperial IPA.

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Photo of orcasteve
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i work third shift and just voted so i am selebrating election day with this one, poureed into my saint arnold pint glass, this one poured a thick semi cloudy orange with a nice thick slightly yellow head on it, the head spuwed from the neck of the bottle as i opened this, hops filled the air. i loved this befor i ever tasted it. the taste is citrus hops, orange, biscuts, caned fruit, fresh mowed grass, and a bitter after taste that just wont quit. this hides the alchoal well and i just couldent stop pounding untill it was gone. i wish i had more of these for sure

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Photo of aubuc1
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22 oz bomber in to a goblet.

pours a lightly hazy golden brown with a sticky, clingly white head.

Smell of citrus is bursting out. pine and sweet malt is in the back, but grapefruit and other citrus dominate.

Taste is maltier than I expected, and doesn't have the bitter kick I expected, but still creates a great taste.

Mouthfeel is very sticky and full.

No strong aftertaste and well masked alcohol make this a surprisingly drinkable dipa.

I don't like Avery's incorporation of politics in to their business, (and I told them) but this is a very good balanced DIPA.

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Photo of jim102864
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle into the new Sam Adams custom glass. Copper with a lusty, sticky head with lace web.

Nose is caramel with some floral notes; butter; malty with hidden Cascade hops. Nice.

Mouthfeel is smooth particularly as it warms, with modest carbonation.

Mild taste with slight hop finish. Buttery smooth and creamy as it warms.

This is a one "term" ale, not a session brew. A good effort by Avery.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.32/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, amber-hued body with a wispy, white head.

Smell: Aroma of juice-dripping tropical fruits ahead of the pale maltiness, hint of grass, and minor note of Oval Office dankness.

Taste: Pale and caramel malts with a sugary, candyish sweetness. A bit grassy. Fruity mix of tangerines, melons, and pineapples, then WHAM -- bitterness, a moderate hop bitterness, maybe even moreso. Light undercurrent of astringency. Finishes quite bitter, with a lingering taste of tropical fruits.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Oily, slightly sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I vote 'no' on this hopferendum. Geez, could you imagine struggling through 8 years of this one?

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

Pours a crystal clear deep golden amber with a bubbly white head that sticks around for a while. Aroma, well lets just say I smell the hops soon after I pop the cap off the bottle. Closer inspection reveals large hop aromas of pine and grapefruit. I know there's some malt in there somewhere and if I squint I can maybe find a little caramel. Taste is hoppy, pine, resin and less citrus than the smell said there would be. I taste a little alcohol in the finish especially after it warms. Syrupy sticky mouthfeel, medium to thick body, crisp carbonation and mad lacing. Great little hop bomb here, a little more malt might be ok too.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a clear coppery-orange body with a strong carbonation of big bubbles supporting a light tan head.

S- There is a earthy orange hop aroma that fills the air during the pour with a leafy hop aroma to it. There is a fruity quality to the hops as the beer warms.

T- This beer has a big green hop favor with a cheese quality to it and a pine note. There is a pale malt note and some toasted hints to it that support the big hops. The finish is a soft spicy quality to a pungent big hop finish.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with the only real alcohol heat coming in the last few sips.

D- This beer has some full fresh hops that are supported by a nice malt flavor with some depth. This is big and fresh hoppy beer.

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Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL foil-wrapped bottle purchased at State Line.

A: The DIPA is a ruddy amber color, translucent with a half a finger of head across the mouth of the glass.

S: I took a brief whiff from the bottle and was blasted back with a barrage of hops. Out of the glass, the hops are murky with a big aroma that reminds me of a barleywine (or a DIPA that sat around too long).

T: The ale is huge, full of both hops and malts. The flavors are wet and concentrated, a veritable barleywine. The malts are caramel and biscuits, chewy and sweet. They match up admirably against the hops. Those hops are citrusy with a touch of pine resin. The finish is the best part of the ale, a melange of pine and citrus flavors that lingers long.

M: The ale is big and swirling, a barleywine wiht a fresh hop kick. The flavors overwhlem the palate.

D: One bottle is enough. The ale is a bomb. I'm just not sure if it is a hop- or malt- one.

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 10/25/08.

Pours a copper golden-orange color with about two fingers of beige head. The head dropped slowly and left some nice lacing. Aroma is piny and citrusy hops and some caramel malt.

Taste is sweet caramel malt followed by piny and grassy hops. Quite a bitter finish. A bit of citrus, mostly grapefruit. Not the most balanced beer; it could use a bit more sweetness to balance it out. The alcohol is very well hidden in the taste.

Feel is medium bodied and well-carbonated. Just the right thickness and not sticky at all. Drinkability is decent. The taste is a bit unbalanced but the alcohol is very well hidden.

Overall, pretty good for a pale ale. It's a bit pricey (~$8) and maybe not worth the price, but it's a pretty good beer.

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Photo of soccerman7
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at holy smoke

A - A very nice bright light copper appearance. A nice thick head that laced down the glass.

Smell - Very similar to the Maharaja but far sweeter almost rummy.

Taste - very sweet citrus. Tastes very close to the Maharaja only sugary. No pine flavors though only citrus. malts hid in the back.

Mouth - very coating in the mouth and the sweetness lingered but pleasantly.

Drink - being a one off from a great brewery it is worth trying to get and sample. Was rather unique for the style. A good brew.

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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 CJN11
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Outstanding Pale Ale. Nice crisp flavor, not too hoppy. Excellent finish, somewhat fruity but well balanced. Limited aftertaste. Usually an IPA guy, but this American Pale Ale beats them all. Only negative is that at 8.7% I can't have more than two..

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Photo of gford217
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with slight hints of red with a huge fluffy white head that lingered for a long while and left good lacing.

The aroma is fairly tame for a DIPA, starting with some floral pine hop aromas with a big sweet malty backbone. Citrus hops come on in the finish.

The taste is much more hop-forward than the nose let on. The pine hops hit hard up front with a nice abrasive bitterness that also shows up the finish. In between, the sweet caramel malts are present but less dominant than the aroma.

The mouthfeel follows on from the taste with a hop resin stickiness and good carbonation.

The drinkability is good but pretty abrasive with hops. This is a decent DIPA and one that I recommend.

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Political beer. I'm afraid I shouldn't say anymore.

Light opaque caramel. Huge big bubbled head.

Nose is thick with sweet malts. Too thick if you ask me. Small hint of hops. Completely opposite of what I would like to smell.

Taste is definitely over malted. Not bad. I was just expecting something different from this DIPA. Slight grassy hops are there, but just overpowered. Not one of my favorites.

Overall: vote your conscience

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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 Wildman
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark copper amber color and formed a huge foamy off white head that coated the glass with lace as it slowly subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, citrus, grapefruit hops and a hint of caramel. The flavor was of malt, caramel, grapefruit and a hint of pepper. The body is medium light and the finish slightly astringent. A good beer.

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Photo of kevinboyer
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a New Belgium snifter.

I am relatively new to DIPA, but this is unlike any DIPA I've had before. Much more caramel sweetness; much less initial hop intensity. Smell is of floral 'caramely' hops, almost maple syrup. Initial taste is s grapefruit syrup, almost tastes of caramelized scallops. Aftertaste is nowhere near as sweet as expected, more of the floral hop I expect from a double. Mouthfeel is a bit thicker than I prefer, but I find it quite drinkable.

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Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
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