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%
 
 
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23
Gots:
36
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Photo of riored4v
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 4/15/09

Poured into a tulip glass. 1/2 finger, white head. Clear, copper body.

Smell was consisted of biscuity notes, caramel and nice malty sweetness. Mellow hop presence of spicy and citrus hops.

Taste was mildly spicey with a bitter finish. Good amount of caramel sweetness along with some medium roasted malts. Good maltiness backed with some biscuit flavors.

Mouthfeel was a medium body. Slightly syrupy with a crisp and slightly dry finish.

Drinkability was good. Slightly sweet but balanced enough to be enjoyable even with the slight alcohol warmth.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this guy from BEERchitect in a great trade. Not much else to say here, so here comes teh review.

A: Pours a huge 2 finger frothy head on top of a pretty clear amber pale orange color.

N: This thing was beaming with aromas as soon as i started pouring. A sweet malt just bashes everything in its path. Some light hints of spices I think, nuttiness. Some nice hops seem to make their way though but keep it light. I got some alcohol as well, a thick malty sweet alcohol. There's also some raisiny smells erupting from it.

T: Starts pretty creamy and malty with some raisin and dried fruits, lots of malty tastes and more and more raisin. SOme alcohol taste starts to find its way through. Some interesting hops seem to come through, but not the usual noble piney fruity hops, but it does have some hints. Some juicy hop flavors also seem to be there. It has a strong imperial red ale flavor.

M: Pretty thick and creamy, warming alcohol but not burn, decent carbonation.

F: Finishes semi dry and very bitter. The hoppy bitterness pieces its way through the finish and really hits you. The dried fruits and some earthy flavors seem to linger as well. More sweetness seems to hint at you in the end, but doesn't take over as it slowly dries off.

Final thoughts: Pretty much an imperial red ale with lots of malts, fruits, sweetness, alcohol, raisins, and lots of hops and bitterness. Pretty good winter or fall beer and warmingness.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little disappointed with this one. Not that it isn't good but because I was expecting more. I suppose it is my fault for loving Avery so much. Pretty traditional DIPA but with an Avery twist. The twist comes through because of it's unique hop bouquet that smells almost nutty...first time I've gotten that experience from an IPA. The taste is similar with the nuttiness turning more into a woody flavor. Good beer but not what I was expecting.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darker IPA. Nice 3 finger head with lasting retention. Nose is both caramel malt and orange peel with light spruce. Big time orange in the taste as well with caramelized pineapple and tree sap. Sticky on the sides of the glass as it disappears. One of the maltier Imperial IPA's I've had but good. I would get this one again.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a nice cloudy orange color, with a decent amount of white head. Aromas of sweet caramel malt and citrusy hops. Nicely balance IIPA, with a good blast of hoppiness and some good malt sweetness/alcohol. A nice effort, worth brewing again.

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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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