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:
610
Reviews:
402
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
9.68%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
36
For Trade:
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Photo of meatyard
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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 PerzentRizen
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First off let me tell you that this beer has been in the fridge since it was purchased. Second, I didn't want to drink it because I cannot stand the current pReSiDeNt - he sucks.

Poured into a tasting cup this beer is deep caramel toffee in color with little head and a generous share of translucency (unlike the presidency thusfar).

The aroma is of cascade and chinook hops and a decent malt backbone. I wish our current president had as much - unfortunately he's a real pussy.

The taste is decent and has a high hop profile with a major alpha acid bite throughtout the experience.

The mouthfeel is light and femine much like Barrack herself.

The drinkability is fairy easy much like Mr. and Mrs. President. Let's hope this beer lasts longer than the president's reign.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber to pint glass.

A: Pours an orange body with a huge, beautiful white head that becomes very rocky and has great retention. They don't get better looking than this.

S: Smells of strong pine hops with some breadiness and a decent balance of malts.

T: Taste is right now with the smell. Strong bitter hops with and even malt balance. There's a bit of a caramel note, but not much. The bitterness dominates the finish.

M&D: Mouthfeel is nice and thick with good carbonation, almost perfect. Very drinkable for the thickness and bitterness.

Great beer from Avery, they rarely disappoint. I have another bottle I'm going to cellar for a year and see what happens.

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Photo of Raymond69
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange. Small head , some lacing.

Aroma is all hops , citrus, grapefruit. Small amount of sweet malt in the background.

Sweet citrus upfront , nice hop bitterness on the end. Just a hint of malty sweetness keeps this from being one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel is medium , good carbonation.

Overall a very nice IPA. Ron Paul 2008!

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Photo of shadow1961
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery Ale to the Chief (one of many politically-themed brews I have
heard of this election year), a "Presidential" Pale Ale, pours 2 lumpy
fingers of foam over a slightly cloudy amber brew. Carbonation is steady
and active, and the nose is fruity malts and spicy pine hops. The flavor is
sweet malts with notes of marmelade and citrus, and a very bright floral/herbal
hop off the back. Mouthfeel is round but not heavy, finishing very crisp due to
the sprightly hopping. There's a bit of grapefruit rind in the aftertaste, and nice
lacing left in the glass all the way down. Alcohol by volume is a delightful 8.75%,
but it only makes itself felt in a warming sensation. A Double India Pale Ale you
can believe in!

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Photo of srandycarter
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours lovely honey, almost white .25 inch head, reduces to ring with sudsy lacing.

S - Hop damn. A pine forest that has been pelted by citrus. Some malt floating around in there, too.

T - Tasty caramel candy bar down the center, beautiful offsetting bittering hops.

M - Nice, comforting weight and mouthfeel. Good carb and coat.

D - Deceptive and drinkable.

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Photo of cbn
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks good, deep golden amber body, slight chill haze. Foamy head retreats to leave a thin cap, good lacing.

Aroma of candied hops, coniferous and citral , fresh pine cones and grapefruit rind, with a pungent alcohol end-note.

Light, clean malt sweetness carries a truck-load of fresh, high alpha hop bitterness. I also noticed a celery or raw carrot end-note.

Medium body with a very slightly oily mouthfeel, good carbonation delivers a bit of creaminess.

Very tasty, hopiness is balanced with good carbonation and impeccable malt.

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Photo of Rayek
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like many here, I drank this on Inauguration Day. I made the mistake of waiting until the big day to buy it, however. Luckily, I was able to track down two bottles after a bit of a search.

A: Copper colored with a slight haze. Cream colored head is big and rocky. Head retention is great, and much lace stays behind in its wake.

S: Kind of like stepping into a forest. Pine and oak scents dominate the experience, plus a hint of grapefruit citrus. There is also an anise aroma that's along for the ride.

T: Not the hop bomb I was expecting and certainly different. Hops do dominate the experience, but not in the form of bitterness. Instead, the theme from the nose continues with intense pine forest flavors. The anise theme comes through and adds an extra bit of complexity. Alcohol adds warmth and an additional bitter bite.

M: Medium body feels oily and a touch leafy. Carbonation level is just right.

D: A very nice beer overall. It felt a little rough around the edges though. I've kept a second bottle to cellar for bit so I can see if this beer mellows with age. All in all, a perfect beer for my 300th review.

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Photo of JKasten988
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Biggness
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a semi cloudy amber with a one fingered head and lots of lacing. The smell is nice of carmel and malt, not alot of pine/citrus that I would expect from a dipa, but it is very nice. The flavor is the same, a very nice malt base but a tad low on the hop bill in my opinion for a DIPA, BUT in my opinion this is a wonderful double Pale. The mouthfeel is nice, not too creamy and the slightest dry aftertaste. A nice drinkablility for a high ABV beer.

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Photo of ruckzuck
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Meant to drink this yesterday, but I completely forgot!

A - pours a slightly hazy burnt orange with a white head that subsided to a film pretty fast

S - hoppy all up in my nostrils. Tons of sweet pineapple with some nice floral notes. Actually fairly malty as well now that I sniff again

T - this is nice. It really isn't as hoppy as I thought it would be upon first smell out of the bottle. I mean there is some bitterness, but the sweet and fruity aspects of the hops are really the star of the show, especially that pineapple. Malt provides a nice backbone for an all around enjoyable experience

M - medium bodied with a pleasant amount of carbonation. Nice and smooth going down

D - this is good. Then again, it's from Avery, so big shocker. Would drink again, and I love the concept! Will finish bomber no questions asked

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Photo of babaracas
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber a slightly hazy amber with white head which fades to a few clumps with thick lacing. Smell: pine, grapefruit, apricot, pineapple, sweet malt and grassy/floral notes. Taste: interesting progression: pine, grainy+caramel, pink grapefruit and sweet orange, earthy and caramel. Some astringent and citrus rind flavors at the end of the sip. This is a fairly sweet, malt forward dipa, but then again it's a democratic pale ale, so it's ok that it brings the change.

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

A chill hazed copper/amber with a thick shaving cream head of off white hue. Superb retention and lacing. An island sits in the middle of my glass all the way down as rings on the sides mark the descent. Mild carbonation.

Smell is a good indication of the what is to come. A very balanced but hoppy bouquet. More piney than citrus but nice grapefruit component is there. Light butterscotch. A sweet malt and caramel structure tuck the hops into a bready blanket bringing a bakery yeastiness tahat mixes with an estery fruitiness. Atop this the grapefruit makes a reprise.

Taste is what you have been set up for at the nose. With bigger hops of course. Still the malt structure is deep and satisfying. Hops are first with a firm flexing that melds into the malt for a moment as the caramel and toffee tinged sweetness rolls over your tongue. Bitterness fights it back with a pervasive wraping of the tongue with hop oil and grapefruit skin. This one doesn't stun the buds with a KO assault but subdues them with a constant bittering that lays down a suppressing layer on the mouth. Finish is dry and clean with more hop oil and tea leaves. A toasted crackery facet as well. Feel is somewhat syrupy with and gentle carbonation. A girthy medium weight and smooth.

Drinkability is quite good considering the abv and somewhat thick feel. It drinks almost like an IPA but it does catch up with you so be careful and enjoy!

A nice nod to the President and a good brew for us.

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

I bought this beer before the election and it sat in my fridge ever since. It wasn't quite the outcome I was expecting. Well, Obama has been inaugurated, so I guess it is time to pop this one open and give it a try.

Appearance: The beer pours a very clear orange golden color with about a half-inch of tannish bubbles after a pretty gentle pour. The head was every bit of half its original height a minute after the pour, so the appearance is definitely worthy.

Aroma: Lots of hops in the aroma are the most obvious thing to notice first. Plenty of citrus with lemons, tangerines, and grapefruit all playing a part. There is definitely some malt in here that comes across as a subtle caramel and toasty sweetness. Even though the hops are really assertive in the aroma, the malt is there, so I doubt that this beer is going to be too out of balance. Let's give it a taste...

Taste: The flavor is quite pleasant, and I am not a hop-head by any means. There is a whole bunch of hops, but they come across more like a melon in the flavor. The malt is definitely there, and it doesn't let the hops completely run the show. There is some sweetness that hits the back of the throat about the same time as the hops, so it ends up finishing pretty balanced. The hops edge out the malt a touch, but it isn't a complete slaughter.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer...for an IPA. I normally stick to the Bocks and other malty German beers...but this is quite the tasty American brew. I wouldn't want more than the one bottle that I have...at least for tonight. I wouldn't mind sharing this beer with some friends, but I probably won't be buying any more just for myself.

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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 bbeane
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a snifter... Starts with a nice off white head that that eventually disappears leaving behind an impressive web of lacing. Beer is a murky copper color with fine sediment and light activity

S- Some floral hops, but more sweet malt and citrus... not overpo

T- Malty sweetness, caramel, subtle citrus with a pronounced bitter hop finish

M- Medium bodied with light carbonation... leaves a nice bitter taste lingering in your mouth

D- Little expensive, but you get what you pay for... another quality Double/Imperial Ipa from Avery

CHEERS!!

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Photo of RDW
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of kkosmoski
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Missed out on having this for the occasion it was intended it for. Oh well, here it goes anyway. Bomber poured into a Duvel glass. Luxurious dense, cream colored head that has all kinds of sticking power. Hazed orange in color. Smell includes pine, naval orange, pineapple, toffee, bit of earth, and light caramel. Great intense, balanced aroma. Flavor starts out with a bitter and sweet tangerine combo. Floral bitterness follows with sugar coated orange peel and lemon. Finished with a stern, earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-full, sweet and thick with a nice, modest level of carbonation. Bit of warmth on the way down. Intense flavors on both sides, bitter and sweet, in addition to high alcohol, don't make this a very easy drinking ale.

This beer was better than I expected it to be. The aroma was outstanding, still holding on to some of its pleasant hop character. There was also good balance between an intense bitterness and solid citrusy sweetness.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's. Into a pint glass

A: Clear amber with a one finger head with excellent retention. As i drink this, it leaves gorgeous lacing on the side of the glass

S: Excellent citrus (orange) and floral hops. Mild malt backbone

T: Starts off hoppy with a wonderful citrus bouquet. Mild malt sweetness is present before a long, bitter finish takes over. While not as malty as the Maharaja, this is still a little sweet.

M: Carbonation is great but the finish is a little bitterer than I'd like

D: I had no problems drinking this. Very impressive

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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 dedrinker
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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 nrbw23
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pretty clear golden amber color with a nice head. Head has great retention and leaves a lot of lacing.

S- All hops here citrus and pine!

T- Sweet citrus upfront hops. Has nice hop bitterness on the end. Just a hint of malty sweetness keeps this from being one-dimensional.

M- Medium body and good carbonation. Almost feels like its unflitered.

D- Easy to drink and wonderful flavour.

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Photo of blakesell
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz foil wrapped bottle into a Belgian style goblet.

Appearance- Beer pours a clear golden amber with a substantial one and a half finger head of foam that clings and leaves lacing all across the sides of the glass.

Smell- This is clearly a hop bomb with loads of cascades, simcoe, Amarillo, and cat pissy hops, pines galore, there smells to be some malt in there, but I sure as hell can't pick it out. I can catch a little of the Avery yeast, which must be geared for IPA's as this one smells damn near perfect.

Taste- Crisp fresh hops nearly as much as a harvest ale, they say on the bottle that it's dry hopped, but it tastes as if it was wet hopped as well. Very fresh hop flavor with much citrus, pine, and hop oils all throughout the flavor. Malts do provide a nice balance on this beer.

Mouthfeel- Lightly sticky, bitter, lightly astringent, highly carbonated, and full bodied.

Drinkability- Very nice for the repeat drinking, I will likely buy another bottle for swilling at a future date and I'll try to find it on tap as well.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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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Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 610 ratings.
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