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:
610
Reviews:
402
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
9.68%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
36
For Trade:
1
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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 kylehay2004
3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IronLover
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark red in color poured with a moderate, ligbt beige foam with good retention. Medium floral hop aromas with dark, pitted fruit aromas, light toffee and malt. On the lighter side of medium bodies with a light creamy feel and medium light carbonation. Definitive warming sensation from middle to end. Medium high floral hop flavors up front followed by sweet dark fruits. Medium high yet mellow spicy hop flavors through the middle. Malty backbone throughout. Spicy hops muddle with warm booziness down the backstretch. Finished semi-dryly with a malty sweetness and pleasant spicy bitterness. Fabulous combination of hop and caramel characters.

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Photo of crobinso
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a reddish copper color in a Stone snifter with a 2F head, which quickly resolved in a few minutes.

Nice aroma: toffee,fruit. The aroma is not typical of a DIPA, more like a wee heavy or a more complex ale. The brewery calls it an "Imperial APA." Hmm... Well, style is not important here.

Enjoyable MF: malty, dry, not very carbonated, and a with a light bitterness.

Taste follow the aroma: fruit, toffee. More fruit in the taste: orange, and smooth citrus.

Smooth little bitter finish.

I really enjoyed this beer. I served it colder, starting at 45°.

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Photo of varian7
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgiant
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle:
Pours a fairly deep copper, with an orange tan frothy head. Lacing is strong in my hotel plastic cup.

Nose has more caramel notes than expected, with a bit of minty hops (or a mix of pine and spice).

Taste is a toasted caramel malt base upon which a candied orange note is added. In some sips I avtually get a little dark bread and banana as well. The hops bitterness is neutral initially, and becomes slightly forest-like in its evergreen notes eventually. There's a light bite of either spice or alcohol (I tend to think the latter).

I appreciate the execution of this Imperial Pale Ale, as they describe it, but the malt flavors are a little darker than "pale" for me. The flavors seem to blur some style lines as well, in a way that didn't work overly well for me.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Copper, with 2 fingers of head and nice lacing left all over the glass. Gorgeous

S - Dry hopping evident, very piny and pungent. Earthy

T - Pine and citrus, but not an IPA (which may be a hard sell at 8+%). Very well balanced. Tasty

F - High carbonation and medium body

O - An excellent strong Pale. Well done Avery, extremely enjoyable

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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 DBosco
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bump8628
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An old school double IPA with that rather big malt base that nearly balances the massive hoppiness. Hop character is old school too with that rough citrus and pine needle punch that lingers just a bit before the wave of malt pushes back with a firm caramel backbone. Nice oily mouthfeel thanks to the hops rounds it out. Worth picking up a few now since it won't be back for 4 years and it's a solid DIPA for those that prefer a more "balanced" DIPA.

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Photo of keng1343
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oldvines
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Raisingfable
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Parmesan
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Dark amber/ ruby red color with a creamy white head that dissipates fairly slowly ,nice webs of lacing around the glass.

S: Pine, slight bit of fruit and citrus, lots of sweet biscuit and cereal malt. Smells quite malty for a Pale Ale/Imperial IPA.

T: Pine, with quite a bit of tropical fruit, quite a bit of sweet biscuity and cereal malt. A medium bitterness. Quite sweet for a pale ale/IPA type beer.

F: Thick body and creamy carbonation.

O: A nice beer, not world class but still quite tasty. Will have to look for it in another 4 years.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of epyon396
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of rydev24
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreenEggsHam1
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WDJersey
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jmg480
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 610 ratings.
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