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%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
36
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 607 |  Reviews: 402
Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JoeMans
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hop_God
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep amber to neon orange glow. some deep reds in there also- very thick fluffy redish white head

S: Hops, resin, biscuits, citrus pith.

T: super sweet holy shit, malty biscuit sweet bread bite. some raw hops and raw alcohol also. very clunky.

F: thick and viscous. the sweetness is almost cloying and coats the palate. like a roller coaster ride.

O: I had high hopes for this, but its just kinda crazy and really more of a barleywine than an IPA.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An orange color with substantial haze, not east coast flour added kind of juice box haze. But it also didn't seem to be from dry hopping exclusively either, this had it, but not anything beyond what I would describe as a light dry hop finishing hop stage.

Malt was big and brown like. Real thick, viscous kind of hoppy ale. Lots of caramel. Grapefruit bitterness.

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Photo of user785335
3.21/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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

I know this comes out only once every four year, but I do not remember it being like this. I will leave it at being way too perfumey for my liking. Cheers!

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

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

Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 57md
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a half finger of head. The nose is only mildly hoppy. The flavor has a sweetness that seems to come from both a citrus quality and the ample malt profile. The finish is much hoppier than the nose would indicate.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great, clean, smooth with just the right amount of hop flavor. Too bad it only comes out during election years. I'm starting a bill to have this all year. Call your congressman.

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Photo of dag1991
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ristaccia
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nmgreen
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of seanote
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jjd315
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of buzzy
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Wizzle32
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wheels2532
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Crosseyed
2.16/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Big fan of Avery limited releases, but this one wasn't my cup of tea. Lots of malt up front, a bit sweet, not much hops to balance it out, rather long lasting and unpleasant finish. Pains me to give a bad review to Avery after all the wonderful beers ive had from them, but this one is just off..IMHO. I was excited to try it but it didn't live up to the expectations. Got it July 21st 2016 in Denver drank it July 21st wouldn't get it again unfortunately. On to the next. Cheers!

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Photo of daem3384
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zotzot
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good

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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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