Ale To The Chief | Avery Brewing Company

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4.02/5
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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
Ranking:
#3,865
Reviews:
405
Ratings:
623
pDev:
9.7%
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Ratings: 623 |  Reviews: 405
Photo of Blakaeris
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours orange amber with a thick creamy white head, and slight lacing.

Aroma is bursting with juicy citrus hop - orange and pineapple, and an underlying caramel malt base. Surprisingly, for a very hoppy beer there is no trace of resinous pine.

Taste is smooth and mild. Malty sweetness, is toasty and smooth. Hops are exactly what the nose suggested, with generous light tropical fruit notes. Finish is clean and mildly bitter without a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, and slightly chewy.

A very tasty, and dangerously drinkable DIPA. Very balanced. High ABV is undetectable. A winner.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber in color with just a minimal head forming on the pour. Smell is all hops. Taste is more of the hops. Very balanced and a good amount of bittering. Medium feel on the mouthfeel. Had this with other beers and it was the best of the day. Solid offering from Avery.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have no idea about people saying this one isnt' hoppy. They must have had something else before hand. It's definetly not bitter as hell, but there is a hell of a lot of dry hopping.

Pours a 1 finger head that fades decently quickly, but leaves a good lace and a nice cloudy orange color from the hop oils.

A bunch of dry hopping will yeild a nice aroma. This smells like raw hops. I smell cascade, centennial and I want to say perle as there is a tiny bit of mintyness in there with the citrusy aspect. Golly.

This beer is not excessively bitter, but it's hoppy. They obviously dry hopped the shit out of it. A lot of hop flavor and aroma and not a lot of bitterness. NICE IDEA! The maltyness could be a bit thicker as the hop oil dominates over the rest. There is this mintyness on the finish as well. The dry hopping is really awesome.

The malts are a bit weak, but somehow there is decent crispness within the hop oil.

Nice concept. Dry hop the shit out of your beer, but don't go over the top with the bittering. I like it.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.9/5  rDev -3%
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 MrMcGibblets
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
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 Domingo
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a huge rocky head even after a relatively careful pour. After sipping a little, it's clear that lacing on this is second to none. By the time I finish, my glass has a dozen tiny foam rings.
Smells hoppy (think pineapple, not floral), but it has a fruitiness, too. It has some potency, but it's not boozy smelling.
The taste is pretty sublime. It captures the hoppiness of an IPA (or even a DIPA) but with a malt balance. Even more amazing, it does it without being overly boozy or sweet. Reminds me a little of a kicked up APA as it maintains the balance between hops and caramel-like malt body.
It's creamy and thick, but not syrupy thick. It's just got a heavy body with lots of foam.
I split this one and think I could've certainly finished it myself.
I like this. I'm not usually much of a DIPA fan (although I do love the Maharaja) and stylistically I don't think this is one. I like how this skirts a few different styles while taking the attributes I like from each.

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Photo of Foxman
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a slightly hazy amber, amply carbonated. A finger of dense, eggshell head sustains long enough to leave a frothy moustache after the first couple sips. Thin wires of lacing circuit the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, the hops are all the rage, with dry citrus, lemon zest, and resiny pine playing wantonly. The malt bubble through from under, with a slightly sweet cast and a caramel complexion. The alcohol punctuates the air with a hot shaft of vapor.

Upon sipping, the malt this time comes first, with a manageably sweet character boating caramel and distant berry. The hops elbow in impatiently, casting forth showers of crisp, dry grapefruit, mandarin orange, and thick, oily pine. Esters boast a bit of peach that soon disappears in the wake of a brash wash of alcohol. Residual grain presence is mostly biscuit with a touch of sugar. The finish is very crisp, very dry, and very bitter, but in a homey, hop-head pleasing way. Simply, the impressive balance leaves nothing to not like.

Medium bodied, the malt has nice body, which is buoyed and borne by the oozing lubricant of the hops, leaving a crisp glow for the effort.

Thanks to Taylor at the Mexican Food Factory for the heads up on this, because I would not have wanted to miss it. It's big, bold, brash, and a few other good B's as well, with a balance that juggles some very hefty elements, and yet leads to a very fetching blend. And I can say definitively that it holds up impressively to a sassy quesadilla, often a daunting task but one this beer responds to with aplomb. Yes, the ABV is muscular, but it's not sly, so one can take heed easily. The only issue is knowing when to say when, because it goes down very well. Avery is always solid in my book. But this time, they went above and beyond.

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Photo of anon
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Comes out of the bottle thick and cloudy, deep orange hue leans close to amber, with a creamy head that leaves a good amount of lace as it dissipates and continues to stick on the way down.

Aroma is absolutely malt-forward with caramel and toffee coming through strong. Butterscotch, orange peel, pine and dry hops. As in the aroma, the taste is heavily malty; loads of caramel, toffee and bread in this one. Orange peel and dried fruits. Lightly tropical. As this warms the hops come through a bit more with a deep, piney, grassy earthiness along with some dry wood.

Medium bodied and dry. Boozy with some lingering malt sweetness. Wild card brew. Decent.

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Photo of froghop
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear dark amber-copper with a large white head, with good lacing.

smell is of hops, caramel, dry leaves, and some nuts.

taste is thick and creamy, roasted toffee, malt, and some light grapefruit, finish is on the dry side and slightly bitter.

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Photo of jkane101
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of coldmeat23
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Consumed on Inauguration Day

A golden amber tinted medium brown liquid. Two fingers of creamy light tan colored foam. Great retention and excellent lacing.

Good mix of citrus and pine hops. Big pine notes are combined with big, lush, tropical notes. Nice pineapple presence. Slight presence of caramel sweetness. Big grassy notes. Decent notes of yeasty bread.
It really smells delicious.

Not nearly the hop bomb that the nose had me prepared for. Still a good hop presence, just not as dominant as expected.
Main component of taste seems to be big, butterey, yeasty bread. It has faint traces of caramel on it. It's been dipped in pine sap and some sort of tropical/citrus juice. The whole thing is covered in fresh, green, grass.

Feels thin, crisp and sharp. I like beers to be more full and lush. Lightly sticky.

Fairly decently drinkable, overall. Although, for me, I think that I prefer to smell it.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.9/5  rDev -27.9%
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 LotsofLupulin
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of sprucetip
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From bottle into Midnight Sun goblet.

Very clean, clear, medium orange-ish, modest foamy white head with some retention and good lacing.

Smells strong but smooth, citrusy, floral hop aroma is very prominent but the burly malt base balances.

Malty sweetness and hop bitterness hit immediately and simultaneously battling for attention, with hops taking initial advantage then fading as the sweetness takes the lead through the middle. The grapefruity bitterness returns, though more subdued, for the finish and beyond. The diversity of influences and flavor is aggressive and appreciated, but slightly out of balance, especially when it is colder. Strong abv fairly well hidden.

Full bodied, plenty of carbonation and noticeable warming.

I really like this ale, but it is in some ways out of balance and sharp. Some fans of big, aggressive IIPA's will love it, some won't. Best sipped and or shared due to its size and complexity of flavors.

I love the label! If I could give it extra points for that I would. Had some on hand for election day. When I showed a bottle to the host of one election party I attended, though she and most of her guests were wine drinkers, she made a run to the liquor store and bought a case!

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Photo of Shaw
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper in color with a nice thick foamy head.

The aroma is all about citrus hops.

The taste is very good. It's -- again -- all about the hops, with both citrus and herbal flavors mixing with a backbone of malt sweetness. There is also a great warming effect from the alcohol. The bitterness, while big, isn't overpowering like some beers in this style.

The body is nice and thick, but smooth. There's nothing watery about this.

Overall this is a good DIPA. It's more approachable than better examples. A good gateway to bitterness.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear brown amber with a dense patch of off-white head cresting atop it; moderate lacing and duration resonate well with the reviewer. The nose is simply incredible--oily, very hopped, a DIPA through and through and, as the inimitable Bighuge says, this wreaks of Mary Jane. There is an unmistakable weed aroma to this hopped-up beauty. Very good taste that nonetheless falls a little short of the aroma--caramel malt, thick floral and citrus hops, a pinch of spice--very well done. Great to see the DIPA tongue emerge with Ale To The Chief, very hoppy but fairly smooth--a terrific testament to the malty balance that at long last emerges in the second half of its consumption.

I'm very impressed with Avery's latest, an excellent DIPA that it should market and distribute far and wide this fall and beyond. A tremendous accomplishment, not one to be missed.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A winner, no matter who wins.

Pours a bright amber with a fluffy, long lasting head with a bit of lacing. The aroma is huge, with a giant blast of grapefruity hops that you can smell from feet away. The taste is lovely, balanced, carmelly and malty with huge, fresh-tasting citrusy hops, with a bit of alcohol on the tongue. The mouthfeel is a bit clingy, leaving a lasting bitterness. A delicious, balanced, and beautiful offering.

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Photo of rowew
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz bomber with what looks a lot like the Constitution on the label, golf foil on the neck. Couldn't find a date brewed, but it says in celebration of Inauguration day (January 20).

Appearance: Pours clear copper colored, nice dense head with good retention.

Smell: Resinous piny hop aromas, a bit of malt sweetness.

Taste: Fairly sweet, the hops are present but not a lot of bitterness, this is edging torwards the barleywine side of the DIPA spectrum.

Overall impression: Nice flavors, but it seems more like a BW to me. Reminds me of something like Bigfoot. That said, I definitely enjoyed it!

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.64/5  rDev +15.4%
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 JRed
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Bottle:Thick, murky, dark orange in body with small white bubbly head that dissipates. Smells of deep citrus, hop resin, caramel, tropical fruit. Tastes of citrus, tropical fruit, hops, hop resin, booze, slight caramel, coating sweetness, and slight echoes of bubblegum. A bit biting in carbonation and thick in mouthfeel. A tropical punch DIPA worth seeking out.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange/amber with a nice fluffy white head. Nose is hops mostly, but a significant malt presence. Taste follows with a good hop profile, but a very large malt base. Sweet with a little bit of spice. Mouthfeel is nice and viscous, just about right for the style. Drinkability is good. Overall a decent IPA and an ok representation of the style, but really nothing amazing. Good brew.

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Photo of sideshowe
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of Dewey0603
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden/amber with a giant tan foam head.The head is gigantic and lasts forever. The smell is pungent with a citrus hop scent with bread yeast. A decent aroma,but not as strong as I hoped. The taste has a mixture of bitter and citrus tasting hops along with bread yeast,and alcohol. A nice mixture,but the taste is harsh and it tastes like it has more alcohol than it does. The m/f is medium and like I mentioned , it is abit harsh. Not a bad beer, if you can find it buy it.

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Photo of wertschy
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeastLU
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 623 ratings