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%
 
 
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24
Gots:
36
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Photo of yelterdow
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$9.99 for this 22oz. bomber, served between fridge and cellar temperature in an inperial pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a deep reddish gold, the head climbs eventually to four fingers of bisque foam. Popping away slowly, it levels off to a thick coating and leaves patches of gobby lacing behind.

Smell- The citrusy twang of dry-hopped Cascades permeates the nasal passages, not too aggressive for a DIPA.

Taste- The malt begins to come forth, but the massive hops continue to dominate the palate. The swallow brings lots of lemony goodness, with a reserved bittering with regard to the style.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Surprisingly thin and average, the texture doesn't bring anything interesting to the table... It's just mildly fizzy, with a watery consistency. Easy enough to drink, just nothing I'd come back to in the future.

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Photo of becktone
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes 1-20-09

Eye: At first this one poured with a big billowing pillowy off white head. Now it has diminished to a fat dome in the middle of the glass surrounded by soapy looking thin dry rotted blankets. Color is a hazy orange-copper. I was happy with the cascading head when poured but now am disappointed in the look of this one, it should, and could be more. Lacing looks like a negative of mini-blinds.

Nose: Huge sweet malt and citrus hop aroma fills the room once the beer is poured into the glass. In the nose spicy alcohol notes are present along with the aforementioned strong malt and citrus hops. Malt aroma is similar to that of a barleywine-big, alcoholic, and sweet. However, it is still in check, unlike a barleywine, malt here is a supporting role, hops are the lead. Good amount of complexity among the hop aroma, green, citrus, some spiciness, some earthiness/leafy qualities. Overall nice aroma.

Tongue: Hop bitterness is present here, but the flavor is a little odd. I've never got anything like this from any kind of pale ale before. What's odd is the malt flavor, its interesting, but at the same time almost seems out of place, maybe thats because I've never experienced it before. Anyway its like a real lightly toasted/kilned unmalted barley flavor. It just has this real grainy taste, and that grainy taste is pinpointing one grain, not a combination, its not a grainy taste such as GLBC, but rather its more like I've been eating crystal malt before its been cracked or mashed. This flavor is long lasting and is always there behind and sometimes infront of the hops. I'm not really getting alcohol, its pretty well hidden, as far as the taste goes...once its swallowed you can get it in the aftertaste. Not as much hop flavor and bitterness as I would have thought...but then again this is an Imperial/Presidential Pale Ale not an DIPA. That raw graininess is interesting and adds a uniqueness to this one that I can dig.

Feel and Drinkability: Body is on the heavier side and carbonation is low, giving it a more imposing and heavy feel. Nothing real special about the feel. This is one I'll gladly finish, but as to purchasing again, not to sure...That graininess while interesting and enjoyable isn't something that I'm really looking for...kinda like a one time thing..."Hey thats cool, but not really gonna want to go for it again." Overall this is a beer that is worth trying, but not something to be searching for.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on a whim at Abraxas....poured into a fairly large, straight-sided glass. Orange-y body, soapy looking head that really looked like it wanted to stick on the glass, but didn't....I'm pretty sure that was the fault of the glass, possibly some detergent residue, as I never get any lacing at Abraxas. I'll give the beer the benefit of the doubt.

Appetizing citric hop aroma.

So, I was bracing myself for a grapefruit hop explosion, but what I got was more of a hit from what seemed like flowery noble hops. Not complaining - it was tasty, but I was surprised. This did not taste like your normal American DIPA. Staunch malt backbone. I don't think I'd call this a DIPA, but whatever it is, I liked it.

Slithery, soapy mouthfeel to go along with the soapy looking head.

It was pretty easy-drinking. Glad to have tried it.

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Photo of alysmith4
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Pours a hazy pumpkin orange with a cream-colored sticky head. A fair amount of sediment was in the bottle, but none has transferred into the glass.

Smell is orange citrus and yeasty, almost bready. Some woodiness lies underneath.

Definite orange blossom citrus hits the tongue, with some creamy yeast. Spicy, almost metallic taste hits the tongue, and a coppery taste hits the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel is medium.

Drinkable enough, I suppose; I'm worried that its age is starting to show.

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Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Traquairlover
2.82/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Nice off white foamy head which leaves heavy lacing. That was the good part, liquid is a hazy light amber with a yellowish tinge that really looks a little sick to me, not a pleasant color for a beer.

S = Standard piney hops smells, tart lemon, some underlying breakfast muffin with marmalade. Not bad, but pretty average for the style.

T&D = Strong tastes of canned yellow grapefruit juice followed by strong bitterness that gets cloying in the finish. Frankly, I do not find this all that drinkable. The hops flavors are there, but they just do not seem all that well integrated into the beer. I really feel like I am drinking a Texsun grapefruit juice with a little everclear and something to add carbonation. It just doesn't have enough to set it apart from other DIPAs while having this mass produced fruit juice character. Very disappointing.

M = Medium-light bodied but with a watery feeling at mid-palate, carbonation stung a little bit, alcohol became too noticeable.

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Photo of stewart124
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been saving this one for just one special occasion and what other day could I drink this on but Inauguration Day!

A Presidential Pale Ale

Pours a beautifully clear orange color with yellow hues and a sticky white head that is alrady leaving a nice lace.

The smell is amazing and has a beautiful bouquet of cascade hops and an amazing floral aroma.

Whoa! Smooth yet quite bitter. It soothes the tongue and yet bites the tastebuds. Lots of citrus and piney notes with a caramel sweetness that is blended so well with the hops. Very pleasing and it packs a punch. I get bits of pear and grapefruit that finishes dry and leaves an evergreen tingle on the back of my tongue. I'm not picking up a strong presence of alcohol.

The mouthfeel is smooth and really hits all areas of the palate.

Really a solid beer and gives me a lot of hope for the future.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well forget the Presidential marketing brew-ha-ha. What's this beer really like?

It pours a clear coppery amber, with a nice head.

Smells grassy--haylike--with some sweet butterscotch and dried fruits; I taste figs, and some tropical notes.

Tastes malty, fruity, with some serious hop bitters, like a Stone Ruination. Ruin Nation--now that would have been a beer for the past 8 years, and hopefully not the next 8 years!!!

Mouthfeel is pleasant, with a good thickness and carbonation,
yielding a creamy ale, with a nice lingering grassy bitterness.

I think this is a good ale, a well balanced presentation, and quite enjoyable. However, if the Administration drinks this too regularly, nothing will get done at 8.75% ABV.

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

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 MiScusi
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Beachwood BBQ

A- poured into a shaker pint glass, clear light orange in color, fluffy thin head on top.

S- Very resiny hops. Pine, earth, spice.

T- Lots of sweetness initially. Hops come later and they remind me of a cross between Green Flash and Sierra Nevada hoppy beers.

M- Slightly on the thicker side of an IPA. Medium probably, but not syrupy.

Wasn't really something I wanted to drink a whole pint of but a smaller sample would have been better I think.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this from the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours an amber body with a white head with nice retention and lacing along the sides of the glass. Both attributes are held through the finish.

S: A fairly strong, hoppy smell with some balancing, grapefruit notes.

T: A bitter, hoppy taste with a smooth, grapefruit aftertaste that did very well to balance the beer. Definitely a nice beer overall and very good.

M: A little watery, but still fairly smooth. Fairly formidable on the palate.

D: A nice combo of mouthfeel and taste makes this beer a good drinking one. A slight alcoholic burn with some warming, but nothing overwhelming. Probably more of a fall season beer, but very good to drink.

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Photo of mkirkland80
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.51/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a crystal clear and rosy cherry amber and topped with a huge, lusciously bubbly two inch head, strong ropes of carbonation bubble up from the bottom and support the massive head, this beer leaves behind some considerable lacing as well, just beautiful.

S: Greasy orange peel and grapefruit, just resiny layer upon resiny layer, decent amount of caramel malty sweetness.

T/MF: Interesting, sweet, almost candy like and juicy. Mild pine and caramel mix together well with mild melon and a decently bitter grapefruit and orange juice acidity. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and almost silky smooth if it were not for the considerable bitterness and tiny pin pricks of carbonation.

D: This beer is incredibly smooth and balanced, this beer is for anyone who is seeking a well balanced and super tasty DIPA. While not the biggest hop bomb, this beer is incredibly tasty and about the smoothest DIPA I've been in contact with in some time.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a one finger head nice lacing, golden orange. Like the doilies on the lincoln bedrooms couch.

Burst of hops hits your nose like the secret service bum rushing you. Malt, straw, lemon?

Sweet floral, sweet hops, not too full bodied. A little thin. More Paula Jones than Monica Lewinsky.

Some burning alcohol finsh. Some sweetness.

Overall an ok beer. I think it says its a double pale ale, kinda confusing, like how our current regime gets away with what it does.

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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 aubuc1
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22 oz bomber in to a goblet.

pours a lightly hazy golden brown with a sticky, clingly white head.

Smell of citrus is bursting out. pine and sweet malt is in the back, but grapefruit and other citrus dominate.

Taste is maltier than I expected, and doesn't have the bitter kick I expected, but still creates a great taste.

Mouthfeel is very sticky and full.

No strong aftertaste and well masked alcohol make this a surprisingly drinkable dipa.

I don't like Avery's incorporation of politics in to their business, (and I told them) but this is a very good balanced DIPA.

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Photo of everetends
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle from Five Points Bottle Shop in Athens, GA. Poured into a DFH shaped pint.

A: Pours a really nice, deep amber that is crystal clear. Carbonation is very nice, with active streaming. Got a good three fingers of creamy head on the first pour. Had great retention, hung around for a long time. Nice sticky lacing all over the glass. I like the look.

S: Smell is really balance. Nice floral and piney hops put up against some nice, bready malt. The scents are almost equal in power. Grapefruit is so nice. Touch of lemon. Lets do this.

T: Taste is of some serious, piney and spicy hops. Grapefruit is very nice, heavy citrus. Grapefruit is more bitter than sweet. Malt is very bready, very nice. Sweet. Tasty. The flavors are very nice and balanced. Simple. Good. The flavor is bitter hops but not too bitter.

M: Medium in body. Very nice. Oily as hell. Really sticky. Carbonation is nice. Hops are all over the palate. Aftertaste is hops. Alcohol is nonexistant. Is there alcohol in here? I don't know. This is good.

D: This beer is nice. So easy to drink. Nice and tasty. Feel is good. Look is good. Aroma is good. I want more. This beer is awesome. Avery did a solid here. Good brew.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 ounce bottle - Pours a beautiful clear bright orange/red with low carbonation, and slightly below average lacing. The aroma is dominated by heavy sticky hops in a DIPA sort of way. First sip is surprisingly fruity sweet but balanced by bitter hops and a strong complimenting malt backbone. This is one great beer worthy of secret service protection.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Behind a smart and witty label lies a 22oz bottle that contains the 2008 Avery offering. The pour yields a cloudy haze of a beer that is amber/ orange in color with a thick white head. Some nice webbing coats the edge of the glass.

The scent is sweet and hoppy. It smells like one great IPA with layered hop scents like grapefruit and other citrus like fruits mixed with a little floral earthiness. There is also a freshly milled pale malt scent that is very nice. I can't wait to drink this beer.

I wouldn't say the taste is a disappointment, its just not this beer's best feature. There is a solid malt backbone that initially assaults the taste buds but it is quickly eclipsed by a strong astringency that basically over powers everything else. A shame because there is a nice underlying floral and citrus flavor that should be more available to the palate. The finish is a malty apology for the overall bitterness but you have to wait for the bite to subside.

I wish this one followed through on the flavor. The taste and mouthfeel really drop the ball. It has an unbalanced bitterness that obliterates all the great malt and citrus flavors. Almost unbelievable that the smell of this beer doesn't deliver in the flavor department. What a shame. Despite the one sided aspect this beer isn't to bad of a drinking experience. Its worth buying for the scent alone and by the time you get to the bottom of the glass you won't notice the Über bitterness.

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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 SteeleWright
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of nick76
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is very malty and hoppy with pine citrus and caramel. The appearance is amber with a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall a tasty beer however you can really feel the alcohol in this one. Maybe that's your thing.

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