Ale To The Chief | Avery Brewing Company

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Ale To The ChiefAle To The Chief

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.75%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed occasionally during election years.

Added by GilGarp on 07-22-2008

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Photo of imagineiii
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably a big bump in the reviews of this beer today: Just got it in a trade with SincereNC, literally today.

Poured into my trusty DFH snifter. Decent inch of creamy white head with moderate retention. Light orange copper color, moderately hazy.

Avery has a very distinct smell to me: Sweet and tart, plump grapefruit, honey, floral. Very rich.

Very floral, almost grassy. Nut and honey are prominent. Grapefruit and citrus is not as strong as I thought it might be, but theyre there. Caramel smoothness.

Moderately light on the tongue, but heavy on the aftertaste. Hop bitterness is prominent.

Drinkable? Today it is. But seriously, itll still be pretty drinkable tomorrow.

This beer reminds me alot of the year or so old Maharajas I recently came across. It has alot of similarities to the Maharaja but the hops are muted, leaving behind a caramel sweetness. Throw in a couple new tastes (grass and nuts) and youve got a pretty good beer.

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Photo of SPThirtyThree
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a murky golden orange with two fingers of foam that dissolves to a thin, wispy head.

S: Grapefruit and honey. The hops impart a nice sticky, resin-y west-coast smell. Caramel malts shine through like rays of golden sunshine. Overall, VERY hoppy nose.

T: Hot and estery...? What? This isn't what I was expecting. Most of the flavor is identical to the smell (grapefruit, pine, and resin from the hops, some sweet Crystal malts), but there is a hot, metallic flavor that does not belong. Maybe this is Avery's way of letting you know you're drinking a DIPA and not just an IPA?

M: Medium-astringent, and sticky.

D: Medium. More bitter than a really drinkable beer.

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Photo of beerkittycat
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy amber-orange. Frothy off-white head. Good lacing.

S: Mmm! Hops! Pine, orange, grapefruit, mint, woodsy, complex.

T: Lots of hops. Good maltiness of toasted grains and biscuit.

M: Very smooth for 8%. A bit harsh and dry at the finish.

D: Very easy drinking for the strength. A well balanced beer.

Comments: Best Double IPA. Period.

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Photo of soccerman7
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at holy smoke

A - A very nice bright light copper appearance. A nice thick head that laced down the glass.

Smell - Very similar to the Maharaja but far sweeter almost rummy.

Taste - very sweet citrus. Tastes very close to the Maharaja only sugary. No pine flavors though only citrus. malts hid in the back.

Mouth - very coating in the mouth and the sweetness lingered but pleasantly.

Drink - being a one off from a great brewery it is worth trying to get and sample. Was rather unique for the style. A good brew.

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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 Larrytown
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pours a reddish-tan with a small head, but lots of nice lacing. The smell is clear pine, but some sweetness too. Just enough to let you know what you're in for.

This is the best DIPA I've tasted. Obviously the hop presence is right out front, but it's still extraordinarily well balanced. There's a solid backbone here from which the hops and caramel tones are able to burst out onto the tongue. There's a touch of alcohol, but I don't think I'd have guessed that it was pushing 9%.

This is a truly excellent beer. If you come across it, don't hesitate to pick up a few.

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Photo of FrognutUnl
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber in color with a mighty two inch head that takes quite awhile to retreat leaving significant lacing in its wake.

S - Grassy, resinous, and citrus odors are supported by a great bread-like malt character and a bit of tropical fruit. This stuff truly smells delicious.

T - In taste it lacks the hop punch one would expect from the nose. Outside of that there are notes of tropical fruit intermingled with the grassy resinous taste from the hops, but the taste is fairly subdued. A slight amount of alcohol is detectable in the finish which is crisp and dry becoming a bit sweeter as the glass warms to near room temp.

M - Medium in body and slightly sticky

D - Overall it is a fairly solid brew, but nothing particularly amazing. I wish the complexity present in the nose would have carried over into the flavor a bit more.

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Photo of hughesm4
3.17/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is not anything that I expected. The bottle states that is a pale ale, but beer advocate lists it as a double ipa. It is very possible that we had an old bottle.
A. There is a copper brown color with a very small amount of head

S. Smells extremely dtrong of malt with maybe a slight hint of hops but not much.

T. Tastes like watered down malt with a little hop after taste.

M. A bitter malty aftertaste

D. struggled through this one. I hope that i just had a bad bottle. This unfortunately was the worst avery that i have had.

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Photo of tadowdaddy
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- light amber color with 2 fingers of off white head and tremendous lacing.

S- Floral, citrus, and piney hops. A touch of maltiness comes across as well in the smell.

T- Delicious combination of floral and citrus hops with a really good caramel malt on the background to balance it out. Tastes more like a regular IPA than a double, but is a very delicious beer. Not as bitter as I'd have expected from a DIPA.

M- A bit chewy, leaves a nice aftertaste of hops on the tongue.

D- Very drinkable! Wish I had another one!

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Photo of micmillon18
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. I considered cellaring this in hopes that it would still be good in time for the next inauguration. However, Double IPA's have a poor track record for cellaring and this one already has nearly two years on it already. I figure I'll try it now and deduce whether its up for the task.

A - Pours a pretty amber color. The complexion is dark enough to prevent one from seeing through the glass. Small bubbly head that dissipates quickly. Medium lacing.

S - Very hoppy, some light floral notes. It's a little funky at times which can have an adverse effect on the smell. This may be due to its age.

T - Lots of hoppy flavor. I'm picking up orange peel or some sort of a citrusy tanginess. Tasty but not up in your face. The hops have certainly mellowed and that tartness has become more pronounced. The funkiness I mentioned in the scents seems to be present in the after taste as well. However, it luckily doesn't hurt the flavor, its just kind of different.

M - The body seems slightly heavier than any other double IPA Ive had. Finishes easy. Carbonation is in check.

D - Overall a good beer. I wouldn't say its aged well nor would I say the opposite. Time has certainly created some interesting tastes. The flavors would suggest its some kind of hybrid. Perhaps cellaring is out of the question for I don't see things improving.

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Photo of fightingirishcmk
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden orange in color, with a decent two finger white head with good lacing. A beautiful beer.
S: To be honest, I'm not usually big on IPAs or an imbalance of hops. But this smelled great! Citrusy grapefruit, orange, and and overall fruity smell tickled my nostrils. The piney smell of the hops was small, and the malt smelled sweet.
T: So much hop smell, but I found it to be a perfect balance of sweet malt and hop bitterness. The bitterness wasn't cloying like in some other IPAs, but balanced the malt perfectly. I was pleasantly surprised.
M: Perfect amount of carbonation and medium body. Very good feel in your mouth.
D: Highly drinkable. This was the first IPA of any sort that my girlfriend actually drank with me. I was very impressed.

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4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised to find that Avery's Ale to the Chief was an Imperial IPA, one of my favorite styles!

The beer poured beautifully into an Imperial Pint Glass (of course, there was a bit left in the bottle to save for later-- though not much later!). It was a rich amber color, and the head never really dissipated-- left a nice lace on the glass as I drank.

The beer had citrusy undertones, but not overpowering. I thought it had a great balance and truly enjoyed the blending of the hops with malt-- hoppy but not too much on the fruity side! For a higher alcoholcontent beer this was very easy to drink-- I could have had another!

All in all an excellent beer, one I will definitely have again!

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Photo of thethrone
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours golden amber with very generous stiff head.
Good retention. Generous lacing

S - Terrific hoppy aroma; Orange, pine, grapefruit, and a hint of lemony bread.

T - Taste matches the nose, citrus, pine, yeast. I was surprised by the sweetness, which gives way to a mild citrus bitterness.

M - Medium body, very smooth. No dominating bitterness or alcohol burn that you often find in this category.

D - Very drinkable, despite is relatively high alcohol content and hop profile. Would definitely come back to this one again.

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Photo of grs8313
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from my notes, I had this on the night of the Presidential election.

Appearance: 1pt 6oz bottle pours a clear light amber with a nice white head. Lots of nice lacing as the beer recedes.

Smell: Hops, malts, citrus, dough and rasins.

Taste: Hops, plums, and resin flavors with a hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thick, chewy and creamy. The mouth is left feeling a little dry.

Drinkability: Sippable, but not drinkable for me. I do like the hop flavor, I have not had a beer this hoppy in a while, it is a good change of pace. A good beer but a little to thick of a mouthfeel for me.

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

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a radiant clear amber with two fingers of fluffy, sticky head that, for some reason, left little lacing.

S: Caramel malt and pine.

T: Burnt sugar and caramel malt hit me first followed by a backdrop of piney hop bitterness. The two marry beautifully.

M: Chewy and viscous with light carbonation. Very satisfying to sip.

D: I could easily put back way too many glasses of this.

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Photo of TeeCee
3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Quick review - while I'm not an IPA guy, I've found a few recently that I like. This isn't really one of them.

Color - an orangey amber, cloudy. There was yeast in the bottle. Apparently, it's bottle conditioned. The pour, my pour, created about an inch of head, collapsing in short order, leaving lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - flowery, piney, and when agitated, some overripe fruitiness.

Taste - all the hops I was smelling, some maltiness that I couldn't smell, and that mysterious overripe fruit (not so much that it's the reason that I don't like this beer). The finish is all bitterness to the point that it dries my mouth.

Mouthfeel - medium thin in the mouth. I would have expected a little thicker to balance the hops, but not today.

Closing notes - the Shiner Cheer this past year had a rotten peach flavor to me. That's a bit of what I'm tasting here.

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

Consumed on Inauguration Day 2009, 1/20/09

22oz bomber

Poured a nice light copper/amber color two finger creamy white head. Aroma is sweet and hoppy. Taste, however, is much different. A strong front alcohol bomb with cascade hops following and finishing with that sweet taste from the aroma. Finish is bitter with some alcohol lingering on the tongue. Mouthfeel has a bit of stickiness but overall medium body and smooth. A great beer with a taste that is signifying the change to come.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Wiehenstephan glass this brew pours a burnt orange haze with a creamy white head. Very reminiscent of a west coast ipa.
Moderate carbonation, with very sticky-icky lacing.

Smells like a west coast ipa. Piney/citrus profile backed with a peppery note. Sweet malts dance on grassy fields of hops.

Tastes Grrrreat! A malty sweetness balanced well with the hop pine/grapefruit flavors.

Sticky mouthfeel that lingers for a while. Powerful flavors make themselves known.

Not an easy drinking brew, but it is an easy sippin brew.

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Photo of TonyT
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Had this on tap @ Shady's in HBG)

This was first time that I've had this and I enjoyed it very much. Decent lacing. Great Hop smell. The way it smells is the way it tastes, nice hops that last from the from the front to the back. The hops taste also lasts through the whole pint. The malt balance is very level and they do not take over 3 quarters through the pour.

Definitely want to get a couple of bottles of this fine pour.

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

Poured out of a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass an crisp orange color with amber tints through the light. Great whipped egg white head with strong retention and lacing that released sweet floral and citrus notes. Big malt on the front and a lingering bitterness that has a spicy bourbon feel on the finish. Heavy, but not enough to prevent me from taking another sip immediately.

Taking the brilliant marketing into play, this is a wonderful product. Get it while you can and keep a bottle around for hope's sake.

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Photo of andrewt960
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was recommended by the beer guy in my local beer store, and well worth the nine dollars. Anyway, smelled of great hops, citrus hops, pine hops, every hop you can pick up; it's here. Taste is great, so smooth and really a fine beer. The hops linger for a while and it's remarkably fine finish.

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Photo of spratmi
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy amber/burnt orange color with a thick three finger head. Retained a lot of foamy lacing along the sides of the glass.
S: Very strong caramel malt dominated the front end of the nose. There were also notes of sweet floral hops and some citrus bitterness. A slight buttery alcohol presence was also noted.
T: The taste is a wonderfully complex blend of sweet caramel malt and citrus bitters with an alcohol presence at the end. Finishes with a lingering but not overly strong grapefruit bitterness. Hidden in it all is a buttery note throughout.
M: Excellent. Full, rich, and buttery with mild carbonation.
D: Very drinkable. I could easily drink several of these at a sitting. An interesting take on an Imperial IPA.

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Photo of lynx1245
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A light orange brown with good amount of white head and lacing.

Smell: It's all the hops. Piny and citrus. Also could smell malt sweetness and cranberries.

Taste: This one is bitter. But after drinking it for a while you begin to notice more of the sweet malts than the piny hops. Tastes very bready. Unfortunately I also could taste a lot of the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and medium bodied. Tastes a little bit flat but the with decent alcohol warming.

Drinkability: I only had half the bottle and the alcohol hit me pretty hard. I personally prefer less malts in my DIPAs because I feel like it makes them taste less clean and crisp. Overall a solid brew however.

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Photo of hurleymanvw
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Avery did a great job with this one.

Aroma of citrus (grapefruit), pine, and hop with a nice white head. Strong lacing on the glass.

Nice citrus taste with a nice floral hop punch. Malt was used nicely to balance the beers finish.

Mouthfeel is not very heavy the hops are nice to the tongue but do not over power the mouth. The alchol is hidden in this one. Nice balance.

Finish was great with a slight hop bite but not too harsh. I would highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of pleasewearpants
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Pours a nice amberish color with minimal head. This beer smells fantastic. A lot of mellow Cascade I think but with a nice clean pine smell. This would be an extremely pleasant shampoo.

Body is surprisingly light and refreshing. The hops add a really nice cooling sensation to the palate, almost like a Fisherman's Friend but in a good way. The finish is very clean with a nice bitterness at the end. Yeah. The menthol/eucalyptus taste is fantastic. Carbonation is very nice, a tiny bit more than the average Imperial IPA = exceptionally clean.

This beer has a lot more to offer than the DNC commentary I am hearing from my TV in the other room. I think I just found my write-in candidate. Go Avery!

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Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 575 ratings.
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