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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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 czfreeman
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ale to the Chief pours a amber-apricot color, two-finger head on initial pour,highly carbonated, yet settles quickly.
Smells of grapefruits, cantelopes, citric piney hops, and malty sweetness, a bitter-sweet caramel hoppiness in the nose profile.
tastes of briny hoppy citric fruits, lavender, salty-sweet toffee,cloves, piney grapefruits.
A light pilsner-amber mouthfeel is presented,much like the Majaharaja IPA, only a little more full-bodied. Instead of just quick "hops" fix as in the case of Majaraja, a fuller, more complex taste is presented this bier. This is a full bodied, yet lightly enjoyable brew. Well done Avery yet again.

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Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of BierJager89
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy, semi translucent orange with a foamy white head.

S: Nose is like an old ale. A really old ale. Alcohol, old malt and grains, orange, strong hop character, but overshadowed by the oldness of the smell, probably because it's three years old and under 9% abv. Also, I'm sure it's a very hoppy style.

T: Grass, pine, orange, bitter citric and floral notes.

M: Medium bodied, feels like an IPA.

O: It actually tastes good, but because of the age Im not willing to drink more than a couple small sips. I would imagine a fresh bottle being excellent, for which reason I am giving it these ratings.

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

Poured from tap into a snifter and produced a 2 finger head above a deep reddish amber color.

Smell is complex with an abundance of piney hops with hints of what seems an almost fruity base.

The taste is equally deep with hints of caramel that get almost immediately crushed by the overpowering taste of hops. One of the most satisfying imperial IPAs that I have ever tasted.

Slight carbonation complements the taste with an initial strong bite followed by a smooth finish.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With today being the third and final Presidential Debate between Obama and McCain - what's a more perfect beer to try?

"This is Shane ... oh, I mean beachbum1975 and I approve this beer review!"

On a related note, God, I can't wait for this election year to be over!!!

A: Gold foiled cap with large red "A" ob the brown bomber. Pours a clear solid amber with an off-white, creamy foam head that has decent retention. Minimal lacing on the walls of my tulip.

S: Smells mostly of pineapple hops, followed by some pine and trails with sweet malts.

T/M: Taste is much like the nose, only richer. Lots of pineapple and resinous pine hops throughout. There was a strange bitterness in the middle, almost burnt? It almost reminds me of a salty, burnt potato chip! Sorry, that's what I got. Now, I know that's weird, but it's not bad overall - just more bitter than I was expecting. As is to be expected for an 8.75 abv beer, alcohol becomes more prevalent as it warms. This beer is semi-thick and "chewy" at times and has a quick finish with a lingering bitterness.

Overall, nice but thing outrageously unique. Good price and enjoyable, nonetheless.

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Photo of Greggy
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy orange/amber color with a thick 1 finger white head. Nice clinging lace is present.

S- Aromas of pineapple, pear, green apple skins, a slight herbal note. Extremely balanced.

T- Huge herbal tea notes. Peach Oolong tea comes to mind. Also notes of marmalade, piny hops. This is extremely well balanced. The finish is very long and very herbal.

M- Nice low carbonation, full body, nice herbal finish that lingers.

D- This is dangerously drinkable. A bomber won't be a problem drinking alone. I will definitely drink this again while it's still around.

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Photo of kegger22
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy orange with a modest head that faded to a collar. The aroma was malt sweet. The taste was not sweet, like the aroma, but bitter and burnt tasting. The feel was full bodied with some carbonation. Drinkability was average. I didn't care for the bitter/burned taste combo.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this tonight, as the occasion was more than appropriate. Poured into DFH snifter.

Nice color, slightly darker than a honey-amber, but not much of a head. Pine-y aroma with some caramel malt notes, maybe some toffee? The taste has a very full feel. Its very 'complete'-tasting. Muted grapefruit and loads of pine and a very smooth balance. Considering its ABV and and style this is considerably drinkable. I enjoyed it a lot, and it was perfect for the occasion.

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Photo of jucifer1818
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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

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

APPEARANCE: I love the colors of this beer. The liquid itself is a dark, golden color and the head is stark-white. It has decent retention and a few streams of bubbles slowly reaching towards it from the bottom of the glass. The beer is nearly perfectly clear and the lacing is good up top, but fades towards the bottom of the glass.

SMELL: Just as pretty as the color, the smell begins with a big dose of pine and citrus. Some caramel lingers behind it to round it out.

TASTE: The caramel is no longer lingering behind anything once this beer hits your tongue. Instead, it is the lead flavor paired up with a lot of pine. Some brighter citrus notes, including a solid helping of grapefruit, and a touch of anise help to bring a very nice balance to what would otherwise be a pretty malty beer.

MOUTHFEEL: Silky is the right word for the mouthfeel. Creamy and smooth along with a light carbonation. As I mentioned above, this beer has a great balance. The front end is heavier on the sweeter malts and the finish is heavy on dry, hoppy bitterness.

OVERALL: This is an excellent example of just how well Avery can execute a solid beer. While they didn't try anything completely out of the box (as they have with many other beers) they simply nailed this one and made a wonderful beer. Big, hoppy beers should all taste a lot like this.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber served in a Duvel tulip. Plenty of carbonation, opened with a pretty good pop. Poured a reddish gold with a thick white head. Fresh citrus/pine hop aroma. Solid malt backbone. Smooth mouthfeel. Restrained hop bitterness. Some citrus in the middle. Dry hop finish but not mouth puckering. Very drinkable at 8.75% abv. Nicely balanced beer, not a hop bomb.

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

Big thanks to HopsAreOverrated for getting this to me by Inauguration Eve!

Pours medium golden brown, with a spiral jet of air weaving its way up the center of my goblet. Big light-peach head is sticky, doesn't leave much lacing. Yet it smells soapy. Slick. soapy and flowery, with the smell of a mango-like tropical fruit backing a big pine scent. To my untrained nose, the soapy smells dominate, and the hops and things I should be smelling take a back seat. I'm not the biggest fan of IPAs, so this will be interesting.

First impressions: Slick and soapy. Malts lead to a slightly sweet body before the hops kick in. It's not a hop bomb by any stretch, once that grapefruity pineyness kicks in, its a slow burn to the finish as the alcohol also makes itself very evident. There's a lot going on here. As time goes on, it makes for a better experience, but to me, the soapiness up front detracts from the experience. I'd rather it be drier, and without the cloying stickiness/soap taste. Nevertheless, I'd give it "good but not great" marks across the board. If you can look past that facet, I like how the hop sensation lingers without overloading you. Medium bodied, good carbonation and feel, and for me, okay drinkability (even though it's a sipper here), as it really takes a hit with the unpleasant soapiness.

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Photo of tuckerlikesbeer
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of leodarko
3/5  rDev -25.6%

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

a very good brew. poured nicely into the glass with rich one inch head. smells of hops but not overpowering. malty flavor but the hops are right on ya. good lacing down the glass

not as much heavy hops as i expected but a very good and balanced brew just the same.

suckem up and movem out!

giblet

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Photo of bbeane
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a snifter... Starts with a nice off white head that that eventually disappears leaving behind an impressive web of lacing. Beer is a murky copper color with fine sediment and light activity

S- Some floral hops, but more sweet malt and citrus... not overpo

T- Malty sweetness, caramel, subtle citrus with a pronounced bitter hop finish

M- Medium bodied with light carbonation... leaves a nice bitter taste lingering in your mouth

D- Little expensive, but you get what you pay for... another quality Double/Imperial Ipa from Avery

CHEERS!!

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Photo of moundbz
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CHSLBrew
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber shared with a friend, poured into a pint glass.

A-Slighly hazed amber beer. Tan head on top, reduces to a thin layer, sticky with layered lacing.

S-Dank piney hops, with some bright cirtus. Malts are surprisingly minimal (considering a double pale ale), really just a dry breadiness slightly coming through. Some estery characters.

T-Big on the citrus and piney hops, with perhaps a hint of something herbal. Toasty, bready, and full-bodied malts stand guard behind the bold hoppiness, with some fruity esters providing the backup. Bitterness balances the semi-sweet malts, but still allows the ohp and malt characters to shine, as well.

M-Medium carbonation, very smooth, present but not overpowering. Medium body, clean and crisp feel.

D-Good drinkability, as this is a very good, very different beer. As a double pale ale (according to the label), this brew seemed to rely ona strong malty foundation with the hops prominent, but not overpowering in flavor or bitterness.

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Photo of beerhast
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Screper
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of kotzbauerm
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Appearance- Body is a beautiful orange/amber color. A bit opaque for the style, but very inviting. A decent, tenacious, tight, foamy white head laces the top.

Aroma- Nice malt sweetness with a nice mix of hops. Nicely fruity.

Taste: Tastes great. Good, aggressive malty sweet with a good melange of flavoring and bittering hops. Hints of a number of dark fruits (raisin, plum, etc), with several light fruits (yellow apple, fig). Finishes with a sweet resinous hop. There is some kind of aftertaste I really don't care for as it warms, but it has to be very warm. Overall, very well balanced.

Mouthfeel- Fairly heavy body for the style. Carbonation is right on. Nice an chewy.

Drinkability- I will definitely be buying this one again. Well done.

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

Tasted during inauguration weekend in D.C. to celebrate the swearing in of President Barack Obama.

A: Clear radiant orange with decent head.

S: Orange, grapefruit, pomelos, fresh cut flowers... yep, this one's definitely an IPA.

T: Multi-layered: the citrus interchanges with the hops in an almost playful manner. First a citrusy-orange hits the tongue, followed by the first hop bite. Then, interestingly enough, it becomes mellower again and devolves to citrus-flavored caramel candy before hitting the second, more pronounced, hop bite.

M: As concurrent with the taste, creamy/bitter/creamy/bitter.

D: If you like the feel of hop bitterness and tartness in your mouth, then by God you've found the right beer.

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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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