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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:
#3,554
Reviews:
404
Ratings:
618
pDev:
9.7%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 618 |  Reviews: 404
Photo of nickss
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep orange with a smallish, but resilient head.

One of the best aromas from a brew I've drank in quite some time. Huge grapefruit aroma with a very strong hop presence.

Huge piney aroma... lots of hops in this one. That said, there is a bit of balance. Pretty nice all around.

Nice crisp mouthfeel... good and chewy... pretty much what you would want in a DIPA

Very drinkable for a brew of this abv. I could certainly knock a few of these back in one sitting. I have really come to appreciate Avery's hoppy brews, and this is certainly a credit to the brewery.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Excited to try this beer, and figured Jan 20, 2010 was the perfect day to do so.

I decanted the beer into a tulip glass, noticing its cloudy amber color. A thin finger's worth of head was produced, and no lacing was left behind in the glass.

Strong malt aroma with a very faint pine hop presence. Ample fruity esters and some faint alcohol.

Light caramel upfront with some orange and raisin sweetness followed by some pine flavor. Bitterness builds and gives way to an alcohol burn. Very boozy; I mean full on wave of alcohol heat. Bitterness tingles on the tongue long after the swallow. Not bad tasting, just a little unbalanced.

Medium carbonation but full-bodied and extremely chewy.

Overall the boozy, wild alcohol hinders drinkability. If the alcohol was better masked this beer would be very drinkable.

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Photo of Rainintheface
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: copper with the slightest cloudiness. has a one inch off white head which clings nicely most of the way down.

S: freshly sliced grapefruit, orange, mint and a cabbagey/vegetation kind of smell

T: has a rye-like spiciness. citrus with some malt lingering in the back

M: moderate in body, rather crisp with some hop bitterness. very nice feel

D: great drinkabilty

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Photo of AChamberlain
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this on election night, watching the numbers come in. Orange, hazy. Orangish creme head. Wet hop aroma reminiscent of maharajah. Sweet tea flavor, grassy. Hoptastic. Subdued bite. Alcohol warming. Pretty smooth drinker. Good, but to boozy and sweet to be highly drinable. Tasty, though.

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Photo of DeezGunz14
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A nice copper color and unusual smell that is malty and maybe sweet. Tastes like slightly sweetened tea. Needs ice and a straw. I wonder if a lemon would put the icing on the cake. That's pretty awesome stuff. You could floor people if you insisted it was iced tea. The alcohol is undetectable. My wife even liked it but doesn't get the tea flavor I do. This is so easy to drink. A fine brew by a fine bunch of brewers. Avery always reliable. From a 22 oz. magnum dated 7-17-16 into a snifter.

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Photo of jnn4v
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

What can I say? I had very high expectations for this beer, but it fell flatly short of all of them.

A: It had a nice golden color, bordering on amber. I bit hazy, but still translucent. Nothing wrong here. Looking good.

S: Not the smell I anticipated from the description on the bottle. I'd say it was mostly that of tea leaves, lemon, and possibly some orange zest. Interesting, but odd. I'll give it "above-average" just for being interesting and not offensive in any way.

T: Bitter, but not a typical hop bitterness. Again, it tastes like someone made iced tea but left the tea bag in way too long. That sort of astringent, unpleasant bitterness not often tasted in quality beers. The mid-taste lemon hits you followed by a trailing hint of sweetness and orange zest and then an even harsher bitter aftertaste. Fortunately, as it warmed to 55-60 degrees, it did mellow out a bit and more of the malt was evident.

M: Good texture for a high-caliber ale. Relatively thick, moderate carbonation with small bubbles. This is one of the better attributes of this beer.

D: Started below average, ended above average once it warmed, so I'm giving it "average" overall.

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Photo of orcasteve
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i work third shift and just voted so i am selebrating election day with this one, poureed into my saint arnold pint glass, this one poured a thick semi cloudy orange with a nice thick slightly yellow head on it, the head spuwed from the neck of the bottle as i opened this, hops filled the air. i loved this befor i ever tasted it. the taste is citrus hops, orange, biscuts, caned fruit, fresh mowed grass, and a bitter after taste that just wont quit. this hides the alchoal well and i just couldent stop pounding untill it was gone. i wish i had more of these for sure

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Photo of varian7
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shufon
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of BRLockwood
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of goatgoat
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber that pours with a thick creamy tan head which falls quickly to a thin cap. Very little lacing on glass. Aroma is strong earthy spice and citrus hops with a slight honeyish malt. Also a tint of alcohol. Flavor is more balanced than most double IPAs. Maybe because Avery bills it as a double pale, or possibly because of age. The hops are moderated by the malt, producing a pretty balanced flavor. The bitterness doesn't really pull in front until fairly late, keeping on in the aftertaste. Medium body.

A little light for a DIPA. I expect an over the top experience from this style and I didn't really get that.

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Photo of SirSketch
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So long, Bush. Hello change!

A - Appearance was by far the high point of this beer... very beautiful! Wonderful deep red color with dark yellow highlights. Very clean/clear as well. Has a frothy white head that sticks well. Perfect in this respect.

S - Spicy hop character with citrus and wet grass notes. Malt aroma is present but doesn't make much of an impact.

T - Hop character is dominant and ranges from citrus to grassy. Bitterness is high and there is no real malty sweetness to counter balance, but some biscuit maltiness is detectable. Not too much residual sweetness either. Nice, but not incredible, by any means.

M/D - Very 'sticky' in the mouth, but the amount of carbonation makes it incredibly drinkable.

An enjoyable beer, though I may have scored it lower than I would have normally if it wasn't Obama's Inauguration. Hail to the Chief!

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

Poured from the 22 oz bottle into a Fin Du Monde glass. It is a nice hazy orange-amber and the ample head is off-white and leaves a lot of lacing.

Nose is caramel, anise, coriander and hoppy pine. There is also some dried-good/fish-store smell I cannot place, maybe caraway.

Taste is tangy and hoppy and bitter with little to no sweetness, but a good malt balance and a spicy aftertaste. And an earthiness that seems to go with the smell I couldn't place.

The mouthfeel is round but not real big, well carbonated and clean and dry.

I would be happy to drink more of this and it goes down with relative ease.

Avery makes some nice beers and this is no exception. There is a complexity that I cherish in beers but find on few occasions. I hope to revisit and see if I can place the smell and taste a bit more specifically.

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tdizzle
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased at BevMo! in Brea.

A- Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass, this beer pours amber with a billowy two-finger head that's white in color. The head settles to a thin layer that never completely dissipates, leaving some web-like lacing on the glass after each sip.

S- A decent amount of piney hops with a faint malt backing that has a slightly sweet, vegetable-like aroma to it. The 8.75% ABV becomes more noticeable as the beer warms.

T- The bitterness is not nearly as intense as I would have hoped for from an Imperial Pale Ale. That vegetable-like maltiness that the aroma possesses is also present in the flavor of this beer. The finish is only slightly dry and leaves a mild bitterness on the back of the tongue, along with a bit of a kick from the alcohol.

M- A full-bodied feel with medium carbonation.

D- I had trouble finishing an entire bomber of this beer. I just didn't care for its flavor, and the 8.75% ABV is more pronounced than I would have expected.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: hazy golden brown

Smell: very hoppy/piney. hint of pineapple and malty/sugary sweetness. wonderful aroma

Taste: great balance of strong hop presence and malt. character carries over from aroma. little bit of yeast in the finish

Mouthfeel: low carbonation. medium body

Notes: a centerfold of an imperial IPA. hops and alcohol tingles all the way through. gives Ruination a run with a little more fruit in the nose and on the tongue

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Photo of bigbelcher
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lot's of well deserved hype about this beer. Big rocky head that lingers for quite a while. Exceptional amount of Belgian Lace indicating the great body of the beer. Color is deep golden.
Aroma is very fruity and crisp hop aroma of citrus. Flavor resembles a smoother version of Maharaja with more malt sweetness. Alcohol is well disguised and masked by the malt and hops. Veery well carbonated as indicated by the lingering head. Wish is were a regular Avery beer instead of a seasonal.

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Photo of Biggness
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a semi cloudy amber with a one fingered head and lots of lacing. The smell is nice of carmel and malt, not alot of pine/citrus that I would expect from a dipa, but it is very nice. The flavor is the same, a very nice malt base but a tad low on the hop bill in my opinion for a DIPA, BUT in my opinion this is a wonderful double Pale. The mouthfeel is nice, not too creamy and the slightest dry aftertaste. A nice drinkablility for a high ABV beer.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber/ bottled on 11/08 (according to website)

P: This "Presidential Pale Ale" sits a beautiful orange-tinged copper in my snifter. The nice and healthy white head is thick and creamy, with an almost whipped texture that shows good retention.

A: Hmm...These juicy hops are bringing my nasal passages to their knees with their power and brilliance. They smell amazingly fresh for being locked up for for more than 5 months! The lightly toasted pale malts hit the deck and cover their heads as the barrage of pineapples, melons, peaches, & tons of citrus to match come on a kamikaze mission for my sweet spot.

T: I usually don't even review really hoppy brews that are this old. But my first impression...once again, I'm amazed at how well this puppy has held up for the past 5 months! So just the fact that you're reading this is a compliment to the brewers at Avery. Just like Maharaja, this hop beast hasn't lost its greatest characteristic over time; Hoppiness!

Those hop flavors pretty much follow the nose. Citrus and tropical fruits with a hint of pineyness underneath. The pale malts know their role in the deal. They are just enought to support the brew and add a touch of caramel sweetness to slightly contrast the bitterness. If I'm not mistaken, those Magnum hops hijack the finish and release their acidic bitterness that bites your tongue on the finish. I really like this!

M: Ale to the Chief is a medium-bodied brew that is already pretty clean and smooth, with a creaminess underneath. But upon warming, it becomes much more heavy as well.

Notes: I wish I could have had this fresh! As is, this is a deliciously-hopped brew that was perfectly suitable for the onset of Spring. I love Pale Ales this time of year!

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Photo of BigLittleHokis
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of sevopie
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Caramel Golden color; pours a generous almond colored head. Laces well.

Smell - Caramelly sweet, and citrus/piney hops bitter.

Taste - Piney hops, not so much citrus. Buttery flavor as well, with touches of sweet and malt.

Mouthfeel - Solid texture, slightly oily, good on the carbonation.

Drinkability - This brew makes me think a little bit of Stone's Ruination in a good way, because it has the hop bite I was looking for in that one. A finely crafted DIPA, I'm going to have to search this out again. Fantastic!

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Photo of Caleb
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of trojankeg
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Dwreck
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 618 ratings
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