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:
607
Reviews:
402
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
9.68%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
36
For Trade:
1
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Photo of shufon
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of BRLockwood
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of goatgoat
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
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 -10.9%
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 +4.2%
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 Tdizzle
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
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 +10.9%
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 +12.4%
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 +2.2%
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 +4.2%
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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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of sevopie
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
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 -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of erikm25
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a radiant reddish orange with crimson and tangerine highlights. The head is a rocky off white which balances nicely on the fire coppered body. Spotty lacing holds well around the glass.

S: Mandarin orange peels, leaves covered in dew, and bready caramel malts. Pine needle resin and apricots drizzled with brown sugar. Grapefruits smoked over pineapple juice. Melted candy on top of sourdough bread. Hints of toated lemon meringue pie.

T: This definitely has a massive amount of toffee and caramel malts. Solid peach, pineapple, and hop pressings. The first sip threw me off a little but still has both a sweetness and citrus hops taste. After a few more sips the balance evens out with a sugary pine and a bitter finish. Butterscotch soaked in red grapefruit juice. Spices help to numb the taste buds like rye bread topped with oranges and mangoes.

M: Solid medium and syrupy body. Slight carbonation with a heavy amount of booze goodness that clings to the mouth.

D: This was an interesting treat and a little different from most other DIPA's. Well worth the try. I'm pretty much apolitical or anti-political but I don't like or trust anyone so don't listen to me. However, I dig the Constitution and can can still appreciate the name and the idea behind the beer. In the end it was probably just a little too sweet for my tastes. Indian's "The Unquiet Sky" and Iron Maiden were and (should be) played loud.

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Photo of WhiteOak
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Avery Ale to the Chief

A- Yellow-amber with a touch of haze. Expansive head settles quickly, leaving copious hanging lace and lace rings.

S- Bright citrus-rind hops, nicely pronounced buckwheat honey, bushels of apricots, coconut, pineapple, golden raisins, caramel, Riesling, and strangely and surprisingly... chocolate. Very nice aromatic characteristics.

T- Astringent attack of sour, bitter hops dominates the slightly sweet, medium bodied malt. Honey flavors. Hops also dominate the mid-palate and bitter finish.

M, D- I have noted some bottle variation. Always the flavors are appealing, but two bottles had their balance a bit off as the astringency & bitterness were quite forward, with the malt backbone slightly lacking. This leads to the mid-palate falling off abruptly, leaving a lighter finish with a tart final impression.
All other bottles have been excellent, in balance, and delicious - and are reflected in the grading.

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Photo of FlyingKelly
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of warlock_with_a_backpack
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spidey13
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ale to the Chief pours a beautiful, hazy, amber/honey color with a small off-white head. The smell is mostly sweet, citrussy/tangerine hops.

The taste is sweet and hoppy; mainly citrus hops flavors. There is a strong but smooth bitterness on the finish. Other than the hops, there are some toast and caramel notes. The mouthfeel is full with medium carbonation.

Overall, I really liked this beer. A fairly simple Double IPA, but very drinkable.

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Photo of ruckzuck
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Meant to drink this yesterday, but I completely forgot!

A - pours a slightly hazy burnt orange with a white head that subsided to a film pretty fast

S - hoppy all up in my nostrils. Tons of sweet pineapple with some nice floral notes. Actually fairly malty as well now that I sniff again

T - this is nice. It really isn't as hoppy as I thought it would be upon first smell out of the bottle. I mean there is some bitterness, but the sweet and fruity aspects of the hops are really the star of the show, especially that pineapple. Malt provides a nice backbone for an all around enjoyable experience

M - medium bodied with a pleasant amount of carbonation. Nice and smooth going down

D - this is good. Then again, it's from Avery, so big shocker. Would drink again, and I love the concept! Will finish bomber no questions asked

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Photo of MMBrew
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Tolann
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - golden in color and crisp in appearance. White head and great lacing. Not a lot of cascading bubbles.

S - Sweet fresh hops. kind of grassy and floral

T - Hops. All hops. Citrus and big hops. doesn't bite you tho. so smooth and so nice. Wow. YUM!

M - Smooth but light feel. great after taste. Not too bitter at the back of your throat. Super nice. Not too sweet either,but its there

D - Makes you wanting more. gimme gimme gimme! I think I need more of these bombers

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Photo of selecter70
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I grabbed one of these in November, awaiting Inauguration Day, as the bottle cellared awaiting me! The excitment & anticipation was I think, the best element to this no so exceptional IPA style ale. The pour was a vibrant & bright pale orange with 2 finger head that snuck away soon, leaving white lace & a floral-grass hoppy aroma. The mouth was smooth and the flavor a strong but not bitter hops, with heathery grass & lemon tones. Nice IPA but sadly not everything I hoped the Inauguration would bring!

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Photo of dogger6253
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Well, to say I'm stoked about a new imp. IPA is an understatement. The pour is a hazy, dark amber color topped with a huge, tan head. The head lasts forever and has a nice density to it. Great lacing!

The smell is wonderfully fresh. A nice, flowery hop scent with a little bit of citrus mixed in. The scent hints at this being a heavy beer, but at the same time is light and airy.

Hmm... It's hard to put my finger on what I'm tasting. Without a doubt, I can taste a bitter grapefruit and a grassy hop flavor. Later comes lemon zest and an almost chocolate-like bittersweetness. Each sip finishes a little sweeter than the one before.

The body is about as heavy as I expected, but with some carbonation lightening the mouthful. Crisp finish, very refreshing as well. This stuff is pretty good, it's a shame it's a one-time brew.

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Photo of Nmgreen
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 607 ratings.
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