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Avery Ale to the Chief

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RATINGS: 548   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 262   ABV: 8.75%
We the Brewers of Avery Brewing Company, in order to form a more perfect ale, require a new leadership that can liberate us from our quagmires in foreign lands; embrace environmentally sound energy alternatives to imported oil; heal our ailing health care system; free us from tyrannical debt and resurrect the collapsing dollar. We hereby pledge to provide him or her with an ample amount of our Presidential Pale Ale to support in the struggle for the aforementioned goals! Hail to the New Chief!

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 to both Avery Brewing standards, and then, of course, dry hop the result with that most quintessential of American hops, Cascades, and you get this... Ale to the Chief. A brew worthy of the Oval Office! Brewed with Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, hops and yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (9190) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2012
Draught at the brewery, on October 15, 2012
2012 version at 8.1% ABV and 42 IBU.
Clear amber to copper color, white head. Sweet, hoppy, herbal, tiny hints of mint, green hops, citrus taste. Dry, herbal, hoppy aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness. Sweet, hoppy, citrus, herbal, green hops scent.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2012
Ale to a new chief, outstanding hop scent on this beer, almost like smelling a fresh hop. Taste is a super ran blend of citrus and hop notes, probably one of my favorite pale alea. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2012
Deep coppery-red color; pours a medium head with slight retention; good lacing Very sweet smelling; strong notes of malt and toffee with some figs lingering around; the smell can almost be described as "thick" Very sweet, malty flavor; almost no hint of alcohol at all, very smooth; flavors of toffee, malt, and sticky sweet sugar. Medium-bodied; extremely smooth, a little sticky; lightly carbonated. This brew was delicious! Very sweet and filling, it felt like something I could sip not just as a dessert beer, but for dessert itself. If this wasn’t retired I’d definitely go buy another bottle. Also, this doesn’t taste ANYTHING like an imperial IPA. It’s heavy on the malt and sweetness, but only has a very slight bitterness; it feels and tastes more like a barleywine than a pale. If you’re looking for a seriously hoppy brew then you’re in the wrong place!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (3587) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2012
On tap at the Inaugural Boulder IPA Fest. Clear, deep, copper appearance with an off-white head and great lacing. Really sweet aroma with grapefruit, citrus, light pine, and bread. Taste is really smooth with flavors of orange peel, caramel, grass, and floral hops ending very dry-to-medium bitter. Sticky mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyCraft (4541) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2012
Bottle, poured a clear amber with medium white head and ample lacing. Aromas of pine, caramel, and lemon citrus. Taste is the same with smaller notes of sugary toffee and earthy flowers. I would say this is medium bodied with a bitter finish from the cascades. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nsquishee (632) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Aroma of caramel cookies and tad bit of hops. Very hazy amber appearance with an active and lacy head. Flavors of caramel, bread, hops, gingersnaps, and lemon. Starts out very smooth and sweet and then finishes very dry-boozy with a pronounced bitterness from the dry-hopping. Very unique beer. It really does tend to change in taste and flavor throughout a full sip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2012
Originally reviewed: 6/3/09. Big thanks to Kiefdog for this ’extra’ brew in a recent trade. Knocked one off my wants list... First off, this is a very pretty beer. Pours a deep gold honey color with a huge off-white head bursting forth. Excellent retention, and it leaves some very pretty sticky lacing on the glass. Smells very sweet like caramel and buttered bread. Some faint floral in there, but nothing overpoweringly hoppy. I’m a little surprised at this as it’s a DIPA. Mouthfeel is a little slick and watery. Could stand a little more carbonation. Flavor is very sweet, mirroring the scent. Big malty caramel flavor all over this. Finishes bitter, but faintly. This is an interesting DIPA. This is more like an Imperial Pale Ale, rather than a Double IPA. A little too sweet for the style, but a good beer nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (8692) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2012 Bottle. Hazy orange pour with a nice soapy head. Aroma of light esters and sweetness. Medium palate. Taste is caramel, grass, and a touch of booze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
scarletfire65 (1193) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2012
Pours a cloudy amber orange. Nice thick head and plenty of lacing left behind. The aroma is floral, sweet, caramel, oranges, woody. Medium to full bodied. Very bitter with a cloying toffee like maltiness to balance it out nearly perfectly. Nice and fruity, lots of juicy citrus, burnt sugar, resin, slight oxidation, lots of earthy, woodiness, almost oaky, some alcohol. Long, strong finish. Very good, drink it now if you have it, probably peaked about 6-8 months ago, should be downhill from here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (4554) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 29, 2011
22 ounce bottle found in my storage. Pours a cloudy copper amber with a nice off-white head. Aroma of pine, citrus and malt. Taste is floral hops, caramel, malt, and citrus. Nice bitter finish. Excellent.

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