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Avery Ale to the Chief

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RATINGS: 550   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 262   ABV: 8.75%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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. Itís 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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
scarletfire65 (1274) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (4980) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Bottle back in 08. Pours a clear amber with a medium off-white head. Grapefruit and pine hop aromas with a hint of caramel. Very hoppy flavor with notes of citrus, pine and grass. Great bitter finish. Loved this one.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
portableparty (2263) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle to my New Belgium glass. Pours a hazy honey colored amber with a foamy kahki head that lasts and shows lacing. Aroma is sweet sugary caramel with a mix of citrus and pine. Taste is soft bitterness with a really nice caramel mix that includes some nuts, toffee, lemon and pine. Palate is medium to full with a creamy chalky body that leaves a dry finish. For this being a few years old I felt it held up well!

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
diabel (1674) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - NOV 14, 2011
Hazy amber, off-white head. Aroma of american hops, caramalts, flowers, ...: very well balanced with a nice complexity. Harshly bitter, heavily sweet flavour: nicely balanced with an ok complexity. Very nice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (8969) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2011
22 oz. bottle via trade with michael-pollack- thanks, Pollack! Pours a cloudy amber-tinted gold that gets hazier at the bottom. Small white head that quickly settles into a ring. Aroma suggests this is past its prime, with some cardboard-like oxidation notes- they donít ruin it, though. Sweet malts, toffee, toasted brown sugar, resin, and earth follow. The flavor follows suit but comes together more smoothly. Sweet and malty, with a bit of an underlying woodiness. Mellow carbonation, and light-medium bodied. Still drinking pretty nicely but wonít get better probably.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JStax (4538) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2011
Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Appearance is a hazy amber to copper color with a thick, beige head of foam that leaves thick, splotchy lacing. Aroma is resiny and floral with a thick bready, caramel/toffee presence. Taste is lightly bitter on the front of the tongue, giving way to a woody, roasty note and a long, dry finish. Aftertaste is made up of alcohol and toffee.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
illidurit (2278) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 25, 2011
Bomber shared at the July Santa Cruz tasting. Pours hazy bronze with a light tan head. Aroma is chiefly caramel malts and aged hops, a bit dusty but still with some life to it. Flavor displays some big pineapple notes, just as strong and hoppy as a lot of fresh double IPAs. There is however plenty of aged character with muddled crystal and caramel malts and mild isovaleric notes. Respectable bitterness, heavy syrupy body. Not bad for an ancient DIPA.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2011
Bottle from Cavie. Hazy orange pour with a cream colored head. Aroma is dirt, earth, almost butter, and grapefruit. Taste is thick, buttery, caramel, and kinda fruity. Earthy, almost burned finish. Glad we didnít wait until Obama left office.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Cavie (4101) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2011
Bottle courtesy Dixonian. Thanks bud! Pours a murky ruddy orange color with some light bubbles. Aroma smells aged, earthy soil, molded sticks and some sweet tropical notes. Flavor is dry malt, very bitter, some grapefruit, and leaves a poor aftertaste. I realize this is a 2 year old IIPA, and Iím sure it was fantastic fresh, but now........no. Has a weird buttery flavor.


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