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Avery Ale to the Chief

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RATINGS: 552   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 16/20
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Bottle. Poured a deep golden amber body with thin head. Aroma is a pleasant smell of citrus, resiney amd spring flowers. Flavor is a nice combo of citrus hops, sweet malt, and grapefruit. Syrupy thick mouthfeel and enough flavor to last the entire evening. Great job by Avery. If they toned this down just a little, it would make a great "everyday type beer".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (5413) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Pours deep orange amber into a tulip. White head quickly recedes to hug rim leaving spotty lacing. Orange and grapefruit aromas. Crisp, sweet oranges upfront turning to a full, dry, lasting grapefruit and alcohol burn finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (5392) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2008
22 oz bottle purchased at EZ Liquors. Mmmm mmmm good is what I really need to say about this one. Pours a great looking orange amber with a huge frothy head. Aroma is tons of sweet piney hops, toffee, citrus hops. Medium bodied that is has a syrupy mouthfeel and light carbonation. Flavor is sweet overall with lots of toffee and what I can only describe as hop syrup. I have had DFH 90 Minute on tap before and this tastes pretty darn much like that, even more so then a bottle of DFH 90 minute does. I absolutely love the sweet/hoppy combination and this one nails it spot on. Ale to the Chief indeed and although this was the most expensive bottle I purchased on my last trip out I will be grabbing a few more of these bad boys.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2008
2008. Huge resiny and piny nose, some sweet toffee notes as well. Brilliant amber color with a large long-lasting head sea-foamy head. Deep toffee sweetness, spicy hop bitterness, great balance, alcohol is totally masked. Full carbonation and body, creamy texture, long butter caramel finish with just the right amount of hop bite. Very solid beer, full of flavor, complexity, and well made.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 9, 2008
22oz. bottle. Poured a nice amber, white lace. Smells great, like fresh hops were stuffed into the bottle before capping. Hard to describe the flavor, but it’s very good, nice bitter finish. Good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 9, 2008
Poured on cask and on tap at Avery Brewing. The cask version really blew me away...this really worked well from the pump. Sticky, creamy, resinous, (tropical) fruity, happilly hoppy, and hints of sweet malts. This really did rock. We’ll see how the bottle turns out... (rating for cask). Tap around a 4-4.1

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChazMania (662) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 9, 2008
Bomber poured into pint glass. This has a big waft aroma of hop, grapefruit and pine. I’m surprised this is not labeled a double ipa, especially at 8+%. The flavor is huge. It is different than the Maharaja (avery double ipa) as this feels a little more creamy on the tongue and less sweet on the finish. This is a great beer and I’d love to buy and drink it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Pours a dark amber in color with just a minimal head forming on the pour. Smell is all hops. Taste is more of the hops. Very balanced and a good amount of bittering. Medium feel on the mouthfeel. Had this with other beers and it was the best of the day. Solid offering from Avery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Pours a sparkling clear, amber color with a full, white, creamy, fluffy head which lasts quite a while and leaves some sporatic lace. Nose is pleasant but a bit simple with lots of spicy resins, light floral, hints at grapefruit, and a nice caramel backbone. Flavor is filled with hops but has a nice malt backbone of sweet caramels and some toffee; the resinous notes are dominant with lighter notes of grapefruit and orange peel, and the spicy, dry hop notes of the cascades bring a hint of mint leaves. Palate is medium, lively, a bit dry, and and faintly creamy. Bitterness is moderately high, even with the great supporting malt notes. The finish is long and just a bit dry with resins finally disappating, leaving some lingering light mint and toffee. I actually enjoyed this one more than I thought I would. Great malt base, lots of hop character, and everything with some sort of balance. I think I liked it more for the uniqueness of the flavors and the fact that the hops were dominant but still did not overpower the rest of the beer. It may not be put together as well as it could, but my palate is certainly intrigued.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Pineapple / grapefruit aroma with hints of juniper. Flavor is resplendent with cedar and sweet malts and it has a clean, more piney finish.

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