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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 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 (660) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
waolsen (1372) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2008
bottle. dark copper pour with clarity. small lasting head leaves lacing. citrus hops, sweet caramel, organic aroma. rich with great amount of fresh hops. earthy, fresh, well balanced. richness in malts. bitter and slightly tart with underlying fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4681) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2008
Copper color with a medium head. Rich orange aroma. Strong grass, pine and orange flavor. Grapefruit and maybe a little honey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 2, 2008
22 ounce bottle purchased from Belmont Station in Portland, OR--Poured a rich ruby orange body with a lasting pillow off-white head. Bold floral, piny, citrus, piquant, boozy nose, Bitterness jumps into every taste with a creamy backdrop and a lively layered fruity flavor. Finished with a less overpowering alpha acidity than other Avery Imps. Price tag is a bit heavy, but I enjoyed the label and loved the beer. Thanks again, Avery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 2, 2008
22 oz bottle. Pours clear orange with a big frothy head, high carbonnation. Big hoppy citrus aroma. Flavor is similiar with the addition of piney notes. Mouthfeel is oily and there is a nice bitter finish. This is a great version of a PNW ipa.

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