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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
waolsen (1375) - 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 (4826) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2008
22oz bottle. Standard IPA aroma. Nothing to write home about. Resin. Slightly floral. Caramel malt. Bubblegum. Citrus and tree bark. Pours a dark hazed copper orange with a good sized head leaving nice sticky lacing. Flavor = fail. Soapy and vegetal. Seriously. Dawn dishsoap and steamed veggies. Ugh... Moderately hoppy but like rotting hops. Shit. Avery... you fail on this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
moelikebeer (221) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2008
Bottle. Crystal clear, copper pour with medium head. Aroma of floral, citrus hops and sweet malt. Similar flavor with a slightly bitter finish. Nice smooth, malty mouthfeel. Reminiscent of the Maharajah, but with a much subdued hop profile. Very nice stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tonyd56 (4) - USA - JUL 31, 2008 does not count
Pours out a reddish hue with a white head. Big hop and pine aroma. Bitter start and end with a little sweetness inbetween with some alcohol in the background and a great mouthfeel

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Bomber. Pours a nice orange copper color with a one finger fluffy off-white head. Aroma is big with hops as I could smell the beer 3 feet away. Also picking up notes of citrus, caramel and malts. Flavor bitter with american hops, citrus and caramel malts. A nice hop bomb but not out of balanced. Sort of a little brother of The Maharaja. Glad I tried this tasty brew. Who cares if it is not complex or aged in oak I like my IPA’s well hopped and straight forward.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2009 Bottle. Very nice IPA (IIPA) from Avery. It’s a hop bomb, but it is well done. Poured a deep amber color with a thick off-white head that left nice lacing. Aroma of spicy, resiny hops with some citrus peaking through. Flavor begins lightly spicy with some biting citric acidity that leads into an earthy, resiny hop hit with a strong leafy character and some light undertones of citrus (light grapefruit and orange rind) with a nice bitterness. Great mouthfeel, combining a slick hop oil character with a nice acidic bite. Well done Avery, I love it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (7249) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2008
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, cookie), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin, grapefruit, apricot). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Pretty straightforward IPA/DIPA. A bit one-dimensional in the aroma...90% hops (American/raw resiny-style for the most part, but some fruit too) with little else to entice. Nice mouthfeel though. Biting citric-and-bitter hop character is a bit abrasive in the flavor balance, but there’s enough malt to keep it drinkable. Age this a few months in some oak with Brett and you might actually have something cool, but as-is it’s just another hop slam.

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