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Avery Ale to the Chief

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RATINGS: 543   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 262   ABV: 8.75%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6217) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokephibroke (291) - Mead, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2008
Hoppiness at last! Darn good beer. Pours golden orange with a sizeable creamy head. Aroma of hops, hops and citrus. Nice bitterness lingering after a very forward, intense hops accentuated by a creamy stash.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2008
Bottle. Pours a clear copper with a one finger off-white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of pine and citrus hops with tons of sweet caramel and malt. Taste is the same as aroma but not as prominent. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and smooth alcohol. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nick76 (4221) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2008
The aroma is very malty and hoppy with pine citrus and caramel. The appearance is amber with a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall a tasty beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palidor19 (2947) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2008
Fantastic, this is hard core pine hop flavor. From start to finish, this beer take you taste buds to hop heaven. palate is smooth too. for the hop lover.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WinoInTraining (109) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2008
I really like this beer. A pale that drinks like an IPA. Super floral, layered hops. Higj ABV but drank easy. Bright citrus, grapefruit. Perfect balance. Lovely bitters. Im proud to call Avery my favorite local brewery! The label is fricken sweet too, right on brothers!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
RSRIZZO (1853) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2008
Aroma is a nice fresh hop scent. Color is a golden brown with light carbonation and a tight head. Taste like grapefruit juice. Starting with a medium body it goes down with a juicy feel. Finish comes out with a huge grapefruit taste then a mild bitterness. After taste has a slight sweet to it then more bitterness. Citrusy is just too much for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Headbanger (3303) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2008
22oz bottle-A light amber body with a nice tight white head. Aroma of citrus and floral hops. Taste of citrus and more citrus along with a small caramel flavor on the back end. This medium bodied brew is pretty damn tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonkeyBra (3370) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2008
This is the type of beer that seems relatively simple, yet the flavor is astounding. Rather simple copper pour, but the hop profile is apparent from the nose. However, the complexity and depth of the hops is as good if not better than any beer I’ve ever had. Better, in my opinion, than alpha king, which almost seems like blasphemy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
soyorganic (283) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2008
This beer reaffirms Avery’s standing as an elite brewery. One of the things I really like about Avery is their characteristic hop profile found in their pale ales. This one does not disappoint. It has a lovely hop taste that is balanced with slight undertones of sweet malt. However, the hop taste is not out of control which makes it that much more drinkable. Right amount of carbonation and pours a darker copper color. Bomber enjoyed with two others on a nice summer night.

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