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RATINGS: 565   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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. 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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2008
A beer big on both characters, strong malts up front, even bigger hops in the finish, similar in boldness to Arrogant Bastard with less spiciness to the hops. Malts give a toasted character, soft hint of berry, but I was unable to find that flavor again cause the hops took over the palate. Grapefruit bitter finish. Pretty solid offering if you want some big malts and big hops.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2008
Pour is hazed orangey amber with a nice dense light tan head...smell is lightly sweet at first with some toasty caramel and molasses notes then bursts with grapefruit and pine...then citrus again and sweet like a lemon meringue pie...taste is citric and sweet with lots of nice sweet citrus...feels almost like a pie feeling too...I think because it does somehow remind me of a pie, I skewed my ability to rate this without bias...very much like a lot of their IIPAs...good though.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beaver (1649) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2008
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a big frothy head head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is melons and peppery piney hops with some spices and alcohol.

The flavor is sweet sugary melons and some toasted malts followed by a big fruity piney hop resin finish. The alcohol is well hidden, but gives a nice warming. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth velvety carbonation.

Overall, a very nice IPA. Not too over the top like many of Avery’s big beers. Just not tailored enough to my tastes to be top tier for me.

3.9
   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".

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (5499) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (5589) - 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.

3.9
   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.

4.1
   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.

4.3
   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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChazMania (665) - 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.


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