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RATINGS: 581   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. Its 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.

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3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2008
Clear amber/ dull red with a large stable sticky head. Hoppy aroma with mango, pine, some citrus, caramel malt. The flavor starts out nice but quickly get very grassy with chlorophyl notes. Has a bit of a thin body but nice bitterness. Maybe I got a bad bottle but this one is a bit of a mess.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13901) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Bottle from Rivers Bend. Poured clear dark copper color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate complex sour citrus and malt aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture. Heavy balanced bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet and small alcohol burn finish of long duration. This is a standout beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Wow. Pours clear copper with a short white head. Big hop wallop in the nose. Grapefruit, pine oil, caramel, and orange zest. Smooth taste. Thought this was an IIPA, but it doesn’t matter. Huge hops, the cascades really come through without blowing it up. Grapefruit, resin, pineapple, and mango flavors, all with the caramel malt back. Great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Pours a nice clear amber with a huge whitish head. Smell is fresh and nicely hoppy. Fresh and nice. Taste is hoppy and fruity and nicely bitter. Lots of fruit and tea flavors in this beer. Pretty nice, a lot like a beer between an IPA and a DIPA. Very drinkable with no alcohol flavor. Good overall, but nothing that I’d go out of the way for again.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBunn (2764) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Bomber. Have to say that I laughed a little when I read the botle. What if a beer could be president? Pour is a coppery amber with a big and fluffy white head. Big hops presence in the aromas: pineapple and grapefruit lead the charge with some sweet malts lingering in the background... but a little underpowered to poke through the cloud of hops. First sip leaves a great impression. Hops from the nose come through crisp and clean... but don’t overpower the malt too much... so it comes off as pretty balanced and doesn’t come off as a watery hop tea. This is pretty darn good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maddog (524) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Had on draft at the Dilly Deli. A very complex brew with a fresh and fruit aroma. Deep amber in color, this beer had a big malt body with fruity sweetness, hints of caramel, brown sugar and a big presence of hops. Ale to the Chief was different, delicious, and even finished on the hot side. Layers of flavors and complexity.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 16, 2008
bronze, slightly hazed with a very lacey tan head. floral, hoppy, & candyish aroma with some notes of citrus, specifically grapefruit. resiney hop flavors and a thick syrupy body. slightly hot as well. tastes like a syrupy run of the mill double ipa and i simply do not like it much. who the hell wants to drink hop syrup? seriously?

1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
Cabeero (15) - Thornton, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2008
The cask aging beats up the character of the hops and makes a strong style of beer taste wimpy. A swing and a miss for Avery.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 15, 2008
This American Strong Ale pours a deep copper color from a 22oz bottle. Large sized beige foamy head, with nice lacing and good retention. The aroma is piney hops and caramel malts. A medium bodied American Strong Ale/Imperial Pale Ale. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. The hops are reisny, piney and citrusy. A whole lot of hops, and then some more hops. I figure I might be burping hops most of the night. Fairly bitter taste. It also has the Avery hot alcohol finish that most of their big beers do when fresh, although its not as bad as others. With all the hops and hop bitterness it is still a fairly well balanced beer. Nice carbonation. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and clean. Aftertaste is bitter with a touch of alcohol.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2008
20080815 Bomber from Spirits RB. Deep golden color with creamy, lasting white head that sheets lace. Lovely cascade aroma plus some pineapple, cat pee, and fusels atop some biscuit malts. Initially nice, its coming apart before me. Bulky body with long bitter finish, lightly unctuous, jammy. When sipping, alcoholic aroma is a bit off putting, hot, and it returns retronasally. Some vegetal notes, menthol?. Overall it seems a bit too sweet and definitely too hot, as I might imagine an orange-pineapple marmalade liquor on Club crackers. Im slightly disappointed I now have to plow through another 16 or so ounces of this beer, but its boozy enough that I will probably mind less as it numbs my senses.


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