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RATINGS: 588   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.

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmschefke (575) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2009
Pours a pale orange with off-white head. Aroma of very floral hops, caramel, and a bit fruity. The taste is quite hearty, full body, floral hops evident, slight sweetness, with a bitterness that sticks around. Malt mellows it out slightly though. Overall a pretty decent brew.


4.2
Andrew196 (1903) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2017
Pours a murky copper, frothy ivory head. Aroma is dark ripened fruits, plum, raisin, some woodiness and honey. Very full and complex on the tongue, lots going on... Wood, toffee, caramel, cherry, plum, celery, slight booziness.... Very aggressive yet successful because of the balance of it all. Perfect bitterness. Well done Avery!

3.4
Chudwick (3219) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - JUN 30, 2017
Bomber - nose is resin and spruce tips. Sip adds hay, straw, and bread or crackers. Hint of mint. Balanced I guess. Perplexed by this, sort of like the last Presidential election. Sorry for getting political.

3.8
jb (3255) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2017
Clear attractive orange-burnt sienna. Spotty lacing. Big nice nose of some sort of cookies with toffee. Thick mouthfeel, , and in the mouth this goes through several quick transitions. Thick, tingly, sweet, hoppy, dry, left with residual sweetness, still not too much. Well done. Trade from Ron.

4
Fujimo2000 (170) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 9, 2017
Pours a beautiful crisp copper as bright as a Lincoln penny. A lasting orange Trump lacing with a crisp finish. Superb brew.

4
J_man (1002) - Tustin, California, USA - MAY 2, 2017
Raisins, prunes and dark caramel aromas from a slightly hazy amber/orange body with a very fluffy and persistent white head. The flavor seems more tame with some raisin component along with dark cherries and woody, dry bitterness. A nice honey/caramel sweetness balances this bitterness out nicely. The alcohol is apparent and appropriate. The overall effect is very balanced but almost seems tight in that it doesn’t seem to deviate much through the sip. That’s not a bad thing because it’s delicious and it makes this more like a traditional European strong ale. Or maybe I waited too long to drink it and it’s mellowed out. In any case, it finishes with a lasting caramel sweetness and dry woody aftertaste. I wish this was released more often than every 4 years, but now I’ve got something to look forward to in 2020!

4.2
MetalNHopHead (1981) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - APR 19, 2017
Big malt and big hops - that generally sums up Ale to the Chief. It pours amber/dark orange. It’s hazy and has an off-white layer of foam. Dank pine needle aroma and wet fallen leaf aromas. Flavor is similar to many beers that bear the American Strong Ale designation. Caramel malts at the start. Happily that caramel note is clear but not overly sweet. The same can be said for the hop profile; the hops are assertive but not so bitter as to be a bracing, stark contrast to the fat malts. They have floral, piney, leafy, zesty, and tea-like qualities. As a whole, you could call the Cascade influence "earthy." Again, that would sum things up quite nicely.

4.1
Finhead (1763) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2017
A clear, deep reddish-gold pour with a frothy white head with excellent lacing. The aroma has spicy hops with a malty backbone. It has a medium body with slick texture with average carbonation. The taste bittersweet with a slightly bitter finish and alcohol warmth.

3.9
chadski (141) - California, USA - JAN 8, 2017
This is really good. Nice balance of honey sweetness and piney hop bitterness. Can’t wait to get it again in another four years.

3.8
hershiser2 (3266) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2017
Bomber from total wine west Richmond. Pours clear Amber with a frothy off-white head. Aroma of caramel, pine, grapefruit juice, dark fruit. Flavor is pale, black cherry, glue, pine, caramel. Finishes bitter and juicy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
sinfull (1660) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2016
Amber color. Thin,off-white head. Aroma of malt, honey and pine. Sweet malt dominates in taste.Full and "heavy" body. Hoppy bitterness at the end compensates sweetness a little bit. Good beer, but too sweet for me.


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