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Ellie's Brown Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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Ellie's Brown AleEllie's Brown Ale

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very good

1,877 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,877
Reviews: 674
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 64
Gots: 211 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002

IBU's: 17
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Ratings: 1,877 | Reviews: 674
Photo of Davd6310
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up recently because it was on sale. I threw some in the freezer to chill quickly. When I first tasted I thought it was a little "hoppy". I let it sit for 10-15 mins and came back for my next sip. Wow! this is simply fantastic. Not sure if fresh out of the freezer sabotaged the taste, but after it "warmed" up a little it was one of the best brown ales I've ever had...I will definitely buy again.

Photo of dd43
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on draft at Matchbox Chinatown in DC. Had a similar look and feel to other "cola-style" brown ales I've seen popping up. Nice roasted coffee almost chocolatey note from the malts, easy to drink and refreshing. People who like iced coffee could get into this beer. Bitterness is on the low end, but not completely absent which lesser brown ales seem to miss. I love this beer style and was happy to get Avery's take on it.

Photo of chefjohn15
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very good brown ale

Photo of Jaysauras
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: Poured a lovely, rich amber color with a very thick cream colored head. Good lace left on the glass throughout the drink, likewise with the head. Plenty of dancing carbonation bubbles from top to bottom. Excellent look to it.

S: Oaky smell, earthy scent. A touch of roasted malts and spice as well. Simple and pleasant. Nothing outstanding though.

T: What an excellent taste. Spice, caramel, and some bitter hops right up front, settles into a nice blend of nut, and toffee in the middle. Subtle smooth bit of oak finishes her off with a slight hint of chocolate sweetness. Aftertaste of roasted malts linger. Really interesting and complex group of flavors but balanced very well.

F: Dry but also chewy on the back end. Doesn't finish overly dry but does start out that way. Got a decent bitterness and carbonation bite to it.

O: A very good Brown Ale. All the flavors are there from the earthy roasted malts to the nuttiness. However there are some well masked subtleties to it like the bit of chocolate and black coffee on the back end. Exceptional beer to look at with some good flavor.

Photo of Trombone69
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Some people would love this. I am not a coffee drinker. I'm getting a nasty, bitter, black coffee bite that I don't care for. There are a lot of interesting different flavors here, but it's not my cup of coffee.

Photo of Kmcmillen
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite beer of all time!

Photo of loubar
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Nose of caramel and yeast. Taste of mild chocolate, caramel and brown sugar with a little nutty finish. The hops provide a low-key bitterness to nicely offset the sugary sweetness. Smooth with good carbonation and balance. Not earth shattering but tasty and drinkable. An exemplary brown ale.

Photo of E-McFarden
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth finish but not lacking in flavor.

Photo of SierraFlight
3.09/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours clear brown. Coffee and something bright, maybe lemon, on the nose. Chicory, nutty malts, and an earthy finIsh.

Photo of Ale_Dog
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a goto brown

Photo of lwillitz
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12-oz bottle into porter/stout glass

A - 2 fingers medium tan head over a deep brown (nearly black) body

S - chocolate, nuts, caramel, slightly fruity, slightly lactic, grainy; very nice

T - chocolate, grain, nutty, roasted, herbal and earthy notes, brown sugar sweetness, roasted bitterness stands out in the finish; quite complex

M - very smooth, oily medium body; medium carbonation

O - Ellie's is an excellent brown ale.

Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No bottle date

Look - Pours deep brown, beautiful garnet when held up to light. Cappuccino head, dissipates rather quickly. A "film" of bubbles remains, and is quite persistent. No lacing. 3.75 paws.

Smell - Bits of chocolate and wood. The smell makes me visualize an inviting pub, with old rugs saturated from the years of beers being carelessly sloshed upon. A pool table in the corner, and an air of acceptance sewn with tobacco. I do not care who has made this beer, I only want to drink it, and to drink it in good company. 4.5 paws.

Taste - Dark fruit, baker's chocolate, and coffee preside. Only the slightest bitterness lingers, with a touch of alcoholic burn on the tip of the tongue. The finish feels as though there are flakes of unsweetened chocolate clinging to my mouth, only to be sept away by swig of milk. 4 paws.

Feel - Velvety, and almost fractional resting on the tongue. The mouthfeel may be the best part of this beer, resting like a blanket, unassuming until you finally take notice. I had never discovered nuances contemplating the mouthfeel of a beer, until I contemplated this one. 4.25 paws.

I am a firm believer that one should always judge a beer by its style. Brown ales are most certainly not my first grab when I am perusing the beer aisle. They are not exciting like a fresh IPA, wild ale, or barrel aged offering. But they most definitely are an important part of Beerdom (this should go without saying). This is an excellent offering of what most would consider a boring style. I am not likely to revisit this beer in the near future as so much of my beer budget is tied up in the "exciting" offerings, but it is an exceptional beer nonetheless. 4.25 paws.

Meow beer.

Photo of Chessmaster
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a rich, dark brown with ruby highlights. The head is thin and disappears into some whisps and a ring of foam around the glass which lingers indefinitely

S: Caramel, toffee, rich malty goodness. No discernible hop aroma

T: Similar to the smell - delicious malt, caramel and toffee. Here, the malt is nicely balanced
by a finishing hop freshness. Delicious

M: Medium bodied, highly drinkable. Despite the lack of head retention, nicely carbonated

O: Overall a delicious and thoroughly enjoyable brew. If there were a bit better head retention, it would have scored even higher. Nevertheless, Ellie would be proud, indeed.

Photo of Mc808
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

Very good balanced beer, one downside is the head retention, the tan head disappears quickly. The ale makes up for it with a taste that lingers long after the mouth feel disappears, bringing once forward nut flavors to the back of the tongue. Semi spicy hops with nice dark floral tones that really compliment the medium malt tastes. Could have a fuller body for a brown ale, but seems like the mouth feel of many american brown ales. Traditional english browns are deeper on the malt but this one still carries through a lot of the flavors you come to expect from an old school brown but with stronger emphasis on the raisen tones throughout, both in the aroma and taste.

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%

Avery has generally been a disappointment for me so this was nice surprise. Nice malty flavor that had me licking my lips between drinks, this is a good thing for me. Sweet on the finish that almost seemed like candy. Low on the bitter which is also good for me. Lacks a lot of complexity or character. Overall I felt is was outstanding beer that was smooth, easy to drink, and hopefully one I will have again. Not the best brown but very nice.

Photo of Jesser5000
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

I love this beer. The six pack I got recently tasted a little old though

Photo of Celtics17
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Bright, Malty caramel and toffee. A bit of dark bread crust moderate to low hop bitterness with low spicy hop flavor. A slightly sweet, creamy finish.

Photo of Urk1127
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into glass mug. Finger of head disappeared somewhat quickly. A little lacing. Dark almost black. Roasty, some chocolate, malty. To me the best overal brown ale I've had this far.

Photo of EHopkinsi
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Very tasty beer. Poured dark, dark brown with little head. Nice maltiness to it with a bit of hops. Would definitely enjoy another!

Photo of drpimento
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Outstanding brown, one the best I've ever had! Poured with a tan head, some lace and a very dark almost opaque Black brown color. Aroma is malti nutty slight hint of hops. Flavor is like aroma little on the Sweetside very drinkable. Perfect body. Super tasty.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours cola brown with a light tan half finger head that displays very little retention, leading to a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Virtually no lacing.

Smell - Assertive aroma that's sweet and malty with notes of chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla and a nutty character. Hints of coffee roast.

Taste - Doesn't quite deliver on the promise of the nose, but the flavor is still quite nice. Chocolate with lesser notes of caramel and brown sugar. Faint vanilla notes that pop up mid-taste and in the finish. Slightly nutty finish, along with some earthy hop.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, slightly silky texture. Goes down nice and easy.

Overall - A pretty damn solid brown. Probably doesn't crack my top 10 ABA's, but I could stand to drink a few more. If only the flavor matched the strength of it's aroma... oh well.

Photo of PacNWDad
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Malty and bready, with just a bit of hops. Thick consistency, with an impressive amount of head. Brown sugar flavor. Dark and translucent pour.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Nose: biscuit, fruity esters, nuts, rich dark malts.
Brilliant chestnut with a 1" tan tinted off-white head. Lacy.
Palate: Rich malt and grain spice, chocolate, and some mild roast, drying on the finish.
Medium body, medium carbonation, a smidgen too sweet up front, a little more roast than necessary.

Photo of Drenz001
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Great flavor, not too heavy, fantastic beer.

Photo of finz2thestout
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

simple brown, easy drinking.

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Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,877 ratings.