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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,869 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,869
Reviews: 673
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 62
Gots: 201 | 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: 1,869 | Reviews: 673
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Photo of slusk
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark garnet with a short lived tan head. clear.

S: Malty with some raisin, spicy hop filters in. some wheat like character or slightly fruity like a Belgian. The hop doesn't have a noble hop aroma, something domestic.

T: 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.

M: Medium body, a little slick and oily on the palate. low carbonation, not biting, low acidity.

O: This is a nice beer. It has a bit brighter malt flavor than the typical brown ale, the hops are not overpowering, more like an English brown. The hops seem to be of a domestic variety which adds to it's complexity and uniqueness. I'll have another!

Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with some reddish tint thru out not much head though,aroma is of cocoa powder and roasted nuts,pretty appetizing.Nice flavors melding together here,some unsweetend chocolate some raw nut/earthy flavor really dominates the finish and aftertaste.Sweet but not cloying an easy drinker,a well made brown ale here.

Photo of ddean
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Public Eat and Drink in North Adams, MA. Slow night with soft techno playing, which oddly enough works well with a brown ale while typing a review on a laptop.

Appearance- An attractive very dark brown. Around the edges where the liquid is not so thick, it appears more rusty in hue, which I liked quite a bit. Lacing around the rim that sticks around throughout the pint.

Smell- I agree with several other reviewers in that it is very pleasant on the nose--dark chocolate and Columbian coffee to me--but some said that the smell is more subtle than they'd like. I get plenty for this style, especially if you sip and swirl a bit, giving it time to warm up. That might make you look like a wine snob, but it is a good experience to take some time and sniff away, particularly on this one.

Taste- Delicious for the style and consistent with the smell. Maybe some dark cherries in there too. A very nice tart zing in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Not getting so much carbonation as others, at least from the tap tonight. Doesn't coat your mouth like some other nice brown ales I've had--this one mostly stops after swallowing--but still very pleasant.

Overall, I'd say Ellie's is the best brown I've had, and I'd also say that those who like the traditional brown ale style will really dig this one. Cheers.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Tyler's Taproom in Apex, NC

Arrived at the table ahead of the food with a good solid 1-2 fingers of light brown foamy head. It didn't last real long but a thin cap of bubbles hung around for the duration. Some light lacing down the glass.

Aromas were pretty typical of a brown with nothing particularly striking. Pleasant light malt aroma, slightly nutty with just a hint of hops.

A good long pull provides both solid mouthfeel and flavors. Everything is balanced well and never really comes apart. Malts seem to take center stage but they are well balanced and my overall take was that this presents just a bit on the dry side. The finish was a tad thin but still very nice. Nothing particularly notable in the linger. Carbonation was a bit higher than I might have expected but it helped to provide a bit of texture and perhaps a touch of creaminess.

I felt that as far as brown ales goes, this is pretty good. Not a huge fan of the style but this was a rather enjoyable brew. Great balance, satisfying, and it went well with our pizza dinner.

Photo of nickadams2
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours a deep dark brown with a thick beige head. Great retention. Thick lacing.

S_Caramel,almond,roasted malt.

T_Very rich,nutty,creamy , caramel. Roasted malt. Hints of burnt coffee in the finish. Well balanced malt forward brown ale.

M_Thick and creamy.

D_Very delicious plus low ABV = Extremely drinkable and session able ale.

Photo of mbrandon2w
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz
Pours a dark brown, with deep red highlights when held to the light. Nice head, no lacing.
Smells of like a mix of chocolate bars, cocoa powder and coffee with a touch of alcohol.
Flavor is of chocolate, malt and a dry cocoa finish.
Nice sweetness, just balanced enough with hops. Very smooth, creamy.
I only bought one bottle of this, but I can't wait to go out and buy more.
Reminds me why I love brown ales.

Photo of Todd
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. No bottled on date. There's a dog on the label, and a little note about it. What is with the whole micro brown ale/dog thing?

Appearance: Pours a grand beer with a massive off-white/tan head that stick and retains very well. Beer colour is deep brown/chocolate with mahogony stain edges.

Smell: Aroma = absolutely wonderful. Perfumy, floral, malty, toasty, bicuity with freshly milled grain powder aromas and loads of caramel flavours that force the anticipation of a rather sweet brew.

Taste: Silky smooth mouthfeel with a medium body. Malt flavours are very even. Caramel, earth, a bit nutty, touch of roasted, toasted and biscuit followed by a near sugary sweetness, but not too sweet. Hop flavours are perceived, but not dominant ... providing balance and thin bitterness that seems to team up with the touch of roasted malt. Hint (hint) of raisin that mingles with the hops. Finish goes a tad dry with some grain notes.

Notes: A very tasty and well-executed American brown ale. If you're a brown ale fan, this is a must. Malty, balanced, tamed hop character and a wonderful aroma.

Many thanks to Arctic Liquors for the sample.

Photo of Beaver13
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ellie's Brown poured a dark brown with deep red highlights. It had a light brown head that quickly went to a thin skim that left some nice lacing. Its aroma is of toasted malt and chocolate. It has a nice smoth and creamy mouthfeel. The taste is big on malts (which I like). It starts with nutty, toasted malts and a touch of caramel, and has a subdued bitter finish which balances the beer nicely. Overall, a wonderful brown that is very drinkable. This will definitely become a regular in rotation in my beer fridge.

Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, pours a healthy dark mahogony brown, slightly off white head settling into a tiny bubble film and leaving respectable lacing. Malty nose, medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Notes of sweet, smooth malt, nutty. caramel, honey. A slight bitterness picked up late. Classy brown ale, Avery knows what they are doing and it shows with this fine take on the style. Subtle, refined and suprisingly complex. As with all the Avery products, worth seeking out and enjoying

Photo of tigg924
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, chocolate brown

Smell: toasted malt, small nut

Taste: Toasted malt, some sugar cane--pretty much one trick

Mouthfeel: smooth medium bodied, sweet, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a decent brown ale and a one trick beer. Not a bad one, but nothing that jumps out. I would just as well pass next time.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear, dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of roasted malt and chocolate. It is not overpowering, but it is a very nice aroma and exactly what I expect in this style of beer. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of milk chocolate with a little toasted malt and caramel malt. There is a little bit of pecan or hazelnut flavor and quite a bit of brown sugar and sweet malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very easy to drink, very nice brown ale.

Photo of jsolack
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Light brown and clear.

Smell:
Excellent chocolaty/nutty smell.light coffee overtones.

Tast:
Very nice chocolate and malt flavor. Sweetness is well balanced with bitterness.

Mouthfeel:
Smooth and pleasent on the tounge

Drinkablitly:
Excellent overall flavor and smooth taste make for great tast.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with a quarter inch thick khaki colored head. Light Brussels lacing. Aroma of dark malt,caramel,and toffee are very enticing. I get coffee,dark malt and chocolate in the flavor. This is smooth and creamy. The finish is very dry and there's a light smoked malt note in the aftertaste. You could drink a lot of this and there's a lot of flavor packed in here. This is definitely on the sweeter end of the spectrum.

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 MattyG85
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark brownish ruby red with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. Medium off white head fades into a thin white layer. Good lacing.

Smell: Dark roasted caramel malts with chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruits, and hints of coffee and earthy hops. Very malt and chocolate forward.

Taste: Dark malts, chocolate, brown sugar, coffee, and dark fruits are followed by a mild hop bitterness. Coffee is more noticeable in the finish. Pretty sweet but has enough bitterness to balance it.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a medium to high carbonation. Very creamy and smooth.

Overall: A pretty decent version of a brown ale. On the sweeter side but has enough balance to make it a pretty good brew.

Photo of Mantooth
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft pour at Sammy's (Belmont, NC) into a Sweetwater pint.

A: Deep amber colored pour with minimal head and a bit of lazy lacing.

S: Roasted malt, pecans, earthy.

T: Right there with the nose.

M: A little thin, slightly effervescent opening act followed by a nutty malt headliner that barely kept my eyes open.

O: Pretty good brown ale.

Photo of far333
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dirty copper color with a thin off-white head that sinks quickly to fine cap with lace rising up the edges of the glass. Light shows through as amber highlights. Smell is more roasted malt than expected, some raisin and fig, and some cocoa. Seems more like a dark ale just from the aroma. Flavor is also less sweet than expected for a brown ale, more caramel and toasted malt. Also some fig, a bit of molasses, and a hint of bitter chocolate. Hope profile is low, very understated. Very full and smooth mouthfeel, which I'm noticing consistenly from the Avery beers. Not sure if I would consider this typical of the English brown ale style, but it's very tasty. Thanks to Brent.

Photo of niknar
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a solid brown color... shows some reddish highlights when held up to light. A delightful (although slightly too thin) head graced the glass, then slowly disappared leaving lots of lacing. Smells faintly of sweet malts. The taste is quite good. Sweet malty flavor balanced by some bittering hops that come in more towards the end. Finishes dry with some lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is just a little thinner than I would like for such a dark beer, but definitely not unpleasant. This is a highly drinkable beer that I would gladly have again and again. Not something that is going to hit my "A" list, but definitely a worthy beer for taste tests and when the mood strikes!

Photo of Dizzy
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with red highlights, creamy light tan head with lots of lacing on the glass. Great head retention. Aroma is hops. Flavor is roasted malts and hop bitterness, maybe some citrus flavor in the finish? Medium bodied. This is a good beer, hops seem a little prominant for a brown ale, but it is good.

Photo of centbeerfest
4.73/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is being considered for the new restaurant so I picked up a six pack. This is one of the many label designs that plays to dog people like me.

The beer comes out of the bottle with a great composure perfect amount of head that hols up. Color is a deep warm brown, not too dark, but enough that you know this one is special.

The smell of coffee is pleasant and inviting but not overwhelming. The taste is balanced with a smooth finish and a nice creaminess which adds to the fantastic mouthfeel.

I drank this alone, again with steak and then again later with some chocolate bread pudding. It was not too much to drink alone, stood up to the steak and the dessert and complimented each phase.

On the beer take-home scale I would grab a case and keep this one as one of the staples.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour, light brown head, ample. Sweet roasted malt aroma.

Taste, hoppier than your average brown ale, not necessarily smooth, has some bitterness going for it. West coast brown ale kinda thing. Some nuttiness, hints of vanilla. Stays sweet. Coffee is present.

Caramel and molasses seem to be in the mouthfeel, bitterness wanes as more of the sweet and smooth side finally come out. A little more complex than your average brown ale.

Photo of williamjbauer
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can served in a nonical glass

A - Dark garnet brown with ruby tint with a 2 finger ecru fluffy head with good retention and moderate lacing

S - Wheat, Malt, Nutmeg, Vanilla, earthy

T - Starts with a simple malt profile with caramel sweetness then moves into more complex woody, earthy flavors and a bit of choc and vanilla and a bit of herbal hops bitterness at the end. Just a touch of a coppery flavor on the tongue and not alcohol warming.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth finish.

O - A nice malty brown but pretty simple for an avery brew.

Photo of ADR
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Orange-tinged dark brown appearance, transparent. Decent tan head of over 1/4 of an inch in height and with better-than-average staying power. Widely spaced dripping laces, incomplete rings. Fruity aroma, cherry, some nuts, more hops than some. Mouthfeel is lighter, carbonation weighs in about the same to start. Some small amounts of caramel, nice bit of walnut, a hint of berries, and subdued hops that still stick out slightly at the back end. Seems to go away too much at the close, almost like a flat root beer, probably the biggest flaw for me. Decent beer, good drinkability, one I can see drinking out of a bottle at a party.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Now this is a great beer, I can say that after one look, sniff, and taste that this beer is one I would love to have at my reaches whenever I wanted. Pours deep amber brown hue with a nicely formed moccha tan head leaves full collar of lacing great mix of speckled lacing from the side I have been sipping from while the opposite side has a bar about an inch wide of coated bubbles clinging on my pint. Aroma: Chocolate malts are evident a nutty appeal is also present along with a soothing current of mild hopping, but I will say the soft chocolate tones is what sold me on this beer much like some mindless drones can be sold by the dropp eyed lab on the label I assume it's Ellie. Taste: Cap says small brewery - BIG BEERS yep that's about right not a huge west coast hoppy big but very flavorful and fulfilling. Tasty chocolate splashes the palate followed by a very nice dose of bittering hops that blend so well together the toasted malts bring out mild hints of coffee and nuts pretty damn good. Mouthfeel: Medium body solid brew can't complain nothing bad to say very smooth and drinkable brown ale. Drinkability: Wow, what a great brown possibly one of my favorites of all time up there nearly surpassing Brooklyn's Brown that's pretty good.

Photo of chinchill
3.04/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A very dark brown ale with excellent mouthfeel and appearance. but disappointing taste and aroma. Looks and feels like a stout, and tastes more than a little like one too.

A - nearly opaque dark brown with low level of head. The head is short-lived but leaves side lacing for a while.

T - too earthy; bitter but not hoppy finish. Relatively strong roasted/burnt components.

M - medium/medium-heavy; creamy; noticeable carbonation.

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Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,869 ratings.