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Ellie's Brown Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,624 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,624
Reviews: 645
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 48
Gots: 109 | FT: 0
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:
IBU's: 17

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002)
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Reviews by schoolboy:
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

Ellie's pours out to a perfect dark, but translucent, brown. There is a bit of a fine head and loads of nice lacing. The aroma is weak - not much there, just a bit of malt.

The taste and mouthfeel are pretty darn good. It is a sweet, malty taste but more importantly, it is very creamy and soft, and not at all harsh. It burps up a very pleasant taste.

As would be expected from Avery, this is a well made and well balanced brew. I would say it is much less harsh than many "American" style brews.

06-08-2013 22:54:00 | More by schoolboy
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oberon

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

06-30-2004 01:19:34 | More by oberon
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ddean

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9%

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.

09-19-2013 02:33:07 | More by ddean
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

08-21-2008 18:16:57 | More by SIRIUS2
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sabitu

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-10-2013 22:32:07 | More by sabitu
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

4/5  rDev +2.6%

04-03-2013 14:32:34 | More by bulldogg915
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nickadams2

New York

4.33/5  rDev +11%

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.

08-29-2010 21:54:00 | More by nickadams2
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RoninBirdman

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

11-21-2013 03:22:38 | More by RoninBirdman
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freshflesh

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

06-23-2014 16:17:35 | More by freshflesh
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mbrandon2w

Maine

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

02-18-2009 23:01:30 | More by mbrandon2w
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Todd

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

02-28-2002 22:20:31 | More by Todd
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Beaver13

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

03-12-2004 05:57:55 | More by Beaver13
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nstroup

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9%

01-02-2014 06:19:45 | More by nstroup
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

07-30-2014 21:22:52 | More by Doomcifer
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Billolick

New York

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

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

07-22-2004 02:19:24 | More by Billolick
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henryclay_

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

05-20-2014 23:10:34 | More by henryclay_
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mctizzz

California

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

01-19-2013 04:27:05 | More by mctizzz
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

06-08-2009 13:33:46 | More by tigg924
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aquazr1

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

08-01-2013 05:09:56 | More by aquazr1
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

04-28-2011 03:18:31 | More by Mora2000
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +9%

01-02-2013 16:13:18 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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Meyers1023

Texas

3/5  rDev -23.1%

08-09-2014 02:37:51 | More by Meyers1023
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CDS86

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.6%

04-01-2012 01:27:20 | More by CDS86
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JC333

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%

04-12-2014 12:08:51 | More by JC333
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chossboss

Oregon

4/5  rDev +2.6%

06-09-2014 05:01:00 | More by chossboss
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Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,624 ratings.