Ellie's Brown Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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Ellie's Brown AleEllie's Brown Ale

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Reviews: 670
Hads: 1,918
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 68
Gots: 240 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002

IBU's: 17
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Photo of turamarth
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into new belgium goblet.

Appearance: Poured a 2 finger fluffy white head that dissipated to a white ring, left some lacing. Clear dark brown color. Surprising...since it's a brown ale....

Nose: Some sweet caramel malts, a hint of coffee. Almost no hops in the nose.

Taste: A lot of malts. Caramel notes. Some sweet potato? Some flavor that reminds me of cheddar.

Mouth: a little thick, not horrid tho. Leaves the mouth fairly clean

Drink: Goes down pretty well, pretty drinkable. Nothing special though in my opinion. (529 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep clear brown color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of nuts, toffee with some light molasses. Taste is also dominated by some nuts, light toffee with some huge caramel and molasses malt notes. I didn't discern a large hops presence which surprises me considering this is a brewery known for their extensive use of hops. Nicely done for the style. (404 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Clear light brown color with deep amber at the periphery. Two fingers of off-white dense froth. Retention is good and and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: This is easily one of the most chocolatety brown ales I've come across. Tons of milk chocolate with nuttiness not too far behind. Hops are of the citrusy and flowery realm. Toastiness for round everything out.

3.5 T: The taste isn't as robust as the nose might have suggested. Most of the chocolate has vanished with the nuttiness and toastiness also reduced. The hops give a mild bitterness and an earthy and citrusy flavor. Still tasty, just not as much as I thought it would be.

3.0 M: And here is the reason that the taste isn't as bold as the nose suggested. This beer falls on the lighter end of a medium body, possibly even lighter than that. Good moderate carbonation. Could definitely use some more creaminess.

3.0 D: This would be a pretty good beer if the mash temp was a good bit higher. The mouthfeel is weak and brings down the whole experience to "average." (1,071 characters)

Photo of twelvsies
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a decent beer but I've had much better from Avery. It's a little thin for a brown ale in my opinion, and not quite tasty enough. Being and English style I suppose it's supposed to be a little mild though, but I think I was expecting a bit more. A decent murky brown color, little head. Smell is a tad hoppy for a brown ale and has hints of chocolate, roasted malts, but nothing really unusual or particularly intriguing. Taste is much the same, light and hoppy, and not as malty and roasty as your traditional brown ale. Almost like a simple APA with some toasted malt thrown in, not really a brown ale. Like I said, the mouthfeel was a little thin, which I usually like but in this beer something was lacking. Drinkable beer though. Not bad, don't get me wrong, but I was expecting a bit more. Try their other stuff first... (834 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a chestnut brown coloration. The beer has a thin tan colored head. The beer has no head retention to speak of.

Smell: The beer has a roasted malty caramel and chocolate combo. The beer has a dash of spicy goodness thrown in.

Taste: The beer has a light combo of roasted malty caramel sweetness with nips of chocolate. The beer has a bit of nuttyness combining with spicyness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer isnt a bad beer drink. The beer is slightly thinner than I prefer, but I still wouldnt turn my nose up at this beer. (601 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a dark brown beer with some red highlights when held to the light. Upon serving there was an off-white head that faded relatively fast to leave light lacing.

Smell – The smell of the brew is of roasted malt mixed with a decent dose of chocolate. Along with these aromas is some light coffee and nuttiness as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a caramel and roasted malt flavor initially. Soon some lighter chocolate notes come to the tongue. The beer at this point is on the sweeter side, but begins to bitter as the coffee and nut flavors that were detected in the nose come to the tongue. At the very end some herbal hop flavors and a light woodiness comes to the tongue to round down some of the sweet even more.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is smooth and a little on the thicker side with a carbonation level that is slightly below average. It has a rather nice feel for the taste and is rather drinkable.

Overall – A decent brown, but nothing too-too extraordinary. Worth a try if you have never had it. (1,087 characters)

Photo of grayburn
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is well rounded, decent in all respects...stellar, however, in none.
Pours a reddish brown with a thin white head that fades like 80s hair cuts.
The smell is all roasted grains, kind of a one trick pony that carries over into the taste as well. Definitely decent and inoffensive, just not special.
The mouthfeel is nice, a little thin for a brown ale, but not bad carbonation.
The drinkability is pretty good as well, this is my least favorite Avery offering to date, and it isn't bad at all. (504 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

canned: unk

Brown with fleeting loose light tan foam and evident carb with large bubbles. Smells of coffee, cocoa, some soil and leather. Some bits of tea and metal. Flavor is biscuity, chocolate, coffee, nuts, roasty malts. Much better flavor than the nose - which is bland. Medium bodied with moderate carb and a wet finish with long aftertaste. Much nicer than I had expected. (380 characters)

Photo of devilben02
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the can with a deep, nearly opaque chestnut brown and a billowy beige head that laces nicely against the walls of the glass. The aroma is light and clean, with some dry nuttiness, a hint of sweet milk chocolate, and a bit of a mineral-like character. The flavor is slightly more substantial, but still not dense, with a pleasant combination of light caramel, candied cashews, and a bit of mossy hops and smoldering firewood to balance. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but that does help this one go down even easier. Overall, this isn't the boldest or most flavorful American brown, but it is an easy-drinking selection that isn't going to turn anyone off. (664 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky light brown with thin spots of off-white head, little retention and lacing. Scent brings lightly sweet malt and roasted nuts, some earthyness and well and a somewhat defined hop charachter, stronger than most in style. Taste is nutty and lightly sweet as the scent would dictate, earthy hop qualities and some breadyness as well. Lighter side of medium bodied, its only major knock, decent level of lower carbonation, somewhat dry. A decent beer undone by its weaker body. (486 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate brown color with an off white head and a bit of lacing. Nose is caramel, hints of roasted malt, and a bitt of toffee. Some dry hops. Taste brings a bit of earthy, dry hop bitterness along with a good dose of caramel and toffee with some slightly roasted malt. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Drinks pretty well, but they don't do it like the folks across the pond. (449 characters)

Photo of tronester
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights. Smells of ripe fruit, and a hint of hay. Taste is light brown bread up front, with a very herbal, leafy bitterness defining the middle and finish. A hint of smoke in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is good, low carbonation. Decent drinkability, I would get this again. (306 characters)

Photo of YankChef
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into american pint glass

very dark brown with hints of rust when held up to the light

Aroma: Very subtle but certainly a lot of nuttiness and roasty malt with a bit of toffee

Taste: Quite sweet upfront and the hops are certainly assertive and present in this beer to balance the sweetness.

Overall: A solid brown ale and a style that I normally do not enjoy. Could see myself sipping on a few of these in the fall right before it starts to get cold... (463 characters)

Photo of angelmonster
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge 2 finger beige head. Body is dark brown in color. Head retention is above average and lacing is good

Smells of lightly roasted sweet chocolate malts. Thats about it, no hops or anything else

Taste is big on the roasted malt. Very smoky and somewhat bitter. Hops add a nice after taste. There is a slight metallic after taste that comes and goes.

Mouth feel is the only downside to this beer. It is over carbonated and almost burns the tongue. Body is very watery and not at all the way i enjoy brown ales

Drink ability is above average. Brown ales are my favorite session beers and this is one of the few local browns i've had. I would drink it again but its nowhere near my top picks for a brown ale (717 characters)

Photo of rye726
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good classic example of an old brown ale. Nothing too exiting but well rounded and a good refreshing drink to wash down a burger. I have always felt that beers of this style(mild ales) need to be stored in wood for a few months to really be enjoyed. Anyway...

Clear brown color with tan head.

Aromas of mild malts and faint floral hops.

Taste is mostly bready malts.

Medium body with crisp carbonation. Would be better out of a cask.

Nothing out of balance, but then agin, not to much going on.

Sorry from the glum review, but sometimes I need to express my feelings about average beer. (593 characters)

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap 11-21-10

I asked the bar tender to suggest something and I told him I was in the mood for a Brown but I think this may have been their only one on tap.

It poured almost black but if held to the light you could see through it just a tad. Not much head but left decent lacing.

Taste was on the lighter side but there is mild roastiness and ever so slight nutty flavors.

I dont think Id drink this beer again but it was nice that it was light because I just had a big lunch! (491 characters)

Photo of bbkd3b
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From the bottle to the pint glass.

A: Pours out a burnt-sienna with a pleasant, cherry hue against the light. A thin tan head fizzes almost out of existence leaving a very plain looking brew, but some lacing crawls down the glass after a drink.

S: Very malty nose. Earthy sweetness drifts up the nostrils, with a nice twist of caramel and coffee. Also, a nutty aroma is present, but not as prevalent. Almost no hops.

T: Pretty much a replica of the scent. High presence of an almond-like flavor, along with a weak caramel taste. A slightly bitter finish is the only hint that hops were indeed used in the brewing process.

M: Buttery smooth feel that just jets down the tongue. Carbonation really sparkles here. Really great.

D: Low ABV and a quality brew, but I don't really think I could drink that many. Just not the right flavor for it.

Overall/notes: Certainly, this is a well-made beer. It's hard for met to enjoy brown ales, and only drink them when in the mood. This served me quite well. I won't buy it any time soon, but should the mood strike me, I don't see any reason to avoid it. (1,098 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from 2/2011 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark, somewhat cloudy brown amber. Minimal head and no lacing. Toasted malt, some sweet malt and caramel aroma. Light toasty malt up front, a dry grass, nutty finish. Light bodied. A nice low ABV brown ale. Somewhat light flavored and not very complex. (325 characters)

Photo of Foyle
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: thin cream colored head recedes slowly with plenty of lacing. Color is dark-- reddish black.
Aroma: some mild caramel and chocolate with some earthy hops
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, slightly chalky, with an astringent finish.
Flavor: plenty of flavors here: caramel, chocolate, cocoa powder, and vanilla with some mild hope bitterness to balance the sweetness.
Overall: excellent offering in the style. (416 characters)

Photo of Redwood21
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

it pours very dark, with a hint of a copper color. the head is also a tan color and is nice and foamy. I could not pick up a lot of aroma but this could just be me. There is a prominent roasted taste. This is the overwhelming sense you get from the beer. It has a solid mf maybe medium body. i would say its worth a try but isnt a cant miss brew. (346 characters)

Photo of ark1ebs
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer having loved the Avery IPA and Maharaja. Granted, brown ales aren't my cup of tea (admittedly I'm a hophead), but I thought I'd give it a shot.

It poured without producing much of a head with a deep amber brownish hue. Definitely can taste the nutiness with hints of chocolate. Tinge of spice at the back of the tongue as it goes down. This quickly subsides and not much of an aftertaste is left behind.

Nice lacing down the glass as I drink it down. Can't sense much of a smell because I have a bit of a cold and have been consuming decongestants today. :( Should I even be reviewing this beer this being the case?

Goes down pretty smooth and mouthfeel is good. It's a wet feeling beer that doesn't linger very long on the palate.

Overall another good beer by the Avery crew! (807 characters)

Photo of stumac
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my flagship brown ale...

it pours up a reddish brown color with a small off white head. the nose is nutty, slight roasty malts, yeasty, bready. the taste has a big nutty flavor, slight smokey malt, downright delicious, medium bodied, low carbo, Ellie the dog... (270 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured out as a clear looking brown color with a light tan head on top. The lacing was minimal and the retention didn't really do too much either. The smell of the beer has a light roasted nut aroma with some sweet malts in there as well. The flavors of the beer was roasted, some light flavors of some coffee and nuts. The mouthfeel was a little watery and dry. Overall this brew wasn't terrible but I just wasn't too thrilled about it. (442 characters)

Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from Bottle into Imperial Pint glass.

Pours a clear, deep ruby-brown with a finger of off-white head that's slow to dissolve. The aroma is toasted nutty goodness with some chocolate and brown sugar notes. The flavor is nutty malt forward with some more brown sugar, burnt toast crust and a little chocolate. This brown ale is medium bodied with a strong amount of carbonation. This is everything a brown ale should be. Packed full of malt flavor with a nice body. Didn't let me down. (491 characters)

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. (353 characters)

Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 670 ratings.