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Ellie's Brown Ale - Avery Brewing Company

Ellie's Brown AleEllie's Brown Ale

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very good

1,412 Ratings

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Ratings: 1412
Reviews: 637
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%

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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Photo of dar482

New York

4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It comes in a dark brown color, almost like a porter.

The aroma has mocha, lightly roasted coffee, heavily toasted bread, a caramel sweetness, lots of hazelnut.

The flavor follows with that hazelnut flavor, lightly roasted watery black coffee, a cocoa flavor, and then onto a lightly herbal finish. The beer robust characteristic almost similar to a really light porter.

Just an absolutely forgotten gem in the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 02:53:58 | More by dar482
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4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour clear copper brown. 80% opaque in center with garnet/brown hue. Thick bubbly tan head, settled to crema. Nice carbonation.

Caramel, biscuit and light roasted nut. Tropical fruit esters and vanilla. Slight earthy hop.

Taste: Fruity, nutty roast up front, caramel in the middle and a bit of roast/hop astringency on back of togue. Creamy roast lingers.

Mouth: Relatively dry, moderately thin. Still has a creamyness to it though.

Overall: Very nice and gently nuanced with flavors that meld together well. Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 00:51:10 | More by MrBoz21
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New York

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - mahogany color with off white head

Smell - caramel, toffee, toasted nuts

Taste - caramel, toasted nuts, toffee, hazelnut, slightest of coffee grounds

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweetness upfront, smooth and easy drinking finish

Overall - good brown ale that is enjoyable and worth a try

price Point - $2.10/12 oz can

Serving type: can

03-16-2014 17:54:25 | More by keithmurray
Photo of nota


4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the pour rises a creamy 2 1/2 inch tan head. Beer is dark brown in color. A strong smell of toasted malt. Taste is walnuts, chocolate, coffee. It has a bitter finish which leaves a earthy nutty aftertaste in your mouth. This beer has everything I like in a brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 10:33:17 | More by nota
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Quebec (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with hints of ruby when held to the light (looks nearly black in the glass) with a nice creamy two fingers of head that settles rockily to a healthy film and then a light film. Decent retention; some spotted lacing.

Really 'brown'-smelling with some yeasty phenols. Caramel malt aromas with chocolate some brown sugar and a tiny bit of raisin.

Smooth, chocolatey and delicious. Really rich nut and toffee flavors hit you right off the bat, with walnut, cocoa powder, dark bread and other nutty, chocolatey, bready flavors as well!

Medium bodied and extremely drinkable. There is a short finish, a nice creamy texture and good carbonation (honestly I would prefer it with a little less of the latter and more of the former).

Very good beer.
This is a smooth, easy drinking brown ale that has got it all where it counts. Pretty nice looking with lots of great nose to it and a mellow, nutty, chocolate-dipped flavor. Much better than I was expecting.
Would have again; well worth trying.

Serving type: can

03-12-2014 02:27:36 | More by TheDoctor
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4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour from can purchased at Distellers Outlet in Poway CA. Dark brown with a big off white head. Nice lacing. Smell is incredible. Vanilla, brown sugar, honey. Taste is very pleasent. Malts and a nutty tinge with hints of vanilla, defintley getting some chocolate too but its very faint. I purchased just one can, next time I'll get a sixer of this, really enjoyable.

Serving type: can

03-03-2014 05:04:53 | More by theteleman
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3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- dark brown with Carmel edges. Two finger head which dies down but retains a little. Slight lacing
S- subdued roasted barley, toast, a little fresh black coffee, light hops. Rather inviting.
T- Roast barley, sweet malt, light caramel, herbal hops creep in, which is slightly off putting. Long bready finish.
M-Full bodied and not too effervescent. Really really nice.
O- Solid American brown ale. Not cloying. Very pleasant on a chilly evening.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 01:31:24 | More by Dan114
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2.8/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Color is a sort of limp dark maroon hue; less brown, more red. Head is thinand doesn't last long. A few second after pouring, only a thin ring of foam remains. Lacing is decent though, and the appearance is growing on me. The beer aroma is lighter, some toasted malts, hazelnuts, mild graininess. I'd like more richness, some creamy notes to blend the aromas better and make an outstanding brown ale scent. Taste is pretty close to smell, with grainy malt tastes like nuttiness and coarse bread. Fleeting, with a short finish. Not too impressive, not much of a brown ale; at least, what I think a brown ale should be.

I much prefer Upslope Brown to Ellie's. Probably won't have again.

Serving type: can

02-22-2014 23:33:06 | More by SamN
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North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Bar of Soap Asheville. Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours a medium brown color with an 1/8 inch tan head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and random splotches of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing.

S- Mild cocoa and nuts. Toasty and somewhat sweet.

T- More nutty notes in the flavor. Mild toasted malt with low bitterness. Still flavorful though, just has lots of balance.

M- Slightly viscous with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- About as solid as they come for brown ales.

Serving type: can

02-10-2014 20:27:02 | More by Immortale25
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3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled April 10, 2013. Bought back in late June and put away for winter consumption.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a: Clear dark ruby with a huge four inch head which fortunately dissipated quickly to even surface foam and dense lacing so I only had to do a second pour.

s: Dark roasted malt.

t: Dense smoke. Immediately screams "Porter!" Dry finish.

m: Medium. Watery hints but enough body to work as a good porter or decent stout.

o: Rating this was difficult because it was excellent, but...not my idea of either a malty English or hoppy American brown. This ought to be labelled Ellie's Porter or even Ellie's Stout. Have a bottle of their New World Stout which I am now anxious to compare to this.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 04:36:02 | More by scotorum
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4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-black but a red tint shines though when a light is on it. It has a light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a good lace
S-caramel malt, light roasted smell, light hops, and chocolate
T-roasted malt with a slight bitter hop aftertaste that fades into a chocolate finish
M-full body and medium carbonation
O-I have used this beer for years in my BBQ sauce, I put it on my ribs and other pork, because it has the flavors and taste I seek for that purpose. To drink this beer on a cold winter day would be nice, but it goes well with BBQ also.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 05:46:19 | More by a0lbudman
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4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Full Disclosure: I'm a huge brown ale fan

Serving type: bottle, as a side note, I really like the bottle design, classy

S: a lot of vanilla comes through in the initial smell with a hint of caramel

T/M: medium carbonation, really nicely balanced beer with initial nutty taste on the palate - mainly almost a hazelnut type taste followed by vanilla notes on the finish, as opposed to other brown ales, does not have a touch of bitterness on the aftertaste - which makes this beer go down shockingly easy (in a good way)

O: not my favorite brown ale, but it's up there, only DF head IBA surpasses this to date in my book

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 06:39:52 | More by Cheshire_Crew_Al
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3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a shaker pint glass. Botton julian date code of 13296, or 10/23/13.

A: Pours a deep dark mohagany color, nice fluffy two finger khaki head. Not much lace to speak of, but it has a nice color to it.

S: Smells of brown bread, toasty malt, some light brown sugar sweetness, a bit of chocoalte and coffee. Pretty straightforward for a brown ale.

T: Toasted brown bread maltiness, nutty, some light chocolate, touch of vanilla sweetness and dark fruit, lends more to the drier side of things. There is a slight earthy hop hiding out behind the malt flavor.

M: Light side of medium, medium carbonation, a bit of a slickness on the finish.

O: Nice, straight forward example of the style, though not my favorite Brown Ale. Very easily drinkable, you could probably session this beer with no problem.

Serving type: can

12-06-2013 17:23:20 | More by Dools9
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4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep dark ruby reds and chocolate browns with an off white persistent creamy head. Nose is very light; baking chocolate and cooked sugar. Easy drinking with sweet cocoa and light morning coffee up front, delicate hop finish coasts with a lightly caramel flavor in the finish. Thin mouthfeel and carbonation seems very mild. Suprisingly nuanced and balanced, not at all assertive or bold. A very easy drinking session brown that just replaced Moose Drool as my new favorite ABA.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 03:43:14 | More by Aaron_Ramson
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4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice smooth caramel colored foamy head stands tall on top of light black brew. Decent lacing too.

A kick ass aroma. Lots of roasty toasty coffee. Big deep aroma.

Smooth, light, easy drinking. Lots of earthy wet coffee flavors submerged in toffee, caramel, milk chocolate. Good dry roasty finish. Bitterness is more sweet then anything... Carbonation medium-high and fits nicely. Solid.

This is a killer Brown ale. Not like any other. Drinks like a Brown should. Very drinkable and palatable. Highly recommended, should be considered a must try.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 01:22:46 | More by chugalug06
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Rhode Island

3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, it's brown, holding true to the genre. Nice head.

The aroma is quite nice. Not overpowering, but present.

The flavor is that of a mild brown ale, which just isn't really my bag. I'd like to find a brown ale I really enjoyed, but this one isn't it.

Overall, it's a brown ale, and if you like brown ales, you'll probably like it. I'm just not so crazy about it.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 22:07:56 | More by DrinkNewport
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4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a clear dark mahogany brown with a rocky two-finger head of light tan foam. Great retention. Sticky rings of lacing coat the glass.

S - Moderate strength aroma; lots and lots of chocolate malt. Hint of earthy English style hops.

T - Taste matches the nose; big chocolate and bready malt notes forward; tastes a little like a tootsie pop. Slight bit of mild hop in the finish. Nicely balanced between sweet and bitter. Flavors are quite robust for a 5.5 ABV beer.

M - Big, chewy, and creamy. Drinkability high. Great feel for the style.

O - One of the best examples of the style I have had. Nothing revolutionary or mind blowing here (it's a brown ale after all), but a really well crafted beer all around and a great "everyday" kind of beer. Outstanding.

Serving type: can

11-26-2013 04:24:52 | More by TempeBeerMan
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4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - A dark brown color with a off-white head.
S - Malty and nutty a bit of coffee
T - Roasted carmel malts and chocolate and a little bit smoky.
M - A medium body and a creamy feel
O - This is a tasty brown ale. Could easily drink a few of these. the malty flavors are great

Serving type: can

11-24-2013 01:13:54 | More by patpbr
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3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pretty dark, almost opaque brown, with a short khaki head on it. Head dwindles away pretty quickly into a film of fine bubbles. Nose has some cocoa and coffee notes, with a sweetness to it. Flavor is nice up front but fizzles out a bit on the back end, lacking the structure a higher abv beer might have, but I think they've done well with the 5.5. Hop bitters are moderately detectable but the malt takes the upper hand for the most part, as you would expect in an American brown. There's also a sort of faint vanilla characteristic that I'm not sure where it's originating from, but it's a nice feature. Mouthfeel is nice but I find myself wanting something thicker.

Overall, good to very good. I do prefer a stronger brown ale but for the style I think this has been very well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 05:00:20 | More by BeerWizard
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3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Avery Ellie's Brown Ale: Avery is one of my favorite breweries, they make great stuff. I am not a big Brown Ale fan, but was at an eatery, and none of the other beer selections looked very good, so I gave the Ellie's a try.

A thick head on top of deep black body is what arrived at the table, effusing a mellow malty aroma. Very smooth going down. Good malt flavors, but not too sweet. The excessive sweetness is what turns me off of brown ales. Some hops add to the mix in a very complimentary way.

Leave it to Avery to brew such a fine dark ale. Not my everyday brew, but I probably will add a six pack in to my rotation of beer purchases from time to time.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2013 14:42:10 | More by iSip
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Alberta (Canada)

3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, from a liquor superstore in the western Denver suburbs a few weeks ago. "Lab tested", and there's a picture of a Labrador on the label - ha!

This beer pours a clear red brick amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, stringy, and weakly frothy dirty white head, which leaves some sparse sudsy snow rime lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds away.

It smells of musty, nutty caramel malt, toasty char, mild earthy yeast, and leafy, dusty, weedy hops. The taste is gritty, lightly roasted caramel malt, some pithy bar-top nuts, middling bittersweet chocolate, rather subtle percolating coffee, an indistinct vegetal astringency, and earthy, weedy hops.

The bubbles are generally quite understated, barely capable of their basic function, the body medium-light in weight, and adequately smooth, with a softly grating clamminess. It finishes a tad on the sweet side, the neutered caramel malt and buttery nuts more or less still running the show.

A plainly drinkable, and little more, brown ale, the expected Yankee hops and old-world biscuity character both conspicuously absent. There's enough going on to recommend this, however, but it comes off as a bit weak, when put up against this brewer's more heady offerings.

Serving type: can

10-29-2013 23:41:15 | More by biboergosum
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3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark mahogany brown color with hardly any head. What head there was, quickly, and almost completely dissolved away to form a halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Lots of roasted malt up front, followed by some nuttiness. There’s hints of toasted bread and smoke.

Taste: Very malty and roasty and delicious! Lots of freshly toasted bread up front, followed by some slight sweetness from some crystalized sugar and finished by some nicely balanced hoppy bitterness. I get hits of caramel, chocolate, vanilla and pumpernickel bread. Quite delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium and slightly creamy with hardly any carbonation. With an ABV of 5.5%, there’s virtually no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: I really, really like this brown ale. I love the roastiness and the maltiness of this beer as well as the slight creaminess. Ellie’s Brown Ale is certainly one of the better brown ales that I’ve had and I’ll certainly be getting more of it.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 22:03:05 | More by Jeffreysan
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a craft pint

A- Very dark brown body, with a little amber highlight. Held up to light, the beer looks well filtered.
One finger tan head leaves behind some sticky lacing.

S- Quite a bit of nut, some chocolate and caramelized sugar. A bit of biscuit and roast as well.

T- Roast and nut are prevalent. Some sweetness, chocolate, and a little caramel. Mellow bitterness, from roast, in the finish.

M- Slight creaminess. Finish is clean, with a bit of a roasty bitterness, but great balance in this beer.

O- Very tasty brown ale. Lots of flavor, which is what a lot of browns lack.

Serving type: can

10-25-2013 02:07:24 | More by BWED
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- Cola-colored body with a sticky tan head.

S- Lots of toasty and roasted malts, nutty aroma comes through in a big way too.

T- Not all that much in the way of flavor unfortunately. Tasted malts with just a hint of nuttiness and hints of herbal hop bitterness.

M- Very smooth, creamy and very drinkable.

O- Slightly lacking on flavor, but a very drinkable brown ale that has some good qualities. I bet an imperial version of this beer would be killer.

Serving type: can

10-18-2013 00:34:07 | More by stephenjmoore
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New Mexico

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big light brown head slowly settles to a nice frothy lacing above a clear burnt dark reddish amber colored beer.

Light burnt dark roasted caramel malt aroma.

Dark roasted caramel malts with a light hint of dark chocolates mixed in the taste of this brown.

Dryish aftertaste with a bit of the dark roasted tastes staying behind with this medium bodied ale.

A pretty good brown.

Serving type: can

10-11-2013 20:00:44 | More by LXIXME
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Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,412 ratings.