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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

691 Reviews

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Reviews: 691
Hads: 2,005
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 18.25%
Wants: 79
Gots: 301 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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

Appearance: Gorgeous mahogany with a slight tan head that was a little bit smaller than I expected.

Smell: A nutty and toasty aroma that makes me think of a beautiful fall day.

Taste: Hops don't have a presence here as the malts take over the flavor. Mostly strong with just the right amount of sweetness for those who enjoy a stronger brown ale.

Mouthfeel: A lighter body than what I would have expected and I would have liked more carbonation, but that aftertaste is phenomenal.

Drinkability: Incredible brown ale that I would probably go back to again and recommend to friends.

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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.

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Photo of garcia2a
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For me this an old stand-by. The beer pours a dark amber-red color with a slight head. Little carbonation. The beer has a mild malt character on the bouquet.

Ellie's brown has a balanced maltiness on the palate with a slight, pleasing aftertaste. Excellent mouthfeel that excites the taste buds. As far as drinkability is concerned, nice at slightly below room temperature, fine chilled.

This beer works well with beef and game, works well throughout the year. This beer is as yummy as a $10 donut, yummm!!

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Photo of irish53b
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle features a picture of a chocolate lab, no freshness date, and a nice description of the beer on right hand side of the bottle.

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Developed about a half inch of foam that dissipated down to a quarter inch and remained throughout. The color reminded me of aged copper, mostly brown with a twinge of red.

The smell is mineral like with notes of citrus and biscuit.

The taste hits with a bit of alcohol bite then smooths out with bread-like sweetness. It finishes with a refreshing minty / grapefruit note.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin. However, it is quite smooth and not at all slick. The mouthfeel was the only thing off about the ale.

The brew is very refreshing and the taste is well balanced. The 5.80 ABV may sneak up on you a bit. Overall a highly drinkable beer due to its balance of hop notes and malty sweetness. These flavors are subdued and not overbearing.

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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.

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Photo of Brabander
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn, the is my second wonderfull brew this night! I got this can somewhere in may when i met the awesome B0rderman, Stefan. I picked him up in Antwerps at the trainstation and together with Claark13 and his wife Amber we had a wonderfull day at the abbey of Westvleteren and the Struise brouwers. As a thank you Stefan gave me this can of beer.

Tonight was the perfect night to open this one.

Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks impressive. Darkbrown ale with a five finger head. Nive lacing in the glass when the head disappears.

Taste is very subtile and round. This is one of the best American brown ales a have ever had. Impressed!!

Very nice a smooth slightly burned malty smell.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Brennan's on University here in Madison.

Pours a rusty dark garnet with a finger of rocky oatmeal-tinged head. Nose is surprisingly lively for an English brown, notes of musty, toasted malt, winter spice and milky caramel. Taste starts off like a subtle winter warmer - spicy and malty, rounded out with a cocoa finish. Mouthfeel is thin, lending to its drinkability. A richly flavored, yet lightly bodied brown. A true sessioner here.

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Photo of climax
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Ellie's was a deep coffee bean brown, clarity was excellent though the opaque highlighted edges. The head was tall tan and full of tiny bubbles. It receded slowly and left some draping lace lines.

The aroma was subtle, yet pleasant and smooth. Earthy coffee bean aromas, and a definite nuttiness, walnuts especially, edged out the sweetness in the nose.

The flavor has the same "mild mannered" attitude as the nose, which the blog on the bottle suggests. Definitely nothing offensive going on here. Slight nuttiness, a pinch of ripe fruit, and a dash of sweetness keep the senses engaged while this one goes down....quickly

The body is on the extremely drinkable side of medium. Crisp carbonation accompanies and a slick feel and a dry finish. Never too cloying for a beer lover who doesn't necessarily enjoy browns, and certainly not too much for a novice. Could session this one all night.

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Photo of DCon
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from a tap at the Sky Music Lounge in Ballwin, MO into a Boulevard Brewery Pint Glass.

Appearance- Very dark brown if possible. No clouds, just purely a thick coating of color. 1/4 a finger of head which is a dark yellow color and faded quickly.

Smell- A ton of caramel and roasted coffee or chocolate came on as well. Nice!

Taste- Many stages to this ale! At first it is very much like a nut brown ale, sweet, and great. Then came a type of porter with its thickness. I enjoyed this beer thoroughly. Would like to see this beer out more often

Mouthfeel- This is a medium-full bodied beer with a smooth feeling.

Drinkability- Wow! This was extremely good! I'm wondering if it was a good idea to switch to Goose Island and 312 or should I have stayed on this beer to see if it really was drinkable. I say it was enjoyed without a struggle at all! Try it!

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Photo of Oakenator
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown - almost black - in the glass with a healthy head and good lacing on the glass. Aroma is of caramel and some chocolate malts. Hops are mild and offset by the malt. This beer is almost a dessert with carmelized brown sugar flavor. Can fall a little flat on the tongue but overall well done.

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Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can, no dating, but it can’t be too old. Pours slightly cloudy reddish brown color with a dense 2 finger off white head with great retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. A small bit of lacing clings to the glass as you drink as well. Aromas of caramel, roasted malt, chocolate, nutmeg, and molasses. Very nice aromas, but a little muted. Taste of huge caramel, chocolate, roasted malt, nutmeg, vanilla, molasses, and a bit of citrus. Small amount of bitterness present on the finish that lingers with caramel, chocolate, and light citrus flavor. Medium carbonation and body. Very nice and creamy mouthfeel with maximum drinkability. No alcohol in the taste or finish as expected. Overall, this is definitely an outstanding brown ale. Tons of flavor, complexity, and smooth drinkability.

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Photo of freed
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've walked by this bottle too many times, but my wife convinced me to get it. She wanted to kiss the dog on the bottle's nose. Poured into the pint,it creates a dullish brown, yet quite clear serving. Burgundy corners, and light head compliment the otherwise flat appearance. The aroma isn't that telling. Almost a husky malt yet surprisingly warm smell, almost like a port.

Taste starts out dry with a slightly sweet malt caress on the tongue. Quickly followed by a rush of toasted malt, peat, and even mocha flavors that are a welcome addition to a brown ale. The smokey finish is very nice, and the flavor is certainly unique. Well worth the somewhat high cost, and the dog is adorable.

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Photo of casadebia
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark brown with a two finger light tan head. Nice retention on head but not much lacing.

S - Malty chocolate profile dominates the smell but there are other toasty/biscuity aromas that arise.

T - Sweet malty chocolate is followed by a bitter coffee finish. Just enough hop profile to give it an edge and balance.

M - Medium to light body with a crisp finish and overall smooth presentation.

D - Very refreshing beer. Even though it is technically a dark beer, I would not be opposed to drinking this on a warm day in the sun. It is just refreshing enough to pull off a great balance.

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Photo of Huffs
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Sam Adams glass, nice head developed, tan in color, lasted with good lacing. Appearance was dark caramel brown with an aroma of malty sweetness. Taste was nutty and malty with a slight caramel / chocolate finish. mouthfeel was full and creamy with a dry. slightly caramel aftertaste. A really great brown ale.

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Photo of aaronh
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had to pour this one in two increments to contain the head. This cloudy brown ale pours with a voluminois light tan head. It very slowly fades to a rocky layer of foam that you must suck the beer through. It leaves about a quarter-inch collar of foam at the top of the glass. For those of us with mustaches, the head wants to collect on the upper lip. The aroma is sweet caramel and a hint of chocolate, with just a touch of hops showing through. The taste is mild and sweet. Chocolate covered caramel and some nice maltiness, followed by a touch of bitterness. A very light sourness creeps in on the finish, but it cleans up the palate very well and prevents the sweetness from hanging around. The mouthfeel is slightly overcarbonated and a tad thin. Drinkability is excellent. If they could just create a little more body for this beer, it would be a real gem. As it is, it is very enjoyable, and I will not hesitate to buy some more if I see it again.

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Photo of EagleTalon
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a rich tan head and ample lacing down the glass. Deep brown color. Aroma is toasted malt, roasted nuts and chocolate. Flavor matches the aroma and has a bittersweet chocolate nutty finish. Mouthfeel is medium and leaves a feeling of having eaten chocolate on the tongue. Overall a very pleasurable quaff of this "lab tested" brown ale. A malt lover's dream.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshnesdate. Only litle foam comes up while pooring in and not that stable. Nice mahony colored beer and clear. Nose is fine; hoppy and lots of caramel/chocolate malts in the nose.
Taste is dry but full malty with good bitterness in the back. Probably from both hops and darkmalt. Quiet a good brew but could have had some more body. Also missed in mouthfeel but further more then ok with good carbonisation and no hanging taste. Good brew IMO that was a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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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.

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

12 oz. Solid brown pour, surprisingly sturdy cream colored head. Smells of light roast malt and nut. Very slight chocolate, otherwise nice molasses and roasted malts flavors. Just enough hop bitterness finishing out. Drinkable for sure. Pretty darn good, maybe one of the best browns I've had.

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Photo of dar482
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a glass. The beer pours a medium brown, with ruby hues showing through when held to the light. 1/2 inch head that quickly fades to a thin layer, leaving medium rings of lace on the glass. The aroma is of sweet malts creating a nice nutty aroma. The taste is a nice mix of sweet malt up front, a hint of hops in the middle, and finishing with a dry nutty flavor. Medium mouthfeel. Exceptionally drinkable brown ale! IMO this is what a brown ale should taste like. Full delicious flavor and average abv. makes for the ideal session ale!

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

On tap at Redbones
Poured a chocolate brown color wsith a thick tan head that lingered. Very nice roasted caramel malt aroma. Very balanced flavor with a slight chocolate and graininess up front and just a hint of sweetness at the end. One of the best brown ales I have had.

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

no obvious date, although possibly April 24, 2011 (if that's what the "1114..." stamped on the bottle means)

A: Dark brown with a good head but minimal lacing.

S: Roasted with some sweet chocolate and vanilla. No hops evident.

T: Sweet roastiness with lots of vanilla notes (without tasting like there is actually vanilla in the beer) rounding out the flavor. There's a little char and some very subdued earthy hops on the back end that lingers and brings me back for more.

M: After a hard pour, the mouthfeel is just about where it should be.

O: This is what a non-hoppy brown ale should taste like. I do wish I know how fresh this was, though.

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

12 oz can poured into a goblet.

Pours a nice deep brown color, nearly opaque, with a half finger of foam that coats the glass nicely. Aroma is earthy, woody, chocolate, with minimal roasty burnt aromas. Also a kiss of spicy American hops.

First sip is malty and quite satisfying. Nice deep caramel and chocolate flavors with lingering sweetness. A healthy dose of bitterness rounds things out. Finishes clean, without any lingering flavors.

This is a very nice beer. A nice malty alternative to typical canned swill.

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Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 691 ratings.