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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

1,523 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,523
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 43
Gots: 76 | 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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Photo of smcolw


3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown and clear. Moderate head, but great lasting time and excellent ring lace.

Traditional dry brown ale smell of darker crystal malt with a touch of cocoa and a slight chaulkiness.

Relatively dry like the aroma, but good malt start and above average level of hops. The aftertaste is surprisingly balanced given the progression of the taste. While I'd describe this as a typical brown, I'd also says that it stays interesting throughout the tasting. The body is pretty average.

I'd say this is on the positive side of the Brown Ale ledger.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 22:06:12 | More by smcolw
Photo of lbkornlb14

New York

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Stella glass. Beer pours a deep brown color with cobweb style good lacing that eventually disippates. Taste is of roasted malt and slight coffee with a bit of toffee, nice slight hop finish on the back of your tongue. Smell is sweet, again of toffee, and brown sugar, mouthfell is good with a nice amount of carbonation and a hop bitterness that keeps you coming back for another sip. Drinkability is very sessionable, but can be a little rich for some. Try it if you see it

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 02:26:19 | More by lbkornlb14
Photo of Pintofbrown


3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance- The brown ale has a coffee-black body with ruby highlights and two fingers of beige head. It is soapy and has a great deal of lacing. The retention is great as well.

Smell- Bread malts and sweet maple syrup are really present. There is a small amount of vanilla and some roasted malt. Finally, a bit of floral, bittering hops comes through.

Taste- That really big roasted malt is the first to leave an impression on the tongue. The middle of the drink starts to sweeten up with some brown sugar and bread malt.

I know how this will sound, but this part of the drink could have some more kick to it. Because the finish comes way to fast and abandons the sweet qualities for more roasted malt and some earthy hops.

Mouth feel- The feel is a little light, better examples have been a bit creamier and more medium bodied. It finishes a little dry from the roasted malt, but it's not bad.

Overall- Avery's brown ale started out fast with the great look and wonderful complexity of the nose. And really, most of it transfers to the palate. It is just slightly unbalanced and doesn't do much with the bread malt and sweet notes.

The mouth feel is also a little bit of a let down, but it is still decent enough as is. That's what this beer is: decent enough as is. It's a little frustrating that Avery looks like they about did something really special.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 20:47:44 | More by Pintofbrown
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear medium brown body with a small head and some lacing

Smell: Cola, nuts and milk chocolate notes on the nose

Taste: Lot of chocolate flavors in this brew; lays down a chocolate malt backbone, then a moderate amount of bitterness builds up on the sides of the tongue, followed by a close where the chocolate re-presents its finish in a sweet crecendo

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied with moderate carbonation; could be a bit thicker

Drinkability: A nice brown ale that is refreshingly tasty

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2005 15:37:35 | More by brentk56
Photo of AgentMunky


3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a rocks glass at Mellow Mushroom. From notes. Reviewed 2 July 2011.

A: Winedark red-brown. Translucent (just barely transparent). Finger of head fades fast. Good lace!

S: Muted. Milk chocolate and distant coffee.

T: Very sweet -- a bit of cream and dash of malty, brown ale sweetness. The aftertaste is vaguely bitter/dry. Still, good.

M: Creamy and nice. Dry on the end. I certainly like it.

O: Great brown ale. Smooth and recommended. Good value, would drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2011 19:48:32 | More by AgentMunky
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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was served this ale in a blind tasting chilled in a double walled tumbler. thanks to Tenderbranson69.

A - Deep Ruby w/ bronze shade and thick pale band w/ thick lacing and tiny bead. The beer is attractive to look at w/ good clarity

S - Very toffee smelling w/ cherry and malt aroma w/ hints of alchol. The hops have herbal odors and the toasted barley scents are prominent in the nose.

M - Sweet, moderately full feel w/ mix of roasted and fruity ale textures w/ mildly resinous hops and semi-sweet finish.

T - A toffee and wood flavor w/ mild resinous and light american hops under the malt. Dark roastines w/ hints of coffee and cherry w/ tingers of tobacco and meaty chewiness w/ a light buttery taste and hints of pine. The alcohol flavor comes in at the end w/ a plum note in the taste.

D - Very smooth drinkability and a flavorful beer. I would not turn it down but not my first choice of browns. A bit too much alcohol flavor, but nice maltiness and bolder than most which is a plus on the other hand.
S -

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 14:05:31 | More by Slatetank
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New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, shaker pint.

A - Pours out a very clear reddish brown color. About two fingers of nearly white head sits atop and boasts some staying power. Some nice lacing on the glass.

S - Smell is rather faint but some nice roasted malt comes through.

T - Taste is a nice sweet brown with caramel tones. Some nittiness shines through. A very pleasant English style brown.

M - Pretty good. Nice amount of carbonation and smooth. A tad watery though.

D - A nice quaffable English brown. The ABV is a tad higher than some might want in a session brown like this, so watch out. Just

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 01:31:30 | More by EStreet20
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown with some red hues when held to the light. Nice rocky beige head and some lacing.

Brown bread aromas, some brown sugar notes, malt.

Nice soft touch here. Sweet -but not too sweet-malt, toasted bread, caramel/vanilla hints, sweet roasted nuts, a little chocolate, and some acidic bitterness right at the end.

A little thinner than I would have liked. Medium-light to medium.

These go down pretty easy. Got a single/orphan bottle on the discount shelf, which is a bummer, as I think they won't be restocking anytime soon. This one isn't perfect, but is worth finding and trying.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 13:39:42 | More by OtherShoe2
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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at 'bones last night. Brown Ales normally don't make me turn my head, but I thought: I've heard good things about this one, so decided to have one. Glad I did, this brew turned out to be pretty satisfying. Cola colored, no head when served. Low but rich malt in the aroma. Medium + bodied. There's some malt sweetness which is kept well in check. Flavor is nicely well rounded with some earthy notes a well. Don't know if I would make this a session, but it was definitely a nice solid brew.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2005 14:22:21 | More by PatandDavid
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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle purchased from Hollingshead in Orange for around two bucks, poured into my Stone pint glass

A-Medium brown, looks like milk chocolate like the label claims, small 1/2 inch fizzy vanilla colored head that goes away almost immediately, not much retention, some lacing though
S-Strong nuttiness inlcuding almonds and cashews, fresh`caramel, toffee, brown sugar, mild hops, hint of sweetness, and hint of cinnamon
T-Starts off with a big roasted nut flavor, some sweet English malt in the middle, finish is slightly dry with faint hops and dryness from the nut presence, gets slightly sweeter over time and the brown sugar is mixed into the finish, not as dry once it warms but becomes noticably smoother, nicely balanced
M-Dry, sweet, and nutty mouthfeel, worked well together, very smooth overall, nice level of carbonation, medium bodied, taste lasted a while
D-Could drink a few bottles of these no problem, light on the stomach, below six percent, goes down easy, refreshing for its style, velvety

First time I had seen this brew around so I grabbed some, really enjoy Avery and this was no exception, dog on the label looked just like my chocolate lab at home, would drink again, recommended

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 19:45:40 | More by Floydster
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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single in late August at Total Wine for $1.79.

Beer poured a light brown with a nice tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is sweet malts and some hints of chocolate.

Taste is sweet malts, some chocolate, with a very dry hop finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with some good carbonation.

Drinkability is good. ABV is just above sessionable. This is a tasty brown that is a good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 01:09:19 | More by arizcards
Photo of Vanlingleipa


3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just poured the beer into a Bruery snifter. Will rate as I go.

Hits and fills the glass in a thick, dark brown stream of ale. The head is very small, forming like a spinning light brown vortex in the center of this pool of liquid, never achieving any head height at all. Medium sour malty scent evident.

First taste: coffee, carmel, slightly sweet malt. Second taste, same with a distinct sour finish.

Put the glass down and came back 15 minutes later. First quaff, the malt sweetness was now first in line followed by the catoffee and a touch of hoppy bitterness. A deeper draught and quick swallow brought forward a primary sense of sourness along the sides of my tongue.

Not sure if I'd repeat, but it's certainly a complex and interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 01:11:10 | More by Vanlingleipa
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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. can into a standard pint glass. Cola/ruby in color, with a big, tan head of foam.
Aroma-Faint chocolate note.
Taste-Toasted malt,milk chocolate, cocoa. Nice subtle flavors, nothing overpowering, just pleasant and very drinkable. Session-worthy, and can convenience make this a "take-anywhere" brown ale. Nice.

Serving type: can

08-26-2011 15:29:57 | More by hosehead83
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New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown mud with coffee with cream head. Cookie aroma with chocolate chips, earth, and brown sugar. Tastes of cookie, chocolate chips, brown sugar, earth, some vague herbal notes, and spices. The mouthfeel is where there's trouble: a bit light in body with medium carbonation. A nice brown ale.

Serving type: can

03-15-2013 22:50:35 | More by JRed
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3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Newly available in cans, I thought I'd give this one a review (though I've sampled it in the past on-tap I think). Poured from a 12oz can into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Clear auburn body with cocoa brown highlights and a half finger of sudsy isaballine foam crusting over the surface. Sticky soapy lacing clings to the sides.

Brown sugar on the verge of carmaelizing, roasted malt, walnuts, and a hint of diacetyl in the nose.

Toasty malt suggestive of porter, though the character grows nuttier (pecans?) and dry after some time on the palate. Dusty hop notes add a very mild bitterness which attenuates the sugars quite well. Smooth loam-like finish rounds out the profile. Simple but well crafted.

Medium bodied, creamy, with moderate carbonation. The low-ish ABV akes this sessionable - glad I bought a can, though a pitcher would be fine too!

Serving type: can

11-21-2010 23:50:17 | More by augustgarage
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3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a super carbonated brown with a small off white head. Almost like a dark cola.

Has a nice semi sweet dark molasses smell.

Nice dark malts with a good toasted flavor, hints of nuts, cocoa, and mild coffee. Has just a touch of earthy hops to balance it out nicely. A very robust brown ale.

Mouthfeel has a nice medium creaminess.

Easy to drink, nice session brown, with a bit more complexity than the normal beer of this style.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2006 00:00:18 | More by bashiba


3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On draft. In fact, this pour kicked the keg. Don't know how or if this will effect my review...

A: Big, foamy light brown head that lasted long. (Of course the last second or two of the pour was nothing but head.) The color was a dark brown, nothing more. The body was clear and the lacing fair.

S: Considering the style, this ale has above average malts. Roasted, maybe burnt, aromas of nuts and caramel. Pretty floral bouquet. Smells fairly sweet...

T: ...And it is. Light hop flavor. Brown sugar offerings. I get a bit of paper and not in a bad way. Maybe the last 10 ounces of the keg was a little oxidized. Pretty tasty nonetheless.

M: Average mouthfeel as it seemed a little out of balance. More malts than hops. Mildly carbonated, slightly acidic. The duration of the finish was long and noteworthy.

D: Respectable and it certainly is easy to drink. Not one of Avery's best offerings. Nothing to complain about, but nothing too memorable either.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2009 18:30:21 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear cranberry brown with thick frothing head on top leaving behind some patchy lace. Rich, malty aroma: nuts, caramel, and vanilla along with floral-like hops. Full toasted malty sweetness on the palate...nutty chocolate. Hops show up in the second half of the flavor but the malts run the show. Medium and slick in the mouth, drying in the finish. Good brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2006 05:34:48 | More by wedge
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New York

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear dark brown in color with minimal head but a thin layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface. Only a very light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of nutty and toasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very malty and similar to the smell and also has a bit of sweetness. Nutty flavors really stand out in the taste along with some hints of brown sugar and caramel.
M: It feels medium-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: I will definitely considering having this beer again because its flavors are rather interesting and the low alcohol content makes it very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 23:21:13 | More by metter98
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3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass...
The color is dark brown with a very thin head head.
Smells mostly of caramel and sweet malt.
Tastes nutty malty, and has a hint of cocoa.
Feels medium bodied and a little dry.
I need to revisit this again, I think I got an old bottle of this, it was at the store on the shelf unrefrigerated.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 20:49:00 | More by JMad
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3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice simple brown. Lots of clarity, even though it's dark you can see through the beer. I get a one finger head from a hard pour, it disappears quickly leaving behind some bubbles and wisps on the top of the brew. Leaves some thick impressive rings of lacing on the glass.

All I can pick up is milk chocolate in the nose. Smell of hot chocolate before you put the marshmallows in.

Hints of sweet and smooth brown sugar on the front of the tongue. Nice bittering hop characteristic in the finish that usually eludes brown ales. Gives this one some character from beginning to end, but still has that nutty, brown ale characteristic.

With such a contrast between the smooth sweet front and the punchy bittering back, the mouthfeel is creatively inspired.

I'm not a huge fan of the brown ale style, but Ellie's made me go back to the fridge for a few more.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 02:42:24 | More by sjohansen
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3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice dark tan foamy creamy 2 finger head that lasted almost the duration of the pour. The brew was a dark brown with a little red color; translucent and some nice lacing with the head.

S: Heavy roast malt, some coffee and chocolate with a some nuttiness

T: Somewhat dry and surprisingly hoppy up front with a toasted malt character that builds throughout the drink. The middle is kind of sweet and towards the end, there is a nice toasted malt and chocolate.

M: Nice mouth feel for the styole; perhaps a little on the light side. Carbonation is medium - appropriate for style.

O: This is a very nice example of the style that has a bouns of some hop aroma and flavor - very nice. I would buy this agin.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 22:49:35 | More by FlyingBull
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3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a deep coca cola brown, with a limited cream head. minor lacing.

sniffs out somewhat of a roasted nutty cocoa. Reminds me of these cocoa-coated almonds I've been eating with lunch recently.

Taste is much the same. add on a hint of toffee sweetness and maybe splash of a good dark roast espresso.

carbonation rolls easily, and it goes down smoothe. I got it because it was one of the few at the local marketplace that I hadn't tried that looked like it might be up my alley, and indeed it was. I like this brew, though I've had better. I would absolutely buy it again if the mood struck, but it wouldn't be the first one I would grab for in a hurry. A well crafted beer, and one well worth at least checking out.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 02:26:41 | More by kemoarps
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3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly colorful, with notes of red and orange imbuing the otherwise drab brown with quite the appealing look. Head is foamy with tiny bits of yeast sprinkled within. Quite sticky and randomly dispersed.

Fairly aromatic, hops are present but subjugate themselves to the malts, which range from chocolate to toasted brown bread to a hint of roast. Fairly decent, just bump up the assertiveness here.

The flavor is, as expected, quite balanced, with hop notes of citrus, grass, and a British Fuggles flavor. Malts are pleasingly flavored, if a bit thin. Roasted barley contributes to the faint chocolate flavor. Body is medium-light and a little slick.

Nothing barn-burning, but a decent ale all around. Highly drinkable and well-brewed.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 02:06:25 | More by BretSikkink
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3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Z Cucina with Adam Avery. It was an amazing evening of pairing delicious food with two amazing beers at each course. Absolutely amazing evening. He told us about his dog Ellie that this was named after. Very cool to hear the personal inspirations for beers!

Pours a light brown color with a foamy head that leaves just a little bit of lacing. Smell is of a nutty malt, roasted notes. Taste is sweet with some caramel malt and sweet cocoa notes dominate. Smooth, almost watery mouthfeeling. This was paired with Seared scallops, lima beans, pomegranate, sweet potato, and jowl. Phenomenal dish!

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 00:28:29 | More by genog
Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,523 ratings.