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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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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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4.25/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2013 02:33:07 | More by ddean
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours brown but fairly transparent in its body. Thin, creamy off-white head. Nice lacing as well.

S-Very soft nose. Light cocoa, mild roastiness. Wholly malty with faint nuts. Nothing crazy here but overall pretty agreeable.

T-More of the same, simple Brown here. Light cocoa. A bit of nuts. Definitely wanted some more zip to it though.

M-Light bodied. Drinks quite easy with welcoming carbonation. Flavor dies off quickly leaving is mellow aftertaste.

O/D-I wanted more from this but I did enjoy my pint. I thought it had more potential in it, though.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2013 16:49:34 | More by VelvetExtract
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4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My 1000th had...never thought it would be on a low abv ordinary brown. .
My 1000th review will be better I hope

Poured from tap at sharkeys in Radford VA into pint. Deep brown but can see through it. Nice sweet malty aroma. Taste is chocolate and sweet malt...really nice. Hints of caramel and vanilla. Its so tasty...
Super smooth and a treat to drink. One of my favorite brown ales...a truly under appreciated style and beer. This one nails it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2013 22:52:30 | More by DrinkSlurm
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3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance – dark brown; thin, frothy white head that doesn't last long but leaves decent lacing.
Smell – some sweet and dry malts; some chocolate and roasted coffee bean.
Taste – a nicely balanced brown ale; flavorful.
Feel – medium body and nicely carbonated; smooth.
Overall – good price point; available in a can or bottle; good balance between sweet and dry roasted malts.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2013 01:12:13 | More by DenverHopHead
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New York

4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a deep brown hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was Goid retention and lacing.

The smell featured dry cocoa and roasted malt.

The taste consisted of roasted malts, soft chocolate and a touch of smoke.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a very nice brown ale.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2013 00:44:56 | More by plaid75
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4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at BT's Southern BBQ in huntington beach.
dark brown with nice tan head on top.
smells roasty and nutty and kinda chocolate-y and smells perfect for this cool, gloomy, rainy day.
taste is above with a smokiness to it; very refreshing.
overall, a very clean finish to a tasty and nutty brown. i really liked this one. it left a great aftertaste, wasnt bitter, but had some great qualities such as the earthy, roasted nuttiness. i could do several of these in succession.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2012 20:08:47 | More by pkalix
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4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery:

I've enjoyed this beer in a bottle and a can, as far as I can remember, and know it's good; the beer is a moderate brown, good hue but not too dark; quarter inch head; a lot of lacing, particularly from a brown; light ale on the nose; delicious light chocolate flavor; small hints of brown sugar; really good sessionable brown ales; in fact, one of the best I can remember

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2012 02:17:37 | More by SkeeterBoganski
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2012 00:39:36 | More by Darkmagus82
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3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with a small offwhite head. Patchy lacing.

Smells like molasses, some coffee, brown sugar, woody oak.

More molasses in the taste with bittersweet chocolate, some coffee and slight earthy hop presence.

Feel is on par for a brown ale. Wouldn't mind having a few

Quality stuf

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2012 15:29:55 | More by TheMultiYeast
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North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a tumbler pint, the beer is a light, clear, chestnut highlighted brown coloring with a foamy, frothy, light tan head. Good head retention with a solid cling while you drink. Aromas are light coffee, cream, and nutty highlights with a toffee sweetness throughout. Flavors are smooth and super easy to drink, with a nutty, creamy backbone that is similar to peanut butter, with some fruity sweet highlights. Roasted characteristics bring the beer back down to a close, leading to a slightly sweet, nutty aftertaste. The finish is kept light and somewhat crisp by the carbonation levels, but still manages to give off a slight filmy linger on the roof of the mouth.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2012 17:31:23 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of Mantooth

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft pour at Sammy's (Belmont, NC) into a Sweetwater pint.

A: Deep amber colored pour with minimal head and a bit of lazy lacing.

S: Roasted malt, pecans, earthy.

T: Right there with the nose.

M: A little thin, slightly effervescent opening act followed by a nutty malt headliner that barely kept my eyes open.

O: Pretty good brown ale.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2012 18:22:39 | More by Mantooth
Photo of Flounder57


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

I am enjoying this beer on draft at the Denver International Airport before heading back to Boston.

Appearance: a crimson brown color with a little bit of clarity. Thin layer of foam on top of the beer. Bubbles are visible on the top part of their beer.

Smell: Subtle sweet malts and bready malts. I get some other weird and funky smell, but can't distinguish it.

Taste: same as above. Simple flavors. A little biscuity and earthy too.

Mouthfeel: smooth, a little chewy, medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: a nice and simple brown ale. I have had this in a can plenty of times and happy to have it on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2011 23:08:49 | More by Flounder57
Photo of DoubleJ


4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Commonwealth Lounge in a 14 ounce shaker, on to the beer:

Dark ruby brown colored with lots of head and several rings of lacings that stick to the glass. In the aroma, there is a lot of nuttiness that hits. There's also a dry toffee note and hazelnut. Its taste starts off with a sublte ester note and no shortage of dry nuttiness, which is present all around. Hoppiness is low. Walnut lingers on the in the aftertaste. In general, it leaves a dry nuttiness in the aftertaste, a touch drier that I prefer, though it is still workable.

Avery rarely dissapoints, and this is one more tasty style to come from them. Give this is a Newcastle drinker, it should chnage the way they look at the style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2011 18:01:36 | More by DoubleJ
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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at their brewpub. Poured a dark brown, yet translucent color. Nice head with good retention and a fair amount of lacing. Had an aroma of caramel and chocolate with some nuttiness to it. Sort of like a caramel chocolate bar with nuts in it, I suppose. There is a tad but of roasty aroma, but it is subtle. Tasted nutty/earthy with an undertone of caramel and subtle chocolate. Very smooth. Would have been better off being a tad creamier, but it was still very good and very drinkable.

Overall, an enjoyable brew...I would drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2011 22:04:00 | More by MsRif
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
Photo of Rifugium


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

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured a rusty brown with a nice frothy white head that left some beautiful, thick lacing. Aroma was nutty and sweet with caramel and chocolate. More of the same in the taste: nutty, sweet, Caramello-y, and a mild earthiness from a light hoppage. Medium-bodied, smooth, and quite good.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2011 22:31:41 | More by Rifugium
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New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

@ Rattle & Hum, NYC

Rich, transparent brown color with a medium sized, frothy off white/tan head. Sweet brown ale malt characteristics in the nose, some tame leafy hops as well. Light/medium in body, the beer is creamy while still remaining crisp and refreshing. An awesome brown ale.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2011 23:16:16 | More by ATPete
Photo of Kelly88


3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Ottos Deli. Served in a standard pint glass.

A- dark dark ruby. Mahogany if you will. This ruby brown beauty is topped with an ashy tannish grey head. Lace has surrounded the perimeter and ain't going anywhere.

S- not much going on here. Crisp fruit, juicy sweet not hoppy fruit. Some sweet chocolate is barely noticeable. Pretty uneventful.

T- sweet chocolate covered apples seem to be the flavor. Sweet pears and maybe carrots mix with the alcohol at the finish. Solid brown ale.

M- light to medium. Weighs the palate down nicely. Carbonation is very crisp and really is kind of tingly on the swallow.

Overall a beer I will look for again. Enough flavors to keep you guessing and enough heft to make you appreciate the flavors. To bad the aroma is lacking

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2011 01:02:44 | More by Kelly88
Photo of FanofHefe


4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a pint glass at the Triumph Grill in St. Louis. Deep brown colored body with a hint of red hue. Nice creamy dark tan head that leaves some good lacing.

Aroma is not very complex, but consists of roasted malt and sweet molasses.

Nice combination of flavors. Roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee blend together very well. One of the better brown ales I've had.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel that goes down easy. I enjoyed this very much.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2011 20:38:27 | More by FanofHefe
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South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured red with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a half finger quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, caramel, and dark chocolate. The flavor was of roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate, and subtle wheat. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this wasn't too bad of a Brown Ale. The bitterness and sweetness in this one were quite well balanced. With that, this was not the best Brown I've had but still pretty good. For me, if the roastiness was toned down a little bit to allow some of the other elements to shine through this one would have been much better. I would definitely have this one again though.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2011 16:32:02 | More by thagr81us
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4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 10:34:08 | More by DCon
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3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Pouring from a tap into a pint glass produced a 1/2" fizzy off-white head that dissipated quickly leaving a decent amount of lacing behind. Looking at the body in the light revealed a soft carbonation in this clear dark brown brew with redish highlights. Appearance wasn't bad but wasn't distinguished in any way either.

AROMA: The aroma seemed smooth, with a moderate hit of toasty malt, a caramel overlay and just a hint of candi-derived sweetness. The smell of hops, in the form of light scent of citrus was also present.

TASTE: Taste pretty much followed aroma -- a mild-mannered, slightly sweet toasted malt with chocolate and caramel and a modest citrusy grapefruit taste with a hint of pine. Overall an easy-drinking taste without much to distinguish it.

MOUTHFEEL: The body is mild and easily drinkable. Moderate carbonation accompanies a slick feel to tickle the tongue slightly. The initial flavor was very slightly sweet with a short feel of bitterness that shifted in a modest amount of time to a lightly sweet, lightly dry bitterness. Tongue hit was mainly to the middle and back. Body lacing as I drank this was modest and dissipated quickly.

DRINKABILITY: This beer would make a good session beer for watching a football game or for a long-lasting game of cards, but otherwise is not particularly distinguished in any way. It's easy to drink repeatedly over the course of a night and has decent value. All in all, I'd buy, and drink, it again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2011 12:24:54 | More by paulginva
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3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber to brown-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, chocolate and roasted malt. In the taste, just like the aroma, chocolate and roasty malt, with a small hop presence. A small bite and a medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry roast of chocolate. More a porter than a brown, light body, but ok.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2011 20:58:11 | More by OWSLEY069
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New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2011 15:15:04 | More by rfgetz
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Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,412 ratings.