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Ellie's Brown Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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691 Reviews

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Reviews: 691
Hads: 2,008
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 18.25%
Wants: 79
Gots: 302 | 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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Reviews: 691 | Hads: 2,008
Photo of bigdeuce
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Only drawback is the smell, there isn't any. But..the taste is terrific, a quality brown ale, rivaling Dogfishead's Indian Brown Ale. Roasty malts, slight hops, nice head retention, extreme drinkability. This is what NewCastle is supposed to be! A terrific effort by Avery!

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Photo of rowew
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle. No date information.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish brown color with a thin head that fades to just a bit of lacing around the edges.

Smell: Roasted malt, caramel, and just a bit of chocolate. A hint of hops as well.

Taste: Starts out sweet and roasted, then a bit more hops than average for the style come into play.

Overall impression: As I would expect from Avery, a bit more hops than an average brown. Still very drinkable - nice roasted flavors would do well with some BBQ.

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bottle into a pint glass at a local pub.

About a half inch head on top of a rich brown ale. Minimal lacing.

Aroma was malty with hints of nuts. Smelled good.

The taste of this beer was excellent. Very smooth and rich--what I would expect from a good brown ale. Malty, slightly sweet.

Good mouthfeel. Creamy, only lightly carbonated.

Very drinkable brew. One of the better brown ales I've had.

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Photo of zjungleist
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours fairly dark, but not quite opaque, with a kinda weak off white head. The smell is slighly nutty with heavy roasted malts and a very slight hop sting. The flavor is very roasted and malty, slighly sweet, and has a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a little bit slick and sticky, but almost over-compensated with carbonation. Overall this beer is above average.

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Photo of TongoRad
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoo-yeah...nice looking beer- dark yet perfectly clear chestnut brown color with rusty orange highlights. An initial two-finger head settles down to next to nothing in about a minute leaving lots of thick lacing in its wake.

Aroma features an initial shot of chocolate malt-freshly milled chocolate malt, that is- followed by dark caramel and suggestions of those Welsh cookies with the currants. It is fresh and wonderful.

Palate is initially dominated by the dark caramel, though the roast malt comes on late. The currants linger after all else is gone. Mouthfeel is silky and the alcohol and bitterness are unobtrusive.

Very solid as both a session beer and a one-at-a-time deal. I'm very glad my local shop just started carrying this.

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Photo of rousee
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark color resembling cola--faint ruby color in bottom of the glass. Nice lace on sides.
Caramel nuttiness with some cidery undertones--some minor coffee notes also.
Taste is dark rich malts-toffee-caramel and more nuttiness. Nice effervescent, quenching mouthfeel. It is also somewhat feltish.
Smooth and fairly drinkable but nothing that stands out in that category.

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Photo of FenwaySquid
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, no dating on the label but a nice portrait of a chocolate lab drawn there (perhaps the beer is named after the dog a la Robinson's Old Tom), poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown color with some reddish hues. Head formed small but the lacing stuck around nicely. Great color though.

Aroma: Floral hops mixed in with some caramel malts and hazelnut as well. If this beer tastes as good as it smells we've got a winner.

Taste: We have a winner. The beer starts off with some caramel and chocolate malts with the hazelnuts shadowing. The middle is sweet and malty with just a hint of hops, which complimented the sweetness nicely. The finish was grainy, leaving the drinker with a thirst for more.

Mouthfeel: Very, very smooth, almost creamy. The carbonation was a little weak but with the sweetness that wasn't a bad thing.

Overall: I was extremely impressed. This beer in itself is an excellent example of why it's so fun to try as many different brews as you can. Some are average, some good, some awful. But every so often you find one like this that totally blows you away. I highly recommend this one to anyone, whether or not you like brown ales.

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Photo of sevineyes
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle featuring a chocolate lab on the label.

A: Nice ruddy copper color, but with not too much head and little lacing.

S: Sweet with some smokiness. A nice prelude to the taste.

T: Sweet malt. Some caramel. Smoke.

M: Nice carbonation that complements the flavor. Ends a bit astriingent.

D: Great.

Overall: I like this brown a lot. For its style this is an exemplary beer.

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

The best Avery beer I have had yet. Everything else was a disapointment but this one exceeded my resigned expectations. A very dark brown slithered out of the bottle; yeilding a tan-white head and laced with eat sip. The smell was much more intense than I was enticipating; ful of nutty and sweet malt reverbs and even a little citrus hop blosoms. A full taste of nutty, biscuit flavors, and a bitterness in the end to add a little balance. Good mouthfeel and great carbonation, I would drink this again anytime.

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Photo of Jredner
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice and easy drinking, but like almost every other brown ale I have ever had nothing really jumps out at ya. Sweet malt profile is enjoyable and it is better than many brown’s but it is still missing enough roastiness to be outstanding. Though it does deliver that comforting and safe nuttiness.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfect chestnut brown with a glimmer of orange highlighting the edges and bottom. Keeps a compact medium stacked foam of dark sandy brown. Fades out to a slim collaring and broken skim. Lacing is stringy and sporatically placed as so.

Aroma is soft and delicate with cocoa powder and some hazelnut notes.

Taste is profoundly steeped in a cocoa powder presense thats fairly well rounded in a milky chocolateyness with small notes of vanilla, brown sugar, and hazelnut. There's a light berry-like backing underneath mixing with some caramel and the finish is fluffy, lasting, and rich and whisped with a unbittered leafy hopping. A very nice tasting brown. Lots of character and length.

Feel is a bit over medium in body with a smooth, full carbonation holding chocolate malt on the palate for a good while and keeping delicate soft characteristics the whole ride through.

A very solid and sessionable/drinkable brown ale. Another Avery keeper. On a style choice note: this seemed much more like an American Brown then an English Brown. But what the hell do I care, its damn good either way you put it.

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Photo of benito
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Avery's homage to the late Ellie, (as I understand it) Adam's late chocolate lab, is a delicious, nutty brown ale. It pours a transparent cola color with thin head that laces the glass well and remains in nice, layered form all the way through the beer. The bouquet has strong scents of chocolate and toffee, as well as maple.

Ellie is nutty and well-rounded--not too sweet for a beer so low on hops--that starts and finishes with a clean, crisp roasty flavor. This is definitely a 'what you see is what you get' brew, but what it lacks
in complexity it makes up for with a easy drinkability and a wonderful ability to pair with hearty soups and salads. A solid brew that is certainly worth checking out.

A personal note--in general, browns are one of my least favorite styles, just simply because I find them to be less dynamic than a number of other beer types. Ellie's is, IMO, on par with Bell's Best Brown as one of the best examples of this style I've seen on the US market.

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Photo of Vancer
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Geez, another Avery winner. Their whole line (except for the 14er ESB) has impressed me so far, this one is no different.

Great start, easy pour produced a massive tan head, on top of a nearly opaque brown brew. Excellent lacing all the way down.

Not much aroma, just some subtle hints of malt and chocolate. Good all-around taste – well balanced, with a dominating thrust of roasted malt on top of hints of caramel and chocolates. Nice hop finish to quiet the sweetness. This makes for a fine drinkin’ brew, in the summer or the winter. Top notch brown.

Watch out for the almost 6% if you drink more than a couple.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber brown color with a tan head. Nice lacing. Steady stream of bubbles make for a lively appearance. Smell is sweet malt. I caught the faintest hint of piney hops at first sniff but it's covered by the malt sweetness almost immediately. No nuttiness noted at all. Sweet taste with almost no bitterness. Mostly caramel malts. Would maybe expect some nut flavors but really just a basic malt dominated beer. A nice drinkable beer that is worth a try. If avery was local i could see enjoying their beers on a regualar basis.

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Photo of mobyfann
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Uncle gave me this when I visited...

The beer pours dark brown with a medium head and a nice one hour head retention. The smell is pretty bold on the malts.

The taste is heavy and sweet, but I let this one set a little. It is very enjoyable. The beer was a bit rough on my throat but still a drinkable beer.

Final Thought: It's different than most, but not all that great.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer has a dark warm brown body that is crystal clear. It has a nice gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles and a rocky very light tan head that last for a bit.

S- This beer has a soft aroma of slightly sweet brown malt and some crystal malt. A faint spicy note at the finish.

T- This beer has a smooth lightly roasted malt flavor with a note of tanginess and some faint nutty quality. The finish has a slightly dry carbonic bite that has a faint hop bitterness.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no astringency or strong fizz quality.

D- The depth of grain was not really there. Very soft smooth brown ale.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, ruby-tinted beer with a moderately substantial off-white head. Rich and toasty malt, light caramel, and medium hop presence. Taste is a well-balanced mix of nutty & toasted malt, not too sweet, and noticible hop bitterness, though little hop flavor. Body is a bit thin.

A solid amber beer.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is dark brown with a bit of ruby glow. A creamy head is light brown and average-sized. The aroma is awesome. Full-on malt smell, toasty with a bit of chocolate and some nuttiness. The taste is more of the same: lots of great malt flavors. Biscuity chocolate malt flavor is strong and enhanced by an underlying toasty flavor. Nuttiness pops in and out. A dry roasty flavor joins the party towards the finish. Hops are soley for balance here, with sweetness reigning supreme. This is easily one of the best American browns I've sampled, highly recommended.

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Photo of carln26
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown color, mildly hazy with a thick fluffy head that shows great retention, and a n ice lace as it finally recedes. Mild toffee in the nose, just the barest hint of citrus orange. Oddly, I find a bit of sherry in the finish. Mild caramel flavor with a light citrus bitterness. This had an interesting nose, but the flavor is not nearly as attractive. The mouth feel is just a little thin, OK drinkability,

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Photo of cokes
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Darkened rubied copper with a tacked-on sinewy tan film.
Roast grain scents augmented with hazelnut chocolates, and wood chips.
At its onset, it's heavy on the cocoa powder, carob, and kilned grain. And for a moment, it is very porteresque. That all subsides as a toastier, honeyed almond notion grows along with a minor and sweeter tinge of caramel and hazelnut cream. Hopping is minor but adds a flinty backend dryness with traces of chlorophyll.
Light-medium bodied with a low but stready bubble.
Very much an untricked-up, pub-style Brown, and a sturdy quaffer.
Pound for pound, this might be Avery's best.

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ellie's poured a great brown color, not too dark but certainly a brown ale. The head was off-white and hung on throughout the entire glass. The smell was that of an English brown ale, very malty but well balanced with hop bitterness. The roasted and chocolate undertones were very enjoyable and the aftertaste was reminiscent of a great cup of coffee. Not too overpowering but definitely enjoyable; the medium bodied brown ale went down smooth and was very satisfying.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

Pours a clear, rich, chestnut brown with an off-white head that fades.Slight lacing on the glass. This is a beautiful looking beer.

Smells nutty and slightly roasty with some caramel undertones. Smells very hearty.

Taste is similar to the smell, just not as bold as I expected. There is a nice nuttiness with a hint of chocolate and caramel in the aftertaste. Not as robust as I had hoped. Still quite tasty.

Maybe a little thin on body. Would like a little more meat on it's bones.

Easy and smooth to drink. A nice brown ale.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Andy's on 10/12/05 as one of four Avery draughts for your drinking pleasure. Served in a pint glass at the recommended temperature.

Appearance- A brownish amber medium body supports a respectable soapy off-white crown. Good durability... not a word I often use describing a beer, but this is justified. Solid retention that means business!

Smell- Fabulous marriage of malts and hops. I genuinely enjoyed submerging my nose into my glass, taking in the masterful work that has been accomplished, and then drinking the nectar. Excellent example of the style... the best I've had to date.

Taste- Superb balance once again. Roasty toasty but not-too-burnt malts, combined with perfectly complimentary hops. Delicious, I wish I could have stayed for another.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Alive and exciting, drinkable until dawn. This beer has given me an appreciation of what "Brown Ale" can be, a style that never turned me on in the past. I've drunk Newcastle, Sam Smith, the standards... but on tap, this is exceptional.

A thousand "thank yous" to George and Tom at Andy's Corner in Bogota for giving me the opportunity to sample this fresh.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a dark amber color with an inch of light brown foam. The aroma is mainly malty, but some hops also come through. The tasty starts out sweet and malty. Then a little bitter, roasted malt comes in, along with some nut flavor. The sweetness is also balanced by some spicy hops. The hops are not weak, but still restrained for an Avery beer. This beer has beautiful balance. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Good brown ale.

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Photo of ADR
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Orange-tinged dark brown appearance, transparent. Decent tan head of over 1/4 of an inch in height and with better-than-average staying power. Widely spaced dripping laces, incomplete rings. Fruity aroma, cherry, some nuts, more hops than some. Mouthfeel is lighter, carbonation weighs in about the same to start. Some small amounts of caramel, nice bit of walnut, a hint of berries, and subdued hops that still stick out slightly at the back end. Seems to go away too much at the close, almost like a flat root beer, probably the biggest flaw for me. Decent beer, good drinkability, one I can see drinking out of a bottle at a party.

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