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Ellie's Brown Ale - Avery Brewing Company

Ellie's Brown AleEllie's Brown Ale

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very good

1,416 Ratings

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Ratings: 1416
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 1,416 | Reviews: 637 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of karengarys


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours rich transparent dark ruby brown. Leaves little head, but there is a small island in the middle. The token foam-ring is attached to the glass. It laces just slightly.

Smell seems to have chocolate and molassis - quite attractive.

Taste comes through with the chocolate, molassis, some malt, and a sweetness, perhaps honey-like.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, and gently fizzles down the throat.

Finish is quite clean, some hop must have swept up to keep the pallete dry and untainted.

This has a nice rich body, too.

I didn't expect this to be such a good beer, but it has pleasently surprised me. If you see this, and like darker beers, please give this a try!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2004 04:02:33 | More by karengarys
Photo of bditty187


3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, ruby-brown in hue with a slight tawny influence, it is a lovely color, very shiny. It is too bad there isn’t any noticeable animation to liven up the liquid or replenish the head. The foam reached about a half finger in height, the beige bubbles collapsed quickly to a soapy cap. Subsequent lacing was spotty and unorganized; it looks respectable in my glass. The nose is malty with pleasant chocolate undertones, sweet buttery notes. Potency is modest, there is good malty depth, I wish there was some hops in the nose. I couldn’t find any. The nose is too fatty for me; I like my Brown Ales to be sharper. The nose is decent; it is inviting, just not noteworthy. It makes me want to take a sip; I’m just not rushed. I love Brown Ales and this one is good. The palate is malty with depth that fits the style; chocolate malts, very weak hints of coffee beans, flashes of toasted bread. The sweetness plays much nicer than the nose indicated. Flashes of heat are oddly enjoyable if not misplaced; it acts nicely towards some nuttiness. Noticeable spicy hops find a home near the end, only to be interrupted by a dry, chalky cocoa powder-like taste. Modest bitterness. The finish could be stronger, more organized. I don’t want to say this beer falls apart because it doesn’t; it just fades a bit. Dry, astringent aftertaste. Overall the palate is good, it is tasty enough for me to consider drinking this again. I’ve had better, so what… it is good at the moment. Around medium in body, the carbonation is moderately low but workable and the mouthfeel is slick. I’d drink this again with cheese and crackers. This is a decent Brown Ale, drinkable but not groundbreaking. Still no complaints from this simplistic offering from Avery, my lone bottle was purchased in Brookfield, WI. Try one.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2004 20:58:03 | More by bditty187
Photo of Gueuzedude


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color that shows ruby highlights when held up to the light. The head is thick and creamy and a tan color. The aroma is quite enticing with notes of toast, chocolate, roasted barley husks, and an appealing roasted nuttiness. The taste is quite nutty as well, with a solid malty finish that has notes of toasted biscuits. There is a bit of acidity here from the dark malts and there is a bit of astringency as well. As my palate grows accustomed to the malt I begin to pick up hop flavor notes, perhaps a hint of citrus character, and a definite tangy hop bit in the middle of this beer, that I did not pick out at first, it is quite nice actually.

Overall though this is a very tasty brew. It is quite smooth and creamy with just a bit of astringency in the finish. If the astringency was taken care of this would be a tasty beer, as it is though it is very good, and one which I will be happy to have any time.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2004 19:56:19 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of far333


4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dirty copper color with a thin off-white head that sinks quickly to fine cap with lace rising up the edges of the glass. Light shows through as amber highlights. Smell is more roasted malt than expected, some raisin and fig, and some cocoa. Seems more like a dark ale just from the aroma. Flavor is also less sweet than expected for a brown ale, more caramel and toasted malt. Also some fig, a bit of molasses, and a hint of bitter chocolate. Hope profile is low, very understated. Very full and smooth mouthfeel, which I'm noticing consistenly from the Avery beers. Not sure if I would consider this typical of the English brown ale style, but it's very tasty. Thanks to Brent.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2004 23:30:19 | More by far333
Photo of BuckeyeNation


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

I was all set to type 'Chocolate Labrador brown'... but it isn't. Equal parts mahogany and deep crimson topped by a chunky head the color of cinnamon-spiced oatmeal. With a head like this, lace is inevitable. Rings, small sheets and assorted scraps; all patterns are represented. The nose is of dark malts gently roasted, citric-earthy hops (more noticeable than expected) and chocolate (less noticeable than expected).

With regards to richness of flavor and fullness of body, Ellie's Brown belongs somewhere in the middle reaches of the brown ale scale. That's not to say, however, that I didn't find enjoyment in the bottle. The flavor is a well-balanced amalgam of roasted grain, lightly bittersweet chocolate, hops and oven-toasted pecans.

Hop flavor (Bullion, Cascade, Fuggles) outlasts all the others and dominates the finish. The beer improves with warming, largely due to a more complete melding and intensification of the various facets of the flavor profile. Medium body for the style with a lightly silkyslick finish.

Ellie's Brown Ale doesn't win 'Best of Show', but it is a faithful companion that deserves respect and admiration. Good dog!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2004 23:40:53 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of hungryghost

District of Columbia

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark, browninsh red in color.
Medium sized lasting head.
Minimal amounts of lace hang on to the side of the glass.
Slight malt aroma, a little yeast, tiny hint of coffee.
Roasteed malt stands out in the taste, nutty. Smooth mouthfeel, a little to thin to be creamy. Finishes with a slight bitterness, almost like burnt coffee.
I have had this a couple of times, last taste seemed much better...I think I would still try it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2004 06:05:29 | More by hungryghost
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet crystal malt scent with a toastey/roasted finish. The taste is good. It has a sweet and creamy dark malt flavor that boasts of crystal malts and a dry roasted finish. It goes down smooth and finishes creamy, yet dry. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking brown ale. It has good flavor and awesome mouthfeel; a fine sessions ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2004 02:49:40 | More by WesWes
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, pours a healthy dark mahogony brown, slightly off white head settling into a tiny bubble film and leaving respectable lacing. Malty nose, medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Notes of sweet, smooth malt, nutty. caramel, honey. A slight bitterness picked up late. Classy brown ale, Avery knows what they are doing and it shows with this fine take on the style. Subtle, refined and suprisingly complex. As with all the Avery products, worth seeking out and enjoying

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2004 02:19:24 | More by Billolick
Photo of beergeek279


3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color is a semi-dark brown/amber, with a small layer of bubbly white head. The smell is an almost chocolate dark malt. The taste is a chocolate sweetness with a strong hop/nutty backing in the beer. Mouthfeel is smooth. As for drinkability, this would be one that would be nice to have a few of.

Again, I admit that I wasn't looking too forward to this one as another brown ale, but this is surprisingly good. A lot more flavor than the average brown ale, and this is one I'd have again.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2004 03:52:58 | More by beergeek279
Photo of kbub6f

New York

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

Whitish-beigeish headish. Dark, dark brown beer is garnet against the light. I get sweet, burnt chocolate in the nose and a milk chocolate inhale. Tangy toffee and chocolate up front. It then sours a little and thick, buttery chocolate emerges. A hoppy bitter finish sports roasted nuts. It's tangy. A good, intense, chocolatey, hoppy brown.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2004 21:24:22 | More by kbub6f
Photo of silenius


4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sometime I get surprised when I buy a random bottle from a place that sells random bottles. This beer was a pleasant surprise.

The beer pours a chestnut brown with red highlights. Almost like a clear dunkel-weiss. The head is pretty lame with no lacing and minimal froth which quickly retreats to a collar hugging the glass.

This beer has very faint nutty and cocoa aromas and I believe I picked up a red fruit wine-like note. Nothing special yet.

Taste was damn good though. Great balance of sweet cocoa and acid. Very refreshing and enjoyable. There is a slightly dry nutty finish as well.

Mouthfeel was a bit slick and felt substantial. A slight carbonation bite gave it some balance.

I could kick back one after another of these. After my first impression, I thought, "I'll have to buy a 6-er of this the next time." Good girl, Ellie. Good girl!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2004 00:03:03 | More by silenius
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

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

Pours a deep brown with some reddish tint thru out not much head though,aroma is of cocoa powder and roasted nuts,pretty appetizing.Nice flavors melding together here,some unsweetend chocolate some raw nut/earthy flavor really dominates the finish and aftertaste.Sweet but not cloying an easy drinker,a well made brown ale here.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2004 01:19:34 | More by oberon
Photo of niknar


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a solid brown color... shows some reddish highlights when held up to light. A delightful (although slightly too thin) head graced the glass, then slowly disappared leaving lots of lacing. Smells faintly of sweet malts. The taste is quite good. Sweet malty flavor balanced by some bittering hops that come in more towards the end. Finishes dry with some lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is just a little thinner than I would like for such a dark beer, but definitely not unpleasant. This is a highly drinkable beer that I would gladly have again and again. Not something that is going to hit my "A" list, but definitely a worthy beer for taste tests and when the mood strikes!

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2004 23:20:29 | More by niknar
Photo of blitheringidiot


3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear brown dark tea colored pour released from a 12 oz. browner, under a one fingered tan cratered-surface-of-the-moon head that laces well down the glass.

Scents of Hershey's Chocolate syrup pervade the nose.

Taste is all about tons 'o roasted malts. Creamy, almost stout-like. A brown with some vigor here. Roasted malts overtake the reigns here. Maybe some, ummm, cookie dough jumps into the melee here. A bit of a tacky finish hangs around.

Maybe the Hershey's Syrup essence is now on my brain, because the body is syrup like too. This is quite a creamer drinker.

Last swigs: This may be a bit over the top for a session drinker, but BA kudos for AVERY. Like their motto states: Small brewery, Big Beers. Agreed. Special thanks to fellow BA SkinnyElvis for the bottle.

*** UPDATE ***

Stickin' with me prior review, but just wanna add that there is a bit of a cocoa taste. I upped my Drinkability to a 3 from a 2.5.

Beer is good. Happy big brown beering.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2004 03:34:19 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of pezoids


4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very clear brownish amber color and has a just a tint of orange. A small, but creamy tan head of foam topped this beer off. The aroma has a sweet and buttery nuttiness about it with hints of chocolate and licorice. Very alluring and soft. The taste is mildly roasty and full of all sorts of rich and nutty flavors. Good malt body at its core with semi-sweet chocolates and roasted chestnuts floating around. An easy drinking and fine brown ale that ends with a perfect finish. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2004 05:43:46 | More by pezoids
Photo of BierReise


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle No Date. Poured a clear brown with a thick and fluffy head that seems to have legs. Has a doughy malt aroma with notes of caramel, nuts, brown sugar and a subtle hop pesence. Medium bodied and smooth with light carbonation and a dry finish. Flavor is of chocolate malt, and a light hopping with notes of vanilla and brown sugar. Overall a good brew from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2004 01:28:12 | More by BierReise
Photo of BittRnessabounds


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

Nice dark brown with a hint of red with a modest but resilient head. The smell is very malty, sweet and roasted. Nothing spectacular, but everything you would expect and not be disappointed by. The taste is similarly malty, slightly smoky with a bit of chocolate flavor but not overly sweet, good brown ale stuff. The nice medium body and good level of carbonation compliment each other nicely and make this a very drinkable brown. Ellie's brown ale is a very solid brown ale and well worth getting if you are a fan of brown ales.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2004 02:28:28 | More by BittRnessabounds
Photo of Beaver13


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ellie's Brown poured a dark brown with deep red highlights. It had a light brown head that quickly went to a thin skim that left some nice lacing. Its aroma is of toasted malt and chocolate. It has a nice smoth and creamy mouthfeel. The taste is big on malts (which I like). It starts with nutty, toasted malts and a touch of caramel, and has a subdued bitter finish which balances the beer nicely. Overall, a wonderful brown that is very drinkable. This will definitely become a regular in rotation in my beer fridge.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2004 05:57:55 | More by Beaver13
Photo of jahred


3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this at the Goose Island "Beer Academy". Pours a dark brown color with only a little head. There's not much of a scent going on - maybe a little bit of malt?

The taste is malty, with a nicely balanced hoppy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is surpisingly thick, and the alcohol notes blend in quite well. Didn't taste much that made me think this was a brown ale, but otherwise it was easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2004 15:32:56 | More by jahred
Photo of HardTarget


3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: A slightly astringent smell, but fairly neutral. No big hops or malt noted, a slight yeast smell.
Appearance: Clear dark ruby brown with a quick dying head of off white.
Flavor: A crisp chocolate malt taste that tapered off to a bitter end. Overall fairly sweet.
Mouthfeel: Light body but left a thick mouth coat.
Overall Impression: The roasted malt flavor was a bit too heavy and overall just a slight astringency to the beer. An ok brown, but no nuttiness was noted, and just nothing that really sparked my curiosity.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2004 06:59:37 | More by HardTarget
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured medium brown. The head was off-white and fell back like a rock, but stayed to lace the glass.

The aroma was chocolate with slight roasted grains. Also present was a nutty aroma.

The flavor was well done with chocolate and slight nuttiness.

The finish was dry with chocolate and slight coffee. The body was medium.

12 ounce bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2004 02:26:55 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of jsolack


4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light brown and clear.

Excellent chocolaty/nutty smell.light coffee overtones.

Very nice chocolate and malt flavor. Sweetness is well balanced with bitterness.

Smooth and pleasent on the tounge

Excellent overall flavor and smooth taste make for great tast.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2004 01:01:10 | More by jsolack
Photo of stewart124


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich brown looking color with a tan head and reddish hues that make this a very pretty beer. The smell is a roasted nutty charachter with an earthy sense. Hops are there but not overally powerful. This is a tasty brown ale with a solid body and very smooth crisp taste. The flavors are of a nutty caramel and finish with a dry roasted note. I was impressed with this beer and would buy it again in a heartbeat.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2004 15:00:35 | More by stewart124
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

clear, pale brown color, good head, rocky, fizzy, with nice lacing.
Aroma, cola and nuts.
Taste: mildness supreme, very little actual action on the palate, almost no hoppiness, but a good malt quotient. Finish barely exists, body is very thin, ...and if I seem to stand on the verge of condemning the brew, at the same time, I can understand that it actually acheives it's aims. A light, unimpressive quaffer, a la Newcastle...nothing wrong with that, the stuff sells, folks like it, but it leaves me cold. I was harsh on the finish, though, for it does carry on for a time, with a caramelly nut flavor.
I've yet to have a brew from Avery I didn't like, this one I liked the least...eh, but that's me...and thanks aplenty to vitriola for sending it out!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2004 08:31:48 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of clvand0


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

This one pours a light brown color with a medium head that doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is somewhat grainy and has some hints of caramel malts. The flavor was very standard but well balanced. Has the standard nutty character, but not too strong. Solid brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2004 19:10:14 | More by clvand0
Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,416 ratings.