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Ellie's Brown Ale - Avery Brewing Company

Ellie's Brown AleEllie's Brown Ale

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very good

1,413 Ratings

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Ratings: 1413
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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Photo of keithmurray

New York

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - mahogany color with off white head

Smell - caramel, toffee, toasted nuts

Taste - caramel, toasted nuts, toffee, hazelnut, slightest of coffee grounds

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweetness upfront, smooth and easy drinking finish

Overall - good brown ale that is enjoyable and worth a try

price Point - $2.10/12 oz can

Serving type: can

03-16-2014 17:54:25 | More by keithmurray
Photo of TheDoctor

Quebec (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with hints of ruby when held to the light (looks nearly black in the glass) with a nice creamy two fingers of head that settles rockily to a healthy film and then a light film. Decent retention; some spotted lacing.

Really 'brown'-smelling with some yeasty phenols. Caramel malt aromas with chocolate some brown sugar and a tiny bit of raisin.

Smooth, chocolatey and delicious. Really rich nut and toffee flavors hit you right off the bat, with walnut, cocoa powder, dark bread and other nutty, chocolatey, bready flavors as well!

Medium bodied and extremely drinkable. There is a short finish, a nice creamy texture and good carbonation (honestly I would prefer it with a little less of the latter and more of the former).

Very good beer.
This is a smooth, easy drinking brown ale that has got it all where it counts. Pretty nice looking with lots of great nose to it and a mellow, nutty, chocolate-dipped flavor. Much better than I was expecting.
Would have again; well worth trying.

Serving type: can

03-12-2014 02:27:36 | More by TheDoctor
Photo of theteleman


4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour from can purchased at Distellers Outlet in Poway CA. Dark brown with a big off white head. Nice lacing. Smell is incredible. Vanilla, brown sugar, honey. Taste is very pleasent. Malts and a nutty tinge with hints of vanilla, defintley getting some chocolate too but its very faint. I purchased just one can, next time I'll get a sixer of this, really enjoyable.

Serving type: can

03-03-2014 05:04:53 | More by theteleman
Photo of SamN


2.8/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Color is a sort of limp dark maroon hue; less brown, more red. Head is thinand doesn't last long. A few second after pouring, only a thin ring of foam remains. Lacing is decent though, and the appearance is growing on me. The beer aroma is lighter, some toasted malts, hazelnuts, mild graininess. I'd like more richness, some creamy notes to blend the aromas better and make an outstanding brown ale scent. Taste is pretty close to smell, with grainy malt tastes like nuttiness and coarse bread. Fleeting, with a short finish. Not too impressive, not much of a brown ale; at least, what I think a brown ale should be.

I much prefer Upslope Brown to Ellie's. Probably won't have again.

Serving type: can

02-22-2014 23:33:06 | More by SamN
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Bar of Soap Asheville. Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours a medium brown color with an 1/8 inch tan head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and random splotches of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing.

S- Mild cocoa and nuts. Toasty and somewhat sweet.

T- More nutty notes in the flavor. Mild toasted malt with low bitterness. Still flavorful though, just has lots of balance.

M- Slightly viscous with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- About as solid as they come for brown ales.

Serving type: can

02-10-2014 20:27:02 | More by Immortale25
Photo of Dools9


3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a shaker pint glass. Botton julian date code of 13296, or 10/23/13.

A: Pours a deep dark mohagany color, nice fluffy two finger khaki head. Not much lace to speak of, but it has a nice color to it.

S: Smells of brown bread, toasty malt, some light brown sugar sweetness, a bit of chocoalte and coffee. Pretty straightforward for a brown ale.

T: Toasted brown bread maltiness, nutty, some light chocolate, touch of vanilla sweetness and dark fruit, lends more to the drier side of things. There is a slight earthy hop hiding out behind the malt flavor.

M: Light side of medium, medium carbonation, a bit of a slickness on the finish.

O: Nice, straight forward example of the style, though not my favorite Brown Ale. Very easily drinkable, you could probably session this beer with no problem.

Serving type: can

12-06-2013 17:23:20 | More by Dools9
Photo of TempeBeerMan


4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a clear dark mahogany brown with a rocky two-finger head of light tan foam. Great retention. Sticky rings of lacing coat the glass.

S - Moderate strength aroma; lots and lots of chocolate malt. Hint of earthy English style hops.

T - Taste matches the nose; big chocolate and bready malt notes forward; tastes a little like a tootsie pop. Slight bit of mild hop in the finish. Nicely balanced between sweet and bitter. Flavors are quite robust for a 5.5 ABV beer.

M - Big, chewy, and creamy. Drinkability high. Great feel for the style.

O - One of the best examples of the style I have had. Nothing revolutionary or mind blowing here (it's a brown ale after all), but a really well crafted beer all around and a great "everyday" kind of beer. Outstanding.

Serving type: can

11-26-2013 04:24:52 | More by TempeBeerMan
Photo of patpbr


4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - A dark brown color with a off-white head.
S - Malty and nutty a bit of coffee
T - Roasted carmel malts and chocolate and a little bit smoky.
M - A medium body and a creamy feel
O - This is a tasty brown ale. Could easily drink a few of these. the malty flavors are great

Serving type: can

11-24-2013 01:13:54 | More by patpbr
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, from a liquor superstore in the western Denver suburbs a few weeks ago. "Lab tested", and there's a picture of a Labrador on the label - ha!

This beer pours a clear red brick amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, stringy, and weakly frothy dirty white head, which leaves some sparse sudsy snow rime lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds away.

It smells of musty, nutty caramel malt, toasty char, mild earthy yeast, and leafy, dusty, weedy hops. The taste is gritty, lightly roasted caramel malt, some pithy bar-top nuts, middling bittersweet chocolate, rather subtle percolating coffee, an indistinct vegetal astringency, and earthy, weedy hops.

The bubbles are generally quite understated, barely capable of their basic function, the body medium-light in weight, and adequately smooth, with a softly grating clamminess. It finishes a tad on the sweet side, the neutered caramel malt and buttery nuts more or less still running the show.

A plainly drinkable, and little more, brown ale, the expected Yankee hops and old-world biscuity character both conspicuously absent. There's enough going on to recommend this, however, but it comes off as a bit weak, when put up against this brewer's more heady offerings.

Serving type: can

10-29-2013 23:41:15 | More by biboergosum
Photo of BWED


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

12 oz. can poured into a craft pint

A- Very dark brown body, with a little amber highlight. Held up to light, the beer looks well filtered.
One finger tan head leaves behind some sticky lacing.

S- Quite a bit of nut, some chocolate and caramelized sugar. A bit of biscuit and roast as well.

T- Roast and nut are prevalent. Some sweetness, chocolate, and a little caramel. Mellow bitterness, from roast, in the finish.

M- Slight creaminess. Finish is clean, with a bit of a roasty bitterness, but great balance in this beer.

O- Very tasty brown ale. Lots of flavor, which is what a lot of browns lack.

Serving type: can

10-25-2013 02:07:24 | More by BWED
Photo of stephenjmoore


3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- Cola-colored body with a sticky tan head.

S- Lots of toasty and roasted malts, nutty aroma comes through in a big way too.

T- Not all that much in the way of flavor unfortunately. Tasted malts with just a hint of nuttiness and hints of herbal hop bitterness.

M- Very smooth, creamy and very drinkable.

O- Slightly lacking on flavor, but a very drinkable brown ale that has some good qualities. I bet an imperial version of this beer would be killer.

Serving type: can

10-18-2013 00:34:07 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big light brown head slowly settles to a nice frothy lacing above a clear burnt dark reddish amber colored beer.

Light burnt dark roasted caramel malt aroma.

Dark roasted caramel malts with a light hint of dark chocolates mixed in the taste of this brown.

Dryish aftertaste with a bit of the dark roasted tastes staying behind with this medium bodied ale.

A pretty good brown.

Serving type: can

10-11-2013 20:00:44 | More by LXIXME
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark reddish brown color. There isn't much head here, just a thin off-white film, and even that has mediocre retention. It does leave a bit of lacing on the glass, so it's not all meh looking.

S: There are some nice tones of both chocolate and espresso on the nose, but both seem too mild. Actually, the entire aroma seems too mild. Some notes of mineral water, caramel, and toffee also appear - again, very mild. What's there smells good, though.

T: No surprises here. it starts with a light caramel and chocolate sweetness, before finishing with touches of coffee and even roasted nuts. Some fruity twinges can also be found. It's not really interesting, just pleasant and easily drinkable. As it warms up, the roastiness is amplified, and becomes more enjoyable as a result.

M: The feel is quite conducive to said easily drinkable-ness with slightly sharp carbonation and a dry finish. Still, I wish it was smoother before the drying sensation kicked in.

O: Eh, just another brown ale. In fairness, this really isn't my style. Basically it does everything decently without doing anything impressively. I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: can

10-02-2013 20:23:06 | More by ThisWangsChung
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3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gotta love a good canned beer. No appearance because of the can but I can assume dark brown.... Had this on tap before and it is dark brown with a nice rich head.

Smell - hard to get a good smell, but I smell chocolates and roasty malts

Taste - lots of roasty malts and a great chocolate end. Delish.

Mouthfeel - nice smooth finish to this pup!

Overall - great craft can for sure. Not a huge brown ale fan, but this one is tasty

Serving type: can

08-15-2013 01:22:04 | More by beatenbyjacks
Photo of schoolboy


3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ellie's pours out to a perfect dark, but translucent, brown. There is a bit of a fine head and loads of nice lacing. The aroma is weak - not much there, just a bit of malt.

The taste and mouthfeel are pretty darn good. It is a sweet, malty taste but more importantly, it is very creamy and soft, and not at all harsh. It burps up a very pleasant taste.

As would be expected from Avery, this is a well made and well balanced brew. I would say it is much less harsh than many "American" style brews.

Serving type: can

06-08-2013 22:54:00 | More by schoolboy
Photo of Jonada

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can served in a pint glass. No freshness date.

Appearance: Brown with some hints of ruby red, but light enough that you can see through the glass when held up to light. About 1 finger of a light khaki colored head dissipated to a thin coating and collar.

Smell: Chocolate, toffee, tea, some earthy hops

Taste: Nutty, malty, chocolate, iced tea(?), slight earth.

Mouthfeel: Just lighter than medium bodied with medium carbonation. Goes down smooth. Very drinkable.

Overall: Decent sessionable brown ale. There's enough flavor going on that I would give it a recommendation, but it's not something that's going to knock your socks off.

Serving type: can

03-16-2013 20:20:42 | More by Jonada
Photo of JRed

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
Photo of capnamerica


3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Moderately dark, with a small head.

S: Rich and malty.

T: Malty with a subtle chocolate undertone. Initially a light hoppy taste with a smooth chocolate finish.

M: Very smooth and creamy. Easy to drink.

O: Very solid beer, that has some complexity while maintaining that easyy to drink feel.

Serving type: can

02-20-2013 00:29:20 | More by capnamerica
Photo of Moose90


3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can into proper glassware

A – Very deep dark brown. Medium height frothy head doesn't last too long but leaves good lacing.

S – Good typical malts here, some sweet, some dry, some chocolate and roasted nuttiness.

T – Nice light roasted malts, lends to some sweetness and a bit of a dry hop note to round things out.

M – Standard medium mouth feel, not too heavy, and nicely carbonated. Very smooth, if anything just slightly overcarbed.

O – Very nice, good balance between sweet light roasted malts and some nice nutty complexities as well.

Serving type: can

02-13-2013 05:56:22 | More by Moose90
Photo of harrymel


3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

canned: unk

Brown with fleeting loose light tan foam and evident carb with large bubbles. Smells of coffee, cocoa, some soil and leather. Some bits of tea and metal. Flavor is biscuity, chocolate, coffee, nuts, roasty malts. Much better flavor than the nose - which is bland. Medium bodied with moderate carb and a wet finish with long aftertaste. Much nicer than I had expected.

Serving type: can

01-29-2013 05:51:04 | More by harrymel
Photo of mooseo


3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into mug.

A - Dark brown-red with a thick & creamy light tan head.

S - Nutty and bready with some caramel, chocolate, and faint earthy hops.

T - A tasty blend of sweet toasted malt, caramel, milk chocolate, and roasted nuts. Finishes with subtle earthy hops, dark fruit and a hint of smoke.

M - Smooth and extra creamy, medium body. Mild carbonation, crisp.

O - Impressive. Flavorful robust malt profile delicately balanced by light hops. Great drinkability.

Serving type: can

01-29-2013 03:15:06 | More by mooseo
Photo of Huffs

New York

4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: can

01-25-2013 03:24:23 | More by Huffs
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First, let me say I am not a brown ale fan.
Prefer amber, ipa or stout.

2nd, I am a fan of Avery, cans, and most Rocky Mountain micro-beers.

If you like Brown Ale, this blows away Newcastle.

Appearance - tawny, caramel brown, but let's face it brown ale is not the best color.
Smell - dog wet maltiness with sweetness riding on top
Taste - Natural, outdoorsy, woodsy, forward. Coffee / caramel hint.
Feel - Thinner than you'd expect

I prefer Avery's IPA.

Serving type: can

12-26-2012 21:45:12 | More by Act25
Photo of garuda


4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Mahogany body with a khaki head that retains ok but laces very well.

S/T - Robust chocolate up front. As it warms, more aromas and tastes such as brown sugar, coffee roast, some vanilla, nuttiness... hops kept to a minimum which works well.

M - Medium body, medium carb, very smooth and easy drinking.

O - Excellent example of the style and easy to drink. I'm getting this again.

Serving type: can

11-29-2012 23:46:51 | More by garuda
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

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

A: Pours a clear dark brown in color with some dark amber highlights and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall light beige head that slowly reduces to a couple of small patches of larger bubbles, a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted malts with lighter notes of nuts and just a touch of sweetness.

T: Moderate to strong malty flavors including notes of toasted and caramel malts and just a touch of sweetness. There are lighter notes of nuts and brown sugar.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy.

O: Very easy to drink and enjoyable - happy to have this one to celebrate a milestone. Sessionable. Well balanced.

This is beer review number 1000 for me, thus completing the smithj4 (Jazbo) challenge - 1000 unique beers in one year. Enjoyed this beer with metter98, my wife (Ellie), and my brown dog (Tsuki). Thanks to my wife, Ellie, for supporting me in this challenge which I completed in 9 months and 4 days just before the birth of my frist child (daughter). Also, important that I got to have it in a can since that is my favorite serving type.

Serving type: can

10-20-2012 22:17:50 | More by dbrauneis
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Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,413 ratings.