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

Pours a clear dark brown with a puffy 1 inch light tan head that fades to a thin cap. Thin broken rings of foamy lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and roasted nuts. Taste is of roasted malt, roasted nuts, cocoa powder, and some vanilla flavors. A nice roasty flavor lingers on the tongue after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a bubbly but smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good brown ale with some very nice aromas and flavors. I usually don't like brown ales too much but this one is great.

Serving type: can

10-12-2011 00:06:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
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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
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So here I have another one of the lesser regular lineup Avery brews that I had not had the pleasure of trying yet. I was thrilled to pick up an entire mixed case when I was up in Knoxville of a lot of the brew I cannot get down here. This being one of them. This poured a great caramel color brown with just enough light getting through to give it a sort of off reddish tint. The smallish tan head quickly faded and left behind only traces of itself. The aroma itself was lightly smoked almost, full of roasted malts and a touch of caramel. The flavor was light bodied but nicely roasted with a touch of a bittering finish and a flavor full of earthy grain like tones. A nice subtle bread like base was quaintly masked underneath. Overall this was a decent brown ale. It was nothing spectacular, but I do not think it was designed to be, but rather it was a very nice interpretation of the style. I could see myself drinking this on a session basis as it was very nice and very full of flavor without being too heavy or filling. A quality sessionable brown ale is what it should be and it definitely succeeds at that.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 00:43:24 | More by mikesgroove
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3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Blue Palms

A: The pour is a dark brown color, as you might expect with, with some reddish highlights and a small off-white head.

S: Quite nutty on the nose with subtle roast and chocolate notes. Sweet toffee and caramel notes as well.

T: The sweetness of the toffee and caramel aren't quite there on the palate. A more noticeable presence from the roast and coffee flavors which, along with some nut shells, provide a fair amount bitterness to the beer.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: A nice nose to this beer, but the flavor was not quite as good and well rounded. A little too much bitterness for an English brown, too.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2010 01:17:49 | More by womencantsail
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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
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Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep clear brown color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of nuts, toffee with some light molasses. Taste is also dominated by some nuts, light toffee with some huge caramel and molasses malt notes. I didn't discern a large hops presence which surprises me considering this is a brewery known for their extensive use of hops. Nicely done for the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 20:43:07 | More by Phyl21ca
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3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not terribly impressed with this beer. I was looking for a full, rich, and moderately textured beer. But Ellie's shows up a little weak, leaving behind a big grain flavor that I found distracting. Initially, the aromas and flavors are promising; beginning with a solid, but medium malt, nutty, and lightly chocolatey character. Charred grains quicly shows up with a lighly burnt, astringency that was unexpected. From there the beer looses its flavor intensity and reveals a grain flavor and texture. Close to becomming something special, but not there yet.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2006 23:29:54 | More by BEERchitect
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3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate brown color with an off white head and a bit of lacing. Nose is caramel, hints of roasted malt, and a bitt of toffee. Some dry hops. Taste brings a bit of earthy, dry hop bitterness along with a good dose of caramel and toffee with some slightly roasted malt. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Drinks pretty well, but they don't do it like the folks across the pond.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2010 01:03:21 | More by Thorpe429
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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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3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-brown body with one sturdy inch of off-white foam.

Smell: Predominately, it's a nutty aroma with scents of powdered brownie mix and dark caramel.

Taste: Maltiness tasting of nuts and dark caramel with a restrained sweetness. Earthy hops with a mellow, though cleansing bitterness. Some chocolate comes online midway. Smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad! You done good, Ellie. Who's a good doggy? Who's a good doggy?!?

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 19:25:16 | More by ChainGangGuy
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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
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3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Review #2200. Been revisiting a few of my early-career brews, and I've looked forward to this one, remembering it as one of the better browns of those days. Let's see if it still holds such a rank: It pours a clear ruby-sienna topped by a finger of wan ecru foam. The nose is a blast of caramel, with maybe tiny corpuscles of mild cocoa and lightly toasted biscuit floating in the deep background. The taste brings in more of the same, though some roast does indeed make it through at times, even if only at Tebow-level consistency. There's some light buttered-biscuit and dark greens notes in there as well, but they also constitute tiny minorities. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, a very nice brown, nothing overtly special, but something eminently drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 18:39:04 | More by TMoney2591
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3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ellie's Brown Ale pours a clear, dark mahogany body beneath a frothy tan head that holds well and leaves some nice lace about the glass. The nose expresses roasty bittersweet chocolate and some grassy & floral hops.

In the mouth it gently tingles the tongue with a standard carbonation and light-medium body.

The flavor delivers some yeasty fruitiness and chocolate upfront; warms to become more caramelish; and then delivers a roasty punch. Hops appear at the swallow, and it finishes dry with a lingering bitterness and some dark malt acidity.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2005 22:42:11 | More by NeroFiddled
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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
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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
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Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 11/18/07 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a short light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark roasted malts, caramel, chocolate & nuts.

T: The taste is very malty, but not too sweet with flavors of chocolate, nuts, caramel and a touch of maple. The hops presence is very mild. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, worth drinking for a while, but it wouldn’t be my first choice.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2007 14:55:07 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours the requisite brown shade, but almost ruby orange when it catches the light. Retention is good and some foam remains unbroken for the duration of the glass. Random bits of spotty lace dots the rim.

Aroma is simultaneous coffee, chocolate, and malty nuttiness. Fairly strong and pleasant, providing a nice introduction to the similar flavors. Full body, warm and nutty with mild roast evoking chocolate and mild coffee again. Just rich enough and flavorful. A nice session brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 04:38:59 | More by emerge077
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4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent auburn/brown with 3+ fingers of tan head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Toasty malt by the truck load, some metallic notes as well

T: Toasty malt, a touch brown sugar & nuttyness, a touch of woody & herbal hoppyness up front. Nuttyness, some hazelnut, faint vanilla & dryness as this warms. Finishes nutty, sweet & dry with much toastyness

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation, becomes richer as this warms

Still easily one of the best American Browns out there, bar none. So thrilled to have this as a canned beer option

Serving type: can

08-28-2011 20:43:03 | More by russpowell
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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
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear, dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of roasted malt and chocolate. It is not overpowering, but it is a very nice aroma and exactly what I expect in this style of beer. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of milk chocolate with a little toasted malt and caramel malt. There is a little bit of pecan or hazelnut flavor and quite a bit of brown sugar and sweet malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very easy to drink, very nice brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 03:18:31 | More by Mora2000
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3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a burgandy/brown color with a foamy, tan, one-finger head. Left a little bit of lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt and nuts.

T - It had a sweet malty flavor with some hazelnut and caramel. An oaky taste, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - Another great brew from Avery. Nice sweet Brown Ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2007 18:44:21 | More by zeff80
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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
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3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured out as a clear looking brown color with a light tan head on top. The lacing was minimal and the retention didn't really do too much either. The smell of the beer has a light roasted nut aroma with some sweet malts in there as well. The flavors of the beer was roasted, some light flavors of some coffee and nuts. The mouthfeel was a little watery and dry. Overall this brew wasn't terrible but I just wasn't too thrilled about it.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 23:25:08 | More by Knapp85
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown with mahogony hues. A thick, off-white head slowly descends, leaving some traces of lacing.

The smell is of roasted sweet grains and caramel. Nutty. Hints of coffee.

The sweet, roasted grains are supported by a mildly nutty background. Subtle berry-like fruitiness mixed in underneath. Caramel and toffee sweetness balanced by earthy hops. It remains overall sweet in character. As it warms, it takes on more coffee and chocolate-like qualities. Finishes with a long balanced sweetness.

It's pretty creamy. Grainy texture with a medium to full body.

If you're looking for a sweet brown ale with depth and character, this is a great pick. The "English" character really comes out, too. A good brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2007 19:50:08 | More by jwc215
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4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first thing that hit my brain as I was pouring this was: "Man. That is a good looking beer." Pours a clear dark brown. Great light tan head that sticks around for a little bit. If this tastes as good as it looks...

Nose is a bit leafy and it's strong enough to be noticed, but not so overpowering that it kicks your nose. Flavor is hearty with a kick of tanginess. Robust, but not brutal. Firm but mature tones of malts slide over my tongue. If only that slight zing weren't there, it would be all the better. Feel is nice. Good level of carbonation and a slightly thicker liquid feel. Overall a very good one here. Well made and worth trying. The only detracting feature is that tangy aspect that hits you.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 17:37:16 | More by RblWthACoz
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Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,416 ratings.