Ellie's Brown Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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Ellie's Brown AleEllie's Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,797 Ratings
THE BROS
92
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Ratings: 1,797
Reviews: 660
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 58
Gots: 163 | FT: 0
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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark mahogony brown with a tan head that fades pretty quickly;

nose is light sweet coffee and sweet medium roasted malts with carmel undertones. Some hints of plums. Pleasant albeit simple.

Mouthfeel is lightly creamy but rich feeling. Feels "well made" and inviting.

Flavors are pretty simple but very appealing light coffee, chocolate and roasted grains with a light/medium bitter end palate and finish. Simple but appealing and drinkable.

Photo of metter98
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of brentk56
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

Photo of BEERchitect
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: thin head on a deep clear amber body. decent lacing.

S: alot of toffee and chocolate. some caramel malts as well.

T: not only does this one capture the chocolate flavor well, the texture of chocolate can be noted. toffee, light earthy hops with a sour note. nutty notes intermixed.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: the complexity is nice for the style and its not too bland.

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!

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
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.

Photo of womencantsail
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.

Photo of Knapp85
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
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?!?

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Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
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