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Ellie's Brown Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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Ellie's Brown AleEllie's Brown Ale

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671 Reviews

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Reviews: 671
Hads: 1,931
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 70
Gots: 255 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002

IBU's: 17
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Reviews: 671 | Hads: 1,931
Photo of pheggeseth
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear dark amber brown, small off white head with no retention, reduces to a small layer

S: slight roasted malt, not much else

T: nice roasted malt character in the aftertaste

M: smooth, good carbonation, nice tapering aftertaste

D: as it says on the bottle, mild mannered, but still enjoyable and very sessionable (321 characters)

Photo of hammer09
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, reddish-brown with a thick, tan, foamy head. Lacing is also thick, clumping to the side of the glass. Carbonation appears vigorous and head settles very slowly. Smell is fairly bland without much character. Aroma is of mild malt with a soapy smell that I typically associate with a pils. Taste is good and malty with a faint hint of bitterness; typical for the style. Mouthfeel is warming with a bite owing to the carbonation. However, this effect flattens out after a few minutes and the beer becomes more mellow. Very easy to drink with a flavor that improves as the beer is consumed. I thought this was an average brew at first, but it actually grew on me. (666 characters)

Photo of klkatz
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is quite cool.... like a cherry coke... reddish black. I gave it a 5...

Smell was good... organic/authentic... malty... slightly nutty...

taste was nutty... perhaps i'm not a fan of the style, but I give it an average...

MF was okay...
overall I'd give it a 3.5... (283 characters)

Photo of stangski83
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of English Browns, and I must say, this is a very very fair representation of the style. The smell doesn't draw me in quite as much as say, a Sam Smith's brown, but the taste is spot on and definitely delicious. I have to agree with the Bros- I'm not sure what's up with browns and dog references on the label...it's a bit tiresome at this point. But, I will definitely forgive this "lab-tested" brew since it is very tasty. Very easy drinking and definitely a solid brown ale. Will be having this one again without a doubt, although it is not widely available in Chicagoland. Received this as part of a mixed 12 pack from World Market if I'm not mistaken. On another note, this would be a good stepping stone for a novice beer lover. Newcastle or the like for starters, then something like this, and then on to some serious brown ales! Hey Avery, how about a bourbon barrel variation? (which could exist and I'm ignorant to its existence!) (955 characters)

Photo of MrBoz21
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour clear copper brown. 80% opaque in center with garnet/brown hue. Thick bubbly tan head, settled to crema. Nice carbonation.

Caramel, biscuit and light roasted nut. Tropical fruit esters and vanilla. Slight earthy hop.

Taste: Fruity, nutty roast up front, caramel in the middle and a bit of roast/hop astringency on back of togue. Creamy roast lingers.

Mouth: Relatively dry, moderately thin. Still has a creamyness to it though.

Overall: Very nice and gently nuanced with flavors that meld together well. Easy to drink. (528 characters)

Photo of niknar
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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! (684 characters)

Photo of Dan114
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- dark brown with Carmel edges. Two finger head which dies down but retains a little. Slight lacing
S- subdued roasted barley, toast, a little fresh black coffee, light hops. Rather inviting.
T- Roast barley, sweet malt, light caramel, herbal hops creep in, which is slightly off putting. Long bready finish.
M-Full bodied and not too effervescent. Really really nice.
O- Solid American brown ale. Not cloying. Very pleasant on a chilly evening. (448 characters)

Photo of jsolack
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (323 characters)

Photo of claybeer
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Avery Ellis Brown Ale is a dark wet leathery brown. It has some redness to it and not much of a head. It was one finger thick and disappeared instantly. The nose is rich with malts and burnt peanuts. The malts carry over to the taste. I pick up a lot of sweet malt and some brown sugar. The finish is subtle but lingering. Some smoke sticks in the back of the throat. Definitely a food beer that would complement anything off the grill. The first thing I think of are some shish kabobs with pork, venison or beef smothered in molasses and sweet bar-b-q sauce with cherry tomatoes, green peppers onions, and maybe some seedless jalapenos. (637 characters)

Photo of TheSeeker61
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a muddy brown one finger head that dissipates to a ring. The nose is of dark fruit and a sort of sour with dark chocolate. The taste is dark fruit bitter chocolalte. The mouthfeel is creamy light. Drinkability is good. This is a good one to enjoy ona regular basis. (281 characters)

Photo of Bizz88
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown with a feathery two fingered tan head with a fair amount of lacing the entire glass. Aromas of roasted malts, carmel, and chocolate. Complex on the palate with coffee semi-sweet chocolate and molasses tones. A smooth medium bodied ale with nice carbonation. Two thumbs up! (292 characters)

Photo of MickeyBeer
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a deep brown, almost black color with about half a finger of light tan head that dissipates quickly. When held up to light it reminds of root beer. No real lacing to speak of.

S- Some malty aromas along with a little bit of a roasted smell. Not a lot going on here.

T- Nice roasted taste that has a little bit of sweetness along with a little bit of hop balance. Also catching some nutty tastes. Leaves a slightly burnt aftertaste.

M- Pretty light mouthfeel with a nice crisp carbonation. Very easy drinking. Could have several of these without exhausting your taste buds no problem.

O- Tasty brew that I could drink for hours. Didn't blow me away with flavors or complexity, but still a solid beer. (751 characters)

Photo of MarineHokie
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: 12oz bottle.

A: Deep brown with thick tan head. Light lacing.

S: Earthy & malty.

T: Roasted malt, coffee, and carmel notes. Combo of hops and roast malt makes for smooth finish with a dry bitterness. Not cloying.

D: Smooth mouthfeel, light to medium body. Way more interesting than Newcastle without being a hopmonster. (335 characters)

Photo of peck95
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a dark mahogany brown with a small but decent sized head a very appetizing appearance
a good chocolate/nutty smell
a strong caramel chocolate taste mixed with hops. the individual taste are there but they don't blend together completely.
the body of this beer is good but the hops fighting with the sweet taste causes a tingling aftertaste
this beer is a pretty good beer overall it just barely misses the mark of being great would probably recommend a few other brown ales over this one (494 characters)

Photo of UnkleFester
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark brown color with about a fingers worth of off white head, doesn't have much retention but leaves behind a nice lacing.

S: Malts, toffee and a subtle hint of hops, didn't detect anything else.

T: starts out with caramel upfront followed by chocolate and toffee finishes out with a nice touch of hops.

M: A light to medium body with a light amount of carbonation.

O: While it might not do anything amazing it is still quite a well brewed example of a brown ale. (518 characters)

Photo of cyrock1
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown to Ruby Brown with a good 1 inch head with caramel hints in it.

Smell: Roasted Malt and Toffee with cappucino notes.

Taste: Bitter sweet chocolate on the tongue with somelight coffee and chocolate flavors.

Mouthfeel: Some what creamy with a light carbonation that cleans the coffee flvors but leaves the chocolate flavors.

Drinkability: Very good beer, it seems like it is almost a chocolate stout masquerading as a brown ale. Could probably have this multiple times in one night. (502 characters)

Photo of nota
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the pour rises a creamy 2 1/2 inch tan head. Beer is dark brown in color. A strong smell of toasted malt. Taste is walnuts, chocolate, coffee. It has a bitter finish which leaves a earthy nutty aftertaste in your mouth. This beer has everything I like in a brown ale. (272 characters)

Photo of BittRnessabounds
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (530 characters)

Photo of moocey
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

There's a crisp, nutty, slightly chocolatey taste up front followed by a smooth, understated hoppy finish. This brown ale has plenty of bite to keep it interesting, but not so much that it strays from the style.

Appearance - brown, like a brown ale - nothing special.

Smell - Nutty, toasted, malty

Drinkability - Very drinkable. (337 characters)

Photo of loubar
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Nose of caramel and yeast. Taste of mild chocolate, caramel and brown sugar with a little nutty finish. The hops provide a low-key bitterness to nicely offset the sugary sweetness. Smooth with good carbonation and balance. Not earth shattering but tasty and drinkable. An exemplary brown ale. (307 characters)

Photo of rel
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a cute puppy!

So this puppy pours dark brown, little clarity, glowing amber on the edges of the glass. Minimal tan head, but awesome lacing.

On the nose: I get a heaves of coffee and roasted malts. Some smokiness, dark fruits, and floral hops.

On the tongue: The first sip is intensely smoky. The second sip is delicious. Coffee malts, roasted nuts... the smokiness goes away and the beer becomes delectable. I even get some chipotle notes. Great brown puppy!

This has a medium body, lingering sweet & spicy.

Roof! (524 characters)

Photo of TheBigE5
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice Red/Brown color. Had a thick head when i poured it into a snifter. Malty smell. Has a malty taste with hints of chocolate coffee and caramel. Good mouthfeel and finishes with a bit of sweetness and a nip on your tongue. Very interesting beer in that the taste evolves from start to finish. (294 characters)

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

A: Nice dark tan foamy creamy 2 finger head that lasted almost the duration of the pour. The brew was a dark brown with a little red color; translucent and some nice lacing with the head.

S: Heavy roast malt, some coffee and chocolate with a some nuttiness

T: Somewhat dry and surprisingly hoppy up front with a toasted malt character that builds throughout the drink. The middle is kind of sweet and towards the end, there is a nice toasted malt and chocolate.

M: Nice mouth feel for the styole; perhaps a little on the light side. Carbonation is medium - appropriate for style.

O: This is a very nice example of the style that has a bouns of some hop aroma and flavor - very nice. I would buy this agin. (709 characters)

Photo of dolemite77
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a thin, lacing head. The aroma has some good notes, but it has an unpleasant funkiness to it. The flavor is good for a brown ale. Not too sweet, with enough earthy hops to keep it interesting. Avery usually has a good interpretation of styles, and I can see where they went with this one. I look forward to having a few more of these to see if the "funk" can be overlooked. (395 characters)

Photo of MufflnMan
2.73/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown color with a nice thick, tan head. Promises lots of malt and delivers... too much. This beer was cloyingly sweet for me. Needed a bit more balance for a brown ale. Not too much body to it, pretty thin for an ale as well. Malt is not overpowering at all, but somehow the sugar is. I'm sure there are some nuts in there as well, but all I tasted is sweet. (364 characters)

Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 671 ratings.