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

1,910 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,910
Reviews: 685
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 66
Gots: 230 | 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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Ratings: 1,910 | Reviews: 685
Photo of sublimesipping
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this beer was but a B- experience for me. Now it seemed to be a fair representation of its style, which is not a style that I am overly fond of, but I found the beer lacking in both mouthfeel and taste. the beer seemed thin with not much foam or glass lacing. taste of burned malt very strong and I felt also a bit overhwhelming and not subtle enough for my taste. Would be a fine session beer, but again this style is generally not to my preference. thought that color and clarity were both quite good.

Photo of beersheppard
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown, with ruby twinges. Nice white lingering head with decent lacing.

Smell: sweet malts, nutty, brown bread.

Taste: sweet malts, nutty, perhaps pecans, caramel, and brown bread. Sweet tasting, not overwhelming with the malts i.e. Dogfish (Not that that is a bad thing. I really love that beer.) but, Ellie's is not a wimpy listless brown, full flavored.

Mouthfeel: decent carbonation, substantial.

Drinkability: A very, very good brown ale. Great flavor and very drinkable. A well crafted a tastey brew.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint

As you can see from my score, everything look, smell, taste, feel, and drinkability is good for this beer. Pretty basic brown that leans towards the roasted side. I liked it and would get it again. A solid choice.
Look a nice brown with a creamy head.
Smell roasted malt and a little sweet.
Taste mainly a roasted taste with a little sweet and finished with some bitterness.
Feel good carbonation with a clean finish.
Drink an easy drinker.

Photo of paulginva
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Pouring from a tap into a pint glass produced a 1/2" fizzy off-white head that dissipated quickly leaving a decent amount of lacing behind. Looking at the body in the light revealed a soft carbonation in this clear dark brown brew with redish highlights. Appearance wasn't bad but wasn't distinguished in any way either.

AROMA: The aroma seemed smooth, with a moderate hit of toasty malt, a caramel overlay and just a hint of candi-derived sweetness. The smell of hops, in the form of light scent of citrus was also present.

TASTE: Taste pretty much followed aroma -- a mild-mannered, slightly sweet toasted malt with chocolate and caramel and a modest citrusy grapefruit taste with a hint of pine. Overall an easy-drinking taste without much to distinguish it.

MOUTHFEEL: The body is mild and easily drinkable. Moderate carbonation accompanies a slick feel to tickle the tongue slightly. The initial flavor was very slightly sweet with a short feel of bitterness that shifted in a modest amount of time to a lightly sweet, lightly dry bitterness. Tongue hit was mainly to the middle and back. Body lacing as I drank this was modest and dissipated quickly.

DRINKABILITY: This beer would make a good session beer for watching a football game or for a long-lasting game of cards, but otherwise is not particularly distinguished in any way. It's easy to drink repeatedly over the course of a night and has decent value. All in all, I'd buy, and drink, it again.

Photo of chefjohn15
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very good brown ale

Photo of TheJudge
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep red pour from the tap, with a full inch tan head that laced decently, if not great. The smell is nothing to note. It smells like beer. Slightly malty, no hop aroma. The malts dominate the taste. Chocolate comes to the front, and stays the entire way through. Smooth, but with the acidness that you expect from a brown ale. The chocolate coats the tongue, and you relly taste this at the back of you mouth, taking away from the beer.

Photo of pheggeseth
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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

Photo of hammer09
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of klkatz
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
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...

Photo of stangski83
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
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!)

Photo of slusk
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark garnet with a short lived tan head. clear.

S: Malty with some raisin, spicy hop filters in. some wheat like character or slightly fruity like a Belgian. The hop doesn't have a noble hop aroma, something domestic.

T: Bright, Malty caramel and toffee. A bit of dark bread crust moderate to low hop bitterness with low spicy hop flavor. A slightly sweet, creamy finish.

M: Medium body, a little slick and oily on the palate. low carbonation, not biting, low acidity.

O: This is a nice beer. It has a bit brighter malt flavor than the typical brown ale, the hops are not overpowering, more like an English brown. The hops seem to be of a domestic variety which adds to it's complexity and uniqueness. I'll have another!

Photo of samturner
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you love traditional British brown ales, you must try this excellent brew. It is tops! Someday, I will visit the brewery.

Photo of MrBoz21
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of niknar
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

Photo of Dan114
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of jsolack
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Light brown and clear.

Smell:
Excellent chocolaty/nutty smell.light coffee overtones.

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

Mouthfeel:
Smooth and pleasent on the tounge

Drinkablitly:
Excellent overall flavor and smooth taste make for great tast.

Photo of claybeer
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of TheSeeker61
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of Bizz88
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

Photo of MickeyBeer
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of MarineHokie
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of peck95
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
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

Photo of UnkleFester
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of cyrock1
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of nota
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,910 ratings.