Ellie's Brown Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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Ellie's Brown AleEllie's Brown Ale

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1,793 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,793
Reviews: 660
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 58
Gots: 162 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of pezoids
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very clear brownish amber color and has a just a tint of orange. A small, but creamy tan head of foam topped this beer off. The aroma has a sweet and buttery nuttiness about it with hints of chocolate and licorice. Very alluring and soft. The taste is mildly roasty and full of all sorts of rich and nutty flavors. Good malt body at its core with semi-sweet chocolates and roasted chestnuts floating around. An easy drinking and fine brown ale that ends with a perfect finish. Very nice.

Photo of tronester
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights. Smells of ripe fruit, and a hint of hay. Taste is light brown bread up front, with a very herbal, leafy bitterness defining the middle and finish. A hint of smoke in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is good, low carbonation. Decent drinkability, I would get this again.

Photo of samie85
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a nice ruddy brown color with a 1.5 finger head.

S-Bready and caramel notes with a hints of nuttiness.

T-Chocolate, roasted and breaqdy malt notes with a dry, butty, bitter finish.

M-Pretty smooth with medium body and prickly carbonation.

D-Really easy drinking, solid brown. A little on the dry side for my tastes but that's just me being a little fussy.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of Winter
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours brown with definte garnet hues. Seems redder than it should be. Creamy off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing along the side of the pint. Pleasant aromas consists of chocolate & caramel malts and roasted nut. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-bodied. Very satisfying flavors of toasted malt, caramel, bittersweet chocolate flow over the palate. Finishes has a lingering nutty dryness to it. It's only detraction seems that the finish seems to flatten out a bit. Something in the initial taste gets lost at the end. Maybe it's the sweetness that fades out or something. Other than that though, Ellie's Brown would make a great session beer.

Photo of Rihup
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Murrhey
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Poured a huge four finger head, tan in color. Large bubbles but the head sticks around for a while. Nice lacing, nice retention. Dark amber color, wonderful clarity. Nice looking brew.

S- Medium bodied, toasty malts. Caramel and chocolate notes. Warm and sweet smell. A bit muted.

T- Roast malts and barley. Dark flavors with a little toasty bitterness at the end. Lovely flavors. Caramel and toffee present.

M- Heavy feeling with a little graininess. Finishes wet.

O- This is a damn good beer. Gonna buy some more for sure.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of scotorum
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled April 10, 2013. Bought back in late June and put away for winter consumption.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a: Clear dark ruby with a huge four inch head which fortunately dissipated quickly to even surface foam and dense lacing so I only had to do a second pour.

s: Dark roasted malt.

t: Dense smoke. Immediately screams "Porter!" Dry finish.

m: Medium. Watery hints but enough body to work as a good porter or decent stout.

o: Rating this was difficult because it was excellent, but...not my idea of either a malty English or hoppy American brown. This ought to be labelled Ellie's Porter or even Ellie's Stout. Have a bottle of their New World Stout which I am now anxious to compare to this.

Photo of Stimack
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this one based on seeing it highly rated on the best of listings. Brew poured to a nice brown color with some red highlights. Good sized light tan head that broke down quite quickly tonight there was a steady film of foam that left some nice lacing. Real nice malt aroma here, solid chocolate aroma comes out, sweet as well, roasted, slightly nutty. Wow, at first I can see why this brew is listed as one of the better Brown Ales, simply fantastic malt flavor. Very similar to what we saw in the aroma, chocolate flavor at first then a caramel like finish. Some nut like flavors seem to poke through. Slight hop presence at the later half that is nice and goes along real well with the malts. The only detractor that I have on this one as I am nearing the end of it the sweetness or chocolate just seem to be turning me a bit. Overall I think this is a good brew, would clearly get this one again but feel that I have some browns that are just as available or more and a bit better.

Photo of geexploitation
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, close to black, that only gives up amber brown highlights when held to direct light. The head is delicate and just off-white, sticks around well. Aromas are principally grainy, very toasty and showing little fruit. On the palate, very bready first off (reminds me of the breadsticks you used to get at faux-high end restaurants), then a bit of English ale sourness before finishing dry. Carbonation is mouth-filling and prickly throughout, and bitterness is substantial for the style, provoking lots of activity on the sides of the tongue. Overall, a very satisfying, very sessionable brown ale. Well done.

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

Avery Ellie's Brown Ale. Purchased at Boo's in Columbus, Ga. Poured into a DFH shaped pint.
appearance: deep reddish brown. Cream colored head.
smell: Strong malty, with some faint floral hops.
taste: As the nose advertised.
medium creamy mouthfeel with some carbonation.
I haven't found a bad Avery. Nice session brew.

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

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top with a label honoring the brewer's late chocolate lab

Appearance: Rich deep chestnut beer with garnet highlights; a dark ivory cap fades fairly quickly to a decently thick film/ring with good persistence

Smell: Very bready; there are definite hints of dark pumpernickel in here, as well as a mild dry nuttiness as well; there are slight hints of chocolate in the background.

Taste: Sweet, nutty malts with just a hint of mild roastiness on the finish...there is also a mild, ever so slightly fruity English-style yeastiness present...this ends nice and bittersweet, balanced between the sweet malty flavors and a dry nutty character

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth

Drinkability: Fairly high; except for the abv this would deft. make a good session beer...it still might...

Conclusion: This is a nice, straightforward brown ale; it's especially nice because it's not overly sweet; this is one of the better Avery offerings I've tried so far!

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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

Ellies brown ale.

A-dark chestnut hue with a fluffy one finger head. Decent staying power which eventually leads to a nice whispy cap

S-nice sweet roasted malt with a touch of earthiness and some grassy hops

T_rich sweetened roasted malt on the initial sip. Finishes dry and grassy. Hints of chocolate and some earth as it warms

M_medium bodied. Medium carbonation

D-This is a very drinkable brown ale. nice rich malty beer with enough of a hop bite to round the whole thing out. Another winner by Avery.

Photo of mscudder
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint.

A - A nice mahogany brown with a thin, one-finger, head. A bit frothy with below average retention and lacing.

S - Some sweet chocolate and malts, seems to be caramel. Warming on the nose.

T - A nice blend here of nutty almonds with semi-sweet chocolate. Caramel malts are in attendance with a touch of hops near the end.

M - Medium body with a medium-plus carbonation.

O - I really do like a quantity of beers from Avery, namely their top shelf IPA's. This is a solid brown that I continue to revisit. Could be a bit more rounded but a good showing overall.

Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,793 ratings.