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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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very good

687 Reviews

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Reviews: 687
Hads: 1,971
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 18.25%
Wants: 73
Gots: 281 | 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: 687 | Hads: 1,971
Photo of TheDinger
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of cans from GBX as a flyer. Had never tried this before and always looking from new Browns. Got home and poured into a snifter. Beautiful mahogany and medium brown with a generous head and good lacing and spotting. Smell was a surprise. Carmel and nuts took over the aroma and it was a nice blend of the two. Perhaps some brown sugar on the end as well. Taste was what really caught my attention. Very smooth blend of malts and hops. Like the carmel mixing with the hops to give a little complexity to this brew. Feel was a little heavy carbonation, but not over the top. More toward the thick end for me. Overall- A very nice surprise. Sessionable brown with tons of flavor and a great blend. Avery got this right and it's growing on me. A very solid Brown that will find it's way into regular rotation-

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Photo of dhd1491
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with little tan head that quickly dissipates. Clear darkish brown with a hint of red. Big taste up front with peat and smoke, caramel malts and a bit of butter. Really big initial flavor that disappears remarkably quickly. Some coppery mineral aftertaste, otherwise very minimal and light. Some oily mouthfeel. Quite easy to drink. Overall, some interesting flavors and easy drinkability make for an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Justin23060
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown w/ red highlights. One finger beige head that stuck only slightly to the glass. Smell is all chocolate with some English hops (I guessed Goldings, but the their website states Bullion, Cascade and Fuggles). Taste is roasty chocolate with a nice amount of sweetness that ends semi dry. Carb is mild giving it a creamy quality. At this time I'd say it's probably my second favorite American Brown. If you enjoy Browns at all you should definitely put this on your must try list.

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Photo of davidt
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper-brown color with a frothy tan head. Head is short lived. The aroma is not strong, but a light, sweet malt. The taste follows suit with a very slightly sweet malt flavor. There’s a light bit of roasted malt with some toffee in the background as well. A slight hop bitterness comes through in the aftertaste. This is an easy drinking beer with no over powering flavors. This is Colorado beer is easy to find in the East, and is one we try to keep on hand.

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Photo of bjoyce12
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Truth in advertising; Ellie's pours a nice shade of brown. Not a lot of carbonation, not a strong aroma, but this is what I expect from a brown. Not an IPA, not a stout, something right in the middle. Goes down smooth, a few hints of malt, no fruits nor sweetness, with a light aftertaste. Again, what to be expected from a brown. A nice solid choice is you're looking for a brown ale.

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Photo of thelagerheads
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The handsome dog on the label aside, this is the middle class man's choco-coffee stout (of which I am the lower dregs). As opposed to say a New Holland's Poet or King's Pontiac Porter this is a smidge watered-down as is their intention according to their label rhetoric. I approve of this but only wish that the taste was more in the body than in the aftertaste. It comes across as a medium Lite Dark as opposed to the black tartar morass that I am and crave more of. A mysterious shadow whom intrigues moreso than a dark figure who leads you away to unknown places.

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Photo of sjohansen
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice simple brown. Lots of clarity, even though it's dark you can see through the beer. I get a one finger head from a hard pour, it disappears quickly leaving behind some bubbles and wisps on the top of the brew. Leaves some thick impressive rings of lacing on the glass.

All I can pick up is milk chocolate in the nose. Smell of hot chocolate before you put the marshmallows in.

Hints of sweet and smooth brown sugar on the front of the tongue. Nice bittering hop characteristic in the finish that usually eludes brown ales. Gives this one some character from beginning to end, but still has that nutty, brown ale characteristic.

With such a contrast between the smooth sweet front and the punchy bittering back, the mouthfeel is creatively inspired.

I'm not a huge fan of the brown ale style, but Ellie's made me go back to the fridge for a few more.

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Photo of MEsoJD
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Poured into a Mason Jar]

I: An Avery Brew that I had my eye on for awhile and finally purchased at Whole Foods. This brew has a pretty good reputation, so lets hope it doesn't disappoint.

B: [5.5 ABV 12 FL. OZ ] I love the label on this beer. With chocolate being an important ingredient, putting a Chocolate Labrador makes sense. With a back story, abv, ingredients, and date, I'm pretty satisfied with the amount of information given.

A: A hardly transparent dark brown body/reddish tint with a semi fluffy/scattered head (medium dissipation), and decent lacing.

S: Brown sugar, chocolate, nutty, and bread malt complimented by vanilla.

T: Pretty much follows the nose. Vanilla is pretty open with the bread malt, chocolate, caramel, subtle hops, and a nutty after taste.

M: Smooth finish, medium body, medium carbonation, and moderate alcohol presence.

O: Very tasty brown ale that gets better as it warms. One of the best brown ales I've come across. I'll buy it again and I would recommend to friends.

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Photo of sublimesipping
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ellie's poured a great brown color, not too dark but certainly a brown ale. The head was off-white and hung on throughout the entire glass. The smell was that of an English brown ale, very malty but well balanced with hop bitterness. The roasted and chocolate undertones were very enjoyable and the aftertaste was reminiscent of a great cup of coffee. Not too overpowering but definitely enjoyable; the medium bodied brown ale went down smooth and was very satisfying.

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Photo of ph2001
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle in pint glass

a reddish amber color, one finger of foamy head that settles into a nice layer. very mild smell with slight carmel notes, also smoke and chocolate.

light body, good carbonation, smooth. sweet flavors, chocolate and carmel. finishes with a breadiness and hoppy flavor. nice maltiness with a little bite.

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Photo of beersheppard
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of dbtoe
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of paulginva
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of TheJudge
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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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

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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.

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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...

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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!)

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 687 ratings.