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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

1,674 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,674
Reviews: 651
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 49
Gots: 122 | 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%

shuajw, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

as good a brown as ive had anywhere. pours a translucent dark copper color with a gorgeous head lacing the glass every sip. smells malty and robust, but not that english newcastle type of way. its a more textured laid back malt profile, with notes of vanilla and molasses in the finish. body is just a bit thin for me here, my only critique of an excellent beer. carbonation is perfect and the finish is great, slow and a little smokey even. resonant and memorable, this is a well made beer, perfect with a grilled duck breast and cabbage

StonedTrippin, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of gmagness
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep, dark brown color. Good carbonation builds a light tan one-finger head that retains to the bottom of the glass. Full lacing.

S: Nice malty, earthy aroma

T: Full malt body with hints of wood and spice. Mildly bitter but firm hop finish that provides a pleasant balance to the malt. Very flavorful for a brown ale. Some lingering aftertaste can be a distraction.

M: Ample carbonation and nice body

O: I tend to like a hop finish that few brown ales provide. Ellie's Brown delivers a flavorful experience with drinkability that makes you go back for more. Avery likes to push the hop envelope. I find hoppy brews best enjoyed from the tap.

gmagness, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of FickleBeast
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a goblet.

Pours a nice deep brown color, nearly opaque, with a half finger of foam that coats the glass nicely. Aroma is earthy, woody, chocolate, with minimal roasty burnt aromas. Also a kiss of spicy American hops.

First sip is malty and quite satisfying. Nice deep caramel and chocolate flavors with lingering sweetness. A healthy dose of bitterness rounds things out. Finishes clean, without any lingering flavors.

This is a very nice beer. A nice malty alternative to typical canned swill.

FickleBeast, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of Pintofbrown
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance- The brown ale has a coffee-black body with ruby highlights and two fingers of beige head. It is soapy and has a great deal of lacing. The retention is great as well.

Smell- Bread malts and sweet maple syrup are really present. There is a small amount of vanilla and some roasted malt. Finally, a bit of floral, bittering hops comes through.

Taste- That really big roasted malt is the first to leave an impression on the tongue. The middle of the drink starts to sweeten up with some brown sugar and bread malt.

I know how this will sound, but this part of the drink could have some more kick to it. Because the finish comes way to fast and abandons the sweet qualities for more roasted malt and some earthy hops.

Mouth feel- The feel is a little light, better examples have been a bit creamier and more medium bodied. It finishes a little dry from the roasted malt, but it's not bad.

Overall- Avery's brown ale started out fast with the great look and wonderful complexity of the nose. And really, most of it transfers to the palate. It is just slightly unbalanced and doesn't do much with the bread malt and sweet notes.

The mouth feel is also a little bit of a let down, but it is still decent enough as is. That's what this beer is: decent enough as is. It's a little frustrating that Avery looks like they about did something really special.

Pintofbrown, Nov 04, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Commonwealth Lounge in a 14 ounce shaker, on to the beer:

Dark ruby brown colored with lots of head and several rings of lacings that stick to the glass. In the aroma, there is a lot of nuttiness that hits. There's also a dry toffee note and hazelnut. Its taste starts off with a sublte ester note and no shortage of dry nuttiness, which is present all around. Hoppiness is low. Walnut lingers on the in the aftertaste. In general, it leaves a dry nuttiness in the aftertaste, a touch drier that I prefer, though it is still workable.

Avery rarely dissapoints, and this is one more tasty style to come from them. Give this is a Newcastle drinker, it should chnage the way they look at the style.

DoubleJ, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of MsRif
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at their brewpub. Poured a dark brown, yet translucent color. Nice head with good retention and a fair amount of lacing. Had an aroma of caramel and chocolate with some nuttiness to it. Sort of like a caramel chocolate bar with nuts in it, I suppose. There is a tad but of roasty aroma, but it is subtle. Tasted nutty/earthy with an undertone of caramel and subtle chocolate. Very smooth. Would have been better off being a tad creamier, but it was still very good and very drinkable.

Overall, an enjoyable brew...I would drink it again.

MsRif, Oct 27, 2011
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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.

Knapp85, Oct 27, 2011
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3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Clear light brown color with deep amber at the periphery. Two fingers of off-white dense froth. Retention is good and and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: This is easily one of the most chocolatety brown ales I've come across. Tons of milk chocolate with nuttiness not too far behind. Hops are of the citrusy and flowery realm. Toastiness for round everything out.

3.5 T: The taste isn't as robust as the nose might have suggested. Most of the chocolate has vanished with the nuttiness and toastiness also reduced. The hops give a mild bitterness and an earthy and citrusy flavor. Still tasty, just not as much as I thought it would be.

3.0 M: And here is the reason that the taste isn't as bold as the nose suggested. This beer falls on the lighter end of a medium body, possibly even lighter than that. Good moderate carbonation. Could definitely use some more creaminess.

3.0 D: This would be a pretty good beer if the mash temp was a good bit higher. The mouthfeel is weak and brings down the whole experience to "average."

DavoleBomb, Oct 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Peace Tree pint.

A: Pours a translucent, dark copper brown with one finger of pale tan head. Good retention and lace.

S: Nice blend of roasted an chocolate aromas, also a little floral stuff underneath.

T: Warm roasted flavors with chocolate as well, roasted quality intensifies on the finish, a bit of smoke as well. Almost a BBQ sort of quality. After a few sips, some of the floral (rose) quality comes in. Delicious.

M: Not too heavy, velvety carbonation.

O: Nice beer, good complexity and a solid example of the style. Worth seeking out.

AmericanGothic, Oct 16, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a reddish tint and a steady two-inch head--the head looks like bread rising; this is a thick looking brown and the lacing is nice

S: A subtle roasty malt backbone with mild grainy, musty grains and a touch of citrus hops; fairly subdued but pleasant

T: Typical brown ale thinness up front but a great roasty chocolate malt base hits the back of the mouth; this is simple but really the solid roasty brown

F: Light to medium body and though a bit thin it has enough body to make it work--just enough to chew on a bit

O: A decent little brown; refreshing with some great roasted malts; it's simple but still quite solid

dbossman, Oct 14, 2011
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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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 12, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours a dark brown color with a very thin, creamy head to it.

Has a malty, roasted, caramel smell to it with a hint of chocolate in the background. The malty flavors continue into the flavors with the caramel and roasted malts and some nice sweetness to it. Medium bodied with some good carbonation.

A very nice drinking brown ale, very smooth and flavorful. Well worth getting if you like brown ales.

PCampbell, Oct 05, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass:

A - Pours a rich brown/chocolate color with a full, creamy, 2 finger, tan head. Retention is fair and it leaves nice lacing as it recedes.

S - Nutty roasted malts notes on the front. Hints of sweetness and floral notes. Very intriguing.

T - Roasted/toasted malts and cream, finished by tart fruit. A bit of sugary sweetness that somehow works perfectly.

M - Incredibly smooth. A bit dry on the finish. Compliments the flavors nicely.

D - Extremely well built and drinkable. You'd be hard pressed to find many widely available examples better than this one.

blakelive784, Oct 03, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can to a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Color: Deep brown with a reddish hue when the light tries to shine thru. Tan head.

Smell: Nice malt tones with some sweetness from the chocolate.

Taste: Almost exact to the smell. Great malt taste with a great chocolate taste too.

Mouthfeel: Light coarse and a medium dryness.

Overall: A little but it taste good. I like this ale all around. Plus I love dogs and like the story behind it's name. Cheers!

Heatwave33, Sep 30, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Justin23060, Sep 24, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: It pours dark brown with a finger of clingy tan head.

S: Roasted nuts, caramel, and toffee.

T: Brown sugar, caramel, burnt toast, light hoppiness, and oily hazelnut flavor.

M: Medium body with average carbonation.

O: Average in many ways, more brown sugar than normal.

bucklemyshoe, Sep 22, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A hearty brown, with tons of white head and nice lace retention all over the glass.

S - Sweet and malty, caramel, chocolate. Alot of goodness

T - A well balanced brown, not as sweet as I expected. Mild chocolate notes, with hints of vanilla and nuts like the bottle states.

M - Medium bodied.

O - Wow, a great brown ale! One of the best that I have had. I will be drinking this much more frequent in the future.

BeerDawgs, Sep 16, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass from can

A: looks look a creamy coca cola. Same dark brown with tan head, just this one is a thick frothy 3 finger head that sticks around.

S: very subdued, toasty chocolate, cola, wet cedar.

T: chocolate, nutty, sweet malt, lingering floral hop and coffee.

M: medium body, good amount of carbonation, super drinkable.

O: very tasty, very dark brown ale. This is so easy to drink its almost like you're not drinking a beer. Wish I could get a 12 pack of this.

ReelBigwigFish, Sep 11, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is dark, golden brown, like coca-cola.

The smell is a slightly sour caramel, with hints of cola and wood.

The taste has a nice, up-front sweetness, with some amber in the aftertaste. Nuttiness all the way through. They advertise a chocolate taste, and it’s there, but like a ghost: as soon as you try to notice it it’s gone, and you’re instead tasting refreshing nuttiness. There’s some campfire smoke too.

Ellie's has a really good amount of carbonation, enough to spark the tip of the tongue. Crisp and refreshing, not as much bite as a party beer like bud light or a soda, but along the same vein.

Overall, this is really great. It is a straight-forward American brown ale that is as easy to drink as a good American ale should be. I could drink 6-7 of these at a sitting. Correction: I would like to drink 6-7 of these at a sitting.

dorianmarley, Sep 10, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a rocks glass at Mellow Mushroom. From notes. Reviewed 2 July 2011.

A: Winedark red-brown. Translucent (just barely transparent). Finger of head fades fast. Good lace!

S: Muted. Milk chocolate and distant coffee.

T: Very sweet -- a bit of cream and dash of malty, brown ale sweetness. The aftertaste is vaguely bitter/dry. Still, good.

M: Creamy and nice. Dry on the end. I certainly like it.

O: Great brown ale. Smooth and recommended. Good value, would drink again.

AgentMunky, Sep 08, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4.0
Pours a centimetre of beige head which quickly receded to a thin layer over a clear, dark brown body which when held to direct light is revealed to be red with plenty of fine suspended sediment. Good lacing.

Smell - 4.0
Toast and caramel aromas lead the way, but in no way sweet. A hint of roastiness and just a hint of herbal hop aroma.

Taste - 4.5
Wonderfully rich malt base remind of the best Munich Dunkel Lagers. Malt loaf, toasted wholemeal bread, burnt caramel and roasted nuts and a little roastiness fill the front of the palate, leading on to moderate hop bitterness, some herbal hop flavour and a dry, moreish finish. Wonderful!

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Medium to full bodied, moderately carbonated, quite smooth.

Overall - 4.5
I've never been the biggest fan of American Browns, having generally found that the hops overwhelm the malt. Not here, in fact I would suggest that Ellie's Brown Ale is closer to the Northern English Style. All the better for it in my opinion - a truly lovely beer.

LittleCreature, Sep 07, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this in a variety case that I bought from Bryn Mawr Beverage in Rosemont, PA. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a deep brown color. The head is a light tan color, four fingers tall, small sized bubbles, wonderful retention, abundant spiderweb lacing.
Smell: The aromas are roasted malt, toffee, and nutty.
Taste: The flavors are toffee, earthy, and noticeable pine resin.
Mouthfeel: The body of this beer is medium, with a clean finish.
Drinkability: This beer is very drinkable.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Sep 06, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn, the is my second wonderfull brew this night! I got this can somewhere in may when i met the awesome B0rderman, Stefan. I picked him up in Antwerps at the trainstation and together with Claark13 and his wife Amber we had a wonderfull day at the abbey of Westvleteren and the Struise brouwers. As a thank you Stefan gave me this can of beer.

Tonight was the perfect night to open this one.

Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks impressive. Darkbrown ale with a five finger head. Nive lacing in the glass when the head disappears.

Taste is very subtile and round. This is one of the best American brown ales a have ever had. Impressed!!

Very nice a smooth slightly burned malty smell.

Brabander, Sep 01, 2011
Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,674 ratings.