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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

1,630 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,630
Reviews: 645
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 48
Gots: 109 | 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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Photo of Brunite


4.22/5  rDev +8.2%

Appearance: Pours dark brown with mahogany edges. A pitting tan head that leaves a cap. Sporadic lacing throughout.

Smell: Sweet malt...chocolate....roasty notes.

Taste: Quite nice. A brown ale with more than just malt. There are notes of chocolate, brown sugar, and maybe a hint of molasses. A nice lingering malty, chocolate, sweetness. The hops are only noticed as a balance to keep the flavors in check.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. A nice brew. More of a sipper than most browns due to the complexity.

Overall: I like it. This is a great beer. In my top 2 American Browns. Will flip between this and Smutty's dog!

04-19-2011 00:58:24 | More by Brunite
Photo of IronLover


4.45/5  rDev +14.1%

Sampled from a can with no freshness date. Deep mahogany in color with excellent clarity. Started with a fluffy, light beige head that reduced to a wispy cap and a few wet lacings on the glass. Sweet molasses and nutty aromas are prominent, with hints of dark roasted malt and floral hops. Medium bodied with pleasnant carbonation and a smooth feel. Sweet caramel malt and nutty flavors in the beginning with nice floral hoppy flavors through the middle and a clean finish. PLeaant floral hoppy character seems to creep back in after the finish. Not your tyical brown ale. Lots of flavor and aroma complexity.

04-11-2011 20:21:35 | More by IronLover
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3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

Tall dark and handsome in a glass. This beer is deeply brown but reveals a garnet red when held up to the light. The head is thick and creamy like a cappuccino and has the same tan coloring. A great start.

Nose is sweet and malty with nothing but grains coming through. Roasted in various stages you get a little coffee mixed in with the caramelized sugars.

Taste is almost identical to the nose in a great way. All those tasty toasty malts work around your mouth. Nice bits of coffee and sweet caramel mixed with toasted cereal. Well done.

Mouthfeel goes from creamy to sour really fast. Smooth carbonation let's the malts shine but a bitterness that reminds me of burnt coffee is present. Still a great beer and one that's easy to drink and vey satisfying.

04-10-2011 20:14:02 | More by jbphoto88
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - dark brown with a beige head that left a thin sheet of lacing.

S - roasted malt and coffee beans.

T - roasted coffee taste upfront with some sweetness coming into play before turning lightly dry and bitter on the finish.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

O - a good brown ale that's well worth a try.

04-09-2011 01:29:00 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of ToddT


3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

A- Dark brown with a thin tan head. Head fades quickly to a ring but it leaves some nice spotty lacing on the glass.

S- Roasted malt, but subdued, some caramel and molasses notes in there as well. The aroma is very mild, I'm hoping it will improve as it warms.

T- Roasted malt, then some bitter chocolate and coffee to make up the middle. The finish is dry and lingering final note of coffee and a hint of floral hops.

M- Medium in body and in carbonation. Some nice creamy and silky qualities in the mouth too.

D- Very drinkable and at 5.5% ABV it will not wreck you either. A little heavy feeling for a session beer but it could be done.

Not the best brown I've ever had, but very well done. I'll return to this one if I run across it again.

04-06-2011 04:37:14 | More by ToddT
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2.65/5  rDev -32.1%

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.

04-05-2011 05:05:48 | More by MufflnMan
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4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

A: Dark brown with a thick off white head. The head shrinks and maintains at a nice, cm or so consistent throughout.

S: I got a sweet malt smell, some brown sugar, a hint of nuttiness and caramel.

T: Some nuttiness, some hint of vanilla, malt, that finishes off with a nice burn/roastiness to it that can linger.

Mouth: Somewhat effervescent but great consistency. Creamy and full for a medium body.

Overall: A definite winner and one of my favorite brown ales.

04-04-2011 04:44:31 | More by denver10
Photo of FanofHefe


4.33/5  rDev +11%

Served on-tap in a pint glass at the Triumph Grill in St. Louis. Deep brown colored body with a hint of red hue. Nice creamy dark tan head that leaves some good lacing.

Aroma is not very complex, but consists of roasted malt and sweet molasses.

Nice combination of flavors. Roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee blend together very well. One of the better brown ales I've had.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel that goes down easy. I enjoyed this very much.

04-02-2011 20:38:27 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of Offa


4.47/5  rDev +14.6%

Deep, reddish brown with small pale tan head slowly shrinking, leaving a few little wisps of lace.

Aroma is very nice rich, nutty-chocolaty toasted barley, faintly caramelized, with a faint woodiness.

Taste is excellent, firm and deep character with nutty-chocolate toasty bread, lightly sweet caramelized barley yup front, then more balanced and drier finish with light woody-peppery-earthy bitterness. Feel is nice, full, lightly creamy. Overall, this is excellent.

03-30-2011 20:39:50 | More by Offa
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South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev 0%

Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured red with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a half finger quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, caramel, and dark chocolate. The flavor was of roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate, and subtle wheat. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this wasn't too bad of a Brown Ale. The bitterness and sweetness in this one were quite well balanced. With that, this was not the best Brown I've had but still pretty good. For me, if the roastiness was toned down a little bit to allow some of the other elements to shine through this one would have been much better. I would definitely have this one again though.

03-28-2011 16:32:02 | More by thagr81us
Photo of mdaschaf


3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

Thanks to forgetfu for this one!

A: Pours a very dark brown with a nice 1.5 finger tan head. Reduces down to a thin layer on top and leaves nice lacing.

S: The aroma is very nutty, with a little buttery aspect. Lots of caramel and a little bit of smoke. Opens up a lot as it warms and a little bit of a coffee aroma comes forward.

T: Lots of nut flavor, some caramel, a hint of coffee (less so than the aroma would have you predict).

M: Light to medium bodied, very smooth. Leaves a slightly grainy mouthfeel.

O: Very solid brown ale. Probably one of the better I have had so far. Could easily sit back and drink a few of these. Liked how it was a bit lighter than most browns, but didnt lose anything in terms of flavor.

03-25-2011 02:40:37 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of Retsinis


3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Bruery Tulip glass.

The beer pours a nice hazy mahogany brown. A foamy tan colored head rose about an inch and a half, faded somewhat fast, leaving a tinge of lacing.

The beer smells of roasted almonds, chocolate malt, caramel, and bit of wheat or rye bread.

The taste has a nice sweet roasted malt draw upfront, with some chocolate, bready notes and nuts in the middle, and a very mild hop bitterness which adds balance on the finish.

Mouth feel is light, smooth and even a bit creamy. Decent carbonation, that does not get in the way.

Overall, a great brown ale, with a nice balance between the roasted sweet notes, and the light bitter crispness. Great sipper, and something good to have on standby in the fridge if you like brown ales.

03-15-2011 19:32:39 | More by Retsinis
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3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

Appearance - A nice, clear ruby/brown color. An off white head that only had average size and average retention. Left some traces of lacing on the glass. The head was mostly creamy. Some faint orange highlights at the very bottom.

Smell - The aroma was a nicely balanced mix of a sweet malt; caramel and some roasted nutty flavors. Pecan and walnut. Not extremely robust, but plenty there to make a nice showing. I even picked up a faint coffee note. Smells pretty good. Touches of chocolate.

Taste - The taste was not quite as complex as the smell. More straight forward with the roasted, nutty flavors with the caramel malt. Sweet. The coffee and chocolate are more subdued. Decent amounts of bitterness. Not bad.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Smooth and dry. Snappy. Covers the palate in just an ok way.

Drinkability - This is a pretty good, straight forward Brown Ale. Nothing over complicated, just easy to drink and enjoyable. Would make for a great session beer. Worth a try if you see it. This beer reminds me of Fall, but could also be enjoyed in the Winter and on into Spring.

03-15-2011 19:10:37 | More by Shrews629
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

This is being considered for the new restaurant so I picked up a six pack. This is one of the many label designs that plays to dog people like me.

The beer comes out of the bottle with a great composure perfect amount of head that hols up. Color is a deep warm brown, not too dark, but enough that you know this one is special.

The smell of coffee is pleasant and inviting but not overwhelming. The taste is balanced with a smooth finish and a nice creaminess which adds to the fantastic mouthfeel.

I drank this alone, again with steak and then again later with some chocolate bread pudding. It was not too much to drink alone, stood up to the steak and the dessert and complimented each phase.

On the beer take-home scale I would grab a case and keep this one as one of the staples.

03-15-2011 02:42:28 | More by centbeerfest
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Dark brown with ruby highlights when backlit and a fine mocha head that leaves rings of crusty lace on the glass. Coffee, chocolate and nice floral hops make for a tasty smelling beer. Cocoa powder and java with some nice fruity hoppiness to balance nicely. Medium bodied with slightly stinging carbonation. Easy drinking and delicious, a really good brown ale.

03-10-2011 01:23:46 | More by biggred1
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

[Best served in a Dimpled mug]

The pour was a medium brown in color with a small (1 finger or less) foamy light brown head that was mostly diminishing and left behind very light lacing.

The aroma was of roasted malts, a piney hop and a nice doughy yeast scent. It also had notes of coffee, vanilla and a bit of nuttiness.

It tasted bitter-sweet at first with a hint of roasted coffee and finished slightly malty with notes of vanilla and a nice nuttiness at the end. The flavor stayed with you for a enjoyable duration.

Mouthfeel was creamy yet oily in texture and medium in body and had a moderate carbonation.

Overall a nice bold tasting brown ale, typical of the style. Smooth, creamy and easy to drink.

03-09-2011 20:58:55 | More by KajII
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4.35/5  rDev +11.5%

I am hooked from the first taste of Avery Brewing Ellie's Brown Ale. A gorgeous light mahogany color with a sticky light tan head. Very nutty and roasted, but not much smoke or charring. The finish is dry, woody, and earthy. Lots of bittersweet chocolate and maybe even some brown sugar in there. An average 5.5% ABV, but that's fine, because this is one you'll want to drink all night.

03-07-2011 01:15:56 | More by McNealc31
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3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours smooth from the can into an Odell tulip. Dark brown, clear with a ruby glow, beautiful but very little head on this one, toasted marshmallow color half a finger high which vanishes in a minute and leaves no lacing.

Chocolate and caramel malts obvious on the nose, some vanilla, toast and soft hops as well.

Flavor is rich and full of chocolate, burnt coffee beans, sweet malts and some nuttiness, almost porter in flavor. Then come the hops, earthy and pine, subtle but present. There is a tart note at the end, it doesn't feel metallic but my guess is that it's not supposed to be there and is a result of the cans.

The body is substantial but with little carbonation, this doesn't really affect the beer at all or the experience.

Very enjoyable and drinkable brew, I could easily put away a sixer of these, I'd like to try from the bottle to see if it improves carbonation and erases that tart aftertaste.

03-05-2011 21:17:14 | More by rawfish
Photo of Andreji


4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

Kudos to fellow BA aschwab who, on a visit to Colombia, brought over a dozen beers for me, among which this brown ale (first of the dozen).

beautiful beer in all. I poured it into my duvel tulip as one of my favoured glasses for tastings (in retrospect, would rather have used my brand new american pint glass brought by- you got it- mr aschwab as well.

Obviously it shocked me to see it is much darker than it seemed on the bottle (and even given the bottle is very dark itself. The beer is hardly brown, rather black (i hardly see colours anyway so what do i know) and seriously non-translucid although it is not opaque or thick in itself. the head is very generous and tan but fadedrather quickly leaving behind a considerable amount of lacing.

Smell doesn't right off "fill the room" but is quite intense. off the bat, I would say dark chocolate, but i mean the actual cacao paste in its raw, non-sweet sense. further along, the hops are unmissable and quite the staple of most american beers i know. there's an unhealthy obsession with how those bitter pellets affet nose and mouth, and i like it.

Taste is also defined bty this for the most part. not an average brown ale by any means- at least not to par with others i know- but a reinvented, more (yes, again) american style. Strongly smoked, hardly sweet at all, the hops are abundant and blunt, and are closer to the beginning of the taste than the after(taste). roasty malt and somewhat red wine-ish at times, but for the better part a discrete but very pleasant bitterness. flavourful and refreshing i think. medium bodied, not too heavy to make it wintery but not too light to limit it otherwise.

In all another good american beer, I'll put it on my grocery list next time in the states.

02-27-2011 21:50:58 | More by Andreji
Photo of Brenden


4/5  rDev +2.6%

The color of this brew is a medium brown with some reddish tint to it. The head is just over a finger tall, strong and sturdy. It has good retention and leaves some patches of lacing as it goes down.
The aroma is strongly malty with hints of cocoa powder and nuts and a delicate, soft hops balance.
True to style, malt commands the flavor with background notes of nuts, light caramel, and earthiness with enough hops to balance adding a bit of a floral touch without interfering. A bit of cocoa is ever present as well.
The body is medium and represents the style well, with light carbonation and a fairly rich body offering ample smoothness.
This is a very good brown ale that is a good representation of the style.

02-26-2011 15:15:33 | More by Brenden
Photo of DCon


4.3/5  rDev +10.3%

Enjoyed from a tap at the Sky Music Lounge in Ballwin, MO into a Boulevard Brewery Pint Glass.

Appearance- Very dark brown if possible. No clouds, just purely a thick coating of color. 1/4 a finger of head which is a dark yellow color and faded quickly.

Smell- A ton of caramel and roasted coffee or chocolate came on as well. Nice!

Taste- Many stages to this ale! At first it is very much like a nut brown ale, sweet, and great. Then came a type of porter with its thickness. I enjoyed this beer thoroughly. Would like to see this beer out more often

Mouthfeel- This is a medium-full bodied beer with a smooth feeling.

Drinkability- Wow! This was extremely good! I'm wondering if it was a good idea to switch to Goose Island and 312 or should I have stayed on this beer to see if it really was drinkable. I say it was enjoyed without a struggle at all! Try it!

02-26-2011 10:34:08 | More by DCon
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3.53/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

02-25-2011 12:24:54 | More by paulginva
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3.65/5  rDev -6.4%

Pours a brownish with some nice red tint. A good amount of white head. Lots of lacing and an okay look. Smells sweet and malty. Fairly non-descript. Overall, not very impressive. The taste leaves a lot to be desired. Not very tasty but not bad in any way. Highly carbonated. Sweet and a bit bitter from the roast. Pretty drinkable but overall not very impressive

02-25-2011 03:00:16 | More by Urbancaver
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3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

A-amber, almost transparent white white head and lacing
S-toasted malt. No really much else there.
T-alot like it smells. Not a whole lot there but still a solid brew
M-medium body and smooth. Decent malt aftertaste
D-very drinkable. Done with my taste in no time.

02-25-2011 02:52:33 | More by brew3crew
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3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

Surprisingly colorful, with notes of red and orange imbuing the otherwise drab brown with quite the appealing look. Head is foamy with tiny bits of yeast sprinkled within. Quite sticky and randomly dispersed.

Fairly aromatic, hops are present but subjugate themselves to the malts, which range from chocolate to toasted brown bread to a hint of roast. Fairly decent, just bump up the assertiveness here.

The flavor is, as expected, quite balanced, with hop notes of citrus, grass, and a British Fuggles flavor. Malts are pleasingly flavored, if a bit thin. Roasted barley contributes to the faint chocolate flavor. Body is medium-light and a little slick.

Nothing barn-burning, but a decent ale all around. Highly drinkable and well-brewed.

02-23-2011 02:06:25 | More by BretSikkink
Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,630 ratings.