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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

1,520 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,520
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 42
Gots: 74 | 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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3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from Bottle into Imperial Pint glass.

Pours a clear, deep ruby-brown with a finger of off-white head that's slow to dissolve. The aroma is toasted nutty goodness with some chocolate and brown sugar notes. The flavor is nutty malt forward with some more brown sugar, burnt toast crust and a little chocolate. This brown ale is medium bodied with a strong amount of carbonation. This is everything a brown ale should be. Packed full of malt flavor with a nice body. Didn't let me down.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 21:21:31 | More by DiabolikDUB
Photo of morebeergood


3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Smoken Joe's. Served in a 16 oz mug. Extremely dark brown color. Minimal amount of head, but a good amount of lacing on the glass. Smell reminded me of a nice rich porter. Flavor was much lighter but just as savory. Chocolate and malt wash over the palate. Very light and smooth, and easy to drink. Pairs nicely with the rich bbq sauce on my ribs. I could have drank this all night long.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2009 03:55:20 | More by morebeergood
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District of Columbia

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

Pours a pretty amber brown, with a two-finger head that dissipates into a very nice, long-lasting lace. Smell is dominated by toasty malts, caramel, and toffee. Tastes nutty and sweet, again plenty of toasty caramel malts and a mild yet present hop twinge. Becomes more nuanced as it warms in your hand. The drinkability of this beer is good, yet I feel as though you can really only appreciate the full flavor profile of this brew if you sip it and let it warm a bit.

A great English-style brown ale. As I come to appreciate this style more and more, I find myself picking this up at my store fairly often.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 04:00:02 | More by parkeak0
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3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimat goblet. Pours dark brown with red high-lights and a slight one finer head. Nice lacing on the beer with a sweet nutty malty aroma.

Tastes mild with a soft toffee, coffee aftertaste. Overall it is very easy to drink and a good session beer. I am a sucker for chocolate labs so the artwork is a plus.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 03:34:22 | More by mirish72
Photo of chilly460


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very nice medium brown with light tan head.

S - Great malt scent, very sweet with a surprising floral hops tone.

T - Very nice sweet caramel up front, maybe a bit of roastiness. Very nice clean hops finish, almost perfect balance for this type.

M - Nice medium body and carbonation.

D - Excellent, the body and balance of the flavors make this a great session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2009 14:57:35 | More by chilly460
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4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a dark almost black, but when held real close to the light, you can see it's a deep clear dark ruby color. It has a medium to thin dark ivory creamy head that quickly dissapates to just a thin colar around the beer's surface. Has very sticky good lacing though.

S-Right off when I poured it, I smelled earthy hops with roasted barley mixed in with some soft bitter chocolate. As it warms, I get some nutty toffee notes. Very nice. Some faint caramel is there as well. Reminds me of the winter season, as far as aroma goes.

T-The taste is very scruptious. It's an wonderful melody of malty goodness and soft hop bitterness and flavor. It's kinda all jumbled up into this bitter-sweet roasted chocolate earthy nutty caramely milky beer. It's all there in balance. Not one of them overtakes the other. It's very nice. Complex but nice indeed.

M/D-This wonderful offering from Avery goes down so creamy and smooth. And it has a very big body for the abv. It's sweet but dry in the finish. Very nice beer indeed.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 05:05:11 | More by hoplover82
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District of Columbia

3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice mild-mannered, medium body ale.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Dog design, which is referred to in the brief narrative accompanying it. Short and quite accurate description of the beer. Lacks date of bottling or freshness, neither shows IBUs or °Plato, or even Alc. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Dark brown-reddish hue. Starts with a large head that dissipates to a quarter inch, which ultimately leaves a consistent thing layer with some lumps. Medium lacing.

S - Malty-nutty smell around some caramel. Subtle and pleasant.

T - Smooth and well balanced malt base. Medium bodied intensity with some sweetness and a touch of bitterness.

M - Lightly carbonated with and a bitter little bite at the end.

D - Nicely drinkable... Solid base beer.

Notes: Hmm, nice beer but not one that I will be drinking at home. But if it is an available choice on a medium selection bar I´ll sure could pick it up happily. It might be good to keep a couple of bottles at home though, to offer them to guests willing to try a good craft beer on the malty side. It´s a nice standard.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 17:32:27 | More by Daniellobo
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a two-finger almost tan head that left some lace down the glass. A sweet, even spicy malt base makes up the aroma as caramel, roasted and some bread along w/ minor hops are all in there. Taste is more of the same, although slightly sharp on my tongue. A smooth, almost creamy medium-bodied beer with caramel and hints of chocolate malts along with a touch of bread malt that not only lets the beer be sweet but balances it out and gives it a slightly dry backbite. Hops are minimal although there are hints of fruit in this beer. Just a great sessionable ale that is nice to have while at a bar and having something to eat.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2009 17:31:38 | More by clayrock81
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3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From bottle on August 8, 2009. Pours a clear, dark brown/amber with dark beige head, mostly diminishing. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, malts, nuts. Well-balanced with smooth finish. Just a wee bit sweet for my liking, but a good offering of the style. Lacing remained throughout. Have to admit this would probably be more inviting around fire on a crisp late autumn evening.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 01:34:15 | More by OzarkElmo
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District of Columbia

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

Got a sixer of these. Really nice brown color with a solid head on top, leaves a touch of lacing. Flavor is exactly what you're looking for in a brown. Nice caramel malt, with some fruity hints. Toss a bit of chocolate and cookies in there as well. Well balanced with a nice hop presence. Really feeling this one - would definitely grab a bottle of this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 21:20:20 | More by soupyman10
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3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap 7/17 at The Dirty Truth
This beer pours a clear, dark brown color with a half finger of thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. Nose is of some caramel malts, a nuttiness and some milk chocolate notes.
Taste is of chocolate richness up front, malt backbone to it, finish has quite a bit of bitterness though it is a mixture of hop bitterness and bitter chocolate in the finish - quite tasty! Light to medium body, moderate carbonation - little light for the style, but finishes rather clean, goes down easily and is a perfect nightcap!

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2009 04:03:04 | More by Jayli
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3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Like most of the Avery stuff I have tried, now time for one of my more liked styles. Pours a nice dark brown, moderate head/lacing to it. Nice caramel/biscuity smell to it. Taste is nice and full with a nice mouthfeel, medium body to it and some nice nuttiness and caramel malts, also with a hint of chocolate possibly? Subtle hopping gives it a nice kick... nothing too crazy here but definitely an above average brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 00:08:14 | More by oriolesfan4
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2.93/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a fairly clear deep brown. A few inches of long lasting light tan foam.

Smells faintly of roasted malt, with some nuttiness to it. Pretty one note. I'm not the biggest fan of Brown Ales in the first place, but shouldn't it be a bit more robust in the body, and have a stronger aroma?

Taste is a bit unusual. There's some hop bite to it, and a hop bitterness to go along with it. A bit acrid after a while. There's some sweet, nutty caramel malt and a bit of ashy, almost charred, earthy roasted malt to it. My vivid description is perhaps giving it more credence than it deserves, as it is not really a strong tasting brew. In fact, after a while I can taste nothing but the almost sour bitterness.

Mouthfeel is too watery and thin. Avery is a bit of a hit or miss brewery for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 07:55:35 | More by Overlord
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3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a dark brown; transparent with a reddish hue when held to the light. A nice two fingers of khaki head fill out the pint glass nicely and lace the glass. Smell is noticeably hoppy for the style, with a nutty, dustiness that is more expected; very nice start!

Taste has a great malt-hop balance with mild citrus hops in the forefront, which has me thinking of DFH's Indian Brown. As a result of the hops, however, mouthfeel isn't as creamy as I like in a brown. Not bad, but not my favorite. Overall, each category is a winner except for mouthfeel, which hinders the beer's drinkability for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 00:30:08 | More by Riccymon
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4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep Dr. Pepper brown with some reddish hues and a lacey two-finger head. Beer is foamy and very inviting, possessing some very hyper-active bubbles.

A strong caramel aroma permeates the ale with chocolate notes and a hint of coffee peaking out. It smells sweet, like a dessert beer, but doesn't seem to be as rich or overwhelming.

Tastes of coffee bean nuttiness and candy-bar caramel, yet still light and clean. It leaves a mild coffee taste at the back of the throat, concluding with a dry finish.

Beer thinly coats the tongue, but never overwhelms and manages to be unbelievably drinkable without eliminating characteristics of the style.

This is one of the best English-style browns on the block and is definitely a wonderful addition to Avery's sampler pack.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 18:49:23 | More by deapokid
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3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a standard shaker/pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer is a dark brown with reddish undertones, with virtually no head. What head there is light tan in color and consists mostly of a patch of foam with small ring around the liquid. Sipping leaves some widespread speckled lacing but by the time ¼ of the beer is gone, so is the head and lacing.

Smell: The aroma is faint but clearly contains roasted chocolate malts without too much in the way of hops.

Taste: The flavor is sweet from the dark, roasted malts and has a definitely bittersweet dark caramel/chocolate character. The hops show in the bitterness that emerges after the initial impact of the malt, but in many ways the bitterness could be from the roasted malt as much as from the hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light bodied with no real carbonation except a faint prickly sensation. The finish is long, bitter, a bit citric and dry.

Drinkability: This is an OK brown ale, but I'm not really interested in having more than one and will probably not seek it out in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2009 01:06:01 | More by drtth
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3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, chocolate brown

Smell: toasted malt, small nut

Taste: Toasted malt, some sugar cane--pretty much one trick

Mouthfeel: smooth medium bodied, sweet, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a decent brown ale and a one trick beer. Not a bad one, but nothing that jumps out. I would just as well pass next time.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 13:33:46 | More by tigg924
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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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 12:27:51 | More by dbtoe
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3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange brown with fast fading head. Smell: roasted, sweet caramel, a little cocoa and hazelnut, leafy hops. Taste: caramel, roasted flavors, a bit of milk chocolate, just as it seems like it's going to just be sweet, earthy hops kick in. Medium bodied with ok carbonation. A nice brown, very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 04:10:13 | More by babaracas
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is well rounded, decent in all respects...stellar, however, in none.
Pours a reddish brown with a thin white head that fades like 80s hair cuts.
The smell is all roasted grains, kind of a one trick pony that carries over into the taste as well. Definitely decent and inoffensive, just not special.
The mouthfeel is nice, a little thin for a brown ale, but not bad carbonation.
The drinkability is pretty good as well, this is my least favorite Avery offering to date, and it isn't bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 17:31:15 | More by grayburn
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3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge 2 finger beige head. Body is dark brown in color. Head retention is above average and lacing is good

Smells of lightly roasted sweet chocolate malts. Thats about it, no hops or anything else

Taste is big on the roasted malt. Very smoky and somewhat bitter. Hops add a nice after taste. There is a slight metallic after taste that comes and goes.

Mouth feel is the only downside to this beer. It is over carbonated and almost burns the tongue. Body is very watery and not at all the way i enjoy brown ales

Drink ability is above average. Brown ales are my favorite session beers and this is one of the few local browns i've had. I would drink it again but its nowhere near my top picks for a brown ale

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 06:09:54 | More by angelmonster
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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was served this ale in a blind tasting chilled in a double walled tumbler. thanks to Tenderbranson69.

A - Deep Ruby w/ bronze shade and thick pale band w/ thick lacing and tiny bead. The beer is attractive to look at w/ good clarity

S - Very toffee smelling w/ cherry and malt aroma w/ hints of alchol. The hops have herbal odors and the toasted barley scents are prominent in the nose.

M - Sweet, moderately full feel w/ mix of roasted and fruity ale textures w/ mildly resinous hops and semi-sweet finish.

T - A toffee and wood flavor w/ mild resinous and light american hops under the malt. Dark roastines w/ hints of coffee and cherry w/ tingers of tobacco and meaty chewiness w/ a light buttery taste and hints of pine. The alcohol flavor comes in at the end w/ a plum note in the taste.

D - Very smooth drinkability and a flavorful beer. I would not turn it down but not my first choice of browns. A bit too much alcohol flavor, but nice maltiness and bolder than most which is a plus on the other hand.
S -

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 14:05:31 | More by Slatetank
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3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Oz Bottle Poured into Pint Glass

A: Deep dark brown with a slight reddish hue... Maybe a little cloudy. Big head 2 fingers or more with lots of lacing that sticks around throughout the session.

S: Lots of toasted malts, little cocoa and nuts, with a light sweetness... There is a little bitter hops.

T: Taste like it smells, malts, mainly cocoa and nuts. Very full of taste with a nicely balanced bitter hops at the finish.

M: Lighter side of medium body. Nice carbonation. Starts like its going to be smooth and creamy, and it is but it ends clean, and lightly dry.

D: Nice flavors good ABV... leaves you wanting some more... Very nice English Brown Ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 03:44:41 | More by mralphabet
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3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into my shaker glass. Appears a clear medium brown color with about a finger of light tan head. No lacing to speak of. Smells and tastes of mild nuts (hazelnuts), a touch of milk chocolate, lightly roasted grains and a hint of caramel. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. A decent brown ale to have on hand.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 03:04:32 | More by ClockworkOrange
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3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours crystal dark brown with a 2 finger head that fades very fast but leaves notches all down the glass. not much nose on this one but some faint grassy hops? tastes hits you upfront with the bitter hops then moves to sweet roasted malts. mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. if you enjoy a nice sessionable brown this is a great full flavored beer. i could put down several anytime of year

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 18:26:35 | More by jsh420
Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,520 ratings.