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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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1,838 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,838
Reviews: 668
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 60
Gots: 180 | 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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Photo of dbossman
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of PCampbell
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of blakelive784
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of Heatwave33
3.89/5  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!

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.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of dorianmarley
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of LittleCreature
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of Brabander
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent auburn/brown with 3+ fingers of tan head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Toasty malt by the truck load, some metallic notes as well

T: Toasty malt, a touch brown sugar & nuttyness, a touch of woody & herbal hoppyness up front. Nuttyness, some hazelnut, faint vanilla & dryness as this warms. Finishes nutty, sweet & dry with much toastyness

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation, becomes richer as this warms

Still easily one of the best American Browns out there, bar none. So thrilled to have this as a canned beer option

Photo of hosehead83
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. can into a standard pint glass. Cola/ruby in color, with a big, tan head of foam.
Aroma-Faint chocolate note.
Taste-Toasted malt,milk chocolate, cocoa. Nice subtle flavors, nothing overpowering, just pleasant and very drinkable. Session-worthy, and can convenience make this a "take-anywhere" brown ale. Nice.

Photo of YourMomDrinksBud
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. can poured into a Stone pint glass.

A- One finger creamy off white head, recedes quickly leaving good lacing. The brew itself is a dark brown under natural light, under bright light it appears a dark amber red. Leaves good lacing rings all the way through.

S- Dark malts, toffee, rye bread, caramel, light note of coffee, and a slight nuttiness.

A- Opens doughy and malty with notes of toffee and caramel. On the finish it's a bit more bitter, I get notes of unground coffee beans and the slightest hint of milk chocolate.

D- Medium to full mouthfeel for the style, perfect amount of carbonation, easy to drink with very little alcohol present.

O- A local favorite of mine, and a great session able brown in my opinion. I will buy again and I would reccomend this beer.

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured a rusty brown with a nice frothy white head that left some beautiful, thick lacing. Aroma was nutty and sweet with caramel and chocolate. More of the same in the taste: nutty, sweet, Caramello-y, and a mild earthiness from a light hoppage. Medium-bodied, smooth, and quite good.

Photo of Vanlingleipa
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just poured the beer into a Bruery snifter. Will rate as I go.

Hits and fills the glass in a thick, dark brown stream of ale. The head is very small, forming like a spinning light brown vortex in the center of this pool of liquid, never achieving any head height at all. Medium sour malty scent evident.

First taste: coffee, carmel, slightly sweet malt. Second taste, same with a distinct sour finish.

Put the glass down and came back 15 minutes later. First quaff, the malt sweetness was now first in line followed by the catoffee and a touch of hoppy bitterness. A deeper draught and quick swallow brought forward a primary sense of sourness along the sides of my tongue.

Not sure if I'd repeat, but it's certainly a complex and interesting beer.

Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can, no dating, but it can’t be too old. Pours slightly cloudy reddish brown color with a dense 2 finger off white head with great retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. A small bit of lacing clings to the glass as you drink as well. Aromas of caramel, roasted malt, chocolate, nutmeg, and molasses. Very nice aromas, but a little muted. Taste of huge caramel, chocolate, roasted malt, nutmeg, vanilla, molasses, and a bit of citrus. Small amount of bitterness present on the finish that lingers with caramel, chocolate, and light citrus flavor. Medium carbonation and body. Very nice and creamy mouthfeel with maximum drinkability. No alcohol in the taste or finish as expected. Overall, this is definitely an outstanding brown ale. Tons of flavor, complexity, and smooth drinkability.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Sparkling dark brown. Giant tan, rocky and creamy head that was fully lasting. The lacing was phenomenal.

S: Toasted and nutty aroma.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Roasted and nutty with hints of coffee. The finish was an average length and nutty.

M: Medium body that was refreshing and creamy. The carbonation was lively.

O: I really like this brown ale. Of all the ones I've tried, this has definitely been one of the best looking. Refreshing, nutty, and coffee-like. One of my new favorites.

Photo of celticfutblclub
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a snifter

comes out a deep dark brown (almost black). nice thick coffee colored head recedes slowly to a ring with good lacing. nose is coffee chocolate and nuts. taste is pretty much the same coffee chocolate and nuts. bit of a hop bite thats not overwhelming but noticeable. it comes on slowly and mildly but lingers well. carbonation is moderate. overall this is one fine brown ale.

Photo of greybeardloon
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

no obvious date, although possibly April 24, 2011 (if that's what the "1114..." stamped on the bottle means)

A: Dark brown with a good head but minimal lacing.

S: Roasted with some sweet chocolate and vanilla. No hops evident.

T: Sweet roastiness with lots of vanilla notes (without tasting like there is actually vanilla in the beer) rounding out the flavor. There's a little char and some very subdued earthy hops on the back end that lingers and brings me back for more.

M: After a hard pour, the mouthfeel is just about where it should be.

O: This is what a non-hoppy brown ale should taste like. I do wish I know how fresh this was, though.

Photo of loren01
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown color, nice tight bubbly head with good lacing down the glass
S: Smell is sweet, chocolatey as well as roasted barley malts and some vanilla. Smell is not overpowering...could use more in that category.
T: Roasted malts followed by sweet vanilla and milk chocolate
M: Medium to full bodied robust beer, goest down creamy
O: Overall this is a pretty good brown ale, would try again.

Photo of rel
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a cute puppy!

So this puppy pours dark brown, little clarity, glowing amber on the edges of the glass. Minimal tan head, but awesome lacing.

On the nose: I get a heaves of coffee and roasted malts. Some smokiness, dark fruits, and floral hops.

On the tongue: The first sip is intensely smoky. The second sip is delicious. Coffee malts, roasted nuts... the smokiness goes away and the beer becomes delectable. I even get some chipotle notes. Great brown puppy!

This has a medium body, lingering sweet & spicy.


Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,838 ratings.