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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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1,550 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,550
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 45
Gots: 81 | FT: 1
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 Cresant


3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass. No date. One finger of off-white head faded, leaving some lacy rings. The body was a nice cola brown, clear and bright.

Smell was nutty and chocolate. Subtle aroma.

Taste was reflective of the smell. Light bitterness-- walnut-like. Mildly chocolate. Sweet maltiness.

Mouthfeel was medium with appropriate carbonation, a bit zingy on the tongue. Not my favorite style but i'll bet it is good with pizza.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 00:03:54 | More by Cresant
Photo of albern


4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an extremely drinkable and enjoyable beer. It pours a dark brown with some ruby tints. It is modestly carbonated, with not much head, retention, or lacing. That's the low point. The smell is biscuity, malty, caramelly, a bit of chocolate in there too. The aroma isn't overpowering, just well balanced. The taste is very nice. This is a smooth, fairly creamy, medium bodied brown ale that is very well balanced. There is a nice caramel, chocolate maltiness, some nut flavors and a slight roastiness. This beer is just really mellow, isn't overpowering, isn't trying to get in your face, but rather insinutate itself in your good graces very subtley. The mouthfeel is creamy, mild, with a tiny presence of tartness in the finish. Overall, this one is well worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

Re-review in Sept 2008. More lacing, retention, and head this time around. I added a half point to the appearance. I would have expected a tad more from a beer as creamy as this. One other noteable comment is that there is a slight bit of chalkiness in the finish. But this is a very fine brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 20:54:22 | More by albern
Photo of Portertime


4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice brown ale from Avery I compared this with Tilburg's a true Dutch Brown and liked it a lot. Pours a lucid ameretto color with a decent head. Smells of almonds and a hint of caramel. Tastes well balanced with roasted nuts and a hint of hop bitterness. Served chilled with in a pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 21:57:45 | More by Portertime
Photo of Slynger


3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ellies's is a nice looking brew of great clarity, with a brownish amber color, and a fluffy/creamy, light cinnamon/white head that leaves thick lacing.

Fruity in the nose, with light chocolate/caramel malts and hints of roasted malts and nuts.

The flavor is light and bittersweet chocolate along with appley fruitiness. Lightly roasted and bitter nuttiness. Great medium bodied, comfortable, and smoothly carbonated mouthfeel.

While it ain't spectacular, this is a very nice beer that I would not mind enjoying anytime.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 03:50:54 | More by Slynger
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brown color with a nice thick egg-shell colored head that left a good amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is lighter than expected; some roasted nuts and a touch of toasted grains. The taste is of toasted malt, lightly roasted peanuts, and light tea-like hops. The feel is moderate with a fairly balanced profile, perhaps slightly bitter. A solid brown ale in the traditional English sense. No outstanding flavors but no off-putting flavor either. Worth a go.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 06:31:28 | More by Gmann
Photo of orangemoustache


3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- deep crimson and very clear with a soft looking tan head that leaves behind tons of thick sticky lacing

S- caramel malts,hints of chocolate,and walnuts

T- mostly sweetness upfront hints of brown sugar and caramels,whole grain bread dough in the middle and a good amount of earthy hops on the finish

M- medium to thin body,nice hop texture on the tounge,finishes dry with some decent mouth coating sweetness

D- Its an ok session brew,but would pair nicely with a bacon wrapped fillet(fire up the grill!)this is an above average beer and a nice display of the style

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 05:23:32 | More by orangemoustache
Photo of Mudpuppet


3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in a pint glass at CBSix.

A- Pours an amber color with a thin head.

S- Malty nose on this beer. No notes of hops at all but you do get some sour/tangy notes.

T- Somewhat sweet for a brown. I get iced tea flavors when drinking this. I have had this in other beers and I am not sure it is a good thing.

M- Sweet and thick on the palate. Not overly so but more than a brown should be.

D- Certainly not my favorite beer. It was better with some food.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2008 15:25:29 | More by Mudpuppet
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Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle: Poured a deep clear brown color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of nuts, toffee with some light molasses. Taste is also dominated by some nuts, light toffee with some huge caramel and molasses malt notes. I didn't discern a large hops presence which surprises me considering this is a brewery known for their extensive use of hops. Nicely done for the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 20:43:07 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Norsebrew


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

I've had this beer many times in bottles and a couple times on tap at the brewery. This is a great example of a brown ale. Very carbonated and malty with a good amount of hops to keep me interested. This is a very drinkable ale, and I recommend this brew to all.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 21:45:53 | More by Norsebrew
Photo of ccrida


3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small nonic on draught at Avery's tasting room, Ellie's brown is a dark caramel brown with a small khaki head that leaves heavy lace.

Smell is soft, crystal and toasted malt.

Taste is balanced and smooth, semi-sweet malt hints at caramel with a fairly clean, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is carbonated and creamy, smooth, with a light body.

Drinkability is good, this is a fine session ale, although perhaps some might find the bitter finish too biting....

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2008 23:00:49 | More by ccrida
Photo of barleywinefiend


4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a big fan of browna but this one was nice. Poured a clear dark brown almost black color. The head is flat, and very light tan in color. The aroma is roasted and burnt malt, chocolate, and cream. Very nice for a brown ale. The tastes has both porter and brown ale qualities. Burnt malt and chocolate come across first followed by a nice mild caramel and cream finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2008 18:50:42 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of rye726


3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good classic example of an old brown ale. Nothing too exiting but well rounded and a good refreshing drink to wash down a burger. I have always felt that beers of this style(mild ales) need to be stored in wood for a few months to really be enjoyed. Anyway...

Clear brown color with tan head.

Aromas of mild malts and faint floral hops.

Taste is mostly bready malts.

Medium body with crisp carbonation. Would be better out of a cask.

Nothing out of balance, but then agin, not to much going on.

Sorry from the glum review, but sometimes I need to express my feelings about average beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 07:07:17 | More by rye726
Photo of iceball585

New York

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark brown color, non-transparent, thin cover that dissolved to a thin ring around the glass

S- Dark chocolate, roasted malts, old coffee, flowery, slight dark fruits

T- Roasted malts, smokey, caramel, grains, nutty, fruity, cocoa, fairly bitter, faint hops flavor

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, dry chalky feel w/ heavy oily finish

D- Not too bad

This one ranks in near the bottom of my favorite brown ales. Good flavor but it is just plain lacking in other catagories.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2008 01:47:08 | More by iceball585
Photo of Oxymoron


3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ellie was the dog of Adam Avery when he started the brewery. The pour is a rich darker brown with great clarity and a soft off white head. Good retention and lacing to boot.

The nose is mellow with some rich malty aromas. Some chocolate and English malt aromas. Some grainy and more US hop notes. Some brown sugar and toffee aromas as well. A touch of lactic that is more of an off flavor then a milky.

The taste is similar with a malty base. Starts with more of a chocolate and sweet caramel/toffee flavors. There is some nutty flavors as well that gives it more of an English style but the body and hops confer more of an American feel. There is a touch of bittering hops and a finish of a more earthy hop taste.

The body is between mid and full. A nice but light carbonation enhances the earth and body of the beer. Smooth and easy to drink. Overall a good brown.

Serving type: on-tap

02-29-2008 17:10:41 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of hckyfn9999


3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown with reddish hues. About a finger of white head. OK retention, not much in the way of lacing. Aroma is toasted and chocolately malt. Very nicely hopped brown. A nice nutty character along with some bittersweet chocolate. Finish is dry. Medium bodied. Similar characteristics to DFH Indian Brown, but not as good. Still a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 03:02:44 | More by hckyfn9999
Photo of sjohansen


3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 02:42:24 | More by sjohansen
Photo of fitzy84


3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at Moan and Dove. It had a dark appearance when poured and settled with a thin head. There was some amber overtones when looked through in the light. Aromas were overall light malts and some nutty odors. It was a pretty tasty beer, sweet and light. It had a medium body which was great after a night of drinking nothing but stouts. Overall this was a pretty good brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 14:43:19 | More by fitzy84
Photo of scruffwhor


3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby, light garnet red with some ard brown notes. Good head and no bubbling. The aroma is a sweet, yet medium roast and strong toasted malts. The taste is a smooth roast, toast, and bready malt bill. Myabe veen a hint of pecan somewhere in the middle. Great after work beer. Smooth, flavorful and a great English brown ale for a long session.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2008 00:52:14 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of pmcadamis


3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Toffee-brown brew with deep garnet highlights and a nice khaki two finger head that eventually settles to a thick collar.

S - Pleasant earthy mushroom and brown bread notes. Reminds me of a big dense biscuit or scone. Lots of brown sugar and toffee make this warm and inviting.

T - The taste very much follows the nose...brown sugar, maple syrup, earthy mushroom flavors, raw cane sugar, and dried plant matter....like dead leaves. Very mellow, but pretty complex too.

M - Medium bodied with very mild carbonation and a very soft feel on the palate. Some mineral notes are detectable, and the finish is neutral with a vague hint of gentle dryness.

D - I can see why this is named after the brewer's chocolate lab...I imagine that the doggie was gentle, easy going, and likable if not all that bright. This beer is a good reliable companion for a session, but it's no AKC champion.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 22:50:20 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of drperm


4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Currently my favorite American Brown Ale.
Pours a clear Coca-Cola color in the glass. I have described the nose as "brown" -- hops and malted grains mixed to near-perfection. On the tongue, it's a bit sweet perhaps, but truly great. A smooth, heavenly finish that has in the past moved me to remark, "This is beer!"

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 18:44:15 | More by drperm
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

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

Served in a standard pint glass. Poured the color of root beer with a 1/2 inch off-white head. Decent head retention left a solid ring around the glass after each sip. Lacing was somewhat thin, but consistent. Nose was sweet, malty and nutty. Taste similar to nose, with a somewhat slick mouthfeel and just enough carbonation to create a good balance in the mouth. Nice malty finish makes this a very sessionable english brown.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 21:59:53 | More by Jwale73
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

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

Another great sample from Avery - an American brewery that is perhaps one of the better ones out here in North America... all of the brews I've tried from them have been top-class, and this one continues with the trend... an absolute terrific example of the style, pouring a dark, ruby-red, brown color with minimal head and no lacing... smell is typical brown ale, with slight malts and nutty caramel flavors... taste complements the aroma, with a butter, caramel taste full of sweet, slight brown sugars and an awesome, slightly malty, refershing taste... very good mouthfeel and easy drinkability make this a terrfic depiction of an English Brown Ale... up there with some of the best... Avery's IPA and their White Rascal were great, and this one is up there with them... Awesome sample... Definitely recommended...

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 00:43:43 | More by dsa7783
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best American made English Brown I have ever had. Poured up a nice, rich brown colour with a thick, creamy froth on top. Definitely looked nice. Smelled heavily of various cereals and roasted malts. Perhaps very, very faintly of gingerbread. Very inviting. Nearly bereft of hops as malts dominate almost every facet of flavour here. Very well done. Mouthfeel is smooth and easy to drink and a good weight for the style. Highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 23:09:15 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of davidt


3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 14:16:20 | More by davidt
Photo of bjoyce12


3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 17:31:28 | More by bjoyce12
Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
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