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Ellie's Brown Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,721 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,721
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 52
Gots: 133 | 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 arizcards
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single in late August at Total Wine for $1.79.

Beer poured a light brown with a nice tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is sweet malts and some hints of chocolate.

Taste is sweet malts, some chocolate, with a very dry hop finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with some good carbonation.

Drinkability is good. ABV is just above sessionable. This is a tasty brown that is a good representation of the style.

arizcards, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of pants678
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Little dark for a brown. Beige head, bubbly not creamy that laces the glass.

Smells thick with malt, caramel and a note of ginger.

A robust brown that immediately gives a base of creamy chocolate more so than coffee. Still has a nice caramel wrap that's offset by some mild bitterness on the finish. More character than Sam Smith's, better edge than the Palo Santo Maron. Alcohol's completely hidden.

A medium bodied, dry brew that's still almost got a porter thickness. Probably couldn't put back so many of these.

pants678, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of mjaskula
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. Pours dark brown with reddish highlights. The moderate tan head thins to a film and leaves a bunch of thin lacing.

The weak aroma is mostly the sour bitterness of roasted malt followed by a sweet and nutty malt aroma. The flavor continues the aroma, but is a little more bold, and well rounded, roasty and nutty at the beginning. The roasted malt and sweetness combine to suggest raspberries in the finish.

The carbonation seems high and helps to lighten the body and mouthfeel is nice and smooth. This is a great autumn beer.

mjaskula, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate brown color with an off white head and a bit of lacing. Nose is caramel, hints of roasted malt, and a bitt of toffee. Some dry hops. Taste brings a bit of earthy, dry hop bitterness along with a good dose of caramel and toffee with some slightly roasted malt. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Drinks pretty well, but they don't do it like the folks across the pond.

Thorpe429, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Blue Palms

A: The pour is a dark brown color, as you might expect with, with some reddish highlights and a small off-white head.

S: Quite nutty on the nose with subtle roast and chocolate notes. Sweet toffee and caramel notes as well.

T: The sweetness of the toffee and caramel aren't quite there on the palate. A more noticeable presence from the roast and coffee flavors which, along with some nut shells, provide a fair amount bitterness to the beer.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: A nice nose to this beer, but the flavor was not quite as good and well rounded. A little too much bitterness for an English brown, too.

womencantsail, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of brystmar
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Deep, dark brown with 1.5 fingers of manila-colored head. Good retention & strong lacing on the glass. Roasted malts, lactose, and a hint of chocolate in the nose. I really love that milky scent.

Malts hit you first, a touch of sweetness brings forth some subtle nuttiness and cocoa. Mild, hoppy finish shows that this is a well-balanced brew overall. Texture is smooth and creamy but not super heavy. Could go for another half glass but that's about it.

A solid beer from a great American brewery. Brown ales can be boring -- and I've shied away from them as of late -- so this is a great example of a well-made brew in this category.

brystmar, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of cdizinno
4.78/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark mahogany brown. Nice and fluffy light tan head with moderate lacing.

S: Slightly roasted malts and chocolate.

T&M: Very smooth. Malty sweetness with a mild coffee flavor. Well-balanced with medium bodied and a light hop finish. Little or no bitterness.

A very good brown ale. I have gotten away from brown ales because of their strong nuttiness or extreme tastes that are not a usual favorite of mine. Ellie's Brown is definitely a well-balanced ale that would be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates quality beer.

cdizinno, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of ksimons
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-a deep dark brown with a thin layer of head that quickly disappears and leaves a ring of lace around the top

S-rich malts, sweet caramel, and a hint of hops

T-tastes of rich roasted malts, a bit of sweet caramel, and finishes with just a small amount of hops to balance it out

M-creamy smooth, medium body, low to medium carbonation

D-very drinkable, low ABV but with rich flavors makes this a very good drinkable beer

ksimons, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of JMad
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass...
The color is dark brown with a very thin head head.
Smells mostly of caramel and sweet malt.
Tastes nutty malty, and has a hint of cocoa.
Feels medium bodied and a little dry.
I need to revisit this again, I think I got an old bottle of this, it was at the store on the shelf unrefrigerated.

JMad, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of claybeer
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Avery Ellis Brown Ale is a dark wet leathery brown. It has some redness to it and not much of a head. It was one finger thick and disappeared instantly. The nose is rich with malts and burnt peanuts. The malts carry over to the taste. I pick up a lot of sweet malt and some brown sugar. The finish is subtle but lingering. Some smoke sticks in the back of the throat. Definitely a food beer that would complement anything off the grill. The first thing I think of are some shish kabobs with pork, venison or beef smothered in molasses and sweet bar-b-q sauce with cherry tomatoes, green peppers onions, and maybe some seedless jalapenos.

claybeer, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of climax
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Ellie's was a deep coffee bean brown, clarity was excellent though the opaque highlighted edges. The head was tall tan and full of tiny bubbles. It receded slowly and left some draping lace lines.

The aroma was subtle, yet pleasant and smooth. Earthy coffee bean aromas, and a definite nuttiness, walnuts especially, edged out the sweetness in the nose.

The flavor has the same "mild mannered" attitude as the nose, which the blog on the bottle suggests. Definitely nothing offensive going on here. Slight nuttiness, a pinch of ripe fruit, and a dash of sweetness keep the senses engaged while this one goes down....quickly

The body is on the extremely drinkable side of medium. Crisp carbonation accompanies and a slick feel and a dry finish. Never too cloying for a beer lover who doesn't necessarily enjoy browns, and certainly not too much for a novice. Could session this one all night.

climax, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of ectomorph
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with no freshness dating, but it did have a blurb about being "Lab Tested"... Get it? Lab tested?? Moving on. Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Very dark mahogany, almost black, light tan head is dense, good retention/lacing.

S - Chocolate, walnuts, wet moss, hint of sweet and smoky.

T - Burnt caramels, bittersweet chocolate, nutty, woody with a bit of spicy hop flavor. Malty to the core, but not overly sweet.

M - Medium-light bodied, good carbonation, a bit of a nutty aftertaste.

D - High. Lower ABV, and a malty but not cloying Brown Ale from Avery.

ectomorph, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of bbkd3b
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From the bottle to the pint glass.

A: Pours out a burnt-sienna with a pleasant, cherry hue against the light. A thin tan head fizzes almost out of existence leaving a very plain looking brew, but some lacing crawls down the glass after a drink.

S: Very malty nose. Earthy sweetness drifts up the nostrils, with a nice twist of caramel and coffee. Also, a nutty aroma is present, but not as prevalent. Almost no hops.

T: Pretty much a replica of the scent. High presence of an almond-like flavor, along with a weak caramel taste. A slightly bitter finish is the only hint that hops were indeed used in the brewing process.

M: Buttery smooth feel that just jets down the tongue. Carbonation really sparkles here. Really great.

D: Low ABV and a quality brew, but I don't really think I could drink that many. Just not the right flavor for it.

Overall/notes: Certainly, this is a well-made beer. It's hard for met to enjoy brown ales, and only drink them when in the mood. This served me quite well. I won't buy it any time soon, but should the mood strike me, I don't see any reason to avoid it.

bbkd3b, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of nickadams2
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours a deep dark brown with a thick beige head. Great retention. Thick lacing.

S_Caramel,almond,roasted malt.

T_Very rich,nutty,creamy , caramel. Roasted malt. Hints of burnt coffee in the finish. Well balanced malt forward brown ale.

M_Thick and creamy.

D_Very delicious plus low ABV = Extremely drinkable and session able ale.

nickadams2, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of jpro
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this a few times, but basing this rating on the draft I had at the Griffon (21Aug10). Pours a beautiful mahogany brown, with a light tan / chestnut head that manages nice retention. The smell is pretty fantastic... hazelnut, light roasty malts and some toffee / caramel prevail. Taste is more of the same - a little bit of roasted malt, with a good bit of hazelnut and some chocolate malt, too. Hop bitterness provides balance to the malt sweetness, and nothing more - nothing too crazy going on, hop-wise. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, creamy and smooth... very drinkable. Seems like it would be a good fall / early winter brew - will probably stock up when it starts getting cooler.

jpro, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of dudecandle
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Transparent red-brown body with a creamy off-white head.

S: Caramel, cherries, chocolate, vanilla, and nutmeg give it the smell of a nice cake.

T: Wonderful nutty chocolate taste with some good caramel and subtle coffee notes. It's quite sweet with little bitterness. The chocolate on the back end really takes on a bittersweet-dark tone with a slight cherry acidity.

M: Smooth and creamy with very light carbonation, as an English brown should be.

D: Perfectly "quaffable" as the bottle mentions. It's smooth with a great array of flavors, none of which is overbearing, and all of which work together in great complement. This is my standard-bearer for English Brown.

dudecandle, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of Kikkycat
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep brown showing some mahogany when held up to the light. Just a trace if a head that lasted and clung to the glass.

A: coffee beans and chocolate

T: tastes exactly like what the aroma promised

M: a full, comfortable body

D: yes, please! I could enjoy this all day!

Kikkycat, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of GilGarp
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle with new and improved label.

Served cool into a pint glass, Ellie's is a beautiful chestnut brown with auburn highlights. The clarity is very good and the head is thick and long-lasting. Lacing is left behind as it settles creating a very good looking brown ale.

Aroma is sweet and malty with roasted nuts, mild chocolate, and light coffee. It immediately reminds me of some beers I drank years ago at the Queen's Head in England.

Flavor is very nice too - like a light porter - with brown bread, walnuts, molasses, chocolate, and toast. It's nicely balanced despite all of those sweet flavors. Not very hoppy but well-judged toasted malts give it the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. It starts sweet but finishes slighty dry. This is a session beer for people who hate session beers. Easy drinking, low alcohol, but lots of flavor and not too bitter. Just as an English brown should be and so much better than that Nukey brown we used to drink.

GilGarp, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of NODAK
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is of dark malts, some caramel and even a little nuttiness. Rich without overpowering.

Taste is somewhat complex. Some sweet roasted malts and heavy dark chocolate....some raisin/plum....and a bit hoppiness at the backend. The malt taste is actually a bit richer and heavier than I would have expected from style. Chocolate and sweet roasted malts stick around for a while. Definitely a brown ale with some kick.

NODAK, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear dark brown in color with minimal head but a thin layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface. Only a very light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of nutty and toasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very malty and similar to the smell and also has a bit of sweetness. Nutty flavors really stand out in the taste along with some hints of brown sugar and caramel.
M: It feels medium-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: I will definitely considering having this beer again because its flavors are rather interesting and the low alcohol content makes it very sessionable.

metter98, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pint glass offering, with a nice dark brown color. Initially a finger width head, but disappeared quickly, which is fine by me.

It felt rather thin on the tongue, but not too watery.

It had equal parts hops bitterness and sweet malt flavorings. Each one complimented the other, and balanced out fine.

I'd recommend it as a good beer to relax with.

IRONRakkasan, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of aristeros
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug. The beer is a nice, mahogany brown, red highlights in the light. Cream-colored head of about two fingers with good retention and lacing. Nose is bitter chocolate over sweet malt. No hops in the nose.

Moderate-heavy body--a pleasant surprise--due to a good amount of roasted malt, blending light coffee and deep chocolate flavors up front. Slight bitterness to the finish and a nutty taste. Slightly creamy texture with a "warm" finish that reminds me of a porter.

A lower ABV makes the beer thoroughly drinkable, and sessionable besides. I wish I had another six pack. This is a heartier brown ale than many, and is one of my top five browns out of several dozen I've tasted.

aristeros, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of tronester
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights. Smells of ripe fruit, and a hint of hay. Taste is light brown bread up front, with a very herbal, leafy bitterness defining the middle and finish. A hint of smoke in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is good, low carbonation. Decent drinkability, I would get this again.

tronester, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of speter
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown color with a persistent tan head that left nice lacing.

S: Roasted malts. Little or no estery smells or hop profile.

T: A sweet front blossoms to a rich roasty center. (OK, fine. It tastes good!). There is just a hint of hop bitterness in the finish, which perfectly balances the sweetness up front. This is one of the best balanced beers I've had in some time (johnny one-notes notwithstanding).

M: Surprisingly full bodied for a normal ABV beer. Carbonation was persistent, but not overpowering.

D: A wonderfully drinkable brown ale.

speter, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of Onenote81
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown (imagine that) with some light reddish-hues on the edges. A thin tan head caps it off. Scents of roasted grains, mild chocolate, maple syrup, and burnt sugar. Nice.

The body is pretty full, but the carbonation level is moderately high. Could tone this aspect down a smidge. Giving me the hiccups. Great warming flavors of caramel, syrup, toffee, and hints of bittering hops on the finish. Well done. This carries great character of sweetness, with just a touch of bitterness. Very good Brown. Recommend.

Onenote81, Jun 22, 2010
Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,721 ratings.