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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

1,819 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,819
Reviews: 663
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 59
Gots: 168 | 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 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.


Photo of kemoarps
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a deep coca cola brown, with a limited cream head. minor lacing.

sniffs out somewhat of a roasted nutty cocoa. Reminds me of these cocoa-coated almonds I've been eating with lunch recently.

Taste is much the same. add on a hint of toffee sweetness and maybe splash of a good dark roast espresso.

carbonation rolls easily, and it goes down smoothe. I got it because it was one of the few at the local marketplace that I hadn't tried that looked like it might be up my alley, and indeed it was. I like this brew, though I've had better. I would absolutely buy it again if the mood struck, but it wouldn't be the first one I would grab for in a hurry. A well crafted beer, and one well worth at least checking out.

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2.8/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark amber color with a tiny, foamy beige head.

S: Smells like coffee up front with some nuttiness, perhaps a hint of nutmeg.

T/M: Taste is subtle like an amber. There is some nuttiness and light to medium carbonation followed by a hint of honey sweetness.

It's similar to an amber but better, not bad but not great. And it's brown.

Photo of shand
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This brew pours a deep chestnut brown crested with a finger of head that sticks around for quite some time. The aroma is nice, there's a full, roasty, nutty maltiness to this. There's also caramel, cocoa, and coffee in here. A robust aroma. The taste is a robust caramel maltiness, with a bit of chocolate and roasted nuts. Not quite as alluring as the nose lets on, but still quite good. The mouthfeel is nice, it's got a body on the lighter side of medium and is fairly briskly carbonated, and the drinkability is about average for style. Overall, a great brown ale. A solid choice.

Photo of kflorence
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Imported from my ratebeer.com profile - APR 8, 2008

Pours dark brown with little to no head. Smells of caramel, malts and molasses. Tastes much the same, very smooth and pretty tasty. I could drink a few of these, but there are better brown ales out there.

Photo of treque
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a deep amber in color on in other words light brown, some carb, clear, a small off-white head

S: is no so deep, some roast, malty and thast it

T: medium body, sweet notes, a very nice toast flavour, malty flavour too, dry finish, and some hop aftertaste

Photo of awmiller
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice brew in the brown ale line! This brew poured up a dark mahogany-colored body sporting an amazingly thick, cream head with good retention and lacing. Roasted malts and chocolate combine to make a medium-bodied, very smooth, creamy, malty, sweet brown ale with subtle hints of robust coffee with a finish that’s only lightly ‘hoppy’ and not bitter tones.

Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Taken from the bottle at Kitty O'Sheas Arlington Virginia poured into a small pint glass like tumbler.

An incredibly super creamy tan head is formed, almost looks dense and on tap thick in appearance. That wonderful hit sits on a light red cloudy amber brown body looking fresh and very inviting. We have brown ale win I say.

Bouquet though is very sweet smelling and nutty. Dense malt and even a bit of thick honey. It's very impressive but it's also a little jarring.

Taste is anytihng like a brown ale it seems but very impressive as well. Doppelbock malt like bodied rich textures in the palate and taste, sweet milk chocolate, even marzen like banana on the finish. Rich, full bodied, missing some roast character but a very unexpected palate.

Overall I like it, but it's quite different from the regular brown ales I have had.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one from a bottle down in the OBX. How fresh it is< I don't know since it seems like they're being canned now.
Color is dark brown with chestnut/ruby/garnet highlights. on top sits a thick and strudy tan head. Sticky lacing as foam fades leaving a thick foamy ring. Carbos: dificult to say but I will say above average.
Quite aromatic with rich roasted malts being the dominate aroma. Roasted, coffee and hints of chocoalate are present. Hops are there but linger more in the background, not very assertive
Taste is of course malty, It has a complex taste with sutle hints of roasted malts, chocolate and nuts. I'd lean towards hazelnuts.
hops are present in the flavor but they provide a more bitter aspect to the beer. Hop flavor doesn't seem to be present.
Full bodied beer here with some grittiness or coursness. I get a nice hoppy/roasted malt aftertaste that lingers.
This a good beer and very drinkable ranks up there with DFH India brown ale and Bell's Best though Bells is more of a traditional brown.

Photo of devilben02
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the can with a deep, nearly opaque chestnut brown and a billowy beige head that laces nicely against the walls of the glass. The aroma is light and clean, with some dry nuttiness, a hint of sweet milk chocolate, and a bit of a mineral-like character. The flavor is slightly more substantial, but still not dense, with a pleasant combination of light caramel, candied cashews, and a bit of mossy hops and smoldering firewood to balance. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but that does help this one go down even easier. Overall, this isn't the boldest or most flavorful American brown, but it is an easy-drinking selection that isn't going to turn anyone off.

Photo of emmasdad
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to find this one in cans, my preferred serving method at home. Poured a dark brown color, with a nice cap of light brown foam. Good chocolatey nose, with hints of coffee and roasted nuts. On the palate, rich and medium bodied, with flavors of with roasted malt, caramel and milk chocolate.

Photo of woodychandler
4.73/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The CANQuest (TM) is moving into high gear again, following a hiatus to achieve a numerical milestone. I am so glad to put bottled beer behind me for a while so I CAN concentrate on what really matters - CANs!

From the CAN: "Lab Tested" - Puhleeze, leave the puns to me! Plus, I was always told NOT to give dogs chocolate. How was this tested?; "Named after our beloved chocolate lab, this beautiful, deep russet brew is dominated by a chocolate and brown sugar maltiness with hints of vanilla and nuts, producing a very smooth well balanced and quaffable brown ale."; "Brewed with Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, hops, and yeast."

The Crack & Glug came off without a hitch, demonstrating that you CAN get back up on the horse. I had a bit more than a finger of deep-tan head that began to fall right away, leaving some beautiful lacing in its wake. Color was ...

On a side note, a recent thread on review variances (http://beeradvocate.com/forum/read/3843052) got me to thinking about how best to quantify colors in beer. The obvious answer is degrees Lovibond, but that is more for professionals and homebrewers. I then CANsidered a color wheel, but it is too basic. My next thought was a book of paint chips from a major retailer, but they do not generally sell those to the general public. Another user mentioned the Munsell atlas and one of my colleagues has put me onto the Pantone Matte Formula Guide. In the meantime, I will go with my limited scope of descriptors.

... garnet/ruby/russet (add that to the data bank) with NE-quality clarity and cola highlights. Beautiful. The nose was immediately rich with vanilla notes and leaning in, I also got milk chocolate and an almond nuttiness. Was I drinking a beer or having a dessert? Mouthfeel was medium, but on the upper end, approaching creaminess. Lots of flavors going on in the mouth, but you had better like sweets. I got got milk chocolate, almonds or peCANs, and even a light smokiness. Fantastic! Finish was somewhat on the sweet side for my taste, but there was nothing wrong with it stylistically. I would definitely put some in my cooler for the malty beer set.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - dark brown in color, not see-through at all, with about half a finger's worth of khaki-colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - syrupy and malty with a note of something like caramel or maybe brown sugar.

Taste and Mouthfeel - kind of a smokey flavor with hints of maybe molasses and/or brown sugar. The texture is pretty well-balanced, but I think leans a little more toward the watery side.

Overall - not a bad brew at all, but a little plain tasting in my opinion. However, it's not bland at all, I just don't pick up anything super special about it. Still tastes good, just not interesting.

Photo of ATPete
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

@ Rattle & Hum, NYC

Rich, transparent brown color with a medium sized, frothy off white/tan head. Sweet brown ale malt characteristics in the nose, some tame leafy hops as well. Light/medium in body, the beer is creamy while still remaining crisp and refreshing. An awesome brown ale.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep brown/ruby shimmering body, finger head, good lacing

S: dark chocolate, light fruit, hint of coffee, roasted nuts, light toffee and caramel

T: sweet chocolate, nuts, roasted malt, smooth hint of bitter in the finish

M: med body, chewy/smooth, good carbonation

O: One of my favorite beers and a great representation
of this style. Very sessionable and perfect beer to sit
around the fire with friends.


Photo of MattyG85
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark brownish ruby red with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. Medium off white head fades into a thin white layer. Good lacing.

Smell: Dark roasted caramel malts with chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruits, and hints of coffee and earthy hops. Very malt and chocolate forward.

Taste: Dark malts, chocolate, brown sugar, coffee, and dark fruits are followed by a mild hop bitterness. Coffee is more noticeable in the finish. Pretty sweet but has enough bitterness to balance it.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a medium to high carbonation. Very creamy and smooth.

Overall: A pretty decent version of a brown ale. On the sweeter side but has enough balance to make it a pretty good brew.

Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours an initial brown, but holding it up to the light actually reveals a dark ruby body, topped with several fingers of frothy off-white head. This retains with a rich ½ finger, leaving back a good bit of sticky patchy lacing. The aroma is quite flavorful smelling, with notes of cocoa, caramel, and roast all merging to give off a rich molasses feel in the nose. A bit of green citrus and some light mineral notes hang on the edges.

This carries over to the taste, with a sticky mix of toffee and coca that is surrounded on the edges by a burnt roasted character. The roast alone would probably do a good job of balancing this but there is also a leafy hop bitterness present that gives the profile an extra layer of green flavor. The finish is mostly leftover citrus and dry roast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and is mostly crisp feeling the whole way through, helping keep those rich flavors going down smoothly.

This was a very nice take on an American Brown Ale from Avery, with the type of full flavored profile that seems to be sorely missing from this style lately. I really dug this one and I’m really glad that they have this available in cans now.

Photo of ADZA
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love these little cool 12oz cans and also when someone loves their dogs as much as i do especially when i see they named their brew after her cos firstly it shows passion and honestly if i had my own brewery id do exactly the same and it pours a deep mahogany hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind a nice two finger head and clingy lacing here and there,the smell is sweet bready malts,dark plums,brown sugar,a touch of vanilla and a very subtle light fruity hoppiness,it has a light-medium bodied well carbonated mouthfeel and has tastes of vanilla,light chocolate,brown sugar,hazelnuts and is finished with just a touch of subtle light fruity hops that really evens out the tailend of this drop to make it a very sessionable ABA and i will buy again without doubt.

Photo of mltobin
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass/

Appearance is a brown color with a good sized off-white head to it. Its` smell is faint overall, but has some fruit along with some malt. The taste is roasted malts on the lighter side for the most part, well balanced. MF is medium, ok carbonation. Ellie`s is a pretty nice brown ale.

Photo of foles
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

American Brown - the style where the commercial examples dont seem to meet the BJCP guidelines. This one is no different. A fairly dry bitter brown ale with some chocolate notes, full body, and some light hops in the palate. However not citrisy in hopping, fairly balanced, somewhat earthy in hop flavour. Another strange point - the website says 17 IBU but it feels like about 40IBU?

Not sure where I stand on this beer. Enjoyed, but not savoured.

Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,819 ratings.