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Ellie's Brown Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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1,626 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,626
Reviews: 645
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 48
Gots: 109 | 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 Floydster


3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

12 ounce bottle purchased from Hollingshead in Orange for around two bucks, poured into my Stone pint glass

A-Medium brown, looks like milk chocolate like the label claims, small 1/2 inch fizzy vanilla colored head that goes away almost immediately, not much retention, some lacing though
S-Strong nuttiness inlcuding almonds and cashews, fresh`caramel, toffee, brown sugar, mild hops, hint of sweetness, and hint of cinnamon
T-Starts off with a big roasted nut flavor, some sweet English malt in the middle, finish is slightly dry with faint hops and dryness from the nut presence, gets slightly sweeter over time and the brown sugar is mixed into the finish, not as dry once it warms but becomes noticably smoother, nicely balanced
M-Dry, sweet, and nutty mouthfeel, worked well together, very smooth overall, nice level of carbonation, medium bodied, taste lasted a while
D-Could drink a few bottles of these no problem, light on the stomach, below six percent, goes down easy, refreshing for its style, velvety

First time I had seen this brew around so I grabbed some, really enjoy Avery and this was no exception, dog on the label looked just like my chocolate lab at home, would drink again, recommended

10-01-2008 19:45:40 | More by Floydster
Photo of nrpellegrini


4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

The second smoothest beer I've had to Samuel Smiths Nut Brown Ale. Rich brown color, with scent of nuts and malt. Amazing malts with a perfect nutty caramel combination flavor. Goes down so easy with the best aftertaste which leaves you wanting more. Can't say to much about this beer other than it's awesome!

09-30-2008 15:53:41 | More by nrpellegrini
Photo of Spidey13


3.63/5  rDev -6.9%

Ellie's Brown Ale pours a clear, dark brown with a tan head. Nice roastiness shows up on the nose, with some creamy milk chocolate and just a hint of some spicy hops.

The taste is raosty chocolate with a pop of hop bitterness mid-swallow. The finish consists of some grainy astringency. The mouthfeel is very thin. I would really like a thicker mouthfeel to go along with the roasty flavor.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer, though the mouthfeel could use some work.

09-29-2008 11:13:39 | More by Spidey13
Photo of irish53b


4.28/5  rDev +9.7%

The bottle features a picture of a chocolate lab, no freshness date, and a nice description of the beer on right hand side of the bottle.

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Developed about a half inch of foam that dissipated down to a quarter inch and remained throughout. The color reminded me of aged copper, mostly brown with a twinge of red.

The smell is mineral like with notes of citrus and biscuit.

The taste hits with a bit of alcohol bite then smooths out with bread-like sweetness. It finishes with a refreshing minty / grapefruit note.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin. However, it is quite smooth and not at all slick. The mouthfeel was the only thing off about the ale.

The brew is very refreshing and the taste is well balanced. The 5.80 ABV may sneak up on you a bit. Overall a highly drinkable beer due to its balance of hop notes and malty sweetness. These flavors are subdued and not overbearing.

09-19-2008 03:27:05 | More by irish53b
Photo of rmcnealy


3.28/5  rDev -15.9%

Ellie's Brown Ale

Poured a dark red copper color, no sediments. What little head generated quickly faded leaving an inconsisent off white lace around the sides of the glass.
Smell is not overwhelming and not one single scent can be distinguised.
First tastes are common of brown ales, including roastiness... nuts, caramel, the usual fare.
Mouthfeel is slightly above average. Has a bitter taste and flees to a slight remnant on the buds.

Overall a decent beer. Have tried other brown ales that I prefered more like Downtown Brown by Lost Coast Bewery.

Stay thirsty my friends!

09-13-2008 19:03:00 | More by rmcnealy
Photo of smcolw


3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

Deep brown and clear. Moderate head, but great lasting time and excellent ring lace.

Traditional dry brown ale smell of darker crystal malt with a touch of cocoa and a slight chaulkiness.

Relatively dry like the aroma, but good malt start and above average level of hops. The aftertaste is surprisingly balanced given the progression of the taste. While I'd describe this as a typical brown, I'd also says that it stays interesting throughout the tasting. The body is pretty average.

I'd say this is on the positive side of the Brown Ale ledger.

09-06-2008 22:06:12 | More by smcolw
Photo of SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%

Served in a pint glass at Tyler's Taproom in Apex, NC

Arrived at the table ahead of the food with a good solid 1-2 fingers of light brown foamy head. It didn't last real long but a thin cap of bubbles hung around for the duration. Some light lacing down the glass.

Aromas were pretty typical of a brown with nothing particularly striking. Pleasant light malt aroma, slightly nutty with just a hint of hops.

A good long pull provides both solid mouthfeel and flavors. Everything is balanced well and never really comes apart. Malts seem to take center stage but they are well balanced and my overall take was that this presents just a bit on the dry side. The finish was a tad thin but still very nice. Nothing particularly notable in the linger. Carbonation was a bit higher than I might have expected but it helped to provide a bit of texture and perhaps a touch of creaminess.

I felt that as far as brown ales goes, this is pretty good. Not a huge fan of the style but this was a rather enjoyable brew. Great balance, satisfying, and it went well with our pizza dinner.

08-21-2008 18:16:57 | More by SIRIUS2
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Pours a clear dark chocolatey brown with a fair amount of head and good retention.

Smells of hops, malts, and funk.

Tastes of pure bliss, malts, moasis, funky-freshness.

Felt a bit flat on the tongue, but otherwsie solid.

I want to drink more and more of this. I believe this has just become my preferred Brown Ale (unless I find something even more amazing).

08-14-2008 03:35:06 | More by donteatpoop
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South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -9%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a deep brown color and a fairly clear consistency. There was about a quarter inch of head, but it didn't last long.

S: Aroma was nutty and malty, with a bit of hops thrown in.

T: Taste was decent. Malt, nuts, some hops, as with the smell. Not overly striking, but solid.

M: A pretty high amount of carbonation and a smooth finish.

D: Overall, this isn't a bad beer. It's not exactly the best example of this style, but it's drinkable.

08-08-2008 12:39:46 | More by avalon07
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.53/5  rDev -9.5%

Poured into a standard pint glass a light reddish brown. Not too much head, but what is there sticks around awhile.

Sniffin' alot of chocolate malts, not much else. Maybe a touch of honey and latte coffee.

Bittersweet chocolate taste, not overly carbonated. Smooth and super malty. I get a touch of hoppiness on the end and in the aftertaste, but malts are the big show in this one.

Not one of Avery's best...that being said, still quite quaffable and a pretty good representation of the style. Probably wont buy again considering the $9 price tag per six-pack at Spec's

07-18-2008 04:47:02 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of Natural510


4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

Pours a very dark crimson red color; very nice lacing on the glass which lasts throughout.
Smells strongly of biscuit malt and brown sugar.
Roasted, nearly burnt, malt flavor up front, with the sweetness of dark sugar in the background. Very subtle hoppiness, this is all about the malts. Aftertaste of coffee & candied apples.
Mouth reverberates somewhat from the malt & hops, but mostly notable for its smoothness.
Fine example of an English brown ale; this one gets it right with the malts & sweetness and smartly tones down the hops.

07-13-2008 03:48:31 | More by Natural510
Photo of WillClark


4.33/5  rDev +11%

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into your run of the mill pint glass. Pours a reddish brown with just enough head to give off a sweet blend of hop and malt. This baby has a nice brown sugary backbone without being too sweet. Nice dry nuttiness compliments the round malt in the body and the finish is mildly bitter but clean.

Do the dog! This beer is one of the best browns I've ever tasted.

07-05-2008 21:08:35 | More by WillClark
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3.9/5  rDev 0%

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-brown body with one sturdy inch of off-white foam.

Smell: Predominately, it's a nutty aroma with scents of powdered brownie mix and dark caramel.

Taste: Maltiness tasting of nuts and dark caramel with a restrained sweetness. Earthy hops with a mellow, though cleansing bitterness. Some chocolate comes online midway. Smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad! You done good, Ellie. Who's a good doggy? Who's a good doggy?!?

07-04-2008 19:25:16 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of Halcyondays


3.58/5  rDev -8.2%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours red-brown, with a small white head at first, but very good retention, makes a nice looking brown in the end.

S: Light chocolate, molasses, cappuccino.

T: Brunt of coffee bitterness upfront, almost stout like. Light caramal and raisin bread come out next, with an earthy hop bite at the end. Definite nutty theme throughout not unlike almond butter.

M: Smooth and creamy, nice overall feeling, light-bodied as it should be.

D: This is a pretty good little brown ale by Avery showing they can make a good beer and not be over-the-top as they can be, but I love 'em for it. First time seeing this beer in CA, I'd love to try it on-tap.

07-01-2008 05:08:32 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of keoki182


4.65/5  rDev +19.2%

Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery pours a deep dark brown with tan head. Chocolate/nutty (think hazelnut and almond)/roasted malt aroma, similar flavor. Very strong coffee notes as well. Brown ales have a reputation as being underwhelming but this manages to pack some flavor. A bit too easy to quaff, one of my favorite beers ever.

06-30-2008 22:43:20 | More by keoki182
Photo of micahgoldfus

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%

Poured a deep, dark brown with some ruby hues, and a nice head that sits forever as lace across the top. The smell is nutty, obviously, but specifically it reminded me of roasted chestnuts. Plus there is a strong presence of dark, roasted malts, and no trace of hops. The taste is a bit darker than most brown ales I've had, but I was expecting it based on the smell. Chocolate roasted malts up front, combined with the flavor of sweet (but not too sweet) nuts, which finished off with a ligh sweetness from brown sugar and toffee and even a very faint hop bite. A smooth beer with a fairly light mouthfeel, it was very drinkable, flavorful, and refreshing.

06-26-2008 19:26:33 | More by micahgoldfus
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3.45/5  rDev -11.5%

Poured into american pint glass

very dark brown with hints of rust when held up to the light

Aroma: Very subtle but certainly a lot of nuttiness and roasty malt with a bit of toffee

Taste: Quite sweet upfront and the hops are certainly assertive and present in this beer to balance the sweetness.

Overall: A solid brown ale and a style that I normally do not enjoy. Could see myself sipping on a few of these in the fall right before it starts to get cold...

06-19-2008 01:05:45 | More by YankChef
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours an opaque black color with a thick white head with good retention. When held to white there is a nice copper redness to the color.
Smell is a good nutty malty smell. There is a bit of an oatmeal smell as well.
Taste is much the same. Starts of with a nice malty oatmeal taste, ending with a good nutty finish.
Mouthfeel has a nice thickness. Not as smooth as I am used to, a little chewy in the mouth.
Drinkability is very nice. This is a good brown ale with a very nice amount of taste with a good nut finish.

06-19-2008 00:24:28 | More by BDIMike
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3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

A- Pours a nice brown color with a small tannish colored head that stayed for the most part the entire time I drank this brew.

S- Pretty light here. Roasted malts, caramel, and a touch of smoke here. I could also pick up a nutty smell.

T- Nice and bready just like I expected. A little hoppy at the finish, earthy, nutty and a little sweet.

M- Medium in body, very smooth and a tiny bit dry.

D- Very good beer and easy to drink.

06-17-2008 08:35:44 | More by nrbw23
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured into a pint glass. Definitely looks and tastes the part of a brown. (Got to love the chocolate lab on the label, btw). Reminds me of the Sam Adams Brown which is actually very tasty. Unfortunately this brown tasted a little thin to me - but I must say that there was some crust around the rim of the bottle where the cap was so I will probably try another one in the future and hope that it's in better shape...

06-08-2008 01:30:45 | More by HoppyMcStout
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-ounce bottle poured into a pint glass yields a clear, deep-brown body with golden highlights capped by two-fingers of off-white foam that settles to a fat ring with a floating puck in it, leaving patches of sticky lacing.

A malty, sweet smell revealing molasses and caramel greets the nose. A little fruity.

Taste is malty and very sweet, but not at all cloying, with flavors of molasses and nutty caramel, with a spicy character and a nice hoppy dry-up. Clean finish. Nutty character grows as the drink warms.

Smooth with a medium body that leaves me chewing the aftertaste a little; refreshing and delicious with nice drinkability.

06-07-2008 05:49:26 | More by cvstrickland
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4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

12 oz bottle in pint glass

a reddish amber color, one finger of foamy head that settles into a nice layer. very mild smell with slight carmel notes, also smoke and chocolate.

light body, good carbonation, smooth. sweet flavors, chocolate and carmel. finishes with a breadiness and hoppy flavor. nice maltiness with a little bite.

06-04-2008 17:50:06 | More by ph2001
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4.03/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours a pretty clear mahogany color. White rocky head with great retention and lace. Good looker!

Nose full of toffee, caramel, floral and earthy hops. Maybe a hint of brown sugar and a few light fruity notes.

Toffee and brown sugar lead the flavor profile. A bit of sweetness that is balanced by some earthy hops. Still some residual sweetness, but not cloying. Maybe a slight hint of chocolate at the end.

Medium body, light carbonation Cery easy to drink. What a session beer.

05-20-2008 16:20:12 | More by Bierguy5
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4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

05/17/08- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 12oz botle with no freshness info found. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Medium brown colored pour. Abou a ½ inch head on pour which quickly fades. Leaves about average lace streaks after consumption.

Smell- A sniffer to really bring out the nose. Seems like a bit of caramel deep roasted malt and maybe a dash of hop.

Taste- Sweet and caramely malt carries the flavor most of the way through the beer. A light hop presence is felt by a light pine flavor. A bit nutty as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation with a sweet nutty aftertaste.

Drinkability- Very nice drinking brown ale. Would pick this up more often if it were easier to find. Pretty much clones the Messiah Bold I had last week.

05-18-2008 22:10:18 | More by GClarkage
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4.22/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours a brown shade that resembles coffee. A huge beige layer of soft foam covers the top of the beer after pouring.

The nose is a nice mix of hop bitterness and chocolate malts.

It tastes great. A touch of hop bitterness combined with mellow caramel and chocolate malts. It tends to have a sweet flavor at times, maybe brown sugar or something with a similar effect.

The mouthfeel is nice and smooth, and the drinkability is excellent. One of the better beers I have tried lately.

05-13-2008 04:52:02 | More by jasonpeckins32
Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
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