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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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1,674 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,674
Reviews: 651
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 49
Gots: 122 | 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 Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was served this ale in a blind tasting chilled in a double walled tumbler. thanks to Tenderbranson69.

A - Deep Ruby w/ bronze shade and thick pale band w/ thick lacing and tiny bead. The beer is attractive to look at w/ good clarity

S - Very toffee smelling w/ cherry and malt aroma w/ hints of alchol. The hops have herbal odors and the toasted barley scents are prominent in the nose.

M - Sweet, moderately full feel w/ mix of roasted and fruity ale textures w/ mildly resinous hops and semi-sweet finish.

T - A toffee and wood flavor w/ mild resinous and light american hops under the malt. Dark roastines w/ hints of coffee and cherry w/ tingers of tobacco and meaty chewiness w/ a light buttery taste and hints of pine. The alcohol flavor comes in at the end w/ a plum note in the taste.

D - Very smooth drinkability and a flavorful beer. I would not turn it down but not my first choice of browns. A bit too much alcohol flavor, but nice maltiness and bolder than most which is a plus on the other hand.
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Slatetank, May 11, 2009
Photo of mralphabet
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Oz Bottle Poured into Pint Glass

A: Deep dark brown with a slight reddish hue... Maybe a little cloudy. Big head 2 fingers or more with lots of lacing that sticks around throughout the session.

S: Lots of toasted malts, little cocoa and nuts, with a light sweetness... There is a little bitter hops.

T: Taste like it smells, malts, mainly cocoa and nuts. Very full of taste with a nicely balanced bitter hops at the finish.

M: Lighter side of medium body. Nice carbonation. Starts like its going to be smooth and creamy, and it is but it ends clean, and lightly dry.

D: Nice flavors good ABV... leaves you wanting some more... Very nice English Brown Ale.

mralphabet, May 07, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into my shaker glass. Appears a clear medium brown color with about a finger of light tan head. No lacing to speak of. Smells and tastes of mild nuts (hazelnuts), a touch of milk chocolate, lightly roasted grains and a hint of caramel. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. A decent brown ale to have on hand.

ClockworkOrange, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of jsh420
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours crystal dark brown with a 2 finger head that fades very fast but leaves notches all down the glass. not much nose on this one but some faint grassy hops? tastes hits you upfront with the bitter hops then moves to sweet roasted malts. mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. if you enjoy a nice sessionable brown this is a great full flavored beer. i could put down several anytime of year

jsh420, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nearly opaque due to darker color, but good clarity on the edges HEAD: Big creamy head with a tan color to it. Intense lacing. COLOR: Dark brown with a garnet tint and orange-brown edges.

S- MALT: Bitter roasted and chocolate malt. Sweet caramel malt. A bit chalky. HOPS: Laid back and fruity sweet

T- TONGUE: Perfect balance for a brown. Complex malts with a helping hand of hops. MALTS: Bitter-sweet chocolate/caramel mix with a hint of roast. HOPS: This is where this brown becomes something special. Complex Bullion hops create a berry profile along with the citric tones from the Cascade and the floral finish of the Fuggles.

M- BODY: A bit light, but I find most browns to lack that chewy character that I enjoy in a sweeter beer. CARBONATION: A bit overactive and bubbly for me.

D- Delicious brown with a unique hop profile

EnojysAnyBeer, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of Yetiman420
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Dewey's Pizza in Cincinnati Ohio.

Served cold in a standard pint glass. Clear brown with a golden tint in the light. Dark setting and difficult to gauge actual color hues with backgound restaurant lights.

No head and eventually no lacing during consumption.

Paired with a ballpark pizza - spicy brown mustard, mozerella, saurkraut, onions, and sausage. Freakin amazing.

Hard to pull aroma off the beer. Some swirling resulted in a sweet malt aroma.

The taste and mouthfeel on this are about what I would expect from an English brown ale. Very, very mild with no remarkable characteristics other than a touch of sweet malt. Avery does a fine job on this beer that I just don't care for from a style standpoint. Works well with pizza.

Yetiman420, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of damienblack
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not much to say in this review. Pours dark brown, sticky lacing, nice biscuity head that lingers. Smells mostly of sweet dark malt, with a bit of nuttiness. Taste is sweet malt tempered by nuttiness, and just enough hops to be refreshing. Medium body, bready and filling without being overbearing. Good carbonation, maybe a bit thin. Superb drinkability, a great session beer all the way through.

damienblack, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of jacobseyb
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A=deep dark amber, that is clear and pours a 1/2' head

S=smells of chocolate, and nuts, with some hoppiness

T=taste is similar to smells with the hoppiness a little more present along with the alcohol

M=nice with light, tight carbonation

D=very drinkable have had a few longer sessions with this beer at a local pub.

jacobseyb, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, medium looking, shoe-leather brown, topped with a half an inch of sandy white head, that leaves some nice concentric lacing down the glass.

Heavenly aroma, caramel maltiness, wonderfully earthy hoppiness, excellent toasted graininess almost buttery and chocolaty, such a huge aroma packed into such a tight little package.

Hops hit you up front, curves quickly into a caramel sweetness then back again into the wonderful earthy hops finishes toasty and slightly constricting hop bite. Seems more American in it's approach with a slightly alcoholic dryness and assertive hoppiness but it's hard to complain when the beer tastes this good. Maybe just a bit too over aggressive in the hop department that I think covers up a bit of some of the more interesting malty aspects of the brew that are unfortunately lost in the wash.

If the ABV weren't where it was I would call it sessionable but seeing as how big we are all becoming, maybe our session beers need to increase in size as well. A remarkable tasty brown ale that goes down easy, does not ask questions and does not want any questions asked about it.

bluemoonswoon, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of PirateUlf73
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pretty, clear ruby-brown color. Off-white head retained and laced nicely.

S: Sweet nose of toasted barley, caramel and a whiff if chocolate. I also caught a hint of hazelnut. Very nice.

T: Nice and smooth melding of flavors, including caramel, toffee, chocolate, hazelnuts, walnuts, and even a bit of earthy hops to add some balance. Gets even better as it warms.

M: Solid medium body and adequately carbonated. Again, very smooth and leaves a pleasant nutty aftertaste.

D: A quite drinkable brown ale. A good candidate for a session brown.

I wasn't expecting much from this one, but boy, am I glad I tried it! The flavors blend so well and it feels so smooth, I couldn't help but love it. Definitely give this a shot if you can get it.

PirateUlf73, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of Bung
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Solid brown pour, surprisingly sturdy cream colored head. Smells of light roast malt and nut. Very slight chocolate, otherwise nice molasses and roasted malts flavors. Just enough hop bitterness finishing out. Drinkable for sure. Pretty darn good, maybe one of the best browns I've had.

Bung, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of KTCamm
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark dark brown, almost black. Light foam that recedes down quickly leaving little head.

Smell is a nutty seet chocolate/caramel aroma. Smells like candy.

Taste is a rich toasty toffee chocoloate nutty brew, with a mild hop finish. The sweetness holds throughout. Good carb buzz in the mouth.

Very drinkable. Might be too sweet after a bunch, but no less tasty.

KTCamm, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of Stimack
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this one based on seeing it highly rated on the best of listings. Brew poured to a nice brown color with some red highlights. Good sized light tan head that broke down quite quickly tonight there was a steady film of foam that left some nice lacing. Real nice malt aroma here, solid chocolate aroma comes out, sweet as well, roasted, slightly nutty. Wow, at first I can see why this brew is listed as one of the better Brown Ales, simply fantastic malt flavor. Very similar to what we saw in the aroma, chocolate flavor at first then a caramel like finish. Some nut like flavors seem to poke through. Slight hop presence at the later half that is nice and goes along real well with the malts. The only detractor that I have on this one as I am nearing the end of it the sweetness or chocolate just seem to be turning me a bit. Overall I think this is a good brew, would clearly get this one again but feel that I have some browns that are just as available or more and a bit better.

Stimack, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of cpn920
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown/mahogany color. Smelled roasted malts and some sublte hops in the background. Taste is of sweet malt and is very smooth, may even be a tad thin.. Beer is carbonated appropriately and medium bodied bordering on light bodied. I think this is a nice beer to drink all night long.

cpn920, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of jjboesen
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This wonderful expression opens with a finger-thick head (Although, this description really depends on your fingers, I guess) that appears somewhat spongy. Ellie's is a very dark - opaque, really - beer that offers heavy lacing with extreme clingage, which is always beneficial when sorting out the unique criteria of a specific beer.

There is a subtle note of raisin behind the malt sweetness; however, a quick stir brings about a heavy molasses blast. The palate detects a biscuity mouthfeel that is supported with a fine balance; and yet, the body is deceptively light, having little carbonation weighing it down.

An enjoyable style, though not my fave, from a wonderful brewery. For what it's worth, I had this at RFD in Washington, DC. (See My Review)

jjboesen, Mar 10, 2009
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3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 3/6/2009 (Tap @ Flying Saucer, Houston, TX):

Pours a pale reddish colored body, cloudy. small off-white head, diminishing. Fruity aroma, roasted. little aroma. Light malty chocolately taste. some smokey porter taste. Somewhat watery. some roasted taste. carbonated. somewhat skunky taste. very malty.

jujubeast6000, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of optiontwo
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. poured into broad mouth glass

Appearance: Clear brown with ruby hues. Minimal head, with alright retention and medium lacing.

Smell: Caramel right away, lots of brown sugar, then floral and earthy hops mixed with chocolate.

Taste: Chocolate takes the forefront in the taste, unlike the aroma. Then there is some grassiness, coffee, and a good punch of citrus hops which also contributes a nice bitterness. It's an interesting balance.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light bodied with high carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down easy and tastes great, can't ask for much more.

Overall: I was really surprised with this beer. Browns can be real hit or miss for me but this one really stands out. According to BA this is an English brown, could have fooled me because I thought this was pretty hoppy. Either way, it's a great brown ale that's definitely worth picking up.

optiontwo, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of SaintArnold
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark coca-cola appearance. Very nice 2 ½ "tall head with decent lacing. I like it; I'm starting to get excited. If this beer is as good as their others, I'm in for a real treat.

S- Malt. There is a hint of nuttiness and bread. Faint traces of spice, which is fine since I don't have to be blown away by aroma.

T- Very nice flavor. The nuttiness is very apparent from the first taste. The finish has tangy bitter bite. I like the fact that this is not too sweet from the malt. It's a very balanced beer.

M- Medium to light body that's all malt. It was lighter than I expected it to be.It's very soft on the tongue. It has very good carbonation that seems to excite the hop molecules. It leaves a dry finish that makes me want to drink more.

D- Very drinkable but the finish is dry. I could easily sit down and have two or three of these. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Nice job Avery.


SaintArnold, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown with some red hues when held to the light. Nice rocky beige head and some lacing.

Brown bread aromas, some brown sugar notes, malt.

Nice soft touch here. Sweet -but not too sweet-malt, toasted bread, caramel/vanilla hints, sweet roasted nuts, a little chocolate, and some acidic bitterness right at the end.

A little thinner than I would have liked. Medium-light to medium.

These go down pretty easy. Got a single/orphan bottle on the discount shelf, which is a bummer, as I think they won't be restocking anytime soon. This one isn't perfect, but is worth finding and trying.

OtherShoe2, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of mbrandon2w
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz
Pours a dark brown, with deep red highlights when held to the light. Nice head, no lacing.
Smells of like a mix of chocolate bars, cocoa powder and coffee with a touch of alcohol.
Flavor is of chocolate, malt and a dry cocoa finish.
Nice sweetness, just balanced enough with hops. Very smooth, creamy.
I only bought one bottle of this, but I can't wait to go out and buy more.
Reminds me why I love brown ales.

mbrandon2w, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top with a label honoring the brewer's late chocolate lab

Appearance: Rich deep chestnut beer with garnet highlights; a dark ivory cap fades fairly quickly to a decently thick film/ring with good persistence

Smell: Very bready; there are definite hints of dark pumpernickel in here, as well as a mild dry nuttiness as well; there are slight hints of chocolate in the background.

Taste: Sweet, nutty malts with just a hint of mild roastiness on the finish...there is also a mild, ever so slightly fruity English-style yeastiness present...this ends nice and bittersweet, balanced between the sweet malty flavors and a dry nutty character

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth

Drinkability: Fairly high; except for the abv this would deft. make a good session beer...it still might...

Conclusion: This is a nice, straightforward brown ale; it's especially nice because it's not overly sweet; this is one of the better Avery offerings I've tried so far!

BedetheVenerable, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of EPICAC
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown. Topped by a thick, beige head that's light, fluffy and seems almost whipped. There's good retention and nice lacing. The aroma is nicely malty with notes of caramel, dark fruit, roast and leafy hops.

Sweet malts over a toasty backbone are evident upfront. Chocolate and dark fruit come to the fore before the toasty backbone reemerges in the finish with a more roasty character and a light hop bitterness. Medium-bodied, and moderately carbonated.

Tasty, but a bit sweet overall.

EPICAC, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of goatgoat
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful clear dark brown. Thin tan head falls quickly with no lacing. Aroma is pretty malty. Flavor is medium malt, the balance leans sweet. A bare hint of roasted bitterness. Slightly sweet finish. Good body.
It's a little too sweet and the finish is more assertive than I like in an English Brown.

goatgoat, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of Haybeerman
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Deep, clear chesnut brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. Poured a 2 finger rocky biege head with good retention. Ample lacing clung to the glass in thick globs.

S: Toasted malts; mainly cocoa and and nuts. Light sweet mustiness of brown sugar. Bittering hops.

T: Cocoa and nuts similar to smell. Also hints of sweet caramel, raisins and brown sugar. Very full taste nicely balanced with a bitter hop finish.

M: Light side of medium body. Ample carbonation. Starts like its going to be smooth and creamy, but a clean, slightly dry finish take hold quickly.

D: Some holes in the smell and feel, but this beer tastes really good. Hey, there's certainly nothing offensive here. I want to try it again, but a warmer serving temperature and maybe try a more vigorous pour.

Haybeerman, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of turamarth
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into new belgium goblet.

Appearance: Poured a 2 finger fluffy white head that dissipated to a white ring, left some lacing. Clear dark brown color. Surprising...since it's a brown ale....

Nose: Some sweet caramel malts, a hint of coffee. Almost no hops in the nose.

Taste: A lot of malts. Caramel notes. Some sweet potato? Some flavor that reminds me of cheddar.

Mouth: a little thick, not horrid tho. Leaves the mouth fairly clean

Drink: Goes down pretty well, pretty drinkable. Nothing special though in my opinion.

turamarth, Feb 07, 2009
Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,674 ratings.