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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

1,817 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,817
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 centbeerfest
4.73/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is being considered for the new restaurant so I picked up a six pack. This is one of the many label designs that plays to dog people like me.

The beer comes out of the bottle with a great composure perfect amount of head that hols up. Color is a deep warm brown, not too dark, but enough that you know this one is special.

The smell of coffee is pleasant and inviting but not overwhelming. The taste is balanced with a smooth finish and a nice creaminess which adds to the fantastic mouthfeel.

I drank this alone, again with steak and then again later with some chocolate bread pudding. It was not too much to drink alone, stood up to the steak and the dessert and complimented each phase.

On the beer take-home scale I would grab a case and keep this one as one of the staples.

Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with ruby highlights when backlit and a fine mocha head that leaves rings of crusty lace on the glass. Coffee, chocolate and nice floral hops make for a tasty smelling beer. Cocoa powder and java with some nice fruity hoppiness to balance nicely. Medium bodied with slightly stinging carbonation. Easy drinking and delicious, a really good brown ale.

Photo of KajII
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Dimpled mug]

The pour was a medium brown in color with a small (1 finger or less) foamy light brown head that was mostly diminishing and left behind very light lacing.

The aroma was of roasted malts, a piney hop and a nice doughy yeast scent. It also had notes of coffee, vanilla and a bit of nuttiness.

It tasted bitter-sweet at first with a hint of roasted coffee and finished slightly malty with notes of vanilla and a nice nuttiness at the end. The flavor stayed with you for a enjoyable duration.

Mouthfeel was creamy yet oily in texture and medium in body and had a moderate carbonation.

Overall a nice bold tasting brown ale, typical of the style. Smooth, creamy and easy to drink.

Photo of McNealc31
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am hooked from the first taste of Avery Brewing Ellie's Brown Ale. A gorgeous light mahogany color with a sticky light tan head. Very nutty and roasted, but not much smoke or charring. The finish is dry, woody, and earthy. Lots of bittersweet chocolate and maybe even some brown sugar in there. An average 5.5% ABV, but that's fine, because this is one you'll want to drink all night.

Photo of rawfish
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours smooth from the can into an Odell tulip. Dark brown, clear with a ruby glow, beautiful but very little head on this one, toasted marshmallow color half a finger high which vanishes in a minute and leaves no lacing.

Chocolate and caramel malts obvious on the nose, some vanilla, toast and soft hops as well.

Flavor is rich and full of chocolate, burnt coffee beans, sweet malts and some nuttiness, almost porter in flavor. Then come the hops, earthy and pine, subtle but present. There is a tart note at the end, it doesn't feel metallic but my guess is that it's not supposed to be there and is a result of the cans.

The body is substantial but with little carbonation, this doesn't really affect the beer at all or the experience.

Very enjoyable and drinkable brew, I could easily put away a sixer of these, I'd like to try from the bottle to see if it improves carbonation and erases that tart aftertaste.

Photo of Andreji
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Kudos to fellow BA aschwab who, on a visit to Colombia, brought over a dozen beers for me, among which this brown ale (first of the dozen).

beautiful beer in all. I poured it into my duvel tulip as one of my favoured glasses for tastings (in retrospect, would rather have used my brand new american pint glass brought by- you got it- mr aschwab as well.

Obviously it shocked me to see it is much darker than it seemed on the bottle (and even given the bottle is very dark itself. The beer is hardly brown, rather black (i hardly see colours anyway so what do i know) and seriously non-translucid although it is not opaque or thick in itself. the head is very generous and tan but fadedrather quickly leaving behind a considerable amount of lacing.

Smell doesn't right off "fill the room" but is quite intense. off the bat, I would say dark chocolate, but i mean the actual cacao paste in its raw, non-sweet sense. further along, the hops are unmissable and quite the staple of most american beers i know. there's an unhealthy obsession with how those bitter pellets affet nose and mouth, and i like it.

Taste is also defined bty this for the most part. not an average brown ale by any means- at least not to par with others i know- but a reinvented, more (yes, again) american style. Strongly smoked, hardly sweet at all, the hops are abundant and blunt, and are closer to the beginning of the taste than the after(taste). roasty malt and somewhat red wine-ish at times, but for the better part a discrete but very pleasant bitterness. flavourful and refreshing i think. medium bodied, not too heavy to make it wintery but not too light to limit it otherwise.

In all another good american beer, I'll put it on my grocery list next time in the states.

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

The color of this brew is a medium brown with some reddish tint to it. The head is just over a finger tall, strong and sturdy. It has good retention and leaves some patches of lacing as it goes down.
The aroma is strongly malty with hints of cocoa powder and nuts and a delicate, soft hops balance.
True to style, malt commands the flavor with background notes of nuts, light caramel, and earthiness with enough hops to balance adding a bit of a floral touch without interfering. A bit of cocoa is ever present as well.
The body is medium and represents the style well, with light carbonation and a fairly rich body offering ample smoothness.
This is a very good brown ale that is a good representation of the style.

Photo of DCon
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from a tap at the Sky Music Lounge in Ballwin, MO into a Boulevard Brewery Pint Glass.

Appearance- Very dark brown if possible. No clouds, just purely a thick coating of color. 1/4 a finger of head which is a dark yellow color and faded quickly.

Smell- A ton of caramel and roasted coffee or chocolate came on as well. Nice!

Taste- Many stages to this ale! At first it is very much like a nut brown ale, sweet, and great. Then came a type of porter with its thickness. I enjoyed this beer thoroughly. Would like to see this beer out more often

Mouthfeel- This is a medium-full bodied beer with a smooth feeling.

Drinkability- Wow! This was extremely good! I'm wondering if it was a good idea to switch to Goose Island and 312 or should I have stayed on this beer to see if it really was drinkable. I say it was enjoyed without a struggle at all! Try it!

Photo of paulginva
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Pouring from a tap into a pint glass produced a 1/2" fizzy off-white head that dissipated quickly leaving a decent amount of lacing behind. Looking at the body in the light revealed a soft carbonation in this clear dark brown brew with redish highlights. Appearance wasn't bad but wasn't distinguished in any way either.

AROMA: The aroma seemed smooth, with a moderate hit of toasty malt, a caramel overlay and just a hint of candi-derived sweetness. The smell of hops, in the form of light scent of citrus was also present.

TASTE: Taste pretty much followed aroma -- a mild-mannered, slightly sweet toasted malt with chocolate and caramel and a modest citrusy grapefruit taste with a hint of pine. Overall an easy-drinking taste without much to distinguish it.

MOUTHFEEL: The body is mild and easily drinkable. Moderate carbonation accompanies a slick feel to tickle the tongue slightly. The initial flavor was very slightly sweet with a short feel of bitterness that shifted in a modest amount of time to a lightly sweet, lightly dry bitterness. Tongue hit was mainly to the middle and back. Body lacing as I drank this was modest and dissipated quickly.

DRINKABILITY: This beer would make a good session beer for watching a football game or for a long-lasting game of cards, but otherwise is not particularly distinguished in any way. It's easy to drink repeatedly over the course of a night and has decent value. All in all, I'd buy, and drink, it again.

Photo of Urbancaver
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish with some nice red tint. A good amount of white head. Lots of lacing and an okay look. Smells sweet and malty. Fairly non-descript. Overall, not very impressive. The taste leaves a lot to be desired. Not very tasty but not bad in any way. Highly carbonated. Sweet and a bit bitter from the roast. Pretty drinkable but overall not very impressive

Photo of brew3crew
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-amber, almost transparent white white head and lacing
S-toasted malt. No really much else there.
T-alot like it smells. Not a whole lot there but still a solid brew
M-medium body and smooth. Decent malt aftertaste
D-very drinkable. Done with my taste in no time.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly colorful, with notes of red and orange imbuing the otherwise drab brown with quite the appealing look. Head is foamy with tiny bits of yeast sprinkled within. Quite sticky and randomly dispersed.

Fairly aromatic, hops are present but subjugate themselves to the malts, which range from chocolate to toasted brown bread to a hint of roast. Fairly decent, just bump up the assertiveness here.

The flavor is, as expected, quite balanced, with hop notes of citrus, grass, and a British Fuggles flavor. Malts are pleasingly flavored, if a bit thin. Roasted barley contributes to the faint chocolate flavor. Body is medium-light and a little slick.

Nothing barn-burning, but a decent ale all around. Highly drinkable and well-brewed.

Photo of JayS2629
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Cocoa and toasted biscuits, lots of chocolate notes and hints of coffee and earthy, ashy notes. The color is the same as chocolate milk, and there is a muddy, dirty consistency. Quite chewy and thick brown ale. Easy to drink this, but a bit on the thick side for its style. A little chalky and heavy. Nice complex flavor and armoa profile.

Photo of jamie2dope
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another craft brewery starts producing some of their year round products in cans. Ellie's Brown pours out a chestnut brown color, with a large, creamy white head. Coffee and caramel come to mind upon smelling, followed by some herbal tea characters, and a hint of smoke. More of the same from the flavors, with the mouthfeel being medium and creamy. Drinkability is superb, as it is loaded with complexities, yet still easy and approachable. This brown has session ale written all over it.

Photo of zimm421
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a SA perfect pint glass. Appears a very dark brown, pushing black. The head is above average, has a nice tan coloring to it and leaves good lacing.

The smell is fairly weak, but has good hints of coffee and some caramel. The taste is full of malts and coffee, along with some nice caramel touches and even some chocolate flavors. Definitely a fuller flavor than one would expect from the nose. Not overly sweet, and well balanced.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a good level of carbonation. Overall, this is a good brew, and is one of the better brown ales I've had. It goes down easily and is something that is definitely enjoyable.

Photo of cyrock1
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown to Ruby Brown with a good 1 inch head with caramel hints in it.

Smell: Roasted Malt and Toffee with cappucino notes.

Taste: Bitter sweet chocolate on the tongue with somelight coffee and chocolate flavors.

Mouthfeel: Some what creamy with a light carbonation that cleans the coffee flvors but leaves the chocolate flavors.

Drinkability: Very good beer, it seems like it is almost a chocolate stout masquerading as a brown ale. Could probably have this multiple times in one night.

Photo of plfahey
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Dark Brown with nice ruby highlights and good clarity. Moderate light tan head with fair retention.

Aroma-This one has a great spectrum of toasted to lightly roasted malt aromas-big chocolate aroma, with secondary notes of dark, toasted bread and light caramel. Faint earthy hops are barely perceptible.

Flavor-The toast shows through the strongest in the flavor, with chocolate playing a secondary role. Slightly sweet up front, the finish is dried by the roasted malt and moderately low hop bitterness. In the finish, some earthy, woodsy hop flavors creep in, and toasted flavor deepens, tasting like lightly burnt toast.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, moderately low carbonation. Silky smooth on the tongue.

This is a fantastic brown ale-enormous aroma, great flavor, silky smooth, and easy to drink. I could sit around and drink these all night.

Photo of Keffa
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into my Duvel tulip.

A: A fairly strong pour results in a dark brown beer with some nice ruby highlights when put to light, and a 3 finger off white head that settles to a small cap and leaves soapy webs of lacing all over the glass. Very nice.

S: Eh. Grainy sweetness, a little roast, dark chocolate, and earthy notes.

T: Again, eh. Some subtle sweetness an chocolate up front, turns into a wood/earthy flavor, and some of the grainy notes from the aroma. Roasted notes come in towards the drying finish.

M: Light carbonation, lightly creamy, and a little thin for the amount of malt in it.

D: Not too bad. Decent flavor, crisp dry finish. Not bad.

Not too shabby. The Pils was better, but this one is not bad either. A little bit better balance of the malt and hops would be welcome.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber to brown-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, chocolate and roasted malt. In the taste, just like the aroma, chocolate and roasty malt, with a small hop presence. A small bite and a medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry roast of chocolate. More a porter than a brown, light body, but ok.

Photo of GRG1313
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark mahogony brown with a tan head that fades pretty quickly;

nose is light sweet coffee and sweet medium roasted malts with carmel undertones. Some hints of plums. Pleasant albeit simple.

Mouthfeel is lightly creamy but rich feeling. Feels "well made" and inviting.

Flavors are pretty simple but very appealing light coffee, chocolate and roasted grains with a light/medium bitter end palate and finish. Simple but appealing and drinkable.

Photo of KevinBrewer
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep mahogany with a fluffy tan head that retains well and leaves soapy lacing down the glass.

N- Chocolate malt and grain husk in the nose.

T- Sweet roasty malt with a nutty undertone. There is a mild hop bitterness that balances the malt but lets the sweetness dominate. Bitter roasted grain husk comes in toward the middle and lingers into the aftertaste.

M- Medium light body with crisp carbonation and a sweet finish.

D- Very drinkable. At first I did not enjoy the bitter roastiness, but it has grown on me. It balances the sweetness and leaves me craving the next sip.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date.

Pours a medium dark brown with very little head. Nose is dominated by milk chocolate covered caramels. Palate is crisp and mildly bitter. Roasted coffee notes play a supporting role underneath chocolate and dark caramel flavors.

Notes: A solid brown ale. Nothing like the "classic" brown, but definitely preferred to it.

Photo of indiapaleale
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour - as far as brown ales go this one is on the deeper, darker end of the spectrum. Very, very dark brown with some shades of red popping up when held to the light. The foamy, bubbly head is mocha-esque in color. Looks like a nice malty treat.

Aroma - brown bread dough, coffee, Oreo pie crust and plenty of delicious malty. The smell is definitely inviting. Must...drink...this...beer!

Taste - ahhh, delicious malty goodness. Plenty of flavorful maltiness along with some dark coffee flavors and bitter chocolate as well as dark molasses and brown toast.

Overall - one of the better brown ales I've had that is for sure. Everything hits its mark and this one just tastes great and leaves you wanting to crack open another can as you finish that final little drop at the bottom of your glass.

Would I buy more of it? - I definitely would, although my wife would probably drink it before I did. She loves brown ales and she loves dogs.

Photo of Jesstyr
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Palm tulip and served with some chinese food. Grabbed this bottle at Total Wines in Alexandria. Overall a good beer, but not the best brown I've ever had.

Pours a reddish dark brown, pretty much completely opaque. Head is a full 2 fingers, just slightly off white, but pretty standard altogether. Not a whole lot of lingering. Nose is a bit disappointing, a bit nutty, otherwise a bit of smoked malt.

Taste is roasted malt primarily, but a slight bit of sweetness and a tinge of hops. I get a bit of chocolate, but its not really predominant at all. Overall its just a medium bodied standard brown ale, that makes for an enjoyable drink.

Photo of rfgetz
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky light brown with thin spots of off-white head, little retention and lacing. Scent brings lightly sweet malt and roasted nuts, some earthyness and well and a somewhat defined hop charachter, stronger than most in style. Taste is nutty and lightly sweet as the scent would dictate, earthy hop qualities and some breadyness as well. Lighter side of medium bodied, its only major knock, decent level of lower carbonation, somewhat dry. A decent beer undone by its weaker body.

Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,817 ratings.