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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

1,839 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,839
Reviews: 668
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 60
Gots: 183 | FT: 1
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 keeganfrank
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark red-brown beer with about a finger of bubbly head that dissolves pretty slowly. Plenty of lacing as the glass is emptied. Roasty caramel and chocolate aromas with some slight citrus and coffee. Tart coffee and dark chocolate seem to be the dominant flavors, with some fruit and spices on the back end. Great balance of bitter and sweet. Nice, full-bodied ale, but goes down easily. Overall a pretty enjoyable drinking experience.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried as the Local Taphouse's bottle special.

Pours a darkish brown with red tinge. Head is beige and sunk, leaving a tight little cradle of sticky lace. Pretty decent.

Smell is incredibly sweet. So much brown maltiness with brown sugar, treacle on there as well as nice floral, nectary hints including Burdock, rosewater and sultanas as well. A big malt bomb here, very enjoyable and enticing.

Yeah, lots of dried fruit on the front of the palate: sultanas and raisins mostly; develops more malty notes midway with hints of brown sugar, molasses, golden syrup and a touch of cocoa. Quite dry on the back with some grainy, almost yeasty characters that get quite biscuity and actually give off a touch of cola. It's a lovely complex palate, very nice flavours all over.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but a bit thin. There's enough there for what needs to be but it's not an exciting or stimulating texture.

Yeah, that's a very enjoyable sweet, yet sessionable, beer. I'm a fan.

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can into pint glass
A – Rich 2 finger light beige head with good retention and excellent lacing on top of a dark brown amber brew 4
S – Toasted malts, caramel sweetness with coffee notes 3.5
T – Caramel, toasted malts dominate. Mild musty/peaty and coffee notes. Mildly bitter hop finish. 3.5
M – Good creamy smooth mouthfeel, on a moderate bodied Brown Ale. Mild to moderate carbonation lends a lightness to the overall mouthfeel. 4
O – One of the better Browns I’ve tasted. Quite drinkable, but a little too sweet for me as a session beer. 3.5

Photo of bens0n
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear dark brown color with an amber tinge. It pours with a fair amount of foamy off-white head with a weak retention and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass.

On the nose I pick up on roasty malts and some coffee that comes in at the end. The coffee aroma is the most prevalent, its not overpowering but a nice element to blend in.

Flavor wise it starts out on the watery side, then there is a hint of some kind of dark fruit and a hops bite. It finishes with a really nice roasted coffee taste that shifts into more of a black licorice flavor before the aftertaste fades.

It has a good amount of carbonation, just enough to keep it going down smooth but not entirely flat.

Overall this is a nice brown ale, not as thick as I really like but definitely a brew worthy of trying in the brown ale category.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear, dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of roasted malt and chocolate. It is not overpowering, but it is a very nice aroma and exactly what I expect in this style of beer. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of milk chocolate with a little toasted malt and caramel malt. There is a little bit of pecan or hazelnut flavor and quite a bit of brown sugar and sweet malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very easy to drink, very nice brown ale.

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

Dark brown pour, light brown head, ample. Sweet roasted malt aroma.

Taste, hoppier than your average brown ale, not necessarily smooth, has some bitterness going for it. West coast brown ale kinda thing. Some nuttiness, hints of vanilla. Stays sweet. Coffee is present.

Caramel and molasses seem to be in the mouthfeel, bitterness wanes as more of the sweet and smooth side finally come out. A little more complex than your average brown ale.

Photo of FrankenBeerStein
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I figured I would give this one a straight up pour since I usually tilt the glass and go for a smaller head, then read about them in the other reviews. Ended up with a good 2 finger or so head, tan in color on the very dark brown beer. The head was slow to dissipate, and the lacing stuck around for a while. Smells nice and thick, with a caramel hint and what I would call more cocoa than chocolate. It has a deep malty taste and the cocoa really stays with you throughout, with the beer almost clinging to the sides of your mouth. Not bad, but a little strong with the cocoa. I've had other brown ales that I would prefer over this, though it isn't one I would push away. Call it an average brown ale from my standpoint.

Photo of secondtooth
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown, almost black upon pouring into my ale glass. Monumental head of tan bubbles. Awesome and detailed lacing, too.

Nose is caramel, yeast..maybe some nuts and chocolate. Superb.

Flavor is malty rich, with hints of chocolate, walnuts, and a little hint of bitter at the finish. Very tasty, and probably the best brown ale I've had in many moons.

Excellent showing for the style.

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

Ruby brown color, see through. Nice amount of carbonation. Thin head.

Very malty in the aroma. I’m getting deep toasted malts, caramel, touch of nutty.

Malty up front along with dry bitterness at the end. Deep toasted malts, caramel, touch of nutty and roasted malts. There’s some hint of earth I could detect. Medium bodied, nice carbonation.

Smooth finish. Slight dry aftertaste.

Very nice Brown Ale.

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

Appearance: Pours dark brown with mahogany edges. A pitting tan head that leaves a cap. Sporadic lacing throughout.

Smell: Sweet malt...chocolate....roasty notes.

Taste: Quite nice. A brown ale with more than just malt. There are notes of chocolate, brown sugar, and maybe a hint of molasses. A nice lingering malty, chocolate, sweetness. The hops are only noticed as a balance to keep the flavors in check.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. A nice brew. More of a sipper than most browns due to the complexity.

Overall: I like it. This is a great beer. In my top 2 American Browns. Will flip between this and Smutty's dog!

Photo of IronLover
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a can with no freshness date. Deep mahogany in color with excellent clarity. Started with a fluffy, light beige head that reduced to a wispy cap and a few wet lacings on the glass. Sweet molasses and nutty aromas are prominent, with hints of dark roasted malt and floral hops. Medium bodied with pleasnant carbonation and a smooth feel. Sweet caramel malt and nutty flavors in the beginning with nice floral hoppy flavors through the middle and a clean finish. PLeaant floral hoppy character seems to creep back in after the finish. Not your tyical brown ale. Lots of flavor and aroma complexity.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tall dark and handsome in a glass. This beer is deeply brown but reveals a garnet red when held up to the light. The head is thick and creamy like a cappuccino and has the same tan coloring. A great start.

Nose is sweet and malty with nothing but grains coming through. Roasted in various stages you get a little coffee mixed in with the caramelized sugars.

Taste is almost identical to the nose in a great way. All those tasty toasty malts work around your mouth. Nice bits of coffee and sweet caramel mixed with toasted cereal. Well done.

Mouthfeel goes from creamy to sour really fast. Smooth carbonation let's the malts shine but a bitterness that reminds me of burnt coffee is present. Still a great beer and one that's easy to drink and vey satisfying.

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

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - dark brown with a beige head that left a thin sheet of lacing.

S - roasted malt and coffee beans.

T - roasted coffee taste upfront with some sweetness coming into play before turning lightly dry and bitter on the finish.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

O - a good brown ale that's well worth a try.

Photo of ToddT
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown with a thin tan head. Head fades quickly to a ring but it leaves some nice spotty lacing on the glass.

S- Roasted malt, but subdued, some caramel and molasses notes in there as well. The aroma is very mild, I'm hoping it will improve as it warms.

T- Roasted malt, then some bitter chocolate and coffee to make up the middle. The finish is dry and lingering final note of coffee and a hint of floral hops.

M- Medium in body and in carbonation. Some nice creamy and silky qualities in the mouth too.

D- Very drinkable and at 5.5% ABV it will not wreck you either. A little heavy feeling for a session beer but it could be done.

Not the best brown I've ever had, but very well done. I'll return to this one if I run across it again.

Photo of MufflnMan
2.73/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown color with a nice thick, tan head. Promises lots of malt and delivers... too much. This beer was cloyingly sweet for me. Needed a bit more balance for a brown ale. Not too much body to it, pretty thin for an ale as well. Malt is not overpowering at all, but somehow the sugar is. I'm sure there are some nuts in there as well, but all I tasted is sweet.

Photo of denver10
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with a thick off white head. The head shrinks and maintains at a nice, cm or so consistent throughout.

S: I got a sweet malt smell, some brown sugar, a hint of nuttiness and caramel.

T: Some nuttiness, some hint of vanilla, malt, that finishes off with a nice burn/roastiness to it that can linger.

Mouth: Somewhat effervescent but great consistency. Creamy and full for a medium body.

Overall: A definite winner and one of my favorite brown ales.

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

Served on-tap in a pint glass at the Triumph Grill in St. Louis. Deep brown colored body with a hint of red hue. Nice creamy dark tan head that leaves some good lacing.

Aroma is not very complex, but consists of roasted malt and sweet molasses.

Nice combination of flavors. Roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee blend together very well. One of the better brown ales I've had.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel that goes down easy. I enjoyed this very much.

Photo of Offa
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, reddish brown with small pale tan head slowly shrinking, leaving a few little wisps of lace.

Aroma is very nice rich, nutty-chocolaty toasted barley, faintly caramelized, with a faint woodiness.

Taste is excellent, firm and deep character with nutty-chocolate toasty bread, lightly sweet caramelized barley yup front, then more balanced and drier finish with light woody-peppery-earthy bitterness. Feel is nice, full, lightly creamy. Overall, this is excellent.

Photo of thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured red with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a half finger quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, caramel, and dark chocolate. The flavor was of roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate, and subtle wheat. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this wasn't too bad of a Brown Ale. The bitterness and sweetness in this one were quite well balanced. With that, this was not the best Brown I've had but still pretty good. For me, if the roastiness was toned down a little bit to allow some of the other elements to shine through this one would have been much better. I would definitely have this one again though.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to forgetfu for this one!

A: Pours a very dark brown with a nice 1.5 finger tan head. Reduces down to a thin layer on top and leaves nice lacing.

S: The aroma is very nutty, with a little buttery aspect. Lots of caramel and a little bit of smoke. Opens up a lot as it warms and a little bit of a coffee aroma comes forward.

T: Lots of nut flavor, some caramel, a hint of coffee (less so than the aroma would have you predict).

M: Light to medium bodied, very smooth. Leaves a slightly grainy mouthfeel.

O: Very solid brown ale. Probably one of the better I have had so far. Could easily sit back and drink a few of these. Liked how it was a bit lighter than most browns, but didnt lose anything in terms of flavor.

Photo of Retsinis
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Bruery Tulip glass.

The beer pours a nice hazy mahogany brown. A foamy tan colored head rose about an inch and a half, faded somewhat fast, leaving a tinge of lacing.

The beer smells of roasted almonds, chocolate malt, caramel, and bit of wheat or rye bread.

The taste has a nice sweet roasted malt draw upfront, with some chocolate, bready notes and nuts in the middle, and a very mild hop bitterness which adds balance on the finish.

Mouth feel is light, smooth and even a bit creamy. Decent carbonation, that does not get in the way.

Overall, a great brown ale, with a nice balance between the roasted sweet notes, and the light bitter crispness. Great sipper, and something good to have on standby in the fridge if you like brown ales.

Photo of Shrews629
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A nice, clear ruby/brown color. An off white head that only had average size and average retention. Left some traces of lacing on the glass. The head was mostly creamy. Some faint orange highlights at the very bottom.

Smell - The aroma was a nicely balanced mix of a sweet malt; caramel and some roasted nutty flavors. Pecan and walnut. Not extremely robust, but plenty there to make a nice showing. I even picked up a faint coffee note. Smells pretty good. Touches of chocolate.

Taste - The taste was not quite as complex as the smell. More straight forward with the roasted, nutty flavors with the caramel malt. Sweet. The coffee and chocolate are more subdued. Decent amounts of bitterness. Not bad.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Smooth and dry. Snappy. Covers the palate in just an ok way.

Drinkability - This is a pretty good, straight forward Brown Ale. Nothing over complicated, just easy to drink and enjoyable. Would make for a great session beer. Worth a try if you see it. This beer reminds me of Fall, but could also be enjoyed in the Winter and on into Spring.

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.

Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,839 ratings.