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Ellie's Brown Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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1,787 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,787
Reviews: 659
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 58
Gots: 156 | 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 jbone78
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Buddy of mine brought this from Alabama for my birthday. Pours somewhat dark brown with a finger or so head. Smell is full of nutty goodness. Flavors: I pick up hoppy citrus balanced with chocolate and toasty malts. I think the carbonation is a bit high for a brown, but I don't care.

This is a really good, easy drinking brown.


Photo of philbertk
2.98/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Ellie's Brown Ale--1999 12 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV--15 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) 5.75% on Web Page. Clear red brown color. Light chocolate front. Smooth medium body with rich light sweet roasted chocolate caramel flavor. Minimal fruit flavor. Nutty balance to smooth chalky end. Sampled 12/1/1999.

Avery Brewing Company--Ellie's Brown Ale--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50%ABV. 17 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Lacy lasting dense tan head. Clear dark ruby brown red color. Delicate chocolate mild hop front. Creamy hint mild sweet crisp smooth mellow dark dough malt cocoa vanilla nut hint mild fruit tasty Brown body. Mild hop clean smooth end. Tasty, refreshing Brown! Sampled 12/6/2010. 6-Pack purchased for $9.39 @ Pete's Supermarket on 5/9/2010.

Avery Brewing Company--Ellie's Brown Ale--2011 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. 17 IBU's. (2.5 / 5.0) Thin pour. Lacy foamy lasting off white light tan head. Clear bright dark ruby edged black brown color. Soft cocoa mild hop front. Thin dry sweet fully fermented thin textured crisp light toasted cocoa biscuit smoewhat bland brown ale body. Slightly herbal mild hop spice clean dry end. Weak flavored too dry too thin Brown. Remember it being better. Sampled 2/16/2011. Purchased 6-Pack for $6.99 @ The Greenwood Market, Seattle on 2/16/2011.

Photo of chinchill
3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A very dark brown ale with excellent mouthfeel and appearance. but disappointing taste and aroma. Looks and feels like a stout, and tastes more than a little like one too.

A - nearly opaque dark brown with low level of head. The head is short-lived but leaves side lacing for a while.

T - too earthy; bitter but not hoppy finish. Relatively strong roasted/burnt components.

M - medium/medium-heavy; creamy; noticeable carbonation.

Photo of PintOHops
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glass - Nonic

A - Dark brown/mahogany color with moderate tiny bubbles. It's just slightly hazy with a 1-finger head that died down fast to a soapy ring. It left a few spots on my glass but no lacing.

S - Brown sugar and nutty aroma's with a bit of leafy hop notes in there. It's very mild with just a bit of a husky quality.

T - Mild nutty and bready flavors overall. Mild sweetness with hints of buttery flavors towards the finish. There's a nice leafy hop flavor on the finish with mild mild bitterness. Buttery and nutty flavors linger a bit with subtle sweetness/

M - Smooth with moderate crispness and a sturdy medium body/

D - This brown is very drinkable, I could order one after another with this one, even have a sixer of it. That being said the flavors seem to be very subdued causing me to drink more for the soft flavors that it offers. I think it's good but I do prefer a richer American brown than this, but I did enjoy the buttery flavors in this one and i'd drink it again. Worth a try for sure. Cheers!

Photo of JosiahS
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

glass: Nonic

A: Dark brown with ruby red. Produced a half-finger head but a wide glass(nonic) is used. Egg shell colored, soapy head. Splashy lacing.

S: Nuts, brown sugar, molasses, fig, little date, musky hop overtone. Nice blend.

T: Mild front. Mid has a nice concoction of bitter roasted chocolate, date, brown sugar and slightly floral but more musky hops. Finishes clean and floral with a strike of roasted bitterness.

M: Medium body, a bit of a thick feel. Medium carbonation, right in-line with a typical american brown.

D: Well enough on drinkability. This beer offers nothing special though, which isn't bad but should be mentioned.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ellie's Brown Ale, on tap. Pours a dark brown with a small off white head and no lace to speak of. Malty aroma, which is also there in the taste. Nutty, roasted malt and a very small hop presence. Medium bodied, a bit thin. Drinkability is very good, a nice sessionable brown with no frills, but thats not necessarily a bad thing.

Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a nice brown long lasting head. Aroma of caramael, cacao, dark malts, light hops. Taste of caramel, toffee, some cacao notes. Palate is nice full body, nice carbonation. Taste is caramel, toffee, cacao. Nice malty, nutty, toffee finsish. A smooth easy drinking Brown Ale. Very nice

Photo of mikeg67
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours light brown with a short lived off white head. Bready aroma, with notes of brown sugar, molasses and piney hops. Medium, creamy body. Flavor is of nuts, roasted malt, dark fruit, and brown sugar. Some hints of hops. Long dry finish from roasted malt. Very tasty brown.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap 11-21-10

I asked the bar tender to suggest something and I told him I was in the mood for a Brown but I think this may have been their only one on tap.

It poured almost black but if held to the light you could see through it just a tad. Not much head but left decent lacing.

Taste was on the lighter side but there is mild roastiness and ever so slight nutty flavors.

I dont think Id drink this beer again but it was nice that it was light because I just had a big lunch!

Photo of augustgarage
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Newly available in cans, I thought I'd give this one a review (though I've sampled it in the past on-tap I think). Poured from a 12oz can into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Clear auburn body with cocoa brown highlights and a half finger of sudsy isaballine foam crusting over the surface. Sticky soapy lacing clings to the sides.

Brown sugar on the verge of carmaelizing, roasted malt, walnuts, and a hint of diacetyl in the nose.

Toasty malt suggestive of porter, though the character grows nuttier (pecans?) and dry after some time on the palate. Dusty hop notes add a very mild bitterness which attenuates the sugars quite well. Smooth loam-like finish rounds out the profile. Simple but well crafted.

Medium bodied, creamy, with moderate carbonation. The low-ish ABV akes this sessionable - glad I bought a can, though a pitcher would be fine too!

Photo of Bizz88
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown with a feathery two fingered tan head with a fair amount of lacing the entire glass. Aromas of roasted malts, carmel, and chocolate. Complex on the palate with coffee semi-sweet chocolate and molasses tones. A smooth medium bodied ale with nice carbonation. Two thumbs up!

Photo of TheBigE5
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice Red/Brown color. Had a thick head when i poured it into a snifter. Malty smell. Has a malty taste with hints of chocolate coffee and caramel. Good mouthfeel and finishes with a bit of sweetness and a nip on your tongue. Very interesting beer in that the taste evolves from start to finish.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Ellie has a russet brown look to it with a very thin off white cap that bounced immediately, and this is from a hard pour, no lace. Smells quite roasted and malted and choclated and browned. Taste is quite refreshing a big blast of chocolate, some brownie batter and roasted malts and some nuts at the very end leaving me very satisfied. The feel is smooth and less than medium and is just nice, no blockage. This is perhaps one of the better regular browns i've had recently. Hail everything that is brown, all hail brown.

Photo of soju6
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear deep Mahogany color with a nice tan head that fades to good lacing.

S: Has aroasted malt aroma with a hint of chocolate.

T: Has a nice roasted malt taste with semi-sweet chocolate flavor mixed in. Just a tad too sweet.

F: Medium body & creamy, well balanced, very smooth.

D: Good example of the syle. "Well behaved", goes down easy. Just a bit sweet for my taste, but still good for as couple. Worth a try.

Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.33/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer pours a cloudy brownish, amber color with a thin, rapidly fading head. It's aroma is mainly roasted malt with a hint of chocolate and
vanilla. The flavor has notes of semi-sweet chocolate, toast, and sour cherries. The mouthfeel is medium giving way to a filling, minimal drinkability. Avery Ellies Brown Ale is an okay beer with a curious mix of aromas and flavors. Slightly recommended.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep russet brown color with a minimal white head and a little residual lacing. Smells of roasted malts, burnt stuff, and a little hop aroma. Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, toffee, and some faint caramel notes. Mouthfeel is medium with mild carbonation. Drinkability is high.

Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap while visiting Colorado.

Poured into a pint glass, it shows a clear, dark brown color, with a relatively thin tan head.
Nose is nice, chocolate, toffee, some lightly roasted notes, a faint trace of hops.
Medium bodied, good carbonation, flavors of mostly chocolate and some fruits, evolving into caramel.
I am not a big fan of brown ales, but this one is quite nice and easy to drink.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Is Ellie a Hell-hound? 'Cause this is tick #666!!

A - Deep brown, nearly black. While the brew is actually translucent, it is of such a dark hue that light scarcely penetrates it. The camel-colored head is long-lived and deposits plentiful lace.

S - Mild roast, some toffee, and a hint of cocoa round out the delectable aroma. Perhaps a lil dark fruitiness, too.

T - The taste (and everything else about it) is phenomenal. I feel like a sucker for passing this brew up for the better part of a decade. Deliciously sweet maltiness, huge nutty impressions, cocoa notes, raisin-y flavors, and a bit of earthiness on the finish.

M - Creamy, rich, full, and yet not to big to be ridiculously easy-drinking.

D - Great stuff here. The style may not be 'exciting' but the quality is.

Photo of spicelab
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoegaarden Grand Cru Tulip.

Pours much darker than I was expecting, amber hues are only apparent when held up to the light. One-inch head, plenty of retention and lacing. Bon.

Lovely mixture of sweet and fortified-wine-like malts, prunes, muscatels and other stewed fruits. Like it a lot.

Taste is mustier and winier than the sweetness on the nose portends, not that that's a bad thing at all. Some mild coffee and chocolate notes get a peek with some biscuity malts also lingering.

Mouthfeel is undersstated but luscious.

Drinkability is fab. As sessionable a beer as I can remember.

Love this. For mine this is right in the sweet spot for the ABV.

Photo of arizcards
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single in late August at Total Wine for $1.79.

Beer poured a light brown with a nice tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is sweet malts and some hints of chocolate.

Taste is sweet malts, some chocolate, with a very dry hop finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with some good carbonation.

Drinkability is good. ABV is just above sessionable. This is a tasty brown that is a good representation of the style.

Photo of pants678
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Little dark for a brown. Beige head, bubbly not creamy that laces the glass.

Smells thick with malt, caramel and a note of ginger.

A robust brown that immediately gives a base of creamy chocolate more so than coffee. Still has a nice caramel wrap that's offset by some mild bitterness on the finish. More character than Sam Smith's, better edge than the Palo Santo Maron. Alcohol's completely hidden.

A medium bodied, dry brew that's still almost got a porter thickness. Probably couldn't put back so many of these.

Photo of mjaskula
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. Pours dark brown with reddish highlights. The moderate tan head thins to a film and leaves a bunch of thin lacing.

The weak aroma is mostly the sour bitterness of roasted malt followed by a sweet and nutty malt aroma. The flavor continues the aroma, but is a little more bold, and well rounded, roasty and nutty at the beginning. The roasted malt and sweetness combine to suggest raspberries in the finish.

The carbonation seems high and helps to lighten the body and mouthfeel is nice and smooth. This is a great autumn beer.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate brown color with an off white head and a bit of lacing. Nose is caramel, hints of roasted malt, and a bitt of toffee. Some dry hops. Taste brings a bit of earthy, dry hop bitterness along with a good dose of caramel and toffee with some slightly roasted malt. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Drinks pretty well, but they don't do it like the folks across the pond.

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Blue Palms

A: The pour is a dark brown color, as you might expect with, with some reddish highlights and a small off-white head.

S: Quite nutty on the nose with subtle roast and chocolate notes. Sweet toffee and caramel notes as well.

T: The sweetness of the toffee and caramel aren't quite there on the palate. A more noticeable presence from the roast and coffee flavors which, along with some nut shells, provide a fair amount bitterness to the beer.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: A nice nose to this beer, but the flavor was not quite as good and well rounded. A little too much bitterness for an English brown, too.

Photo of brystmar
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Deep, dark brown with 1.5 fingers of manila-colored head. Good retention & strong lacing on the glass. Roasted malts, lactose, and a hint of chocolate in the nose. I really love that milky scent.

Malts hit you first, a touch of sweetness brings forth some subtle nuttiness and cocoa. Mild, hoppy finish shows that this is a well-balanced brew overall. Texture is smooth and creamy but not super heavy. Could go for another half glass but that's about it.

A solid beer from a great American brewery. Brown ales can be boring -- and I've shied away from them as of late -- so this is a great example of a well-made brew in this category.

Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,787 ratings.