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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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1,564 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,564
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 45
Gots: 88 | 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:
IBU's: 17

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002)
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Photo of peck95


3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a dark mahogany brown with a small but decent sized head a very appetizing appearance
a good chocolate/nutty smell
a strong caramel chocolate taste mixed with hops. the individual taste are there but they don't blend together completely.
the body of this beer is good but the hops fighting with the sweet taste causes a tingling aftertaste
this beer is a pretty good beer overall it just barely misses the mark of being great would probably recommend a few other brown ales over this one

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 17:07:23 | More by peck95
Photo of ralree


4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear deep red color with a nice reddish 2-finger head. Beautiful mottled lacing.

S: Really yeasty with hints of spices. Different.

T: Ooh very spicy with some coffee flavor. Secondary chocolate flavor. Just enough fruitiness in the initial taste to make you crave more, and just enough coffee to give you a nice bitter taste. Aftertaste is mild and refreshing. No metallic flavoring. Exceptional!

M: Medium-bodied and chewy - a great complement to the taste. Carbonation is right on. Very dry and non-astringent.

D: Extremely drinkable. This is now one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2007 23:58:57 | More by ralree
Photo of dogger6253


4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown-ruby color, like Coca-Cola. A thick, foamy head, bits of lacing left behind. Pretty nice looking beer. A bit of hops in the smell, notes of caramel and cherry. The taste is mostly grapefruit/citrus hops with a strong malt presence too. Caramel and toffee, little alcohol too. A kind of chocolate flavor mixes in as well. There are bits of cherry in the taste and maybe a bit of orange zest too? This was slightly syrupy feelings with a medium body and a crisp, dry finish. Great taste and very smooth. Surprising little beer right here.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2007 23:17:52 | More by dogger6253
Photo of hchinaski


4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed this tasty beverage saturday night before heading out for the evening. bought a single at once upon a vine.

A-Very dark pour into my trusty Bell's imperial pint glass that was a belated birthday gift. So dark, i though it was my morning coffee. Smallish head that left little lacing and dissipated fairly quickly. Chocolatey brown.

S-Some hints of chocolate and, is that caramel, im not sure. Whatever, it is, it is faint, with little or no preview of malts.

T-God, this is the brown ale i've been looking for. Goes down incredibly smooth with a great chocolate taste and the best balance of malts that i've had in a brown.

M-The after is crisp, with no ill-effects on the palate. i merely wanted more, and it was all i could do to be patient and allow the beer to warm a little.

D-As above, i have been searching for the perfect brown ale, and this is my new favorite by far. Not too heavy, not too light on the palate, i can 't say more. I had come across this beer, due to the fact that there were not DFH india browns at the store, and this was my substitute. this beer is at the top of my brown list from now on.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 01:00:23 | More by hchinaski
Photo of Murchmac


3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks a deep chocolatey brown. Smells like a baked nutty christmas treat.

Good mouthfeel, centralized malt taste, cocoa taste, with a touch of lingering alcohol and sweetness on the tongue.

Good solid beer, something I would like to brew. If you like brown ales give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 05:51:40 | More by Murchmac
Photo of beeragent


4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a glass. The beer pours a medium brown, with ruby hues showing through when held to the light. 1/2 inch head that quickly fades to a thin layer, leaving medium rings of lace on the glass. The aroma is of sweet malts creating a nice nutty aroma. The taste is a nice mix of sweet malt up front, a hint of hops in the middle, and finishing with a dry nutty flavor. Medium mouthfeel. Exceptionally drinkable brown ale! IMO this is what a brown ale should taste like. Full delicious flavor and average abv. makes for the ideal session ale!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 22:52:46 | More by beeragent
Photo of molasses


3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance: Deep brown with mahogany undertones.

Smell: Roasty and toasted, also chocolate and caramel notes.

Taste: Has a very roasted malt flavor. Chocolate and caramel sweetness, but not too sweet. Hop flavor is present and pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth and dry in the finish.

Drinkability: A very balanced brown ale with lots of flavor. I personally like this style in the fall to mix in with all the octoberfests that I drink. This is my first beer from Avery and it has me looking forward to trying more.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 22:09:42 | More by molasses
Photo of kaelingirl


4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Redbones
Poured a chocolate brown color wsith a thick tan head that lingered. Very nice roasted caramel malt aroma. Very balanced flavor with a slight chocolate and graininess up front and just a hint of sweetness at the end. One of the best brown ales I have had.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2007 00:57:26 | More by kaelingirl
Photo of Chaz


4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nearly brilliant copper-brown in color, topped with a rich, foamy medium tan head of very good duration. There's also an excellent example of clingy lace here, and a bit of chill haze as well. Nose is fairly dense, with both bread and toffee characteristics floating above a rich sea of sweet malt base. A good bit of roasted malt here, too. Smooth, sweet, and lightly tangy as liquid passes lips for the first time, and there's some nice round caramel here, which wasn't as prominent in the nose. Lingering roasted malt, bitterness, and just a touch of candi sweetness . . . WOW! This is only the second time I've had this brew and really paid attention, but the last time I did I knew instantly that it was one of my favorite Brown ales. In fact, I often used to compare this to Acme Brown Ale, which for some reason people still look at as a part of "North Coast's 'generic' line" but in fact is another excellent Brown made in the U.S.of A.! Ellie's Brown shares some of the same characteristics that I love in Avery's Old Jubilation: full mouthfeel and rich, roasted malts, excellent bittersweet juxtaposition, and incredibly drinkable. There isn't a lot of floral hop here, but what there is peaks out from behind the roasted malts and reminds me of citrus (orange peel), as it merges with the light cherry notes from the malts. Incredibly, satiny smooth and soft on the palate, and only full in the mouth, not truly full-bodied. One thing worth noting is that this bottle is a bit older rather than being 'fresher', and like some porters I could mention this brew is actually tasting better with a bit of age. For that matter, Ellie's is a good example of a beer that pushes the strict style boundaries, being more of a Porter and less of a Brown ale. Alcohol is slowly warming, and more than adequate. If I were a silly guy (and I can be . . . ) I would mix this half-and-half with Lefthand Black Jack Porter to create a 'black and brown' - hey, I told you it was silly! Dynamite stuff. Way to go Adam!

[Served chiled, in a tumbler.]

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2007 20:34:52 | More by Chaz
Photo of Liquids


3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I love brown ales, and heard this was a must-try, so I grabbed one. Ruby brown pout that is clear with a bubbly head in the tulip glass. Aroma is hoppy and wheat-brown. Noble English hops in there, a bit of American hop character as well. Taste is smooth up front, but with some porter flavors as well--more of the dark brown style. Not really bitter, which is cool. Reminds me a bit of Ipswich dark ale. While this at one time may have been groundbreaking, at this point it's booring. I'm kind of sad I need to finish it.

Good flavors I guess, but nothing out of the ordinary to my palate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and good for style. I can think of many beers similar in style I'd choose over this--am I missing something? Overall, not a special beer, especially not for $10 a 6-pack? For a dark brown, I can't imagine many people choosing this over DFH Indian Brown Ale--a much more intense, unique, enjoyable beer. I have to say this was overrated, and a disapointment.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2007 14:21:51 | More by Liquids
Photo of garcia2a


4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For me this an old stand-by. The beer pours a dark amber-red color with a slight head. Little carbonation. The beer has a mild malt character on the bouquet.

Ellie's brown has a balanced maltiness on the palate with a slight, pleasing aftertaste. Excellent mouthfeel that excites the taste buds. As far as drinkability is concerned, nice at slightly below room temperature, fine chilled.

This beer works well with beef and game, works well throughout the year. This beer is as yummy as a $10 donut, yummm!!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2007 21:36:16 | More by garcia2a
Photo of BeefyMee


3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark and cola-like with a soft head.

Smell: A malty nose that's a little roasty. The strong aroma is accentuated by caramel notes and a slightly floral hoppiness. Interesting but doesn't jive all that well.

Taste: A little brash with big malt and more alcohol than you would expect from a brown ale. A bit of the hoppiness from the aroma comes through as well, but the sweetness is just a little too much.

Mouthfeel: Nice and substantial. Very pleasant on the tongue, if not a tad overactive.

Drinkability: Not the perfect session beer, but I'm sure I could make a night of these.

Beef Notes: Maybe I'm boring but I like my browns a bit a more tame than this. That being said, I still enjoyed it and appreciate attempts to push the boundaries.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 22:18:38 | More by BeefyMee
Photo of demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

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

Thanks to chonyr for bringing this one north.

A very nice looking brown ale. Clear brown and mildly carbonated, with mahogany highlights. A decent 2 finger light tan head formed on the pour, and its doing its best to stick around. Nicely laced with thick sheets that break down to produce thinner webs of lacings.

A nice smelling brown as well. Toffee, and the metallic twang helps bring out a nutty bitterness similar to black walnut. A mildly floral and very earthy hoppiness with hints of wood round out the nose.

Toffee with hints of demerara and treacle. A milder nuttiness comes forth than hinted at in the nose. The hints of demerara and treacle give way to hint of roastiness and the earthy hop bitterness with its slighter woody nuances.

Somewhere between light and medium bodied. Very nicely balanced with the malt and hops. Smooth and slightly creamy, but finishes slightly dry, with a very mild astringency that plays well with its earthy and mild woody character.

It all adds up to a drinkable, refreshing brown ale that is quite nice in all compartments. Its good taste and refreshing quality make for a sessionable brown ale. Another solid brew from Avery, and one I will gladly revisit some other time.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 23:17:03 | More by demcorhip
Photo of CWiggins

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This offering by Avery pours a nice, dark brown. A thin off-white head formed, but dissolved almost immediately. The aroma is a little on the lighter side, with sweet dark malts and dark chocolate present. I found the flavor to be quite nice: it tasted of caramel and chocolate, with some dark maltiness and nuts as well. My only complaint is there was a definite metallic edge to the flavor, and that stunted the smoothness that I prefer some from brown ales. The texture was good, but a little too much carbonation for my taste. All in all, it's quite good, but there are some I may prefer. I would choose it over some other similar browns.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2007 23:55:56 | More by CWiggins
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

2.73/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice looking dark brown colour with a slightly off-white head that is pillowy but dissolves to a thin lace fairly quickly. It leaves a good amount of chunky flecks on the glass.

The aroma is a somewhat weak blend of earthy malt, some nut notes, a bit of chocolate and hints of roasted malt as well.

The flavour captures all of these things and does it a touch better than the aroma, but it's still fairly average overall. There's more of a roasted malt and toasted bread feel here, along with some charred chocolate. Sweetness is present but is certainly minimal at best. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of dry heartiness to it. Still, it's nothing special.

I was disappointed by this one overall. The aroma is very weak and fades in and out, the taste has some promise but is bland overall and it's just not something that I'd go back to. A surprising thumbs down.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2007 04:01:34 | More by guinness33


3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Good looking in the glass. Nice dark amber brown that tries not to let the light through. I got two fingers of head (aggresive pourer) that was nice and fluffy pale hay colored. Smell was sweet with caramel and roaste roasted malts. Mouthfeel had a real tingle to the tongue that grew less as the beer warmed. Taste ok and sweet rounded with malt, unsweatened chocolate, and a slight floral taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2007 17:36:47 | More by MYJELLOMISFIT
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3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a burgandy/brown color with a foamy, tan, one-finger head. Left a little bit of lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt and nuts.

T - It had a sweet malty flavor with some hazelnut and caramel. An oaky taste, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - Another great brew from Avery. Nice sweet Brown Ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2007 18:44:21 | More by zeff80
Photo of hammer09


3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, reddish-brown with a thick, tan, foamy head. Lacing is also thick, clumping to the side of the glass. Carbonation appears vigorous and head settles very slowly. Smell is fairly bland without much character. Aroma is of mild malt with a soapy smell that I typically associate with a pils. Taste is good and malty with a faint hint of bitterness; typical for the style. Mouthfeel is warming with a bite owing to the carbonation. However, this effect flattens out after a few minutes and the beer becomes more mellow. Very easy to drink with a flavor that improves as the beer is consumed. I thought this was an average brew at first, but it actually grew on me.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2007 11:33:07 | More by hammer09
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown color with a nice off-white/light tan head that has really nice retention/lacing qualities. The aroma is slightly toasted malt, a hint of chocolate and charcoal. The taste is delightfully malty with a hint of bittersweet chocolate and a really nice finish provided by the hops. Overall, this is a really nice Brown that I thoroughly enjoyed. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2007 03:41:23 | More by cjgator3
Photo of henrysunset


4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

damn dark brown ale, filtered as what light gets through suggestsa that ti is sediment free. Huge head of fine tan bubbles, more liek a stout that most borwn ales.

Smell is nice too, extremely roasty toast, a little sweet, very nutty.

tastes good too. I woudl call this more of a mellow stout than a brown ale, I guess this is fitting since this is a english brown as opposed to an american brown ale. Bitterness is present without strong floral notes.

Smooth, but a bit thin. might do better with a little less alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2007 23:30:58 | More by henrysunset
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3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really liked this beer; it is the best brown ale I've had in recent memory. Its flavor is quite a nice combination nuttiness and roastiness. Quite well done.

Aroma is an attractive red-brown with copius amounts of loose cumulus-looking head. Aroma is a nice sweet caramel-ness. Flavor is as I mentioned above. Mouthfeel is unremarkable. All-in-all quite solid and highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2007 22:15:17 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of goochpunch


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

Pours a dark lacquered cherrywood with a khaki head that makes lacing that appears to have faces in it. Smell is of light berries with sugar, cocoa powder, and a touch of roast. Flavor is rather fruity with some nuts and chocolate mixed in. Finishes dry with a roasty lingering. Oddly, I've been finding in the finish, what tastes like wet dog smells. Weird, but not too strong or off-putting. Mouthfeel sits between light and moderate. Carbonation is adequate. Decent enough brown all-around.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 03:05:32 | More by goochpunch
Photo of jbsteiny


4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm reading some reviews where people are saying that this is nothing special. I think that it's excellent for the style, maybe as good as the Sammy Smith Nut Brown, maybe better than Smuttynose.

Poured into my pint glass a dark brown with mahogany highlights and about an inch of tan head, which dissipated to a solid ring with a light lace in the center of the beer. Excellent retention all the way down, leaving rings and lace on the glass. I don't think the nose is all that, despite Todd's rave. I get molasses, toasted and roasted malts, and that's about it. The flavors, though, are wonderful. Definately chocolate biscuits up front, roasted malts throughout, slight hops for balance, and a rasiny finish. I think it's a distinct and very flavorful brew. A creamy mouthfeel to boot makes this a great session brown ale, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2007 22:43:28 | More by jbsteiny
Photo of billybob


4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours dark brown with a light tan large head and very good lacing from top to finish. nutty, caramel, dark chocolate smell. lots of roasted malt with chocolate on the slightly bitter side very smooth on the palate good carbonation and easy drinkability. but i was expecting a little bit more from this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2007 15:58:46 | More by billybob
Photo of uwmgdman


3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brown ale pours a very deep ruby-brown into my pint glass. A nice ruby glow when held to the light, as well as a nice frothy off-white head with nice lacing and retention. The aroma is chocolaty, a little bit of roast, a little nutty, and some caramel sweetness. The flavor is a lot like the aroma. There is a light roasted character as well as elements of smokiness and chocolate. The hop bitterness is low, but combined with a bit of bitterness from roasted grains, the impression compliments the grain bill perfectly. The carbonation is moderate and mouthfeel/body is medium. Overall this is an enjoyable brown ale. I would recommend a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 19:57:19 | More by uwmgdman
Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,564 ratings.