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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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1,858 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,858
Reviews: 672
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 62
Gots: 194 | FT: 2
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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Ratings: 1,858 | Reviews: 672
Photo of awmiller
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice brew in the brown ale line! This brew poured up a dark mahogany-colored body sporting an amazingly thick, cream head with good retention and lacing. Roasted malts and chocolate combine to make a medium-bodied, very smooth, creamy, malty, sweet brown ale with subtle hints of robust coffee with a finish that’s only lightly ‘hoppy’ and not bitter tones.

Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Taken from the bottle at Kitty O'Sheas Arlington Virginia poured into a small pint glass like tumbler.

An incredibly super creamy tan head is formed, almost looks dense and on tap thick in appearance. That wonderful hit sits on a light red cloudy amber brown body looking fresh and very inviting. We have brown ale win I say.

Bouquet though is very sweet smelling and nutty. Dense malt and even a bit of thick honey. It's very impressive but it's also a little jarring.

Taste is anytihng like a brown ale it seems but very impressive as well. Doppelbock malt like bodied rich textures in the palate and taste, sweet milk chocolate, even marzen like banana on the finish. Rich, full bodied, missing some roast character but a very unexpected palate.

Overall I like it, but it's quite different from the regular brown ales I have had.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one from a bottle down in the OBX. How fresh it is< I don't know since it seems like they're being canned now.
Color is dark brown with chestnut/ruby/garnet highlights. on top sits a thick and strudy tan head. Sticky lacing as foam fades leaving a thick foamy ring. Carbos: dificult to say but I will say above average.
Quite aromatic with rich roasted malts being the dominate aroma. Roasted, coffee and hints of chocoalate are present. Hops are there but linger more in the background, not very assertive
Taste is of course malty, It has a complex taste with sutle hints of roasted malts, chocolate and nuts. I'd lean towards hazelnuts.
hops are present in the flavor but they provide a more bitter aspect to the beer. Hop flavor doesn't seem to be present.
Full bodied beer here with some grittiness or coursness. I get a nice hoppy/roasted malt aftertaste that lingers.
This a good beer and very drinkable ranks up there with DFH India brown ale and Bell's Best though Bells is more of a traditional brown.

Photo of devilben02
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the can with a deep, nearly opaque chestnut brown and a billowy beige head that laces nicely against the walls of the glass. The aroma is light and clean, with some dry nuttiness, a hint of sweet milk chocolate, and a bit of a mineral-like character. The flavor is slightly more substantial, but still not dense, with a pleasant combination of light caramel, candied cashews, and a bit of mossy hops and smoldering firewood to balance. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but that does help this one go down even easier. Overall, this isn't the boldest or most flavorful American brown, but it is an easy-drinking selection that isn't going to turn anyone off.

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

Glad to find this one in cans, my preferred serving method at home. Poured a dark brown color, with a nice cap of light brown foam. Good chocolatey nose, with hints of coffee and roasted nuts. On the palate, rich and medium bodied, with flavors of with roasted malt, caramel and milk chocolate.

Photo of woodychandler
4.73/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The CANQuest (TM) is moving into high gear again, following a hiatus to achieve a numerical milestone. I am so glad to put bottled beer behind me for a while so I CAN concentrate on what really matters - CANs!

From the CAN: "Lab Tested" - Puhleeze, leave the puns to me! Plus, I was always told NOT to give dogs chocolate. How was this tested?; "Named after our beloved chocolate lab, this beautiful, deep russet brew is dominated by a chocolate and brown sugar maltiness with hints of vanilla and nuts, producing a very smooth well balanced and quaffable brown ale."; "Brewed with Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, hops, and yeast."

The Crack & Glug came off without a hitch, demonstrating that you CAN get back up on the horse. I had a bit more than a finger of deep-tan head that began to fall right away, leaving some beautiful lacing in its wake. Color was ...

On a side note, a recent thread on review variances (http://beeradvocate.com/forum/read/3843052) got me to thinking about how best to quantify colors in beer. The obvious answer is degrees Lovibond, but that is more for professionals and homebrewers. I then CANsidered a color wheel, but it is too basic. My next thought was a book of paint chips from a major retailer, but they do not generally sell those to the general public. Another user mentioned the Munsell atlas and one of my colleagues has put me onto the Pantone Matte Formula Guide. In the meantime, I will go with my limited scope of descriptors.

... garnet/ruby/russet (add that to the data bank) with NE-quality clarity and cola highlights. Beautiful. The nose was immediately rich with vanilla notes and leaning in, I also got milk chocolate and an almond nuttiness. Was I drinking a beer or having a dessert? Mouthfeel was medium, but on the upper end, approaching creaminess. Lots of flavors going on in the mouth, but you had better like sweets. I got got milk chocolate, almonds or peCANs, and even a light smokiness. Fantastic! Finish was somewhat on the sweet side for my taste, but there was nothing wrong with it stylistically. I would definitely put some in my cooler for the malty beer set.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - dark brown in color, not see-through at all, with about half a finger's worth of khaki-colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - syrupy and malty with a note of something like caramel or maybe brown sugar.

Taste and Mouthfeel - kind of a smokey flavor with hints of maybe molasses and/or brown sugar. The texture is pretty well-balanced, but I think leans a little more toward the watery side.

Overall - not a bad brew at all, but a little plain tasting in my opinion. However, it's not bland at all, I just don't pick up anything super special about it. Still tastes good, just not interesting.

Photo of ATPete
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

@ Rattle & Hum, NYC

Rich, transparent brown color with a medium sized, frothy off white/tan head. Sweet brown ale malt characteristics in the nose, some tame leafy hops as well. Light/medium in body, the beer is creamy while still remaining crisp and refreshing. An awesome brown ale.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep brown/ruby shimmering body, finger head, good lacing

S: dark chocolate, light fruit, hint of coffee, roasted nuts, light toffee and caramel

T: sweet chocolate, nuts, roasted malt, smooth hint of bitter in the finish

M: med body, chewy/smooth, good carbonation

O: One of my favorite beers and a great representation
of this style. Very sessionable and perfect beer to sit
around the fire with friends.


Photo of MattyG85
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark brownish ruby red with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. Medium off white head fades into a thin white layer. Good lacing.

Smell: Dark roasted caramel malts with chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruits, and hints of coffee and earthy hops. Very malt and chocolate forward.

Taste: Dark malts, chocolate, brown sugar, coffee, and dark fruits are followed by a mild hop bitterness. Coffee is more noticeable in the finish. Pretty sweet but has enough bitterness to balance it.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a medium to high carbonation. Very creamy and smooth.

Overall: A pretty decent version of a brown ale. On the sweeter side but has enough balance to make it a pretty good brew.

Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours an initial brown, but holding it up to the light actually reveals a dark ruby body, topped with several fingers of frothy off-white head. This retains with a rich ½ finger, leaving back a good bit of sticky patchy lacing. The aroma is quite flavorful smelling, with notes of cocoa, caramel, and roast all merging to give off a rich molasses feel in the nose. A bit of green citrus and some light mineral notes hang on the edges.

This carries over to the taste, with a sticky mix of toffee and coca that is surrounded on the edges by a burnt roasted character. The roast alone would probably do a good job of balancing this but there is also a leafy hop bitterness present that gives the profile an extra layer of green flavor. The finish is mostly leftover citrus and dry roast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and is mostly crisp feeling the whole way through, helping keep those rich flavors going down smoothly.

This was a very nice take on an American Brown Ale from Avery, with the type of full flavored profile that seems to be sorely missing from this style lately. I really dug this one and I’m really glad that they have this available in cans now.

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

I love these little cool 12oz cans and also when someone loves their dogs as much as i do especially when i see they named their brew after her cos firstly it shows passion and honestly if i had my own brewery id do exactly the same and it pours a deep mahogany hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind a nice two finger head and clingy lacing here and there,the smell is sweet bready malts,dark plums,brown sugar,a touch of vanilla and a very subtle light fruity hoppiness,it has a light-medium bodied well carbonated mouthfeel and has tastes of vanilla,light chocolate,brown sugar,hazelnuts and is finished with just a touch of subtle light fruity hops that really evens out the tailend of this drop to make it a very sessionable ABA and i will buy again without doubt.

Photo of mltobin
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass/

Appearance is a brown color with a good sized off-white head to it. Its` smell is faint overall, but has some fruit along with some malt. The taste is roasted malts on the lighter side for the most part, well balanced. MF is medium, ok carbonation. Ellie`s is a pretty nice brown ale.

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

American Brown - the style where the commercial examples dont seem to meet the BJCP guidelines. This one is no different. A fairly dry bitter brown ale with some chocolate notes, full body, and some light hops in the palate. However not citrisy in hopping, fairly balanced, somewhat earthy in hop flavour. Another strange point - the website says 17 IBU but it feels like about 40IBU?

Not sure where I stand on this beer. Enjoyed, but not savoured.

Photo of cocogan
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Mason Jar,

Visual: Dark brown in color with orange hues. One finer white head that only lasts for a few seconds.

Nose: Chocolate, earth, pine, raisins

Taste: Coffee, slight pear, roasted malt, char, mineral water.

Mouth: Light, leaves wet.

Drunkability: Great smell, and good taste. Parts of the palate are very complex but others are rathar lifeless (mineral water).

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wanted to try a few more Avery brews before they disappear from Caifornia (which is crap being that one of their beers is a collab. between Russian River and Avery.)
Pours a deep chocolate brown with an impressive tan head. The lacing is pretty nice as well.
The smell is very grain heavy, ugh. There is also a bit of bittersweet chocolate.
The taste is nice and balanced. Chocolate, earth, leaves, vanilla (just a touch) and just a touch of grass float across my buds of taste. Nice and smooth going down.
Not my favorite brown, but it rates in the top ten for sure. Easy to drink and tasty. Mmmm.

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

Had a bottle of this while at my friend's pad in Denver.

Pours a pretty dark brown into the pint glass.

Lots of roasted malts on the nose.

Even more roasted malts on the palate. Very tasty.

This is a good beer, but what exactly is the difference in a porter and a brown ale? Cause this honestly tastes more like an american style porter than a brown ale.

Photo of Kelly88
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Ottos Deli. Served in a standard pint glass.

A- dark dark ruby. Mahogany if you will. This ruby brown beauty is topped with an ashy tannish grey head. Lace has surrounded the perimeter and ain't going anywhere.

S- not much going on here. Crisp fruit, juicy sweet not hoppy fruit. Some sweet chocolate is barely noticeable. Pretty uneventful.

T- sweet chocolate covered apples seem to be the flavor. Sweet pears and maybe carrots mix with the alcohol at the finish. Solid brown ale.

M- light to medium. Weighs the palate down nicely. Carbonation is very crisp and really is kind of tingly on the swallow.

Overall a beer I will look for again. Enough flavors to keep you guessing and enough heft to make you appreciate the flavors. To bad the aroma is lacking

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

The brewery makes several beers on my want list so I thought I'd give it a try. I was hoping it would be a little more stark, more porter like, but it's definitely a brown ale, a thin one at that. There is a bitterness too, detracting from the overall experience, in my opinion. I taste nuts, dried fruit -- that's about it.

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.

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Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,858 ratings.