1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Ellie's Brown Ale - Avery Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Ellie's Brown AleEllie's Brown Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

1,859 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,859
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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 1,859 | Reviews: 672
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On draft. In fact, this pour kicked the keg. Don't know how or if this will effect my review...

A: Big, foamy light brown head that lasted long. (Of course the last second or two of the pour was nothing but head.) The color was a dark brown, nothing more. The body was clear and the lacing fair.

S: Considering the style, this ale has above average malts. Roasted, maybe burnt, aromas of nuts and caramel. Pretty floral bouquet. Smells fairly sweet...

T: ...And it is. Light hop flavor. Brown sugar offerings. I get a bit of paper and not in a bad way. Maybe the last 10 ounces of the keg was a little oxidized. Pretty tasty nonetheless.

M: Average mouthfeel as it seemed a little out of balance. More malts than hops. Mildly carbonated, slightly acidic. The duration of the finish was long and noteworthy.

D: Respectable and it certainly is easy to drink. Not one of Avery's best offerings. Nothing to complain about, but nothing too memorable either.

Photo of natelocc787
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet. Very lustrous appearance, frothy creamy light khaki head and big crimson brown body. Leaves moderate lacing, aroma consists of brown malt, brown sugar and maple syrup with heavy cream. The taste was all brown sugar and brown malt, not a very complex beer but it doesn't need to be. Vanilla extract adds a lighter cream character with birch in the finish. Mouthfeel was light and fluffy with a medium body. Very drinkable, the definition af a session brown ale.

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

A- Clear dark brown with ruby tints. Moderate sized cream colored head.

A- Nutty caramel aroma. Hop aroma in the background.

T- Sweet caramel malty flavor. Nice toasty malt aftertaste sortof biscuity. Medium dry finish. Creamy aftertase.

M- Moderate carbonation, medium body. Very smooth, as it warmed the body tasted creamier.

D- Delicious brown ale. I'd recommend it.

Photo of cnally
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

nice homage to the dog here. just reminding, if the beer falls short, it reflects not on my opinion of ellie, the dog.

the appearance is a disaster--uncontrolled head makes pouring a chore. fizzy looking body with carbonation bubbles all over the cloudy light brown beer. the head sinks down after what seems like forever and looks scummy.

aroma makes up in spades. a deep black cherry, heavy brandy scents, apple, dark caramel malt is really prevelant. burnt sugars. not just burnt, but really burnt.

the flavor is multi-tiered. it starts sweet. the sugars really kick in right away, and slowly fade into elements of dark chocolate, oily nuts, walnut, and a flavor resembling a high-tannin red wine. the bitterness from the nuttiness floats into the finish.

really wild and fizzy. uncontrolled body, too pop rocks-ish. very tough to sip comfortably.

the flavor is nice, but wow they have done a number to make this more hiccup-inducing than soda pop. the body's mouthfeel and accompanying appearance issues are too much for me to recommend this as being drinkable.

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

Appearance: Gorgeous mahogany with a slight tan head that was a little bit smaller than I expected.

Smell: A nutty and toasty aroma that makes me think of a beautiful fall day.

Taste: Hops don't have a presence here as the malts take over the flavor. Mostly strong with just the right amount of sweetness for those who enjoy a stronger brown ale.

Mouthfeel: A lighter body than what I would have expected and I would have liked more carbonation, but that aftertaste is phenomenal.

Drinkability: Incredible brown ale that I would probably go back to again and recommend to friends.

Photo of DeeMented
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to HeadyHops81 for sending me this one.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a glass beer mug.

The beer poured a deep, dark brown with a creamy beige head that threatened to overflow the mug. Outstanding retention and lots of lacing. It was pleasing just to look at it.

It smelled of toasted malts with a grapefruit aroma and a bit of underlying caramel.

The mouthfeel was very creamy, fitting the almost over-carbonated pour.

The taste started with sweet malts and nuttiness, and finished with a very slight hops bitterness. The minimalistic hops finish also had a kind of citrus taste, followed by a lingering nutty, slightly citrus flavor.

Overall, a very good brown ale that sides toward the malts more than the hops. Highly enjoyable, the one I had went down way too fast and left me wanting another.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice clear ruby brown color with a 1-finger foam head and nice lace. Pretty good.

Smell: nutty, toasty malt; very little hop character, but nice.

Taste: nutty, toasty, a little sweet. Hops are minimal in presence and floral in character.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with low carbonation. I think I would have liked a little more fizz.

Drinkability: while this beer is not bad at all, it really just doesn't float my boat. It's not a bad thirst slaker, though.

Photo of jrallen34
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a bottle into a tulip.

It pours a dark brown with a tan head that lasts a couple minutes with good lacing. Not particualy carbonated.

Aroma is light with sweet malts.

The taste is very good its sweet but has a strong flavor throughout.

Mouthfeel is good and very drinkable.

Photo of OlRasputin989
2.97/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Schlafly nonic pint

A: a dark mahogany color with a HUGE head. I can barely pour the beer. Every drop is turning to foam. Just won't seem to go away throughout the beer. This doesn't look so good. Leaves alot of lacing. More than some pale ales and maybe too much for this style.

S: roasted grain, citrus-flavored chocolate, and grassy hops.

T: hard to pick up anything upfront because of the excessive carbonation. Roasted grain and bitter chocolate upfront finishing with bitter cocoa, grains, and orange peel.

M: Way too much carbonation. Medium full body that finishes really dry.

Overall, I really was excited to try this beer. Just doesn't seem like something Avery would intentionally brew. I'm blaming this review either on its age or the fact that the sixer tipped over in my trunk (although they didn't spew upon opening). There was way too much carbonation in the head and in the mouthfeel. I believe Brownies should have a good, full malty body and you can't attain that with this amount of carbonation.

Photo of charlesw
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Deep brown amber with a highish dark cream head of very tight bubbles. It would be perfect if the head were a little smaller and lasted a little longer and if the beer were darker or more opaque.

Very light and slightly fruity smell. Uh oh. Not a good sign. Well, that and the fact that the bottle doesn't have a freshness date... I'm worried. Still, it should be a 'merican brown (despite the present misclassification as Eglish brown) so that fruitiness is probably OK. But I don't like it.

Interesting and weird. Not typical for anything I've tasted in either style. There are a lot of things going on but I'm not sure how well it all goes together... You get the sweet dark caramel at the end of the mouth. Followed shortly by a bit of tangy lingering bitterness. I've already said it, but all kinds of weird and interesting things going on in there. Some would surely think it great. Others would hate it. I'm mostly indifferent. But I can imagine that this has a high rdev.

Mouth seems right on - a low-medium mouthfeel that just cries out to be consumed a little on the warm side.

I can't give it good drinkability - I'm not going to finish the one in front of me. Too fricking bad I bought a six pack! Dang! I wonder what this is like fresh - what other hop aromas and bitterness is going on? Well, being in NY and not inclined to buy another I guess I'll never really know, will I?

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

aroma: initial aroma of dark roasted grains with chocolate being dominant, chocolate aroma is of a dark chocolate aroma
and not that of milk chocolate, some light fruity esters, as
it warms some light coffee aromas begin to come out, low level of earthy hop aroma

appearance: excellent clarity, fluffy light tan head that
fades slowly and retains a thin layer, very dark copper
in color

flavor: medium level of roasted malt flavors with chocolate
not coming through as much as in the aroma, medium high
hop bitterness, some astringency from roasted malts, very light citrus hop flavor, roasted grains also adding some
bitterness that is hard to differentiate from hop bitterness,
finishes very dry, both roasted grains and hop bitterness
linger in the finish

mouthfeel: medium to medium-high body, medium level of
carbonation, light astringency from roasted malts

overall impression: great representation of the style
with no off flavors or aromas, the light use of
roasted grains fit the style very well without pushing
it into porter territory, hop bitterness is to style,
the only possible recommendation would be use some
more crystal malts in the middle to sweeten it up
and balance a little better with the hops and roasted


This is an American brown ale.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark mahogany in color with a white head that settles very quickly. Carbonation is very subtle.

S: Somewhat roasty, with hints of coffee, caramel, and chocolate. Hops leave a slight floral aroma on the back end.

T: Roasty and somewhat fruity, with caramel, toast, and coffee on the front end. Also a bit nutty, with a floral hop punch on the finish. Hops leave a slight grassy note as well.

M: Medium bodied, somewhat viscous, and very clean.

D: A solid brown ale for the money. I could easily have a few of these after a long day.

Photo of bilyboy65
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a good brown ale. Even tempered to make for easy drinking. Light/medium bodied beer also helps in that department. The dark roasted malts give off a good sweet taste that doesn't allow this one to become to bitter.

This went down quite quickly actually. I would like to note that it looks almost as good as it tastes. The lack of head actually gives this a water downed look because the head is so thin it just looks like a slim layer of water on top.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany color with a rising tan head. Plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smells of a malt bomb. Big bready, biscuity with some caramel sweetness. A little molasses comes through.

Tastes of the malt character with a slight hop character. The hops are earthy and leave a small bitterness, with the malt character dominating. The malts are a full bready with some sweet burnt sugar type flavors.

The mouthfeel is full, smooth, and creamy.

Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from Bottle into Imperial Pint glass.

Pours a clear, deep ruby-brown with a finger of off-white head that's slow to dissolve. The aroma is toasted nutty goodness with some chocolate and brown sugar notes. The flavor is nutty malt forward with some more brown sugar, burnt toast crust and a little chocolate. This brown ale is medium bodied with a strong amount of carbonation. This is everything a brown ale should be. Packed full of malt flavor with a nice body. Didn't let me down.

Photo of morebeergood
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Smoken Joe's. Served in a 16 oz mug. Extremely dark brown color. Minimal amount of head, but a good amount of lacing on the glass. Smell reminded me of a nice rich porter. Flavor was much lighter but just as savory. Chocolate and malt wash over the palate. Very light and smooth, and easy to drink. Pairs nicely with the rich bbq sauce on my ribs. I could have drank this all night long.

Photo of parkeak0
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty amber brown, with a two-finger head that dissipates into a very nice, long-lasting lace. Smell is dominated by toasty malts, caramel, and toffee. Tastes nutty and sweet, again plenty of toasty caramel malts and a mild yet present hop twinge. Becomes more nuanced as it warms in your hand. The drinkability of this beer is good, yet I feel as though you can really only appreciate the full flavor profile of this brew if you sip it and let it warm a bit.

A great English-style brown ale. As I come to appreciate this style more and more, I find myself picking this up at my store fairly often.

Photo of mirish72
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimat goblet. Pours dark brown with red high-lights and a slight one finer head. Nice lacing on the beer with a sweet nutty malty aroma.

Tastes mild with a soft toffee, coffee aftertaste. Overall it is very easy to drink and a good session beer. I am a sucker for chocolate labs so the artwork is a plus.

Photo of chilly460
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very nice medium brown with light tan head.

S - Great malt scent, very sweet with a surprising floral hops tone.

T - Very nice sweet caramel up front, maybe a bit of roastiness. Very nice clean hops finish, almost perfect balance for this type.

M - Nice medium body and carbonation.

D - Excellent, the body and balance of the flavors make this a great session beer.

Photo of hoplover82
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a dark almost black, but when held real close to the light, you can see it's a deep clear dark ruby color. It has a medium to thin dark ivory creamy head that quickly dissapates to just a thin colar around the beer's surface. Has very sticky good lacing though.

S-Right off when I poured it, I smelled earthy hops with roasted barley mixed in with some soft bitter chocolate. As it warms, I get some nutty toffee notes. Very nice. Some faint caramel is there as well. Reminds me of the winter season, as far as aroma goes.

T-The taste is very scruptious. It's an wonderful melody of malty goodness and soft hop bitterness and flavor. It's kinda all jumbled up into this bitter-sweet roasted chocolate earthy nutty caramely milky beer. It's all there in balance. Not one of them overtakes the other. It's very nice. Complex but nice indeed.

M/D-This wonderful offering from Avery goes down so creamy and smooth. And it has a very big body for the abv. It's sweet but dry in the finish. Very nice beer indeed.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice mild-mannered, medium body ale.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Dog design, which is referred to in the brief narrative accompanying it. Short and quite accurate description of the beer. Lacks date of bottling or freshness, neither shows IBUs or °Plato, or even Alc. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Dark brown-reddish hue. Starts with a large head that dissipates to a quarter inch, which ultimately leaves a consistent thing layer with some lumps. Medium lacing.

S - Malty-nutty smell around some caramel. Subtle and pleasant.

T - Smooth and well balanced malt base. Medium bodied intensity with some sweetness and a touch of bitterness.

M - Lightly carbonated with and a bitter little bite at the end.

D - Nicely drinkable... Solid base beer.

Notes: Hmm, nice beer but not one that I will be drinking at home. But if it is an available choice on a medium selection bar I´ll sure could pick it up happily. It might be good to keep a couple of bottles at home though, to offer them to guests willing to try a good craft beer on the malty side. It´s a nice standard.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a two-finger almost tan head that left some lace down the glass. A sweet, even spicy malt base makes up the aroma as caramel, roasted and some bread along w/ minor hops are all in there. Taste is more of the same, although slightly sharp on my tongue. A smooth, almost creamy medium-bodied beer with caramel and hints of chocolate malts along with a touch of bread malt that not only lets the beer be sweet but balances it out and gives it a slightly dry backbite. Hops are minimal although there are hints of fruit in this beer. Just a great sessionable ale that is nice to have while at a bar and having something to eat.

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

From bottle on August 8, 2009. Pours a clear, dark brown/amber with dark beige head, mostly diminishing. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, malts, nuts. Well-balanced with smooth finish. Just a wee bit sweet for my liking, but a good offering of the style. Lacing remained throughout. Have to admit this would probably be more inviting around fire on a crisp late autumn evening.

Photo of soupyman10
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a sixer of these. Really nice brown color with a solid head on top, leaves a touch of lacing. Flavor is exactly what you're looking for in a brown. Nice caramel malt, with some fruity hints. Toss a bit of chocolate and cookies in there as well. Well balanced with a nice hop presence. Really feeling this one - would definitely grab a bottle of this again.

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

Had on tap 7/17 at The Dirty Truth
This beer pours a clear, dark brown color with a half finger of thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. Nose is of some caramel malts, a nuttiness and some milk chocolate notes.
Taste is of chocolate richness up front, malt backbone to it, finish has quite a bit of bitterness though it is a mixture of hop bitterness and bitter chocolate in the finish - quite tasty! Light to medium body, moderate carbonation - little light for the style, but finishes rather clean, goes down easily and is a perfect nightcap!

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,859 ratings.