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Ellie's Brown Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,791 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,791
Reviews: 660
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 58
Gots: 157 | 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 pablot71
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a pint glass.
A-Very dark chocolaty brown with mild head.

S-Light aroma with some toasted malts and slight fruitiness.

T- Starts with toasted malt flavor, a little nutty and finishes with a touch of bitterness from the hops.

M-Medium mouth feel with plenty of fizz from the carbonation.

D- Overall a nice brown ale with character but not too showy.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. into Duvel tulip. Have been picking out more beers with dogs on the labels lately since my 4-year old has expressed a significant interest in dem pooches.

Excellent bready light ginger-colored head-almost a root-beer style. Root beer-colored body, too (usually you don't have one without the other, I've noticed, but there are exceptions of course)...woody dark brown chocolate malt. Lacing is decent.

Not getting a huge aroma from this. A little balsa wood - maybe some pine sap. Fair amount of chocolate malt - maybe some Germanic Marzen stuff in there. Quite light but a little creamy.

Can get the chocolate malt but it's quite faint. Hops are subdued - a little pine and grass. Pretty austere - not huge.

Mouthfeel is reasonably decent for style - malt comes through with some warmth. Finish is strong and malty.

This is a solid sessionable brew. Straightforward if not exceptional.

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

Dark brown colored beer with rapidly fading head.Aroma is nutty.Taste is almonds,sweet bread and caramel.This is one of the best beers I've had in a while.There is absolutely nothing negative to say about this beer.I feel if you haven't tried at least once then your missing something special.Highly recommended and you can bet your sweet ass I will be buying again!!

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

Appearance: dark brown, with ruby twinges. Nice white lingering head with decent lacing.

Smell: sweet malts, nutty, brown bread.

Taste: sweet malts, nutty, perhaps pecans, caramel, and brown bread. Sweet tasting, not overwhelming with the malts i.e. Dogfish (Not that that is a bad thing. I really love that beer.) but, Ellie's is not a wimpy listless brown, full flavored.

Mouthfeel: decent carbonation, substantial.

Drinkability: A very, very good brown ale. Great flavor and very drinkable. A well crafted a tastey brew.

Photo of dhd1491
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with little tan head that quickly dissipates. Clear darkish brown with a hint of red. Big taste up front with peat and smoke, caramel malts and a bit of butter. Really big initial flavor that disappears remarkably quickly. Some coppery mineral aftertaste, otherwise very minimal and light. Some oily mouthfeel. Quite easy to drink. Overall, some interesting flavors and easy drinkability make for an enjoyable brew.

Photo of gdfan47
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- (poured in a pint glass) pours a nice brown color with a good amount of white head and good lacing
S- faint sugar, malt, very very faint nut smells
T- like it smels, a nice malty brown style beer with a little bit of sweet notes in the finish
M- really easy going down , the nut smells dont come out so much going down
D- very nice, a relativly low abv beer that finishes well and does not let down, fans of brown and even stout fans would really dig this beer

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

Produces a decent head and pours a transparent dark brown.

Smells of caramel malt and light hops. A light vanilla overtone. I'm not as familiar with this style brew so its hard for me to pick up on much more than that.

Taste matches the smell. Malts make the strongest showing but the balance is good. Finishes very clean and leaves just the slightest hint of malt aftertaste.

Seems like a decent session beer.

Photo of ckeegan04
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown in color with dark red, ruby highlights. Light brown head, about one finger in thickness. Leaves rings of lace in the glass.

S - Rich roasted nut aroma. Hints of chocolate and a light spiciness. A very sweet, nutty aroma.

T - Dark bready sweetness initially. Hints of bitter chocolate. The roasted nut taste begins to come through mid-drink and is very strong. Primarily pecans and walnuts. Finishes bitter sweet.

M/D - Medium bodied with a very easy drinking feel. Decent carbonation.

Photo of colts9016
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tan head with a caramel brown reddish hue body.
Caramels, toasted nuts, molasses, brown sugar and roasted malts and a hint of esters, give this beer a pleasing aroma.
The taste has nutty and molasses hints with a good firm malt character. The finish is smooth with a slight acidic taste. Has a Medium body. Enjoyed very much

Photo of nick76
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Once I tasted it I was sure it was an Avery, very nice. One of the better brown ales available. Very nice sweet chocolate, coffee, and floral hops aroma. Flavor of toasted malt and chocolate. Caramel malt aftertaste. All the flavor I wanted out of the style.

Photo of MTNboy
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It has a very roasty smell. There is an off white head with a decent amount of retention and tight lace. There is a lot of carbonation in the dark brown body of this beer. The taste is also very roasty with slight chocolate esters. It has a little bit of charred aftertaste. This is a very drinkable beer.

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

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium brown (almost ruby red) color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of caramel, nuts, and grass. Light sweet start with a light bitter/hop finish. This one will go on my shelf with the other labels with dogs on it...

Notes from 2/20/05

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

This is my flagship brown ale...

it pours up a reddish brown color with a small off white head. the nose is nutty, slight roasty malts, yeasty, bready. the taste has a big nutty flavor, slight smokey malt, downright delicious, medium bodied, low carbo, Ellie the dog...

Photo of dolemite77
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a thin, lacing head. The aroma has some good notes, but it has an unpleasant funkiness to it. The flavor is good for a brown ale. Not too sweet, with enough earthy hops to keep it interesting. Avery usually has a good interpretation of styles, and I can see where they went with this one. I look forward to having a few more of these to see if the "funk" can be overlooked.

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

A: Poured a dark brown with a sticky slight off white head that quickly faded.

S: a soft nuttiness and rich sweet caramel roastedness with some sweet chocolate.

T: For flavor there was a nice creamy, and nutty maltiness, cocoa and sweet chocolate that left a rich caramel lacing on the tongue along with some lactose.

M: creamy and slick with some sweetness.

D: Drinkability was enjoyable, very slick going down and left a sweet quick fade.

Photo of Floydster
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle purchased from Hollingshead in Orange for around two bucks, poured into my Stone pint glass

A-Medium brown, looks like milk chocolate like the label claims, small 1/2 inch fizzy vanilla colored head that goes away almost immediately, not much retention, some lacing though
S-Strong nuttiness inlcuding almonds and cashews, fresh`caramel, toffee, brown sugar, mild hops, hint of sweetness, and hint of cinnamon
T-Starts off with a big roasted nut flavor, some sweet English malt in the middle, finish is slightly dry with faint hops and dryness from the nut presence, gets slightly sweeter over time and the brown sugar is mixed into the finish, not as dry once it warms but becomes noticably smoother, nicely balanced
M-Dry, sweet, and nutty mouthfeel, worked well together, very smooth overall, nice level of carbonation, medium bodied, taste lasted a while
D-Could drink a few bottles of these no problem, light on the stomach, below six percent, goes down easy, refreshing for its style, velvety

First time I had seen this brew around so I grabbed some, really enjoy Avery and this was no exception, dog on the label looked just like my chocolate lab at home, would drink again, recommended

Photo of nrpellegrini
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The second smoothest beer I've had to Samuel Smiths Nut Brown Ale. Rich brown color, with scent of nuts and malt. Amazing malts with a perfect nutty caramel combination flavor. Goes down so easy with the best aftertaste which leaves you wanting more. Can't say to much about this beer other than it's awesome!

Photo of Spidey13
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Ellie's Brown Ale pours a clear, dark brown with a tan head. Nice roastiness shows up on the nose, with some creamy milk chocolate and just a hint of some spicy hops.

The taste is raosty chocolate with a pop of hop bitterness mid-swallow. The finish consists of some grainy astringency. The mouthfeel is very thin. I would really like a thicker mouthfeel to go along with the roasty flavor.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer, though the mouthfeel could use some work.

Photo of irish53b
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle features a picture of a chocolate lab, no freshness date, and a nice description of the beer on right hand side of the bottle.

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Developed about a half inch of foam that dissipated down to a quarter inch and remained throughout. The color reminded me of aged copper, mostly brown with a twinge of red.

The smell is mineral like with notes of citrus and biscuit.

The taste hits with a bit of alcohol bite then smooths out with bread-like sweetness. It finishes with a refreshing minty / grapefruit note.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin. However, it is quite smooth and not at all slick. The mouthfeel was the only thing off about the ale.

The brew is very refreshing and the taste is well balanced. The 5.80 ABV may sneak up on you a bit. Overall a highly drinkable beer due to its balance of hop notes and malty sweetness. These flavors are subdued and not overbearing.

Photo of rmcnealy
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ellie's Brown Ale

Poured a dark red copper color, no sediments. What little head generated quickly faded leaving an inconsisent off white lace around the sides of the glass.
Smell is not overwhelming and not one single scent can be distinguised.
First tastes are common of brown ales, including roastiness... nuts, caramel, the usual fare.
Mouthfeel is slightly above average. Has a bitter taste and flees to a slight remnant on the buds.

Overall a decent beer. Have tried other brown ales that I prefered more like Downtown Brown by Lost Coast Bewery.

Stay thirsty my friends!

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

Deep brown and clear. Moderate head, but great lasting time and excellent ring lace.

Traditional dry brown ale smell of darker crystal malt with a touch of cocoa and a slight chaulkiness.

Relatively dry like the aroma, but good malt start and above average level of hops. The aftertaste is surprisingly balanced given the progression of the taste. While I'd describe this as a typical brown, I'd also says that it stays interesting throughout the tasting. The body is pretty average.

I'd say this is on the positive side of the Brown Ale ledger.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Tyler's Taproom in Apex, NC

Arrived at the table ahead of the food with a good solid 1-2 fingers of light brown foamy head. It didn't last real long but a thin cap of bubbles hung around for the duration. Some light lacing down the glass.

Aromas were pretty typical of a brown with nothing particularly striking. Pleasant light malt aroma, slightly nutty with just a hint of hops.

A good long pull provides both solid mouthfeel and flavors. Everything is balanced well and never really comes apart. Malts seem to take center stage but they are well balanced and my overall take was that this presents just a bit on the dry side. The finish was a tad thin but still very nice. Nothing particularly notable in the linger. Carbonation was a bit higher than I might have expected but it helped to provide a bit of texture and perhaps a touch of creaminess.

I felt that as far as brown ales goes, this is pretty good. Not a huge fan of the style but this was a rather enjoyable brew. Great balance, satisfying, and it went well with our pizza dinner.

Photo of donteatpoop
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark chocolatey brown with a fair amount of head and good retention.

Smells of hops, malts, and funk.

Tastes of pure bliss, malts, moasis, funky-freshness.

Felt a bit flat on the tongue, but otherwsie solid.

I want to drink more and more of this. I believe this has just become my preferred Brown Ale (unless I find something even more amazing).

Photo of avalon07
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a deep brown color and a fairly clear consistency. There was about a quarter inch of head, but it didn't last long.

S: Aroma was nutty and malty, with a bit of hops thrown in.

T: Taste was decent. Malt, nuts, some hops, as with the smell. Not overly striking, but solid.

M: A pretty high amount of carbonation and a smooth finish.

D: Overall, this isn't a bad beer. It's not exactly the best example of this style, but it's drinkable.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a light reddish brown. Not too much head, but what is there sticks around awhile.

Sniffin' alot of chocolate malts, not much else. Maybe a touch of honey and latte coffee.

Bittersweet chocolate taste, not overly carbonated. Smooth and super malty. I get a touch of hoppiness on the end and in the aftertaste, but malts are the big show in this one.

Not one of Avery's best...that being said, still quite quaffable and a pretty good representation of the style. Probably wont buy again considering the $9 price tag per six-pack at Spec's

Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,791 ratings.