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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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very good

1,837 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,837
Reviews: 668
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 60
Gots: 180 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002

IBU's: 17
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Photo of OzarkElmo
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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 +2.6%
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 -13.8%
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!

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Like most of the Avery stuff I have tried, now time for one of my more liked styles. Pours a nice dark brown, moderate head/lacing to it. Nice caramel/biscuity smell to it. Taste is nice and full with a nice mouthfeel, medium body to it and some nice nuttiness and caramel malts, also with a hint of chocolate possibly? Subtle hopping gives it a nice kick... nothing too crazy here but definitely an above average brown ale.

Photo of Overlord
2.93/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a fairly clear deep brown. A few inches of long lasting light tan foam.

Smells faintly of roasted malt, with some nuttiness to it. Pretty one note. I'm not the biggest fan of Brown Ales in the first place, but shouldn't it be a bit more robust in the body, and have a stronger aroma?

Taste is a bit unusual. There's some hop bite to it, and a hop bitterness to go along with it. A bit acrid after a while. There's some sweet, nutty caramel malt and a bit of ashy, almost charred, earthy roasted malt to it. My vivid description is perhaps giving it more credence than it deserves, as it is not really a strong tasting brew. In fact, after a while I can taste nothing but the almost sour bitterness.

Mouthfeel is too watery and thin. Avery is a bit of a hit or miss brewery for me.

Photo of Riccymon
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a dark brown; transparent with a reddish hue when held to the light. A nice two fingers of khaki head fill out the pint glass nicely and lace the glass. Smell is noticeably hoppy for the style, with a nutty, dustiness that is more expected; very nice start!

Taste has a great malt-hop balance with mild citrus hops in the forefront, which has me thinking of DFH's Indian Brown. As a result of the hops, however, mouthfeel isn't as creamy as I like in a brown. Not bad, but not my favorite. Overall, each category is a winner except for mouthfeel, which hinders the beer's drinkability for me.

Photo of deapokid
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep Dr. Pepper brown with some reddish hues and a lacey two-finger head. Beer is foamy and very inviting, possessing some very hyper-active bubbles.

A strong caramel aroma permeates the ale with chocolate notes and a hint of coffee peaking out. It smells sweet, like a dessert beer, but doesn't seem to be as rich or overwhelming.

Tastes of coffee bean nuttiness and candy-bar caramel, yet still light and clean. It leaves a mild coffee taste at the back of the throat, concluding with a dry finish.

Beer thinly coats the tongue, but never overwhelms and manages to be unbelievably drinkable without eliminating characteristics of the style.

This is one of the best English-style browns on the block and is definitely a wonderful addition to Avery's sampler pack.

Photo of drtth
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a standard shaker/pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer is a dark brown with reddish undertones, with virtually no head. What head there is light tan in color and consists mostly of a patch of foam with small ring around the liquid. Sipping leaves some widespread speckled lacing but by the time ¼ of the beer is gone, so is the head and lacing.

Smell: The aroma is faint but clearly contains roasted chocolate malts without too much in the way of hops.

Taste: The flavor is sweet from the dark, roasted malts and has a definitely bittersweet dark caramel/chocolate character. The hops show in the bitterness that emerges after the initial impact of the malt, but in many ways the bitterness could be from the roasted malt as much as from the hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light bodied with no real carbonation except a faint prickly sensation. The finish is long, bitter, a bit citric and dry.

Drinkability: This is an OK brown ale, but I'm not really interested in having more than one and will probably not seek it out in the future.

Photo of tigg924
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, chocolate brown

Smell: toasted malt, small nut

Taste: Toasted malt, some sugar cane--pretty much one trick

Mouthfeel: smooth medium bodied, sweet, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a decent brown ale and a one trick beer. Not a bad one, but nothing that jumps out. I would just as well pass next time.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint

As you can see from my score, everything look, smell, taste, feel, and drinkability is good for this beer. Pretty basic brown that leans towards the roasted side. I liked it and would get it again. A solid choice.
Look a nice brown with a creamy head.
Smell roasted malt and a little sweet.
Taste mainly a roasted taste with a little sweet and finished with some bitterness.
Feel good carbonation with a clean finish.
Drink an easy drinker.

Photo of babaracas
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange brown with fast fading head. Smell: roasted, sweet caramel, a little cocoa and hazelnut, leafy hops. Taste: caramel, roasted flavors, a bit of milk chocolate, just as it seems like it's going to just be sweet, earthy hops kick in. Medium bodied with ok carbonation. A nice brown, very sessionable.

Photo of grayburn
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is well rounded, decent in all respects...stellar, however, in none.
Pours a reddish brown with a thin white head that fades like 80s hair cuts.
The smell is all roasted grains, kind of a one trick pony that carries over into the taste as well. Definitely decent and inoffensive, just not special.
The mouthfeel is nice, a little thin for a brown ale, but not bad carbonation.
The drinkability is pretty good as well, this is my least favorite Avery offering to date, and it isn't bad at all.

Photo of angelmonster
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge 2 finger beige head. Body is dark brown in color. Head retention is above average and lacing is good

Smells of lightly roasted sweet chocolate malts. Thats about it, no hops or anything else

Taste is big on the roasted malt. Very smoky and somewhat bitter. Hops add a nice after taste. There is a slight metallic after taste that comes and goes.

Mouth feel is the only downside to this beer. It is over carbonated and almost burns the tongue. Body is very watery and not at all the way i enjoy brown ales

Drink ability is above average. Brown ales are my favorite session beers and this is one of the few local browns i've had. I would drink it again but its nowhere near my top picks for a brown ale

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

I was served this ale in a blind tasting chilled in a double walled tumbler. thanks to Tenderbranson69.

A - Deep Ruby w/ bronze shade and thick pale band w/ thick lacing and tiny bead. The beer is attractive to look at w/ good clarity

S - Very toffee smelling w/ cherry and malt aroma w/ hints of alchol. The hops have herbal odors and the toasted barley scents are prominent in the nose.

M - Sweet, moderately full feel w/ mix of roasted and fruity ale textures w/ mildly resinous hops and semi-sweet finish.

T - A toffee and wood flavor w/ mild resinous and light american hops under the malt. Dark roastines w/ hints of coffee and cherry w/ tingers of tobacco and meaty chewiness w/ a light buttery taste and hints of pine. The alcohol flavor comes in at the end w/ a plum note in the taste.

D - Very smooth drinkability and a flavorful beer. I would not turn it down but not my first choice of browns. A bit too much alcohol flavor, but nice maltiness and bolder than most which is a plus on the other hand.
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Photo of mralphabet
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Oz Bottle Poured into Pint Glass

A: Deep dark brown with a slight reddish hue... Maybe a little cloudy. Big head 2 fingers or more with lots of lacing that sticks around throughout the session.

S: Lots of toasted malts, little cocoa and nuts, with a light sweetness... There is a little bitter hops.

T: Taste like it smells, malts, mainly cocoa and nuts. Very full of taste with a nicely balanced bitter hops at the finish.

M: Lighter side of medium body. Nice carbonation. Starts like its going to be smooth and creamy, and it is but it ends clean, and lightly dry.

D: Nice flavors good ABV... leaves you wanting some more... Very nice English Brown Ale.

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

12 ounce bottle poured into my shaker glass. Appears a clear medium brown color with about a finger of light tan head. No lacing to speak of. Smells and tastes of mild nuts (hazelnuts), a touch of milk chocolate, lightly roasted grains and a hint of caramel. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. A decent brown ale to have on hand.

Photo of jsh420
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours crystal dark brown with a 2 finger head that fades very fast but leaves notches all down the glass. not much nose on this one but some faint grassy hops? tastes hits you upfront with the bitter hops then moves to sweet roasted malts. mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. if you enjoy a nice sessionable brown this is a great full flavored beer. i could put down several anytime of year

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nearly opaque due to darker color, but good clarity on the edges HEAD: Big creamy head with a tan color to it. Intense lacing. COLOR: Dark brown with a garnet tint and orange-brown edges.

S- MALT: Bitter roasted and chocolate malt. Sweet caramel malt. A bit chalky. HOPS: Laid back and fruity sweet

T- TONGUE: Perfect balance for a brown. Complex malts with a helping hand of hops. MALTS: Bitter-sweet chocolate/caramel mix with a hint of roast. HOPS: This is where this brown becomes something special. Complex Bullion hops create a berry profile along with the citric tones from the Cascade and the floral finish of the Fuggles.

M- BODY: A bit light, but I find most browns to lack that chewy character that I enjoy in a sweeter beer. CARBONATION: A bit overactive and bubbly for me.

D- Delicious brown with a unique hop profile

Photo of Yetiman420
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Dewey's Pizza in Cincinnati Ohio.

Served cold in a standard pint glass. Clear brown with a golden tint in the light. Dark setting and difficult to gauge actual color hues with backgound restaurant lights.

No head and eventually no lacing during consumption.

Paired with a ballpark pizza - spicy brown mustard, mozerella, saurkraut, onions, and sausage. Freakin amazing.

Hard to pull aroma off the beer. Some swirling resulted in a sweet malt aroma.

The taste and mouthfeel on this are about what I would expect from an English brown ale. Very, very mild with no remarkable characteristics other than a touch of sweet malt. Avery does a fine job on this beer that I just don't care for from a style standpoint. Works well with pizza.

Photo of damienblack
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not much to say in this review. Pours dark brown, sticky lacing, nice biscuity head that lingers. Smells mostly of sweet dark malt, with a bit of nuttiness. Taste is sweet malt tempered by nuttiness, and just enough hops to be refreshing. Medium body, bready and filling without being overbearing. Good carbonation, maybe a bit thin. Superb drinkability, a great session beer all the way through.

Photo of jacobseyb
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A=deep dark amber, that is clear and pours a 1/2' head

S=smells of chocolate, and nuts, with some hoppiness

T=taste is similar to smells with the hoppiness a little more present along with the alcohol

M=nice with light, tight carbonation

D=very drinkable have had a few longer sessions with this beer at a local pub.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, medium looking, shoe-leather brown, topped with a half an inch of sandy white head, that leaves some nice concentric lacing down the glass.

Heavenly aroma, caramel maltiness, wonderfully earthy hoppiness, excellent toasted graininess almost buttery and chocolaty, such a huge aroma packed into such a tight little package.

Hops hit you up front, curves quickly into a caramel sweetness then back again into the wonderful earthy hops finishes toasty and slightly constricting hop bite. Seems more American in it's approach with a slightly alcoholic dryness and assertive hoppiness but it's hard to complain when the beer tastes this good. Maybe just a bit too over aggressive in the hop department that I think covers up a bit of some of the more interesting malty aspects of the brew that are unfortunately lost in the wash.

If the ABV weren't where it was I would call it sessionable but seeing as how big we are all becoming, maybe our session beers need to increase in size as well. A remarkable tasty brown ale that goes down easy, does not ask questions and does not want any questions asked about it.

Photo of PirateUlf73
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pretty, clear ruby-brown color. Off-white head retained and laced nicely.

S: Sweet nose of toasted barley, caramel and a whiff if chocolate. I also caught a hint of hazelnut. Very nice.

T: Nice and smooth melding of flavors, including caramel, toffee, chocolate, hazelnuts, walnuts, and even a bit of earthy hops to add some balance. Gets even better as it warms.

M: Solid medium body and adequately carbonated. Again, very smooth and leaves a pleasant nutty aftertaste.

D: A quite drinkable brown ale. A good candidate for a session brown.

I wasn't expecting much from this one, but boy, am I glad I tried it! The flavors blend so well and it feels so smooth, I couldn't help but love it. Definitely give this a shot if you can get it.

Photo of Bung
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Solid brown pour, surprisingly sturdy cream colored head. Smells of light roast malt and nut. Very slight chocolate, otherwise nice molasses and roasted malts flavors. Just enough hop bitterness finishing out. Drinkable for sure. Pretty darn good, maybe one of the best browns I've had.

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

Pours dark dark brown, almost black. Light foam that recedes down quickly leaving little head.

Smell is a nutty seet chocolate/caramel aroma. Smells like candy.

Taste is a rich toasty toffee chocoloate nutty brew, with a mild hop finish. The sweetness holds throughout. Good carb buzz in the mouth.

Very drinkable. Might be too sweet after a bunch, but no less tasty.

Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,837 ratings.