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Ellie's Brown Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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1,791 Ratings

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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 Natural510
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark crimson red color; very nice lacing on the glass which lasts throughout.
Smells strongly of biscuit malt and brown sugar.
Roasted, nearly burnt, malt flavor up front, with the sweetness of dark sugar in the background. Very subtle hoppiness, this is all about the malts. Aftertaste of coffee & candied apples.
Mouth reverberates somewhat from the malt & hops, but mostly notable for its smoothness.
Fine example of an English brown ale; this one gets it right with the malts & sweetness and smartly tones down the hops.

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

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into your run of the mill pint glass. Pours a reddish brown with just enough head to give off a sweet blend of hop and malt. This baby has a nice brown sugary backbone without being too sweet. Nice dry nuttiness compliments the round malt in the body and the finish is mildly bitter but clean.

Do the dog! This beer is one of the best browns I've ever tasted.

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

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-brown body with one sturdy inch of off-white foam.

Smell: Predominately, it's a nutty aroma with scents of powdered brownie mix and dark caramel.

Taste: Maltiness tasting of nuts and dark caramel with a restrained sweetness. Earthy hops with a mellow, though cleansing bitterness. Some chocolate comes online midway. Smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad! You done good, Ellie. Who's a good doggy? Who's a good doggy?!?

Photo of Halcyondays
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours red-brown, with a small white head at first, but very good retention, makes a nice looking brown in the end.

S: Light chocolate, molasses, cappuccino.

T: Brunt of coffee bitterness upfront, almost stout like. Light caramal and raisin bread come out next, with an earthy hop bite at the end. Definite nutty theme throughout not unlike almond butter.

M: Smooth and creamy, nice overall feeling, light-bodied as it should be.

D: This is a pretty good little brown ale by Avery showing they can make a good beer and not be over-the-top as they can be, but I love 'em for it. First time seeing this beer in CA, I'd love to try it on-tap.

Photo of keoki182
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery pours a deep dark brown with tan head. Chocolate/nutty (think hazelnut and almond)/roasted malt aroma, similar flavor. Very strong coffee notes as well. Brown ales have a reputation as being underwhelming but this manages to pack some flavor. A bit too easy to quaff, one of my favorite beers ever.

Photo of micahgoldfus
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep, dark brown with some ruby hues, and a nice head that sits forever as lace across the top. The smell is nutty, obviously, but specifically it reminded me of roasted chestnuts. Plus there is a strong presence of dark, roasted malts, and no trace of hops. The taste is a bit darker than most brown ales I've had, but I was expecting it based on the smell. Chocolate roasted malts up front, combined with the flavor of sweet (but not too sweet) nuts, which finished off with a ligh sweetness from brown sugar and toffee and even a very faint hop bite. A smooth beer with a fairly light mouthfeel, it was very drinkable, flavorful, and refreshing.

Photo of YankChef
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into american pint glass

very dark brown with hints of rust when held up to the light

Aroma: Very subtle but certainly a lot of nuttiness and roasty malt with a bit of toffee

Taste: Quite sweet upfront and the hops are certainly assertive and present in this beer to balance the sweetness.

Overall: A solid brown ale and a style that I normally do not enjoy. Could see myself sipping on a few of these in the fall right before it starts to get cold...

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

Pours an opaque black color with a thick white head with good retention. When held to white there is a nice copper redness to the color.
Smell is a good nutty malty smell. There is a bit of an oatmeal smell as well.
Taste is much the same. Starts of with a nice malty oatmeal taste, ending with a good nutty finish.
Mouthfeel has a nice thickness. Not as smooth as I am used to, a little chewy in the mouth.
Drinkability is very nice. This is a good brown ale with a very nice amount of taste with a good nut finish.

Photo of nrbw23
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice brown color with a small tannish colored head that stayed for the most part the entire time I drank this brew.

S- Pretty light here. Roasted malts, caramel, and a touch of smoke here. I could also pick up a nutty smell.

T- Nice and bready just like I expected. A little hoppy at the finish, earthy, nutty and a little sweet.

M- Medium in body, very smooth and a tiny bit dry.

D- Very good beer and easy to drink.

Photo of HoppyMcStout
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Definitely looks and tastes the part of a brown. (Got to love the chocolate lab on the label, btw). Reminds me of the Sam Adams Brown which is actually very tasty. Unfortunately this brown tasted a little thin to me - but I must say that there was some crust around the rim of the bottle where the cap was so I will probably try another one in the future and hope that it's in better shape...

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

12-ounce bottle poured into a pint glass yields a clear, deep-brown body with golden highlights capped by two-fingers of off-white foam that settles to a fat ring with a floating puck in it, leaving patches of sticky lacing.

A malty, sweet smell revealing molasses and caramel greets the nose. A little fruity.

Taste is malty and very sweet, but not at all cloying, with flavors of molasses and nutty caramel, with a spicy character and a nice hoppy dry-up. Clean finish. Nutty character grows as the drink warms.

Smooth with a medium body that leaves me chewing the aftertaste a little; refreshing and delicious with nice drinkability.

Photo of ph2001
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle in pint glass

a reddish amber color, one finger of foamy head that settles into a nice layer. very mild smell with slight carmel notes, also smoke and chocolate.

light body, good carbonation, smooth. sweet flavors, chocolate and carmel. finishes with a breadiness and hoppy flavor. nice maltiness with a little bite.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty clear mahogany color. White rocky head with great retention and lace. Good looker!

Nose full of toffee, caramel, floral and earthy hops. Maybe a hint of brown sugar and a few light fruity notes.

Toffee and brown sugar lead the flavor profile. A bit of sweetness that is balanced by some earthy hops. Still some residual sweetness, but not cloying. Maybe a slight hint of chocolate at the end.

Medium body, light carbonation Cery easy to drink. What a session beer.

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

05/17/08- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 12oz botle with no freshness info found. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Medium brown colored pour. Abou a ½ inch head on pour which quickly fades. Leaves about average lace streaks after consumption.

Smell- A sniffer to really bring out the nose. Seems like a bit of caramel deep roasted malt and maybe a dash of hop.

Taste- Sweet and caramely malt carries the flavor most of the way through the beer. A light hop presence is felt by a light pine flavor. A bit nutty as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation with a sweet nutty aftertaste.

Drinkability- Very nice drinking brown ale. Would pick this up more often if it were easier to find. Pretty much clones the Messiah Bold I had last week.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown shade that resembles coffee. A huge beige layer of soft foam covers the top of the beer after pouring.

The nose is a nice mix of hop bitterness and chocolate malts.

It tastes great. A touch of hop bitterness combined with mellow caramel and chocolate malts. It tends to have a sweet flavor at times, maybe brown sugar or something with a similar effect.

The mouthfeel is nice and smooth, and the drinkability is excellent. One of the better beers I have tried lately.

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

Poured into mini heffe glass at Spring O8 Long Island Craft festival.

A - Light brown a nice khaki two finger head that descends to a thick collar.

S - Brown sugar and secondary hoppyness with warm biscuit to boot.

T -Follows the nose...sweet and earthy hops with a nice mellow thick collar.

M - Medium bodied, mild carbonation and soft feel with final dry finish.

D - Good session beer and interesting complexity.

Photo of Cresant
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass. No date. One finger of off-white head faded, leaving some lacy rings. The body was a nice cola brown, clear and bright.

Smell was nutty and chocolate. Subtle aroma.

Taste was reflective of the smell. Light bitterness-- walnut-like. Mildly chocolate. Sweet maltiness.

Mouthfeel was medium with appropriate carbonation, a bit zingy on the tongue. Not my favorite style but i'll bet it is good with pizza.

Photo of albern
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an extremely drinkable and enjoyable beer. It pours a dark brown with some ruby tints. It is modestly carbonated, with not much head, retention, or lacing. That's the low point. The smell is biscuity, malty, caramelly, a bit of chocolate in there too. The aroma isn't overpowering, just well balanced. The taste is very nice. This is a smooth, fairly creamy, medium bodied brown ale that is very well balanced. There is a nice caramel, chocolate maltiness, some nut flavors and a slight roastiness. This beer is just really mellow, isn't overpowering, isn't trying to get in your face, but rather insinutate itself in your good graces very subtley. The mouthfeel is creamy, mild, with a tiny presence of tartness in the finish. Overall, this one is well worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

Re-review in Sept 2008. More lacing, retention, and head this time around. I added a half point to the appearance. I would have expected a tad more from a beer as creamy as this. One other noteable comment is that there is a slight bit of chalkiness in the finish. But this is a very fine brown ale.

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

Very nice brown ale from Avery I compared this with Tilburg's a true Dutch Brown and liked it a lot. Pours a lucid ameretto color with a decent head. Smells of almonds and a hint of caramel. Tastes well balanced with roasted nuts and a hint of hop bitterness. Served chilled with in a pint glass.

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

Ellies's is a nice looking brew of great clarity, with a brownish amber color, and a fluffy/creamy, light cinnamon/white head that leaves thick lacing.

Fruity in the nose, with light chocolate/caramel malts and hints of roasted malts and nuts.

The flavor is light and bittersweet chocolate along with appley fruitiness. Lightly roasted and bitter nuttiness. Great medium bodied, comfortable, and smoothly carbonated mouthfeel.

While it ain't spectacular, this is a very nice beer that I would not mind enjoying anytime.

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

Pours a clear brown color with a nice thick egg-shell colored head that left a good amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is lighter than expected; some roasted nuts and a touch of toasted grains. The taste is of toasted malt, lightly roasted peanuts, and light tea-like hops. The feel is moderate with a fairly balanced profile, perhaps slightly bitter. A solid brown ale in the traditional English sense. No outstanding flavors but no off-putting flavor either. Worth a go.

Photo of orangemoustache
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- deep crimson and very clear with a soft looking tan head that leaves behind tons of thick sticky lacing

S- caramel malts,hints of chocolate,and walnuts

T- mostly sweetness upfront hints of brown sugar and caramels,whole grain bread dough in the middle and a good amount of earthy hops on the finish

M- medium to thin body,nice hop texture on the tounge,finishes dry with some decent mouth coating sweetness

D- Its an ok session brew,but would pair nicely with a bacon wrapped fillet(fire up the grill!)this is an above average beer and a nice display of the style

Photo of Mudpuppet
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in a pint glass at CBSix.

A- Pours an amber color with a thin head.

S- Malty nose on this beer. No notes of hops at all but you do get some sour/tangy notes.

T- Somewhat sweet for a brown. I get iced tea flavors when drinking this. I have had this in other beers and I am not sure it is a good thing.

M- Sweet and thick on the palate. Not overly so but more than a brown should be.

D- Certainly not my favorite beer. It was better with some food.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep clear brown color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of nuts, toffee with some light molasses. Taste is also dominated by some nuts, light toffee with some huge caramel and molasses malt notes. I didn't discern a large hops presence which surprises me considering this is a brewery known for their extensive use of hops. Nicely done for the style.

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

I've had this beer many times in bottles and a couple times on tap at the brewery. This is a great example of a brown ale. Very carbonated and malty with a good amount of hops to keep me interested. This is a very drinkable ale, and I recommend this brew to all.

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