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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,667 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,667
Reviews: 651
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 49
Gots: 120 | 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 DarkerTheBetter
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a brown and burgundy color with a persistent, partial film of head.

Smells of nutty molasses and smoke.

Tastes of hazel nuts, brown sugar and a slight carbon-like smokiness that seems a bit much and/or out of place.

The mouth feel was medium bodied with a light tingly carbonation.

Generally unimpressive and not my favorite for the style as there was a little too much sooty smoke to it. Sadly, it gets a lot better when you gulp it. Don’t be afraid to pass on this one.

DarkerTheBetter, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of cbl2
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

10/5/2005 $9.00 6 pack 5.80% No best by date.

Appearance:

As the name indicates, this pours a dark brown that is infused with a ruby redness when exposed to the light. No head to speak of.

Aroma:

Hints of coffee, and a mild nutty quality with some faint hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Nice nutty quality, but it also possesses a sense of soapiness that make it somewhat unpleasant.

cbl2, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of MusicalBeers
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a reddish, ruby brown with a massive head which likes to hang around. Aroma is not strong, but is woody, maybe oakish but sweeter. Immediate impression is of semi-sweet or bittersweet dark chocolate, starting with out with strong chocolate flavors and finishing with lighter hoppy bitterness. The hoppiness and flavor of the finish gives a bit of an impression of a red ale rather than a brown ale, or maybe like the two escaped to the alley behind the brewery on break a few months ago. Not too much malt or sweetness here on the way down but it does leave a dark porter-ish sweetness on the palate, surprising given the finish, but this sticky sweetness hangs around and hurts the drinkability.

This isn't one of my favorite styles but within the style this has very good flavor, maybe because it is does not conform to the standard. The bittersweet finish doesn't encourage me to grab another though, so I'll probably pass by this one next time.

MusicalBeers, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of ark1ebs
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer having loved the Avery IPA and Maharaja. Granted, brown ales aren't my cup of tea (admittedly I'm a hophead), but I thought I'd give it a shot.

It poured without producing much of a head with a deep amber brownish hue. Definitely can taste the nutiness with hints of chocolate. Tinge of spice at the back of the tongue as it goes down. This quickly subsides and not much of an aftertaste is left behind.

Nice lacing down the glass as I drink it down. Can't sense much of a smell because I have a bit of a cold and have been consuming decongestants today. :( Should I even be reviewing this beer this being the case?

Goes down pretty smooth and mouthfeel is good. It's a wet feeling beer that doesn't linger very long on the palate.

Overall another good beer by the Avery crew!

ark1ebs, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of hanco005
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single because I likes the picture of the dog on the label, poured into a pint glass, no freshness date on the bottle

A—pours dark brown, resembling cola, with a 1 inch cocoa colored puffy head that slowly collapses down, laces fully around the inside of the glass

S—nutty and sweet, mild alcohol, faint whiffs of caramel, a bit buttery, too

T—smokey and sweet, the nuttiness and caramel are there, pretty mild, not tasting any bitterness at all, finishes wet

M—a touch slippery, light/medium bodied, medium carbonation

D—not a bad brown ale, very mild and drinkable…might be a good transition beer.

hanco005, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a chestnut brown coloration. The beer has a thin tan colored head. The beer has no head retention to speak of.

Smell: The beer has a roasted malty caramel and chocolate combo. The beer has a dash of spicy goodness thrown in.

Taste: The beer has a light combo of roasted malty caramel sweetness with nips of chocolate. The beer has a bit of nuttyness combining with spicyness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer isnt a bad beer drink. The beer is slightly thinner than I prefer, but I still wouldnt turn my nose up at this beer.

nlmartin, Jun 23, 2006
Photo of andythejerk
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Generous, pancake-batter head on this one. The color of a cherry coke, with lots of bubbles tracking up the inside of my mug. Smell is striking--yeasty and nutty notes hit my nose and, as is not unusual, start me salivating. Pavlov was my master. It's fizzy and medium bodied, and has a rather tart flavor, with a bit of metallic edge to it. Definite roasted nuts too, though. The finish is a bit short and abrupt, but that blast of tart, roasted flavor is really very tasty.

andythejerk, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of snilsen13
2.6/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was hoping for something better since this was going to be a mild, easy drinking beer. Unfortunately, this malty mixyure has the consistantly dull feature of Avery brews... a sticky malt flavor that lingers unpleasently on my pallate. Some don't mind it I don't like it.

snilsen13, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of Bitterbill
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle a very deep brown with a smallish head of foam that dissipated quickly leaving just a very fine layer.

The smell has a nice sweet and roasted malt nose with some chocolate there as well.

The taste is a very tasty sweetish malt up front with just a slight roastiness and a bit of chocolate mid way through. Nice. There's also a slight grainy flavour that shows up in the finish. This is a very solid Brown Ale!

Bottom line: Avery Ellie's is a brew that I can easily recommend as it's one of best of its style that I've tasted to date.

Bitterbill, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of briman
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours clear, dark brown, slightly ruby when held up to the light. Nice fluffy light brown head, excellent retention. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is mild roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, touch of coffee.

Taste is mildy sweet. Lightly roasted malt flavor, with some nuttiness coming through. Finish has a slightly roasted coffee taste....not bitter. A slight hop presence in the aftertaste, but it's really just enough to make this a very well balanced beer.

Light to medium body, with low carbonation. Everything is medled together nicely, no one flavor overpowers another. One of the better brown ales...good session beer.

briman, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Brennan's on University here in Madison.

Pours a rusty dark garnet with a finger of rocky oatmeal-tinged head. Nose is surprisingly lively for an English brown, notes of musty, toasted malt, winter spice and milky caramel. Taste starts off like a subtle winter warmer - spicy and malty, rounded out with a cocoa finish. Mouthfeel is thin, lending to its drinkability. A richly flavored, yet lightly bodied brown. A true sessioner here.

Golden2wenty1, May 23, 2006
Photo of KarlHungus
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a clear dark brown almost black color. The head is two fingers in height, fluffy, and very light tan in color. The aroma is roasted and burnt malt, chocolate, and cream. Very nice for a brown ale. The tastes has both porter and brown ale qualities. Burnt malt and chocolate come across first followed by a nice mild caramel and cream finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Overall, this is a very good and sessionable brown ale. I certainly see myself drinking this quite often as it is the best brown ale available in my area.

KarlHungus, May 11, 2006
Photo of Naes
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This ale is very dark brown with a tall light tan head.
The aroma is a bit mild, but consists of caramel malt.
The flavor starts out with caramel malt and a roasty flavor, then the hops become noticeable and it finishes with a crystal malt flavor.
Mouth feel is medium to full bodied, but the carbonation level is a little low.

Naes, May 10, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep reddish brown color with massive tannish head. Nice lacing as the head feel to a thin coating. Smell is roasted malt combined with a nice dark fruitiness. Taste is a sweet fruitish malt with some caramel background. Finish presents a bit of hop and complimets the malt perfectly. A nice well-done beer.

tgbljb, May 09, 2006
Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear dark copper almost brown in color with a fluffy 1"+ head that lasts. Some thick lacing paints the glass.

Smell: nice amounts of caramels and nuts are easily detectable by the nose.

Taste: caramel, cola, nuts, dark red plums, and a decent bitterness makes this a full flavored brown ale. Unlike other brown ales, this wasn't afraid to kick up the flavor components, not some water downed brew.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp at the start, smooth at the finish. The caramel and cola flavors linger shortly in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: easy drinking and a nice brown ale. Avery beers push the limits, and it was nice to get a brown ale that was as lively as this.

Gavage, May 05, 2006
Photo of Crosling
2.68/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby. Mild nose with a touch of earth and a hint of rhubarb, sweet malts, nuts, caramel and coffee beans. Grainy malt feel throughout. Sweet, dry malts possessing notes of nuts, vanilla and spicy hops. Lingering finish. I have had several brown ales and still don't understand why the style exists.

Crosling, Apr 30, 2006
Photo of bigdeuce
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Only drawback is the smell, there isn't any. But..the taste is terrific, a quality brown ale, rivaling Dogfishead's Indian Brown Ale. Roasty malts, slight hops, nice head retention, extreme drinkability. This is what NewCastle is supposed to be! A terrific effort by Avery!

bigdeuce, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of rowew
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle. No date information.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish brown color with a thin head that fades to just a bit of lacing around the edges.

Smell: Roasted malt, caramel, and just a bit of chocolate. A hint of hops as well.

Taste: Starts out sweet and roasted, then a bit more hops than average for the style come into play.

Overall impression: As I would expect from Avery, a bit more hops than an average brown. Still very drinkable - nice roasted flavors would do well with some BBQ.

rowew, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of doppelmeup
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bottle into a pint glass at a local pub.

About a half inch head on top of a rich brown ale. Minimal lacing.

Aroma was malty with hints of nuts. Smelled good.

The taste of this beer was excellent. Very smooth and rich--what I would expect from a good brown ale. Malty, slightly sweet.

Good mouthfeel. Creamy, only lightly carbonated.

Very drinkable brew. One of the better brown ales I've had.

doppelmeup, Apr 21, 2006
Photo of zjungleist
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours fairly dark, but not quite opaque, with a kinda weak off white head. The smell is slighly nutty with heavy roasted malts and a very slight hop sting. The flavor is very roasted and malty, slighly sweet, and has a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a little bit slick and sticky, but almost over-compensated with carbonation. Overall this beer is above average.

zjungleist, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of TongoRad
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoo-yeah...nice looking beer- dark yet perfectly clear chestnut brown color with rusty orange highlights. An initial two-finger head settles down to next to nothing in about a minute leaving lots of thick lacing in its wake.

Aroma features an initial shot of chocolate malt-freshly milled chocolate malt, that is- followed by dark caramel and suggestions of those Welsh cookies with the currants. It is fresh and wonderful.

Palate is initially dominated by the dark caramel, though the roast malt comes on late. The currants linger after all else is gone. Mouthfeel is silky and the alcohol and bitterness are unobtrusive.

Very solid as both a session beer and a one-at-a-time deal. I'm very glad my local shop just started carrying this.

TongoRad, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of rousee
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark color resembling cola--faint ruby color in bottom of the glass. Nice lace on sides.
Caramel nuttiness with some cidery undertones--some minor coffee notes also.
Taste is dark rich malts-toffee-caramel and more nuttiness. Nice effervescent, quenching mouthfeel. It is also somewhat feltish.
Smooth and fairly drinkable but nothing that stands out in that category.

rousee, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of FenwaySquid
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, no dating on the label but a nice portrait of a chocolate lab drawn there (perhaps the beer is named after the dog a la Robinson's Old Tom), poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown color with some reddish hues. Head formed small but the lacing stuck around nicely. Great color though.

Aroma: Floral hops mixed in with some caramel malts and hazelnut as well. If this beer tastes as good as it smells we've got a winner.

Taste: We have a winner. The beer starts off with some caramel and chocolate malts with the hazelnuts shadowing. The middle is sweet and malty with just a hint of hops, which complimented the sweetness nicely. The finish was grainy, leaving the drinker with a thirst for more.

Mouthfeel: Very, very smooth, almost creamy. The carbonation was a little weak but with the sweetness that wasn't a bad thing.

Overall: I was extremely impressed. This beer in itself is an excellent example of why it's so fun to try as many different brews as you can. Some are average, some good, some awful. But every so often you find one like this that totally blows you away. I highly recommend this one to anyone, whether or not you like brown ales.

FenwaySquid, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of sevineyes
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle featuring a chocolate lab on the label.

A: Nice ruddy copper color, but with not too much head and little lacing.

S: Sweet with some smokiness. A nice prelude to the taste.

T: Sweet malt. Some caramel. Smoke.

M: Nice carbonation that complements the flavor. Ends a bit astriingent.

D: Great.

Overall: I like this brown a lot. For its style this is an exemplary beer.

sevineyes, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of Higravity
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The best Avery beer I have had yet. Everything else was a disapointment but this one exceeded my resigned expectations. A very dark brown slithered out of the bottle; yeilding a tan-white head and laced with eat sip. The smell was much more intense than I was enticipating; ful of nutty and sweet malt reverbs and even a little citrus hop blosoms. A full taste of nutty, biscuit flavors, and a bitterness in the end to add a little balance. Good mouthfeel and great carbonation, I would drink this again anytime.

Higravity, Feb 23, 2006
Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,667 ratings.