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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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1,841 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,841
Reviews: 669
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 61
Gots: 183 | FT: 1
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 bluemoonswoon
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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 +13.6%
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 +10.5%
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 +5.4%
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.

Photo of Stimack
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this one based on seeing it highly rated on the best of listings. Brew poured to a nice brown color with some red highlights. Good sized light tan head that broke down quite quickly tonight there was a steady film of foam that left some nice lacing. Real nice malt aroma here, solid chocolate aroma comes out, sweet as well, roasted, slightly nutty. Wow, at first I can see why this brew is listed as one of the better Brown Ales, simply fantastic malt flavor. Very similar to what we saw in the aroma, chocolate flavor at first then a caramel like finish. Some nut like flavors seem to poke through. Slight hop presence at the later half that is nice and goes along real well with the malts. The only detractor that I have on this one as I am nearing the end of it the sweetness or chocolate just seem to be turning me a bit. Overall I think this is a good brew, would clearly get this one again but feel that I have some browns that are just as available or more and a bit better.

Photo of cpn920
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown/mahogany color. Smelled roasted malts and some sublte hops in the background. Taste is of sweet malt and is very smooth, may even be a tad thin.. Beer is carbonated appropriately and medium bodied bordering on light bodied. I think this is a nice beer to drink all night long.

Photo of jjboesen
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This wonderful expression opens with a finger-thick head (Although, this description really depends on your fingers, I guess) that appears somewhat spongy. Ellie's is a very dark - opaque, really - beer that offers heavy lacing with extreme clingage, which is always beneficial when sorting out the unique criteria of a specific beer.

There is a subtle note of raisin behind the malt sweetness; however, a quick stir brings about a heavy molasses blast. The palate detects a biscuity mouthfeel that is supported with a fine balance; and yet, the body is deceptively light, having little carbonation weighing it down.

An enjoyable style, though not my fave, from a wonderful brewery. For what it's worth, I had this at RFD in Washington, DC. (See My Review)

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 3/6/2009 (Tap @ Flying Saucer, Houston, TX):

Pours a pale reddish colored body, cloudy. small off-white head, diminishing. Fruity aroma, roasted. little aroma. Light malty chocolately taste. some smokey porter taste. Somewhat watery. some roasted taste. carbonated. somewhat skunky taste. very malty.

Photo of optiontwo
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. poured into broad mouth glass

Appearance: Clear brown with ruby hues. Minimal head, with alright retention and medium lacing.

Smell: Caramel right away, lots of brown sugar, then floral and earthy hops mixed with chocolate.

Taste: Chocolate takes the forefront in the taste, unlike the aroma. Then there is some grassiness, coffee, and a good punch of citrus hops which also contributes a nice bitterness. It's an interesting balance.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light bodied with high carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down easy and tastes great, can't ask for much more.

Overall: I was really surprised with this beer. Browns can be real hit or miss for me but this one really stands out. According to BA this is an English brown, could have fooled me because I thought this was pretty hoppy. Either way, it's a great brown ale that's definitely worth picking up.

Photo of SaintArnold
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark coca-cola appearance. Very nice 2 ½ "tall head with decent lacing. I like it; I'm starting to get excited. If this beer is as good as their others, I'm in for a real treat.

S- Malt. There is a hint of nuttiness and bread. Faint traces of spice, which is fine since I don't have to be blown away by aroma.

T- Very nice flavor. The nuttiness is very apparent from the first taste. The finish has tangy bitter bite. I like the fact that this is not too sweet from the malt. It's a very balanced beer.

M- Medium to light body that's all malt. It was lighter than I expected it to be.It's very soft on the tongue. It has very good carbonation that seems to excite the hop molecules. It leaves a dry finish that makes me want to drink more.

D- Very drinkable but the finish is dry. I could easily sit down and have two or three of these. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Nice job Avery.


Photo of OtherShoe2
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown with some red hues when held to the light. Nice rocky beige head and some lacing.

Brown bread aromas, some brown sugar notes, malt.

Nice soft touch here. Sweet -but not too sweet-malt, toasted bread, caramel/vanilla hints, sweet roasted nuts, a little chocolate, and some acidic bitterness right at the end.

A little thinner than I would have liked. Medium-light to medium.

These go down pretty easy. Got a single/orphan bottle on the discount shelf, which is a bummer, as I think they won't be restocking anytime soon. This one isn't perfect, but is worth finding and trying.

Photo of mbrandon2w
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz
Pours a dark brown, with deep red highlights when held to the light. Nice head, no lacing.
Smells of like a mix of chocolate bars, cocoa powder and coffee with a touch of alcohol.
Flavor is of chocolate, malt and a dry cocoa finish.
Nice sweetness, just balanced enough with hops. Very smooth, creamy.
I only bought one bottle of this, but I can't wait to go out and buy more.
Reminds me why I love brown ales.

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

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top with a label honoring the brewer's late chocolate lab

Appearance: Rich deep chestnut beer with garnet highlights; a dark ivory cap fades fairly quickly to a decently thick film/ring with good persistence

Smell: Very bready; there are definite hints of dark pumpernickel in here, as well as a mild dry nuttiness as well; there are slight hints of chocolate in the background.

Taste: Sweet, nutty malts with just a hint of mild roastiness on the finish...there is also a mild, ever so slightly fruity English-style yeastiness present...this ends nice and bittersweet, balanced between the sweet malty flavors and a dry nutty character

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth

Drinkability: Fairly high; except for the abv this would deft. make a good session beer...it still might...

Conclusion: This is a nice, straightforward brown ale; it's especially nice because it's not overly sweet; this is one of the better Avery offerings I've tried so far!

Photo of EPICAC
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown. Topped by a thick, beige head that's light, fluffy and seems almost whipped. There's good retention and nice lacing. The aroma is nicely malty with notes of caramel, dark fruit, roast and leafy hops.

Sweet malts over a toasty backbone are evident upfront. Chocolate and dark fruit come to the fore before the toasty backbone reemerges in the finish with a more roasty character and a light hop bitterness. Medium-bodied, and moderately carbonated.

Tasty, but a bit sweet overall.

Photo of goatgoat
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful clear dark brown. Thin tan head falls quickly with no lacing. Aroma is pretty malty. Flavor is medium malt, the balance leans sweet. A bare hint of roasted bitterness. Slightly sweet finish. Good body.
It's a little too sweet and the finish is more assertive than I like in an English Brown.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Deep, clear chesnut brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. Poured a 2 finger rocky biege head with good retention. Ample lacing clung to the glass in thick globs.

S: Toasted malts; mainly cocoa and and nuts. Light sweet mustiness of brown sugar. Bittering hops.

T: Cocoa and nuts similar to smell. Also hints of sweet caramel, raisins and brown sugar. Very full taste nicely balanced with a bitter hop finish.

M: Light side of medium body. Ample carbonation. Starts like its going to be smooth and creamy, but a clean, slightly dry finish take hold quickly.

D: Some holes in the smell and feel, but this beer tastes really good. Hey, there's certainly nothing offensive here. I want to try it again, but a warmer serving temperature and maybe try a more vigorous pour.

Photo of turamarth
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into new belgium goblet.

Appearance: Poured a 2 finger fluffy white head that dissipated to a white ring, left some lacing. Clear dark brown color. Surprising...since it's a brown ale....

Nose: Some sweet caramel malts, a hint of coffee. Almost no hops in the nose.

Taste: A lot of malts. Caramel notes. Some sweet potato? Some flavor that reminds me of cheddar.

Mouth: a little thick, not horrid tho. Leaves the mouth fairly clean

Drink: Goes down pretty well, pretty drinkable. Nothing special though in my opinion.

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ellie's brown poured a dark brown color with a 1 finger foam head and minimal retention. It left a tight bubble pattern of lacing encircling the glass. Nice looking ale.

The aroma was nutty and a little chocolately. The taste was semi dry with a nut brown flavor throughout. There was a little bit of bite of bitterness on the finish. Overall a solid brown ale that should be sold more in the NW. I am not a huge brown ale fan but this is one of the better ones I can say i have had in the past year. Picked it up a Belmont Station.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rich ruby red, with a thick cover of tan foam. Dark fruit and toasted grain nose. Smooth, medium body with a low-ish carbonation. Light toasted bitterness along with lots of fruit and molassesy sugars. A hint of alcohol shows through adding a bit oomph. Overall, a solid brown ale with a rich mouthfeel and decent flavours.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery Ellie's Brown, on tap at Lost Dog Cafe, Arlington, VA, following an Old Dominion root beer. Served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Is set in front of me a dark brown yet marginally transparent body on top of which floats one-finger of only very slightly tanned foam of average retention. Fades to a large and solid but thin sheen with plenty of delicate, sheetlike-in-places-and-stringy/fingerlike-in-others lacing.

Aroma: Quite the toasty nutty mess, reasonably pungent, with slight fruit overtones, hints of light coffee, and - perhaps - currants. A slightly leafy hop note, too, which unfortunately is a little vegetal.

Taste: Nutty notes dominate, wham bam in the face, accompanied by crisp, lightly-done toast, hints of caramel and toffee, a mild hop bitterness, and a surprisingly light coffee presence. The nutty notes are fairly estery, light - hazlenuts, perhaps, or almonds. A good balance, though perhaps a little less nuttiness would be desirable.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium bodied, though with a good amount of crisp, medium-sized effervescence making for a large, faintly prickly mouth.

Drinkability: A decent beer belonging to a style I could do without, though it wasn't unenjoyable. Avery's regular brews don't quite seem to live up to their bigger ones, though I do have to say I think this is one of the better ones in their regular production lineup. Sessionable, if that's your thing, and also nutty, if perhaps it's that.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a nice sized head and lace.

The aroma of malts,caramel,grains and a touch of hops.
The taste was sweet then I tasted some mild hops with notes of caramel and malts.
The feel was medium body,medium carbonation with a creamy yet subtle bitter ending. Some grain hints and perfect balance.

Notes: An excellent beer worth buying a six pack and having a good session with burgers and fries. As a brown ale fan of both US and UK I have to say this was great.

Photo of farrago
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear brown coloration with an amber tinge, above average clarity for the hue, the head a good 1-2 fingers deep at first with a steady dissipation thereafter. Roasted coffee beans, heavy cream and raw dough and nuts blossom first in the nose, while the toastiness of malts seem in charge, the more bitter hops quietly insinuate themselves into the arena, unrolls slowly as you sniff. Light to medium-bodied, the carbonation noticeably roils things up from the first sip and gets them flowing. Caramel, coffee bean, vanilla, pecans and brown sugar don't become too sweet for this reason, in turn this also permits the hops to blend grain, oat and mineral water accents into the mix. Does thin out at the end, however, this fits with the overall mouth feel. Requires a touch more decisiveness.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Clear milk chocolate brown liquid with a large firm, foamy light tan head reminiscent of meringue, good retention and medium lacing.

S = Smell of plastic, light cocoa powder, floral undertones of hops, but it keeps coming back to a plastic smell that is really putting me off.

T = The taste makes up for the smell. Rich cocoa tastes blend with cream, cappuccino, confectioner's sugar, very full tastes with a great blend of sweet and bitter, extremely well balanced. A great example of the style.

M = As with the smell this is a soft spot for this beer. Though the taste is good with a big chocolaty, creamy theme, the mouthfeel instead of being creamy and smooth has too much stinging carbonation, body is relatively full though and mouthcoating is decent.

D = This was kind of a mixed bag as I didn't like the smell and was ambivalent about the mouthfeel. However, the taste really was enjoyable and after each drink, I found myself wanting to take another, so it's hard to say it has anything other than good drinkability.

Photo of erosier
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice black color with a tint of brown with a medium sized and medium bodied head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted and toasted malts, along with a slightly nutty and burnt characteristic. A very subtle hop aroma finishes off the nose.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts with hints of caramel, nutty flavors, and finishes off with a slightly hoppy bitter that is really nice.
M: Very smooth, warming, slightly heavy, nice amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer. All the tastes are subtle but there and they all blend really well together. Excellent beer.

Photo of jstilwell
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My first attempt at an Avery product, and I will need to try some others.

A: Orangy Brown with > 1" Head poured into pint glass. Some carbonated bubbles apparent.

S: Mild Malt & Cream w/ toffee

T: Creamy Caramel and mild roasted nuts. Crispy fiinish with mild hops to this extremely well balanced offering.

M: Silky Smooth, medium body

D: This is extremely drinkable and would be a nice session beer. If I see this on tap at one of my favorite watering holes, I might open a session.

Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,841 ratings.