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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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1,715 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,715
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 52
Gots: 128 | 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 Redwood21
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

it pours very dark, with a hint of a copper color. the head is also a tan color and is nice and foamy. I could not pick up a lot of aroma but this could just be me. There is a prominent roasted taste. This is the overwhelming sense you get from the beer. It has a solid mf maybe medium body. i would say its worth a try but isnt a cant miss brew.

Redwood21, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of sstackho
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, dark brown with lots of head and medium carbonation. Some initial lacing that does not last. Faint scent of roasted malt, but forgive me for my nose is a wee bit stuffy! Taste is not particularly full as it goes down, and only a faint malty aftertaste remains. I'm finding nothing particularly interesting about this one.

sstackho, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown with mahogony hues. A thick, off-white head slowly descends, leaving some traces of lacing.

The smell is of roasted sweet grains and caramel. Nutty. Hints of coffee.

The sweet, roasted grains are supported by a mildly nutty background. Subtle berry-like fruitiness mixed in underneath. Caramel and toffee sweetness balanced by earthy hops. It remains overall sweet in character. As it warms, it takes on more coffee and chocolate-like qualities. Finishes with a long balanced sweetness.

It's pretty creamy. Grainy texture with a medium to full body.

If you're looking for a sweet brown ale with depth and character, this is a great pick. The "English" character really comes out, too. A good brown ale.

jwc215, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of Phatz
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What an exceptional evening. This is one of, if not the best brown ale I have had, and I am a fan of the style. Avery is hit or miss with me. Sometimes they go overboard on extreme and alcoholic brews that are less than drinkable. This one deems a six-pack. Very tasty, and even more drinkable.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful deep red brown with a creamy tan head that fades fast to leave a halo around the glass. It has very little spotty lacing.

Smell: Bread and cocoa lead in the nose followed by toffee and nuts, and just a splash of roasted coffee.

Taste: Dark malts and toasty breadyness with a definite yeast attribute and caramel, chocolate, fruit, and nuts with an earthy hop finish. It is a hot fudge sundae with nuts thrown in a blender and dumped in secondary... or something like that. Very yummy! =)

Mouthfeel: Rich smooth solid medium body feel, slick through the center, sweet on the cheeks and long lingering fudgeyness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: I have a sweet-tooth and I like this sweet brown very much. I could definitely go for a lot more of this. I may just stock it in my extras drawer. One case... coming right up =)

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of Jwaks
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving 12oz bottle

Pours a brown chestnut color with an impressive two finger light tan head that settles into a thick ring of lacing and a thin covering of froth. Adequate carbonation and a translucent body are revealed when holding the beer up to a bright light. This looks like a damn good brown ale.

Carob, roasted malts, floral hops, hints of citrus zest, nuts, caramel, mocha and sour fruit hang on a heavy nose.

Roasted malts and mild, bitter hops come through on the entry that eases into carob and nutty malt flavors on the mid palate. Some bitter, floral hops tie this together on a bittersweet finish revealing a nice caramel mocha infused finish with a bit of smoke. Bitter hops and a bit of citrus zest permeate the brew creating a nice balance to the sweet roasted malt and chocolately flavors.

Very smooth and unctuous, this boasts a medium to full body with adequate balance and great complexity. Bitters can become a bit overwhelming though the underlying sweetnes does well to balance the bitter body.

A complex character and smooth body keeps this interesting and adequate carbonation keeps it lively.

Overall a great brown ale that's a slightly bitter, complex malty treat.


Jwaks, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 12er. No date.

Dark mahogany brown, clear. Decent carbonation. Nice head, never fully leaves, decent lace.

Sweet sugary malt. Tart hops. Butterscotch and some grainy malt. Citric hop edge. Decent balance.

Medium bodied, smooth. Chocolate and tart fruit roll onto the tongue first. Malt: nut, toasty, light biscuit, chocolate, roasted, mild grainy in back. Hop: tart citric, floral, herbal touches, understated. Lightly carbonated and nicely smooth. Finishes clean, fairly tart, and dry.

Pretty good. Subtle undertones make it decently complex. Nice chocolate notes play with the sweet notes.

MrHungryMonkey, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of Atlas1
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd had the Ellie's Brown before, but a recent article on brown ales in the NY Times sent me scrambling back to the beer store for more. Ellie's received a glowing review in the article, and I had to try it again to see if it lived up to the hype.

Pours a deep ruby-brown, almost mahagony color, with a fat 1.5 finger head on top. The head settles down after a bit and leaves a decent amount of lace on the sides of the glass. Held up to the light it's a pretty beer. The smell here is nothing special in my opinion. Faint malt and chocolate aromas permeate, but nothing jumps out and grabs you. The taste is nutty. A bit too carbonated here, but it does settle down a bit and mellow out. Notes of chocolate, coffee, and black cherry exist as well. Nice coffee bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is solid enough. Overall, it's a pleasant beer. A worthy session beer for sure. Pairs well with Beauxfort cheese.

Atlas1, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of NEhophead
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown bottle, served in a tumbler.

Deep, chocolatey-maple in color beneath an inch-high of dense, off-white head. The rocky head budges slowly leaving the tumbler's sides plastered with sticky lace. Ringed and spotted lacing remain with good strength.

Dried hazlenut and faint coffee bean aromas. Earthen, floral hops with a bit of citric notes.

Semi-sweet toasted malt character; dried nuts: almond and walnut. Yeast-driven mustiness that underlies the dry, malt character and robust, floral hop presence. A lighter coffee bean flavor with faint hints of citric hops. The aftertaste is slightly creamy; dried hazlenut and coffee.

Medium bodied; dry, slightly filmy on the palate. A pretty good balance in toasted malts and earthen hops.

A decent Brown Ale most memorable for its appearance than anything else. Not an ale I'd try again, but not an offensive offering either.

NEhophead, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of alexgash
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark cola brown with cocoa brown edges. Lofty, stubborn (won't dissipate!), khaki brown head. Nose of sweetish, charred fruits, multi-grain toast, licorice, molasses, and spicy hops. Nice. Semi-sweet chocolate flavors up front with light roasted notes. Nutty, dark fruits and molasses follow. Finish is dark chocolate bitter and mildly citrus hops. Pretty dern good! Medium-bodied, with a dry, minerally feel. A good brown to have around.

alexgash, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of TexIndy
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no dating system into a pint glass. The color was a nice and clear dark mahogany. The head was a couple fingers and had a light beige tone to it. It settled into a constant thin foam that left some lacing throughout. The aroma was of gently roasted malts with a hint of chocolate. Not a strong smell but very pleasing for the style. The mouthfeel was nice and solid and not watery like others in the style. The taste was really good with a good balance of the roasted malts. Overall, I really enjoy this beer and find myself getting a 6ixer every few months. It's not a complex beer and doesn't stretch any of the 5 categories above but just really hits the spot. For me, it's the textbook rating of 4 and will always have a home in my fridge. (4, HR, T, Y)

TexIndy, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of Minkybut
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tumble at 45 degrees. Had to let warm up a little before really tasting. This beer was kinda Coke a Cola colored with a tan lumpy head. Toffee smell oozing out of the head with a sighly sweet smell. Taste was sweet of sorghum but not so that it screwed up the beer. I thought this was a delicios brew and will certainly buy again.

Minkybut, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of KSho
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ellie's Brown Ale has dark red and chocolate reflections underneath it's quickly dissipating head. It has a mildly chocolate scent to go along with it's color. It has a medium body with a slight aftertaste. That taste is composed of mainly chocolate, but not so much as to overpower the beer. A very balanced and drinkable beer.

KSho, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of malcontent
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tremendous head and a deep, dark brown body. Several minutes after pouring, the head is still going strong. The lowly brown ale usually isn’t going to win beauty contests, but this is about as good as one will look.

Roasted malts, just a touch of nuttiness and subtle mustiness. Not a whole lot in terms of strength, but the aromas are there.

Given the nearly undetectable aromas, the flavor is a revelation. Brown sugar and a nuttiness that seems more of the pecan variety than the typical hazelnut. Honey and dark bread hints also surface on the back of the palate. Really good!

Totally drinkable, semi-creamy mouthfeel. I feel heathenish and unworthy of beer advocacy for heaping such praise on a brown ale but I love this beer! Maybe I’m in a f_cking weird mood, but I have to say this beer rules.

malcontent, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark nut brown color with a medium brown head. The smell is dry and roasty with a slight burnt caraway note. The taste is nice balanced malt and hops up front, followed by chocolate and then a late hop astringency. Dry, creamy and balanced in the mouth, this a pleasure to drink and a nice session beer. One of the nicer brown ales out there.

Georgiabeer, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of Nipitato
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle from Julio's Liqours in Westborough, MA

A: Deep ruby brown color like a Northern English brown ale. Off white head. Clear, brilliant brown ruby luster when held to light.

S: Strong aroma of nutty/toasty malt. Some chocolate in there as well. Aromotatic esters also noticeable.

T: A very well balanced brew. Nutty toasty malt backbone stands up well to aggressive hop assault. Some fruity esters are detectable in the background. A moderate hoppy bitterness creates a nice finish.

MF: Medium body. Moderate effervesence/carbonation.

D: A very nice well balanced American brown ale that is quite drinkable. This beer recenty won best brown ale in the US Beer Tasting Championship's Rockies/Southwest Divison; it is well deserved.

Nipitato, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Avery- Ellie's Brown Ale

Appearance- Dark hazelnut brown with a huge thick frothy head. Heavy lacing down the entire glass.
Smell- Light roasted chestnut, hazelnut, and caramle malt.
Taste- Big caramel malt with a nice hazelnut, chestnut flavor. Slight ceder and oak tones.Evenly balanced.
Mouthfeel- Big flavor up front, slighty sweet, finishing smooth yet dry.

Overall- A nice tasting Brown here! I can't believe I haven't had this 1 yet. Quite tasty!!

NJpadreFan, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of Hibernator
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Avery Ellie's Brown Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a rustic dark brown with ruby highlights on the bottom of the glass. A solid head forms on top leaving brillant patterns of sticky lace.

Malty nose with whiffs of chocolate, dairy and nuts.

The mouthfeel is really slick and syrupy. Heafty dose of malts here with flavors of caramel and milk chocolate. Mini-hop snap on the finish. Greater hop presence than most other brown ales that come to mind.

Overall, I think this is a very solid American brown ale. Thanks to LB for the hook-up.

Hibernator, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of WonderWoman
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark mahogany with ½ inch head that fizzles to the rim.
Colombia coffee and bitter nuts come to mind when I smelt this one.
The taste was of dry peanut hulls with a slight ashy after taste. The taste kept hanging around once swallowed not in a bad way, in a good way.
The mouthfeel was smooth with moderate carbonation.
I liked this one, I would drink it again.

WonderWoman, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of UncleJimbo
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This ale poured a clear, deep chestnut color with tan foam that settled to a film. The smell was malty and yeasty with a touch of caramel. The taste was malty with a background assertive hoppiness. There was a light caramel malt flavor, and a touch of yeast as well. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Nicely hoppy. This was a very drinkable and enjoyable brown ale.

UncleJimbo, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of auntfloyd
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle into a US pint glass.

Pours a nice clear brown color, with a trace amount of head which quickly dissipates. The nose is sweet, with chocolate and caramel dominating. The taste follows up on the scent with a sweetness at the start, with notes of caramel, chocolate, and malt, followed by a faintly bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel is smooth all the way, and drinkability is high.

For a brown ale, this is extremely chocolaty and sweet.. I can see people who have never tried a micro or real beer enjoying this. This is a fairly sweet ale, and may not appeal to people who don't like that kind of brew, but I know I certainly do. Brown ales are one of my favorite styles, and it's easy enough to make a mediocre one -- which Avery has decidedly not done. This is a great beer, and probably my new favorite brown ale. Another win for Avery.

auntfloyd, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of wedge
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear cranberry brown with thick frothing head on top leaving behind some patchy lace. Rich, malty aroma: nuts, caramel, and vanilla along with floral-like hops. Full toasted malty sweetness on the palate...nutty chocolate. Hops show up in the second half of the flavor but the malts run the show. Medium and slick in the mouth, drying in the finish. Good brown ale.

wedge, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apperance: decent head and some retention.

Smell: decent caramel malt smell, a little faint.

Taste: nice caramel malt usage with a good hop balance.

Mouthfeel: could be a little more crisp and a little more thick on the mouth. I don't mean thickness on the malts because that is very nice.

Drinkability: An easy beer to drink in fall weather. I will look to try some more avery beers.

jasonjlewis, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of rrg1gb
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with faint head

S - Light roasted aroma, smells a bit like a Hershey Bar

T - High carbonation, thick roasty flavor, tastes likes a mix of chocolate, coffee, and toffee.

M - Full on the palate, the dominant roasted barley malt flavor makes you think you're drinking a chocolate bar in a bottle!

D - Wow. Not holding back with flavor. It's very exciting with the abundance of flavors the roasted barley brings forth. Not too chewy, so it goes down smoother than you would think when first looking at it. I need to get more of this!

rrg1gb, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is close to black in color with a warm red brown tint. Head is light brown and large. Leaves some patchy lace and has attractive retention. Nose shows adequate toasty and roasty malts, sweet and soft cocoa, nuts, yeast fruitiness and floral, grassy hops. A yummy aroma and very sniffable. Flavors are alike with moderate, steady bitterness and good dryness. Medium body with a smooth semi-grainy texture. Drinkability is easy.

A nicely concocted English brown ale. Has all the right ingredients and is certainly one of the more appealing brown ales I've had.

tastybeer, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of geexploitation
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, close to black, that only gives up amber brown highlights when held to direct light. The head is delicate and just off-white, sticks around well. Aromas are principally grainy, very toasty and showing little fruit. On the palate, very bready first off (reminds me of the breadsticks you used to get at faux-high end restaurants), then a bit of English ale sourness before finishing dry. Carbonation is mouth-filling and prickly throughout, and bitterness is substantial for the style, provoking lots of activity on the sides of the tongue. Overall, a very satisfying, very sessionable brown ale. Well done.

geexploitation, Nov 13, 2006
Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,715 ratings.