Ellie's Brown Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

669 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 669
Hads: 1,918
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 68
Gots: 240 | 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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Reviews: 669 | Hads: 1,918
Photo of beergoot
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The body appears tobacco juice brown and features a thin yet sticky light tan head. Nuts and roasted malt grain aroma. The taste sports a malty sweetness offset with a somewhat bitter and slightly acrid flavor at the finish. Medium bodied; smooth and semi-dry finish.

This brown ale appears to have roots in within a traditional, malt-forward type of ale. The malt sugars are the key: rich, slightly charred in flavor and aftertaste, and with the hops providing a low-key bitterness to nicely complement the sugary sweetness. Robust and delicious. (548 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can > Mason Pint

A - Dark brown/deep black cherry color with two fingers of fizzy khaki head, lighter on the lacing.
S - Aroma is a kinda turned down, there's some kind of acidic something in here, then you get some earthy and citrus hops, roasted malt, nuttiness.
T - Big nutty roasted malt flavor profile, floral and grassy notes, lemon zest.
M - Medium feel, kinda fizzy.
O - Good brown ale, I would only change the hops in this, they have a more of a part in this beer than is really needed, and kinda outshine some of the more "savory" if you will, aspects of a brown ale. Still a solid one though. (607 characters)

Photo of slusk
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark garnet with a short lived tan head. clear.

S: Malty with some raisin, spicy hop filters in. some wheat like character or slightly fruity like a Belgian. The hop doesn't have a noble hop aroma, something domestic.

T: Bright, Malty caramel and toffee. A bit of dark bread crust moderate to low hop bitterness with low spicy hop flavor. A slightly sweet, creamy finish.

M: Medium body, a little slick and oily on the palate. low carbonation, not biting, low acidity.

O: This is a nice beer. It has a bit brighter malt flavor than the typical brown ale, the hops are not overpowering, more like an English brown. The hops seem to be of a domestic variety which adds to it's complexity and uniqueness. I'll have another! (737 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with a quarter inch thick khaki colored head. Light Brussels lacing. Aroma of dark malt,caramel,and toffee are very enticing. I get coffee,dark malt and chocolate in the flavor. This is smooth and creamy. The finish is very dry and there's a light smoked malt note in the aftertaste. You could drink a lot of this and there's a lot of flavor packed in here. This is definitely on the sweeter end of the spectrum. (432 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark brown and in direct light shines a brilliant mahogany.

Roasted nuts, malts, and hints of burnt toast. Nothing to write home about, but delightful nonetheless.

Very malt forward, sweet roasted nuts, coffee grinds, and vanilla.

Mouthfeel is sweet, but well enough carbonated to give the sweet some bite.

Overall, not my favorite Avery brew nor brown ale, but a decent option. (396 characters)

Photo of Foyle
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: thin cream colored head recedes slowly with plenty of lacing. Color is dark-- reddish black.
Aroma: some mild caramel and chocolate with some earthy hops
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, slightly chalky, with an astringent finish.
Flavor: plenty of flavors here: caramel, chocolate, cocoa powder, and vanilla with some mild hope bitterness to balance the sweetness.
Overall: excellent offering in the style. (416 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It comes in a dark brown color, almost like a porter.

The aroma has mocha, lightly roasted coffee, heavily toasted bread, a caramel sweetness, lots of hazelnut.

The flavor follows with that hazelnut flavor, lightly roasted watery black coffee, a cocoa flavor, and then onto a lightly herbal finish. The beer robust characteristic almost similar to a really light porter.

Just an absolutely forgotten gem in the style. (421 characters)

Photo of MrBoz21
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour clear copper brown. 80% opaque in center with garnet/brown hue. Thick bubbly tan head, settled to crema. Nice carbonation.

Caramel, biscuit and light roasted nut. Tropical fruit esters and vanilla. Slight earthy hop.

Taste: Fruity, nutty roast up front, caramel in the middle and a bit of roast/hop astringency on back of togue. Creamy roast lingers.

Mouth: Relatively dry, moderately thin. Still has a creamyness to it though.

Overall: Very nice and gently nuanced with flavors that meld together well. Easy to drink. (528 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - mahogany color with off white head

Smell - caramel, toffee, toasted nuts

Taste - caramel, toasted nuts, toffee, hazelnut, slightest of coffee grounds

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweetness upfront, smooth and easy drinking finish

Overall - good brown ale that is enjoyable and worth a try

price Point - $2.10/12 oz can (354 characters)

Photo of nota
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the pour rises a creamy 2 1/2 inch tan head. Beer is dark brown in color. A strong smell of toasted malt. Taste is walnuts, chocolate, coffee. It has a bitter finish which leaves a earthy nutty aftertaste in your mouth. This beer has everything I like in a brown ale. (272 characters)

Photo of TheDoctor
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:
Pours a dark brown with hints of ruby when held to the light (looks nearly black in the glass) with a nice creamy two fingers of head that settles rockily to a healthy film and then a light film. Decent retention; some spotted lacing.

S:
Really 'brown'-smelling with some yeasty phenols. Caramel malt aromas with chocolate some brown sugar and a tiny bit of raisin.

T:
Smooth, chocolatey and delicious. Really rich nut and toffee flavors hit you right off the bat, with walnut, cocoa powder, dark bread and other nutty, chocolatey, bready flavors as well!

M:
Medium bodied and extremely drinkable. There is a short finish, a nice creamy texture and good carbonation (honestly I would prefer it with a little less of the latter and more of the former).

O:
Very good beer.
This is a smooth, easy drinking brown ale that has got it all where it counts. Pretty nice looking with lots of great nose to it and a mellow, nutty, chocolate-dipped flavor. Much better than I was expecting.
Would have again; well worth trying. (1,027 characters)

Photo of theteleman
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour from can purchased at Distellers Outlet in Poway CA. Dark brown with a big off white head. Nice lacing. Smell is incredible. Vanilla, brown sugar, honey. Taste is very pleasent. Malts and a nutty tinge with hints of vanilla, defintley getting some chocolate too but its very faint. I purchased just one can, next time I'll get a sixer of this, really enjoyable. (366 characters)

Photo of Dan114
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- dark brown with Carmel edges. Two finger head which dies down but retains a little. Slight lacing
S- subdued roasted barley, toast, a little fresh black coffee, light hops. Rather inviting.
T- Roast barley, sweet malt, light caramel, herbal hops creep in, which is slightly off putting. Long bready finish.
M-Full bodied and not too effervescent. Really really nice.
O- Solid American brown ale. Not cloying. Very pleasant on a chilly evening. (448 characters)

Photo of SamN
2.81/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Color is a sort of limp dark maroon hue; less brown, more red. Head is thinand doesn't last long. A few second after pouring, only a thin ring of foam remains. Lacing is decent though, and the appearance is growing on me. The beer aroma is lighter, some toasted malts, hazelnuts, mild graininess. I'd like more richness, some creamy notes to blend the aromas better and make an outstanding brown ale scent. Taste is pretty close to smell, with grainy malt tastes like nuttiness and coarse bread. Fleeting, with a short finish. Not too impressive, not much of a brown ale; at least, what I think a brown ale should be.

I much prefer Upslope Brown to Ellie's. Probably won't have again. (685 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Bar of Soap Asheville. Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours a medium brown color with an 1/8 inch tan head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and random splotches of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing.

S- Mild cocoa and nuts. Toasty and somewhat sweet.

T- More nutty notes in the flavor. Mild toasted malt with low bitterness. Still flavorful though, just has lots of balance.

M- Slightly viscous with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- About as solid as they come for brown ales. (565 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled April 10, 2013. Bought back in late June and put away for winter consumption.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a: Clear dark ruby with a huge four inch head which fortunately dissipated quickly to even surface foam and dense lacing so I only had to do a second pour.

s: Dark roasted malt.

t: Dense smoke. Immediately screams "Porter!" Dry finish.

m: Medium. Watery hints but enough body to work as a good porter or decent stout.

o: Rating this was difficult because it was excellent, but...not my idea of either a malty English or hoppy American brown. This ought to be labelled Ellie's Porter or even Ellie's Stout. Have a bottle of their New World Stout which I am now anxious to compare to this. (749 characters)

Photo of a0lbudman
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-black but a red tint shines though when a light is on it. It has a light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a good lace
S-caramel malt, light roasted smell, light hops, and chocolate
T-roasted malt with a slight bitter hop aftertaste that fades into a chocolate finish
M-full body and medium carbonation
O-I have used this beer for years in my BBQ sauce, I put it on my ribs and other pork, because it has the flavors and taste I seek for that purpose. To drink this beer on a cold winter day would be nice, but it goes well with BBQ also. (546 characters)

Photo of Cheshire_Crew_Al
4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Full Disclosure: I'm a huge brown ale fan

Serving type: bottle, as a side note, I really like the bottle design, classy

S: a lot of vanilla comes through in the initial smell with a hint of caramel

T/M: medium carbonation, really nicely balanced beer with initial nutty taste on the palate - mainly almost a hazelnut type taste followed by vanilla notes on the finish, as opposed to other brown ales, does not have a touch of bitterness on the aftertaste - which makes this beer go down shockingly easy (in a good way)

O: not my favorite brown ale, but it's up there, only DF head IBA surpasses this to date in my book (622 characters)

Photo of Dools9
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a shaker pint glass. Botton julian date code of 13296, or 10/23/13.

A: Pours a deep dark mohagany color, nice fluffy two finger khaki head. Not much lace to speak of, but it has a nice color to it.

S: Smells of brown bread, toasty malt, some light brown sugar sweetness, a bit of chocoalte and coffee. Pretty straightforward for a brown ale.

T: Toasted brown bread maltiness, nutty, some light chocolate, touch of vanilla sweetness and dark fruit, lends more to the drier side of things. There is a slight earthy hop hiding out behind the malt flavor.

M: Light side of medium, medium carbonation, a bit of a slickness on the finish.

O: Nice, straight forward example of the style, though not my favorite Brown Ale. Very easily drinkable, you could probably session this beer with no problem. (812 characters)

Photo of Aaron_Ramson
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep dark ruby reds and chocolate browns with an off white persistent creamy head. Nose is very light; baking chocolate and cooked sugar. Easy drinking with sweet cocoa and light morning coffee up front, delicate hop finish coasts with a lightly caramel flavor in the finish. Thin mouthfeel and carbonation seems very mild. Suprisingly nuanced and balanced, not at all assertive or bold. A very easy drinking session brown that just replaced Moose Drool as my new favorite ABA, also superior to Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar. The best American Brown that I'm aware of. (566 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.56/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice smooth caramel colored foamy head stands tall on top of light black brew. Decent lacing too.

A kick ass aroma. Lots of roasty toasty coffee. Big deep aroma.

Smooth, light, easy drinking. Lots of earthy wet coffee flavors submerged in toffee, caramel, milk chocolate. Good dry roasty finish. Bitterness is more sweet then anything... Carbonation medium-high and fits nicely. Solid.

This is a killer Brown ale. Not like any other. Drinks like a Brown should. Very drinkable and palatable. Highly recommended, should be considered a must try. (550 characters)

Photo of DrinkNewport
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, it's brown, holding true to the genre. Nice head.

The aroma is quite nice. Not overpowering, but present.

The flavor is that of a mild brown ale, which just isn't really my bag. I'd like to find a brown ale I really enjoyed, but this one isn't it.

Overall, it's a brown ale, and if you like brown ales, you'll probably like it. I'm just not so crazy about it. (368 characters)

Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a clear dark mahogany brown with a rocky two-finger head of light tan foam. Great retention. Sticky rings of lacing coat the glass.

S - Moderate strength aroma; lots and lots of chocolate malt. Hint of earthy English style hops.

T - Taste matches the nose; big chocolate and bready malt notes forward; tastes a little like a tootsie pop. Slight bit of mild hop in the finish. Nicely balanced between sweet and bitter. Flavors are quite robust for a 5.5 ABV beer.

M - Big, chewy, and creamy. Drinkability high. Great feel for the style.

O - One of the best examples of the style I have had. Nothing revolutionary or mind blowing here (it's a brown ale after all), but a really well crafted beer all around and a great "everyday" kind of beer. Outstanding. (808 characters)

Photo of patpbr
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - A dark brown color with a off-white head.
S - Malty and nutty a bit of coffee
T - Roasted carmel malts and chocolate and a little bit smoky.
M - A medium body and a creamy feel
O - This is a tasty brown ale. Could easily drink a few of these. the malty flavors are great (278 characters)

Photo of BeerWizard
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pretty dark, almost opaque brown, with a short khaki head on it. Head dwindles away pretty quickly into a film of fine bubbles. Nose has some cocoa and coffee notes, with a sweetness to it. Flavor is nice up front but fizzles out a bit on the back end, lacking the structure a higher abv beer might have, but I think they've done well with the 5.5. Hop bitters are moderately detectable but the malt takes the upper hand for the most part, as you would expect in an American brown. There's also a sort of faint vanilla characteristic that I'm not sure where it's originating from, but it's a nice feature. Mouthfeel is nice but I find myself wanting something thicker.

Overall, good to very good. I do prefer a stronger brown ale but for the style I think this has been very well done. (794 characters)

Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 669 ratings.