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

1,910 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,910
Reviews: 685
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 67
Gots: 230 | 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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Ratings: 1,910 | Reviews: 685
Photo of JamieDuncan
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%

Avery has generally been a disappointment for me so this was nice surprise. Nice malty flavor that had me licking my lips between drinks, this is a good thing for me. Sweet on the finish that almost seemed like candy. Low on the bitter which is also good for me. Lacks a lot of complexity or character. Overall I felt is was outstanding beer that was smooth, easy to drink, and hopefully one I will have again. Not the best brown but very nice.

Photo of Jesser5000
4.25/5  rDev +9%

I love this beer. The six pack I got recently tasted a little old though

Photo of Celtics17
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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.

Photo of Urk1127
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into glass mug. Finger of head disappeared somewhat quickly. A little lacing. Dark almost black. Roasty, some chocolate, malty. To me the best overal brown ale I've had this far.

Photo of EHopkinsi
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Very tasty beer. Poured dark, dark brown with little head. Nice maltiness to it with a bit of hops. Would definitely enjoy another!

Photo of drpimento
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Outstanding brown, one the best I've ever had! Poured with a tan head, some lace and a very dark almost opaque Black brown color. Aroma is malti nutty slight hint of hops. Flavor is like aroma little on the Sweetside very drinkable. Perfect body. Super tasty.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours cola brown with a light tan half finger head that displays very little retention, leading to a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Virtually no lacing.

Smell - Assertive aroma that's sweet and malty with notes of chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla and a nutty character. Hints of coffee roast.

Taste - Doesn't quite deliver on the promise of the nose, but the flavor is still quite nice. Chocolate with lesser notes of caramel and brown sugar. Faint vanilla notes that pop up mid-taste and in the finish. Slightly nutty finish, along with some earthy hop.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, slightly silky texture. Goes down nice and easy.

Overall - A pretty damn solid brown. Probably doesn't crack my top 10 ABA's, but I could stand to drink a few more. If only the flavor matched the strength of it's aroma... oh well.

Photo of PacNWDad
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Malty and bready, with just a bit of hops. Thick consistency, with an impressive amount of head. Brown sugar flavor. Dark and translucent pour.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Nose: biscuit, fruity esters, nuts, rich dark malts.
Brilliant chestnut with a 1" tan tinted off-white head. Lacy.
Palate: Rich malt and grain spice, chocolate, and some mild roast, drying on the finish.
Medium body, medium carbonation, a smidgen too sweet up front, a little more roast than necessary.

Photo of Drenz001
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Great flavor, not too heavy, fantastic beer.

Photo of finz2thestout
4.25/5  rDev +9%

simple brown, easy drinking.

Photo of Dwkasper
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Very drinkable, good brown ale

Photo of mdfb79
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%

From 09/07/14 notes. 16 oz. pour in a snifter at The Jeffrey in NYC. Have definitely had this before but apparently never reviewed it.

Pours a dark brown color with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Roasted malts, milk chocolate, vanilla, cream, marshmellows. Taste is sweeter, has some chocolate cake taste to it. Medium body and low carbonation, smooth and creamy and very easy to drink.

Overall very simple but very good and super drinkable. Not a whole lot going on but if you like sweet chocolate and cream/vanilla, a very good and drinkable brown ale. Worth checking out for sure.

Photo of BeerBeast
4/5  rDev +2.6%

A highly quaff-able, roast-y brown ale.

Deep dark brown hue, burned wood nose, and easy-to-drink 5.5 ABV = one of my favorite brown ales, along with Maduro, Durty Mud, Tumbler.

Yay dogs, yay beer!

Photo of harley_pelleg
4.71/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is probably the best American brown I have tasted to date.
My only gripe is aftertaste. But very smooth nutty coco taste with a dry hit.
Not unlike English brown ale but somehow more subtle while still having more flavor. An awesome beer. Will be buying again. And thank you again Avery

Photo of beergoot
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of Omnium
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of slusk
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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!

Photo of Franziskaner
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of Foyle
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of dar482
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of MrBoz21
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of keithmurray
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
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

Photo of nota
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,910 ratings.