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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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very good

676 Reviews

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Reviews: 676
Hads: 1,947
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 18.25%
Wants: 72
Gots: 265 | 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: 676 | Hads: 1,947
Photo of Urk1127
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

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Photo of BeerBeast
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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!

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Photo of harley_pelleg
4.71/5  rDev +21.1%
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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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

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.

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

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!

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).

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 676 ratings.