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Ellie's Brown Ale - Avery Brewing Company

Ellie's Brown AleEllie's Brown Ale

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very good

1,415 Ratings

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Ratings: 1415
Reviews: 637
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%

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 ThisWangsChung


3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark reddish brown color. There isn't much head here, just a thin off-white film, and even that has mediocre retention. It does leave a bit of lacing on the glass, so it's not all meh looking.

S: There are some nice tones of both chocolate and espresso on the nose, but both seem too mild. Actually, the entire aroma seems too mild. Some notes of mineral water, caramel, and toffee also appear - again, very mild. What's there smells good, though.

T: No surprises here. it starts with a light caramel and chocolate sweetness, before finishing with touches of coffee and even roasted nuts. Some fruity twinges can also be found. It's not really interesting, just pleasant and easily drinkable. As it warms up, the roastiness is amplified, and becomes more enjoyable as a result.

M: The feel is quite conducive to said easily drinkable-ness with slightly sharp carbonation and a dry finish. Still, I wish it was smoother before the drying sensation kicked in.

O: Eh, just another brown ale. In fairness, this really isn't my style. Basically it does everything decently without doing anything impressively. I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: can

10-02-2013 20:23:06 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of ddean


4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Public Eat and Drink in North Adams, MA. Slow night with soft techno playing, which oddly enough works well with a brown ale while typing a review on a laptop.

Appearance- An attractive very dark brown. Around the edges where the liquid is not so thick, it appears more rusty in hue, which I liked quite a bit. Lacing around the rim that sticks around throughout the pint.

Smell- I agree with several other reviewers in that it is very pleasant on the nose--dark chocolate and Columbian coffee to me--but some said that the smell is more subtle than they'd like. I get plenty for this style, especially if you sip and swirl a bit, giving it time to warm up. That might make you look like a wine snob, but it is a good experience to take some time and sniff away, particularly on this one.

Taste- Delicious for the style and consistent with the smell. Maybe some dark cherries in there too. A very nice tart zing in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Not getting so much carbonation as others, at least from the tap tonight. Doesn't coat your mouth like some other nice brown ales I've had--this one mostly stops after swallowing--but still very pleasant.

Overall, I'd say Ellie's is the best brown I've had, and I'd also say that those who like the traditional brown ale style will really dig this one. Cheers.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2013 02:33:07 | More by ddean
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3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gotta love a good canned beer. No appearance because of the can but I can assume dark brown.... Had this on tap before and it is dark brown with a nice rich head.

Smell - hard to get a good smell, but I smell chocolates and roasty malts

Taste - lots of roasty malts and a great chocolate end. Delish.

Mouthfeel - nice smooth finish to this pup!

Overall - great craft can for sure. Not a huge brown ale fan, but this one is tasty

Serving type: can

08-15-2013 01:22:04 | More by beatenbyjacks
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours brown but fairly transparent in its body. Thin, creamy off-white head. Nice lacing as well.

S-Very soft nose. Light cocoa, mild roastiness. Wholly malty with faint nuts. Nothing crazy here but overall pretty agreeable.

T-More of the same, simple Brown here. Light cocoa. A bit of nuts. Definitely wanted some more zip to it though.

M-Light bodied. Drinks quite easy with welcoming carbonation. Flavor dies off quickly leaving is mellow aftertaste.

O/D-I wanted more from this but I did enjoy my pint. I thought it had more potential in it, though.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2013 16:49:34 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of BeerWithMike


4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark reddish/brown that is close to black. Very small tan head but left good lacing when sipped. The aroma is of of nutty grains and chocolate. Very pleasing to the nose. The taste is the same and very pleasant with no bitter aftertaste. Perfect carbonation. Really liked this brew and the first I had from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 13:32:39 | More by BeerWithMike
Photo of DrinkSlurm


4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My 1000th had...never thought it would be on a low abv ordinary brown. .
My 1000th review will be better I hope

Poured from tap at sharkeys in Radford VA into pint. Deep brown but can see through it. Nice sweet malty aroma. Taste is chocolate and sweet malt...really nice. Hints of caramel and vanilla. Its so tasty...
Super smooth and a treat to drink. One of my favorite brown ales...a truly under appreciated style and beer. This one nails it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2013 22:52:30 | More by DrinkSlurm
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3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance – dark brown; thin, frothy white head that doesn't last long but leaves decent lacing.
Smell – some sweet and dry malts; some chocolate and roasted coffee bean.
Taste – a nicely balanced brown ale; flavorful.
Feel – medium body and nicely carbonated; smooth.
Overall – good price point; available in a can or bottle; good balance between sweet and dry roasted malts.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2013 01:12:13 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of BradtheGreat7


4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review taken march 2013

12 oz brown bottle with Avery style labeling. This particular label has a brown/chocolate Labrador sitting proud on the front. The story goes that this specific dog liked tasting beer. Now I've seen dogs drink beer, but whether or not this is the case here or they just felt the need for a catchy label for their brown ale is a matter that really makes no different. The label is classy looking stuff from Avery.

A - deep brown with a dark reddish amber hue edging through on the corners. The head is really impressive displaying a big creamy mass and stays what seemed like forever. Lacing is spot on and almost cakes the walls of the glass.

S - man what a rich nuttiness. Aroma has some smoke to it. Warm chocolate and sweet malt round out this all brown aroma.

T - earthy to start. A little smokey with more malty sweetness and nice chocolate backbone with tones of vanilla underneath.

M - a bit too thin and the result is almost a let down. If this brown coated the feel more with a thicker texture the exceptional flavors it does have would get across and make this a truly artistic brown ale. It is an easy drinker and it suitable for autumn, but again the feel doesn't quite live up to the rest of its potential.

O - I do like the Avery brown but I personally feel its a touch under done and the brewer is leaning more toward a session brown instead of fulfilling its class with more of the great flavors it has. Overall Avery is one of my favorites and Ellie's brown has some incredible traits that the feel doesn't live up to. I will continue to enjoy these but really this could be the best brown ale in the world given a few upgrades

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 04:08:53 | More by BradtheGreat7
Photo of FLima


3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Named after their chocolate Labrador that liked to taste beer.
Brown ruby color with a good thick off-white head with good retention and leaving laces.
Nice malty aroma with notes of grains and chocolate.
Quite flavorful brown ale, lots of nuts and chocolate. Some earthiness and pine, as well. Not overly sweet. Dry and bitter aftertaste with residual roasted malts.
Medium smooth body with low carbonation.
Tasty beer, well balanced between drinkability and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 21:22:29 | More by FLima
Photo of schoolboy


3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ellie's pours out to a perfect dark, but translucent, brown. There is a bit of a fine head and loads of nice lacing. The aroma is weak - not much there, just a bit of malt.

The taste and mouthfeel are pretty darn good. It is a sweet, malty taste but more importantly, it is very creamy and soft, and not at all harsh. It burps up a very pleasant taste.

As would be expected from Avery, this is a well made and well balanced brew. I would say it is much less harsh than many "American" style brews.

Serving type: can

06-08-2013 22:54:00 | More by schoolboy
Photo of KYGunner


3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Almost root beer like in color this brown ale is nicely rich in hue with a thin and bubbly head.

The aroma is of dry chocolate, roasted coffee and biscuity malt. Well done on the scent but it's rather weak.

Nice roasted body hits the tongue with coffee and distant chocolate. Roasted malt and/or coffee hits first and the finish is a bit watery. There's a nice chocolatey after taste that in some respects is as good as the roasted fore taste.

Overall, I like it. It may haves some weaknesses but it is what it is, a good brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 23:36:34 | More by KYGunner
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2.36/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

yes i taste the vanilla but so yes t looks great in the the glass someone said they could drink drink this every night well i canr this beer brings nothing to me yeah i know it me but i cant like somethig just because you do enjoy this beer i wish i could

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 01:58:22 | More by wac9
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a deep brown hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was Goid retention and lacing.

The smell featured dry cocoa and roasted malt.

The taste consisted of roasted malts, soft chocolate and a touch of smoke.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a very nice brown ale.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2013 00:44:56 | More by plaid75
Photo of GossageBrewery


4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured this American Brown Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured dark brown color, produced a huge tan head, lacing and retention was excellent. The aroma consisted of toasted malt and carmel. Medium bodied, there was a foundation of roasted malted grain, sweet caramel and nuts. Semi dry finish. Overall this is an awesome American Brown Ale- It may be my new standard bearer- Awesome aroma and flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 21:12:07 | More by GossageBrewery
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New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can served in a pint glass. No freshness date.

Appearance: Brown with some hints of ruby red, but light enough that you can see through the glass when held up to light. About 1 finger of a light khaki colored head dissipated to a thin coating and collar.

Smell: Chocolate, toffee, tea, some earthy hops

Taste: Nutty, malty, chocolate, iced tea(?), slight earth.

Mouthfeel: Just lighter than medium bodied with medium carbonation. Goes down smooth. Very drinkable.

Overall: Decent sessionable brown ale. There's enough flavor going on that I would give it a recommendation, but it's not something that's going to knock your socks off.

Serving type: can

03-16-2013 20:20:42 | More by Jonada
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New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown mud with coffee with cream head. Cookie aroma with chocolate chips, earth, and brown sugar. Tastes of cookie, chocolate chips, brown sugar, earth, some vague herbal notes, and spices. The mouthfeel is where there's trouble: a bit light in body with medium carbonation. A nice brown ale.

Serving type: can

03-15-2013 22:50:35 | More by JRed
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2.73/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: beautful deep cherry wood color, minimal head - maybe one finger.

S: smell is off putting. Has a metallic odor, not that inviting.

T: chocolate, nutty, malty and some vanilla. Chocolate and nut flavors dominate. It's a great drinkable ale for every day. Not bitter, somewhat light and smooth. The beer is kind of flat.

M: light in weight, light on the carbonation, would like to have a little more.

O: my husband really likes this beer, he refers to it as his "easy, everyday drinking beer". I however, think its just ok. It is an easy drinker, but it is slighty disappointing. I would like to see more depth to the beer. Overall, I would drink it again, but its just ok.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 00:16:21 | More by Yokoono76
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3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly warm pour yields a dark brown opaque with garnet highlights and a frothy one inch tan head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.

Nutty, caramelly malt and toasted breadcrust begin the aroma. There's a bit of brown sugar sweetness, pine, and a touch of citrus at the finish.

Flavor reveals deep nutty notes, toasted breadcrust, hints of toffee, and a bit of roast at the finish. There's a little sweetness throughout. Citrus fruits appear mid palate and dissipate toward the lightly bitter, fairly dry finish. Chocolate emerges as it warms.

Body is creamy and on the full side, with slight slickness and carbonation on the low side.

Good toasted malt character, a touch of hops, but definitely malt focused, as it should be. No off flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 03:21:47 | More by barczar
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3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Moderately dark, with a small head.

S: Rich and malty.

T: Malty with a subtle chocolate undertone. Initially a light hoppy taste with a smooth chocolate finish.

M: Very smooth and creamy. Easy to drink.

O: Very solid beer, that has some complexity while maintaining that easyy to drink feel.

Serving type: can

02-20-2013 00:29:20 | More by capnamerica
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3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can into proper glassware

A – Very deep dark brown. Medium height frothy head doesn't last too long but leaves good lacing.

S – Good typical malts here, some sweet, some dry, some chocolate and roasted nuttiness.

T – Nice light roasted malts, lends to some sweetness and a bit of a dry hop note to round things out.

M – Standard medium mouth feel, not too heavy, and nicely carbonated. Very smooth, if anything just slightly overcarbed.

O – Very nice, good balance between sweet light roasted malts and some nice nutty complexities as well.

Serving type: can

02-13-2013 05:56:22 | More by Moose90
Photo of MickeyBeer


3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a deep brown, almost black color with about half a finger of light tan head that dissipates quickly. When held up to light it reminds of root beer. No real lacing to speak of.

S- Some malty aromas along with a little bit of a roasted smell. Not a lot going on here.

T- Nice roasted taste that has a little bit of sweetness along with a little bit of hop balance. Also catching some nutty tastes. Leaves a slightly burnt aftertaste.

M- Pretty light mouthfeel with a nice crisp carbonation. Very easy drinking. Could have several of these without exhausting your taste buds no problem.

O- Tasty brew that I could drink for hours. Didn't blow me away with flavors or complexity, but still a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 01:12:24 | More by MickeyBeer
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3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

canned: unk

Brown with fleeting loose light tan foam and evident carb with large bubbles. Smells of coffee, cocoa, some soil and leather. Some bits of tea and metal. Flavor is biscuity, chocolate, coffee, nuts, roasty malts. Much better flavor than the nose - which is bland. Medium bodied with moderate carb and a wet finish with long aftertaste. Much nicer than I had expected.

Serving type: can

01-29-2013 05:51:04 | More by harrymel
Photo of mooseo


3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into mug.

A - Dark brown-red with a thick & creamy light tan head.

S - Nutty and bready with some caramel, chocolate, and faint earthy hops.

T - A tasty blend of sweet toasted malt, caramel, milk chocolate, and roasted nuts. Finishes with subtle earthy hops, dark fruit and a hint of smoke.

M - Smooth and extra creamy, medium body. Mild carbonation, crisp.

O - Impressive. Flavorful robust malt profile delicately balanced by light hops. Great drinkability.

Serving type: can

01-29-2013 03:15:06 | More by mooseo
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New York

4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Sam Adams glass, nice head developed, tan in color, lasted with good lacing. Appearance was dark caramel brown with an aroma of malty sweetness. Taste was nutty and malty with a slight caramel / chocolate finish. mouthfeel was full and creamy with a dry. slightly caramel aftertaste. A really great brown ale.

Serving type: can

01-25-2013 03:24:23 | More by Huffs
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4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at BT's Southern BBQ in huntington beach.
dark brown with nice tan head on top.
smells roasty and nutty and kinda chocolate-y and smells perfect for this cool, gloomy, rainy day.
taste is above with a smokiness to it; very refreshing.
overall, a very clean finish to a tasty and nutty brown. i really liked this one. it left a great aftertaste, wasnt bitter, but had some great qualities such as the earthy, roasted nuttiness. i could do several of these in succession.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2012 20:08:47 | More by pkalix
Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
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