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Ellie's Brown Ale - Avery Brewing Company

Ellie's Brown AleEllie's Brown Ale

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very good

1,421 Ratings

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Ratings: 1421
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 Act25

New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First, let me say I am not a brown ale fan.
Prefer amber, ipa or stout.

2nd, I am a fan of Avery, cans, and most Rocky Mountain micro-beers.

If you like Brown Ale, this blows away Newcastle.

Appearance - tawny, caramel brown, but let's face it brown ale is not the best color.
Smell - dog wet maltiness with sweetness riding on top
Taste - Natural, outdoorsy, woodsy, forward. Coffee / caramel hint.
Feel - Thinner than you'd expect

I prefer Avery's IPA.

Serving type: can

12-26-2012 21:45:12 | More by Act25
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3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle into a nonic.

A-The brew pours dark, walnut brown. Foam was pretty skimpy and dark khaki in color.

S-Milk chocolate smell up front with a little hit of roasted, nutty malts. As the brew warms, a little brown sugar creeps up. Not terribly fragrant.

T-Smooth, mild, chocolatey malts at first gulp. Then you get a little bit of caramel and nuttiness. The finish has just a little bit of hop kick. Very little bitterness.

M-Lighter bodied for the style with smooth, but noticeable carbonation. The finish is thin. This beer is quite drinkable.

O-There is nothing special about this brew, but it is a solid, drinkable example of the style. The chocolate smell and flavor are a little simple (as is the mouthfeel), but on a relaxing fall evening that calls for a few beers, you could do far worse than putting down a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 05:24:07 | More by spoony
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4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Mahogany body with a khaki head that retains ok but laces very well.

S/T - Robust chocolate up front. As it warms, more aromas and tastes such as brown sugar, coffee roast, some vanilla, nuttiness... hops kept to a minimum which works well.

M - Medium body, medium carb, very smooth and easy drinking.

O - Excellent example of the style and easy to drink. I'm getting this again.

Serving type: can

11-29-2012 23:46:51 | More by garuda
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3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark brown color with about a fingers worth of off white head, doesn't have much retention but leaves behind a nice lacing.

S: Malts, toffee and a subtle hint of hops, didn't detect anything else.

T: starts out with caramel upfront followed by chocolate and toffee finishes out with a nice touch of hops.

M: A light to medium body with a light amount of carbonation.

O: While it might not do anything amazing it is still quite a well brewed example of a brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 02:26:17 | More by UnkleFester
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4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery:

I've enjoyed this beer in a bottle and a can, as far as I can remember, and know it's good; the beer is a moderate brown, good hue but not too dark; quarter inch head; a lot of lacing, particularly from a brown; light ale on the nose; delicious light chocolate flavor; small hints of brown sugar; really good sessionable brown ales; in fact, one of the best I can remember

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2012 02:17:37 | More by SkeeterBoganski
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3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die" -- #7 of the ones I've reviewed.

Pours a mahogany brown, much as you'd expect, although a bit more red maybe than you'd expect. A nose to me that smells exactly like burnt toast, of all things, with maybe a bit of dark fruit at the bottom. (As the beer warms up the dark fruits come more to the fore.) The body has a rather "chewy" quality which I rather liked.

Flavors. This tastes, if you can imagine, like a "dry" cola -- if you took a Coke and removed all the sugar, leaving just the cola taste, you'd have this, sort of. It's Johnny One Note but a very interesting kind of one-note, I'm not sure I ever quite found that sort of flavor in beer before. The finish is thin, but not bad, a rather bracing sharpness.

I rather liked this one -- a lot of brown ales look good to me but disappoint once you actually taste them, but this one delivers on the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 01:42:38 | More by dougbassett
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3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small head of off white foam on top of a dark brown body with some clear, amber highlights showing though. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Some acidic roast malt and toffee.

T - Dark caramel and cola notes up front with some dry, dark bread. More toffee in the middle and a finish of light roast, cola, and dry molasses.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A pretty run of the mill brown ale, perhaps a touch darker than most. Malt focused with little in the way of hop character but a balanced finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 02:50:56 | More by nickfl
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3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: thin head on a deep clear amber body. decent lacing.

S: alot of toffee and chocolate. some caramel malts as well.

T: not only does this one capture the chocolate flavor well, the texture of chocolate can be noted. toffee, light earthy hops with a sour note. nutty notes intermixed.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: the complexity is nice for the style and its not too bland.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 02:49:07 | More by kylehay2004
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North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark brown in color with some dark amber highlights and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall light beige head that slowly reduces to a couple of small patches of larger bubbles, a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted malts with lighter notes of nuts and just a touch of sweetness.

T: Moderate to strong malty flavors including notes of toasted and caramel malts and just a touch of sweetness. There are lighter notes of nuts and brown sugar.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy.

O: Very easy to drink and enjoyable - happy to have this one to celebrate a milestone. Sessionable. Well balanced.

This is beer review number 1000 for me, thus completing the smithj4 (Jazbo) challenge - 1000 unique beers in one year. Enjoyed this beer with metter98, my wife (Ellie), and my brown dog (Tsuki). Thanks to my wife, Ellie, for supporting me in this challenge which I completed in 9 months and 4 days just before the birth of my frist child (daughter). Also, important that I got to have it in a can since that is my favorite serving type.

Serving type: can

10-20-2012 22:17:50 | More by dbrauneis
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3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a clean dark brown color with just a thin cap of light tan head that had no retention or lacing.

The aroma was mostly very sweet malts, almost too sweet, with just a trace of hop sharpness for a bit of contrast. The flavors were pretty much as expected, sweet malts, a hint of roast at the back and very light hops. Fairly typical.

The body was the typical smooth, even and full you look for. Drinkability was very good, the beer goes down easily, and having multiples would be easy. Overall, a nice take on the style. Nothing about this beer is really notable, but there are also no real flaws. If you are in the mood for a nice Brown Ale, you could certainly do a lot worse than having one of these. Plus, I love Labs, so any beer with one on the label will be showing up in my fridge on a regular basis,

Serving type: can

10-20-2012 21:36:03 | More by beertunes
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4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We got done with a show in Greensboro, NC. Ric and I owned the mic tonight...Schiavone never saw it coming.

The beer:
Smells both smoky and malty up front. Tastes nutty, somewhat of a chocolate undertone.

This is a brown ale you can enjoy over several servings. Very drinkable...not too thick of a brown ale. This is a "go-to" in this category, for me. Good out of a bottle and can.

80s/90s wrestler most likely to drink this beer:
Big John Studd.

Diamonds are forever.

Serving type: can

09-24-2012 15:29:58 | More by TullyBlanchard
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4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint.

A - A nice mahogany brown with a thin, one-finger, head. A bit frothy with below average retention and lacing.

S - Some sweet chocolate and malts, seems to be caramel. Warming on the nose.

T - A nice blend here of nutty almonds with semi-sweet chocolate. Caramel malts are in attendance with a touch of hops near the end.

M - Medium body with a medium-plus carbonation.

O - I really do like a quantity of beers from Avery, namely their top shelf IPA's. This is a solid brown that I continue to revisit. Could be a bit more rounded but a good showing overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 04:47:20 | More by mscudder
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a dark brown beer with some red highlights when held to the light. Upon serving there was an off-white head that faded relatively fast to leave light lacing.

Smell – The smell of the brew is of roasted malt mixed with a decent dose of chocolate. Along with these aromas is some light coffee and nuttiness as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a caramel and roasted malt flavor initially. Soon some lighter chocolate notes come to the tongue. The beer at this point is on the sweeter side, but begins to bitter as the coffee and nut flavors that were detected in the nose come to the tongue. At the very end some herbal hop flavors and a light woodiness comes to the tongue to round down some of the sweet even more.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is smooth and a little on the thicker side with a carbonation level that is slightly below average. It has a rather nice feel for the taste and is rather drinkable.

Overall – A decent brown, but nothing too-too extraordinary. Worth a try if you have never had it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2012 00:39:36 | More by Darkmagus82
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3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with a small offwhite head. Patchy lacing.

Smells like molasses, some coffee, brown sugar, woody oak.

More molasses in the taste with bittersweet chocolate, some coffee and slight earthy hop presence.

Feel is on par for a brown ale. Wouldn't mind having a few

Quality stuf

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2012 15:29:55 | More by TheMultiYeast
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3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice dark tan foamy creamy 2 finger head that lasted almost the duration of the pour. The brew was a dark brown with a little red color; translucent and some nice lacing with the head.

S: Heavy roast malt, some coffee and chocolate with a some nuttiness

T: Somewhat dry and surprisingly hoppy up front with a toasted malt character that builds throughout the drink. The middle is kind of sweet and towards the end, there is a nice toasted malt and chocolate.

M: Nice mouth feel for the styole; perhaps a little on the light side. Carbonation is medium - appropriate for style.

O: This is a very nice example of the style that has a bouns of some hop aroma and flavor - very nice. I would buy this agin.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 22:49:35 | More by FlyingBull
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4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown - almost black - in the glass with a healthy head and good lacing on the glass. Aroma is of caramel and some chocolate malts. Hops are mild and offset by the malt. This beer is almost a dessert with carmelized brown sugar flavor. Can fall a little flat on the tongue but overall well done.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 23:22:42 | More by Oakenator
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3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chestnut brown with red highlights. A smallish tan head develops and drops to a thick film. Decent lace is left behind.
Smell is malt, smoke/peat, toffee and a whiff of hops. Nicely balanced, not overpowering in any aspect.
Taste is malty with notes of peat, toffee, smoke, nut, maybe a bit of caramel.
Medium bodied with a light to medium effervescence. Aftertaste is a bit ashy with malt, wood and peat lingering. A good brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 02:04:06 | More by PorterLambic
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3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is quite cool.... like a cherry coke... reddish black. I gave it a 5...

Smell was good... organic/authentic... malty... slightly nutty...

taste was nutty... perhaps i'm not a fan of the style, but I give it an average...

MF was okay...
overall I'd give it a 3.5...

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 19:48:33 | More by klkatz
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Big, foamy, creamy and inch-thick head. This thing sits and sits and sits. About 15 minutes in and still, about a third of it remains. Dark brown with a little red in color and some spectacular lacing.

SMELL: Rich and smoky with a little nuttiness and smoky chocolate behind it. The great head allows it to continue smelling fairly intense for most of the glass.

TASTE: Dry and hoppy up front with a malt character that builds throughout the sip. Towards the end the smokiness and and chocolate from the nose are more apparent along with some nuts and a bit of vanilla.

MOUTHFEEL: Disappointingly thin, particularly up front. The carbonation is a bit flat as well, which leads only serves to accentuate the thin feel.

OVERALL: This is a very strong example of the style. It is also a great example of a beer that needs to be served at the proper temperature. When cold, a lot of the flavors are masked, but as it approaches 50 degrees or so a lot more comes out.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 08:23:24 | More by StoneTSR
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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a very dark brown, blackish color with a half inch thick, tan head. The lacing doesn't seem to stick to the side of the glass well.

Smell - Roasted malts, dark chocolate, light on coffee, and a nutty character.

Taste - Basically identical to the smell.. except the coffee is a little stronger than I hoped for (I hate coffee lol). There may be a little caramel in there too.

Mouthfeel - Light-medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall - It's pretty good. What's the difference between this and a stout? They seem so similar.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 03:04:27 | More by jsisko01
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3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very nice hazy brown with copper/ruby hues. Two finger tan head with decent retention. Excellent lacing. Some sediment floating in the glass.

Caramel malts, nuts, tobacco, hints of coffee, chocolate, citrus, and grass. Moderate strength.

Rounder than other browns. Starts all caramel malt, which gives way to nutty flavors, finishing with tobacco. Finishes clean and sweet.

Smooth, resinous, and syrupy, yet sessionable. Close to zero alcohol sensation. Nicely done.

A great brown - while I'm not a huge fan of the category, I would most certainly buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 00:53:03 | More by tylerprince
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4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours clear dark brown with a thick, light tan head. There's just enough light passing through to make out some tiny bubbles rising from the bottom. The head dissipates slowly, leaving some lacing on the side of the glass. There are aromas of dark roasted barley malt, chocolate, and coffee. It also smells a little nutty. With the taste, I pick up the roasted malt very strongly with some accompanying sweetness. I also detect the chocolate, coffee, and nutty flavors I found in the aroma. The body is medium with plentiful carbonation. The beer is smooth and highly drinkable. This is an excellent beer. It is a brown ale I would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 20:17:28 | More by acevenom
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4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 64 oz brown growler into a Shaker pint. Purchased at Growler's Craft Beer and Ales (Hilton Head Island, SC) for $14.

A: Chestnut brown with 1-finger of light beige head which leaves several trails of lace.

S: Cocoa powder, milk chocolate, and sweet latte with dark maltiness without much if any fruitness and a light herbal hops note.

T: Very cocoa dominated with some sweet caramel toffee as well. This beer has one of the longest aftertastes, with some light sourness on the back end from the delicious dark malts. Minimal bitterness and not much hops flavor, but it doesn't really need it. This is a really good sweetish brown ale.

M: Medium-body with pretty active carbonation leaves a long aftertaste with dark malty residue on the palate.

O: Ellie's Brown Ale is a really good brown ale that I am glad I revisited. Inspiring me to try a homebrewed brown ale.

Serving type: growler

06-30-2012 02:24:09 | More by argock
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3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can in to a Pint glass. Digitized code on bottom of can.
A-Pours a beautiful dark brown body; dense 1 finger tan head. Not much lacing left on the glass.
S-Chocolate, ground coffee, vanilla. Roasty malt smell.
T-Chocolate malts, coffee. Mild hop bitterness.
M-Fills the mouth with roasted malts. Bitter start, sweet finish.
O-Very good brown ale. Porter/stout like in flavor. Very sessionable.

Serving type: can

06-29-2012 22:45:24 | More by jhartley
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rich and very dark brown beer with a big tan head that has excellent retention. Lacing is strong as well. Bold aroma of coffee and chocolate alongside a robust and nutty malt character. Has a look and aroma closer to an American-style stout than to a traditional brown ale.

The flavor follows suit; the main element distinguishing this beer from a stout on the lighter end of the spectrum is the lack of a substantial roasted or charred note. Again there is ample chocolate/cocoa, coffee, and nuts, some bready malt, a bit of brown sugar sweetness, and a faint earthy hop note detected mainly in the finish, which cleans up nicely and is semi-dry.

Medium bodied with medium to slightly high carbonation. Super drinkable and tasty. I was impressed! Sometimes you need a nice brown ale to remind you how good this basic and mostly unheralded style can be. A lot more subtle and artful than most of Avery’s over-the-top offerings in my book.

Serving type: can

06-26-2012 12:14:14 | More by tobelerone
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