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Ellie's Brown Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

671 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 671
Hads: 1,931
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 70
Gots: 255 | 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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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)

Photo of iSip
3.21/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Avery Ellie's Brown Ale: Avery is one of my favorite breweries, they make great stuff. I am not a big Brown Ale fan, but was at an eatery, and none of the other beer selections looked very good, so I gave the Ellie's a try.

A thick head on top of deep black body is what arrived at the table, effusing a mellow malty aroma. Very smooth going down. Good malt flavors, but not too sweet. The excessive sweetness is what turns me off of brown ales. Some hops add to the mix in a very complimentary way.

Leave it to Avery to brew such a fine dark ale. Not my everyday brew, but I probably will add a six pack in to my rotation of beer purchases from time to time. (662 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, from a liquor superstore in the western Denver suburbs a few weeks ago. "Lab tested", and there's a picture of a Labrador on the label - ha!

This beer pours a clear red brick amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, stringy, and weakly frothy dirty white head, which leaves some sparse sudsy snow rime lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds away.

It smells of musty, nutty caramel malt, toasty char, mild earthy yeast, and leafy, dusty, weedy hops. The taste is gritty, lightly roasted caramel malt, some pithy bar-top nuts, middling bittersweet chocolate, rather subtle percolating coffee, an indistinct vegetal astringency, and earthy, weedy hops.

The bubbles are generally quite understated, barely capable of their basic function, the body medium-light in weight, and adequately smooth, with a softly grating clamminess. It finishes a tad on the sweet side, the neutered caramel malt and buttery nuts more or less still running the show.

A plainly drinkable, and little more, brown ale, the expected Yankee hops and old-world biscuity character both conspicuously absent. There's enough going on to recommend this, however, but it comes off as a bit weak, when put up against this brewer's more heady offerings. (1,233 characters)

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

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark mahogany brown color with hardly any head. What head there was, quickly, and almost completely dissolved away to form a halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Lots of roasted malt up front, followed by some nuttiness. There’s hints of toasted bread and smoke.

Taste: Very malty and roasty and delicious! Lots of freshly toasted bread up front, followed by some slight sweetness from some crystalized sugar and finished by some nicely balanced hoppy bitterness. I get hits of caramel, chocolate, vanilla and pumpernickel bread. Quite delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium and slightly creamy with hardly any carbonation. With an ABV of 5.5%, there’s virtually no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: I really, really like this brown ale. I love the roastiness and the maltiness of this beer as well as the slight creaminess. Ellie’s Brown Ale is certainly one of the better brown ales that I’ve had and I’ll certainly be getting more of it. (1,004 characters)

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

12 oz. can poured into a craft pint

A- Very dark brown body, with a little amber highlight. Held up to light, the beer looks well filtered.
One finger tan head leaves behind some sticky lacing.

S- Quite a bit of nut, some chocolate and caramelized sugar. A bit of biscuit and roast as well.

T- Roast and nut are prevalent. Some sweetness, chocolate, and a little caramel. Mellow bitterness, from roast, in the finish.

M- Slight creaminess. Finish is clean, with a bit of a roasty bitterness, but great balance in this beer.

O- Very tasty brown ale. Lots of flavor, which is what a lot of browns lack. (605 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- Cola-colored body with a sticky tan head.

S- Lots of toasty and roasted malts, nutty aroma comes through in a big way too.

T- Not all that much in the way of flavor unfortunately. Tasted malts with just a hint of nuttiness and hints of herbal hop bitterness.

M- Very smooth, creamy and very drinkable.

O- Slightly lacking on flavor, but a very drinkable brown ale that has some good qualities. I bet an imperial version of this beer would be killer. (459 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a deep, clear brown with creamy tan head. The head has great retention and leaves sticky lacing here and there. The aroma is mild, mostly darker roasted malt and a little earthy. The taste is a little bit more robust, with nice nutty flavors and a hint of coffee in the background. There is also a little earthiness to the whole affair. It has a nice weight to the body and a smooth, silky feeling. A solid brown ale. (424 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big light brown head slowly settles to a nice frothy lacing above a clear burnt dark reddish amber colored beer.

Light burnt dark roasted caramel malt aroma.

Dark roasted caramel malts with a light hint of dark chocolates mixed in the taste of this brown.

Dryish aftertaste with a bit of the dark roasted tastes staying behind with this medium bodied ale.

A pretty good brown. (380 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.11/5  rDev -20.1%
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. (1,197 characters)

Photo of ddean
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (1,318 characters)

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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 (432 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (333 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
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 (1,676 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
3.97/5  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. (499 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.68/5  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. (535 characters)

Photo of wac9
2.4/5  rDev -38.3%
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 (255 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (341 characters)

Photo of GossageBrewery
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of Jonada
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (644 characters)

Photo of JRed
3.84/5  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. (302 characters)

Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 671 ratings.