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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

672 Reviews

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Reviews: 672
Hads: 1,932
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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Reviews: 672 | Hads: 1,932
Photo of cokes
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Darkened rubied copper with a tacked-on sinewy tan film.
Roast grain scents augmented with hazelnut chocolates, and wood chips.
At its onset, it's heavy on the cocoa powder, carob, and kilned grain. And for a moment, it is very porteresque. That all subsides as a toastier, honeyed almond notion grows along with a minor and sweeter tinge of caramel and hazelnut cream. Hopping is minor but adds a flinty backend dryness with traces of chlorophyll.
Light-medium bodied with a low but stready bubble.
Very much an untricked-up, pub-style Brown, and a sturdy quaffer.
Pound for pound, this might be Avery's best. (618 characters)

Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ellie's poured a great brown color, not too dark but certainly a brown ale. The head was off-white and hung on throughout the entire glass. The smell was that of an English brown ale, very malty but well balanced with hop bitterness. The roasted and chocolate undertones were very enjoyable and the aftertaste was reminiscent of a great cup of coffee. Not too overpowering but definitely enjoyable; the medium bodied brown ale went down smooth and was very satisfying. (468 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

Pours a clear, rich, chestnut brown with an off-white head that fades.Slight lacing on the glass. This is a beautiful looking beer.

Smells nutty and slightly roasty with some caramel undertones. Smells very hearty.

Taste is similar to the smell, just not as bold as I expected. There is a nice nuttiness with a hint of chocolate and caramel in the aftertaste. Not as robust as I had hoped. Still quite tasty.

Maybe a little thin on body. Would like a little more meat on it's bones.

Easy and smooth to drink. A nice brown ale. (555 characters)

Photo of yelterdow
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Andy's on 10/12/05 as one of four Avery draughts for your drinking pleasure. Served in a pint glass at the recommended temperature.

Appearance- A brownish amber medium body supports a respectable soapy off-white crown. Good durability... not a word I often use describing a beer, but this is justified. Solid retention that means business!

Smell- Fabulous marriage of malts and hops. I genuinely enjoyed submerging my nose into my glass, taking in the masterful work that has been accomplished, and then drinking the nectar. Excellent example of the style... the best I've had to date.

Taste- Superb balance once again. Roasty toasty but not-too-burnt malts, combined with perfectly complimentary hops. Delicious, I wish I could have stayed for another.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Alive and exciting, drinkable until dawn. This beer has given me an appreciation of what "Brown Ale" can be, a style that never turned me on in the past. I've drunk Newcastle, Sam Smith, the standards... but on tap, this is exceptional.

A thousand "thank yous" to George and Tom at Andy's Corner in Bogota for giving me the opportunity to sample this fresh. (1,161 characters)

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a dark amber color with an inch of light brown foam. The aroma is mainly malty, but some hops also come through. The tasty starts out sweet and malty. Then a little bitter, roasted malt comes in, along with some nut flavor. The sweetness is also balanced by some spicy hops. The hops are not weak, but still restrained for an Avery beer. This beer has beautiful balance. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Good brown ale. (448 characters)

Photo of ADR
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Orange-tinged dark brown appearance, transparent. Decent tan head of over 1/4 of an inch in height and with better-than-average staying power. Widely spaced dripping laces, incomplete rings. Fruity aroma, cherry, some nuts, more hops than some. Mouthfeel is lighter, carbonation weighs in about the same to start. Some small amounts of caramel, nice bit of walnut, a hint of berries, and subdued hops that still stick out slightly at the back end. Seems to go away too much at the close, almost like a flat root beer, probably the biggest flaw for me. Decent beer, good drinkability, one I can see drinking out of a bottle at a party. (634 characters)

Photo of MarineHokie
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: 12oz bottle.

A: Deep brown with thick tan head. Light lacing.

S: Earthy & malty.

T: Roasted malt, coffee, and carmel notes. Combo of hops and roast malt makes for smooth finish with a dry bitterness. Not cloying.

D: Smooth mouthfeel, light to medium body. Way more interesting than Newcastle without being a hopmonster. (335 characters)

Photo of PatandDavid
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at 'bones last night. Brown Ales normally don't make me turn my head, but I thought: I've heard good things about this one, so decided to have one. Glad I did, this brew turned out to be pretty satisfying. Cola colored, no head when served. Low but rich malt in the aroma. Medium + bodied. There's some malt sweetness which is kept well in check. Flavor is nicely well rounded with some earthy notes a well. Don't know if I would make this a session, but it was definitely a nice solid brew. (502 characters)

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

I am sampling a slightly chilled 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. THe beer pours chestnut with ruby highlights and a fluffy beige head foams up 2 cm easily. THe head fades to a sturdy surface layer gradually.
Aroma is chocolate malt and some roasted malt too. There is a faint grassy hop presence in the background.
The first sip reveals a silky smooth texture with gentle rolling carbonation. Very soft on the palate.
Flavor is soft as well. SOme chocolate and caramel up front with a bit of a twangy sweet finish as well. The hops dont realy make an appearance here.
The beer is amazingly smooth and very easy to drink. A great session beer! (645 characters)

Photo of karst
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear dark brown with a 1 finger offwhite head that quickly fades leaving little lacing on the pint glass.
Aroma is nutty It has a sweet crystal malt scent with a toastey/roasted finish. The medium/heavier body and dextrinous mouthfeel expands to fill the mouth. The taste is sweet and creamy with a dark malt flavor and reserved amount of high Lovabond crystal malts followed by a dry roasted finish. (409 characters)

Photo of gbontrag
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

reddish brown and clear. Tan froth looks like a linen shirt that slowly unravels. Smells of leather, frozen berry juice concentrate, and toast. Tastes like toast and raspberry jam. Great Quaff!! I mean, come on it's not complex, but it's really delicious. Sounds like a quality brown ale. (288 characters)

Photo of Dubblebock
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ellie's Brown Ale is a pleasant and enjoyable brown ale from the Avery Brewing Company. It comes with an eye-catching label featuring the chocolate labrodar namesake of the brew in profile, with a nice backstory about the dog and the beer on the side label. Nice touch.

The Brown Ale poured extremely well, with a large, dark tan head and a deep-brown complexion. The beer almost profiled like a stout or a porter, it was so dark and rich looking. Nice nose, with chocolate and toffee overtones.

The taste was malty and chocolately, with Colombian coffee textures in abundance. Hops were present, but only to give some balance to the malty goodness. The finish was dry as a cracker, with something of a toffee aftertaste. This is a brown ale in the European tradition, hearty and rich in texture and taste.

Good mouthfeel, good carbonation level. Very drinkable, but I wouldn't think of this as session beer necessarily. It doesn't make a good summertime quaffer, but I could easily see myself grabbing a sixer or two as the calendar swings towards fall and early winter. I could just as easily reach for this as a good porter or stout. As brown ales go, it was quite good. (1,182 characters)

Photo of Brian700
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice brown with a big fluffy light tan head. It's a mighty fine looking brew. I don't know why I waited so long to try this beer. Definately not your typical brown ale.

The aroma is malty and chocolatey

The flavor reminds me of tootsie rolls. It has some chocolate flavor with a nice malty sweetness. There is some hop bitterness in the finish.

Good mouthfeel. Medium body with medium carbonation. Consumes the palate through the whole sip. I think this is a good beer and highly recommend it. (520 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich dark brown colored body, nice creamy head, much darker than most BA's. Lots of sweet milk chocolate in the nose, very frosting-like. Taste has a lot of chocolate malt in it, although still very smooth, and none too sweet. Hops are present, and very good for the style. A very nice example for the style, good drinkability. (327 characters)

Photo of ypsifly
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Undated 12oz poured into a pint.

Dark brown fading to reddish mahogany at the edges. Huge light tan head that stays and leaves lots of lace.

Smells of roasted, nutty malts and floral hops. There's some toffee in there as well.

Tastes malty with biscuits, nuts and grain. There's enough hop in the finish to lend balance. Finishes clean without any flavors that linger too long.

Nice mouthfeel that benifets from the malt and has minimal tingle from the carbonation. If I'm in the mood for sessioning with a roasty beer that isn't as full as a porter or stout, this is what I would reach for. (603 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pretty clear through the dark reddish-brown hue. The head started out rather small, and fell pretty quickly to a whisp around the glass

Aroma: Chocolate and hops are the key players in the aroma. There may be a bit of toasty malt in the aroma, but the hops and specialty grains rule.

Taste: There are some assertive chocolate grains in here that act like they want to dominate the profile, but there is plenty of hops there to keep them under wraps. It ends up finishing just slightly toward the bitter.

Opinion: I really like this beer, and think that it is most drinkable. It is not for the faint of palate, as this beer is really aggressive on many aspects. The fact that all of the flavors are turned up, gives this beer an unusually pleasing balance for a brown ale. It is not meant to be a "crowd pleaser", but one that will satisfy the palate that thinks it has seen it all. (902 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ellie's Brown Ale pours a clear, dark mahogany body beneath a frothy tan head that holds well and leaves some nice lace about the glass. The nose expresses roasty bittersweet chocolate and some grassy & floral hops.

In the mouth it gently tingles the tongue with a standard carbonation and light-medium body.

The flavor delivers some yeasty fruitiness and chocolate upfront; warms to become more caramelish; and then delivers a roasty punch. Hops appear at the swallow, and it finishes dry with a lingering bitterness and some dark malt acidity. (553 characters)

Photo of mentor
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle obtained from Total Beverage (Colorado) and consumed the next evening in July 2005. Pours a thick one-finger tan head over a clear dark brown/ruby red liquid. Smells chocolate and toffee with a gentle floral hop. Tastes nutty, chocolate, toffee, and a volatile hop flavor (tastes cottony and sorta like Fuggles and sorta like First Gold). The hops are not tremendously bitter, but they have a potent grassy co-humulone character that contrasts with the sweet of the chocolate nicely. This beer is not tremendously complex, but the flavors that are present are well-balanced and cooperate well. Medium to med-light body with moderate carbonation. There's still a thin layer of head over the liquid and the lacing on the inside of the glass is stupendous. (760 characters)

Photo of palliko
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is, indeed, brown, with an impressive beige head that melts down to a sticky lace. Aroma is very complex and pleasant. There are notes of flowers, crackers, malt, brown sugar, and even some hops. Initial taste is a loamy sweetish ale with malt and raisins, followed by a nicely dry aftertaste. Excellent. (315 characters)

Photo of battlekow
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is just a great brown. If any stores around here stocked this, I would have tried it long ago, simply because of the label. It's got a beautiful picture of a chocolate lab, Ellie, with the tag,

"Ellie's Brown Ale is a chocolate-colored and mild-mannered brew with a medium body and a slight nutty character, just like our dog. And, of course, it's been 'Lab-Tested.'"

The website says,

"This beautiful, deep russet brew has the sweet and somewhat nutty character of Adam Avery's late (1992-2002) Chocolate Lab, for which it is named. Crystal and chocolate malts give this beer a brown sugar maltiness with hints of vanilla and nuts, while subtle hopping gives it an overall drinkability that's second to none, just like Ellie!"

I'm a dog-lover and a sap, apparently, as this melts my heart. Anyway, the beer is just as described, easy to drink, slightly nutty. It smells great, roasty and burnt, and has a nice, bitter, coffeeish finish.

Thanks go out to mportsch for allowing me to try this great beer. (1,024 characters)

Photo of paterlodie
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshnesdate. Only litle foam comes up while pooring in and not that stable. Nice mahony colored beer and clear. Nose is fine; hoppy and lots of caramel/chocolate malts in the nose.
Taste is dry but full malty with good bitterness in the back. Probably from both hops and darkmalt. Quiet a good brew but could have had some more body. Also missed in mouthfeel but further more then ok with good carbonisation and no hanging taste. Good brew IMO that was a pleasure to drink. (478 characters)

Photo of fizzyfred
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful deep auburn color with a full head. Wonderful biscuit and bready aroma from the generous crystal malts. The hop aroma is slight and allows the malt character to shine. This beer is delicious and feels wonderful on the tongue. Full body flavor, full of malt flavor and a hint of spicy hop flavor. Slight aftertaste showing bitterness from both the hops and the remaining dextrins. The carbonation is perfect at about a medium level. This is a great beer to pair with a meal, even apple pie. I love this beer, its everything great about brown ale. (555 characters)

Photo of beerceller99
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice, clear garnet color with a tan head that quickly fades to a ring at the edge of the glass. Nice roasted nut and chocolate smell. Medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Has a roasted malt/nutty flavor . Very smooth and easy drinking.
Definitely worth a try. (260 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear medium brown body with a small head and some lacing

Smell: Cola, nuts and milk chocolate notes on the nose

Taste: Lot of chocolate flavors in this brew; lays down a chocolate malt backbone, then a moderate amount of bitterness builds up on the sides of the tongue, followed by a close where the chocolate re-presents its finish in a sweet crecendo

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied with moderate carbonation; could be a bit thicker

Drinkability: A nice brown ale that is refreshingly tasty (524 characters)

Photo of twelvsies
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a decent beer but I've had much better from Avery. It's a little thin for a brown ale in my opinion, and not quite tasty enough. Being and English style I suppose it's supposed to be a little mild though, but I think I was expecting a bit more. A decent murky brown color, little head. Smell is a tad hoppy for a brown ale and has hints of chocolate, roasted malts, but nothing really unusual or particularly intriguing. Taste is much the same, light and hoppy, and not as malty and roasty as your traditional brown ale. Almost like a simple APA with some toasted malt thrown in, not really a brown ale. Like I said, the mouthfeel was a little thin, which I usually like but in this beer something was lacking. Drinkable beer though. Not bad, don't get me wrong, but I was expecting a bit more. Try their other stuff first... (834 characters)

Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 672 ratings.