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Ellie's Brown Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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Ellie's Brown AleEllie's Brown Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

1,839 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,839
Reviews: 668
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 60
Gots: 180 | 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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2.8/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark amber color with a tiny, foamy beige head.

S: Smells like coffee up front with some nuttiness, perhaps a hint of nutmeg.

T/M: Taste is subtle like an amber. There is some nuttiness and light to medium carbonation followed by a hint of honey sweetness.

It's similar to an amber but better, not bad but not great. And it's brown.

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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.

Photo of xav33
2.83/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Avery Ellie's Brown Ale
12 oz bottle
Unknown bottling, absorbed 08/06
Medium pour in a pint glass.

Poured mahogony with a mostly diminishing frothy 1/4 inch light mocha head.

Smelt of mixed nuts and some chocolate malts.

Taste begins with a tinge of chocolate malts and sweetness, then gets nutty in the body to finish with a mostly lingering crisper hop bite and astringent dry nutty malt taste. Mouthfeel was dry and carbonated.

Overall, an average dry nutty brown ale.

Photo of Overlord
2.93/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a fairly clear deep brown. A few inches of long lasting light tan foam.

Smells faintly of roasted malt, with some nuttiness to it. Pretty one note. I'm not the biggest fan of Brown Ales in the first place, but shouldn't it be a bit more robust in the body, and have a stronger aroma?

Taste is a bit unusual. There's some hop bite to it, and a hop bitterness to go along with it. A bit acrid after a while. There's some sweet, nutty caramel malt and a bit of ashy, almost charred, earthy roasted malt to it. My vivid description is perhaps giving it more credence than it deserves, as it is not really a strong tasting brew. In fact, after a while I can taste nothing but the almost sour bitterness.

Mouthfeel is too watery and thin. Avery is a bit of a hit or miss brewery for me.

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2.97/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Schlafly nonic pint

A: a dark mahogany color with a HUGE head. I can barely pour the beer. Every drop is turning to foam. Just won't seem to go away throughout the beer. This doesn't look so good. Leaves alot of lacing. More than some pale ales and maybe too much for this style.

S: roasted grain, citrus-flavored chocolate, and grassy hops.

T: hard to pick up anything upfront because of the excessive carbonation. Roasted grain and bitter chocolate upfront finishing with bitter cocoa, grains, and orange peel.

M: Way too much carbonation. Medium full body that finishes really dry.

Overall, I really was excited to try this beer. Just doesn't seem like something Avery would intentionally brew. I'm blaming this review either on its age or the fact that the sixer tipped over in my trunk (although they didn't spew upon opening). There was way too much carbonation in the head and in the mouthfeel. I believe Brownies should have a good, full malty body and you can't attain that with this amount of carbonation.

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,839 ratings.