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Ellie's Brown Ale - Avery Brewing Company

Ellie's Brown AleEllie's Brown Ale

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very good

1,416 Ratings

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Ratings: 1416
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 dolemite77


3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a thin, lacing head. The aroma has some good notes, but it has an unpleasant funkiness to it. The flavor is good for a brown ale. Not too sweet, with enough earthy hops to keep it interesting. Avery usually has a good interpretation of styles, and I can see where they went with this one. I look forward to having a few more of these to see if the "funk" can be overlooked.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 21:23:55 | More by dolemite77
Photo of hopdog


3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium brown (almost ruby red) color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of caramel, nuts, and grass. Light sweet start with a light bitter/hop finish. This one will go on my shelf with the other labels with dogs on it...

Notes from 2/20/05

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 15:29:39 | More by hopdog
Photo of charlesw

New York

3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Deep brown amber with a highish dark cream head of very tight bubbles. It would be perfect if the head were a little smaller and lasted a little longer and if the beer were darker or more opaque.

Very light and slightly fruity smell. Uh oh. Not a good sign. Well, that and the fact that the bottle doesn't have a freshness date... I'm worried. Still, it should be a 'merican brown (despite the present misclassification as Eglish brown) so that fruitiness is probably OK. But I don't like it.

Interesting and weird. Not typical for anything I've tasted in either style. There are a lot of things going on but I'm not sure how well it all goes together... You get the sweet dark caramel at the end of the mouth. Followed shortly by a bit of tangy lingering bitterness. I've already said it, but all kinds of weird and interesting things going on in there. Some would surely think it great. Others would hate it. I'm mostly indifferent. But I can imagine that this has a high rdev.

Mouth seems right on - a low-medium mouthfeel that just cries out to be consumed a little on the warm side.

I can't give it good drinkability - I'm not going to finish the one in front of me. Too fricking bad I bought a six pack! Dang! I wonder what this is like fresh - what other hop aromas and bitterness is going on? Well, being in NY and not inclined to buy another I guess I'll never really know, will I?

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 22:36:20 | More by charlesw
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

The color is dark brown with some light brownish head and some slight lacing.

The smell is light but has some nutty flavor. There is also some roasted malt flavor as well but it is a bit hard finding much more.

The taste is a bit creamy with a well carbonated malty taste. Some toffee and little hint of coffee as well

This beer is light to medium bodied and goes down really well. It also has a bit of a refreshing aftertaste as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 23:59:14 | More by Duhast500
Photo of Eriktheipaman


3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap 11-21-10

I asked the bar tender to suggest something and I told him I was in the mood for a Brown but I think this may have been their only one on tap.

It poured almost black but if held to the light you could see through it just a tad. Not much head but left decent lacing.

Taste was on the lighter side but there is mild roastiness and ever so slight nutty flavors.

I dont think Id drink this beer again but it was nice that it was light because I just had a big lunch!

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2010 17:22:04 | More by Eriktheipaman
Photo of loren01


3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown color, nice tight bubbly head with good lacing down the glass
S: Smell is sweet, chocolatey as well as roasted barley malts and some vanilla. Smell is not overpowering...could use more in that category.
T: Roasted malts followed by sweet vanilla and milk chocolate
M: Medium to full bodied robust beer, goest down creamy
O: Overall this is a pretty good brown ale, would try again.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 00:32:31 | More by loren01
Photo of Knapp85


3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured out as a clear looking brown color with a light tan head on top. The lacing was minimal and the retention didn't really do too much either. The smell of the beer has a light roasted nut aroma with some sweet malts in there as well. The flavors of the beer was roasted, some light flavors of some coffee and nuts. The mouthfeel was a little watery and dry. Overall this brew wasn't terrible but I just wasn't too thrilled about it.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 23:25:08 | More by Knapp85
Photo of ark1ebs


3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer having loved the Avery IPA and Maharaja. Granted, brown ales aren't my cup of tea (admittedly I'm a hophead), but I thought I'd give it a shot.

It poured without producing much of a head with a deep amber brownish hue. Definitely can taste the nutiness with hints of chocolate. Tinge of spice at the back of the tongue as it goes down. This quickly subsides and not much of an aftertaste is left behind.

Nice lacing down the glass as I drink it down. Can't sense much of a smell because I have a bit of a cold and have been consuming decongestants today. :( Should I even be reviewing this beer this being the case?

Goes down pretty smooth and mouthfeel is good. It's a wet feeling beer that doesn't linger very long on the palate.

Overall another good beer by the Avery crew!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2006 21:18:03 | More by ark1ebs
Photo of Redwood21


3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

it pours very dark, with a hint of a copper color. the head is also a tan color and is nice and foamy. I could not pick up a lot of aroma but this could just be me. There is a prominent roasted taste. This is the overwhelming sense you get from the beer. It has a solid mf maybe medium body. i would say its worth a try but isnt a cant miss brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2007 10:13:00 | More by Redwood21
Photo of stumac


3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my flagship brown ale...

it pours up a reddish brown color with a small off white head. the nose is nutty, slight roasty malts, yeasty, bready. the taste has a big nutty flavor, slight smokey malt, downright delicious, medium bodied, low carbo, Ellie the dog...

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 16:16:11 | More by stumac
Photo of angelmonster


3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge 2 finger beige head. Body is dark brown in color. Head retention is above average and lacing is good

Smells of lightly roasted sweet chocolate malts. Thats about it, no hops or anything else

Taste is big on the roasted malt. Very smoky and somewhat bitter. Hops add a nice after taste. There is a slight metallic after taste that comes and goes.

Mouth feel is the only downside to this beer. It is over carbonated and almost burns the tongue. Body is very watery and not at all the way i enjoy brown ales

Drink ability is above average. Brown ales are my favorite session beers and this is one of the few local browns i've had. I would drink it again but its nowhere near my top picks for a brown ale

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 06:09:54 | More by angelmonster
Photo of DiabolikDUB


3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from Bottle into Imperial Pint glass.

Pours a clear, deep ruby-brown with a finger of off-white head that's slow to dissolve. The aroma is toasted nutty goodness with some chocolate and brown sugar notes. The flavor is nutty malt forward with some more brown sugar, burnt toast crust and a little chocolate. This brown ale is medium bodied with a strong amount of carbonation. This is everything a brown ale should be. Packed full of malt flavor with a nice body. Didn't let me down.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 21:21:31 | More by DiabolikDUB
Photo of tronester


3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights. Smells of ripe fruit, and a hint of hay. Taste is light brown bread up front, with a very herbal, leafy bitterness defining the middle and finish. A hint of smoke in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is good, low carbonation. Decent drinkability, I would get this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 00:26:50 | More by tronester
Photo of bbkd3b


3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From the bottle to the pint glass.

A: Pours out a burnt-sienna with a pleasant, cherry hue against the light. A thin tan head fizzes almost out of existence leaving a very plain looking brew, but some lacing crawls down the glass after a drink.

S: Very malty nose. Earthy sweetness drifts up the nostrils, with a nice twist of caramel and coffee. Also, a nutty aroma is present, but not as prevalent. Almost no hops.

T: Pretty much a replica of the scent. High presence of an almond-like flavor, along with a weak caramel taste. A slightly bitter finish is the only hint that hops were indeed used in the brewing process.

M: Buttery smooth feel that just jets down the tongue. Carbonation really sparkles here. Really great.

D: Low ABV and a quality brew, but I don't really think I could drink that many. Just not the right flavor for it.

Overall/notes: Certainly, this is a well-made beer. It's hard for met to enjoy brown ales, and only drink them when in the mood. This served me quite well. I won't buy it any time soon, but should the mood strike me, I don't see any reason to avoid it.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 02:12:50 | More by bbkd3b
Photo of Thorpe429


3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate brown color with an off white head and a bit of lacing. Nose is caramel, hints of roasted malt, and a bitt of toffee. Some dry hops. Taste brings a bit of earthy, dry hop bitterness along with a good dose of caramel and toffee with some slightly roasted malt. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Drinks pretty well, but they don't do it like the folks across the pond.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2010 01:03:21 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from 2/2011 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark, somewhat cloudy brown amber. Minimal head and no lacing. Toasted malt, some sweet malt and caramel aroma. Light toasty malt up front, a dry grass, nutty finish. Light bodied. A nice low ABV brown ale. Somewhat light flavored and not very complex.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 02:42:05 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of YankChef


3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into american pint glass

very dark brown with hints of rust when held up to the light

Aroma: Very subtle but certainly a lot of nuttiness and roasty malt with a bit of toffee

Taste: Quite sweet upfront and the hops are certainly assertive and present in this beer to balance the sweetness.

Overall: A solid brown ale and a style that I normally do not enjoy. Could see myself sipping on a few of these in the fall right before it starts to get cold...

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 01:05:45 | More by YankChef
Photo of tigg924


3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, chocolate brown

Smell: toasted malt, small nut

Taste: Toasted malt, some sugar cane--pretty much one trick

Mouthfeel: smooth medium bodied, sweet, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a decent brown ale and a one trick beer. Not a bad one, but nothing that jumps out. I would just as well pass next time.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 13:33:46 | More by tigg924
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky light brown with thin spots of off-white head, little retention and lacing. Scent brings lightly sweet malt and roasted nuts, some earthyness and well and a somewhat defined hop charachter, stronger than most in style. Taste is nutty and lightly sweet as the scent would dictate, earthy hop qualities and some breadyness as well. Lighter side of medium bodied, its only major knock, decent level of lower carbonation, somewhat dry. A decent beer undone by its weaker body.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2011 15:15:04 | More by rfgetz
Photo of devilben02

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the can with a deep, nearly opaque chestnut brown and a billowy beige head that laces nicely against the walls of the glass. The aroma is light and clean, with some dry nuttiness, a hint of sweet milk chocolate, and a bit of a mineral-like character. The flavor is slightly more substantial, but still not dense, with a pleasant combination of light caramel, candied cashews, and a bit of mossy hops and smoldering firewood to balance. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but that does help this one go down even easier. Overall, this isn't the boldest or most flavorful American brown, but it is an easy-drinking selection that isn't going to turn anyone off.

Serving type: can

07-13-2011 03:05:41 | More by devilben02
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Clear light brown color with deep amber at the periphery. Two fingers of off-white dense froth. Retention is good and and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: This is easily one of the most chocolatety brown ales I've come across. Tons of milk chocolate with nuttiness not too far behind. Hops are of the citrusy and flowery realm. Toastiness for round everything out.

3.5 T: The taste isn't as robust as the nose might have suggested. Most of the chocolate has vanished with the nuttiness and toastiness also reduced. The hops give a mild bitterness and an earthy and citrusy flavor. Still tasty, just not as much as I thought it would be.

3.0 M: And here is the reason that the taste isn't as bold as the nose suggested. This beer falls on the lighter end of a medium body, possibly even lighter than that. Good moderate carbonation. Could definitely use some more creaminess.

3.0 D: This would be a pretty good beer if the mash temp was a good bit higher. The mouthfeel is weak and brings down the whole experience to "average."

Serving type: can

10-18-2011 19:34:25 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of twelvsies


3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2005 16:22:44 | More by twelvsies
Photo of nlmartin


3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a chestnut brown coloration. The beer has a thin tan colored head. The beer has no head retention to speak of.

Smell: The beer has a roasted malty caramel and chocolate combo. The beer has a dash of spicy goodness thrown in.

Taste: The beer has a light combo of roasted malty caramel sweetness with nips of chocolate. The beer has a bit of nuttyness combining with spicyness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer isnt a bad beer drink. The beer is slightly thinner than I prefer, but I still wouldnt turn my nose up at this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2006 06:49:38 | More by nlmartin
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a brown and burgundy color with a persistent, partial film of head.

Smells of nutty molasses and smoke.

Tastes of hazel nuts, brown sugar and a slight carbon-like smokiness that seems a bit much and/or out of place.

The mouth feel was medium bodied with a light tingly carbonation.

Generally unimpressive and not my favorite for the style as there was a little too much sooty smoke to it. Sadly, it gets a lot better when you gulp it. Don’t be afraid to pass on this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 16:14:23 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of peck95


3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a dark mahogany brown with a small but decent sized head a very appetizing appearance
a good chocolate/nutty smell
a strong caramel chocolate taste mixed with hops. the individual taste are there but they don't blend together completely.
the body of this beer is good but the hops fighting with the sweet taste causes a tingling aftertaste
this beer is a pretty good beer overall it just barely misses the mark of being great would probably recommend a few other brown ales over this one

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 17:07:23 | More by peck95
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88 out of 100 based on 1,416 ratings.