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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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Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

no obvious date, although possibly April 24, 2011 (if that's what the "1114..." stamped on the bottle means)

A: Dark brown with a good head but minimal lacing.

S: Roasted with some sweet chocolate and vanilla. No hops evident.

T: Sweet roastiness with lots of vanilla notes (without tasting like there is actually vanilla in the beer) rounding out the flavor. There's a little char and some very subdued earthy hops on the back end that lingers and brings me back for more.

M: After a hard pour, the mouthfeel is just about where it should be.

O: This is what a non-hoppy brown ale should taste like. I do wish I know how fresh this was, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 01:07:56 | More by greybeardloon
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4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can, no dating, but it can’t be too old. Pours slightly cloudy reddish brown color with a dense 2 finger off white head with great retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. A small bit of lacing clings to the glass as you drink as well. Aromas of caramel, roasted malt, chocolate, nutmeg, and molasses. Very nice aromas, but a little muted. Taste of huge caramel, chocolate, roasted malt, nutmeg, vanilla, molasses, and a bit of citrus. Small amount of bitterness present on the finish that lingers with caramel, chocolate, and light citrus flavor. Medium carbonation and body. Very nice and creamy mouthfeel with maximum drinkability. No alcohol in the taste or finish as expected. Overall, this is definitely an outstanding brown ale. Tons of flavor, complexity, and smooth drinkability.

Serving type: can

08-15-2011 03:18:36 | More by superspak
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4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4.0
Pours a centimetre of beige head which quickly receded to a thin layer over a clear, dark brown body which when held to direct light is revealed to be red with plenty of fine suspended sediment. Good lacing.

Smell - 4.0
Toast and caramel aromas lead the way, but in no way sweet. A hint of roastiness and just a hint of herbal hop aroma.

Taste - 4.5
Wonderfully rich malt base remind of the best Munich Dunkel Lagers. Malt loaf, toasted wholemeal bread, burnt caramel and roasted nuts and a little roastiness fill the front of the palate, leading on to moderate hop bitterness, some herbal hop flavour and a dry, moreish finish. Wonderful!

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Medium to full bodied, moderately carbonated, quite smooth.

Overall - 4.5
I've never been the biggest fan of American Browns, having generally found that the hops overwhelm the malt. Not here, in fact I would suggest that Ellie's Brown Ale is closer to the Northern English Style. All the better for it in my opinion - a truly lovely beer.

Serving type: can

09-07-2011 12:21:38 | More by LittleCreature
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4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark brown with a puffy 1 inch light tan head that fades to a thin cap. Thin broken rings of foamy lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and roasted nuts. Taste is of roasted malt, roasted nuts, cocoa powder, and some vanilla flavors. A nice roasty flavor lingers on the tongue after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a bubbly but smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good brown ale with some very nice aromas and flavors. I usually don't like brown ales too much but this one is great.

Serving type: can

10-12-2011 00:06:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a goblet.

Pours a nice deep brown color, nearly opaque, with a half finger of foam that coats the glass nicely. Aroma is earthy, woody, chocolate, with minimal roasty burnt aromas. Also a kiss of spicy American hops.

First sip is malty and quite satisfying. Nice deep caramel and chocolate flavors with lingering sweetness. A healthy dose of bitterness rounds things out. Finishes clean, without any lingering flavors.

This is a very nice beer. A nice malty alternative to typical canned swill.

Serving type: can

11-05-2011 01:47:01 | More by FickleBeast
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South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of cans from GBX as a flyer. Had never tried this before and always looking from new Browns. Got home and poured into a snifter. Beautiful mahogany and medium brown with a generous head and good lacing and spotting. Smell was a surprise. Carmel and nuts took over the aroma and it was a nice blend of the two. Perhaps some brown sugar on the end as well. Taste was what really caught my attention. Very smooth blend of malts and hops. Like the carmel mixing with the hops to give a little complexity to this brew. Feel was a little heavy carbonation, but not over the top. More toward the thick end for me. Overall- A very nice surprise. Sessionable brown with tons of flavor and a great blend. Avery got this right and it's growing on me. A very solid Brown that will find it's way into regular rotation-

Serving type: can

04-07-2012 15:31:21 | More by TheDinger
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New York

4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Sam Adams glass, nice head developed, tan in color, lasted with good lacing. Appearance was dark caramel brown with an aroma of malty sweetness. Taste was nutty and malty with a slight caramel / chocolate finish. mouthfeel was full and creamy with a dry. slightly caramel aftertaste. A really great brown ale.

Serving type: can

01-25-2013 03:24:23 | More by Huffs
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4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a beautiful clear brown with deep reddish-orange highlights with a massive fluffy vanilla colored head. The aroma consists of a roasted malt and a slightly earthy grain. Might I add the massive head is hanging in there nicely. The taste is a nice buttery on the nose fading into lightly roasted malts with just the right amount of hops to balance this brew. It has a light to medium body and finishes with a light bitter and slightly sweet end. Very solid beer! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2003 19:28:30 | More by BeerAngel
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4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfect chestnut brown with a glimmer of orange highlighting the edges and bottom. Keeps a compact medium stacked foam of dark sandy brown. Fades out to a slim collaring and broken skim. Lacing is stringy and sporatically placed as so.

Aroma is soft and delicate with cocoa powder and some hazelnut notes.

Taste is profoundly steeped in a cocoa powder presense thats fairly well rounded in a milky chocolateyness with small notes of vanilla, brown sugar, and hazelnut. There's a light berry-like backing underneath mixing with some caramel and the finish is fluffy, lasting, and rich and whisped with a unbittered leafy hopping. A very nice tasting brown. Lots of character and length.

Feel is a bit over medium in body with a smooth, full carbonation holding chocolate malt on the palate for a good while and keeping delicate soft characteristics the whole ride through.

A very solid and sessionable/drinkable brown ale. Another Avery keeper. On a style choice note: this seemed much more like an American Brown then an English Brown. But what the hell do I care, its damn good either way you put it.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2006 00:24:56 | More by tavernjef
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New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear dark copper almost brown in color with a fluffy 1"+ head that lasts. Some thick lacing paints the glass.

Smell: nice amounts of caramels and nuts are easily detectable by the nose.

Taste: caramel, cola, nuts, dark red plums, and a decent bitterness makes this a full flavored brown ale. Unlike other brown ales, this wasn't afraid to kick up the flavor components, not some water downed brew.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp at the start, smooth at the finish. The caramel and cola flavors linger shortly in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: easy drinking and a nice brown ale. Avery beers push the limits, and it was nice to get a brown ale that was as lively as this.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2006 21:48:54 | More by Gavage
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North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: brown color, clear, big off-white head, long lasting, good bit of lacing

S: malty, bready, biscuity. smells good.

T: mimics the nose. has a nutty, bready, malt like flavor. no hop flavor is detected, but it is not sweet, so it has good balance.

MF: medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Drinkability: a go to for a highly drinkable brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 23:05:12 | More by porterwoobie
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4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am hooked from the first taste of Avery Brewing Ellie's Brown Ale. A gorgeous light mahogany color with a sticky light tan head. Very nutty and roasted, but not much smoke or charring. The finish is dry, woody, and earthy. Lots of bittersweet chocolate and maybe even some brown sugar in there. An average 5.5% ABV, but that's fine, because this is one you'll want to drink all night.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 01:15:56 | More by McNealc31
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4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. can poured into a Stone pint glass.

A- One finger creamy off white head, recedes quickly leaving good lacing. The brew itself is a dark brown under natural light, under bright light it appears a dark amber red. Leaves good lacing rings all the way through.

S- Dark malts, toffee, rye bread, caramel, light note of coffee, and a slight nuttiness.

A- Opens doughy and malty with notes of toffee and caramel. On the finish it's a bit more bitter, I get notes of unground coffee beans and the slightest hint of milk chocolate.

D- Medium to full mouthfeel for the style, perfect amount of carbonation, easy to drink with very little alcohol present.

O- A local favorite of mine, and a great session able brown in my opinion. I will buy again and I would reccomend this beer.

Serving type: can

08-20-2011 04:13:09 | More by YourMomDrinksBud
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4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a conical pint glass.

The beer is a dark brown with a ruby tint that comes through in the light. A dark cream colored head is reduced to a film with big bubbles and tons of sticky lacing. It smells of roasted malts and bread. A little bit of biscuits and nuts faintly as well.

The taste is of roasted malts and toasted bread up front. Also a sweet biscuit/toffee taste is present, and a faint hint of bitter hops is in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice dry finish.

Overall, this is just a really well crafted brown ale. It goes down really smooth at 5.5% ABV and makes a good session beer. Great complexity in the taste profile.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 15:59:21 | More by JuicesFlowing
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4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2005 00:39:59 | More by SkeeterHawk
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4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tremendous head and a deep, dark brown body. Several minutes after pouring, the head is still going strong. The lowly brown ale usually isn’t going to win beauty contests, but this is about as good as one will look.

Roasted malts, just a touch of nuttiness and subtle mustiness. Not a whole lot in terms of strength, but the aromas are there.

Given the nearly undetectable aromas, the flavor is a revelation. Brown sugar and a nuttiness that seems more of the pecan variety than the typical hazelnut. Honey and dark bread hints also surface on the back of the palate. Really good!

Totally drinkable, semi-creamy mouthfeel. I feel heathenish and unworthy of beer advocacy for heaping such praise on a brown ale but I love this beer! Maybe I’m in a f_cking weird mood, but I have to say this beer rules.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2007 03:49:18 | More by malcontent
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4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an extremely drinkable and enjoyable beer. It pours a dark brown with some ruby tints. It is modestly carbonated, with not much head, retention, or lacing. That's the low point. The smell is biscuity, malty, caramelly, a bit of chocolate in there too. The aroma isn't overpowering, just well balanced. The taste is very nice. This is a smooth, fairly creamy, medium bodied brown ale that is very well balanced. There is a nice caramel, chocolate maltiness, some nut flavors and a slight roastiness. This beer is just really mellow, isn't overpowering, isn't trying to get in your face, but rather insinutate itself in your good graces very subtley. The mouthfeel is creamy, mild, with a tiny presence of tartness in the finish. Overall, this one is well worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

Re-review in Sept 2008. More lacing, retention, and head this time around. I added a half point to the appearance. I would have expected a tad more from a beer as creamy as this. One other noteable comment is that there is a slight bit of chalkiness in the finish. But this is a very fine brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 20:54:22 | More by albern
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4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Deep Ellum in Boston. Served in a pint glass at cellar temperature.

A-dark brown body and an off-white head.

S-chocolate and coffee notes

T-complex malt with milk chocolate and coffee notes

M-full and very velvety smooth

D-great complex malt profile. Smooth drinking. I would drink this again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2010 14:54:03 | More by jneiswender
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4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep brown showing some mahogany when held up to the light. Just a trace if a head that lasted and clung to the glass.

A: coffee beans and chocolate

T: tastes exactly like what the aroma promised

M: a full, comfortable body

D: yes, please! I could enjoy this all day!

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2010 17:17:30 | More by Kikkycat
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4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent auburn/brown with 3+ fingers of tan head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Toasty malt by the truck load, some metallic notes as well

T: Toasty malt, a touch brown sugar & nuttyness, a touch of woody & herbal hoppyness up front. Nuttyness, some hazelnut, faint vanilla & dryness as this warms. Finishes nutty, sweet & dry with much toastyness

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation, becomes richer as this warms

Still easily one of the best American Browns out there, bar none. So thrilled to have this as a canned beer option

Serving type: can

08-28-2011 20:43:03 | More by russpowell
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4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Deep, deep brown that develops a thin white film. Head isn't too substantial, but the lacing is good and the head keeps what it has fairly well.

S: Smell is chocolatey with a bit of spice and a hint of vanilla.

T: Chocolate malt is dominant at beginning, but it turns into a slightly burnt brown sugar malt taste. Then the beer transitions to a slightly spicy and very, very lightly bitter. Ends with a burnt caramel taste and kiss of vanilla.

M: Mouthfeel is pretty good. Medium and not a lot overpowering carbonation, which lets the complex flavors through.

O: A miraculously complex brown ale that somehow keeps a low ABV. The flavors all work nicely together. I'd definitely pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 01:17:47 | More by TTAmod
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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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4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle featuring a chocolate lab on the label.

A: Nice ruddy copper color, but with not too much head and little lacing.

S: Sweet with some smokiness. A nice prelude to the taste.

T: Sweet malt. Some caramel. Smoke.

M: Nice carbonation that complements the flavor. Ends a bit astriingent.

D: Great.

Overall: I like this brown a lot. For its style this is an exemplary beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 21:37:38 | More by sevineyes
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North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a caramel, dark brown with a mountain of cascading brownish head that is dense and foamy and has fantastic retention. The nose is rich and full of caramel. The flavor has notes of burnt sugar and caramel with some underlying, very faint coffee and roasted malts. There is a faint, earthy hop character that adds balance. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, perfectly carbonated, and very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a very smooth, flavorful beer that has great balance and drinkability. I would definitely have this again.

Serving type: can

03-10-2012 21:54:02 | More by tdm168
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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
Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,416 ratings.