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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

1,676 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,676
Reviews: 651
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 49
Gots: 122 | 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:
IBU's: 17

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002)
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Casey3236, May 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

MDM, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of orangemoustache
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- deep crimson and very clear with a soft looking tan head that leaves behind tons of thick sticky lacing

S- caramel malts,hints of chocolate,and walnuts

T- mostly sweetness upfront hints of brown sugar and caramels,whole grain bread dough in the middle and a good amount of earthy hops on the finish

M- medium to thin body,nice hop texture on the tounge,finishes dry with some decent mouth coating sweetness

D- Its an ok session brew,but would pair nicely with a bacon wrapped fillet(fire up the grill!)this is an above average beer and a nice display of the style

orangemoustache, Apr 03, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Hootie159, Aug 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

magnusdave, May 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.76/5  rDev -3.6%

devjenks, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of FLima
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

FLima, Jun 27, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Avery- Ellie's Brown Ale

Appearance- Dark hazelnut brown with a huge thick frothy head. Heavy lacing down the entire glass.
Smell- Light roasted chestnut, hazelnut, and caramle malt.
Taste- Big caramel malt with a nice hazelnut, chestnut flavor. Slight ceder and oak tones.Evenly balanced.
Mouthfeel- Big flavor up front, slighty sweet, finishing smooth yet dry.

Overall- A nice tasting Brown here! I can't believe I haven't had this 1 yet. Quite tasty!!

NJpadreFan, Dec 24, 2006
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3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours a dark brown color with a very thin, creamy head to it.

Has a malty, roasted, caramel smell to it with a hint of chocolate in the background. The malty flavors continue into the flavors with the caramel and roasted malts and some nice sweetness to it. Medium bodied with some good carbonation.

A very nice drinking brown ale, very smooth and flavorful. Well worth getting if you like brown ales.

PCampbell, Oct 05, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. Pours dark brown with reddish highlights. The moderate tan head thins to a film and leaves a bunch of thin lacing.

The weak aroma is mostly the sour bitterness of roasted malt followed by a sweet and nutty malt aroma. The flavor continues the aroma, but is a little more bold, and well rounded, roasty and nutty at the beginning. The roasted malt and sweetness combine to suggest raspberries in the finish.

The carbonation seems high and helps to lighten the body and mouthfeel is nice and smooth. This is a great autumn beer.

mjaskula, Oct 13, 2010
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3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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!

sulldaddy, Aug 27, 2005
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3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Took awhile to get to this one and now it does not seem so easy to find.
Opened with a rather loud psst and poured with an excessive head. Very clear brown with some very slight reddish highlights. The enourmous slightly darked head settles slowly.
Aroma is of fairly traditional slightly darkened malt. Mildly sweet with hints of heavier sweeter (like brown sugar or molasses) that in it's mildness is quite enjoyable.
Decent complexity to the flavors. Sweetness is rather low, but malt dominates. There is a touch of raost and bits of chocolate that are nice. However in the middle a soft bitterness starts to grow topping off at a moderate level in the long fairly dry finish. All are quite flavorful and pleasing.
As with the pour the carbonation is excessive. Too much intensity takes away from enjoying the flavors and makes a beer that should be somewhat easy to drink filling, as it seems a bit light.
I like the flavors and the balance of this drink. Not sure why the carbonation was such an issue, but it was.

garymuchow, Sep 24, 2006
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3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this at the Goose Island "Beer Academy". Pours a dark brown color with only a little head. There's not much of a scent going on - maybe a little bit of malt?

The taste is malty, with a nicely balanced hoppy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is surpisingly thick, and the alcohol notes blend in quite well. Didn't taste much that made me think this was a brown ale, but otherwise it was easy to drink.

jahred, Feb 27, 2004
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3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark, browninsh red in color.
Medium sized lasting head.
Minimal amounts of lace hang on to the side of the glass.
Slight malt aroma, a little yeast, tiny hint of coffee.
Roasteed malt stands out in the taste, nutty. Smooth mouthfeel, a little to thin to be creamy. Finishes with a slight bitterness, almost like burnt coffee.
I have had this a couple of times, last taste seemed much better...I think I would still try it again.

hungryghost, Aug 13, 2004
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3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ellie's Brown Ale is good all around, a solid and tasty, if unspectacular, contribution from Avery. The head was thin but durably frothy atop a medium brown body, nice. The aromas were full of chocolate, with a modicum of coffee and caramel, all of which appeared in the taste. I must add, though, that while I enjoyed the firm malty taste, the flavors didn't deliver as much in taste as they did in smell, to my disappointment. It's a fine, smooth brown ale, just not one that knocked my socks off. Overall, worth picking up and a good, smooth brown. A solid brown ale, but apparently not everything that Avery produces is five stars. Still, Avery has provided a sturdy, smooth brown ale worth the effort. Kudos.

Gehrig, Nov 17, 2007
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3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle into a nonic.

A-The brew pours dark, walnut brown. Foam was pretty skimpy and dark khaki in color.

S-Milk chocolate smell up front with a little hit of roasted, nutty malts. As the brew warms, a little brown sugar creeps up. Not terribly fragrant.

T-Smooth, mild, chocolatey malts at first gulp. Then you get a little bit of caramel and nuttiness. The finish has just a little bit of hop kick. Very little bitterness.

M-Lighter bodied for the style with smooth, but noticeable carbonation. The finish is thin. This beer is quite drinkable.

O-There is nothing special about this brew, but it is a solid, drinkable example of the style. The chocolate smell and flavor are a little simple (as is the mouthfeel), but on a relaxing fall evening that calls for a few beers, you could do far worse than putting down a few of these.

spoony, Nov 30, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

Ice_cyclops86, Aug 15, 2014
Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,676 ratings.