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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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1,564 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,564
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 45
Gots: 88 | FT: 1
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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3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep, dark brown color. Good carbonation builds a light tan one-finger head that retains to the bottom of the glass. Full lacing.

S: Nice malty, earthy aroma

T: Full malt body with hints of wood and spice. Mildly bitter but firm hop finish that provides a pleasant balance to the malt. Very flavorful for a brown ale. Some lingering aftertaste can be a distraction.

M: Ample carbonation and nice body

O: I tend to like a hop finish that few brown ales provide. Ellie's Brown delivers a flavorful experience with drinkability that makes you go back for more. Avery likes to push the hop envelope. I find hoppy brews best enjoyed from the tap.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 05:09:40 | More by gmagness
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne


3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wanted to try a few more Avery brews before they disappear from Caifornia (which is crap being that one of their beers is a collab. between Russian River and Avery.)
Pours a deep chocolate brown with an impressive tan head. The lacing is pretty nice as well.
The smell is very grain heavy, ugh. There is also a bit of bittersweet chocolate.
The taste is nice and balanced. Chocolate, earth, leaves, vanilla (just a touch) and just a touch of grass float across my buds of taste. Nice and smooth going down.
Not my favorite brown, but it rates in the top ten for sure. Easy to drink and tasty. Mmmm.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 23:44:47 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly warm pour yields a dark brown opaque with garnet highlights and a frothy one inch tan head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.

Nutty, caramelly malt and toasted breadcrust begin the aroma. There's a bit of brown sugar sweetness, pine, and a touch of citrus at the finish.

Flavor reveals deep nutty notes, toasted breadcrust, hints of toffee, and a bit of roast at the finish. There's a little sweetness throughout. Citrus fruits appear mid palate and dissipate toward the lightly bitter, fairly dry finish. Chocolate emerges as it warms.

Body is creamy and on the full side, with slight slickness and carbonation on the low side.

Good toasted malt character, a touch of hops, but definitely malt focused, as it should be. No off flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 03:21:47 | More by barczar
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3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pint glass offering, with a nice dark brown color. Initially a finger width head, but disappeared quickly, which is fine by me.

It felt rather thin on the tongue, but not too watery.

It had equal parts hops bitterness and sweet malt flavorings. Each one complimented the other, and balanced out fine.

I'd recommend it as a good beer to relax with.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2010 06:50:59 | More by IRONRakkasan
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3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: thin head on a deep clear amber body. decent lacing.

S: alot of toffee and chocolate. some caramel malts as well.

T: not only does this one capture the chocolate flavor well, the texture of chocolate can be noted. toffee, light earthy hops with a sour note. nutty notes intermixed.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: the complexity is nice for the style and its not too bland.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 02:49:07 | More by kylehay2004
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3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark brown color with about a fingers worth of off white head, doesn't have much retention but leaves behind a nice lacing.

S: Malts, toffee and a subtle hint of hops, didn't detect anything else.

T: starts out with caramel upfront followed by chocolate and toffee finishes out with a nice touch of hops.

M: A light to medium body with a light amount of carbonation.

O: While it might not do anything amazing it is still quite a well brewed example of a brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 02:26:17 | More by UnkleFester
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3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small head of off white foam on top of a dark brown body with some clear, amber highlights showing though. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Some acidic roast malt and toffee.

T - Dark caramel and cola notes up front with some dry, dark bread. More toffee in the middle and a finish of light roast, cola, and dry molasses.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A pretty run of the mill brown ale, perhaps a touch darker than most. Malt focused with little in the way of hop character but a balanced finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 02:50:56 | More by nickfl
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3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From bottle on August 8, 2009. Pours a clear, dark brown/amber with dark beige head, mostly diminishing. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, malts, nuts. Well-balanced with smooth finish. Just a wee bit sweet for my liking, but a good offering of the style. Lacing remained throughout. Have to admit this would probably be more inviting around fire on a crisp late autumn evening.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 01:34:15 | More by OzarkElmo
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3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gotta love a good canned beer. No appearance because of the can but I can assume dark brown.... Had this on tap before and it is dark brown with a nice rich head.

Smell - hard to get a good smell, but I smell chocolates and roasty malts

Taste - lots of roasty malts and a great chocolate end. Delish.

Mouthfeel - nice smooth finish to this pup!

Overall - great craft can for sure. Not a huge brown ale fan, but this one is tasty

Serving type: can

08-15-2013 01:22:04 | More by beatenbyjacks
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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a reddish tint and a steady two-inch head--the head looks like bread rising; this is a thick looking brown and the lacing is nice

S: A subtle roasty malt backbone with mild grainy, musty grains and a touch of citrus hops; fairly subdued but pleasant

T: Typical brown ale thinness up front but a great roasty chocolate malt base hits the back of the mouth; this is simple but really the solid roasty brown

F: Light to medium body and though a bit thin it has enough body to make it work--just enough to chew on a bit

O: A decent little brown; refreshing with some great roasted malts; it's simple but still quite solid

Serving type: can

10-14-2011 04:09:50 | More by dbossman
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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Clear milk chocolate brown liquid with a large firm, foamy light tan head reminiscent of meringue, good retention and medium lacing.

S = Smell of plastic, light cocoa powder, floral undertones of hops, but it keeps coming back to a plastic smell that is really putting me off.

T = The taste makes up for the smell. Rich cocoa tastes blend with cream, cappuccino, confectioner's sugar, very full tastes with a great blend of sweet and bitter, extremely well balanced. A great example of the style.

M = As with the smell this is a soft spot for this beer. Though the taste is good with a big chocolaty, creamy theme, the mouthfeel instead of being creamy and smooth has too much stinging carbonation, body is relatively full though and mouthcoating is decent.

D = This was kind of a mixed bag as I didn't like the smell and was ambivalent about the mouthfeel. However, the taste really was enjoyable and after each drink, I found myself wanting to take another, so it's hard to say it has anything other than good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 02:00:04 | More by Traquairlover
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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky dark chocolate brown in color. Pours a frothy centimeter’s worth of head. Carbonation appears readily present. A thin layer of head remains after a few minutes, with decent lacing.

Smell: Sweet, bready caramel malts with milk chocolate overtones. Faint scent of floral hops but not overpowering.

Taste: Strong black coffee, bitter chocolate flavors. Hazelnuts. Good solid dark malt flavor with a faint sweetness and slight smokiness.

Mouthfeel: Good hearty presence and a significant carbonation, but not too heavy. Drinks easy.

Overall: B+. Brown ales are not usually my favorite but this is a good one. Drinks like a meal. Drink it too fast and you might miss out on some nice flavor notes. This is one to take down slowly and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 03:29:00 | More by JKuras
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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Cocoa and toasted biscuits, lots of chocolate notes and hints of coffee and earthy, ashy notes. The color is the same as chocolate milk, and there is a muddy, dirty consistency. Quite chewy and thick brown ale. Easy to drink this, but a bit on the thick side for its style. A little chalky and heavy. Nice complex flavor and armoa profile.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 22:14:07 | More by JayS2629
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North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark brown in color with some dark amber highlights and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall light beige head that slowly reduces to a couple of small patches of larger bubbles, a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted malts with lighter notes of nuts and just a touch of sweetness.

T: Moderate to strong malty flavors including notes of toasted and caramel malts and just a touch of sweetness. There are lighter notes of nuts and brown sugar.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy.

O: Very easy to drink and enjoyable - happy to have this one to celebrate a milestone. Sessionable. Well balanced.

This is beer review number 1000 for me, thus completing the smithj4 (Jazbo) challenge - 1000 unique beers in one year. Enjoyed this beer with metter98, my wife (Ellie), and my brown dog (Tsuki). Thanks to my wife, Ellie, for supporting me in this challenge which I completed in 9 months and 4 days just before the birth of my frist child (daughter). Also, important that I got to have it in a can since that is my favorite serving type.

Serving type: can

10-20-2012 22:17:50 | More by dbrauneis
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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured a rusty brown with a nice frothy white head that left some beautiful, thick lacing. Aroma was nutty and sweet with caramel and chocolate. More of the same in the taste: nutty, sweet, Caramello-y, and a mild earthiness from a light hoppage. Medium-bodied, smooth, and quite good.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2011 22:31:41 | More by Rifugium
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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown and clear. Moderate head, but great lasting time and excellent ring lace.

Traditional dry brown ale smell of darker crystal malt with a touch of cocoa and a slight chaulkiness.

Relatively dry like the aroma, but good malt start and above average level of hops. The aftertaste is surprisingly balanced given the progression of the taste. While I'd describe this as a typical brown, I'd also says that it stays interesting throughout the tasting. The body is pretty average.

I'd say this is on the positive side of the Brown Ale ledger.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 22:06:12 | More by smcolw
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New York

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Stella glass. Beer pours a deep brown color with cobweb style good lacing that eventually disippates. Taste is of roasted malt and slight coffee with a bit of toffee, nice slight hop finish on the back of your tongue. Smell is sweet, again of toffee, and brown sugar, mouthfell is good with a nice amount of carbonation and a hop bitterness that keeps you coming back for another sip. Drinkability is very sessionable, but can be a little rich for some. Try it if you see it

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 02:26:19 | More by lbkornlb14
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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance- The brown ale has a coffee-black body with ruby highlights and two fingers of beige head. It is soapy and has a great deal of lacing. The retention is great as well.

Smell- Bread malts and sweet maple syrup are really present. There is a small amount of vanilla and some roasted malt. Finally, a bit of floral, bittering hops comes through.

Taste- That really big roasted malt is the first to leave an impression on the tongue. The middle of the drink starts to sweeten up with some brown sugar and bread malt.

I know how this will sound, but this part of the drink could have some more kick to it. Because the finish comes way to fast and abandons the sweet qualities for more roasted malt and some earthy hops.

Mouth feel- The feel is a little light, better examples have been a bit creamier and more medium bodied. It finishes a little dry from the roasted malt, but it's not bad.

Overall- Avery's brown ale started out fast with the great look and wonderful complexity of the nose. And really, most of it transfers to the palate. It is just slightly unbalanced and doesn't do much with the bread malt and sweet notes.

The mouth feel is also a little bit of a let down, but it is still decent enough as is. That's what this beer is: decent enough as is. It's a little frustrating that Avery looks like they about did something really special.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 20:47:44 | More by Pintofbrown
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North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2005 15:37:35 | More by brentk56
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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a rocks glass at Mellow Mushroom. From notes. Reviewed 2 July 2011.

A: Winedark red-brown. Translucent (just barely transparent). Finger of head fades fast. Good lace!

S: Muted. Milk chocolate and distant coffee.

T: Very sweet -- a bit of cream and dash of malty, brown ale sweetness. The aftertaste is vaguely bitter/dry. Still, good.

M: Creamy and nice. Dry on the end. I certainly like it.

O: Great brown ale. Smooth and recommended. Good value, would drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2011 19:48:32 | More by AgentMunky
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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was served this ale in a blind tasting chilled in a double walled tumbler. thanks to Tenderbranson69.

A - Deep Ruby w/ bronze shade and thick pale band w/ thick lacing and tiny bead. The beer is attractive to look at w/ good clarity

S - Very toffee smelling w/ cherry and malt aroma w/ hints of alchol. The hops have herbal odors and the toasted barley scents are prominent in the nose.

M - Sweet, moderately full feel w/ mix of roasted and fruity ale textures w/ mildly resinous hops and semi-sweet finish.

T - A toffee and wood flavor w/ mild resinous and light american hops under the malt. Dark roastines w/ hints of coffee and cherry w/ tingers of tobacco and meaty chewiness w/ a light buttery taste and hints of pine. The alcohol flavor comes in at the end w/ a plum note in the taste.

D - Very smooth drinkability and a flavorful beer. I would not turn it down but not my first choice of browns. A bit too much alcohol flavor, but nice maltiness and bolder than most which is a plus on the other hand.
S -

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 14:05:31 | More by Slatetank
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New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, shaker pint.

A - Pours out a very clear reddish brown color. About two fingers of nearly white head sits atop and boasts some staying power. Some nice lacing on the glass.

S - Smell is rather faint but some nice roasted malt comes through.

T - Taste is a nice sweet brown with caramel tones. Some nittiness shines through. A very pleasant English style brown.

M - Pretty good. Nice amount of carbonation and smooth. A tad watery though.

D - A nice quaffable English brown. The ABV is a tad higher than some might want in a session brown like this, so watch out. Just

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 01:31:30 | More by EStreet20
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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown with some red hues when held to the light. Nice rocky beige head and some lacing.

Brown bread aromas, some brown sugar notes, malt.

Nice soft touch here. Sweet -but not too sweet-malt, toasted bread, caramel/vanilla hints, sweet roasted nuts, a little chocolate, and some acidic bitterness right at the end.

A little thinner than I would have liked. Medium-light to medium.

These go down pretty easy. Got a single/orphan bottle on the discount shelf, which is a bummer, as I think they won't be restocking anytime soon. This one isn't perfect, but is worth finding and trying.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 13:39:42 | More by OtherShoe2
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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2005 14:22:21 | More by PatandDavid
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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle purchased from Hollingshead in Orange for around two bucks, poured into my Stone pint glass

A-Medium brown, looks like milk chocolate like the label claims, small 1/2 inch fizzy vanilla colored head that goes away almost immediately, not much retention, some lacing though
S-Strong nuttiness inlcuding almonds and cashews, fresh`caramel, toffee, brown sugar, mild hops, hint of sweetness, and hint of cinnamon
T-Starts off with a big roasted nut flavor, some sweet English malt in the middle, finish is slightly dry with faint hops and dryness from the nut presence, gets slightly sweeter over time and the brown sugar is mixed into the finish, not as dry once it warms but becomes noticably smoother, nicely balanced
M-Dry, sweet, and nutty mouthfeel, worked well together, very smooth overall, nice level of carbonation, medium bodied, taste lasted a while
D-Could drink a few bottles of these no problem, light on the stomach, below six percent, goes down easy, refreshing for its style, velvety

First time I had seen this brew around so I grabbed some, really enjoy Avery and this was no exception, dog on the label looked just like my chocolate lab at home, would drink again, recommended

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 19:45:40 | More by Floydster
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