Ellie's Brown Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 676
Hads: 1,948
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 18.25%
Wants: 72
Gots: 265 | 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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Photo of greybeardloon
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of beersheppard
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown, with ruby twinges. Nice white lingering head with decent lacing.

Smell: sweet malts, nutty, brown bread.

Taste: sweet malts, nutty, perhaps pecans, caramel, and brown bread. Sweet tasting, not overwhelming with the malts i.e. Dogfish (Not that that is a bad thing. I really love that beer.) but, Ellie's is not a wimpy listless brown, full flavored.

Mouthfeel: decent carbonation, substantial.

Drinkability: A very, very good brown ale. Great flavor and very drinkable. A well crafted a tastey brew.

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Photo of WillClark
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into your run of the mill pint glass. Pours a reddish brown with just enough head to give off a sweet blend of hop and malt. This baby has a nice brown sugary backbone without being too sweet. Nice dry nuttiness compliments the round malt in the body and the finish is mildly bitter but clean.

Do the dog! This beer is one of the best browns I've ever tasted.

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Photo of deapokid
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep Dr. Pepper brown with some reddish hues and a lacey two-finger head. Beer is foamy and very inviting, possessing some very hyper-active bubbles.

A strong caramel aroma permeates the ale with chocolate notes and a hint of coffee peaking out. It smells sweet, like a dessert beer, but doesn't seem to be as rich or overwhelming.

Tastes of coffee bean nuttiness and candy-bar caramel, yet still light and clean. It leaves a mild coffee taste at the back of the throat, concluding with a dry finish.

Beer thinly coats the tongue, but never overwhelms and manages to be unbelievably drinkable without eliminating characteristics of the style.

This is one of the best English-style browns on the block and is definitely a wonderful addition to Avery's sampler pack.

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Photo of Higravity
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The best Avery beer I have had yet. Everything else was a disapointment but this one exceeded my resigned expectations. A very dark brown slithered out of the bottle; yeilding a tan-white head and laced with eat sip. The smell was much more intense than I was enticipating; ful of nutty and sweet malt reverbs and even a little citrus hop blosoms. A full taste of nutty, biscuit flavors, and a bitterness in the end to add a little balance. Good mouthfeel and great carbonation, I would drink this again anytime.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour - as far as brown ales go this one is on the deeper, darker end of the spectrum. Very, very dark brown with some shades of red popping up when held to the light. The foamy, bubbly head is mocha-esque in color. Looks like a nice malty treat.

Aroma - brown bread dough, coffee, Oreo pie crust and plenty of delicious malty. The smell is definitely inviting. Must...drink...this...beer!

Taste - ahhh, delicious malty goodness. Plenty of flavorful maltiness along with some dark coffee flavors and bitter chocolate as well as dark molasses and brown toast.

Overall - one of the better brown ales I've had that is for sure. Everything hits its mark and this one just tastes great and leaves you wanting to crack open another can as you finish that final little drop at the bottom of your glass.

Would I buy more of it? - I definitely would, although my wife would probably drink it before I did. She loves brown ales and she loves dogs.

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Photo of optiontwo
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. poured into broad mouth glass

Appearance: Clear brown with ruby hues. Minimal head, with alright retention and medium lacing.

Smell: Caramel right away, lots of brown sugar, then floral and earthy hops mixed with chocolate.

Taste: Chocolate takes the forefront in the taste, unlike the aroma. Then there is some grassiness, coffee, and a good punch of citrus hops which also contributes a nice bitterness. It's an interesting balance.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light bodied with high carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down easy and tastes great, can't ask for much more.

Overall: I was really surprised with this beer. Browns can be real hit or miss for me but this one really stands out. According to BA this is an English brown, could have fooled me because I thought this was pretty hoppy. Either way, it's a great brown ale that's definitely worth picking up.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a pint glass at the Triumph Grill in St. Louis. Deep brown colored body with a hint of red hue. Nice creamy dark tan head that leaves some good lacing.

Aroma is not very complex, but consists of roasted malt and sweet molasses.

Nice combination of flavors. Roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee blend together very well. One of the better brown ales I've had.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel that goes down easy. I enjoyed this very much.

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Photo of loubar
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Nose of caramel and yeast. Taste of mild chocolate, caramel and brown sugar with a little nutty finish. The hops provide a low-key bitterness to nicely offset the sugary sweetness. Smooth with good carbonation and balance. Not earth shattering but tasty and drinkable. An exemplary brown ale.

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Photo of LittleCreature
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of kim_thayil
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

delicious. i saw all the cool kids were drinking cans now so i grabbed a 6 pack of this in tin and tried it when i got home.

i have had only one truly great (imo) brown ale up to this point and that was the dogfish head.

this beer is right up there with the dogfish head and i feel like i'd have to have one right after the other to even decide which one is my favorite.

sweet but not too sweet, drinkable and not filling, no nasty aftertaste.

will definitely buy again.

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Photo of theteleman
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour from can purchased at Distellers Outlet in Poway CA. Dark brown with a big off white head. Nice lacing. Smell is incredible. Vanilla, brown sugar, honey. Taste is very pleasent. Malts and a nutty tinge with hints of vanilla, defintley getting some chocolate too but its very faint. I purchased just one can, next time I'll get a sixer of this, really enjoyable.

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Photo of Portertime
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice brown ale from Avery I compared this with Tilburg's a true Dutch Brown and liked it a lot. Pours a lucid ameretto color with a decent head. Smells of almonds and a hint of caramel. Tastes well balanced with roasted nuts and a hint of hop bitterness. Served chilled with in a pint glass.

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Photo of TheDinger
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
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-

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Photo of TTAmod
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of malcontent
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker 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 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.

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Photo of YourMomDrinksBud
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of porterwoobie
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of BeerAngel
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

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Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
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