Ellie's Brown Ale
Avery Brewing Company

Ellie's Brown AleEllie's Brown Ale
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American Brown Ale
Ranked #117
Ranked #13,449
3.9 | pDev: 10.51%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Very Good
Ellie's Brown AleEllie's Brown Ale
Notes: Chocolate malt gives this beer a brown sugar maltiness with hints of vanilla and nuts, while subtle hopping gives it an overall drinkability that’s second to none.
IBUs: 17
Reviews: 740 | Ratings: 2,226 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Very good. But maybe I’m just primed for a brown ale. Slightly licoricey. Nice molasses nose. Similar molasses notes on the tongue but more grain flavors.

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mintzmeet from Washington, Jan 19, 2020
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3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color is a kinda boring dark, smells and tastes like a combonation of a standard beer and a porter. Very drinkable. Pours with a nice thick head, but it quickly goes away.

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Rubicj from Massachusetts, Nov 13, 2019
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3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - barely a 1 finger head with an aggressive pour - deep brown and really dark (porter like) - not much carbonation
Smell - nice chocolate slightly nutty aroma - slight charred grains
Taste - maybe a touch of hops upfront - nice rich chocolate and malty - some caramel and nuts - slight smoky char from the dark grains - hints of coffee - slight sweetness/dries out considerably - flavorful
Feel - medium body buy low on carbonation and could have been a fuller mouthfeel
Overall - a really good brown ale - pretty standard - nothing out standing but would pick this one up again for sure

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sjdevel from Colorado, Nov 09, 2019
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3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a dark brown with some red/mahogany hues; small khaki head that fades leaving nice retention and lacing. The aromas are mild and subtle. Toasted malts are there. Hints of cocoa and toffee. The flavors basically follow the nose for the most part. Lots of toast. More hints of cocoa and toffee along with some caramel. Decent bitterness. Malts do their thing without completely dominating. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's on the fuller side of light-bodied with active carbonation. It's sharp, spritzy, fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid brown ale. It's basically your traditional example of the style, more or less. It might not be my personal favorite example of the style, but it's not bad at all.

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BB1313 from Ohio, Nov 02, 2019
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3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I like the old Avery Brewing can artwork better this one looks too generic. There is no date on the can. The pour is brown with a khaki head. On the aroma I get some burnt cedar wood. On the taste I get some roasted malt, roasted cereal grains, a little bit of hops, some molasses & I do agree with the smokiness. Cheers! B

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Nass from Florida, Oct 06, 2019
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3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish brown color. Minimal head when poured from the tap. Some lacing on the glass.
Nose is minimal.
Taste - has a nutty flavor. Some hop, but about expected.
The body is lighter, and it does have a crispness to it.
Decent brown ale.

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Photo of puck1225
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Dark brown color with thin head and good lacing.

Nice toasted malt smell and taste. Slightly sweet, earthy, dark bread. Nice brown ale.

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3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a red/brown color. There is a moderate-sized tan head and a little bit of lacing.
Aroma of sweet malt and floral hops.
Light caramel taste, faint late hops.
Light-bodied, easy to drink.

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lordofthewiens from New Mexico, Apr 17, 2019
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown. Looks like iced tea. Not a lot going on here. Starts a little sweet and ends smokey. Not a lot in between. Kind of boring for a darker beer.

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izraelc from New York, Mar 31, 2019
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3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear dark mahogany brown pour... 2 fingers of fluffy off-white head. Pours a little lighter than a Coca-cola.

S: Sweet toasted malts/grains. Herbal hops.

T/F: Follows the nose. Sweet malts up front... toasted grains, earth, and brown sugar. Hopping for balance and some herbal character. Nutty... faint spice. Light bodied.

O: A decent brown ale... well crafted. A hard style to make exciting but a well executed brew.

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EMV from Pennsylvania, Feb 25, 2019
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3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a basic brown color with about a finger of head. The nose has some nuttiness and bready qualities. The flavor is fairly mild and the body is a bit thin even for a brown ale.

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57md from Pennsylvania, Feb 18, 2019
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3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Overall a decent beer. For a brown it’s a bit low on the malty/nutty flavor I would have expected. The taste has a bit of a floral note to it, which is unique but good. I’d order another, but it’s not at the top of my list for Browns.

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gamera from Massachusetts, Jan 12, 2019
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3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a dark chocolate brown color with a three finger frothy tan head. Nose of malt, cocoa and birch beer. Taste follows the nose with a slight astringency. A little nuttiness is there too. The body is a bit thin with light - moderate carbonation.

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lastmango from Pennsylvania, Oct 28, 2018
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3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a shaker pint.

Look - Beautiful opaque dark brown body with a healthy cap of white lacing. No real head to speak of, but that's ok.

Smell - Roasted malts, coffee, almonds, cinnamon. Almost more like a porter than a brown ale.

Taste - Surprisingly smoky, lots of dark chocolate and black coffee up front. Confusingly stout-like, but mellows down into the normal sweet nutty taste I expect from a brown ale, along with a twist of vanilla.

Feel - Medium body with a bit of an oily mouthfeel. Carbonation is there but nothing crazy. A comfortable sipper.

Overall - This beer is cozy. Perfect for some relaxing on a fall evening. Slightly disappointed that it wasn't as brown ale-y as what I'm used to, but I'm also a little pleasantly surprised by it.

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cardfan212 from Minnesota, Oct 21, 2018
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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz undated can poured into a pint glass shows a deep russet, just like advertised, and briefly floats a 1/4in cream colored head that relaxed to a whispy cap and leaves erratic lacing.

Aroma is roasted cocoa bean bitterness and the flavor matches. The malt sweetness balances for a refreshing swallow.

Mouthfeel is a slightly full leaning medium that finishes wet with a hint of carbonation bite.

Overall a very nice, clean, and wet drink.

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GrumpyGas from Illinois, Apr 22, 2018
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4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from 20oz tulip and poured from 12oz can. Canned 11/01/17.

Look: Coffee brown, somewhat transparent and thin in appearance. Minimal head, moderate lacing.

Smell: Coffee on the nose, with some sweetness, like butterscotch or caramel. Not aromatic, but still pleasant.

Taste: Roasted malts, caramel, and some coffee. Pretty pleasant taste. No astringent flavors.

Feel: Medium in body, but light feeling in terms of weight. Very easy drinking, with moderate carbonation. Very smooth drinking.

Overall: This is a pretty decent brown ale. It is simple but very enjoyable. I know it isn't the freshest can, but still doesn't seem to alter the beer. I really enjoyed this offering. Cheers!

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TheBrewsky from California, Mar 28, 2018
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3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color with nice caramel color notes and a two and a half finger tan head made of very large bubbles that slowly compress. This head once compressed down to about one finger was stayind around for a short bit.

Smell was faintly like a dark sugar. Maybe a bit of caramel. Real faint on the nose.

Taste was some raisins behind a punch of roasted malts. Interesting.

Mouth feel is medium with fairly light carbonation and a sticky wet finish.

This is an interesting beer. Up front on the flavor I imagined I was drinking a nice roasty porter until I hit about midway or just a bit further back. The flavor profile picked up a bit of sweetness and some raisin to it. The carbonation is fairly low but may be due to this can sitting for a while. Would love to try this fresh on tap. Seems like a solid beer and something different if you like the dark stouts and porters. A very good beer for a cold night by the fireplace watching the snow pile up outside. Not happening here in Vegas! Cheers!

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3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A great beer with hints of coffee, a chalky/dry finish. Complexities change as the beer warms.

Taste rating in words: complex lab study that ends in a small poof.

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D1noB from Oklahoma, Mar 03, 2018
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3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Crooked Creek in Fraser Colorado. Pours a Coca Cola Brown. Not much to smell. A sweet caramel with just a hint of something roasted. Not very complex but very drinkable.

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jeffdr123 from Florida, Feb 26, 2018
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4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: One finger white head, brown body.

Smell: See below.

Taste: Mild caramel, mild coffee, mild black tea, mild chocolate. Very well balanced.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation, mildly dry.

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Cthulhusquid from Washington, Feb 07, 2018
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(12 oz can, canned on 07/18/17... poured into a Belhaven pint)

L: clear, chestnut-brown liquid; foam sizzling on pour, leaves thin collar, lace slips and breaks apart

S: brazil nut, chocolate-covered wafer (after bite, and wafer stank blending w/ choc); maybe tiny hint of light molasses sweetness... undertone of earthy hops, but this is not a hop-forward brew (at this point...) ... great brown toasty malt intensity, inviting

T: vague root-beer(?)-like herbal and (soft drink) sweet notes, moderate fruity esters, hint of chocolate chip in aftertaste... little residual sweetness, sandy asphalt earthiness; lingering dried-leaf-y bitterness, faint roasty and caramelized notes

F: touch of slippery, silky viscosity in its taut body; the soft liveliness to its carbonation... pleasant blend of sludge and sizzle

O: bold, deep-toasted bready malts and balanced hopping give this just about the ideal taste for an American brown ale... I often forget about this beer, seldom look for it, but it seems like something I'd probably wouldn't mind having around at the back of the fridge

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Bouleboubier from New Jersey, Oct 31, 2017
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4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown with a tan head. Caramel plus aroma, but nothing clearly identifiable. Same with the taste. Very pleasing caramel with hints of more, but not sure what. Full bodied, strong (but not bitter) on the tongue. A very satisfying example of one of my favorite styles.

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grawp57 from Pennsylvania, Sep 15, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Superb body, dark brown with orange highlights, tan head that persists, and lacing.

S - Strong caramel malts, bread dough and molasses. Very nice.

T - Brisk sweetness, caramel notes, a bit of minerality and tea, and mild bitterness in the close.

M - A bit sticky, warm, with some dryness in the fade.

O - A very nice brown. Good range of flavor, very tasty.

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Tsar_Riga from Indiana, Aug 17, 2017
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3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce can pours a very dark brown with a billowing head that dissipates quickly. Smell is caramel, roasted malts, hops, chocolate, toffee. Taste is where you get some coffee along with everything you smelled, including Brazil nuts and cashews. No bitterness. Mouth is watery, finishes smooth. Very easy drinking beer. Not bad. I would buy again and would order on tap if available.

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pro45 from New York, Jun 26, 2017
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3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours dark brown with a brown head that has moderate head retention. It is fairly clear.

Smell: It has a chocolate and caramel aroma. The are background aromas of nuts, vanilla, and very light hops.

Taste: The caramel is the most prominent flavor with the chocolate very noticeable. There are low levels of vanilla and nuts with a light spiciness.

Feel: It has a moderate body with a moderately bitter finish.

Overall, the balance is towards the malts with the hops being noticeable and providing good balance.

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hman43 from North Carolina, Jun 22, 2017
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