Ellie's Brown Ale
Avery Brewing Company

Ellie's Brown AleEllie's Brown Ale
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Style:
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #106
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #15,877
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 10.51%
Reviews:
745
Ratings:
2,239
From:
Avery Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  99
Gots
  381
SCORE
87
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: 745 | Ratings: 2,239 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

L---Clear brown when poured through light. Impenetrable brown with ruby edges when viewed in regular light. Big, fluffy, off white head that has very good retention and beautiful lacing.

S---Roasted malts. Little bit of chocolate & nuttiness.

T---Follows the nose. Cocoa, nuts & maltiness.

F---Medium bodied. OK carbonation.

O---It hits the advertised notes. A fine brown ale.

Jan 03, 2021
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BeerMePlz93 from Colorado

4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Avery never fails to deliver. This is one fantastic brown, perfect for a brisk winter day or a cool summer night. Tried one in a mix-sixer and wasn't disappointed.

Look: dark, amber in colour;
Smell: faint nutty smell? (I have virtually no sense of smell);
Taste: Tastes like a southern pecan without the sugar--blatantly malty (in the good way);
Feel: super smooth, light-medium bodied;
Overall: I'd grab one of these anyday. Superb.

Nov 06, 2020
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aggiearcher13 from Colorado

4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my 2nd favorite brown ale next to Bell's Best Brown. Great malty and hoppy balance, with a touch of English in the aroma I think. What a great beer.

Nov 01, 2020
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barneyrubble from Colorado

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

Poured from can to tulip glass a 2F medium tan head leaves spotty lace as it rather quickly settles to a spotty remnant of itself. Color is dark brown and about 10% transparency.

Nose reveals some dark roasted grain with a hint of sharp scented brown licorice.

Tasting brings a slightly sweet black coffee vibe, some fruity unsweet chocolate notes and some stout like creaminess. There is kind of a hint of light toffee or caramel without going over the top on sweetness. The hops are almost non existent and barely there , there is no hint of herb or medicinal notes that often are found in some stouts or dark brown hoppy beers. I am really liking the lack of astringency, bitterness, and stickiness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is a medium bodied beer that is minimizing heavy dark fullness and creaminess and allowing the smoothness of the malt to come through without stickiness. Carbonation is on the light side and the finish is refreshing and not dried out.

What a great beer. Mostly malty but really flavorful and drinkable. I'll take this any day over any of the Dunkels I have had and over many of the overpowering stouts when not in that mood. A top pick for fall and winter rotation. Yum!

Oct 15, 2020
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown, translucent ruby red at the edges. Creamy tan head. Good retention and lacing.

Smells of browned toast, chocolate, pumpernickel bread, raisin.

Smooth milk chocolate upfront, big pumpernickel bread, some toffee and raisin. Slightly earthy. Cashew and Nutella. Gently sweet upfront but finishes clean.

Medium-light feel, well carbonated, chewy initially and then lightens up at the finish.

A great American brown ale. Delicious. Highly recommended.

Jul 28, 2020
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mintzmeet from Washington

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.

Jan 19, 2020
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Rubicj from Massachusetts

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.

Nov 13, 2019
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sjdevel from Utah

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

Nov 09, 2019
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BB1313 from Ohio

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.

Nov 02, 2019
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Nass from Florida

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

Oct 06, 2019
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

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.

Jun 12, 2019
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puck1225 from Texas

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.

May 06, 2019
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

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.

Apr 17, 2019
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izraelc from New York

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.

Mar 31, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

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.

Feb 25, 2019
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57md from Pennsylvania

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.

Feb 18, 2019
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gamera from Massachusetts

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.

Jan 12, 2019
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

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.

Oct 28, 2018
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cardfan212 from Minnesota

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.

Oct 21, 2018
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

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.

Apr 22, 2018
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TheBrewsky from California

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!

Mar 28, 2018
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BeerBobber from Nevada

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!

Mar 21, 2018
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D1noB from Oklahoma

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.

Mar 03, 2018
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jeffdr123 from Florida

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.

Feb 26, 2018
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Cthulhusquid from Washington

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.

Feb 07, 2018
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