Ellie's Brown Ale
Avery Brewing Company

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Brown Ale - American
Ranked #111
Ranked #15,950
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: 745 | Ratings: 2,239 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by izraelc:
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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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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

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

Oct 31, 2017
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slusk from Virginia

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

A: Pours a dark garnet with a short lived tan head. clear.

S: Malty with some raisin, spicy hop filters in. some wheat like character or slightly fruity like a Belgian. The hop doesn't have a noble hop aroma, something domestic.

T: Bright, Malty caramel and toffee. A bit of dark bread crust moderate to low hop bitterness with low spicy hop flavor. A slightly sweet, creamy finish.

M: Medium body, a little slick and oily on the palate. low carbonation, not biting, low acidity.

O: This is a nice beer. It has a bit brighter malt flavor than the typical brown ale, the hops are not overpowering, more like an English brown. The hops seem to be of a domestic variety which adds to it's complexity and uniqueness. I'll have another!

May 26, 2014
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Headgoober from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

Jan 06, 2013
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Mtn from Texas

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feb 20, 2016
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corywalston from North Dakota

3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Jul 08, 2016
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DarkerTheBetter from Minnesota

3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a brown and burgundy color with a persistent, partial film of head.

Smells of nutty molasses and smoke.

Tastes of hazel nuts, brown sugar and a slight carbon-like smokiness that seems a bit much and/or out of place.

The mouth feel was medium bodied with a light tingly carbonation.

Generally unimpressive and not my favorite for the style as there was a little too much sooty smoke to it. Sadly, it gets a lot better when you gulp it. Don’t be afraid to pass on this one.

Aug 03, 2006
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Offa from California

4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, reddish brown with small pale tan head slowly shrinking, leaving a few little wisps of lace.

Aroma is very nice rich, nutty-chocolaty toasted barley, faintly caramelized, with a faint woodiness.

Taste is excellent, firm and deep character with nutty-chocolate toasty bread, lightly sweet caramelized barley yup front, then more balanced and drier finish with light woody-peppery-earthy bitterness. Feel is nice, full, lightly creamy. Overall, this is excellent.

Mar 30, 2011
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Urbancaver from Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish with some nice red tint. A good amount of white head. Lots of lacing and an okay look. Smells sweet and malty. Fairly non-descript. Overall, not very impressive. The taste leaves a lot to be desired. Not very tasty but not bad in any way. Highly carbonated. Sweet and a bit bitter from the roast. Pretty drinkable but overall not very impressive

Feb 25, 2011
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olradetbalder from Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Nov 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Jun 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Dec 30, 2012
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threedaggers from Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Mar 06, 2014
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BigAl18 from Minnesota

3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jun 18, 2015
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Tyrawlings from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Feb 11, 2012
THEOPTIMATOR88 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.6%

Nov 22, 2011
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zestar from California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Jul 13, 2014
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KajII from North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Dimpled mug]

The pour was a medium brown in color with a small (1 finger or less) foamy light brown head that was mostly diminishing and left behind very light lacing.

The aroma was of roasted malts, a piney hop and a nice doughy yeast scent. It also had notes of coffee, vanilla and a bit of nuttiness.

It tasted bitter-sweet at first with a hint of roasted coffee and finished slightly malty with notes of vanilla and a nice nuttiness at the end. The flavor stayed with you for a enjoyable duration.

Mouthfeel was creamy yet oily in texture and medium in body and had a moderate carbonation.

Overall a nice bold tasting brown ale, typical of the style. Smooth, creamy and easy to drink.

Mar 09, 2011
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RDW from Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +9%

Jun 19, 2013
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kerry4porters from Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +9%

Jul 21, 2014
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JMFP from Delaware

4/5  rDev +2.6%

Sep 16, 2014
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31Sam13 from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 05, 2015
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jak from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.6%

Dec 13, 2011
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cvstrickland from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle poured into a pint glass yields a clear, deep-brown body with golden highlights capped by two-fingers of off-white foam that settles to a fat ring with a floating puck in it, leaving patches of sticky lacing.

A malty, sweet smell revealing molasses and caramel greets the nose. A little fruity.

Taste is malty and very sweet, but not at all cloying, with flavors of molasses and nutty caramel, with a spicy character and a nice hoppy dry-up. Clean finish. Nutty character grows as the drink warms.

Smooth with a medium body that leaves me chewing the aftertaste a little; refreshing and delicious with nice drinkability.

Jun 07, 2008
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speter from New Jersey

4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown color with a persistent tan head that left nice lacing.

S: Roasted malts. Little or no estery smells or hop profile.

T: A sweet front blossoms to a rich roasty center. (OK, fine. It tastes good!). There is just a hint of hop bitterness in the finish, which perfectly balances the sweetness up front. This is one of the best balanced beers I've had in some time (johnny one-notes notwithstanding).

M: Surprisingly full bodied for a normal ABV beer. Carbonation was persistent, but not overpowering.

D: A wonderfully drinkable brown ale.

Jun 28, 2010
Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
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