Ellie's Brown Ale | Avery Brewing Company

very good
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Ellie's Brown AleEllie's Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
IBU's: 17

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002

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Photo of RBorsato
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best of my 5 American Brown Ale tasting ! Unreal - a great experience from start to finish !

Med-dark Brown with a light brown head. Big-time chocolate malt aroma and taste with a nice touch of nutiness. Medium bodied (leaning towards the fuller side) with a rich and roasty finish.

Could not find one bad thing to say about this beer and think of it along the lines of a Robust Porter.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark mahogany brown. Nice and fluffy light tan head with moderate lacing.

S: Slightly roasted malts and chocolate.

T&M: Very smooth. Malty sweetness with a mild coffee flavor. Well-balanced with medium bodied and a light hop finish. Little or no bitterness.

A very good brown ale. I have gotten away from brown ales because of their strong nuttiness or extreme tastes that are not a usual favorite of mine. Ellie's Brown is definitely a well-balanced ale that would be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates quality beer.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured this American Brown Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured dark brown color, produced a huge tan head, lacing and retention was excellent. The aroma consisted of toasted malt and carmel. Medium bodied, there was a foundation of roasted malted grain, sweet caramel and nuts. Semi dry finish. Overall this is an awesome American Brown Ale- It may be my new standard bearer- Awesome aroma and flavor profile.

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Photo of drpimento
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Outstanding brown, one the best I've ever had! Poured with a tan head, some lace and a very dark almost opaque Black brown color. Aroma is malti nutty slight hint of hops. Flavor is like aroma little on the Sweetside very drinkable. Perfect body. Super tasty.

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Photo of centbeerfest
4.73/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is being considered for the new restaurant so I picked up a six pack. This is one of the many label designs that plays to dog people like me.

The beer comes out of the bottle with a great composure perfect amount of head that hols up. Color is a deep warm brown, not too dark, but enough that you know this one is special.

The smell of coffee is pleasant and inviting but not overwhelming. The taste is balanced with a smooth finish and a nice creaminess which adds to the fantastic mouthfeel.

I drank this alone, again with steak and then again later with some chocolate bread pudding. It was not too much to drink alone, stood up to the steak and the dessert and complimented each phase.

On the beer take-home scale I would grab a case and keep this one as one of the staples.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.73/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The CANQuest (TM) is moving into high gear again, following a hiatus to achieve a numerical milestone. I am so glad to put bottled beer behind me for a while so I CAN concentrate on what really matters - CANs!

From the CAN: "Lab Tested" - Puhleeze, leave the puns to me! Plus, I was always told NOT to give dogs chocolate. How was this tested?; "Named after our beloved chocolate lab, this beautiful, deep russet brew is dominated by a chocolate and brown sugar maltiness with hints of vanilla and nuts, producing a very smooth well balanced and quaffable brown ale."; "Brewed with Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, hops, and yeast."

The Crack & Glug came off without a hitch, demonstrating that you CAN get back up on the horse. I had a bit more than a finger of deep-tan head that began to fall right away, leaving some beautiful lacing in its wake. Color was ...

On a side note, a recent thread on review variances (http://beeradvocate.com/forum/read/3843052) got me to thinking about how best to quantify colors in beer. The obvious answer is degrees Lovibond, but that is more for professionals and homebrewers. I then CANsidered a color wheel, but it is too basic. My next thought was a book of paint chips from a major retailer, but they do not generally sell those to the general public. Another user mentioned the Munsell atlas and one of my colleagues has put me onto the Pantone Matte Formula Guide. In the meantime, I will go with my limited scope of descriptors.

... garnet/ruby/russet (add that to the data bank) with NE-quality clarity and cola highlights. Beautiful. The nose was immediately rich with vanilla notes and leaning in, I also got milk chocolate and an almond nuttiness. Was I drinking a beer or having a dessert? Mouthfeel was medium, but on the upper end, approaching creaminess. Lots of flavors going on in the mouth, but you had better like sweets. I got got milk chocolate, almonds or peCANs, and even a light smokiness. Fantastic! Finish was somewhat on the sweet side for my taste, but there was nothing wrong with it stylistically. I would definitely put some in my cooler for the malty beer set.

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Photo of joecalderoni
4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very silky, creamy dark bron color with a nice head. Right at the first smell you can smell lots of vanilla, roasted barley, almost a porter like aroma but more fruity. It has a nice medium body creamy body with touch of roastiness and molasses. A bit of chocolate in the after taste! Overall its a very nice brown ale. Definetly a most!

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Photo of harley_pelleg
4.71/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is probably the best American brown I have tasted to date.
My only gripe is aftertaste. But very smooth nutty coco taste with a dry hit.
Not unlike English brown ale but somehow more subtle while still having more flavor. An awesome beer. Will be buying again. And thank you again Avery

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Photo of irisier
4.67/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz brown bottle.

Appearance: Translucent coppery brown with a nice tan head that sticks well.

Smell: Aromatic and freakin' delicious smelling. Caramel, dark bread and raisins all come to mind.

Taste: Nice and malty. Some caramel and nut flavors upfront with a toasty bread taste in the middle. A little bit of roasted bitterness combined with faint hops to balance the malty sweetness. Some dried fruit and grainy notes are there too, but you really have to search for it.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium bodied.

Impressions: Man, this was delicious. I'm surprised this isn't more popular, not that I'm complaining. This one will please any brown ale fan, but do note that this is not a very hoppy (Indian style) brown ale like the kind that have become so popular now. Malt profile is definitely at the forefront.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought an Avery variety pack the other weekend. This was one of the four sixers. Had this before and was glad to have tried it again as this is one solid beer.

A: Pours a dark amber/light brown with nice fluffy head. Pours as if this thing came out of a beer engine. Held to the light, some noticeable particles can be seen floating throughout my glass - I really don't mind though.

S: Smells very nutty with a nice solid chocolate undertone and some light nice toasted malts. The aroma is very well done!

T: More pronounced chocolate than in the nose. Again with the nut-brown malts and some toast. Reminds me of candied chocolates - not in-your-face strong chocolates, but nice and enjoying ones (if that makes sense).

M: Carbonation is appropriately low. Feels velvety in texture. Again reminds me like this one came out of a cask or pull engine which is simply awesome knowing that it came straight from a can. Sweetness is nicely balanced with the hops.

O: A great brown ale. A solid core beer in Avery's lineup. Glad to have finally tried this one back in March. It was a pleasure to have once again. I'll come back to this one quite often.

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Photo of pkalix
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at BT's Southern BBQ in huntington beach.
dark brown with nice tan head on top.
smells roasty and nutty and kinda chocolate-y and smells perfect for this cool, gloomy, rainy day.
taste is above with a smokiness to it; very refreshing.
overall, a very clean finish to a tasty and nutty brown. i really liked this one. it left a great aftertaste, wasnt bitter, but had some great qualities such as the earthy, roasted nuttiness. i could do several of these in succession.

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Photo of ralree
4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear deep red color with a nice reddish 2-finger head. Beautiful mottled lacing.

S: Really yeasty with hints of spices. Different.

T: Ooh very spicy with some coffee flavor. Secondary chocolate flavor. Just enough fruitiness in the initial taste to make you crave more, and just enough coffee to give you a nice bitter taste. Aftertaste is mild and refreshing. No metallic flavoring. Exceptional!

M: Medium-bodied and chewy - a great complement to the taste. Carbonation is right on. Very dry and non-astringent.

D: Extremely drinkable. This is now one of my favorites.

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Photo of keoki182
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery pours a deep dark brown with tan head. Chocolate/nutty (think hazelnut and almond)/roasted malt aroma, similar flavor. Very strong coffee notes as well. Brown ales have a reputation as being underwhelming but this manages to pack some flavor. A bit too easy to quaff, one of my favorite beers ever.

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Photo of Chessmaster
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a rich, dark brown with ruby highlights. The head is thin and disappears into some whisps and a ring of foam around the glass which lingers indefinitely

S: Caramel, toffee, rich malty goodness. No discernible hop aroma

T: Similar to the smell - delicious malt, caramel and toffee. Here, the malt is nicely balanced
by a finishing hop freshness. Delicious

M: Medium bodied, highly drinkable. Despite the lack of head retention, nicely carbonated

O: Overall a delicious and thoroughly enjoyable brew. If there were a bit better head retention, it would have scored even higher. Nevertheless, Ellie would be proud, indeed.

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Photo of MrKyle
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a great dark mahogany with a off white low but steady head. Smells absolutely wonderful. toffee caramel chocolate roasted malt. has a thin a slippery mouthfeel, not heavy or overwhelming at all. tastes of brown sugar roast malt chocolate sweet but well balanced with a medium-high dryness. exceptionally drinkable. love this beer!

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Photo of chugalug06
4.56/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice smooth caramel colored foamy head stands tall on top of light black brew. Decent lacing too.

A kick ass aroma. Lots of roasty toasty coffee. Big deep aroma.

Smooth, light, easy drinking. Lots of earthy wet coffee flavors submerged in toffee, caramel, milk chocolate. Good dry roasty finish. Bitterness is more sweet then anything... Carbonation medium-high and fits nicely. Solid.

This is a killer Brown ale. Not like any other. Drinks like a Brown should. Very drinkable and palatable. Highly recommended, should be considered a must try.

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Photo of Phatz
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What an exceptional evening. This is one of, if not the best brown ale I have had, and I am a fan of the style. Avery is hit or miss with me. Sometimes they go overboard on extreme and alcoholic brews that are less than drinkable. This one deems a six-pack. Very tasty, and even more drinkable.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful deep red brown with a creamy tan head that fades fast to leave a halo around the glass. It has very little spotty lacing.

Smell: Bread and cocoa lead in the nose followed by toffee and nuts, and just a splash of roasted coffee.

Taste: Dark malts and toasty breadyness with a definite yeast attribute and caramel, chocolate, fruit, and nuts with an earthy hop finish. It is a hot fudge sundae with nuts thrown in a blender and dumped in secondary... or something like that. Very yummy! =)

Mouthfeel: Rich smooth solid medium body feel, slick through the center, sweet on the cheeks and long lingering fudgeyness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: I have a sweet-tooth and I like this sweet brown very much. I could definitely go for a lot more of this. I may just stock it in my extras drawer. One case... coming right up =)

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Davd6310
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up recently because it was on sale. I threw some in the freezer to chill quickly. When I first tasted I thought it was a little "hoppy". I let it sit for 10-15 mins and came back for my next sip. Wow! this is simply fantastic. Not sure if fresh out of the freezer sabotaged the taste, but after it "warmed" up a little it was one of the best brown ales I've ever had...I will definitely buy again.

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Photo of aristeros
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug. The beer is a nice, mahogany brown, red highlights in the light. Cream-colored head of about two fingers with good retention and lacing. Nose is bitter chocolate over sweet malt. No hops in the nose.

Moderate-heavy body--a pleasant surprise--due to a good amount of roasted malt, blending light coffee and deep chocolate flavors up front. Slight bitterness to the finish and a nutty taste. Slightly creamy texture with a "warm" finish that reminds me of a porter.

A lower ABV makes the beer thoroughly drinkable, and sessionable besides. I wish I had another six pack. This is a heartier brown ale than many, and is one of my top five browns out of several dozen I've tasted.

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Photo of Cheshire_Crew_Al
4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Full Disclosure: I'm a huge brown ale fan

Serving type: bottle, as a side note, I really like the bottle design, classy

S: a lot of vanilla comes through in the initial smell with a hint of caramel

T/M: medium carbonation, really nicely balanced beer with initial nutty taste on the palate - mainly almost a hazelnut type taste followed by vanilla notes on the finish, as opposed to other brown ales, does not have a touch of bitterness on the aftertaste - which makes this beer go down shockingly easy (in a good way)

O: not my favorite brown ale, but it's up there, only DF head IBA surpasses this to date in my book

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Photo of fizzyfred
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful deep auburn color with a full head. Wonderful biscuit and bready aroma from the generous crystal malts. The hop aroma is slight and allows the malt character to shine. This beer is delicious and feels wonderful on the tongue. Full body flavor, full of malt flavor and a hint of spicy hop flavor. Slight aftertaste showing bitterness from both the hops and the remaining dextrins. The carbonation is perfect at about a medium level. This is a great beer to pair with a meal, even apple pie. I love this beer, its everything great about brown ale.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Nose: biscuit, fruity esters, nuts, rich dark malts.
Brilliant chestnut with a 1" tan tinted off-white head. Lacy.
Palate: Rich malt and grain spice, chocolate, and some mild roast, drying on the finish.
Medium body, medium carbonation, a smidgen too sweet up front, a little more roast than necessary.

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Photo of WonderWoman
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark mahogany with ½ inch head that fizzles to the rim.
Colombia coffee and bitter nuts come to mind when I smelt this one.
The taste was of dry peanut hulls with a slight ashy after taste. The taste kept hanging around once swallowed not in a bad way, in a good way.
The mouthfeel was smooth with moderate carbonation.
I liked this one, I would drink it again.

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Photo of FenwaySquid
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, no dating on the label but a nice portrait of a chocolate lab drawn there (perhaps the beer is named after the dog a la Robinson's Old Tom), poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown color with some reddish hues. Head formed small but the lacing stuck around nicely. Great color though.

Aroma: Floral hops mixed in with some caramel malts and hazelnut as well. If this beer tastes as good as it smells we've got a winner.

Taste: We have a winner. The beer starts off with some caramel and chocolate malts with the hazelnuts shadowing. The middle is sweet and malty with just a hint of hops, which complimented the sweetness nicely. The finish was grainy, leaving the drinker with a thirst for more.

Mouthfeel: Very, very smooth, almost creamy. The carbonation was a little weak but with the sweetness that wasn't a bad thing.

Overall: I was extremely impressed. This beer in itself is an excellent example of why it's so fun to try as many different brews as you can. Some are average, some good, some awful. But every so often you find one like this that totally blows you away. I highly recommend this one to anyone, whether or not you like brown ales.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Andy's on 10/12/05 as one of four Avery draughts for your drinking pleasure. Served in a pint glass at the recommended temperature.

Appearance- A brownish amber medium body supports a respectable soapy off-white crown. Good durability... not a word I often use describing a beer, but this is justified. Solid retention that means business!

Smell- Fabulous marriage of malts and hops. I genuinely enjoyed submerging my nose into my glass, taking in the masterful work that has been accomplished, and then drinking the nectar. Excellent example of the style... the best I've had to date.

Taste- Superb balance once again. Roasty toasty but not-too-burnt malts, combined with perfectly complimentary hops. Delicious, I wish I could have stayed for another.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Alive and exciting, drinkable until dawn. This beer has given me an appreciation of what "Brown Ale" can be, a style that never turned me on in the past. I've drunk Newcastle, Sam Smith, the standards... but on tap, this is exceptional.

A thousand "thank yous" to George and Tom at Andy's Corner in Bogota for giving me the opportunity to sample this fresh.

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