Ellie's Brown Ale | Avery Brewing Company

Ellie's Brown AleEllie's Brown Ale
2,154 Ratings
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 jacobseyb
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A=deep dark amber, that is clear and pours a 1/2' head

S=smells of chocolate, and nuts, with some hoppiness

T=taste is similar to smells with the hoppiness a little more present along with the alcohol

M=nice with light, tight carbonation

D=very drinkable have had a few longer sessions with this beer at a local pub.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. No date or info.

A - Crystal clear and mahogany brown, Ellie's is topped by a desert khaki colored head that has superb retention to it's near-three-finger stature and clumpy webbing left over.

S - Light roasted hints give this brown ale a bit more depth than the usual brown ale. A cocoa hint pairs well with a crumble of toffee and an earthy nuttiness. Mild hops on the finish.

T - Interesting brown ale as it has a coffee flavor that strongly precedes the toffee, nutty, cocoa notes. Very toasted. A hop finish is there but not strong in flavor.

M - Crisp and dry with a medium body and mild carbonation finish. Ellie's s drier than normal for a brown ale because of it's roasted nature.

D - A good brown ale to be sure, it compliments the fall-like feel of the day. Delicious and fairly complex. Nicely crafted and good as a session beer too!

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty clear mahogany color. White rocky head with great retention and lace. Good looker!

Nose full of toffee, caramel, floral and earthy hops. Maybe a hint of brown sugar and a few light fruity notes.

Toffee and brown sugar lead the flavor profile. A bit of sweetness that is balanced by some earthy hops. Still some residual sweetness, but not cloying. Maybe a slight hint of chocolate at the end.

Medium body, light carbonation Cery easy to drink. What a session beer.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a spectacular mahogony brown with a huge tan head that a pint glass can hardly contain, lots of lace. Rich aroma of toasted malt, nuts, and bitter chocolate. Taste is quite complex for a brown ale, begins with sweet toasted malts, which yield to earthy flavors, bitter chocolate, coffee, and hops with a slight sweetness at the end and a dry finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. A truly superb example of this style.

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Photo of billybob
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours dark brown with a light tan large head and very good lacing from top to finish. nutty, caramel, dark chocolate smell. lots of roasted malt with chocolate on the slightly bitter side very smooth on the palate good carbonation and easy drinkability. but i was expecting a little bit more from this beer.

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Photo of Commandophile
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 12er. No date.

Dark mahogany brown, clear. Decent carbonation. Nice head, never fully leaves, decent lace.

Sweet sugary malt. Tart hops. Butterscotch and some grainy malt. Citric hop edge. Decent balance.

Medium bodied, smooth. Chocolate and tart fruit roll onto the tongue first. Malt: nut, toasty, light biscuit, chocolate, roasted, mild grainy in back. Hop: tart citric, floral, herbal touches, understated. Lightly carbonated and nicely smooth. Finishes clean, fairly tart, and dry.

Pretty good. Subtle undertones make it decently complex. Nice chocolate notes play with the sweet notes.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a dark amber color with an inch of light brown foam. The aroma is mainly malty, but some hops also come through. The tasty starts out sweet and malty. Then a little bitter, roasted malt comes in, along with some nut flavor. The sweetness is also balanced by some spicy hops. The hops are not weak, but still restrained for an Avery beer. This beer has beautiful balance. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Good brown ale.

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Photo of briman
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours clear, dark brown, slightly ruby when held up to the light. Nice fluffy light brown head, excellent retention. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is mild roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, touch of coffee.

Taste is mildy sweet. Lightly roasted malt flavor, with some nuttiness coming through. Finish has a slightly roasted coffee taste....not bitter. A slight hop presence in the aftertaste, but it's really just enough to make this a very well balanced beer.

Light to medium body, with low carbonation. Everything is medled together nicely, no one flavor overpowers another. One of the better brown ales...good session beer.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Big, foamy, creamy and inch-thick head. This thing sits and sits and sits. About 15 minutes in and still, about a third of it remains. Dark brown with a little red in color and some spectacular lacing.

SMELL: Rich and smoky with a little nuttiness and smoky chocolate behind it. The great head allows it to continue smelling fairly intense for most of the glass.

TASTE: Dry and hoppy up front with a malt character that builds throughout the sip. Towards the end the smokiness and and chocolate from the nose are more apparent along with some nuts and a bit of vanilla.

MOUTHFEEL: Disappointingly thin, particularly up front. The carbonation is a bit flat as well, which leads only serves to accentuate the thin feel.

OVERALL: This is a very strong example of the style. It is also a great example of a beer that needs to be served at the proper temperature. When cold, a lot of the flavors are masked, but as it approaches 50 degrees or so a lot more comes out.

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Photo of argock
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 64 oz brown growler into a Shaker pint. Purchased at Growler's Craft Beer and Ales (Hilton Head Island, SC) for $14.

A: Chestnut brown with 1-finger of light beige head which leaves several trails of lace.

S: Cocoa powder, milk chocolate, and sweet latte with dark maltiness without much if any fruitness and a light herbal hops note.

T: Very cocoa dominated with some sweet caramel toffee as well. This beer has one of the longest aftertastes, with some light sourness on the back end from the delicious dark malts. Minimal bitterness and not much hops flavor, but it doesn't really need it. This is a really good sweetish brown ale.

M: Medium-body with pretty active carbonation leaves a long aftertaste with dark malty residue on the palate.

O: Ellie's Brown Ale is a really good brown ale that I am glad I revisited. Inspiring me to try a homebrewed brown ale.

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Photo of RunForYourBeer
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark brown with a fluffy tan head.

S: Smells like some chocolate and coffee with a bit of brown sugar sweetness.

T: Lots of chocolate with some brown sugar sweetness. Finishes with a bit of roasty coffee bitterness.

M: Feels a bit thin. I think it would be slightly better with a fuller mouth feel.

D: High.

This is a much darker brown ale than I'd expected. It has some great flavors

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ellie's brown poured a dark brown color with a 1 finger foam head and minimal retention. It left a tight bubble pattern of lacing encircling the glass. Nice looking ale.

The aroma was nutty and a little chocolately. The taste was semi dry with a nut brown flavor throughout. There was a little bit of bite of bitterness on the finish. Overall a solid brown ale that should be sold more in the NW. I am not a huge brown ale fan but this is one of the better ones I can say i have had in the past year. Picked it up a Belmont Station.

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Photo of dogger6253
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown-ruby color, like Coca-Cola. A thick, foamy head, bits of lacing left behind. Pretty nice looking beer. A bit of hops in the smell, notes of caramel and cherry. The taste is mostly grapefruit/citrus hops with a strong malt presence too. Caramel and toffee, little alcohol too. A kind of chocolate flavor mixes in as well. There are bits of cherry in the taste and maybe a bit of orange zest too? This was slightly syrupy feelings with a medium body and a crisp, dry finish. Great taste and very smooth. Surprising little beer right here.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass, bottled 6/11/17 I didn't purchase it. Pours a very dark mahogany with a two inch off white head that leaves plenty of lace behind.

Smell is biscuit, caramel, toffee, dark fruit brown sugar, and some oak.

Taste follows biscuit, caramel, toffee, dates, and some oaky vanilla in the finish.

Mouthfeel is for 5.5% ABV prettybig, mild carbonation, a little dry, and it for me drinks bigger than its ABV.

Overall this is a very solid brown ale, really like the oaky undertones.

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Photo of plaid75
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a deep brown hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was Goid retention and lacing.

The smell featured dry cocoa and roasted malt.

The taste consisted of roasted malts, soft chocolate and a touch of smoke.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a very nice brown ale.

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Photo of semibaked
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle.

A - Nice dark ruby color with a bit a froth on the top.

S - The aroma of toffee, malts, and toast. Definitely some great smells coming from this.

T - Pleasant sweetness and some nice depth to it like hearty grain bread. Also some nuttiness, This is a very good brown.

M - Pretty decent mouthfeel, some creaminess.

D - I can drink a few of these no problem, very drinkable, not my favorite brown ever but rates pretty darn high.

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Photo of Boca-X
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nriech
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Good mahogany color. Great nose, malt and caramel, sort of sweet but not bad. I really enjoyed drinking this from a snifter sort of glass to really appreciate the aromas. Im not sure about the head as there was none by the time it reached my table.

A good malt flavor with good background of chocolate and citrus. Some nuttyness is present at the end but there is very little aftertaste to this brew. Not bad on carbonation, just right. This is a good quality, easy drinking beer for anyone.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

DATE: July 31, 2016... OCCASION: Just enjoyed a nice evening with Judi and Jeff Grow... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... pours a dark brown, almost cola black body with a fleeting two-finger off-white head that rings to a string of filmy bubbles... sugary maltiness mingles with chocolate and vanilla to suggest a flavorful first sip... black licorice, light bread and molasses also leave hints... an incredibly drinkable beer, with a medium-bodied mouth feel that kicks the experience to life... soft, smooth, and apologetic as it leaves--the aftertaste is slightly lactic and brief... vanilla, cocoa, sweet sugars, light hazelnut and cola make for a confident, appetizing experience... Avery delivers on its goods, and this is no exception...

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Photo of wcpmohr88
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

A: Wow! Great deep brown color, with a light beige head. Good lacing as I drank it. I really like the color of this beer.

S: Decent, but could improve. Light notes of roasty malt and caramel, but nothing really pops out.

T: Great malty taste, with some balanced sweetness. Very, very well balanced with some noticeable hop character. The hop character, however, doesn't overpower the malt and barely-there vanilla.

M: Not that noticeable to me, but certainly not offensive.

O: I like this beer a lot. Great fall/winter brew, and it looks great in a pint glass too! The malty taste with a little bit of hops really helps the beer.

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Photo of Beermanic
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Out of a can

A: Great just able to see through brown color. Tan head.

S:Malty charchter, chocolate, roast, baking bread aroma.

T; Malty sweet, nutty, light toffee, touch of chocolate, warm fresh pancakes. I can't explain it any other way pancakes you know what they taste like this has it. Not biscuit, not toast, not wheat. Pancakes nails it. A little hop note is noticeable but I cant tell you what hops.

O: Damn good, I enjoyed this beer but I don't really find it hoppy enough to be and American brown ale. I feel like it is more of a Northern English Brown, a damn good one at that

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Photo of natelocc787
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet. Very lustrous appearance, frothy creamy light khaki head and big crimson brown body. Leaves moderate lacing, aroma consists of brown malt, brown sugar and maple syrup with heavy cream. The taste was all brown sugar and brown malt, not a very complex beer but it doesn't need to be. Vanilla extract adds a lighter cream character with birch in the finish. Mouthfeel was light and fluffy with a medium body. Very drinkable, the definition af a session brown ale.

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Photo of cocogan
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Mason Jar,

Visual: Dark brown in color with orange hues. One finer white head that only lasts for a few seconds.

Nose: Chocolate, earth, pine, raisins

Taste: Coffee, slight pear, roasted malt, char, mineral water.

Mouth: Light, leaves wet.

Drunkability: Great smell, and good taste. Parts of the palate are very complex but others are rathar lifeless (mineral water).

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Photo of rlb49
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 2,154 ratings
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