Ellie's Brown Ale | Avery Brewing Company

very good
713 Reviews
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 rsdaugherty
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can into pint glass
A – Rich 2 finger light beige head with good retention and excellent lacing on top of a dark brown amber brew 4
S – Toasted malts, caramel sweetness with coffee notes 3.5
T – Caramel, toasted malts dominate. Mild musty/peaty and coffee notes. Mildly bitter hop finish. 3.5
M – Good creamy smooth mouthfeel, on a moderate bodied Brown Ale. Mild to moderate carbonation lends a lightness to the overall mouthfeel. 4
O – One of the better Browns I’ve tasted. Quite drinkable, but a little too sweet for me as a session beer. 3.5

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. into Duvel tulip. Have been picking out more beers with dogs on the labels lately since my 4-year old has expressed a significant interest in dem pooches.

Excellent bready light ginger-colored head-almost a root-beer style. Root beer-colored body, too (usually you don't have one without the other, I've noticed, but there are exceptions of course)...woody dark brown chocolate malt. Lacing is decent.

Not getting a huge aroma from this. A little balsa wood - maybe some pine sap. Fair amount of chocolate malt - maybe some Germanic Marzen stuff in there. Quite light but a little creamy.

Can get the chocolate malt but it's quite faint. Hops are subdued - a little pine and grass. Pretty austere - not huge.

Mouthfeel is reasonably decent for style - malt comes through with some warmth. Finish is strong and malty.

This is a solid sessionable brew. Straightforward if not exceptional.

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Photo of soju6
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear deep Mahogany color with a nice tan head that fades to good lacing.

S: Has aroasted malt aroma with a hint of chocolate.

T: Has a nice roasted malt taste with semi-sweet chocolate flavor mixed in. Just a tad too sweet.

F: Medium body & creamy, well balanced, very smooth.

D: Good example of the syle. "Well behaved", goes down easy. Just a bit sweet for my taste, but still good for as couple. Worth a try.

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Photo of phishsihq
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ellie's Brown Ale brew pours a deep, dark brown with a minimal light tan head, that provides some decent lace throughout. Sweet malt aromas dominate, with hints of caramel and chocolate very noticeable. The sweet maltiness in the nose is also present in the flavor, with the pallet being able to pick up some brown sugar, light vanilla, and some nuttiness, in addition to stronger chocolate and caramel favors. Lighter amounts of carbonation help make this medium bodied ale smooth and creamy. A GREAT Colorado example of a classic.

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Photo of bnes09
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, dark brown in color. Nice off white head forms but sinks back into the liquid quickly leaving little lace.

Not much to note in the smell department. Basically clean and sweet with a touch of molasses.

Flavor is rich and chocolately. A touch of caramel sweetness there too. Hints of roasted flavor hit the tongue but not dominant. Hops are subdued with a bit of floral citrusy characters.

Medium-bodied ale with moderate carbonation. A little drying on the tongue.

Overall, a descent brown ale. Flavors are well balanced and also more roasted character than I usually experience from the style.

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Photo of Vierenner
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The brewery makes several beers on my want list so I thought I'd give it a try. I was hoping it would be a little more stark, more porter like, but it's definitely a brown ale, a thin one at that. There is a bitterness too, detracting from the overall experience, in my opinion. I taste nuts, dried fruit -- that's about it.

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Photo of Shaw
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ruby in color with a tan head that reduces to a quarter-inch-thick layer in my glass.

It has a nice aroma of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts.

The taste is nicely nutty, even though there are no nuts used in the brewing. It's mildly sweet with just a hint of bitterness to balance. Very flavorful.

A creamy and rich body: This is almost glass in its smoothness.

It's just a tad too sweet to make it really drinkable.

Overall, this is a fine brown ale, especially for fans of nut browns.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rich ruby red, with a thick cover of tan foam. Dark fruit and toasted grain nose. Smooth, medium body with a low-ish carbonation. Light toasted bitterness along with lots of fruit and molassesy sugars. A hint of alcohol shows through adding a bit oomph. Overall, a solid brown ale with a rich mouthfeel and decent flavours.

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Photo of MickeyBeer
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a deep brown, almost black color with about half a finger of light tan head that dissipates quickly. When held up to light it reminds of root beer. No real lacing to speak of.

S- Some malty aromas along with a little bit of a roasted smell. Not a lot going on here.

T- Nice roasted taste that has a little bit of sweetness along with a little bit of hop balance. Also catching some nutty tastes. Leaves a slightly burnt aftertaste.

M- Pretty light mouthfeel with a nice crisp carbonation. Very easy drinking. Could have several of these without exhausting your taste buds no problem.

O- Tasty brew that I could drink for hours. Didn't blow me away with flavors or complexity, but still a solid beer.

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Photo of DavidST
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip glass. This pours a dark brown color with a large tan head which leaves a lacing. The smell is of caramel malts, bread malts, a little nutty. The feel is medium to light. The taste is okay, its not very strong, you get some caramel and bread malts with a very mild hop bite.

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Palm tulip and served with some chinese food. Grabbed this bottle at Total Wines in Alexandria. Overall a good beer, but not the best brown I've ever had.

Pours a reddish dark brown, pretty much completely opaque. Head is a full 2 fingers, just slightly off white, but pretty standard altogether. Not a whole lot of lingering. Nose is a bit disappointing, a bit nutty, otherwise a bit of smoked malt.

Taste is roasted malt primarily, but a slight bit of sweetness and a tinge of hops. I get a bit of chocolate, but its not really predominant at all. Overall its just a medium bodied standard brown ale, that makes for an enjoyable drink.

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Photo of Keffa
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into my Duvel tulip.

A: A fairly strong pour results in a dark brown beer with some nice ruby highlights when put to light, and a 3 finger off white head that settles to a small cap and leaves soapy webs of lacing all over the glass. Very nice.

S: Eh. Grainy sweetness, a little roast, dark chocolate, and earthy notes.

T: Again, eh. Some subtle sweetness an chocolate up front, turns into a wood/earthy flavor, and some of the grainy notes from the aroma. Roasted notes come in towards the drying finish.

M: Light carbonation, lightly creamy, and a little thin for the amount of malt in it.

D: Not too bad. Decent flavor, crisp dry finish. Not bad.

Not too shabby. The Pils was better, but this one is not bad either. A little bit better balance of the malt and hops would be welcome.

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Photo of Jonada
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can served in a pint glass. No freshness date.

Appearance: Brown with some hints of ruby red, but light enough that you can see through the glass when held up to light. About 1 finger of a light khaki colored head dissipated to a thin coating and collar.

Smell: Chocolate, toffee, tea, some earthy hops

Taste: Nutty, malty, chocolate, iced tea(?), slight earth.

Mouthfeel: Just lighter than medium bodied with medium carbonation. Goes down smooth. Very drinkable.

Overall: Decent sessionable brown ale. There's enough flavor going on that I would give it a recommendation, but it's not something that's going to knock your socks off.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours red-brown, with a small white head at first, but very good retention, makes a nice looking brown in the end.

S: Light chocolate, molasses, cappuccino.

T: Brunt of coffee bitterness upfront, almost stout like. Light caramal and raisin bread come out next, with an earthy hop bite at the end. Definite nutty theme throughout not unlike almond butter.

M: Smooth and creamy, nice overall feeling, light-bodied as it should be.

D: This is a pretty good little brown ale by Avery showing they can make a good beer and not be over-the-top as they can be, but I love 'em for it. First time seeing this beer in CA, I'd love to try it on-tap.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour, light brown head, ample. Sweet roasted malt aroma.

Taste, hoppier than your average brown ale, not necessarily smooth, has some bitterness going for it. West coast brown ale kinda thing. Some nuttiness, hints of vanilla. Stays sweet. Coffee is present.

Caramel and molasses seem to be in the mouthfeel, bitterness wanes as more of the sweet and smooth side finally come out. A little more complex than your average brown ale.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Toffee-brown brew with deep garnet highlights and a nice khaki two finger head that eventually settles to a thick collar.

S - Pleasant earthy mushroom and brown bread notes. Reminds me of a big dense biscuit or scone. Lots of brown sugar and toffee make this warm and inviting.

T - The taste very much follows the nose...brown sugar, maple syrup, earthy mushroom flavors, raw cane sugar, and dried plant matter....like dead leaves. Very mellow, but pretty complex too.

M - Medium bodied with very mild carbonation and a very soft feel on the palate. Some mineral notes are detectable, and the finish is neutral with a vague hint of gentle dryness.

D - I can see why this is named after the brewer's chocolate lab...I imagine that the doggie was gentle, easy going, and likable if not all that bright. This beer is a good reliable companion for a session, but it's no AKC champion.

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Photo of drtth
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a standard shaker/pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer is a dark brown with reddish undertones, with virtually no head. What head there is light tan in color and consists mostly of a patch of foam with small ring around the liquid. Sipping leaves some widespread speckled lacing but by the time ¼ of the beer is gone, so is the head and lacing.

Smell: The aroma is faint but clearly contains roasted chocolate malts without too much in the way of hops.

Taste: The flavor is sweet from the dark, roasted malts and has a definitely bittersweet dark caramel/chocolate character. The hops show in the bitterness that emerges after the initial impact of the malt, but in many ways the bitterness could be from the roasted malt as much as from the hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light bodied with no real carbonation except a faint prickly sensation. The finish is long, bitter, a bit citric and dry.

Drinkability: This is an OK brown ale, but I'm not really interested in having more than one and will probably not seek it out in the future.

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Photo of GrinkoN
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

-Dark but not overbearing
-Little head
-Some carbonation

-Heavy malt

-Not to powerful
-Nice finish

Mouth Feel:
-Hopy on the back end

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Photo of mobyfann
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Uncle gave me this when I visited...

The beer pours dark brown with a medium head and a nice one hour head retention. The smell is pretty bold on the malts.

The taste is heavy and sweet, but I let this one set a little. It is very enjoyable. The beer was a bit rough on my throat but still a drinkable beer.

Final Thought: It's different than most, but not all that great.

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Photo of avalon07
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a deep brown color and a fairly clear consistency. There was about a quarter inch of head, but it didn't last long.

S: Aroma was nutty and malty, with a bit of hops thrown in.

T: Taste was decent. Malt, nuts, some hops, as with the smell. Not overly striking, but solid.

M: A pretty high amount of carbonation and a smooth finish.

D: Overall, this isn't a bad beer. It's not exactly the best example of this style, but it's drinkable.

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Photo of TXHops
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

-ABV: 5.5%
-Malts: Crystal and Chocolate as specialty malts
-Hops: Bullion, Cascade, Fuggles

Ellie’s Brown Ale is one of the more English Brown Ales out there, IMO, even with the use of Bullions and Cascades. The clear, deep ruby body is topped by a thin, almost splotchy head of beige, lacing head. The aroma of sweet, chocolate and crystal malts mingle with the coolness of American hops and the Fuggles. Between the chocolate malts and the Fuggles, the medium body is very earthy, after the initial sweetness. Then an almost piney coolness almost mitigates the maltiness. The two opposing flavors linger momentarily in equilibrium, but the earthy maltiness wins out and the beer sours ever so slightly in the finish due to the imbalance and the resulting, left-over sugar. A solid offering, but by Avery standards, this one’s a bit weak and uninteresting…

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Photo of Kelly88
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Ottos Deli. Served in a standard pint glass.

A- dark dark ruby. Mahogany if you will. This ruby brown beauty is topped with an ashy tannish grey head. Lace has surrounded the perimeter and ain't going anywhere.

S- not much going on here. Crisp fruit, juicy sweet not hoppy fruit. Some sweet chocolate is barely noticeable. Pretty uneventful.

T- sweet chocolate covered apples seem to be the flavor. Sweet pears and maybe carrots mix with the alcohol at the finish. Solid brown ale.

M- light to medium. Weighs the palate down nicely. Carbonation is very crisp and really is kind of tingly on the swallow.

Overall a beer I will look for again. Enough flavors to keep you guessing and enough heft to make you appreciate the flavors. To bad the aroma is lacking

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Photo of kflorence
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Imported from my ratebeer.com profile - APR 8, 2008

Pours dark brown with little to no head. Smells of caramel, malts and molasses. Tastes much the same, very smooth and pretty tasty. I could drink a few of these, but there are better brown ales out there.

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Photo of claybeer
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Avery Ellis Brown Ale is a dark wet leathery brown. It has some redness to it and not much of a head. It was one finger thick and disappeared instantly. The nose is rich with malts and burnt peanuts. The malts carry over to the taste. I pick up a lot of sweet malt and some brown sugar. The finish is subtle but lingering. Some smoke sticks in the back of the throat. Definitely a food beer that would complement anything off the grill. The first thing I think of are some shish kabobs with pork, venison or beef smothered in molasses and sweet bar-b-q sauce with cherry tomatoes, green peppers onions, and maybe some seedless jalapenos.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown color. Medium head. Aroma is malty and nutty. A medium bodied brown ale. Malts are very nutty and very sweet. Hops are slightly spicy. Nicely balanced. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

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Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
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