Ellie's Brown Ale | Avery Brewing Company

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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 B967ierhunter177
2.3/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer pours a cloudy brownish, amber color with a thin, rapidly fading head. It's aroma is mainly roasted malt with a hint of chocolate and
vanilla. The flavor has notes of semi-sweet chocolate, toast, and sour cherries. The mouthfeel is medium giving way to a filling, minimal drinkability. Avery Ellies Brown Ale is an okay beer with a curious mix of aromas and flavors. Slightly recommended.

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Photo of wac9
2.4/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

yes i taste the vanilla but so yes t looks great in the the glass someone said they could drink drink this every night well i canr this beer brings nothing to me yeah i know it me but i cant like somethig just because you do enjoy this beer i wish i could

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Photo of BeerSox
2.67/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into mug.

Solid dark brown, almost black, with autumn colored edges. Thick sturdy light tan head that seems to last forever. Clingy lacing.

Roasty coffee like malts with some strange smelling hop-like aroma, almost like soy sauce.

Thinner bodied with a slight sour taste. Not as sweet as I expected. Standard dark malt flavors with a little bit of hopiness with a relatively clean finish.

Not sure about this one. I was expecting something a little better. It presented itself well but didn't come through. Maybe I'll try this one another time some day to see if it is any different.

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Photo of Crosling
2.67/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby. Mild nose with a touch of earth and a hint of rhubarb, sweet malts, nuts, caramel and coffee beans. Grainy malt feel throughout. Sweet, dry malts possessing notes of nuts, vanilla and spicy hops. Lingering finish. I have had several brown ales and still don't understand why the style exists.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
2.69/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice looking dark brown colour with a slightly off-white head that is pillowy but dissolves to a thin lace fairly quickly. It leaves a good amount of chunky flecks on the glass.

The aroma is a somewhat weak blend of earthy malt, some nut notes, a bit of chocolate and hints of roasted malt as well.

The flavour captures all of these things and does it a touch better than the aroma, but it's still fairly average overall. There's more of a roasted malt and toasted bread feel here, along with some charred chocolate. Sweetness is present but is certainly minimal at best. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of dry heartiness to it. Still, it's nothing special.

I was disappointed by this one overall. The aroma is very weak and fades in and out, the taste has some promise but is bland overall and it's just not something that I'd go back to. A surprising thumbs down.

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Photo of Yokoono76
2.69/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: beautful deep cherry wood color, minimal head - maybe one finger.

S: smell is off putting. Has a metallic odor, not that inviting.

T: chocolate, nutty, malty and some vanilla. Chocolate and nut flavors dominate. It's a great drinkable ale for every day. Not bitter, somewhat light and smooth. The beer is kind of flat.

M: light in weight, light on the carbonation, would like to have a little more.

O: my husband really likes this beer, he refers to it as his "easy, everyday drinking beer". I however, think its just ok. It is an easy drinker, but it is slighty disappointing. I would like to see more depth to the beer. Overall, I would drink it again, but its just ok.

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Photo of snilsen13
2.7/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was hoping for something better since this was going to be a mild, easy drinking beer. Unfortunately, this malty mixyure has the consistantly dull feature of Avery brews... a sticky malt flavor that lingers unpleasently on my pallate. Some don't mind it I don't like it.

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Photo of MufflnMan
2.73/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown color with a nice thick, tan head. Promises lots of malt and delivers... too much. This beer was cloyingly sweet for me. Needed a bit more balance for a brown ale. Not too much body to it, pretty thin for an ale as well. Malt is not overpowering at all, but somehow the sugar is. I'm sure there are some nuts in there as well, but all I tasted is sweet.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2.8/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark amber color with a tiny, foamy beige head.

S: Smells like coffee up front with some nuttiness, perhaps a hint of nutmeg.

T/M: Taste is subtle like an amber. There is some nuttiness and light to medium carbonation followed by a hint of honey sweetness.

It's similar to an amber but better, not bad but not great. And it's brown.

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Photo of SamN
2.81/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Color is a sort of limp dark maroon hue; less brown, more red. Head is thinand doesn't last long. A few second after pouring, only a thin ring of foam remains. Lacing is decent though, and the appearance is growing on me. The beer aroma is lighter, some toasted malts, hazelnuts, mild graininess. I'd like more richness, some creamy notes to blend the aromas better and make an outstanding brown ale scent. Taste is pretty close to smell, with grainy malt tastes like nuttiness and coarse bread. Fleeting, with a short finish. Not too impressive, not much of a brown ale; at least, what I think a brown ale should be.

I much prefer Upslope Brown to Ellie's. Probably won't have again.

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Photo of xav33
2.83/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Avery Ellie's Brown Ale
12 oz bottle
Unknown bottling, absorbed 08/06
Medium pour in a pint glass.

Poured mahogony with a mostly diminishing frothy 1/4 inch light mocha head.

Smelt of mixed nuts and some chocolate malts.

Taste begins with a tinge of chocolate malts and sweetness, then gets nutty in the body to finish with a mostly lingering crisper hop bite and astringent dry nutty malt taste. Mouthfeel was dry and carbonated.

Overall, an average dry nutty brown ale.

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Photo of Overlord
2.93/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a fairly clear deep brown. A few inches of long lasting light tan foam.

Smells faintly of roasted malt, with some nuttiness to it. Pretty one note. I'm not the biggest fan of Brown Ales in the first place, but shouldn't it be a bit more robust in the body, and have a stronger aroma?

Taste is a bit unusual. There's some hop bite to it, and a hop bitterness to go along with it. A bit acrid after a while. There's some sweet, nutty caramel malt and a bit of ashy, almost charred, earthy roasted malt to it. My vivid description is perhaps giving it more credence than it deserves, as it is not really a strong tasting brew. In fact, after a while I can taste nothing but the almost sour bitterness.

Mouthfeel is too watery and thin. Avery is a bit of a hit or miss brewery for me.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
2.97/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Schlafly nonic pint

A: a dark mahogany color with a HUGE head. I can barely pour the beer. Every drop is turning to foam. Just won't seem to go away throughout the beer. This doesn't look so good. Leaves alot of lacing. More than some pale ales and maybe too much for this style.

S: roasted grain, citrus-flavored chocolate, and grassy hops.

T: hard to pick up anything upfront because of the excessive carbonation. Roasted grain and bitter chocolate upfront finishing with bitter cocoa, grains, and orange peel.

M: Way too much carbonation. Medium full body that finishes really dry.

Overall, I really was excited to try this beer. Just doesn't seem like something Avery would intentionally brew. I'm blaming this review either on its age or the fact that the sixer tipped over in my trunk (although they didn't spew upon opening). There was way too much carbonation in the head and in the mouthfeel. I believe Brownies should have a good, full malty body and you can't attain that with this amount of carbonation.

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Photo of Wasatch
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color, some carbonation, tiny head, some lacing afterwards. The scents are of sweet malts, and caramel. The taste is pretty much of malts, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not too bad of a brew, but I doubt if I will buy it again. Would recommend thought YMMV.

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Photo of rickyleepotts
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Who cares what the beer tastes like… I love the label. I don’t like dogs (except for Sophie) but I love this label for some reason. It’s cool that this is named after an actual dog. It’s Avery’s dog, from Avery Brewing Company. Anyway, let’s get to the beer.

In the Glass: It’s rather thick in the glass, and doesn’t have much head to speak of. It does have a good Belgian lace though. (See what I did there?) It’s dark, almost black in the glass, and looks like a flat soda pop after the subtle head settles.

Nose: At first it smells like any other brown should. But then you are hit with the cold caramel aroma that is hard to pull away from. The “cold” part is hard for me to explain, but when you stick your nose in the glass (not actually IN the glass) you will see what I mean. It leaves the nose with a hint of pine needles/nutty aromas.

Flavor: There is a ton of flavor all around the palate when you first take a drink. It then settles around the outside of your tongue and slides down the throat with a weak but subtle aftertaste. It’s not very carbonated, and is a lot easier to drink than say, a Newcastle. It’s only 5.5% ABV, but these could sneak up on you in a hurry.

Mouthfeel: It feels almost flat on the tongue. We drank this right out of the fridge, and I feel that a beer like this would get better as it reaches room temperature. But the mouthfeel is weak and leaves little to be desired. It’s the flavors I am after.

Aftertaste: There isn’t much of an aftertaste, but what is there is solid. It has the same nutty nuance that you got on the nose, and the burp also reminds me of pine needles. Not sure where the whole pine needles thing comes from, but this is a good winter beer.

I dig it. I like the logo, and while I am not a huge fan of a brown I would totally order this one again. Especially when it’s cold outside!

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Photo of SmashAdams
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This seems like an example of a standard brown Ale. It is malty and nutty with some hints of semi sweet chocolate. Pretty easy drinking wih a manageable ABV. nb

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Photo of philbertk
3.01/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Ellie's Brown Ale--1999 12 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV--15 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) 5.75% on Web Page. Clear red brown color. Light chocolate front. Smooth medium body with rich light sweet roasted chocolate caramel flavor. Minimal fruit flavor. Nutty balance to smooth chalky end. Sampled 12/1/1999.

Avery Brewing Company--Ellie's Brown Ale--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50%ABV. 17 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Lacy lasting dense tan head. Clear dark ruby brown red color. Delicate chocolate mild hop front. Creamy hint mild sweet crisp smooth mellow dark dough malt cocoa vanilla nut hint mild fruit tasty Brown body. Mild hop clean smooth end. Tasty, refreshing Brown! Sampled 12/6/2010. 6-Pack purchased for $9.39 @ Pete's Supermarket on 5/9/2010.

Avery Brewing Company--Ellie's Brown Ale--2011 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. 17 IBU's. (2.5 / 5.0) Thin pour. Lacy foamy lasting off white light tan head. Clear bright dark ruby edged black brown color. Soft cocoa mild hop front. Thin dry sweet fully fermented thin textured crisp light toasted cocoa biscuit smoewhat bland brown ale body. Slightly herbal mild hop spice clean dry end. Weak flavored too dry too thin Brown. Remember it being better. Sampled 2/16/2011. Purchased 6-Pack for $6.99 @ The Greenwood Market, Seattle on 2/16/2011.

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Photo of cbl2
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

10/5/2005 $9.00 6 pack 5.80% No best by date.


As the name indicates, this pours a dark brown that is infused with a ruby redness when exposed to the light. No head to speak of.


Hints of coffee, and a mild nutty quality with some faint hops.


Nice nutty quality, but it also possesses a sense of soapiness that make it somewhat unpleasant.

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Photo of sstackho
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, dark brown with lots of head and medium carbonation. Some initial lacing that does not last. Faint scent of roasted malt, but forgive me for my nose is a wee bit stuffy! Taste is not particularly full as it goes down, and only a faint malty aftertaste remains. I'm finding nothing particularly interesting about this one.

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Photo of Trombone69
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Some people would love this. I am not a coffee drinker. I'm getting a nasty, bitter, black coffee bite that I don't care for. There are a lot of interesting different flavors here, but it's not my cup of coffee.

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Photo of bgildea
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown almost plum color. Small white head with a decent amount of lacing.

S: Slight smell of nuts and berrys.

T: Slight after taste of roasted malts, some earthy notes come through. Otherwise nothing really pops out.

M: Thin beer, with constant carbonation.

D: It's drinkable... Not a bad brown ale, but nothing really comes across to make me want to order another one.

Overall: Overall, I'd say it was an average brown ale with nothing too special coming across.

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Photo of chinchill
3.04/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A very dark brown ale with excellent mouthfeel and appearance. but disappointing taste and aroma. Looks and feels like a stout, and tastes more than a little like one too.

A - nearly opaque dark brown with low level of head. The head is short-lived but leaves side lacing for a while.

T - too earthy; bitter but not hoppy finish. Relatively strong roasted/burnt components.

M - medium/medium-heavy; creamy; noticeable carbonation.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.04/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Light brown color. Very clear. Pours into a straight-sided pint glass with little foam. Roasted grains are evident upon the first sip and detectable in the aroma. Very grainy aroma. Not much body or mouthfeel. Finishes with a bitter combination of dark malts and hops, almost coffee-ish finish. A decent brown ale, but I don't know that I would need to drink it again.

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3.11/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Good looking in the glass. Nice dark amber brown that tries not to let the light through. I got two fingers of head (aggresive pourer) that was nice and fluffy pale hay colored. Smell was sweet with caramel and roaste roasted malts. Mouthfeel had a real tingle to the tongue that grew less as the beer warmed. Taste ok and sweet rounded with malt, unsweatened chocolate, and a slight floral taste.

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Photo of JosiahS
3.11/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

glass: Nonic

A: Dark brown with ruby red. Produced a half-finger head but a wide glass(nonic) is used. Egg shell colored, soapy head. Splashy lacing.

S: Nuts, brown sugar, molasses, fig, little date, musky hop overtone. Nice blend.

T: Mild front. Mid has a nice concoction of bitter roasted chocolate, date, brown sugar and slightly floral but more musky hops. Finishes clean and floral with a strike of roasted bitterness.

M: Medium body, a bit of a thick feel. Medium carbonation, right in-line with a typical american brown.

D: Well enough on drinkability. This beer offers nothing special though, which isn't bad but should be mentioned.

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