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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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Reviews: 706 | Ratings: 2,087
Photo of Gagnonsux
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is dark brown with a bit of ruby glow. A creamy head is light brown and average-sized. The aroma is awesome. Full-on malt smell, toasty with a bit of chocolate and some nuttiness. The taste is more of the same: lots of great malt flavors. Biscuity chocolate malt flavor is strong and enhanced by an underlying toasty flavor. Nuttiness pops in and out. A dry roasty flavor joins the party towards the finish. Hops are soley for balance here, with sweetness reigning supreme. This is easily one of the best American browns I've sampled, highly recommended.

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Photo of TongoRad
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoo-yeah...nice looking beer- dark yet perfectly clear chestnut brown color with rusty orange highlights. An initial two-finger head settles down to next to nothing in about a minute leaving lots of thick lacing in its wake.

Aroma features an initial shot of chocolate malt-freshly milled chocolate malt, that is- followed by dark caramel and suggestions of those Welsh cookies with the currants. It is fresh and wonderful.

Palate is initially dominated by the dark caramel, though the roast malt comes on late. The currants linger after all else is gone. Mouthfeel is silky and the alcohol and bitterness are unobtrusive.

Very solid as both a session beer and a one-at-a-time deal. I'm very glad my local shop just started carrying this.

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Photo of Murph
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber/ruby color with a creamy off white head. Roasted malt, slightly wooody/smoky, slight chocolate in the nose. Some sweet darker and roasted malts are present with a nice balancing hop flavor as well. Faint chocolate on the tongue. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel and very drinkable. I am really starting to come around on brown ales. This is a real nice one.

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Photo of Dubblebock
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ellie's Brown Ale is a pleasant and enjoyable brown ale from the Avery Brewing Company. It comes with an eye-catching label featuring the chocolate labrodar namesake of the brew in profile, with a nice backstory about the dog and the beer on the side label. Nice touch.

The Brown Ale poured extremely well, with a large, dark tan head and a deep-brown complexion. The beer almost profiled like a stout or a porter, it was so dark and rich looking. Nice nose, with chocolate and toffee overtones.

The taste was malty and chocolately, with Colombian coffee textures in abundance. Hops were present, but only to give some balance to the malty goodness. The finish was dry as a cracker, with something of a toffee aftertaste. This is a brown ale in the European tradition, hearty and rich in texture and taste.

Good mouthfeel, good carbonation level. Very drinkable, but I wouldn't think of this as session beer necessarily. It doesn't make a good summertime quaffer, but I could easily see myself grabbing a sixer or two as the calendar swings towards fall and early winter. I could just as easily reach for this as a good porter or stout. As brown ales go, it was quite good.

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Photo of hchinaski
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed this tasty beverage saturday night before heading out for the evening. bought a single at once upon a vine.

A-Very dark pour into my trusty Bell's imperial pint glass that was a belated birthday gift. So dark, i though it was my morning coffee. Smallish head that left little lacing and dissipated fairly quickly. Chocolatey brown.

S-Some hints of chocolate and, is that caramel, im not sure. Whatever, it is, it is faint, with little or no preview of malts.

T-God, this is the brown ale i've been looking for. Goes down incredibly smooth with a great chocolate taste and the best balance of malts that i've had in a brown.

M-The after is crisp, with no ill-effects on the palate. i merely wanted more, and it was all i could do to be patient and allow the beer to warm a little.

D-As above, i have been searching for the perfect brown ale, and this is my new favorite by far. Not too heavy, not too light on the palate, i can 't say more. I had come across this beer, due to the fact that there were not DFH india browns at the store, and this was my substitute. this beer is at the top of my brown list from now on.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color, with a small lacing head. Nice roasted malt aroma with hints of nuts. Complex flavor, lots of nut with hints of vanilla to finish. Good body good flavors. Overall complex and tasty.

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Photo of colts9016
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tan head with a caramel brown reddish hue body.
Caramels, toasted nuts, molasses, brown sugar and roasted malts and a hint of esters, give this beer a pleasing aroma.
The taste has nutty and molasses hints with a good firm malt character. The finish is smooth with a slight acidic taste. Has a Medium body. Enjoyed very much

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a can into a pint glass.

A – Dark chocolate brown on pour with one solid finger of fluffy light brown head that stuck around and left a nice lacing.

S – Mocha, chocolate, brown sugar, caramel and vanilla. Very sweet smelling.

T – Lightly roasted malts, caramel, chocolate and vanilla all come right off the bat. Not nearly as sweet as the aroma suggests but you can taste a fair amount. Solid pleasant hop flavor. Finishes with just touch of bitterness.

M – Creamy and smooth as can be. Medium bodied with just enough carbonation.

O – Very solid brown ale. Smell is ridiculously good. Balanced flavors and tasty. Cant go wrong with this brew. Well done.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a big fan of browna but this one was nice. Poured a clear dark brown almost black color. The head is flat, and very light tan in color. The aroma is roasted and burnt malt, chocolate, and cream. Very nice for a brown ale. The tastes has both porter and brown ale qualities. Burnt malt and chocolate come across first followed by a nice mild caramel and cream finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of carbonation.

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Photo of jsolack
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light brown and clear.

Excellent chocolaty/nutty smell.light coffee overtones.

Very nice chocolate and malt flavor. Sweetness is well balanced with bitterness.

Smooth and pleasent on the tounge

Excellent overall flavor and smooth taste make for great tast.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is close to black in color with a warm red brown tint. Head is light brown and large. Leaves some patchy lace and has attractive retention. Nose shows adequate toasty and roasty malts, sweet and soft cocoa, nuts, yeast fruitiness and floral, grassy hops. A yummy aroma and very sniffable. Flavors are alike with moderate, steady bitterness and good dryness. Medium body with a smooth semi-grainy texture. Drinkability is easy.

A nicely concocted English brown ale. Has all the right ingredients and is certainly one of the more appealing brown ales I've had.

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Photo of plfahey
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Dark Brown with nice ruby highlights and good clarity. Moderate light tan head with fair retention.

Aroma-This one has a great spectrum of toasted to lightly roasted malt aromas-big chocolate aroma, with secondary notes of dark, toasted bread and light caramel. Faint earthy hops are barely perceptible.

Flavor-The toast shows through the strongest in the flavor, with chocolate playing a secondary role. Slightly sweet up front, the finish is dried by the roasted malt and moderately low hop bitterness. In the finish, some earthy, woodsy hop flavors creep in, and toasted flavor deepens, tasting like lightly burnt toast.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, moderately low carbonation. Silky smooth on the tongue.

This is a fantastic brown ale-enormous aroma, great flavor, silky smooth, and easy to drink. I could sit around and drink these all night.

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Photo of towersfall
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gorgeous mahogany with a slight tan head that was a little bit smaller than I expected.

Smell: A nutty and toasty aroma that makes me think of a beautiful fall day.

Taste: Hops don't have a presence here as the malts take over the flavor. Mostly strong with just the right amount of sweetness for those who enjoy a stronger brown ale.

Mouthfeel: A lighter body than what I would have expected and I would have liked more carbonation, but that aftertaste is phenomenal.

Drinkability: Incredible brown ale that I would probably go back to again and recommend to friends.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/16/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down that glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, chocolate, light vanilla/dark fruit, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, chocolate, light vanilla/dark fruit, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, chocolate, light vanilla/dark fruit, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a great bitter/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/silky, and slightly chalky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5.5%. Overall this is an outstanding English brown ale! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of garcia2a
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For me this an old stand-by. The beer pours a dark amber-red color with a slight head. Little carbonation. The beer has a mild malt character on the bouquet.

Ellie's brown has a balanced maltiness on the palate with a slight, pleasing aftertaste. Excellent mouthfeel that excites the taste buds. As far as drinkability is concerned, nice at slightly below room temperature, fine chilled.

This beer works well with beef and game, works well throughout the year. This beer is as yummy as a $10 donut, yummm!!

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Photo of irish53b
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle features a picture of a chocolate lab, no freshness date, and a nice description of the beer on right hand side of the bottle.

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Developed about a half inch of foam that dissipated down to a quarter inch and remained throughout. The color reminded me of aged copper, mostly brown with a twinge of red.

The smell is mineral like with notes of citrus and biscuit.

The taste hits with a bit of alcohol bite then smooths out with bread-like sweetness. It finishes with a refreshing minty / grapefruit note.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin. However, it is quite smooth and not at all slick. The mouthfeel was the only thing off about the ale.

The brew is very refreshing and the taste is well balanced. The 5.80 ABV may sneak up on you a bit. Overall a highly drinkable beer due to its balance of hop notes and malty sweetness. These flavors are subdued and not overbearing.

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Photo of ddean
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Public Eat and Drink in North Adams, MA. Slow night with soft techno playing, which oddly enough works well with a brown ale while typing a review on a laptop.

Appearance- An attractive very dark brown. Around the edges where the liquid is not so thick, it appears more rusty in hue, which I liked quite a bit. Lacing around the rim that sticks around throughout the pint.

Smell- I agree with several other reviewers in that it is very pleasant on the nose--dark chocolate and Columbian coffee to me--but some said that the smell is more subtle than they'd like. I get plenty for this style, especially if you sip and swirl a bit, giving it time to warm up. That might make you look like a wine snob, but it is a good experience to take some time and sniff away, particularly on this one.

Taste- Delicious for the style and consistent with the smell. Maybe some dark cherries in there too. A very nice tart zing in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Not getting so much carbonation as others, at least from the tap tonight. Doesn't coat your mouth like some other nice brown ales I've had--this one mostly stops after swallowing--but still very pleasant.

Overall, I'd say Ellie's is the best brown I've had, and I'd also say that those who like the traditional brown ale style will really dig this one. Cheers.

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Photo of Brabander
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn, the is my second wonderfull brew this night! I got this can somewhere in may when i met the awesome B0rderman, Stefan. I picked him up in Antwerps at the trainstation and together with Claark13 and his wife Amber we had a wonderfull day at the abbey of Westvleteren and the Struise brouwers. As a thank you Stefan gave me this can of beer.

Tonight was the perfect night to open this one.

Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks impressive. Darkbrown ale with a five finger head. Nive lacing in the glass when the head disappears.

Taste is very subtile and round. This is one of the best American brown ales a have ever had. Impressed!!

Very nice a smooth slightly burned malty smell.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Brennan's on University here in Madison.

Pours a rusty dark garnet with a finger of rocky oatmeal-tinged head. Nose is surprisingly lively for an English brown, notes of musty, toasted malt, winter spice and milky caramel. Taste starts off like a subtle winter warmer - spicy and malty, rounded out with a cocoa finish. Mouthfeel is thin, lending to its drinkability. A richly flavored, yet lightly bodied brown. A true sessioner here.

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Photo of climax
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Ellie's was a deep coffee bean brown, clarity was excellent though the opaque highlighted edges. The head was tall tan and full of tiny bubbles. It receded slowly and left some draping lace lines.

The aroma was subtle, yet pleasant and smooth. Earthy coffee bean aromas, and a definite nuttiness, walnuts especially, edged out the sweetness in the nose.

The flavor has the same "mild mannered" attitude as the nose, which the blog on the bottle suggests. Definitely nothing offensive going on here. Slight nuttiness, a pinch of ripe fruit, and a dash of sweetness keep the senses engaged while this one goes down....quickly

The body is on the extremely drinkable side of medium. Crisp carbonation accompanies and a slick feel and a dry finish. Never too cloying for a beer lover who doesn't necessarily enjoy browns, and certainly not too much for a novice. Could session this one all night.

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Photo of DCon
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from a tap at the Sky Music Lounge in Ballwin, MO into a Boulevard Brewery Pint Glass.

Appearance- Very dark brown if possible. No clouds, just purely a thick coating of color. 1/4 a finger of head which is a dark yellow color and faded quickly.

Smell- A ton of caramel and roasted coffee or chocolate came on as well. Nice!

Taste- Many stages to this ale! At first it is very much like a nut brown ale, sweet, and great. Then came a type of porter with its thickness. I enjoyed this beer thoroughly. Would like to see this beer out more often

Mouthfeel- This is a medium-full bodied beer with a smooth feeling.

Drinkability- Wow! This was extremely good! I'm wondering if it was a good idea to switch to Goose Island and 312 or should I have stayed on this beer to see if it really was drinkable. I say it was enjoyed without a struggle at all! Try it!

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Photo of Oakenator
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown - almost black - in the glass with a healthy head and good lacing on the glass. Aroma is of caramel and some chocolate malts. Hops are mild and offset by the malt. This beer is almost a dessert with carmelized brown sugar flavor. Can fall a little flat on the tongue but overall well done.

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Photo of freed
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've walked by this bottle too many times, but my wife convinced me to get it. She wanted to kiss the dog on the bottle's nose. Poured into the pint,it creates a dullish brown, yet quite clear serving. Burgundy corners, and light head compliment the otherwise flat appearance. The aroma isn't that telling. Almost a husky malt yet surprisingly warm smell, almost like a port.

Taste starts out dry with a slightly sweet malt caress on the tongue. Quickly followed by a rush of toasted malt, peat, and even mocha flavors that are a welcome addition to a brown ale. The smokey finish is very nice, and the flavor is certainly unique. Well worth the somewhat high cost, and the dog is adorable.

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Photo of casadebia
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark brown with a two finger light tan head. Nice retention on head but not much lacing.

S - Malty chocolate profile dominates the smell but there are other toasty/biscuity aromas that arise.

T - Sweet malty chocolate is followed by a bitter coffee finish. Just enough hop profile to give it an edge and balance.

M - Medium to light body with a crisp finish and overall smooth presentation.

D - Very refreshing beer. Even though it is technically a dark beer, I would not be opposed to drinking this on a warm day in the sun. It is just refreshing enough to pull off a great balance.

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Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 2,087 ratings.
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