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 Dinglehacker
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pub glass. Nice beige head. Dark brown color.

Nose has some roast, and a hint of hops.

Taste follows nose, plus rich nutty notes. Roast comes out on the finish. Taste blooms as it warms.

Smooth mouth.

A good brown ale, slightly on the darker side. About what to expect from an exemplary example the style.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap:
Pours a darker brown, with its true color showing at the edges. Head is a beige cap that covers the surface as a puck. Lacing is in curtains.

Nose has a very very light acidity to a nutty, light brown bread nose, wit maybe just a hint of light brown sugar.

Taste opens neutral on malt/hop balance, with a dark yet sweetish bread opening. A little nuttiness comes next before a woody bitterness starts to turn the tide. At the back of the throat is a little tang as the beer leans slightly to the bitter. The ending is a fairly English brown taste, though with a fuller overall body.

A robust brown ale that may flirt ever so slightly towards a porter-like brown ale, but never gets bitter enough. The toasted malts also prevent this.

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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 matcris
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown and ruby edges up to the light with a half finger of eggshell head that fades slowly, and mild lacing left behind. On the nose, nutty, malty, and mild milk chocolate. The flavor is nutty up front and that lingers, a little bit earthy, and some mild milk chocolate. Average on the carbonation, dry, and medium thin body, but not watery at all. A pleasant brew, pretty decent nutty quality, and a good balance between sweet and bitter.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very solid brown ale. Nice roasty character with subtle sweetness, but overall balanced with a good amount of earthy bitterness. Light enough to indulge, but smooth and full enough to sit back and relax with. Either way you choose to, this is a well made good old fashioned brown. Cheers!

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Photo of 86sportster883
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look - mahogany brown with a light tan head that reduces quickly to just a ring.

Smell - biscuity malt with hints of toffee and other dark malt aromas.

Taste - Up front there's an interesting interplay between the hops and malts, with the darker malt flavors winning out before a drying finish that leaves you wanting more.

MF: Medium-light body with medium-high carbonation

Overall: A very good example of the American Brown style.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz Founders stout glass. Looks DARK for a brown. Smells of chocolate malt and a tad of vanilla. Tastes of chocolate and malts. A light hint of vanilla, and bitterness. Very thick for a brown..almost porter-like. MF is smooth, with a nice twang at the back.

If you had blindfolded me before I partook of this beer, I might have said it was a lager (just being honest here), or a porter that went west. I liked this beer, but not sure I'll go out of the way for more. I can't knock it for what it is supposed to be.

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark chocolate brown with off white head with jack frost cling all over the glass.

S - Roasted nuts, smokey, malts, chocolate.

T - layers of roasted malts, chocolate, a bit nutty, complex flavors all mesh really well. Feel - Creamy smooth mouthfeel and medium bodied.

O - Complex flavors and they all balance really nicely. Superb Brown ale.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Charming color. Dark caramel brown with a soft orange hue to wink at you. Tan head that fell fast but left a good ring. Roasty rich malt with the faint scent of cocoa. Slight herbal from hop. Caramel. smooth bubbly full flavored malt with no real hop flavors until the beer finishes nice and bitter. Coffee, earthy roasty not burnt. As the beer warms you notice the hops more. They are a smooth coolness to the middle. Finishes with a touch of earthy hop spice and lots of malty richness. Dry and with a gentle linger.

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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 AleMan66
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from a bottle into a clear teardrop glass. It pours a very dark brown with an unusually slight, tan head. I'm a brown ale lover, and this is good beer, but it reminds me much more of a stout. Most brown ales are very malty. I taste dark fruit. It's not what I'll grab when in search of a brown ale. To see what I mean, try a Samuel Smith's in comparison.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful dark brown color. Very light tan and light hear that laces nicely. The smell is sweet malt with just a slight tobacco undertone. The taste is sweet malt, a slight tartness of green apples, and just a hint of hops bitterness. A pretty nice brown ale.

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Photo of akolb
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: chocolate, roasted barley, sweet bready malts. Very nice, perfect for the style.
Appearance: Dark brown with a great head.
Taste: lovely malts on display here: toast, caramel, nuttinesss, a little spiciness, sweetness giving way to a crisp finish.
A great brown ale. The most underrated style out there in my opinion, but beers like this show how brown ales can be just as flavorful as their darker cousins.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Good Luck Restaurant in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a lighter brown, with a small head, and a bit of lacing.

This doesn't smell like an awful lot, unfortunately, there's a bit of toasty malt and some caramel, but not a whole lot going on here.

This is a serviceable brown ale, drinkable, but pretty uninteresting. The malt backbone is lighter than I'd want out of a good brown, I wish for more toastiness. There's just a slight bit of hop bitterness.

This is light bodied, pretty crisp, with a good level of carbonation.

Not the best brown ale I've had.

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Photo of TTen
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Avery Ellie's Brown Ale

L: Dark brown with good clarity and beige head. Ruby around the edges of the glass. 4.5
S: Fresh malt in the aroma. Maybe a Brittish yeast strain? A little fruity ester. 4.25
T: Bitterness is medium-low but right on for this brown ale. The specialty malts pop for me and that fruity, estery note brings it all together. 4.5
M: Light to medium body, somewhere in there. There's a very slight but lingering tartness that helps dry it out. 4
O: This is a great brown ale. It's very true to style, nothing overdone or underdone and nothing is out of place. 4.25

Canned on the 323rd day of 2015 in tank #1

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Photo of dcscientist
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's definitely better than most browns I've had, but the bottom line is that I'm just not a brown enthusiast. It's livelier with the chocolate, toffee, and (stronger) vanilla notes, as opposed to many other browns which are just kind of there. With a bit more punch (and we all know Avery excels at that) I could almost see this being a porter, but at 5.5% ABV you can have a few if you want. Solid offering, but still just not my favorite style.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass. A very well put together brown ale by Avery. The chocolate maltiness taste this brown ale delivers is just delicious. So good it is almost like desert. One of my favorite brown ales being right next to Rogue Halzenut brown ale!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown beer with a lighter brown head, 2/3". Sweet roasted malt.

Packing more hops than your average brown, plenty bitter, nutty. Coffee malt flavors. A little caramel, toffee, coffee all over it. This is a chunky, jacked up brown, and it is better than average for sure. If its not 1st tier brown ale, its damn close.

Reminds me of that sweet Ellie girl at the Winnemucca courthouse. So fine :)

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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 q33jeff
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can to Goblet. Appearance is dark dark brown, frothy healthy white head. Legs. Aroma is brown sugar,barley,some hops, almond,hazelnut. Taste is sweet,grassy, Malty, nutty. Very tasty. Feel is creamy and smooth. This is a great drinkable beer.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown with only a trace of light making it through. Sweet malt and the smell of fresh baked white bread. There is also a bit of nuttiness in the nose from this one. The taste is slightly sweet and yeasty with a sort of roasted coffee near the finish. The body is medium with a good amount of carbonation that slightly stings the tongue. This is a really well done brown. Glad I drank this one.

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Photo of erk0607
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm really surprised by this... it's really good!

Look - dark but not quite opaque brown with light beige foam lacing

Smell - has a nutty aroma, and I guess malt too, but I think the nuttyness is more prevalent

Taste - excellent. Roasty and nutty, maybe even a bit creamy

Feel - smooth, light carbonation, on the thin side

Overall - would do again

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Photo of KWolf
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap, yeilds thin fine bubbled head. A swirl and a sniff gives almost malt or hop, but a sweet mild hazelnutty aroma. Fizzy carbonation gives a bite up front, then slides into darker roast malt notes of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and biscuity character. A little thin for me but okay for style. Overall a decent clean brew capable of a session. As capable as a Newcastle in my book.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
no bottle or enjoy by date
pours amber brown with a thin off white head that faded quickly
smell chocolate smoky nutty and a bit fruity
taste similar to the nose smoke up front and then chocolate and fruit with a dry finish
feel smooth drinkable med body
a very solid consistent go to brown

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A polite pour yields a chocolate brown body. A beautiful cranberry to root beer barrel candy color shows when held up to the Christmas tree lights. The head is cream colored, 2 fingers, mild lace.

Brown bread crusts, baked barley malts, nut, wet mop. Slight spiced licorice.

A high amount of chocolate, toasted bread crusts, with dark malts, tea bitterness, merlot, and a slight antiseptic breath at the end. I would say the front half carries the beer, the finish sort of leaves a lot to be desired...but I still want to drink more.

Medium body with a semi-dry parch throughout, a little water, and a polite dryness on the tongue.

Overall thoughts : A nice brown ale with a few off notes but nothing too poor. I like the chocolate and malt and even though the bread crusts could be tamed a bit, as well as the wet mop, it's a balanced effort.

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Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
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