Ellie's Brown Ale | Avery Brewing Company

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3.89/5
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2,188 Ratings
Ellie's Brown AleEllie's Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Chocolate malt gives this beer a brown sugar maltiness with hints of vanilla and nuts, while subtle hopping gives it an overall drinkability that’s second to none.
IBUs: 17

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,762
Reviews:
726
Ratings:
2,188
pDev:
10.54%
 
 
Wants:
92
Gots:
372
Trade:
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: thin head on a deep clear amber body. decent lacing.

S: alot of toffee and chocolate. some caramel malts as well.

T: not only does this one capture the chocolate flavor well, the texture of chocolate can be noted. toffee, light earthy hops with a sour note. nutty notes intermixed.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: the complexity is nice for the style and its not too bland.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

as good a brown as ive had anywhere. pours a translucent dark copper color with a gorgeous head lacing the glass every sip. smells malty and robust, but not that english newcastle type of way. its a more textured laid back malt profile, with notes of vanilla and molasses in the finish. body is just a bit thin for me here, my only critique of an excellent beer. carbonation is perfect and the finish is great, slow and a little smokey even. resonant and memorable, this is a well made beer, perfect with a grilled duck breast and cabbage

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark brown with a puffy 1 inch light tan head that fades to a thin cap. Thin broken rings of foamy lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and roasted nuts. Taste is of roasted malt, roasted nuts, cocoa powder, and some vanilla flavors. A nice roasty flavor lingers on the tongue after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a bubbly but smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good brown ale with some very nice aromas and flavors. I usually don't like brown ales too much but this one is great.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a clear looking brown color with a light tan head on top. The lacing was minimal and the retention didn't really do too much either. The smell of the beer has a light roasted nut aroma with some sweet malts in there as well. The flavors of the beer was roasted, some light flavors of some coffee and nuts. The mouthfeel was a little watery and dry. Overall this brew wasn't terrible but I just wasn't too thrilled about it.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark mahogony brown with a tan head that fades pretty quickly;

nose is light sweet coffee and sweet medium roasted malts with carmel undertones. Some hints of plums. Pleasant albeit simple.

Mouthfeel is lightly creamy but rich feeling. Feels "well made" and inviting.

Flavors are pretty simple but very appealing light coffee, chocolate and roasted grains with a light/medium bitter end palate and finish. Simple but appealing and drinkable.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear dark brown in color with minimal head but a thin layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface. Only a very light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of nutty and toasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very malty and similar to the smell and also has a bit of sweetness. Nutty flavors really stand out in the taste along with some hints of brown sugar and caramel.
M: It feels medium-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: I will definitely considering having this beer again because its flavors are rather interesting and the low alcohol content makes it very sessionable.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Like most of the Avery stuff I have tried, now time for one of my more liked styles. Pours a nice dark brown, moderate head/lacing to it. Nice caramel/biscuity smell to it. Taste is nice and full with a nice mouthfeel, medium body to it and some nice nuttiness and caramel malts, also with a hint of chocolate possibly? Subtle hopping gives it a nice kick... nothing too crazy here but definitely an above average brown ale.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, from a liquor superstore in the western Denver suburbs a few weeks ago. "Lab tested", and there's a picture of a Labrador on the label - ha!

This beer pours a clear red brick amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, stringy, and weakly frothy dirty white head, which leaves some sparse sudsy snow rime lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds away.

It smells of musty, nutty caramel malt, toasty char, mild earthy yeast, and leafy, dusty, weedy hops. The taste is gritty, lightly roasted caramel malt, some pithy bar-top nuts, middling bittersweet chocolate, rather subtle percolating coffee, an indistinct vegetal astringency, and earthy, weedy hops.

The bubbles are generally quite understated, barely capable of their basic function, the body medium-light in weight, and adequately smooth, with a softly grating clamminess. It finishes a tad on the sweet side, the neutered caramel malt and buttery nuts more or less still running the show.

A plainly drinkable, and little more, brown ale, the expected Yankee hops and old-world biscuity character both conspicuously absent. There's enough going on to recommend this, however, but it comes off as a bit weak, when put up against this brewer's more heady offerings.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BEERchitect
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not terribly impressed with this beer. I was looking for a full, rich, and moderately textured beer. But Ellie's shows up a little weak, leaving behind a big grain flavor that I found distracting. Initially, the aromas and flavors are promising; beginning with a solid, but medium malt, nutty, and lightly chocolatey character. Charred grains quicly shows up with a lighly burnt, astringency that was unexpected. From there the beer looses its flavor intensity and reveals a grain flavor and texture. Close to becomming something special, but not there yet.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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 emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours the requisite brown shade, but almost ruby orange when it catches the light. Retention is good and some foam remains unbroken for the duration of the glass. Random bits of spotty lace dots the rim.

Aroma is simultaneous coffee, chocolate, and malty nuttiness. Fairly strong and pleasant, providing a nice introduction to the similar flavors. Full body, warm and nutty with mild roast evoking chocolate and mild coffee again. Just rich enough and flavorful. A nice session brown ale.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a burgandy/brown color with a foamy, tan, one-finger head. Left a little bit of lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt and nuts.

T - It had a sweet malty flavor with some hazelnut and caramel. An oaky taste, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - Another great brew from Avery. Nice sweet Brown Ale.

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Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 2,188 ratings