Ellie's Brown Ale | Avery Brewing Company

very good
2,127 Ratings
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 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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of facundoCNB
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - very dark brownish red, poured out of a can with a nice fluffy head

S - you can definitely smell all sorts of sweet malt on this, some hints of chocolate

T - bitter sweet maltyness, tasting the chocolate that i smelled

M - very smooth and creamy ale, easy to go down and very easy on the palat as well, makin it hard to resist having more!

O - very nice for a brown ale, almost comparable to Fat Squirrel which is one of my favorites!

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-a deep dark brown with a thin layer of head that quickly disappears and leaves a ring of lace around the top

S-rich malts, sweet caramel, and a hint of hops

T-tastes of rich roasted malts, a bit of sweet caramel, and finishes with just a small amount of hops to balance it out

M-creamy smooth, medium body, low to medium carbonation

D-very drinkable, low ABV but with rich flavors makes this a very good drinkable beer

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4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ocelot2500
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany color with a rising tan head. Plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smells of a malt bomb. Big bready, biscuity with some caramel sweetness. A little molasses comes through.

Tastes of the malt character with a slight hop character. The hops are earthy and leave a small bitterness, with the malt character dominating. The malts are a full bready with some sweet burnt sugar type flavors.

The mouthfeel is full, smooth, and creamy.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery Ellie's Brown Ale. Purchased at Boo's in Columbus, Ga. Poured into a DFH shaped pint.
appearance: deep reddish brown. Cream colored head.
smell: Strong malty, with some faint floral hops.
taste: As the nose advertised.
medium creamy mouthfeel with some carbonation.
I haven't found a bad Avery. Nice session brew.

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3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Deep, dark brown with 1.5 fingers of manila-colored head. Good retention & strong lacing on the glass. Roasted malts, lactose, and a hint of chocolate in the nose. I really love that milky scent.

Malts hit you first, a touch of sweetness brings forth some subtle nuttiness and cocoa. Mild, hoppy finish shows that this is a well-balanced brew overall. Texture is smooth and creamy but not super heavy. Could go for another half glass but that's about it.

A solid beer from a great American brewery. Brown ales can be boring -- and I've shied away from them as of late -- so this is a great example of a well-made brew in this category.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled April 10, 2013. Bought back in late June and put away for winter consumption.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a: Clear dark ruby with a huge four inch head which fortunately dissipated quickly to even surface foam and dense lacing so I only had to do a second pour.

s: Dark roasted malt.

t: Dense smoke. Immediately screams "Porter!" Dry finish.

m: Medium. Watery hints but enough body to work as a good porter or decent stout.

o: Rating this was difficult because it was excellent, but...not my idea of either a malty English or hoppy American brown. This ought to be labelled Ellie's Porter or even Ellie's Stout. Have a bottle of their New World Stout which I am now anxious to compare to this.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshnesdate. Only litle foam comes up while pooring in and not that stable. Nice mahony colored beer and clear. Nose is fine; hoppy and lots of caramel/chocolate malts in the nose.
Taste is dry but full malty with good bitterness in the back. Probably from both hops and darkmalt. Quiet a good brew but could have had some more body. Also missed in mouthfeel but further more then ok with good carbonisation and no hanging taste. Good brew IMO that was a pleasure to drink.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A hearty brown, with tons of white head and nice lace retention all over the glass.

S - Sweet and malty, caramel, chocolate. Alot of goodness

T - A well balanced brown, not as sweet as I expected. Mild chocolate notes, with hints of vanilla and nuts like the bottle states.

M - Medium bodied.

O - Wow, a great brown ale! One of the best that I have had. I will be drinking this much more frequent in the future.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 2,127 ratings.
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