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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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Ratings: 2,159 |  Reviews: 719
Photo of mcrawford
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pint glass offering, with a nice dark brown color. Initially a finger width head, but disappeared quickly, which is fine by me.

It felt rather thin on the tongue, but not too watery.

It had equal parts hops bitterness and sweet malt flavorings. Each one complimented the other, and balanced out fine.

I'd recommend it as a good beer to relax with.

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Photo of MikeWard
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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Photo of probert
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of granger10
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Medium dark in color with a large tan head that took a bit to settle. This was one nice easy going beer that wasn't too weak or too strong. Good balance of malts upfront and hops in the background. Solid mixture of nutty flavor with some slightly sweet chocolate. The body was a little weak but that was fine for this style and this beer in particular. Nothing great but it sure was nice. This would be a great session brew.

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Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of albern
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an extremely drinkable and enjoyable beer. It pours a dark brown with some ruby tints. It is modestly carbonated, with not much head, retention, or lacing. That's the low point. The smell is biscuity, malty, caramelly, a bit of chocolate in there too. The aroma isn't overpowering, just well balanced. The taste is very nice. This is a smooth, fairly creamy, medium bodied brown ale that is very well balanced. There is a nice caramel, chocolate maltiness, some nut flavors and a slight roastiness. This beer is just really mellow, isn't overpowering, isn't trying to get in your face, but rather insinutate itself in your good graces very subtley. The mouthfeel is creamy, mild, with a tiny presence of tartness in the finish. Overall, this one is well worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

Re-review in Sept 2008. More lacing, retention, and head this time around. I added a half point to the appearance. I would have expected a tad more from a beer as creamy as this. One other noteable comment is that there is a slight bit of chalkiness in the finish. But this is a very fine brown ale.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Toffee-brown brew with deep garnet highlights and a nice khaki two finger head that eventually settles to a thick collar.

S - Pleasant earthy mushroom and brown bread notes. Reminds me of a big dense biscuit or scone. Lots of brown sugar and toffee make this warm and inviting.

T - The taste very much follows the nose...brown sugar, maple syrup, earthy mushroom flavors, raw cane sugar, and dried plant matter....like dead leaves. Very mellow, but pretty complex too.

M - Medium bodied with very mild carbonation and a very soft feel on the palate. Some mineral notes are detectable, and the finish is neutral with a vague hint of gentle dryness.

D - I can see why this is named after the brewer's chocolate lab...I imagine that the doggie was gentle, easy going, and likable if not all that bright. This beer is a good reliable companion for a session, but it's no AKC champion.

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Photo of jrfehon33
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Cresant
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass. No date. One finger of off-white head faded, leaving some lacy rings. The body was a nice cola brown, clear and bright.

Smell was nutty and chocolate. Subtle aroma.

Taste was reflective of the smell. Light bitterness-- walnut-like. Mildly chocolate. Sweet maltiness.

Mouthfeel was medium with appropriate carbonation, a bit zingy on the tongue. Not my favorite style but i'll bet it is good with pizza.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RDW
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of jrob21
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StaveHooks
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of FUwolfpacker
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of scotorum
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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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 harsley
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of ksimons
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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Photo of stumac
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my flagship brown ale...

it pours up a reddish brown color with a small off white head. the nose is nutty, slight roasty malts, yeasty, bready. the taste has a big nutty flavor, slight smokey malt, downright delicious, medium bodied, low carbo, Ellie the dog...

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Photo of bismarksays
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 2,159 ratings
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