Ellie's Brown Ale | Avery Brewing Company

very good
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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: 712 | Ratings: 2,117
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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Photo of SmashAdams
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This seems like an example of a standard brown Ale. It is malty and nutty with some hints of semi sweet chocolate. Pretty easy drinking wih a manageable ABV. nb

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought in a can (brewed some point earlier this year, I really need to know how to read those canning dates) and poured into a pint glass. The beer is a transparent brown color with a thin head that disappeared quickly on me. The beer has a sweet smell of the mixture of malts and chocolate with a hint or a toasted aroma. The taste is a little nutty and chocolaty with enough malts and hops to give the beer an easy to drink balance.

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Photo of Suds
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a dark brown beer, with an initially creamy and medium-sized head. The head falls to wisps. The aroma is nutty, slightly roasty, and has a background of hops. Chocolate and malt, and semi-dry in taste. Medium hop bitterness, but still substantial. Full in body and enjoyable.

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

Deep brown chocolate color with light head. The smell of vanilla and roasted malts comes wafting across the bar. Taste is very light and dry . If you were expecting a porter-like experience by the color, you'd be dissapointed. For a brown ale, this one hits the (non) sweet spot...nicely done. Mouthfeel is tame and very drinkable with a fall / winter stew. We'd get his again and put a sixer in the fridge to just have around.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear mahogany, rocky tan head that looks sexy but produces a fear of a 'hoppy-take' beer ahead. Nose is still promising, toffee nuttiness and vanilla. The flavor explodes with caramel maltiness and nut/vanilla overtones. No hoppiness here, to my pleasure. Sweet like brown sugar, but I'm into that. The finish does carry a less-than-desirable malt husk/prune quality. Full bodied and hearty.
Aren't brown ales supposed to be boring? Not this one. I dunno how they got these flavors, but a they produced a rich brown with a great, warming balance of sweet caramel, nuts, and most deliciously vanilla. Just found my new fall weather beer.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, Julian dated 15193. It's been a few years since trying this one, so it was in need of a re-review
A - brown body with a thinner creamy beige head
S - earthy hops, chocolate, nutty grain, caramel
T - chocolatey malt, caramel, nut, toasted grain, earthy & spicy hops
M - medium body, moderate carbonation, dry finish with some spicy hops lingering
O - really nice brown ale. I don't know how often I'll come back to it, but it's good.

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

Pours a clear, deep brown producing 2 fingers of frothy, variously bubbled, somewhat lasting, tan head that leaves nice webby lacing. Aroma is malt forward as expected with little hop presence, dark bready malt (very pumpernickel like), caramel with bittersweet chocolate. Taste is deeply malty, heavy pumpernickel, but unlike the nose it is more chocolate & toffee than caramel, with brown sugar hints. Hop (& perhaps deep malts) bitterness is more developed than in most brown ales with similar aftertaste. Finish is malty, bittersweet, with a light pepperiness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little thick, moderate carbonation with some pepper. Very nice!

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Photo of Zraly
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. can format. Dark russet with a light mocha head. Nice nose of chocolate malt. Flavor follows through with an earthy finish. A bit nutty. Medium bodied and balanced. Very sessionable, enjoyable brown ale.

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

A really excellent brown ale! Looks fantastic - deep warm brown with an amber tint. Little bit of oatmeal cookie and rye bread come through with the taste profile. Smooth sipping with a head that disappears quickly. Has a feel of a very good English brown ale with an more assertive backbone. Fine fall drinking.

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Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
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