Ellie's Brown Ale | Avery Brewing Company

very good
2,137 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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery:

I've enjoyed this beer in a bottle and a can, as far as I can remember, and know it's good; the beer is a moderate brown, good hue but not too dark; quarter inch head; a lot of lacing, particularly from a brown; light ale on the nose; delicious light chocolate flavor; small hints of brown sugar; really good sessionable brown ales; in fact, one of the best I can remember

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3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die" -- #7 of the ones I've reviewed.

Pours a mahogany brown, much as you'd expect, although a bit more red maybe than you'd expect. A nose to me that smells exactly like burnt toast, of all things, with maybe a bit of dark fruit at the bottom. (As the beer warms up the dark fruits come more to the fore.) The body has a rather "chewy" quality which I rather liked.

Flavors. This tastes, if you can imagine, like a "dry" cola -- if you took a Coke and removed all the sugar, leaving just the cola taste, you'd have this, sort of. It's Johnny One Note but a very interesting kind of one-note, I'm not sure I ever quite found that sort of flavor in beer before. The finish is thin, but not bad, a rather bracing sharpness.

I rather liked this one -- a lot of brown ales look good to me but disappoint once you actually taste them, but this one delivers on the flavor.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small head of off white foam on top of a dark brown body with some clear, amber highlights showing though. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Some acidic roast malt and toffee.

T - Dark caramel and cola notes up front with some dry, dark bread. More toffee in the middle and a finish of light roast, cola, and dry molasses.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A pretty run of the mill brown ale, perhaps a touch darker than most. Malt focused with little in the way of hop character but a balanced finish.

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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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark brown in color with some dark amber highlights and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall light beige head that slowly reduces to a couple of small patches of larger bubbles, a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted malts with lighter notes of nuts and just a touch of sweetness.

T: Moderate to strong malty flavors including notes of toasted and caramel malts and just a touch of sweetness. There are lighter notes of nuts and brown sugar.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy.

O: Very easy to drink and enjoyable - happy to have this one to celebrate a milestone. Sessionable. Well balanced.

This is beer review number 1000 for me, thus completing the smithj4 (Jazbo) challenge - 1000 unique beers in one year. Enjoyed this beer with metter98, my wife (Ellie), and my brown dog (Tsuki). Thanks to my wife, Ellie, for supporting me in this challenge which I completed in 9 months and 4 days just before the birth of my frist child (daughter). Also, important that I got to have it in a can since that is my favorite serving type.

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a clean dark brown color with just a thin cap of light tan head that had no retention or lacing.

The aroma was mostly very sweet malts, almost too sweet, with just a trace of hop sharpness for a bit of contrast. The flavors were pretty much as expected, sweet malts, a hint of roast at the back and very light hops. Fairly typical.

The body was the typical smooth, even and full you look for. Drinkability was very good, the beer goes down easily, and having multiples would be easy. Overall, a nice take on the style. Nothing about this beer is really notable, but there are also no real flaws. If you are in the mood for a nice Brown Ale, you could certainly do a lot worse than having one of these. Plus, I love Labs, so any beer with one on the label will be showing up in my fridge on a regular basis,

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Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 2,137 ratings.
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