Ellie's Brown Ale | Avery Brewing Company

Ellie's Brown AleEllie's Brown Ale
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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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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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

Enjoyed a can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very nice hazy brown with copper/ruby hues. Two finger tan head with decent retention. Excellent lacing. Some sediment floating in the glass.

Caramel malts, nuts, tobacco, hints of coffee, chocolate, citrus, and grass. Moderate strength.

Rounder than other browns. Starts all caramel malt, which gives way to nutty flavors, finishing with tobacco. Finishes clean and sweet.

Smooth, resinous, and syrupy, yet sessionable. Close to zero alcohol sensation. Nicely done.

A great brown - while I'm not a huge fan of the category, I would most certainly buy this again.

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

Poured into a pint glass. Pours clear dark brown with a thick, light tan head. There's just enough light passing through to make out some tiny bubbles rising from the bottom. The head dissipates slowly, leaving some lacing on the side of the glass. There are aromas of dark roasted barley malt, chocolate, and coffee. It also smells a little nutty. With the taste, I pick up the roasted malt very strongly with some accompanying sweetness. I also detect the chocolate, coffee, and nutty flavors I found in the aroma. The body is medium with plentiful carbonation. The beer is smooth and highly drinkable. This is an excellent beer. It is a brown ale I would recommend.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 64 oz brown growler into a Shaker pint. Purchased at Growler's Craft Beer and Ales (Hilton Head Island, SC) for $14.

A: Chestnut brown with 1-finger of light beige head which leaves several trails of lace.

S: Cocoa powder, milk chocolate, and sweet latte with dark maltiness without much if any fruitness and a light herbal hops note.

T: Very cocoa dominated with some sweet caramel toffee as well. This beer has one of the longest aftertastes, with some light sourness on the back end from the delicious dark malts. Minimal bitterness and not much hops flavor, but it doesn't really need it. This is a really good sweetish brown ale.

M: Medium-body with pretty active carbonation leaves a long aftertaste with dark malty residue on the palate.

O: Ellie's Brown Ale is a really good brown ale that I am glad I revisited. Inspiring me to try a homebrewed brown ale.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. can in to a Pint glass. Digitized code on bottom of can.
A-Pours a beautiful dark brown body; dense 1 finger tan head. Not much lacing left on the glass.
S-Chocolate, ground coffee, vanilla. Roasty malt smell.
T-Chocolate malts, coffee. Mild hop bitterness.
M-Fills the mouth with roasted malts. Bitter start, sweet finish.
O-Very good brown ale. Porter/stout like in flavor. Very sessionable.

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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

A rich and very dark brown beer with a big tan head that has excellent retention. Lacing is strong as well. Bold aroma of coffee and chocolate alongside a robust and nutty malt character. Has a look and aroma closer to an American-style stout than to a traditional brown ale.

The flavor follows suit; the main element distinguishing this beer from a stout on the lighter end of the spectrum is the lack of a substantial roasted or charred note. Again there is ample chocolate/cocoa, coffee, and nuts, some bready malt, a bit of brown sugar sweetness, and a faint earthy hop note detected mainly in the finish, which cleans up nicely and is semi-dry.

Medium bodied with medium to slightly high carbonation. Super drinkable and tasty. I was impressed! Sometimes you need a nice brown ale to remind you how good this basic and mostly unheralded style can be. A lot more subtle and artful than most of Avery’s over-the-top offerings in my book.

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Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 75.3% out of 100 with 2,151 ratings
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