Ellie's Brown Ale | Avery Brewing Company

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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:
Chocolate malt gives this beer a brown sugar maltiness with hints of vanilla and nuts, while subtle hopping gives it an overall drinkability that’s second to none.
IBUs: 17

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002

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

A- Pours a deep brown body with reddish hues. Almost no head that quickly falls to a spotty cap. Almost no lace.

S- Caramel malts, biscuit, grain, some "wet dog," and maybe some sweet milk chocolate.

T- Mostly caramel, filled in with more biscuit and graininess.

MF- Light to moderate body with flavors that don't last too long on the palate.

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

Who cares what the beer tastes like… I love the label. I don’t like dogs (except for Sophie) but I love this label for some reason. It’s cool that this is named after an actual dog. It’s Avery’s dog, from Avery Brewing Company. Anyway, let’s get to the beer.

In the Glass: It’s rather thick in the glass, and doesn’t have much head to speak of. It does have a good Belgian lace though. (See what I did there?) It’s dark, almost black in the glass, and looks like a flat soda pop after the subtle head settles.

Nose: At first it smells like any other brown should. But then you are hit with the cold caramel aroma that is hard to pull away from. The “cold” part is hard for me to explain, but when you stick your nose in the glass (not actually IN the glass) you will see what I mean. It leaves the nose with a hint of pine needles/nutty aromas.

Flavor: There is a ton of flavor all around the palate when you first take a drink. It then settles around the outside of your tongue and slides down the throat with a weak but subtle aftertaste. It’s not very carbonated, and is a lot easier to drink than say, a Newcastle. It’s only 5.5% ABV, but these could sneak up on you in a hurry.

Mouthfeel: It feels almost flat on the tongue. We drank this right out of the fridge, and I feel that a beer like this would get better as it reaches room temperature. But the mouthfeel is weak and leaves little to be desired. It’s the flavors I am after.

Aftertaste: There isn’t much of an aftertaste, but what is there is solid. It has the same nutty nuance that you got on the nose, and the burp also reminds me of pine needles. Not sure where the whole pine needles thing comes from, but this is a good winter beer.

I dig it. I like the logo, and while I am not a huge fan of a brown I would totally order this one again. Especially when it’s cold outside!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into my trusty mug

A: dark brown, with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing down the glass.

S: Brown sugar, chocolate, nuts, and just a hint of caramel.

T: Follows the smell pretty closely, and has a pretty consistant flavor across the sip.

M: Lighter than I would have thought, light side of medium. Carbonation is spot on, not over the top. Dries pretty perfectly at the finish.

O: One of the more outstanding Brown's I've had. The only ones I can think of off the top of my head that I would take over this would be Smutty Old Brown Dog and Abita Turbodog. What is it with all these dogs?

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Appearance: Pours a clear brown color with ruby highlights. About 3/4" of tan head forms, which has pretty decent lacing and okay retention.

Smell: Smells nutty, with a bit of coffee and cocoa. Nice malty smell, without a lot of hop character. Appropriate for the style.

Taste: Very malty all around. Nutty, with lighter coffee and cocoa accents. Hop character is limited but still present.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light-medium in body, with abundant, fine carbonation. Smooth drinking. Overall, it's a good brown ale that borders very good, but doesn't go the extra mile to differentiate itself.

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Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 2,179 ratings