Ellie's Brown Ale | Avery Brewing Company

very good
712 Reviews
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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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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Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle, brought this back from a trip to the States and it's been chilling since.
Pours deep, dark brown with slightly reddish highlights. Tan head of thick foam, good retention, lots of sticky lace.
Sweet smells of caramel malt, biscuit and cracker, toasty, even a little cocoa.
Malt flavor, caramel, roasted nut, to start. Hop flavors round out the taste, with some bitterness to balance the sweet.
Smooth mouth feel, medium body, a very good brown ale. IPA's are the rage, but I really like this under appreciated style.

Note to Self: Ranked #43 of The top rated beers: American Brown Ale

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Photo of psmith161
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Exactly what I expect from a solid brown ale. Dark, but not black, good head, decent lacing, roasty smell, malty with no bitterness. Smooth drinking. Will have to try more beers from Avery Brewing.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a dark brown color with a nice looking filmy white to almost tan head that dissipated nice and adequate. Light lacing stuck nicely.
The smell had a semi-sweet nutty to bitter dark bready chocolate. Light roasty to semi-bitter malts combine with some sweet grassy hops.
The taste was moderately sweet through the nutty breadiness. Chocolate rolls in to smooth out and balance nicely. There's a light smooth chocolate aftertaste that felt nice.
The mouthfeel was about light to medium in body with a pretty good sessionability about it. Carbonation seems to run right for the style and nice to me, nothing off. It feels real nice.
Overall, as an American Brown ale, what's not to love and want about this time of year. Good job, Avery!

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Photo of Buck89
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown, nearly opaque with a nice tan head that stuck around. Nutty aroma with some chocolate and dark bread. Tastes light and roasty with the nuttiness, some bready malt and a bit of chocolate. Clean finish. Not my favorite style but a great representation.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clean brown with a solid head. The aromas reminded me of peanut butter, toast, roasted almonds, and brown sugar. The flavor leads with a hint of chocolate, pumpernickel rye, some baking spices, and and almost milky flavor. The mouthfeel is thin, but I think this keeps it from being to cloying. Overall this is a tremendous brown ale, full of flavor but very drinkable. Avery rarely disappoints.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown, damn near black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is nutty, light chocolate. Taste is roasted malts, some chocolate, not really getting much of the nuttiness detected in the smell. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Beermanic
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Out of a can

A: Great just able to see through brown color. Tan head.

S:Malty charchter, chocolate, roast, baking bread aroma.

T; Malty sweet, nutty, light toffee, touch of chocolate, warm fresh pancakes. I can't explain it any other way pancakes you know what they taste like this has it. Not biscuit, not toast, not wheat. Pancakes nails it. A little hop note is noticeable but I cant tell you what hops.

O: Damn good, I enjoyed this beer but I don't really find it hoppy enough to be and American brown ale. I feel like it is more of a Northern English Brown, a damn good one at that

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Photo of South2NW
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, with a little bit of red tint to it. Nose is straightforward, but appealing. Smells of roasted nuts, caramel, and a hint of cocoa powder. Taste follows the nose, with the roasted nuts being the predominant flavor. Very creamy, and easy drinking.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper brown with thin ring of tan head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma of nutty earth and hints of dark chocolate. Taste follows, clean and easy, lingering soy quality.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 4-16-15. Stamped on bottom of can: 15038B7 - February 7, 2015? Threshold glass.

Appearance: Dark brown; looks opaque, but a ruby red when shined up to the light. 1/4 inch off-white head, quickly fades. Some visible carbonation. Not much lacing.

Aroma: Malty, fruity, yum. Caramel, raisins, prunes, cocoa. Slight hint of alcohol (surprising for 5.5% ABV. Vanilla is definitely there.

Taste: Cocoa, roast & tang on arrival. Slightly tart, maltiness on mid-palate. Sour-sweet finish. with mild bittering.

Mouthfeel: Noticeable carbonation "bite." Mid-to light weight.

Overall: An off-dry (not too sweet) not too roasty, very easy drinking brown ale. I still like Mt. Carmel and Old Brown Dog better, but this is a close third. Would definitely buy again. Quite balanced.

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Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 2,119 ratings.
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