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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Photo of guinnessman
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with small thin head with little to no retention. Has an elegant ruby red color. Smells of mocha, cocoa and sweet malts. A bit more bitter than I expected, but a nice smooth creamy lathering mouthfeel nonetheless. This is a very easy drinking brew that I enjoyed very much.

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

Did the dog paddle with this one on 11/21/2004. 12-oz. bottle poured in a shaker glass.

Plentiful plume of fluffernutter head that subsides to a thin film with white archipelagos. Crystal mahogany hue with some gently ascending carb. Butterscotch goodness with some slight burnt oak crunch on nose. Ahh, nice and complex malt character with some very light hop additions; a complete and not-too-sweet brown.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light tan, two-finger head, fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Nice clear, deep amber color. Nose is malty. Starts mellow and sweet, finishes with a touch of hops and there is a very slight bitter aftertaste, nice brown. $1.65 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of masterbruewer
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark amber-brown with half-inch tan head. Great lacing, light carbonation.

The smell is nutty and malty with a hints of butterscotch and chocolate.

The taste is chocolately and nutty. Good malt presence with a bit of hop bite at the end. Very nice.

The mouthfeel is thick and a little syrupy, but not bad.

This is a tasty ale. In my favorite style, this is one I'd have again.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Chris (clvand0) for sharing this. The dog pictured on the bottle looks just like mine! Anyway, 12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a very deep semi-hazy brown color with one finger of head. Not much lacing. The smell is very malty, with sweet caramel and a nice bit of nuttiness. The taste has lots of caramel flavor as well, and a hint of toffee. Nutty and hoppy flavors on the finish. The body is nice and thick, yet smooth. The drinkability is nice as well. A solid brown ale.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to clvand0 for this beer. It pours a nice rubied brown color with a finger of head that falls to ring hte beer. The nose is nice and roasty. That's about it. The flavor is not bad. Very nice roasted tones that moves towards nutty on the finish. The feel is just at moderate. Avery is really keeping me happy here. This is a nice solid brown ale.

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Photo of sweethome
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark brown with lingering swirl of bubbles on top. Nutty nose. You can smell the big malts to follow. Smooth entry followed by a medium mouthfeel. Builds to taste explosion rather late - big nutty, hard candy flavors, nice roast malt, and dash of Avery's signature hops.

Considering the somewhat watery beginning to this beer - it delivers a real complexity of flavor. Traditional Nut Brown flavors, roast, and NW hops.

The finish is long and starts with the generous roast malts but lingers with a bittering from the generous hops.

Brown is pretty low on my style list - this one scores very high for the style in my rating scheme.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12ozer bottle bought as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head above the reddish brown brew. Head lfades, but holds with a layer of foam, with lacing minimal to average. Aroma is deeply of grains, almost what I hope for in a brown. Taste is upfront a bag of grains, and comes with a slight hoppiness at the end. A bit one-sided, but I like the grains in my browns, so we'll stick with it. Mouthfeel and drinkabilty are good. Not a bad brown.

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

Pours rich transparent dark ruby brown. Leaves little head, but there is a small island in the middle. The token foam-ring is attached to the glass. It laces just slightly.

Smell seems to have chocolate and molassis - quite attractive.

Taste comes through with the chocolate, molassis, some malt, and a sweetness, perhaps honey-like.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, and gently fizzles down the throat.

Finish is quite clean, some hop must have swept up to keep the pallete dry and untainted.

This has a nice rich body, too.

I didn't expect this to be such a good beer, but it has pleasently surprised me. If you see this, and like darker beers, please give this a try!

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Photo of bditty187
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, ruby-brown in hue with a slight tawny influence, it is a lovely color, very shiny. It is too bad there isn’t any noticeable animation to liven up the liquid or replenish the head. The foam reached about a half finger in height, the beige bubbles collapsed quickly to a soapy cap. Subsequent lacing was spotty and unorganized; it looks respectable in my glass. The nose is malty with pleasant chocolate undertones, sweet buttery notes. Potency is modest, there is good malty depth, I wish there was some hops in the nose. I couldn’t find any. The nose is too fatty for me; I like my Brown Ales to be sharper. The nose is decent; it is inviting, just not noteworthy. It makes me want to take a sip; I’m just not rushed. I love Brown Ales and this one is good. The palate is malty with depth that fits the style; chocolate malts, very weak hints of coffee beans, flashes of toasted bread. The sweetness plays much nicer than the nose indicated. Flashes of heat are oddly enjoyable if not misplaced; it acts nicely towards some nuttiness. Noticeable spicy hops find a home near the end, only to be interrupted by a dry, chalky cocoa powder-like taste. Modest bitterness. The finish could be stronger, more organized. I don’t want to say this beer falls apart because it doesn’t; it just fades a bit. Dry, astringent aftertaste. Overall the palate is good, it is tasty enough for me to consider drinking this again. I’ve had better, so what… it is good at the moment. Around medium in body, the carbonation is moderately low but workable and the mouthfeel is slick. I’d drink this again with cheese and crackers. This is a decent Brown Ale, drinkable but not groundbreaking. Still no complaints from this simplistic offering from Avery, my lone bottle was purchased in Brookfield, WI. Try one.

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

Pours a deep brown color that shows ruby highlights when held up to the light. The head is thick and creamy and a tan color. The aroma is quite enticing with notes of toast, chocolate, roasted barley husks, and an appealing roasted nuttiness. The taste is quite nutty as well, with a solid malty finish that has notes of toasted biscuits. There is a bit of acidity here from the dark malts and there is a bit of astringency as well. As my palate grows accustomed to the malt I begin to pick up hop flavor notes, perhaps a hint of citrus character, and a definite tangy hop bit in the middle of this beer, that I did not pick out at first, it is quite nice actually.

Overall though this is a very tasty brew. It is quite smooth and creamy with just a bit of astringency in the finish. If the astringency was taken care of this would be a tasty beer, as it is though it is very good, and one which I will be happy to have any time.

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Photo of far333
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dirty copper color with a thin off-white head that sinks quickly to fine cap with lace rising up the edges of the glass. Light shows through as amber highlights. Smell is more roasted malt than expected, some raisin and fig, and some cocoa. Seems more like a dark ale just from the aroma. Flavor is also less sweet than expected for a brown ale, more caramel and toasted malt. Also some fig, a bit of molasses, and a hint of bitter chocolate. Hope profile is low, very understated. Very full and smooth mouthfeel, which I'm noticing consistenly from the Avery beers. Not sure if I would consider this typical of the English brown ale style, but it's very tasty. Thanks to Brent.

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Photo of TheJudge
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep red pour from the tap, with a full inch tan head that laced decently, if not great. The smell is nothing to note. It smells like beer. Slightly malty, no hop aroma. The malts dominate the taste. Chocolate comes to the front, and stays the entire way through. Smooth, but with the acidness that you expect from a brown ale. The chocolate coats the tongue, and you relly taste this at the back of you mouth, taking away from the beer.

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

I was all set to type 'Chocolate Labrador brown'... but it isn't. Equal parts mahogany and deep crimson topped by a chunky head the color of cinnamon-spiced oatmeal. With a head like this, lace is inevitable. Rings, small sheets and assorted scraps; all patterns are represented. The nose is of dark malts gently roasted, citric-earthy hops (more noticeable than expected) and chocolate (less noticeable than expected).

With regards to richness of flavor and fullness of body, Ellie's Brown belongs somewhere in the middle reaches of the brown ale scale. That's not to say, however, that I didn't find enjoyment in the bottle. The flavor is a well-balanced amalgam of roasted grain, lightly bittersweet chocolate, hops and oven-toasted pecans.

Hop flavor (Bullion, Cascade, Fuggles) outlasts all the others and dominates the finish. The beer improves with warming, largely due to a more complete melding and intensification of the various facets of the flavor profile. Medium body for the style with a lightly silkyslick finish.

Ellie's Brown Ale doesn't win 'Best of Show', but it is a faithful companion that deserves respect and admiration. Good dog!

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Photo of hungryghost
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark, browninsh red in color.
Medium sized lasting head.
Minimal amounts of lace hang on to the side of the glass.
Slight malt aroma, a little yeast, tiny hint of coffee.
Roasteed malt stands out in the taste, nutty. Smooth mouthfeel, a little to thin to be creamy. Finishes with a slight bitterness, almost like burnt coffee.
I have had this a couple of times, last taste seemed much better...I think I would still try it again.

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Photo of WesWes
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet crystal malt scent with a toastey/roasted finish. The taste is good. It has a sweet and creamy dark malt flavor that boasts of crystal malts and a dry roasted finish. It goes down smooth and finishes creamy, yet dry. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking brown ale. It has good flavor and awesome mouthfeel; a fine sessions ale.

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Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, pours a healthy dark mahogony brown, slightly off white head settling into a tiny bubble film and leaving respectable lacing. Malty nose, medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Notes of sweet, smooth malt, nutty. caramel, honey. A slight bitterness picked up late. Classy brown ale, Avery knows what they are doing and it shows with this fine take on the style. Subtle, refined and suprisingly complex. As with all the Avery products, worth seeking out and enjoying

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Photo of beergeek279
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color is a semi-dark brown/amber, with a small layer of bubbly white head. The smell is an almost chocolate dark malt. The taste is a chocolate sweetness with a strong hop/nutty backing in the beer. Mouthfeel is smooth. As for drinkability, this would be one that would be nice to have a few of.

Again, I admit that I wasn't looking too forward to this one as another brown ale, but this is surprisingly good. A lot more flavor than the average brown ale, and this is one I'd have again.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whitish-beigeish headish. Dark, dark brown beer is garnet against the light. I get sweet, burnt chocolate in the nose and a milk chocolate inhale. Tangy toffee and chocolate up front. It then sours a little and thick, buttery chocolate emerges. A hoppy bitter finish sports roasted nuts. It's tangy. A good, intense, chocolatey, hoppy brown.

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Photo of silenius
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sometime I get surprised when I buy a random bottle from a place that sells random bottles. This beer was a pleasant surprise.

The beer pours a chestnut brown with red highlights. Almost like a clear dunkel-weiss. The head is pretty lame with no lacing and minimal froth which quickly retreats to a collar hugging the glass.

This beer has very faint nutty and cocoa aromas and I believe I picked up a red fruit wine-like note. Nothing special yet.

Taste was damn good though. Great balance of sweet cocoa and acid. Very refreshing and enjoyable. There is a slightly dry nutty finish as well.

Mouthfeel was a bit slick and felt substantial. A slight carbonation bite gave it some balance.

I could kick back one after another of these. After my first impression, I thought, "I'll have to buy a 6-er of this the next time." Good girl, Ellie. Good girl!

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Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with some reddish tint thru out not much head though,aroma is of cocoa powder and roasted nuts,pretty appetizing.Nice flavors melding together here,some unsweetend chocolate some raw nut/earthy flavor really dominates the finish and aftertaste.Sweet but not cloying an easy drinker,a well made brown ale here.

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Photo of niknar
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a solid brown color... shows some reddish highlights when held up to light. A delightful (although slightly too thin) head graced the glass, then slowly disappared leaving lots of lacing. Smells faintly of sweet malts. The taste is quite good. Sweet malty flavor balanced by some bittering hops that come in more towards the end. Finishes dry with some lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is just a little thinner than I would like for such a dark beer, but definitely not unpleasant. This is a highly drinkable beer that I would gladly have again and again. Not something that is going to hit my "A" list, but definitely a worthy beer for taste tests and when the mood strikes!

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear brown dark tea colored pour released from a 12 oz. browner, under a one fingered tan cratered-surface-of-the-moon head that laces well down the glass.

Scents of Hershey's Chocolate syrup pervade the nose.

Taste is all about tons 'o roasted malts. Creamy, almost stout-like. A brown with some vigor here. Roasted malts overtake the reigns here. Maybe some, ummm, cookie dough jumps into the melee here. A bit of a tacky finish hangs around.

Maybe the Hershey's Syrup essence is now on my brain, because the body is syrup like too. This is quite a creamer drinker.

Last swigs: This may be a bit over the top for a session drinker, but BA kudos for AVERY. Like their motto states: Small brewery, Big Beers. Agreed. Special thanks to fellow BA SkinnyElvis for the bottle.

*** UPDATE ***

Stickin' with me prior review, but just wanna add that there is a bit of a cocoa taste. I upped my Drinkability to a 3 from a 2.5.

Beer is good. Happy big brown beering.

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Photo of stirgy
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very clear brownish amber color and has a just a tint of orange. A small, but creamy tan head of foam topped this beer off. The aroma has a sweet and buttery nuttiness about it with hints of chocolate and licorice. Very alluring and soft. The taste is mildly roasty and full of all sorts of rich and nutty flavors. Good malt body at its core with semi-sweet chocolates and roasted chestnuts floating around. An easy drinking and fine brown ale that ends with a perfect finish. Very nice.

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Photo of sublimesipping
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this beer was but a B- experience for me. Now it seemed to be a fair representation of its style, which is not a style that I am overly fond of, but I found the beer lacking in both mouthfeel and taste. the beer seemed thin with not much foam or glass lacing. taste of burned malt very strong and I felt also a bit overhwhelming and not subtle enough for my taste. Would be a fine session beer, but again this style is generally not to my preference. thought that color and clarity were both quite good.

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Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 2,182 ratings