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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Ratings: 2,186 |  Reviews: 725
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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Photo of BierReise
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle No Date. Poured a clear brown with a thick and fluffy head that seems to have legs. Has a doughy malt aroma with notes of caramel, nuts, brown sugar and a subtle hop pesence. Medium bodied and smooth with light carbonation and a dry finish. Flavor is of chocolate malt, and a light hopping with notes of vanilla and brown sugar. Overall a good brew from a great brewery.

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

Nice dark brown with a hint of red with a modest but resilient head. The smell is very malty, sweet and roasted. Nothing spectacular, but everything you would expect and not be disappointed by. The taste is similarly malty, slightly smoky with a bit of chocolate flavor but not overly sweet, good brown ale stuff. The nice medium body and good level of carbonation compliment each other nicely and make this a very drinkable brown. Ellie's brown ale is a very solid brown ale and well worth getting if you are a fan of brown ales.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ellie's Brown poured a dark brown with deep red highlights. It had a light brown head that quickly went to a thin skim that left some nice lacing. Its aroma is of toasted malt and chocolate. It has a nice smoth and creamy mouthfeel. The taste is big on malts (which I like). It starts with nutty, toasted malts and a touch of caramel, and has a subdued bitter finish which balances the beer nicely. Overall, a wonderful brown that is very drinkable. This will definitely become a regular in rotation in my beer fridge.

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Photo of jahred
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this at the Goose Island "Beer Academy". Pours a dark brown color with only a little head. There's not much of a scent going on - maybe a little bit of malt?

The taste is malty, with a nicely balanced hoppy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is surpisingly thick, and the alcohol notes blend in quite well. Didn't taste much that made me think this was a brown ale, but otherwise it was easy to drink.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: A slightly astringent smell, but fairly neutral. No big hops or malt noted, a slight yeast smell.
Appearance: Clear dark ruby brown with a quick dying head of off white.
Flavor: A crisp chocolate malt taste that tapered off to a bitter end. Overall fairly sweet.
Mouthfeel: Light body but left a thick mouth coat.
Overall Impression: The roasted malt flavor was a bit too heavy and overall just a slight astringency to the beer. An ok brown, but no nuttiness was noted, and just nothing that really sparked my curiosity.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured medium brown. The head was off-white and fell back like a rock, but stayed to lace the glass.

The aroma was chocolate with slight roasted grains. Also present was a nutty aroma.

The flavor was well done with chocolate and slight nuttiness.

The finish was dry with chocolate and slight coffee. The body was medium.

12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of jsolack
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light brown and clear.

Excellent chocolaty/nutty smell.light coffee overtones.

Very nice chocolate and malt flavor. Sweetness is well balanced with bitterness.

Smooth and pleasent on the tounge

Excellent overall flavor and smooth taste make for great tast.

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Photo of stewart124
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich brown looking color with a tan head and reddish hues that make this a very pretty beer. The smell is a roasted nutty charachter with an earthy sense. Hops are there but not overally powerful. This is a tasty brown ale with a solid body and very smooth crisp taste. The flavors are of a nutty caramel and finish with a dry roasted note. I was impressed with this beer and would buy it again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

clear, pale brown color, good head, rocky, fizzy, with nice lacing.
Aroma, cola and nuts.
Taste: mildness supreme, very little actual action on the palate, almost no hoppiness, but a good malt quotient. Finish barely exists, body is very thin, ...and if I seem to stand on the verge of condemning the brew, at the same time, I can understand that it actually acheives it's aims. A light, unimpressive quaffer, a la Newcastle...nothing wrong with that, the stuff sells, folks like it, but it leaves me cold. I was harsh on the finish, though, for it does carry on for a time, with a caramelly nut flavor.
I've yet to have a brew from Avery I didn't like, this one I liked the least...eh, but that's me...and thanks aplenty to vitriola for sending it out!

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Photo of clvand0
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a light brown color with a medium head that doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is somewhat grainy and has some hints of caramel malts. The flavor was very standard but well balanced. Has the standard nutty character, but not too strong. Solid brown ale.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.04/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Light brown color. Very clear. Pours into a straight-sided pint glass with little foam. Roasted grains are evident upon the first sip and detectable in the aroma. Very grainy aroma. Not much body or mouthfeel. Finishes with a bitter combination of dark malts and hops, almost coffee-ish finish. A decent brown ale, but I don't know that I would need to drink it again.

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

Pours a dark brown with maroon highlights and copper highlights. Minimal head retention with minimal lace that sticks around. Aroma is light chocolate, slightly lactic and sour. Taste is sweet chocolate with a minimal bitter aftertaste. Not overly complex but very drinkable.

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Photo of granger10
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Medium dark in color with a large tan head that took a bit to settle. This was one nice easy going beer that wasn't too weak or too strong. Good balance of malts upfront and hops in the background. Solid mixture of nutty flavor with some slightly sweet chocolate. The body was a little weak but that was fine for this style and this beer in particular. Nothing great but it sure was nice. This would be a great session brew.

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

Pours brown with definte garnet hues. Seems redder than it should be. Creamy off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing along the side of the pint. Pleasant aromas consists of chocolate & caramel malts and roasted nut. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-bodied. Very satisfying flavors of toasted malt, caramel, bittersweet chocolate flow over the palate. Finishes has a lingering nutty dryness to it. It's only detraction seems that the finish seems to flatten out a bit. Something in the initial taste gets lost at the end. Maybe it's the sweetness that fades out or something. Other than that though, Ellie's Brown would make a great session beer.

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

Appearance: Now this is a great beer, I can say that after one look, sniff, and taste that this beer is one I would love to have at my reaches whenever I wanted. Pours deep amber brown hue with a nicely formed moccha tan head leaves full collar of lacing great mix of speckled lacing from the side I have been sipping from while the opposite side has a bar about an inch wide of coated bubbles clinging on my pint. Aroma: Chocolate malts are evident a nutty appeal is also present along with a soothing current of mild hopping, but I will say the soft chocolate tones is what sold me on this beer much like some mindless drones can be sold by the dropp eyed lab on the label I assume it's Ellie. Taste: Cap says small brewery - BIG BEERS yep that's about right not a huge west coast hoppy big but very flavorful and fulfilling. Tasty chocolate splashes the palate followed by a very nice dose of bittering hops that blend so well together the toasted malts bring out mild hints of coffee and nuts pretty damn good. Mouthfeel: Medium body solid brew can't complain nothing bad to say very smooth and drinkable brown ale. Drinkability: Wow, what a great brown possibly one of my favorites of all time up there nearly surpassing Brooklyn's Brown that's pretty good.

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Photo of freed
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've walked by this bottle too many times, but my wife convinced me to get it. She wanted to kiss the dog on the bottle's nose. Poured into the pint,it creates a dullish brown, yet quite clear serving. Burgundy corners, and light head compliment the otherwise flat appearance. The aroma isn't that telling. Almost a husky malt yet surprisingly warm smell, almost like a port.

Taste starts out dry with a slightly sweet malt caress on the tongue. Quickly followed by a rush of toasted malt, peat, and even mocha flavors that are a welcome addition to a brown ale. The smokey finish is very nice, and the flavor is certainly unique. Well worth the somewhat high cost, and the dog is adorable.

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

Quite a bit of personality for a mild brown ale. Nice walnut color. Aroma hints of coffee and brown sugar. The aroma suggests that the beer will be too sweet, but sweetness is actually quite well moderated. Faint coffee flavors, very smooth and drinkable. Quite nicely done for the style.

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Photo of DarthMalt
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brown ales really are beautiful! Chocolate for boys. Wallflowers for most.

Brown? Yes! Beautiful brown! Roasted malts titillate the senses before throwing down--voluptuously--on the tastebuds. Who needs chocolate? This recipe rules! Yeasts fade back admirably for a clean quonchnologous flow [ibid., Charlie P.] of dextrine-tannin-"hops?-what hops?" beauty.

This is the Dunkels equivalent of a masterful Helles--in terms of divine balance between alcohol/dextrine/hops.

Just one, hot, serious piece of...

-Cute dog, too!

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Photo of TXHops
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

-ABV: 5.5%
-Malts: Crystal and Chocolate as specialty malts
-Hops: Bullion, Cascade, Fuggles

Ellie’s Brown Ale is one of the more English Brown Ales out there, IMO, even with the use of Bullions and Cascades. The clear, deep ruby body is topped by a thin, almost splotchy head of beige, lacing head. The aroma of sweet, chocolate and crystal malts mingle with the coolness of American hops and the Fuggles. Between the chocolate malts and the Fuggles, the medium body is very earthy, after the initial sweetness. Then an almost piney coolness almost mitigates the maltiness. The two opposing flavors linger momentarily in equilibrium, but the earthy maltiness wins out and the beer sours ever so slightly in the finish due to the imbalance and the resulting, left-over sugar. A solid offering, but by Avery standards, this one’s a bit weak and uninteresting…

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Photo of beerguy101
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown color. Medium head. Aroma is malty and nutty. A medium bodied brown ale. Malts are very nutty and very sweet. Hops are slightly spicy. Nicely balanced. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Oh, my, my, my. Great label, but I sure wasn't expecting something this good. What a look! Pours dark, dark mahogany with a nice tan head that lasts very well and leaves huge bubbly lace deposits. The nose is malty, perhaps a bit caramelly, and fairly average in volume. The taste is unique. Now I'm going to be honest here so don't be cruel - my first impression was of raw Idaho potatos. This abated quickly and moved on to something more recognizable as beer, mainly roasted malt wholesomeness and nice balanced bitterness. Very nice. Bit of a flat, watery mouthfeel, but this seems nicely drinkable. Hello, Ellie Brown, you dog you!

Final note: as this beer warmed to near room temperature it definitely began to taste like a mild porter and the nose strengthened significantly. Very nice indeed.

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Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 2,186 ratings