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Ellie's Brown Ale | Avery Brewing Company

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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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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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Photo of BreakfastStout
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid brown ale. My favorite beer in this category is New Holland's Cabin Fever so most other browns can seem pedestrian by comparison. This one was a pleasant surprise however. Not quite as rich chocolate as Cabin Fever, but better than most! I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of EagleTalon
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a rich tan head and ample lacing down the glass. Deep brown color. Aroma is toasted malt, roasted nuts and chocolate. Flavor matches the aroma and has a bittersweet chocolate nutty finish. Mouthfeel is medium and leaves a feeling of having eaten chocolate on the tongue. Overall a very pleasurable quaff of this "lab tested" brown ale. A malt lover's dream.

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Photo of GrinkoN
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

-Dark but not overbearing
-Little head
-Some carbonation

-Heavy malt

-Not to powerful
-Nice finish

Mouth Feel:
-Hopy on the back end

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can with Julian date "15020," I think. That's my best guess out of all the numbers on the bottom of the can.

Dark, reddish brown color and clear. Small head that fizzles out quickly. Nutty, chocolate aroma. A hint of smoke in there as well. Rich malty flavor. Bitter and dry. Medium bodied.

A tasty brown ale that gets the job done but won't blow you away. I feel like most brown ales are best paired with food and this is no exception. Serve it up with some aged gouda for a match made in heaven.

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Photo of kim_thayil
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

delicious. i saw all the cool kids were drinking cans now so i grabbed a 6 pack of this in tin and tried it when i got home.

i have had only one truly great (imo) brown ale up to this point and that was the dogfish head.

this beer is right up there with the dogfish head and i feel like i'd have to have one right after the other to even decide which one is my favorite.

sweet but not too sweet, drinkable and not filling, no nasty aftertaste.

will definitely buy again.

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Photo of Davd6310
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up recently because it was on sale. I threw some in the freezer to chill quickly. When I first tasted I thought it was a little "hoppy". I let it sit for 10-15 mins and came back for my next sip. Wow! this is simply fantastic. Not sure if fresh out of the freezer sabotaged the taste, but after it "warmed" up a little it was one of the best brown ales I've ever had...I will definitely buy again.

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Photo of dd43
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on draft at Matchbox Chinatown in DC. Had a similar look and feel to other "cola-style" brown ales I've seen popping up. Nice roasted coffee almost chocolatey note from the malts, easy to drink and refreshing. People who like iced coffee could get into this beer. Bitterness is on the low end, but not completely absent which lesser brown ales seem to miss. I love this beer style and was happy to get Avery's take on it.

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Photo of Jaysauras
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: Poured a lovely, rich amber color with a very thick cream colored head. Good lace left on the glass throughout the drink, likewise with the head. Plenty of dancing carbonation bubbles from top to bottom. Excellent look to it.

S: Oaky smell, earthy scent. A touch of roasted malts and spice as well. Simple and pleasant. Nothing outstanding though.

T: What an excellent taste. Spice, caramel, and some bitter hops right up front, settles into a nice blend of nut, and toffee in the middle. Subtle smooth bit of oak finishes her off with a slight hint of chocolate sweetness. Aftertaste of roasted malts linger. Really interesting and complex group of flavors but balanced very well.

F: Dry but also chewy on the back end. Doesn't finish overly dry but does start out that way. Got a decent bitterness and carbonation bite to it.

O: A very good Brown Ale. All the flavors are there from the earthy roasted malts to the nuttiness. However there are some well masked subtleties to it like the bit of chocolate and black coffee on the back end. Exceptional beer to look at with some good flavor.

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Photo of Trombone69
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Some people would love this. I am not a coffee drinker. I'm getting a nasty, bitter, black coffee bite that I don't care for. There are a lot of interesting different flavors here, but it's not my cup of coffee.

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Photo of loubar
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Nose of caramel and yeast. Taste of mild chocolate, caramel and brown sugar with a little nutty finish. The hops provide a low-key bitterness to nicely offset the sugary sweetness. Smooth with good carbonation and balance. Not earth shattering but tasty and drinkable. An exemplary brown ale.

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Photo of lwillitz
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12-oz bottle into porter/stout glass

A - 2 fingers medium tan head over a deep brown (nearly black) body

S - chocolate, nuts, caramel, slightly fruity, slightly lactic, grainy; very nice

T - chocolate, grain, nutty, roasted, herbal and earthy notes, brown sugar sweetness, roasted bitterness stands out in the finish; quite complex

M - very smooth, oily medium body; medium carbonation

O - Ellie's is an excellent brown ale.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No bottle date

Look - Pours deep brown, beautiful garnet when held up to light. Cappuccino head, dissipates rather quickly. A "film" of bubbles remains, and is quite persistent. No lacing. 3.75 paws.

Smell - Bits of chocolate and wood. The smell makes me visualize an inviting pub, with old rugs saturated from the years of beers being carelessly sloshed upon. A pool table in the corner, and an air of acceptance sewn with tobacco. I do not care who has made this beer, I only want to drink it, and to drink it in good company. 4.5 paws.

Taste - Dark fruit, baker's chocolate, and coffee preside. Only the slightest bitterness lingers, with a touch of alcoholic burn on the tip of the tongue. The finish feels as though there are flakes of unsweetened chocolate clinging to my mouth, only to be sept away by swig of milk. 4 paws.

Feel - Velvety, and almost fractional resting on the tongue. The mouthfeel may be the best part of this beer, resting like a blanket, unassuming until you finally take notice. I had never discovered nuances contemplating the mouthfeel of a beer, until I contemplated this one. 4.25 paws.

I am a firm believer that one should always judge a beer by its style. Brown ales are most certainly not my first grab when I am perusing the beer aisle. They are not exciting like a fresh IPA, wild ale, or barrel aged offering. But they most definitely are an important part of Beerdom (this should go without saying). This is an excellent offering of what most would consider a boring style. I am not likely to revisit this beer in the near future as so much of my beer budget is tied up in the "exciting" offerings, but it is an exceptional beer nonetheless. 4.25 paws.

Meow beer.

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Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 2,080 ratings.
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