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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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Reviews: 705 | Ratings: 2,081
Photo of Chessmaster
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a rich, dark brown with ruby highlights. The head is thin and disappears into some whisps and a ring of foam around the glass which lingers indefinitely

S: Caramel, toffee, rich malty goodness. No discernible hop aroma

T: Similar to the smell - delicious malt, caramel and toffee. Here, the malt is nicely balanced
by a finishing hop freshness. Delicious

M: Medium bodied, highly drinkable. Despite the lack of head retention, nicely carbonated

O: Overall a delicious and thoroughly enjoyable brew. If there were a bit better head retention, it would have scored even higher. Nevertheless, Ellie would be proud, indeed.

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Photo of Mc808
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

Very good balanced beer, one downside is the head retention, the tan head disappears quickly. The ale makes up for it with a taste that lingers long after the mouth feel disappears, bringing once forward nut flavors to the back of the tongue. Semi spicy hops with nice dark floral tones that really compliment the medium malt tastes. Could have a fuller body for a brown ale, but seems like the mouth feel of many american brown ales. Traditional english browns are deeper on the malt but this one still carries through a lot of the flavors you come to expect from an old school brown but with stronger emphasis on the raisen tones throughout, both in the aroma and taste.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%

Avery has generally been a disappointment for me so this was nice surprise. Nice malty flavor that had me licking my lips between drinks, this is a good thing for me. Sweet on the finish that almost seemed like candy. Low on the bitter which is also good for me. Lacks a lot of complexity or character. Overall I felt is was outstanding beer that was smooth, easy to drink, and hopefully one I will have again. Not the best brown but very nice.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Bright, Malty caramel and toffee. A bit of dark bread crust moderate to low hop bitterness with low spicy hop flavor. A slightly sweet, creamy finish.

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Photo of ordybill
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. The beer was a dark red color with a medium sized white head. The smell was a strong malt aroma. Had a mild hop bitterness with a thick palate

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Photo of Urk1127
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into glass mug. Finger of head disappeared somewhat quickly. A little lacing. Dark almost black. Roasty, some chocolate, malty. To me the best overal brown ale I've had this far.

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Photo of drpimento
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Outstanding brown, one the best I've ever had! Poured with a tan head, some lace and a very dark almost opaque Black brown color. Aroma is malti nutty slight hint of hops. Flavor is like aroma little on the Sweetside very drinkable. Perfect body. Super tasty.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours cola brown with a light tan half finger head that displays very little retention, leading to a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Virtually no lacing.

Smell - Assertive aroma that's sweet and malty with notes of chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla and a nutty character. Hints of coffee roast.

Taste - Doesn't quite deliver on the promise of the nose, but the flavor is still quite nice. Chocolate with lesser notes of caramel and brown sugar. Faint vanilla notes that pop up mid-taste and in the finish. Slightly nutty finish, along with some earthy hop.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, slightly silky texture. Goes down nice and easy.

Overall - A pretty damn solid brown. Probably doesn't crack my top 10 ABA's, but I could stand to drink a few more. If only the flavor matched the strength of it's aroma... oh well.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Nose: biscuit, fruity esters, nuts, rich dark malts.
Brilliant chestnut with a 1" tan tinted off-white head. Lacy.
Palate: Rich malt and grain spice, chocolate, and some mild roast, drying on the finish.
Medium body, medium carbonation, a smidgen too sweet up front, a little more roast than necessary.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%

From 09/07/14 notes. 16 oz. pour in a snifter at The Jeffrey in NYC. Have definitely had this before but apparently never reviewed it.

Pours a dark brown color with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Roasted malts, milk chocolate, vanilla, cream, marshmellows. Taste is sweeter, has some chocolate cake taste to it. Medium body and low carbonation, smooth and creamy and very easy to drink.

Overall very simple but very good and super drinkable. Not a whole lot going on but if you like sweet chocolate and cream/vanilla, a very good and drinkable brown ale. Worth checking out for sure.

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Photo of BeerBeast
4/5  rDev +2.8%

A highly quaff-able, roast-y brown ale.

Deep dark brown hue, burned wood nose, and easy-to-drink 5.5 ABV = one of my favorite brown ales, along with Maduro, Durty Mud, Tumbler.

Yay dogs, yay beer!

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Photo of harley_pelleg
4.71/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is probably the best American brown I have tasted to date.
My only gripe is aftertaste. But very smooth nutty coco taste with a dry hit.
Not unlike English brown ale but somehow more subtle while still having more flavor. An awesome beer. Will be buying again. And thank you again Avery

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Photo of beergoot
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The body appears tobacco juice brown and features a thin yet sticky light tan head. Nuts and roasted malt grain aroma. The taste sports a malty sweetness offset with a somewhat bitter and slightly acrid flavor at the finish. Medium bodied; smooth and semi-dry finish.

This brown ale appears to have roots in within a traditional, malt-forward type of ale. The malt sugars are the key: rich, slightly charred in flavor and aftertaste, and with the hops providing a low-key bitterness to nicely complement the sugary sweetness. Robust and delicious.

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Photo of Omnium
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can > Mason Pint

A - Dark brown/deep black cherry color with two fingers of fizzy khaki head, lighter on the lacing.
S - Aroma is a kinda turned down, there's some kind of acidic something in here, then you get some earthy and citrus hops, roasted malt, nuttiness.
T - Big nutty roasted malt flavor profile, floral and grassy notes, lemon zest.
M - Medium feel, kinda fizzy.
O - Good brown ale, I would only change the hops in this, they have a more of a part in this beer than is really needed, and kinda outshine some of the more "savory" if you will, aspects of a brown ale. Still a solid one though.

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Photo of slusk
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark garnet with a short lived tan head. clear.

S: Malty with some raisin, spicy hop filters in. some wheat like character or slightly fruity like a Belgian. The hop doesn't have a noble hop aroma, something domestic.

T: Bright, Malty caramel and toffee. A bit of dark bread crust moderate to low hop bitterness with low spicy hop flavor. A slightly sweet, creamy finish.

M: Medium body, a little slick and oily on the palate. low carbonation, not biting, low acidity.

O: This is a nice beer. It has a bit brighter malt flavor than the typical brown ale, the hops are not overpowering, more like an English brown. The hops seem to be of a domestic variety which adds to it's complexity and uniqueness. I'll have another!

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

Dark brown in color with a quarter inch thick khaki colored head. Light Brussels lacing. Aroma of dark malt,caramel,and toffee are very enticing. I get coffee,dark malt and chocolate in the flavor. This is smooth and creamy. The finish is very dry and there's a light smoked malt note in the aftertaste. You could drink a lot of this and there's a lot of flavor packed in here. This is definitely on the sweeter end of the spectrum.

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Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark brown and in direct light shines a brilliant mahogany.

Roasted nuts, malts, and hints of burnt toast. Nothing to write home about, but delightful nonetheless.

Very malt forward, sweet roasted nuts, coffee grinds, and vanilla.

Mouthfeel is sweet, but well enough carbonated to give the sweet some bite.

Overall, not my favorite Avery brew nor brown ale, but a decent option.

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Photo of Foyle
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: thin cream colored head recedes slowly with plenty of lacing. Color is dark-- reddish black.
Aroma: some mild caramel and chocolate with some earthy hops
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, slightly chalky, with an astringent finish.
Flavor: plenty of flavors here: caramel, chocolate, cocoa powder, and vanilla with some mild hope bitterness to balance the sweetness.
Overall: excellent offering in the style.

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Photo of dar482
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It comes in a dark brown color, almost like a porter.

The aroma has mocha, lightly roasted coffee, heavily toasted bread, a caramel sweetness, lots of hazelnut.

The flavor follows with that hazelnut flavor, lightly roasted watery black coffee, a cocoa flavor, and then onto a lightly herbal finish. The beer robust characteristic almost similar to a really light porter.

Just an absolutely forgotten gem in the style.

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Photo of MrBoz21
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour clear copper brown. 80% opaque in center with garnet/brown hue. Thick bubbly tan head, settled to crema. Nice carbonation.

Caramel, biscuit and light roasted nut. Tropical fruit esters and vanilla. Slight earthy hop.

Taste: Fruity, nutty roast up front, caramel in the middle and a bit of roast/hop astringency on back of togue. Creamy roast lingers.

Mouth: Relatively dry, moderately thin. Still has a creamyness to it though.

Overall: Very nice and gently nuanced with flavors that meld together well. Easy to drink.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - mahogany color with off white head

Smell - caramel, toffee, toasted nuts

Taste - caramel, toasted nuts, toffee, hazelnut, slightest of coffee grounds

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweetness upfront, smooth and easy drinking finish

Overall - good brown ale that is enjoyable and worth a try

price Point - $2.10/12 oz can

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Photo of nota
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the pour rises a creamy 2 1/2 inch tan head. Beer is dark brown in color. A strong smell of toasted malt. Taste is walnuts, chocolate, coffee. It has a bitter finish which leaves a earthy nutty aftertaste in your mouth. This beer has everything I like in a brown ale.

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

Pours a dark brown with hints of ruby when held to the light (looks nearly black in the glass) with a nice creamy two fingers of head that settles rockily to a healthy film and then a light film. Decent retention; some spotted lacing.

Really 'brown'-smelling with some yeasty phenols. Caramel malt aromas with chocolate some brown sugar and a tiny bit of raisin.

Smooth, chocolatey and delicious. Really rich nut and toffee flavors hit you right off the bat, with walnut, cocoa powder, dark bread and other nutty, chocolatey, bready flavors as well!

Medium bodied and extremely drinkable. There is a short finish, a nice creamy texture and good carbonation (honestly I would prefer it with a little less of the latter and more of the former).

Very good beer.
This is a smooth, easy drinking brown ale that has got it all where it counts. Pretty nice looking with lots of great nose to it and a mellow, nutty, chocolate-dipped flavor. Much better than I was expecting.
Would have again; well worth trying.

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

Pour from can purchased at Distellers Outlet in Poway CA. Dark brown with a big off white head. Nice lacing. Smell is incredible. Vanilla, brown sugar, honey. Taste is very pleasent. Malts and a nutty tinge with hints of vanilla, defintley getting some chocolate too but its very faint. I purchased just one can, next time I'll get a sixer of this, really enjoyable.

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Photo of Dan114
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- dark brown with Carmel edges. Two finger head which dies down but retains a little. Slight lacing
S- subdued roasted barley, toast, a little fresh black coffee, light hops. Rather inviting.
T- Roast barley, sweet malt, light caramel, herbal hops creep in, which is slightly off putting. Long bready finish.
M-Full bodied and not too effervescent. Really really nice.
O- Solid American brown ale. Not cloying. Very pleasant on a chilly evening.

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Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 2,081 ratings.
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