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 | website

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 Dizzy
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with red highlights, creamy light tan head with lots of lacing on the glass. Great head retention. Aroma is hops. Flavor is roasted malts and hop bitterness, maybe some citrus flavor in the finish? Medium bodied. This is a good beer, hops seem a little prominant for a brown ale, but it is good.

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

A: Pours a deep brown color with reddish hues just dark enough that you can't see through it. Nice frothy one finger cream colored haed. Film of retention on top.
S: Nutty malt flavors with a good dose of sweet caramel nose to it. Toasted grains are also there.
T/M: Sweet caramel malt flavors up front with a good level of toasted grain that follows. Sweetness hols longer than expected. Slight burnt woody notes with a bit of chocolate. Smooth and creamy on the pallate with a slightly bitter finish. Soft and creamy aftertaste makes you want to take another sip right away.
D: Damn drinkable brown--not suprised in the least. Keep em' coming Avery. Definatley worth a shot if you can pick it up.

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Photo of nriech
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Good mahogany color. Great nose, malt and caramel, sort of sweet but not bad. I really enjoyed drinking this from a snifter sort of glass to really appreciate the aromas. Im not sure about the head as there was none by the time it reached my table.

A good malt flavor with good background of chocolate and citrus. Some nuttyness is present at the end but there is very little aftertaste to this brew. Not bad on carbonation, just right. This is a good quality, easy drinking beer for anyone.

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

Aroma of toasted grain and spicy hoppiness. Pours with a robust head that slowly fades to a foamy decoration. Lots of taste to this ale - hints of caramel, nice maltiness balanced with a good hop presence. Avoids being overly sweet due to the nice balancing act.
One of the best brown ales I've tried.

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Photo of BeerSox
2.67/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into mug.

Solid dark brown, almost black, with autumn colored edges. Thick sturdy light tan head that seems to last forever. Clingy lacing.

Roasty coffee like malts with some strange smelling hop-like aroma, almost like soy sauce.

Thinner bodied with a slight sour taste. Not as sweet as I expected. Standard dark malt flavors with a little bit of hopiness with a relatively clean finish.

Not sure about this one. I was expecting something a little better. It presented itself well but didn't come through. Maybe I'll try this one another time some day to see if it is any different.

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Photo of Wasatch
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color, some carbonation, tiny head, some lacing afterwards. The scents are of sweet malts, and caramel. The taste is pretty much of malts, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not too bad of a brew, but I doubt if I will buy it again. Would recommend thought YMMV.

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Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice mellow brown ale. Light chocolate malts with a slight dry, bitter edge. A touch nutty and smells quite nice. A definate session beer. I wish I could just get growler fills of this. Despite the 5.8%, this beer has a delicate flavor unlike many of the Avery's I've tried.

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

Got this one on tap at Dewey's Pizza today. Nice brown color with tan head... a brown ale indeed. Creamy with lacing all the way down to the bottom of the pint glass. This beer has a nice malt/hop balance with great mouthfeel and a slightly dry finish. The citrus decided to come out also. I liked this one. It had some real APA characteristics. Nothing about it jumped out at me but definitely a quality beer worth anyone's time. Four's across the board.

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

Crystal-clear chestnut with a big, pock-marked khaki head. Doughy hazelnut and biscuit aromas mostly, with a bit of leafy hop scent. Full-flavored biscuity malt taste at first with a leafy-soapy "English" hop flavor and slightly sour vinous character midway; rounding toward home I get a nutty sweetness with a roasty mocha-espresso finish. Effervescent, spicy mouthfeel, medium-to-light body. Like all well-made browns, Ellie's got a sure-fire sessioner here. Will definitely buy again now that Avery beers are commonly available here in WNY.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Took awhile to get to this one and now it does not seem so easy to find.
Opened with a rather loud psst and poured with an excessive head. Very clear brown with some very slight reddish highlights. The enourmous slightly darked head settles slowly.
Aroma is of fairly traditional slightly darkened malt. Mildly sweet with hints of heavier sweeter (like brown sugar or molasses) that in it's mildness is quite enjoyable.
Decent complexity to the flavors. Sweetness is rather low, but malt dominates. There is a touch of raost and bits of chocolate that are nice. However in the middle a soft bitterness starts to grow topping off at a moderate level in the long fairly dry finish. All are quite flavorful and pleasing.
As with the pour the carbonation is excessive. Too much intensity takes away from enjoying the flavors and makes a beer that should be somewhat easy to drink filling, as it seems a bit light.
I like the flavors and the balance of this drink. Not sure why the carbonation was such an issue, but it was.

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Photo of akahn
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice mahogany color with very impressive lacing. A nice malty, chocolate nose. Very crystal malt. The taste doesn't quite do it for me. Malty, mildly sweet, with light mineral and herbal hop notes. Just not enough oomph for me, but I guess that falls well within the style, a style I've never really loved. This beer has a substantial but unobtrusive carbonation, but it has an unfortunate lack of body. Maybe better for sessioning, but I like mine more hearty.

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Photo of moocey
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

There's a crisp, nutty, slightly chocolatey taste up front followed by a smooth, understated hoppy finish. This brown ale has plenty of bite to keep it interesting, but not so much that it strays from the style.

Appearance - brown, like a brown ale - nothing special.

Smell - Nutty, toasted, malty

Drinkability - Very drinkable.

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

A: Poured ruby-brown with a slightly off-white, big bubbled, 1/2-finger head that flattened very quickly. Small bubbles rise for awhile.

S: Smelled like a Brown Ale should, predominantly of malt -- brown sugar, caramel and a hint of toffee or butterscotch. Nice.

T: Like the nose, sweet caramel malt up front, then a nutty taste is followed by bitterness on the otherwise slightly grainy aftertaste. Good.

M: Pretty creamy, medium carbonation. Again, what I expect from a Brown Ale.

D: Nicely drinkable. While I'm generally more of a hophead, I've been known to session Newcastle Brown Ale and I could see myself doing the same with Ellie's.

Note: the first time I had this beer I wasn't that impressed. This is probably my 3rd or 4th sampling of it, and tonight when I sat down to it my expectations were pretty low based on my recollection. I was pleasantly surprised to enjoy this beer as much as I did.

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Photo of xav33
2.83/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Avery Ellie's Brown Ale
12 oz bottle
Unknown bottling, absorbed 08/06
Medium pour in a pint glass.

Poured mahogony with a mostly diminishing frothy 1/4 inch light mocha head.

Smelt of mixed nuts and some chocolate malts.

Taste begins with a tinge of chocolate malts and sweetness, then gets nutty in the body to finish with a mostly lingering crisper hop bite and astringent dry nutty malt taste. Mouthfeel was dry and carbonated.

Overall, an average dry nutty brown ale.

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Photo of thelagerheads
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The handsome dog on the label aside, this is the middle class man's choco-coffee stout (of which I am the lower dregs). As opposed to say a New Holland's Poet or King's Pontiac Porter this is a smidge watered-down as is their intention according to their label rhetoric. I approve of this but only wish that the taste was more in the body than in the aftertaste. It comes across as a medium Lite Dark as opposed to the black tartar morass that I am and crave more of. A mysterious shadow whom intrigues moreso than a dark figure who leads you away to unknown places.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not terribly impressed with this beer. I was looking for a full, rich, and moderately textured beer. But Ellie's shows up a little weak, leaving behind a big grain flavor that I found distracting. Initially, the aromas and flavors are promising; beginning with a solid, but medium malt, nutty, and lightly chocolatey character. Charred grains quicly shows up with a lighly burnt, astringency that was unexpected. From there the beer looses its flavor intensity and reveals a grain flavor and texture. Close to becomming something special, but not there yet.

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

Pours chestnut brown with a slight head that fades to a thin sheen.

Smell is toasted caramel malt and subdued earthy hop. Mild nut and alcohol astringency.

Taste is toasted malt and dark grain. Hints of sweet dark fruit. Excellent woody nutty notes. Splash of earthy hop lends a clean finish with lingering sweetness and nut.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite creamy.

A surprisingly good nut brown. Unfortunately this style seems to be plauged by mediocrity. This beer is exciting and interesting.

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Photo of bashiba
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a super carbonated brown with a small off white head. Almost like a dark cola.

Has a nice semi sweet dark molasses smell.

Nice dark malts with a good toasted flavor, hints of nuts, cocoa, and mild coffee. Has just a touch of earthy hops to balance it out nicely. A very robust brown ale.

Mouthfeel has a nice medium creaminess.

Easy to drink, nice session brown, with a bit more complexity than the normal beer of this style.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a brown and burgundy color with a persistent, partial film of head.

Smells of nutty molasses and smoke.

Tastes of hazel nuts, brown sugar and a slight carbon-like smokiness that seems a bit much and/or out of place.

The mouth feel was medium bodied with a light tingly carbonation.

Generally unimpressive and not my favorite for the style as there was a little too much sooty smoke to it. Sadly, it gets a lot better when you gulp it. Don’t be afraid to pass on this one.

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Photo of cbl2
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

10/5/2005 $9.00 6 pack 5.80% No best by date.


As the name indicates, this pours a dark brown that is infused with a ruby redness when exposed to the light. No head to speak of.


Hints of coffee, and a mild nutty quality with some faint hops.


Nice nutty quality, but it also possesses a sense of soapiness that make it somewhat unpleasant.

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Photo of MusicalBeers
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a reddish, ruby brown with a massive head which likes to hang around. Aroma is not strong, but is woody, maybe oakish but sweeter. Immediate impression is of semi-sweet or bittersweet dark chocolate, starting with out with strong chocolate flavors and finishing with lighter hoppy bitterness. The hoppiness and flavor of the finish gives a bit of an impression of a red ale rather than a brown ale, or maybe like the two escaped to the alley behind the brewery on break a few months ago. Not too much malt or sweetness here on the way down but it does leave a dark porter-ish sweetness on the palate, surprising given the finish, but this sticky sweetness hangs around and hurts the drinkability.

This isn't one of my favorite styles but within the style this has very good flavor, maybe because it is does not conform to the standard. The bittersweet finish doesn't encourage me to grab another though, so I'll probably pass by this one next time.

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Photo of ark1ebs
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer having loved the Avery IPA and Maharaja. Granted, brown ales aren't my cup of tea (admittedly I'm a hophead), but I thought I'd give it a shot.

It poured without producing much of a head with a deep amber brownish hue. Definitely can taste the nutiness with hints of chocolate. Tinge of spice at the back of the tongue as it goes down. This quickly subsides and not much of an aftertaste is left behind.

Nice lacing down the glass as I drink it down. Can't sense much of a smell because I have a bit of a cold and have been consuming decongestants today. :( Should I even be reviewing this beer this being the case?

Goes down pretty smooth and mouthfeel is good. It's a wet feeling beer that doesn't linger very long on the palate.

Overall another good beer by the Avery crew!

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Photo of hanco005
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single because I likes the picture of the dog on the label, poured into a pint glass, no freshness date on the bottle

A—pours dark brown, resembling cola, with a 1 inch cocoa colored puffy head that slowly collapses down, laces fully around the inside of the glass

S—nutty and sweet, mild alcohol, faint whiffs of caramel, a bit buttery, too

T—smokey and sweet, the nuttiness and caramel are there, pretty mild, not tasting any bitterness at all, finishes wet

M—a touch slippery, light/medium bodied, medium carbonation

D—not a bad brown ale, very mild and drinkable…might be a good transition beer.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a chestnut brown coloration. The beer has a thin tan colored head. The beer has no head retention to speak of.

Smell: The beer has a roasted malty caramel and chocolate combo. The beer has a dash of spicy goodness thrown in.

Taste: The beer has a light combo of roasted malty caramel sweetness with nips of chocolate. The beer has a bit of nuttyness combining with spicyness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer isnt a bad beer drink. The beer is slightly thinner than I prefer, but I still wouldnt turn my nose up at this beer.

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

Generous, pancake-batter head on this one. The color of a cherry coke, with lots of bubbles tracking up the inside of my mug. Smell is striking--yeasty and nutty notes hit my nose and, as is not unusual, start me salivating. Pavlov was my master. It's fizzy and medium bodied, and has a rather tart flavor, with a bit of metallic edge to it. Definite roasted nuts too, though. The finish is a bit short and abrupt, but that blast of tart, roasted flavor is really very tasty.

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Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
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