Ellie's Brown Ale | Avery Brewing Company

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704 Reviews
Ellie's Brown AleEllie's Brown Ale
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
704
Ratings:
2,070
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
18.25%
 
 
Wants:
84
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329
For Trade:
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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.

Appearance:

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.

Aroma:

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

Taste/Mouthfeel:

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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Photo of snilsen13
2.7/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was hoping for something better since this was going to be a mild, easy drinking beer. Unfortunately, this malty mixyure has the consistantly dull feature of Avery brews... a sticky malt flavor that lingers unpleasently on my pallate. Some don't mind it I don't like it.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle a very deep brown with a smallish head of foam that dissipated quickly leaving just a very fine layer.

The smell has a nice sweet and roasted malt nose with some chocolate there as well.

The taste is a very tasty sweetish malt up front with just a slight roastiness and a bit of chocolate mid way through. Nice. There's also a slight grainy flavour that shows up in the finish. This is a very solid Brown Ale!

Bottom line: Avery Ellie's is a brew that I can easily recommend as it's one of best of its style that I've tasted to date.

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Photo of briman
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours clear, dark brown, slightly ruby when held up to the light. Nice fluffy light brown head, excellent retention. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is mild roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, touch of coffee.

Taste is mildy sweet. Lightly roasted malt flavor, with some nuttiness coming through. Finish has a slightly roasted coffee taste....not bitter. A slight hop presence in the aftertaste, but it's really just enough to make this a very well balanced beer.

Light to medium body, with low carbonation. Everything is medled together nicely, no one flavor overpowers another. One of the better brown ales...good session beer.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Brennan's on University here in Madison.

Pours a rusty dark garnet with a finger of rocky oatmeal-tinged head. Nose is surprisingly lively for an English brown, notes of musty, toasted malt, winter spice and milky caramel. Taste starts off like a subtle winter warmer - spicy and malty, rounded out with a cocoa finish. Mouthfeel is thin, lending to its drinkability. A richly flavored, yet lightly bodied brown. A true sessioner here.

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

This brew pours a clear dark brown almost black color. The head is two fingers in height, fluffy, and very light tan in color. The aroma is roasted and burnt malt, chocolate, and cream. Very nice for a brown ale. The tastes has both porter and brown ale qualities. Burnt malt and chocolate come across first followed by a nice mild caramel and cream finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Overall, this is a very good and sessionable brown ale. I certainly see myself drinking this quite often as it is the best brown ale available in my area.

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Photo of Naes
3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This ale is very dark brown with a tall light tan head.
The aroma is a bit mild, but consists of caramel malt.
The flavor starts out with caramel malt and a roasty flavor, then the hops become noticeable and it finishes with a crystal malt flavor.
Mouth feel is medium to full bodied, but the carbonation level is a little low.

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

Poured a deep reddish brown color with massive tannish head. Nice lacing as the head feel to a thin coating. Smell is roasted malt combined with a nice dark fruitiness. Taste is a sweet fruitish malt with some caramel background. Finish presents a bit of hop and complimets the malt perfectly. A nice well-done beer.

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Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear dark copper almost brown in color with a fluffy 1"+ head that lasts. Some thick lacing paints the glass.

Smell: nice amounts of caramels and nuts are easily detectable by the nose.

Taste: caramel, cola, nuts, dark red plums, and a decent bitterness makes this a full flavored brown ale. Unlike other brown ales, this wasn't afraid to kick up the flavor components, not some water downed brew.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp at the start, smooth at the finish. The caramel and cola flavors linger shortly in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: easy drinking and a nice brown ale. Avery beers push the limits, and it was nice to get a brown ale that was as lively as this.

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Photo of Crosling
2.67/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby. Mild nose with a touch of earth and a hint of rhubarb, sweet malts, nuts, caramel and coffee beans. Grainy malt feel throughout. Sweet, dry malts possessing notes of nuts, vanilla and spicy hops. Lingering finish. I have had several brown ales and still don't understand why the style exists.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Only drawback is the smell, there isn't any. But..the taste is terrific, a quality brown ale, rivaling Dogfishead's Indian Brown Ale. Roasty malts, slight hops, nice head retention, extreme drinkability. This is what NewCastle is supposed to be! A terrific effort by Avery!

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

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle. No date information.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish brown color with a thin head that fades to just a bit of lacing around the edges.

Smell: Roasted malt, caramel, and just a bit of chocolate. A hint of hops as well.

Taste: Starts out sweet and roasted, then a bit more hops than average for the style come into play.

Overall impression: As I would expect from Avery, a bit more hops than an average brown. Still very drinkable - nice roasted flavors would do well with some BBQ.

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Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 704 ratings.
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