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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 Nerudamann
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - dark brown in color, not see-through at all, with about half a finger's worth of khaki-colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - syrupy and malty with a note of something like caramel or maybe brown sugar.

Taste and Mouthfeel - kind of a smokey flavor with hints of maybe molasses and/or brown sugar. The texture is pretty well-balanced, but I think leans a little more toward the watery side.

Overall - not a bad brew at all, but a little plain tasting in my opinion. However, it's not bland at all, I just don't pick up anything super special about it. Still tastes good, just not interesting.

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Photo of charlesw
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Deep brown amber with a highish dark cream head of very tight bubbles. It would be perfect if the head were a little smaller and lasted a little longer and if the beer were darker or more opaque.

Very light and slightly fruity smell. Uh oh. Not a good sign. Well, that and the fact that the bottle doesn't have a freshness date... I'm worried. Still, it should be a 'merican brown (despite the present misclassification as Eglish brown) so that fruitiness is probably OK. But I don't like it.

Interesting and weird. Not typical for anything I've tasted in either style. There are a lot of things going on but I'm not sure how well it all goes together... You get the sweet dark caramel at the end of the mouth. Followed shortly by a bit of tangy lingering bitterness. I've already said it, but all kinds of weird and interesting things going on in there. Some would surely think it great. Others would hate it. I'm mostly indifferent. But I can imagine that this has a high rdev.

Mouth seems right on - a low-medium mouthfeel that just cries out to be consumed a little on the warm side.

I can't give it good drinkability - I'm not going to finish the one in front of me. Too fricking bad I bought a six pack! Dang! I wonder what this is like fresh - what other hop aromas and bitterness is going on? Well, being in NY and not inclined to buy another I guess I'll never really know, will I?

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Photo of tigg924
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, chocolate brown

Smell: toasted malt, small nut

Taste: Toasted malt, some sugar cane--pretty much one trick

Mouthfeel: smooth medium bodied, sweet, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a decent brown ale and a one trick beer. Not a bad one, but nothing that jumps out. I would just as well pass next time.

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Photo of hopdog
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium brown (almost ruby red) color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of caramel, nuts, and grass. Light sweet start with a light bitter/hop finish. This one will go on my shelf with the other labels with dogs on it...

Notes from 2/20/05

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Photo of Duhast500
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

The color is dark brown with some light brownish head and some slight lacing.

The smell is light but has some nutty flavor. There is also some roasted malt flavor as well but it is a bit hard finding much more.

The taste is a bit creamy with a well carbonated malty taste. Some toffee and little hint of coffee as well

This beer is light to medium bodied and goes down really well. It also has a bit of a refreshing aftertaste as well.

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Photo of loren01
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown color, nice tight bubbly head with good lacing down the glass
S: Smell is sweet, chocolatey as well as roasted barley malts and some vanilla. Smell is not overpowering...could use more in that category.
T: Roasted malts followed by sweet vanilla and milk chocolate
M: Medium to full bodied robust beer, goest down creamy
O: Overall this is a pretty good brown ale, would try again.

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Photo of dolemite77
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a thin, lacing head. The aroma has some good notes, but it has an unpleasant funkiness to it. The flavor is good for a brown ale. Not too sweet, with enough earthy hops to keep it interesting. Avery usually has a good interpretation of styles, and I can see where they went with this one. I look forward to having a few more of these to see if the "funk" can be overlooked.

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Photo of stumac
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my flagship brown ale...

it pours up a reddish brown color with a small off white head. the nose is nutty, slight roasty malts, yeasty, bready. the taste has a big nutty flavor, slight smokey malt, downright delicious, medium bodied, low carbo, Ellie the dog...

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Photo of Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured out as a clear looking brown color with a light tan head on top. The lacing was minimal and the retention didn't really do too much either. The smell of the beer has a light roasted nut aroma with some sweet malts in there as well. The flavors of the beer was roasted, some light flavors of some coffee and nuts. The mouthfeel was a little watery and dry. Overall this brew wasn't terrible but I just wasn't too thrilled about it.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from Bottle into Imperial Pint glass.

Pours a clear, deep ruby-brown with a finger of off-white head that's slow to dissolve. The aroma is toasted nutty goodness with some chocolate and brown sugar notes. The flavor is nutty malt forward with some more brown sugar, burnt toast crust and a little chocolate. This brown ale is medium bodied with a strong amount of carbonation. This is everything a brown ale should be. Packed full of malt flavor with a nice body. Didn't let me down.

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Photo of Redwood21
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

it pours very dark, with a hint of a copper color. the head is also a tan color and is nice and foamy. I could not pick up a lot of aroma but this could just be me. There is a prominent roasted taste. This is the overwhelming sense you get from the beer. It has a solid mf maybe medium body. i would say its worth a try but isnt a cant miss brew.

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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 bbkd3b
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From the bottle to the pint glass.

A: Pours out a burnt-sienna with a pleasant, cherry hue against the light. A thin tan head fizzes almost out of existence leaving a very plain looking brew, but some lacing crawls down the glass after a drink.

S: Very malty nose. Earthy sweetness drifts up the nostrils, with a nice twist of caramel and coffee. Also, a nutty aroma is present, but not as prevalent. Almost no hops.

T: Pretty much a replica of the scent. High presence of an almond-like flavor, along with a weak caramel taste. A slightly bitter finish is the only hint that hops were indeed used in the brewing process.

M: Buttery smooth feel that just jets down the tongue. Carbonation really sparkles here. Really great.

D: Low ABV and a quality brew, but I don't really think I could drink that many. Just not the right flavor for it.

Overall/notes: Certainly, this is a well-made beer. It's hard for met to enjoy brown ales, and only drink them when in the mood. This served me quite well. I won't buy it any time soon, but should the mood strike me, I don't see any reason to avoid it.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from 2/2011 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark, somewhat cloudy brown amber. Minimal head and no lacing. Toasted malt, some sweet malt and caramel aroma. Light toasty malt up front, a dry grass, nutty finish. Light bodied. A nice low ABV brown ale. Somewhat light flavored and not very complex.

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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 AleMan66
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from a bottle into a clear teardrop glass. It pours a very dark brown with an unusually slight, tan head. I'm a brown ale lover, and this is good beer, but it reminds me much more of a stout. Most brown ales are very malty. I taste dark fruit. It's not what I'll grab when in search of a brown ale. To see what I mean, try a Samuel Smith's in comparison.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate brown color with an off white head and a bit of lacing. Nose is caramel, hints of roasted malt, and a bitt of toffee. Some dry hops. Taste brings a bit of earthy, dry hop bitterness along with a good dose of caramel and toffee with some slightly roasted malt. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Drinks pretty well, but they don't do it like the folks across the pond.

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Photo of tronester
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights. Smells of ripe fruit, and a hint of hay. Taste is light brown bread up front, with a very herbal, leafy bitterness defining the middle and finish. A hint of smoke in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is good, low carbonation. Decent drinkability, I would get this again.

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Photo of YankChef
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into american pint glass

very dark brown with hints of rust when held up to the light

Aroma: Very subtle but certainly a lot of nuttiness and roasty malt with a bit of toffee

Taste: Quite sweet upfront and the hops are certainly assertive and present in this beer to balance the sweetness.

Overall: A solid brown ale and a style that I normally do not enjoy. Could see myself sipping on a few of these in the fall right before it starts to get cold...

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Photo of angelmonster
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge 2 finger beige head. Body is dark brown in color. Head retention is above average and lacing is good

Smells of lightly roasted sweet chocolate malts. Thats about it, no hops or anything else

Taste is big on the roasted malt. Very smoky and somewhat bitter. Hops add a nice after taste. There is a slight metallic after taste that comes and goes.

Mouth feel is the only downside to this beer. It is over carbonated and almost burns the tongue. Body is very watery and not at all the way i enjoy brown ales

Drink ability is above average. Brown ales are my favorite session beers and this is one of the few local browns i've had. I would drink it again but its nowhere near my top picks for a brown ale

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Photo of rye726
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good classic example of an old brown ale. Nothing too exiting but well rounded and a good refreshing drink to wash down a burger. I have always felt that beers of this style(mild ales) need to be stored in wood for a few months to really be enjoyed. Anyway...

Clear brown color with tan head.

Aromas of mild malts and faint floral hops.

Taste is mostly bready malts.

Medium body with crisp carbonation. Would be better out of a cask.

Nothing out of balance, but then agin, not to much going on.

Sorry from the glum review, but sometimes I need to express my feelings about average beer.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap 11-21-10

I asked the bar tender to suggest something and I told him I was in the mood for a Brown but I think this may have been their only one on tap.

It poured almost black but if held to the light you could see through it just a tad. Not much head but left decent lacing.

Taste was on the lighter side but there is mild roastiness and ever so slight nutty flavors.

I dont think Id drink this beer again but it was nice that it was light because I just had a big lunch!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Good Luck Restaurant in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a lighter brown, with a small head, and a bit of lacing.

This doesn't smell like an awful lot, unfortunately, there's a bit of toasty malt and some caramel, but not a whole lot going on here.

This is a serviceable brown ale, drinkable, but pretty uninteresting. The malt backbone is lighter than I'd want out of a good brown, I wish for more toastiness. There's just a slight bit of hop bitterness.

This is light bodied, pretty crisp, with a good level of carbonation.

Not the best brown ale I've had.

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Photo of devilben02
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the can with a deep, nearly opaque chestnut brown and a billowy beige head that laces nicely against the walls of the glass. The aroma is light and clean, with some dry nuttiness, a hint of sweet milk chocolate, and a bit of a mineral-like character. The flavor is slightly more substantial, but still not dense, with a pleasant combination of light caramel, candied cashews, and a bit of mossy hops and smoldering firewood to balance. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but that does help this one go down even easier. Overall, this isn't the boldest or most flavorful American brown, but it is an easy-drinking selection that isn't going to turn anyone off.

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Photo of harrymel
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

canned: unk

Brown with fleeting loose light tan foam and evident carb with large bubbles. Smells of coffee, cocoa, some soil and leather. Some bits of tea and metal. Flavor is biscuity, chocolate, coffee, nuts, roasty malts. Much better flavor than the nose - which is bland. Medium bodied with moderate carb and a wet finish with long aftertaste. Much nicer than I had expected.

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Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
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