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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 micahgoldfus
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep, dark brown with some ruby hues, and a nice head that sits forever as lace across the top. The smell is nutty, obviously, but specifically it reminded me of roasted chestnuts. Plus there is a strong presence of dark, roasted malts, and no trace of hops. The taste is a bit darker than most brown ales I've had, but I was expecting it based on the smell. Chocolate roasted malts up front, combined with the flavor of sweet (but not too sweet) nuts, which finished off with a ligh sweetness from brown sugar and toffee and even a very faint hop bite. A smooth beer with a fairly light mouthfeel, it was very drinkable, flavorful, and refreshing.

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Photo of Brunite
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours dark brown with mahogany edges. A pitting tan head that leaves a cap. Sporadic lacing throughout.

Smell: Sweet malt...chocolate....roasty notes.

Taste: Quite nice. A brown ale with more than just malt. There are notes of chocolate, brown sugar, and maybe a hint of molasses. A nice lingering malty, chocolate, sweetness. The hops are only noticed as a balance to keep the flavors in check.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. A nice brew. More of a sipper than most browns due to the complexity.

Overall: I like it. This is a great beer. In my top 2 American Browns. Will flip between this and Smutty's dog!

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into mini heffe glass at Spring O8 Long Island Craft festival.

A - Light brown a nice khaki two finger head that descends to a thick collar.

S - Brown sugar and secondary hoppyness with warm biscuit to boot.

T -Follows the nose...sweet and earthy hops with a nice mellow thick collar.

M - Medium bodied, mild carbonation and soft feel with final dry finish.

D - Good session beer and interesting complexity.

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Photo of SkeeterBoganski
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery:

I've enjoyed this beer in a bottle and a can, as far as I can remember, and know it's good; the beer is a moderate brown, good hue but not too dark; quarter inch head; a lot of lacing, particularly from a brown; light ale on the nose; delicious light chocolate flavor; small hints of brown sugar; really good sessionable brown ales; in fact, one of the best I can remember

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep brown/ruby shimmering body, finger head, good lacing

S: dark chocolate, light fruit, hint of coffee, roasted nuts, light toffee and caramel

T: sweet chocolate, nuts, roasted malt, smooth hint of bitter in the finish

M: med body, chewy/smooth, good carbonation

O: One of my favorite beers and a great representation
of this style. Very sessionable and perfect beer to sit
around the fire with friends.


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Photo of Justin23060
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown w/ red highlights. One finger beige head that stuck only slightly to the glass. Smell is all chocolate with some English hops (I guessed Goldings, but the their website states Bullion, Cascade and Fuggles). Taste is roasty chocolate with a nice amount of sweetness that ends semi dry. Carb is mild giving it a creamy quality. At this time I'd say it's probably my second favorite American Brown. If you enjoy Browns at all you should definitely put this on your must try list.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown shade that resembles coffee. A huge beige layer of soft foam covers the top of the beer after pouring.

The nose is a nice mix of hop bitterness and chocolate malts.

It tastes great. A touch of hop bitterness combined with mellow caramel and chocolate malts. It tends to have a sweet flavor at times, maybe brown sugar or something with a similar effect.

The mouthfeel is nice and smooth, and the drinkability is excellent. One of the better beers I have tried lately.

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Photo of Chaz
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nearly brilliant copper-brown in color, topped with a rich, foamy medium tan head of very good duration. There's also an excellent example of clingy lace here, and a bit of chill haze as well. Nose is fairly dense, with both bread and toffee characteristics floating above a rich sea of sweet malt base. A good bit of roasted malt here, too. Smooth, sweet, and lightly tangy as liquid passes lips for the first time, and there's some nice round caramel here, which wasn't as prominent in the nose. Lingering roasted malt, bitterness, and just a touch of candi sweetness . . . WOW! This is only the second time I've had this brew and really paid attention, but the last time I did I knew instantly that it was one of my favorite Brown ales. In fact, I often used to compare this to Acme Brown Ale, which for some reason people still look at as a part of "North Coast's 'generic' line" but in fact is another excellent Brown made in the U.S.of A.! Ellie's Brown shares some of the same characteristics that I love in Avery's Old Jubilation: full mouthfeel and rich, roasted malts, excellent bittersweet juxtaposition, and incredibly drinkable. There isn't a lot of floral hop here, but what there is peaks out from behind the roasted malts and reminds me of citrus (orange peel), as it merges with the light cherry notes from the malts. Incredibly, satiny smooth and soft on the palate, and only full in the mouth, not truly full-bodied. One thing worth noting is that this bottle is a bit older rather than being 'fresher', and like some porters I could mention this brew is actually tasting better with a bit of age. For that matter, Ellie's is a good example of a beer that pushes the strict style boundaries, being more of a Porter and less of a Brown ale. Alcohol is slowly warming, and more than adequate. If I were a silly guy (and I can be . . . ) I would mix this half-and-half with Lefthand Black Jack Porter to create a 'black and brown' - hey, I told you it was silly! Dynamite stuff. Way to go Adam!

[Served chiled, in a tumbler.]

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

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass. A very well put together brown ale by Avery. The chocolate maltiness taste this brown ale delivers is just delicious. So good it is almost like desert. One of my favorite brown ales being right next to Rogue Halzenut brown ale!

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

English Brown Ale's are my favorite and this is one is quite good.
Pours a dark brown with a great foamy tan head. Retention is good.
Smell gets some spicy hops up front then some malty and toasty, roasted biscuits. I also get some chocolate licorice.
Sweet up front, then the toastyness.
Medium bodied and smooth.
Hops are present and help provide a dry finish.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep dark ruby reds and chocolate browns with an off white persistent creamy head. Nose is very light; baking chocolate and cooked sugar. Easy drinking with sweet cocoa and light morning coffee up front, delicate hop finish coasts with a lightly caramel flavor in the finish. Thin mouthfeel and carbonation seems very mild. Suprisingly nuanced and balanced, not at all assertive or bold. A very easy drinking session brown that just replaced Moose Drool as my new favorite ABA, also superior to Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar. The best American Brown that I'm aware of.

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

Pours a deep dark reddish/brown that is close to black. Very small tan head but left good lacing when sipped. The aroma is of of nutty grains and chocolate. Very pleasing to the nose. The taste is the same and very pleasant with no bitter aftertaste. Perfect carbonation. Really liked this brew and the first I had from this brewery.

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Photo of spicelab
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoegaarden Grand Cru Tulip.

Pours much darker than I was expecting, amber hues are only apparent when held up to the light. One-inch head, plenty of retention and lacing. Bon.

Lovely mixture of sweet and fortified-wine-like malts, prunes, muscatels and other stewed fruits. Like it a lot.

Taste is mustier and winier than the sweetness on the nose portends, not that that's a bad thing at all. Some mild coffee and chocolate notes get a peek with some biscuity malts also lingering.

Mouthfeel is undersstated but luscious.

Drinkability is fab. As sessionable a beer as I can remember.

Love this. For mine this is right in the sweet spot for the ABV.

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Photo of battlekow
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is just a great brown. If any stores around here stocked this, I would have tried it long ago, simply because of the label. It's got a beautiful picture of a chocolate lab, Ellie, with the tag,

"Ellie's Brown Ale is a chocolate-colored and mild-mannered brew with a medium body and a slight nutty character, just like our dog. And, of course, it's been 'Lab-Tested.'"

The website says,

"This beautiful, deep russet brew has the sweet and somewhat nutty character of Adam Avery's late (1992-2002) Chocolate Lab, for which it is named. Crystal and chocolate malts give this beer a brown sugar maltiness with hints of vanilla and nuts, while subtle hopping gives it an overall drinkability that's second to none, just like Ellie!"

I'm a dog-lover and a sap, apparently, as this melts my heart. Anyway, the beer is just as described, easy to drink, slightly nutty. It smells great, roasty and burnt, and has a nice, bitter, coffeeish finish.

Thanks go out to mportsch for allowing me to try this great beer.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is dark brown with a bit of ruby glow. A creamy head is light brown and average-sized. The aroma is awesome. Full-on malt smell, toasty with a bit of chocolate and some nuttiness. The taste is more of the same: lots of great malt flavors. Biscuity chocolate malt flavor is strong and enhanced by an underlying toasty flavor. Nuttiness pops in and out. A dry roasty flavor joins the party towards the finish. Hops are soley for balance here, with sweetness reigning supreme. This is easily one of the best American browns I've sampled, highly recommended.

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Photo of TongoRad
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoo-yeah...nice looking beer- dark yet perfectly clear chestnut brown color with rusty orange highlights. An initial two-finger head settles down to next to nothing in about a minute leaving lots of thick lacing in its wake.

Aroma features an initial shot of chocolate malt-freshly milled chocolate malt, that is- followed by dark caramel and suggestions of those Welsh cookies with the currants. It is fresh and wonderful.

Palate is initially dominated by the dark caramel, though the roast malt comes on late. The currants linger after all else is gone. Mouthfeel is silky and the alcohol and bitterness are unobtrusive.

Very solid as both a session beer and a one-at-a-time deal. I'm very glad my local shop just started carrying this.

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Photo of Murph
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber/ruby color with a creamy off white head. Roasted malt, slightly wooody/smoky, slight chocolate in the nose. Some sweet darker and roasted malts are present with a nice balancing hop flavor as well. Faint chocolate on the tongue. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel and very drinkable. I am really starting to come around on brown ales. This is a real nice one.

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Photo of Dubblebock
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ellie's Brown Ale is a pleasant and enjoyable brown ale from the Avery Brewing Company. It comes with an eye-catching label featuring the chocolate labrodar namesake of the brew in profile, with a nice backstory about the dog and the beer on the side label. Nice touch.

The Brown Ale poured extremely well, with a large, dark tan head and a deep-brown complexion. The beer almost profiled like a stout or a porter, it was so dark and rich looking. Nice nose, with chocolate and toffee overtones.

The taste was malty and chocolately, with Colombian coffee textures in abundance. Hops were present, but only to give some balance to the malty goodness. The finish was dry as a cracker, with something of a toffee aftertaste. This is a brown ale in the European tradition, hearty and rich in texture and taste.

Good mouthfeel, good carbonation level. Very drinkable, but I wouldn't think of this as session beer necessarily. It doesn't make a good summertime quaffer, but I could easily see myself grabbing a sixer or two as the calendar swings towards fall and early winter. I could just as easily reach for this as a good porter or stout. As brown ales go, it was quite good.

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Photo of hchinaski
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed this tasty beverage saturday night before heading out for the evening. bought a single at once upon a vine.

A-Very dark pour into my trusty Bell's imperial pint glass that was a belated birthday gift. So dark, i though it was my morning coffee. Smallish head that left little lacing and dissipated fairly quickly. Chocolatey brown.

S-Some hints of chocolate and, is that caramel, im not sure. Whatever, it is, it is faint, with little or no preview of malts.

T-God, this is the brown ale i've been looking for. Goes down incredibly smooth with a great chocolate taste and the best balance of malts that i've had in a brown.

M-The after is crisp, with no ill-effects on the palate. i merely wanted more, and it was all i could do to be patient and allow the beer to warm a little.

D-As above, i have been searching for the perfect brown ale, and this is my new favorite by far. Not too heavy, not too light on the palate, i can 't say more. I had come across this beer, due to the fact that there were not DFH india browns at the store, and this was my substitute. this beer is at the top of my brown list from now on.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color, with a small lacing head. Nice roasted malt aroma with hints of nuts. Complex flavor, lots of nut with hints of vanilla to finish. Good body good flavors. Overall complex and tasty.

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Photo of colts9016
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tan head with a caramel brown reddish hue body.
Caramels, toasted nuts, molasses, brown sugar and roasted malts and a hint of esters, give this beer a pleasing aroma.
The taste has nutty and molasses hints with a good firm malt character. The finish is smooth with a slight acidic taste. Has a Medium body. Enjoyed very much

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a can into a pint glass.

A – Dark chocolate brown on pour with one solid finger of fluffy light brown head that stuck around and left a nice lacing.

S – Mocha, chocolate, brown sugar, caramel and vanilla. Very sweet smelling.

T – Lightly roasted malts, caramel, chocolate and vanilla all come right off the bat. Not nearly as sweet as the aroma suggests but you can taste a fair amount. Solid pleasant hop flavor. Finishes with just touch of bitterness.

M – Creamy and smooth as can be. Medium bodied with just enough carbonation.

O – Very solid brown ale. Smell is ridiculously good. Balanced flavors and tasty. Cant go wrong with this brew. Well done.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a big fan of browna but this one was nice. Poured a clear dark brown almost black color. The head is flat, 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.

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Photo of jsolack
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light brown and clear.

Excellent chocolaty/nutty smell.light coffee overtones.

Very nice chocolate and malt flavor. Sweetness is well balanced with bitterness.

Smooth and pleasent on the tounge

Excellent overall flavor and smooth taste make for great tast.

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Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 2,088 ratings.
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