Saturday, January 21st 2011
Ellie's Brown Ale
(Avery Brewing Company)
Dogs are one of the greatest things about life. So is beer. Put them together and you've got a way into many a person's heart. Much like Smuttynose's Old Brown Dog Ale, Ellie's Brown is a tribute to a special dog that played a big part in the life of the brewery's owner. Cheers to you Ellie and to all the dogs out there that have left a mark on our lives.
From the Avery site:
"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!"
Here we go...
Pour - as far as brown ales go this one is on the deeper, darker end of the spectrum. Very, very dark brown with some shades of red popping up when held to the light. The foamy, bubbly head is mocha-esque in color. Looks like a nice malty treat.
Aroma - brown bread dough, coffee, Oreo pie crust and plenty of delicious malty sweetness. The smell is definitely inviting. Must...drink...this...beer!
Taste - ahhh, delicious malty goodness. Plenty of flavor has been packed into this easy to enjoy brew. Besides the solid malt profile you'll find some dark coffee flavors and bitter chocolate as well as dark molasses and brown toast. Put it altogether and you'll find a smile on your face.
Overall - one of the better brown ales I've had that is for sure. Everything hits its mark and this one just tastes great and leaves you wanting to crack open another can as you finish that final little drop at the bottom of your glass.
Would I buy more of it? - I definitely would, although my wife would probably drink it before I did. She loves brown ales and she loves dogs.
Note - Avery currently cans four of their beers. If you're lucky enough to live where they distribute them you should be on the look out for their IPA, Joe's Premium American Pilsner, White Rascal and of course their Ellie's Brown Ale.
Posted by Russ
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