Avery “Ellie’s Brown Ale”
This brown ale was named in commemoration of Avery’s deceased chocolate lab, Ellie. Aromas are malty and floral, consisting of brown sugar, fresh grains, toasted bread, apples, yeasty spices, and walnuts. On the palate, chocolate malts initiate a mellow beginning alongside tongue-tickling carbonation. Midway, caramel malts burst onto the scene, pairing quickly with earth-toned, herbal hops. Malts take on the flavor of biscuits, then more like toasted bread crust as the roast level is turned up. A splash of brown sugar adds a second wave of sweetness, followed up by a balancing touch of bitterness. A dance of citrus hops and fruit leaves the finish with delicate flavors of dates, figs, and oranges. A silky smooth mouthfeel floats over a medium body.
Back when I was first getting interested in craft beer, this brown ale caught my immediate attention for its soft-edged balance of bitter and sweet. I’m grateful to have this standard available year round, because I really do have a soft spot for this style, and it seems to be getting more rare these days. It isn’t a flashy beer, but it does exactly what it was designed to do, delivering solid, balanced flavor in an easy-drinking beer. It’s like an old reliable companion, and I recommend it.
Hops: Bullion, Sterling, Cascade
Malts: Two-row, Chocolate, Munich, Honey, Caramel 120