STYLE: Brown Ale
APPEARANCE: Actually more of a dark crimson than a true brown ale
HEAD: Massive off-white head that dissolves slowly
LACING: Streaky but stolid
NOSE: Mostly mild, heavily roasted dark malt, but there’s a backdrop of “cola” and some nice floral hops. A little more complex than your standard brown ale.
TASTE: Nice balance of sweet caramel and cola acidity. Some hop bitterness comes through in the middle but disappears well before the clean, smooth finish.
MOUTHFEEL: Silky smooth and medium-bodied.
DRINKABILITY: Very high. A true session brew with just enough complexity and character to make it memorable. There are better Brown Ales out there, but I would have no hesitation ordering a few pints of Ellie’s. Plus, the bottled version has a dog on the label. I love dogs.
RATING: 3 Hops