NOTES: Draft @ Mafiaoza’s in Birmingham

STYLE: Brown Ale

ABV: 5.8%

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

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