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Sweetwater Georgia Brown - SweetWater Brewing Company

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595 Ratings
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Ratings: 595
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 17
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-13-2002)
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Reviews by Bounty628:
Photo of Bounty628
2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sweetwater Georgia Brown is brewed in the traditional English brown ale fashion and though it serves as a drinkable brew, it likely is not one that I would find myself going back to in the near future. For a beer that I had somewhat high expectations for, the end finding is that the brew would serve more as a lawnmower beer than a high quality craft offering.

With an ABV of 5.10%, Georgia Brown could be a very nice and easy session beer but since it lacks any major significance in terms of standing apart from any other brown ale it really was nice to try once but that is about all.

Georgia Brown pours a dark brown with hints of copper color and when poured into the glass gives way to a lot of light. It seems as though the Georgia Brown is much lighter in consistency than some other brown ales and perhaps the level of translucence accentuates this assumption even more. There is almost no lacing left on the glass once poured and there is very little head present at all. There appears to be a moderate to high amount of carbonation present once poured from the twelve ounce brown bottle.

The mouthfeel of Georgia Brown goes along with the lighter consistency of the pour as it certainly does not feel to be a heavy beer. There is very little hoppiness noticed immediately as there is a sweet and almost syrupy mouthfeel once the brew is sampled.

The smell is quite mild with a very faint hint of coffee present and perhaps even a fainter wafting of hops somewhere off in the distance. The nose does not show much complexity and is in actuality a bit difficult to pick up anything at all. You might be able to pick up again a very distant roasted malt smell but again it too proves to be very faint.

The nose and the appearance certainly lend way to the preconceived notions about what the taste might entail quite a bit. The taste is very smooth but seems to be somewhat lacking. There is a sweet malted taste to Georgia Brown with a hint of both a roasted and caramel flavor sneaking their way into the taste, as well. There is very little that would jump out at you to make you think that this brown ale is above the rest and the best way to describe the taste would perhaps be status quo.

The drinkability of Sweetwater's Georgia Brown in my opinion is somewhat low. The taste of the beer has a bit too much sweetness to it for a brown ale and a bit more of an emphasis on the faint roasted flavors in the beer could have made this offering a real winner. The crafting of Georgia Brown is just too loose and light in nature to really impress as a top notch brown ale.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a thin slightly off white head,I had to wait for my bottle to warm a little to start to pick up on the aromas mainly of caramel malt and roasted nuts.Flavors are mainly intune with aromas caramel and roasted nuts mainly somewhat earthy in the finish but nothing out of the ordinary.Really thought this beer was quite watery and I think that took away from it,nothing horrible but not something I would search out agin.

Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one poured a strong but clear brown in color with a moderate but thick and stubborn head.

Smell – The malts are very smooth at the nose and stuffed with brown sugar and syrup.

Taste – Wow! The sugars are extra fine here. They are like a mix of natural maple syrup, raw brown sugar, and cane. The malts too are incredibly tasty.

Mouthfeel – This one is shy of medium-bodied but oily slick around the teeth. It also had a refreshing light bitterness to it.

Drinkability – This was much lighter than the way I remember it last year on-tap when I was down in Atlanta. It is incredibly smooth though and one of the easiest-drinking Browns that I’ve had to date.

Comments – Thanks to Uncle Flip for including this in his WTF BIF package to me. It was a thoughtful gesture and made me almost gasp when I saw it in the box as I had always wondered how I could get my hands on another bottle. Cheers, mate!

Photo of Hoppin_mad
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of MadScientist
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Zakk
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear chesnut brown with minimal off-white head, about 1/4", which quickly dissipated to smattering of bubbles on the surface and thin white ring around the edge.

S: An earthy nutty aroma nests nicely on a bed of medium toasted malts. There is the slightest bit of hoppy citrus if you look carefully.

T: Very well balanced malts that start just a touch sweet and finish just a touch dry. Nice solid malt flavors with a slightly nutty tone and just the slightest hint of peat. Finishes with a touch of sweet and lingers a bit dry. Complex and smooth.

M&D: Medium weight with light carbonation and a smooth disposition makes this a very enjoyable brew.

Thanks to Maria for picking this up for me during her travels.

Photo of steelerguy
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Light translucent brown with mahogany tones, looks a lot like an amber. Small head that fades fast to a lacing on top.

S - Very "woody" aroma to me. Some toasted malt, but really does small like a stick to me.

T - Lots of toasted malt flavors with some caramel sweetness. Would like just a touch more hop bitterness to balance it out.

M - A little thin and definitely lacking in carbonation, was near flat.

D - Good session beer if you are looking to drink without really paying much attention to the flavor. Won't wow you or disgust you.

Photo of blitz134
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coke brown body, nicely clear. Off white quarter inch head on the pour, loosly held together. Reduced to meandering pockets of bubble on top with a ring around the glass.

Nice nutty aroma brought on with lightly toasted malts. Light biscuit aromas as well, followed by a hint of floral, grassy hops.

Taste is lightly toasted malts again, but lacks the nuttiness I like in a brown. Finish is a good biscuit malt which lingers for a fleeting moment. Quite crisp overall.

Medium to thin bodied with a good deal of crispness. Easy to put down. Quite refreshing. I can see why so many locals pick this up. Its a good transitional brew that can break the summer heat.

Photo of bellce0
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of warriorsoul
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with a full finger of off-white head...very little lacing.
Nutty aroma with a sweet caramel malt in the finish...very nice as it warms.
The taste is just what I'm looking for...low hops, not too sweet and a nice nutty profile.
A touch thin, but typical for the offering's style, so not really docking it there.
Could drain quite a few of these in an evening.
Above average from one of my favorite out of reach breweries.

Photo of nem2006
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 oz bottle. The beer poured a clear brown with a reddish hue. There wasn't much carbonation and the head did not last long at all.

The nose is heavy on the malts with a caramel hint.

It is medium to full bodied with a heavy malt taste with a hint of caramel in the middle before a slight hop finish at the end.

Photo of bsp77
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into pseudo-pint glass.

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown with decent head.

Smell: Caramel, chocolate and molasses. A little faint.

Taste: Strong semi-sweet malty core of chocolate and molasses. Nice core, but that's about all there is. Some light nutty and spicy notes on the finish, but the key word is light.

Feel: Medium body, fairly smooth with moderate carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Overall: Decent Brown Ale that could us a little more hops and/or nuttiness to combat the sweet malts.

Photo of dankjohn
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of rhinonau
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Fast169
2.25/5  rDev -37%

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of PatLarsen
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy amber-brown color with a small tan head that settles into a resilient film and leaves some lace. Aroma of wet dog, roasted malts, mud, rain water, wet grass, and soggy cereal. Flavor of toasted malts, nuts, root beer, lots of earth, and a lingering woodsy note. Light-medium bodied, with medium-high carbonation and a wet, earthy mouthfeel. Bad smell on a brown ale- this one is off.

Photo of jmbraxton
2/5  rDev -44%

Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at a Sweetwater-sponsored charity event.

A - Dark brown with a reddish-orange tint; transparent but with a slight haze.

Aroma: plenty of toasted malt. Nutty with a hint of molasses.

Taste: a nice medium roasted malt. A very subtle spicy hop note. Sweet but appropriate for style. Nice malty aftertaste.

M - medium body; good carbonation; smooth

O - excellent for style

Photo of glid02
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this on tap at Sweetwater Brewery.

Pours a decent brown color with a good one finger head. Pretty good retention, lacing isn't too great.

Smells nutty, with a good amount of malt sweetness and a tiny amount of hops. There's also a slightly metallic aftertaste. Not bad, but not that good.

Tastes much the way it tastes. The nutty taste is hardly there however, and the biggest thing is the sweetness. There's a tiny amount of hop bitterness at the end as well. Like the smell, not bad, but not that good.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin and overly carbonated. I would have liked it to be a little thicker and smoother. The carbonation did bring out the flavor however.

This beer's drinkability is alright. I have a lot of other beers I'd like to have over the course of a night, but if I was presented with a bunch I wouldn't complain.

Overall it's not worth seeking out and there are a lot of other Brown Ales out there that are better, but it is by no means a bad beer. Don't buy too many, but don't turn one down.
Thi

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear deep amber -brown body with an oatmeal colored head that is fizzy.
S- This beer has a pale toasted malt aroma with a field corn toasted note with a dry caramel malt note in the finish.
T- This beer has a soft toasted malt slightly dry with some caramel malt in the finish. As the beer warms there is a biscuit note that comes through.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight watery texture.
D- This beer has a nice aroma and flavor but it is just very muted.

Photo of Zachb4au
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of LXIXME
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried a pint of this at the Atlanta airport while I was waiting for my flight home.

Arrived without any head so really don't know about that, but it did retain a skinny little light brown lacing throughout my experience with this particular glass of beer.

Aroma consists of roasted caramel malts with hints or accents of honey and roasted nuts.

The taste is that of roasted caramel malts highlighted with a roasted nut taste and maybe a slight molasses or something similar coming through, the taste remains throughout a light dryish aftertaste.

I quite liked this brown although I wish it had had a slightly fuller body on it, but that's ok with me.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed rusty brown color. A thin tan head rises and falls rather quickly and doesn't leave much behind to look at. Not a pretty beer but nothing odd or bad that would stop one from drinking it.

The nose is a step in the right direction. Lightly sweet and malty with a heavy dose of nuts. The nose could be more potent but at least it's fragrant and hints at a great tasting beer.

This is a tasty beverage. Sweet but mild with a great malty finish. A solid nutty taste throughout the drinking experience. The best thing about the flavor is it's simplicity. There isn't much complexity which works for the style of beer. Well done.

Simple mouthfeel. Smooth, not too carbonated which really let's the nutty flavor come through. Easy to drink and a perfect session beer. Simple and flavorful, well worth giving a try.

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Sweetwater Georgia Brown from SweetWater Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 595 ratings.