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Sweetwater Georgia Brown - SweetWater Brewing Company

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642 Ratings
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Ratings: 642
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 18
Gots: 85 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-13-2002

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Ratings: 642 | Reviews: 235
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Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
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 SIRIUS2
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
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
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
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
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
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 warriorsoul
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
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
3.64/5  rDev +2%
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
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
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 PatLarsen
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
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 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
3.25/5  rDev -9%
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 LXIXME
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of nickthegun12
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

smooth as a bill clinton apology!!! love it....

it def looks like a brown ale....little to no head with a very dark brown appearance...

smells more like a porter....with some light chocolate notes...and has that sweetwater hop character...

taste like a brown ale....you can def taste the pale malt and not very much hop presence in the taste

dry mouthfeel....like a brown ale should taste....with very little lacing....

you can prob drink these all night long....with little abv%

Photo of Retroman40
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I acquired this as part of a "Tackle Box" that contained four different Sweetwater beers.

A - Poured out a very nice dark brown with a head that retreated to a thin lace.

S - Toasted malts with some coffee.

T - Toasted malts, coffee with even a hint of chocolate.

M - A bit on the thin side for a brown ale.

O - This actually reminded me more of a Porter but nevertheless it was enjoyable and certainly worth giving a try if you are a fan of this style.

Photo of Bcb510
4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

Bulldog in Jackson MS. Hefty lacing that quickly dissipated. Smooth with hints of molasses and caramel. Delicious brown ale. Reminds me of KM Brown. Can I get some more?

Photo of Sammy
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the brewpub. Another sweet brown beer, clearly a malt play.Caramel,and on the sweet side, even a bit thin though sitable carbonation. Some soapy head and lacing was nice. Kind of a root beer, with licorice. Unnnecessary as the blue gives all the sweet beer drinkers their fill.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - This is a clean looking light-brown ale that is perfectly clear and the color of thinned wood stain. The tiny head only lasts for a few seconds before reducing to a very small collar. After a minute in the glass, this looks like flat root beer.

S - Ok, now things are looking up a bit. Brown sugar, chestnuts, peanut butter, and Chic-O-Sticks. Remember those orange sticks that could be had at penny candy stores? This has that same sugary peanut butter note. Could use a bit more horsepower on the nose, but the aromas that are presented here are very pleasant.

T - The favors are very much an amplified version of the aromatics. Light nuttiness along with a bourbon-glaze brown sugar sweetness. Chic-O-Sticks keep coming to mind, along with marzipan and Mr. Pibb.

M - Light bodied and very gently carbonated with a sweet brown-sugar finish that could become cloying should you choose to enjoy more than two of these in one sitting.

D - I really like the flavors, but I can't help feeling that they went a little half-assed with this one. What I'm smelling and tasting is excellent, I just wish I could smell and taste more of those aspects. But, this is intended to me a mild brew based on the style so I really can't fault it for that. This is a tasty, but underpowered. A decent session choice though!

Photo of tdm168
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark brown with a thin layer of brownish, off white head that's creamy and soft. The nose has a nice malty aroma that's toasty, nutty, and caramelly. The flavor is toasty, roasty, a bit nutty, earthy, almost smoky, a little sweet with good caramel notes. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, a bit chewy, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a really solid beer. It's flavorful, complex, drinkable, refreshing, enjoyable. I would definitely have this again.

Photo of Ryan91676
4.56/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I have tried brown ales every chance I get. These guys make the absolute best i have ever had. So smooth and light tasting.

Photo of cjgator3
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is sweet malts, chocolate and caramel.

T- The taste like the aroma is sweet malts and caramel. The taste is mostly malty with just a touch of hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount Of carbonation.

D- Overall, Sweetwater Georgia Brown is a solid Brown Ale that is worth a try.

Photo of RickS95
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a hazy light brown with a thin tan head.

Fills the nose with a sweet malty scent.

Tastes like it smells, nothing dominates the nose or mouth.

There are attempts at a slight bitter but the sweetness cuts it off before the finish.

Looks good, smells good and tastes good, but leaves me wanting a little more.

Photo of tempest
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my friends who brought this back from Atlanta. It's a simple brown with toasty dark bread crust and hint of toffee. It's a touch sour, but the label says it's good for another month, so it might just be a little black grain. Worth a try if you dig brown ales.

Photo of plfahey
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance-Amber, brown, and slightly orangish with a moderate dirty ivory colored head. Slight cast of haze.

Aroma-Rich toasty bread crust aromas pour from the glass. Underneath all the toast is whiff of caramel and hints of darker, roasted coffee tones. Low to no hops in the aroma.

Flavor-Lightly sweet up front with toasty melanoidins in the forefront of the profile. Unfortunately, the flavor does not show the same depth and complexity as the nose. Finish tastes of toast and tends towards a slightly dry, roasted note. Very low earthy hop flavors in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel-Medium to medium light body. Moderate carbonation, which is quite smooth and lends the beer almost a creamy texture.

The flavor on this one is solid, but not too special. That said, this is a good, very drinkable brown ale-I would be happy to stick with this for a few pints and it wouldn’t fatigue the palate.

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Sweetwater Georgia Brown from SweetWater Brewing Company
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