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Sweetwater Georgia Brown - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Georgia BrownSweetwater Georgia Brown

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Reviews: 226
Hads: 661
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 18
Gots: 96 | FT: 1
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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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Reviews: 226 | Hads: 661
Photo of drdiesel9483
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - dark brown color with a great tan head and sticky lacing, looks creamy.
Smell - sweet and toasty.
Taste - sweet and toasty like the smell. A little nutty with some hints of chocolate.
Feel - medium body and carbonation
Overal - descent brown (249 characters)

Photo of Beerma
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Liked this beer and the guy behind me blew the tap! He said it was the last one they were getting! Didn't cry over it but If I could have got the last of the keg for free I would have been fantastic! It was a very lite and smooth for a dark beer. I could drink a few different then a heavy stout! (296 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown pour leaving an inviting cap of sturdy tan foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, caramel note
Taste-Toasted malt, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, and a nice little undercurrent of hops that balance everything out. A very enjoyable, tasty brown ale. (248 characters)

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

Interesting take on a brown here, more of a caramel toasty base than a nutty chocolate roast one, making it a lighter and more easy drinking, but equally flavorful example of the style. Nice frothing head on it with decent retention, an amber hue, and a nose of sweet medium crystal malt. The yeast is nondescript, unlike other English style browns out there, but u don't miss it as the beer is dry enough for me in the finish and not seemingly missing anything. Medium bodied with average carbonation, this beer isn't going to change the world, but it's a plenty serviceable warm weather brown, and that's all good in my book. (627 characters)

Photo of ordybill
4.19/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz mug off tap
Aroma- Has a nice malt aroma
Appearance- –Brown color with a moderate white head.
Taste - Pretty good flavor, malty with a sweet finish.
Palate- – This a medium-bodied brew with low carbonation and a slick feel.
Overall- This is pretty good, one of the better beers Sweetwater offers. (306 characters)

Photo of denver10
2.76/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours an abearish caramel with a dirty cream head. Aroma is a little roast with chocolate and caramel and a touch of coffee cake. Flavor is pound cake and chocolate malts with a touch of hops thrown in. Kind of watered down. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, meh. Pass.

My rating: 2.80 (288 characters)

Photo of ArchimedesSox
4/5  rDev +12%

Pours a dark brown with a really nice 2 finger head that dissipates slowly leaving good lacing down a 20oz pub glass.

Smell is good enough. A little faint but has a really nice character of the roasted dark malts, maybe a little chocolate.

Taste is of sweet roasted caramel malts in the front with a little bit of hop bitterness in the middle of the taste and a caramely aftertaste.

Mouthfeel has a medium feel with good carbonation.

Overall, a really good english brown. If you like Newcastle, you will love this beer. (533 characters)

Photo of Urizen
5/5  rDev +40.1%

This is probably my favorite beer right now. I love Brown Ales and this is the best I've had. I buy it regularly. I am from Georgia, and of English decent, so I'm basically who this beer was made for. Plus, this is readily avialible in my area. Thanks Sweetwater! It really looks beautiful in a glass. Clear ruby red and brown. Satisfying from the first taste to being plastered. This ain't sipping ale. (407 characters)

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? (171 characters)

Photo of clemsonalum13
4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a 1 inch head. Smells richly of malt and chocolate. Sweet tasting. Chocolate and caramel-ish flavors really stand out. Moderate lacing. No bitter aftertaste. Recommend this beer to anyone who has tried other browns and come away unsatisfied. Will definitely be buying this beer again. (290 characters)

Photo of Hergestridge
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Medium Chocolate colour. Nice carbonation. Small lively head of foam
Smell: Slight bitter chocolate with semi-sweet chocolate undertones
Taste: Strong semi-sweet malty core of chocolate and brown sugar.. Slight pecan nuttiness.
Feel: Nice body, refreshingly smooth with very lively carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Overall: Decent Brown Ale .. not the best I've tasted, but a nice entry
Serving type: bottle

~Carry on Citizens!!!~
sMc (445 characters)

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. (527 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Best before April 20th 2014.

A deep red brown body, nearly blood red but with lots of mahogany color. Head forms about three fingers and settles quickly to two fingers tall, but there's a real thick creamy character to it nearly nitro looking. Some lined snake like lacing hits the glass as I drink. Fairly good looking brown.

The bouquet doesn't bring much. Quiet down here, I get a faint molasses and a little caramel, no toast, hop, nutty quality, nothing. Some faint cinnamon sweetness and cream is just struggling to make a presence.

Palate comes really surprising. I am getting next to nothing. A soft mild hop herbality with zero malt presence. There's some coating depth, and a little bit of leafy tea like character in this but the flavors are next to nothing when tasting. Some warmth brings out caramel sweetness that only just seems watered down.

Overall, where's the toast and nut? Comes off like a neutral beer which is even more surprising for a brown ale. (1,023 characters)

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. (458 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to itsme_timd (Reddit) for this one.

Pours a decent fizzy big bubbled head that hits about 1/2 a finger then fades pretty quickly to nothing, no lacing, dark murky molasses mahogany brown color with hints of light getting through thin parts.

Nose brings some nutty brown malts, toasty brown as well, some caramel, toffee, a lot of a syrupy molasses candy like, and condensed caramel, hint of a fudgey cocoa too. it also has a mild grassy hop, and a mild corn syrup like aroma too unfortunately.

Taste starts a bit sweet, more syrupy like candy flavors, some molasses, little nutty toffee, some caramel and caramelized sugars but not too sweet, a little bit of an earthy corn syrup like flavor too, or the raw molasses flavor. little earthy hop character, little bitterness but not a lot. Finishes a little syrupy but not a ton, mild slightly unpleasant herbal bitterness, mild syrupy raw herbal molasses flavor but no sticky.

Mouth is med bod, decent small bubble carb, surprisingly not sticky or really syrupy.

overall OK, nothing too special, but a decent drinkable brown ale, that slight herbal raw molasses flavor and corn syrup like similar aroma are the real things that detract from it, but still pretty tasty, still wish there were a bit more hops and bitterness. (1,286 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear chestnut with moderate khaki head.

Nutty, toasted aroma. Malty, light floral hops.

Nutty, toasted malt, fairly fruity specialty malt finish. Floral hops.

Body and carbonation are moderate.

Good malt character, English hops. Floral notes are a nice change, though the fruity malt character is slightly overdone. (328 characters)

Photo of Fender616
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Hazelnut, Chocolate, Roasted malt
Taste: Hazelnut, Mild Coffee, Dry Hop finish
Body: Med-Light

This is a stellar brown ale. I had this beer a year or so ago and didn't think much of it. I thought it was over-hopped to be a brown ale, and didn't have much as far as flavor was concerned. I also had it right out of the fridge. At the advice of a friend I tried it again, but I let it warm up a bit before tasting (68 degrees or so). Man, what a HUGE difference!

Fridge cold, it smells hoppy, tastes hoppy, and doesn't cut it as a brown ale.
Let it sit for a few minutes and it turns into a whole new beer. Along with the prevalent but soft flavors listed above, it has an excellent mouth feel. It's smooth, fairly light, and while the flavors linger, they're not overwhelming.

Awesome beer. Don't drink it cold. (821 characters)

Photo of Sark
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - cream colored shallow pebbled head, mahogany brown

Smell- not much, very light chocolate with a little hop

Taste- pleasant chocolate and toffee sweetness with some toasted grains middle tongue, the sweet darker malts come out at the end

Mouthfeel- medium bodied with lingering malty sweetness

Overall- a nice american brown, good to the style and full of flavor. I'll have another pint when I find myself with another layover in Atlanta (453 characters)

Photo of Tonmeister
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured in a pint mug.

Appearance: Dark Reddish Amber with a thick off-white head when poured aggressively. The lacing dissipates fairly quickly around the glass.

Smell: Roasted Malts, Brown Sugar, hazelnut, bready, earthy. It is very sweet to the nose.

Taste: The taste follows the nose. It is fairly sweet. Not bitter at all. It has a unique blend of a caramel-like malty flavor, Nuts, brown sugar, sweet spices, and earthy yeast combination with bready notes. The taste kind of reminds me of a light cola.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied with little carbonation.

Overall, this is a well balanced beer. It's pretty sweet and thin and it goes down very smooth. This would be a perfect session brew. Not my favorite from SweetWater, but nonetheless this is a very good brew. (777 characters)

Photo of Roman5150
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

bottle into Duvel glass

appearance: dark mahogany with a hint of amber, bubbly 1 finger white head

smell: bready, sweet malt, molasses, hint of caramel, hazelnut, apple cider

taste: some subtle bready notes, somewhat roasty malt backbone, the taste ends too soon, leaves you hanging and wanting more. With that said, this is a highly drinkable session brown ale to me, not huge in the flavor department but high in smoothness and drinkability. Perhaps too balanced, needs a prominent flavor.

mouthfeel: not much carbonation, thick creamy full bodied feel

overall: An average brown ale, highly drinkable. Non craft beer enthusiats would love this, very accesible flavor profile, not a whole lot happening. Great for a hot summer day, would buy again but no need to seek this out or anything. (795 characters)

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

This offering from Sweetwater pours a medium mahogany brown with about a one finger taupe colored head and not a whole heap of lacing. Smell is bread, nuts, and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is pretty satisfying. Taste is pretty mild. Sweet and malty upfront followed by a nutty bitterness on the finish. Very drinkable, maybe too sweet if anything. (343 characters)

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Taco Mac in Perimeter. Graduation day for our class so celebrated with some of this.

Mahogany in color, a little off white whimzy heading that recedes to a thin edging. Not too much in the lacing area either ,very thin looking.

Not picking up to much in the nose. Sweet caramel malt, with a roasted nut aroma.

Roasted malt and sweet caramel malt, with a decent charred nut taste. Slight pine hops with a bit of a metallic like finish.

Medium bodied, low carbonation a bit on the thin side.

Not a bad choice for our last night in Atlanta bringing it with Sweetwater brewing but this was a little too ordinary of a brown ale. (640 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: thin head on a murky mahagony brown body.

S: toasted malt with nice hazelnut, milk chocolate and burnt toast notes.

T: opens with a mildly toasted malt finishing with earthy and nutty notes.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: Nice degree of sweetness. Nice aroma with the taste less complex. (322 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Sweetwater Tap room in the ATL airport.

Pours a very deep brown that turns a slightly translucent brown the more you drink. Half inch head that disappears.

The smell is surprisingly sweet for a Nut Brown. I get nutty smells (cashews mostly) behind the initial sweetness.

The taste just falls in line with the smell. The dry nutty flavors are hidden by the slick and sweet malt. I actually really like the flavors, although its not overly complex. Its a simple, easy to drink, slightly sweet Nut Brown. (518 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewery.

Poured a clear medium brown with a one finger light tan head.

Nose of roasted malt with some milk chocolate and coffee. Quite nice.

Plenty of roast in the flavor with coffee and chocolate being predominant. There is a little bit of caramel in there as well. A light bitterness towards the finish but not much in the way of hop flavor.

Overall, this is a pretty solid brown ale. Not spectacular by any means but a decent representation of the style. (479 characters)

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Sweetwater Georgia Brown from SweetWater Brewing Company
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