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Sweetwater Georgia Brown - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Georgia BrownSweetwater Georgia Brown

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Reviews: 230
Hads: 669
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 23.6%
Wants: 18
Gots: 101 | 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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Photo of cadizkyguy
2.01/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I had this beer before bedtime last night and I'm surprised it didn't give me nightmares. This beer was just plain awful. It had a freshness date of 5-22-09 so it wasn't out of date. But there wasn't very much good about this beer -- smell, taste, mouthful and drinkability were way under par for what I believe a Sweetwater brew should offer. I really felt I was sniffing the glass of a macro, and mouthful, I found to be very thin and unappetizing. I will definitely avoid this one in the future.

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Photo of santoslhalper
2.07/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Appearence: Poured a clear copper with a tiny, beige head.

Smell: The smell is nutty and caramel notes, with a tiny hint of sweetness.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The flavor is a wet cardboard taste, mixed with charcoal and some sickly, sticky sweet notes. Blah! Watered down tasting. It's very bland, fake, and unappealing. The mouthfeel is light.

Drinkability and Overall: This one's giving me a headache and I've only taken a few sips. Ahhh! Sorry, I just don't like this one, it's not for me.

Thanks anways to rajendra82 for the shipment.

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Photo of Chaney
2.18/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I got this as an extra from GatorBeerNerd in a wonderful in-person trade at Sexual Chocolate Day 2011. Thanks Donnie!

A: Poured a sort of dark Coca-Cola brown color, with a huge 1-2 finger mocha head that quickly melted into nothing more than several patches of bubbles.

S: Not much actually.... maybe some brown sugar and a tinge of sweet bready malts.

T: Very much an unpleasant, rather peppery caramel. Thin and somewhat watery, with sweetness that seemed bleached-out. Where was the candy quality?

M: Prickly carbonation, but there were more ominously fatal flaws at work here. No lacing to speak of.

D: One of the worst brown ales I've ever tasted. That's a shame, but I had liked every Sweetwater brew I had ever tried up to that point.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
2.58/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap (at Pub 71, Atlanta, GA) - brown in appearance with a slight white head that was not well retained. It had a very light roasted malt aroma to it, but again, very weak. The taste pretty well followed the nose, a light roasted malt flavor, pretty simple and not much flavor to it. It had a light body to it, seemed almost a little watered down. Still, if you can get past that, the beer was smooth and about average drinkability. I probably will not order again and this beer does not appear to do the style justice.

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Photo of Bounty628
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

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Photo of denver10
2.76/5  rDev -22.5%
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

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In the glass, it's a clear nut brown with a thick ivory head. Smell hints at a light nuttiness but very light. Not much in the nose at all.

Taste is nutty and malty. Lightly fruity. Some sour yeastiness in the finish that is a bit unpleasant. Smooth with a sticky aftertaste.

Overall, not for me.

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Photo of mday
2.81/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A :: Pours a deep brown with a red-orange tint with very little head that completes disappears.
S :: A little hard to place...at first it was a little like cookies, dark molasses but really faint overall. It was tough to place any specific smell.
T :: Extremely light flavor. There was a slight nutty flavor with a lot of sweetness. The flavors weren't as deep and nutty as I would like from a brown.
M :: Very thin and light with moderate carbonation.
D :: I'd say this was drinkable but it lacked any depth and I really wanted more from it. I didn't find this offering unpleasant nor pleasant. Not my favorite brown, but it is still drinkable and worth at least one try.

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Photo of raszputini
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells malty with a little nose hoppiness. Pours thin and brown with a light tannish head. Notes of nuts and roast in the malts. Slightly hoppier finish than a typical brown, as is typical with most Sweetwater products. I don't enjoy the hops in this brew - they just don't balance this brew out.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a dark brown-amber color with a tiny off-white head that recedes rather quickly.

Smell: Not much here. The aroma has a very one-track mind for toasted nuts.

Taste: A very mild, unoffending flavor of sweet malts with the merest hint of nuts. Flavors comes across as directionless and wishy-washy.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body, but everything comes up a bit watery.

Drinkability: I really didn't want to admit it to myself, but I had no choice at that point. I threw down my pint glass, looked up at the sky, and yelled with every last bit of energy I had left: "This is the white bread of brown ales!"

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Photo of daddypatstacks
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Another disappointing beer from Sweetwater. Maybe I needed a fresher one (mine wasn't past the date, but still), but this beer did not hit really any of the notes that I appreciate about brown ales. This beer is sweet, cloyingly sweet. It felt as if it was sticking to my teeth and gums. It was a medium amber color and lacked the toasty malts or creamy feel that I like in a good brown ale. I think there are way better brown ales on the market so I see no reason to get this again.

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Photo of CHickman
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Came with the Beer of the Month Club. Pours hazy chestnut to amber brown in color with a 1/4 inch creamy beige head that disappeared quickly; smells of sweet malt, caramel, nuts like almond, roasted grains, coffee and maple syrup. The aroma is pretty sweet, but the roasted grains are strong and almost give off a light skunky odor.

Tastes of sweet malt, caramel, nut and roasted grains up front, followed by hops, coffee, bread and maple syrup, with hints of yeast and citrus towards the finish which lingers with the coffee taste, assumed from the malts. The carbonation is high, with a light crisp feel, although the beer feels medium bodied and on the creamy side in the mouthfeel. The finish is bitter, one that leaves a puckering sensation.

This is a strange beer in that it tastes very good up front, and it's light and highly drinkable, but it just that something feels strange the whole time I drank it and it leaves a strange copper/metal-like aftertaste. A decent beer overall, and that's mostly because of the tasty flavor up front.

The second bottle of this beer was better when I just drank it from the bottle and didn't sip and savor it as in the review style - it's just one of those beers that's just better to drink than analyze the taste and smell.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
2.91/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Another offering in my BotM club.

Poured into a shaker: a nice, dark, honey-ish amber with orange highlights. 2 fingers of head that's tapioca in color & texture. Head drops to a thick coating, leaving some lacing.

Smells of caramel & baked goods, like molasses crinkle cookies. Sweet but not real rich, a "cool" smell, if that makes sense.

Taste is not nearly as sweet: starts off with a thin but nice toasted flavor, then turns into a weak combination of bread & citrus, finishing with a kind of a rusty tap water taste. Not real enticing, & unfortunate given the smell. Swallow it quickly enough & you don't notice the rustiness.

Hmm, later on the smell's not so great either, & develops an onion-like funk. I'm not sure what happened to my nice cookie smell from earlier.

Mouthfeel is decent enough, light-to-medium bodied, & doesn't just lay there. This was a weird one for me; started off well enough, but I don't understand the transformation in the smell, & the taste was not blowing me out of the water anyway. Maybe I got a bad bottle, & I'd be happy to edit my review in the future if I find this was the exception rather than the rule with this beer.

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Photo of kimcgolf
2.94/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a bright copper color with a hint of red, medium white head, and minimal lacing. Okay aroma of malty nuts and honey. Flavor somewhat on the toffee side, and this beer ahd a little bit of a bitter finish. Not bad for a brown ale, which I’m not a real fan of.

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Photo of Goliath
2.96/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish brown with amber colored edges. Produces a large inch and ahalf of off white head on the pour with good retention and some spotty lace.

Aroma is fairly malty, almost reminds me of a dopplebock. Kind of grainy with some bread.

Taste is alright. Malty for sure, with notes of bread and grain. A slight hop bitterness, but very subtle. It's like drinking oats and hay.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and rather smooth with a gentle carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. Low alcohol makes this brew easy to consume, but flavor is lacking and uninspiring.

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Photo of scoobybrew
2.99/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - deep amber color with a thick head that settles a bit, but is fairly well retained

S - malty aroma, very faint hops

T - sweet malt with a touch of roasted quality, hops are practically unnoticeable, slight metallic taste on finish

M - medium to light body with moderate carbonation

D - This is a pretty average English brown and a bit too sweet for my personal tastes for a sessionable beer.

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Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm afraid it is hard for me to be more evocative about this beer than to simply say "it was average." Moderate malt with a touch of brown sugar. Although little hopping is expected for the style, what there was seemed watered down. Mouthfeel was mid-range, with a little sugaryness.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very disappointed. I love Sweetwater and Brown ales and maybe I was lookign foward to it too much. It was a let down to say the least. Bought a 6 pack and I'm not lookign forward to drinking the rest of it.

appearance: deep brown copper color

smell: mild hops, slight coffee

taste: mild bitterness, low flavor

mouthfeel: low carbonation and ok taste

drinkability: not good

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a copper caramel hue with large tan bubbles forming a fizzy, short lasting head.

S: Aroma is very faint; traces of nut and hints of spice are barely noticeable, but not much else.

T/M: Standard carbonation pretty much stands alone at first, not a great sign. A slight bitterness emerges after a bit and some dry malt and nuttiness finish it off, but this one is underwhelming.

I'd prefer this over, say, a Newcastle, but there are many better options out there altogether


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Photo of danielharper
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from Wayne's Package Store near Warrior, AL.

Dark brown coloration with slight reddish tinge towards the bottom. Thin head that fades away to merely soapscum after only moments. Little to no lacing.

Strong nutty aroma, little-to-no hops. Slight sweetness towards the bottom.

Sweet flavor, but highly astringent. Nutty overtones with sweet aftertaste. About as-expected for a brown ale.

Moderate mouthfeel leads to a fairly decent overall drinkability score. This one's straight 3's all the way down. To paraphrase Miles from _Sideways_, I've learned never to expect greatness from a Brown Ale, and this is no exception. A pity, given how much I love Sweetwater's IPA and 420 Pale Ale.

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Photo of errantnight
3.02/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the ole Beer of the Month Club.

This one is fine. But only just.

Pours a mahogany brown with a nice finger of head that dissipates... to nothing. No head, no lacing.

Aroma is light chestnut and subtle toast. On the palate it's a bit thin and water in the finish, but up front it has some nice maltiness, the nut and moderate toast are pleasing, and despite the somewhat thin flavor at the end, it actually has a nice, rounded finish the supports instead of is obliterated by a pleasing hop balance.

Overall, this is in need of fleshing out. But you could do worse, and the brewing process seems spot on.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BOTM selection. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date of 4/13/10 clearly marked on the label. Was a hazy copper color with slight carb steams. It had an average sized foamy head that settled into a small collar. Good sheeting but none sticking.

The aroma was malty with roasted and caramel. Not bad but nothing to remember. The aroma follows the aroma closely. Sweet malt taste with caramel and roasted elements. A touch of nuttiness and hops. Just not much there to grasp onto. Mouthfeel was medium with good carb levels. After-taste was nut bitter and not all that pleasing.

Overall, a decent beer and about what you'd expect to get in these BOTM clubs (got as a gift not a purchase) - safe, middle of the road to appeal to the masses and not push any boundaries. Recommend if you can get one from a friends fridge. Rotation - not available here in TX. If here, wouldn't make the rotation [N;N]

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle provided by DeaconBluez

Pours a rich chestnut brown with a cream colored head that thins. Nice lacing on the glass.

Not much aroma to speak of. A slight hint of malt, but that's about it.

Flavor is not much stronger than the aroma. A light malty and nutty flavor upfront that washes away clean and dry. Bland city.

It's easy enough to drink, but instantly forgettable.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brown bottle with a best before date of 10/04/09.
I love Einglish Brown Ale and this one is an exception to that.
Pours clear with a off white head that receeds quickly leaving some side lacing.
Aroma: I'm just not picking up much . A little molasses malts but that is about it.
Sweet taste but not alot of flavor to describe, (this from a Brown?) Perhaps a little cocoa or coffee. Light on carbonation.
Drinkable, but for a Brown Ale - not up to expectations.

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Photo of jettjon
3.04/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From the bottle with 2/4/07 best by date, into a pint glass a reddish-brown color with a fizzy head that vanishes immediately leaving no bubbles and no lace. Looks like juice in a glass. I’d try a second pour but already this beer is leaving me disinterested. Nose is sweet, not malty at all, with a hint of hops. Taste is bitter up front, a moderate hops presence, followed by a mild, clean bitter finish. Mouth is watery bordering on thin and slightly bubbly. Drinkability is OK; this beer doesn’t offend, but it doesn’t offer much, either.

Overall: I would avoid this generic “brown ale” as anything other than a “gateway” beer for your macro friends.

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Sweetwater Georgia Brown from SweetWater Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.