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Sweetwater Georgia Brown - SweetWater Brewing Company

Sweetwater Georgia BrownSweetwater Georgia Brown

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Ratings: 480
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%

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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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 16:01:09 | More by bsp77
Photo of smakawhat


3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 23:20:40 | More by smakawhat
Photo of Retroman40


3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 09:58:05 | More by Retroman40
Photo of jlindros


3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 03:58:53 | More by jlindros
Photo of barczar


3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 23:48:34 | More by barczar
Photo of Fender616


4.16/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 06:59:22 | More by Fender616
Photo of Tonmeister


3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 22:56:04 | More by Tonmeister
Photo of Roman5150


3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 22:48:58 | More by Roman5150
Photo of Mojo


3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 05:04:25 | More by Mojo
Photo of kylehay2004


3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 01:29:11 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of bigfnjoe


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

Poured from a bottle into a Victory tulip

A- pours a dark shade of brown (not black) with a one finger tan head. Looks nice

S- nice chocolate aroma coming through. Smells great!

T- really, really nice chocolate flavors coming through with a slight hint of coffee in the finish as well. Real nice

M- medium bodied, not bad at all

O- fantastic brown ale, one of my favorites. Criminally underrated

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 19:22:25 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

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

Enjoyed this one while building a Browning M2 machine gun and tripod! :D Served from bottle into a shaker. Poured dark brown with a one finger khaki colored head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, dark chocolate, nutty, and cream. The flavor was of roasted malt, dark chocolate, cream, and nutty. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I was really quite pleasantly surprised to find the nice roastiness mixed with the dark chocolate in this one. I really did not expect it to be there. The aroma was pretty much the same story with a nice well balanced profile going on. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance or are lucky enough to receive this one as an extra during a trade.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 15:01:50 | More by thagr81us
Photo of StoutHunter


3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got a bottle of Sweetwater's Georgia Brown Ale that my brother brought back from his trip down south. I'm starting to like this brewery so I am always down to try different beers from them, so lets see how this English Brown Ale goes. Best buy date of June 30th 2012. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label is similar to all the other beers I have had from them, but I still think it looks good. It poured a nice murky brown color that took on a nice bright copper color when held to the light and it had a fingers worth of slightly off white head that died down to a very thin ring that eventually faded to nothing and left no lacing. The color of this beer was really nice but the head and lacing were disappointing so I think the appearance is right around average.

S- The aroma starts off with lots of pretty sweet medium toasted malts that impart some sweet bread, caramel and some lighter toasted aromas that actually smell similar to toasted bread. After that I get a light nutty aroma that is similar to hazelnut followed by a light amount of grassy hops. The aroma was nice, there was nothing out of place with it, I would say it was a little above average.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with some medium toasted malts that have lighter amount of medium sweetness and impart some grainy, lightly roasted, and light caramel flavors that are sweet, but not overly sweet. Next comes a light nutty flavor that is still similar to hazelnuts, there was also some doughy yeast and a slight amount of earthy hops that imparted a light amount of bitterness with a malty and slightly sweet aftertaste. The flavors are OK, but I would like some more complex malty flavors and a some more nutty flavors, it tastes a little watered down.

M- Pretty smooth, a little creamy, slightly dry, light bodied, with a nice amount of medium carbonation. Everything except the body was good for the style but the body was to thin and it felt watery.

Overall I thought that this was a mediocre beer and a pretty average English Brown Ale. There were no off flavors, but it didn't have enough of those great English Brown Ale flavors. This beer had ok drinkability. it went down pretty smooth and it wasn't filling, but the flavor couldn't hold my attention so one is all I would want. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma and the slight hazelnut aspect to this beer, they were the highlight of this beer. What I liked least about this beer the light body and the lack of head and lacing, they were both out of wack and need some work to make this beer compete with some of the better English Brown Ales. I am glad I tried it, but I don't think I would get this beer, it wasn't a memorable English Brown Ale, and I don't really recommend trying this beer, it isn't hard to find some better English Brown Ale. I wasn't too impressed with this beer, it just felt too watery, and the flavors were a little bland and didn't stick out like they should. I am starting to like this Georgia brewery, but this beer failed to impress me, better luck next time guys, I know you can do better.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 03:55:11 | More by StoutHunter
Photo of scruffwhor


3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ruby and a mild brown mix. One finger head after the pour, but that head ratains for all twelve ounces. Nice lace stickage.

Very light roasty aroma, more toasty malt aroma. Hint of grassy, natural hops. Faint nuttiness.

Lightly roasted lats with heavy toasted malts, a little nuttiness, ntural hops, mixed with a watery plate make this beer.

Easy to drink, but nothing special. Not bad, might buy again when I visit the South.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 22:02:12 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 21:24:49 | More by tdm168
Photo of busterwhite


3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium brown with a 1 finger head. Decent amount of lacing.

Smells sweet, a little chocolate and caramel.

Taste a little chocolate, malt sweetness and a well balanced bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a little thin. Well carbonated.

Overall this is a good brown ale and an easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 21:33:12 | More by busterwhite
Photo of Merkur


3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a rich mahogany brown color with a slight amount of head.

Beer has a faint nutty smell, but nothing really stands out.

Beer starts off sweet and malty with a good bit of nutty flavor and ends with just a touch of hoppiness.

Beer has a good bit of carbonation and is well bodied.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 01:24:25 | More by Merkur
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North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Dimpled Mug]

The pour was a hazy copper brown with an average sized (1-2 finger) creamy beige head that lasted for a decent while thus producing some very good sheets of lace on the glass.

The aroma was typical of a Brown Ale with some roasted chocolate malts, a smidgen of herbal hops and a doughy yeast with notes of coffee, caramel, brown sugar and a very light dark fruit ester.

The taste was malty to say the least with mild chocolate and caramel notes from the beginning and finished about the same but with a slight hoppy bitterness, a touch of brown sugar and a strong coffee presence. The flavor hung around for a little while with the taste of coffee being the most dominant, but also having a very mild sweet bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel was just a shade under medium in body with the texture being creamy and a little oily and having a medium carbonation.

Overall a pretty straight forward Brown Ale. Bold and tasty, but with no surprises. Most definitely a brew you could drink a few of.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 15:34:41 | More by KajII
Photo of barleyman


4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. brown glass bottle into my straight sided tumbler.A very attractive mahogany color is present.The smell is VERY mild, with very little malt and almost no hop aroma. A wonderful taste is mostly of malt, raisin, clove. The mouthfeel is exactly correct for this style, a little heavier than Newcastle, it numbs the tounge a bit, perhaps it a little stronger that labelled. Overall, this is a very nice beer, one that I could drink a few and enjoy!

Just a thought,


Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 02:48:25 | More by barleyman
Photo of beergod1


3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tastes Sweet, mildly roasty, caramely and touch of Chocolate, No hops at all for balance. This is a pretty straightforward American brown ale, no surprises in the flavor, but no flaws either. Not as much in the nose however, just some lightly roasted malt, more aroma wouldn’t hurt. Medium bodied and well-carbonated. The beer’s color is on the border between light brown and dark amber, and the light tan head settles to a ring. A few small patches of lace are left on the glass. Decent, but not amazing.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 01:28:14 | More by beergod1
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac


3/5  rDev -16%
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


Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 01:12:09 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
Photo of BeerNoobNC

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in the winter version of the SweetWater Tackle Box. Pours a very dark brown color, comparable to a porter. Leaves a fairly light colored head. Has a sweet and slightly fruity smell but I can't quite put my finger on what it is.

This beer has a unique taste that I have never experienced in a brown ale or any other beer for that matter. There is a sweet sugary taste that is typical of brown ales. However, there is also a fruity and maybe somewhat tangy flavor that follows this sweetness. The hop profile is not as noticeable, though it may be there and just covered up by the other bold flavors. Overall, this is a unique beer that I would recommend at least trying. I personally like it, though I feel that not everyone will like this different combination compared to other brown ales.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 02:25:31 | More by BeerNoobNC
Photo of deadonhisfeet


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

I picked this one up on my recent holiday travels (it's not sold in Kentucky). This beer pours out a slightly hazy mahogany color with a nice 1-finger head that quickly dissipates. Very faint nose of fresh bread and cookies.

Taste is spot on for this style. It's mild and has a slightly sweet cola flavor. Cookies greet you up front, then the flavors develop a bit to raisins and cola. There's a nice soft hop bite at the finish; just enough to keep it from tasting like a softdrink. Nicely balanced and has a nice firm mouthfeel.

Overall, a solid brown ale with no objectionable qualities. These beers are always mild and well-behaved and are probably not what most beer fans reach for. However, if you are a fan of this style, don't pass this one up.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 10:58:08 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of jsprain1


3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Reddish brown with a nice tan head. Not much lacing to it.
S- Smell is bready, a bit toasted, nutty, with a light brown sugar presnce.
T- It's relatively sweet with a molasses and brown sugar flavor. Plenty malty with just a bit of hoppiness.
M- Medium body, maybe a bit on the fuller side. Carbonation is just a bit lower than I'd like.
O- A decent to good brown. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 06:56:44 | More by jsprain1
Photo of Tastybeer007


3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a glass.

A- Brown color with a slight reddish tone. the beer head dissipates after a few seconds and it leaves a dark reddish beer on the glass.

S- It smells like it will be sweet. Very earthy/Sweet/Malty I can kind of smell some coffee or chocolate I am not sure what it was.

T- Not too crazy about the taste, but probably not the beer for me. To be honest it was drinkable, not a lot of carbonation, a kind of malty/creamy/chocolate like flavor to it. I did not like the aftertaste. It tasted a little bit like dark chocolate mixed in with DIRT, yes like dirt...probably that Earthy flavor...not for my palate

Didnt like the taste it left on my mouth, did not like the "dirt" taste, but can appreciate that it tries to be a good beer, the malty/sweetiness, and flavor of the beer.

Ehh I could probably drink it again, but really not my type.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 22:30:55 | More by Tastybeer007
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Sweetwater Georgia Brown from SweetWater Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 480 ratings.