Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine and select auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Sweetwater Georgia Brown - SweetWater Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Sweetwater Georgia BrownSweetwater Georgia Brown

Educational use only; do not reuse.

234 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 234
Hads: 689
Avg: 3.57
pDev: 23.25%
Wants: 18
Gots: 109 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-13-2002

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 234 | Hads: 689
Photo of chrishiker1409
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Dark brown. One finger of tan head. Moderate to lightly carbonated. Some patchy lacing.

S: Nutty. No hop presence.

T: Nutty, sweet. Some chocolate and coffee notes. Real nice.

F: Medium bodied.

O: How a brown should be. Superior to that hop hash brown they have.

 284 characters

Photo of kevinlater
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pint in a tumbler at the sweetwater draft house and grill, hartsfield-jackson atlanta airport, terminal B. oct 17 2015

a: transparent dark brown

s: a bit of nuts, chocolate, and coffee

t: huge toasted nut and chocolate flavours. lesser coffee tastes. a bit of a raisin sweetness throughout. mild bitterness

m: light but not watery mouthfeel, low carbonation

o: big flavour in this light beer. love it

 405 characters

Photo of mikeg67
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours brown with tall, long lasting, fluffy, off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is bready malt, toffee, plums and hint of herbal hops. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Taste is similar to aroma. Finish is long and dry. I could drink this a lot.

 269 characters

Photo of FriedSlug
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown that lets only one speck of light pass through the deepest part of the beer. Mostly white head leaves after a minute and there is minimal lacing. The smell is sweet roasted malts and cocoa with perhaps a hint of coffee. The taste is subdued but is mostly sweet roasted malts and chocolate with a nice slightly bitter hop finish. Nice brown that I would enjoy again.

 381 characters

Photo of egrapplesberg
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up in variety pack. Best if enjoyed by 11/26/15. Poured into my Eagle Rock Distributing snifter. Dark brown, almost black with off white one inch frothy head that recedes moderately. Not much lace until I start sipping. Mild random spots cling to glass. Spell is roasted malt, nutty, chocolate, and a hint of coffee. Taste is somewhat the same, mostly roasted barley tho. Feel is slight creamy. Average brown ale that I enjoyed with my chocolate chip cookie dough blizzard from DQ. Cheers!

 496 characters

Photo of nicholas2121
4.6/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweetwater Georgia Brown brewed by SweetWater Brewing Company, with an ABV of 5.10% This brew pours out a nice Light brown color with a off white head. This brew has the look of Coffee, not saying that is a bad thing. This brew has the look of most Brown Ale's on the market. The smell of Sweetwater Georgia Brown is, sweet with grains, malts. There is also hit of hops in this brew. I really like the this brew so far, it is inviting brew. You can pick up on the caramel in the smell of this brew. Now for the taste, it is full of flavors. There is a lot going on in this brew. You pick up on the sweetness from the caramel and roasted malts and grains. Sweetwater Georgia Brown has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. This brew goes down like Iced coffee for me. This is a nice drinking brew. The mouthfeel of Sweetwater Georgia Brown is Rich, Bold and Smooth. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.5 out 5. I would buy this brew again. SweetWater Brewing Company, did a nice job with this one.

 1,033 characters

Photo of Zraly
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium brown with an off-white head. A bit of earth and malt in the nose.

Mild but pleasant milk chocolate and toasted malts. A bit of earth in the finish. Sweet but the finish is on the drier side. Medium-bodied. Carbonation is just right.

A nice brown ale that is decent for session beer. Probably a nice contrast to spicy beef dishes.

 345 characters

Photo of daddypatstacks
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

 483 characters

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!!!~

 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

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Sweetwater Georgia Brown from SweetWater Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.