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Sweetwater Georgia Brown - SweetWater Brewing Company

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587 Ratings
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Ratings: 587
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 16
Gots: 49 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-13-2002)
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Photo of Sammy
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Sammy, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -2%

zestar, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -16%

nmann08, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +12%

GRG1313, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Vortex, Atlanta. This is a very nice, non-offensive beer. Nothing outlandish or unusual about it, just simple and nice. Standard to all English Browns, this pours with a tactile quality, promising creaminess and texutre, with moderate carbonation and is well headed. Faint aromas of chocolate, malt, and toast. Flavors rely on sweet barley malts, followed up by chocolates, bready / toastiness, hop balance, and a touch of lactose. Mild textures of smoothness and richness makes the brew pleasant to drink, yet round enough to keep from thinning. A light alchohol cooling and a lingering sweetness fades into cleanlines late.

BEERchitect, Jun 14, 2007
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.

kylehay2004, May 21, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

decided to tick a couple easy sweetwater brews i had never reviewed today after having way too much consumed yesterday. poured into a pint glass and drank while doing some yard work this was consumed on 02/06/2011.

nice pour with a good hazelnut color and a light offwhite head that capped the top with vigorous carbonation throughout. aroma is sweet, lots of caramel and roasted nuts, hints of bready grains, touches of light earthy hops, really quite nicely done i have to admit. moving forward there is a clean, crisp feel to it, smooth medium body is well deserving and shows off the overall profile very, very well. i was quite impressed with how easy this was. flavor is dominated by caramel and roasted nuts and the overall expierence is that of a lightly sweetened and very sessionable ale.

overall really very well done and i would have no trouble at all with polishing off a couple of these.

mikesgroove, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
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!"

ChainGangGuy, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

oberon, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev -2%

zeff80, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of nickfl
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - One finger of off-white foam on a crystal clear, amber brown body. Settles down pretty quickly and leaves virtually no lace.

S - Nutty, malty aroma with a little bit of caramel.

T - The aroma is echoed by the malty, nutty flavor. There is, again, some caramel and a slight roasted note this time. Hop bitterness kicks in towards the middle with just enough force to balance the malt. The finish is a combination of caramel malt and lingering bitterness with some nondescript hop flavor.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

D - Not particularly interesting, but well balanced and easy to drink. It has plenty of malt, but I was surprised to find that it is fairly bitter as well. If there are any flaws here, they would be a slight harshness to the bitterness and flatness to the hop aroma, but neither are a big deal in a brown ale.

nickfl, Feb 20, 2008
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.

jlindros, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks so much to Phatz for sharing some southern ale w/ me.
Poured cold into a Flying Fish pint.
A - Deep copper/caramel brown w/ an off white head

S - Fruit w/ some herbal scents - slightly nutty/biscuity

M - Sweet creamy and round. A mildly effervescent ale.

T - Gentle, toasted taste blends well with light fruitiness. A mildly spiced hop taste and mellow English brown flavor is well represented. Pleasant biscuit flavors and hints of dried fruit are tasty highlights.

D - An easy to drink and well made brown. Very average and nothing phenomenal, but very quaffable and worth a try nevertheless.

Slatetank, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ding for this one! BBD of 11/28/07 so we'll how this rolls

Pours caramel with 1+ finger fluffy sand colored head. Good head retention & above average lacing

S: Slight roastyness & some leafy hop once warm

T: Roasty malt, caramel, some leafy hops, & slight chocolate notes up front. Hops start to assert as this warms ( metallic & leafy tastes) along with dryness & a bit of biscuitty malt. Finishes dry with a bit of leafy hop & some caramel & roastyness at the back of the throat

MF: Light/medium bodied with low carbonation. A bit more body would make this work a lot better, verges on the edge of thin & watery, just enough malt & dryness to pull it back

Drinks fairly easy, a decent not great brown ale. Was looking for roastyness or some nuttyness. I could put 2 or 3 down before boredom set in

russpowell, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, light brown color, big, very active head that fizzles down instantly.
Aroma, big, fat, buttery, nuttiness, large sweetness, butterscotch aplenty.
Explosive flavor, bright and far-flying, super-sweet, dark fruits, and all that noted in the nose. Light to medium bodied, a bit too thin for me. Big, bristling carbonation, very lively brew, this one.
Not the kind of thing I'd turn to too often, but not bad, not bad at all.

feloniousmonk, Jul 22, 2004
Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Received as part of my Beer of the Month club.

a - Pours a mahogany-amber brown color with two inches of off white head and high carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, burnt, toasted malts, nuts, and chocolate.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, toasted malts, cream, chocolate, and roasted malts.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - One of the better beers I've gotten in the club, this was an above average brown ale. Lots of caramel and toasted malts in the smell and taste and very easy to drink; could definitely have a few of these. Would have again.

mdfb79, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of smcolw
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed this beer on tap on 10-24-2005. This is my review of the bottled version.

Dark amber/light brown color and clear. Mild head with some stickiness to the lace.

Another farmland beer of barn-like aromas. Some nuttiness--definitely a malty beer.

This has elements of a porter, but overall it is a crystal malt tasting beer. There is balancing hop in the swallow and aftertaste. Good rich body with a high level of carbonation.

smcolw, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

wrightst, Jul 06, 2014
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.

tempest, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark nutty brown color, but with very little head.

The smell is dry and clean with balanced dark malts and hops.

The taste is very dry- no sticky sweetness here, with a malty, nutty flavor and a decent hop finish.

Fairly heavily carbonated, but there is a little creaminess in the mouthfeeel as well.

Quite drinkable, a very nice fall session beer.

Georgiabeer, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy copper color with a small modest head, frothy in texture and the lace adequate to coat the glass. Nose is mostly malt, sweet, fresh and pleasant enough, start is ambrosial, nicely malted and the top middling in feel. Finish is stinging in its acidic bite, the hops moderate in presence and bite, dry lingering aftertaste.

barleywinefiend, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of LXIXME
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

LXIXME, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of mothman
3/5  rDev -16%

mothman, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of akorsak
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from a trade with Phatz.

A: Brown. The one word nicely sums up the ale and its murky brown-black appearance. The head neared a finger on pour and quickly receded to a thin white band atop the beer.

S: The aroma is unsalted peanuts, rich with nutty malts. The aroma is very dry, lacking any hint of caramel sweetness that might help control the nuttiness.

T: The first sip delivers a mouthful of malts, grainy and very strong on the nuttiness. Mid-sip, a flourish of hoppy citrus flavors emerge, creating a great contrast in flavors. The hops disappear rather quickly, allowing the nuttiness to re-emerge and take the beer through to its finish.

M: The malty body is solid, delivering a solid flavor that exceeded my expectations. I would like to see a bit more from the hops though.

D: With both the Brown and the IPA, Sweetwater is a pleasant surprise. This is a good session beer with a crisp flavor and a manageable alcohol body.

akorsak, Sep 19, 2007
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.

rhoadsrage, Apr 21, 2010
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Sweetwater Georgia Brown from SweetWater Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 587 ratings.