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Sweetwater Georgia Brown - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Georgia BrownSweetwater Georgia Brown

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234 Reviews
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Reviews: 234
Hads: 693
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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-13-2002

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Reviews: 234 | Hads: 693
Photo of Sammy
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +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.

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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!"

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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.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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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

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

Served in a pint glass at a Sweetwater-sponsored charity event.

A - Dark brown with a reddish-orange tint; transparent but with a slight haze.

Aroma: plenty of toasted malt. Nutty with a hint of molasses.

Taste: a nice medium roasted malt. A very subtle spicy hop note. Sweet but appropriate for style. Nice malty aftertaste.

M - medium body; good carbonation; smooth

O - excellent for style

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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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

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Photo of billab914
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Pours a dark amber color with a one finger off-white head. Head all but disappeared quickly but laced pretty well on the glass.

Aroma is crisp and sweet with some caramel, brown sugar and a little roastedness. Taste is also sweet with a decent amount of caramel flavor. The brown sugar and a slight roasty flavor is also there as it is in the nose.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is ok, a little sweet for my taste.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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

Sampled through the efforts of DeaconBluez and the BCG BIF.

Pours a clear red brown colored ale with a tan head.

Smell is sweet treacle / molasses and fruity British yeast esters. Mild woody hops scent but not real strong.

Taste is a bit sweet and fruity in the first sip as it should be. Mildly sweet and woody after that. Tasty and mild like a Newcastle Brown ale with three times the flavor. Nice dry lightly bitter and woody after taste. Throughout this remains a tasty and mild ale that satisfies a BA as well as it satisfies the Budweiser fan that tries "an exotic beer."

Mouthfeel is good.

All round good brown ale. Superior to Newcastle brown that makes it to the USA, a very good beer to convert a macro drinker with.

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

Thanks goes out to Jhill for this one.

Best By: 02/18/09

Pours a nice clean/clear golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, with some caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, nice touch of caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty English Brown Ale.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lace. Light carbonation. Clear copper color, smooth, good mix of hops and malts. Not a heavy beer, could be a good summer drink. Gold medal winner at the 2001 Great American Beer Festival for English style brown. No ABV in sight.

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Sweetwater Georgia Brown from SweetWater Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.