1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Sweetwater Georgia Brown - SweetWater Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Sweetwater Georgia BrownSweetwater Georgia Brown

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
81
good

532 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 532
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 13
Gots: 32 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 532 | Reviews: 217 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2008 20:27:11 | More by Sammy
Photo of nmann08
nmann08

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -16%

10-05-2012 00:13:17 | More by nmann08
Photo of mikesgroove
mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 01:54:36 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of BEERchitect
BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2007 14:43:19 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of ChainGangGuy
ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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!"

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2006 06:30:28 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of kylehay2004
kylehay2004

Florida

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 oberon
oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2005 13:30:57 | More by oberon
Photo of GRG1313
GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev +12%

06-15-2012 07:30:48 | More by GRG1313
Photo of zeff80
zeff80

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -2%

01-19-2014 22:45:18 | More by zeff80
Photo of nickfl
nickfl

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 01:14:43 | More by nickfl
Photo of feloniousmonk
feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2004 03:05:06 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of russpowell
russpowell

Oklahoma

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

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 06:03:43 | More by russpowell
Photo of Slatetank
Slatetank

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 00:41:19 | More by Slatetank
Photo of jlindros
jlindros

Massachusetts

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 mdfb79
mdfb79

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 23:39:43 | More by mdfb79
Photo of zestar
zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -2%

03-08-2014 02:56:47 | More by zestar
Photo of smcolw
smcolw

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 21:50:35 | More by smcolw
Photo of barleywinefiend
barleywinefiend

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 04:00:18 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of tempest
tempest

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 21:37:29 | More by tempest
Photo of akorsak
akorsak

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 00:00:13 | More by akorsak
Photo of rhoadsrage
rhoadsrage

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 22:14:41 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of jdhilt
jdhilt

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2004 01:55:22 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Zorro
Zorro

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 03:30:49 | More by Zorro
Photo of Georgiabeer
Georgiabeer

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2006 18:18:34 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of Wasatch
Wasatch

Utah

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 02:01:08 | More by Wasatch
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Sweetwater Georgia Brown from SweetWater Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.