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Sweetwater Georgia Brown - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Georgia BrownSweetwater Georgia Brown

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Reviews: 230
Hads: 669
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 23.6%
Wants: 18
Gots: 101 | 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: 230 | Hads: 669
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Taco Mac in Perimeter. Graduation day for our class so celebrated with some of this.

Mahogany in color, a little off white whimzy heading that recedes to a thin edging. Not too much in the lacing area either ,very thin looking.

Not picking up to much in the nose. Sweet caramel malt, with a roasted nut aroma.

Roasted malt and sweet caramel malt, with a decent charred nut taste. Slight pine hops with a bit of a metallic like finish.

Medium bodied, low carbonation a bit on the thin side.

Not a bad choice for our last night in Atlanta bringing it with Sweetwater brewing but this was a little too ordinary of a brown ale.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
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 VncentLIFE
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Sweetwater Tap room in the ATL airport.

Pours a very deep brown that turns a slightly translucent brown the more you drink. Half inch head that disappears.

The smell is surprisingly sweet for a Nut Brown. I get nutty smells (cashews mostly) behind the initial sweetness.

The taste just falls in line with the smell. The dry nutty flavors are hidden by the slick and sweet malt. I actually really like the flavors, although its not overly complex. Its a simple, easy to drink, slightly sweet Nut Brown.

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Photo of rangerred
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewery.

Poured a clear medium brown with a one finger light tan head.

Nose of roasted malt with some milk chocolate and coffee. Quite nice.

Plenty of roast in the flavor with coffee and chocolate being predominant. There is a little bit of caramel in there as well. A light bitterness towards the finish but not much in the way of hop flavor.

Overall, this is a pretty solid brown ale. Not spectacular by any means but a decent representation of the style.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
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

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Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of TheDinger
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler fill at GBX poured into a snifter. Nice solid deep brown with a decent 1 finger off white head. Adequate lacing and retention. Smell is nice roasted malts and some hints of nuts and a touch of carmel to add to the aroma. Taste follows the nose and mixes malts and hops quite well. A fairly complex EBA IMO. Sits well on the tongue with a good bit of carbonation and a medium feel which is nice a creamy. Overall- It's a nice example of the style and has a very balanced taste with some sweet and some bitter. A soild effort by Sweetwater and I would hit another one of these. It's pretty sessionable and refreshing-

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.39/5  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.

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Photo of EagleTalon
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a thin tan head and brown color. Aroma is chocolate malt, smoky malt and earthy hops. Flavor is hershey syrup followed by mellow hops and sweet malts. Mouthfeel is good. Overall, this beer is easily accessible due to low hop bitterness and maltiness. Mass appeal. Recommended.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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@Sweetwater Hub in ATL airport

App- A garnet color mixed with some lighter browns. A mere 1/2 finger of head formed and slide this silky smooth shine wall of foam.

Smell- A mix of a couple things but not overly aromatic. Had a small roast quality, with a small bit of malts and then a mix of hazelnut.

Taste- A nice brown ale with some smooth malts and a fairly small malt accent and adding in a small bit of that aromatic hazelnut. A little bit of a heavy cream taste.

Mouth- A light medium body almost a light quality with a medium carbonation. A good bit of creaminess with some smooth nutella notes.

Drink- A nice small brown ale. Had good layers of flavors and overall very smooth. Non grainular like most and not overly malty. I would like a couple bottles of this.

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Photo of tdm168
4.38/5  rDev +23%
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 busterwhite
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of Merkur
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a brown body with a slight red hue. The tan lace and head were about average.

Smell: Nutty and biscuit like with some earthiness

Taste: A bit sweeter than the aroma but is still earthy. Grass and nuts are detectable but it has a toffee present as well.

Mouthfeel: A little thin for this style and there is more carbonation bite than one might expect.

Overall: It was an alright beer that I don’t think I would put in to my personal rotation.

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Photo of KajII
3.42/5  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.

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Photo of barleyman
3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
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,


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Photo of beergod1
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3/5  rDev -15.7%
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


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Photo of BeerNoobNC
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.97/5  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.

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Photo of Tastybeer007
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +11%
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 iadler
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Another SweetWater offering from jsanford. Thanks Jacob!

A- Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue. A two finger head that slowly dissipates leaving some thin lines of lacing.

S- Faint aroma of biscuit malt, unsweetened chocolate and some grassy hops

T- More pronounced flavor with unsweetened chocolate, brown sugar, biscuit malt, licorice, nuts, grass and a bit of citrus hops.

M- Medium carbonation and body. Slightly creamy mouthfeel.

O- A nice take on a English Brown Ale and very drinkable. I could see this being very enjoyable on a cold fall night.

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Sweetwater Georgia Brown from SweetWater Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.