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Sweetwater Georgia Brown - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Georgia BrownSweetwater Georgia Brown

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Ratings: 515
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 12
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of SkunkWorks

New York

3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks CurtisMcArthur for the trade and the opportunity to try this beer!

12 oz bottle with a best by date of 03/17/11 so this is a bit towards the end of this beer's life. Poured into a pint glass.

Look: dark brown color. An initial conservative pour doesn't give me any head, so I gave the last of the pour a downward pour and ended up with two fingers of off white foam. There's some decent retention but there's no lacing left behind.

Smell: caramel, some roasted nuts, bread, and very understated hops. Not overly complicated and understandable for an English brown.

Taste: follows the nose with a good deal of sweet malt, a bit of nuttiness, and caramel. Its a bit too sweet to the point that it borders on being cloying. There's no real hop character to balance out the sweetness and I am unsure if the overbearing sweetness is a result of diminished hops due to time (though I drank it two weeks before its best by date) or if it was because it is poorly attenuated.

Feel: medium thin body, good for the style, with moderate carbonation.

Drink: I think one could make this into a sessionable brew, given that its only 5.1% alcohol. The sweetness might be a limiting factor. I didn't have an issue getting to the bottom of my pint though.

Overall, probably the sweetest brown I've ever had. I could see this being a decent English brown if they balanced it a bit more, but as it is, it is way too sweet for my tastes. The malt flavors are good though and would make this a good sessionable brew if they scaled it back a bit. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 16:40:33 | More by SkunkWorks
Photo of G2Brew


3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is pretty sweet for a brown ale. Not as heavy or strong as I expected, but acceptable.

A - Dark brown with a hint of red. About a finger of off-white head that faded quickly, but left nice lacing.

S - Sweet, bready, malty, some biscuit, and nuts.

T - Sweet, but not cloying. Tons of malt with roasted grain, caramel, and nuts. Finishes with light, floral, slightly grassy hops.

M - Medium body, not nearly as much as I would have expected from such a dark beer. Lots of carbonation, again, more than I'd expect from a stout.

D - I am not a big fan of sweet beers, but this was pretty drinkable. Smooth and quite refreshing. Not my style, I won't buy it, but I'd drink another one (from the fridge) with a nice beef brisket.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2011 01:36:16 | More by G2Brew
Photo of tbrown4


4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. -> Hop Ruiter glass. Got this in a mixed 12 pack from a friend after a recent trip to Atlanta. This is the second brew I've had from SweetWater.

A - Hazy dark ruby red, thin bright white head. No lacing.

S - Wow! Really surprised here. Light chocolate notes, roasted malt, toasted sweet whole wheat bread.

T - Bold roasted malts take over quickly but drop off quick to a mild hop finish. Slightly nutty.

M - Feels like it hung out on the roof of my mouth. Not in a sticky/chewy kind of way, it's kind of hard to describe.

D - Fairly heavy on the palate. I'd get again if I could find it.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 05:04:51 | More by tbrown4
Photo of JMad


3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The beer was a brownish, copper color with a thin white head that left some good lacing on the glass. I could smell lots of sweet caramel malt, brown sugar and toasted bread. When I took a sip I first tasted the sweet malt, just like it smells, toasty, bready with hints of sweet fig. It has a medium body with just the right amount of carbonation. I thought it was just a little too sweet, but still a worthy drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 17:59:50 | More by JMad
Photo of birchstick


3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a caramel copper color without much head

S - smells of caramel malt and some faint grassy hops

T- taste follows the nose well. Starts off with some sugary, caramel malt. This give way to a bit of nuttiniess that fades to some grassy and citrus hops. Pretty good brown ale.

M - decent body, but nothing special.

D - pretty good beer here. I had it with a lamb shank and it seemed to pair pretty well. I enjoyed it, however I think I would go with something else by Sweetwater next time.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2011 02:16:38 | More by birchstick
Photo of JayS2629


3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark muddy brown with light tan head that leaves little lace.

S- Caramel, biscuits, and nutty notes. Caramels and sweet bready notes.

T- Biscuits and hardy nutty notes with a touch of earthy floral hops. a dash of chalky chocolate lingers.

M- Medium bodied,

D- Easy to drink. Interesting, but a little on the biscuity side for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 04:09:36 | More by JayS2629
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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 Chaney

District of Columbia

2.15/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I got this as an extra from GatorBeerNerd in a wonderful in-person trade at Sexual Chocolate Day 2011. Thanks Donnie!

A: Poured a sort of dark Coca-Cola brown color, with a huge 1-2 finger mocha head that quickly melted into nothing more than several patches of bubbles.

S: Not much actually.... maybe some brown sugar and a tinge of sweet bready malts.

T: Very much an unpleasant, rather peppery caramel. Thin and somewhat watery, with sweetness that seemed bleached-out. Where was the candy quality?

M: Prickly carbonation, but there were more ominously fatal flaws at work here. No lacing to speak of.

D: One of the worst brown ales I've ever tasted. That's a shame, but I had liked every Sweetwater brew I had ever tried up to that point.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 01:37:19 | More by Chaney
Photo of jsanford


3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A - Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights and a thin, khaki-colored head that quickly fades to a slight haze. Leaves spotty lacing on the glass.
S - Sweet, with dark bready malt, caramel, and roasted nuts.
T - More sweet caramel malt and dark roasted nuts with a touch of cocoa powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, and an earthy hop finish.
M - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.
D - Nicely drinkable and entry-level, like most Brown Ales. Nicely sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 20:37:32 | More by jsanford
Photo of MbpBugeye


3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a fairly clear mahogany brown with umber shadows. The head isnt shy about leaving sticky bubbles everywhere. The aroma is simple, but in a beer like this that is just fine. Its nicely balanced with an earthy nuttiness and spicy hops on the back. The flavor is just about the same. A nice even nuttiness lays an earthy base under a spicy hopping. Dashes of coffee and chocolate are interspersed.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 04:11:28 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of mattsdenney


3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my NB globe glass. Best by 2/14/11.

A: Good looking brown ale. Pours clear, dark brown with little head.

S: Bready malts with a sweet nutty scent.

T: Very smooth and mellow. Smooth malts, roasted pecans, sweet but with a little hop backbone.

M: Smooth, not too much carbonation, light in body yet leaves a light coating in the mouth.

D: If you're in the mood for a smooth, sweet brown ale this is a good option. Very drinkable, mellow, and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 03:48:05 | More by mattsdenney
Photo of boudreaux


3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A - Pours a deep ruby brown; a little watery looking; head is about 1.5 fingers thick and white; head lingers, with a frothy, sticky lacing left on the side of the glass

S - sweet, with light malt aroma; a touch of roasted caramel and nuts (almond?); fairly weak overall aroma, so not expecting much in the taste department

T - watered down too much to really be impressed; some floral esther notes; a touch of roasted malted and spices (nutmeg, cinnamon); maybe some stringent flavors at the end

M - some carbonation and weak body; but a touch of smoothness improves my overall impression of the beer; a bit of stringent metallic aftertaste

D - can drink a few of these in one sitting; definitely sessionable due to weak body, but with an average flavor, why would I?

Overall, not something I'd purposefully purchase. Not a bad beer, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 05:31:43 | More by boudreaux
Photo of Ryan011235


3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass on 1/2/11

Best by 1/10/11

Thanks to PDXHops

Medium brown with burnt cherry hues. Countless bubbles cling to the wall of the glass. Uneven head of about one finger thins to a layer of bubbles & foam. Hardly any lace.

Smooth, clean, malty aroma accented by subtle earthy hops. Toasted bread with notions of brown sugar & a hint of toffee. Maybe the slightest ghost note of cocoa.

Georgia Brown Ale tastes much like the nose suggest, albeit with a more prominent hop presence. An earthy hop kick leads of, melding into a toasted malt backbone of bread, caramel, brown sugar & something reminiscent of maple. On the cusp of sweetness, occasionally crossing stepping foot across the line.

Medium body overall. Undercurrents of grittiness. Prickly carbonation is a tad too high for my preference. Toasty residuals linger.

This is a plenty tasty, easy-drinking brown ale. Not too shabby. Maybe this would fare better as an American brown ale; docked a bit for style.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 01:42:08 | More by Ryan011235
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4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

#20. This bottle has changed its name to "Georgia Brown Ale". Living about 2 hours from Atlanta has given me an opportunity to try Sweetwater products nearly everywhere. I'm ready to give this product a shot.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle to a room temperature Pint Glass (labeled Sweetwater, interestingly enough)

(Appearance) Pours a deep one-finger head depth that grows after the pour, then gradually diminishes. Retention is pretty average, but lacing is light. Beer is a medium to dark brown with some orange-gold glimmers when held to light. A little light can get through, but I can see the silhouette of a very cloudy and speckled beer. Pretty average. 3

(Smell) Some nutty tones and perhaps some caramel coffee flavors. Coffee is more subtle than in dark beer flavors, but it's very easy to draw out. That and toffee scents give this beer an overall sweet scent. I don't mind the scent because I like dark beers. This almost smells like a stout, but not nearly as intense. 3.5

(Taste) Up front are some robust sweet caramel toffee flavors, followed by a toasted black coffee finish to add a touch of bitterness. Malts are well blended with the other flavors in this brew. The taste is far more intense than what I gathered in the nose but not overwhelming on any level. Everything is balanced very well. Alcohol is tough to discern. I have very few complaints about the taste of this beer, it's impressive. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) Creamy and smooth. Trifle bitter finish that is pleasing. Medium body. Carbonation is just right. This feels great. 4

(Drinkability) Half of a dozen of these for me would be well used. I really found little problem with this beer, and for a dark beer it is highly drinkable in moderate amounts. Low enough ABV, great taste and feel give this beer a high drinkability factor. 4.5

Verdict: Straight up the best Sweetwater product I have tried so far. It is plentiful with flavor and both tastes and feels great. Any improvements to this beer would need to be in the appearance factor or the smell to bring it up to the level of the superb taste. I would recommend this to anybody regardless of the beer types they enjoy. Great flavor balance. It's all around a very good beer. B+ (3.95)

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 03:40:32 | More by Jadjunk
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3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed rusty brown color. A thin tan head rises and falls rather quickly and doesn't leave much behind to look at. Not a pretty beer but nothing odd or bad that would stop one from drinking it.

The nose is a step in the right direction. Lightly sweet and malty with a heavy dose of nuts. The nose could be more potent but at least it's fragrant and hints at a great tasting beer.

This is a tasty beverage. Sweet but mild with a great malty finish. A solid nutty taste throughout the drinking experience. The best thing about the flavor is it's simplicity. There isn't much complexity which works for the style of beer. Well done.

Simple mouthfeel. Smooth, not too carbonated which really let's the nutty flavor come through. Easy to drink and a perfect session beer. Simple and flavorful, well worth giving a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 22:53:50 | More by jbphoto88
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3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- pours a hazy cola-like color with a frothy white head.

Smell- a nice toasty malt with a twang of a copper bite. Coffee notes are there, but subtle.

Taste- very toasty. Malts and coffee bean are noticed. Modest hop finish.

Mouthfeel- crisp but still keeps a smooth profile.

Drinkability- very good mouthfeel helps this beer very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 22:59:32 | More by ztaylor1
Photo of cjgator3


3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is sweet malts, chocolate and caramel.

T- The taste like the aroma is sweet malts and caramel. The taste is mostly malty with just a touch of hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount Of carbonation.

D- Overall, Sweetwater Georgia Brown is a solid Brown Ale that is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 04:19:15 | More by cjgator3
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3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured a lighter brown color with a tan head that fades quickly but leaves some lacing behind

S - Is of sweet caramel malt with some nuttiness to it

T - Follows the nose sweet caramel malt the nuttiness comes out more in the taste

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall I think this is a pretty good brown has a good taste thats easy to drink worth a try if you like browns and can get it

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 03:14:14 | More by harpus
Photo of Brent


3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm afraid it is hard for me to be more evocative about this beer than to simply say "it was average." Moderate malt with a touch of brown sugar. Although little hopping is expected for the style, what there was seemed watered down. Mouthfeel was mid-range, with a little sugaryness.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 22:50:14 | More by Brent
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3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Nice brown body. An aggressive pour yielded only a slight head.
smell: Pleasant, subdued malt. Nice, but not much happening.
taste: More of the same. a decent enough brown but nothing out of the ordinary.
drinkablity: Probably not something I'll go out of my way for. A nice but run of the mill brown.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 00:20:22 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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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 ddtprm

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 12oz bottle with a best buy date of 01/10/11. Came in a Sweetwater Tacklebox mix 12 pack. $15.99.

For all intensive purposes, Brown ales are not my favorite style and i rarely find one I enjoy.
The last time I had Georgia Brown was at the Sweetwater brewery 2 years ago so I did not remember much. The pour yields a transparent "watered down coffee" look with minimal head that dissapates quickly. Aroma and taste are up front nutty and malt forward with minimal hop presence. Nothing out of this world, goes down smooth and enjoyable. Drinkability is quite high and would be easy to drink quite a few. Not as good as Big Boss Bad Penny, but enjoyable none the less.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 20:07:37 | More by ddtprm
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South Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. See-thru amberish brown with a modest but creamy head that sticks around for a bit and leaves some loosely formed lacing around the top of the glass.

A touch of chocolate sweetness in the nose, but drier smells lead the way- toasted and cocoa notes, a faint woodsiness. Tastes much sweeter, with some lingering tangy fruit. Feel and finish a touch on the thin side. Pretty tasty, though, nutty and toasty with some leafy hoppiness.

Overall impression: Could use a tweak or two, but goes down just fine.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 00:58:18 | More by PDXHops
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy mahogany color, with a nice tan head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma has a bunch of sweet malt notes, with chocolate and caramel, cafe mocha, sweet cream, toasted pecans, earthy hops and a hint of alcohol. The flavor is similar with chocolate and coffee notes upfront, along with caramel and toffee, toasted pecans, honey wheat bread and some earthy hops to keep things in balance. The mouthfeel is smooth and drinkability is excellent. Really easy drinking brown ale that has enough going on to keep you interested...perfect fall beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 03:18:13 | More by silver0rlead
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3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

smooth as a bill clinton apology!!! love it....

it def looks like a brown ale....little to no head with a very dark brown appearance...

smells more like a porter....with some light chocolate notes...and has that sweetwater hop character...

taste like a brown ale....you can def taste the pale malt and not very much hop presence in the taste

dry mouthfeel....like a brown ale should taste....with very little lacing....

you can prob drink these all night long....with little abv%

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 01:32:15 | More by nickthegun12
Sweetwater Georgia Brown from SweetWater Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 515 ratings.