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Sweetwater Georgia Brown - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Georgia BrownSweetwater Georgia Brown

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Ratings: 530
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.76%
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-13-2002)
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Photo of Thiestru


3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Rich amber-brown color, just right for this style. Very appetizing two-finger head and a good amount of lacing.

Smell: Smells like your typical brown ale. Biscuity malts at the forefront, but there's a sharp and slightly unpleasant scent too. I don't know if it's hops; it strikes me as oddly metallic. (Yeah, I know, what does metal smell like anyway?)

Taste: Refreshing, fairly light, and malty. Yes, this is basically bread in a bottle. It's not heavy, but it's not watery either. Faint hops round out the flavor and give the beer a rather clean taste. Good example of the brown ale style.

Mouthfeel: Eh? A little above average maybe, but it doesn't jump out at me. As I said in the 'Taste' section, it feels 'clean', meaning that it doesn't coat my mouth after I drink it, which can be either good or bad... or a little of neither, in this case.

Drinkability: High. I could enjoy several of these in a sitting, no problem. This is a great 'coming in from the heat' beer. If you've been out in the warmth all day and you come home to the air conditioner, this is a refreshing beer.

This beer is another point in Sweetwater's favor. Well done, guys!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 22:19:32 | More by Thiestru
Photo of Thur123


3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a rich brownish red color with half a finger of head that fades quickly. The smell is malty with a nutty and earthly scent as well as a sweet smell that's light. Something like sweet fresh bread. Almost no hops in the smell.

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The flavor is grassy hops that have more presence than expected with a malt backbone that more complex than many. The malt is earthy with a kind of mineral taste, followed by a more mellow nutty taste that quickly moves to the after taste, which is a balanced mix of hop bitterness and malt backbone, not necessarily sweet.
Over all this is good Brown ale but I wonder if this six pack was a little old. I believe fresh this would be amazing. The mouth feel is not too thin or heavy.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 00:29:22 | More by Thur123
Photo of crhensel

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Bottle into pint glass -- Sampled 2/27/10) Pours a solid brown color with a small creamy head that falls fast. Nose is heavy with molasses and caramel and a hint of a toast in the mix. There is very little hint of hops, both in the nose and the flavor. A smooth drink, it tended to the sweet side, but was overall rather pleasant. A decent session beer, but you might find yourself reaching for something with a little more bite to complement the sweetness of this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 19:07:55 | More by crhensel
Photo of tempest


3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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 kdawg105


4.95/5  rDev +39%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent brew! The appearance was like the bsp from sweetwater it has a nice lace that definetly sticks to the glass the whole way down. The smell is of malts and full of hops! The taste wow I was not expected the sweet caramel taste but man it is good. The mouthfeel is medium but very nice which makes for a great drinkability goes down so smooth!! I think this definetly worth having the wonderful state of georgia in its name!!!! I advise you to try any of the sweetwater brews beings that I have not found one that is bad yet!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 02:10:30 | More by kdawg105
Photo of armock

New York

3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

03-22-2010 18:46:48 | More by armock
Photo of TexIndy


3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BOTM selection. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date of 4/13/10 clearly marked on the label. Was a hazy copper color with slight carb steams. It had an average sized foamy head that settled into a small collar. Good sheeting but none sticking.

The aroma was malty with roasted and caramel. Not bad but nothing to remember. The aroma follows the aroma closely. Sweet malt taste with caramel and roasted elements. A touch of nuttiness and hops. Just not much there to grasp onto. Mouthfeel was medium with good carb levels. After-taste was nut bitter and not all that pleasing.

Overall, a decent beer and about what you'd expect to get in these BOTM clubs (got as a gift not a purchase) - safe, middle of the road to appeal to the masses and not push any boundaries. Recommend if you can get one from a friends fridge. Rotation - not available here in TX. If here, wouldn't make the rotation [N;N]

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 20:04:29 | More by TexIndy
Photo of jbone78


4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy brown with no head or lace, but this could be the glass quailty of the restaurant. Tastes sweet, little nutty and goes down smooth with that signature SweetWater sweetness. Not sure what that sweetness is, but it is present in lots of their beers. And I wonder what the spiral thing is on the label? The label on BA is not the one I saw.


Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2010 20:44:40 | More by jbone78
Photo of zebco


3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber color. A tan sticky head. Kind of has a haze to it.

Smell: A nice roasty smell. But I'm picking up a little sweetness in there too.

Taste & Mouthfeel: A little bit of sweetness at first that rolls into bitterness. The roasty flavors are there throughout.

Drinkability: I thought these were pretty good to drink. The flavors of anything special really didn't blow me away but that's okay. I'd pick one up again. I'd like to try it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 21:43:45 | More by zebco
Photo of CHickman

New York

2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Came with the Beer of the Month Club. Pours hazy chestnut to amber brown in color with a 1/4 inch creamy beige head that disappeared quickly; smells of sweet malt, caramel, nuts like almond, roasted grains, coffee and maple syrup. The aroma is pretty sweet, but the roasted grains are strong and almost give off a light skunky odor.

Tastes of sweet malt, caramel, nut and roasted grains up front, followed by hops, coffee, bread and maple syrup, with hints of yeast and citrus towards the finish which lingers with the coffee taste, assumed from the malts. The carbonation is high, with a light crisp feel, although the beer feels medium bodied and on the creamy side in the mouthfeel. The finish is bitter, one that leaves a puckering sensation.

This is a strange beer in that it tastes very good up front, and it's light and highly drinkable, but it just that something feels strange the whole time I drank it and it leaves a strange copper/metal-like aftertaste. A decent beer overall, and that's mostly because of the tasty flavor up front.

The second bottle of this beer was better when I just drank it from the bottle and didn't sip and savor it as in the review style - it's just one of those beers that's just better to drink than analyze the taste and smell.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 22:39:22 | More by CHickman
Photo of ZAP


3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy deep chestnut color..cola like fizzy head

S-I like the aroma...toasted malt....nuts...a dusting of cookie crumbs...

T-toasted malts stand out but there is a nutty dimension as well....almonds....tastes good....a little caramel too..

M-Light to medium bodied....a little thin but that fits the style...an easy drinker with low carbonation.

D-I think this is a pretty solid English Brown Ale. I really like the aroma and taste. I could drink a lot of these during a hot summer BBQ of Indonesian Pork Satay.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 05:20:50 | More by ZAP
Photo of dtivp


3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BOFTM Selection

Poured a reddish brown into a pint glass. Very small white head which dissipated very quickly. A malty aroma with a slight hint of nuts and a very sweet taste consisting of caramel and figs or raisins. Medium to light body with slight carbonation.

This beer is very drinkable, however, it didn't leave a lasting impression.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 02:26:00 | More by dtivp
Photo of OneDropSoup


2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Another offering in my BotM club.

Poured into a shaker: a nice, dark, honey-ish amber with orange highlights. 2 fingers of head that's tapioca in color & texture. Head drops to a thick coating, leaving some lacing.

Smells of caramel & baked goods, like molasses crinkle cookies. Sweet but not real rich, a "cool" smell, if that makes sense.

Taste is not nearly as sweet: starts off with a thin but nice toasted flavor, then turns into a weak combination of bread & citrus, finishing with a kind of a rusty tap water taste. Not real enticing, & unfortunate given the smell. Swallow it quickly enough & you don't notice the rustiness.

Hmm, later on the smell's not so great either, & develops an onion-like funk. I'm not sure what happened to my nice cookie smell from earlier.

Mouthfeel is decent enough, light-to-medium bodied, & doesn't just lay there. This was a weird one for me; started off well enough, but I don't understand the transformation in the smell, & the taste was not blowing me out of the water anyway. Maybe I got a bad bottle, & I'd be happy to edit my review in the future if I find this was the exception rather than the rule with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 23:26:09 | More by OneDropSoup
Photo of GeezLynn


3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is red-brown with a full white head that is very well retained.
Aroma is sweet malt, biscuit, and a little nutty smell.
Smooth toasted brown malt flavor. A little nutty like the aroma with a touch of bitterness in the finish. Could use a little more malt up front, but follows with some biscuit and nut character.
Medium carbonation with a lighter body. More smooth than watery.

I figured I have been in Atlanta long enough that I should give this beer a try and it definitely exceeded my expectations. Really a plain old, no frills brown ale that's a little shallow malt-wise, but is a nice smooth-drinking beer that goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 02:31:53 | More by GeezLynn
Photo of steelerguy

New York

3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Light translucent brown with mahogany tones, looks a lot like an amber. Small head that fades fast to a lacing on top.

S - Very "woody" aroma to me. Some toasted malt, but really does small like a stick to me.

T - Lots of toasted malt flavors with some caramel sweetness. Would like just a touch more hop bitterness to balance it out.

M - A little thin and definitely lacking in carbonation, was near flat.

D - Good session beer if you are looking to drink without really paying much attention to the flavor. Won't wow you or disgust you.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 01:19:59 | More by steelerguy
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got this as part of my BOTMC. Pale,clear brown in color with a fizzy white head, slight lacing. There is a breadiness? on the nose, maybe some damp hay. The beer is light and sweet. The beer finishes with a lingering bitter hop, very slight. The beer is on the thin side. A very easy drinking, non descript brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 19:36:45 | More by bonkers
Photo of woosterbill


3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear reddish-brown body beneath an inch of fine white foam. Average retention and good lacing.

S: Big toasted malt aroma with some light spice and some toffee sweetness towards the end. Nothing special, but no complaints either.

T: Much fruitier than the nose, with raisins, figs, and apples coming from the malt. Long, toasty malt finish.

M: Clear medium body with abundant (maybe a bit too much) carbonation.

D: A little sweet on the finish to be really quaffable. Still, not a bad session brew.

Notes: Solid malty offering, but not one that really excites me. Not quite enough complexity to excuse the sweetness.


Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 02:00:55 | More by woosterbill
Photo of billab914


3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 00:25:45 | More by billab914
Photo of gford217


3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, clear brownish amber with a big creamy beige head that recedes slowly to a soapy cap.

The aroma is pretty bland with some light sweet caramel malts, some earthy hops and a bit of roasted nuts.

The taste is more of the same with some lightly toasted nuts and caramel coming through. The finish is a little dry and has a lingering bitterness of citrus and grains.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation, though the flavors seem a tad watered-down overall.

This is a fair representation of the style, with a good flavor that would be even better if there was more substance to the body. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 00:53:51 | More by gford217
Photo of ccrida


3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is ruddy chestnut brown with an off-white head leaving some foamy lace.

Smell is some sweet maltiness with nice herbal British hop nose, fuggels probably.

Taste is similar, with a pretty heafty floral hop backbone, some generic pale malt notes. Decent balance, but I prefer a bit sweeter maltiness in an English brown, Northern rather then Southern.

Mouthfeel has a slightly sharp carbonation, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is okay, it's a generic American brown ale, good enough but forgettable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2009 00:44:25 | More by ccrida
Photo of dpodratsky3

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Handsome, not totally clear slightly brown amber, nice light airy/fluffy off white head, leaves some lace just above the level of beer is all

S: Has that crisp cold water and malt sweet grainyness of a traditional english brown ale, smells kind of like a lager, the maltiness is dominant

T: Pretty much like the smell, a distinct sweetness is dominant, sweetness lingers but isn't unpleasant, hop flavors are very mild in the traditional english taste, some nuttiness too

M: Just about medium, peasant and easy on the mouth, good because a thin mouthfeel would have made the mild flavors taste watery, a little too carbonated

D: High, very pleasant

Notes: While this isn't as good as an actual English english brown ale, it is a very enjoyable recreation. It stays true to the style of mild earthy hops. The mouthfeel is a little heavier than some light english style browns, but it makes this beer better.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 05:50:20 | More by dpodratsky3
Photo of Tone


3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/3 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, pale hops, slight citrus, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an Englsih Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hops, pale hops, and slight citrus. Overall, a good body, blend, a little more like an Americna Brown Ale, but still good.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 04:23:36 | More by Tone
Photo of treyrab


3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sweetwater is one of those breweries that doesn't make its way up to Pittsburgh as much as I would like. Their IPA is great and their Donkey Punch is magical. I took the Georgia Brown out of the fridge tonight and poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear ruby copper with a small head. The look is actually decent. The red, crimson, mahogany hues are really something else. However, the head is almost non existent it it leaves almost no lacing whatsoever.

S: Smell is pretty straightforward, which is what I was expecting, but I really had to dig my nose into the glass to get a whiff. Basic caramel, some toffee, and slight hints of dark fruit. A sweeter smell, as expected.

T: Very basic and sweet. The caramel and toffee flavors are nice, but not robust or bold. A bit thin in the flavors profile, but it is very drinkable as a result. Again, caramel, toffee, and sweet cereal and pale malts make this enjoyable.

Overall, a decent beer. Glad I tried it, but will not cry if I don't try it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 00:25:01 | More by treyrab
Photo of Mavajo


3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz bottle in a pint glass.

Pours a copper color with a two-finger thick head. Very enjoyable, balanced brew. I don't have too much to say - it's simply a pretty good beer. It doesn't take many risks, but it doesn't really do anything wrong either. Simply a well-rounded ale. If this on tap at a restaurant, it'll probably be my go-to.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 22:41:41 | More by Mavajo
Photo of projectflam86


3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice copper color with an off-white foam head that leaves behind some lacing.

S- Some roasted grain and sweetness in the nose.

T- Nice roasted flavor with caramel, chestnuts, spice, brown sugar, and earthy hops throughout. A nice balanced finish.

M- Light and well carbonated. A bit thin and lacking a bit in the hops department, but well-balanced.

D- Nice easy flavor with just enough kick. Sweet, roasty, and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 04:04:36 | More by projectflam86
Sweetwater Georgia Brown from SweetWater Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 530 ratings.