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Sweetwater Georgia Brown - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Ratings: 568
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 15
Gots: 46 | 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)
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Photo of PhillyStyle
2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap (at Pub 71, Atlanta, GA) - brown in appearance with a slight white head that was not well retained. It had a very light roasted malt aroma to it, but again, very weak. The taste pretty well followed the nose, a light roasted malt flavor, pretty simple and not much flavor to it. It had a light body to it, seemed almost a little watered down. Still, if you can get past that, the beer was smooth and about average drinkability. I probably will not order again and this beer does not appear to do the style justice.

PhillyStyle, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of Brad007
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-brown color with a thin one-finger head into my glass.

Aroma is sweet and hoppy with a bit of molasses in the nose. Simple.

Sweet and mildly hoppy taste greets the tongue. Smooth. Reminds me of Old Speckled Hen and Samuel Smith's Brown Ale in a way.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering hop bitterness and light malt sweetness.

Let's see, it definitely has what I would expect for the style (English Brown Ale), which involves a bit more hoppiness and not too much emphasis on malt. It could almost pass for a barleywine as well. I conclude that it's drinkable and one could enjoy quite a few in a sitting without having to turn it in for the night.

Brad007, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of beveritt
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

Presentation: Had on tap at a small pizza parlor in downtown Pensacola. Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Arrives with a quarter inch tan head. The beer itself is mahogany.

Smell: Slight caramel with a hint of nuttiness.

Taste: Slightly sweet caramel malt with mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: A fine example of the style and a perfect accompaniment to some fresh cut garlic fries.

beveritt, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of tburkhart
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice dark copper/caramel color head that disappears very quickly and becomes completely nonexistant.

Smells nicely of malts. No hops or anything, just malts.

Taste is a bit thin and watery. Slight malt flavor.

This is my first beer from Sweetwater and I'm not overly impressed. Hopefully the next one will be better.

tburkhart, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of Bounty628
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sweetwater Georgia Brown is brewed in the traditional English brown ale fashion and though it serves as a drinkable brew, it likely is not one that I would find myself going back to in the near future. For a beer that I had somewhat high expectations for, the end finding is that the brew would serve more as a lawnmower beer than a high quality craft offering.

With an ABV of 5.10%, Georgia Brown could be a very nice and easy session beer but since it lacks any major significance in terms of standing apart from any other brown ale it really was nice to try once but that is about all.

Georgia Brown pours a dark brown with hints of copper color and when poured into the glass gives way to a lot of light. It seems as though the Georgia Brown is much lighter in consistency than some other brown ales and perhaps the level of translucence accentuates this assumption even more. There is almost no lacing left on the glass once poured and there is very little head present at all. There appears to be a moderate to high amount of carbonation present once poured from the twelve ounce brown bottle.

The mouthfeel of Georgia Brown goes along with the lighter consistency of the pour as it certainly does not feel to be a heavy beer. There is very little hoppiness noticed immediately as there is a sweet and almost syrupy mouthfeel once the brew is sampled.

The smell is quite mild with a very faint hint of coffee present and perhaps even a fainter wafting of hops somewhere off in the distance. The nose does not show much complexity and is in actuality a bit difficult to pick up anything at all. You might be able to pick up again a very distant roasted malt smell but again it too proves to be very faint.

The nose and the appearance certainly lend way to the preconceived notions about what the taste might entail quite a bit. The taste is very smooth but seems to be somewhat lacking. There is a sweet malted taste to Georgia Brown with a hint of both a roasted and caramel flavor sneaking their way into the taste, as well. There is very little that would jump out at you to make you think that this brown ale is above the rest and the best way to describe the taste would perhaps be status quo.

The drinkability of Sweetwater's Georgia Brown in my opinion is somewhat low. The taste of the beer has a bit too much sweetness to it for a brown ale and a bit more of an emphasis on the faint roasted flavors in the beer could have made this offering a real winner. The crafting of Georgia Brown is just too loose and light in nature to really impress as a top notch brown ale.

Bounty628, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of CampusCrew
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very disappointed. I love Sweetwater and Brown ales and maybe I was lookign foward to it too much. It was a let down to say the least. Bought a 6 pack and I'm not lookign forward to drinking the rest of it.

appearance: deep brown copper color

smell: mild hops, slight coffee

taste: mild bitterness, low flavor

mouthfeel: low carbonation and ok taste

drinkability: not good

CampusCrew, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of eporter66
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a pint glass.

I really enjoyed this beer, and I am not very familiar with Brown Ale. It was a rich brown color and poured a decent head. A nice rich aroma, and good but not overpowering flavor.

This was very smooth and drinkable. I hope to come across this one again, as I had 3 bottles from the microbrew beer of the month club. I will try more brown ales because I liked this so much

eporter66, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of adamette
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery into a clean, clear glass.

A Dark brown but translucent with moderate light brown foamy head. Very appropriate and inviting for the style.

S Basic brown ale with some malt and barley smell.

T Really basic brown ale which is pleasing but not remarkable.

M Moderate to full and appropriate for the style.

D Really quite good.

Notes: A successful brown ale. I recommend it.

adamette, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of DrJay
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ding sent this one along in the Good, Bad, and Ugly BIF. Thanks!
Fairly clear, amber brown beer with a one finger cap of off-white bubbles that quickly settled to a collar. Just a bit of lacing. Caramel and brown sugar aroma, nutty with some butterscotch. Same in the flavour, bitterness was present but restrained. Bread crust and mild fruity notes, definitely balanced towards malt with hop flavour just out of focus. Medium to light bodied, average carbonation, fairly smooth. Quite drinkable and easy on the palate.

DrJay, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of theboozecruise
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one from a 12 oz. glass into a pint glass. Thanks to a friend in Bham for bringing me a 6-pack!

It poured a nice dark amber color, with a sizable head that lingered for a while. The aroma is a blend of maltiness and nuttiness that leaves me eager to drink up! The beer has a nice rich roasted nut flavor... malty but a good blend. Very crisp and easy to drink... the bitterness is subtle and nice.

I'm a fan of this one, very nice brown ale!

theboozecruise, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of joepais
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ckeegan04 for this one. My bottle was poured into a standard pint glass .Nice dark brown body brew toped of with a good two fingers worth of tan head that turned to a nice lace.

Great aromas sweet roasted malts and a little smoke to it as well

This is good brown ale well balanced with the sweetness of the malts coming first and then the bitter roasted nuttiness flavors finishing it off. The mouthfeel is medium and crisp in the carbonation department.

Drinkability is good on this brew I enjoyed it with a big bowl of cheddar soup wish I had a few more for the rest of the day

joepais, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Nut brown in color with a thin light brown head. Head fades quickly to a thin layer. Beer leaves sporadic lacing.

S - Sweet caramel and butterscotch mixed with a faint hint of roasted nuts...maybe pecans? Very sweet smelling beer.

T - Very sweet. Almost taste like Cracker Jack. Caramel is the dominating taste with a light hint of roasted nuts. No sign of hops in the beer. Incredibly malt forward and very sweet.

M/D - Very thin, almost water mouthfeel. A little too sweet for my liking which knocks the drinkability down a step. Not a horrible beer, but nothing great either. The weakest offering I have sampled from Sweetwater.

ckeegan04, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of scoobybrew
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - deep amber color with a thick head that settles a bit, but is fairly well retained

S - malty aroma, very faint hops

T - sweet malt with a touch of roasted quality, hops are practically unnoticeable, slight metallic taste on finish

M - medium to light body with moderate carbonation

D - This is a pretty average English brown and a bit too sweet for my personal tastes for a sessionable beer.

scoobybrew, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of ectomorph
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Couldn't keep the growler sealed...

A - Dark brown with a thick tan head (aggressive growler pour...) that fades slow.

S - Nutty and sweet aroma, lots of malt goodness here.

T - Nut brown, with roasted grain and earth taste. Some caramel also noticed.

M - Little weak in the body but the carbonation is still around.

D - Very high drinkability with the moderate alcohol and balanced taste.

ectomorph, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another sample poured by the busty black girl at the Juke Joint in that Atlanta airport. Off the tap this beer displayed a mediocre tan head of mid-size bubbles and a copper colored liquid leaning towards the red side. It laced like a jigsaw puzzle all the way down my glass too. No visible carbonation rising in the beer. As for the aroma... where is the aroma? Musty malt and faint grains; too subtle in my opinion. Malts are the most distinct flavors in the beer with a bready quality in particular, some nuttiness and again that horse-saddle mustiness. A farmhouse style flavor palate. Feisty carbonation neutralized some of the flavors. Not as deep as it could be for a brown but above average for an airport beer.

thekevlarkid, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received from SaintNathaniel in a MONSTER trade. Best before 6th May 2008

A: Crystal clear brown with a thin, off-white head that quickly recedes to a disk. Some carbonation.

S: Sweet with nutty, caramel and toffee aromas and a hint of earthy hops in the back.

T: Pleasant caramel flavors to start off with a pleasant toast and nutty notes coming through. Unfortunately, there's a mildly chalky feel that follows before a drying finish comes through

M: Well carbonated but a little drier than i'd like on the finish

D: Fairly easy to drink, one i'd seek when i head down south

DefenCorps, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of glid02
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this on tap at Sweetwater Brewery.

Pours a decent brown color with a good one finger head. Pretty good retention, lacing isn't too great.

Smells nutty, with a good amount of malt sweetness and a tiny amount of hops. There's also a slightly metallic aftertaste. Not bad, but not that good.

Tastes much the way it tastes. The nutty taste is hardly there however, and the biggest thing is the sweetness. There's a tiny amount of hop bitterness at the end as well. Like the smell, not bad, but not that good.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin and overly carbonated. I would have liked it to be a little thicker and smoother. The carbonation did bring out the flavor however.

This beer's drinkability is alright. I have a lot of other beers I'd like to have over the course of a night, but if I was presented with a bunch I wouldn't complain.

Overall it's not worth seeking out and there are a lot of other Brown Ales out there that are better, but it is by no means a bad beer. Don't buy too many, but don't turn one down.

glid02, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown ale isn't the most exciting style of beer I can think of, and this beer was not the most exciting brown ale I've ever had. So, I didn't think anything really wrong with it; it was just a little ordinary. Still, I drank on a nice day when a number of things had gone well for me, so I can't say too much bad about it (so much of reviewing is context and situation).

It poured a translucent brown that was somehow still brilliantly colored. There was very little visible head. Aroma was some caramel and brown sugar. Flavor was more caramel, a slightly sweet maltiness, and a touch of metal. Mouthfeel was typical. Not bad.

I would weakly recommend this beer. I got this bottle from the Microbrew of the Month club folks.

BeerBelcher, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of smcolw
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

smcolw, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of tugdriver7
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty brown. Deep leather brown (some have suggested "chestnut") color in the glass (slight haze); small head that disappeared quickly. Malty nose, with just a hint of something (hops?) that, when tasted, leaves a veggie/ caramel/ nutty aftertaste. Nothing bad, just difficult to classify. Carbonation is mild, with decent mouthfeel. All in all, a decent brown, but the more you sip the more you wonder what you're tasting. Probably better on tap.

tugdriver7, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of Domingo
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good day to day brown ale.
Pours a slightly darker color than I expected, with a head that came out thick like a draft would.
Smells nutty and bready.
The taste is subdued, but is VERY clean. Milk chocolate, hazelnuts, and mild caramel come to the front, but it's not too sweet. Finish is dry and actually reminds me a bit of a thicker dunkel lager.
Went down easy enough and I see no reason I couldn't have several of these on a hot day.
Nothing amazing, but the clean finish and mild but good flavors make this a pretty solid brown.
For a hot muggy day in the southeast, this could be good.

Domingo, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of aubuc1
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to an imperial pint glass.

Pours a clear, tea-like with a thin just off white head.

Light bready malt smell with a little bit of fruit hiding in there.

Nice light malty flavor that is very easy to drink. Nothing too exciting here, but very quaffable.

aubuc1, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of AgingWarrior
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium brown color with about a finger of tan head. The head dissipated, but provided some lacing.

Smells like sweet caramel malts, grains and nuts. Very pleasant smell.

Tastes like it smells. Malty and nutty, with a semi-sweet finish.

Light body and light carbonation.

Easy drinking brown ale due to the lightness of the brew. It's okay, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

AgingWarrior, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of Goliath
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish brown with amber colored edges. Produces a large inch and ahalf of off white head on the pour with good retention and some spotty lace.

Aroma is fairly malty, almost reminds me of a dopplebock. Kind of grainy with some bread.

Taste is alright. Malty for sure, with notes of bread and grain. A slight hop bitterness, but very subtle. It's like drinking oats and hay.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and rather smooth with a gentle carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. Low alcohol makes this brew easy to consume, but flavor is lacking and uninspiring.

Goliath, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured a light chestnut color with a two-finger frothy tan head that retained less than ideally and left some hints of lace.

S: Sweet malts galore. Caramel malt with some light nutty aromatics as well. Zero hop presence. Aroma could be more powerful and complex (greater diversity within the "sweet" realm, rather than just caramel and some light nut smells).

T&M: Lighter caramel malt flavors are emerge and are balanced with slight amounts of bittering hops. Caramel malt flavor re-emerges in the finish, though this time slightly toasted and with some slight earthiness present, too (hops, I would guess). As far as the feel goes, I would characterize it as medium to light bodied, with a bit too much carbonation that deflates the sweeter flavors that really need to emerge. Bump down the carbonation just a bit and this one could have some real potential.

D: It would be more drinkable if the mouthfeel was a bit improved, but this is still a decent brown ale. The flavor has some real potential, it just needs to be allowed to develop better without all the carbonation. Still a good beer that would make a nice casual session.

BamaBeerBuff, May 18, 2008
Sweetwater Georgia Brown from SweetWater Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 568 ratings.