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Sweetwater Georgia Brown - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Ratings: 623
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 18
Gots: 68 | 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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Photo of harpus
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

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.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
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.

Photo of mdfb79
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.

Photo of ddtprm
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of PDXHops
3.25/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of silver0rlead
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.

Photo of nickthegun12
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
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%

Photo of jbriggs7036
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this one from a beer of the month club. Not bad.

appearance was about normal for the style

smell- toasty something or other, biscuit?

taste- similar to fat tire. Toasty malt and


mouthfeel- good

drinkability- 3 a night/ one night a month

Photo of errantnight
3.02/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the ole Beer of the Month Club.

This one is fine. But only just.

Pours a mahogany brown with a nice finger of head that dissipates... to nothing. No head, no lacing.

Aroma is light chestnut and subtle toast. On the palate it's a bit thin and water in the finish, but up front it has some nice maltiness, the nut and moderate toast are pleasing, and despite the somewhat thin flavor at the end, it actually has a nice, rounded finish the supports instead of is obliterated by a pleasing hop balance.

Overall, this is in need of fleshing out. But you could do worse, and the brewing process seems spot on.

Photo of scottyshades
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired in GA while down for a wedding

A: Pours a transparent deep amber/brown color with a small creamy off-white head. Retention is OK.

S: Toasty malts, caramel, pale malts, and I do get some light earthy hops. Pretty good for the style, but a little muted

T: Not really as flavorful or "to-style" as their other offerings, but not bad by any means. Lots of caramel, nuts, toasted malts, pale malts, and just the right amount of subtle hops.

MF/D: Feel is light, or at least lighter than I prefer for brown ales. But drink. is good considering the hidden alcohol and sessionable flavor.

Notes: Definitely not the best SW offering or brown ale, but this is sessionable. Glad I tried it.

Photo of BogleHill
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice medium brown color with frothy light tan head and good carbonation. Light nutty aroma. Flavor is lightly sweet and malty with a slight hoppy bitterness. Exactly what a good sessionable brown ale should be. Smooth and drinkable. My thanks to Glid02 for this one!

Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice brown with red hues and a nice medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, hints of sweet caramel and some bready aromas in there as well.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, some caramelized malts, with some slight nutty flavors and a slight earthy hop finish at the end.
M: Very smooth, full bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, nice blend of flavors and a modest abv making it a pretty sessionable brown ale.

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle poured into a flared pint glass. Served at cellar temperature, approximately 50 degrees F.

Pours a beautifully clear deep mahogany with a thick, creamy beige head that fades fairly quickly to a small cap and fails to leave behind any stickage on the walls of the glass.

Patently malty in the nose, with a subtle hint of nuttiness and a touch of bready yeast character. Not too much going down in the aroma arena.

Light-to-medium in body with a mild carbonation. Malty up front with notes of sweetbread sliding into nuttiness and a bit of soft mineral, mingling with a very mild herbal hop character before finishing rather dry and with a lingering hint of caramel-like sweetness.

Mild and easy-drinking, this is quite the quaffer. A great example of the style, plain and simple, though best served at cellar temperature to bring out its best and truest qualities.

Photo of reeverbythespeak
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I must say this is one of my least favorite from Sweetwater. Maybe it was produced to have a beer in the style in order to meet demand, but it doesn't go as far out as some of the other Sweetwater beers. The head quickly dissipates, from thin to void, unless you put on a heavy pour. The off white head provides the caramel to the nose, but not the hops. This easy drinking beer seems to be built for six-pack drinking, rather than some thing as extreme as Dank Tank. Still good enough for me.

Photo of rhoadsrage
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.

Photo of RickS95
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a hazy light brown with a thin tan head.

Fills the nose with a sweet malty scent.

Tastes like it smells, nothing dominates the nose or mouth.

There are attempts at a slight bitter but the sweetness cuts it off before the finish.

Looks good, smells good and tastes good, but leaves me wanting a little more.

Photo of Radome
3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in chilled pint glass from tap.

A - Nice dark brown color, very clear. No head at all, but I suspect this may not have been the beer's fault. I had another pint right after this that had no head, so it could have been a carbonation or detergent problem at the establishment.

S - Nice mix of bread, malt and roasted coffee, no hops--just right for the style.

T - Some malt and toast, but totally dominated by roasted, almost burnt flavor. No hops bitterness or flavor that I could detect.

M - A little too thin for my taste. Very low carbonation, which is right for the style, but it may have been a serving problem, as noted earlier.

D - Overall too one-dimensional to be a great beer. With the dominating roastiness and no malt to round it out, it reminds me more of a watered-down stout than an authentic English brown. I appreciate the attempt at a style that is not copied much commercially in the States, but this one misses the mark.

Photo of Thiestru
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

Photo of Thur123
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of crhensel
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of tempest
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.

Photo of kdawg105
4.94/5  rDev +38.4%
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!

Photo of armock
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
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

Photo of TexIndy
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
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]

Sweetwater Georgia Brown from SweetWater Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 623 ratings.