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Sweetwater Georgia Brown - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Ratings: 531
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-13-2002)
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Photo of BlackBearForge


3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle notes that it is best enjoyed before January 28, 2008.

Poured a clear ruby brown with a one finger tan head that did not linger long at all. Nice color.

Smell was faint but of caramel malt with some floral and citrus tones.

Taste is malty caramel, sweet but no too sweet, with perhaps some chocolate and coffee tones, a nice hop presence too with a bit of bitter in the finish. Perhaps a sour fruity note there too.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a light to medium body with a nice bit of carbonation.

Definitely a beer you could sit and have several of while talking to friends or to have with supper. Since it is a Southern brewery and perhaps the nearest to me, I think I will be having these frequently. A good solid beer. (Easily read freshness dating on the bottle is always a plus to me as well, I wish they all did.)

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 02:47:38 | More by BlackBearForge
Photo of whiplash3825


3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'll preface this by noting that this is the first of this style I've tried, so I can't compare it to other English Brown Ales.

Pours a beautiful deep brown with a smallish tan head that doesn't linger... nice lacing though.

Surprise... I'm smelling a lot of hops here, with a moderate malt also.

Taste is about the same; the high level of hops is unexpected. Cascade? Whatever it is, it seems to be the same hops flavor in all of Sweetwater's offerings. Not unpleasant, but not what I would expect in a dark beer.

About a perfect level of carbonation and thickness.

Although like I said it's not what I expected, it's a quaffable brew. I would imagine being 60 miles from the source helps in the freshness dept. as it does taste very fresh... no stale flavors detected.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 22:20:54 | More by whiplash3825
Photo of MMAJYK


4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Appearance was transparent beautiful brown. Head was not much but had decent linger for a few minutes.

S- Smell of caramel and cream. Toffee and oaky too.

T- Taste sweet of butter, cream and caramel as the smell, but added the burnt oak aftertaste. Very nice.

M- Mouth was thick enough, but not at all too thick. Great!

D- Very drinkable and easy going down. A very nice session brew for sure. I have had it bottled before, but this was the first time on tap. I really enjoyed it, and hope to have it again soon.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2007 01:08:14 | More by MMAJYK
Photo of Vancer


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

Another nice beer from the CEO / Old farters BIF from unclejedi

Sweetwater Georgia Brown, a solid drinking ale – if this was around here I’d make it a standard cool weather beer.

Enjoy by 9/18/07 – just missed it !! But, still a nice looking oak pour in my NB snifter.

Nice aromas of coffees, toffee and caramel – all subtle. Tasty pop of a raspy, woody and earthy dry brown – English style. A fine drinker, she went down smooth and easily.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 17:44:06 | More by Vancer
Photo of akorsak


3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from a trade with Phatz.

A: Brown. The one word nicely sums up the ale and its murky brown-black appearance. The head neared a finger on pour and quickly receded to a thin white band atop the beer.

S: The aroma is unsalted peanuts, rich with nutty malts. The aroma is very dry, lacking any hint of caramel sweetness that might help control the nuttiness.

T: The first sip delivers a mouthful of malts, grainy and very strong on the nuttiness. Mid-sip, a flourish of hoppy citrus flavors emerge, creating a great contrast in flavors. The hops disappear rather quickly, allowing the nuttiness to re-emerge and take the beer through to its finish.

M: The malty body is solid, delivering a solid flavor that exceeded my expectations. I would like to see a bit more from the hops though.

D: With both the Brown and the IPA, Sweetwater is a pleasant surprise. This is a good session beer with a crisp flavor and a manageable alcohol body.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 00:00:13 | More by akorsak
Photo of Slatetank


3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks so much to Phatz for sharing some southern ale w/ me.
Poured cold into a Flying Fish pint.
A - Deep copper/caramel brown w/ an off white head

S - Fruit w/ some herbal scents - slightly nutty/biscuity

M - Sweet creamy and round. A mildly effervescent ale.

T - Gentle, toasted taste blends well with light fruitiness. A mildly spiced hop taste and mellow English brown flavor is well represented. Pleasant biscuit flavors and hints of dried fruit are tasty highlights.

D - An easy to drink and well made brown. Very average and nothing phenomenal, but very quaffable and worth a try nevertheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 00:41:19 | More by Slatetank
Photo of meechum


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

Pour dark brown with a nice thick head of about 2 fingers that laces nicely as it subsides. Malty chocolates and toasts when sniffing this it was inviting.

Taste was balanced well between mild hops and the malts overall a good beer. This is a good dinner beer or something casual to have when wanting to relax overall it was a good beer and a good call for a casual beer

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 14:06:21 | More by meechum
Photo of Durge


4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this quite by accident at the TGIF in terminal B at the Atlanta Airport. Big old fashioned microphone tap handle spoke out for a try. I was quite pleased. The appearance is a solid chocolate brown brew with a sturdy head that held firm to the very end of my 22 ounces. Lacing is also decent. Aroma is modest but is a bit of brown bread and malt. The flavor jumps out as brown sugar and charcoal with a bit of chocolate. There is a slight orange tang at the tip. Somewhat aqueous with friendly carbonation throughout. A very nice, mild, drinkable beer which I will certainly sample again when given the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2007 07:42:11 | More by Durge
Photo of BEERchitect


3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Vortex, Atlanta. This is a very nice, non-offensive beer. Nothing outlandish or unusual about it, just simple and nice. Standard to all English Browns, this pours with a tactile quality, promising creaminess and texutre, with moderate carbonation and is well headed. Faint aromas of chocolate, malt, and toast. Flavors rely on sweet barley malts, followed up by chocolates, bready / toastiness, hop balance, and a touch of lactose. Mild textures of smoothness and richness makes the brew pleasant to drink, yet round enough to keep from thinning. A light alchohol cooling and a lingering sweetness fades into cleanlines late.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2007 14:43:19 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of barefootbrewer


3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A – Hazy brown with a thick persistent head.

S – Sweet, molasses or maple aroma.

T - Malty and slightly bitter with a maple flavored sweetness.

M – This beer was a bit thin for the flavor.

D – This beer is non- offensive but interesting enough to want more….goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2007 20:53:15 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma has a hint of molasses, and is beery but not overwhelmingly so. Color is a pretty brown. Taste is malty and mild with a smoky undertone and hints of caramel. This beer works by itself, or as a party drink, or as an accompaniment to a nice meal.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2007 19:27:30 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle.

Mainly clear, light brown in color. Small, light tan head. Very still.

Caramel, raisins and other dark fruits were first olfactory impression. Toast notes came later.

Biscuity in flavor. Touch of pine/citrus for bitter balance. Roast and toast notes. Overall, not much sweet, just a hint at the finish.

Light to medium in body. Medium carbonation. Very refreshing.

A good session beer, but a bit light on flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 15:40:25 | More by
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark nutty brown color, but with very little head.

The smell is dry and clean with balanced dark malts and hops.

The taste is very dry- no sticky sweetness here, with a malty, nutty flavor and a decent hop finish.

Fairly heavily carbonated, but there is a little creaminess in the mouthfeeel as well.

Quite drinkable, a very nice fall session beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2006 18:18:34 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of jettjon


3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From the bottle with 2/4/07 best by date, into a pint glass a reddish-brown color with a fizzy head that vanishes immediately leaving no bubbles and no lace. Looks like juice in a glass. I’d try a second pour but already this beer is leaving me disinterested. Nose is sweet, not malty at all, with a hint of hops. Taste is bitter up front, a moderate hops presence, followed by a mild, clean bitter finish. Mouth is watery bordering on thin and slightly bubbly. Drinkability is OK; this beer doesn’t offend, but it doesn’t offer much, either.

Overall: I would avoid this generic “brown ale” as anything other than a “gateway” beer for your macro friends.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2006 04:03:51 | More by jettjon
Photo of psinderson


3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into water glass. Best used by date of 11/26/06.

Appearance: A nice deep brown/ruby red. Unfortunately, this beer had almost no head.

Smell: Mostly malt with some background roasted notes.

Taste: A decent balance of roastiness and malty flavor with a mild bitterness. Finished clean.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant full-bodied feel, but the lack of carbonation hurt this brew.

Drinkability: The combination of clean feel and low ABV make this beer very drinkable. Hopefully, other newer bottles had more pleasant carbonation levels.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2006 19:04:56 | More by psinderson
Photo of acrawf6


3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear dark brown color with a small slightly tan head.

Smell. A bit sweet, come caramel and brown sugar. Just a touch of a hop bitterness, but he sweetness takes over.

Taste. Pretty sweet, brown sugar and a small molassis taste. Hops are present, but not a big factor. Aftertaste is, again, sweet.

Mouthfeel. body is medium-slightly light. Seems to be a little slicker than i would expect. Balance is good for the style. Carbonation is good.

Overall, a solid but forgetable beer. I would love to have this again, but could live without it. good beer when i have a sugar tooth.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2006 23:58:50 | More by acrawf6
Photo of GPHarris


3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a one finger thick head into a tumbler. this beer is reddish-brown, same coloring as bourbon to me. the head was light tan and creamy. minimal lacing and head retention.
s - overwhelmingly nutty, there aren't any other discernable aromas.
t - this has a very yeasty and bready taste to it with the aftertaste overwhelmingly nutty. this beer gets sweeter as it warms.
m - low carbonation with a nice creamy texture.
d - this is a really good transitional beer between summer and fall. one of my favorite session beers.

i did this in a side by side comparison with sam smith's nut brown ale. they are very similar but i think this beer is slightly better. and then when you compare the price $7 for 6 of SGB compared to $9 for 4 of the sam smith. SGB is the clear winner.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 14:39:39 | More by GPHarris
Photo of warriorsoul


3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with a full finger of off-white head...very little lacing.
Nutty aroma with a sweet caramel malt in the finish...very nice as it warms.
The taste is just what I'm looking for...low hops, not too sweet and a nice nutty profile.
A touch thin, but typical for the offering's style, so not really docking it there.
Could drain quite a few of these in an evening.
Above average from one of my favorite out of reach breweries.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2006 22:02:50 | More by warriorsoul
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a dark brown-amber color with a tiny off-white head that recedes rather quickly.

Smell: Not much here. The aroma has a very one-track mind for toasted nuts.

Taste: A very mild, unoffending flavor of sweet malts with the merest hint of nuts. Flavors comes across as directionless and wishy-washy.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body, but everything comes up a bit watery.

Drinkability: I really didn't want to admit it to myself, but I had no choice at that point. I threw down my pint glass, looked up at the sky, and yelled with every last bit of energy I had left: "This is the white bread of brown ales!"

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2006 06:30:28 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of kimcgolf


2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a bright copper color with a hint of red, medium white head, and minimal lacing. Okay aroma of malty nuts and honey. Flavor somewhat on the toffee side, and this beer ahd a little bit of a bitter finish. Not bad for a brown ale, which I’m not a real fan of.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2006 03:09:47 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of amatuerbeerguy


3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lite brown color pour, with no head. Clear appearance. aroma some what faint, but a brown sugar, and malt portrude.

flavors of fine sugar, maple syrup stupendous.

mouthfeel of light to medium bodied, with low carbonation.

overall a nice drinkable beer, it is subtle in all of the aspects of the beer, from aroma to finish. A nice brew indeed.

this one has set in my cellar for some time, a year I have had it.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 03:37:46 | More by amatuerbeerguy
Photo of blitz134


3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coke brown body, nicely clear. Off white quarter inch head on the pour, loosly held together. Reduced to meandering pockets of bubble on top with a ring around the glass.

Nice nutty aroma brought on with lightly toasted malts. Light biscuit aromas as well, followed by a hint of floral, grassy hops.

Taste is lightly toasted malts again, but lacks the nuttiness I like in a brown. Finish is a good biscuit malt which lingers for a fleeting moment. Quite crisp overall.

Medium to thin bodied with a good deal of crispness. Easy to put down. Quite refreshing. I can see why so many locals pick this up. Its a good transitional brew that can break the summer heat.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2006 00:08:46 | More by blitz134
Photo of BeerRun13


3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DeaconBluez and BIF Across America.

Poured a clear dark brown with a nice head that was just shy of what I would consider tan. Bubbly head that left a decent amount of lacing.
Smells of toffee and malts.
Good tasting beer. Kind of a brown sugar, caramel malt tone. A slight bit of bittering hops in there to, but overall sweet and tasty.
Medium bodied and creamy. just the right amount of carbonation.
Very Drinkable. I like this one quite a bit. It's not so nutty like other style English Browns are. Defineitely worth another visit.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2006 22:29:11 | More by BeerRun13
Photo of Redrover


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

Sampled at the Sushi bar at the Airport Marriott in Atlanta, GA.

12 oz brown longneck with clear freshness dating.

The beer pours a coco brown with a dense tan head. Respectable lacing.

The nose is of fresh malts, brown bread and raw sugar.

Taste is sweet and nutty. Balanced and easy to drink. Is that the honey malts that add the sweet edge? Regardless, the beer was complex enough & tasty enough for me to drink 3 with my sushi.

The mouth is a trifle thin, but this is a nice session beer. Worth a try for sure!

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2006 18:31:45 | More by Redrover
Photo of timtheenchanta

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear brown beer with a big head with very little retention. Slight lacing. Sweet malty nose with a pinch of nuts and dark fruit. Smooth feel coupled with the sweet malt and nutty taste. There is a hint of ripe fruit in the finish balanced with a bitter note on the way down. This is probably my favorite brown ale to date. Great local brew for me. Good to see beers like this coming out of the south east.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2006 01:28:17 | More by timtheenchanta
Sweetwater Georgia Brown from SweetWater Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 531 ratings.