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Sweetwater Georgia Brown - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Ratings: 630
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 17
Gots: 73 | FT: 1
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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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Ratings: 630 | Reviews: 233
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.

Photo of boudreaux
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of Jadjunk
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
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)

Photo of jbphoto88
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of ztaylor1
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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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.

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Sweetwater Georgia Brown from SweetWater Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 630 ratings.