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Sweetwater Georgia Brown - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Georgia BrownSweetwater Georgia Brown

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Ratings: 540
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 14
Gots: 36 | 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 BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%

Beer pours a very a nice chestnut color topped off by a decent head that left a trail of lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma is sweet malt with some nuttiness and a very slight hint of hops. The flavor is again malty and nutty. Not much in the way of hops. The flavor comes across as a tad weak, but not too bad. Smooth and medium bodied, one could easily stick with this beer for the entire night.

04-04-2008 04:37:03 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +2%

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

A: Clear chesnut brown with minimal off-white head, about 1/4", which quickly dissipated to smattering of bubbles on the surface and thin white ring around the edge.

S: An earthy nutty aroma nests nicely on a bed of medium toasted malts. There is the slightest bit of hoppy citrus if you look carefully.

T: Very well balanced malts that start just a touch sweet and finish just a touch dry. Nice solid malt flavors with a slightly nutty tone and just the slightest hint of peat. Finishes with a touch of sweet and lingers a bit dry. Complex and smooth.

M&D: Medium weight with light carbonation and a smooth disposition makes this a very enjoyable brew.

Thanks to Maria for picking this up for me during her travels.

03-26-2008 00:57:36 | More by SIRIUS2
Photo of russpowell


3.55/5  rDev -0.3%

Thanks to Ding for this one! BBD of 11/28/07 so we'll how this rolls

Pours caramel with 1+ finger fluffy sand colored head. Good head retention & above average lacing

S: Slight roastyness & some leafy hop once warm

T: Roasty malt, caramel, some leafy hops, & slight chocolate notes up front. Hops start to assert as this warms ( metallic & leafy tastes) along with dryness & a bit of biscuitty malt. Finishes dry with a bit of leafy hop & some caramel & roastyness at the back of the throat

MF: Light/medium bodied with low carbonation. A bit more body would make this work a lot better, verges on the edge of thin & watery, just enough malt & dryness to pull it back

Drinks fairly easy, a decent not great brown ale. Was looking for roastyness or some nuttyness. I could put 2 or 3 down before boredom set in

02-23-2008 06:03:43 | More by russpowell
Photo of Boto


3.9/5  rDev +9.6%

12 oz. bottle: This one pours a fairly clear, brown color. Mine had a pretty good size off-white head on it, but didn't leave much in the way of lacing. The nose is malty with a little nuttiness in there also. The taste is also pretty decent. Malty with a bit of nuttiness . Very drinkable. Another good beer from these guys.

02-20-2008 15:19:00 | More by Boto
Photo of nickfl


3.73/5  rDev +4.8%

A - One finger of off-white foam on a crystal clear, amber brown body. Settles down pretty quickly and leaves virtually no lace.

S - Nutty, malty aroma with a little bit of caramel.

T - The aroma is echoed by the malty, nutty flavor. There is, again, some caramel and a slight roasted note this time. Hop bitterness kicks in towards the middle with just enough force to balance the malt. The finish is a combination of caramel malt and lingering bitterness with some nondescript hop flavor.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

D - Not particularly interesting, but well balanced and easy to drink. It has plenty of malt, but I was surprised to find that it is fairly bitter as well. If there are any flaws here, they would be a slight harshness to the bitterness and flatness to the hop aroma, but neither are a big deal in a brown ale.

02-20-2008 01:14:43 | More by nickfl
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Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -10.1%

On-tap at the brewpub. Another sweet brown beer, clearly a malt play.Caramel,and on the sweet side, even a bit thin though sitable carbonation. Some soapy head and lacing was nice. Kind of a root beer, with licorice. Unnnecessary as the blue gives all the sweet beer drinkers their fill.

02-10-2008 20:27:11 | More by Sammy
Photo of tpd975


3.6/5  rDev +1.1%

A: Beautiful hue of chestnut brown. Head was average for the class, and died rather quickly. There was a sparse amount of lacing. Overall not bad.

S: Nice sweet caramel, coffee, hazelnuts and cream.

T: Sweet buttered toffee, and caramel. Hints of oak and hazelnuts. A hint of hops just enough to make them noticed. A nice brown ale.

M: Medium bodied and well balanced.

D: A rather drinkable brown ale.

Overall: My first Sweetwather brew and it is pretty drinkable. I am not a huge fan of brown ales, but this one was rather enjoyable. If I ever saw it on tap I would order it without any reservations.

02-10-2008 17:26:49 | More by tpd975
Photo of witster18


3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Ok...what to say...this beer pours a fading copper brown with minimal head...there is some lacing and the beer appears to be a little high on the carbonation. Appearance is alright. Nose? not alot here....a little buttery toffee, nuts and malt on the nose...but barely detectable which could be a sign of conservatism(happens alot with this style)...taste...yep....not alot going on here....like the nose a little butter toffee...a little sweet roasty maltedness ...unfortunately, it all leaves like a leer jet and ZERO aftertaste.. and not so high on the mouthfeel.. Not all negative though... not much taste but also not any bad stuff in here... just not enough character. A very clean tasting, highly drinkable Brown Ale that is light, in every way, for the style. You could go through alot of these but style-wise I prefer a flavorful lager...just as underwhelming I know, but for the same price, I'd rather have a Red Stripe. Overall-above average for cleanliness and drinkability but nothing to write home to ma about. I can smell and taste the slightest hint of a MrGoodbar with this but if you want a no-holds-barred but still yet drinkable for the style brown try Columbus Nut Brown Ale...thin like this....clean like this...but much higher on appearance and taste and it tastes like the Mr.Goodbar is actually in there! ahng.

01-22-2008 23:16:08 | More by witster18
Photo of stevecee2003


3.55/5  rDev -0.3%

I could smell those nuts right off the top! Poured from a 12oz. bottle, and a small head showed up, with traces of lace hanging around. Smells and looks good.

Taste was a nice blend of toasted grain and syrup. Pretty nice really. I am growing to like this bottle even as I drink the first one. By the end I may love it.

In the mouth it feels thick, almost as if you could chew on it a bit. And thats a good thing.

Overall I give this slightly more than a passing grade. A good effort.

12-06-2007 04:38:01 | More by stevecee2003
Photo of BlackBearForge


3.78/5  rDev +6.2%

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.)

12-04-2007 02:47:38 | More by BlackBearForge
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3.2/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

11-27-2007 22:20:54 | More by whiplash3825
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

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


3.88/5  rDev +9%

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.

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


3.98/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

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


3.7/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

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


3.88/5  rDev +9%

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

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


4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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.

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


3.9/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

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


3.65/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

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


3.68/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

04-02-2007 19:27:30 | More by Cyberkedi
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

03-06-2007 15:40:25 | More by
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3.7/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

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


3.08/5  rDev -13.5%

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.

11-28-2006 04:03:51 | More by jettjon
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3.4/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

11-22-2006 19:04:56 | More by psinderson
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3.78/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

10-04-2006 23:58:50 | More by acrawf6
Sweetwater Georgia Brown from SweetWater Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 540 ratings.