Sweetwater Georgia Brown - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Reviews: 226
Hads: 654
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 18
Gots: 90 | 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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Photo of MacQ32
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice caramel brown color with a butterscotch looking half head, dissipates to a very thin layer quickly, little retention

S - Mostly sweetness from the malty with very pleasant nutty roasted notes. Slight fruity aromas

T - Just like it smells with a hint of grassy notes, no real biterness to speak of. A little fruityuness and a very sweet and nutty with a mildly dry roasted flavor at the end. Very pleasant

M - Medium bodied at best, light on the carbonation very drinkable at really anytime of year I'd imagine

O - This'ns a year rounder for sure, very tasty, excellent balance (597 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear brown color; ruby on the edges. Poured a 1 finger light tan head that dissipated to a broken skim. Laced the glass in wide rings.

S: Rich malts; caramel, nuts and toast. Faint fruity ester notes.

T: Consistent with the nose; the nutty flavors more prominent. Earthy and mild building to a mild bitter finish. Some malt sweetness lingers.

M: Medium body. Low carbonation. While starting sweet, finish is dry and mildly bitter.

O: Liked the malt character and overall balance. (487 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a nice dark mahogany with dark amber edges and some slight red hues as well. There is a bit of a chunky light cream colored head.

S - Aroma is of grain and fresh baked bread with some slight nuttyness and some good sweetness. Some slight burnt malt notes are present.

T & M - Taste of roasted and slightly burnt malts with some good brown sugar sweetness for backup. There is some nice fresh baked bread notes as well. Pretty light and refreshing easy to drink brew with simple yet good flavors. There is some slight nuttyness and some cocoa sweetness as it warms.

O - good brown ale that falls back to the middle of the pack but still offers good flavor. (695 characters)

Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not usually a brown ale guy, much less an English brown ale guy, but this is really good. I ordered one at a restaurant on tap the other day, but my wife was in a hurry so I didn't really get a chance to enjoy it, but I vowed to pick up a sixer to give it a fair shake. I'm glad I did. Dark brown with a big khaki head. (Did I just write khaki?) Lots of lace and stickiness in my Sierra Nevada Becker. Darker and richer than many big-named porters like Bell's and Sierra Nevada. Delicious, caramel aroma and taste. Not too thin on the palate, again, better than a lot of porters. Not a lot of hops, but after all it is an English brown ale. I really liked it and it was very fresh. Consume by 07/20/11. A great rich, malty brown ale that is better than many porters. I see a lot of these in my future when I don't want a lot of hops. (837 characters)

Photo of bum732
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Toasty, very grassy, dark fruitiness, a touch of rotten fruit.

L: Slightly hazy brown, off white head with ok retention, good lacing.

T: Tastes like fresh wort, somewhat fruity with a toasty dryness. Medium herbal bitterness. Finishes toasty dry with a touch of fruity herbalness. A touch of tobacco in the finish as well as some cocoa.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

not bad, more fruity similar to their porter. (427 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Brown, like the name. Very nice head retention and lace on the glass.

S - heavy malts. Smells like the mash at a brewery. Very nice.

T - Excellent. A good brown ale. Hard to describe, because brown ales are distinct and don't taste like anything else.

M - Not real crisp, but smooth throughout.

D - Very good. I could have numerous of this beer. As a matter of fact, anytime I am in the mood for a brown ale, Georgia Brown it is. (438 characters)

Photo of plfahey
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance-Amber, brown, and slightly orangish with a moderate dirty ivory colored head. Slight cast of haze.

Aroma-Rich toasty bread crust aromas pour from the glass. Underneath all the toast is whiff of caramel and hints of darker, roasted coffee tones. Low to no hops in the aroma.

Flavor-Lightly sweet up front with toasty melanoidins in the forefront of the profile. Unfortunately, the flavor does not show the same depth and complexity as the nose. Finish tastes of toast and tends towards a slightly dry, roasted note. Very low earthy hop flavors in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel-Medium to medium light body. Moderate carbonation, which is quite smooth and lends the beer almost a creamy texture.

The flavor on this one is solid, but not too special. That said, this is a good, very drinkable brown ale-I would be happy to stick with this for a few pints and it wouldn’t fatigue the palate. (942 characters)

Photo of Kromes
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy brown with some sediment suspended in the beer. Thin off-white colored head.

S: A very rich malt and caramel aroma. There are also some floral yeasty esters coming off of the beer.

T: The flavor mirrors the aroma. There is a nice nutty, toasted malt flavor and sweet caramel and some fruity esters.

M: Medium feel to it. The carbonation is low and the finish is somewhat dry and bitter.

O: It is an above average brown ale. I tend to prefer more malt and toasted flavors than the fruity esters. That being said, it is still a quality beer for those that tend to the fruitier side. (592 characters)

Photo of raszputini
2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells malty with a little nose hoppiness. Pours thin and brown with a light tannish head. Notes of nuts and roast in the malts. Slightly hoppier finish than a typical brown, as is typical with most Sweetwater products. I don't enjoy the hops in this brew - they just don't balance this brew out. (296 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a gift to me from the staff at Hotel Indigo. How cool is that?

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy deep brown color with a small 1/8" head of tan bubbles on top that faded back into the beer within about 30 seconds. There are some bubbles rising, and the head reduced to small islands.

Aroma: The aroma is led by malt with sweet caramel, chocolate, and a little bit of coffee being the predominant notes. The hops is present, and adds a subtle floral and a little bit of grass to the mix. Otherwise the aroma is clean.

Taste: The hops are a bigger player in the flavor than the aroma, but the beer is still balanced firmly toward the malt. There are lots of sweet caramel notes along with some toasty notes and the chocolate that I found in the nose. The overall body is medium to light with ample to low carbonation. The finish is led by the malt with a little bitterness from hops for balance and the dark malts are providing for that as well.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty decent American brown. I tried Bells Brown today as well, and I would have to say that this one is a little easier drinkin'. I can definitely appreciate the balance, and think that this would make a pretty good regular session beer if I lived in the area. I would drink it again for sure, and would recommend that you give it a try if you like your Brown ales more on the malty side like I do. (1,391 characters)

Photo of CliffBrake
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown color with a good tight head that leaves plenty of lacing.

The aroma is restrained and malty with some caramel and buscuit. Mildly sweet flavor with some spicy and herbal hops and bitterness for balance.

Medium bodied with a good carbonation to cleanse the palate and inspire another sip.

A nice brown that I liked well enough to order a few times during my trip to GA. Refreshing and tasty. (408 characters)

Photo of SkunkWorks
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks CurtisMcArthur for the trade and the opportunity to try this beer!

12 oz bottle with a best by date of 03/17/11 so this is a bit towards the end of this beer's life. Poured into a pint glass.

Look: dark brown color. An initial conservative pour doesn't give me any head, so I gave the last of the pour a downward pour and ended up with two fingers of off white foam. There's some decent retention but there's no lacing left behind.

Smell: caramel, some roasted nuts, bread, and very understated hops. Not overly complicated and understandable for an English brown.

Taste: follows the nose with a good deal of sweet malt, a bit of nuttiness, and caramel. Its a bit too sweet to the point that it borders on being cloying. There's no real hop character to balance out the sweetness and I am unsure if the overbearing sweetness is a result of diminished hops due to time (though I drank it two weeks before its best by date) or if it was because it is poorly attenuated.

Feel: medium thin body, good for the style, with moderate carbonation.

Drink: I think one could make this into a sessionable brew, given that its only 5.1% alcohol. The sweetness might be a limiting factor. I didn't have an issue getting to the bottom of my pint though.

Overall, probably the sweetest brown I've ever had. I could see this being a decent English brown if they balanced it a bit more, but as it is, it is way too sweet for my tastes. The malt flavors are good though and would make this a good sessionable brew if they scaled it back a bit. Cheers! (1,547 characters)

Photo of G2Brew
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is pretty sweet for a brown ale. Not as heavy or strong as I expected, but acceptable.

A - Dark brown with a hint of red. About a finger of off-white head that faded quickly, but left nice lacing.

S - Sweet, bready, malty, some biscuit, and nuts.

T - Sweet, but not cloying. Tons of malt with roasted grain, caramel, and nuts. Finishes with light, floral, slightly grassy hops.

M - Medium body, not nearly as much as I would have expected from such a dark beer. Lots of carbonation, again, more than I'd expect from a stout.

D - I am not a big fan of sweet beers, but this was pretty drinkable. Smooth and quite refreshing. Not my style, I won't buy it, but I'd drink another one (from the fridge) with a nice beef brisket. (736 characters)

Photo of tbrown4
4.16/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. -> Hop Ruiter glass. Got this in a mixed 12 pack from a friend after a recent trip to Atlanta. This is the second brew I've had from SweetWater.

A - Hazy dark ruby red, thin bright white head. No lacing.

S - Wow! Really surprised here. Light chocolate notes, roasted malt, toasted sweet whole wheat bread.

T - Bold roasted malts take over quickly but drop off quick to a mild hop finish. Slightly nutty.

M - Feels like it hung out on the roof of my mouth. Not in a sticky/chewy kind of way, it's kind of hard to describe.

D - Fairly heavy on the palate. I'd get again if I could find it. (602 characters)

Photo of JMad
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The beer was a brownish, copper color with a thin white head that left some good lacing on the glass. I could smell lots of sweet caramel malt, brown sugar and toasted bread. When I took a sip I first tasted the sweet malt, just like it smells, toasty, bready with hints of sweet fig. It has a medium body with just the right amount of carbonation. I thought it was just a little too sweet, but still a worthy drink. (460 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a caramel copper color without much head

S - smells of caramel malt and some faint grassy hops

T- taste follows the nose well. Starts off with some sugary, caramel malt. This give way to a bit of nuttiniess that fades to some grassy and citrus hops. Pretty good brown ale.

M - decent body, but nothing special.

D - pretty good beer here. I had it with a lamb shank and it seemed to pair pretty well. I enjoyed it, however I think I would go with something else by Sweetwater next time. (499 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark muddy brown with light tan head that leaves little lace.

S- Caramel, biscuits, and nutty notes. Caramels and sweet bready notes.

T- Biscuits and hardy nutty notes with a touch of earthy floral hops. a dash of chalky chocolate lingers.

M- Medium bodied,

D- Easy to drink. Interesting, but a little on the biscuity side for my taste. (345 characters)

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

decided to tick a couple easy sweetwater brews i had never reviewed today after having way too much consumed yesterday. poured into a pint glass and drank while doing some yard work this was consumed on 02/06/2011.

nice pour with a good hazelnut color and a light offwhite head that capped the top with vigorous carbonation throughout. aroma is sweet, lots of caramel and roasted nuts, hints of bready grains, touches of light earthy hops, really quite nicely done i have to admit. moving forward there is a clean, crisp feel to it, smooth medium body is well deserving and shows off the overall profile very, very well. i was quite impressed with how easy this was. flavor is dominated by caramel and roasted nuts and the overall expierence is that of a lightly sweetened and very sessionable ale.

overall really very well done and i would have no trouble at all with polishing off a couple of these. (903 characters)

Photo of Chaney
2.18/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I got this as an extra from GatorBeerNerd in a wonderful in-person trade at Sexual Chocolate Day 2011. Thanks Donnie!

A: Poured a sort of dark Coca-Cola brown color, with a huge 1-2 finger mocha head that quickly melted into nothing more than several patches of bubbles.

S: Not much actually.... maybe some brown sugar and a tinge of sweet bready malts.

T: Very much an unpleasant, rather peppery caramel. Thin and somewhat watery, with sweetness that seemed bleached-out. Where was the candy quality?

M: Prickly carbonation, but there were more ominously fatal flaws at work here. No lacing to speak of.

D: One of the worst brown ales I've ever tasted. That's a shame, but I had liked every Sweetwater brew I had ever tried up to that point. (748 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A - Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights and a thin, khaki-colored head that quickly fades to a slight haze. Leaves spotty lacing on the glass.
S - Sweet, with dark bready malt, caramel, and roasted nuts.
T - More sweet caramel malt and dark roasted nuts with a touch of cocoa powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, and an earthy hop finish.
M - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.
D - Nicely drinkable and entry-level, like most Brown Ales. Nicely sessionable. (512 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a fairly clear mahogany brown with umber shadows. The head isnt shy about leaving sticky bubbles everywhere. The aroma is simple, but in a beer like this that is just fine. Its nicely balanced with an earthy nuttiness and spicy hops on the back. The flavor is just about the same. A nice even nuttiness lays an earthy base under a spicy hopping. Dashes of coffee and chocolate are interspersed. (407 characters)

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. (489 characters)

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. (886 characters)

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. (1,006 characters)

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) (2,221 characters)

Sweetwater Georgia Brown from SweetWater Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.