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Sweetwater Georgia Brown - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Georgia BrownSweetwater Georgia Brown

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Reviews: 239
Hads: 719
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 19
Gots: 128 | FT: 1
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SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States | website

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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Reviews: 239 | Hads: 719
Photo of barleyman
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. brown glass bottle into my straight sided tumbler.A very attractive mahogany color is present.The smell is VERY mild, with very little malt and almost no hop aroma. A wonderful taste is mostly of malt, raisin, clove. The mouthfeel is exactly correct for this style, a little heavier than Newcastle, it numbs the tounge a bit, perhaps it a little stronger that labelled. Overall, this is a very nice beer, one that I could drink a few and enjoy!

Just a thought,


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Photo of beergod1
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tastes Sweet, mildly roasty, caramely and touch of Chocolate, No hops at all for balance. This is a pretty straightforward American brown ale, no surprises in the flavor, but no flaws either. Not as much in the nose however, just some lightly roasted malt, more aroma wouldn’t hurt. Medium bodied and well-carbonated. The beer’s color is on the border between light brown and dark amber, and the light tan head settles to a ring. A few small patches of lace are left on the glass. Decent, but not amazing.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a copper caramel hue with large tan bubbles forming a fizzy, short lasting head.

S: Aroma is very faint; traces of nut and hints of spice are barely noticeable, but not much else.

T/M: Standard carbonation pretty much stands alone at first, not a great sign. A slight bitterness emerges after a bit and some dry malt and nuttiness finish it off, but this one is underwhelming.

I'd prefer this over, say, a Newcastle, but there are many better options out there altogether


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Photo of BeerNoobNC
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in the winter version of the SweetWater Tackle Box. Pours a very dark brown color, comparable to a porter. Leaves a fairly light colored head. Has a sweet and slightly fruity smell but I can't quite put my finger on what it is.

This beer has a unique taste that I have never experienced in a brown ale or any other beer for that matter. There is a sweet sugary taste that is typical of brown ales. However, there is also a fruity and maybe somewhat tangy flavor that follows this sweetness. The hop profile is not as noticeable, though it may be there and just covered up by the other bold flavors. Overall, this is a unique beer that I would recommend at least trying. I personally like it, though I feel that not everyone will like this different combination compared to other brown ales.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this one up on my recent holiday travels (it's not sold in Kentucky). This beer pours out a slightly hazy mahogany color with a nice 1-finger head that quickly dissipates. Very faint nose of fresh bread and cookies.

Taste is spot on for this style. It's mild and has a slightly sweet cola flavor. Cookies greet you up front, then the flavors develop a bit to raisins and cola. There's a nice soft hop bite at the finish; just enough to keep it from tasting like a softdrink. Nicely balanced and has a nice firm mouthfeel.

Overall, a solid brown ale with no objectionable qualities. These beers are always mild and well-behaved and are probably not what most beer fans reach for. However, if you are a fan of this style, don't pass this one up.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Reddish brown with a nice tan head. Not much lacing to it.
S- Smell is bready, a bit toasted, nutty, with a light brown sugar presnce.
T- It's relatively sweet with a molasses and brown sugar flavor. Plenty malty with just a bit of hoppiness.
M- Medium body, maybe a bit on the fuller side. Carbonation is just a bit lower than I'd like.
O- A decent to good brown. Worth a try.

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Photo of Tastybeer007
3.12/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a glass.

A- Brown color with a slight reddish tone. the beer head dissipates after a few seconds and it leaves a dark reddish beer on the glass.

S- It smells like it will be sweet. Very earthy/Sweet/Malty I can kind of smell some coffee or chocolate I am not sure what it was.

T- Not too crazy about the taste, but probably not the beer for me. To be honest it was drinkable, not a lot of carbonation, a kind of malty/creamy/chocolate like flavor to it. I did not like the aftertaste. It tasted a little bit like dark chocolate mixed in with DIRT, yes like dirt...probably that Earthy flavor...not for my palate

Didnt like the taste it left on my mouth, did not like the "dirt" taste, but can appreciate that it tries to be a good beer, the malty/sweetiness, and flavor of the beer.

Ehh I could probably drink it again, but really not my type.

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Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at a Sweetwater-sponsored charity event.

A - Dark brown with a reddish-orange tint; transparent but with a slight haze.

Aroma: plenty of toasted malt. Nutty with a hint of molasses.

Taste: a nice medium roasted malt. A very subtle spicy hop note. Sweet but appropriate for style. Nice malty aftertaste.

M - medium body; good carbonation; smooth

O - excellent for style

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Photo of iadler
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Another SweetWater offering from jsanford. Thanks Jacob!

A- Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue. A two finger head that slowly dissipates leaving some thin lines of lacing.

S- Faint aroma of biscuit malt, unsweetened chocolate and some grassy hops

T- More pronounced flavor with unsweetened chocolate, brown sugar, biscuit malt, licorice, nuts, grass and a bit of citrus hops.

M- Medium carbonation and body. Slightly creamy mouthfeel.

O- A nice take on a English Brown Ale and very drinkable. I could see this being very enjoyable on a cold fall night.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried a pint of this at the Atlanta airport while I was waiting for my flight home.

Arrived without any head so really don't know about that, but it did retain a skinny little light brown lacing throughout my experience with this particular glass of beer.

Aroma consists of roasted caramel malts with hints or accents of honey and roasted nuts.

The taste is that of roasted caramel malts highlighted with a roasted nut taste and maybe a slight molasses or something similar coming through, the taste remains throughout a light dryish aftertaste.

I quite liked this brown although I wish it had had a slightly fuller body on it, but that's ok with me.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Deep brown body, red hue around the edges. One-finger tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

Light aroma of nuts, brown sugar, and caramel. A hint of earthy hops in the background.

The flavor steps it up a notch. Good nutty flavor combines with some toasted malt notes. A little sweet caramel and just a bit of hop bitterness at the end.

Light mouthfeel. Not too exciting but not a bad brown overall.

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Photo of PatLarsen
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy amber-brown color with a small tan head that settles into a resilient film and leaves some lace. Aroma of wet dog, roasted malts, mud, rain water, wet grass, and soggy cereal. Flavor of toasted malts, nuts, root beer, lots of earth, and a lingering woodsy note. Light-medium bodied, with medium-high carbonation and a wet, earthy mouthfeel. Bad smell on a brown ale- this one is off.

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Photo of OMGTheyKilkenny
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A- Dark, rich brown. Slightly murky with an ivory head.

S- Nutty, rich, hints of soy.

T- Very nutty, malty, rich, subtle hop character. Exactly what you're looking for in a brown ale.

MF- Just thick enough, not too viscous. Very smooth.

D- Highly drinkable. Relaxing, quality brew. Just enough body without being too heavy.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
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

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of bum732
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of plfahey
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of Kromes
3.51/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of raszputini
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
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!

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Sweetwater Georgia Brown from SweetWater Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.