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Sweetwater Motor Boat - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Ratings: 439
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 21
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gford217 on 08-29-2008)
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Reviews by Jadjunk:
Photo of Jadjunk
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

"Out titillating version of an ESBBB! These babies are build for speed and comfort. Hit the throttle and dive in with your eyes wide open, you old sailor you! Sweetwater Motor Boat is brewed in the style of an Extra Special Bitter. The fall seasonal beer was introduced in 2008, possibly based on SweetWater's original ESB which was discontinued in the early 2000's. Date on bottle is 10/30/12.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a SweetWater pint glass. Served north of 52º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy dirty white head. Nice retention, a notch above average. Body color is a very hazy copper-orange. Lacing is thin and webbed. With a decent head quality and an appealing lacing, it makes for a very pleasing appearance. 4.5

(Smell) Caramel and pale malts blend with a grassy and floral mild bitter hop aroma. Mild buttery notes, nothing overpowering or droning in the diacetyl. The aroma is fairly well balanced. Potency is medium. Enjoyable overall. 4

(Taste) Clean bready caramel front with a balance in earthy hop flavor and bitterness. Mild, yet full flavors with a growing buttery malt and sharper earthy hop finish reminiscent of English medium alpha blends. Flavor is filling. The balance is about perfect, but the bitterness and hop flavor is a bit muddied and could manage to be a touch brighter and crisper. Overall it's a pretty solid ESB. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Creamy texture, very mild carbonation with a mild buttery slickness. Body is medium/heavy for the style, medium bodied overall. Alcohol presence is low. I actually found the carbonation a bit too low on this one, just a notch shallow of where it should have been, for either a creamier flavor or a crisper one, either way it was too low. Body a bit higher than anticipated, makes for lower drinkability. 3.25

(Overall) An enjoyable beer with a good balance. My biggest complaints are in regards to a heavier body, a low carbonation and a shallow, albeit plentiful hop profile. The common diacetyl tones are also on the low. Amongst my very few local choices for ESB options in Georgia. In fact, it's the only Georgia-brewed ESB. Despite my lack of options, I wouldn't mind picking up a six pack of this each season. 3.5

SweetWater Brewing Company's
Motor Boat Ale

Jadjunk, Jan 18, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man I like a good ESB and there just isnt enough around!This poured into a standard pint glass a clear bronze color with a tight formed one finger white head that settled into a soapy-like mass,aromas were malt tilted with caramel/biscuit,brown sugar, and juicy fruit malt notes,only a slight "green" herbal hop presence is felt.Flavors start out with dark"ish" fruit and caramle with a slight toastiness,a srying leafy hop presence comes thru late.A solid ESB more malt driven, but it does have a hop presence,well done.

oberon, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of Hoppin_mad
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Hoppin_mad, May 03, 2014
Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

tbryan5, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #43 (Aug 2010):

This beer is a tarnished copper color with a head to be proud of. It has a toasty, sweet malt aroma with a healthy herbal hop twang in the back. It's sublimely smooth and perhaps a tad slick. With toasted grain all around, there are quick flashes of caramel sweetness and more of a dried grassiness in the end. The tamed hops add some spiciness and a mildly bitter, herbal flavor. There's also vague fruitiness within the folds. It finishes relatively dry, with that dried grass, toasted grain flavor. This is an off-base seasonal. We love it because the norm doesn't need to be the path for everyone.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of csmartin6
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

csmartin6, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of warnerry
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear amber/brown with one finger of head. Head has outstanding retention and leaves a sheet of lacing.

S -- Slightly bitter hops aroma, and a bit of malt. Subtle aroma.

T -- Nice bitterness initially followed by a somewhat watery middle. Finish is a nice dry earthy bitterness. Has a dry bitterness, but I can't identify the hops.

M -- Somewhat thin mouthfeel, but a good dry bitter finish.

O -- Unfortunately the outstanding appearance only led to a decent beer. Not bad, but not memorable either.

warnerry, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of merlin48
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle pours a hazy amber body with a medium sized offwhite head. Attractive patchy lacing graces the glass.

Aroma has a sharp hoppiness. Citrusy grapefruit and pine notes obscure any hint of malt.

Mouthfeel has a creamy carbonation and medium body.

Taste has a prominent citrusy hop bitterness. Pine notes add an edge. No significant malt presence to this one. Finishes dry and bitter like an IPA.

Misses the boat as an ESB. No malt character or no apple or pear notes that I look for in a good ESB. Way too hoppy for style.

merlin48, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cavie for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is toffee with some orange citrus hops. I also get a little bit of chocolate, which I was not expecting. The flavor is heavy on the toffee malt but there are some citrus hops to keep the beer nice and balanced. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of livewire05
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

livewire05, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of rhinonau
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

rhinonau, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +7.2%

mjtiernan, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of rwilde
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

rwilde, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of MyTBeerDrinker
3/5  rDev -19.6%

MyTBeerDrinker, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask wet-hopped with Chinook served at the brewery.

Pours a hazy brown-copper color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells like something I never want to stop smelling - citrus, pine, floral, herbal, if it's associated with a hop it's here. Backing up the hop aromas are grainy and lightly toasted malts that gain steam as the beer warms.

Tastes good, just not as good as it smells. Hop flavors dominate but caramel malt flavors that are more earthy and mineral-like than sweet serve as a sturdy backbone. As with the smell the malt flavors assert themselves more as the beer warms. The ending is solidly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a very nice thickness with a surprisingly moderate amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I used all my tickets (six total) on samples of this and I would use six more if I had them.

Overall the wet-hopping influenced this beer more than the cask conditioning as the carbonation levels were almost identical to the draught version. Regardless, this beer was hoppy already but the extra Chinook pushed it to a new level. I can't wait to try Wet Dream after tasting this.

glid02, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of dsauter
3/5  rDev -19.6%

dsauter, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

4runner4ever, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Zachb4au
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Zachb4au, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of ltdantheman
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

ltdantheman, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of lcdawg
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

lcdawg, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of whitekiboko
1.5/5  rDev -59.8%

whitekiboko, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sawmill Tap Room

Arrives a light amber with no head. Nose offers caramel and toasty malts with just a hint of pine. Taste is bready, biscuity, and toasty with a pretty intense hop presence which adds a welcomed piny, earthiness to the finish. Medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated, drinkable.

This is really a nice beer. A nice change of pace from other ESBs and other fall offerings.

tdm168, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Motor Boat...love motor boating...is a great beer. It poured a rich clear amber with thin white head that is leaving some lace. The scent is fresh bitter hop with a touch of sweetness...not sure if its of caramel or citrus nature....perhaps a combo of both. The taste starts and finishes with a very nice sweetness....the middle is a punch of bitterness that is lovely. There is a presence of caramel, biscuit and pine. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall....I really like this one...its bitter yet sweet...much like my wife.

WoodBrew, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of Damian74Shensky
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of djschnabel
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

djschnabel, Dec 09, 2012
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Sweetwater Motor Boat from SweetWater Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 439 ratings.