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Sweetwater Motor Boat - SweetWater Brewing Company

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438 Ratings

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Ratings: 438
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 20
Gots: 24 | 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 StoneTSR:
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3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

APPEARANCE: Very nice, deep, opaque, orangey, copper in color with a thin, bubbly head which dissipated quickly, leaving the large bubbles along with a very slim head. No lacing whatsoever.

SMELL: Strong brown sugary and malty nose. Sugar being the key word. The Motorboat is a very sweet smelling beer. Smells more like a brown ale than an ESB.

TASTE: The moment this beer hits the tongue it becomes clear that this is, in fact, an ESB. Deliciously bitter and dry hops attack the taste buds and it is not nearly as sweet as it smells. However, the malts do eventually make their presence known towards the backend and remain on the palate afterwards.

FEEL: Thirst-quenching and fully carbonated. The almost harsh feel on the way down makes this a very refreshing beer.

OVERALL: If the smell of beer was equivalent to the cover of a book, this would be the gold standard in not judging a book (or a beer) by its cover. The taste turns out to be far different from the smell and unlike some other ESBs, the Motorboat is genuinely bitter. Although, the bitterness does level out at the end of each sip. At 5.6% it might be a bit much to be considered a true session beer, but it is easy to imagine a hot summer evening in the southeast with a six-pack of Motorboats.

10-27-2010 22:44:55 | More by StoneTSR
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

09-30-2009 01:21:47 | More by oberon
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

05-03-2014 18:33:36 | More by Hoppin_mad
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

08-25-2013 23:51:23 | More by tbryan5
Photo of BeerAdvocate


3.73/5  rDev 0%

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.

01-11-2011 03:51:57 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of csmartin6

New York

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

09-08-2013 17:26:13 | More by csmartin6
Photo of warnerry


3.53/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

11-19-2011 21:48:12 | More by warnerry
Photo of merlin48


3.38/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

08-30-2009 21:56:34 | More by merlin48
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

11-27-2010 20:09:23 | More by Mora2000
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-06-2012 04:13:08 | More by livewire05
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

02-18-2014 14:51:14 | More by rhinonau
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New York

4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-21-2011 21:24:25 | More by mjtiernan
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

12-30-2013 15:17:57 | More by rwilde
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

12-29-2011 04:06:02 | More by MyTBeerDrinker
Photo of glid02


4.3/5  rDev +15.3%

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.

09-24-2009 03:24:49 | More by glid02
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

12-06-2011 20:51:46 | More by dsauter
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-02-2012 04:31:53 | More by 4runner4ever
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

03-17-2012 17:03:55 | More by Zachb4au
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

02-20-2012 23:35:00 | More by ltdantheman
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

01-02-2014 04:28:36 | More by lcdawg
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South Carolina

1.5/5  rDev -59.8%

12-27-2011 01:19:54 | More by whitekiboko
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

09-17-2011 16:15:49 | More by tdm168
Photo of WoodBrew


3.94/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

09-23-2013 23:47:20 | More by WoodBrew
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-07-2012 14:31:25 | More by Damian74Shensky
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

12-09-2012 03:17:05 | More by djschnabel
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Sweetwater Motor Boat from SweetWater Brewing Company
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