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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: 23 | 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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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, Saturday at 09:48 PM
Photo of Hands22
5/5  rDev +34%

Hands22, Tuesday at 01:24 AM
Photo of jmhart
4/5  rDev +7.2%

jmhart, Monday at 10:16 PM
Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

jophish17, Monday at 09:28 PM
4/5  rDev +7.2%

TEAMHOLT, Monday at 05:30 PM
Photo of DKMonroe
4/5  rDev +7.2%

DKMonroe, Monday at 12:13 PM
Photo of Brez07
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from abeerlvr (via the Locals Only BIF). Served in a pint glass. Label says best enjoyed by 11/17/11

A: Pours a reddish-orange color, translucent. Leaves a 1 finger bubbly white head with limited retention

S: Sweet malt up front. Some caramel comes out form this. Bread crust. Slightly herbal and grassy

T: Still fairly sweet, but not as much as the nose would indicate. The bitterness is there, but lacking a little for the style. Somewhat citrusy, grassy

M: Light to medium bodied. Good amount of carbonation

D: Decent drinking, but not exactly what I think of for the style. Seems more like a pale ale to me

Brez07, Wednesday at 09:05 PM
Photo of wcudwight
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Georgeous copper colored beer with a massive, lasting lightly tanned colored head. Subtle aromas of caramel, biscuit, herbal and just a touch of grass. The flavor follows the aroma in it's subtleness but is a bit more complex. Caramel and sweet with just enough spicy herbal hops to make it interesting. Light mouthfeel yet crisp and slick. This is a flavorful beer and an easy drinker. I wish I had more.

wcudwight, Wednesday at 01:50 AM
Photo of DCon
2.83/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Received a 12 FL.OZ. bottle of this in a trade w/ CurtisMcArthur & enjoyed before STL vs. TX (Game 2 of the World Series). Poured from the busy looking bottle with people fishing for a green bass & a life saver on the front into my 0,47l New Belgium "Oversized Snifter" Glass & has on the side "Best if Enjoyed By: 10/06/11".

Aroma- Has tons of malt from the beginning of the smell. Very light hop aroma if any and can tell this is going to be a sweet and malty brew.

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head that dies quickly. Has an amber colored body with a bit of cloud to it. Has good lacing afterwards.

Flavor- There are tons of malt and sweet flavors hanging around but no hops... The bitterness factor is VERY low and not sure there is anything special with this one. The malty sweetness overpowers everything! Bummer.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, and then has a sweet finish. Nothing much else.

Overall Impression- First of all, what style is this? The sweetness is way to strong and way to overpowering... Needed to be more balanced with hop. I probably won't be even giving this one another chance and not sure if you should either... Sorry Curtis but this one wasn't my favorite.

DCon, Monday at 03:35 PM
Photo of Mississipping
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an almost completely clear amber color with some extremely fine sediment suspended throughout.  A small off-white head rises and falls quickly, leaving behind a wispy film and a tiny ring.  Almost no lacing to speak of. 

S: Malty up front with some caramel, a subtle nuttiness, and a touch of bread.  Bitter, earthy hops linger throughout each waft, but there's a better balance between sweetness and bitterness than I expected.  

T: Sweet malts come out first mainly with caramel malts.  A nice earthiness from the hops, is side-by-side at the beginning.  The middle and end are a bit hopper with some nice citrus fruits coming with a subtle nuttiness and a hint of roasted malt.  

M: Medium-bodied with a moderate level of carbonation that works very well for this beer.  Really nice smoothness on the palate that makes this go down very easily.  Starts out somewhat sweet and ends a little hopper.

D: This is one of the better Sweetwater beers that I've had to date.  Well balanced and tasty from start to finish.  Not overly bitter at all, and possibly a bit out of style, but really an easy drinking beer that I'd love to get more of.  

Mississipping, Sunday at 04:53 AM
Photo of rebel1771
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a decent head that leaves a nice lace around the glass.

S: Sweet caramel malt aroma up front with a decent amount of bitter hop aroma.

T: Sweet toffee like flavor right off the bat but quickly balanced with a palate cleansing hop blast. Slight biscuity aftertaste.

O: Over all a pretty solid ESB here. Wouldn't mind visiting this one again.

rebel1771, Sunday at 10:45 PM
Photo of Luigi
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber color with a two finger head at the start, then settling down to nice blanket over the beer. Great head retention and lacing.

The aroma is a nice toasted malt blended well with a citrus hop.

The first thing I noticed is the delicious malt flavor. Toasted with a bit of caramel and a touch of sourdough. The hops are present but are blended so well with malt.

The ale has a medium almost slick on the tongue feel. Still easy to drink and would make a perfect session beer. Most ESB's I have had do.

Probably not as bitter as the style would suggest, but it nice just to have a well crafted balanced ale. I am happy I picked this brew up.

Luigi, Sunday at 04:40 AM
Photo of thehooksman
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy amber color with a foamy tan head. The nose gives a piney hop profile. As to flavor, it really is an ESB as the label suggests, but with the hop character of an American IPA. It has a medium body that originally covers the tongue with malt sweetness before changing to a bitter and dry hop finish. The bitterness lingers nicely for quite a while.

thehooksman, Friday at 02:19 AM
Photo of msnow34
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in a six pack on sale from the Pig at the Market Common,
Pours a reddish brown with a thin head that disapates immediatly.
Smells earthy hoppy with a slight malty sweetness. Reminds me a lot of the smell from the lattiude 48 deconstructed series.
Has a very light feel too it, a little sweet with good hop flavor, but low bitterness.
Very drinkable. Doesn't explode with flavor, but a decent option when I am looking for something sessionable and malty thats not a malt bomb

msnow34, Wednesday at 01:26 AM
Photo of Kromes
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a hazy light brown color with a thin tan colored head.

S: Toasted malts and herbal hops. Some molasses and caramel.

T: A nice malty flavor with a nutty toasted flavor and a molasses flavor. Herbal hops round out the beer and provide a good balance.

M: Medium body and lower carbonation. Good mouthfeel for the beer style.

O: I enjoyed this beer. Well crafted and easy to drink.

Kromes, Sunday at 09:59 PM
Photo of oline73
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a mildly cloudy amber with a half finger of off white head that fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Citrus hops with strong apricot notes. Bready malt background.

Taste: Strong citrus notes up front. As in the smell, I'm picking up what reminds me of apricots. The malt balances things out well. Citrus hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I really enjoyed the citrus notes in this one. More hops than I expected from an ESB. I would have another.

oline73, Tuesday at 04:01 AM
Photo of AgentMunky
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise glass. Best by 24 October 2011.

A: A finger of fizzy head has mediocre retention. The beer is a hazy orange-brown, barely transparent. Pretty and promising. Some nice lacing.

S: Slight citrus or bright fruit amidst a a malty background. Crisp, with a touch of 'beeriness'.

T: It is crisp. Also pleasant and drinkable. The bitterness seems to come from American hops, because there is a touch of pine and strong dash of lemon peel. Fairly balanced. Hoppy but clean aftertaste.

M: Well-carbonated, well-bittered, and medium-bodied. Nice.

O: Good beer; recommended. Drinkable despite the bitterness. Refreshing.

AgentMunky, Tuesday at 02:09 AM
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a best by date of 10/23/11, thank you SW for the clear, easy to read dating...more appreciated than you know. Pours a hazed copper color with a large cap of creamy tan head. Lacing is money, cash, ho's! Excellent looking beer.

Nose is caramel and toffee with some dark, raisin-y fruit. Some dark bread comes through and almost gives off a 'spiced' aroma of cinnamon and cloves.

Interesting combo of leafy, bittering hops and rich malty flavors. Very drinkable, goes down almost too easy. Toffee is practically burnt in its lingering toastiness. Interesting take on a summer seasonal, certainly not floating the mainstream. Its tasty, but different than most ESB's. Kinda like an ESB meets a Marzen. I could see myself buying a sixer of this each year, but certainly no more than that.

twiggamortis420, Wednesday at 03:14 AM
Sweetwater Motor Boat from SweetWater Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 438 ratings.