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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: 21
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 ruckzuck
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweetwater's newest. Here goes.

A - pours an amber body with a lot of red/orange notes going on, especially when held up to light. There's a bit of a white head at the start, but nothing to write home about, and it quickly dissipates to a film on top of the beer more or less

S - I get a lot of floral and citrus hope notes initially. A bit of caramel malt as well

T - Initially I'm hit with the hops again, and the floral and citrus is all over the palate and pretty damn pleasing. There's sort of a sweet fruitiness that mixes with the bitter after swallowing, and both sort of meld to form the aftertaste. Nice all around IMO

M - medium bodied with a pretty solid amount of carbonation

D - this is pretty drinkable given the ABV. Good work, Sweetwater! It's nice to see y'all putting out good stuff like this. Totally solid. Would buy again, and could totally have several in a (tipsy) session

ruckzuck, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish/orange amber with an okay initial head, but it fades very quickly to almost nothing. Somewhat sharp aromas of minerals, sour grain, and some slightly sweet malt and a light nuttiness. The taste is less sharp and more rounded and a bit sweet with earthy malt. Doesn't have quite as much copper and earthiness in the flavor as I like in my ESB, but there is a pleasant almost bubblegum sweetness and waxiness that is pleasant if not exactly to style. Smooth and easy to drink, this isn't bad.

Georgiabeer, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of jraycee
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another good catch and release seasonal brew from the ATL. Pours a reddish brown with a small head that disappears quickly. Absolutely no lacing in my pint glass the entire way. Smells of biscuit, hops, malt. Fruits taste up front(apricot?) and strong bitter hops following. A late citrus tast maybe in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and a little heavy. A good ESB overall, although I probaly won't have more than one in a session.

jraycee, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of Deus1138
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw people talking about this in the forums over the last two weeks. Then I saw a ton of it at Total Wine & More tonight, so I picked up a six pack.

Pours a nice copper red with lots a good amount of head.

Smell is quite strong. Lots of floral and pine hoppiness coming through. Smells like a double IPA.

Taste is not what I expected from the smell. It's not nearly as hoppy as I expected. It's quite nice though. Again, floral piney hops followed by a nice malty sweetness at the finish. Balanced well? I'll say!

Mouthfeel is pretty light. Not a lot of carbonation.

Drinkability is quite high. I've never had an ESB before, but I'm inclined to try more of them now. This is quite refreshing while also giving the drinker a nice set of complex flavors to sift through.

Nicely done. My new favorite from Sweetwater!

Deus1138, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of ectomorph
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with a Best By date of 11-23-08 poured into the complimentary pint glass I received from the Sweetwater rep @ Riverside Beverage this afternoon.

A - Clear amber color with a full 2 finger thick white head that is fading slowly in clumps.

S - Floral hops and hop oil aromas with a malt sweetness at the end.

T - Very balanced with a mild hop bite up front with loads of malts and sweet biscuits powering through. Fooled by the smell initially, this brew is quite balanced and crisp.

M - A little watery but overall medium to light bodied.

D - Very high, I will finish these today/tonight for sure.

ectomorph, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brought to the tri-state from my buddy's Atlanta trip, along with a bonus Sweetwater 420 shaker pint, hell yeah!

Appearance - pours a nice reddish caramel color, a half-finger of light tan foam on top. Sticky lace makes a wavy pattern around the glass.

Aroma - bready, biscuity, with an unmistakeable citrusy twang of hops. Settles down a bit and lets more toasty malt come through. Falls off a bit after setup, but still working up a good scent.

Taste - toasty malts, very nice. A light touch of butteryiness in there before a healthy portion of hop bitterness arrives. A little on the astringent side at first, they show off some grapefruit rind and zesty citrus flavor, moreso after some palate adjustment and warming. The swallow returns some toastiness, resulting in a well-balanced beer. Only slightly to style per the buttery part, but I don't mind a bit.

Mouthfeel - nicely smooth, a tad below 'crisp', solid weight.

Drinkability - an interesting take on the ESB style. Way overboard on the hop levels, easily the bitterest ESB going I'd say. What? An Imperial ESB??? Hmmmm.. ;-)

Thanks again Paul, for the beers and the glass.

brewdlyhooked13, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of bhalter8
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle to a pint

A: A nice rose hint to a rich caramel color

S: The strongest scent is hops, definitely, but nothing too striking

T: A well built beer, but definitely standard for the style

M: Light, high carbonization

D: A nice ESB, a nice change for me to have a few of a style I had not had much of lately

bhalter8, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of gabeerfan
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber with lighter brown highlights. Khaki tan head that falls to a medium ring with whips on top.
Very hoppy aroma. Grapefruit hits first with some grass and hints of pine. Pretty sweet malt aromas too. Lots of caramel and semi-dried fruits.
Hoppy flavors too, but the hops seem slightly more subdued than in the aroma. Flavor hops seem more grassy/piney, the grapefruit seems to come in at the back of the tongue. Sweet malts with caramel and brown sugar coated dark fruits.
Medium bodied. A little oily from the hops and the sweet malts help coat the mouth too.
Pretty drinkable. Good balance of flavors. The newspaper review of this said it was a 6% beer. I could have a few of these, I think.
Hopefully this is a regular fall beer for Sweetwater. Definitely not a traditional ESB, kind of a cross between and ESB and a hoppy APA. I will be getting more of this before it goes away.

gabeerfan, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of planetscott
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle in a pint glass.

A - Lovely amber/copper color. The beast feature of this beer.

S - Really not much going on. Low hop aroma. Low malt aroma. Nothing bad though.

T - Again, not much going on, but it is well balanced, I prefer a slightly maltier and bready taste. This does not have it, however what flavor there is comes off as pleasant, yet pedestrian.

M - Consistent for this style.

D- As this beer does not blow me away, I don't see my self being able to drink more than one or two, however, it is not undrinkable.

Overall - Not a bad beer, but not the ESB style I prefer. A decent gateway beer, which in this city(Atlanta), is a good marketing idea. I hope it does well.

planetscott, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of MMAJYK
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light mahogany color with lighter yellowish orange hues when held to light. Transparent. Head is 1/4" and khaki colored. Not much lacing to speak of and looks a little oily.

S- Caramel malt scents mixed with floral hops, honey, butter and brown sugar.

T- Pleasantly malty and also bittered to balance perfectly. Hops taste a little bit dirt-y and earthy and the finish is clean and dry. Super well balanced brew for sure.

M- Oily and thin in the mouth with high carbonation.

D- This is my new go-to session beer for the late summer/early fall. Nice job, guys!

MMAJYK, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of CNeilP09
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ESBBB! I'm a big fan of ESB style ales, and Sweetwater has not let us down with their new release. They designed a cool label with this one too. And motorboats are fun.

Good whipped/frothy head, some residual lacing. Cherry wood and burnt burgundy in color.

Sweet hops and caramel on the nose.

Mocha/coffee notes tamed with solid hops. A slick ale. Some kind of fig flavor hiding behind the curtains in there too. Or some VERY subtle sweet citrus marmalade note. Appetizing.

Physically, not too robust with the carbonation, relaxed on the palate. Creamy and a bit dry. Musky aeration.

Impromptu informe de imbibe? polish a sixer on gameday.

Good beer. Sweetwater Brewery stole my heart with their IPA, but this one is a close second place.

Give it a try. Sherlock's at Town Center and Sherlock's East Cobb has plenty in stock.

CNeilP09, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of RustyDiamond
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Brewery yesterday. Very bright amber in the glass with a nice two fingers of fluffy tan-white head. Aromas of light caramel and fruity hops. First sip, I got more of fruity hops with a slick maltiness. Kinda reminded me of a candied walnut, in a sense. Bright orange hoppiness with the nutty malt made for an easy drinking ESB. The hops are pretty noticeable, but not overkill. I believe the ABV is 7% on this one too.

RustyDiamond, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of gford217
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light, clear copper with a very short-lived off-white head that leaves a very thin ring and no lacing at all. The smell is very light with biscuity malts and a hint of earthy hops on top. The taste is a bit bigger than the aroma and starts with a kick of grassy hops up front before giving way to a slightly sweet bready malt background. The finish is dry with a little bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium with light to moderate carbonation, very crisp and dry in the finish. The drinkability is fairly high on this with the bitterness being pretty subtle. All in all, a decent effort from Sweetwater and I'm hoping they continue to branch out in the near future.

gford217, Aug 29, 2008
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Sweetwater Motor Boat from SweetWater Brewing Company
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