Sweet Georgia Brown
Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery

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Brown Ale - American
3.8 | pDev: 11.84%
Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: This beer started as a Southern English Brown, and evolved from there. The nose almost comes across as caramel, but when you drink you will find that it is not sweet. Dark, toasty, and lightly sweet with notes of chocolate, coffee, biscuit, and caramel, this beer is complex but very drinkable. A rustic but balanced beer without a strong hop presence, definitely made for the malt lovers of the old world.
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

October 15th, 2015 - Monkey Paw's (writing this in 2019, RIP) Sweet Georgia Brown is a shy beer, timidly peeking out from the glass like a wounded animal. It pours big and bold and puffs up with a cinnamon colored head, but the smell is frustratingly hard to parse. There are some subtler notes of teriyaki sauce but little else. But the taste is a store of genius. A heavy body avalanches across the tongue but the flavor is closer to a porter, with a rich, balanced and delicious malt bill and a long aftertaste of that gourmet molasses.

Dec 05, 2019
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womencantsail from California

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with an off-white head. Mild roast, chocolate, quite earthy, maybe some coffee grounds on the nose. Taste has just a touch of bitterness. Dark chocolate, roasted malt, and cocoa. A mild sweetness, maybe some toffee and molasses, too.

Aug 07, 2012
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ChulaVistaBarista from California

3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From can to tulip.

A - Beautiful espresso coloration. An espresso crema head tops a nice progression of dark brown to murky black. Very muddy looking beer. Head retention minimal, with spotty lacing from first sip to last.

S - Roasty roasty with an immediate caramel top note. Nice biscuity/bready smell in there. Quick fleeting notes of coffee. Smells rich.

T - Mild zingy carbonation all over, with tasty caramel flavors. Mild sweetness in the back. Nice toasty malts...
As the beer warmed and endured vigorous swirling it became pleasantly charred tasting, not really woody. Almost had a rye note to it. The mild sweetness in the back really complimented this bitterness.

M - Pleasantly thickset. Moderate carbonation in the beginning, before I swirled it out. Still, a lingering bite in the back. Mildly oily, nicely smooth.

O - For $3 a can, I really can't think of anything I'd rather drink. Complex yet accessible Brown Ale. This beer should be a primer for the beer drinker looking for a beer that smells like caramel and biscuits. Obviously, everyone gets different experiences from their beer. But, sometimes it's hard to get a nice anchor on different smells and tastes. This beer is hard to beat.

Jul 07, 2012
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Sean9689 from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


A - Pours a caramel brown color, off-white head, spotty lace.

S - Nice sweet malty notes, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light hops. Really spot-on for me and very enjoyable. Great balance of sweetness, malts, and light hops.

T - Malt-forward, sweet caramel/brown sugar, sweet dough, light hops, grains, toasted bread. Alcohol is non-existant. Finish is malty grains and light sweetness.

M - Light body, good carbonation, creamy sweet finish.

O - I love Brown Ale's, so I was really pumped to try this beer. Really well-done and spot-on for an American Brown, IMO. I could drink this all day and mix it up with the Oatmeal Pale. Great stuff.

Jun 11, 2012
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largadeer from California

4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Monkey Paw beer. Thanks!

Appearance: Muddy brown, opaque in the glass with a lower-medium level of carbonation. A thin one finger head forms, but doesn't last long.

Smell: Rich toasted malts, vanilla, roasted nuts. Some toffee sweetness appears as it warms, with a hint of milk chocolate. This smells great, very bold and aromatic.

Taste & mouthfeel: Toasty and lightly roasted malt flavors open this one up. There's a hint of coffee, caramel, roasted nuts and a dash of dark fruit. Not as sweet as the nose suggests, and decently bitter and dry in the finish. Full-bodied with medium-low carbonation. This is delicious stuff.

May 11, 2012
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notchucknorris from California

3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Brien's

A: Super dark for a brown. Pretty much black in color with almost no head.

S: Toffee, roasted malt, freshly ground coffee and some chocolate. NIce!

T: A good amount of roasted malt and coffee with a nice caramel and chocolate sweetness. Pretty tasty stuff.

Apr 18, 2012
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mactrail from Washington

3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Coca Cola filtered through coffee grounds with rye toast. Plus some sweet sorghum and buckwheat. Pleasant foaminess on the very dark, near black brew.

Rather sweet and quite malty at first sip. Oh, seems pleasant. Then it lapses into a big, raw, grainy taste. Fortunately the aftertaste smooths out with the warm malt taste and the hoppy floral flavors. Overall, it's a rough beast with an odd play of bitter and sweet.

On tap at Pizza Port in OB. Served in a pint glass ($5).

Feb 26, 2012
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HopHead84 from California

4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


On tap at Monkey Paw.

A: Dark brown and opaque with a finger of beige foam.

S: Aromatic and rich, the caramel and nuttiness are pronounced, blending with lightly roasted grains and a pervasive toasted bread presence.

T: Nutty notes meld with sweet bread and toasted malt. I get a whisper of chocolate and a light roasted character along with a little caramel. There's a dash of dark fruit.

M: Medium in body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and sticky.

Overall: Somewhere between an English and American Brown. Very nice.

Dec 13, 2011
Sweet Georgia Brown from Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 34 ratings