Georgia Brown
SweetWater Brewing Company

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Brown Ale - English
Ranked #243
Ranked #45,362
3.6 | pDev: 13.06%
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
Georgia BrownGeorgia Brown
Notes: The malt bill gives a subtle nutty & toasty flavors and the chocolate malt provides a rich cocoa flavor with aromas that range from roasted coffee to chocolate-covered dark fruits. The hops used provides excellent bitterness in relation to the chocolate notes of the malt. The flavor and aroma provide clean floral, fruity and herbal notes. A light dose of hops brings balance to all.
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours brown with reddish hues to it. It has a light tan head with excellent head retention.

Smell: It has light chocolate notes with a some floral elements. There are some dark cherry notes as well.

Taste: It has toasty and nutty flavors with light chocolate and dark cherry. There is a very low floral element in the background.

Feel: It has a medium body.

Overall, it has subtle flavors.

May 23, 2020
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just below above average, which for me is 3.5. Pours a clear darkish brown color with full head. Malt and chocolate dominate the aroma. The taste follows, with an increased sweetness that is ok, not great. Medium mouthfeel and an aftertaste that follows the taste profile

Feb 24, 2020
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SmokySignals from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can from tackle box 12pack, poured into glass pub mug.
Nice deep brown transparent ale, full head settles quickly
Chocolatey nutty malt aromas dominate, with a slight underlying woody note that is very pleasant
Taste is pretty sweet up front, milk chocolate powder, maltiness for sure, and a tart/ bittering effect abbreviates the sweetness and it dries out, which must be some hops. Feels is a little thick and soft for me, but it's pretty okay/ good.
If you like the tootsie roll brown ales, this is your dog. Overall, a let down. Kinda like Georgia football!! ouch.

Jan 18, 2020
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes 10/18/14: Pours a clear brown producing 3+ fingers of tan, short-lived head that leaves a thin wash of lace as it recedes. Aroma is mild roasted malt, toasted bread crust, hints of caramel, cocoa and nuts. Taste is roasted malt, brown bread, cocoa, caramel, thin dark fruits, honey, nuts, floral hops and some bitterness. Aftertaste is is roast, caramel and a lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, creamy with a light prickle, astringent in the finish and more so in the aftertaste. It deepens in complexity and intensity as it warms. Let it sit for 20 minutes or so after the pour for fuller flavor and aroma.

Nov 13, 2018
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VoxRationis from New York

3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; pretty bottle, but no production information.
A: Pours a clear, dark copper to brown color, although with a reddish caste to light, a one quarter inch, foamy white head, limited spotty retention, and some soapy lacing.
S: Aromas of dark berries, plum, and cocoa come through. Sweet, almost floral bouquet, e.g honeysuckle, at first.
T: Flavor is a melange of caramel and roasted malt with a blackberry or unsweetened strawberry flavor. A cane sugar note, perhaps but without undue sugariness. Modest bitterness provides a nice counterpoise limited excessive sweetness.
M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Minimal aftertaste.
O: This was an example of a very nicely constructed American Brown Ale. Drinkable, enjoyable, and I like the name. If you are considering serving this style, consider this one.

Mar 26, 2018
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of bready malts, nuts. Taste has lots of rich malts, dark breads, nuts, some hops are present. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Well done.

Mar 05, 2018
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metter98 from New York

3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark brown in color. It poured with a two finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving lots of specks of bubbles on the surface, a narrow collar around the edge of the glass, and some lacing running down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolate and nutty malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste starts off with flavors of nutty malts—along with notes of coffee beans and hints of chocolate malts—and finishes with a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The hops leave your mouth feeling dry in the aftertaste.
O: With all of the malty aromas and flavors, you would think this beer would be rather sweet but the malts are perfectly balanced out with a moderate dose of hops.

Serving type: bottle

Nov 21, 2017
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear, chestnut brown in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is dark chocolate, leather, and brown sugar. Medium bodied, slightly sweet, with moderate carbonation. Makes for a sold brown ale. Would reach for this if I wanted the style.

Nov 13, 2017
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NeilSilber1 from California

4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma of fresh grains and brown bread, moderate caramel hints of maple syrup and coffee, some nuttiness, and a kiss of spicy woody bitter hops... nutty character with deep-brown caramel tones.

Nov 07, 2017
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grawp57 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, dark brown, with a sturdy beige head. Chocolate and coffee aroma. Chocolate and toasted malt taste. Smooth and rich. very good Brown Ale.

Sep 23, 2017
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jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a best by date of 7/27/17. The beer pours a very deep reddish brown color with a thin, tan head.

The smell is very weak dark fruit, chocolate malt and caramel.

The taste is more subdued than the nose with caramel being the strongest.

The mouthfeel is medium carbonation and slightly thin.

Overall a decent beer with mild flavors.

Jun 14, 2017
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend from work---Thanks Randy!
This nice brown pours a deep and rugged dark cola brown with a very nice
head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin pool and layer, and
features some nice light sudsy lacing. Nose of toasted malts and subtle grassy
hop notes. Flavors lightly exceed the nose with toasted an roasted malts
mingling with light toffee and herbal and grassy hop notes with a touch of
light coffee notes and cola flavors. Nice mouth feel---smooth with medium
carbonation and a bitter malt and lightly herbal hop finish. Overall, a solid brown.


Jan 16, 2017
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Mitchmoore12 from Texas

3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look- poured a dark ruby red/brown color with a quickly disappating team head, large bubbles. Even horizontal lacing.
Smell- sweet smells of toffee, caramel even some licorice? Smells great.
Taste- dark malty sweetness upfront and like the bottle says a bitterness underneath the malt flavor from the hops. Lots of toffee and dark malt character. Only getting a hint of dark chocolate coming through, but it's enough to know it's there.
Feel- silky smooth on the way down after it warms up a little, wouldn't recommend serving below 50°F. Carbonation is solid, a little more bubbly than what I had expected.
Overall- bought a six pack, will finish the rest gladly over the next week.

Aug 15, 2016
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap. A well made brown ale. No frills. No unique element to it. Looked, smelled, and tasted like a brown ale. It leaned more toward the dry and mildly hoppy side than the other end of the spectrum. Not nutty or chocolatey. Brown ale that was balanced but not too decadent. Refreshing and crisp as well, which surprised me.

Jul 19, 2016
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Squire from Mississippi

3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark brown with tan cap and very fine even lacing.

Aroma: Low key toffee caramel malt with only a hint of earthy, spicy hops.

Taste: Malt apparent and roasted bitterness appearing as an undercurrent but not intrusive. Rich but in a dryer style, the hops weaving in and out. Finishes clean with malt rather than hop finish.

Texture: Medium to full.

Overall: As an homage to British Brown Ale this one's in the ballpark. Not first bat but a decent runner. This beer is not so standoutish as to be remarkable but is certainly a good representative of the style. If I grabbed this one blind I wouldn't be disappointed.

Apr 10, 2016
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mcgill7 from Georgia

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An average, albeit drinkable beer. Slight roasted, nutty, malt notes but really nothing outstanding in both the smell and taste. Great beer to share with someone who is just starting to get into the craft scene.

Apr 05, 2016
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown, kinda gray, nearly black body (cool), soapy tan head that leaves some sticky lace. Nose is caramel, molasses, faint chocolate, and an unwanted floral note. The taste does away with this flaw, leaving only chocolate and toffee, toasted malt, faint nuttiness, and a fair amount of sweetness. Body is a heavy yet somehow a little thin, with sticky sweetness.
The soap note on the nose was deterring but this ended up tasting pretty good. The color was very pretty in an ominous sort of manner, but the head was coarse and lazy. A few kinks to work out with this one, but nevertheless an enjoyable offering.

Mar 22, 2016
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Sweet Alaska Pink! See, it just doesn't work the same, does it? Anyway, this stuff pours a deep ruby-sienna topped by a finger or so of tan foam. The nose comprises mild maple syrup, light pumpernickel, a twinge of black tea, and the faintest possible hint of cola. The taste brings in more of the same, sweetening the syrup and enhancing the cola, while also adding a bit of orange zest for the sake of it. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a bit of a slick feel. Overall, a niec little brown ale, one that thankfully doesn't overdo it on the hops (so many breweries are doing that nowadays), but one that clearly has the sweetness in its name down pat.

Mar 06, 2016
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yikes best enjoyed before 1/04/16! Ow well into a pint glass!

A - Great 1/2 inch of mocha tinted head that takes a minute to dissipate. Color is hazy brown with good ruby highlights throughout.
S - Brown malt, hops, touch of sweetness and nothing offensive its good so far
T - Quite good a mix of brown malt and hops that leaves a smooth sweet taste in the mouth. Nothing extreme like chocolate or brown sugar taste just a real simple easy going brown.
M - Smooth easy to pull back light to medium body at best.

Overall not as good as their DIPA's but still a good brew I am grateful to finally see more of their brews today!

Feb 05, 2016
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Moving along in my Sweetwater tasting, I come to this nice brown. I am a sucker for a well made brown, and this one seems to be very good, and the best of the lot so far.

It is brown and has nice little bubbles. The aroma is slightly funky, perhaps from being unpasteurized (?) and that works in it's favor, giving it a very subtle yeasty taste. Otherwise, the taste is nice and malty and bitter. It has a crisp mouthfeel and a slightly dark, bitter aftertaste.

This is a decent example of the style and somewhat unique, but not really recommended. It is better than the others in the sampler 12 pack (so far). Bottle was marked best by 3-15-2016 (a month and a half from now).

Feb 04, 2016
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CalebM from Florida

3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Dark bown w/ nice head.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, nuts (in that order).

Taste: All of the nose, with the chocolate and the nut remaining pretty present. Sweet matched with some pretty forward hops-bitterness.

Feel: Light, slick.

Overall: Above par, worth tasting if you don't want the overly sweet stuff but like the nutty, chocolatey goodness of a brown ale.

Jan 13, 2016
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think the Georgia Brown is getting a bad rap on BA....I think its quite nice. The beer poured a dark opaque dark with brownish hue. It had an offwhite head that left a nice ring lace. The scent probably was the poorest mark as it was faint but with bread like tones. The taste was a not so malty base with biscuit and maybe a hint of maple syrup. The mouthfeel was medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it was a very solid brown.

Dec 12, 2015
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a clear reddish brown with a fluffy tan head. A bit of malt and nuts in thenose. The taste is slightly sweet malt that follows the scent. Enjoyable.

Dec 02, 2015
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chrishiker1409 from New York

4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Dark brown. One finger of tan head. Moderate to lightly carbonated. Some patchy lacing.

S: Nutty. No hop presence.

T: Nutty, sweet. Some chocolate and coffee notes. Real nice.

F: Medium bodied.

O: How a brown should be. Superior to that hop hash brown they have.

Oct 20, 2015
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kevinlater from Canada (ON)

4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pint in a tumbler at the sweetwater draft house and grill, hartsfield-jackson atlanta airport, terminal B. oct 17 2015

a: transparent dark brown

s: a bit of nuts, chocolate, and coffee

t: huge toasted nut and chocolate flavours. lesser coffee tastes. a bit of a raisin sweetness throughout. mild bitterness

m: light but not watery mouthfeel, low carbonation

o: big flavour in this light beer. love it

Oct 18, 2015
Georgia Brown from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 786 ratings