Georgia Brown
SweetWater Brewing Company

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English Brown Ale
Ranked #250
Ranked #42,904
3.6 | pDev: 13.06%
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
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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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Reviews by Thedraftdoctor:
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2.96/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

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Photo of metter98
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

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Photo of VelvetExtract
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.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown ale isn't the most exciting style of beer I can think of, and this beer was not the most exciting brown ale I've ever had. So, I didn't think anything really wrong with it; it was just a little ordinary. Still, I drank on a nice day when a number of things had gone well for me, so I can't say too much bad about it (so much of reviewing is context and situation).

It poured a translucent brown that was somehow still brilliantly colored. There was very little visible head. Aroma was some caramel and brown sugar. Flavor was more caramel, a slightly sweet maltiness, and a touch of metal. Mouthfeel was typical. Not bad.

I would weakly recommend this beer. I got this bottle from the Microbrew of the Month club folks.

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Photo of zebco
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber color. A tan sticky head. Kind of has a haze to it.

Smell: A nice roasty smell. But I'm picking up a little sweetness in there too.

Taste & Mouthfeel: A little bit of sweetness at first that rolls into bitterness. The roasty flavors are there throughout.

Drinkability: I thought these were pretty good to drink. The flavors of anything special really didn't blow me away but that's okay. I'd pick one up again. I'd like to try it on tap.

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Photo of ramblinwreck101
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one poured a strong but clear brown in color with a moderate but thick and stubborn head.

Smell – The malts are very smooth at the nose and stuffed with brown sugar and syrup.

Taste – Wow! The sugars are extra fine here. They are like a mix of natural maple syrup, raw brown sugar, and cane. The malts too are incredibly tasty.

Mouthfeel – This one is shy of medium-bodied but oily slick around the teeth. It also had a refreshing light bitterness to it.

Drinkability – This was much lighter than the way I remember it last year on-tap when I was down in Atlanta. It is incredibly smooth though and one of the easiest-drinking Browns that I’ve had to date.

Comments – Thanks to Uncle Flip for including this in his WTF BIF package to me. It was a thoughtful gesture and made me almost gasp when I saw it in the box as I had always wondered how I could get my hands on another bottle. Cheers, mate!

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In the glass, it's a clear nut brown with a thick ivory head. Smell hints at a light nuttiness but very light. Not much in the nose at all.

Taste is nutty and malty. Lightly fruity. Some sour yeastiness in the finish that is a bit unpleasant. Smooth with a sticky aftertaste.

Overall, not for me.

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Photo of Rick778
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AMCPhD
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of akorsak
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from a trade with Phatz.

A: Brown. The one word nicely sums up the ale and its murky brown-black appearance. The head neared a finger on pour and quickly receded to a thin white band atop the beer.

S: The aroma is unsalted peanuts, rich with nutty malts. The aroma is very dry, lacking any hint of caramel sweetness that might help control the nuttiness.

T: The first sip delivers a mouthful of malts, grainy and very strong on the nuttiness. Mid-sip, a flourish of hoppy citrus flavors emerge, creating a great contrast in flavors. The hops disappear rather quickly, allowing the nuttiness to re-emerge and take the beer through to its finish.

M: The malty body is solid, delivering a solid flavor that exceeded my expectations. I would like to see a bit more from the hops though.

D: With both the Brown and the IPA, Sweetwater is a pleasant surprise. This is a good session beer with a crisp flavor and a manageable alcohol body.

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Photo of IrishColonial
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of dannyfayy
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Sammy
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the brewpub. Another sweet brown beer, clearly a malt play.Caramel,and on the sweet side, even a bit thin though sitable carbonation. Some soapy head and lacing was nice. Kind of a root beer, with licorice. Unnnecessary as the blue gives all the sweet beer drinkers their fill.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice caramel brown color with a butterscotch looking half head, dissipates to a very thin layer quickly, little retention

S - Mostly sweetness from the malty with very pleasant nutty roasted notes. Slight fruity aromas

T - Just like it smells with a hint of grassy notes, no real biterness to speak of. A little fruityuness and a very sweet and nutty with a mildly dry roasted flavor at the end. Very pleasant

M - Medium bodied at best, light on the carbonation very drinkable at really anytime of year I'd imagine

O - This'ns a year rounder for sure, very tasty, excellent balance

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Photo of Miles228
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Updated swirly spral space motif label with the 45 record center piece in the middle. Freshness date: Best if enjoyed by month notch 9, week notch 4.

Gave this a gluggy pour into meTroegs pint and what did I see? A 1/2" head that settled to a khaki colored thin head, atop a crytal clear brown that matched the brown glass bottle. Some scant bubbles rise up.Little head retention.

Huge candy like malt scents that dart out of the glass before it gets to me face. Pancake aromas derive from the malts.

First swigs: This is almost a porter-esque brown. Nutty flavors top the taste like pecan and almond. Buttery carrot cake, flat root beer and a twinge of caramel corn candy. Medium lingering doughy aftertaste.

Light carbonation that fizzles out at the instant it impacts the kisser. A twinge of oily nuttiness.

One of these was enough to get the point. Overall, this is average.

Last swigs: If a smooth buttery brown is your preference, this will hit the spot. If there were a 3.25 in drinkability, this would get it. Special BA props, yo, to Shapudding for snaggletoothin' back from Atlanta, GA. Home of Coca-Cola.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of rrski198
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Filthyfloor
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Alek
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Zorro
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled through the efforts of DeaconBluez and the BCG BIF.

Pours a clear red brown colored ale with a tan head.

Smell is sweet treacle / molasses and fruity British yeast esters. Mild woody hops scent but not real strong.

Taste is a bit sweet and fruity in the first sip as it should be. Mildly sweet and woody after that. Tasty and mild like a Newcastle Brown ale with three times the flavor. Nice dry lightly bitter and woody after taste. Throughout this remains a tasty and mild ale that satisfies a BA as well as it satisfies the Budweiser fan that tries "an exotic beer."

Mouthfeel is good.

All round good brown ale. Superior to Newcastle brown that makes it to the USA, a very good beer to convert a macro drinker with.

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Georgia Brown from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 784 ratings