Sweetwater Georgia Brown | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Georgia BrownSweetwater Georgia Brown

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-13-2002

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Reviews: 246 | Ratings: 758
Photo of Brutaltruth
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
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.


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Photo of Mitchmoore12
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Squire123
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of mcgill7
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

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Photo of schoolboy
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
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).

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Photo of CalebM
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.08/5  rDev +14%
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

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Photo of mikeg67
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours brown with tall, long lasting, fluffy, off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is bready malt, toffee, plums and hint of herbal hops. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Taste is similar to aroma. Finish is long and dry. I could drink this a lot.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown that lets only one speck of light pass through the deepest part of the beer. Mostly white head leaves after a minute and there is minimal lacing. The smell is sweet roasted malts and cocoa with perhaps a hint of coffee. The taste is subdued but is mostly sweet roasted malts and chocolate with a nice slightly bitter hop finish. Nice brown that I would enjoy again.

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Photo of egrapplesberg
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up in variety pack. Best if enjoyed by 11/26/15. Poured into my Eagle Rock Distributing snifter. Dark brown, almost black with off white one inch frothy head that recedes moderately. Not much lace until I start sipping. Mild random spots cling to glass. Spell is roasted malt, nutty, chocolate, and a hint of coffee. Taste is somewhat the same, mostly roasted barley tho. Feel is slight creamy. Average brown ale that I enjoyed with my chocolate chip cookie dough blizzard from DQ. Cheers!

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.6/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweetwater Georgia Brown brewed by SweetWater Brewing Company, with an ABV of 5.10% This brew pours out a nice Light brown color with a off white head. This brew has the look of Coffee, not saying that is a bad thing. This brew has the look of most Brown Ale's on the market. The smell of Sweetwater Georgia Brown is, sweet with grains, malts. There is also hit of hops in this brew. I really like the this brew so far, it is inviting brew. You can pick up on the caramel in the smell of this brew. Now for the taste, it is full of flavors. There is a lot going on in this brew. You pick up on the sweetness from the caramel and roasted malts and grains. Sweetwater Georgia Brown has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. This brew goes down like Iced coffee for me. This is a nice drinking brew. The mouthfeel of Sweetwater Georgia Brown is Rich, Bold and Smooth. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.5 out 5. I would buy this brew again. SweetWater Brewing Company, did a nice job with this one.

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Photo of Zraly
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium brown with an off-white head. A bit of earth and malt in the nose.

Mild but pleasant milk chocolate and toasted malts. A bit of earth in the finish. Sweet but the finish is on the drier side. Medium-bodied. Carbonation is just right.

A nice brown ale that is decent for session beer. Probably a nice contrast to spicy beef dishes.

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Photo of daddypatstacks
2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Another disappointing beer from Sweetwater. Maybe I needed a fresher one (mine wasn't past the date, but still), but this beer did not hit really any of the notes that I appreciate about brown ales. This beer is sweet, cloyingly sweet. It felt as if it was sticking to my teeth and gums. It was a medium amber color and lacked the toasty malts or creamy feel that I like in a good brown ale. I think there are way better brown ales on the market so I see no reason to get this again.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - dark brown color with a great tan head and sticky lacing, looks creamy.
Smell - sweet and toasty.
Taste - sweet and toasty like the smell. A little nutty with some hints of chocolate.
Feel - medium body and carbonation
Overal - descent brown

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Photo of Beerma
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Liked this beer and the guy behind me blew the tap! He said it was the last one they were getting! Didn't cry over it but If I could have got the last of the keg for free I would have been fantastic! It was a very lite and smooth for a dark beer. I could drink a few different then a heavy stout!

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Photo of hosehead83
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown pour leaving an inviting cap of sturdy tan foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, caramel note
Taste-Toasted malt, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, and a nice little undercurrent of hops that balance everything out. A very enjoyable, tasty brown ale.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting take on a brown here, more of a caramel toasty base than a nutty chocolate roast one, making it a lighter and more easy drinking, but equally flavorful example of the style. Nice frothing head on it with decent retention, an amber hue, and a nose of sweet medium crystal malt. The yeast is nondescript, unlike other English style browns out there, but u don't miss it as the beer is dry enough for me in the finish and not seemingly missing anything. Medium bodied with average carbonation, this beer isn't going to change the world, but it's a plenty serviceable warm weather brown, and that's all good in my book.

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Photo of ordybill
4.19/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz mug off tap
Aroma- Has a nice malt aroma
Appearance- –Brown color with a moderate white head.
Taste - Pretty good flavor, malty with a sweet finish.
Palate- – This a medium-bodied brew with low carbonation and a slick feel.
Overall- This is pretty good, one of the better beers Sweetwater offers.

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