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Sweetwater Georgia Brown | SweetWater Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
sweetwaterbrew.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-13-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,110
Reviews:
252
Ratings:
772
pDev:
13.09%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
162
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 772 |  Reviews: 252
Photo of Sammy
3.23/5  rDev -10%
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 kylehay2004
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: thin head on a murky mahagony brown body.

S: toasted malt with nice hazelnut, milk chocolate and burnt toast notes.

T: opens with a mildly toasted malt finishing with earthy and nutty notes.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: Nice degree of sweetness. Nice aroma with the taste less complex.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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 kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of djrn2
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
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 BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Vortex, Atlanta. This is a very nice, non-offensive beer. Nothing outlandish or unusual about it, just simple and nice. Standard to all English Browns, this pours with a tactile quality, promising creaminess and texutre, with moderate carbonation and is well headed. Faint aromas of chocolate, malt, and toast. Flavors rely on sweet barley malts, followed up by chocolates, bready / toastiness, hop balance, and a touch of lactose. Mild textures of smoothness and richness makes the brew pleasant to drink, yet round enough to keep from thinning. A light alchohol cooling and a lingering sweetness fades into cleanlines late.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of LXIXME
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried a pint of this at the Atlanta airport while I was waiting for my flight home.

Arrived without any head so really don't know about that, but it did retain a skinny little light brown lacing throughout my experience with this particular glass of beer.

Aroma consists of roasted caramel malts with hints or accents of honey and roasted nuts.

The taste is that of roasted caramel malts highlighted with a roasted nut taste and maybe a slight molasses or something similar coming through, the taste remains throughout a light dryish aftertaste.

I quite liked this brown although I wish it had had a slightly fuller body on it, but that's ok with me.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of mothman
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at a Sweetwater-sponsored charity event.

A - Dark brown with a reddish-orange tint; transparent but with a slight haze.

Aroma: plenty of toasted malt. Nutty with a hint of molasses.

Taste: a nice medium roasted malt. A very subtle spicy hop note. Sweet but appropriate for style. Nice malty aftertaste.

M - medium body; good carbonation; smooth

O - excellent for style

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Photo of jlindros
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to itsme_timd (Reddit) for this one.

Pours a decent fizzy big bubbled head that hits about 1/2 a finger then fades pretty quickly to nothing, no lacing, dark murky molasses mahogany brown color with hints of light getting through thin parts.

Nose brings some nutty brown malts, toasty brown as well, some caramel, toffee, a lot of a syrupy molasses candy like, and condensed caramel, hint of a fudgey cocoa too. it also has a mild grassy hop, and a mild corn syrup like aroma too unfortunately.

Taste starts a bit sweet, more syrupy like candy flavors, some molasses, little nutty toffee, some caramel and caramelized sugars but not too sweet, a little bit of an earthy corn syrup like flavor too, or the raw molasses flavor. little earthy hop character, little bitterness but not a lot. Finishes a little syrupy but not a ton, mild slightly unpleasant herbal bitterness, mild syrupy raw herbal molasses flavor but no sticky.

Mouth is med bod, decent small bubble carb, surprisingly not sticky or really syrupy.

overall OK, nothing too special, but a decent drinkable brown ale, that slight herbal raw molasses flavor and corn syrup like similar aroma are the real things that detract from it, but still pretty tasty, still wish there were a bit more hops and bitterness.

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Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a thin slightly off white head,I had to wait for my bottle to warm a little to start to pick up on the aromas mainly of caramel malt and roasted nuts.Flavors are mainly intune with aromas caramel and roasted nuts mainly somewhat earthy in the finish but nothing out of the ordinary.Really thought this beer was quite watery and I think that took away from it,nothing horrible but not something I would search out agin.

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Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - One finger of off-white foam on a crystal clear, amber brown body. Settles down pretty quickly and leaves virtually no lace.

S - Nutty, malty aroma with a little bit of caramel.

T - The aroma is echoed by the malty, nutty flavor. There is, again, some caramel and a slight roasted note this time. Hop bitterness kicks in towards the middle with just enough force to balance the malt. The finish is a combination of caramel malt and lingering bitterness with some nondescript hop flavor.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

D - Not particularly interesting, but well balanced and easy to drink. It has plenty of malt, but I was surprised to find that it is fairly bitter as well. If there are any flaws here, they would be a slight harshness to the bitterness and flatness to the hop aroma, but neither are a big deal in a brown ale.

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Photo of billab914
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Pours a dark amber color with a one finger off-white head. Head all but disappeared quickly but laced pretty well on the glass.

Aroma is crisp and sweet with some caramel, brown sugar and a little roastedness. Taste is also sweet with a decent amount of caramel flavor. The brown sugar and a slight roasty flavor is also there as it is in the nose.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is ok, a little sweet for my taste.

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Photo of smithj4
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smcolw
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed this beer on tap on 10-24-2005. This is my review of the bottled version.

Dark amber/light brown color and clear. Mild head with some stickiness to the lace.

Another farmland beer of barn-like aromas. Some nuttiness--definitely a malty beer.

This has elements of a porter, but overall it is a crystal malt tasting beer. There is balancing hop in the swallow and aftertaste. Good rich body with a high level of carbonation.

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Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ding for this one! BBD of 11/28/07 so we'll how this rolls

Pours caramel with 1+ finger fluffy sand colored head. Good head retention & above average lacing

S: Slight roastyness & some leafy hop once warm

T: Roasty malt, caramel, some leafy hops, & slight chocolate notes up front. Hops start to assert as this warms ( metallic & leafy tastes) along with dryness & a bit of biscuitty malt. Finishes dry with a bit of leafy hop & some caramel & roastyness at the back of the throat

MF: Light/medium bodied with low carbonation. A bit more body would make this work a lot better, verges on the edge of thin & watery, just enough malt & dryness to pull it back

Drinks fairly easy, a decent not great brown ale. Was looking for roastyness or some nuttyness. I could put 2 or 3 down before boredom set in

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a dark brown-amber color with a tiny off-white head that recedes rather quickly.

Smell: Not much here. The aroma has a very one-track mind for toasted nuts.

Taste: A very mild, unoffending flavor of sweet malts with the merest hint of nuts. Flavors comes across as directionless and wishy-washy.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body, but everything comes up a bit watery.

Drinkability: I really didn't want to admit it to myself, but I had no choice at that point. I threw down my pint glass, looked up at the sky, and yelled with every last bit of energy I had left: "This is the white bread of brown ales!"

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Sweetwater Georgia Brown from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 772 ratings
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