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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Photo of denver10
2.76/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours an abearish caramel with a dirty cream head. Aroma is a little roast with chocolate and caramel and a touch of coffee cake. Flavor is pound cake and chocolate malts with a touch of hops thrown in. Kind of watered down. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, meh. Pass.

My rating: 2.80

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Pours a dark brown with a really nice 2 finger head that dissipates slowly leaving good lacing down a 20oz pub glass.

Smell is good enough. A little faint but has a really nice character of the roasted dark malts, maybe a little chocolate.

Taste is of sweet roasted caramel malts in the front with a little bit of hop bitterness in the middle of the taste and a caramely aftertaste.

Mouthfeel has a medium feel with good carbonation.

Overall, a really good english brown. If you like Newcastle, you will love this beer.

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Photo of Urizen
5/5  rDev +39.7%

This is probably my favorite beer right now. I love Brown Ales and this is the best I've had. I buy it regularly. I am from Georgia, and of English decent, so I'm basically who this beer was made for. Plus, this is readily avialible in my area. Thanks Sweetwater! It really looks beautiful in a glass. Clear ruby red and brown. Satisfying from the first taste to being plastered. This ain't sipping ale.

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Photo of Bcb510
4.75/5  rDev +32.7%

Bulldog in Jackson MS. Hefty lacing that quickly dissipated. Smooth with hints of molasses and caramel. Delicious brown ale. Reminds me of KM Brown. Can I get some more?

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Photo of clemsonalum13
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a 1 inch head. Smells richly of malt and chocolate. Sweet tasting. Chocolate and caramel-ish flavors really stand out. Moderate lacing. No bitter aftertaste. Recommend this beer to anyone who has tried other browns and come away unsatisfied. Will definitely be buying this beer again.

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Photo of Hergestridge
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Medium Chocolate colour. Nice carbonation. Small lively head of foam
Smell: Slight bitter chocolate with semi-sweet chocolate undertones
Taste: Strong semi-sweet malty core of chocolate and brown sugar.. Slight pecan nuttiness.
Feel: Nice body, refreshingly smooth with very lively carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Overall: Decent Brown Ale .. not the best I've tasted, but a nice entry
Serving type: bottle

~Carry on Citizens!!!~

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Photo of bsp77
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into pseudo-pint glass.

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown with decent head.

Smell: Caramel, chocolate and molasses. A little faint.

Taste: Strong semi-sweet malty core of chocolate and molasses. Nice core, but that's about all there is. Some light nutty and spicy notes on the finish, but the key word is light.

Feel: Medium body, fairly smooth with moderate carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Overall: Decent Brown Ale that could us a little more hops and/or nuttiness to combat the sweet malts.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Best before April 20th 2014.

A deep red brown body, nearly blood red but with lots of mahogany color. Head forms about three fingers and settles quickly to two fingers tall, but there's a real thick creamy character to it nearly nitro looking. Some lined snake like lacing hits the glass as I drink. Fairly good looking brown.

The bouquet doesn't bring much. Quiet down here, I get a faint molasses and a little caramel, no toast, hop, nutty quality, nothing. Some faint cinnamon sweetness and cream is just struggling to make a presence.

Palate comes really surprising. I am getting next to nothing. A soft mild hop herbality with zero malt presence. There's some coating depth, and a little bit of leafy tea like character in this but the flavors are next to nothing when tasting. Some warmth brings out caramel sweetness that only just seems watered down.

Overall, where's the toast and nut? Comes off like a neutral beer which is even more surprising for a brown ale.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I acquired this as part of a "Tackle Box" that contained four different Sweetwater beers.

A - Poured out a very nice dark brown with a head that retreated to a thin lace.

S - Toasted malts with some coffee.

T - Toasted malts, coffee with even a hint of chocolate.

M - A bit on the thin side for a brown ale.

O - This actually reminded me more of a Porter but nevertheless it was enjoyable and certainly worth giving a try if you are a fan of this style.

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Photo of jlindros
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
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 barczar
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear chestnut with moderate khaki head.

Nutty, toasted aroma. Malty, light floral hops.

Nutty, toasted malt, fairly fruity specialty malt finish. Floral hops.

Body and carbonation are moderate.

Good malt character, English hops. Floral notes are a nice change, though the fruity malt character is slightly overdone.

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Photo of Fender616
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Hazelnut, Chocolate, Roasted malt
Taste: Hazelnut, Mild Coffee, Dry Hop finish
Body: Med-Light

This is a stellar brown ale. I had this beer a year or so ago and didn't think much of it. I thought it was over-hopped to be a brown ale, and didn't have much as far as flavor was concerned. I also had it right out of the fridge. At the advice of a friend I tried it again, but I let it warm up a bit before tasting (68 degrees or so). Man, what a HUGE difference!

Fridge cold, it smells hoppy, tastes hoppy, and doesn't cut it as a brown ale.
Let it sit for a few minutes and it turns into a whole new beer. Along with the prevalent but soft flavors listed above, it has an excellent mouth feel. It's smooth, fairly light, and while the flavors linger, they're not overwhelming.

Awesome beer. Don't drink it cold.

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Photo of Sark
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - cream colored shallow pebbled head, mahogany brown

Smell- not much, very light chocolate with a little hop

Taste- pleasant chocolate and toffee sweetness with some toasted grains middle tongue, the sweet darker malts come out at the end

Mouthfeel- medium bodied with lingering malty sweetness

Overall- a nice american brown, good to the style and full of flavor. I'll have another pint when I find myself with another layover in Atlanta

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Photo of Tonmeister
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured in a pint mug.

Appearance: Dark Reddish Amber with a thick off-white head when poured aggressively. The lacing dissipates fairly quickly around the glass.

Smell: Roasted Malts, Brown Sugar, hazelnut, bready, earthy. It is very sweet to the nose.

Taste: The taste follows the nose. It is fairly sweet. Not bitter at all. It has a unique blend of a caramel-like malty flavor, Nuts, brown sugar, sweet spices, and earthy yeast combination with bready notes. The taste kind of reminds me of a light cola.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied with little carbonation.

Overall, this is a well balanced beer. It's pretty sweet and thin and it goes down very smooth. This would be a perfect session brew. Not my favorite from SweetWater, but nonetheless this is a very good brew.

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Photo of Roman5150
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

bottle into Duvel glass

appearance: dark mahogany with a hint of amber, bubbly 1 finger white head

smell: bready, sweet malt, molasses, hint of caramel, hazelnut, apple cider

taste: some subtle bready notes, somewhat roasty malt backbone, the taste ends too soon, leaves you hanging and wanting more. With that said, this is a highly drinkable session brown ale to me, not huge in the flavor department but high in smoothness and drinkability. Perhaps too balanced, needs a prominent flavor.

mouthfeel: not much carbonation, thick creamy full bodied feel

overall: An average brown ale, highly drinkable. Non craft beer enthusiats would love this, very accesible flavor profile, not a whole lot happening. Great for a hot summer day, would buy again but no need to seek this out or anything.

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Photo of Mojo
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering from Sweetwater pours a medium mahogany brown with about a one finger taupe colored head and not a whole heap of lacing. Smell is bread, nuts, and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is pretty satisfying. Taste is pretty mild. Sweet and malty upfront followed by a nutty bitterness on the finish. Very drinkable, maybe too sweet if anything.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Taco Mac in Perimeter. Graduation day for our class so celebrated with some of this.

Mahogany in color, a little off white whimzy heading that recedes to a thin edging. Not too much in the lacing area either ,very thin looking.

Not picking up to much in the nose. Sweet caramel malt, with a roasted nut aroma.

Roasted malt and sweet caramel malt, with a decent charred nut taste. Slight pine hops with a bit of a metallic like finish.

Medium bodied, low carbonation a bit on the thin side.

Not a bad choice for our last night in Atlanta bringing it with Sweetwater brewing but this was a little too ordinary of a brown ale.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
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 VncentLIFE
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Sweetwater Tap room in the ATL airport.

Pours a very deep brown that turns a slightly translucent brown the more you drink. Half inch head that disappears.

The smell is surprisingly sweet for a Nut Brown. I get nutty smells (cashews mostly) behind the initial sweetness.

The taste just falls in line with the smell. The dry nutty flavors are hidden by the slick and sweet malt. I actually really like the flavors, although its not overly complex. Its a simple, easy to drink, slightly sweet Nut Brown.

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Photo of rangerred
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewery.

Poured a clear medium brown with a one finger light tan head.

Nose of roasted malt with some milk chocolate and coffee. Quite nice.

Plenty of roast in the flavor with coffee and chocolate being predominant. There is a little bit of caramel in there as well. A light bitterness towards the finish but not much in the way of hop flavor.

Overall, this is a pretty solid brown ale. Not spectacular by any means but a decent representation of the style.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Victory tulip

A- pours a dark shade of brown (not black) with a one finger tan head. Looks nice

S- nice chocolate aroma coming through. Smells great!

T- really, really nice chocolate flavors coming through with a slight hint of coffee in the finish as well. Real nice

M- medium bodied, not bad at all

O- fantastic brown ale, one of my favorites. Criminally underrated

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Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this one while building a Browning M2 machine gun and tripod! :D Served from bottle into a shaker. Poured dark brown with a one finger khaki colored head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, dark chocolate, nutty, and cream. The flavor was of roasted malt, dark chocolate, cream, and nutty. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I was really quite pleasantly surprised to find the nice roastiness mixed with the dark chocolate in this one. I really did not expect it to be there. The aroma was pretty much the same story with a nice well balanced profile going on. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance or are lucky enough to receive this one as an extra during a trade.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.12/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got a bottle of Sweetwater's Georgia Brown Ale that my brother brought back from his trip down south. I'm starting to like this brewery so I am always down to try different beers from them, so lets see how this English Brown Ale goes. Best buy date of June 30th 2012. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label is similar to all the other beers I have had from them, but I still think it looks good. It poured a nice murky brown color that took on a nice bright copper color when held to the light and it had a fingers worth of slightly off white head that died down to a very thin ring that eventually faded to nothing and left no lacing. The color of this beer was really nice but the head and lacing were disappointing so I think the appearance is right around average.

S- The aroma starts off with lots of pretty sweet medium toasted malts that impart some sweet bread, caramel and some lighter toasted aromas that actually smell similar to toasted bread. After that I get a light nutty aroma that is similar to hazelnut followed by a light amount of grassy hops. The aroma was nice, there was nothing out of place with it, I would say it was a little above average.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with some medium toasted malts that have lighter amount of medium sweetness and impart some grainy, lightly roasted, and light caramel flavors that are sweet, but not overly sweet. Next comes a light nutty flavor that is still similar to hazelnuts, there was also some doughy yeast and a slight amount of earthy hops that imparted a light amount of bitterness with a malty and slightly sweet aftertaste. The flavors are OK, but I would like some more complex malty flavors and a some more nutty flavors, it tastes a little watered down.

M- Pretty smooth, a little creamy, slightly dry, light bodied, with a nice amount of medium carbonation. Everything except the body was good for the style but the body was to thin and it felt watery.

Overall I thought that this was a mediocre beer and a pretty average English Brown Ale. There were no off flavors, but it didn't have enough of those great English Brown Ale flavors. This beer had ok drinkability. it went down pretty smooth and it wasn't filling, but the flavor couldn't hold my attention so one is all I would want. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma and the slight hazelnut aspect to this beer, they were the highlight of this beer. What I liked least about this beer the light body and the lack of head and lacing, they were both out of wack and need some work to make this beer compete with some of the better English Brown Ales. I am glad I tried it, but I don't think I would get this beer, it wasn't a memorable English Brown Ale, and I don't really recommend trying this beer, it isn't hard to find some better English Brown Ale. I wasn't too impressed with this beer, it just felt too watery, and the flavors were a little bland and didn't stick out like they should. I am starting to like this Georgia brewery, but this beer failed to impress me, better luck next time guys, I know you can do better.

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Photo of TheDinger
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler fill at GBX poured into a snifter. Nice solid deep brown with a decent 1 finger off white head. Adequate lacing and retention. Smell is nice roasted malts and some hints of nuts and a touch of carmel to add to the aroma. Taste follows the nose and mixes malts and hops quite well. A fairly complex EBA IMO. Sits well on the tongue with a good bit of carbonation and a medium feel which is nice a creamy. Overall- It's a nice example of the style and has a very balanced taste with some sweet and some bitter. A soild effort by Sweetwater and I would hit another one of these. It's pretty sessionable and refreshing-

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ruby and a mild brown mix. One finger head after the pour, but that head ratains for all twelve ounces. Nice lace stickage.

Very light roasty aroma, more toasty malt aroma. Hint of grassy, natural hops. Faint nuttiness.

Lightly roasted lats with heavy toasted malts, a little nuttiness, ntural hops, mixed with a watery plate make this beer.

Easy to drink, but nothing special. Not bad, might buy again when I visit the South.

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