Sweetwater Motor Boat | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Motor BoatSweetwater Motor Boat

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by gford217 on 08-29-2008

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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4.8/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My keg fridge is about 20% for me and 80% for making my friends who visit happy and festive. This beer was a huge hit with guests last night when tapped. I loved it last night and even more today. Its flavorful and smooth with a great pour into ceramic mug. I don't want it to run out which is always the best quality a home keg beer can have.

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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

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4.67/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into my favorite pint glass and watched the head dwindle down rather rapidly to just a thin skim. That's not always a good sign but it has a great copper, whiskey color to it that looks inviting.
Smells fantastic, with rich caramel malt and piny hops.
As far as taste goes, they couldn't have brewed it better. The fruity, toffee malts are blended just right with the citrusy American hops.
The mouthfeel is perfect for this style.
Overall, this is an extremely drinkable ale. Fruity, sweet, and bitter. Now it's time to pour another.

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4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is strong and malty with a firm hoppy undertone and a decided hint of molasses. Color is a beautiful, clear, appetizing copper with an off-white and fairly persistent head. Mouth-filling flavor is fairly but not fiercely bitter, and has just a whisper of sweetness as well as a nutty undertone. Texture is exceptionally smooth so it goes down very nicely.

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Hazy brown color that is basically opaque. It has a good tan foamy head with lacing. Bubbly.

S. Very strong, hoppy scent.

T. Odd lemony-hop taste. A bit of caramel in there. A nice floral taste. Really beautifully balanced. A minor bit of smokeyness.

M. Tingly with an acidic aftertaste.

O. Very well balanced. Smooth but refreshing. Not over the top with hops. Mild acidic aftertaste is only drawback.

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4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask wet-hopped with Chinook served at the brewery.

Pours a hazy brown-copper color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells like something I never want to stop smelling - citrus, pine, floral, herbal, if it's associated with a hop it's here. Backing up the hop aromas are grainy and lightly toasted malts that gain steam as the beer warms.

Tastes good, just not as good as it smells. Hop flavors dominate but caramel malt flavors that are more earthy and mineral-like than sweet serve as a sturdy backbone. As with the smell the malt flavors assert themselves more as the beer warms. The ending is solidly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a very nice thickness with a surprisingly moderate amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I used all my tickets (six total) on samples of this and I would use six more if I had them.

Overall the wet-hopping influenced this beer more than the cask conditioning as the carbonation levels were almost identical to the draught version. Regardless, this beer was hoppy already but the extra Chinook pushed it to a new level. I can't wait to try Wet Dream after tasting this.

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4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Deep, jeweled amber body. Nice off-white head with nice lace and ok rentetion.

S – Brown sugar, toffee, and soft caramel malt manage to share the stage without rendering the nose overly sweet.

T – Smooth with a pleasantly heavy-handed dose of caramel malt backed by a resiny bitter backbone. Lightly dry finish.

M – Surprisingly refreshing for the amount of flavor in the profile. Medium full body.

O – A stellar session brew. The flavor profile is simple and clean, but well defined and delicious.

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4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 12/05/12

A= Pours a nice hazy amberish brown color with a solid finger of off white head that holds great retention and lacing on the side of the glass.

S= The smell is nice and pungent expessially for an ESB. There is a nice hop punch to it in the nose that is followed by a caramelly sweetness that makes it mouth watering.

T= The taste is just as nice as the smell. A nice hop punch to it that offers a little pine and citrus up front before a caramel sweetness comes over it. The finish is nice and buiscuity with a little lingering hop bitterness. This is a very nice ESB. There is a little bit of a watery flavor in there that I acutally kind of like in an ESB.

M= The mouth is great. Not overly carbonated.

O= This is a solid beer from a style I don't think is done enough. An easy drinking ESB is the cure for whatever ales ya. This baby is the cure that's for sure. Makes me wanna go motor boat.

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4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty colored brew, pouring a thick, light brown head of fluff. Took a good two minutes until I could see the top of the beer. Color rates a great 22 on the SRM scale. Smell of caramel, spice, apple, malt, and hops. Good rich, bold taste of citrus, caramelized wheat, sweet malt, and a bitter hop finish. Lots of rich feel across my tongue and the back of my throat. This is a good bitter ale, lots of flavor and body, give me another. Got it in the Sweetwater tackle box, so I have two more. Yea!!!

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4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a coppery color and a mostly clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, malt, a grainy quality something sugary.

T: Tasted of malt, a dash of hops, some grain, a very definite grassiness, and bit of caramel. This is a surprisingly tasty beer with a lot of character.

M: A somewhat undercarbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: I was surprised how much I liked this beer (normally I consider ESBs an inferior style). It was definitely easy to drink and had a surprising complexity to it.

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4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber with a two finger head.

S: Hoppy and sweet.

T: Sweetness hits your tongue at first. Very smooth malty flavor. The finish is very floral and hoppy. Very nice and hoppy. An excellent representation of an English ESB.

M: Moderate carbonation. Smooth but moderately thick.

D: Very smooth for craft drinkers but novices may have a problem with the thickness.

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4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, best by Sept 29, 2010.

Pours hazy copper amber with a two finger off white head that holds well but doesn't leave much lacing.

Nice citrus and floral hop aroma balanced with some bread and caramel malts.

Flavor features caramel malt, dark bread, citrus and pine hops, medium sweetness and bitterness. Very nice flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Never had an ESB before, however I can say this is one tasty and refreshing beer. Nothing complex or extravagant, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Really enjoying this one, kudos Sweetwater!

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Sweetwater Motor Boat from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 455 ratings