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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Ratings: 455 |  Reviews: 150
Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber with golden hues. Just under a half finger head which dissipates quickly.

S: A nice subtle hop aroma with sweet notes and grapefruit.

T: This has a decent amount of hop flavor those it is mild. Its sweeter than I expected. Floral notes.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: I haven't figured sweetwater out yet. I feel like the are sort of middle of the road but I really like this brew.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After seeing that this beer took Gold at the '09 GABF this afternoon, I had to reach in the fridge and drag it out.

Pungent and earthy aromas emit from the glass showing a lot of malt/grain character and a balanced note of earthy and grassy hops. With caramel and citrus also present, the beer is seemingly as American as it is English to the nose.

The beer pours a bright copper, orange color with medium, off-white foam that retains very well with good lacing. A solid ESB look.

Although the flavors favor as much grain taste as malt taste, it does fare quite well. Caramel and pungent bitterness battle back and forth while the bready maltiness begins to form a firm foundation. Moderate sweetness allows for a clean grain-malt blend. Earthy and pungent hops balance the beer but doesn't bring undue attention to itself; I'd prefer more English hop character. Very clean otherwise.

This brewery-fresh ale is extremely well balanced and contains enough flavor to appeal to staunch beer enthusiasts, but refined enough to win over the swill swiggers as well. With a blend of American and English malt and hops, it easily appeals to a large audience.

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Photo of oline73
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a mildly cloudy amber with a half finger of off white head that fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Citrus hops with strong apricot notes. Bready malt background.

Taste: Strong citrus notes up front. As in the smell, I'm picking up what reminds me of apricots. The malt balances things out well. Citrus hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I really enjoyed the citrus notes in this one. More hops than I expected from an ESB. I would have another.

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy amber color and a two finger head that displays good retention and drips some lace

Smell: Slightly citrusy with a caramel backbone

Taste: Well- balanced from the outset, with both a tea-like earthy hop character and a caramel aspect; after the swallow, the herbacious hop character is apparent but the finish is sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: A bit too sweet to be a classic but rather enjoyable

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark amber in color with some reddish highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white to light beige head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate notes of caramel and toffee malts with some some earthy and light citrus/pine hops.

T: Moderate flavors of caramel and toffee malts with light sweetness and earthy, citrus, and pine hops. Light notes of brown sugar and a little bit of spices.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Enjoyable and well balanced, pairs well with many different foods. While it has an American twist with the use of the pine and citrus hops, this still keeps a somewhat authentic British feel to it. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man I like a good ESB and there just isnt enough around!This poured into a standard pint glass a clear bronze color with a tight formed one finger white head that settled into a soapy-like mass,aromas were malt tilted with caramel/biscuit,brown sugar, and juicy fruit malt notes,only a slight "green" herbal hop presence is felt.Flavors start out with dark"ish" fruit and caramle with a slight toastiness,a srying leafy hop presence comes thru late.A solid ESB more malt driven, but it does have a hop presence,well done.

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Photo of nickfl
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of off-white foam on top of an amber-brown body with excellent clarity. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - Toasty malt notes with some toffee and a hint of caramel. A hint of red apple and musty hops in the background.

T - Sweet, toasted grain up front with some toffee and brown sugar. Musty hop flavors come out in the middle along with a stronger dark sugar character. A light pine note appears in the finish as red apple and brown sugar fight with moderately strong bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly sweet finish.

D - It starts out strong with an unusually nice appearance and an aroma that is encouragingly close to spot-on for a traditional ESB. Things kind of fall apart in the finish as the malt is too dark and lacking in subtly, while the hops are mostly bitterness with an oddly woody note. Not bad for an American ESB, but in the grand scheme of things it really doesn't hold a candle to the proper, British versions of the style.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of vfgccp
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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Photo of mactrail
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rich amber beer with distinctive aromatics.

Pleasant red amber color in the glass, and head makes a good show but dissipates. Very aromatic with floral hops. Bitterness comes on and lingers to the end. Burnt sugar flavors, a hint of coffee dregs. Wet wood and cork taste.

An appealing first mouthful, and lots of flavors. Settles down to an astringent bitterness that keeps it from being really likable.

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Photo of billab914
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Pours a dark copper amber color wit ha one finger white head. Laced very nicely on the glass.

Aroma is a nice balance of sweet caramel biscuty flavors and citrus and pine. Taste is similar to the nose, sweet with caramel and bready malts and a decent amount of citrus from the hops. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, very easy drinking and tasty ESB.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks go to my partner in crime Barscream for this bottle.

Pours a fairly clear coppery amber, with 2 ½ fingers of creamy off-white head. Thin, yet frothy, look to the retention, leaving back a strong latticework of sticky lacing. The aroma is floral spice and bready malts, which are tight feeling in the nose. This is tinged with some green smelling citrus and just a touch of alcohol heft.

The taste has a dry spicy bitterness to it that slathers the tongue. This is softened however by the more mellowness of the sweeter malts and citrus that are present, which pull together into a tangy feel in the back. Surprisingly, the finish isn't quite as dry as I would have expected based on the initial bite of this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a tightness to it that falls right in line with the firm spiciness of this. Once again, I'm getting a touch of alcohol heft here in the body but it isn't too troubling, just a bit surprising for a sub 6% beer.

The good balance here is what made it work for me, with a healthy dose of spicy bitterness that kept things interesting and just enough malts and citrus flavor to keep it in check. Nice little take on the style.

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Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Neutral amber color with a slightly hazy touch. Good start to the head--leaves some ring and spotty lace.

This is a very pleasant blend of caramel-like malt with a flowery hop smell. This continues through the taste, although the hops are more prickly. The aftertaste is bitter but doesn't last forever Rich mouthfeel with a light spritz in the carbonation. A wonderfully blended beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle purchased at Total Wine in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a reddish-amber body with a small, frothy, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Aroma smelling strongly of spice and plump citrus fruits overlaying lighter notes of day-old, over-cooked biscuits.

Taste: Toasted biscuits with a touch of grain and even less caramel sweetness. Taste of citric grapefruit, maybe a few berries in there as well. Spicy, citrus hops with a medium bitterness. Sugar hints come and go throughout. Finishes dry, with an herbal quality to the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Some pair up beers with fine cuisine, maybe some even pair up beers with music. Me, I set beers up alongside movies. This bitter brew contrasted nicely to the sweet, satisfying ending of Karate Kid when Daniel defeats Whatshisname from Cobra Kai. Although the bitterness comes rushing back when I see Karate Kid 2 is up next.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Motor Boat...love motor boating...is a great beer. It poured a rich clear amber with thin white head that is leaving some lace. The scent is fresh bitter hop with a touch of sweetness...not sure if its of caramel or citrus nature....perhaps a combo of both. The taste starts and finishes with a very nice sweetness....the middle is a punch of bitterness that is lovely. There is a presence of caramel, biscuit and pine. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall....I really like this one...its bitter yet sweet...much like my wife.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

decided to tick a couple easy sweetwater brews i had never reviewed today after having way too much consumed yesterday. poured into a pint glass and drank while doing some yard work this was consumed on 02/06/2011.

nice pour with a light brown color and a thin white head that left a little bit of lacing around the sides of the glass. smooth and even coating but nothing crazy. muted piney hop and a rich caramel note come froward right away. very earthy and nicely balanced their is some brown sugar and a touch of light grasses that come through as it warms. light and crisp with a thinly veiled hop profile that seems to be just enough to give it a little bit of a kick and mellow out the earthy malts. smooth and dry finish was easy going and fast to leave.

overall a very solid ale and one that could be drank over and over with much ease. no trouble here at all.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of johnnnniee
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this from my Secret Santa KarrHeel03, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a slightly hazy red orange color with a two finger fluffy beige head that persists forever. Smells of citrus right off, I'm thinking grapefruit, but that aroma disappeared quickly. Some caramel and a bit of spicy, minerally esters waft up towards my nostrils as well. At first smell it was a dead ringer for an American IPA, but as it sat the nose definitely morphed into a more English bitter leaning animal. Taste is malty with caramel and brown bread, minerally with that English hop flair but an almost citrusy hop bite in there as well. Medium to high carbonation, medium body with a watery/syrupy mouthfeel. This is a weird little beer that I really enjoyed. It's like an Americanized version of an esb that is still true to its English roots.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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Sweetwater Motor Boat from SweetWater Brewing Company
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