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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Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Janderson91
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of DKMonroe
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Brez07
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from abeerlvr (via the Locals Only BIF). Served in a pint glass. Label says best enjoyed by 11/17/11

A: Pours a reddish-orange color, translucent. Leaves a 1 finger bubbly white head with limited retention

S: Sweet malt up front. Some caramel comes out form this. Bread crust. Slightly herbal and grassy

T: Still fairly sweet, but not as much as the nose would indicate. The bitterness is there, but lacking a little for the style. Somewhat citrusy, grassy

M: Light to medium bodied. Good amount of carbonation

D: Decent drinking, but not exactly what I think of for the style. Seems more like a pale ale to me

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Photo of wcudwight
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Georgeous copper colored beer with a massive, lasting lightly tanned colored head. Subtle aromas of caramel, biscuit, herbal and just a touch of grass. The flavor follows the aroma in it's subtleness but is a bit more complex. Caramel and sweet with just enough spicy herbal hops to make it interesting. Light mouthfeel yet crisp and slick. This is a flavorful beer and an easy drinker. I wish I had more.

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Photo of DCon
2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Received a 12 FL.OZ. bottle of this in a trade w/ CurtisMcArthur & enjoyed before STL vs. TX (Game 2 of the World Series). Poured from the busy looking bottle with people fishing for a green bass & a life saver on the front into my 0,47l New Belgium "Oversized Snifter" Glass & has on the side "Best if Enjoyed By: 10/06/11".

Aroma- Has tons of malt from the beginning of the smell. Very light hop aroma if any and can tell this is going to be a sweet and malty brew.

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head that dies quickly. Has an amber colored body with a bit of cloud to it. Has good lacing afterwards.

Flavor- There are tons of malt and sweet flavors hanging around but no hops... The bitterness factor is VERY low and not sure there is anything special with this one. The malty sweetness overpowers everything! Bummer.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, and then has a sweet finish. Nothing much else.

Overall Impression- First of all, what style is this? The sweetness is way to strong and way to overpowering... Needed to be more balanced with hop. I probably won't be even giving this one another chance and not sure if you should either... Sorry Curtis but this one wasn't my favorite.

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Photo of Mississipping
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an almost completely clear amber color with some extremely fine sediment suspended throughout.  A small off-white head rises and falls quickly, leaving behind a wispy film and a tiny ring.  Almost no lacing to speak of. 

S: Malty up front with some caramel, a subtle nuttiness, and a touch of bread.  Bitter, earthy hops linger throughout each waft, but there's a better balance between sweetness and bitterness than I expected.  

T: Sweet malts come out first mainly with caramel malts.  A nice earthiness from the hops, is side-by-side at the beginning.  The middle and end are a bit hopper with some nice citrus fruits coming with a subtle nuttiness and a hint of roasted malt.  

M: Medium-bodied with a moderate level of carbonation that works very well for this beer.  Really nice smoothness on the palate that makes this go down very easily.  Starts out somewhat sweet and ends a little hopper.

D: This is one of the better Sweetwater beers that I've had to date.  Well balanced and tasty from start to finish.  Not overly bitter at all, and possibly a bit out of style, but really an easy drinking beer that I'd love to get more of.  

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Photo of rebel1771
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a decent head that leaves a nice lace around the glass.

S: Sweet caramel malt aroma up front with a decent amount of bitter hop aroma.

T: Sweet toffee like flavor right off the bat but quickly balanced with a palate cleansing hop blast. Slight biscuity aftertaste.

O: Over all a pretty solid ESB here. Wouldn't mind visiting this one again.

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Photo of Luigi
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber color with a two finger head at the start, then settling down to nice blanket over the beer. Great head retention and lacing.

The aroma is a nice toasted malt blended well with a citrus hop.

The first thing I noticed is the delicious malt flavor. Toasted with a bit of caramel and a touch of sourdough. The hops are present but are blended so well with malt.

The ale has a medium almost slick on the tongue feel. Still easy to drink and would make a perfect session beer. Most ESB's I have had do.

Probably not as bitter as the style would suggest, but it nice just to have a well crafted balanced ale. I am happy I picked this brew up.

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Photo of thehooksman
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy amber color with a foamy tan head. The nose gives a piney hop profile. As to flavor, it really is an ESB as the label suggests, but with the hop character of an American IPA. It has a medium body that originally covers the tongue with malt sweetness before changing to a bitter and dry hop finish. The bitterness lingers nicely for quite a while.

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Photo of msnow34
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in a six pack on sale from the Pig at the Market Common,
Pours a reddish brown with a thin head that disapates immediatly.
Smells earthy hoppy with a slight malty sweetness. Reminds me a lot of the smell from the lattiude 48 deconstructed series.
Has a very light feel too it, a little sweet with good hop flavor, but low bitterness.
Very drinkable. Doesn't explode with flavor, but a decent option when I am looking for something sessionable and malty thats not a malt bomb

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Photo of Kromes
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a hazy light brown color with a thin tan colored head.

S: Toasted malts and herbal hops. Some molasses and caramel.

T: A nice malty flavor with a nutty toasted flavor and a molasses flavor. Herbal hops round out the beer and provide a good balance.

M: Medium body and lower carbonation. Good mouthfeel for the beer style.

O: I enjoyed this beer. Well crafted and easy to drink.

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Photo of oline73
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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 AgentMunky
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise glass. Best by 24 October 2011.

A: A finger of fizzy head has mediocre retention. The beer is a hazy orange-brown, barely transparent. Pretty and promising. Some nice lacing.

S: Slight citrus or bright fruit amidst a a malty background. Crisp, with a touch of 'beeriness'.

T: It is crisp. Also pleasant and drinkable. The bitterness seems to come from American hops, because there is a touch of pine and strong dash of lemon peel. Fairly balanced. Hoppy but clean aftertaste.

M: Well-carbonated, well-bittered, and medium-bodied. Nice.

O: Good beer; recommended. Drinkable despite the bitterness. Refreshing.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a best by date of 10/23/11, thank you SW for the clear, easy to read dating...more appreciated than you know. Pours a hazed copper color with a large cap of creamy tan head. Lacing is money, cash, ho's! Excellent looking beer.

Nose is caramel and toffee with some dark, raisin-y fruit. Some dark bread comes through and almost gives off a 'spiced' aroma of cinnamon and cloves.

Interesting combo of leafy, bittering hops and rich malty flavors. Very drinkable, goes down almost too easy. Toffee is practically burnt in its lingering toastiness. Interesting take on a summer seasonal, certainly not floating the mainstream. Its tasty, but different than most ESB's. Kinda like an ESB meets a Marzen. I could see myself buying a sixer of this each year, but certainly no more than that.

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Photo of tdm168
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sawmill Tap Room

Arrives a light amber with no head. Nose offers caramel and toasty malts with just a hint of pine. Taste is bready, biscuity, and toasty with a pretty intense hop presence which adds a welcomed piny, earthiness to the finish. Medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated, drinkable.

This is really a nice beer. A nice change of pace from other ESBs and other fall offerings.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a faded copper with a nice white head that stuck around for a while and left ok lacing.

The aroma was faint, clean grains, toasty, with hints of apricot, grass, and citrus.

The taste followed with a grassy background, citrus notes, and hints of apricot. Fruity tones on a dry, clean, cracker/toast backbone.

Interesting, slightly off balance in the hop blends. Nice, easy to drink, crisp, refreshing, beer.

Alright beer. I wouldn't buy it again personally, but I wouldn't refuse one if offered.

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Photo of Brady2065
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bottle poured into Duralex tumbler. Slightly cloudy reddish amber. 1/4" head dissipates quickly.
S: Hints of apricot, floral hops, biscuit.
T: Sweet up front, nice mellow bitterness in the middle, great balance. Finishes lightly toasty, clean hop flavor, just a little lingering thin sweetness.
M: Smooth medium body, moderate carbonation.
O: Nice straightforward bitter, a little on the sweeter side. This is an easygoing everyday beer for me.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A cloudy red/amber with a nice bubbly sensation. Not much head or lace

S - Sweet malts, with some citrus notes

T - Fairly sweet up front, and then the piny hops kick in. Finishes dry. Grapefruit

M - Medium bodied. Highly Carbonated

O - A fairly good ESB. Nothing outstanding, but good for the price

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Photo of Brewski4Drewski
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed September 3 at Savannah Craft Beer Fest '11.
L: Pours a murky copper color, not too far off from some synthetic motor oils...hrmmm wonder where they got the name.

S: Malty, very complex malting and a tad bit of hoppy bite

T&M: Mildly bitter, not as bitter as I expected from the rehearsed spouting from the tap jockey, flavor is malty and finishes peculiar... not as heavy as other ESB's drinks smooth

O: Dudes are right round the bend, did a solid on this.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Copper in color with a 1/4 inch head and no real retention but some spotty lacing

Smell: Toffee and caramel with some floral hops mixed in

Taste: This one really kind of let me down because it was not at all bitter which I was hoping for there was a decent amount of floral hops in flavor that was balanced out decently by the malt but just not what I was looking for

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation

Overall: This one feel a little short for me because of the flavor but with that being said it is definately worth a try.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to hobiejack for this one! pours a standard clear amber with orange highlights and a one-finger white frothy head that leaves minimal lacing.

aroma is malty with some floral, citrusy, zesty highlights. apples and honey.

taste is hoppy up front, with a bit of cardboardy malt backbone through the middle and a clean hoppy bitterness with a hint of citrus in the finish.

mouth is moderately carbonated, moderate body for the style, a bit sharp carbonation but a pleasant lingering hoppy bitterness.

all in all, a fair ESB. a bit hoppy for my liking - or rather - lacking in malt, but it's certainly tasty and an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
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 Cheesemoose
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a nonic pint. Best before date of 10/13/11.

Pours a dark amber, near garnet. Head is a whispy white that disappears quicker than that last $20 dollars. Lacing, we don't need no stinking lacing.

Nose is dominated by a rather mediocre malt body. Mild notes of cracker and a grassy hop finish, with a bite of medicinal alcohol. Yearning for more in the taste.

Umm...its hard to really grasp at any dominate flavor notes. Its rather mediocre in all regards. I mean, you more feel it as it goes down than anything. Some faint hops in the finish, a bit grassy, mild saltine cracker mid body. If this is the definition of balanced, then I perhaps lean more on the aggressive side of things.

Prickly as it enters, watery mid body, and an oily finish. Not that impressed by this one.

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Sweetwater Motor Boat from SweetWater Brewing Company
3.77 out of 5 based on 454 ratings.
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