605. SweetWater Brewing – Georgia Brown

605. SweetWater Brewing - Georgia Brown

We’re on vacation and on our way to Disney World. Today, we left central IL and drove to Atlanta to visit (and stay with) my friend Joe and his family. Like a great host, Joe immediately offered me a beer after arriving from a 10 hour drive. I happily took this local beer to add to the list.

Location: Poured from the bottle into a Mizzou pint glass at Joe’s home in Atlanta, GA.

Numbers: 5% ABV, 24 IBUs, ~ 160 Calories

Ingredients: Grains: 2 Row, Munich, 40L, 70/80, Carapils, Chocolate, Black; Hops: Columbus, Willamette

Appearance & Aroma: It’s brown in color with some dark red-amber hues, especially when held up to the light. It had a pretty thick off-white head when I first poured it, and it fell after a few minutes to a thin layer of creamy bubbles across the top. There was a nice, roasty, nutty, and dark bready aroma as well.

Taste & Feel: The body is light, and the mouthfeel has a little bit of a carbonation crispness. It’s got a brown sugar, caramel and lightly nutty sweetness up front, which grows a bit in the middle with more toastiness coming through.  It finishes with the sweetness at its peak with a good mix of warm, sweet flavors – caramel maltiness and toasty nuttiness with dark bready flavors in the background. There’s a very slight bit of cocoa-like bittereness in the finish as well. The aftertaste is mostly the sweet, caramel maltiness, which lasts for a minute or so.

Food Pairing: This has a good amount of caramel maltiness and sweetness, making it a perfect complementary beer for southern BBQ, including ribs, brisket, and pulled pork. I might also enjoy this beer with a mushroom and swiss burger, as I like the caramel sweetness with the mushrooms. However, BBQ is really the solid way to go with this brew.

Overall Impression: After a 10 hour drive, this beer really hit the spot, with a lot of comforting caramel maltiness and a good, complex mix of dark bread, nutty and malty flavors. This beer almost made me crave some BBQ to go along with it, as I can’t think of a more perfect pairing for this beer. Overall, I really enjoyed it, and I should have brought some back, as I think it’s flavors also pair perfectly with cool fall days.

My Rating: ★★★½☆

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Author: Kevin

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