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Sweet Josie Brown Ale - Lonerider Brewing Company

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Sweet Josie Brown AleSweet Josie Brown Ale

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85
very good

420 Ratings
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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 14
Gots: 72 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lonerider Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: atsprings on 05-07-2009

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Ratings: 420 | Reviews: 95
Photo of ManBearPat
4.83/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is a real treat. Anymore, it seems that brewers like to add to many American hops to bitter their browns, but this one is well-balanced between malty goodness with just enough hops to really make it a winner in my book.

Photo of Sjsuki
4.94/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love it. I hope I can locate a place to buy it.

Photo of foamdelay
2.55/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Tilted Kilt. Not terrible but I wouldn't order it again.

Photo of mendvicdog
3.02/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

AVerage brown ale. Bready and nutty.

Photo of mattsdenney
2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pretty surprised this own gold at GABF. Not bad really but very average brown ale overall. Leans heavily on malt which gives off a strong sour bread taste. Some hints of gingerbread and nuts. I prefer my browns to be a bit fuller and bolder.

Photo of AuburnDude
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

GABF Gold medal winner. I have friends that don't like "dark" beers, they taste Sweet Josie and LOVE it.

Photo of myelo
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap

A: Dark ruby brown with think khaki head and persistent lacing.

S: Roasted sweet malt, with hints of chocolate

T: Initial mild caramel sweetness, then moderate earthy hop bitterness, with coffee and chocolate aftertaste.

M: medium body, moderate carbonation

O: There are a lot of poor brown ales out there these days but this is an overall nice one -- balanced and drinkable with plenty of flavor and no obvious flaws.

Photo of royl
4.71/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smooth, full bodied but not over the top

Photo of tone77
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark mahagony color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of bready malts, some nuts. Taste is malts, nutty, some hops, bready, a bit of caramel, very smooth. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a solid and enjoyable beer.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Can shared by RussianDragon.

Dark mahogany body with an inch of beige head. Fruity, dark malt, candy, molasses. Similar flavor. Medium to light body. Decent.

Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smells like a porter with deep toasted bread. The flavor follows this smell accurately. The body is middle of the road.

Photo of Beejay
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours medium amber, in the glass it is a dark brown with a nice full head on top.

S: Sweet caramel, and freshly baked bread. Perhaps a slight licorice aroma as well.

T: Nice caramel sweetness, good roasted grain flavor as well as a little bit of a coffee flair. Sweetness is nice, with a decent amount of roasted character.

M: Medium in feel, the carbonation is possibly a touch high, but that might help lighten it a little. There is a lovely creaminess to it.

O: Overall I think this is a fairly outstanding brown, I'm not a huge brown fan, but this one might be changing that. I feel like a lot of browns are humdrum, and this one is interesting, and delicious.

Photo of Thebrewman
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Good roasty malty brown ale. Not overly bitter, and well balanced.

Photo of barczar
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%

Aroma is nutty and toasted, with hints of chocolate, roasty malt, and floral hops. Flavor reveals a roasted malt backbone, which is accented by toasted nuts, burnt breadcrust, and lightly sweet chocolate. The finish is lightly bitter. Great malt complexity.

Photo of finz2thestout
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

i'm marrying this brown. love it.

Photo of buymorebeer
2/5  rDev -47.2%

Mov along, nothing great

Photo of jenwermig
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Great dark and bitter taste. HATE that it's only available in cans now... luckily can still get out on tap at a few locations.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a dark ruby color. The head is a finger high, with an off-white shade. It's both creamy and well-retaining, but there isn't a huge amount of lacing left behind.

S: This one seems a bit more caramel-laden than other brown ales. There's still a focus on milk chocolate, nuts, and brown sugar, but also a bit more dark fruit sweetness than other examples. Points for having a bit more richness that what the style would normally dictate.

T: It starts off slightly sweet, with a twinge of dark fruit esters helping to balance out some of the brown sugar and chocolate notes at the forefront. The finish is somewhat roasty - think roasted pecans rather than roasted malts. Hell, I'm even getting a kiss of piny hops, as well. Sure, it's a brown ale, but it brings a lot of the notes I like in the style without many of the ones I don't.

M: Rather dry for the style, almost parching, in fact. It's decently substantial (read: not overly so), with the right amount of carbonation. This hits a good middle ground between richness and drinkability.

O: Solid offering across the board. I've had two offerings from this brewery before this, and I was left completely nonplussed. This, though, is quite good. It's a fairly dry brew that thinks it's a porter at times (a compliment, FYI). I'd drink it again, and I'd even buy it again.

3.5/5: This Josie is a pussycat

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, crystal clear, brown coloring with hazelnut highlights and a tall, foamy, dense, creamy, coffee ice cream colored head. Aromas of mocha sweet and bitter forward, with a cream backbone, subtle nut sweetness, and roasted notes. Smooth and balanced nose. Flavors are nut sweet forward, with that bittersweet mocha coffee flavor right behind in the backbone. Creamy highlights help blend everything together, and with the subtle roast and char notes, this balances out nicely. Light and smooth in mouth, with a candy sweet aftertaste of nut, chocolate, and subtle coffee bitters. Smooth, slightly lingering finish. This is a solid, easy drinking beer.

Photo of marshmarsh
2.91/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Libby Porter/Stout glass

a - pours black with slight amber tint, no head at all, small amount of lacing around edge.

s - chocolate and caramel with coffee hints

t - starts smooth and sweet, like a milk chocolate bar, but not much flavor. Hint of spice. Finish is a little smoky. Not very bitter at all.

m - kind of watery, I'm wondering if something was wrong with this bottle

o - Definitely a great idea, it just needs more character and body. If I find after opening another bottle that this one was faulty, I'll re-review.

Photo of Mike_Beasley
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Almost perfect. Hops are correct for this ale. Beautiful color. Always consistent. An excellent one beer beer to drink. Does not loose it's attractiveness after tasting other beers. One you will always come back to again. Love it's aroma. Strong enough to have some bite when 1st tasting every time, yet keeps delivering for each one. Alcohol content is enough for you to know you're drinking this beer at half a bottle. Does not loose it's flavor as temperature changes. Great to grill with. It's that "I've got this beer you've got to try" when entertaining. Very impressive and simple, not too much going on like some beers. I'm sure all beer lovers will enjoy this one for its drinkable attitude.

Photo of Tone
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight hop, yeast, and a hint of chocolate. Fits the style of an American Brown. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of yeast, hops, and hint of alcohol. Overall, weak appearance, but average aroma, feel, and body.

Photo of clayrock81
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown body with one finger head on top of a hearty aroma of roasted malts, some bread to them, caramel and a good amount of chocolate. Unfortunately, the beer itself does not deliver like the aroma. Medium bodied, a little sticky, I get some minor sweetness from caramel and chocolate but there doesn't seem to be any balance as the roasted malts dominant and the beer is mostly dry with a drying finish. And there really isn't much more to say because this is not a real flavorful beer, either (not going to say it's watery, though).

Photo of coasterfreak75
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep brown pour with a frothy one finger head that gives way to a thin ring on the glass and leaves a nice lace throughout the drink.

Smell: Sweet malt with hints of coffee, light hop spice in the rear of the nose.

Taste: Overwhelming sweet kick up front with a coffee like middle. The hops seem to sneak in middle to late drink, giving way to a clean finish. Just a slight lingering of coffee in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium carbonation, more pronounced in the back of the mouth. Clean drinking and finishing beer.

Overall: A good example of Brown Ale. Refreshing and has just enough body to it to be a good drinking beer.

Photo of stckhndlr
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- Amber brown ale, ruby hues to it. 1 finger of cappuccino foam head that has the consistency of sea foam. Once the foam settles it leaves a nice ring of lacing on the glass.

s- A roasted malt fragrance mixed with cola sugars and coffee.

T- a good roasted nuttiness. coffees essence and caramels.

M- Has a good balance, A bit slick on the finish but enough body to hold it's own. A very nice feel to it.

O- This is a great brown ale. Nothing overpowers anything else, it's just a well rounded beer.

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Sweet Josie Brown Ale from Lonerider Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.