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Sweet Josie Brown Ale - Lonerider Brewing

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Sweet Josie Brown Ale
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325 Ratings
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Ratings: 325
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 10
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lonerider Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: atsprings on 05-07-2009)
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Reviews by BeerDocT:
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3.53/5  rDev -6.9%

Appearance 3.5: Poured out a deep brown with lighter brown around the edges. Not much of a head to speak of and I cranked the pour (as usual).

Smell 3.75: Very nice bouquet. I smell dark, toasted malt; sweet caramel; some coffee hints and a...oh, no. Is that the bleu cheese hops I smell? I'm going to act like it is not.

Taste 3.5: Front is slightly sweet and somewhat flat. Middle is dry, but I detect notes of toasted grains. Finish is slightly sweet and...I do taste that bleu cheese hop in there. Only slightly. Also, the finish is where the toasted grains, the caramel sweetness and a little bit of hop alkalinity all combine together to make you forget about the somewhat lackluster first two taste levels. Finish was short, but pleasant: more toasted, chocolate hints and a short alkaline bite.

Mouthfeel 3.25: Watery, but not a big distraction. Somewhat slick feeling also. Maybe a late MD addition?

Overall 3.5: Not a bad beer by any means, and a pretty good brown ale. I would imagine that this is the type of beer that would be great with food and I would love to try it on tap. that said, brown ales are not my favorite type of beer and -that notwithstanding-- I would nonetheless recommend this beer to lovers of brown ales. Whoever you are.

12-12-2013 06:09:43 | More by BeerDocT
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Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

On tap at Sticks and Sones in Greensboro.Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass a deep roasted chesnut brown with some ruby tinge,a 1/2 finger beige colored head atop.Aromas were a little light with chocolate malts mainly sticking out with light roastiness as well.Well rounded on the palate with sweetish chocolate and a hint of brown sugar,firm graininess and light earth in the finish to keep it balanced.A pretty rich tasting brown,one of the better browns I have had in a while I gotta say.

04-17-2011 11:58:50 | More by oberon
Photo of CourtTN

2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

07-05-2014 21:22:00 | More by CourtTN
Photo of iemailjack


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-08-2013 03:51:23 | More by iemailjack
Photo of locckdown

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-24-2012 22:20:44 | More by locckdown
Photo of reitzbrewing


4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

12-22-2012 19:49:49 | More by reitzbrewing
Photo of avitallo

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

08-08-2014 23:38:36 | More by avitallo
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

3.48/5  rDev -8.2%

got this as an extra in a trade from kflack. thanks man!

12oz bottle pulled from the fridge poured into a snifter. best before 06.02.2011

pours out a very dark brown with a lot of rubiness in the light. one finger of a creamy, fluffy off white/ light tan colored head that slowly faded to a retentive creamy layer. some good sticky lace on the sides of the glass. i also noticed some sediment towards the end.

not a huge aroma. metallic and caramelized toasted grains at the forefront. behind that theres some light cocoa, very light roasty notes, slightly herbal, and a bit fruity.

slightly metallic toasted, lightly roasted malts, bits of cocoa and coffee, fruits, herbal leafy hops on the backend with just a little bitterness. finishes like a munich lager with a slight mineral taste.

a bit watery and a lighter mouthfeel than i might have expected. moderate carbonation. feels a bit like a lager.

it drinks easy, i could see sessioning this, but its prolly not something i would buy.

overall: an average brown ale, nothing offensive and easy drinking. im glad i got the chance to try it.

03-13-2011 00:59:37 | More by dogfishandi
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

07-28-2014 15:33:41 | More by Mantooth
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Brown ale, dark, thin head. Looked seductive, maybe it was the label! Cool lil Clint Eastwood silhouette (sic) on the cap. Aroma was of slow roast.

Taste, slightly hoppy for a brown ale, smooth mouthfeel, miniscule wood notes, just barely a chocolate, cocoa and sweet presence to it as well. Everything nuanced in a brown ale for the most part. You know the line, easy drinking, mild, sessionable.

Not a bad beer at all. Nice extra to throw in thanks, dsc I believe?

05-09-2011 23:33:58 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

12 oz bottle dated best before 11 Dec. 2012 served in a snifter

An unusually dark ale, for style, with the corresponding flavor: i.e., darker roast malt with hints of chocolate and smoke. Sweet and bitter in near equal proportion. Nice, lasting aftertaste of dark malt with a bit of spicy hops. The small beige head is short-lived and leaves only spotty lacing.

M: medium body and carbonation; slightly dry finish.

Overall: A well-crafted brown ale that leans towards an American porter.

(lightly revised upon tasting on tap in June 2013)

10-18-2012 23:03:24 | More by chinchill
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South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

06-13-2014 00:29:56 | More by CrusinforaBrewsin
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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

07-11-2014 22:03:32 | More by Res513
Photo of jbphoto88


3.73/5  rDev -1.6%

Sweet Josie is a deep wooden brown ale that is just a few shades away from stout territory. The head is thin and the color of over milked coffee but doesn't last much past the pour.

The nose is faint for a brown but has some great stout like characteristics. Things like chocolate and coffee are there minimally as are some roasted grains but everything seems to be wrapped in plastic.

The taste on the other hand is all about those malt flavors and there are plenty to go around. Bittersweet chocolate is the foundation of this brew and filling in the gaps are all the roasted grain in between. The flavor is a touch muted but I have to keep reminding myself that this isn't a stout but a very full brown ale.

Mouthfeel is decent in this one. Nothing special but there is a nice pinch of hops and a light carbonation that I keep thinking should be bigger. Smooth and slick with a malt finish that seems to cover your teeth long after its gone. A tasty beverage with more flavor then I was expecting. Good for those who like the dark beers and well worth checking out. I'd buy again in a minute.

12-22-2011 01:09:40 | More by jbphoto88
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3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

A very dark brown but, yes, it does let some light into its thickness, though there's no opacity. Even from the look it's easy to tell this is a dark beer that's not particularly heavy, which is appropriate. The head, light brown in color, reaches one finger and leaves a stable, compact quarter of a finger that shows some stick initially before ceasing to cling to the glass.
The nose displays a malt backbone, but it takes some effort to draw out specific aromas. The effort I give presents me with a nice nuttiness and some cocoa primarily, with no char or bitterness to speak of and quite a light roast. A light caramel-like sweetness is detectable too.
The flavor presents itself for strongly, with an interesting element somewhat difficult to identify foremost on the palate. It's sort of a spicy earthiness. This does have a generous hops bitterness to it for a brown. Chocolaty sweetness balances it out, the nuttiness follows through, and roast is more pronounced than in the smell.
Carbonation is moderate and makes for a creamy feel off a light crispness. It develops the feel of an English brown to a point with a sort of metallic aspect and a little bit of chalkiness into the finish. It's nice to see a sturdy body in a style that sometimes neglects it.

06-13-2013 19:26:15 | More by Brenden
Photo of CoalPorter

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

Had on tap at the brewery tasting room, in a clear plastic cup.

A - Deep chocolate brown color, kind of a shoe polish brown, but fairly translucent for all that, no head to speak of despite being on tap (blame the cup or the pour)

S - very sweet, subtle chocolate malt aroma and some candy-sugar notes as well

T - Sweet malt balanced by a bit of hop bitterness, coffee and chocolate undertones, pleasant overall

M - medium body overall but it felt over carbonated, too fizzy on the palate

D - This was a drinkable brown, but not as good for me as Smuttynose's Old Brown Dog, or Brooklyn Brown

02-20-2011 18:28:25 | More by CoalPorter
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

06-19-2014 13:15:23 | More by mrbigpappa
Photo of mdaschaf


3.78/5  rDev -0.3%

Thanks to Woodrow for this one!

A: Pours a rather dark brown with a one finger off-white head on top. Decent retention with thin lacing all the way around.

S: A nice mixture of cocoa, nuts, and a little bit of caramel.

T: Similar to the aroma, some cocoa powder, a hint of coffee and nuts. There is a slight toasted bread flavor as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Easy drinking.

O: A very solid brown ale, no problems with it at all. Not overly complex or crazy, but very solid.

08-14-2012 01:50:42 | More by mdaschaf
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

03-17-2012 02:53:50 | More by MrVonzipper
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

10-21-2013 13:11:04 | More by seavercm
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

03-20-2012 22:49:06 | More by twowheelssoar
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

On tap at Fork and Barrel in Raleigh

Pours a deep amber with a light lacing of head. Nose offers caramel and nutty malts. Taste is caramel, then nutty, then...coffee? Yeah, I think that's what that was. This beer is medium bodied, smooth. Overall, this is a solid beer. Lonerider continues to impress.

07-20-2011 02:11:30 | More by tdm168
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-01-2014 14:51:52 | More by gshoes3
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-26-2014 17:16:15 | More by PulmonaryArchery
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-29-2011 01:36:34 | More by hyoung41
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Sweet Josie Brown Ale from Lonerider Brewing
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