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Sweet Josie Brown Ale - Lonerider Brewing Company

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very good

87 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 87
Hads: 445
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 19
Gots: 94 | 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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Reviews: 87 | Hads: 445
Photo of ManBearPat
4.83/5  rDev +28.8%
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. (224 characters)

Photo of asrte76
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Have tried this beer on tap at a few different locations including a brewery tour. Beautiful brown color with a great chocolate, caramel smell. Very smooth mouthfeel with exeptional sweet taste. This is a very exceptional well balanced brown ale. I look forward to lonerider expanding their beer portfolio. Awesome beers guys. (326 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (302 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
6.1% ABV, Best Before 07-17-2012

A - Sweet Josie pours a vintage burgundy color with ruby highlights and is topped by a creamy, ever-lasting pile of light khaki foam. Despite the fact my greasy nose accidentally touched the pile, this hasn't dissolved quickly at all. Thick lace clings to the glass pretty nicely.

S - Sweet indeed! Sweet Josie is malt-forward with a deep complexity of light roast from toasted whole-grain bread to dry cocoa to a mildly roasted coffee bean. Nutty undertones and discrete dark fruits compliment some faint earthy hops nicely.

T - The aroma certainly carries some roast character to it, but far less than I was expecting to encounter in the flavor. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee grounds present themselves forcefully but remain balanced by sweetness and earthy hops so as not to become overbearing. Ever sip becomes more and more delicious, especially as vanilla notes enter as it warms!

M - Moderate carbonation cares not if it's overtaken by a robust, silky smooth body! With a lack of strong hopping, faint acrid bitterness really plays a key role in making sure this brown ale doesn't become too malty-sweet. Sexy, Sweet Josie finishes out with just a light lingering on the tongue, drawing you back for more.

O - Sweet Josie, offering a smooth, voluptuous body and excellent taste is one seductive brown ale, through and through. Roast notes push this beer towards porter borders while it's round sweetness and drinkability offers a nice balance. I'd kill for a few of these on a cool fall day! (1,573 characters)

Photo of halfbeer
4.41/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful brown ale. Definitely worth getting a keg of. Also, a good judge of a beer in my opinion is how the guys oogle over it and choose it over everything else in the fridge. It is that kind of beer, and even though I'm not a huge fan of the brown, I could drink quite a bit of it. I also just like Lone Rider, even though this and Shotgun Betty are really their two best at the moment. Still, if you are in the Raleigh or Durham, NC area and have to visit a tavern- go to Big Boss. Big Boss's ales (especially the stuff like the "wooden monkey" (they made these for a while then stopped- why?) and "sneak attack" (a short run) are awesome- even though they don't have them on tap at the tavern. Anyway- I digress. Sweet Josie is a must buy, and get a keg. (770 characters)

Photo of wcudwight
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown in color with a nice fluffy textured head. Lot's of sticky lacing lines the sides of the glass as it empties. Interesting aroma. Toasted malts, mixed nuts and a hint of pine trees. Wow this is good. Think caramel biscuits with some bite. I'm pretty sure it's the hops that is giving it the bite but I can't quite place the flavor. It's kind of an earthy spicy hop. This is really good and my review doesn't give it justice. Good crisp mouthfeel and very quaffable. I'm very impressed with the 2 beers I've had from Lonerider and look forward to trying more. (568 characters)

Photo of Mike_Beasley
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of CoalPorter
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (597 characters)

Photo of n2185
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and two fingers of cream-colored head that recedes into a thin cap with a little lacing.

S: Some roasted malt aromas at first with light cocoa scents. Then comes a warm, nutty scent with notes of pecans and peanuts. There is also a trace of citrusy hops in there as well.

T: Similar to the flavor, there are some slight roasted malt flavors at first with a touch of cocoa. Nutty flavors follow, again with notes of roasted pecans and peanuts. The finish has a light bitterness from the hops and roasted malts.

M: Medium body and carbonation, is slightly creamy but with a crisp finish.

O: Overall, one of the better regular brown ales out there. I'm admittedly not the biggest brown ale fan and find many of them to be plain, but this one is full of flavor and quite nice. (819 characters)

Photo of carolinahophead
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brown ale pours a pure brown color with a light cream head.
I do like the aromas ... you will get light roast coffee , good malt and maybe a smooth cocoa aroma.
What a smooth taste . You can tell they use good malt with a hop finish . This beer is sweet & bitter . Like a good woman.
Mouthfeel is medium with a sweet malty finish. I also get nutty and creamy palate.
Lonerider hit a homerun here my friends. A beer for all seasons. Sweet Josie is sexy, built and fun to be with ... (490 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, deep dark brown color; ruby on the edges. Poured a <1 finger tan head with fair retention. Lacing washed down the sides of the glass.

T: Toasted malt character of a Scottish ale with a nice balance between burnt toast and molassas. Sharlpy bitter in the finish to balance the rich malt character. Admittedly, not a fan of the style, but I liked this beer a lot.

M: Light to medium body. Low carbonation. Its all about the bitter finish for me on the mouthfeel; not lingering sweet and cloying finish like many of the style.

D: Easily drinkable, especially for this style. Many will be drawn to the good balance and finish in this beer. (651 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

I see where they attempted a printed on "best before" date, but, unfortunately, it's smudged off. A teeny bit of lacing present.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with a medium-small, soft-looking, light beige head.

Smell: Deep toast, roast, oven-roasted nuts with chocolate and touches of molasses and blackened caramel. Quite malty. Only offset by some slight, fruity esters.

Taste: You've got your roast, your heavy toast, your charred nuts, and your chocolate powder, with accents of burnt caramel and molasses. It's a brown ale. Lightly estery. Moderately sweet. A little hop flavor beyond the malts, with a little bitterness showing that plays well with the nuttiness and roasty tones. Drying, malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Easy drinking, (dark side of) malty brown ale. (897 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at the brewery in Raleigh NC into a plastic cup.

No head given or present, giving a minor collar with perhaps some tan color. Body is a cloudy chestnut brown, but when opened up to the sun it gives a great cloudy ruby red.

Nose is nutty like a classic American Brown, with some estery fruit sense. Roast bent seems kind of mild but still alright.

First comes that mild nut presence in the taste. Hits the mid palate pretty solid and obvious, but lots of clove also. Finish gives a big sense of roast character and there's just a hint of cream as well.

Overall a really good solid brown ale that these guys make. (629 characters)

Photo of lovindahops
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a gift from a friend who moved south. I love brown ales

A- no question there is a consistent dark brown body with massive lacing ripping along the sides of my pint glass. This might be the look of an Am brown ale

S- chocolate, toffee, and some musty nutty notes. A good scent flowing through the glass. Even a little dryness that I like

T- again, great toffee taste that meshes with the roasty flavors. It is a good brown ale taste

M- creamy and good coating flavors

O- this is a good brew from the south that can always be enjoyed. I would take more anytime (563 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 4.19.11

12oz bottle

A- looks like cola. Brown with a tan head.

S- Smells nutty, like malts and some wheat.

T- Nuts, raisins, wheat, and barley.

D- Oily and coats the mouth.

O- Over decent brown ale.

I love the Man with no Name picture on the crown. (267 characters)

Photo of bum732
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Toasty malt, subtle fruitiness, some nuttiness, hint of cocoa powder. Slight coffee as it warms.

L: Hazy dark red, floaties, light tan head that dissipates.

T: Very toasty malt with some nuttiness up front. Some cocoa sweetness following a medium-low bitterness. Finishes nutty with some cocoa powder, little bit of roast.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

A really solid brown ale. When i think of a good brown ale, these are the flavors and aromas I think of. (472 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a small tan head that leaves decent lace.

Smell is roasted malts, a little wood, peanut butter, caramel when it warms opens up a bit.

Taste is balanced, some sweetness from the malt, particularly as it warms. Nice herbal hops, and fairly aggressive flavor overall, but smooth.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry.

Drinkability is solid, as is this brew, a nice punch flavor but smooth and balanced. (418 characters)

Photo of jaycle
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: 1.5 finger creme colored head which dissipated to moderate lacing. Deep brown with a slight crimson coloring

S: nutty and bread aromas

T: A healthy portion of wheat. the nuttiness is very slight. The bitterness of the hops is there, but not obvious. An aftertaste of sweet-ish coffee.

M: moderately high carbonation. medium-light bodied.

O: Overall, no flavors stand out too strongly to me, but I'm a beginner at this. Mainly I think it is just a nicely balanced brown ale, with no one flavor grabbing you or distracting you. A great beer to have with a meal. And I believe that's how a brown ale should be, nothing too fancy, just a good rounded beer. (660 characters)

Photo of blackie
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: shaker pint serving, deep brown in color with a pretty average head, off-white with some light retention

s: brown malt with a slight roasted edge, some brown sugar and a little cocoa, earthy hops, mild toffee

m: carbonation moderate, body just around medium

t: nice set of brown malt flavors, a little nutty with a dusting of cocoa, slightly sweet with a balancing of earthy hops, plenty of malt flavor to satisfy, nice

d: a good american brown, pint taken easily

draft at Tap City, Raleigh (498 characters)

Photo of Arborescence
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark copper. Pours a medium head of moderate creaminess.

Aroma: Delicate mix of hops and malt, with a hint of caramel/toffee sweetness. Nutty.

Taste: Chocolate sweetness and a hint of coffee. Light, but with a nice balanced malt background.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, light carbonation.

Overall: It's pretty good. Quite a light beer really, none of the aspects are overwhelming at all, but there's a nice mixture of characteristics and delicate flavours. (478 characters)

Photo of thain709
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deuane brought me a bottle of this from a recent trip to North Carolina. Thanks buddy!

A - Poured a nice brown with ruby highlights...it showcased a tan one finger head...the head fell to a spotty cap, but it was the whole way across...decent lacing

S - Dark and milk chocolate...some hops...toffee...a strong nuttiness

T - First sip shows this brown ale is very malt forward...roast and sweetness are leading the way...there is a big blast of milk chocolate in the middle...that's followed by another level of sweetness and some dark toffee flavors...soft hops finish with a subtle nuttiness

M - Medium bodied...sometimes thin...soft hops and a subtle nuttiness

O - I enjoyed this brown ale...there were notes of chocolate and toffee and even softer notes of nuts...the body was never too sweet or heavy so you could have more than just one (846 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from six-er at teeter.

A - dark brown/black with a one finger head that moves quickly to a thin lace

S - smoke, chocolate malt, faint hops

T - more of the same, with a chocolate vanilla sweetness, some smoke, and some dry hops on the finish

M - slightly watery, the carbonation is near perfect

O - one of the better brown ales, wish more places in Charlotte had this on tap. Fans of brown (ale...) should give this a try. (440 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrives a rich chestnut brown, clear with a very light tan head. Very good retention and quite creamy.
Smell is malty with caramel, dark chocolate and coffee notes.
Taste is roasted malt with caramel, coffee and dark chocolate.
Medium-full body with a good efdervescence. Ever so lightly warming. A very good beer. (314 characters)

Photo of thehooksman
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this quite a while back in a bottle from the grocery store. It didn't strike me as anything unique. But then again, brown ales are not a favorite style of mine. However, I was pleasantly surprised when choosing it from the small tap list at a local burger joint. I can't comment on the pour or head as the head was pretty much non-existent when the glass came to the table. The appearance was deep copper-brown, just a bit darker than good strong tea. The aroma and flavor was malty, bready, and nutty. The sweetness was just right. The mouthfeel was rather light for a darker style but was still very smooth.

What I like best about this is that it gives aromas, flavors, and the sweetness of a darker beer with an ABV that's kicked up just a bit, but still light enough that you can enjoy a couple of them over dinner. (824 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Toasted, Crust, Hay, Clean

Perfectly balanced, slightly chewy and toasty. Without a doubt one of the better American Brown Ales we have had in the long while. They have clearly nailed it for the malt profile it wields. Faint suggestions of coffee, chocolate, and toasted bread. Quite clean which only makes this brew more drinkable. Simple yet very impressive, this is what Brown Ales are about.

STYLE: American Brown Ale | ABV: 6.1% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #94 (NOV 2014) (519 characters)

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Sweet Josie Brown Ale from Lonerider Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.