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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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88 Reviews
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Reviews: 88
Hads: 448
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 19
Gots: 95 | 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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Photo of rawfish
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sweet Josie pours nice and smooth out of the can. Deep mahogany with a tiny layer of head with nearly no retention and lacing that chases the liquid down the glass.

Heavy on cocoa powder with balancing amounts of dried apple and berries, some nuttiness and honey as well sticking in there. Is this liquid trail mix?

Nice chocolate depth when this beer is cool but as it warms the taste turns into a more toffee and red fruit character. Can't really taste any hops but the sticky malt is lifting quite nicely from the palate so I know they are there somewhere.

Medium bodied, smooth carbonation and hidden alcohol make this a real nice drinker.

I still don't get why brown ales are so underappreciated. This one especially is very good and balanced. It's too bad this one doesn't get to California it fits nicely into my top 3 for the style. (851 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
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)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: medium brown with ruby accents: 1 finger creamy tan head that receded to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: roasted grain; sweet malt;

T: follows the nose; virtually no bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: not very complex; no hop character; (264 characters)

Photo of ManBearPat
4.83/5  rDev +28.5%
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 mattsdenney
2.83/5  rDev -24.7%
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. (245 characters)

Photo of myelo
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (331 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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. (158 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (678 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%

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. (257 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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 (1,401 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (705 characters)

Photo of marshmarsh
2.91/5  rDev -22.6%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of Mike_Beasley
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
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 Tone
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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). (548 characters)

Photo of coasterfreak75
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (653 characters)

Photo of stckhndlr
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of BeerDocT
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,260 characters)

Photo of thehooksman
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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 KYGunner
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color was light brown, reminiscent of a cognac, with a fast fleeting fizzy head.

The aroma was strong with barley, grain, bran and malt.

The flavors were earthy and organic, very natural, with a grainy barley taste and bran cereal.

The feel was rather thin, not necessarily watery, but easy enough. The body was very fizzy but the feel avoided any negatives from the carbonation. (386 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Had this one on-tap, poured into a pint glass at Closed for Business. Had a brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A pretty good, if predictable, aroma of brown ale nuttiness, malt, and caramel.

T: Tasted pretty much like it smelled: A good amount of caramel, some malt, the nuttiness, malt, and a hint of chocolate. A decent flavor, but not quite full-bodied enough. Still, a worthy effort.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a likeable, but not exceptional brown ale. Nonetheless, a drinkable beer. (645 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. (1,268 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
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 Minkybut
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I poured this nice beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was very black indeed. The beer pored a fair head with a tan coloring to it. The smell was of roasted coffee and nuts. Head ended up going away pretty fast. The good news though is that the beer was very smooth and very nice tasting. I would certainly buy this beer again. (336 characters)

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Sweet Josie Brown Ale from Lonerider Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.