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Sweet Josie Brown Ale - Lonerider Brewing

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Sweet Josie Brown AleSweet Josie Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

291 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 10
Gots: 29 | 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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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

10-22-2012 00:23:28 | More by t0rin0
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.8%

01-17-2013 23:41:02 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark brown in color with amber highlights. It poured with a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass; no carbonation is visible in the form of rising bubbles.
S: The smell is very faint and has some hints of chocolate and toasted malts.
T: There are flavors of caramel, chocolate and toasted malts in the nose; the finish has a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down smoothly and would be a good accompaniment with food because the flavors in the taste aren't very strong.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2011 02:08:55 | More by metter98
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a really interesting beer and not at all what i was expecting when it was first poured. a eep, dark brown color with some light reddish highlights that popped up on the sides of the glass. huge foamy head of off white came up and covered the top of the glass at least three fingers deep. lots of lacing left down the sides of the glass.

aroma is light roasted nuts, caramel, touches of light grains and a bit of spice. this was especially noticed in the flavor which had a light cocoa touch but was punctuated by a touch of rye?? something that tickled the taste buds in an odd sort of way, but it seemed to work. tons of carbonation here, a bit too much for me given the style, but still it was nice enough to be very drinkable.

overall it was pretty damn solid and an easy to drink brown ale on a hot day.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2010 00:18:34 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Charlie for sending this one.

A: The beer is a dark brown color with a reddish hue to it and a short lived off-white head.

S: Smells primarily like a mix of coffee and chocolate. Some dark malts and a bit of malt sweetness like toffee and molasses. Some cocoa powder and bitter dark chocolate.

T: Moderately sweet with a big time chocolate flavor. Cocoa powder and dark chocolate give a slight bitterness. Decently roasty for a brown ale. A substantial coffee flavor and a pretty strong sweetness.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Good but a bit too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 06:13:17 | More by womencantsail
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 01:44:58 | More by ChainGangGuy
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-06-2013 01:33:14 | More by kjkinsey
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

11-30-2013 05:24:29 | More by ygtbsm94
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oberon

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2011 11:58:50 | More by oberon
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

08-11-2013 23:26:06 | More by kylehay2004
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

07-09-2014 22:13:03 | More by Kegatron
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

05-03-2014 03:56:16 | More by SocalKicks
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oline73

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

08-07-2013 22:27:54 | More by oline73
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark brown in color with significant amounts of amber highlights and some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall creamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts with just a hint of sweetness over a light amount of nuttiness and some spicy hops.

T: Similar to the smell, there is a light to moderate flavor of toasted malts with a light amount of sweetness over the top of some light nuttiness and light hints of coffee-like bitterness in the finish (which fades pretty quickly).

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: The flavors of this beer are light and would pair well with lots of different styles of food. Relatively easy to drink and enjoyable, though this would not be a go to beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 00:41:04 | More by dbrauneis
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours 1 finger of beige head. Decent retention leaving some lacing. Color is a dark nut brown.

Aroma: Notes of chocolate and caramel. A bit of roasted malts. Some nut flavors.

Taste: Creamy and chocolate. Nut flavors with a bit of roasted malts. Caramel. No hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation ends dry.

Overall, a fairly average brown ale. Easy to drink and fits the style fine.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 03:26:15 | More by mothman
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mdaschaf

Washington

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 01:50:42 | More by mdaschaf
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

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

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?

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 23:33:58 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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smakawhat

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2011 13:06:15 | More by smakawhat
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2014 12:50:29 | More by Tone
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THECPJ

Delaware

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

Reviewed from notes: Thanks goes out to DeadTerry for the bottle share.

appearance: dark brown with orange hue minimal off white head

smell: roast, coffee, malts, caramel,

taste: coffee, roast, malty

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: decent brown ale, a little heavy on the roasted malts. but it was a new brewery to me and I like trying new things.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 18:40:53 | More by THECPJ
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 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)

Serving type: bottle

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

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 02:39:52 | More by ccrida
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 23:21:36 | More by BeerFMAndy
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 01:23:28 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Sweet Josie Brown Ale from Lonerider Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.