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Sweet Josie Brown Ale - Lonerider Brewing

Sweet Josie Brown AleSweet Josie Brown Ale

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very good

258 Ratings
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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.53%

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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Photo of MayLattimore

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, got this on tap at Icehouse. Nice color -- brown -- fitting. Nice head and good lacing. The smell was okay. Probably the only lacking characteristic. The taste was pretty good. Nice layering and super subtle. Nothing overpowering anywhere. Nice blend. The mouthfeel was the same with good carbonation. Overall, this was a really a pretty good brown.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2011 21:22:13 | More by MayLattimore
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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
Photo of asrte76

North Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2011 11:34:46 | More by asrte76
Photo of FosterJM


3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

416th review on BA
bottle to pint
12 oz

Thanks to beermex2 for this extra.

App- A very nice brownish crimson with a big fluffy two finger head. Nice sticky lacing all the way down.

Smell- A little bit of cocoa powder from when I was a kid and some malts. A slight tinge of hops.

Taste- A pretty good brown ale (Thanks Steve!) Nicely soft and sweet with a powdery chocolate flavor and some darker malts.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a lighter feel and a high carb level behind it. Nice malty chocolate powder.

Drink- This was a nice extra and I am very glad I got to try it. If I am ever in NC I will have to visit this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 03:37:14 | More by FosterJM
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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
Photo of SFrankBrew

South Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this in the bottle at a friends house. He's a big Lonerider fan, which I am still trying to understand. Maybe he met a girl there. Or a girl works there that he likes. Who knows. Anyway, it had a nice deep brown appearance. No real head to speak of. Lots of brown sugar in the smell. I will say that the smell matches the flavor. Okay body with a little carbonation. I hear this beer won a gold. Not sure if it was this one or not. My friend has a tendency to talk up Lonerider. But it was an okay brown. I may have to disagree with him a bit and give it a better than average ranking.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 22:38:33 | More by SFrankBrew
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 00:59:37 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of Cylinsier


3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Pours a deep brown with a thin head.

Smells of molasses and brown sugar malts.

Flavor is mildly sweet like brown sugar and maybe some maple and cocoa.

Moderate body with low carbonation.

Fairly decent ale, good flavors, enjoyable experience, not stellar but a good execution.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2011 02:52:32 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear, deep brown color with a thin, creamy off-white head. Nutty caramel malt and chocolate aroma...hint of maple and brown sugar. Sweet cocoa and caramel malty flavor with a touch of earthy hops in the finish. Pretty well balanced, though not as smooth as I'd like. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, and a bit drying. A well made, standard brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 00:58:37 | More by wedge
Photo of Dodo2step


3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Thanks to my buddy Ryan for this one in NC

A- a dark opaque brown color. Red streaks of light through it as well. Minimal head and no lacing on the pint.

S- a french dark roast coffee smell with caramel malts that seem to complement the nose well. hints of cocoa as well, not chocolate but cocoa.

T- dark coffee with chocolate. It is a lil too complex and the flavors dont mix as well as i would like.

M- more carbonated than creamy. It is pretty thick bodied without the smoothness.

D- a decent brew and it would be worth a purchase no doubt. I am leary of the chocolate and coffee not complementing each other in flavor rather than nose.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 00:14:49 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2011 00:09:38 | More by wcudwight
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from Carrboro Beverage Co...

A: Pours a dark, dark brown, with a one-finger, butter pecan head that leaves a few sheets / big spots of lace.

S: Toasted malts; not quite as rich as I'd hope for; not terribly complex in the aroma department.

T: Chocolate malts; light roasted flavor; light, earthy hop bitterness; a touch chalky toward the finish.

M: A lighter-bodied brown ale; moderate carbonation, but a touch thin.

D: A very drinkable brown ale; almost refreshing! Although its not the most flavorful, still good.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 20:26:19 | More by jpro
Photo of CoalPorter

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2011 18:28:25 | More by CoalPorter
Photo of metter98

New York

3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
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
Photo of blackie


3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2011 02:01:22 | More by blackie
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev 0%
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
Photo of NCD


2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the "hideout", which is an old warehouse converted into a brewery. Tanks everywhere its quite a site to see. Pour is dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is chalked full of roast, chocolate malts and hazelnut. Flavor really follows suit. Light buttery presence that really doesnt mesh well

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2010 16:00:04 | More by NCD
Photo of Haybeerman


4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 00:38:39 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had at the Lonerider Brewery. Pours a mahogany dark brown color with a 1/2 inch creamy tan head and has good lacing; smells of roasted malt, nut, coffee and a little caramel - a nice robust odor that's controlled by the malts.

Tastes of roasted malt, nut, coffee, caramel, light brown sugar and light hops. Very nice balanced malt and coffee taste which has a slight hop zing of bitterness. A very good brown ale, with an overall light feel, good flavor and a nice mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2010 04:01:51 | More by CHickman
Photo of callisbeers

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap during brewery tour. Pours a nice brown color that is almost solid. Slight tan head with some lacing. Very nice maltly flavor that is balanced well with a little touch of hops. Mouthfeel is light, but it does not take away from the drinkablity. Purchased a growler of this before I left and will have them tonight. Looking forward to having this one on the home tap.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2010 22:08:40 | More by callisbeers
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at The Flying Saucer in Raleigh, NC.

Brown in color with some light coming through and a small tan head. The taste is somewhat tame but enjoyable with nuts, a hint of sweetness and a fruity quality from both the yeast and the hops.

I hadn't had much Lonerider before tonight but this is certainly a welcome addition to the Raleigh beer scene.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2009 11:58:46 | More by GJ40
Photo of DaveONan

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

My first review, so I'll probably not do it right.
I picked up the now named Sweet Josie Brown ale in a Growler this afternoon. After a 45 minute drive home I poured it into a pint glass. Beautiful dark color, much darker than most Brown Ales I have had.

Taste is quite good with a nice balance of choc. malt, brown sugar and well balanced with a nice hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel and carbonation is poor, I couldn't even get a head to form with a hard pour. That could be due to the growler serving and the delay in pouring.

Drinkability is excellent, this brew goes down like water.
Overall my first experience with Lonerider has been positive, and I hope as they mature they will tweak their recipes, as they have a lot of potential

Serving type: growler

11-06-2009 23:13:42 | More by DaveONan
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint-glass a crisp dark brown with a thin diminishing tan head. Aroma is a decent amount of caramel, burnt toast and slight brown sugar. The taste is a decent amount of brown malts, brown sugar and slight Earthy hops. The beer is on the light side of medium with decent carbonation. This is a very enjoyable brown ale, I hope LoneRider keeps the new beers coming!

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2009 20:14:05 | More by atsprings
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Sweet Josie Brown Ale from Lonerider Brewing
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