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Sweet Josie Brown Ale | Lonerider Brewing Company

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Sweet Josie Brown AleSweet Josie Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Lonerider Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by atsprings on 05-07-2009

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Reviews: 101 | Ratings: 507
Photo of ManBearPat
4.83/5  rDev +28.1%
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.

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Photo of asrte76
4.75/5  rDev +26%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
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!

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Photo of halfbeer
4.41/5  rDev +17%
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.

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Photo of ljdrinksbeer
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into guinness pint glass
L - small light tan head clears quickly, dark brown with reddish tint
S - Chocolate, rum raisins, sweet malt
T - Liquid sex, christmas rum balls, roasted malts but not bitter
F - Medium to full body, silk
O - Highly enjoyable, not too complex but great for style

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Photo of wcudwight
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of Mike_Beasley
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of CoalPorter
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
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

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Photo of n2185
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown, very clear but definitely a good amount of sediment. Fizzy head forms and recedes.

Nose is very light, definitely caramel malt forward and not real note of hop presence.

Flavor is spot on for a brown, but bit of a misnomer here. Not an overly sweet brown with a nice bit of hop bitter at the end to prevent a sweet finish. Big malt bill with a lot of caramel and even some hints of chocolate and a bit of spice.

Feel is nice. Medium bodied brown with a bit tighter carbonation than I might expect. Very nice overall.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice dark brown but clear with a nice tan head that left decent lacing in my glass. The aroma is chocolate malt, and some yeasty notes. Tastes malty, chocolaty, and sweet with a perfect hop bitterness at the end to wrap it all up. Really nice brown ale and it is easily drinkable.

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Photo of carolinahophead
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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 ...

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Photo of CrackedHarlot
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a standard pint glass, this beer has the color you want to see from a good nut brown, dark brown with redish highlights. My glass didn't have much head, but it didn't affect much. Solid malt flavors, with bready and prune notes. When I come to Raleigh, I definitely look for the beer, a good local choice.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On one of my recent trips down to visit my aunt & uncle in DC, I came across a few of Lonerider's CANs in furtherance of The CANQuest (tm). I am now over 1,300 CANned beer reviews!

From the CAN: "Handcrafted"; "Ales For Outlaws"; "As strong-willed as she is seductive, Sweet Josie knows how to draw you in then bring you to your knees. This American brown ale is a complex beer balancing a nice hop bitterness with a generous amount of chocolate and aromatic malts."

I Crack!ed her open, only to discover that Sweet Josie is a squirter, by virtue of being a brimful CAN! I was gentle with her Glug, but once deCANted, I gave it a good in-glass swirl. This raised a finger of foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head with decent retention before falling back to wisps. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & deep-amber highlights. Nose was both bready & chocolaty with a light bitterness underlying the overt sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but bigger & softer in the mouth than I was expecting. The taste was sweet milk chocolate offset with a biscuity maltiness. I defaulted to chocolate biscotti! We were just talking today of the return/resurgence of Brown Ales & if this is any indication of what CAN be done, then I am all for it! As a self-avowed/self-described hophead, I am not big on sweet, malty beers, but this held everything in check and achieved a nice balance. The finish was semi-sweet, bespeaking a good balance between the malts and any hops that were involved in its production.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, deep dark brown color; ruby on the edges. Poured a &lt;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.

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Photo of jadpsu
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to my niece, Marnie for providing this sample to add to my list of rated beers. #367
This pours a dark caramel brown with a thick tan head that while leaving bukoos of side glass lace fades fairly quickly.
Aroma: Notice of some stringent hops that add balance to the caramel and toasty malts which are quite evident.
Taste: Toasty malts, caramel and hints of burnt chocolate.
Brown Ales are a favorite and with a sweet granddaughter named Josie this one could easily be a favorite.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of lovindahops
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown, as dark as some stouts, with a tan head that leaves some lacing. Leafy and woodsy aromas, some sweeter notes from the malts, but they are subdued. Taste blends caramel and coffee notes without getting too sweet or thick -- this is described as a dark ale and not a stout, and it feels and tastes like it, despite the color. It's rich, but not flabby. Some hops oversee things but never get too much in the way. Mouthfeel slightly creamy and sudsy, with a slightly slick and dry finish.

Can had a best-by date of 08/25/16 on the bottom... drank on 4 July.

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Photo of bum732
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of jaycle
3.96/5  rDev +5%
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.

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