Sweet Josie Brown Ale | Lonerider Brewing Company

very good
105 Reviews
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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Photo of mattsdenney
2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

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Photo of marshmarsh
2.91/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

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Photo of pBRale
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From tasting notes on 9-6-11
Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance: Dark brown with virtually no head. This beer left absolutely no lacing whatsoever.

Smell: Not much here that I am detecting. Some sweet malts and a hint of alcohol, perhaps.

Taste: Toasty malts, some hop bitterness also there, but the malts win out. The finish is somewhat bitter, however.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery. Not that appealing, and not as drinkable.

Overall: This beer was okay, but I probably wouldn't have it again any time soon unless there wasn't much selection.

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Photo of NCD
2.99/5  rDev -20.7%
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

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Photo of mothman
3.13/5  rDev -17%
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.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown, 0 clarity.

S - Sweet smells. Not much hop aromas.

T - Wow, very sweeet. ABV is not too well hidden.

M - Light bodied, not well carbonated.

O - A decent brown. A little sweet for the style....hence the name "Sweet" Josie.

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Photo of myelo
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of SFrankBrew
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of Blargimus
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Best before 5/4/2012 - sorry, Sweet Josie. Received in a trade with heelsn02 - thanks!

Pours a reasonably dark brown, slightly hazy. Half a finger or so of head that fades almost immediately.

Hints of molasses and grains. No significant hop smell.

Predominantly malt and molasses on the tongue. Quite sweet, but with slight bitterness, and no real hops. Much better than I was expecting at this point in the freshness process.

Surprisingly thick mouthfeel- really coats the mouth. Medium-low carbonation.

Very solid brown ale. Sweet, but not cloying. I'd like to try this fresh.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
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;

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Photo of metter98
3.41/5  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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong, malty aroma has notes of yeast, cinnamon and caramel and just a hint of molasses. It pours a somewhat transparent warm brown with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled tan head. Flavor does not quite live up to the aroma, having malty, caramel and cinnamon notes but a bit of a metallic tang and a bitter undertone that is not hoppy. Texture has average body and only a little fizz. Well, maybe this bottle came from a not-so-hot batch. A decent ale nonetheless. Give it a try.

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Photo of jpro
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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?

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on draft

medium to dark brown in color, khaki colored head. typical brown ale aroma and taste - nutty, caramel, bready, a touch of chocolate. medium bodied.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.


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Photo of dbrauneis
3.51/5  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.

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Photo of JayQue
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice brown ale. Pours a clear mahogany brown color with amber highlights when held to a light. Antique white head, decent size, fairly good retention. Aroma is roasted and bready malts.

Taste is primarily bready malt...a little on the sweet side, hence the Sweet Josie name. Tastes pretty good.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, the sweetness is not overdone. This beer is rich enough for a brown ale.Don't notice the slightly high abv.

Overall pretty good brown ale. Too high octane for a session beer, but I could certainly enjoy a few of these.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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).

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Photo of RWLawman
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown with a generous head that retains very well throughout the drink.

S - Roasted malts and chocolate.

T - Follows the nose with roasted malts and chocolate, along with caramel. Very tasty.

M - Moderate mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Very sessionable beer.

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. Definitely top 5 in my brown beers. Highly recommended.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Sweet Josie Brown Ale from Lonerider Brewing Company
3.77 out of 5 based on 519 ratings.
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