Sweet Josie Brown Ale | Lonerider Brewing Company

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Sweet Josie Brown AleSweet Josie Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lonerider Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by atsprings on 05-07-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
100
Ratings:
504
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
27.13%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
124
For Trade:
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Photo of metter98
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
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 oberon
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of mothman
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
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 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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
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)

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
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 mdaschaf
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
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 tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 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.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle received courtesy of jpmclaug, poured into a tulip glass. I will admit, I'm not the biggest fan of Brown Ales of any kind but I'm looking at this for what it is.

A: Dark copper / brown body with some amber hues in direct light. A slightly off-white bubbly head sits atop and has some fairly quick dissipation. The retention turns into a small cap and leaves some faint, splotchy lacing behind.

S: Gently roasted chocolate malts come through, along with a certain sticky caramel quality. Sweet toffee blends in and a bitter coffee note leads out the aromas on the end. It's not overly aromatic but for the style, but it's very complementary.

T: The chocolate and caramel malt base is laid out from the beginning, along with a mild bitter piney hop note. Toasted toffee chunks, pecans and cashews last into the finish. Coating the palate is a slightly salty and very nut-like flavor. It's nothing bad nor wonderful, just good for the style.

M: Fairly active and bubbly carbonation, medium-bodied while remaining pretty smooth for a Brown Ale.

When I think of Brown Ales I really don't think of complexity, and when I find one that is seriously complex, it's a shock and unfortunately raises the bar for the style. I've had some Brown Ales that have completely blown me away before, much like Dogfish Head's Indian Brown Ale, but it's nothing typical for the style. Sweet Josie was a very solid example of a base line, traditional American Brown - not bad.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
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 Davepoolesque
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's a brown ale that tastes like an amber. Tons of carmel malt, some grain sweetness and some light bittering hops. Short finish. Eh, it's a brown ale, nothing sexy about it.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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 Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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?

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown ale, with a lighter brown 1/4" head on it. Cool artwork. Mild roasted aromas and brown malt.

Taste was above average hoppiness for style, a little bit of chocolate/cocoa, woodiness, mild lactose sweetness. Definitely like this above your average brown ale. Crushable, mildly sweet and roasted, minor complexities, yeah boy, this has a place in the world.

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Sweet Josie Brown Ale from Lonerider Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 504 ratings.
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