Sweet Josie Brown Ale Brewed by Lonerider Brewing Company in Raleigh, North
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. ABV:
6.1%. IBUs: 35
Review by Beer Advocate
Appearance - 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.
Aroma - 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.
Taste - 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!
Mouthfeel - 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.
Overall - 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!
About Lone Rider Brewing
“Effect change, don’t be an audience. Walk your own path, and instead of
thinking outside the box imagine what if there was no box.” We opened our doors
on January 23rd, 2009 with a beer and a dream. Today, Lonerider has 14 employees
and is one of the CED’s 25 businesses to watch. With an eye for quality, we’ve
crafted each of our beers with the highest quality ingredients. Two of our
brews, Sweet Josie and Deadeye Jack, have taken home some of the highest honors
from the Great American Beer Festival.
Over the years, we’ve been overwhelmed by the number of outlaws with an
enthusiasm for craft beers. With such a tremendous variety out there, we can’t
even to begin to express our gratitude to the community that’s supported us.
We’re proud to be located in North Carolina, which has undoubtedly become the
Southern State for beer.
Remember there is a Lonerider in all of us !