LeeRoy Brown is the Brown Ale offering from the Southern Hops Brewery in Florence, South Carolina. Being a Jim Croce fan, I really like the name of this beer. This beer was entered in the Great American Beer Festival in American Style Brown Ale, Category 61.
The sample I received of this beer was slightly undercarbonated. I suspect that it was bottled from a keg, which would explain this. The beer has a pretty brown color, slightly too dark for a brown ale, but quite pretty. The aroma is very faint, a hint of malt but no hop character at all.
The beer tastes slightly nutty, with low hop bitterness, just enough to balance the maltiness. Body is very thin; I would expect more from this style. There is no appreciate hop flavor, a little would be a nice addition to this beer.
overall, this beer is not bad. My initial impressions weren’t great, but as I took a few more sips, the balance started to come forward. The body is a little weak and the carbonation levels too low, but otherwise I enjoyed the beer.