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Laughing Skull Amber Ale - Red Brick Brewing Company

Laughing Skull Amber AleLaughing Skull Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
78
okay

285 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.93%


Brewed by:
Red Brick Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-30-2009)
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a0lbudman

Alabama

3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Light brown color with a slight haze and an off white head that faded and leave a spotted lace
S-roasted malt with a bready aroma that has a citrus like aroma also
T-light roast and light hop taste that stays with you the whole way
M-medium carbonation and medium body
O-this was better than I expected. The look and the smell had my worried but the taste was very refreshing, smooth and crisp

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 02:10:09 | More by a0lbudman
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Mojo

Alabama

3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle -> Highlands Brewing snifter

A - pours a deep red amber with a foamy one finger off white head, no real retention and minimal lacing.

S - weak nose, kind of floral

T - sweet caramel malt up front with a dry clean finish that has a roasted bite to it.

M - thin with a small aftertaste

O - decent if unspectacular.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 03:19:39 | More by Mojo
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mattcrill

Ohio

3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Mild caramel and wheat bread aromatics. Mild earthy hop notes. Clean fermentation character. Low fruity esters reminiscent of blackberries.

Appearance: Deep brick red pour. Glass appears still. A wispy off-white head that retains well. Lacing noted on the glass.

Flavor: Rich caramel and bread crust notes up front. Caramel malt is toward the raisin bread spectrum and quickly balanced by firm earthy hop bitterness. Balance is nearly even. Aftertaste is lingering and slightly sweet on the back of the palate. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium high carbonation. A slight carbonic bite. No heat or astringency noted.

Overall impression: A very approachable, somewhat "safe" amber. I'd give this to anyone new to craft beer. Full of flavor and complex enough to keep it interesting but probably not something "extreme" beer lovers will covet. I'd try it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 22:28:06 | More by mattcrill
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ptwilson

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Solid Red Ale, simple, but pleasing beer-flavored beer for any microbrew enthusiast.

Very nice clarity and medium mohogany color.

Smell pretty predictable and typical for a moderately hoppy beer.

Taste is also simple and predictable, but pleasing.

I would be happy with this beer if I brewed it. It would please a wide range of beer lovers offending no one but delighting few. Solid, but nothing remarkable for the variety.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2013 23:09:11 | More by ptwilson
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.34/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I poured the Laughing Skull into a tulip style glass. The initial pour left a couple fingers of foam. This dies down into a light scum with a decent halo. The lacing is very light with this beer. The coloring is spot-on. The description of "Amber" is very appropriate for coloring.

The nose on this one is decently malty. I pick up minimal grassy hop presence. The smell on this one does not really jump out at you.

Laughing Skull has some funk on the first sip. On the back-end you get some nuttiness from the malt and more of the grassiness. I also get some metallic feel on this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 19:13:55 | More by ummswimmin
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FungusBrewer

Illinois

2.79/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Maybe they should have left this corpse buried. Bragging about resurrection and necromantic powers bottleside--Red Brick delivers a mediocre Amber Ale that is both pleasant and flawed.

Taste: Malt flavor comes through moderate leaving a slightly burnt, homebrew extract flavor. Hops are weaker but accessible. Most of the attention here revolves around the grain (as should be in an amber ale), tasting of burnt caramel corn and..I think..DMS. Sweet and slightly bitter. Unpleasant lingering roasted hop/leaf/biscuit aftertaste

Appearance: Looks like John Hammond's walking staff minus the prehistoric mosquito.

Mouthfeel: No sharp or bright notes, smooth with moderate carbonation. Foam exists along with very slight lacing. Nothing special.

Not great, albeit not horrible. Your middle of the road Amber Ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 07:17:06 | More by FungusBrewer
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Lawl3ss

Texas

2.45/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Lightly chilled 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint. No visible bottling date.

Look- Light Amber, almost a blonde. Hazy. Two fingers of dense foam that falls over a few minutes, nice lacing.

Smell- Strong toasted bread with an almost acrid feel. Weird, not really sure how to describe it.... burnt olive oil?

Taste- Similar to the nose, almost-ashy biscuit. Moderately bitter, vaguely tangerinelike. Lingering grassy flavor. Not much going on.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation, medium-light body. Drinks and feels like mineral water.

Overall- Not terrible, but I'm glad I only got the one. Too much bittering without substance and not much flavor to be found anywhere.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 05:39:39 | More by Lawl3ss
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.38/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Laughing Skull has a medium, fluffy, off-white head, nice lacing rings, and a hazy, amber appearance, with lots of white and gray chunks floating throughout. The aroma is of sweet, brown bread, and the taste is of the same, with an initially strong hop bitterness, which subsides. Sugar and a touch of citrus can be picked up as well. Mouthfeel is light and watery (lager-like, really), and Laughing Skull finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, dry, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is an excellent beer. Check it out, y’all!

RJT

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 15:29:21 | More by RonaldTheriot
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in an imperial pint glass at the Vortex Bar and Grill in Atlanta, which stated in was their "house beer".

appears a dark copper amber color, with little head. mild aroma, with a taste that's a bit of sweet malt that is balanced by just enough hops. easy drinking, and smooth. medium body and carbonation level.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2012 02:24:38 | More by jmdrpi
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours russet. Head is medium in stature. It dies off to a tan shadow. Body is murky. Hard to tell how murky in such lighting.

S-Pleasant balance. Hops are woven into the malts. Hops are a mixture of spicy and citrusy. Malts are rich and they complement the unique hoppiness.

T-The spicy and citrusy hops really take the cake. The maltiness reminds more of caramel glazed sweet buns. This is a pretty tasty brew. I really enjoyed the spiced citrus hops. They even turn a bit herbal in the finish. Yum.

M-Has a casky feel to it. Light bubbles. Creamy and moderately dry. Bitterness lingers on the tongue for quite a while.

O/D-Maybe the best of the weekend for me. Just a nice little Amber/Red that boasts its own individual flavor profile. Pretty good! One of the only beers I had on-tap that I would have happily had a second glass.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2012 02:09:53 | More by VelvetExtract
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jadpsu

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber with a near white head but thin head that has decent side glass lacing but not much head retention.
Some mlild roasty biscuity malts and a tinge of citrus hops. Combines some bready maltiness with some citrus hops . All and all a fairly decent balance for for this ale. Has a dry and slightly bitter bite that stays through the finish for an all around pleasant brew.
Purchased at Nicko's.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 00:32:33 | More by jadpsu
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When I poured this beer out, it has a nice copper color body with a nice thcik white head that hung around for a while till it layed down to a thin lace. The smell of carmel notes, with some sweetness to it. The taste has a strong malt presense here. It is well balanced with the hops. The mouth feel is ok no after taste. this is your average amber/red ale, but it is worth tasting.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 01:49:40 | More by chefhatt
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acevenom

Louisiana

3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours pale clear copper with a tall, off-white head that sticks around during consumption. Plenty of bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. Caramel malts dominate the aroma. It smells sweet. There is a nice malt backbone for this beer. Citrus and floral hop flavors provide balance. There is not a strong aftertaste. The body is light to medium with strong carbonation. The beer finishes clean and dry. The drinkability is high. This is a very good beer that hits the right notes.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 20:54:24 | More by acevenom
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tjsmith910

Florida

3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thin white 1/2 finger head with a honey-colored haze. The head remained through out the length it took me to finish this beer. descent lacing. Not an over whelming beer but a beer worth the taste . easy to drink and forget that you have this one in your hand. Does seem a bit lager ish to me as well as a bit heavy. ill have another though.

Overall, an average amber that I think I will keep around - just about everyone would enjoy a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 01:35:52 | More by tjsmith910
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KnoxBrew1

Tennessee

2.68/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark copper color with minimal head and decent lacing

S- Metallic with hint of lemon and floral hops with a slight spoiled aroma

T- Metallic with a taste of lemon and malt sweetness that lingers in a good way for a while before the metal seeps in at the finish, slight hops at the end but still a little too metallic for my taste.

M- medium body, watery with a dry finish

D-Easy to drink

A decent beer but not one I would buy again. The middle malt balances nicely but only for a quick spell, finishes with way too much metallic overtones.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 21:15:51 | More by KnoxBrew1
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joshpuck


3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mild taste making it very drinkable but not different than a lot of beers out there. It has a sort of earthy-malty aftertaste and low carbonation.
Cool looking bottle though!

Also it's 5.3% not 5.7% as listed on site, maybe it has changed recently.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 22:45:59 | More by joshpuck
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head with little retention on a clear amber golden body.

S: mostly sweet caramel malts.

T: slightly earthy with caramel malt sweetness.

M:lighter side of medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: simple but drinkable. Few qualities to deprecate it from others in the genre.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2012 22:05:59 | More by kylehay2004
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Duff27

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Local extra from sommersb, thanks Brian!

A- Close to a half inch white head on a sediment filled light amber body. Head retention lasted well into the session and lacing aplenty throughout.

S- Not getting a lot from the nose, perhaps a slight citrus.

T- Taste follows the nose, or lack thereof. Hops are there albeit faint, adds the citrus element. Good malt backbone.

M- Medium to medium-thin bodied, good carbonation.

D/O- Very drinkable, only if because there isn't a lot going on with it. No off-flavors, just very mellow in the taste profile.Grew on me over time. Could drink about 8 of these at a summer cookout no problem.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 02:03:11 | More by Duff27
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KDawg

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass on tap. Pours a medium amber color with a small head

nice aromas of malts and some hops. While on the simple side, it is nice with solid depth

Medium bodied with a decent and smooth feel. A bit lacking on the mid with some flavors of malts and blood oranges

A nice brew. Very drinkable and pretty straight forward

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2012 03:10:31 | More by KDawg
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at the Yard House in Palm Beach.

A: First of all, I can tell already that this is not really an amber: Poured an apricot color, mildly hazy, and with a 1-2 finger solid white head.

S: Smelled of clean linen/fresh cotton, with a mild citrus component that wasn't very potent overall.

T: It had sort of a thin body and the quality of the citrus was somewhat stale and cardboard-like. This was definitely more of a pale ale as opposed to an amber.

M: Not too sweet, but still kinda sugary, with lots of lacing and a hint of bitterness on the end. One word: stale.

O: I've had worse, but I've definitely had better. Next!

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2012 21:00:29 | More by Chaney
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a stemless globe.

Thanks to hannydawg for sharing this bottle!

Let's pack in another amber tonight, eh? It pours a mostly clear amber (damn, what a shock there) topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises toffee, dark greens, bitter orange rind, and pine needles. The taste holds notes of orange zest, light caramel, light wheat, and very light lemon zest. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a nice little amber, nothing special, but something I could easily enjoy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 05:00:30 | More by TMoney2591
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery.

Crystal clear orange, amber, with a small near white head.

Nice medium toasted malt aroma.
Some citrus hops appear upon tasting.
Medium body with good carbonation.

A tasty beer that could serve as a good introduction to craft brews.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2011 23:08:29 | More by chinchill
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StayWounded

North Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Fairly standard for this style, slightly darker end of amber, some head that dissipated quickly.

S: Some sweetness, could smell the yeast and a maltiness that wasn't super strong.

T: Key components seemed to be there, but didn't taste like a whole lot. Not a bad beer, just not what I was entirely expecting. I can see drinking this for a session. Sort of a very mellow standard ale taste if that makes sense.

M: No surprises here.

O: Good, not great beer. Picked it up on sale at a local beer merchant for $5 a six pack, so no complaints.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 14:56:30 | More by StayWounded
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to G311 for leaving me one of these after his recent trip to Tampa, if it wasn't gifted to me, I'm not sure I'd ever have bought it. I have seen this beer so many times, but always assumed it too plebian for my tastes. I was wrong; it is quite nice, and just about spot-on for what I call easy-drinking. It pours a surprisingly turbid copper-amber hue, and is capped with some dense ecru head and a good deal of lace. Both the flavor and aroma are prevalently malty, although I would say this is not a malt-bomb by any stretch. It is, however, quite malty, tending towards biscuity, earthy and toffeeish notes. The hop contribution is good in terms of balancing the maltiness, but does not seem to lend any specifically discernible character. The feel is lighter-than-medium, and the brew has serious tooth... Overall, I am very happy with this beer, and will revisit often.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 16:31:38 | More by ktrillionaire
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olimpia84

Florida

3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured the 12oz bottle into a Pint glass.

A: rich dark amber color with a small head that went away pretty quickly. Some lacing present.

S: a balanced sweet malty aroma with tones of sugar and fruits. Hoppy presence is felt as well.

T: malts with sweet tones that end with a bitter hoppy presence.

M: very drinkable ale, a bit on the watery side but good still. Light to medium body, light to medium carbonation.

O: a solid choice for its style, this will probably suit better for those looking for lighter and more drinkable options.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 19:23:52 | More by olimpia84
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Laughing Skull Amber Ale from Red Brick Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.