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Laughing Skull Amber Ale - Red Brick Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Laughing Skull Amber AleLaughing Skull Amber Ale

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104 Reviews

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Reviews: 104
Hads: 415
Avg: 3.39
pDev: 33.33%
Wants: 12
Gots: 91 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-30-2009

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 104 | Hads: 415
Reviews by Fieldzy27:
Photo of Fieldzy27
3.14/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance-I gave it a little bit of a lofty poor to get it to display a little more head and lace which worked out really well. Pours on the more orange side of amber with a very fluffy white head. As the head deflates it leaves some pretty sticky scattered spiderweb like lace. The bubbles that make the head up are mostly tiny and though it started out a bit rocky it has thinned down to pretty fizzled but still about a 1/8th of an inch of head still staying strong after a minute or two.Honestly I think this is on the better looking side as far as amber ales go.

Smell-The nose is a bit on the weaker side but not non-existant. Some mild hop aromas along with a little bit of sweetness. Cant pick out any stand out scents per say but no off-putting or funny smells.

Taste-First taste is a mild bite of hops. A little on the above average side for an amber ale and quite welcomed as this style can sometimes be fairly lacking in the hops department. It's then carried by a small amount of sweetness and rounds with with a short bitter finish. Im looking for the roastedness that the website claims but cant detect it really, could just be my pallet I suppose. Good tasting but nothing really jumps off the page here.

Mouthfeel-The body of the beer is light borderline on the thin side but the carbonation(also light) keeps it from falling flat. There is a mild amount of creaminess going on that really aides drinkability.

Overall- All and all this is good beer, not excellent beer, but good beer. It has flavor and looks great, plus the drinkability is really high. If they turned up the aroma three fold and the flavor and the mouthfeel it would be great beer. But hey, that may not be what they were going for. Once again the label art is really cool and i'm sure that aides this beer in sales very well.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another new one for me. I had seen this one floating around on the shelves locally for a while now and decided it was about time to give it a try. Decent pour here, again nothing spectacular but it worked for the style and offered up some nice looking lacing when it was all said and done. Medium amber with a mostly clear body, there was a big puff of white that reached up as high as three fingers before settling back down to a more modest looking level. Aroma is light hops, grassy, herbal notes mixed in with a nice and clean buttery sweet note that peeks through toward the end of the session. Clean flavor, light with the carbonation prickling at the tongue. First flavor is a wave of light citrus hops that takes over the profile and offers a nice dry and bitter touch. As this starts to fade mid palate a malty sweetness kicks in with notes of light cereal grains and a hint of grassy notes. Smooth, even finish leaves you quickly looking for another sip.

Overall a very solid little ale. I was not expecting terribly much but I have to admit it was more then decent. I might pick up a sixer for the in laws if it was on sale.

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Photo of oberon
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Mellow in Greensboro.Poured into a standard pint glass a clear lighter amber color with a decent sized white head that never really completely settled.Lightly toasted aromas with some caramel tones but they are faint,pretty ho hum.Same can be said for the flavors of this beer,somewhat toasted with a little caramel and fruit,not much hop going on in my mind wich differ from some other reviewers.Pretty basic,easy to throw down but not alot of substance.

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Photo of pdoler12
3.36/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of cbg79
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of brownbeer
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours bottle conditioned amber with a thin head. The aroma is of biscuity and nutty malts, and a citrusy hop balance. The taste is citrusy with tangerine and grapefruit, both in subtle balance with the bready, biscuity malts. Well rounded, though doesn't burst with vibrant flavors or aromas. There are more viable examples, but in a pinch, this would work.

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Photo of Shakerman
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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

A - This looks like a pale ale not an amber or red. The color is golden color, with moderate carbonation. One finger head on the pour that dissipated quickly, but left a small covering on top.

S - A little sweet light caramel malt, there is also a floral/fruity quality that doesn't really smell like hops or malt...kind of strange.

T - Pretty simple but non-offensive malt character, not a lot of hop presence, but it is refreshing. That same floral/fruity character is in the flavor also, not bad, but almost tastes like some kind of fruit additive.

M - Fairly light bodied, again more like an APA rather than an amber. The light body makes it refreshing and suits the mild flavors.

D - This is a beer meant to not offend a large audience and I think it is successful in that. More character than BMC type beers, but not that much more. Not bad, but nothing makes this beer stand out in a good or bad way.

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Photo of markallmon
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Jason
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle.

Big foam crown of head, yeah ... amber with a yeasty haze. Biscuity, yeasty and fruity nose. Slick medium body with a long smoothness. Malty with toasted biscuit, dried grass and shortbread on the taste buds. Kiss of orange peel from the hop bitterness. Ends with a drying yeast and grain flavor.

A pretty good amber, a bit less yeast in the bottle and this beer would be a champ.

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Photo of avitallo
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of dankjohn
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Sobertso
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of wo87810
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of CmBanaszak
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of chinchill
3.66/5  rDev +8%
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 roasted malt aroma.

Some hops appear upon tasting but this is a malt dominated brew. About equally bitter and sweet.

Medium body with good carbonation.

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

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Photo of glid02
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery.

Pours a clear amber color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of lightly toasted caramel malts with mild amounts of leafy hops.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Lightly toasted malt flavors with good amounts of graininess kick things off. Midway through the sip the flavor profile turns mildly bitter with the addition of leafy hops. The ending follows suit and is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a bit on the thin side with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also OK. I finished my glass without any problems however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I wasn't terribly impressed with this beer but it is what it is - a no-nonsense amber that is at its heart a contract brew. Not worth seeking out but not worth avoiding.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer pours a clear iced tea brown body with a rocky off-white head supported by a big carbonation.
S- The aroma of brown malt has a butter note to it and smells lagered with a slight fruity hint coming through as it warms. There is a dry toasted caramel hints with some biscuit malt in the background.
T- This beer has a smooth soft toasted malt flavor with a brown malt note to it. There is a soft green pungent hop that turns bitter and lingers in the finish.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a soft fizz that grows a bit as it warms. There is no alcohol heat noted. D- The malt flavor is a bit muttled with hops being mostly bitterness and a bit to much of a kick in the teeth. There is no real description on the bottle so I don't know what they were trying to achieve in this brew.

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Photo of richkrull
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a darker amber color with a decent beige head on it.

Smell is very sweet and malty.

Taste is just ok. Nothing all that impressive. Sweet malt throughout with a bit of a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is light. Goes down easy.

Overall a pretty average amber. I probably won't look for this one again.

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Photo of BeerHownd
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ltdantheman
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of En29356
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of JamesStreet
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of lcdawg
3/5  rDev -11.5%

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Laughing Skull Amber Ale from Red Brick Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.