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Laughing Skull Amber Ale - Red Brick Brewing Company

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Laughing Skull Amber AleLaughing Skull Amber Ale

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340 Ratings

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Ratings: 340
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 17.16%
Wants: 8
Gots: 37 | FT: 1
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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Reviews by FungusBrewer:
Photo of FungusBrewer
2.79/5  rDev -17.5%

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.

FungusBrewer, Jan 10, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.28/5  rDev -3%

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.

oberon, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of pdoler12
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%

pdoler12, Saturday at 04:50 PM
Photo of cbg79
4/5  rDev +18.3%

cbg79, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of brownbeer
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

brownbeer, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of Shakerman
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Shakerman, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of steelerguy
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

steelerguy, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of markallmon
4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

markallmon, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -11.2%

iemailjack, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

Jason, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of dankjohn
3/5  rDev -11.2%

dankjohn, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of Sobertso
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Sobertso, Aug 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

wo87810, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of CmBanaszak
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

CmBanaszak, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +8%

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.

chinchill, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of glid02
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

glid02, May 26, 2010
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3.53/5  rDev +4.4%

(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.

rhoadsrage, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of richkrull
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

richkrull, Aug 03, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

BeerHownd, Apr 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

ltdantheman, Feb 25, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

En29356, Aug 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

JamesStreet, Mar 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

lcdawg, Apr 03, 2012
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2/5  rDev -40.8%

whitekiboko, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

Melissaluke101, May 22, 2014
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Laughing Skull Amber Ale from Red Brick Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.