Laughing Skull Amber Ale - Red Brick Brewing Company

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Laughing Skull Amber AleLaughing Skull Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
78
okay

404 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 404
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 12
Gots: 75 | 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

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of brownbeer
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of steelerguy
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of Jason
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.66/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of glid02
3.41/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of richkrull
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of Metalmonk
2.99/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Have to admit that the zany skull on the cover grabbed my attention. Who doesn't love zany skulls?

Pours a coppery rust color, so "amber" it is...the head is a firm, foamy, creamy thing that has great staying power.

Aroma, however, is not real promising. There's almost nothing there. Very neutral. I get very light soggy grains, and an even fainter sweet kind of smell, but it's so faint I can't report much more than that. Hmm.

Taste is also nothing special. Graininess is weak and only mildly sweet, caramel comes in a bit, otherwise kind of bready but just not all that interesting. The flavor of years-expired powdered cinnamon peeks into the mire as does a hoppiness that, while not strong at all, leans to the bad side of bitter. I hate to pick on Magic Hat, because they have some pretty damn good beers, but in several ways Laughing Skull reminds me of the sort of fair-to-middlin' offering Magic Hat sometimes throws out there: passable and decent but nothing more.

Texturally it's decent, not over-carbonated, medium-bodied, slick and nearly sticky but goes down with a pleasing enough smoothness.

Pretty lackluster stuff. It's drinkable and probably something one can throw back a few of on a muggy summer's day, but why take in the calories if it's not gonna deliver a reasonable amount of flavor?

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red Brick Laughing Skull Amber Ale
12 oz. brown bottle, code date is illegible
$2 @ Whole Foods, Tampa, FL

Appearance: Very deep amber/caramel colored body. Hazy. The frothy off-white head holds quite well, and leaves walls of rolling craggy lace surrounding the glass.

Smell: Distinctly caramelish and toasty. Bready sweet. Some hops come through behind the malt.

Taste: Richly malty backed by a good smear of spicy, floral, and grassy hops. The malt is caramelish, toasty, bready, and slightly chocolatey. It's almost like a candy bar. Surprisingly, although it does falls towards the sweeter end of things, it's balanced by just enough hop bitterness and flavor that it never really becomes 'sweet'. Drying, lightly malty lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a dextrinous edge. Creamy and smooth with a moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation.

Overall: A surprisingly well-balanced amber ale in what is now a sea of over-hopped ambers from the U.S.. Very pleasant. Really enjoyable. Easily accessible to the uninitiated, yet satisfying for even the biggest beer geek.

Photo of cjgator3
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Pours a very nice slightly hazy amber color with a nice off-white head with nice retention that leaves a lot of lacing around the glass. This one sure looks great!

S- The aroma is caramel malts that are slightly toasty. It is a little bit bready as well. Not bad.

T- The taste is a lot of toasted grains with some biscuity malt and medicinal hops in the dry finish. Okay, but I'm not a huge fan of this one. I don't really dig the hop profile in the finish. Not overly hoppy by any stretch but I found the hop flavor to be a little harsh.

M- The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and has a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a decent Amber but nothing I would pick up again in the future. Worth a try though.

Photo of plfahey
3.11/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance-Medium gold with a tall, fluffy ivory head with fair retention. Clear. Definitely not amber.

Aroma-Grainy malt, low hop aroma, and a sort of grassy, vegetal aroma. Not terribly appealing.

Flavor-Tastes better than it smells-grainy malt with just a hint of biscuits. Decent hop presence has a sort of grassy floral flavor, with moderately low bitterness growing in the finish. Less apparent than in the aroma, but there is a slight vegetal note (old celery?) buried in the flavor as well. Lightly sweet, it finishes moderately dry, and without much fanfare.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, moderately high carbonation.

Not terrible, but not anything I would purchase again. The aroma was a bit off and the flavor, while not bad, was nothing special. Also, its somewhat of a stretch to classify this as an Amber ale. Just sayin’.

Photo of Mavajo
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Son of a gun, Ding beat me to it.

This beer pours a slightly orange gold color with excellent clarity. Head is average - just a bit under two fingers thick and basically white. Decent retention and lacing.

Aroma and taste are both pretty mild and easy drinking. Sweet malts at the forefront with a tame bitterness like unsweetened tea (but no where near the intensity of, say, an English Brown). Mouthfeel is smooth with appropriate carbonation - it's there, but doesn't dominate or distract. Drinkability is superb. Very crisp and refreshing. This didn't taste boozy at all, but there's no ABV label on the beer. If it's not too high, then this is a perfect session beer. There's nothing mind blowing here - it's simply a very well made and enjoyable beer.

EDIT: Spoke with brewer. The ABV is 5.7

Photo of rebel1771
3.54/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pale amber color with almost no head.

S: Aroma of toasted bread dominates with just a hint of caramel.

T: Toasted grain flavor that fades quickly to a dry cracker flavor.

D: Not a bad brew but not great either. Seems like a beer that is trying to get the attention of macro drinkers by keeping things simple.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Rooster's Beak.

A: It is a beautiful amber-orange color with a frothy finger of snow-white head that holds and laces very well.

S: Toasty malts, caramel, some light citrus notes, and mild hoppiness.

T: It begins with citrusy hoppiness and becomes progressively more malty with caramel, earthiness, and light toasted bread notes late.

M: The body has average thickness and carbonation; no surprises here.

O: This is tasty and sessionable. I'm sorry I waited so long to try it.

Photo of aepb1
2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Light amber with a generous white head and decent lacing

S- Light citrus hops, very minimal

T- Light malts up front that turns a bit hoppy at the end with the aftertaste being bitter

M- Light with decent carbonation

D- Ok drinability because nothing in there offends the senses but not really enough in there to offend the senses in the first place

Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a brown/amber color with a 1/2inch head. Smell is of caramel malts. Taste has hops up front, caramel malts at the finish, balanced and smooth. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Photo of FungusBrewer
2.82/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Photo of KDawg
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Photo of EgadBananas
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium orange colored pour, with a light white head. Laces quite well.

Some caramel malts aroma, but more citrus sweetness than maltiness.

Caramel malts, and those citrus notes and light bitterness.

Light, but creamy. Nice for an amber.

Not bad at all in the end.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 8-24-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured a nice two fingers of foam, lots of carbonation present tan/copper colored, pretty good head retention with a nice layer of foam around the glass

S - Malts and caramel, slight hop aroma with orange peel

T/M - Medium to a lighter bodied brew, smooth taste at finish. Well blended malts and caramel with orange sweetness. Slight hop bitterness at finish

D - Very tasty brew, not overly powering. Nice clean amber ale, a must try if your into ambers. I would like to have this brew again, got this one from Shango42. Big thanks for this one. I recommend this brew

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.35/5  rDev +27.6%
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

Photo of tjsmith910
3/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of fthomasl, thanks Frank! Pours a hazed copper color with a modest, fine-bubbled tan head.

Toffee and caramel malts with a bread-dough yeast aroma. Low on fruit and hops, I am enjoying the smell of this one.

Sweet caramel and flashes some burning toast and biscuit bottoms. Pretty fair amount of bitterness on the finish. Nutty as it warms. Mouthfeel has a nice creamy/sharp interplay. Id say this is an above average amber with some complexity to it...would take this over any of my local ambers, that is fo sho.

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Laughing Skull Amber Ale from Red Brick Brewing Company
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