Laughing Skull Amber Ale - Red Brick Brewing Company
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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.
08-26-2010 18:09:35 | More by oberon
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.
04-10-2010 00:27:03 | More by brownbeer
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.
06-22-2010 00:37:25 | More by steelerguy
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.
09-10-2010 01:44:48 | More by Jason
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.
10-21-2011 23:08:29 | More by chinchill
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.
05-26-2010 03:27:44 | More by glid02
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.
04-21-2010 22:25:54 | More by rhoadsrage
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.
08-03-2011 02:24:37 | More by richkrull
3/5 rDev -11.2%
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?
04-27-2011 22:32:19 | More by Metalmonk
Laughing Skull Amber Ale from Red Brick Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.