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Laughing Skull Amber Ale - Red Brick Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
okay

356 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 17.06%
Wants: 10
Gots: 44 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by sommersb:
Photo of sommersb
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 07-19-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Single from J. Barleycorn, Nashville

A: Light copper color with mostly clear clarity. Head is off-white and leaves only a little lacing after the 2 fingers of head go down. Lots of lively carbonation seen.

S: Not a lot in the aroma department - some floral hop aromas and a light malt sweetness.

T: Taste follows the nose, with caramel malts balanced out with a slight hop bitterness. Nice easy-drinking ale.

M: Smooth, medium body, with a finish of late bitterness. Crisp feel like a lager.

O: I thought this was a good, well-rounded beer, there's just not much that's remarkable about it. The sum of the parts is greater than the individual elements.

sommersb, Jul 20, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

mikesgroove, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of oberon
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

oberon, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of pdoler12
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%

pdoler12, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of cbg79
4/5  rDev +17.6%

cbg79, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of brownbeer
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

brownbeer, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of Shakerman
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Shakerman, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of steelerguy
3.4/5  rDev 0%
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.

steelerguy, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of markallmon
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

markallmon, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -11.8%

iemailjack, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.53/5  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.

Jason, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of dankjohn
3/5  rDev -11.8%

dankjohn, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of Sobertso
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Sobertso, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of wo87810
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

wo87810, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of CmBanaszak
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

CmBanaszak, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

chinchill, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of glid02
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

glid02, May 26, 2010
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

rhoadsrage, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of richkrull
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

richkrull, Aug 03, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

BeerHownd, Apr 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

ltdantheman, Feb 25, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

En29356, Aug 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

JamesStreet, Mar 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

lcdawg, Apr 03, 2012
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2/5  rDev -41.2%

whitekiboko, Dec 27, 2011
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Laughing Skull Amber Ale from Red Brick Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.