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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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367 Ratings

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Ratings: 367
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 17.35%
Wants: 11
Gots: 49 | 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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1/5  rDev -70.6%

GBeerFan, Sep 13, 2014
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1/5  rDev -70.6%

mwar, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of NotJesus
1/5  rDev -70.6%

NotJesus, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of TheFlea1
1.75/5  rDev -48.5%

TheFlea1, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of corby112
1.83/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle received as an extra in a trade with GatorBeerNerd.

Pours a murky golden orange color with brown hues and dark golden orange hints when held to a light source. Two finger frothy, soapy white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic chunks of lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with hints of bready yeast, earthy hops, caramel malt, butter and toffee. Slightly toasty with a subtle funky presence. The earthy character is a bit much and it smells kind of like dirt/soil.

Fuller bodied than expected with some soft carbonation up front followed by a dry, bitter earthy hop flavor which is a bit stale. The malt backbone isn't as strong as I expected or hoped for. Slightly toasted caramel malt with subtle hint of rye, bready yeast, toffee and butter. Not very well balanced with an odd solvent alcohol astringency and an unpleasant metallic finish.

corby112, May 09, 2010
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2/5  rDev -41.2%

whitekiboko, Dec 27, 2011
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2/5  rDev -41.2%

Damian74Shensky, Apr 23, 2014
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2/5  rDev -41.2%

Will_The_Thrill, Jun 27, 2014
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2/5  rDev -41.2%

Bigben0328, Mar 23, 2012
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2/5  rDev -41.2%

asicilianonj, Jun 02, 2012
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2/5  rDev -41.2%

CMOrak, Jan 03, 2013
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2/5  rDev -41.2%

EdelweissDad, Sep 09, 2013
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2/5  rDev -41.2%

jaswilson2, May 20, 2014
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2/5  rDev -41.2%

dbrelsfo, Aug 09, 2013
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2/5  rDev -41.2%

JHendu, Jul 15, 2014
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2/5  rDev -41.2%

jophish17, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of semibaked
2.13/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into my Chimay Goblet.

A - Pours a light amber color, doesn't look like there is much carbonation and very little head.

S - Not much going on here, a little hop and some sweetness.

T - Tastes like a combination of hops and soap, not a good combination.

M - Really light mouthfeel, definitely watery.

D - Ya try to avoid this, weird soapy tasting, watery mouthfeel and weak smelling, the only thing this has going for it is the cool looking label art, definitely a "gimmick" beer.

semibaked, May 28, 2010
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2.15/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Translucent copper color with white head. No lacing.

S- Not impressive. Faint, metallic, spoiled. Grain and floral.

T- Metallic, watery, and earthy. Grass and flat crackers. No hops.

M- Smooth, thin and watery. Slight carbonation. Dry.

D- Boring. Won't buy it again. Bought a six pack. After one, I didn't want to bother opening another.

JayS2629, Nov 10, 2010
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2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

timwmccann, Jan 16, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

Vestlake, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of cdizinno
2.33/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Okay, I may have to re-review this due to the fact that I had a great DIPA prior. Poured into a pint glass from a bottle as pictured.

A: Nice copper-golden color. Clear with a fairly decent, fine white head that falls quickly to a thin film with moderate lacing.

S: Wow! Not so great. I'm almost afraid to taste due to the slightly spoiled spelling grain that is prominent on the nose. The smell isn't nearly as impressive as the looks. The beer has almost a metallic, spoiled earthy grain aroma. Some slight maltiness.

T&M: The taste is same as the nose. Slightly better due to the malty smoothness. Almost no hops. Slight citrus and lots of earthiness, not sure if it is hops or grains, but probably grains. Smooth mouthfeel, but the overall flavor is lacking tons. Fairly thin with only a solid malt backbone.

I only bought this because the rep was hanging out next to a stack of six packs, touting its quality and a 'free' pint glass that had a nice cool double print of their emblem. The beer is really as bad or worse than the 'special brews' that "Magic Hat" try to pawn off as 'original'. Very Scary. Not so sure that I'll be trying this again unless it is on-tap, fresh, and I can taste before putting down some coin.

cdizinno, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of Lawl3ss
2.45/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Lightly chilled 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint. No visible bottling date.

Look- Light Amber, almost a blonde. Hazy. Two fingers of dense foam that falls over a few minutes, nice lacing.

Smell- Strong toasted bread with an almost acrid feel. Weird, not really sure how to describe it.... burnt olive oil?

Taste- Similar to the nose, almost-ashy biscuit. Moderately bitter, vaguely tangerinelike. Lingering grassy flavor. Not much going on.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation, medium-light body. Drinks and feels like mineral water.

Overall- Not terrible, but I'm glad I only got the one. Too much bittering without substance and not much flavor to be found anywhere.

Lawl3ss, Nov 11, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Keith_R, Jul 09, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

LJWalker, Feb 07, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

sendbeer, Dec 09, 2012
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Laughing Skull Amber Ale from Red Brick Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.