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Laughing Skull Amber Ale - Red Brick Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
okay

103 Reviews
THE BROS
80
good

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Reviews: 103
Hads: 408
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 12
Gots: 84 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-30-2009

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Reviews: 103 | Hads: 408
Photo of corby112
1.86/5  rDev -45%
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. (884 characters)

Photo of semibaked
2.15/5  rDev -36.4%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
2.16/5  rDev -36.1%
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. (344 characters)

Photo of cdizinno
2.28/5  rDev -32.5%
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. (1,231 characters)

Photo of Lawl3ss
2.43/5  rDev -28.1%
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. (669 characters)

Photo of Kopps
2.5/5  rDev -26%

12 oz bottle; no date.
Beer of the month offering; a birthday gift.

A: Poured almost not head flattening very quickly; clear darker red color.

S: Weak malt aroma with no hops notes.

T: Malt flavors that linger; a bit sweet; typical middle of the road American Red Ale.

M: Lite body and lower carbonation.

Overall: An OK beer that will fill in, in a pinch. (360 characters)

Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: nice solid glowing amber color, but enormous, annoyingly huge white head. the liquid wasnt in the glass for more than a split second before it just blew up with froth.
S: so faint its almost non existent. little bit of sweetness, little mustiness if you really get your nose in there. not really impressive.
T: its just kind of a dank sweetness that really doesnt do much for me.
M: the pinprickly carbonation kills it for me. i dont mind a decent amount of carbonation in some cases, but this one just ruins it. its almost harsh.
D: well... not much. id drainpour it if it were any worse, but ill just make it through this one and call it a day. (651 characters)

Photo of KnoxBrew1
2.68/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark copper color with minimal head and decent lacing

S- Metallic with hint of lemon and floral hops with a slight spoiled aroma

T- Metallic with a taste of lemon and malt sweetness that lingers in a good way for a while before the metal seeps in at the finish, slight hops at the end but still a little too metallic for my taste.

M- medium body, watery with a dry finish

D-Easy to drink

A decent beer but not one I would buy again. The middle malt balances nicely but only for a quick spell, finishes with way too much metallic overtones.

Serving type: bottle (569 characters)

Photo of StayWounded
2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Fairly standard for this style, slightly darker end of amber, some head that dissipated quickly.

S: Some sweetness, could smell the yeast and a maltiness that wasn't super strong.

T: Key components seemed to be there, but didn't taste like a whole lot. Not a bad beer, just not what I was entirely expecting. I can see drinking this for a session. Sort of a very mellow standard ale taste if that makes sense.

M: No surprises here.

O: Good, not great beer. Picked it up on sale at a local beer merchant for $5 a six pack, so no complaints. (546 characters)

Photo of billab914
2.81/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured amber in color with some gold coming through in the light. It had a thin frothy head to start with and had moderate retention and lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a malty, bready, toasty sweetness with some caramel and maybe some chocolate malt coming through. A little earthy hop presence is there but not a lot.

The taste has a grainy, malty sweetness to it right up front. Surprisingly, it has a bit of a chocolate malt flavor coming through which I can't say I enjoy. Mixed with the hoppy finish it tastes a bit soapy. Some toasty and bready malt are present and pretty decent. Overall I can't say I enjoyed the flavors though.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability isn't that great, the flavors just didn't work together for me. The chocolate flavor I got just seemed out of place and didn't mesh well with the other flavors for me. Interesting but not something I'd have again. (999 characters)

Photo of FungusBrewer
2.82/5  rDev -16.6%
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. (816 characters)

Photo of cbn
2.86/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy amber body with a thin off-white head, some lacing.

Dextrinous aroma, a hint of alcohol, not much there.

Flavor is thin and sweet, rather pedestrian.

Dull on the palate, wants a crisp bite.

Overall: Fair drinkability, nothing to write home about. (260 characters)

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark amber with a tannish head, not much lacing and decent carbonation.

S: About what I expected; biscuit malt and light floral hops. More malty, less hoppy. A fresh cut grass note in there hiding.

T: Nothing to write home about. Bitterish front and finish. Middle contains artificial hop-juice and liquid malt flavors. Too malty for the style.

D: Nahhh.

Value: Pricey for what it is. (432 characters)

Photo of zebco
2.89/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Obviously, it fits the amber profile of an amber ale. Pretty clear. A white head, semi-thin.

I do catch some of the salty, briny aromas that the pamphlet suggests. Not sure I find it overly appealing.

Quite malty. Lightly sweet but also hints of spice. Toasty, bready, salty flavor is the main show. Hops are minimal and bitteress lingers around the medium level. I wish this beer toned down more of the toasty and saltiness and had more of a sweeter backbone. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall, I wasn't too huge of a fan. I just didn't enjoy the flavor profile. But I am glad I have one bottle left. Everyone deserves a second chance right? (645 characters)

Photo of everetends
2.97/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at Heroes Grille in Jacksonville, AL. Served up in a standard pint, and I believe I paid $3 for it. Not too bad.

A: Pours a pretty thin looking, light brown, I guess you could call it amber. Held to the light it somehow has a little bit of yellow/orange coming through will a little red in the amber tone. The color is very faint and not too impressive for an amber ale. It didn't have any head on the top, just a little bit of bubbly wisps. This may have been the bartenders fault or the lines, who knows? The carbonation is a medium with a nice dose of movement kickin around in there. No lace, not much of anything else mentioning.

S: Smell is of a little bit of grain, some lightly sweet malts and some medicinal hops. I want to say sometimes that it smells like some pine, but it really just comes across smelling like a band aid. Nothing much else worth noting here as well.

T: Taste is a little better here. The flavors are lightly sweet, a little biscuity, malt presence. There is a light note of pine along with some band aid as well, but the medicinal quality has backed off a bit in the flavor. The weird thing is that this doesn't really taste like an ale, though. I am getting more of a lager/pils flavor profile. The hops are the biggest flavor in here but it is pretty muted. I don't know

M: Thin and light bodied. There is no weight to this beer at all. It feels like a pils and I straight up thought it was one the entire time I was drinking it. Just very thin with a medium carbonation. No ABV to speak of, not bringing any heat and drinking mostly like water with some flavor. Aftertaste is hops.

D: This beer was easy drinking and had some flavor but it just doesn't strike me as a good Amber Ale. It came across as a Lager/Pils from the pour forward, and it still doesn't have me convinced it is anything otherwise. It is just weak all around and really has no wow factor or anything impressive/stand out about it at all. (1,966 characters)

Photo of Transatlantic
2.97/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap at the local English pub.

A - A nice amber color with maybe a slightly hazy orangish copper tint. Small creamy head that dissipated quickly without lacing

S - Not much
Infact, I almost found it hard to pick up the only smell it had, which was a grassy and metallic smell. Not very impressive.

T - Not much different from the smell. It was slightly sweet malty upfront and finished pretty dry. Slight caramel was about all I could pick up before the dry finish.

M - Light but not watery
There's really not much to it.

D - It's an okay beer to quench your thirst but once that's done, it's hard to bother drinking another.

Kind of shame, I was expecting something at least half good but all I got was an average beer. (735 characters)

Photo of aepb1
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
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 (356 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
2.99/5  rDev -11.5%
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? (1,315 characters)

Photo of tjsmith910
3/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When I poured this beer out, it has a nice copper color body with a nice thcik white head that hung around for a while till it layed down to a thin lace. The smell of carmel notes, with some sweetness to it. The taste has a strong malt presense here. It is well balanced with the hops. The mouth feel is ok no after taste. this is your average amber/red ale, but it is worth tasting. (383 characters)

Photo of SFrankBrew
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange with an enormous foamy off white head (so much head that I had to let the glass sit for a bit to pour the rest of the bottle into the glass) that leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma of lemon, apricot, honey and caramel malt. Taste is apricot, honey and caramel malts. Very carbonated - medium body. Okay brew but nothing outstanding for sure. Average across the board. (383 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Had some trouble pouring this one as the head was super intense..took three tries after waiting for about 5 minutes after each pour to let the foam go down.

Look - somewhat murky, copper color.

Smell - fairly hoppy and with a slight citrus and sappy like quality.

Taste - Again hoppy and very bitter through all of the stages, a little bit of a lingering bitter aftertaste. Texture is fairly well-balanced but a little on the creamy side.

Drinkability - not terribly impressed, but there may have been a problem with this bottle due to the weird foam. (595 characters)

Photo of tchenery
3.01/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint glass.

Beer doesn't look too appealing to me. It's too light for my taste on an amber ale. It's almost orange-brown. The head dissapeared. It smells good. There are some nutty notes on the first whiff and bready notes on the next.

It tastes ok. It has a kind-of full flavor to it. I didn't think it was very complete at first and a bit watered-down tasting, but on the second swig and swashing it around a bit to agitate it, it filled up quite nicely. If they were to put this beer on nitro or to bottle condition it, it would do so much better.

Mouthfeel's a bit thin and tangy at times. It's a pretty drinkable beer though, only because it's not too flavorful in my opinion. (694 characters)

Photo of phideltashaggy
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this at a bar while at a concert. From tap into (shudder) a plastic cup, so take this review with a grain of salt.

Brew looked interesting, a vaguely red, transluscent brew. Off white head that didn't stay long (again, probably because of the cup)

Boring nose. Not a lot to it, but it didn't smell bad. There was a little bit of a bready smell, but it was super faint.

It tasted similar to the smell. There was a crisp, slightly sweet, malty taste on the tongue, then a bit of a dry finish. Not bad, but a little underwhelming.

Nothing too noteworthy about the feel, nothing to complain about or praise.

This is a drinkable beer, all things considered. I could see me sessioning this brew, if the price was right.

Altogether, it's a decent beer. I wouldn't choose it over most craft beers, but it's definetly a little more fun than your standard domestic lagers. (875 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.06/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at the Yard House in Palm Beach.

A: First of all, I can tell already that this is not really an amber: Poured an apricot color, mildly hazy, and with a 1-2 finger solid white head.

S: Smelled of clean linen/fresh cotton, with a mild citrus component that wasn't very potent overall.

T: It had sort of a thin body and the quality of the citrus was somewhat stale and cardboard-like. This was definitely more of a pale ale as opposed to an amber.

M: Not too sweet, but still kinda sugary, with lots of lacing and a hint of bitterness on the end. One word: stale.

O: I've had worse, but I've definitely had better. Next! (640 characters)

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Laughing Skull Amber Ale from Red Brick Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.