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Laughing Skull Amber Ale | Red Brick Brewing Company

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78
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BEER STATS
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
435
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3.4
pDev:
32.94%
 
 
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Laughing Skull Amber AleLaughing Skull Amber Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Red Brick Brewing Company
Georgia, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-30-2009

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Reviews: 108 | Ratings: 435
Photo of Midlifejacoby
4.08/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a good amber beer, kind of strong and malty, beautiful copper color. Good smell to it. But over powerful in taste for my liking. Sells fantastic

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy coppery/reddish color with off-white/ivory colored head. Caramel malt, some bread, and light grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with malt and bread.

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Photo of Extol
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - dark copper in color. Smell - traditional smell, cookie cutter. Taste follows the nose with a hip bite. Overall - good, not great. But not bad. Girlfriend cringed and said it was horrible. Says it gets worse over time.

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Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a golden color, with a small white head. The aroma is malt with some citrus. The taste is mostly malt with a little fruit in the back end. A good ale.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at an Atlanta hotel bar on September 21, 2015.

It pours medium amber with a decent off white head that fades.

Aroma of sweet caramel, toasted bread, and crackers. Resiny hops.

Light to medium body.

The taste begins sweet followed by an evolving earthy bitterness. It gets quite bitter toward the end.

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Photo of Lahoi
3.84/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this amber ale, but perhaps for the wrong reasons. I liked it because it was more like an APA than an amber ale. It was darker, bolder, maltier, more bitter than most Amber ales. If you're looking for a solid APA, then this is a good one, but if you're not accustomed to those smells and tastes, then steer clear. I would definitely drink this beer again, and enjoy doing so.

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Photo of JimKal
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a NB globe.
Look: amber brown with a nice tan head. Nice lacing on the drink down.
Smell: mild malt aroma.
Taste: really quite nice malty taste with a hint of bitter.
Feel: medium mouthfeel but really quite good for this style as so many other ambers just seem too light for me.
Overall: I"ll be looking for this one again as it is getting hard to find an amber as good as this one.

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Photo of thehoppylady
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Heavier nutty taste than expected out of an ale. Laughing Skull is a full bodied amber ale. This beer pours a brilliant amber color, with an off-white head. Willamette hops provides an earthy and mild bitterness, which balances the bready, malt character.

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Photo of jkrich
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an undated bottle: almost ruby red and slightly hazy with a sustained off-white, foamy head that receded slowly leaving some nice lacing.

Faintly fruity aroma with some sweet malt accents.

The flavor profile was much better than I expected given the reviews. Roast flavor with hints of caramel with a refreshing fruity aftertaste. There is a nice hop presence that keeps the ale interesting and nuanced.

Not the best amber I have experienced but worth seeking out.

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Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The Laughing Skull looks more like the hypnotic skull to me. But it's what's inside that matters. Coming out of a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

The beer is dark amber colored with a somewhat, albeit short white head. A thin creamy layer rests on top the beer, which leaves its mark around the glass. It's earthy, fruity smelling beer, with a raw bite of toffee crisp. Pleasant overall.

Laughing Skull goes down the maltier side of the amber ale scale. Sips of caramel enter first. A modest hoppy aspect The beer also has raw malt tones, husk, earth, and a zap of grassiness. The beer finishes clean with a lingering caramel aftertaste. It's medium bodied, gently carbonated, and easy to drink.

Fat Tire of the South? That's not a bad thing to be.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beth and Kime for hauling this back from Atlanta!

This one pours a crystal clear copper color that glows a little red when held to the light. The head is an off white that sank to a thin film of head.

Smells of bread dough and apple juice with a distant hop dryness that blends this together into something acceptable.

Karen thinks this tastes like black tea... and she's totally right! There's a touch of grainy dryness, a thin astringent hop, and a zest of grapefruit to round this off. But yeah, she's right, it's totally black tea. I'm kinda diggin' this just for that.

Feels a little dense and sticks in my mouth just a bit. The carbonation is quite thin considering.

Not so bad, but strange for the style. Dig black tea? Go for it.

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Photo of Kopps
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

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.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark read with a small white head.

The smell is biscuit, malt, slightly sour, more biscuits.

The taste is big on the biscuit, slightly sweet, a little bitterness.

The feel is light with medium carbonation, easy drinking.

Overall an easy drinking beer, a fairly low abv, could drink a couple of these no problem.

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Photo of godlessape
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a pint glass and the modest creamy beige head tops the flat amber body.
The aroma is woodsy, biscuity, and malty all around and balanced out just right. I'm not picking up any hop whiff at all with this.
The flavor is all about toasted grains, butter cookies and sweet malt, all topped with a mild hop kiss that just about screams comfortability.
The mouthfeel is medium to light. Smoooth.
Overall, a great brew. You could drink this all night long and not grow tired with it at all.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Photo of a0lbudman
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Light brown color with a slight haze and an off white head that faded and leave a spotted lace
S-roasted malt with a bready aroma that has a citrus like aroma also
T-light roast and light hop taste that stays with you the whole way
M-medium carbonation and medium body
O-this was better than I expected. The look and the smell had my worried but the taste was very refreshing, smooth and crisp

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Photo of Mojo
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle -> Highlands Brewing snifter

A - pours a deep red amber with a foamy one finger off white head, no real retention and minimal lacing.

S - weak nose, kind of floral

T - sweet caramel malt up front with a dry clean finish that has a roasted bite to it.

M - thin with a small aftertaste

O - decent if unspectacular.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Mild caramel and wheat bread aromatics. Mild earthy hop notes. Clean fermentation character. Low fruity esters reminiscent of blackberries.

Appearance: Deep brick red pour. Glass appears still. A wispy off-white head that retains well. Lacing noted on the glass.

Flavor: Rich caramel and bread crust notes up front. Caramel malt is toward the raisin bread spectrum and quickly balanced by firm earthy hop bitterness. Balance is nearly even. Aftertaste is lingering and slightly sweet on the back of the palate. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium high carbonation. A slight carbonic bite. No heat or astringency noted.

Overall impression: A very approachable, somewhat "safe" amber. I'd give this to anyone new to craft beer. Full of flavor and complex enough to keep it interesting but probably not something "extreme" beer lovers will covet. I'd try it again.

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Photo of ptwilson
3.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Solid Red Ale, simple, but pleasing beer-flavored beer for any microbrew enthusiast.

Very nice clarity and medium mohogany color.

Smell pretty predictable and typical for a moderately hoppy beer.

Taste is also simple and predictable, but pleasing.

I would be happy with this beer if I brewed it. It would please a wide range of beer lovers offending no one but delighting few. Solid, but nothing remarkable for the variety.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I poured the Laughing Skull into a tulip style glass. The initial pour left a couple fingers of foam. This dies down into a light scum with a decent halo. The lacing is very light with this beer. The coloring is spot-on. The description of "Amber" is very appropriate for coloring.

The nose on this one is decently malty. I pick up minimal grassy hop presence. The smell on this one does not really jump out at you.

Laughing Skull has some funk on the first sip. On the back-end you get some nuttiness from the malt and more of the grassiness. I also get some metallic feel on this one.

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Photo of FungusBrewer
2.82/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
2.43/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.35/5  rDev +27.9%
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

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in an imperial pint glass at the Vortex Bar and Grill in Atlanta, which stated in was their "house beer".

appears a dark copper amber color, with little head. mild aroma, with a taste that's a bit of sweet malt that is balanced by just enough hops. easy drinking, and smooth. medium body and carbonation level.

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Laughing Skull Amber Ale from Red Brick Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.