Laughing Skull Amber Ale - Red Brick Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
okay

102 Reviews
THE BROS
80
good

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Reviews: 102
Hads: 405
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 12
Gots: 77 | 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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Photo of joshpuck
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mild taste making it very drinkable but not different than a lot of beers out there. It has a sort of earthy-malty aftertaste and low carbonation.
Cool looking bottle though!

Also it's 5.3% not 5.7% as listed on site, maybe it has changed recently. (250 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head with little retention on a clear amber golden body.

S: mostly sweet caramel malts.

T: slightly earthy with caramel malt sweetness.

M:lighter side of medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: simple but drinkable. Few qualities to deprecate it from others in the genre. (300 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.19/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Local extra from sommersb, thanks Brian!

A- Close to a half inch white head on a sediment filled light amber body. Head retention lasted well into the session and lacing aplenty throughout.

S- Not getting a lot from the nose, perhaps a slight citrus.

T- Taste follows the nose, or lack thereof. Hops are there albeit faint, adds the citrus element. Good malt backbone.

M- Medium to medium-thin bodied, good carbonation.

D/O- Very drinkable, only if because there isn't a lot going on with it. No off-flavors, just very mellow in the taste profile.Grew on me over time. Could drink about 8 of these at a summer cookout no problem. (635 characters)

Photo of KDawg
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass on tap. Pours a medium amber color with a small head

nice aromas of malts and some hops. While on the simple side, it is nice with solid depth

Medium bodied with a decent and smooth feel. A bit lacking on the mid with some flavors of malts and blood oranges

A nice brew. Very drinkable and pretty straight forward (341 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
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)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a stemless globe.

Thanks to hannydawg for sharing this bottle!

Let's pack in another amber tonight, eh? It pours a mostly clear amber (damn, what a shock there) topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises toffee, dark greens, bitter orange rind, and pine needles. The taste holds notes of orange zest, light caramel, light wheat, and very light lemon zest. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a nice little amber, nothing special, but something I could easily enjoy again. (563 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.66/5  rDev +8.6%
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 roasted malt aroma.

Some hops appear upon tasting but this is a malt dominated brew. About equally bitter and sweet.

Medium body with good carbonation.

A tasty beer that could serve as a good introduction to craft brews. (320 characters)

Photo of StayWounded
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
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 ktrillionaire
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to G311 for leaving me one of these after his recent trip to Tampa, if it wasn't gifted to me, I'm not sure I'd ever have bought it. I have seen this beer so many times, but always assumed it too plebian for my tastes. I was wrong; it is quite nice, and just about spot-on for what I call easy-drinking. It pours a surprisingly turbid copper-amber hue, and is capped with some dense ecru head and a good deal of lace. Both the flavor and aroma are prevalently malty, although I would say this is not a malt-bomb by any stretch. It is, however, quite malty, tending towards biscuity, earthy and toffeeish notes. The hop contribution is good in terms of balancing the maltiness, but does not seem to lend any specifically discernible character. The feel is lighter-than-medium, and the brew has serious tooth... Overall, I am very happy with this beer, and will revisit often. (885 characters)

Photo of olimpia84
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured the 12oz bottle into a Pint glass.

A: rich dark amber color with a small head that went away pretty quickly. Some lacing present.

S: a balanced sweet malty aroma with tones of sugar and fruits. Hoppy presence is felt as well.

T: malts with sweet tones that end with a bitter hoppy presence.

M: very drinkable ale, a bit on the watery side but good still. Light to medium body, light to medium carbonation.

O: a solid choice for its style, this will probably suit better for those looking for lighter and more drinkable options. (540 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: A whole bunch (a full hand) of creamy head. Startlingly long retention. After minutes, it's as huge as ever. Cloudy-clear with tons of bubbles. Sticky lace.

S: Creamy and fruity. A bit biscuity dry?

T: Much better than I was expecting from the label and ratings. Yeasty-spicy fruit, clean and crisp with a touch of hops and a dry malt endtaste. Only the aftertaste has any drawback. It's light and somehow unpleasantly bitter. Fortunately this lasts only briefly and a mundane beeriness takes over. Maybe not huge on flavour, but what's here is good.

M: Sturdy, smooth, and quenching.

O: A pretty good amber ale. Not exceptional, but easy-drinking and pleasant. If I think it's boring, maybe that means it would appeal to lots of people. Not recommended, but I wouldn't every snub one. (845 characters)

Photo of eggodoom
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured it into a pint glass. Poured a beautiful amber red color with wisps of carbonation and a small amount of head. Has a sweet caramel malt flavor that falls awy to a slight dry hop taste. Left some great lacing as I continued to sip. You can smell the caramel malts. This beer is a good amber ale and drinks nicely. (319 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium orange colored pour, with a light white head. Laces quite well.

Some caramel malts aroma, but more citrus sweetness than maltiness.

Caramel malts, and those citrus notes and light bitterness.

Light, but creamy. Nice for an amber.

Not bad at all in the end. (271 characters)

Photo of richkrull
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (305 characters)

Photo of Francepants06
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured in a pint glass, it had a light brown amber color, average size head
It smelled sweet, sugary,caramel, and fruity
it tasted like burnt caramel, sugar cane syrup, malt, bread.
it was a light to medium beer, low alcohol, definitely a hot season beer.
The beer might be called Laughing Skull but I was definetely not laughing after I drank it. (348 characters)

Photo of Lillie1128
4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at the brewery on 7/15

A - Pours an amber color with medium thickness head, some lacing

S - Yeast, malts, citrus, and a sugary note

T - Caramel malts with masked hoppiness

M - smooth, medium bodied

D - Easy to drink!

A really delicious and sweet amber ale. One of my favorites from Red Brick. (305 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (769 characters)

Photo of SFrankBrew
3/5  rDev -11%
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 kevo237
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

Initially, this beer revealed a lot of fruit in the nose. I kept getting strawberries. That quickly vanished as the beer warmed. The taste was also fruity at first, but again leaving once it warmed. As this happened, the smell was copper and penny-like.

I very much enjoyed the taste of this beer right out of the fridge, but it seemed to weaken as it warmed. The taste became too perfume-like and standard for me. (443 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of fthomasl, thanks Frank! Pours a hazed copper color with a modest, fine-bubbled tan head.

Toffee and caramel malts with a bread-dough yeast aroma. Low on fruit and hops, I am enjoying the smell of this one.

Sweet caramel and flashes some burning toast and biscuit bottoms. Pretty fair amount of bitterness on the finish. Nutty as it warms. Mouthfeel has a nice creamy/sharp interplay. Id say this is an above average amber with some complexity to it...would take this over any of my local ambers, that is fo sho. (538 characters)

Photo of theboozecruise
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Bulldog in Baton Rouge.

Clear amber color with a small white head.

Faint amber malt smell but really not much on the nose.

Much more robust taste. Sweet and malty with a really good caramel flavor.

Good beer, not great but easy to take some down. Well carbonated and easy to drink. (303 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.23/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear amber with a thick, yellowish, light tan head that sticks around - very appealing for any beer, and superior to nearly all amber ales. Aroma is crisp and malty with fruity and hoppy underpinnings. Pleasing flavor is mainly malty and has hints of fruit - mainly apple - and hops, with just a touch of bitterness. Texture is quite fizzy and lively. This is one of the best amber ales I’ve ever had. I have downed this before, but didn’t realize how good it is - maybe because previously I’ve had it only from a bottle. (546 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown glass prytop bottle. Purchased at Knightly Spirits OBT, Orlando, FL.

Medium amber ale. Clear, very little head. Nose has a faint aroma of toasted barley and faint hops. Palate is crisp but not a whole lot going on here. Decent but nothing to get too excited about. Label is better than the beer. (307 characters)

Photo of katan
3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz into a pint

A - Pours a light brown color. Very clear, not hazy. White head formation, breaking down to a film.

S - Very light nose. Not much there at all. Light amount of nutty and caramel malts.

T - LIght malty flavor, simply a sweet twang. Mid-stream gets more grainy, bready, slightly nutty. Hopping is nowhere to be found. Finishes very clean, a result of the very light overall taste of the beer.

M - Moderate to light beer body, light carbonation as well. Clean finish. No alcohol warmth.

O/D - Easy drinking beer. Flavors are very light, very easy on the palette. ABV is manageable. (602 characters)

Photo of elgiacomo
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, I forget the date but a fresh sample.

Pours clear light amber with a two finger off white head that leaves nice cobwebs of lacing and holds a small cap.

Aroma is pretty typical for an Amber, a little fruity, a little caramel, a little nutty, some light floral and grassy hops. Good strength.

Flavor is caramel malt, light fruits, light citrus hops, somewhat sweet, moderate bitterness, little to no alcohol.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, a bit oily, medium carbonation.

A solid Amber Ale, but nothing spectacular. (543 characters)

Laughing Skull Amber Ale from Red Brick Brewing Company
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