Laughing Skull Amber Ale - Red Brick Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
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373 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 17.06%
Wants: 12
Gots: 48 | 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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Photo of JesteR14
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very little head that leaves a nice copper colored beer.

S- I get some nice mild hops, and a very mild smell of apple.. Its not much but it smels good.

T- Great ale taste, one of my favorites. Fruit and some wheat/barley taste. Its a good ale and one that keeps me comming back.

M- Im not going to say this is a boozy ale, but it definatly packs a good punch. It tastes great and i could drink a few, but not remember much after that. Take that as a good thing or a bad thing..

O- Good but a little over the top for a drinking beer. Its smooth and enjoyable but nothing perfect. Love the bottle design though!!

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy copper-gold coloring with a sparse film of head over the top. Steady flow of A LOT of carbonation. Awesome caramel malty-sweet nose with some nutty and roasted highlights. Smooth, sweet malt with a muddled blend of nu, toffee, and caramel head the flavors, with a balance of hops on the back end. The beer shifts a little on the sweet side. Bitter hops and slightly sour towards the finish, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Light, but leaves a good lacing. Decent beer.

Photo of Fieldzy27
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance-I gave it a little bit of a lofty poor to get it to display a little more head and lace which worked out really well. Pours on the more orange side of amber with a very fluffy white head. As the head deflates it leaves some pretty sticky scattered spiderweb like lace. The bubbles that make the head up are mostly tiny and though it started out a bit rocky it has thinned down to pretty fizzled but still about a 1/8th of an inch of head still staying strong after a minute or two.Honestly I think this is on the better looking side as far as amber ales go.

Smell-The nose is a bit on the weaker side but not non-existant. Some mild hop aromas along with a little bit of sweetness. Cant pick out any stand out scents per say but no off-putting or funny smells.

Taste-First taste is a mild bite of hops. A little on the above average side for an amber ale and quite welcomed as this style can sometimes be fairly lacking in the hops department. It's then carried by a small amount of sweetness and rounds with with a short bitter finish. Im looking for the roastedness that the website claims but cant detect it really, could just be my pallet I suppose. Good tasting but nothing really jumps off the page here.

Mouthfeel-The body of the beer is light borderline on the thin side but the carbonation(also light) keeps it from falling flat. There is a mild amount of creaminess going on that really aides drinkability.

Overall- All and all this is good beer, not excellent beer, but good beer. It has flavor and looks great, plus the drinkability is really high. If they turned up the aroma three fold and the flavor and the mouthfeel it would be great beer. But hey, that may not be what they were going for. Once again the label art is really cool and i'm sure that aides this beer in sales very well.

Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
2.53/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

Photo of jeranbrews
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - low loose eggshell head. Perfect amber color.

S - nutty. With a few stone fruits. One can't help but wonder if a few Georgia peanuts got in the mix. Some meaty German hops.

T - zesty fruits. Some spices. Cumin or parsley something like that. Citrus tang and malt sweetness. Not overly hoppy for an amber. I like it.

M - sparkling and evervescant. Just right. I want to try it again in summer.

D - overall a surprisingly refreshing beer. Stands out compared to so many of the hop only NW Anvers.

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

a - poured a one finger thick light tan head into a snifter that settled into a nice ring of lace with a little sheeting that billows nicely. the body is a bright amber color.
s - biscuity, sweet maltiness.
t - crisp hop bite with biscuit malts.
m - medium thickness.
d - highly drinkable and a solid amber.

Photo of thedoubler55
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Copper head with no head really to be anything appreciative about, no lacing around the glass

S- Mettalic, nothing crazy, not to pleasant of a smell

T- Very grassy and earthy no hops and nothing to rave about in taste very generalized for an amber/red ale

M- Smooth with slight carbonation

D- Not a beer I will try again, just wanted something cheap to add to my Taco Mac List

Photo of Nerudamann
3/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of BlackBearForge
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Laughing skull pours a light golden amber, quite pale for an amber ale, with a thin off white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing however.

The aroma has a light sweetish malt scent with just a hint of hops.

The malt body of this beer is toasted biscuit with a enough background bitterness to keep things in check. Hops are earthy and somewhat herbal in in character. Not a lot of complexity here but it is balanced. It is a touch astringent and grainy on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light/medium, somewhat creamy and smooth with a good amount of carbonation. A faint impression of wateriness intrudes but oddly comes and goes.

A good basic beer, but I find little to recommend it over others. I prefer a bit more amber color and body to my amber ales. There is certainly nothing wrong with this beer and I feel it would go well with food and could even be a good beer to share with friends at a get together.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A clear copper body crowned with a decent size bubbly head that's off-white in color. No lacing.

S: A very simple nose that's not complex in the least or bold. What can be picked up is some bready malts with hints of floral hops.

T: A strong caramel & toasted bready malt amber ale. Some hops in the background, but are very faint. The beginning flavor definitely dips towards the malty end, middle is a slight hoppy, and ends with a yeasty bready, almost dry finish. Nothing too impressive, but decent.

M: Smooth and creamy texture with a light body and fair amount of carbonation.

D: A good go-to beer, but very standard. Nothing too amazing to point out on this one. My step-dad, who is a hardcore BMC drinker and has slowly started picking up craft brews, bought this one night for all of us to try.

Photo of JayS2629
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.

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.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown color with a white head and no real lacing.
Smells of malts and some hop aroma, fairly average.
Tastes of sweet malts, with hop bitterness to even out the exchange, some hidden vanilla somewhere. Mouthfeel is pretty nice with some bubbles. Drinkability is nice.

Photo of phideltashaggy
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of Transatlantic
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of FanofHefe
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Irish pub. Little head and very little lacing. Faint hop aroma but very little nose to the brew. Surprisingly nice taste with just a little hoppiness. Not too much carbonation. Fairly drinkable brew and definitely the best offering on tap at this pub.

Photo of feelmefoam
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This thing looks GOOD! Beautiful two inches of white plume on top of a hazy orange, slightly red color that provides a light orange glow when held up to the light. Pretty nice head retention and some really nice lacing left on the glass while I drink.

The smell isn't nearly as impressive as the looks, though. The beer has almost a metallic, slightly earthy hop aroma. Some slight maltiness as well. Not too much else I can detect, the aroma isn't the most assertive one I've come across.

The taste is on par with the nose. Unimpressive in the hops department (maybe some slight citrus and a little earthiness, but not strong at all), the fruitiness fades in and out, and it's mainly a slightly metallic graininess that comes to the forefront of the flavor.

The mouthfeel is alright as well. Thin, with a decent amount of carbonation... I wouldn't exactly call it smooth, but if the beer was a little hoppier and a little more oily, this would be good. Not bad as it is, but it could be better.

This is a pretty obscure beer. I thought it was more popular because my roommate from Georgia digs it, but it's not the most well-known amber around. I'm actually kind of glad too, as it needs a bit of improvement to be called quality. The nose and the flavor need a bit of a hop and malt injection, in my opinion. I probably won't be buying this again, but I don't regret trying it.

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.

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam, resting on top of a clear, copper colored body. Vigorous carbonation gives the beer excellent head retention.

S - A bready aroma of caramel malt with some musty hops.

T - Caramel malt and light toast up front. Some moderate hop bitterness in the middle with a little bit of herbal, musty hop flavor. Finishes with a blend of herbal hops and dry, toasted malt.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A drinkable, dry amber ale with an emphasis on the hops. The dryness helps to make this beer drinkable, though a bit more residual sweetness might make it more enjoyable. The hops are accentuated by the dryness as well as by the high level of carbonation. A pretty nice beer overall, nothing exciting but a pretty reasonable American session brew.

Photo of rebel1771
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pale amber color with almost no head.

S: Aroma of toasted bread dominates with just a hint of caramel.

T: Toasted grain flavor that fades quickly to a dry cracker flavor.

D: Not a bad brew but not great either. Seems like a beer that is trying to get the attention of macro drinkers by keeping things simple.

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mavajo for the extra!

Poured into a tulip pint: Hazy orange-amber with three fingers of foamy, sparkling, beige head. Just a few spots of lacing.

Smell is mostly orange peel & very lightly bready.

I expected a little citrusy sweetness in the taste, but it's mostly straight dry & bitter -- moderate, not overly so, but that's about it. There's a mineral quality, too; stony. Actually, the orange peel from the smell is in the flavor, the same way orange peel smells sweet & tastes bitter. Pretty much the same thing happening here. Not bad, fairly refreshing, but unexpected.

Medium-light body, smooth with just a little snap.

Not bad overall, but I can't help but feel like there are some holes in it. Almost no malt presence, kind of unbalanced even though it didn't lean to an extreme in the bitterness. This is not to say it's watery, but it seems like the water plays a big part in the taste.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 8-24-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured a nice two fingers of foam, lots of carbonation present tan/copper colored, pretty good head retention with a nice layer of foam around the glass

S - Malts and caramel, slight hop aroma with orange peel

T/M - Medium to a lighter bodied brew, smooth taste at finish. Well blended malts and caramel with orange sweetness. Slight hop bitterness at finish

D - Very tasty brew, not overly powering. Nice clean amber ale, a must try if your into ambers. I would like to have this brew again, got this one from Shango42. Big thanks for this one. I recommend this brew

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.

Photo of zebco
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
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?

Laughing Skull Amber Ale from Red Brick Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.