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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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BA SCORE
78
okay

369 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 98
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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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.

Kkottonmouthkngz, Jan 29, 2011
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.

jeranbrews, Jan 09, 2011
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.

GPHarris, Jan 08, 2011
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

thedoubler55, Dec 21, 2010
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.

Nerudamann, Dec 21, 2010
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.

BlackBearForge, Dec 08, 2010
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.

BrewCrew2010, Dec 01, 2010
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.

JayS2629, Nov 10, 2010
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 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.

TheKingofWichita, Oct 11, 2010
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.

phideltashaggy, Oct 11, 2010
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.

Transatlantic, Oct 07, 2010
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.

FanofHefe, Oct 05, 2010
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.

feelmefoam, Sep 21, 2010
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.

Jason, Sep 10, 2010
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.

WeezyBoPeep, Sep 09, 2010
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.

nickfl, Sep 09, 2010
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.

rebel1771, Sep 08, 2010
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.

OneDropSoup, Sep 04, 2010
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

FreshmanPour77, Aug 29, 2010
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.

oberon, Aug 26, 2010
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?

zebco, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of billab914
2.78/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

billab914, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of mooseisloose
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the name, cool label, BOTMC dropped it at my door, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top doesn't yield much smell, but what there is, is a zesty red licorice and malts. Pouring into my pint, I get a deep gold colour with a light pillowy head. Taste is balanced and bold. Sweetness mixed with a sharp bitterness right off the bat. The taste then transitions to a more chaulky bitterness combined with a honey-like sweetness that returns back to the tip of the tongue. The finish is bitter and parched. The hops are very zesty in this brew. This is biting beer for an amber ale, perhaps that is why the skull is laughing. Not for the beginner or faint of heart but for a conessier a fine brew.

mooseisloose, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of steelerguy
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This looks like a pale ale not an amber or red. The color is golden color, with moderate carbonation. One finger head on the pour that dissipated quickly, but left a small covering on top.

S - A little sweet light caramel malt, there is also a floral/fruity quality that doesn't really smell like hops or malt...kind of strange.

T - Pretty simple but non-offensive malt character, not a lot of hop presence, but it is refreshing. That same floral/fruity character is in the flavor also, not bad, but almost tastes like some kind of fruit additive.

M - Fairly light bodied, again more like an APA rather than an amber. The light body makes it refreshing and suits the mild flavors.

D - This is a beer meant to not offend a large audience and I think it is successful in that. More character than BMC type beers, but not that much more. Not bad, but nothing makes this beer stand out in a good or bad way.

steelerguy, Jun 22, 2010
Laughing Skull Amber Ale from Red Brick Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.